Tuesday, April 17

TUESDAY 4/17/12

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Presidential search "Town Meeting"

Bruce Alton, senior consultant with AGB Search, is assisting Luther College in seeking a successor to President Torgerson. Alton will be on campus April 17-18 to gather feedback from the community on Luther's future needs and the qualities we see as most important in our next president. All are invited to attend a "town meeting" with Alton on Tuesday, April 17, 4-5 p.m. in the CRH. If you are not able to attend and would like to send written comments to Alton, email him at [email protected].

April staff meeting

Plan on attending the last staff meeting of the academic year on Wednesday, April 25 at 2 p.m., or Thursday, April 26 at 9 a.m. President Torgerson will provide a college update, student SAC leaders will speak and three seniors will reflect on their Luther journey. Meetings are held in Peace Dining Room.


Update on summer 2012 faculty computer roll-out

LIS will hold a "Teaching and Technology" session Wednesday, April 18, 12:15-1:15 p.m., Mott, Dahl Centennial Union, on the summer 2012 faculty computer roll-out facilitated by Larry Sikkink. Faculty members in the following departments are scheduled to receive new computers this summer as part of the four year replacement cycle: art, classics, English, modern languages and literatures, philosophy, religion, theatre/dance. This session will provide information on the choices, Mac and PC, that will be available in Summer 2012. Sign up at http://lis.luther.edu/learn/schedule.

LIS 'Teaching and Technology': intro to VoiceThread

LIS will hold a "Teaching and Technology" session Tuesday, April 24, 3:30-4:40 p.m., Hovde Lounge, Preus Library. The session will explore VoiceThread, a tool that allows the collaborative creation of online multimedia slideshows, highlighting ways to use this online environment to supplement the collaborative exercises already being done in the classroom. The presentation will be led by David Thompson. Sign up at http://lis.luther.edu/learn/schedule.

Personal financial consultations

TIAA-CREF will be on campus for personal financial consultations in a confidential setting. Wednesday-Thursday, April 18-19, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., and Friday, April 20, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Call 1-866-842-2977 to schedule an appointment. The consultations are held in the Career Center, Dahl Centennial Union, Room 205.

Summer 2012 faculty workshop

LIS and the Dean's Office are partnering to offer "Enhancing Student Learning Through Information Literacy and Technology" for faculty July 9-13. Participants will consider course-specific information literacy principles in the context of departmental/program goals and teaching goals in relation to use of technology (multimedia, social media, new media literacies, hardware, software, etc.). Additional information and application: http://lis.luther.edu/studentlearningworkshop2012. Individuals, pairs or teams from departments are welcome to apply. Applications are due May 7.

Business card deadline April 18

The publications office is accepting orders for business cards online at www.luther.edu/printwork. Please order in quantity increments of 250. Send a sample of an old card via campus mail to AJ Perling. Submit orders prior to Wednesday, April 18. This order will be back just before graduation, to accommodate summer travelers.

The publications office gathers business card orders at the start of each semester; note that orders printed individually at other times cost considerably more.

Formal completion

Luther has announced the formal completion and start-up of the wind power project that is creating wind-generated electrical power for the college and the Decorah community. The project was completed on time and under budget in the fourth quarter of 2011. The power generated by the wind turbine is being sold to Alliant Energy under a long-term power purchase agreement. The project's Renewable Energy Certificates are being sold to Luther in order to reduce the college's carbon footprint.

LIS software requests

Academic departments: submit any requests for new or upgraded software by the end of April to LIS 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.

Book Shop "Spring Cleaning" sale

Offering hundreds of gift, school supply and clothing items and grab bags at great deals that will "sweep" off the tables. Sale dates are Friday, April 20 from 8:45 a.m.-4:45 p.m. and Saturday, April 21, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

'Giving and Grading Essay Exams'

Martin Klammer, writing director, will facilitate a year-end workshop on "Giving and Grading Essay Exams: Some Modest Proposals." The workshop is scheduled for Friday, April 27, from 12:15-1:15 p.m. in Borlaug. Lunch will be provided for faculty who register in advance. Go to http://lis.luther.edu/node/6784 for more information and to register.

Community gardens registration open

Garden this summer with colleagues and friends in Luther's Community Garden. Located at the college farm on Pole Line Road, gardens are a mile from campus and convenient to tend before or after work or during a lunch break. For more information and to register, visit http://www.luther.edu/sustainability/food/growing/community/.

Luther furthers commitment to local food

Luther is pleased to announce that all beef patties served on campus are made with beef from Grass Run Farms, a locally owned business that works with farmers in the region to raise antibiotic-free, pasture-based beef.

In late March Luther officially made the switch to purchasing nearly all turkey products from Ferndale Market in Cannon Falls, Minn.  Ferndale Market turkey is free-range, antibiotic-free and naturally processed.

Faculty/staff/alumni leaders needed

The sustainability office is looking for four more group leaders for the 2012 New Student Immersion trips taking place August 18-24. There are six different trip options and each faculty leader will be assisted by a student leader. If you enjoy interacting with students and spending time in nature, contact Dan Bellrichard at 387-1253 or <[email protected]>. More information about the program is available at http://www.luther.edu/sustainability/education/immersion/.


Chapel this week

Wednesday, April 18: Holocaust remembrance day, Yom Hashoah
Friday, April 20: Laurie Iudin-Nelson, Luther Balalaika Ensemble
Monday, April 23: Douglas Beasley, visiting artist

Events this week

April 17: Can Mountain Day, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. on the NW corner of the Farwell Clearing (aka Library Lawn)

April 17: Luther Ensemble Concert, Cathedral tour homecoming concert, 7:30 p.m., Center for Faith and Life Main Hall

April 18, Luther Ensemble Concert, Jazz Band, 7 p.m., Center for Faith and Life Main Hall

April 19, A Reading by Benjamin Percy, 7 p.m., Center for Faith and Life Recital Hall

April 19, Luther Ensemble Concert, Collegium Musicum, 7:30 p.m., Jenson-Noble Music Hall, Noble Recital Hall

April 19, Guest Art Lecture, Thomas Green, "Vernacular Movement Arts," 8 p.m., F.W. Olin Building, Room 102

April 20, Luther Ensemble Concert, Cantorei, 7:30 p.m., Jenson-Noble Music Hall, Noble Recital Hall

April 21, Alan R. and Sally J. Brudos Family Opera Prize Recital, Matthew Stump, 4 p.m., Jenson-Noble Music Hall, Noble Recital Hall

April 21, SAC Concert, Andy Grammer and Parachute, 7 p.m., Center for Faith and Life Main Hall

April 22, Luther Ensemble Concert, Wind and Percussion Ensemble and Varsity Band, 4 p.m., Center for Faith and Life Main Hall

April 24, Luther Ensemble Concert, Collegiate tour homecoming concert, 7:30 p.m., Center for Faith and Life Main Hall

Climate Justice Campaign

Students will host a series of Climate Justice Campaign events on campus April 1-22 in conjunction with the international observance of Earth Day. The goal of the campaign is to raise awareness about climate change as a social justice issue and advocate for a sustainable and just future.

April 15-22, Week Three: Peace Week: "The Future We Want," with Global Concerns Groups and tabling throughout the week

Schedule this week:

  • April 17: Habitat for Humanity Can Mountain Day
  • April 18: Social Work Association event
  • April 19: Film, "Pray the Devil Back to Hell," hosted by Interfaith Student Association
  • April 20: PRIDE: National Day of Silence
  • April 21: ONE Campaign: Hunger Banquet with sustainable and local foods
  • April 22: Earth Day Celebration
  • April 22, 1 p.m.: Human Mosaic demonstration on Library Lawn or Sports Field
  • April 22,  7 p.m.: Jamnesty Advocacy Concert, hosted by Amnesty

Luther College Woman's Club April 17

Paula Meyer, chair of the Luther College Board of Regents and founder of the Friends of Ngong Road in Nairobi, Kenya will present the Luther College Woman's Club program"Saying Yes" Tuesday, April 17,1:30 p.m., in Peace Dining Room, Dahl Centennial Union. All women welcome. Refreshments, business meeting and an 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.

Cathedral Choir performance April 17

Luther College Cathedral Choir will perform Tuesday, April 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall on the Luther campus.

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

The first part of the concert will feature Giovanni Palestrina's "Exultate Deo," Edward Bairstow's "Let all Mortal Flesh Keep Silence," and "I Sing as I Arise Today" by James Fritschel.

In part two of the concert, the choir will perform Herbert Howells' "Requiem."

After a brief intermission, the concert will conclude several songs and a new arrangement of John Newton's "Amazing Grace" by Amy Englesdorfer, assistant professor of music at Luther.

Benjamin Percy reading April 19

Come to a reading by award-winning contemporary author Benjamin Percy in the Center for Faith and Life Recital Hall at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 19.  Percy is the author of the short story collections "Refresh, Refresh" and "The Language of Elk" and the novels "The Wilding" and the forthcoming "Red Moon," both of which will soon be adapted for film. Book signing and question and answer session to follow. For more information and samples of his work, check out benjaminpercy.com

Collegium Musicum to perform April 19

 Collegium Musicum will perform Thursday, April 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the NRH. The concert is open to the public with no charge for admission. Collegium Musicum specializes in the music of the Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque periods. Instrumentalists are directed by Kathryn Reed and will perform works from 17th century Italy and England. The singers are directed by Allen Hightower and will perform English madrigals and two Tudor anthems.

Cantorei concert April 20

Cantorei will perform a spring concert Friday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m. in the Noble Recital Hall.

The choir will perform a three-set concert. The first set includes Randall Thompson's choral cantate "The Place of the Blest." This work includes "I: the Carol of the Rose," "II: The Pelican," "III: The Place of the Blest" and "IV: Alleluia, Amen."

The second set features songs about nightingales. It includes "Fülemüle" by Orban, "Die Nachtigall," by Mozart, "The Nightingale, Organ of Delight," by Weelkes.

The third section includes sacred contemporary pieces by Eleanor Daley, Stephen Hatfield, John Rutter and Charles Albert Tindley.

Alan R. and Sally J. Brudos Family Opera Prize recital

Matthew Stump will present the Alan R. and Sally J. Brudos Family Opera Prize recital Saturday, April 21 at 4 p.m. in the Noble Recital Hall. Stump is the 2011-12 recipient of the Brudos Family Opera Prize. He will perform works by Beethoven, Brahms, Benjamin Britten, Charles Gounod, Émile Paladilhe, Camille Saint-Saëns and Verdi. A reception will follow the performance. Both the recital and reception are open to the public with no charge for admission.

WPE and Varsity Band concert April 22

The Wind and Percussion Ensemble and Varsity Band will perform a joint concert Sunday, April 22 at 4 p.m. in the Main Hall of the Center for Faith and Life. The concert is open to the public with no charge for admission. Both groups will be under the direction of Joan deAlbuquerque.

LASO's Take a Kid to a Game day

Luther Athletes Serving Others will sponsor "Take a Kid to a Game!" day Saturday, April 28, 1–3 p.m. at the Luther baseball and softball games.

LASO invites children K-5 to sit with a Luther athlete during the games. Free for area children and snacks are provided.

To sign-up, send an email to <laso> or contact Brian Darling, (515) 473-1554. Children can check-in at 1 p.m. at Circle Drive near Regents and can be picked up at 3 p.m.

Surviving traumatic brain injury

The Department of Nursing is sponsoring two presentations May 1 at 8 a.m. in Olin 102 and 6 p.m. in Valders 206, by Bridgid Ruden. Ruden was a nurse for 25 years. In 2008, she experienced traumatic brain injury due to a bicycle accident. She has had to relearn basic life skills and give up her career. She shares her story of success and challenges through recovery. Both lectures are free of charge and open to the public.

Student recitals

Victor Miguel Hernandez Sang '13 will perform a flute recital Saturday, April 28 at 4 p.m.

Paige Armstrong '12 will perform a soprano recital Saturday, April 28 at 8:30 p.m.

Student recitals are held in the Noble Recital Hall, with receptions to follow. Recitals and receptions are open to the public with no charge for admission.



To Cindy Leonhart on the death of her mother Betty Bruening, 77, of Decorah, who died April 8. 

To Rick and Judy Torgerson on the April 12 death of President Torgerson's mother, Margaret Torgerson, 97, of Winnipeg, Canada.  Services will be held Monday, April 23, in Winnipeg. Memorials may be made to Luther College.

To David Vasquez and Karla Suomala on the sudden death of David's father, of Guatemala, on April 15.

Position opening

Dean's office/faculty search assistant: Regular, 10-month, 25 hours per week (.52 FTE) position in the Dean's Office. This position will provide coordination of the faculty search process and of the faculty travel/development program.  Send resume, cover letter and the names and contact information of three professional references (one must be a previous supervisor) to Office of Human Resources.

Field placement officer: 10-month/year, part-time position of field placement officer for the education department. Responsible for the development of applications, placement and assessment materials. Additional duties include identifying, training and communicating with supervising teachers. Current teaching license and five years teaching experience required. Submit a cover letter, resume and the names and contact information of three professional references (one must be a previous supervisor) to the office of Human Resources.


Kate Narveson was invited to take part in a panel on early modern women's writing at the annual conference of the Renaissance Society of America, held this year in Washington, DC March 22-24.  Her paper, "Anne Venn and the erasure of Scripture: 'all God's Words are actions,'" represents new research on a mid-seventeenth-century Londoner's spiritual narrative.

Jonathon Struve, baritone, presented a lecture recital on Arthur Somervell’s song cycle based on texts from A.E. Housman's "A Shropshire Lad," at the Great Plains Regional Conference of the College Music Society on March 17. The cycle, published in 1904, represents the first musical setting of Housman's text. Jessica Paul performed selections from the cycle in collaboration with Struve.

Jon Christy was recently elected to a three-year term on the Higher Education Data Sharing board beginning in June. He is currently finishing a two-year term board appointment, completing another person's unexpired term, and served as the vice-chair of HEDS in 2011-12. The newly elected HEDS Board will consist of members representing Carleton, Connecticut College, College of the Holy Cross, Davidson, Hamilton, Hampshire, Lake Forest and Trinity (TX).

Nan Hibbs and Jon Christy will attend the annual HEDS conference in Minneapolis in June. Christy will be part of a presentation, "The Benefits and Challenges of Multi-Institutional Collaborations," with Mark Salisbury, Augustana, R.I., and Jeff Ankrom, Wittenberg.

Lori Stanley attended the annual meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology in Baltimore, Maryland, March 27-31. She presented "Establishing Solidarity through Community-Centered Study Abroad" in a symposium on transnational solidarity. She also presented "Preserving Indigenous Knowledge: Documenting Maasai Medicinal Plants" coauthored with Georgianna Whiteley '13 and Rachel Hodapp '13. The medicinal plant research conducted in Tanzania was supported by the Luther College Student/Faculty Collaborative Research Program and a grant from the R.J. McElroy Trust Student/Faculty Research Fund.

Jacob Wittman '12 and Andrew Weckwerth '12 presented a poster at the Iowa Water Conference March 6-7 titled "Exploring the Dry Run Creek Watershed:  Molecules, Microbes, and Macroinvertebrates." The presentation took first place in the poster contest populated largely by graduate students. Mentors for the project were Jodi Enos-Berlage and Kirk Larsen.

Dallas Wulf, '12, and Todd Pedlar, traveled the week of April 1 to Atlanta, for the April meeting of the American Physical Society. Both presented the results of work they have been involved with in conjunction with their affiliation with the Belle Collaboration, an international team of physicists that conduct experimental elementary particle research at KEK, the national high energy physics laboratory of Japan. Wulf presented a parallel session talk titled "Recent Observations of Bottomonium and Bottomonium-like States at Belle"; Pedlar presented an invited talk titled "Recent Results from the Belle Experiment". In each of their presentations, results were announced concerning elementary particle states and their decays that Wulf, Pedlar and close associates within the Belle Collaboration observed for the first time.  

Todd Green has been selected as a 2012-13 fellow for the Summer Seminars on Theologies of Religious Pluralism and Comparative Theology sponsored by the American Academy of Religion. The seminars bring together religious studies scholars from around the nation to explore in greater depth the theological challenges posed by religious diversity and pluralism.

Religion majors Kristi Holmberg and Anna Looft presented papers at the Upper Midwest Regional Meeting of the American Academy of Religion in Minneapolis on March 30. Kristi's paper was titled "'Live Simply So Others May Simply Live': Climate Change, Capitalism, and Christian Discipleship." Anna's paper was titled "Risks They Were Willing To Take: Nuns in the Early Buddhist Monastic Order." 

David Vásquez co-authored a new Bible study on the book of Ruth that is part of Augsburg Fortress' Books of Faith adult Bible study series.  Working together with Diane Jacobsen, Luther Seminary, the study draws on a variety of resources, including Pastor David's sabbatical work on migration and biblical narratives. Pastor David also authored "1, 2 Samuel" on that same series.

Craig Mosher led a panel presentation on "A Sustainability Framework for Quality BSW Education" at the Baccalaureate Program Directors (BPD) meeting on March 17, 2012 in Portland, Oregon. He chairs the BPD Sustainability Committee.


Discovery Camp registration open until April 20

Discovery Camp early bird registration is open until April 20, offering discounted rates to enroll children in the popular week-long environmental programs for students entering grades 1-9.  

Camps take place on the Luther campus and surrounding natural areas of Decorah. Enrollment is limited, so early registration is recommended.

For more information on Discovery Camps, including registration forms and pictures of last year's camps visit the website: environment.luther.edu/discovery

Registration information is also available from Emily Neal, 387-2138 or <nealem01>.

Luther seeks producers and consumers to complete survey

Luther, in collaboration with the Northeast Iowa Food and Farm Coalition, Resource Conservation and Development, and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, is administering a survey throughout the area that will bridge the consumer-producer gap in the local food system and provide an orientation for future growing opportunities.

Luther encourages area producers and consumers to complete the survey at: https://www.luther.edu/sustainability/food/surveys.      

Empowering Learners fundraiser April 18

Empowering Learners is hosting a fundraiser at T-Bocks Sports Bar and Grill in downtown Decorah Wednesday, April 18, 5-9 p.m. Join Ethan Schultz '12 and Ann Sponberg Peterson as they work to support the learners, teachers and schools of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Namibia. A portion of the proceeds from the evening's restaurant and bar revenue will be donated by T-Bocks to the cause. Bring family and friends, enjoy dinner and good company, and learn a bit more about the work of Empowering Learners. For more information see: www.empoweringlearnersnamibia.blogspot.com


Auction: Birgitte and John Christianson have sold their house and are having an auction on April 21 at the Community Building at the Decorah Fairgrounds. Includes dishes, glassware, art, silver, collectables, 19th century Decorah walnut furniture (including a daybed signed and dated 1878), 1920s mission bookcase with glass doors, curly maple five-drawer chest, sideboard, old Persian rug and much more. Greentree Auctioneers  begin at 10 a.m. Questions? call 382-4362.

For sale: 30-inch gas stove. A little old but in great working condition. $50 OBO. Contact <hughesma> or 382-5383.

For sale: Seven-foot slide-in pickup camper. In good condition, pop-up sleeps three. Three-burner stove, heater, ice box, water storage, no leaks. Contact Lyle, <halvly01> or 419-2897.

Help wanted: Enjoy working outside and gardening? Going to be in town this summer and are looking for some outdoor work? We are looking for a gardener to weed and take care of our flower gardens and lawn mowing. Contact <bmiller> for more information.

Wanted to rent or borrow: Small freezer for special event preparation mid-May through mid-July 2012. Contact Carol Gilbertson, 382-9863 or <gilbertc> if you have a freezer you would be willing to part with for those two months.

Housing wanted: Engineering student from the University of Iowa looking for an apartment/room/house to stay in for a summer internship. Willing to sublease and/or house sit. Contact [email protected] or call (319) 594-3532. References available upon request.

House for sale: Within walking distance to hunting, fishing, canoeing and tubing. House has three bedrooms, two baths-one with in-floor heat and jetted tub. House has new kitchen counter tops, new flooring throughout and screened-in 14-foot by 16-foot porch. Includes a 24-foot by 36-foot heated shop with water. Barn has water. Approx two acres of pasture. Adjacent to state land. See our website wix.com/upperiowa/bluffton-home. $195,000. Call 735-5426 for more information.

For sale: Four tickets to be sold in a bunch or individually for Coldplay at the Xcel Energy Center, Saint Paul on Saturday, Aug. 11 at 7 p.m. Email <donlanre> or call 387-1767 daytime hours, 382-6125 nighttime hours for price details.

For sale: 40-gallon hot water heater for LP tank hookup, brand name AO Smith, used only six months. Reason for selling is a switch over to natural gas, asking $550. Purchase price $660. Call 419-3100.

Housing wanted: New faculty member would like to rent a house in Decorah; preferably three-plus bedrooms, two-plus bathrooms. Contact James Barker at [email protected] or (615) 430-9196.

Garage sale: Friday, April 20, 3-6 p.m. and Saturday, April 21, 7 a.m.-??. Sale will be held at 117 North Mill Street Decorah. Lots of stuff for sale.

Free iPad: Get the best of old and new. The Northeast Iowa Montessori School is holding a great stuff sale April 20- 21 at 1005 Eileen Court. 24 families combine to bring you gently used quality items and a chance to win a new iPad 3. Raffle tickets are available for $5/ticket, 5 for $20 at the Oneota Community Food Coop April 15-22. The winner will be announced on the radio Monday, April 23. All proceeds benefit the Northeast Iowa Montessori School, "Creating a Vibrant Community One Child at a Time."  Contact Victoria <chrivi02> or Emily <nealem01> with questions.

Housing needed: Looking to house 11 veterinary students from May 14 to July 22. Please contact (515) 290-7951 with any leads.


Sustainability tip

Get Out!: Sending a kid outside to play can improve his or her concentration and fight climate change. A study published in 2008 by researchers at the University of Illinois found that children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder who took walks outdoors raised their attentiveness scores and that kids who walked in natural settings did better than those who walked city streets. A dose of nature was just as effective as a dose of Ritalin. Of course, the more time kids spend playing outdoors the less time they’ll spend at video-game consoles—which consume an estimated 16 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity annually, about four times the output of Hoover Dam.

Borrowed from: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=being-green-11-enviro-habits.

Health tip from HR

April 21-28 is National Infant Immunization Week. Double-check that your children's immunizations are up to date. More information at: www.cdc.gov/vaccines/events/niiw/default.htm

LIS tip

To protect your data, never save passwords on your laptop. Questions? Visit lis.luther.edu/tips.

And finally…

Worrying is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do but it doesn't get you anywhere.

-Van Wilder movie