Tuesday, April 24

TUESDAY 4/24/12

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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 two seniors will reflect on their Luther journey. Meetings are held in Peace Dining Room.


Faculty recognition dinner

Luther's annual faculty recognition dinner is Thursday, May 10 with a 5:30 p.m. reception in Hammarskjold and 6 p.m. dinner in Peace with program to follow. The program will honor retirees David Judisch and James Rhodes. Twenty-five year honorees are Jennifer Cantine and Jacqueline Wilkie. Below is the link to the website to order your tickets for the dinner. This website will allow you to purchase tickets with your faculty or staff ID only. To purchase tickets with credit card, cash or check, please stop by the Box Office or call 387-1357.


Finals prep week reminder

Tuesday-Sunday, May 8-13 is considered finals prep week and is intended to provide additional time for students to prepare for tests, papers and finals. These six days are set aside for academic preparation for finals and Luther does not schedule public events during this time. Exceptions include only athletic events, social gatherings, Senior Recognition Day and Research Symposia, and Cool Aid. Contact Campus Programming with questions. 

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.

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.

Staff Excellence Award nominations

Staff and faculty are invited to nominate a Luther staff member for this year's Staff Excellence Awards. The deadline for nominations, Friday, April 27, is earlier than normal so that the recipients can be announced at the Staff Celebration picnic on Tuesday, May 22. Instructions for nominations are found at http://www.luther.edu/hr/award/. If you nominated someone last year and want to resubmit that nomination, contact Roy Prigge, <priggero> or 387-1189.

'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/.

Faculty/staff/alumni leaders needed

The sustainability office is looking for four more group leaders for the 2012 New Student Immersion trips taking place Aug. 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/.

Dining Services survey

It's time to complete the annual Dining Services survey. All students, faculty and staff are invited to go to http://www.sodexosurveys.com/survey/75981/b5e0/ to complete the survey. Faculty and staff will be entered for a chance to win a prize of $150 in the form of Decorah Chamber Dollars or a Discover Open Pass (your choice). Complete the survey and we'll enter you in the random drawing. The survey runs through April 30.

Photographer on campus

On Thursday, April 26 and Friday, April 27 the Lawlor Group, a publications firm from the Twin Cities, will conduct an extensive photo shoot on campus.

A photographer will capture Luther images to be used in a new series of publications for the Luther College Admissions Office. The photo shoot will be from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. both days and will include a wide range of locations on campus.

Site selection will be impromptu and may include classrooms, laboratories, computer labs, study areas, rehearsal halls, recreation areas, athletic fields, campus green areas, and any other locations that offer interesting visual scenes of Luther.

Please extend courtesy to the photographer and his assistants if they request permission to shoot photos or an event or activity in which you are engaged. Thank you in advance for your cooperation with this Admissions project.

Fiscal year end approaching

The end of the fiscal year is fast approaching. Remember all supplies, materials, etc., must be received by May 31 to be expensed to a FY 11-12 budget. Outstanding travel expense reports, original invoices (no faxed copies), and supporting purchase orders/ purchase permits, or account adjustments should be sent to Office for Financial Services by June 13 to be included in FY 11-12 budget. Items for deposit must be sent to Office for Financial Services by June 5. Thanks for helping Office for Financial Services close out the year in a timely manner. 

CSA deadline May 1

Wellness and Sustainability are collaborating to offer a 50 percent reimbursement to faculty and staff who subscribe to a CSA share this summer. CSA or Community Supported Agriculture is a great way for consumers to purchase local, seasonal food right from the farmer. Consumers pay an up-front cost, and in exchange receive weekly or biweekly boxes of produce for the entire summer. To receive reimbursement, participants must subscribe to a CSA by May 1 and register for two book groups (registration now open) and two cooking classes (dates will be posted soon).

Community garden plots available

There are still a few garden plots available in the Luther Community Garden.  Plots are approximately 20x20 and cost $25. Is there a possibility of getting a half plot? Never gardened before? No problem. We will pair you up with a garden mentor. Deadline for subscription is April 31. More information about when plots will be available for gardening will be coming soon. Contact Maren for more information <stumma01>.


Chapel this week

Wednesday, April 25: Ann Highum, Beautiful Mess

Friday, April 27: Lise Kildegaard, Cantorei

Monday, April 30: Amy Zalk Larson

Events this week

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

April 25, Guest Art Lecture, Sue Hettmansperger, 6 p.m., Center for the Arts, Kristin Wigley-Fleming Gallery

April 25, Luther Tango Ensemble Performance, 7:30 p.m., Dahl Centennial Union, Marty's CyberCafé, introductory tango dance lesson with Emily Voss starting at 6:45 p.m.

April 26, Luther Ensemble Concert, Jazz Orchestra, 7:30 p.m., Center for Faith and Life Main Hall

April 27, Luther Ensemble Concert, Aurora and Norsemen, 7:30 p.m., Center for Faith and Life Main Hall

April 27, SAC Spotlight, Scratch Track, 8:30 p.m., Dahl Centennial Union, Marty's CyberCafé

May 1, Guest Lecture, Bridgid Ruden, "Surviving Traumatic Brain Injury," 6 p.m., Valders Hall of Science, Room 206

May 1, Paideia Text and Issues Lecture, Holly Moore, "The Garden of Adonis: Ancient Analogue for the Modern Agricultural Revolution," 7:30 p.m., F.W. Olin Building, Room 102

Tango Ensemble debut concert April 25

Luther College Tango Ensemble will present a debut concert Wednesday, April 25 at 7:30 p.m. in Marty's CyberCafé. Luther junior Emily Voss will offer an introductory class in tango dance starting at 6:45 p.m. Tango Ensemble member Voss studied and performed Tango during her study abroad experience in Argentina during the 2010-11 academic year.  The class and the concert are both open to the public with no cost for admission.

Poem in Your Pocket Day

Join the members of the English department in celebrating the national Poem in Your Pocket Day Thursday, April 26. Pocket sized poems will be available around campus or stop by the fifth floor of Main to pick up a poem and put it in your pocket.

Tai Chi at dawn April 28

Celebrate health and healing on World Tai Chi and Qigong Day Saturday, April 28 at 6:05 a.m. with Tai Chi at dawn with Brenda Harris, Belinda Greenwood and Diane Sondrol. The session is open to the public with no charge for admission. Meet near the baseball/softball diamonds and soccer field at Luther. In case of rain, meet in the Regents Center, circle drive entrance. For more information call 419-5420.

SAAC faculty/staff appreciation day

On Saturday, April 28, at 1 p.m., the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee is hosting the second faculty and staff appreciation day at the baseball and softball games. This is an opportunity for the faculty and staff of Luther College to be recognized at a sporting event while supporting Luther's student athletes at the same time. SAAC's Pack the Stands event for Luther students is occurring at the same time in an attempt to bring as many supporters as possible to these games.

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.

'Spotlight on Sex and Gender Campus Conversation'

The women and gender studies program announces the third "Spotlight on Sex and Gender Campus Conversation" focusing on senior research presentations Monday, April 30 from 11 a.m.-noon in the Mott Room.

Peter Graffy will present "The Effect of Masculinity on Sexual Health Practices among College-Age Students in the United States," exploring how performed gender identity in the public sphere affects our perceptions of sexual health.

Taiah Diaz will present "Female Embodiment: Assessing the Salvageability of the Body in Christianity," a feminist analysis of the historical view of the female body in Christianity. Using the examples of Goddess based societies from the prepatriarchal past, she assesses whether Christianity can be salvaged.

Paideia Texts and Issues: RESCHEDULED

Holly Moore will give the Paideia Texts and Issues Lecture "The Garden of Adonis: Ancient Analogue of the Modern Agricultural Revolution" Tuesday, May 1 at 7:30 p.m. in Olin 102. Note that the time and location have been changed from the original announcement.

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.

Magnanimous and Meritorious May Day honoree

Don't miss the M&M farewell party for Ann Highum, vice president and dean for student life, Tuesday, May 1 from 3-5 in Bentdahl Commons, rain location Hammarskjold. Come dressed in your favorite M&M color.

'The Secret in the Wings'

The Luther Theatre/Dance Department will present "The Secret in the Wings," written by Mary Zimmerman, May 2-5. "The Secret in the Wings" is a drama based on the darker side of fairy tales. Tickets are $10 and available at the Box Office, telephone 387-1357. Performance dates and times are Wednesday, May 2, 7:30 p.m.; Thursday, May 3, 7:30 p.m.; Friday, May 4, 7:30 p.m.; and Saturday, May 5, 1:30 and 7:30 p.m.

Spring Opera at Luther

Come see Luther music department's production of "Così fan tutte" by Mozart Friday-Saturday, May 4-5 at 7:30 p.m. in the Center for Faith and Life. This comedic opera is sure to please with its entertaining plot twists and gorgeous music. It follows the relationships of two couples, as well as an old philosopher and his accomplice who attempt to prove that women are inevitably fickle.

The performances are directed by David Judisch and conducted by Dan Baldwin. Tickets are free with Luther CAF/$10 otherwise. James Griesheimer will giving a pre-opera lecture in Center for Faith and Life Recital Hall both nights at 6:30 p.m. Don't miss a chance to hear some of Luther's finest sing their hearts out in this wonderful opera.

Student recitals

Amelia Kundel '13, will perform a soprano recital Saturday, April 28 at 4 p.m.

Joel Anderson '13, will perform a trombone recital Saturday, April 28 at 7 p.m.

Ethan Scholl '13, will perform a bass trombone recital Saturday, April 28 at 7 p.m.

Shannon Curtis '13, will perform a trumpet recital Sunday, April 29 at 2 p.m.

Cody Tucker '13, will perform a bass trombone recital Sunday, April 29 at 2 p.m.

Seth Duin '12, will present a composition recital Sunday, April 29 at 4 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.


Update on Tracy Hjelle

Early on Sunday morning, April 22, Tracy Hjelle experienced a Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection while entering the Regents Center as Luther's softball team prepared to load the team bus. The SCAD caused Tracy's heart to fibrillate and she collapsed on the sidewalk in front of several team members. CPR was performed by Luther Head Trainer Kris Agena and team members Kelsey Kittleson and Shari Huber for roughly seven minutes before an AED defibrillator shocked her heart back into a normal rhythm. Paramedics stabilized and transported her to the Winneshiek Medical Center before being airlifted to St. Mary’s hospital in Rochester.

While heart attacks occur with some regularity, SCAD episodes are rare and have only been reported in case studies – see Mayo Clinic web links below.  With no symptoms or risk factors for heart problems, it's something of a miracle that the whole sequence of events happened in the presence of the Luther's Head Athletic Trainer and medically inclined teammates, within 20 paces of an AED defibrillator, with people who know how to operate the defibrillator and that the medical professionals from WMC were able to stabilize and transport her to a world class hospital all within one hour.

Tracy is not yet fully recovered. Her short term memory has been affected by the concussion that she received when her head hit the concrete sidewalk and her heart’s ejection fraction (pumping efficiency) is about half of what is considered normal. The doctors in Rochester, however are giving Tracy a very good prognosis for recovery and the current recovery plan does not involve surgery, medical implants or extensive drug treatments. Tracy likely will begin feeling like her old self within a week, but her cognition and heart function won't be fully restored for another 4-6 weeks. 

I am so thankful that so many people played a role in saving my wife's life.  There has been an overwhelming outpouring of concern from Luther and the Decorah community and many people have asked where to send flowers.  Tracy loves flowers, as do I, but this is an opportunity to "pay it forward" and we would ask that those concerned send a donation to Luther Development for the purchase of another AED defibrillator that will, one day, save another life.

-John Hjelle '87




To Marty Steele and family on the April 11 death of Marty Steele's father Jack Steele, 83.

Thank you

Judy and I extend our sincere thanks for the many cards, notes and words of comfort these past days honoring the memory of my mother. She lived a long and good life.Your thoughtfulness and care have touched our hearts. Your responses have once again affirmed the power of this community.

-Rick and Judy Torgerson

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.

Anthropology/archaeology laboratory and collections manager (full-time) and part-time Instructor in museum studies: Responsible for training work study students, managing Luther's collections, directing laboratory operations, developing and implementing an outreach program, and planning and installing exhibits of materials from the collections. Position will include teaching one course annually in the Museum Studies program. Successful candidate will have an MA/MS in Anthropology or Museum Studies with a concentration in Anthropological Collections. Experience in the management preservation of material culture and familiarity with NAGPRA, CRM and Midwestern U.S. archaeology preferred. Teaching experience highly desirable. Submit cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information of three professional references (one must be a previous supervisor) to Human Resources.

Full-time position as Admissions Visit Coordinator: Responsible for coordinating  prospective student visits. Strong interpersonal and communication skills necessary. Successful candidate must be able to multi-task and work with constant interruptions while maintaining a positive, friendly attitude. Familiarity with the Luther campus helpful. Occasional Saturday and evening work possible. Working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel and Access is necessary. High school diploma and previous customer service experience required. Submit a cover letter, resume and names and contact information of three professional references (one must be a previous supervisor) to Human Resources.


Andy Hageman presented his paper "EcoMedia and iPadeology" at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies annual conference in Boston, and he chaired a panel on the material/ecological costs of film. The presenters in both panels are chapter contributors to the Routlege-AFI book "Ecocinema Theory and Practice," available August 2012.

Jonathon Struve presented a paper titled "Friedrich Hollaender's 'Spuk in der Villa Stern: Between Entertainment and Politcal Activism" at the 31st annual Great Plains Regional Conference of the College Music Society on March 18. The research focused on Hollaender's 1931 cabaret revue and its engagement in cultural and political developments in contemporary German society.

Struve was selected to receive an Emerging Leaders award by the National Association of Teachers of Singing Foundation. The award provides financial assistance for recipients to attend the organization's  52nd national conference to be held June 29-July 3 in Orlando Florida.

David Kamm has been selected for a 2012 NEH Summer Institute on the Visual Culture of the Civil War. The institute is hosted by the American Social History Project/Center for the Media and Learning at the City University of New York Graduate Center.

Andrew Whitfield was the baritone soloist for the world-premiere performances of Mohammed Fairouz's "Anything Can Happen" with the Grinnell College Singers in Chicago on March 19 and again on April 14 at Grinnell. For further information about the work and the composer, listen to the following report from Iowa Public Radio: http://iowapublicradio.org/news/news_story.php?story=3636.

Marv Slind was the opening speaker at the 15th annual Ibsen Festival at the Commonweal Theater in Lanesboro, Minn, on April 14. Following his presentation, "To America: The Immigrant Experience," he also moderated a panel discussion examining Norwegian immigration to America.

Ginger Meyette presented a full-day workshop for the Maine Health Care Association on March 22 in Augusta, Maine. The workshop, titled "Death and Dying, Loss and Grief: Supporting Residents, Family and Staff," was attended by administrators, nurses, social workers and certified nurses' aids from long-term care facilities and assisted living facilities in southeast Maine.

Barbara Bohach and Birgitta Meade presented at the National Science Teacher's Association Conference in Indiana on March 31. Their presentation, "Science and Social Studies: Food and Agriculture," examined interdisciplinary connections for the teaching of science and social studies content at the elementary level. Emphasis was on the specific examples involving Luther pre-service teachers and community projects.

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 '12 and Anna Looft '12 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."


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.

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

Help available: Luther student with experience in dairy farming seeking farm sitting, house sitting, room available for rent, etc this summer. Willing to babysit, cook, clean, and/or take care of pets. References available upon request. Please contact Mary at <ferrma03> or (651) 380-7141.

For sale: Looking to sell my Canon 20D body with a battery in order to upgrade and keep my business rolling :) Used as my primary camera for one year. Only used minimally since then-probably around 20-25 hours, my other camera I use 100+ hours a year. Asking price $300. Contact <buczbr01> or (920) 559-7097.

Tickets available: The Humane Society of Northeast Iowa is having a Spring into Action Pet Expo Saturday, May 12 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Fairgrounds. Premier Catering will be serving a meal for $8 including 1/2 chicken or Walnut Burger, baked beans, potato salad and dinner roll. All proceeds go to support the work of the Humane Society in the five county area. Advanced tickets for the meal can be purchased from Kim Powell, Scott Hurley or Kari Goodno.

Wanted: Help yourself and help our students with spring cleaning. Please donate your gently-used three-ring binders, any size, to Student Support Services for use by our participants and free up space in your office. Bring to Room 108, Preus Library. Thank you for your donations and call 387-1269 with questions.

Sub-let available: Looking to be in Decorah for the summer? Furnished two bedroom apartment available for June/July in Decorah with the possibity of staying into early August. Rent is $475/month plus utilities.

House available: Five bedroom house, very close to campus, for rent or sale, Call 379-1001.

Housing wanted: New faculty-member in English looking for a one-year or fall-term house rental. At least two bedrooms, in town preferred. Email <hagean03>.

Targets needed: Help students relive their childhoods at the the SAC Special Events Spring Carnival Saturday, April 28 and have a little fun by taking a 30 minute shift as a dunk tank target If you would be interested or willing to be a part of this fun event call (319) 440-0024.

For sale:  Pure bred lab puppies, black and yellow. $350 for females, $300 for males. Will be ready to go early May. Call Bridget, 735-5969, and leave a message.


Sustainability tip

Not So Extreme Home Makeover: Building or remodeling a house? Consider buying used flooring, doors, indoor and outdoor fixtures, and other salvaged construction materials. This keeps these items out of the landfill and reduces consumption of raw materials. To find nearby sources of items from disassembled buildings, try the Building Materials Reuse Association's directory (http://www.bmra.org/listings/browse-by-state) or Habitat for Humanity's chain of retail ReStores (www.habitat.org/env/restores.aspx). Most of these groups will also accept donations of used building materials if they are still in good condition.

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

Health tip from HR

April is national Donate Life month. Check this website for the facts on becoming an organ donor: www.organdonor.gov.

And finally…

Celebrating national Poem in Your Pocket Day:

From you have I been absent in the spring,
When proud-pied April, dressed in all his trim,
Hath put a spirit of youth in everything,
That heavy Saturn laughed and leaped with him,
Yet nor the lays of birds, nor the sweet smell
Of different flowers in odor and hue,
Could make me any summer's story tell,
Or from their proud lap pluck them where they grew.
Nor did I wonder at the lily's white,
Nor praise the deep vermillion in the rose;
They were but sweet, but figures of delight,
Drawn after you, you pattern of all those.

Yet seemed it winter still, and, you away,
As with your shadow I with these did play.

-William Shakespeare