Tuesday, Jan. 8

TUESDAY 1/8/13

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2013 FICA tax withholding rate

Information available from the IRS since the 1/2/13 biweekly payroll was processed indicates the 2013 FICA tax withholding rate will return to the pre-2011 rate of 6.2 percent of taxable income. Because 6.2 percent FICA tax was withheld on taxable income for the 1/2/13 payroll, no adjustment will be necessary on future payrolls to correct this withholding. If you have any questions regarding the 2013 FICA tax withholding rate, please contact Mary in the payroll office, 387-1135. 

Flu shots available

Health Service has flu shots available and are now accepting spouses/significant others as patients; cost is $25. Contact Pamela at Health Service, 387-1045, with questions.

Dorian Vocal Festival meal times affect cafeteria

The 2013 Dorian Vocal Festival will take place this weekend. Most Festival activities will take place in the CFL, but large groups of Dorian students will be eating in the cafeteria and Marty's on Sunday between 4:45-6 p.m. and Monday, 7-9 a.m., 12:30-1:30 p.m. and 5-6 p.m. 850 guests will also be staying overnight Sunday in all of the dorms.

Thanks very much for your help in making this a good experience for everyone on campus.


Take time to breathe during J-term. Wellness and College Ministries are sponsoring a wellness initiative that encourages you to take a total of 20 minutes during the day to relax. Attend chapel, take a walk, eat lunch with a friend or read a book are a few examples. During J-term do this 12 times and receive a $15 Book Store gift card. If you are already doing this make six of these activities a new pattern. There are Breathe cards available in departments around campus, or in the Wellness or College Ministries Office to log your activity.

Staff broomball league

Staff broomball league. The pond is ready for some friendly games twice a week over the noon hour. Come play! For more information Vicky Jaeger <jaegervi> soon as we want to start.

Luther Soccer Winter Skills Clinic

The Luther College men's and women's soccer programs will be offering a Winter Skills Clinic on three consecutive Sunday afternoons: Jan. 27, Feb. 3 and Feb. 10. Cost is $55 and includes a t-shirt.

For more information and registration form see: http://www.luther.edu/sports/men/soccer/headlines/?story_id=428484.

SSS annual report available

Luther's Student Support Services Program is pleased to share its
latest report, highlighting activities and accomplishments from the
past year. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, SSS supports
the success of more than 160 Luther students annually.

To view the SSS annual report, visit website:
http://www.luther.edu/sss/annualreport/ and click on "2011-2012 Luther
College SSS Report."

In the interest of sustainability and fiscal responsibility, SSS has
printed a limited quantity of these reports. Contact SSS, 387-1269 or
<sss> to request a copy.

2011-12 Sustainability annual report

The 2011-12 Sustainability annual report can now be found on the Sustainability website. The annual report sums up new developments in sustainability for the 2011-12 academic year. Go to https://www.luther.edu/sustainability/events_news/cottonwood/ to see the Report as well as past Cottonwood Update Newsletters.  

Sign up for W-2's online

Sign up for W-2's online. It is easy to do. For instructions and more information, go to hr.luther.edu. Go to "Forms for Faculty and Staff" and under Tax Forms choose W-2 2012 Options. (Mac users: please do not use the "preview" application to view your W-2.) If you chose the electronic option for your 2011 W-2 you do not need to do it again for 2012. Go to "W-2 electronic consent" under Employee Profile at my.luther.edu to see which option you chose for 2011. Remember - the electronic option is the sustainable option.

C-store offers healthy snacks

Did you know the c store is more than candy, chips and pop? We carry
many Iowa-made, healthy snacks to cure your afternoon cravings!
Following are some products:
Tosteds soy nuts (several varieties)
Wildwood Farms Roasted Almonds or Pecans
O'Brien's Own Gourmet Granola (several varieties)
Snappy Popcorn
LaCasa corn chips, salsa, queso, and refried beans
Fassbinder Honey
Homestead Dairy milk, ice cream and several varieties of cheese curds

Feel free to make suggestions as we are always looking for new local products.

Data privacy webinars

January is Data Privacy Month for Higher Education. As such, LIS invites the Campus community to attend EDUCAUSE webinars.
• Jan. 9: Are You Smarter Than Your Phone?
• Jan. 30: It’s Not Just Facebook—What Every College Student Should Know About Online Privacy
Details found at: http://lis.luther.edu/learn/schedule.

'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.

Words of Wellness Ties In With “Picture Yourself E-Reading”

Are you participating in the Wellness initiative during J-Term that encourages people to take 20 minutes each day to relax? One of the ways to participate is to read a book. Why not make that an e-book and be part of the LIS "Picture Yourself E-Reading" program as well? 

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>.

Paul Farmer to address Nobel Peace Prize Forum

This year's Nobel Peace Prize Forum will be held in Minneapolis March 8-10. Last year the event sold out so register early. Luther will charter a bus to take people up and back for the Saturday, March 9 program focused on the relationship of health and science to global security. It will include a keynote address by Paul Farmer, co-founder of Partners in Health, along with break-out sessions and workshops with thought leaders and scientists who are reshaping our world. Register at http://nobelpeaceprizeforum.org ($10 for students; $40 for all others). To ride the Luther bus (no charge), reserve a seat by contacting Karen Martin-Schramm at <kms>. The bus will leave at 6 a.m. and return at 9 p.m. Saturday, March 9. 


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).

Wednesday, Jan. 9: "Be Still," CFL Recital Hall

Friday, Jan. 11: Prayer Labyrinth, CFL Main Hall

Monday, Jan. 14: Mike Blair, CFL Main Hall

Retirement reception for Rich Tenneson January 10

The retirement reception for Rich Tenneson has been rescheduled for 2-4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10 to thank him for his service to Luther as director of Facilities Services. Please join us in Hammarskjold to bid Rich a fond farewell. Rich is retiring after 25 years of employment at Luther.

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.

Football coach candidate open forum Jan. 11

The campus community is invited to meet a candidate for the head football coaching position at Luther College. There will be an open forum with Tim Camp, head football coach at Eastern Oregon State University from 2:15-3:15 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11 in Room 224 of the Regents Center.

Theatre program hosts two play readings

The Luther Theatre program is hosting two play readings of original works at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11 and 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12. Both are scheduled for studio two of the CFA and there is no admission fee.

The Friday reading features Luther alum Pat Strain's play, "Stained Glass," which focuses on a congregation facing issues that could tear apart the fabric of the community.

Saturday morning the reading features a musical "Windy Wildwood" that examines the journey of 13-year-old Windy as she seeks answers to troubling questions. The musical features lyrics from the band Evanescence. The author is Robert Frie, a health system analyst for the Mayo Clinic. 

SAC Spotlight: Jeffrey James Jan. 11

Jeffrey James, featured on Season 3 of NBC's "The Voice," will perform in concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11 in Marty's CyberCafé. Tickets are $5, available at the Luther Box Office, open Monday-Friday, 9-10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; extended hours Thursdays: open until 7 p.m. The concert is sponsored by Luther's Student Activities Council: Spotlight committee.

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.

Luther Habitat house dedication Jan. 13

The Winneshiek County Habitat chapter is planning to dedicate the Luther Habitat house at 1 p.m. Sunday Jan. 13. Check back for more information.

Luther College Woman's Club Jan. 15

David Cavagnaro, Founder of the Pepperfield Farm, and Paul Cutting, log house preservation carpenter and rehabilitation specialist, present the Luther College Woman’s Club program "The Pepperfield Project: Reconnecting People with Real Food and the Earth That Grows It" at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15 in Peace Dining Room, Dahl Centennial Union. All welcome. Music, refreshments, business meeting, up-date of LC events.  Childcare: call Amy Bruening, 382-8604.  Shuttle Service from Decorah Swimming Pool lot: call Ruby Hermeier, 382-4999.

Retirement party for Jean Dickman

A party honoring Jean Dickman's 44 years of service to Luther College and Preus Library will be held in Hovde Lounge from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Jan. 17. All members of the Luther community are invited to stop in and celebrate with Jean.

Jane Hamilton to teach, give reading during J-term

Award-winning novelist Jane Hamilton will teach at Luther College in January, sharing what a USA Today reviewer called her “fabulous ear for character and dialogue.”

Hamilton will join the Luther English department to teach the January term course Adventures in Reading and Writing Fiction. She will also give a reading at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, in the Center for Faith and Life Recital Hall on the Luther campus. The reading is open to the public at no charge for admission.

Oneota Film Festival Jan. 18-20

The fourth annual Oneota Film Festival has announced that it will present 10-15 sets of films including international award winners, as well as panel discussions with filmmakers, specialists and experts. The fourth annual event, which focuses on the critical issues of our time, is set for Jan. 18-20, hosted by Luther College. There is no charge for admission to the films, however participants are encouraged to pre-register online at http://oneotafilmfestival.com/register/.


To forgive freely is to live longer? That may be so according to
research by Loren Toussaint. An article in the January issue of
Psychology Today (http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/fulfillment-any-age/201301/live-longer-practicing-forgiveness)
explains how Toussaint and his research team investigated
relationships among forgiveness, religiousness, spirituality, health
and mortality in a sample of 1,500 adults age 66 and older.

Richard G. Cole, emeritus professor of history, has a newly published article: "The Art of History and Eighteenth-Century Information Management: Christian Gottlieb Joecher and Johann Heinrich Zedler"  in The Library Quarterly, Vol. 83, No.1 (January 2013), pp. 26-38. The article was published by the University of Chicago Press. Much of the information in the article was extracted from 260 year old biographical lexicons stored in the dark  Depot of Preus library. Thanks to the library staff, Kathy, Lindy and Eddy and the computer center for all their help.

Maryna Bazylevych won the 2012 Society for Medical Anthropology's Steven Polgar paper prize for the best publication in Medical Anthropology Quarterly in 2011 for "Vaccination Campaigns in Post-Socialist Ukraine. When Body Politic and Citizens’ Bodies Intersect" in Medical Anthropology Quarterly 25(4):436-456.

Marv Slind's review of "Land of Promise, Land of Tears," by Jerry L. Twedt, was published in The Annals of Iowa, Volume 72, Number 1 (Winter 2013).

Luther College recently received a $19,500 grant from the Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Foundation. The grant enables the college to conduct a series of focus groups, called "listening posts," in cities throughout the United States to gather firsthand feedback from key constituents regarding Luther's recent comprehensive campaign and future efforts to strengthen a culture of philanthropy.



To the family and friends of Johanna Olson '01, who passed away Jan. 3 after a 15-year battle with brain tumors. Services are pending. For more information see http://www.johannaolson.blogspot.com/.

New positions

Chantel Olufsen-Lepa began her position as Reunion Giving Officer and
Jeff Leschensky began his position as Gift Planning Officer on Jan. 2.


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.


Preus Picks: recommended reads from the friendly folk in LIS

Love Scandinavian Crime Novels? Lisabeth Salander meet Harry Hole – a Norwegian detective struggling with alcoholism and relationships—but no piercings! Author Jo Nesbo preceeded Stieg Larrson by several years in introducing Harry in a wonderful series including "Redbreast," "Nemesis" and "Devil’s Star." Each novel introduces characters and story threads that continue into the next book–making it very hard to finish one and not grab the next. And you will never guess the endings! -Martha Davis, serials manager.

Check out the book display at Research Help and join the conversation online www.facebook.com/PreusLibrary.

And finally…

"The best part of life is not just surviving, but thriving with passion and compassion and humor and style and generosity and kindness."

-Maya Angelou