Tuesday, July 10

TUESDAY 7/10/12

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New Regents announced

President Torgerson has announced the appointment of four new Regents to the college's Board of Regents: Dennis Flatness, Richard F. Theiler, Chinyere Ukabiala and Lance J. Vander Linden. "By adding three alumni and a current parent, each with distinctive gifts and experiences, we bring to the Board individuals who have a passion for Luther and the desire to strengthen and enrich the Luther student experience," said President Torgerson.


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.

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

Desserts in Decorah

Looking for a few more homes to host our Desserts in Decorah for first-year students on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 7-8:30 p.m. Open your home to 8-10 first year students for dessert. If interested, contact Jane, <hildebja> or 387-1008, or Sue <halversu> or 387-1020, in Student Life. Would be great if you are close enough to campus for the students to walk or if you could provide transportation but if not we can provide transportation for them. 


Summer events on campus this week

June 24-July 22: Lutheran Summer Music
July 11-14: Wrestling Team Camp I
July 13-15: Soccer Elite Camp
July 15-29: Scandinavian Educators
July 16-19: Wrestling Team Camp II
July 16-20: Discovery Camp: Edible Earth
July 16-20: Discovery Camp: Expeditioners

Help Welcome the Director of Human Resources

Lora Steil began her duties as Director of Human Resources July 9.  A "Meet and Greet" reception to welcome her to Luther will be held Thursday, July 12, 9-10 a.m. in the hallway directly outside the Human Resources' office.  All faculty and staff are invited.

Lutheran Summer Music events this week

July 10: Faculty Artist Recital: Sine Nomine Vocal Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. Noble Recital Hall; the LSM vocal faculty perform followed by evening prayer in the CFL.

July 12: Faculty Artist Recital: Praetorius Brass, 7:30 p.m. Noble Recital Hall; the LSM brass faculty will perform, followed by evening prayer in the CFL.

July 13: Student Recital, 7:30 p.m. Noble Recital Hall; come hear LSM students show off their hard work, followed by Holden Evening Prayer in the NRH.

July 15: Faculty Artist Recital, 7:30 p.m. Noble Recital Hall; enjoy the final faculty recital of the summer.



To Andrew and Amanda Bailey on the birth of their daughter Anna Jean Bailey born June 29 at 5:20 p.m. She weighed six pounds, four ounces and was 20.25 inches long.

Update on Pearl Faldet

Pearl has improved enough that she was moved from the hospital to inpatient rehab. According to David, she has now entered a daily routine of more intense physical and vocational therapy followed by longer rest. Her doctors ask that she still keep visitors to a minimum because her brain needs to focus on healing. He says, "She remains cheerful and polite, now in days where she takes walks, climbs stairs and starts to take over more and more of her daily routines. Though she has a very long way to go we are hopeful that she will be back at home in Decorah, maybe by the middle of (this) week. Thanks for your love and concern. Pearl and all of us will continue to need that in the weeks and months ahead!"

New employee

Alyssa Ritter joined the Luther staff as the Admissions visit coordinator Monday, July 2. Her office is in Dahl Centennial Union 204, telephone 387-1426.

Position opening

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.

Admissions counselor: Full-time position with primary responsibilities including coordinating the recruitment of students from a specific geographical region, visiting targeted high schools and attending select college fair programs. Duties include interviewing prospective students on campus and assisting with other admissions-related activities/events as assigned. Extensive travel required, and ability to work evenings and weekends when appropriate. Candidates should have excellent communication skills, computer knowledge and ability to make public presentations.  Experience in admissions or a related field is preferred, as is Spanish language fluency and an appreciation for residential, liberal arts colleges. Bachelor's degree and valid driver's license required.

Iowa State of Promise AmeriCorps members (four positions): Positions start Sept. 1. Join a team of enthusiastic folks working in more than 20 schools throughout Northeast Iowa to promote local food and physical activity. When not serving at a school within the region, can expect to work from the Environmental Studies department at Luther. Must be able to work with others, have good communication skills and experience working with youth. Post-secondary degree preferred. Review of applications begins July 20. Submit résumé along with a letter of interest highlighting: What character traits and skills do you possess that make you suited to this position? How does serving as an AmeriCorps member fit with your personal and professional goals—why do you want to be an AmeriCorps member? Submit electronically to Emily Neal, director of school outreach at Luther College, <nealem01> or send hardcopy to:
Luther College, Attn: Emily Neal, 700 College Drive, Decorah, IA 52101.


Storm Bailey presented presented a paper, "Advocacy, Academic Freedom, and Pedagogy," at the American Association of University Professors annual Conference on the State of Higher Education in Washington, D.C., June 13-15.

Laura Swanson '13, Melene Thompson '14 and Jodi Enos-Berlage attended the American Society for Microbiology General Meeting in San Francisco, CA June 16-19. Swanson and Thompson presented a poster titled "Calcium-regulated gene expression in Vibrio parahaemolyticus" that included six additional Luther student authors. Swanson and Thompson also received a competitive $500 ASM student travel award based on the quality of their research. Only 25 percent of student attendees obtain this award, the vast majority of them graduate students. Enos-Berlage presented a poster titled: "Involving microbiology students in a watershed project: Reconnecting students with the land."

Rachel Barclay '11 and Bianca Lutchen '12 have each been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Program scholarship to Germany for the 2012-13 academic year. Barclay will study and conduct research with scholars at the Central Institute for Art History in Munich who are leading German efforts to establish provenance of art objects that changed ownership under suspicious circumstances or were subject to unlawful appropriation under National Socialism between 1933-45. Lutchen has been awarded a Fulbright teaching assistantship in Germany, which will also support her research interests in exploring the ramifications for national identity that resulted from the reunification of the former East and West Germany.


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 lefse booth volunteers, demonstrators needed

The Nordic Fest lefse booth is seeking volunteers for shifts over the Nordic Fest weekend. Volunteers needed to cashier, flip lefse, deliver lefse, organize the booth and help keep things running smoothly. Demonstrators also needed for rolling and flipping in the demonstration window. (Demonstrators are responsible for prepping their lefse before the weekend.) Contact Julie Shockey if interested in either kind of volunteer shift, 387-1865 or <shocju01>.


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.

For sale: Maytag dishwasher, older model, works great, $25; his and hers matching Schwinn Bio-Tech bicycles, $25 each; and two storm windows, $10 each. Contact Julie Shockey, 387-1865 or <shocju01>.

Dog to give away: Free to a good home. Six-year-old Akita. For more information, call 387-2210.

Pianist/accompanist needed:  First Lutheran Church in Decorah seeks candidates to fill a pianist/accompanist position. For more information, contact Betty Hoff, <hoffbett> or 382-5883, First Lutheran Worship and Music Committee Chair.

Moving sale: Thursday, July 12 from 4-8 p.m. at 617 Center St., four houses up from the pool. Sale includes: kitchen items including a used Cuisinart fondue set, Nordicware pan, Bella Cucina smoothie maker, microwave, etc... Also includes dozens of gently used books and DVDS-several unopened, and women's clothing-including brands like BCBG, Gap, J.Crew, Nike and Adidas. Gently worn - plus several items still have tags on them.

For sale: Yakima Lockjaw rooftop bike racks. $50 each. I have three available. In good condition and hold bikes securely. Must be mounted on a Yakima rooftop rack, cartop luggage rack or a Thule rack. Contact 419-5681.

For sale: Maytag 21-cubic-foot refrigerator, excellent condition. Two bathroom sinks with faucets. Speed Queen heavy duty dryer, working condition. Three-piece luggage set-includes garment bag. Interior doors with hardware and frames. One bi-fold interior door. One accordian door. 25" color TV.  21" color TV.  Call 419-4969.

For sale: Four P23570R16 Continental tires with 25 percent tread remaining, $40; Lawn Boy Silver Series 4.5 hp push mower-needs tune-up, $40; 79x32 older Larsen storm door and solid wood door w/window, $5 each. Contact <stefaa01> or (319) 361-7372 for more information.

For sale: Reduced price. 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: Coldplay at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn. on Saturday, Aug. 11at 7 p.m. Tickets are in section 107, row 16, seats 1-4. Tickets are $115 each. Contact Rene at <donlanre> or 419-4724.


Sustainability tip

Wash and dry clothes when the day is cool. Do laundry early in the day and late at night. Don't forget clotheslines or drying racks: they generate no heat in the house.

And finally…

A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken.

-James Dent