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Luther is now more than 75 percent toward the $1 million Miller Challenge goal for the new aquatic center. The Millers’ gift will match one dollar for every two dollars contributed. Each and every gift or pledge brings us one step closer to breaking ground this summer. See why current swimmers say the new pool will be "ridiculously fast." To help Luther meet the Miller Challenge, go to givenow.luther.edu or call the Development Office, 387-1862.
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.
Wellness day results
The Human Resources, Health Service and Wellness departments would like to thank everyone who came out to the Spring Break Health Fair.
Our winners were:
Four $25 chamber bucks, donated by Wellness and Human Resources: Chris Frana, Ed Atwell, Mary Cannady and Erik Stoen.
Cool mist humidifier, donated by Health Service: Amanda Bailey
Gift basket and one hour massage gift certificate, donated by Health Service: Linda Jennings
Two spring floral vases, donated by the Book Shop: Julia Hageman and Jan Schnitzler
IPod Nano donated by Family Care Clinic office of David Heine, M.D.: Marty Berg
The department with the most attendants was custodial. They won a first aid kit for their department donated by Health Service.
Congratulations to all our winners and thanks for attending.
GLBT Resources for Parents
Research suggests that how parents respond to their children when they come out as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender has a major impact on their well-being. Lead With Love is a 35-minute documentary that speaks directly and sympathetically to parents who may be struggling with their children's sexual orientation. Other GLBT resources for parents are available on the Counseling Service website.
Grad Finale 2012
Luther graduating seniors are invited to attend Grad Finale Tuesday-Wednesday, March 27-28, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. in the Union lobby. Pick up your cap and gown, graduation tickets and much more. For more information go to www.lutherbookshop.com.
Chapel this week
Wednesday, March 28: James Griesheimer, Nordic Choir
Friday, March 30: Martin Mohr, Collegiate Chorale
Monday, April 2: Haley Punke, senior chapel
Events this week
March 27, Symphony Orchestra Tour Homecoming Concert, 7:30 p.m., CFL
March 28, Guest Recital, Barry Green, double bass, "Bringing Music to Life," 7 p.m., Jenson-Noble Music Hall, NRH
March 29, Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Lecture, Pamela S. Karlan, 7 p.m., Valders 206
March 30, Center Stage Series Performance, "Damn Yankees," 7:30 p.m., CFL Main Hall
March 31, Faculty Artist Series, Karen Kanakis, voice, 7 p.m., Jenson-Noble Music Hall, NRH
Arts manager lecture/conversation March 27
John Anderson, president of Barrett Vantage Artists, a New York based artist management agency will present a lecture/conversation titled "Starting Your Performing Career: An Arts Manager's Perspective" at 9:40 a.m. Tuesday, March 27 in Studio Two of Luther's Center for the Arts. Anderson's agency primarily handles a roster of clients focused on a professional career in music, including vocalists, instrumentalists, jazz and cabaret, and chamber music ensembles
Two-person exhibit on display through April 25
A two-person art exhibit featuring paintings by Sue Hettmansperger and drawings by Crit Streed is on display through Wednesday, April 25 in the Kristin Wigley-Fleming Gallery in the Center for the Arts on the Luther campus.
A gallery reception will be held for Hettmansperger and Streed Wednesday, April 25, 3 p.m. in the Kristin Wigley-Fleming Gallery. Hettmansperger will also hold an artist talk titled "Entanglement: Nature and Culture in my Art," Wednesday, April 25 at 4 p.m.The reception is open to the public with no charge for admission.
'Red Gold' documentary screening
Luther will host a screening of the award-winning documentary "Red Gold" and a discussion session about a proposal to operate an open pit copper mine that could damage the eco-system of Bristol Bay, Alaska, which is the world's largest sockeye salmon fishery.
The "Red Gold" program will be Wednesday, March 28, 7:30 p.m. in Valders 206. The event is open to the public with no charge for admission.
'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.
'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.
Karlan will also hold a brown bag lunch discussion titled "Shoe-Horning, Shell Games and Enforcing Constitutional Rights in the 21st Century," March 29 from 1-2:30 p.m. in the Mott Room. All are welcome to come.
Nordman exhibit on display March 29-May 17
Digital images by Omaha artist Russ Nordman will be on display March 29-May 17 in the Luther College Preus Library.
The exhibit features Nordman's "combines," manipulated digital photographs that result in kaleidoscopic, collage-like images.
In his work he transforms observations of the ordinary and the everyday into contemplative and imaginary commentary on the human experience.
'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.
FAS: Karen Kanakis
Karen Kanakis, soprano, will give a solo voice recital as part of the Faculty Artist Series Saturday, March 31 at 7 p.m. in the NRH with Jessica Paul, collaborative pianist.
The program features songs from the late-Romantic period composers Charles Griffes, Joaquin Turina, Sergei Rachmaninov, Ottorino Respighi and Arnold Schoenberg.
Beasley photography on display April 2-May 20
Photographs by Minneapolis artist Douglas Beasley will be on display April 2-May 20 in the CFL.
Beasley will speak in chapel Monday, April 23 at 10:30 a.m. A gallery reception with the artist will be held that afternoon from 3-4:15 p.m. in the upper level of the Center for Faith and Life.
All events are open to the public with no charge for admission.
Paideia Texts and Issues: Holly Moore
Holly Moore will present the Paideia Texts and Issues Lecture "The Garden of Adonis: Ancient Analogue of the Modern Agricultural Revolution" Tuesday, April 3 at 7 p.m. in the CRH. Sponsored by the Paideia Endowment.
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>.
CSS: Regina Carter
Jazz violinist Regina Carter will perform Friday, April 13 at 7:30 p.m. in the CFL Main Hall. Tickets are on sale at the Luther Box Office. Tickets are $23, $21 for seniors age 65 and over and $15 for youth ages 4-18. The performance features pieces from Carter's latest album "Reverse Thread." The album is a blend of traditional African folk melodies infused with contemporary elements of American jazz.
To Jan Berg and family on the death of Warren Berg, age 87, Luther College professor emeritus of economics, who died Monday, March 26, at Aase Haugen Home in Decorah. Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, March 30 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Decorah.
To Rachel and Rod Vsetecka on the birth of their son, Derek Taylor Vsetecka, born Wednesday, March 21 at 8:30 p.m., weighing 6 pounds 13 ounces. Derek joins big sister, Danica.
Kathryn Seidel joined Luther as a temporary administrative assistant in the music department in October 2011. Her status has since changed to support staff. Her office is Jensen-Noble 210, telephone 387-1280.
Programmer analyst: Luther seeks a self-motivated, detail-oriented programmer analyst to support campus information systems. Knowledge of procedural computer languages, SQL databases and reporting required. Bachelor's degree in a computer related field or equivalent of education and experience with SQL Server reporting is preferred. Must have excellent communication, technical and analytical skills. This is a full-time, salaried position with full benefits. Applications received by April 13 will receive full consideration. For more information, visit lis.luther.edu/recruiting. Luther College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and persons of diverse ethnic backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply.
Student Employment Coordinator: Full-time position in the Financial Aid Office. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the creation, promotion and enhancement of student employment opportunities on and off campus, processing student payroll and providing supervisor training. Position requires high school diploma; two-plus years of college and three to five years of program management preferred. A thorough knowledge of Microsoft Excel and an ability to gather and analyze data are required. Review of applications begins immediately and continues until the position is filled. Please send letter of application, resume and the names and address of three references (one must be a previous supervisor) to the Office of Human Resources, Luther College, 700 College Drive, Decorah, IA 52101. Luther College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and persons of diverse ethnic backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply.
Coordinator of Student Organizations: Ten-month/year position, 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. Bachelor's degree, preferably from a liberal arts college, is required; masters 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.
Fourteen Luther College students have been selected to present their research projects at the 26th National Conference of Undergraduate Research, the showcase event for exemplary research and scholarship by undergraduate students from the nation's top colleges and universities. The 14 students include: Georgianna Whiteley, Erin Voelschow, Mark Irish, Abby Nance, Jaci Wilkinson, Laurie Medford, Jonathan Grieder, Margaret Darling, Ashley Matthys, Ben Gardner, Daniel Warden, Charles Driscoll, Andrew Knight and Joe Thor.
Marjorie Wharton was the keynote speaker at the recent Conference of the Great Plains Chapter of the College Music Society. In her lecture "Poulenc created a POETRY cycle?!" she demonstrated that composer Francis Poulenc understood the works of modern artists and the poetic equivalents of surrealist poet Paul Eluard. Poulenc created a poetry cycle from poems never published as a cycle. Edwin Andereck joined Wharton to perform four of the poems.
Kristin Swanson presented "Judges 19-21: Anti-Ezra Polemic?" at the Central States Regional meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature/American Schools of Oriental Research, St. Louis, March 18-19.
On May 21, Kathleen Stokker will, for the fifth year in-a-row, serve as banquet speaker for Iowa City's Norwegian Club's annual celebration of Norway's Constitution Day. On June 22 she will speak for the Vestlandslag stevne (gathering of descendents of immigrants from Western Norway) to be held this year in La Crosse.
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: 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, four-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].
Want to sublease/housesit: My roommate and I are looking for a two-bedroom apartment for June and July in Decorah. If you need to sublease your apartment or if you need a housesitter please contact us <snodas01> or <rothem01>.
For sale: Pure-bred lab puppies, black and yellow. Will be ready to go mid May. Call Bridget, 735-5969, leave a message.
For sale: Like new large dresser mirror with side/swing mirrors. Medium oak finish. $40. Contact 382-4007 or [email protected].
For sale: Wii games for sale with cases and instructions: Guitar Hero 5, $20; Guitar Hero drumset, $20, microphone, $5; Guitar Hero World Tour game plus guitar, $45. All in great condition, drumset looks used but works fine. Call Kim at 382-8533 or email <kimpowell>.
The Tissue Issue
"Ultra" brands of toilet paper may feel soft on your bum, but they're hard on the environment because they're made from virgin fiber and bleached with chlorine. Virgin fiber typically comes from trees grown for pulp production or from sawmill leftovers after trees are cut into lumber. The alternative: brands made from 100 percent recycled fiber, preferably with at least 80 percent postconsumer content. You can download a wallet-size buyer’s guide from Greenpeace (www.greenpeace.org/usa/campaigns/forests/tissueguide) or the Natural Resources Defense Council (www.nrdc.org/land/forests/gtissue.asp).
To protect your data, always clear the browser cache on public (non-Luther) workstations after use. Periodically clear the cache on your own computer as well. Questions? Visit lis.luther.edu/tips.
Spring is the time of plans and projects.
-Leo Tolstoy, "Anna Karenina"