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Presidential search committee
Board of Regents chairperson Paula Meyer has appointed the following individuals to the Presidential Search Committee: faculty members Novian Whitsitt, Brad Chamberlain and Victoria Christman; student Austen Smith '13; and staff members Jeanie Lovell, Steve Arneson and Karen Martin-Schramm (of counsel). Thank you to everyone who participated in the nomination process. These individuals will join six Regents and the president of the Alumni Council on the search committee.
Amazing deals in the Book Shop
Great promo pricing on select spring clothing. Neon Luther hoods- originally $39.99, now $24, hoodless hoodies- originally $24.99, now $20 and Luther sweatpants- originally $19.99, now $12. Also, all clearance-priced t-shirts now 2 for $10. Hurry in, sale continues while supplies last.
Message from campus programming
Luther College will host a three day conference for the NE Iowa Narcotics Task Force on March 19-21. The scheduled activities will take place in the Olin Building.
On March 21, the Food & Fitness Conference will be scheduled in Valders and the Dahl Centennial Union.
Farwell locked for spring break
Faculty and staff that use the Farwell parking lot and elevator should plan ahead as spring break approaches. Farwell Hall will be locked for break starting at 7 p.m. Friday, March 16. Farwell Hall will reopen Sunday, March 25 at 10 a.m.
2011 graduate destination report
Luther College Career Center has posted the Graduate Destination Report for 2011 graduates. Go to https://www.luther.edu/careers/about/reports/ and select the link for Class of 2011.
Making Appointments with Norse Calendar
Are you looking for an easy way to set up meetings with advisees and other students during your office hours? Google’s “Appointment Slots” feature lets you designate blocks of available time which can be offered up to others through an online appointment calendar. Join us on Friday, March 30, 12:15-1:15 p.m. in Olin 301 to work with the “Appointment Slots” feature. We will focus on preparing advisors for registration meetings with advisees. All students, faculty and staff interested in this feature may attend as well.
View all LIS Training events at http://lis.luther.edu/learn/schedule.
LIS faculty development brown bags
On Monday, April 2, 12:15-1:15 p.m. Tom Berger, Jeff Dintaman, and Lisa Lantz will present the third 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 discuss the collaborative nature of incorporating technology in many forms into the production process.
On Tuesday, April 3, 11:30-12:30 p.m. Nick Gomersall, Ginger Meyette, and Jayme Nelson will present the fourth and final in a series of brown bags highlighting the work of faculty who attended the "Enhancing Student Learning Through Information Literacy and Technology" summer workshop. Nick will report on an initiative that asked students, rather than working from published textbooks, to write their own ‘textbooks’ using personal wikis. Ginger will talk about the impact of the workshop on her SW 305 Research Methods for Social Work course. Jayme will talk about her work integrating SecondLife virtual reality software into her senior level nursing class.
View all LIS Training events at http://lis.luther.edu/learn/schedule.
Hunger Games Read-Alike Challenge
Take back reading for fun for 24 hours. Give a post-it note review of a Hunger Games read-alike book at the library's Research Help Desk and you could win a $20 Luther Book Shop gift certificate. The books on display from the Curriculum Library are fast-paced reads with a check-out period of one day. The drawing will be held Tuesday, April 10. Open to all Luther students, faculty and staff. Winner notified via Luther email.
Wii bowling champions
The Luther wii bowling championship was held Tuesday, March 13 in the Book Shop. Staff team The Money Rollers (Michelle Einck, Joni Meyer, Kathy Tollefsrud and Nicole Waskow) bowled against student team The Avengers of Catan (Ross Frei, Mark Irish, Eli Johnson, Eric Lindgren and Doug Winkey). After a tie, a 3-frame bowl-off resulted in naming The Money Rollers the 2012 champions. Thanks to all who participated and supported wii league bowling this year.
Spring break hours
Dahl Centennial Union/Welcome Desk
Tuesday-Friday, March 20-23: 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 24: 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sunday, March 25: 8 a.m.-11 p.m.
Tuesday-Saturday, March 20-24: Closed
Sunday, March 25: 5-7 p.m.
Tuesday-Friday, March 20-23: 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday, March 24-25: Closed
Tuesday-Sunday: March 20-25: Closed
Monday, March 26: Opening at 9 a.m.
Tuesday-Friday, March 20-23: 8:45 a.m.-4:45 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday, March 24-25: Closed
Tuesday-Friday, March 20-23: 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday, March 24-25: Closed
Legends Fitness Center
Tuesday-Friday, March 20-23: 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday, March 24-25: Closed
Monday, March 26: Begin spring hours of 6 a.m.-9 p.m.
Please note, Legends closes one hour earlier.
Tuesday-Friday, March 20-23: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday, March 24: Closed
Sunday, March 25: 6 p.m.-midnight
Chapel this week
March 20-25: Spring break, no chapel
Monday, March 26: Rev. Mike Blevins, NE Iowa Peace and Justice Center
Events this week
March 20, School Performance, "Treasured Stores," Eric Carle, 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., CFL
March 27, Symphony Orchestra Tour Homecoming Concert, 7:30 p.m., CFL
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.
Luther College Woman's Club March 20
Laura Gentry, Director of the Iowa School of Laughter Yoga, presents Luther College Woman's Club program Tuesday, March 20,1:30 p.m., in Peace Dining Room, Dahl Centennial Union. All women welcome. Refreshments, business meeting and update of LC events. Childcare available, call Amy Bruening, 382-8604. Shuttle Service from Decorah Swimming Pool parking lot available, call Ruby Hermeier, 382-4999.
Farewell for Lucas Welper March 20
Lucas Welper has accepted a programmer analyst position with Mayo Clinic in Rochester starting March 26. The Luther community is invited to help us thank him for his great contributions to the Software Development team and wish him well in his new position at a reception Tuesday, March 20 from 2:30-4 p.m. in Main 12. His wife Sarah and new baby Haylie plan to attend.
'Keeping Faith with the Constitution'
Pamela Karlan, professor of public interest law and co-director of the Supreme Court Litigation Clinic at Stanford Law School, will present the Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Lecture Thursday, March 29, 7 p.m. in Valders Hall of Science, Room 206. A pre-lecture reception will be held in the Valders Atrium at 6:15 p.m. Karlan's lecture will focus on the U.S. Constitution, specifically how it has endured and how it is interpreted.
'Spotlight on Sex and Gender' March 28
The Women and Gender Studies program hosts the second "Spotlight on Sex and Gender: A Campus Conversation Series" Wednesday, March 28, following the showing of "Miss Representation" at 7 p.m. in Olin 102.
Written and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the film "exposes how mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America." For more information on the film, go to http://www.missrepresentation.org/the-film/.
NAA spring sports luncheon
Norse Athletic Association will hold a spring sports luncheon Thursday, March 29 at noon in Peace Dining Room. The cost for lunch is $5. All of the spring sport coaches will speak on their respective seasons to date. Don't miss a great chance to get firsthand information on Norse Athletics as we head into the spring sports season.
'District Preus' to host 'Capitol Style'" Hunger Games party March 29
"District Preus" invites you to a Hunger Games "Capitol Style" party in the library on March 29 from 8-9 p.m. Test your Hunger Games knowledge in a trivia contest, amp up your look at the decoration station and forage for Hunger Games-related food. Come dressed "Capitol Style" and pose for READ posters. The winning District trivia team scores dinner and a movie for the entire team. See the library's Facebook page, www.facebook.com/PreusLibrary for more details.
"Peep"tacular Day March 30
The Book Shop will hold the 5th annual "Peep"tacular Day Friday, March 30. Toss a bean bag to receive discounts off your entire purchase. Enjoy punch and marshmallow treats. From 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. vote for your favorite Peep Diorama. Winners will be announced at 3:30 p.m. with prizes awarded. Peep Diorama entries will be accepted through Thursday, March 29. Don't be a marshmallow. Join the fun.
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 is $2 plus a meal plan swipe or $6 for students without a meal plan, all others, $10. Questions? Contact <interfaith>.
All student recitals are held in the Noble Recital Hall, with receptions following each performance. Student recitals and receptions are open to the public with no charge for admission.
To Ryan Gjerde and Jenna Mockler-Gjerde on the birth of their son, Thomas Henry Gjerde, born Saturday, March 3, at 1:01 a.m., weighing 7 pounds 15 ounces and measuring 20.5 inches.
Jean Brickman joined Luther as Custodial Staff in Preus Library and Miller Hall on March 6. Her phone number is 387-2235.
Luther seeks a qualified individual for the position of writer in the publications office. The writer will write, rewrite and edit print and electronic pieces for internal and external audiences. Key duties include supporting the editing and publication of the Luther Magazine, writing and reviewing content for the Luther website, and other writing responsibilities within the Publications and Design department. Applicants are asked to submit a cover letter, resume and the names and contact information of three current references to: Office of Human Resources, Luther College, 700 College Drive, Decorah, IA 52101 or via email at <hr>.
Luther is accepting applications for the position of Coordinator of Student Organizations. Primary responsibilities of the position include developing a plan for organizational development for the student organizations, providing educational and programming leadership for campus organizations, training members and advisors to become proficient with various computer software programs and working with program assessment, data collection and trend analysis.
A bachelor’s degree, preferably from a liberal arts college, is required; master's in student personnel administration, leadership studies or higher education, preferred. At least one year's experience as part of a student activities program, either as a student or staff, preferably at a private, religiously-affiliated, residential liberal arts college.
J. R. Christianson spoke to Sons of Norway in Rochester on March 8 on "The Norwegian Royal Family."
Luther College is one of four finalists in a Climate Leadership Awards competition conducted by the sustainability advocacy organization Second Nature to find and recognize the most innovative climate leaders among colleges and universities. Luther College, Allegheny College, Carleton College and Spelman College, all acknowledged national leaders in sustainability initiatives and achievements on their campuses and in their operations, are the four colleges named finalists in the baccalaureate colleges division of the Second Nature competition.
To cast a vote for Luther in the Climate Leadership Awards competition, visit:
Watch the video and click the "like" button to support Luther for the award.
Richard Tirk performed a guest recital and gave a masterclass at Northern Kentucky University in Highland Heights, on March 12. Music included works by Brooke Joyce and Mitch Dietz '11 and he was accompanied by Jessica Paul.
Bob Erickson has been elected vice chair for the Fillmore County
Developmental Achievement Center. They are licensed in Day Training
Services through the Minnesota Department of Human Services. They work closely with the area social services agencies, school systems, residential providers, and families with the objective to assist each individual to become as independent as possible, to improve each person's quality of life, and to encourage maximum integration into regular community life.
Marv Slind gave a presentation on "Luther College Goes to War: 'Scuttlebutt' and the World War II Letters" at the March 12 meeting of the Scott Hosier World War II Roundtable, in Rochester, Minn.
Congratulations to sophomores Luke Hanson and Clara Bergan for being named Peace Scholars for 2012. They will join students from the other Nobel Peace Prize Forum colleges for a seven-week study program in Norway focused on peace, justice, democracy and human rights. For more information about the program go to http://peacescholars.wordpress.com/. Thanks to the Center for Ethics and Public Life for helping support Luther's scholars.
Jane Hawley will present a new work, "Input" at the American College Dance Festival in Springfield, Mo., March 21-25. Theatre/dance majors, Amanda Moran '12 and Mike Moran '12 will perform the dance at the festival. Amanda will present her senior honors research, "Body of Stories" at the conference. Amanda and Mike will perform Mike's senior project, "Couple Compilations" on the informal concert at the same festival.
Philip Freeman wrote an essay for the Wall Street Journal about Quintus Cicero's guide for winning elections and how it applies to today's politicians. Read Freeman's May 18 WSJ article at: http://online.wsj.com.
Registration open for Kindernature, Discovery Club
Registration is open for Luther College's spring environmental programs: Kindernature and Discovery Club. Programs begin March 26 and run through May 7.
Places are available for children in pre-school through fourth grade. For registration information contact Emily Neal, <nealem01> or 387-2138.
Seeking student profile recommendations
The Luther Alumni Magazine is seeking recommendations for graduating seniors to profile as part of its Commencement coverage. We want to hear about students who have excelled academically and/or received awards in their field of study, as well as students who have been exceptional in their contributions outside the classroom or are embarking on interesting careers. Email Ellen Modersohn at <modeel01>.
Redeemable cans to benefit HFH
Take all redeemable cans and bottles to Luther's drop-off site. It's located on Luther College Dike Rd. next to the two big blue recycling bins and Storre Theatre.
Place your redeemable cans and bottles in tied bags, and place them in the metal cages. If they're sorted, great. If not, that's okay, too.
All proceeds go toward the construction of a new home by the Luther College Habitat for Humanity Chapter.
Women, Faith and Finance seminar April 13
On Friday, April 13, Luther is hosting the eighth annual Women, Faith and Finance seminar at the Hotel Winneshiek. Women of all ages are invited to come and learn more about financial management, retirement and estate planning, and charitable giving. Cost is $25—bring a friend, and each save $5. First 75 women to register will receive the book The Generosity Plan. To register online, go to http://www.luther.edu/wff or email <lovellje> for more information.
Climate Justice Campaign
Are you passionate about climate change, social justice, or sustainable-living? Do you have a vision for a sustainable and just future? Do you want to influence world leaders through local action? You are invited to participate in the “Climate Justice Campaign” this April at Luther. Interested students, faculty and staff, or community members should contact Kristi Holmberg at <holmkr01> to learn more and get involved.
Lecture and Fine Arts committee seeks applications
Interested in bringing a performer or speaker to campus during the 2012-13 year? Luther's Lecture and Fine Arts committee will accept applications April 8-15. Applications will not be accepted before April 8. Applications received between April 8 and April 15 will be considered simultaneously, regardless of the date and time of submission. Please go to https://www.luther.edu/programming/lfa/ to fill in an application.
Help wanted to pick garlic mustard
Mary Lewis would like your help picking garlic mustard. Come help at Palisades Park Saturday, March 31 from 9 am.-noon. Go past the entrance to end of gravel road. Plan to arrive no later than 10 a.m., as the group may be moving. Bring gloves and garden hoes if you have them.
Garlic mustard is an invasive weed that crowds out woodland plants, including young trees. Learn how to ID and weed this destructive plant and help save the city parks. Contact Mary Lewis with questions, 382-6349 or [email protected].
For sale: Simplicity baby crib and youth bed combination. Very good condition. Also have five wooden gates for child protection available. Also approximately 24 old jars and bottles..antique. Need cleaning up. Contact Joyce, 382-6022 and leave message or email [email protected].
For sale: Flexsteel leather couch, tan, 10 years old, $200. You haul. Contact <chrija02> for pictures or to make an appointment to see.
For sale: Dinner table and four chairs. Light blonde wood in good condition. Includes two leaves, which expands to comfortably seat 8. Asking $150 OBO. See pictures online at:
http://s1163.photobucket.com/albums/q553/NotActingRight/. Contact Brookhart, <shiesb01> or (319) 331-2484.
Wanted: Female Luther senior in need of a place to stay for the summer. Willing to rent and/or house-sit. You name the price. Please email <rudnam01> or call (651) 528-9211.
For rent: Two-bedroom, one and a half-bath house at 403 Montgomery, Decorah. Includes one-car detached garage. $650/month. No Smoking. Small pets ok. View online at www.triadpropertygroup.com. Available March 21. Call Mike or Leslie at 382-6527.
For rent/purchase: House for rent or purchase, 5-6 bedrooms, one block from campus. Call 379-1001.
For sale: 7x9 insulated garage door with door opener, excellent working condition, $200. Garage windows, excellent condition, $30 each. Call 419-4969.
Help available: Third-year student studying at Luther will be living in Decorah over the summer. Would like to offer my house- and pet-sitting services to Luther staff as well as other Decorah community members when needed for the end of May, June, July and August. Able to give references to vouch for my responsibility, attention to detail and ability to water plants. Contact Kimmy at <roonki01>.
Help available: Willing to do lawn mowing jobs and odd jobs, raking and other clean up yard work. Reasonable rates. Contact Joyce, 382-6022 or [email protected].
For sale: Naturally-raised pork in half or whole quantities, processed at the award-winning Spillville Locker. Available in March. Contact Jodi, <enosbejo> or 380-4185.
For sale: Two Pro Pedal Pack brand hard sided bicycle transport cases - designed for airline travel. Used, but in good shape. $100/each, willing to consider offers. Call 608-2876 or email <bettscol>.
For sale: Maytag Quiet Series 300, 4-cycle dishwasher, white, 7 years old and works great, $75; and Amana, electric self-cleaning oven, black front with silver trim, very clean, one burner is out, $30 OBO. For more information, contact <weisma02>.
For rent: New faculty/staff need a home rental for the year? Decorah home for rent for June 1, 2012 to May 31, 2013. Located on River Street near Family Table and Ladybug Landscapes. Three bedrooms on the two above-ground floors, plus a large master bedroom in the basement. If interested, please call 419-3988 or 419-4516, or or email <pedlto01> or [email protected].
This year, consider opting for recycled papers and green cleaning supplies while you start on your spring cleaning. Avoid cleaners containing phosphates, which are extremely toxic to the environment, as well as cleaners containing bleach or chlorine, which tend to be harmful for similar reasons. Vegetable-based cleaners have become increasingly popular and available to consumers across the country. You can also use vinegar as a completely natural way to clean almost anything. For more tips for a healthy, sustainable spring, visit: http://www.totallygreen.com.
An optimist is the human personification of spring.
-Susan J. Bisonnette