Tuesday, July 3

TUESDAY 7/3/12

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Solar energy field nears completion

Luther's new $1.2 million solar energy field is nearing completion. It will be the largest single solar energy production facility in the state of Iowa when it goes online in early July. Located on a two-acre site along Pole Line Road, the 1,250 separate solar panels mounted in six rows are the main feature of the 280-kilowatt solar photovoltaic system. Dragonfly Solar, based in the Twin Cities, designed the solar panel facility.


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.  

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.

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.

Meals that Fit

Luther Wellness is partnering with Dining Services to offer Meals That Fit in Oneota Market. Each meal combination is guaranteed to be under 650 calories and have under 1000 mg of sodium. The meals also consist of less than 35 percent of calories from fat. Many different meal combinations are offered for a variety of tastes. Punch cards are offered; after 20 meals, employees can win a gift card provided by Luther Wellness.

Book Store has new boxes to give away

Luther College Book Store has a variety of new boxes to give away. They are all white with size and quantities as follows:

11 x 2.5=50
4 x 6=8
3.5 x 8=3
9.5 x 2=54
9 x 9 =28
4 x 5.5 =42
8.5 x 8.5 =32
6 x 6 =200

Please contact Debbie Karr at [email protected] or x1832 if you would like some.

Notice of accreditation of nursing department

The campus is invited to submit comments regarding the pending accreditation of the Department of Nursing. The Commission on College Nursing Education will be visiting the department Oct. 1-3. Comments must be in writing, signed by author and submitted by Sept. 1 to:

Cristina Walcott
Administrative Assistant
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530
Washington, DC 20036


Summer events on campus this week

June 24-July 22: Lutheran Summer Music
July 6-8: Alumni (1998) gathering
July 7-11: Distance Running Camp
July 9-13: Discovery Camp: Energy Expedition
July 11-14: Wrestling Team Camp I
July 13-15: Soccer Elite Camp

Lutheran Summer Music events this week

July 3: Faculty Artist Recital, 7:30 p.m. Noble Recital Hall; come hear LSM faculty flex their musical muscles at a recital.
July 6: Student Recital, 7:30 p.m. Noble Recital Hall; support LSM students at the first student recital of the summer.
July 7: Guest Artist Recital: Flying Forms Baroque Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. Noble Recital Hall; this baroque trio is sure to amaze. Join us for a free concert.

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.


Memorial service for Martha Meade

The community is invited to a brief service of readings and prayers to remember Luther alumna Martha Meade, LC '79, Tuesday, July 3, 10:30 a.m. in the CFL Recital Hall. Since it will not be possible for many to travel to San Francisco for the services there, we'll have a simple campus gathering of friends and colleagues for readings, prayers, remembrances and mutual consolation. Contact Pastor Mike Blair, <blairmic> with questions.

Update on Pearl Faldet

Pearl Faldet who was seriously injured in an automobile accident is recovering at Gundersen Lutheran Hospital in La Crosse. Physicians and family report that her recovery is progressing faster than expected. She will continue to work with her neurosurgeon and physical therapists in the recovery process. We will continue to update the Luther community via the Tuesday newsletter.


To John Moeller and family on the death of John's mother.

Update on LSM faculty member

Last week, Matt Sintchak, Lutheran Summer Music faculty member, was injured while riding his bike across campus. After being thrown from his bicycle, Matt was taken to the hospital then air-lifted to St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester. Matt suffered head trauma and fractured several bones in his face. He is on the mend at home in Madison, Wis. Medical staff said that he should make a full recovery in time.

Thank you

To Luther College for throwing me a wonderful retirement party. Thank you to everyone who attended my party, and for the cards and thoughtful expressions. I will miss the Luther community, especially in the Union and the custodial staff. Thanks again!

-Donna Thuente

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.

Lab and simulation director: Luther's nursing department seeks a nine-month staff appointment responsible for working collaboratively with faculty to implement lab and simulation experiences. Duties include managing equipment and supplies in nursing laboratories, supervising students employed in the labs, facilitating simulation experiences and supporting teaching of skills across the curriculum, coordinating skills and simulation lab budgets and grants with Department Head, maintaining records  of skills and simulation lab activities, evaluating effectiveness of skills and simulation lab activities, providing faculty development related to best practices in simulation and skills instruction and coordinating skills and simulation lab calendars. Minimum: bachelor's degree in nursing with expertise in lab/clinical teaching. Master's degree in nursing preferred. Start date is Aug. 20.


Beth Lynch was a co-author on five research presentations at the biennial meeting of the American Quaternary Association June 21-24. Jimmy Marty '12 and Chris Nevala-Plagemann '11 presented work from their senior projects in, "Holocene climate history of northwestern Wisconsin reconstructed from lake level changes." The presentations all related to a project examining the interactions among climate, fire and vegetation in northern Wisconsin, which has involved nearly 20 Luther students over the past 10 years.


Sylvia Gift Nabukeera memorial

It has been about a year since Sylvia Gift Nabukeera made her way to spend time with her family in her hometown of Jjongoza, but never reached her loved ones. She disappeared in Nairobi on June 24, 2011 and was found dead weeks later, with the circumstances of her death still unknown. With the sadness, grief, anger and helplessness of her loss came the continuing remembrance of happy and joyous moments shared, as well as her kindness, courage and shining spirit.

Springs of Peace is a grass-roots initiative dedicated to and inspired by Sylvia. Through donations and grant-writing, the group is attempting to raise $20,000 to build 20 rainwater harvesting tanks in Sylvia's village, Jjongoza.

Springs of Peace is working in partnership with the Jjongoza Rotary Community Corps to provide access to clean and potable water to the community. To find out more about Springs of Peace visit: http://springsofpeace.wordpress.com/about/.

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.


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: 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>.

Wanted:  Used French Horn for 11-year-old granddaughter. Email <wrigam01> or call 387-1532.

Babysitter available: Rising senior working for Residence Life available to babysit. CPR and first aid certified, love coloring, cooking, endless games of tag, reading bedtime stories and singing lullabies. Available after 5 p.m. every evening. Take a date, and let me take care of your kids. Contact Sarah Webb, <webbsa01> or (712) 330-7773.


Sustainability tip

Have a red, white, blue and GREEN Fourth of July celebration. See http://inhabitat.com/7-sustainable-designs-for-a-green-4th-of-july/ for tips on celebrating sustainably on Independence Day.

And finally…

You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness.  You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism. 

-Erma Bombeck