Tuesday, May 1

TUESDAY 5/1/12

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Spring Board of Regents meeting

The Regents will hold their final meeting of the academic year on campus May 11-12.  The Spring Report to the Regents can be viewed on Katie in the "Board Meeting Materials" course under the "Board of Regents" folder. The Board's business meeting, scheduled for Saturday, May 12, at 9:30 a.m. in Loyalty Hall, is open to members of the campus community. 

Director of Human Resources finalists

Beginning tomorrow, three finalists for the position of director of Human Resources will be interviewed on campus: May 2:  Lora Steil, associate director of Human Resources at St. Olaf College; May 3: Keith Williams '78, director of Human Resources, Stevens Point Area Public School District; and May 7:  Renee Rabe '95, senior financial analyst, Rockwell Collins. The position announcement and the finalists' resumes and letters of application may be accessed on Katie under "Candidate Searches" in the "Human Resources" course.

Faculty and staff are encouraged to participate in the candidate Open Forums, held from 11-11:45 a.m. in the CFL Recital Hall: Wednesday, May 2, Lora Steil; Thursday, May 3, Keith Williams; Monday, May 7, Renee Rabe.

College Resources Council: staff nominations

At last week's staff meeting, President Torgerson outlined plans for the new College Resources Council, which will replace College Council beginning with the 2012-13 fiscal year. Staff are invited to nominate up to two colleagues who have budget center responsibility to serve on the College Resources Council. Send nominations to Linda Skoda, <skodalda>, no later than May 11. A description of the Council can be found on Katie (http://katie.luther.edu/moodle/). Go to "Planning Documents" under the "Office of the President" folder.


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. 

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 May 1. More information about when plots will be available for gardening will be coming soon. Contact Maren for more information <stumma01>.

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. 

Children's bargain book blowout

The Book Shop is celebrating Children's Book Week, May 7-13, with a bargain children's book sale beginning Monday, May 7. Selection includes hundreds of titles with prices starting at $1 and up. Hurry in, offer good while supplies last.

Be a waste diverter

In order to reduce the quantity of materials ending up in the landfill during move-out week, Sustainability is running a volunteer program to help direct students on the proper way to dispose of items and materials they don't want. In teams of two or four, volunteers will be placed at residential halls near the trash/recycling area and inside the building. Go to luther.edu/sustainability and look under "What's Currently Happening" to sign up.

Bentdahl Commons

Facilities Services will remove sod from the inner area of Bentdahl Commons. The sod has not been growing properly due to the fact remnants of the old roadway that formed the circle drive to the Union are located in the affected area. Facilities Services will remove the asphalt, install black dirt and lay new sod.

Legends equipment usage survey

Legends is conducting an equipment usage survey April 30-May 13. We encourage patrons to fill out this survey, located at the front desk of Legends.

Summer reading for fall 2012 incoming class announced

The summer reading for the fall 2012 incoming class is Rebecca Skloot's "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks." The Dean's office and the Paideia Endowment have made a limited number of copies available free of charge at the bookstore for faculty and staff who are not already receiving the book as part of their work with first-year students. To allow as many as possible to read the boo, we encourage people to share a copy with their friends and colleagues. If you would like to read this story and join the campus conversation this fall, please stop by the bookstore and pick one up.


Chapel this week

Wednesday, May 2: Father Phil Gibbs

Friday, May 4: Tim Peter, Cathedral Choir, Student Research Symposium

Monday, May 7: Sandhya Purohit Caton

Tuesday, May 9: Anna Looft, senior chapel

Friday, May 11: Mike Blair

Events this week

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

May 2, Guest Lecture, Mark Oppenheimer, 7 p.m., F.W. Olin Building, Room 102

May 2-5, Theatre/Dance Performance, "The Secret in the Wings," 7:30 p.m. with additional 1:30 p.m. performance May 5, Center for the Arts, Jewel Theatre

May 4, Student Research Symposium

May 4-5, Opera Performance with Chamber Orchestra, "Cosi fan tutte," 7:30 p.m., Center for Faith and Life Main Hall

May 6, Norsemen and Luren Concert, 4 p.m., Center for Faith and Life Main Hall

May 8, Senior Recognition Convocation, 9:40 a.m., Center for Faith and Life Main Hall

Learn about African-American English

Walter Sistrunk, a candidate for a postdoctoral fellowship in linguistics, will present a lecture titled "The syntax of zero in African-American relative clauses" on Tuesday, May 1 at 4:30 p.m. in Main 213. Sistrunk will examine some of the systematic differences between standard English and African-American English.

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.

Ann Highum farewell party today

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.

Oppenheimer lecture May 2

Mark Oppenheimer, author and journalist will present "The Pope Doesn't Speak for Me!: American Religion and the Crisis of Authority" Wednesday, May 2 at 7 p.m. in Olin Room 102. The lecture is open to the public with no charge of admission. Oppenheimer will hold an open forum the afternoon before the lecture.

A regular writer for the New York Times, other venues, Oppenheimer's writing focuses on religion, politics, urbanism and family.

'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 May 2-5 at 7:30 p.m. with a matinee May 5 at 1:30 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 $10. James Griesheimer will give 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 Research Symposium May 4

Luther students will present and display the results of their 2011-12 research and creative work on Friday, May 4, when the college hosts the Luther College Student Research Symposium.

Presentations and displays take place from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. in various buildings across campus. All are open to the public with no charge for admission.

The Symposium's printed program and information about events will be available during the day in the lobby of the CFL and at the information desk in Dahl Centennial Union, or online at http://www.luther.edu/symposium/schedule/.

Luther to celebrate Commencement Weekend May 18-20

Friday, May 18:

Luther Nordic Choir and Jazz Orchestra Concert, 8 p.m., Main Hall, Center for Faith and Life

Saturday, May 19:

Nursing Pinning Ceremony, 9:30 a.m., Noble Recital Hall, Jenson Noble Hall of Music

Social Work Program Celebration, 10 a.m.- noon, Farwell Hall Lounge

Senior Athlete Recognition Ceremony, 10:30 a.m., Main Hall, Center for Faith and Life

All-College Picnic, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Preus Library Lawn, $8 per person,

Luther Symphony Orchestra and Concert Band Music Showcase, 1:30 p.m., Main Hall, Center for Faith and Life

Baccalaureate, 8 p.m., Main Hall, Center for Faith and Life, guests to be seated by 7:45 p.m.

Sunday, May 20:

Commencement, 10 a.m., Carlson Stadium, guest to be seated by 9:45 a.m.

Commencement Brunch, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Dining Hall, Dahl Centennial Union, $8 per person

For the full schedule, including updates and more detailed information, visit: http://www.luther.edu/commencement/.



To Jerry Johnson and family on the death of his father Albert R. Johnson, age 87, of Washington Court House, Ohio. Albert passed away Wednesday, April 25 at 6:37 a.m. at his home. Memorial contributions are suggested to Hospice of Fayette County, PO Box 849, Washington C.H., Ohio, 43160. Online condolences may be sent to www.summersfuneralhome.com.

To the family of former employee Chuck Hexom, 81, of Decorah, who worked as a security officer and college driver for many years. Chuck's funeral was Sunday, April 29. He is survived by his wife, Arlys and  three children: Scott (Toni) of Waukesha, Wis., Angela of Milwaukee, Wis., and Andrea of Logrono, Spain.

Thank you

To all those who have offered expressions of support around the death of my father.

-Marty Steele

Position opening

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.

New employee

Ann Pitz joined Luther as custodial staff Monday, April 23. Her office is in Brandt and her phone number is 387-2237. 


Andi Beckendorf has been appointed to a four-year term on the Instruction Subcommittee of the Music Library Association. As part of the Public Services Committee, the Instruction Subcommittee is charged with developing and providing professional resources in music research instruction. A primary focus is to connect the discipline-specific work of music with a library's instructional program utilizing the tools of critical thinking and information literacy.

Luther sophomore piano student Esme Wong won the 2012 Young Artist Audition of the Fort Dodge Area Symphony Orchestra. She performed as a soloist with the orchestra on Sunday, April 22 in Fort Dodge, Iowa. 

Music faculty members Spencer Martin and Miko Kominami's CD "Gems Rediscovered" has been published on the Delos label. The album features works for viola and piano by lesser-known composers, and is set for digital release on May 1 and CD release on May 29. Advance copies of the CD are now available in the Luther College Book Shop.

Carol Gilbertson was inducted as an honorary member into the Eta of Iowa Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa April 14, along with a group of seniors and, coincidentally, her college Hebrew Bible teacher, James Limburg '56, who was elected as an alumni member. At the ceremony Carol gave the address "Slow Beauty." On April 24 Carol presented "Some Suggestions for Good Church Writing" to Aaron Burmeister's class "Worship and Music in the Life of the Church." And on May 1 she will be reading poems from her recent chapbook, "From a Distance, Dancing," at her alma mater, Augustana College, Sioux Falls.

Hongmei Yu presented a paper titled "The Cinematic Ambivalence of Chinese Masculinity" at the American Comparative Literature Association's 2012 Annual Meeting on March 30 at Brown University. This presentation examines the interrelation between discourses of Chinese masculinity and Chinese nationalism in a globalized cinema market.

Holly Moore led a panel at the 12th annual Ancient Philosophy Society conference at the University of San Francisco on April 20. The panel, "Fragmentary Pedagogy: The Challenge and Value of Teaching Fragmentary Texts," brought together several scholars of pre-Socratic philosophy to share insights about teaching fragmentary texts as well as the philosophical consequences of choosing to do so.

Hailey Punke '12 was one of six people chosen to participate in the New Contemplatives Initiative at the Spiritual Directors International Conference in Boston, April 19-22. The program was open to people under the age of 40 throughout the country who are involved in spiritual direction and spiritual companioning. Hailey was selected for her outstanding leadership as a Journey Conversations co-facilitator here at Luther. She received a full scholarship, housing and travel allowance to attend the conference and participate in the New Contemplatives program.

Marv Slind gave a presentation to the Decorah Genealogy Association on "Constructing an Ideal Image: Creative Translation of the Linka Preus Diary," April 23.

Jim Martin-Schramm gave a presentation titled "Promoting Sustainability on Campus: The Luther College Experience" on Friday, April 20 at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn. as part of their Earth Week programming.


 Transcending Sustainability Conference

The city of Fairfield, Iowa will host the Transcending Sustainability Conference May 31-June 3. The conference will challenge you to think beyond sustainability and co-create a vision for a new and better world for the future. Go to www.NewAcademyForSustainability.org for more information. Any student, faculty, or staff interested in going with a Luther group should email <livesimply>.

Luther faculty/staff to teach classes at Vesterheim

If you are making plans for summer or fall, look no farther than Vesterheim for some creative opportunities. Included among these are the outstanding classes offered in the Folk Art program, many of these taught by current or past faculty and staff members as well as alumni. Active teachers at Vesterheim include: Laura Demuth in rya weaving, Doug Eckheart in design/composition and watercolor, Darlene Fosum-Martin in culinary traditions, Ruth Green in rosmaling, George Lowe in sculpture, Ellen Macdonald in chip carving, Kate Martinson in nalbinding/netting used before knitting and Harley Refsal in flat plane carving. Tuition reasonable but can be further reduced with a museum membership or with stand-by status. For details, contact Darlene Fossum-Martin, [email protected].


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>.

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.

For rent: Three bedroom, two bath home located in beautiful setting on the Upper Iowa River within close proximity to Luther College. No smoking. Available this summer, move in date and rent are negotiable. Please contact 382-9867 after 6 p.m. if interested.

Garage sale: Thursday, May 3, 6-8 p.m.; Friday, May 4, 6-8 p.m.; Saturday, May 5, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., 304 Hallbeck St., Calmar. The sale includes a stroller with car seat base, baby bath tub, boy's clothing-newborn to 12 months, dorm refrigerator, Willow Tree Angels, wall hangings, light fixtures, sinks, wall registers for heating, garage windows and many miscellaneous items. 

For sale: Fresh, free-range eggs. $2/dozen. Contact Thomas 382-0315 or <stromjul>.

For sale: Facilities Services is accepting bids on a 1993 GMC Safari van for parts or salvage only. Contact Steve Arneson, 387-1371 or <arnesost> with questions. Bids due to Steve by May 8 at 1 p.m.

Found: Woman's wedding set was found in Olin. Please claim by identification with Dodi Bernatz, Olin 327, 387-1340.

For sale: Marin Bayview Trail children's bike. Has front suspension and a speedometer/odometer. Excellent condition. Paid $278, asking $125. Call 419-1124.

Wanted: Room to rent. Would also be willing to house-sit. Please contact Shaun O'Neill, <oneish01> or (608) 289-2540.

Language camp: Northeast Iowa Montessori School is pleased to announce a pilot summer language program. Camp is offered for children ages 3-8; Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-noon, Spanish, July 9-20, Norwegian, July 23-Aug. 3. Registration is now open to the community. Cost is $195 per two-week session and includes daily snacks and all camp materials. To reserve a spot, visit our website http://neim.us/news/ to download the registration form, complete and mail to Northeast Iowa Montessori. For inquiries contact (260) 494-2976 or [email protected].


Sustainability tip

Handy Energy Savers: Cut down on electricity use by replacing these common kitchen appliances with hand-powered tools:

  • Can opener
  • Coffee grinder
  • Juicer
  • Stick blender
  • Electric knife

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

LIS tip

When buying a new computer, choose dual-band Wi-Fi for the best performance on Luther's wireless network. Questions? Visit lis.luther.edu/tips.

And finally…

Happy May Day!

May Day is related to the Celtic festival of Beltane and the Germanic festival of Walpurgis Night. May Day falls exactly half a year from November 1, another cross-quarter day, and it has traditionally been an occasion for popular and often raucous celebrations.

May Day was also celebrated by some early European settlers of the American continent. In some parts of the United States, May Baskets are made. These are small baskets usually filled with flowers or treats and left at someone's doorstep. The giver rings the bell and runs away. The person receiving the basket tries to catch the fleeing giver. If they catch the person, a kiss is exchanged.