Tuesday, Aug. 21

TUESDAY 8/21/12

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Service of Dedication

Faculty and staff, spouses and guests are invited to attend the annual Service of Dedication Thursday, Aug. 23, at 3:30 p.m. in the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall. President Torgerson will deliver his State of the College address and new faculty and staff will be introduced. Offices are allowed to close for the dedication service so that as many employees as possible can attend. A reception will follow.  

Opening Convocation Aug. 30

Opening Convocation will be Thursday, Aug. 30, 9:40 a.m. in the CFL.  Offices should close if possible so that all can attend convocation to welcome the class of 2016 and new transfer students. This year's speaker is Marjorie Opuni-Akuomoa '92, senior advisor at the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS in Geneva, Switzerland.

Finanger to be awarded Spirit of Luther

President Richard Torgerson will present the college's Spirit of Luther Award to longtime Luther coach and professor Kent Finanger at the school's opening convocation Thursday, Aug. 30 at 9:40 a.m. in the CFL.

The service is open to the public with no charge for admission. The event will also be streamed live on the web at https://www.luther.edu/streaming/events.

Finanger, a 1954 Luther graduate, is being honored for his commitment to, love of and support for Luther College and the Decorah community.


Library Hours

Aug. 22-Aug. 28
Weekdays: 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 25: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 26: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Regular fall library hours begin Wednesday, Aug. 29
Sundays:  Noon-midnight
Mondays-Thursdays: 7:30 a.m.-midnight
Fridays: 7:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
Saturdays: 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

Van tests reminder

A reminder to all faculty, staff and students: 12 passenger van tests may be scheduled only on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Driver must be at least 20 years old, will have to have filled out a driver’s application, and provided copies of their driver’s license and health insurance card to Facilities. Only when these items are complete can Facilities schedule a van test with Security.

Farwell locked Aug.10-25

For security reasons Farwell Hall will be locked from 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10 until 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 25. Faculty and staff may park in the student only parking south of Loyalty during that time period. 

Basil, basil, get your basil
Luther gardeners have an abundance of beautiful basil and we want to share it with you. Whether you're craving just a few sprigs to spice up some pizza or a pound for making pesto, we can accommodate your needs. Basil giveaway will be on the patio near the Valders Edible Landscape Wednesday, Aug. 15, noon-1 p.m. Get there early; we may run out.

Healthy snacks available every day in Luther's edible landscapes

Whether you're looking for something to spice up your salad at lunchtime or could use a few herbs for an evening meal, the campus edible landscapes may have what you need.  The "Off the Vine" garden, located near Valders Hall of Science, offers such treats as ground cherries, cherry tomatoes, peppers, various herbs, cucumbers and malabar spinach. In the "Diversity Garden," located near Ylvisaker Hall you can find eggplant, peppers, mini melons, swiss chard and lacinato kale. Take yourself on a self-guided tour of these gardens and pick up some snacks along the way. Be sure to close the gate when you're done—the deer and rabbits like the fresh produce as much as we do.

2012/2013 Admissions visit events

Several faculty and staff have requested a list of the Admissions visit events for this coming year. We appreciate the support of everyone on campus who contributes to the success of these important activities.

Saturday, Sept. 15, Explore Luther: First Look
Saturday, Sept. 29, Examine Luther: Science Exploration Day
Monday, Oct. 8, Explore Luther: First Look
Thursday, Oct. 18, Explore Luther: First Look
Friday, Oct. 19, Explore Luther: First Look
Monday, Nov. 12, Closer Look for seniors, class visits included
Thursday, Nov. 29, Christmas at Luther visit event
Monday, Jan. 21, J-Term:  A Luther Experience
Saturday, Feb. 9, Scholar Recognition Day/audition day
Saturday, Feb. 23, Scholar Recognition Day/audition day
Monday, March 18, Explore Luther: First Look
Friday, April 5, Explore Luther: First Look
Monday, April 15, Destination Luther: Admitted Student Visit Day   
Saturday, May 4, ROAD
Friday, June 7,  ROAD
Tuesday-Wednesday, June 11, 12, ROAD
Monday, June 17, Explore Luther: First Look
Monday-Friday, Aug. 5-9, Iowa Private College Week
Friday, Aug. 23, ROAD

2012-13 course catalog

The 2012-13 course catalog is now available for viewing on the college website. Students and faculty will be notified when printed catalogs become available.


Aug. 23, Service of Dedication, 3:30 p.m., Center for Faith and Life Main Hall
Aug. 27, SAC Spotlight Performance, Comedy Sportz, 7 p.m., CFL Main Hall

Water Street Music Series Sept. 2

The Water Street Music Series will kick-off Sunday, Sept. 2 with local group Done Doin' Laundry and special guests Simple Rogues. The performances, open to the public with no charge for admission, will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Bentdahl Commons.

Bluegrassy rock n' roll sounds from the sassy women of Done Doin' Laundry will be joined by rollicking Irish tunes by Simple Rogues. Bring a blanket or lawn chair. Visit www.wsmsdecorah.org for more information on the whole series.


Welcome new employees

Aaron Lurth began his role as Coordinator of Visual Media Aug. 6. His office is in Dahl Centennial Union 213, telephone 387-1808.
Karri Anderson began as Interim Pastor on Aug. 15.  Her office is CFL 107, telephone 387-1040.
Helen Westcott began as Field Placement Officer as of Aug. 15. Her office is Koren 102, telephone 387-1548.

Thank you

Many thanks to the entire Luther community from Empowering Learners. Your personal gifts, gifts-in-kind and good wishes mean so much to us. This summer, 12 of us traveled and delivered additional educational supplies to our Lutheran schools in the far north of Namibia. As we now embark on our third year of fundraising, we celebrate the results of our efforts. Through your generosity you have helped us send: 19,000 library books/text books/encyclopedias, 65 computers/laptops, 50 TI83 calculators, dozens of Braille books, educational toys and soccer balls, and outright cash support. Everything we accomplish is in partnership with you our donors. Thank you so much.

-Ann Sponberg Peterson and Ethan Schultz '12.  www.empoweringlearnersnamibia.blogspot.com


President Emeritus Elwin Farwell and his wife, Helen, will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary on Aug. 23.


Sleeping bags needed

The Diversity Center needs to borrow 20 sleeping bags for a camp out at Pine Bluff Thursday, Aug. 23. Contact Amy Webber, <webberam> or call the Diversity Center, 387-1014.


Nancy Maloney, professor emerita of nursing, has been recognized "As Woman of the Year 2012-2013" by the National Association of Professional Women. This recognition states that "The reicipent — has demonstrated excellence and dedication within her profession and has been formally included to membership."

Ellen Macdonald, former Help Desk manager at Luther, will teach a chip carving class at Vesterheim on the weekend of Sept. 7. See http://www.decorahnow.com/posts/7523 for more information. Winneshiek County residents pay 50 percent for Vesterheim classes. Contact Ellen for more information.  <macdonel> or call 382-8148.

Jim Martin-Schramm served as a plenary speaker at two ELCA conferences this summer. He presented "A Lutheran Ethic of Environmental Stewardship" at the annual Vocation of a Lutheran College conference at Augsburg College in Minneapolis July 31. Jim also presented "Lutheran Theology and the Environment: Bonhoeffer, the Church, and the Climate Question" at the annual Convocation of ELCA Teaching Theologians at Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio Aug. 14.

Spencer Martin performed selections from his recent CD, "Gems Rediscovered," at the 2012 International Viola Congress at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York in June. Luther viola student, Angela Kratchmer '13, also performed at the congress in a master class given by Karen Ritscher.

The Tom Bourcier Band will perform in the ArtHaus Studio Courtyard on Friday August 24 at 8pm. Tom Bourcier will be joined by Erik Berg, Mark Stumme, David Lester, Lloyd Boles and Susan Chaundry. No reservations needed, $8 adults, $6 students. Visit www. arthausdecorah.org for more info.


Auction items needed: The Humane Society of Northeast Iowa is having an auction on Sept. 29 to raise money for the shelter fund. To donate, contact Kim Powell, <kimpowell>, to arrange pick up. Any items that typically sell at auction are welcome: furniture, bikes, bed frames, mirrors, lamps, books, home decor, etc. No clothing please. Your unwanted items can help HSNEI help dogs and cats in the five-county area find forever homes.

Wanted: Used books for the United Way Used Book Sale. Drop off books Aug. 16-Sept. 13 in bins located in Dahl Centennial Union 213, outside Main 207, and in the Education Office in Koren. Proceeds of the sale, held Saturday, Sept. 15 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, will benefit area preschools and the 17 agencies of the Winneshiek County United Way. Contact Kris with questions, <petekr05>.

Wanted:  Twin sized mattress and box spring, twin-sized frame and used dresser. Call Jan, 380-5923.

For sale: New tires and rims, less than 50 miles) 205-80-10, 5-bolt pattern on rim,would work for golf cart, snowmobile, pontoon boat trailer or more, $60 each. Contact Connie, <rothmeco> or 380-5518.

For sale: 12-gallon plastic gas tank for boat-set up for Honda motor, quick disconnect $30. Contact Connie, <rothmeco> or 380-5518.

For sale: Used Kenmore washing machine, very good condition, asking $75 or best offer. Contact Connie, <rothmeco> or 380-5518.

Garage sale: Multi-family garage sale at 104 Sunset Drive, Saturday, Aug. 25, 8 a.m.-noon. Items include bookshelves, desk chair, household items and much more. Contact <necham01> for more information. 


Sustainability tip

Cook with a microwave instead of the stove or oven when possible. If cooking over the stove, use the smallest pots and pans needed to cook your meal, your food will cook quicker, you'll conserve energy and you'll produce less heat.

Borrowed from: http://news.unt.edu/news-releases/unt-office-sustainability-offers-tips-surviving-summer

And finally…

Next week, Aug. 25-31, is "Be Kind to Humankind" week, so "pay it forward" and be kind!

Be kind to people on the way up-you'll meet them again on your way down.

-Jimmy Durante

Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.

-Dalai Lama

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.