Tuesday, Dec. 20

TUESDAY 12/20/11

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


A message to the staff and faculty

Judy and I want to take this opportunity to thank each of you for what has been a wonderful sesquicentennial year.  It has been a time to celebrate the past and be filled with hope for the future because of you: the faculty and staff who are Luther's heart. Thank you for investing your lives in the noble calling we share. 

In light of the many demands of a 150th anniversary, I am pleased we were able to give staff an extra vacation day this year. May next week be a time of well deserved rest and renewal.  

Christmas blessings to you and your loved ones. 

-Rick and Judy

LIS Executive Director on campus today

Another candidate for the position of Executive Director of Library and Information Services will be on campus Tuesday, Dec. 20. He will give a presentation at 9 a.m. in Olin 102.  The session is open to all faculty and staff.

No Tuesday next week

There will not be a Tuesday published on Dec. 27. Publication will resume Jan. 3.

Staff Christmas donations

The Christmas spirit was clearly present at our Staff Christmas party last Wednesday morning. More than 100 pounds of non-perishable items were donated to the food pantry and $152 was donated to the Free Clinic. Thank you. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

The Staff Planning Committee

Reminder: Timecards due in payroll Dec. 22 at noon

President Torgerson has announced that the Luther campus will be closed Dec. 26-30. This makes a very tight turnaround time for processing bi-weekly payroll for the pay period ending Dec. 23 with a pay date of Jan. 4. Timecards will be due in the Payroll Office by noon Thursday, Dec. 22. Please estimate, based on your normal work schedule, what your Thursday and Friday work hours will be. Any adjustments to these estimates should be indicated on your next timecard and will be applied to the next pay period. 

Supervisors, please sign and account for all time cards. Do not send timecards in campus mail, rather hand-deliver them to the Payroll Office Dec. 22. If you have any questions or concerns, call Mary, 387-1135, in Payroll or Peggy, 387-1531, in OFS. Your assistance is greatly appreciated.

Christmas break hours

Preus Library
Tuesday-Friday, Dec. 20-23: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 24-Sunday, Jan. 1: Closed
Monday, Jan. 2: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Tuesday-Friday, Dec. 20-23: 6 a.m.-2 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 24-Jan. 1: Closed
Monday, Jan. 2: regular hours

Swimming pool
Tuesday-Friday, Dec. 20-23: Noon-1:30 p.m.

Dahl Centennial Union/Welcome Center
Tuesday-Friday, Dec. 20-23: 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 24-Jan. 1: Closed
Monday, Jan. 2: Resume regular hours

Tuesday-Sunday, Dec. 20-Jan. 1: Closed
Monday, Jan. 2: Breakfast: Closed
Lunch: Closed
Dinner: 5-7:30 p.m.

Oneota Market
Tuesday-Friday, Dec. 20-23: 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 24-Jan. 1: Closed
Monday, Jan. 2: 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Marty's CyberCafe
Tuesday-Monday, Dec. 20-Jan. 2: Closed
Tuesday, Jan. 3: Resume regular hours

Book Shop
Tuesday-Friday, Dec. 20-23: 8:45 a.m.-4:45 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 24-Jan. 1: Closed
Monday, Jan. 2: Resume regular hours

Mail Center/SPO
Tuesday-Friday, Dec. 20-23: 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 24-Jan. 1: Closed
Monday, Jan. 2: Resume regular hours

Christmas Book Shop bargains

Take advantage of great sales in the Book Shop. All Christmas gift items in are now 35 percent off. Other bargains include 20 percent off childrens' clothing and an extra 20 percent off already low priced clearance items.

January wellness activities

Witty words: Sign up as individuals in this January initiative and try to guess the word of the week. If you win, you are in the drawing for an iPad. All it takes is 30-60 minutes of cardio work a day and you'll win-no matter what. To enter, email Vicky Jaeger at <jaegervi>. Game starts Jan. 2.

Broomball: Faculty/staff are encouraged to play in our first ever Broomball league. Games will be twenty minutes long to accommodate the need for getting to the pond and back. Teams of six and you play twice a week. For more information and to sign up a team, please email Vicky Jaeger <jaegervi>. Be part of the fun and fit folks at Luther.

Reminder: sign up for W-2's online

For instructions and more information, go to hr.luther.edu. Go to Forms for Faculty and Staff and under Tax Forms choose W-2 2011 Options. Mac users: please 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.

Norse Apps new look debuts Jan. 4

Norse Apps will be switched to a new look Jan. 4. View information at http://tinyurl.com/d7l745n. Many users have already made the change. Users who haven't already can switch over themselves. This new look becomes permanent on Jan. 4. At that time, all users will be switched over automatically. For more information, visit http://lis.luther.edu/node/6405 or contact the Technology Help Desk.

Don't be trapped by a mouse

Experiencing ergonomic issues at your workstation: back, wrist, neck, or leg pain; headaches; eye strain, etc.? If so, contact Greg Lonning. He is evaluating office desk setups on an individualized basis. He will work with faculty and staff one-on-one to make workstations less taxing to your body and spirit. His prescription might be specific exercises and/or alternative desk equipment.

To that end, the library is now circulating the DVD "Stretching with Matt Johanningmeier" (RA781.63 .S77 2011) and vertical mice both right- and left-handed, both tall and medium-height, a split keyboard, a natural hand-position keyboard, and a padded mouse pad. Checkouts are for two weeks to faculty and staff. Greg asks that people connect with him first before checking out any equipment, 387-2075 or <lonningr>.


Chapel this week

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

Mission Guatemala Winter Carnival Jan. 7

College Ministries is sponsoring the Mission Guatemala Winter Carnival Saturday, Jan. 7, 9 a.m.-noon in the Regents Center. 

Escape the winter cold for a morning of great family fun and learning. Inflatable rides—including an obstacle course—carnival games, face painting, prizes and food, as well as great opportunities to learn fun facts about Guatemala. Tickets are 50 cents each or $5 for a book of 11.

Proceeds will benefit the Mission Guatemala Spring Break trip. Additional donations welcomed. Contact Daniel Flucke, <flucda01> or 387-1271.

Community Day Jan. 7

Luther welcomes area alumni, families, parents and friends of the college to visit the Luther campus for Community Day Saturday, Jan. 7. The day's activities include men's and women's basketball games in the Regents Center, as well as a community picnic. All events are open to the public with no fee for admission, although an RSVP is required before noon Tuesday, Jan. 3. For more information or to register, visit http://www.luther.edu/alumni/events/community_day/.

Palmer and Newcomer events Jan. 21-22

Parker Palmer and Carrie Newcomer will offer an afternoon concert and conversation, "Healing the Heart of Democracy-A Gathering of Spirits for the Common Good," Sunday, Jan. 22, 3-4:30 p.m. in the CFL.

Palmer and Newcomer will  offer a retreat Saturday, Jan 21 in Baker Commons.  Retreat registration is limited, with priority given to Luther students. Retreat registration information will be posted on the Center for Ethics and Public Life website: http://www.luther.edu/public-life/.



To Elmer Hansen on the Dec. 17 death of his mother Marjorie Marie Dutka of Elkader.

To Rick Thornton on the sudden death of his sister Terri McKee, 53, of Manchester, Iowa on Dec. 9.

To the family, friends and colleagues of Steve Ellis who was an LIS/User Services employee, 2000-06. Steve died of a heart attack on Tuesday, Dec. 13 at the age of 44. He is survived by his father, brother and sister. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Dec. 31 at Faith Baptist Church in Hudson, Iowa at 11 a.m.

Thank you

Thanks to Luther College employees and retirees we are at 96 percent of Luther's United Way goal of $23,000. The United Way of Winneshiek County supports 17 local nonprofit agencies. Your support makes a difference in the lives of thousands of our neighbors, family and friends.  Happy holidays and best wishes for 2012.

To all the wonderful Luther employees and emeriti who have stopped to wish me well in my retirement. Thank you for attending my retirement party and for the many cards and gifts I've received. I will have a lifetime of good memories and good friends from working here for over 35 years. This is a great family to be a part of.  -Sharon Roher

To the Luther community for the many cards, emails and personal messages of condolences following the loss of Erik Stoen's sister, Virginia (Ginger) Stoen. Our family especially appreciates the support and kind words of encouragement that have been offered in recent days. Ginger truly exemplified great perseverance and strength and taught us all the importance of the 'little things' throughout her life and her walk with God. Our family wishes for you good health, peace and thankfulness for God's blessings during this special time of year. 

Sincerely, The Family of Erik Stoen


Dean Kraus is pleased to announce the appointment of Bob and Marilynn Larson as directors of the Nottingham program for 2013-14, and Marian Kaehler as director of the Malta program for spring 2013.

The Honors Advisory Committee is pleased to announce that students Maria Ellingson, Jason Knutson, Chella Bhagyam and Alyssa Landin have been awarded the Wigeland/American-Scandinavian Prize for Study in Scandinavia in 2012.

Brooke Joyce recently visited the composition studio at Macalester College in St. Paul to give a presentation on his music.

Eric Kutz appears on a new CD released by Minnesota Public Radio titled Taste of the Holidays, Volume 2. The collection features Kutz performing Rene Clausen's "There is No Rose" for cello and choir with the Rochester Choral Arts Ensemble. The 17-song collection is accompanied by recipes from Lynne Rossetto Kasper and The Splendid Table, and it is for sale at Public Radio Market, http://www.prettygoodgoods.org/products/118961.  

On Dec. 4 Eric Kutz, cello, and Miko Kominami, piano, performed an hour-long concert and interview at Iowa Public Radio's Studio One in Cedar Falls. The Murasaki Duo performance was broadcast live statewide on IPR and streamed on the web. The Duo presented a program of works by Beethoven, Schumann, Boulanger, Popper and Piazzolla.

Dan Davis, visiting assistant professor of Classics, has been selected as a member of the Archaeological Institute of America's Committee on Marine Archaeology. This committee is the leading international advocacy and governing group in the academic field of underwater archaeology.

SAC in cooperation with Northeast Iowa Community Action Corporation has given 55 families a dose of Christmas cheer. Christmas Cheer is an event conducted annually, benefiting the community by matching a local family-in-need with an on-campus group, organization or office. Each group purchases presents to give anonymously to the family they were paired with.


HFH announcement

Luther's Habitat for Humanity chapter is traveling to Birmingham March 16-24 for Spring Break. Luther allows for two staff persons to work with Luther HFH as an adviser for spring break and receive a week's pay so that the trip does not require use of vacation time for the two staff advisers. Mike Blair, campus pastor, will be traveling with the group as an adviser as well. Interested staff can learn more and apply for one of these two positions online at: 2012 Staff HFH Spring Break Trip Application. For more information, contact Mike Blair, <blairmic>.

Gingerbread House kits for sale

Add some fun to your holiday this year and help support the Habitat for Humanity Spring Break Trip 2012 by buying Gingerbread House kits for only $10 each. All the proceeds go to the participants going on the HFH Build to Alabama over spring break. They are only available in the College Ministries Office, CFL 206, until Thursday, Dec. 22. Make checks payable to Luther College. To reserve them, contact Lori Ostlie, 387-1271 or <ostlielo>.


For rent:  Beautiful three-bedroom, two-bath house next to college.  Fireplace, all appliances including washer/dryer, two-car garage. Available now.  Call 387-0242.

Wanted: The Interlibrary Loan Department at the library is in need of sheets of used bubble wrap for mailing items. If any Luther offices have extra bubble wrap, we'd love to take it off your hands. Contact Kathy <buzzka01> for pick up.

Found: Silver earring on the street in front of Loyalty Hall. Stop at the front desk in Loyalty Hall to identify and claim.

Wanted: Typewriter ribbons for a XEROX 6015 Memorywriter. Please contact Bridget, 387-1015 or <chribr03>.

For sale: Schwinn bicycle trailer. Can hold one-two children; also converts to stroller. Asking $20 donation to food pantry. If interested, contact <madsna01> or 382-4067.

Wanted: Need housing during Christmas break? Want to take advantage of this offer? We need a housesitter/petsitter after Christmas until early January and very possibly other weekends during the school year. We are located about 1.5 miles from campus. Contact [email protected] or 382-7997.

Peanut brittle: Need a consumable gift? A treat to bring to a party? A treat for yourself? Try Julie's homemade peanut brittle. Available in 1/2 and full pound bags, or 3/4 pound in a decorative glass jar. Each order made fresh the night before the order is due. Also freezes well. Contact Julie, 387-1865 or <shocju01>.

Dance class available: Body of Stories dance class for kids ages 3-11 will be held Tuesdays from 4 p.m.-5 p.m. in the Center for the Arts. Classes begin Jan. 3. In a fun, creative environment, children will be guided to make dances about stories from their lives. For her theatre/dance senior honors project, Amanda Moran's classes will culminate in a performance Friday, May 11. Suggested donation $8/class. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Contact <coutam01>.

House sitter/House live-in available: Birte Heinecke, a 28 year old current masters student from the University of Hamburg, Germany will be studying the Movement Fundamentals curriculum with Jane Hawley Feb. 12-March 30. This internship is part of her completion for her Performance Studies degree from the University of Hamburg. Birte teaches hip-hop and is interested in incorporating the Movement Fundamentals method into the teaching of hip-hop to all ages and all abilities. Birte needs place/home to stay from Feb. 12-March 30. She offers child-care opportunities along with teaching German to the household. Call (563) 419-3519 or email Jane, <hawleyja> if interested in hosting Birte for this time. Thank you.

For sale: 1 TB Western Digital external hard drive. Recently purchased. Decided to use Dropbox instead. $75 or best offer.  Contact Jim, 387-1251 or <marschja>.

For sale: Truck cover used for our Ford F150 (full-size bed, extended cab).  Used only two winter seasons, good condition. $75. Call 382-8625.  


Sustainability tip

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

9) Use holiday lights in moderation. If you are buying new lights, buy LED lights that use one tenth as much energy as conventional holiday lights and last much longer. If you enjoy holiday lights, turn them off during daylight hours and after most people in your neighborhood are in for the night. A study by the Florida Solar Energy Center found that average household energy use for lighting increases 130 kwhs during the thirty-day holiday season following Thanksgiving. That's the same amount of energy that would be consumed if every household in America left an electric oven on 350 degrees for 2.5 days.

10) If you are buying electronics or appliances as a gift, make sure they are energy efficient by looking for the ENERGY STAR label.

11) Instead of sending cards through the mail, send e-greetings from Hallmark.com or BlueMountain.com. If you must mail them, try to keep your card list to a minimum. Send postcards instead of envelopes to save paper or buy holiday cards that are made from recycled paper. The 2.65 billion Christmas cards sold each year in the U.S. could fill in a football field 10 feet high. That doesn't even include birthday cards. Recycle the holiday cards you receive or make gift tags out of them for next year.

12) Should you receive any unwanted gifts or if you are replacing old possessions with new ones then consider taking them to a charity shop, instead of throwing them away.

13) Share these sustainable holiday tips with your family and friends. They can be a great conversation starter.

Wellness tip

Cold-weather workout tips:

Lace up your skates: During the winter it is often too cold, too dark or too slippery to walk or run outside. To get in a great workout, try ice skating.

Try thermal underwear: If you really need to be outside in frigid weather, add a layer of thermal underwear which will keep you both warm and dry by wicking sweat away from your body.

Don't push it: On days when the air feels too cold to even breathe in, heed your body's signals and stay indoors. Cold air can trigger exercise-induced asthma.

Try a new home routine: Body weight routines are exercises that need no equipment and can be done in your own home, or try a fitness DVD.

Borrowed from http://eniweb.com/eni_Holiday_Wellness_Guide.pdf.

And finally…

Never been a better time than right now.

-Red Hot Chili Peppers