Tuesday, May 15

TUESDAY 5/15/12

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Staff celebration May 22

The 2012 staff celebration will be Tuesday, May 22 beginning with a staff luncheon in the cafeteria at noon. Following lunch, there will be a presentation in the CFL Main Hall by Andy Masters of Masters Performance Improvement, LLC titled "Time Management and Work/Life Balance," presentations by 2011 Staff Excellence Award winners, employee recognition and announcement of the 2012 Staff Excellence Award winners by President Torgerson. Invitations to follow.

Luther Aquatic Center exceeds $1 million challenge goal

President Torgerson announced the $1 million fund-raising challenge in support of the Aquatic Center has been met and exceeded. Thanks to the generosity of alumni, parents, friends and area businesses, the college is now within $900,000 of reaching the overall project goal of $5.9 million. In November 2011, David E.G. and Patricia Miller of Fort Myers, Fla., framed their $500,000 commitment to the aquatic center as a challenge to other donors, matching one dollar for every two dollars contributed by September 2012. The college met the challenge in less than six months.

Move out day parking restrictions

To help facilitate closing of the residence halls we will be restricting access on High Street from Koren to Center Street staring at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 16 until 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 17. The faculty/staff parking on this section will be closed during that time to allow better access to those moving out of Brandt.

In addition we are asking that faculty/staff not park in the small lot south of Ylvisaker and east of the CFL on Thursday, May 17 so those moving out of Ylvisaker may utilize this space.  

We greatly appreciate your cooperation in this matter.


Summer training opportunity

Announcing a summer training opportunity for faculty and staff to create their personal webpage. LIS and Publications are collaborating to hold training sessions on June 19 and Aug. 9 from 9 a.m.-noon in Olin 301-Round Table Room. Faculty and staff may register for either session online at: http://lis.luther.edu/node/6839 for the June 19 session or http://lis.luther.edu/node/6841 for the Aug. 9 session. There is a limit of 15 people per session. Faculty/staff on contract for the summer may attend either session as regular work hours, those not on summer contracts will receive a $25 stipend for completing the training session. For an example of a current faculty/staff personal webpage, see  https://www.luther.edu/faculty/larsenkj/.

Luther.edu/value site available
In the interest of transparency and sharing of basic information, Luther has made available the website https://www.luther.edu/value/ to Luther parents, students, prospective students, friends and community members. The website contains information on why students choose Luther, survey findings, statistics, comparative data and other resources. The site was designed to help prospective students and parents make a more informed evaluation of Luther and other colleges in important areas.

Luther partners with travel management company

The Cabinet is pleased to announce that Luther has partnered with Travel and Transport, a full-service travel management company, to assist faculty and staff in making travel arrangements. After July 1 all college-related travel will be required to go through T&T. Employees with a prior history of travel have been notified that they will receive instructions for creating a user profile, and will be asked to attend a training seminar. Those who expect to travel in the near future and have not been notified can contact Chuck Riha, 387-1526 or Peggy Lensing, 387-1531 to be added to the list of potential users.

Steam shutdown May 22-26

As an annual reminder the steam shutdown is planned for the evening of May 22 through May 26. A limited number of buildings will have hot water and some HVAC systems will be cooler than usual.

Cafeteria closed May 21-June 5

The cafeteria will close after brunch on Sunday, May 20 and will reopen on Wednesday, June 6. Summer board plans for students begin Tuesday, May 29 and may be used in Oneota Market. Email <diningservices> with questions.

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.

Retirement reception for Roy Prigge May 17

A retirement reception for Roy Prigge will be held Thursday, May 17 from 10 a.m. to noon to thank him for his service to Luther as Director of Human Resources. Please join us in Hammarskjold to bid Roy a fond farewell. Roy is retiring after 15 years of employment at Luther.

Book Shop closed for inventory

The Book Shop will be closed for inventory Tuesday-Friday, May 22-25. We will make every attempt to be open on Friday, May 25. We will resume our regular summer hours of 8:15 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Tuesday, May 29. We are sorry for any inconvenience.

Back, neck, shoulder solution

Are you having back, neck or shoulder problems? We may have help for you. Contact Greg Lonning <lonningr> for more information.

Programs available

We have programs from both the May 4 Research Symposium and the May 8 Recognition Convocation available in the Dean's Office.  Stop by Union 262 or email <brandtja>.

Textbook buyback May 15-17

Textbook buyback will be held in the Luther Book Shop Tuesday-Thursday, May 15-17 from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Bring books to sell and get cash. Reminder - all rental books need to be returned to the Book Shop by Friday, May 18.

Graduation DVDs

The Book Shop is selling copies of the 2012 Baccalaureate and
Commencement ceremonies. Prices are $24 each, or $38 for both
ceremonies. Pre-order your copies in the Book Shop or online at

Magnificent May Sale: week three

Luther Book Shop Magnificent May Sales Promo for May 14-20 is purchase a Luther blue sweatshirt blanket for $29.99 or a patterned Luther sweatshirt blanket for $34.99 and get one Luther "Bleed Blue" stadium cup for 1 cent. These make great graduation gifts.

For graduation ceremony get stadium cushion seats for only $5.


Chapel this week

Chapel will resume in the fall.

Events this week

May 18-20: Commencement Weekend

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

Saturday, May 19: Social Work Program Celebration, 10 a.m.- noon, Farwell Hall Lounge

Saturday, May 19: Senior Athlete Recognition Ceremony, 10:30 a.m., Main Hall, Center for Faith and Life

Saturday, May 19: All-College Picnic, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Preus Library Lawn, $8 per person,

Saturday, May 19: Luther Symphony Orchestra and Concert Band Music Showcase, 1:30 p.m., Main Hall, Center for Faith and Life

Saturday, May 19: 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.

Sunday, May 20: 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/.

Senior Sendoff reminder
Senior Sendoff will be held at the Hotel Winneshiek Thursday, May 17 from 7-10 p.m. Sponsored by Student Senate and the Alumni Office, Senior Sendoff has become an annual celebration, bringing together soon-to-be graduates with faculty/staff for an evening of conversation and dancing. Register for the event at: https://www.luther.edu/alumni/events/senior_sendoff/.

Trash into Treasure sale May 18, 21 and 22

Luther will host the annual Trash into Treasure sale in the red barn. T2T re-purposes items that Luther students leave behind during move out. Find a variety of great stuff like men and women's clothing, jackets, school supplies, furniture, small appliances and much, much more.

Sale dates:
Friday, May 18: 7-10 a.m., and 4-6 pm
Monday, May 21: 7 a.m.-4 p.m.
Tuesday, May 22: 7-10 a.m.

For more information at www.luther.edu/sustainability under "What's Currently Happening."

Freeman book signing May 19

Luther Book Shop will host a book signing session with Philip Freeman, Luther professor of classics, Saturday, May 19 from noon-1 p.m. in the Book Shop. The event is open to the public with no charge for admission. The event highlights Freeman's three most recent books, "How to Win an Election: An Ancient Guide for Modern Politicians," "Oh My Gods: A Modern Retelling of Greek and Roman Myths" and "Heroes of Olympus."


New HR director named

Lora Steil, associate director of Human Resources at St. Olaf College, has been named director of Human Resources at Luther. Steil will begin her position July 9. Thanks to the search committee and to everyone who participated in the search process.

Thank you

A big recycled thank you and congratulations to Clara Miller, Matt Rosene and Sam Molzahn for earning Excellence in Recycling Awards. Please give these students a big thank you and handshake.  

All recyclers' efforts have been exceptional, including all work-study recyclers and students, staff and faculty members actively contributing. We are part of an important effort to reduce waste on campus and beyond. Thank you for your pursuit of sustainability.


Keith Lesmeister '01, recently had two short stories published. "Loony Bin" was published in Midwestern Gothic and "Doggy Heaven" is forthcoming this summer in The Waterhouse Review. 

Tory Hegrenes '01, a U.S. Navy lieutenant and flight officer, has been named the recipient of the Luther College Young Alumni Award for 2012. The award recognizes Luther alumni who have graduated in the past 15 years and who have rendered notable service to their profession and society in their vocation or avocation. The award will be presented to Hegrenes at Commencement ceremonies Sunday, May 20.

Jane Hawley was invited to present "Movement Fundamentals: Liberating Practices for the Dance Artist" through a residency with dance faculty and graduate students of Arizona State University, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, May 7-10. Luther students, Sophia Rog, Amanda Moran and Mike Moran attended the residency with Hawley and presented their research within the MF curriculum. The group also conducted a one-day residency with alum, Kate Blair at the Borton Magnet School in Tucson, Ariz. where Blair teaches dance, writing and creative process classes.

Ethan Schultz '12 and Ann Sponberg Peterson continue their efforts to help schools in Namibia, Africa through their philanthropic project Empowering Learners. Working with the Luther Book Shop and LIS, the project has acquired calculators and laptops that they will personally deliver this summer to Oshigambo Lutheran High School, a residential math and science high school near Ondangwa, Namibia. For more information about Empowering Learners, visit: http://www.empoweringlearnersnamibia.blogspot.com/.

Victoria Christman was invited to participate in conference titled "Early Modern Migrations: Exiles, Expulsion, and Religious Refugees," April 19-21 at the Center for Reformation and Renaissance Studies at the University of Toronto, Canada. She presented her paper "Trade in Tolerance: The Portuguese New Christians of Antwerp, 1530-1550," as part of a panel on Networks in Exile, with scholars from the Czech Republic, Hungary and Cambridge. 

Andy Hageman presented the talk "How Does a Cog See Itself from Inside the Machine?" at the Žižek Studies Conference—Neo-Liberal Perversions: Fantasy and Gaze in Contemporary Culture, April 28-29.

Richard Ylvisaker, professor emeritus of philosophy, has had his review of Jack Schwandt's "The Hong Kierkegaard Library" accepted for publication by The Cresset. It will appear in the June issue.

Research for the "What Works" project has been conducted by Char Kunkel in partnership with the Diversity Council, with support from the St. Paul Foundation. Kunkel conducted interviews with organizations across Minnesota in an attempt to compile a comprehensive overview of what is being done in community anti-bias work and what has been most effective. The goal is to provide a resource for other communities to draw on. The initial phase of research has been completed, and the "What Works" site officially launched on May 14. The "What Works" project can be accessed from the Diversity Council website at www.diversitycouncil.org.


'Film and Sustainability' call for proposals

Announcing a "Film and Sustainability" screening-and-discussion series planned for the 2012-13 academic year.

You and/or your organization are invited to propose a film for which you will help coordinate a discussion.

Series planning will take place over the summer, but we ask those interested to email by May 19 to express prospective interest.

Andy Hageman and Anita Carrasco are the coordinating contacts for the series. Send proposal emails to both <hagean03> and <carran02>. Go to www.luther.edu/sustainability and look under "What's Currently Happening" for more information.

Orville Running art sale

A limited number of color woodcut prints, black and white woodcut prints, etchings, drawings, and posters created by Orville Running are available for sale. All sale proceeds will be added to the Running Alumni Art Scholarship. Some of the items for sale are signed. To see what is available go to www.luther.edu/giving/art-sale/. For more information on how to purchase these remaining pieces of art, contact Michelle or Nicole, 387-1862 or email <einckmic>.


Wanted: Babysitter/nanny for six-month-old baby needed in our home on Tuesdays-Wednesdays 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Thursdays-Fridays 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Looking to start ASAP. Can be great summer job for a Luther student or a very responsible high school student. Please contact Sasha at <grifsa01>.

For sale: The ultimate luxury vehicle-a 2006 Cadillac DST with satellite radio, Onstar and a 10-speaker sound system, full black leather interior, and every switch and button works. Heated and cooling seats upfront and heated seats in back, fully powered heated steering wheel. The factory paintwork is gold-flecked and sparkles. 109,000 miles. This car has a lot of power and still gets very good gas mileage. Asking $10,500. Phone (216) 925-9169 or email <browni02 > if interested.

For sale: 1990 Mazda Miata. Four cylinder, five speed with 99,000 actual miles. Runs and drives excellent. Bright blue. Excellent MPG. Email <mallamsa> for pictures. Price: $3,500. Call 379-1090 if interested.

Invention camp: Camp Invention is returning to Decorah for its fifth year July 16-20. Kids currently in grades K-5 will be immersed in a week-long adventure of creative problem solving. Camp Invention is a wonderful opportunity to enhance a child's education while s/he has a blast. $15 discount for registering by May 31. Scholarships available. Log onto campinvention.org or contact Rhonda Thompson, 419-2339.

Needed: Large, used manila envelopes that would accommodate 8 1/2 x 11 inch size paper. Please send via campus mail to the InterLibrary Loan Department at the library. We'd be happy to reuse them.

Needed: Large, used manila envelopes that would accommodate 8 1/2 x 11 inch size paper. Please send via campus mail to the Public Information office.

Housing wanted: Soon-to-be college graduate, seeks place to stay in Decorah for the summer. Trying to find a room, attached apartment, house-sitting job, etc. More than willing to help out with household chores, care for pets-I love all animals, garden, cook, pay rent, etc. Please contact me if you know of anything that might be available. Contact Emily, 379-4170 or <adhiem01>.

Registration: Introduce your curious preschooler to the wonders of nature through Kindernature. Two sessions available: May 28-June 28, Mondays and Wednesdays 9-11 a.m., or June 25-July 20, Tuesdays and Thursdays 9-11 a.m. Each session is $65. For more information or to register visit environment.luther.edu/discovery or contact Emily Neal at <nealem01.>

For sale: 1999 Yamaha alto saxophone. Purchased new for $1,000. In excellent condition, only used two years. Will sell for $450. Contact Jim Langholz, <langhoja> or 387-1540.

Housing needed: Soon-to-be Luther graduate in need of a living space for the summer. Willing to share rent or house-sit. Loves animals, so they aren't an issue. Please contact Ingrid Scott <scotin01> or 382-6606.

For sale: 1999 25-foot Coachman Catalina fifth wheel. One bedroom with full size bed, bath with tub/shower combo, pull out couch, two chairs and electric slide out. Small kitchen with oven, hood, microwave and fridge. AM/FM cassette radio and antenna with booster. Air conditioning and heat ducted through camper. We are selling below book price. For more information contact Mary, 379-1796 or email <cannma01>.

Housing available: Looking for housing in the Cities? Look no further. See photos and information at: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.666079210353.2096936.59203020&type=3&l=68f8ddf253. For more information contact Rene, 387-1767.

For sale: GE portable/built in dishwasher for sale. Brand new, white with wood top, bought February 2012 at JW Kitchens in Decorah. Used about 10 times. No leaking, excellent condition. Moving unexpectedly and no longer need. Sides, top and back can be removed easily to be built in. Paid $625, asking $600 firm. Serious inquiries only, 380-9779.

Wanted: Ride to Rochester or Minneapolis airport on the morning of May 31. If you're heading that way, let me know. Gas money or lunch provided as well as good and friendly conversation. Email <kraula01> for more information.

For sale: Men's hiking boots. Kayland Vertigo Light brand, semi-rigid size 9. Brand new, never worn. Price negotiable. Email <kraula01> for more information or to see a picture of the boots.

Wanted: Pressure cooker. Have one lying around you don't use? Happy to take it off your hands. Email <kraula01> for more information.

Housing wanted: Current Luther student seeks housing in Des Moines for the summer while completing an internship there. Would like to move in June 2. Contact <phamhu01> or (773) 969-0623.

Dance camp: At "Body of Stories Dance Camp" children tell stories, draw and dance about their feelings, ideas and memories. They make and learn dances to perform at conclusion of camp. Camp dates are Friday-Sunday, June 1-3, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. daily. With a performance Sunday, June 3 in the Center for the Arts, Studio II. Ages 4-11. $70 suggested donation, no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Contact Amanda Moran, <coutam01>.

Babysitter needed: Seeking energetic, fun individual who loves to swim and have fun with two kids ages six and nine. Pool pass and $$. Starting May 23 through mid-August. Call 419-0831.

Help wanted: Two strong guys needed for 2-4 hours. Truck helpful, but not necessary. Flexible scheduling. Call (612) 246-3255.

Help available: The All Wrestling Company (AWC) is again available for hire this summer. Luther College Wrestlers are available to do a number of jobs including: painting, roofing, landscaping, moving jobs, heavy lifting, handyman jobs, etc. For more information contact Nick Jazdzewski at <jazdni01> or 419-7593.


Sustainability tip

Chemical Decoder: Read the label on your shampoo or skin cream bottle and you're very likely to find all sorts of mysterious chemicals lurking in the fine print. Is polyquater­nium-10 safe for you and everything that lives downstream from your shower drain? And why do toothpastes and toilet bowl cleaners share some ingredients? For answers about the thousands of chemicals that appear in household products and cosmetics, consult the Green Media Toolshed’s Scorecard (www.scorecard.org/chemical-profiles/), the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep cosmetic safety database (www.cosmeticsdatabase.com) and the National Library of Medicine’s Toxicology Data Network (http://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov).

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

And finally…

May 14-18 is national Bike to Work Week.

"When I see an adult on a bicycle, I do not despair for the future of the human race."

~H.G. Wells.