Tuesday, May 22

TUESDAY 5/22/12

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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.


The college lawns will be fertilized and sprayed for broadleaf weeds beginning Friday, May 25 in the afternoon through Monday, May 28 weather permitting. For more information, contact Gary Brickman, 387-1668.

Farwell bridge

The Farwell bridge will be closed to pedestrian traffic sometime this week for construction. The bridge will reopen by June 7. 

Fiscal year end reminder

Now that the end for the fiscal year is just around the corner, 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 in advance for helping us close out the fiscal year in a timely manner. 

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.

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.

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 www.lutherbookshop.com.

Luther experiences growth in local dairy purchases

Working with two local dairies, Luther has achieved another milestone in sustainable food purchasing. This spring, Luther has begun to procure all of its yogurt and hard ice cream from two dairies that are located within 30 minutes of campus.         

Country View Dairy near West Union, Iowa, and WW. Homestead Dairy in Waukon, Iowa, are the farms that supply Luther with the yogurt and hard ice cream.



To Richard Halverson and family on the May 15 death of Richard's father.


Richard Tirk was a clinician and featured soloist for Dover-Eyota Middle and High School May 17-18. Tirk worked with both middle and high school jazz ensembles during the clinic on May 17. The concert, performed the next day, featured Tirk as the soloist on DeLange's famous tune "Do you know what it means to miss New Orleans." He also performed two tunes with a jazz trio. 

J. R. Christianson presented a paper on "The Spaces and Rituals of the Royal Hunt" at Frederiksborg Castle in Denmark on May 1 as part of a conference sponsored by the PALATIUM project on the history of European royal courts.  Birgitte Christianson also attended the conference.

Dallas Wulf was selected as a recipient of one of the 29th annual graduate study fellowships granted by the R. J. McElroy Trust. Wulf will pursue a doctoral degree in physics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In making nominations, President, Richard L. Toregerson, praised the academic leadership accomplishments of Wulf. The fellowships carry a stipend of $10,000 per year. Wulf was selected from a field of six finalists from colleges and universities in northeast Iowa.

Evgenia Fotiou of Athens, Greece, has been appointed by Luther to serve as the Associated Colleges of the Midwest-Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow of Indigenous Religious Traditions for 2012-14. Fotiou will begin her duties at Luther in August. Fotiou has served as an associate lecturer and teaching assistant at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the anthropology and the gender and women's studies departments.

"Gems Rediscovered," a recording by Spencer Martin and Miko Kominami, has been released by Delos Productions. The new CD features sonatas for viola and piano by four lesser known, late-romantic-era composers: Benjamin Dale, Robert Fuchs, Paul Juon and Ernest Walker. The CD is available in the Luther Book Shop for $16.99, or online at www.lutherbookshop.com

Steven Holland has been selected to receive a Fulbright award to teach in the southeastern European nation of Montenegro for the 2012-13 academic year. Holland's teaching project will allow him to work with a Montenegrin university to help students and faculty better understand the relationships between economic growth and the legal and social institutions that affect it. 


Scavenger hunt through Driftless Safari

Are you ready for an adventure? Driftless Safari is back! Join this summer-long outdoor scavenger hunt that will have you and your family and friends exploring the many natural, cultural, and historic treasures of Winneshiek County. This free program is open to everyone who wants to have an adventure and loves playing outside. To learn more visit www.driftless-safari.org. Free materials will be available at all Winneshiek County public libraries beginning Friday, May 25.


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.

Wanted: Used Fender Stratocaster or Fender Telecaster. Contact Tim Schweizer <schweizt> or 419-1886.

Wanted: 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.

Wanted: Garden tiller. Small overgrown patch needs deep tilling. Call (612) 246-3255.

For rent: Three bedroom Victorian house, lovely woodwork, excellent condition, two-car garage, washer and dryer. Near Phelps Park, with a big yard on a quiet street. Rent: $900/ month. Contact <narveska>.

For sale: Purebred black lab male puppy, nine weeks old. Call Bridget, 735-5969.

For sale: Three/four-bedroom house with large backyard, lots of storage, close to campus. Contact Brett at <johnbr02>.


LIS tip

Did you know that all faculty, staff and students have free online access to the Chronicle of Higher Education? Visit http://chronicle.com for access. Questions? Visit lis.luther.edu/tips.

Sustainability tip

Better boating: Savvy skippers can help prevent the spread of the zebra mussel, an invasive species that wreaks havoc by clogging water pipes and out-competing native freshwater mussels. The fingernail-size creature can infest new lakes and rivers by hitching a ride with boaters who visit multiple lakes. The steps to keep zebra mussels and other invasive species in check are well known—and worth repeating:

  • Remove all vegetation from your boat and trailer before leaving the boat ramp.
  • Drain water from the motor, bilge and wells before leaving.
  • Dump leftover bait on land, away from the water's edge.
  • Back home, rinse your boat, motor and trailer; let them dry in the sun for several days before visiting a different body of water.

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

And finally…

May 21-25 is national Backyard Games Week.

"My father used to play with my brother and me in the yard. Mother would come out and say, 'You're tearing up the grass'; 'We're not raising grass,' Dad would reply. 'We're raising boys.'"

~Harmon Killebrew