Tuesday, Sept. 6

TUESDAY 9/6/11

Published for faculty and staff by the Luther College Public Information office • Copy deadline: Friday, 3 p.m., 75-word limit • Phone: (563) 387-1865 • Email: <tuesday>

Note: All campus telephone numbers are in the 563 area code, all campus email addresses end in @luther.edu • ©2011


State of the College address

President Torgerson gave the annual State of the College address Aug. 25. Read the text of the address at: https://www.luther.edu/publicinformation/sotc2011/.

Task Group 150 Report now on Katie

The Task Group 150 draft report is posted on Katie for faculty and staff study and comment. Go to the course called "Office of the President" and then "Luther-President." I will host open forums to discuss the recommendations in the CFL Recital Hall Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2-3 p.m. and Thursday, Sept. 22, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Individual comments can be directed to <skodalda>.

I ask the community to join me in thanking Victoria Christman, Jon Christy, Brad Miller, Nick Preus, Kelly Wedmann, Greg Peterson, Arleen Orvis, and David Vasquez, the members of Task Group 150, who have given considerable time and energy to thinking about how to best position Luther College to thrive in the years ahead.                                               -President Torgerson

Royal ticket lottery open through Sept. 8

Their Majesties King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway will visit Luther Oct. 13 in honor of the college's Sesquicentennial Celebration.  The royal visit will include a 30-minute convocation at 10:30 a.m. in the CFL. The convocation will not include a faculty procession.  Faculty, staff and students wishing to attend are invited to request a seat through the ticket lottery. For more information and to enter the lottery, visit http://www.luther.edu/150/events/royal_visit/.


Dahl Centennial Union hours

Dahl Centennial Union
Daily: 7 a.m.-midnight

Welcome Center 
Monday-Thursday: 7 a.m.-11 p.m.
Friday: 7 a.m.-midnight
Saturday:  8 a.m.-midnight
Sunday:  8 a.m.-11 p.m.

Monday-Thursday: 7-9:15 a.m., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5-7:30 p.m.
Friday: 7-9:15 a.m., 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 5-7 p.m.
Saturday: 7-9 a.m., 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., 5-7 p.m.

Marty’s Cyber Café
Monday-Saturday:  9 a.m.-midnight
Sunday: 1 p.m.-midnight      

Oneota Market
Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Saturday: Open during home football games
Sunday: Closed

Book Shop
Monday-Friday 8:45 a.m.-4:45 p.m.     
Saturday: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.  
Sunday: Closed   

Mail Center/SPO
Monday-Friday: 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m.–noon (packages only)
Sunday: Closed

Monday-Friday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.   
Saturday: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Sundays: Closed    

Residence Life
Monday-Friday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday: Closed

Career Center
Monday-Friday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.  

Peace Dining Room
Sunday Brunch: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Student Activities Office
Monday-Friday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday: Closed

Student Life   
Monday-Friday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.  
Saturday-Sunday: Closed

Faculty/staff directory

All faculty and staff are encouraged to check their personal and business information in the Luther online directory. Send any changes to <wenthoma> in the Human Resources office. The information for the printed directory will soon be sent to the Publications office.

TIAA-CREF on campus

TIAA-CREF will be on campus for individual counseling sessions: Tuesday Sept. 27, 12:30-4:30 p.m.; Wednesday-Thursday, Sept. 28-29, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; and Friday, Sept. 30, 8:30-11:30 a.m. To schedule a counseling session, call (866) 842-2977. Location: Career Center interview room, second floor, Union.

Friday Prayers

Join us each Friday at 12:15 p.m. in the Melanchthon Interfaith Room (second floor in the CFL) for Friday Prayers. Rooted in the Muslim tradition, this brief service is open to all. A call to prayer will be followed by readings, reflection and prayers. Luther alumnus Ahmed Alkhalili '10 and current students will be sharing in leading prayers. Sponsored by the Muslim Student Association and Allies, College Ministries and the Diversity Center.

Business card deadline Sept. 7

The Publications office is accepting orders for business cards online at www.luther.edu/printwork. Please order in quantity increments of 250. Send a sample of an old card via campus mail to A.J. Perling  <perlad01>. Submit orders prior to Wednesday, Sept. 7. The Publications office gathers business card orders at the start of each semester; note orders printed individually at other times cost considerably more to run.

'Understanding What Morsle Can Do'

"Understanding What Morsle Can Do For You," a brown-bag demonstration of the Katie-Norse Apps integration, will be conducted in the Mott Room on:

Tuesday, Sept. 6: 11 a.m.-1:15 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 7: 11 a.m.-1:15 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 8: 11 a.m.-1:15 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 9: 11 a.m.-1:15 p.m.

Stop in for 15 minutes or so to learn more about how Morsle can make course resource work easier, faster, more collaborative and more organized.


Events this week

Sept. 9: Faculty Artist Series, Virginia Strauss,violin, Jessica Paul, piano, 7 p.m., Noble Recital Hall

Sept. 9: SAC Diversity Performance, Rica Obsesion, Marty's CyberCafé

Sept. 11: Vespers, In Remembrance of September 11,
4 p.m., First Lutheran Church, Decorah

Chapel this week

Monday, Sept. 5: Lise Kildegaard
Wednesday, Sept. 7: Amy Zalk Larson
Thursday, Sept. 8: Morning Prayer, CRH, Andrew Whitfield, leader
Friday, Sept. 9: Sean Burke, Nordic Choir

Emily Gilbertson art exhibit

An art exhibit by Emily Gilbertson '04 will be on display Aug. 31-Oct. 21 in the Center for Faith and Life on the Luther campus. Gilbertson's exhibit, titled "Synergy: An Interplay of Females and Floras," contains three bodies of work, tied together by a common theme.

Randy Carlson art exhibit

An art exhibit by Randy Carlson '76 will be on display Sept. 1-Oct. 16 in Preus Library. The theme of the ceramics exhibit draws on the Luther College Sesquicentennial theme "Transformed by the Journey."

Brown Bag presentation Sept. 6

Amy Dorman has completed her senior paper for WGST this summer and will be making her public presentation in the form of a Brown Bag Tuesday, Sept. 6 from
11 a.m.-noon in the Borlaug Room. The title is "Who Buys Sex, and Why?: A discussion on hegemonic masculinity and the global sex trade."

Rica Obsesion Sept. 9

Rica Obsesion, a salsa band from Chicago, will perform Friday, Sept. 9, 7:30 p.m. in Marty's CyberCafé. Tickets are $10, available at the Luther Box Office, 387-1357, or at the door the night of the show. Chips and fresh salsa, with ingredients from Luther's gardens, will be provided. Rica Obsesion performs musical selections from salsa greats, including the Spanish Harlem Orquestra, the late Frankie Ruiz and Soneros Del Barrio, as well as their own compositions.

Service of Rememberance and Hope

The community is invited to a Service of Remembrance and Hope on the 10th anniversary of 9/11: Sunday, Sept. 11, 4 p.m. at First Lutheran Church, Decorah. The service includes choral offerings by Nordic Choir, a homily by Richard Simon Hanson, Gregory Peterson serving as organist, prayers and readings by local pastors and congregational leaders. The service will be followed by reception in First Lutheran's Fellowship Hall.

Faculty Dance Performance, Hamp

"Loss, the Great Escape and Other Memories" will be performed Friday, Sept. 16 at 7:30 p.m. in Studio II, Center for the Arts. It is an evening of dance solos choreographed and performed by Amanda Hamp. The project is supported by an award from the H. George and Jutta F. Anderson faculty development fund. Admission is free and open to the public. A reception will follow the performance.

CSS: The Passing Zone Sept. 17

The Passing Zone, an award winning comedic juggling duo, will kickoff Luther's 2011-12 Center Stage Series with a performance Saturday, Sept. 17, 7:30 p.m. in the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall on the Luther campus. Tickets for the performance are on sale at the Box Office, 387-1357. Tickets are $25, $23 for seniors age 65 and over and $15 for youth ages 4-18.

College Night Sept. 19

Northeast Iowa and southeast Minnesota high school students and their parents are invited to College Night on Monday, Sept. 19, 6:30-8 p.m. in the SRC, Regents Center. Students and parents will have the opportunity to talk with representatives of more than 70 higher education institutions. To preregister, visit www.iowacollegefairs.com. For more information contact Admissions, 387-1287 or <admissions>.

CSS: 'An Evening with Garrison Keillor'

Tickets for "The Aura of Flora in Decorah – An Evening with Garrison Keillor" are on sale at the Box Office, 387-1357. Tickets are $27, $25 for seniors age 65 and over and $15 for youth ages 4-18. Keillor and his pianist, Rich Dworsky, will entertain audience members with musings and song Tuesday, Sept. 27, 7:30 p.m. in the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall.


Welcome new faculty

Jason Moyer joins the Luther faculty as a visiting assistant professor of communication studies. Moyer holds the bachelor's degree from Bluffton University, the master's degree in communication studies from Bowling Green State University, the master's degree in rhetoric and public advocacy from The University of Iowa and the certificate from the Projects on the Rhetorics of Inquiry at The University of Iowa.

Patricia Branstad joins the Luther faculty as a visiting instructor in German. She holds the bachelor's degree from Luther, the master of education degree from the College of St. Scholastica and is a candidate for the master of arts degree from Portland State University.

Francesca "Anna" De Santis joins the Luther faculty as assistant professor of Spanish and Italian. She holds the laurea from the University of Rome, La Sapienza, and the doctoral degree from the University of Pisa. 

Aaron Burmeister, of Decorah, joins the Luther faculty as an adjunct music faculty. Burmeister holds the bachelor of music degree from Lawrence University and the master's and doctoral degrees of music from the Indiana University School of Music.

Dena (Krambeer) Weinmann, of Pine Island, Minn., joins the Luther College faculty as a visiting instructor of nursing. She holds the bachelor of arts degree in nursing from Luther.


Sören Steding was a nominee for the NordMordAward, the first short story award for crime fiction in Northern Germany. His story "Tatortmalerei" (Crime scene painting) was published in the anthology "Nord Mord Ost".

Wanda Deifelt was part of the teaching staff of Holden Village during its "Haiti Week," June 18-25. The event was organized to honor the memory of Ben Larson, Luther alumnus who died in Haiti's earthquake. Lectures presented were "Called to be Global Citizens," "A Theology of the Cross," "Suffering, Resilience, Hope," "Embodied Theology" and "An Ethics of Care."

Beth Ray was the mezzo soprano soloist for the world premiere performance of "Rahab" by contemporary American composer Jesse Ayers. The premiere took place July 21 during the Lutheran Summer Music Academy and Festival. Jeff Doebler '82, director of bands at Valparaiso University, conducted the performance. The 36-minute "surround-sound concert story" for mezzo soprano and symphonic winds tells the biblical story of Rahab of Jericho, a prostitute who aided the Israelites' conquest of the city. Rahab is the great-great grandmother of King David, and therefore an ancestor of Christ.

Sean D. Burke's article, "Queering Early Christian Discourse: The Ethiopian Eunuch" has been published by the Society of Biblical Literature in a volume of the Semeia Studies series titled "Bible Trouble: Queer Reading at the Boundaries of Biblical Scholarship."

Kate Narveson's book "Bible Readers and Lay Writers in Early Modern England: Gender and Religious Self-Definition in an Emergent Writing Culture," has been accepted for publication by Ashgate Publishing. Analyzing print and manuscript sources from 1580 to 1660, this volume studies how lay immersion in the Bible in post-Reformation England gave rise to a non-professional writing culture. It examines the connection between reading and writing practices, the influence of gender, and the emergence of writing as a key practice of lay devotion.


Weldon presents her 'yarden' Sept. 17

Amy Weldon is part of a free garden tour associated with the annual "digIN" green expo event in Decorah. Starting at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, the garden/ "yarden" tour will make five stops to demonstrate a variety of approaches to growing food in your own backyard. Weldon will also show off her rain barrel, clothesline and reel mower. See the information here: http://www.digindecorah.com/.

Comprehensive Smart Plan Survey

The Winneshiek County Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee encourages all individuals interested in the future of Winneshiek to fill out a questionnaire. Participants do not have to be a resident of Winneshiek County. Contact Wendy Stevens <stevenwe> with questions. Available until the end of September at: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Winneshiek_County_Comprehensive_Smart_Plan_Survey.

Counseling Service

Last year was a very busy year in Counseling. Learn more about our services to students by checking out the Data Highlights blog post under "News and Updates" at http://www.luther.edu/counseling/.


For sale: 2006 Kawasaki KFX50 youth four-wheeler, electric start, gas power, $1,400, OBO. Please call Ryan at 419-3990 if interested.

Computer: 2007 Dell Dimension 521 desktop PC with 1 GB Ram, 222 GB hard drive, DVD/RW drive, 15" LED monitor, Windows Vista and MS Office: Student and Teacher Edition, 2003 Word, Powerpoint, Excel, Access, Outlook, Publisher. $100; or we would be pleased to give it to a worthy non-profit or family in need. Contact <marschja>.

Wanted: Books. The United Way is again looking for books for their annual book sale. Do you have books you're looking to donate? Please drop them off at the Public Information office by Friday, Sept. 9. Questions? Contact Julie Shockey, 387-1865 or <shocju01>.

Wanted: A small microwave. If you have one to donate or sell to Environmental Studies, please contact Emily Neal, <nealem01>.

For sale: Pride JAZZY Select. Price $2,300. Sold as is. Cash only. Location: Decorah. Unit less than two years old, primarily used indoors. Excellent condition. User manual included. Active-Trac suspension, 10-inch solid drive wheels, six-inch solid rear caster wheels, anti-tip wheels. Speed to four mph, battery up to 15 miles, battery charger included. Two motor mid-wheel drive train. Weight capacity 300 pounds. Scooter weight of 99 pound and highseat back 50 pounds. Comes apart in two pieces for transport. Call Eunice, 382-2029.

For sale: Like New Martin 000-15M guitar w/pickup. In excellent condition purchased from Dave's Guitar Shop for $1,169 in April. First-rate Baggs iBeam pickup for $139 also installed. Plays and sounds great. Price with Martin hard case $800. Contact <goodinjo> or call John, 387-0706. See photos of this model (identical to mine) and all the specs at the Martin website: http://www.martinguitar.com/guitars/choosing/guitars.php?p=m&m=000-15M.

For rent: Stable rent for horse, box stalls, feed, arena, round pen and riding. Call Kevin Dotzenrod, 419-6801.

Wanted: Available to do mowing, raking and fall chores. Call 382-6022 and leave message.

For sale: Nesco three tray American Harvest Dehydratar and Jerky Maker, price negotiable. Set of Dunlop Power Tennis Rackets, price negotiable. Call 382-6022 and leave message or email [email protected].

For sale: 1990 Chrysler LaBaron, good condition, four-door, white with red interior, air, tilt, cruise, good tires, 99,000 miles. Contact Lyle Halverson, 387-2423.

Free: Two used, adjustable Kneeling Chairs. Pads of one of these clearly more broken in than the other, but both chairs are still structurally sound. In my office, come take a look. Contact <pauljess>.


Sustainability tip

In the garage: Help create a home for someone in your community. If you are remodeling your home, local charities could benefit from what you no longer need. Organizations such as Habitat for Humanity accept donations of housing materials and tools that are in good, working condition. Check with your local government or community organizations to find out what they accept. Borrowed from http://www.epa.gov/sustainability/basicinfo.htm#help.

Wellness tip

Best weight loss advice you've never heard:

The sixth of nine diet tips you may not have heard yet, borrowed from WebMD.com.

Weight Loss Tip No. 6: Turn Down the Thermostat

Spending time in a chilly house — about 61 degrees Fahrenheit — may boost the fat-burning power of the "brown fat" in your body.

Brown fat is considered "good" fat, as opposed to regular or white fat, which stores calories and tends to accumulate. Researchers believe that lean people have more of the brown type of fat, and that the amount of brown fat a person has declines with age.

Scandinavian researchers found that exposure to these chilly temperatures boosted the metabolic rate of brown fat 15-fold, helping burn more calories.

But diet experts caution not to expect too much, it's not going to be any kind of a miracle. And beware if you're the type who eats more when you feel cold.

And finally…

The breezes taste of apple peel.

The air is full of smells to feel-

Ripe fruit, old footballs, burning brush,

New books, erasers, chalk and such.

The bee, his hive, well-honeyed hum,

And Mother cuts Chrysanthemums.

Like plates washed clean with suds, the days

Are polished with a morning haze.

-John Updike "September"