Tuesday, Sept. 27

TUESDAY 9/27/11

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Royal Convocation tickets

The lottery process has been completed for the Oct. 13 Royal Convocation. Of the 745 students who requested tickets, 521 received them, the largest block. All faculty and staff who requested tickets (212) received them. Of the 438 members of the public who requested seats, 315 received them. Remaining seats went to groups such as Regents, President's Council, Vesterheim guests, Sons of Norway representatives, media and the royal entourage. 

If seats become available in the next few weeks, we will go back to the lottery and offer tickets to students who did not receive a ticket the first time. Thank you for your patience. 

-Karen Martin-Schramm, Royal Visit Chairperson

Free Your Mind, Read! Sept. 24-Oct. 1

Celebrate Banned Book Week by viewing displays in the Book Shop, Preus Library and Library Archives.

  • Watch the Virtual Readout on TV in the Book Shop.
  • Enjoy snacks inspired by banned books in the new library café Tuesday,
    Sept. 27, 6 p.m.
  • Attend the Banned Book Readout Thursday, Sept. 29 from 9:40-10:30 a.m. at Bentdahl Commons. Rain location: Book Shop.

For more details on more events and how to submit a YouTube video, check the Book Shop website at http://luther.edu/bookshop or the library Facebook page.


Friday Prayers time change

Join College Ministries each Friday at 1:30 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.

Textbook returns start Oct. 3

The Book Shop will begin making textbook returns the first week of October. Students need to purchase all of their textbook needs before books are returned. Books purchased by faculty for use as temporary desk copies, cannot be returned after Oct. 1. Thank you.

See a storybook come to life

Join the Book Shop and education students for storybook time Saturday, Oct. 1, 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the Book Shop. Listen, visit and enjoy goodies while storybook characters read from their favorite books. This event is open to children of all ages, no charge to enter.  

Family Weekend Sept. 30-Oct. 2

Family Weekend 2011 is Sept. 30-Oct. 2. Check the online schedule for details: https://www.luther.edu/parents/familyweekend/.

In the interest of conserving resources, a small supply of hard copies of the schedule—the Family Weekend brochure—will be printed for distribution to parents and family members Saturday, Oct. 1, 9 a.m.-noon, in the Dahl Centennial Union lobby.

Questions about Family Weekend can be directed to the Alumni and Development Office, to Michelle Einck, 387-1862 or Sue Drilling, 387-1100.

Traffic Hearing Board seeks member

The Traffic Hearing Board seeks an administrative staff member to join their ranks. The Traffic Hearing Board, which hears parking ticket appeals, is made up of faculty, support staff, administrative staff and students. The Board generally meets once a month when school is in session. If you are interested in serving on the Board, contact Bob Harri in Safety and Security, 387-2103.  

'Designing Problem-Posing Assignments'

Faculty are encouraged to sign up for "Designing Problem-Posing Writing Assignments" Tuesday, Oct. 4, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Led by Writing Director Martin Klammer, the session's focus will be on the design of problem-based writing assignments to promote critical thinking and active engagement with course subject matter. Lunch provided by the Dean's Office. Register at http://lis.luther.edu/learn/schedule.

United Way campus update

The United Way of Winneshiek County has a 2011-12 goal of $160,000. Thank you to all who have already turned in your Luther pledge form. The winners from last week’s challenge at the faculty/staff meetings are Mike Blair, Marsha Wenthold, Kathy Tollefsrud and Tracy Elsbernd. All employees who turn in their pledge form to Human Resources by Friday, Oct. 14 will have their name go into the final drawing for prizes.

Founders Day Festival Dinner and DSAs

The Founders Day Festival Dinner and Celebration of Distinguished Service will be Friday, Oct. 14 with a reception at 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. dinner. All members of the Luther community are invited to attend this grand dinner celebration in honor of Luther's Sesquicentennial in a transformed Regents Center. All seating is reserved. RSVPs are arriving at a brisk pace. We anticipate as many as 600 guests, so we encourage you to register this week. Cost is $40 per person. Call 387-1861, drop by Loyalty Hall or register online at: www.luther.edu/homecoming/registration.

Sesquicentennial Fireworks Celebration

The Sesquicentennial Fireworks Celebration will be held Friday, Oct. 14 at 10 p.m. weather permitting. Come to Carlson Stadium or anywhere along the west bluff to view a spectacular fireworks display. The show will last approximately 15 minutes and is sure to please.

Davis Projects for Peace

Luther is invited to participate in the summer 2012 Davis Projects for Peace, funded by a $1-million gift by Kathryn Wasserman Davis, a lifelong internationalist and philanthropist. Her gift will fund summer peace projects undertaken by students at the more than 90 Davis United World College Scholars institutions across the United States.

Luther students, working alone or in groups, interested in designing and implementing their own grassroots projects for peace are encouraged to submit proposals of three pages or less by Jan. 13. Each project selected receives funding of $10,000.   

 For more details or application information, contact Jon Lund <lundjon> or Terry Sparkes <sparkete>.

US Post Office drop box

The college no longer has a US Post Office drop box located outside the Union. All outgoing mail must be taken to the Union Mail Center by 3:30 p.m. to be postmarked that day.


Events this week

Sept. 27: Center Stage Series, An Evening with Garrison Keillor, "The Aura of Flora in Decorah," 7:30 p.m., Center for Faith and Life Main Hall

Sept. 28: Guest Lecture, Stephanie Kelton, "Why You and I Can't Spend More Than We Bring In, but the Government Can," 7 p.m., CFL Main Hall

Sept. 30-Oct. 2: Family Weekend

Sept. 30: SAC Spotlight Performance, Plastic Musik, 8 p.m., Dahl Centennial Union, Marty's CyberCafé

Oct. 1: Family Weekend Concert, Concert Band,
12:30 p.m., CFL Main Hall

Oct. 1: Family Weekend Concert, Collegiate, Aurora, Cathedral Choir, Norsemen, Cantorei, Varsity Band, Wind and Percussion Ensemble, 7 p.m., CFL Main Hall

Oct. 1: SAC Special Events, Soda Shoppe, 8:30 p.m., Dahl Centennial Union, Marty's CyberCafé

Oct. 2: SAC Concert, Colbie Caillat, 6:30 p.m., Regents Center

Oct. 4: Guest Lecture Recital, Beth Ylvisaker, "Tracing My Musical Family Tree," 7:30 p.m., Jenson-Noble Music Hall, Noble Recital Hall

Oct. 5: Guest Lecture, Michael Barry, "The Forgiveness Project: Startling Discovery of How to Overcome Cancer, Find Health and Achieve Peace," 7 p.m., Valders Room 206

Chapel this week

Wednesday, Sept. 28: Ginger Meyette
Thursday, Sept. 29: Morning Prayer, CRH, Marissa Satern, cantor
Friday, Sept. 30:  Sandhya Purohit Caton, Cathedral
Monday, Oct. 3: Beth Ylvisaker '88

Brown Bag with peace scholars

Join a brown bag discussion with Luther peace scholars Thato Masire and Lauren Griffin, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 12:15 p.m. in the Mott Room. "Hope, Peace, and Solidarity: Reflections by the 2011 Peace Scholars on the Oslo attacks and their summer peace studies in Norway" is sponsored by the Center for Ethics and Public Life and the Nobel Peace Prize Forum.

Kelton lecture Sept. 28

Stephanie Kelton, associate professor of economics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, will present "Why You and I Can't Spend More Than We Bring In, but the Government Can" Wednesday, Sept. 28 at 7 p.m. in the Center for Faith and Life Recital Hall.

The lecture is open to the public with no charge for admission and is sponsored by Luther's Center for Ethics and Public Life and the Dahl Chair for Economics.

International Studies open house

Your students who are pursuing an International Studies minor may want to learn more about the new IS major. Join us during shadow block (9:30-10:30 a.m.) Thursday, Sept. 29 for the International Studies open house in the Center for Global Learning, Larson 123. Chat with current IS faculty, staff and students about the new IS program. Browse the listings of Luther’s many study abroad opportunities. Treats provided.

Luther Reuse Sale Sept. 29

A Luther Reuse Sale will be held Thursday, Sept. 29, 5-7 p.m. at the Ashmore-Jewell barn, next to Baker Village. Replacing the annual Luther College auction, the reuse sales sell a variety of items no longer needed by the college. Link and inventory list under "What's Currently Happening" at www.luther.edu/sustainability.

Green to lecture on Islamophobia

Todd Green will present a lecture and facilitate a discussion on Islamophobia Thursday, Sept. 29 at 7 p.m. in the CRH. The lecture, "Islamophobia and the Western Construction of the Muslim Enemy," is sponsored by the Interfaith Student Association.

SAC Spotlight: 'Plastic Musik'

Plastic Musik, a unique performance group based out of Las Vegas, will perform Friday, Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. in Marty's CyberCafé. Tickets are $10 at the Luther Box Office or at the door the night of the show.

West reading and book signing Oct. 1

Stanley Gordon West, author of the novel  "Blind Your Ponies," will present a public reading in the Book Shop Saturday, Oct. 1, 10 a.m. followed by a book signing. The event is open to the public with no charge for admission.

West started writing nearly 30 years ago when he lived in Bozeman, Mont.  His first book "Amos: To Ride a Dead Horse," was adapted for a made-for-TV movie. 

Ott Whealy book signing Oct. 1

The Book Shop will host a book signing session with Diane Ott Whealy, co-founder of Seed Savers Exchange, Saturday, Oct. 1 from 11:30 a.m.- 1 p.m.

Ott Whealy will visit and sign copies of her recently released book "Gathering: Memoir of a Seed Saver." The book is available for purchase in the  Book Shop for $25.

History Walk Oct. 1

The Luther community is invited to attend The History Walk Saturday, Oct. 1 at
1 p.m. Created in celebration of the college's Sesquicentennial, The History Walk is a performance event in which the audience is led on a guided tour across campus. Costumed actors bring to life moments from Luther's past. Arrive at Bentdahl Commons by 12:50 p.m.; wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather. Admission is free. In case of inclement weather meet in the Center for the Arts Atrium. Contact Kristen Underwood with questions: [email protected] or 419-7616.

Family Weekend concerts Oct. 1

Luther will present two concerts as part of the college's Family Weekend. The Concert Band will perform in the CFL Main Hall at 12:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 1. Seven ensembles will perform in concert at 7 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 1 in the CFL Main Hall as part of the Family Weekend Concert.  The ensembles include Aurora, Cantorei, Cathedral Choir, Collegiate Chorale, Norsemen, Wind and Percussion Ensemble, and Varsity Band.

SAC Concerts: Colbie Caillat

Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter Colbie Caillat will perform Sunday, Oct. 2 at 6:30 p.m. in the Regents Center Main Gym. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $27, available at the Luther Box Office.

Professor emeritus to speak Oct. 2

John Christianson will be presenting a lecture titled “A Special Look at the Norwegian Royal Family: History and Tradition” Sunday, Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. in the Admal-Odland Heritage Center at Vesterheim. Just in time for the upcoming visit of Norway’s King and Queen, the presentation is open to all museum members.

Christianson will discuss the development of the Royal Family in Norway, including details, protocol rules, and traditions associated with Norwegian Royalty. Anyone can become a member on the evening of the event to support Vesterehim and attend this and other great member events.

'Tracing My Musical Family Tree'

Beth Ylvisaker '88 will present "Tracing My Musical Family Tree," a guest lecture and recital Tuesday, Oct. 4 at 7:30 p.m. in the NRH. The program focuses on memoirs and music from Ylvisaker's days as a piano student to her vocation as a teacher and performer. It will highlight reflections from her current project of researching her teaching lineage, which leads back to Franz Liszt and Beethoven. Ylvisaker will be on campus the entire week in a Sesquicentennial Alumni Residency.

Arnone guest recital and lecture

Anthony Arnone will perform a guest cello recital Wednesday, Oct. 5, at 7 p.m. in the Noble Recital Hall in Jenson-Noble Music Hall. Arnone will also give the lecture "Why we perform," Thursday, Oct. 6, at 9:40 a.m. in the Choir Room of Jenson-Noble Music Hall. Both events are open to the public with no charge for admission.

Guest lecture Oct. 5

The Rev. Dr. Michael Barry, author of The Forgiveness Project, is guest lecturing at Luther Wednesday, Oct. 5, at 7 p.m. in Valders 206. The event, sponsored by the Luther Psychology Department, is open to the public with no charge for admission.

When beginning his research, Barry sought to answer the question, "Is there a link between forgiveness and physical health?" His work at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America has shown that there is. 

CSS: The Rose Ensemble

The Rose Ensemble will perform Thursday, Oct. 6 at 7:30 p.m. in the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall. Tickets are $23, $21 for seniors age 65 and over and $15 for youth ages 4-18, available at the Box Office, 387-1357 or http://boxoffice.luther.edu. The Rose Ensemble is well known for their unique and distinctive programs. The October program honors St. Francis of Assisi through hymns, dances, motets, early Italian spiritual songs, and richly entertaining readings.

'Re-imagining Femininity in Ballet'

Gretchen Alterowitz, assistant professor of dance at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, will lead a lecture and discussion titled "Re-imagining Femininity in Ballet," Friday, Oct. 7 at 3 p.m. in the CFL. The event is hosted by Luther's theatre and dance department is open to the public with no charge for admission.

Alumni art exhibit on display

The Luther Art Department will host an alumni art exhibit in honor of the college's Sesquicentennial and the 75th anniversary of its art department. The exhibit is on display Sept. 12-Oct. 16 in the Kristin Wigley-Fleming Gallery. A gallery reception for all exhibiting artists will be held as part of the art department’s open house
Oct. 15 following the Homecoming football game at 3:30 p.m. 



To Richard and Jennifer Mtisi on the birth of their daughter, Anesu Monica Mtisi, born Friday, Sept. 16. She measured 21 inches and weighed 8 pounds, 14 ounces.


Kristine Wietecha '12, has an essay accepted for publication in The Sigma Tau Delta Review: Journal of Critical Writing. The Review is a refereed journal that publishes the best essays submitted by members of Sigma Tau Delta, the international English honor society. Titled "Emelye's Objectified Characterization: A Study of Gender Characterization in Chaucer's 'The Knight's Tale,'" the essay analyzes the close gender characterizations and tensions within "The Knight's Tale" one of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales.

Loren Toussaint and Mary Whipple '09, along with their colleagues Dietlind Wahner-Roedler, Ann Vincent and Lana Abboud at Mayo Clinic, had their work presented by Wahner-Roedler at the European Health Psychology Conference in Hersonissos, Crete, Greece. The abstract of this research was also published in the journal Psychology and Health.


Sesquicentennial Servants Banquet

College Ministries invites alumni: pastors, rostered church leaders and those serving as leaders in camps, volunteer corps and other ministries to join us for our Sesquicentennial Servants Banquet, Thursday, Oct. 13, Steyer Opera House in Hotel Winneshiek, beginning at 6 p.m. Cost is $30 per person, paid in advance. Registration deadline is Wednesday, Oct. 5. Register via email at <ministry> or online at: https://www.luther.edu/ministries/servants_banquet/.

Discovery Club registration

Registration is open for fall Discovery Club, kindergarten-second grade featuring outdoor adventures after school. Get outside and learn about the wonders of the natural world through guided exploration, games, and activities. Pick-up after school available at St. Ben's and John Cline. Monday or Tuesday session: Sept. 26 – Nov. 22. $60, scholarships available. To register contact Emily Neal, <nealem01> or 387-2138. 

New Jazz Orchestra CD released

Luther's Jazz Orchestra has released its latest album, "Transformations: Celebrating Jazz at Luther," a compilation of works celebrating the achievements and vibrancy of the Luther jazz program and the college's Sesquicentennial.

The CD is $20 and available on the Luther website, http://www.luther.edu/music/recordings/?story_id=342763.

The album title reflects the college's 2011 Sesquicentennial theme "Transformed by the Journey."

Community 'Messiah' at First Lutheran

The community is invited to join the First Lutheran Chancel Choir in a performance of part I of the "Messiah" by Georg Frideric Handel Wednesday, Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. at First Lutheran Church. Conducted by Spencer Martin, the choir will be joined by vocal soloists Kristin Hightower, Beth Ray-Westlund, Edwin Andereck and Andrew Whitfield. A chamber orchestra, comprised of First Lutheran Church members and Luther faculty and students, will accompany the performance. For more information, contact Spencer Martin, <martsp01> or the FLC office 382-2638.

Extreme Makeover Home Edition

Extreme Makeover Home Edition is coming to Northeast Iowa Oct. 2-9. We need at least 3,000 volunteers to make this happen. Please sign up today. We need skilled laborers and general help. Sign up: www.joinextreme.com/iowa. This is our chance to help make northeast Iowa shine. Contact Tracy L. Kruse, 562-3263.


Tickets available: Change Dreams to Beams - Winneshiek County Habitat for Humanity fundraiser will be held Saturday, Oct. 1 at 7 p.m. at the Decorah Elks Lodge. There will be a silent auction, food provided by major sponsor Sodexo Campus Services-Luther College, the Farmer's Daughters performing at 8 p.m. and a live auction beginning at 9 p.m. Tickets are $5 and available at Oneota Food Co-op or from Habitat board members. Contact Rachel Vagts <vagtsrac> for more information.

Free kitten: Baby kitten, barely weighs 3-4 pounds, found on Pole Line Road. We think he is a Calico, though not totally sure. He does his "duty" in the litter box, never on the floor. He is eating cat food and drinking milk and water. Contact Deb, 379-7904, 387-6146 or [email protected] for more information.

Wanted: Two tickets to Garrison Keillor, please contact Brett Johnson, <johnbr02>.

Free: Two virtually indestructible coffee tables, perfect for dorm life, constructed for my son when he was in college. See pictures at https://sites.google.com/a/luther.edu/coffee-tables/free-coffee-tables. Call 387-1400.

For sale: Scherl & Roth 15.5-inch viola, model R403E152L. Asking $950 OBO. Includes bow and Pro Tec International case in excellent condition. Contact <larsam01>.

For sale: Mr. Freeze Stainless Steel Portable Ice Maker, one year old, $25. Call Cindy, 387-1534 or 387-6199.

Room for rent: Comfortable room with shared kitchen in private home. Close to campus. Ideal for single professional. Non-smoker. Call (612) 246-3255.

For sale: Beginner Vito Alto Saxophone in excellent shape. It has been checked out at Kephart's and is all ready to go. $400. Call 419-5681 if interested. 

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

For sale:  2004 Chevy Trailblazer 103,000 miles, black, tan interior, 4WD, power windows, power locks, CD player, cruise control, 4.2 V6 engine, new tires last year (about 6,000 miles on the tires), good clean vehicle, runs great, has some minor hail damage, $8,000 OBO.  Call 419-5077.

For sale: Size 52s tuxedo. Includes pants, jacket, shirt, and vest. Only worn twice, less than a year old. $75. Contact Michael, 382-6527 or <smitmi01>.

For sale: Used Armstrong 104 flute in good shape, in a soft carrying case with the hard case. My daughter decided not to play after one year. Contact <leibolbr> or 387-1549 days, 532-9036 evenings.

For sale: TV, $20. It’s an old school, 2005, flat front Sanyo with remote and co-ax, two RCA hookups and one RBG hookup. Will deliver to campus. Contact Bethany, 387-7909 or [email protected].


Sustainability tip

Create a compost pile of your organic, biodegradable kitchen waste and apply finished compost to your lawn and garden. Composting does more tan improve the quality of your soil: it keeps carbon from entering the atmosphere as a greenhouse gas, diverts waste from landfills and eliminates the creating of new waste by reducing the need to purchase fertilizers and pesticides. Learn more about how to compost and its benefits at www.epa.gov/composting.

Wellness tip

Best weight loss advice you've never heard:

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

Weight Loss Tip No. 9: Try on Your Skinny Jeans Every Friday.

Find a pair of pants that is tight, but not impossible to zip, Joan Salge Blake, RD, professor of nutrition at Boston University and a spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association, suggests to her weight loss patients.  "Every Friday morning, try them on," she says.

Why Friday? Weekends are typically a tougher time to stay on diets, she says. And the Friday morning try-on will motivate you to watch your eating during the weekend.

 "If they are loose, you will say to yourself 'I am making progress, I am staying on track during the weekend,''' she says.

And if they're snug? That will provide motivation to stick to your diet so they'll fit better next week, she says.

And finally…

Wednesday, Sept. 28 is National Good Neighbor Day. Here are some suggestions for celebrating the day:

·       Offer to help your neighbors with yardwork.

·       Offer a smile and hello to your neighbor.

·       Have your neighbor over for a meal.

·       Hold a block party.

It's a beautiful day in this neighborhood,
A beautiful day for a neighbor,
Would you be mine?Could you be mine?

I have always wanted to have a neighbor just like you,
I've always wanted to live in a neighborhood with you.

So let's make the most of this beautiful day,
Since we're together, we might as well say,

Would you be mine?
Could you be mine?
Won't you be my neighbor?

-lyrics from "Mr. Rogers Neighborhood" themesong