Tuesday, Feb. 28

TUESDAY 2/28/12

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Presidential Search Committee nominations

In her presentation to faculty and staff last week, Board of Regents Chair Paula Meyer invited nominations for the presidential search committee. Three faculty, one from each division, two staff, one exempt and one non-exempt, and one student will be appointed to the year-long committee.  Nominations are due Friday, March 2. Faculty can send up to three nominations, one of whom should be from one's own division. Staff can send up to three nominations as well, and names can include exempt and/or non-exempt staff members. Send nominations to Linda Skoda <skodalda>.  

Associate Dean announced

Thank you to all who responded to the call for nominations for the three-year appointment to serve as Associate Dean and Director of Faculty Development following Lori Stanley's exemplary term of service. I am pleased to announce that Jeffrey Wilkerson has accepted the invitation to serve in this role.

Jeff has been a member of the Luther Physics faculty since 1997. An admired teacher, advisor and mentor, his service has included leadership as department head and as chair of the Faculty Organization Committee. Jeff was awarded the Janet Andersen Lecture Award by the Midstates Consortium for Math and Science in 2008 in recognition of his engaged teaching and involvement with undergraduate researchers.

Jeff will begin his new duties Aug. 1. Please join me in congratulating Jeff and welcoming him to the Dean's Office.

Best regards,



Candidate open forum

An open forum with Rosalyn Eaton-Neeb, finalist for the position of Vice President and Dean for Student Life, will be held Wednesday, Feb. 29, from 11 a.m.-noon in Mott/Borlaug. Her file may be accessed on KATIE in the VP-STUDENT-LIFE-2011 course under the President's Office "candidate searches" folder.

Fast and Feast

Fast and feast in community this Lent. Fast on Wednesdays during Lent from Ash Wednesday on Feb. 22 through Wednesday of Holy Week, April 4. As a way of sharing in a core spiritual practice of Lent, you are invited to choose a fast for Wednesdays in Lent. Fast from a meal, a particular treat (coffee, chocolate), or do an electronic fast (stay off Facebook, avoid texting, turn off your cell). Mark the day of fasting in community Wednesdays at Eucharist in the CFL with a simple communion service at 9:30 p.m. followed by a time of fellowship. Soup and bread will be served to break the fast.

International Studies declaration

Know a student interested in declaring a major or minor in International Studies? If so, the first step in that process is to attend an information session and fill in a plan of study form. There are two opportunities to do this in the coming weeks: Thursday, Feb. 23 and Thursday, March 8. Both sessions will be held from 9:40-10:30 a.m. in Koren 217. Attendees will hear details about the IS major and minor, and begin to fill out the necessary paperwork to declare the major/minor. Contact Victoria Christman with questions at <chrivi02>.

View Flexible Benefit Plan information online

Current enrollees in the Flexible Benefit Plan may visit www.myflexonline.com to view current contributions and claims. This is a useful site that gives a total picture of an employee’s health
care reimbursement plan and/or dependent/child care reimbursement plan. The site includes information about allowable expenses. Claim forms may be printed from the site. Forms are also available outside the human resources office.

2011 FSA must be used by March 15

Flexible Spending Account dollars deducted from employee paychecks during 2011 may be used for eligible expenses through March 15, 2012. Claims for these dollars must be submitted to Midwest Group Benefits by March 31, 2012.

LIS KATIE announcement

LIS advises faculty using KATIE that all regular section course sites older than 2010SP will be removed from the KATIE site Friday, March 9. If you have an older course that needs to remain available on KATIE, contact the LIS Technology Help Desk and ask that it be placed in the "To be saved" category.

'Critical Thinking and Writing' workshop

Martin Klammer will lead the workshop "Critical Thinking and Writing: Designing Problem-Posing Writing Assignments" Friday, March 9, 12:30-1:30 p.m. in the Mott Room. No limit, but please register if you plan to attend. Lunch will be provided. Information at http://lis.luther.edu/node/6636.

LIS faculty development brown bag

On Monday, March 5, 12:15-1:15 p.m. Barb Bohach and Deb Fordice will present the second in a series of brown bags highlighting the work of faculty who attended the "Enhancing Student Learning Through Information Literacy and Technology" summer workshop. This session will share a process that "virtually" brings children and adolescents into college education courses through guided video observations using iPod Touches, iPads and flipcams.

View all LIS Training events at http://lis.luther.edu/learn/schedule.

Jump in for Leap Year savings at the Book Shop

For two days only, Wednesday-Thursday, Feb. 29-March 1, take 29 percent off select clothing and already low-priced clearance items.


Chapel this week

Wednesday, Feb. 29: Amy Zalk Larson
Friday, March 2: Robert Shedinger, Ethnic Arts chapel, World Rhythm
Monday, March 5: Richard Torgerson, Jubilus

Events this week

March 1, SAC Spotlight Performance, Tiff Jimber, 7:30 p.m., Dahl Centennial Union, Marty's CyberCafé

March 2, Center Stage Series, Brentano String Quartet, 7:30 p.m., Center for Faith and Life Main Hall
Dance Performance, "Invited to Tea," 9:30 p.m., Center for the Arts, Jewel Theatre

March 3, Ethnic Arts Festival, Dahl Centennial Union
Dance Performance,
"Invited to Tea," 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Center for the Arts, Jewel Theatre

March 5, Art Song Jamboree, 5:15 p.m., Center for Faith and Life Recital Hall

March 6, Paideia Text and Issues Lecture, Nancy Gates-Madsen, "¡Viva la Revolución!...or maybe not: Silenced Stories from Argentina's 'Dirty War,'"
7 p.m., Center for Faith and Life Recital Hall

Human dissection seminars

Ever wanted to see what the inside of a human body looks like? The students who took Human Dissection and Anatomy during J-term would like to share their dissections. This opportunity will be offered to Luther students, faculty and staff from Feb. 27-March 15. Sessions will be in SHL 153 and last about 45 minutes. To participate, sign up on the bulletin board in SHL 153 or contact Wendy Stevens, 387-1555 or <stevenwe> for the schedule of seminars.

Faculty Artist Series: Beth Ray Westlund

Mezzo soprano Beth Ray Westlund will perform a voice recital Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. in the Noble Recital Hall.

The program features two Handel arias, five songs of Austrian composer Joseph Marx, and two songs of English-born Rebecca Clarke.  The second half of the program contains song settings of Emily Dickinson texts by six different American composers. Ray will also perform waltz songs by Poulenc and Satie.

Jessica Paul is the collaborative pianist for the performance.  Alumni lecturer Rachel Ware, soprano, will also perform.

SAC Spotlight: Tiff Jimber March 1

In celebration of Women's History Month singer-songwriter Tiff Jimber will perform Thursday, March 1 at 7:30 p.m. in Marty's CyberCafé.

Tickets are $10, available at the door the night of the show.

Jimber's performance features songs by music legends Madonna and Ella Fitzgerald and pop superstars Adele and Katy Perry, as well as Jimber's original songs.

Theatre/dance presents 'Invited to Tea'

The Luther theatre/dance department will present the spring production of "Invited to Tea" March 2-10 in Jewel Theatre in the Center for the Arts. "Invited to Tea" explores enduring personal and social patterns from different angles. Audience members are invited to bring smartphones to frame and reflect upon what they see, influencing the performance itself.

Production dates are March 2 at 9:30 p.m., March 3 and March 8-10 at 7:30 p.m. A matinee performance will be held March 3 at 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 or free with Luther ID and are available at the Luther Box Office.

Public discussion with collaborators from theatre/dance, art and music, and Panela Leung of 5-D Immersive Design, on Friday, March 2 in the CFA, 1-2 p.m.

Ethnic Arts Festival March 3

Come join the celebration of culture around the world Saturday, March 3. Schedule is: 

Country Fair, 1-4 p.m., Williams Lounge and Oneota Marketplace
Ethnic Cuisine, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Peace Dining Room
Entertainment, 7 p.m., Marty's

Tickets for the dinner/Ethnic Cuisine are $9 for adults, $4 for children ages 5-10, and available at the Luther Box Office.

Art Song Jamboree March 5

The second Song Jam of the 2011-12 Luther Art Song Jamboree series will be Monday, March 5, 5:15 p.m. in the Recital Hall of the CFL.

Art Song Jamboree is open to the public with no charge for admission.

Jessica Paul, professor of music, has been the creator and lead advocate of the Art Song series, part of her ongoing research and mission to find art songs written by composers of all eras, musical styles, languages and nationalities.

Paideia Texts and Issues lecture March 6

Nancy Gates Madsen will present the spring Paideia Text and Issues lecture Tuesday, March 6, 7 p.m. in the Center for Faith and Life Recital Hall. A reception will follow the lecture in Qualley Lounge.

Gates Madsen's lecture, titled "Viva la Revolución!…or maybe not: Silenced Stories from Argentina's 'Dirty War'" and reception are open to the public with no charge for admission. Sponsored by the Paideia Endowment.

Guest lecture: Becky Stiger '08

Becky Stiger '08 will present the lecture "Human Trafficking: Finding Hope at the Intersections of Tragedy, Justice, and Mercy" Wednesday, March 7 at 7 p.m. in the Center for Faith and Life Recital Hall. Stiger is a program coordinator for Chicago Commons, a community based social service agency, and a program development coordinator for Traffick Free, a volunteer-based organization whose mission is to provide public awareness and advocacy as well as direct services for victims.

Don Kemp memorial event

In recognition of Social Work Month, the Social Work department invites you to help us celebrate the life of Don Kemp, award two scholarships and induct new members of the Phi Alpha Social Work Honor Society. The event, held Thursday, March 8, 4 p.m. in Baker Commons, includes keynote address by Becky Stiger, class of '08, "Leaves from the notebook of a tamed change agent." 

Student recitals

Emily Davis '13, will perform a soprano recital Saturday, March 3 at 2 p.m.

Kelsey Klimesh '12, will perform a soprano recital Saturday, March 3 at 7 p.m.  

Allison Alpers '12, will perform a soprano recital Saturday, March 3 at 4 p.m.

John Stender '12, will perform an organ recital Sunday, March 4 at 2 p.m. in the Main Hall of the Center for Faith and Life. 

Mary Bissen '13, will perform a mezzo-soprano recital Friday, March 9 at 7 p.m. 

Anne Walsh '12, will perform a soprano recital Saturday, March 10 at noon.

Teresa Procter '12, will perform a mezzo-soprano recital Saturday, March 10 at 4 p.m.

Lindsay Sheridan '13, will perform a viola recital Sunday, March 11 at noon.

Samuel Holmberg '13, will perform an organ recital Thursday, March 15 at 7 p.m. in the Main Hall of the CFL. 

Student recitals are held in the Noble Recital Hall unless otherwise noted, with a reception to follow each performance. Student recitals and receptions are open to the public with no charge for admission. 


Welcome new employee

Ronald Monroe joined Luther as floor crew for the custodial staff Feb. 24. His office is the Custodial office at Facilities Services, telephone 387-1145.


Jeanie Lovell's article on understanding the difference between grants and proposals appeared in the February 15 issue of the Association of Lutheran Development Executives "Wisdom Wednesdays" blog for development professionals. The blog post can be found at http://goalde.wordpress.com/2012/02/15/wisdom-wednesdays-understanding-the-difference-between-grants-and-proposals/.

Andi Beckendorf was invited to present at the Music Library Association Annual Meeting, held in Dallas Feb. 15-18. Her presentation "Starting Out on the Right Note: Active Learning Engagement for an Introduction to Music Research" outlined the teaching model and information literacy principles used in working with Luther's sophomore music students. The session was part of "Incorporating Active Learning Techniques in Library Instruction," which was co-sponsored by the association's Education and Instruction Committees.

After being invited to speak for several days to Midshipmen and Naval officers at the Naval Academy last fall on the topics of truth, empirical knowledge, and knowledge of values, Greg Jesson from the philosophy department was invited to speak at the Pentagon on ethics and leadership. His main lecture on Feb. 15 was titled "The Barbarians are Inside the Gate: Relativism Undermining Character and Leadership." 25,000 people work at the Pentagon.

Gregory Peterson gave a master class, "Creative Hymn Playing" for the Chippewa Valley Chapter of the American Guild of Organists on Saturday, Feb. 18 at the First Congregational Church in Eau Claire, Wis. The next day the Chapter sponsored him in an organ recital featuring works of Bach and Vierne as well as music to celebrate Black History Month and President's Day.

Stephanie Diebel and Vanessa Anderson were selected to perform in the 2012 College Band Directors National Assocation Intercollegiate Band Feb. 23-25. They are both French horn players and will perform with other collegiate students in the honor band. The band will be conducted by Russel Mikkelson, director of bands at The Ohio State University. The intercollegiate band will rehearse Feb. 23-25 and perform Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012 at 4:15 p.m. The performance is part of the CBDNA Conference, held at Central Michigan University.

Eight Luther College December graduates of the nursing department received pins as a part of a Dec. 3 ceremony marking their completion of the nursing major. Margaret Buchta, Erin Fencl, Christina Hammer, Amy Hooper, Breanna Ketelsen, Kirstin Manges, Rachel Schutter and Jamie Stippich received pins during the ceremony.


Hip Hop classes

Birte Heinecke from Hanover, Germany will be teaching studio Hip-Hop classes as part of her internship study with Jane Hawley. Birte is currently working on the master's degree in performance studies at the University of Hamburg. Birte will be researching how the movement fundamentals curriculum can develop more creative approachs and abilities within hip-hop training. Hip-Hop classes for adults ages 16 and up will be Sundays, 7-8:30 p.m. in Studio II, Center for the Arts Feb. 26-March 18. Hip-Hop classes for children ages 6-15 will be held Mondays, 4-5:30 p.m. in Studio II, Center for the Arts Feb. 27-March 19. These classes are free and open to the public.

Summer school changes announced

The Dean’s Office is excited to announce changes for summer school 2012. Taking a summer course has become more affordable as the tuition fee has been reduced to $400 per credit hour (a 33 percent reduction from last year). This summer session will also include online course offerings. See the list of course offerings and full details at http://www.luther.edu/registrar/summer/. Register by May 15.

Swim lessons offered

Session 1: March 26-April 3, weekdays only, 5 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Session 2: April 16-24, weekdays only, 5 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Children must be at least four years old. Cost is $70 per child. 

Email Cassie Peterson to sign up <peteca08>. Registration deadline is March 15.

In request please state, name(s), age(s), preferred session and session times. Registration will stay open until all teaching slots have been filled per session. Lesson instructors and times cannot be guaranteed.

Readers needed

The Luther College American Novel class cordially invites the college community to participate in a 25-hour marathon reading of Herman Melville's Moby-Dick. The reading will begin at 4 p.m. Friday, March 9 and conclude at 5 p.m. Saturday, March 10. Anyone interested in participating is welcome to sign up for one or more 15 minute slots. Contact Erik Grayson <grayer02> or visit the English desk on fifth floor, Main with questions or to sign up.


For sale: Baby gate $10, baby swing $15, bicycle carrier for kids $10, umbrella stroller $3, student desk $5, big wheel/tricycle $7, boy’s beginning bicycle (12”?) $8, Diego card table with 2 chairs $3.  Contact Mike or Leslie at 382-6527 or <smitmi01>.

For rent: Two-three bedroom house at 403 Montgomery. $650/month. No smoking. Small pets ok. View online at www.triadpropertygroup.com. Available around March 20. Call Mike or Leslie, 382-6527.

Tickets available: 4-H Omelet Breakfast will be Sunday, March 4, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Danan Lansing Building, Fairgrounds. On the menu: omelets, cinnamon bread, applesauce, coffee, orange juice and milk. Price: $6, carry outs available. Tickets available at the door or contact Kay Schmitt at 378-1231 or Michelle Einck at 387-1862. Thank you for your support of the Winneshiek County 4-H program.

Tickets available: The annual Sunflower Pancake Breakfast will be Sunday, March 4 at the Decorah Middle School held in conjunction with the KDEC Home, Sport and Garden Show from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tickets are available from Sunflower parents, contact Julie, 387-1865 or <shocju01> for tickets or more details. Come have some pancakes, then check out all the exciting exhibits at the HSG Show.

For rent: Students: Need a house for four? New faculty/staff: Need a home rental for the year? We would like to rent our home in town near Family Table and Ladybug Landscapes for the twelve-month period of June 1, 2012 to May 31, 2013. Rent: $1,000/month, plus utilities. Utilities run between $100-200 monthly. Three bedrooms on the two above-ground floors, plus a fourth large bedroom in the basement. Our house would be quite comfortable for four students, and insanely so for three, or would be an excellent home in town for new faculty or staff moving into town as you get settled. Please call 419-3988 or email <pedlto01>.

For sale: Seed Savers collections for $10; collections include four seed packets. Sales to benefit Montessori School in Decorah. To order contact Brian Jones, 387-1075 or <jonebr01>. Orders due March 1.

For sale: Naturally-raised pork in half or whole quantities, processed at the award-winning Spillville Locker. Available in March. Contact <enosbejo> or 380-4185.

Cats available: The Humane Society of Northeast Iowa is having a cat adoption day Saturday, Feb. 25 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Dragonfly Bookstore on Water Street in Decorah. Cats available for adoption will be on site, as well as information about fostering cats for the Humane Society. For more information contact Kim Powell at <kimpowell>.

Assistance available: Student seeks work that will pay reasonable money for the task being done. Yard work, painting, handiwork of any sort, or other business. I am willing to work beginning the soonest weekend possible, and am open to discuss work extending into the summer. Contact Brett Steelman <steebr02>.

For sale: 2002 Nissan Altima 2.5 S. Great condition, low miles, 30 mpg on highway. Beautiful car. Call 387-0242.

Help available: Going to be away for the summer? Looking for someone to house-sit or take care of your pets? Contact Clara Lind, <lindcl01>.

Lost: Black hat from Decorah Chick Hatchery, red wool gloves with black band; also silver earring with pink stone. Contact <schollde> or 387-1039.

For rent: Three-four bedroom two and a half bath house. Located two blocks from downtown and close to the middle school. Stove, fridge, washer and dryer provided. 412 Winnebago St. $650 per month. References required. Email <[email protected]> for rental application.

Found: An electronic Kim Tu Dien English/Vietnamese/French dictionary. Stop by Sampson Hoffland Laboratories Room 231 and see Lynn Williams to claim.

Wanted: If you have any contacts who might have contacts who might know of London flat available for rental, Jan.-May 2013, please contact Mark Z. Muggli, <mugglimz> or 382-9863. 

For sale: Kimball upright piano. Very good condition, well-maintained; a great student instrument. $500 or best offer. Contact Andrew, <whitan01> or 387-1764.

Tickets available: Xi Omicron is hosting their annual fundraiser. The El Caminos will be performing at Nob Hill in Decorah, Saturday, March 3 from 8 p.m.-midnight. Proceeds benefit the local American Red Cross and other local families. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Tickets can be purchased by contacting 379-1880 or <[email protected]>.

For sale: Three bedroom, 1 3/4 bath home with heated shop and barn on three and a half acres, 11 miles from Luther. New floors, roof and kitchen counter tops. Main level bath has heated floor tile and jetted tub. Walking distance to Upper Iowa River for fishing, canoeing and tubing. Contact Kara, <[email protected]> or 735-5426.


Wellness tip

How much damage could 10 tiny treats really do? Find out how many minutes of jumping rope you'd have log to undo a holiday candy binge.

It depends on the specific candy eaten, but let's go with a variety of choices for this experiment. Our 10 total pieces will include one fun size version of each of the following: Reese's Cups (40 calories, 2.5g fat), Snickers (45 calories, 2g fat), Kit Kat (50 calories, 2.5g fat), Whoppers (60 calories, 2.5g fat), Skittles (80 calories, 1g fat), Peanut M&M's (110 calories, 5g fat), candy corn (140 calories, 0g fat), Butterfinger (100 calories, 4g fat), Pay Day (90 calories, 5g fat), and one Tootsie Roll Pop (60 calories, 0g fat) for a grand total of 775 calories and 24.5g fat.

According to SparkPeople.com's Fitness Tracker, a 150-pound woman who performs jumping jacks (at a rate of about one per second) will burn 10 calories per minute. To burn off these 10 pieces of candy, you'd have to perform vigorous jumping jacks for 1 hour and 18 minutes, which is equal to about 4,680 jumping jacks.

And finally…

What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.