Tuesday, March 6

TUESDAY 3/6/12

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March 14-15 staff meetings

At the March staff meeting Jay Uthoff and Jim Martin-Schramm will talk about Luther's carbon footprint and renewable energy initiatives, Greg Lonning will describe Wellness Day and Jon Christy will complete the series, "What exactly are we doing at Luther College?" -an exploration of the college's goals for student learning. The meeting will be offered twice in Peace Dining Room: Wednesday, March 14 at 2 p.m. and Thursday, March 15 at 9 a.m. 


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.

LIS software requests

Academic departments-please submit any requests for new or upgraded software to LIS by the end of April at http://lis.luther.edu/services/software-requests. Requests made at this time will be considered for installation on classroom and lab computers over the summer.

'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.

Health plan incentive credit

The Luther health plan offers incentive credit to employees to encourage self-auditing of eligible medical bills to ensure amount billed by provider accurately reflects services/supplies received by employee or dependent. When employee's self-audit results in elimination/reduction of charges, 25 percent of amount eliminated or reduced will be paid to employee ($10 minimum savings) provided the savings are accurately documented with copy of incorrect bill and copy of corrected billing of a reduction in charges. Submit to Roy Prigge. Credit payment limited $500/calendar year.

Textbook purchases

The Book Shop is beginning textbook returns to publishers and wholesalers. Encourage students to make their textbook purchases now.

Facilities services

An inspection of the upper east parking area at Korsrud has warranted closing it due to the structural conditions on the bottom of the cement slab.  A timeline has not been determined for repairing the parking lot.

The annual steam shutdown is planned for May 22, beginning in the evening, through May 26. A limited number of buildings will have hot water and some HVAC systems will be cooler than usual.

Foreign films available

Like foreign films? The Language Learning Center has a great collection of foreign film titles, many with English subtitles, available for check out with a Luther ID. DVDs and VHS tapes available in Spanish, French, German, Russian, Italian, Chinese and Norwegian. Large collection of Norwegian audio books also available. The LLC is located on the second floor of Main. Hours: 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Come in and browse.

TIAA-CREF representative on campus

David A. Schmidt, Managing Consultant, Institutional Relationships for TIAA-CREF, will be on campus Thursday, March 8 to give the presentation:

“Investing for Life’s Goals” with subtopics:

  1. Define your goal and time horizon
  2. Understand risk and return tradeoff
  3. Adequately diversify
  4. Watch for expenses
  5. Investment strategy examples
  6. How we can help

To allow as many faculty and staff to go as possible, the presentation will be given twice: at 11 a.m. in Mott and 1:30 p.m. in Borlaug. Both sessions are open to all Luther employees.


Chapel this week

Wednesday, March 7: Becky Stiger ’08, Traffick Free

Friday, March 9: Mike Blair, Cathedral Choir

Monday, March 12: Kristi Holmberg, senior chapel

Events this week

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

March 7, Guest Lecture, Becky Stiger, "Human Trafficking: Finding Hope at the Intersections of Tragedy, Justice, and Mercy," 7 p.m., CRH

March 7, SAC Diversity Speaker, Stan Pearson, 7:30 p.m., Dahl Centennial Union, Marty's CyberCafé

March 8, Poetry Reading, Carol Gilbertson, 7 p.m., CRH

March 8, Dance Performance, "Invited to Tea," 7:30 p.m., Center for the Arts, Jewel Theatre

March 9, SAC Spotlight Performance, Chasing Shade, 7 p.m., Dahl Centennial Union, Marty's CyberCafé

March 9, Dance Performance, "Invited to Tea," 7:30 p.m., Jewel Theatre

March 10, Faculty Artist Series, Faculty Piano Quintet, 7 p.m., Jenson-Noble Music Hall, Noble Recital Hall

March 10, Dance Performance, "Invited to Tea," 7:30 p.m., Jewel Theatre

March 11, Faculty Artist Series, Richard Tirk, trumpet, 4 p.m., NRH

March 13, Center for Ethics and Public Life Guest Lecture, John Thatamanil, 7 p.m., CRH

March 13, Faculty Artist Series, Michael Smith, tenor trombone, bass trombone and euphonium, 7 p.m., NRH

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.

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 trumpet recital and cornet music lecture

Raquel Rodriquez, assistant professor of trumpet at Northern Kentucky University, will present "Cincinnati Virtuosity: The Music of Frank Simon and Herman Bellstedt" a guest lecture and recital Tuesday, March 6 at 8:30 p.m. in the Noble Recital Hall of the Jenson Noble Music Hall on the Luther campus.

The performance is open to the public with no charge for admission.

The program includes works for trumpet by Alessandro Marcello, Rafael Méndez, Johann Baptist Georg Neruda and Rodion Shchedrin.

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.

The S.A.L.S.A Life

SAC's Diversity committee presents speaker Stan Pearson Wednesday, March 7 at 7:30 p.m. in Marty's CyberCafé.

Pearson will present his program "The S.A.L.S.A. Life: A Five-Step Guide to Rehearse, Remix and Revive the Way You Lead." While learning the basics of salsa dancing and non-verbal communication, participants will learn five key leadership steps related to life and dancing.

Biology colloquium March 8

All members of the Luther community are invited to a biology colloquium Thursday, March 8 at 9:40 a.m. in Valders 206. Several biology majors will be presenting the results of their summer 2011 research experiences. Andrew Weckwerth and Jacob Wittman will present "Exploring the Dry Run Creek Watershed: From Microbes to Macroinvertebrates", and Jacob Seibert will present "Investigation of Differential Protein Expression Between Germinal Vesicle and Metaphase II Stages of the Swine Oocyte."

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."

Poetry reading Thursday

Carol Gilbertson will read poems from her recently published book, "From a Distance, Dancing," Thursday, March 8, 7 p.m. in the Recital Hall of the CFL.

The poems focus on carefully observed daily experiences that resonate in our bodies as well as our memories. One reviewer calls the poems "smart, witty, honest and passionately intelligent," another says they show "tough-minded compassion."

Gilbertson’s book was published by Finishing Line Press in November. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and for author signing at a reception following the reading.

Gilbertson is emerita professor of English and founding director of the Lutheran Festival of Writing at Luther.

Chasing Shade March 9

Indie-folk trio Chasing Shade will perform Friday, March 9 at 7:30 p.m. in Marty's CyberCafé.

Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10, available at the door or at the Luther Box Office, 387-1357. 

Chasing Shade is an Americana folk-rock trio based out of Iowa City, Iowa.  Griffen Harris, Elliott Beenk and Tim Cigrand use drums, acoustic and electric guitar, bass and vocals to create music they are proud to call their own, while simultaneously connecting with a broad and ever-expanding audience.

'Moby-Dick' 25-hour marathon reading

Luther students in the American novel class will conduct a 25-hour marathon reading of Herman Melville's classic novel "Moby-Dick" beginning Friday, March 9 at 4 p.m., and continuing until 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 10. The event will take place in the Concourse of the Valders Science Hall and is open to the public with no admission charge.  Participants may come and go at their convenience throughout the daylong reading.

FAS: Luther Piano Quartet

Luther's Faculty Artist Series will feature the Luther Piano Quartet comprised of faculty joined by visiting faculty member Conor O'Brien in a recital Saturday, March 10 at 7 p.m. in the Noble Recital Hall.

The event is open to the public with no charge for admission.

Miko Kominami, piano; Eric Kutz, cello; Spencer Martin, viola; Tarn Travers, violin; and guest Conor O'Brien, violin, will perform Antonín Dvořák's Piano Quintet in A major, Op. 81, and Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34 by Johannes Brahms.

FAS: Richard Tirk

Luther assistant professor of music Richard Tirk will perform a faculty trumpet recital Sunday, March 11 at 4 p.m. in the NRH. The recital will feature works by J.S. Bach, Daniel Bukvich, Luther associate professor of music Brooke Joyce, Sergei Rachmaninov, and a world premiere of a work by 2011 Luther graduate Mitchell Dietz. The program is open to the public with no charge for admission. 

FAS: Michael Smith

Michael Smith, associate professor of music, will perform an instrumental recital Tuesday, March 13 at 7 p.m. in the Jenson-Noble Hall of Music.

Smith will perform pieces on the tenor trombone, bass trombone and euphonium. Du Huang, associate professor of music, will accompany Smith on the piano. The event is open to the public with no charge for admission.

Thatamanil lecture March 13

John Thatamanil, associate professor of theology and world religions at Union Theological Seminary, New York, will present "The Hospitality of Receiving: Gandhi, King, and Interreligious Learning" Tuesday, March 13, 7 p.m. in the Center for Faith and Life Recital Hall. In his lecture, Thatamanil will argue for interreligious receptivity– the capacity to learn from a tradition other than our own – and will show how Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. excelled at interreligious receptivity.

Artist reception

An artist reception for Bounnak Thammavong will be held Thursday, March 15 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. in the Sampson Hoffland Atrium. Bounnak designed the "Chain Reaction" and "Of Periodics" display located on the first and second floors of the atrium. He also designed "Luther Chemistry Periodic Table of Elements: H20" located in the stairwell of the atrium. The exhibit and reception are open to the public with no charge for admission.

Faculty/staff spring break health fair

Come to the spring break health fair in the Union Tuesday, March 20, 8 a.m.-noon. and get a gift. Special gift for the department that sends the most staff/faculty.

Wellness blood screenings will be held from 7:30-11 a.m. This is an even year which means employees are reimbursed. Sign up at health.luther.edu, click on Blood Screening and fill out the online form or call 387-1045.

Physicians available for limited skin checks, eye screenings, foot screenings, diabetes educator, BP checks, hemoglobin AIC, etc.

Public Health will be present for those who need tetanus or Hep B vaccines.

Spouses/significant others welcome.

Sponsored by Human Resources, Health Service and Wellness.

CSS: 'Damn Yankees"

The musical comedy "Damn Yankees" will come to the CFL Main Hall Friday, March 30, 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $26, $24 for seniors age 65 and over and $15 for youth ages 4-18, available at the Box Office, 387-1357. In "Damn Yankees" Joe trades his soul to the Devil for a chance to lead his favorite baseball team in the pennant race only to realize the true worth of the life he's left behind.

Passover Celebration April 12

Interfaith Holiday Meal Celebration—Passover Celebration will be held Thursday, April 12, 6:30 p.m., Peace Dining Room. Join College Ministries and the Diversity Center for a model Seder, a Jewish tradition that celebrates the Passover theme of freedom from slavery and oppression. Space is limited. Tickets available at the Luther College Box Office. Cost: $2 plus a meal plan swipe or $6 for students without a meal plan. Others: $10. Questions? Contact <interfaith>.

Student recitals

Maxwell Lafontant '13 Iowa, will perform a tuba recital Sunday, March 11 at 7 p.m.

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. 


Internal transfer

Nan Hibbs began her new position as research analyst in the Department of Assessment and Institutional Research March 1. Her new office is Union 234B and her new phone number is 387-1090.


Robert Shedinger gave the Religion 100 lecture at Concordia College-Moorhead on Feb. 23. His presentation was titled "How Islam Could Save Christianity—and the World. He also spoke Feb. 25 on his book "Was Jesus a Muslim?" at the Muslim Unity Center of Bloomfield Hills, Mich.

Bethany Krepela was awarded the Chapter Leader of the Year Award at the Association of Lutheran Development Executives' international conference on Feb. 7 in Minneapolis. The award honors an ALDE chapter member for exhibiting extraordinary effort in leading a chapter and providing a model of exemplary chapter leadership. 

Heather Armstrong was recently the guest oboist at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Double Reed Day. In addition to teaching several master classes for graduate, undergraduate and high school students, she performed Vivaldi's "Concerto for Two Oboes in D minor" with UNL oboe professor William McMullen and "Signs Of" by Maurice Monhardt, Luther professor emeritus of music.

Michael O'Brien performed two concerts with his tango quintet, Quinteto Yzafa, in Madison, Wis. March 3-4 as a part of the Overture Center International Festival and for the Madison Tango Society's monthly milonga.

Xiao Hu served as an adjudicator for the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra's 2012 Rising Star Concerto Competition, held on the campus of Viterbo University in La Crosse, Wis.  


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.


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.

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.

For sale: Large blue couch. In good condition. $200. Measures 8 feet, 2 inches long by 3 feet, 7 inches wide. Contact <larsam01> for more information and pictures.

For sale: Wii game system in perfect condition with four remotes, remote battery charger, remote cases, motion plus sensors, two nunchucks. Asking $130. Wii games for sale with cases and instructions $20 each: Wii Sports Resort, Mario Party 8, Mario Kart with two wheels. Asking $120: Wii guitar hero bundle including two guitars, drumset, two microphones, Guitar hero warriors of rock game, Guitar Hero 5, Guitar Hero World Tour all in great working condition, drumset looks used but works fine. Call Kim at 382-8533 or email <kimpowell>.

House-sitters available: Two responsible, Luther, women are looking to house-sit for all or most of the summer. Willing to pay rent and utilities used. Please email <whitma06> or call (218) 340-3781.


Wellness tip

If you feel like you catch every cold or bug that flits through town, quit your sniffling, hold on to your hand sanitizer and find out how to improve your immunity.

According to David Katz, MD, MPH, director of the Yale University Prevention Center, everything from your hormones to your heart affects how well you fight infections and disease. "You can't have a healthy immune system unless you have a healthy circulatory system, because that's how nutrients get to the bone marrow where immune cells are made," he says.

Katz's short list for killer immunity: stress control, plenty of sleep, physical activity and balanced nutrition. "If you’re not taking care of your health, and you change that, you’ll see an immediate effect on your immune system," he says. Case in point: a 2008 study in "The Lancet," in which men with prostate cancer were put on a three-month healthy living program. "Their genes and their risk for cancer progression changed," Katz says. What's more, a study in the "Archives of Internal Medicine" shows that a healthy diet and weight, regular exercise and never smoking are together associated with an 80 percent risk reduction in developing heart disease, cancer and diabetes.

A strong immune system doesn't just determine your susceptibility to illness. It also determines how long you’ll live and how well you will age. That's right: Your fountain of youth is right here. As found on: http://www.360-5.com/body/ImmunityBoosters/Pages/introduction.aspx.

And finally…

Happy belated birthday Dr. Seuss.

someone like you
cares a whole awful lot,
nothing is going to get better.
It’s not.

-Dr. Seuss