Tuesday, Dec. 6

TUESDAY 12/6/11

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>

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Thank you campus

"Where else on earth can one experience the musical expression of peace, love and joy except at the CFL at Luther College!?!" This guest sums up another wonderful Christmas at Luther weekend. Thank you students, conductors and the supporting cast of staff and faculty across campus who made this past weekend such a moving start to the Christmas season. Judy and I are so proud of you!
-President Torgerson

Faculty/Staff Christmas party

A reminder to turn in the RSVP card for the Luther Christmas party, Thursday,
Dec. 15, 4-6:30 p.m. If you have misplaced your response card or for some reason did not receive an invitation, call the Catering office, 387-1463.


Campus programming reminder

Tuesday-Sunday, Dec. 6-11 is considered Finals Prep Week and is intended to provide additional space for students to prepare for tests, papers and finals. These six days are set aside for academic preparation for finals and Luther does not schedule public events during this time. Exceptions include only athletic events, social gatherings, Christmas in the Union and Kwanzaa.

Facilities Service: campus fleet reservations

Reservations for campus fleet vehicles are now being done via the Facilities Services' website. The Vehicle Reservation Request form is located at http://www.luther.edu/facilities. The following information is required when making the request: type of vehicle, number of vehicles needed, driver's name, destination, date and time of departure/return, account name and number the trip should be charged to. A confirmation will be emailed to the person making the request.

Flexible spending account dollars

Flexible spending account dollars deducted from employee paychecks during 2011 may be used for eligible expenses through March 15, 2012. Claims for these dollars must be submitted to Midwest Group Benefits by March 31, 2012. Claim forms are available in Human Resources and on the HR website at http://www.luther.edu/hr/commonforms/. Select Flexible Benefit Claim Form. Complete form electronically. Print it and mail to Midwest Group Benefits, PO Box 408, Decorah, IA 52101 or fax to 382-9613. 

Flexible benefit plan form due Dec. 16

The 2012 flexible benefit plan enrollment forms are in campus mail. Employees must re-enroll each year during the open enrollment period. All employees who work 20 or more hours a week must advise the Office of Human Resources if they want to be enrolled in the Luther College Health Care Reimbursement Plan and/or the Dependent/Child Care Reimbursement Plan for 2012 by Friday, Dec. 16.

Employees may change their health care premium option, add or drop dental insurance during the open enrollment period. Call Marsha, 387-1415 for assistance.

Health care open forums

Rachel Narum, Midwest Group Benefits representative, will be in Borlaug, Dahl Centennial Union, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Rachel will review the 2012 flexible spending account plans and answer health care questions.

Finance/Administration Assessment survey due Dec. 7

A Finance/Administration Assessment was recently sent out asking for feedback from faculty and staff regarding the services and interactions with Facilities Services, Financial Services, Human Resources, Book Shop and Dining Services. If you haven't already, please take approximately 10 minutes to complete the survey. Your input is valued as we continue to improve the quality of our services.

The information will be compiled and reported back to the campus community. We appreciate your feedback.

Responses to the survey are due Wednesday, December 7. Survey available at: https://docs.google.com/a/luther.edu/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dEtmcFlHbGZoa3puaHhhVlZGaHhzc3c6MQ.

LIS Summer Faculty Workshop Brown Bag Sessions

There is still one opportunity for informal conversation with the technology and information literacy workshop participants representing the art, economics, education, music, nursing, social work and theatre/dance departments, and members of LIS.

Bring a lunch and join us in the Mott Room Tuesday, Dec. 6 from 11:45 a.m.-
1:15 p.m. This is  an open session, so come and go as your schedule allows. Questions? Contact Andi Beckendorf <beckenan>.

Christmas Cheer sponsors

Collection Day is Tuesday, Dec. 6, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. in Marty's. Bring all gifts wrapped and clearly labeled with family number and age and gender of recipient (Ex: Family 77, Boy age 12). After you've dropped off your gifts, please join us for cookies and hot cocoa. Thank you in advance for your generosity this holiday season.

Luther College Cookbooks

The Luther College Cookbook has just arrived in time for Christmas gift giving. The books are for sale in the Book Shop for $12.99. All net proceeds from these sales go to the Sesquicentennial Scholarship Endowed Fund.

Music 'Fireside' sale at the Book Shop

Find many discounted Luther music CDs and DVDs for sale in the Book Shop priced at $3 and $5. These include some past Christmas at Luther and ensemble recordings. Hurry in for these great deals. Sale continues while supplies last. 

Flu clinic Dec. 6

Get your influenza vaccine before the flu season hits. Health Service will hold a flu clinic Tuesday, Dec. 6, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Union. Cost is $20, payable by cash, check or payroll deduction.

Library books due Dec. 10

Books checked out from the main stacks by faculty and staff on or before Sunday, Dec. 4 must be returned by Saturday, Dec. 10. Books may be renewed by emailing <library>. The new due date is May 11, the last day of classes for the spring semester. Books that have already been renewed three times (two years) will not be renewed again; rather you will need to bring these books in physically to the circulation desk to have them checked in and then out again to "re-start the clock." You may "View your account" online at library.luther.edu. to see what you have checked out.

Lecture and Fine Arts funding available

Bringing a speaker, artist, or performer to campus?  Luther's Lecture and Fine Arts money has been pooled as of Dec. 1, with approximately $2,965 to be divided amongst proposals. To submit a request, go to: https://www.luther.edu/programming/lfa/. Applications received prior to Friday, Dec. 9 will be reviewed in mid-December. Proposals received after Dec. 9 will be reviewed in early February.  Questions? Contact Becky Bowman, <bowmre01>.

United Way update-93 percent

Thank you to all Luther employees and retirees for your support of the United Way. We are at 93 percent of our goal for this year. As we approach the end of 2011, please know all gifts are still very much needed and really do make a difference. Many Luther employees find payroll deduction to be a convenient option. If you need a United Way form, please contact Kelly, <kelly.wedmann> or 387-1066.


Chapel this week

Wednesday, Dec. 7: Robert Larson, Advent series, Journey to the
Light, Luther College Trombone Choir
Thursday, Dec. 8: Morning prayer, Samuel Libra, CRH
Friday, Dec. 9: Kwanzaa chapel, Gospel Choir

College Ministries wishes everyone safe travel and a joyful and blessed Christmas and New Year.

Worship services will not be held on campus from Dec. 12 through the holiday break. Chapel will resume Jan. 4 and Sunday worship will resume Jan. 8.

Retirement party for Sharon Roher

Sharon Roher, administrative assistant in the Alumni Office, will be retiring after 35 years of service to Luther. Join us in wishing her well Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2:30-
4:30 p.m. in the Loyalty Hall Board Room.

'Christmas in the Union'

Santa will make an early stop in Decorah as Luther celebrates "Christmas in the Union" Wednesday, Dec. 7, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in the lobby of the Union. Activities will include cookie decorating, hot chocolate and cider, crafts, a holiday movie and music. Santa will be available to pose for pictures with children by the fireplace in the Union Lobby from 5-6 p.m.

Fall science research symposium

The fall science research symposium will be held Thursday, Dec. 8 at 9:40 a.m. in the Sampson-Hoffland atrium and Valders concourse. This is a unified event highlighting undergraduate student research in the sciences at Luther. The symposium includes more than 75 poster presentations by students from classes in biology, chemistry, environmental studies, nursing and psychology, as well as directed research student projects. All members of the Luther community-especially our friends in the humanities and social sciences-are invited to come and see what is going on in the sciences.

Retirement party for Victoria Harvey

Dining Services employee Vicki Harvey is retiring after 26 years of service to Luther. Join us in wishing her well on Thursday, Dec. 8 from 3-4:30 p.m. in the Luther College Cafeteria.

'Sounding the Sonnets' finale Dec. 9

The "Sounding the Sonnets" finale will be held Friday, Dec. 9, 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. in Bentdahl Commons with the final sonnet reading from 12:05-12:10 p.m.  A come-and-go gathering, with hot cider, cookies and some free copies of the Complete Shakespeare Sonnets for the most faithful fall semester attenders.

Kwanzaa Festival Dec. 10

The annual Kwanzaa Festival will be celebrated Saturday, Dec. 10, 4:30-6:30 p.m. in Peace Dining. Tickets are $10 and available at the Box Office. Join us for an evening of great entertainment, education and fellowship.

Candlelight service Dec. 11

Join Campus Ministries Sunday, Dec. 11, 9:30 p.m. for a "Candlelight Service of Lessons and Carols." Remember Christmas morning as a child?  Family gathered on the living room floor singing Christmas carols and listening to the story of Christ's birth. Wear something comfortable, and join the Luther community as we gather on the CFL stage for a service of readings, carols and candlelight on the last Sunday of the semester.


New employee

Paul Ludwig joined Luther as a Campus Programming Technician on Nov. 10. His office is the CFL Technician Booth, telephone 387-1537. 

Peter to leave Luther

Timothy Peter, Luther College professor of music, has accepted the position of director of choral activities and professor of music at Stetson University in DeLand, Fla.

Peter, who has served on the Luther faculty since 1991, will assume his new duties at Stetson in August.

Peter was head of the Luther music department from 2007-11.  He conducts Collegiate Chorale, a 90-voice select junior-senior choral ensemble, and Norsemen, a first-year men's 90-voice choir. His choir was selected to perform at the American Choral Directors National Conference in Chicago in 2011.

Peter has been an integral part of Luther performing and academic music programs.  His teaching duties at Luther have included advanced choral methods and conducting.

Information about his appointment at Stetson is posted on the university's website at: www.stetson.edu/secure/apps/wordpress/?p=17361.


To Brenda Broghamer and family on the Dec. 5 death of her father Roger Westby, 80, of Decorah.  The funeral is Saturday, Dec. 10 at Glenwood Lutheran Church.

To the family and friends of Angeline Jacobson, professor and reference librarian emerita, who died Dec. 1 at the age of 101. Angeline was a reference librarian at Luther from 1951-1976. The funeral for Angeline is Thursday, Dec. 8, 1:30 p.m. at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Decorah.


The Diversity Council of Rochester, Minn. announces it has been awarded a $5,000 grant from the St. Paul Foundation for a project led by Char Kunkel to compile an online manual of "Best Practices in Community Anti-Bias Education." This is the culmination of her 2010-11 sabbatical project. 

Todd Green presented a paper titled "The Swiss Minaret Ban, the De-Islamization of Public Space, and the Ongoing Quest for a European Identity" at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion in San Francisco, Calif., Nov. 19.

Beth Ray Westlund was the soloist for "Rahab," a 36-minute work for mezzo soprano and wind orchestra by Jesse Ayers. Ray performed at the Memorial Opera House in Valparaiso, Ind. with Windiana, a professional instrumental ensemble conducted by Jeffrey Doebler '82. Doebler and Ray premiered the work in July 2011 during the Lutheran Summer Music Academy and Festival.


Christmas at Luther broadcast information

Follow the links below to view Christmas at Luther broadcast information:

Encourage students to submit writing 

Faculty and staff are asked to encourage student writers to submit their stories to the ACM Nick Adams Short Story Contest. Entries are due to the English Department <boesejud> by Friday, Feb. 10 at noon. For details on format and guidelines, see http://www.luther.edu/english/student-opportunities/

Dining Services yogurt 

Did you know? Dining Services purchases bulk yogurt from the family farmstead Country View Dairy just 35 miles from Decorah. All yogurt served in the Caf and at Peace Brunch is now local, as well as the yogurt in the pre-made parfaits sold in Marty's, Oneota Market and Sunnyside Cafe. Come to the Caf today to try one of the many flavors we serve.

Lost and found

We have found several items in fleet vehicles recently, i.e. cameras, shoes, an iPod. Claim lost items by contacting the Facilities office, 387-1010 or <johnch07>. 


For sale: 2007 ice blue Pontiac G6, four-door, 3.5 liter v-6 engine, 68,000 miles. New tires. Contact Lyle Halverson, 419-2897.

Pet sitter wanted: Luther faculty member will be traveling outside of the US over winter, and is seeking care for two easygoing, sociable cats. Looking into various options to arrange for their care starting from mid-December until the end of January. My preference would be to arrange to have my two cats stay with a caretaker temporarily-for a fee, of course. I am also open to other ideas: if someone needs a place to stay over the break, they could do so in exchange for pet care-I live very close to campus; also coming to check in on them regularly could be an option, though not a preference. If interested, email <bazyma01> or call (812) 272-8164.

For sale: Lasko space heater-large room capability, ceramic heater with digital, adjustable thermometer and timer. In perfect condition, only used a few times. Box and instructions included. $50. Call Lauren, 387-1413, if interested, feel free to leave message.

Tree removal: Willing to cut up and remove down or dead hardwood trees in exchange for the wood.  If interested contact [email protected] or 380-4185.

Wanted:  Housesitter/petsitter for February and part of March at house located close to campus. Contact [email protected] or 387-6198.

Pets available: Want to adopt an animal from the Humane Society? The Humane Society of Northeast Iowa is having an adoption day at Critters and Such Pet Care on Hwy 9 in Decorah on Saturday, Dec. 10, 1-3 p.m. Many dogs and cats in need of homes will be at the event, along with information about pet adoption and foster care. The animals available for adoption can be found at petfinder.com. Contact Kim Powell, <kimpowell>.

Wanted: year-round housing for one in the Decorah area. Information and leads appreciated. Contact Paul Ludwig at <ludwpa01> or (608) 797-9881.

For sale: 1996 Toyota Camry, white with sunroof, in good condition. Asking $2,000, which is less than blue book pricing. Call 419-0379 or [email protected].


Sustainability tip

The first four of AASHE's 13 tips for a sustainable holiday: http://www.aashe.org/blog/13-tips-sustainable-holiday-season.

1) Give a gift that will help a child be curious about the natural world, such as a zoo membership, an ant/butterfly farm, science kits, a kite, a tree you plant together, live animal kits, or the garden game.

2) Skip material gifts all together!
**Give an experience:performance/event tickets, a camping trip, cooking classes, a hot air balloon ride
**Give a service
provided by you or a local business: a baby-sitting gift certificate, a massage, a dinner out, hire a chef in, dance lessons

3) For adults, gifts you make yourself often have more meaning (and a smaller environmental impact than mass-marketed products):

4) Give socially conscious gifts. Shop fair trade:

Wellness tip

Giving may help you live longer

“Being involved in [giving] activities seems to give people a longer life,” says Stephen Post, a professor of preventive medicine at Stony Brook University in New York. According to a review of research done by the Corporation for National and Community Service in the U.S., people who give their time by volunteering have lower mortality rates than those who do not. “We now have [indisputable] evidence that there is a causal relationship between participating in one’s community and [good] health,” says Linda Graff, a volunteerism consultant based in Dundas, Ont. From: http://www.besthealthmag.ca/embrace-life/wellness/5-ways-giving-is-good-for-your-health?slide=2.

And finally…

Sometimes you can't see yourself clearly until you see yourself through the eyes of others.

-Ellen Degeneres