Tuesday, Nov. 15

TUESDAY 11/15/11

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Flex spending account reimbursements

For Thanksgiving, Midwest Group Benefits will process flex checks on Tuesday,
Nov. 22 with direct deposits hitting employee accounts Friday, Nov. 25. The cut-off time for turning in claims to Midwest Group Benefits will be noon Monday, Nov. 21.

Processing for the weeks of Christmas and New Year's will be the normal time line with processing on Wednesday and direct deposits hitting the employee's accounts on Friday.

W-2 online sign up reminder 

Sign up for W-2's online. It is easy to do. Instructions are located at hr.luther.edu. Go to "Forms for Faculty and Staff" and under "Tax Forms" choose "W-2 2011 Options." Mac users: do not use the "preview" application to view your W-2. If you chose the electronic option for your 2010 W-2 you do not need to it again for 2011. Go to "W-2 electronic consent" under Employee Profile at my.luther.edu to see which option you chose for 2010. Remember-the electronic option is the sustainable option.

Children's bargain book blowout

Luther Book Shop will hold a bargain children's book sale beginning Tuesday,
Nov. 15 offering hundreds of titles priced $1 and up. Great selection. Includes holiday titles. The sale continues while supplies last.

Peace Brunch dates still available

Come for the final Peace Brunch date this semester Sunday, Nov. 20 and eat delicious food and enjoy upscale atmosphere. Peace Brunch returns in February 2012. Reservations are encouraged, 387-1030.

Technology Help Desk announcement

How can you help us? Contact the Technology Help Desk. By using the Technology Help Desk to request services, you are increasing the hours of work LIS can spend on your project or request.  

Whether it's a password reset, a great idea for a new report you want, or help with Datatel or Katie, contact the Technology Help Desk first. Thanks for your help.

Contemplating retirement? Read this

Notice for Luther employees and spouses, 65 and older contemplating retirement: Luther has joined with Humana to offer a group Medicare Advantage plan which includes medical and prescription coverage with very competitive rates. This is available to Medicare eligible employees and spouses after retirement. Pre-enrollment questions may be directed to the Humana group customer service, (800) 824-8242. Be sure to reference Luther College.

Health care reminder 

The Winneshiek Public Health office only charges a $15 administration fee for vaccination(s) of children 18 and under. The Luther health plan reimburses a maximum $10 per immunization. Vaccinations at the clinics cost substantially more. Call Human Resources, Sheryl 387-1134, Marsha 387-1415 or Roy 387-1189, or Midwest Group Benefits at 382-9611 for more information. 

Winter bike storage reminder

Winter bike storage will take place Thursday-Friday, Nov. 17-18 from 3-6 p.m. Students may bring bikes to the rear/east entrance of Ashmore-Jewell Barn to have it placed in secure, dry storage by college personnel. For more information or to sign up in advance visit www.luther.edu/sustainability and look for the link under "What's Currently Happening." Bike storage is free to all Luther students.


Chapel this week

Wednesday, Nov. 16: Elizabeth Steding
Thursday, Nov. 17: Jazz morning prayer, Tom Bourcier, CFA Atrium
Friday, Nov. 18: Father Phil Gibbs
Monday, Nov. 21: Dione Miller, senior chapel

Events this week

Nov. 15: School Performance, "Mad Science presents CSI: LIVE!" 11 a.m., and 12:30 p.m., Center for Faith and Life

Nov. 15: Paideia Text and Issues Lecture, Marjorie Wharton, "Transformation at the Point of a Pen," 7 p.m., CFL Recital Hall

Nov. 16: Varsity Band Concert, 7 p.m., CFL

Nov. 17: Center Stage Series, Caroline Worra, 7:30 p.m., CFL

Nov. 18-19: Opera Workshop Performance, Nov. 18, 7 p.m., Nov. 19, 1:30 p.m., Jenson-Noble Music Hall Noble Recital Hall

Nov. 19: Philharmonia Concert, 4 p.m., CFL

Nov. 20: Chamber Orchestra Concert, 2 p.m., JRH

Nov. 20: Jazz Orchestra Concert, 4 p.m., CFL

'CSI: LIVE' Nov. 15

Mad Science will present "CSI: LIVE" Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. in the Main Hall of the CFL. The performance is directed towards children in grades two-six. Tickets are $3.50 at the Box Office.

The mission of Mad Science is to spark the imagination and curiosity of children by providing them with fun, interactive and educational programs that instill a clear understanding of what science is really about and how it affects their world.

Luther Entrepreneurship Symposium

The Luther College Entrepreneurship Club will host the first Luther Entrepreneurship Symposium Tuesday, Nov. 15, 6 p.m. in Olin 107. The symposium, part of international Global Entrepreneurship Week, is open to the public with no charge for admission. Anyone interested in attending or presenting is asked to contact Tyler Zey, symposium coordinator, <zeyty01>.

'Revolution at the Point of a Pen'

Marjorie Wharton will speak on "Revolution at the Point of a Pen" Tuesday, Nov. 15,
7 p.m. in the Recital Hall of the CFL. Wharton will be assisted by Edwin Andereck.

Wharton will speak about French poet Paul Eluard, French composer Francis Poulenc and three artists of the School of Paris who were part of the artistic revolution in Paris in the first half of the 20th century.

'Shakespeare Performed' Nov. 15-17

King Henry IV, Part I, an abridged performance by the students of Mark Z. Muggli's English-Theatre/Dance 261 course "Shakespeare Performed," will be held as an open dress rehearsal Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 9 p.m. 

Other open performances are Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 8 a.m., 12:15 p.m. and
2:45 p.m, and Thursday, Nov. 17 at 2:30 p.m. All performances are in CFL Recital Hall.

'Spring Awakening' Nov. 16, 18-19

Luther's theatre/dance department announces its production run of the award-winning musical "Spring Awakening." The intense and passionate rock score combines with a compelling story of teens negotiating their coming of age story, sparking awareness and discussion around powerful social issues such as teen suicide, rape, sexual orientation, abortion and coming of age feelings and sensations.

Following each performance there will be a talkback led by various hosts from on and off campus.  

 Production dates are Nov. 16 at 7 p.m., Nov. 18-19 at 7:30 p.m., with a matinee performance Nov. 19 at 1:30 p.m. All performances are in Jewel Theatre in the Center for the Arts. Tickets available at the Box Office.

NAA luncheon Nov. 17

The Norse Athletic Association will hold its Winter Sports luncheon in Peace Dining Room at noon Thursday, Nov. 17. Admission to lunch is $5 at the door.

Winter sport coaches will speak on their seasons; a great chance to get firsthand information on Norse Athletics heading into the winter sport season.

Gifts made through the NAA provide student-athletes with quality, memorable experiences at Luther.

RSVP to Mark Franzen, 387-1588 or <franma03>.

Palestine Solidarity Project tour

Jeff Pickert will speak Thursday, Nov. 17, 6:30 p.m., in Olin 102. Pickert, on his fourth annual Palestine Solidarity Project tour, will present "Supporting the Next Generation of Unarmed Resisters: Palestinian Youth, Israeli Repression, and International Solidarity."

Pickert's lecture is open to the public with no charge for admission. He will speak about the strategy and effectiveness of Palestinian popular resistance. 

CSS: Caroline Worra Nov. 17

Luther alumna Caroline Worra will perform Thursday, Nov. 17, 7:30 p.m. in the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall as part of the 2011-12 Center Stage Series. Tickets for the performance are on sale at the Box Office, (563) 387-1357. Tickets are $20, $18 for seniors age 65 and over and $15 for youth ages 4-18. A talented vocal performer, Worra has been praised for her beautiful voice, charismatic stage presence and stylistic mastery.

Readers' Theatre performance

Come watch two adorable groups of children ages 2-5 act out and dance to narrated stories based on theatre/dance major, Amanda Moran's junior year abroad in Nottingham, England. Cookies to follow. Performances are Friday, Nov. 18, 2-
2:45 p.m. in Studio II in the Center for the Arts and Saturday, Nov. 19, 10:30-11:15 a.m. in Studio I in the Center for the Arts.

Sand Anderson art reception Nov. 18

An art reception for Robyn Sand Anderson '79 will be held Friday, Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. in the upper level hallway of the Center for Faith and Life. Sand Anderson's painting exhibit, inspired by the Luther Sesquicentennial theme "Transformed by the Journey," is currently on display on the upper level of the CFL.

'A Typical Night at the Opera'

Luther students in the college's fall opera workshop course will present "A Typical Night at the Opera: Death, Drama, and High Notes" Friday, Nov. 18, at
7 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 19 at 1:30 p.m. in the Noble Recital Hall. The event is open to the public with no charge for admission.  

Students for Exceptional Children event

The Luther Student Council for Exceptional Children will host a Saturday, Nov. 19 mentoring event with games, crafts and treats from 10 a.m.-noon at Baker Commons. All K-9 students who receive any special services through the Decorah or area schools are welcome to attend.

Philharmonia concert Nov. 19

Luther's Philharmonia will perform in concert Saturday, Nov. 19 at 4 p.m. in the CFL Main Hall.

The event is open to the public with no charge for admission.

The program includes "Music for Royal Fireworks" by Handel, "Academic Festival Overture" by Brahms and "Dances from Estancia" by Alberto Ginastera.

The program features the Unison Piano Duo, faculty pianists Du Huang and Xiao Hu, in "Concerto for Two Pianos" by Francis Poulenc.

All-sports clinic Nov. 20

Luther College SAAC is sponsoring an all-sports clinic Sunday, Nov. 20 from 1-4 p.m. The clinic is open to all children in preschool (must be at least four years old) through first grade. Bring your child to learn various sport skills, leadership and good sporting behavior.  Cost is $5, all children will receive a sports water bottle and a snack. Contact Renae Hartl <hartre01> by Nov. 16 to register.

Student recitals

Jacob Barker '12, will perform a tenor recital Saturday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m.

Benj Kost '12, will perform a baritone recital Saturday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m.

Sarah Limper '12, will perform a clarinet recital Saturday, Nov. 19 at 8:30 p.m.

All student recitals are held in the Nobel Recital Hall and are open to the public with no charge for admission.


Congratulations: Norton wins Courage in Sports Award

Luther's Chris Norton was named the winner of the 2011 "America's Choice Honor" for "Courage in Sports," as announced on CBS' "The Early Show" Nov. 12.

This honor was the result of an eight-week Facebook voting competition that tallied nearly one million total votes. View the "Courage in Sports" honoree video at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=olzdmwOMKxg&feature=youtu.be. View the CBS Early Show announcement at: http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7388024n.


To Ann Highum and family on the Nov. 6 death of her father Asmund V. "Ozzie" Highum, 97, of Austin, Minn.


Storm Bailey gave a presentation titled "Personal and Social Responsibility: 21st Century Sectarian Education?" for the Association of American Colleges and Universities meeting, "Educating for Personal and Social Responsibility: A Twenty-First-Century Imperative," in Long Beach, Calif.

Kate Narveson presented a paper in Wales at the third international conference on the English poet George Herbert, Oct. 13-17. Her paper, on the contest over spiritual authority between clergy and lay heads of households, was selected for presentation at Powis Castle, hereditary home of the Herbert family, with the current earl in attendance. It almost made up for missing the King and Queen of Norway at Luther.

Michael O'Brien presented a workshop/ performance titled "Bringing Tango into Your Classroom" at the Wisconsin Music Educators Association conference Oct. 27.

"Norwegian-American Studies," volume 36, published by the Norwegian-American Historical Association, includes two articles by Luther faculty:  "Paul Knaplund: Norwegian-American Historian," by Richard Cole, and "Elias Molee and Alteutonic: A Norwegian American's 'Universal Language,'" by Marv Slind.

Music faculty members Eric Kutz, cello, and Miko Kominami, piano, performed a recital as the Murasaki Duo at the University of Iowa's Capitol Center Recital Hall Friday, Nov. 4. The duo performed works by Beethoven, Chopin, Boulanger, Popper and Piazzolla.  Earlier in the day Eric gave a master class for Iowa City high school cellists and also one for U of I students.

Gregory Peterson performed the Organ Concerto No. 2 in G Minor by Josef Rheinberger (1839-1901) with the Cannon Valley Regional Orchestra in concerts on Nov. 5 and 6 in Northfield and Cannon Falls, Minn.

Kristy Gould, along with colleagues at University of Nebraska, published the research article "Do Clark's nutcrackers demonstrate what-where-when memory on a cache-recovery task?" in the journal Animal Cognition.

Robert Christman presented a paper titled, "The Debt of Martin Luther's 'A New Song' to Psalm 98," at the Sixteenth Century Studies Conference in Fort Worth, Texas last week. He also chaired a session titled "Knowledge Networks and their Virtuosos" at the same conference in which Professor Emeritus Richard Cole, among others, presented a paper.


'Get Down, Give Back'

Faculty, staff, alumni, parents and friends are invited to  the third annual "Get Down, Give Back" Scholarship Benefit Friday, Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. at Jax Café in Minneapolis. The event raises funds for the Twin Cities Young Alumni Scholarship.

The evening includes silent and live auctions, hors d'oeuvres, wine grab, program and dancing. Tickets are $50, including a $15 scholarship contribution. Register online at luther.edu/getdowngiveback.

Support ELCA Good Gifts project

An animal can make a world of difference for a family in need. Animals provide food to eat, fertilizer to grow crops and offspring to sell on the market. With your donation you can help purchase a pig, goat or chicken to help a family escape the cycle of hunger and poverty for good. Stop by our table outside Marty's this week from
5-7 p.m. Sponsored by SWA and One Campaign.

Div. Center seeks Friendship Families

Luther will welcome new international students to campus in the spring and we are interested in finding Friendship Families to host them. If you have questions, or an interest in hosting, contact the Diversity Center, 387-1014. We are excited to welcome them and appreciate your support.

Luther Artists' Collective seeks artists

Calling all artists. Be a part of the Luther Artists' Collective Christmas sale the first weekend of December. We are looking for prints, sculpture, pottery, knitting, jewelry, painting, photography, hand-bound books and more. 30 percent of profits go to LAC, and 70 percent directly to artists. Contact Astri Snodgrass at <snodas01>if you're interested in selling your work. 

Catering available for Thanksgiving

Flavours Catering by Sodexo is offering several homemade items from the Norse Bakery to help make your Thanksgiving celebration easier.

Items must be ordered by Friday, Nov. 18. Pick up of items will be Wednesday, Nov. 23.

Herb dinner rolls - $2.75/dozen
Pumpkin pie - $6.99
Apple pie - $6.99
Pecan pie - $8.99
French silk pie - $8.99

Flavours Catering is also selling small (10-12 inch tall) European pine Christmas trees in reusable pots for $5.50. For more details, contact AmyJo DeCarlo, 387-1395.

Faculty/staff directory correction

Please note that Germano Streese's title is incorrect. He is full-time as first year librarian. Apologies to Germano from HR.

Enlaces collecting food through Nov. 18

Luther's Spanish club, "Enlaces," is asking students, faculty and staff to donate non-perishable food items and personal products (feminine products, toilet paper, diapers, toiletries, etc.) to a food drive being held through Friday, Nov. 18. All items gathered will go to the Winneshiek County Food Shelf. Community members may drop off food in boxes located in dorm study lounges or in box in the Union. Contact Megan <nadime01> with questions.

Call for workshop proposals: NPPF

Persons interested in leading a workshop at this year's Nobel Peace Prize Forum—in Minneapolis March 1-3—are invited to submit a brief proposal by Friday, Nov. 11. Proposals sought for workshops on peace and business, and peace and the arts on March 1; workshops related to peace and education on March 2; and workshops focused on peace, global policy and politics on March 3. More information at: nobelpeaceprizeforum.org. For a workshop proposal form, contact Karen at <kms>.

New redeemables drop off

There is a new redeemables drop off site for cans and bottles located on Dike Road on campus, below Facilities Services, next to Storre Theater. Proceeds go to Habitat for Humanity to build a LEED-certified house. Place cans, plastics and glass into separate tied bags and drop them off in the metal bins. All cans and bottles must have an 'IA' sticker or stamp. Contact Lauren Griffin, <grifla01> with questions.


For sale: Yamaha YCL-34 wood clarinet with case. Asking $400. Email <durnka01> or call (608)386-0435.

Open house: Come to the "Deck the Tables" Open House from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12 at Nob Hill Supper Club. Local women have decorated 27 tables to spark holiday decorating ideas. View holiday décor, listen to live music, preview holiday items from local businesses and enjoy complimentary coffee and treats. Local businesses will offer coupons for holiday shopping. Door prizes, raffle and auction. $10 admission proceeds benefit Vesterheim Museum.

Found: On the sidewalk between Olin and Preus Library, an earring with a beautiful large blue glass bead and silver wire. To identify, contact Andi Beckendorf <beckenan> in Preus Library.

For sale: Cream colored hide-a-bed with two large pillows, $20. Call 380-7015.

Found: Watch found in Health Service. Call to claim, 387-1045.

For rent: Two-bedroom, two-story house, one half mile from Luther campus on six-acre wooded lot. Includes kitchen stove, refrigerator, dishwasher, washer/dryer, high-efficiency gas furnace and small wood stove in living room. Attached one-car garage with storage room. No pets. Available Dec. 1.  Phone 382-3888 (day) or 382-8025 (eve).

For sale:  2007 Chevy Silverado 1500 extended cab, 135,000, 5.3 automatic 4x4, dark blue metallic. Lots of options. Call 203-1702.

Misplaced: 24"x30" white foamcore sign with velcro on the back and a large black printed notice with orange highlights on front: "All Welcome! Sounding the Sonnets, 12:05-12:10, M-F." Contact Mark Z. Muggli <mugglimz> or 387-1596.

For sale: Five-foot clawfoot cast iron bathtub in great condition. You haul. Asking $25, which we'll donate to the Food Pantry. Contact <davismar>.

Moving sale: Two sets of four 24" counter height stools with backs and new cushions. $50 each set. Three XC ski sets, one for 10 or 11-year-old kid, $20, one pretty wood set with three-pin bindings, $40, one with size 41 boots, $20. Spinning wheel, big box of beanie babies. Contact [email protected] or 380-3824.

Found: An iTouch was found in the Sampson Hoffland Laboratories building in the upper balcony by the Chemistry Department. Contact Lynn Williams, 387-1117 or <willialy> or stop by SHL 231 to claim.


Sustainability office seeks work-study

The Sustainability Office seeks work-study students to fill one recycling opening and five sustainability rep openings for the spring semester.

No previous experience is required. Dependability and teamwork skills are required. Interest and experience in sustainability is preferred.

To apply, fill out the online employment application:  https://docs.google.com/a/luther.edu/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dEVCVlQ0OTVPRmo4SXBnWEpHS3R5bWc6MQ.

Contact Eric Holthaus <holter01> if you know of a student who might be a good fit for one of the positions.

Wellness tip

10 tips to keep from overeating at a party:

1.     Say no the first time to passed hors d'oeuvres. Chances are good that food will come around again. See what's being served before you decide what to eat.

2.     Limit your alcohol. Inhibitions are lowered with every drink, and those cocktails aren't calorie-free. Alternate alcohol with water or another calorie-free drink. And don't combine alcohol with caffeine. Caffeine speeds up the rate at which alcohol is metabolized, and it masks the effect of the alcohol.

3.     Eat before you go. Don't go to a party starving. Eat a hard-boiled egg and an apple, a banana with some peanut butter or a slice of turkey. The protein will fill you up for few calories. You'll be less likely to binge if you're not overly hungry.

4.     Treat appetizers as a meal. If you're going to eat 400 calories worth of appetizers, know that that's your dinner. Don't expect to go home and eat a "real" meal.

5.     Survey the spread before you fill your plate. Confronted by so many rich foods, you might want to start piling up the food, but stop and take a deep breath. Think before you serve yourself (and try to serve yourself, so you control the serving size).

6.     Keep track of what you're eating. Don't mindlessly eat, and try not to eat and make  conversation at the same time. If your eating and drinking is spread out, you might not realize how many calories you're eating. Just because you're not eating an entire meal doesn't mean that those are free calories.

7.     Buddy up. If you're worried about eating too many sweets, share your dessert with someone else. You'll eat less and not do as much damage.

8.     Use a smaller plate, or commit to just one round of food. Don't pile your food so high that it's falling off the plate.

9.     Be choosy, and stick to proper serving sizes. Take only those foods you really like, and don't overload on them.

10.  Bring a dish, if appropriate. If you bring something healthy, like salsa with vegetables, whole-grain crackers and light dip or a large salad, you know there's at least one option for you at the party. Take small helpings of other dishes and load up on your healthier one.

And finally…

To live only for some future goal is shallow. It's the sides of the mountain that sustain life, not the top.

-Robert M. Pirsig