Tuesday, June 26

TUESDAY 6/26/12

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Staff/faculty development opportunity: 'Faith and Learning on the Ground'

What does it mean to be a college of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America? How does Luther differ from other faith-based colleges? How might we respond when a student says her religion class shattered her faith? Staff and faculty are invited to participate in a half-day session to learn more about Luther's identity and philosophy as a college of the church. 

Led by Pastor Blair and Kristin Swanson, this workshop was held last summer and was so well received it is being offered again. Join us Wednesday, Aug. 15, from 9 a.m. to noon in Hammarskjold. 

This staff development session will be counted as work time but staff should make the appropriate arrangements with their supervisors. To register click here. For more information contact the President's Office, 387-1001.

Carbon neutral timetable

Luther College Regents have endorsed a timetable for the college to achieve a carbon neutral campus and have authorized President Torgerson to plan and pursue sustainable methods of operation and energy conservation initiatives that will take the college to its zero carbon footprint goal. The resolution instructs the college to reduce its campus carbon footprint by 50 percent by the end of 2015, 70 percent by 2020, and achieve its carbon neutral goal by the year 2030.


Fourth of July hours

Book Shop


Mail services

Oneota Market


Dahl Centennial Union/Welcome Center
7:45 a.m.-noon

Campus Programming
7:45 a.m.-noon

Peace Dining Room
9:30-11 a.m.

Personal day

A reminder to all staff that the personal day issued on Sept. 1, 2011 must be used by Aug. 31, 2012 or it will be forfeited. The personal day is available on a yearly basis, to be used at the discretion of the employee and their supervisor. The allowed hours (based on full-time/part-time status) must be used in one single block, and should not be split between more than one day. If there are any questions, please contact Human Resources at 387-1134 or Payroll at 387-1135.  

TIAA-CREF on campus

TIAA-CREF will be on campus for personal financial consultations in a confidential setting Monday, July 9 from 1-5 p.m., and Tuesday, July 10 from 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Register at www.tiaa-cref.org/letstalk1 or call 866-843-5640, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. The consultations are held in the Career Center, Dahl Centennial Union, Room 205. 

Road Construction

The intersection of North Street and Riverview Drive will be closed beginning Wednesday, June 27. The City hired a contractor to re-configure the road and sidewalk, and work on the storm sewer.

Riverview Drive will be closed outside the Facilities Office and by Norby House, but Dike Road will be open. As a reminder, the road between Facilities Services and the Korsrud Heating Plant is a service drive.

Expected completion date is Aug. 3.

'Oral Communication' workshop canceled

The "Oral Communication" workshop scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, June 25-26, has been canceled.

Summer reading books still available

Free copies of the summer reading, "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks," are still available for faculty and staff in the Book Shop. If you are sharing a book, but would like your own copy, stop by the Book Shop and pick one up. The free copies are provided by the Office of the Academic Dean and the Paideia Endowment.

Marty's CyberCafé summer hours

Marty's will be open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. through the rest of the summer. The menu will be limited to beverages and snacks including shakes made with local ice cream from WW Homestead Dairy, slushies, smoothies made with local yogurt from Country View Dairy, Frappuccinos, sodas and cookies. Stop by for a cool treat! 

Faculty and staff Cafeteria discount

All faculty and staff dine at a discounted rate in the Cafeteria. Prices for faculty and staff are: breakfast: $3.70; lunch: $5.20; dinner: $6.95. The cafeteria is open for three meals daily all summer. Hours of operation are shortened in the summer. View hours: http://www.luther.edu/dining/locations/caf/hours/.

Summer cooking classes

A series of nine cooking classes is available for free to all faculty and staff this summer. Topics include: salad dressings, grilling, healthy summer meals, steaming/sauteing/stir-frying, family pizza-making and much more. Classes are taught at the Oneota Coop after work and at Luther during lunch break. Click here for details and registration information. Limited spots available.


Summer events on campus this week

June 24-July 22: Lutheran Summer Music Academy and Festival
June 25-28: Norse Mini Camp
June 25-28: Fellowship of Christian Athletes
June 25-29: Discovery Camp: Discovery Survival
June 30: Girls Border Battle Team Shootout

Donna Thuente retirement celebration

Please stop by the Williams Main lounge in the Union on Friday, June 29 from 9-11 a.m. to congratulate Donna Thuente on her retirement.

Distinguished Lecturers for 2012-13 academic year

Campus Programming is delighted to announce the Distinguished Lecturers for 2012-13. In fall, we welcome Frank Warren,  founder of the Post Secret Project on Tuesday, Sept. 25. He will offer the afternoon discussion "What does it mean to be 'known'?" and an evening lecture "The Most Trusted Stranger in America" at 7 p.m.

In spring, we welcome Vandana Shiva, global energy conservation leader and physicist on Tuesday, Feb. 26. She will offer an afternoon discussion and an evening lecture "Earth Democracy: Justice, Sustainability, and Peace" at 7 p.m.

We welcome campus connections to these two Distinguished Lecturers to encourage campus-wide dialog. Contact Tanya Gertz, <gertta01> for more information or to connect to these visits.


We received word this morning that David and Rachel Faldet's daughters, Elizabeth and Pearl, were in a serious car accident last night in Spring Grove, Minn. Pearl is in intensive care at Gundersen Lutheran in La Crosse. A passenger in their vehicle, Martha Meade '79, a former Luther employee in Admissions, was killed. Please keep the Faldet and Meade families in your prayers. For further information please see: http://www.postbulletin.com/news/stories/display.php?id=1500782.

Thank you

I would like to thank everyone for my farewell reception, the many cards, emails and words of encouragement in retirement. It's hard to believe I came to Luther as a student 50 years ago and now retire after 15-plus years as an employee. It has been an honor and joy to be part of the Luther staff. Faith and I will dearly miss the Luther community, faculty, staff and students as well as the larger Decorah community. We will treasure many wonderful memories in the years to come. Soli Deo Gloria. Best wishes to you all.  

Roy Prigge

Position opening

The economics and business, math and computer science departments seek a highly motivated, detail-oriented individual with strong interpersonal skills for a part-time position (approximately 28 to 32-hours per week during the academic year.) Primary responsibility for assisting the departments with duties. Qualifications include: A.A. or equivalent experience preferred; courses in business helpful; technology skills and aptitude for learning and using new technology also required. Knowledge of current Microsoft Office Suite and Google software tools, scheduling software, website software and more is desirable. Proven ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing required. Submit application to HR. 


Mark Johns presented a paper, "Two screen viewing and social relationships: Exploring the invisible backchannel of TV viewing," at the Cultural Attitudes towards Technology and Communication conference at the University of Aarhus, Denmark.

David Njus was a co-author with five students on several papers presented at two conferences in May. Holly Godar '13 and Andrew Tjossem '13 co-authored "Avoidant Attachment Mediates the Relationship Between Parental Attachment and Short-Term Mating Desire," which was presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science. Rachel Hodapp '13 was the co-author of a presentation titled "Political Orientation, the Correspondence Bias, and Attributions of Wrongdoing" at the annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association. Also at the Midwestern Psychological Association meeting, Katrina Okerstrom '14 and Kaela Stuart '12) were co-presenters of the paper "Mortality Salience, Self-Esteem, and Attachment to Adults and God."

Robert Shedinger gave the presentation "The Irony of Islamophobia: Valuing Islamic Resources in a Multifaith World" at a conference on Islamophobia sponsored by the Islamic Circle of North America held at the University of Toronto on June 16.

Lawrence Williams has accepted a position as adjunct professor at University of Louisville to teach two classes in the fall and spring semesters in the Pan-African Department.

Philip Freeman has published "Lessons from a Demigod" about teaching the Epic of Gilgamesh to college students in the July/August issue of Humanities: The Magazine of the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Nordic Fest troll tour guides needed

Interested in fame and glory?; like story telling?; being imaginative?; meeting new people?; sharing Decorah's cultural and historic highlights? Then consider becoming an important part of a very popular Nordic Fest tradition as an "unofficial-official" and "questionably-certified" Troll Guide. Training with experienced Trollologists to be offered soon for this year's Nordic Fest. Call Dennis Magnuson, 382-4423, for more information.


Tickets available: The sixth annual Musica Dulce concerts will be held on Wednesday, June 27, starting at 6:15 p.m. Musicians this year include: Maritza, The Bread and Butter String Band and John Goodin and Eric Sessions. Venues are the homes of Andy and Karen Van Der Maaten, Mary Bril and the Decorah Trout Hatchery. For more information and tickets, call Amy Webber at 387-1431 or email <webberam>.

For sale: A white 2006 Cadillac DST with satellite radio, Onstar and a 10 speaker sound system. Beautiful 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. It has 102,000 miles on it but don't let that fool you. This car moves, has a lot of power and still gets very good gas mileage. The car has been pampered and you can tell by looking at it. Asking $10,000. If interested, call (216) 925-9169 or email <browni02>. 

For sale: Sun-lite slide-in pick-up camper. Eight foot pop-up has heat, air-conditioner, sink, and a three burner stove. Sleeps 3. Asking $1,200. Email <halvly01> or call 419-2897 if interested.

For sale: Five-bedroom house with master bedroom and bath on main floor, hardwood floors, formal dining room, eat-in kitchen, double attached garage and screened-in porch facing the Upper Iowa River located on Fifth Ave. Contact Linda after 5 p.m. at 382-2710 or email [email protected] for more details. View photos of the house at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/sets/72157630000287506/.

For sale: Beautiful white lined draperies in excellent condition to fit the following windows: Two at 51h x 51w. One at 39h x 39w; one at 81h x 61w. $75 OBO. Call 382-5241.

For rent: 205 Court Street. Four to five bedroom house with unattached two car garage. Residential or commercial business. Walking distance from downtown. No pets and no smoking. References and one month deposit required. $800 per month, plus utilities. Call 382-9631 and ask for Bonnie.

For rent: Three-bedroom, two-bath home in private setting within a short walk to Luther. Has two fireplaces. Cozy home in trees. All appliances. Two-car garage. Available Sept 1. Call 387-0242.

For sale: Two tires, like new: Michelin Primacy MX4 205/55R16. Call 382-9485.

For sale: Yakima Raptor Rooftop Bike Racks. $60 each. These are the older model but in good shape. They will work with a Yakima rooftop rack, your car top luggage rack or even a Thule rack. Call 419-5681 to see.

For sale: 613 North Street. Spacious, charming, 3-4 bedroom house near Luther College and bike trail. Huge backyard on nearly 1/2 acre lot. Lots of natural light and loads of storage space. Bright, sunny kitchen and dining area. Also, one-of-a-kind room with loft for playroom or den. Walkout basement includes bedroom, 3/4 bathroom, kitchen. Learn more at: aGreatHomeDecorah.com or contact Jen/Brett at 382-8207 or <johnbr02>.

For sale: 2000 Pontiac Bonneville SLE, navy blue, leather seats, high miles, but runs nice. Nearly new tires. Leather interior and sunroof. Email <obrienki>.

For sale: 1997 Toyota Corolla: four cylinder, automatic, air, cruise, 30 MPG, excellent work or school car, 179,000 miles, low maintenance, 12-yr owner. $1,800. Contact Michael, (319) 230-0077 or <bartmi03>.

Garage sale: From junk to jewels. Lots of free stuff. Get it before the dumpster arrives at 506 Center Street. Sale is Thursday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.


Sustainability tip

Pick just one day this week and ride your bike, carpool, or leave your car at home.

Check into telecommuting, carpooling and public transit to cut mileage and car maintenance costs.

Borrowed from: http://calstate.fullerton.edu/titan/2008/sustainability/tips.html.

And finally…

Today is National Chocolate Pudding Day.

"If you do your fair day's work, you are certain to get your fair day's wage - in praise or pudding, whichever happens to suit your taste. "

-Alexander Smith