Tuesday, Oct. 18

TUESDAY 10/18/11

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


Task Group 150 report on Katie

Based on campus feedback, changes to the Task Group 150 report have been made. The report is posted on Katie for faculty/staff review. Go to the course called "Office of the President" and then "Luther-President."

Note from President and Mrs. Torgerson

What an amazing team and an amazing place. It has been a magical time at Luther College as we celebrated a Royal visit and Sesquicentennial Homecoming. Judy and I extend our sincere thanks to the entire Luther community for once again going the extra mile to affirm Luther as a place of hospitality and exceptionally good planning.

Campus visitors were effusive in their comments about the appearance of the campus, quality of programs and performances, the exquisite and tasteful food, and the warmth and genuine feeling of welcome by all members of the campus community. Even the Secret Service commented on how exceptional this place is.  Take a deep breath and a pat on the back for a job so well done.

-Rick and Judy

Thank you

We would like to express our sincere appreciation and thanks to the entire Luther community for helping us pull together an exceptional Founders Day celebration and Sesquicentennial Homecoming. We are especially grateful for all of the extra effort, hard work and time put forth by everyone to make this Homecoming so special and successful. A record setting number of alumni and friends returned to campus to help celebrate our 150th anniversary. Thank you for making it a truly memorable weekend for everyone.

-Alumni and Development office

Board of Regents meeting/materials

The Regents will meet on campus Oct. 28-29. The Board's business meeting is Saturday, Oct. 29, 9:30 a.m. in Loyalty Board Room, open to interested members of the campus community. Pre-meeting materials are at http://katie.luther.edu. Look for the Board of Regents site under the "my courses" section on the left side of the page. A sub-folder contains October 2011 documents.

Wind Turbine update

Luther expects to complete installation of the transmission line and establish the interconnection with Alliant Energy by the end of the week. General Electric is expected to test and commission the turbine the following week. The college is on track to begin commercial operation by Nov. 1.

Oct. 19-20 staff meetings

Rachel Vagts will present an overview of Luther's history at this month's staff meeting and Jon Christy will begin the series, 'What exactly are we doing at Luther College?" an exploration of the college's goals for student learning. The meeting will be offered twice in Peace Dining Room:  Wednesday, Oct. 19, at 2 p.m. and Thursday, Oct. 20 at 9 a.m.

Thursday's meeting will end with an unforgettable musical tribute to the Sesquicentennial by Transformed by Journey consisting of Storm Bailey, Scott Carlson, Jodi Enos-Berlage, Du Huang, Brett Johnson, Bob Puffer and Tim Schweizer.


Grounds work message

The college lawns on upper campus will be sprayed for broadleaf weeds Oct. 21 after 5 p.m. and Oct. 22, weather permitting. This procedure is in keeping with Luther's turf management policy. If you would like a copy of the policy, contact Gary Brickman, 387-1668.

Health Service to hold flu clinics

Friday, Oct. 21: 1-5 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 26: 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 3: 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 11: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Cost is $20 for the flu shot and $25 for the flu mist. You can pay with cash or check, or payroll deduction for staff and faculty.

Residence halls locked for fall break

The residence halls exterior doors are locked during fall break. Farwell will be open Monday-Wednesday during the day to allow access to campus from the lower parking lot. Students should carry their keys to gain access to their halls.

Fall break hours

Welcome Center
Friday, Oct. 21: 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 22-23: 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
Monday-Tuesday, Oct. 24-25: 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 26: 7 a.m.-11 p.m.

Oneota Market
Friday, Oct. 21: 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 22: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 23: Closed
Monday-Wednesday, Oct. 24-26: 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 21: 5-6:30 p.m.
Saturday-Tuesday, Oct. 22-25:
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. and 5-6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 26: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. and 5-7:30 p.m.

Dahl Centennial Union
Friday, Oct. 21: 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 22-23: 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
Monday-Tuesday, Oct. 24-25: 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 26: 7 a.m.-11 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 21: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday-Wednesday, Oct. 22-26: Closed

Book Shop
Friday, Oct. 21: 8:45 a.m.-4:45 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 22: 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 23: Closed
Monday-Wednesday, Oct. 24-26: 8:45 a.m.-4:45 p.m.

Mail Center/SPO
Friday, Oct. 21: 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 22-23: Closed
Monday-Wednesday, Oct. 24-26-9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Preus Library
Friday, Oct. 21: 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 22-23: Closed
Monday-Tuesday, Oct. 24-25: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 26: 8 a.m.-midnight

Regents Center
Friday, Oct. 21: 6 a.m.-9 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 22: 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 23: noon-8 p.m.
Monday-Tuesday, Oct. 24-25: 6 a.m.-9 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 26: 6 a.m.-10:30 p.m.

Legends Center
Friday Oct. 21: 6 a.m.-6 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 22-23: Closed
Monday-Wednesday, Oct. 24-26: 6 a.m.-6 p.m.

Swimming pool
Saturday-Wednesday, Oct. 22-26: Closed

Employee blood screening dates

There is still time to sign up for an Employee Wellness Blood Screening on Oct. 11, 20, or Nov 3. Go to health.luther.edu click on "Employee Blood Screening" and fill out online form to make an appointment.

Massages Sundays at Health Service

Health Service is offering massages every other Sunday. Call Health Service to make an appointment, 387-1045.

Campus wireless network users

Faculty and staff should use LCWireless and refrain from using LCGuest for wireless network login. LCGuest is intended for use by college guests and campus visitors. It has limited access to Internet resources, reduced network speed and a two-hour time limit. For full use of network resources at optimal speed and without time limitations, connect using LCWireless. Need help registering your computer with LCWireless? Contact or visit the LIS Technology Help Desk.

LIS executive director finalists reminder

Two finalists will interview on campus for the executive director of Library and Information Services position. 

Terry Huttenlock's presentation to the campus is Thursday, Oct. 27, 8:30-9:30 a.m., CFL Recital Hall.

Thomas Hausmann's presentation is Wednesday, Nov. 2, 4-5 p.m., also in the CRH. 

All members of the community are invited to these presentations. Candidate resumes and other search materials can be found on Katie in the President's Office "course" under the "Candidate Searches" folder.

Flexible Benefit Plan online

Current enrollees in Luther's Flexible Benefit Plan may visit www.myflexonline.com to view current contributions and claims. This is a useful site that gives a total picture of an employee's health care and/or dependent childcare reimbursement plan. Claim forms may be printed from this site. It includes information of what are and are not allowable expenses.

Campus Conduct Hotline available

The Campus Conduct Hotline system is available for use around the clock, seven days a week. Because the Hotline is operated by an independent organization, any calls made through this Hotline are completely confidential. Please see the hr website for more detailed information: http://hr.luther.edu/campusconducthotline.

EDUCAUSE 2011 online conference

LIS will host the EDUCAUSE 2011 online conference, Oct. 19-21. EDUCAUSE brings together teachers, librarians, administrators and Information Technology professionals to discuss intelligent use of IT in higher education. A number of sessions on this year's agenda touch on issues raised in recent TG150 discussions. For more information and a listing of sessions, visit http://lis.luther.edu/blog/20111005/attend-educause-2011-online.

Peace Brunch dates still available

There are still four Peace Brunch dates this semester. Come these select Sundays for the delicious food and upscale atmosphere in Peace Dining Room: Oct. 30,
Nov. 6, 13 and 20.

After a short break, Peace Brunch will return in February 2012. Reservations are encouraged for all brunches. Call 387-1030 to make your reservation today.


Chapel this week

Chapel on Thursday, Oct. 20 is now in the CFL Main Hall.
Wednesday, Oct. 19: Father Phil Gibbs
Thursday, Oct. 20: Hans Peterson '90, Liturgy for Earthkeeping, CFL Main Hall
Friday, Oct. 21: Guy Nave, Nordic Choir

Oct. 23-26: No daily chapel/Fall Break

Weekday Chapel is held at 10:30 a.m. Watch live online at http://www.luther.edu/ministries/worship/chapel/streaming/ or listen live on the radio AM 1240 KDEC or live online http://www.luther.edu/kwlc/listen/options/ on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Visit the chapel archive on Luther's iTunes University site http://deimos.apple.com/WebObjects/Core.woa/Browse/luther.edu at any time. Thursday services of Morning Prayer are not broadcast.

Events this week

Oct. 18: Guest Dance Performance, Anna DeMers, 6 p.m., Center for the Arts, Studio 1

Oct. 18: Paideia Text and Issues Lecture, Soren Steding, "They are watching us? Like it?" 7 p.m., CFL Main Hall

Oct. 20: Panel Event, "Service to Others: Serving for the Common Good," 7 p.m., Center for Faith and Life Recital Hall

Oct. 20: Gerhard Marcks Lecture, Leo Mazow, 7 p.m., F.W. Olin Building, Room 102

Oct. 29: Fall Fling, College Ministries

Oct. 29: Faculty Artist Series, Kathryn Reed, harpsichord, 2 p.m., Jenson-Noble Music Hall, Noble Recital Hall

Oct. 29: LC Balalaika Ensemble Benefit Concert for the Bruce Wrightsman Memorial Scholarship,
7:30 p.m., CFL Main Hall

Oct. 30: Homecoming Concert, Concert Band, 2 p.m., CFL Main Hall

Oct. 30: Faculty Artist Series, Murasaki Duo, Eric Kutz, cello, and Miko Kominami, piano, 7 p.m., Jenson-Noble Music Hall, Noble Recital Hall

Luther College Woman's Club Oct. 18

Robert Larson will present "Carry on the Dream: A Look at Luther Sketches" for the Luther College Woman’s Club Tuesday, Oct. 18 at 1:30 p.m. in Peace Dining Room. All women from Decorah and the surrounding area are encouraged and invited to attend.

Refreshments will be served following the program, brief business meeting, and an up-date on current events at Luther. Childcare is available, call Amy Bruening, 382-8604, to arrange for this service. To get shuttle service from the Decorah Swimming Pool parking lot, call Ruby Hermeier, 382-4999.

'Look This Way' Oct. 18

Anna DeMers will perform "Look This Way" Tuesday, Oct. 18, 6 p.m., Studio II in the Center for the Arts. Her performance examines the relationship of the artist and technology through the lens of a camera. She performs a series of dance sequences that are blended and projected onto a screen blurring the viewers' perceptions of whether the video is live or recorded. The event is open to the public with no charge for admission.

Norse Pack the Stands Night Oct. 19

The campus community is invited to the first Norse Pack the Stands Night Wednesday, Oct. 19, as the women's soccer team takes on Loras at 5 p.m. with the men's game to follow at 7 p.m. and the women's volleyball match against Simpson at 7:30 p.m. Wear a Halloween costume to the games and win. Don't have a costume yet? Wear or paint your Norse spirit and win. Luther's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee is sponsoring Norse Pack the Stands Night.

Launching Luther Leaders panel Oct. 20

Launching Luther Leaders (L³) is sponsoring the panel: "Service to Others: Serving the Common Good" Thursday, Oct. 20 in the CFL Recital Hall at 7 p.m. Local Luther alumni will share their thoughts on service and the ways they have served following their graduation from Luther. The panel, moderated by Keith Christenson ('80) includes Dave ('63) and Brenda ('73) Carlson, Ramona Nelson ('75), Harlan Satrom ('82), Troy Whitehill ('92), and Julie Shockey ('01).

Gerhard Marcks Lecture Oct. 20

Leo Mazow, associate professor of American art at the University of Arkansas, will deliver the Luther 2011-12 Gerhard Marcks Lecture Thursday, Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. in Room 102 of the Franklin W. Olin Building.

The lecture, titled "Taxing Visions: Financial themes in 19th Century American Art," is based on an art exhibition Mazow co-curated with Kevin Murphy, curator of American art at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Ark.

Diwali celebration Oct. 30

Join College Ministries and the Diversity Center for a meal featuring dishes from various regions of India and a program about the festival of Diwali at "Interfaith Holiday Meal Celebration—Diwali," Sunday, Oct. 30, 6:30 p.m., Peace Dining Room. Space is limited.

Tickets available at the Box Office through Oct. 21. Cost: $3 plus meal plan swipe or $8 for students without a meal plan, all others $12. Contact <interfaith>.

CSS: Paul Taylor Dance Company

Paul Taylor Dance Company, one of the world's most highly respected and sought-after ensembles, will perform Thursday, Nov. 3 at 7:30 p.m. in the CFL Main Hall as part of Luther's Center Stage Series. Tickets are on sale at the Box Office, available at (563) 387-1357 and http://boxoffice.luther.edu. Tickets are $25, $23 for seniors age 65 and over and $15 for youth ages 4-18.

'Sounding the Sonnets'

"Sounding the Sonnets" a ritual performance happening, part of Mark Z. Muggli's 2011-13 Jones Professorship "Our Shakespeare" project, continues Monday-Friday, 12:05-12:10 p.m., through Dec. 9 on Bentdahl Commons. Two Shakespeare sonnets per day.

Alumni art exhibit Oct. 27-Dec. 9

Paintings by Laura Hampton '80 will be on display Oct. 27-Dec. 9 in the Kristin Wigley-Fleming Fine Arts Gallery in the Center for the Arts.

The exhibit focuses on the Canyon de Chelly, a region in northeastern Arizona where Hampton has spent the last 16 summers teaching and painting.


Position opening 

Regular, 10-month/year position as administrative assistant for the Department of Modern Languages and Literature. Send resume and cover letter to Office of Human Resources. Current Luther College employees are encouraged to apply.

Thank you

Please join me in thanking Greg Vanney for 28 years of outstanding service to Luther. Greg has taken a new position as Creative Services Director at the University of Iowa Foundation. He will be leaving Luther at the end of October so I encourage colleagues to stop by and wish him well. Greg's leadership and contributions with the Luther Magazine, print publications, the web and so much more have consistently projected Luther exceptionally well. We wish him every future success. 

-Rob Larson,
Executive Director of Communications and Marketing


Karla Suomala wrote, "The New (con)Texts of Jewish-Christian Engagement," which appeared in this fall's Intersections, the biannual publication of the ELCA's 26 colleges and universities, as well as "The Taming of Job in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam," in Word & World, Vol. XXXI Fa 2011 N 4.

Xiao Hu and Du Huang performed a piano duo recital as part of the Chamber Arts Series at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. They also gave a piano master class for piano students at the UW-Oshkosh. 

Laurie Iudin-Nelson was the editor/compiler of "Davajte spoyom nashi liubimye pesni!" a compilation of Russian folk, Russian Romany and contemporary Russian songs. It was recently published by Concordia Language Villages, Concordia College, Moorhead.


Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics applications

The Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics essay contest application deadline is Dec. 5. The Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics Essay Contest challenges college students to analyze the urgent ethical issues confronting them in today's complex world. Open to full-time juniors and seniors. Awards of up to $5,000. Students are encouraged to write thought-provoking personal essays that raise questions, single out issues and develop rational arguments for ethical action. Information at www.eliewieselfoundation.org.

'Transformed by the Journey' published

Luther College Press has published "Transformed by the Journey: 150 Years of Luther College in Word and Image." Released in October, the 302-page, soft-cover book is available for purchase at the Book Shop. Cost is $25. "Transformed by the Journey" was compiled and written by Wilfred F. Bunge, Luther professor emeritus of religion and classics, with assistance from Mary Hull Mohr, professor emerita of English, and Dale Nimrod, professor emeritus of chemistry.

Break shuttle drivers needed

Luther now has a route in our break shuttle program for students to get to and from Decorah and Ankeny. We will be using one or two 12-passenger vans for transportation and are looking to contract with non-student drivers to drive this route. This would be an excellent way for retired staff or faculty to stay connected with Luther students. Contact Dan Bellrichard at <bellda02> or 387-1253 if interested.

SHOC clothing drive Oct. 27-Nov. 6

Students Helping Our Community (SHOC) is running a clothing drive Thursday, Oct. 27-Sunday, Nov. 6.  Donations will be sent to Clothes4Souls, an international non-profit that will distribute the clothes to those in need. Donation stations will be set up in residence halls and in Dahl Centennial Union, Valders, Main and the CFL. All types of clothing accepted, even socks, as long as there are no large holes or stains. Contact Spencer <wardja02> or Paul <eskepa01> with questions.  More info: luther.edu/shoc.


Babysitter needed: Luther student/single mother is looking for volunteers to babysit her 21-month-old girl during classes. If you or someone you know is interested in helping email <micaca01> or call (920) 428-4477.

Housing needed:  Winneshiek Medical Center health care provider seeks housing options from January to May/June 2012. Contact Robyn, (612) 423-7769, [email protected].

For sale: 2005 Honda Rebel motorcycle, model CMX250C. Color-burnt orange. Only 2,100 miles. Excellent condition, always stored in garage. Asking 2,500 OBO. Call 319.830.6736 or email <larsam01>.

For sale: Amish Hutch 64"x20"x80." The hutch has cathedral raised panel doors, closed base with four drawers in the center, doors on either side with an adjustable shelf, beveled glass front and side (upper) with mirrored back and three adjustable glass shelves, halogen can lights, epoxy roller drawer glides. Excellent condition, $1,550. Call 379-9584 for more information.

For sale: Two twin mattress sets with frames, in good shape, $50 each. Baseball themed twin bed frame, includes headboard, footboard and sideboards. Very cute, great condition, $80. Email: <mallamsa> or call 379-1080.

Pets available: Want to adopt an animal from the Humane Society? Saturday, Oct. 29 the Humane Society of Northeast Iowa is having an adoption day at the Good Dog Center, 2217 Oil Well Road in Decorah. Many dogs and cats in need of homes will be at the event, along with information about pet adoption and foster care. Free refreshments. Contact Kim Powell, <kimpowell>.


Sustainability tip

Reminder: Sign Luther's Energy Conservation Pledge and challenge others to do the same. This is Luther's first year promoting this program, and our goal is to get 10 percent of students, faculty and staff to sign the pledge. Currently there are 44 pledges: staff-19; faculty- 2; students-23). To sign the pledge, visit http://www.luther.edu/sustainability/energy/pledge/.

Survey: Help bring millions of dollars to the Decorah area. Please take 3-10 minutes to fill out a survey that will help grant writers complete a cost/benefit analysis for a multi-million dollar grant to establish more biking and walking (commuting and recreational) trails in the Decorah area. Go to http://www.visitdecorah.com to take the survey. There is a large bike logo in the middle of the page that links to the survey questions.

Wellness tip

Breaking bad habits: Each of us has behavior patterns that inform our individual personalities, habits and thought patterns that stem from deep mental impressions. If you've noticed that a certain habit—like a daily doughnut indulgence or relying on the television for background noise—is keeping you from truly living well, know that each of us has the power to replace a "bad habit" with a positive one.

Take these steps to change your mind and, consequently, your habits.

Observe: Begin by observing your behavior for one week. Be conscious of when you tend toward your "bad habit" and journal your observations. Simply reflect. Are there certain triggers for your behavior, or does it seem to come from some place deep within? Put words to your thoughts on it.

Transform: After your week of observation, read through your notes and reflect upon what makes up your "bad habit." Then, crucially, acknowledge that the habit is not a part of what makes you you. Reflect upon this. When you are ready, determine a replacement habit that will transform your negative tendency into a positive one. For instance, if your habit of vegging out on the couch after dinner every night is keeping you in a rut, choose to energize with a walk instead.

Activate: Insert your chosen positive action whenever you tend toward your old negative habit to permanently transform your tendencies. Not only will you be free of the patterns that were holding you back, but you'll also be a little more mindful overall.

The Well Wisdom: In this work, it is important to embrace simplicity. Take your practice of transforming tendencies one day at a time, one action at a time and one thought at a time.

Borrowed from: http://joyfulheartfoundation.org/wordpress/?p=2870

And finally…

Plenty of people miss their share of happiness, not because they never found it, but because they didn't stop to enjoy it.                                          

-William Feather