Tuesday, Jan. 1 (On Wednesday, Jan. 2)

TUESDAY (on Wednesday) 1/2/13

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AASHE Membership

Interested in staying current on sustainability issues in higher education? Luther is a member of AASHE, the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, as part of that membership, all Luther faculty, staff and students have access to AASHE member services, including a weekly bulletin. Visit http://www.aashe.org/ for more information.

Head football coach open forums

The campus community is invited to meet two candidates for the head football coaching position. There will be an open forum with Rick Ponx, defensive coordinator at North Central College from 2:45-3:45 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2 in Regents Center Room 224. There will be an open forum with Joe Beschorner, offensive coordinator at Simpson College, from 2:30-3:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 3 in Regents Center Room 224.

'Picture Yourself E-Reading'

LIS invites all Luther staff, faculty and students to "Picture Yourself E-Reading" this J-Term with activities exploring e-reading boundaries and freedoms. Take the E-Book Challenge and log every e-book you read during January.

Join the Virtual E-Book Club and read Thomas More's Utopia. At workshops throughout the month, learn about e-readers, how to borrow e-books from Preus Library and Decorah Public Library, and how to lend your e-books to others. See http://lis.luther.edu/reading to sign up.

LIS e-book workshops

LIS e-book workshops will be held in Preus Library and include a 30-minute demonstration, time for questions, exploring different e-readers and apps, and one-on-one assistance from LIS staff. Those who have an e-reader or tablet should bring it along. For more information and to sign-up see http://lis.luther.edu/learn/schedule

Jan. 8: Get Inside E-Books in Your Library, 10 a.m. Curriculum Classroom
Jan. 10: E-Reading on Your Tablet, 2:30 p.m. Hovde Lounge
Jan. 17: Be the Library: How to Lend Your Own E-Books, 12:30 p.m. Hovde Lounge
Jan. 22: Get Inside E-Books in Your Library, 3 p.m. Hovde Lounge
Jan. 24: E-Reading on Your Tablet, 10 a.m. Curriculum Classroom

E-reading contest

Attend workshops and log e-books to be entered in Preus Library's e-reading contest. Grand prize is a Kobo-Mini E-Reader, donated by Dragonfly Books. The more you participate, the greater your chances. Being part of the Virtual E-Book Club counts too. The winner will be selected via a random drawing Monday, Jan. 28, with results announced on Preus Library’s Facebook page. The winner will be notified via Norse Mail.

Virtual e-book club

Read Thomas More's Utopia with other members of the Luther community via a new online platform, where everyone reads from the same e-book text. Club members can highlight and annotate text and carry on conversations within the book itself. Participants will also be part of a Google Group, with a face-to-face gathering at the end of January to discuss the experience. To join, email Jennifer Rian <rianje01>.

1/2/13 Biweekly Payroll withholdings

As of the time the 1/2/13 biweekly payroll was processed, Congress had not made a decision about whether the 2013 Social Security tax withholding should return to its normal rate of 6.2 percent of taxable income or remain at the economic stimulus rate of 4.2 percent of taxable income.

Guidance we received regarding this issue indicated we should return to the pre-stimulus withholding rate of 6.2 percent for this first payroll of 2013. If the rate does in fact remain at 4.2 percent for 2013, the Social Security tax withholding for this first 2013 payroll will be adjusted. The refund adjustment will be included with the first payroll after the date we are made aware of the information. The refunded amount will be the difference between the two rates.

Contact Mary in the payroll office, 387-1135 or Peggy Lensing, controller, 387-1531, with questions regarding this Social Security tax issue. Thank you.


Chapel this week

J-term provides an opportunity for new patterns and some space for reflection. Come explore faith through word and song on Mondays, in silent meditation on Wednesdays, and through movement on Fridays. This J-term, listen to God's call to "be still, and know that I am God" (Psalm 46:10).  

Friday, Jan. 4:  Prayer Labyrinth, CFL Main Hall
Monday, Jan. 7: David Vaquez, CFL Main Hall

Poet Athena Kildegaard to teach, give poetry reading

Poet Athena Kildegaard, a lecturer at the University of Minnesota, Morris, will share her remarkable poems in a reading at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, in the Center for Faith and Life Recital Hall. The reading is open to the public with no charge for admission.

Kildegaard, who will teach at Luther in January, wrote a love poem every day for a year. That labor of love resulted in her recent book, "Cloves & Honey." In her first book, "Rare Momentum," the poet composed 62 Fibonaccis, formal poems based on the mathematical sequence of the same name.

Students help Decorah residents Jan. 12, 19

Luther students will help Decorah residents with yard work, snow shoveling and household chores. The service days, God's Helping Hand, are similar to the fall and spring flings sponsored by college ministries.

The event is open to Decorah residents free of charge, but those who are elderly or handicapped will be given priority. Decorah residents can register at 387-1271 or <ministry>. Please provide a brief explanation of the work you would like completed.


Gregory Peterson was organist for the National Lutheran Choir Christmas Festival concerts at the Basilica of St. Mary, Minneapolis, Dec. 7-8 and Christ Church Cathedral, St. Louis, Dec. 15.

Research conducted by Loren Toussaint and alumni Amy Owen and Alyssa Cheadle was featured in Psychology Today. The research shows that more forgiving individuals live longer. The full story is at: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/fulfillment-any-age/201301/live-longer-practicing-forgiveness


Address update

Mark Z. Muggli is directing the London portion of the ACM London-Florence spring semester study abroad program, and will be abroad Jan. 3-July 1. He and his wife, Carol Gilbertson, will continue to use their Luther email, but will be at the following address through the end of May: Flat 220 Ice Wharf, 17 New Wharf Road, London N1 9RF, UK (phone from the US: 011 44 207 278 4577).


Free: Two unopened HP inkjet cartridges (94 black; 97 tri-color). If the $60 savings is worth something to you, you can donate something to a local charity. Contact Mark Z. Muggli <mugglimz> or 382-9863.

House-sitter wanted: We are looking for a responsible person to house/cat sit for the spring semester. Our home is two blocks south of campus. Contact Dennis Tack <tackde01> or (641) 220-4562.

For rent: Great for a visiting professor. One bedroom efficiency apartment available immediately through the month of July. Only $200 per month plus 25 percent of the heating costs for the building (about $50 during the winter). You are also responsible for electric utilities. This would be a sub-lease arrangement. The apartment has separate kitchen and bath areas. Off street parking. Near the Fairway grocery store. Telephone 349-9549 if interested.


And finally…

One resolution I have made, and try always to keep, is this: To rise above the little things.

-John Burroughs