Tuesday, Feb. 26

TUESDAY 2/26/13

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Center for Nordic Studies established, named

The Luther College Board of Regents announced at its Feb. 23 meeting that a Center for Nordic Studies will be established at Luther and named the Richard L. and Judith A. Torgerson Center for Nordic Studies.

O. Jay and Patricia Tomson, of Mason City, Iowa, have committed to Luther $1.25 million to endow a chair within the center, matching $1.25 million to be raised by the college by May 31, 2014.

The center will provide a programmatic vision to build on the strengths and resources already available on campus in order to forge new ties with Scandinavia, serving students who want to connect their interest in Nordic Studies with a range of disciplines including environmental science and sustainability, immigration and multiculturalism, peace studies, health care, banking, political science, economics and social work.

Staff meetings Feb. 27 and 28

At the February staff meeting, President Torgerson will provide a recap of the Board of Regents meeting, staff who served on the presidential search committee will share reflections and Derek Hartl will talk about the scope and variety of admissions visit days. The meeting will be offered twice in Peace Dining Room at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, and 9 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 28.

Tenure and promotion announcement

Congratulations to the following faculty members who were granted tenure by the Board of Regents at the Feb. 22-23 meeting: Eric Baack, Sean Burke, Allen Hightower and Richard Mtisi. Professors Baack, Burke and Mtisi were also promoted to associate professor.

Congratulations to 10 faculty members promoted to full professor: Scott Carlson, Jodi Enos-Berlage, Kristy Gould, Jane Hawley, Laurie Iudin-Nelson, Gereon Kopf, Richard Merritt, Kate Narveson, David Njus and Nicholas Preus. Elizabeth Steding was  promoted to associate professor.

Facilities Services warns of icy sidewalks and streets

Facilities Services reminds everyone to be cautious when walking on campus sidewalks and streets. Some of the areas have ice on them due to the melting snow refreezing overnight. The grounds crew is working early in the morning to check the known problem areas. Contact Facilities Services, 387-1146, to report a patch of ice that needs an application of sand or ice melt.


2012 flexible spending account dollars eligible through March 15

Flexible spending account dollars deducted from employee paychecks during 2012 may be used for eligible expenses through March 15, 2013. Claims for these dollars must be submitted to Midwest Group Benefits by March 31, 2013.

Student senate funding

Thank you to the student organizations who applied for funding from student senate. After being reviewed by the co-curricular committee and all of student senate, the allocation for spring 2013 funding has been decided upon. The allocation of funding can be seen at http://www.luther.edu/studentsenate/proposal/ and is called "Allocation Student Senate Funding Spring 2013." Contact Laura Harney, <harnla01>, with questions or concerns.

Luther Alumni Magazine seeking student profile recommendations

The Luther Alumni Magazine is seeking recommendations for graduating seniors to profile as part of its commencement coverage. We want to hear about students who have excelled academically and/or received awards in their field of study, as well as students who have been exceptional in their contributions outside the classroom or are embarking on interesting careers. Contact Ellen Modersohn, <modeel01> or 387-1353.

Seeking Staff Excellence Award nominees

Staff and faculty are invited to nominate an administrative or support staff person for the Staff Excellence Awards. Nominations are due April 12 in the Human Resources office. Winners will be announced at Luther College Staff Day in May. More information about the award and the nomination process can be found at http://www.luther.edu/hr/award/.

Latest videos from Luther's YouTube channel

The Visual Media department has been busy creating new video content to help tell Luther's story. Click any of the links below to see some of the latest videos. For assistance in placing a video on a Luther website, please contact the Web Content team at https://www.luther.edu/webmedia/.

Luther College: Become. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DedYcb4B15U)
B.O.M.B 2013 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ud1wCxc6vxQ&feature=share&list=UUV-4UmKY6xa-4y6OzHMGBsA)
A Tragedy Like Macbeth: Behind the Scenes (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pcb-6StrK7Y&feature=share&list=UUV-4UmKY6xa-4y6OzHMGBsA)
Jon Jensen - Center For Sustainable Communities (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UKFLORLU-uk&feature=share&list=UUV-4UmKY6xa-4y6OzHMGBsA)
Luther College Distinguished Lecture Series - Vandana Shiva (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UpKf5R3JrxY&feature=share&list=UUV-4UmKY6xa-4y6OzHMGBsA)
Aaron Hafner - Luther College Head Football Coach (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hPUQWnFaf3k&feature=share&list=UUV-4UmKY6xa-4y6OzHMGBsA)
The Luther Ringers (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ieki5ImLLoQ&feature=share&list=UUV-4UmKY6xa-4y6OzHMGBsA)
Distractions from homework (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H6mTLy49fSA&feature=share&list=UUV-4UmKY6xa-4y6OzHMGBsA)

SAC spring concert announced

SAC Concerts presents Macklemore and Ryan Lewis with special guest Kelley James on Tuesday, April 2, in the Regents Center. Doors open at 7 p.m. and concert begins at 7:30 p.m. General admission tickets are $25 and now on sale. For more information, contact the Luther College Box Office, 387-1357 or http://www.luther.edu/programming/boxoffice/.

Lenten music series

As part of this year's Lenten series, "Leading from Within: Reflections on Leadership from the Gospel of Luke," choirs, ensembles and others will offer music reflections each day in chapel. Look for schedules posted around campus or sign up to receive an email reminder at Today in Chapel. Join us for weekday chapel 10:30 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday in the CFL Main Hall.

New in the C-Store

New chocolate milk from Picket Fence Creamery in Woodward, Iowa is available in the C-Store. Picket Fence is a small, family operated Jersey farm where milk is bottled on site.

Ice cream cakes can now be ordered in the C-Store.  Each ice cream cake is custom made with a variety of delicious Homestead Dairy ice cream and topping options. Contact Lisa, <chenli01> or 387-1444, for details.  


Events this week

Feb. 26, Distinguished Lecture, Vandana Shiva, 7 p.m., Center for Faith and Life, Main Hall

Feb. 28, Religion Forum, "Gynocentric India and Visions of Kali: A Liberatory Philosophical Praxis," Neela Saxena, 7 p.m., CFL, Recital Hall

Chapel this week

Wednesday, Feb. 27: Stations of the Cross, Aurora
Friday, March 1: Neela Bhattacharya Saxena, guest lecturer, Ethnic Arts chapel, World Rhythms
Monday, March 4: Greg Lonning; musicians are Michael Berndt and the Luther Ringers

"Called to Life, Called to Love," a free lenten daily devotional booklet is available at daily chapel, Sunday worship or in the College Ministries office.

Sports results

The U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced that Luther cross country student-athletes Jayne Cole '13, Maggie Pierson '14, Tricia Serres '17, Christina Storlie '13, Marty Mitchell '13 and Austin Bauer '14 have earned 2012 Division III All-Academic Cross Country status.

Men's basketball lost in the Feb. 22 IIAC tournament semifinals to Wartburg, 57-62.

Women's track and field earned second place and men's track and field earned sixth in the IIAC Indoor Championships Feb. 23, hosted in Dubuque.

Luther sustainability announces 2013 Energy Competition Feb. 25- March 15

Encourage students to compete on behalf of their residence hall to reduce energy and water use and win the 2013 Energy Competition. Black-out events will be hosted by sustainability representatives in each hall. A $500 prize will be awarded to the residence hall that conserves the most electricity and water combined, and a $200 prize will be awarded to the second place residence hall. $10 gift cards to local Decorah businesses will be awarded to one eligible student from each residence hall each week of the competition. Contact Erika Kambs, <kamber01> or 387-1219, for more information.

Vandana Shiva to present spring Farwell Distinguished Lecture Feb. 26

Environmental activist Vandana Shiva will present the spring Farwell Distinguished Lecture, "Earth Democracy: Justice, Sustainability, and Peace," at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, in the CFL Main Hall. The lecture is open to the public with no charge for admission. The community is also welcome to join Shiva for a conversation in the CRH at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26. Shiva advocates for food crop diversity, necessary for the conservation of traditional agrarian societies such as the region of India where she grew up.

Münster program informational meeting Feb. 27

The next Münster semester will be spring 2014 and applications are currently being accepted in the Center for Global Learning. An informational meeting will be held Wednesday, Feb. 27 at 7:30 p.m. in the Language Learning Center, located on the second floor of Main. The Münster semester is one of Luther’s oldest study abroad programs. Students receive credit for four Luther courses, including two courses in German and two courses taught in English-one of which counts as Paideia 2 for juniors and seniors. Students only need one course of German at Luther as a language prerequisite and they do not have to be German majors or minors. Contact Sören Steding, <soeren_steding> for more information.

Diversity Center and Center for Global Learning to host webinar Feb. 27

"What Does an Internationalized Curriculum Look Like? The Promise of Cultures and Languages Across the Curriculum," a National Association of Foreign Student Advisers webinar, is open to the community with no charge for admission from 2-3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, in the Mott Room of Dahl Centennial Union. The webinar is co-sponsored by Luther's Diversity Center and Center for Global Learning.

Religion Forum speaker Neela Bhattacharya Saxena to present Feb. 28

Neela Bhattacharya Saxena, associate professor of English at Nassau Community College in Long Island, N.Y., will present a Religion Forum lecture at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28 in the CRH. Saxena's presentation is titled, "Gynocentric India and Visions of Kali: A Liberatory Philosophical Praxis." Saxena will also speak in daily chapel at 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 1. Support for her visit comes from the Religion department and the Lecture and Fine Arts Fund.

Student/faculty collaborative film screening Feb. 28

Three five-minute documentary films produced by Thomas C. Johnson and Michael Crowe ’13, will be screened  at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, in Olin 102. The films, "Hours with Amanda," "Hours with Ben" and "Hours with Novian," profile Luther faculty members Amanda Hamp '01, Ben Moore ’02, and Novian Whitsitt. A brief question and answer session will follow the screening.

Faculty Artist Series: Miko Kominami Feb. 28

Miko Kominami will perform a "Bach and Rach" piano recital at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, in the Noble Recital Hall. The concert is open to the public with no charge for admission.

"Bach and Rach," will feature J.S. Bach's Partita in E minor for solo piano and Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor. Xiao Hu, Luther assistant professor of music, will assist Kominami on piano.

The Dating Game postponed to March 1

The Dating Game, sponsored by SAC Special Events, has been postponed due to the rescheduling of the men's IIAC basketball tournament game. The event will be held from 7-9 p.m. Friday, March 1, at Marty's. The event is open to the public with no charge for admission. Contact <sacspecialevents> if interested in participating.

Faculty Artist Series: Collaborative faculty voice recital March 1

The Luther College voice faculty will present a collaborative recital in honor of composers Benjamin Britten, Giuseppe Verdi and Richard Wagner 7 p.m. Friday, March 1, in the NRH. The recital is open to the public with no charge for admission. The program will include opera scenes from "Falstaff", "Rigoletto", "La Traviata", "Il Trovatore", "Die Walküre", and "The Rape of Lucretia," as well as several arias and chamber works.

Tau Delta Gamma hosting annual breast cancer fundraiser March 2

Tau Delta Gamma is hosting their annual breast cancer fundraiser from 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 2, at Oneota Lanes. All proceeds go to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. The event features bowling specials and performances by Luther groups. For more information contact Kelsey, <gundke01>.

Ethnic Arts Festival March 2

"A Wedding Story" is the theme for the 2013 Ethnic Arts Festival that will be held Saturday, March 2. Schedule includes a country fair from 1-4 p.m. in Oneota Market, Ethnic Cuisine from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in Peace Dining Room and entertainment at 7 p.m. in the CFL Main Hall. Tickets for the ethnic cuisine meal are $12 for adults, $3 for children ages 5-10, and $5 for students with CAF. Tickets are available from the Box Office, 387-1357 or http://www.luther.edu/programming/boxoffice/.

Habitat for Humanity fundraiser March 4

Luther's Habitat for Humanity chapter will hold a Culver's fundraiser from 5-9 p.m. Monday, March 4. 10 percent of everything sold during that time will go toward the cost of the HFH Spring Break service trip to San Antonio, Texas. Come to Culver's March 4 to support Habitat for Humanity. 

Center Stage Series to present 'First Person: Seeing America' March 5

The history of our country's extraordinary people will be brought to life through words, live music and iconic images in the Center Stage Series performance of "First Person: Seeing America." The performance will be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, in the CFL. Cost is $24 for adults, $22 for seniors age 65 and up and $15 for youth ages 4-18.  Tickets are now available from the Box Office, 387-1357 or http://www.luther.edu/programming/boxoffice/

Campus Conversation series March 6

Spotlight on Sex and Gender: A Campus Conversation series, titled "A Mosaic from MBLGTACC," will be held from 7:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 6, in the CRH. The WGST Program and LC Pride are collaborating to spotlight reflections from students based on their journey to the Midwest Bi Lesbian Gay Transgender Ally College Conference, a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, Queer and Ally leadership conference. For more information contact, <thomascjohnson>.

Malaria Campaign night March 6

Join the Luther student congregation as they host Malaria Campaign night from 5-9 p.m. Wednesday, March 6 at the Decorah Culver's Restaurant, where 10 percent of all sales will go to the Evangelical Luther Church in America's Malaria campaign.

J.D. Stier to present SAC Leadership lecture March 7

J.D. Stier will present the SAC Leadership lecture at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 7 in Room 206 of the Valders Hall of Science. Stier's lecture, titled "How Youth Affect Social Change," will focus on the impact the youth of today can have on the world. The lecture, co-sponsored by the political science department, Paigaam and i-Impact Now, is open to the public with no charge for admission.

'River of Contention: Water Conflict and Governance in a Peruvian River Valley' lecture March 7

Barbara Lynch, visiting associate professor of international affairs at the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at Georgia Tech, will discuss the fight for water in her lecture, "River of Contention: Water Conflict and Governance in a Peruvian River Valley," at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 7 in the Mott-Borlaug Room in Dahl Centennial Union.

25th annual Nobel Peace Prize Forum March 8-10

The 25th annual Nobel Peace Prize Forum will be held March 8-10 in Minneapolis. Friday's program, with a focus on business and peacemaking, features Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus, known as the father of microcredit. Saturday looks at the relationship of health and science to global security and includes an address by Paul Farmer, co-founder of Partners in Health. Sunday is Global Day, featuring Tawakkol Karman, the first Arab woman, and youngest person at age 32, to win a Nobel Peace Prize. Luther will charter a round trip bus to transport people for Saturday's program. Limited seats remain. Register for the forum at http://nobelpeaceprizeforum.org. Contact Karen Martin-Schramm for bus reservations at <kms>.

Faculty Artist Series: Guest recitalist Christine Kim to join Eric Kutz and Phuc Phan March 10

Christine Kim, assistant professor of cello at Middle Tennessee State University, will join Eric Kutz and Phuc Phan '13 in a cello recital at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 10, in the Noble Recital Hall. The program, titled "The Cello Suites of Benjamin Britten," will feature the three performers each playing one suite for solo cello by Britten. 

2013 Oen Fellow to visit Luther March 10-13

Winnifred Sullivan, Luther's Oen Fellow for the 2013 spring semester, will visit campus March 10-13. During her visit, Sullivan will host the Oen Fellowship brown-bag discussion at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday, March 12 in the Borlaug Room of Dahl Centennial Union and the Oen Fellowship Lecture at 6:30 p.m. in Room 102 of Olin. These events are open to the public with no charge for admission.

Student Recitals

Vanessa Libbey '14, will perform a soprano vocal recital at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 3.

Sara Pecinovsky '14, will perform a clarinet recital at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 3.

Brita Moore '14 will perform a cello recital at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 10.

Student recitals are held in the NRH with receptions following each performance. Both the recitals and receptions are open to the public with no charge for admission.


Gregory Peterson played an all Bach recital as part of the "Bach's Lunch" organ recital series at Wartburg College Friday, Feb. 15. The program included the monumental Prelude and Fugue in E-flat major and several compositions based on Lenten hymns.

Ann Sponberg Peterson was a presenter at the North American Conference on Christian Philanthropy in Orlando, Fla., in early February. Her session was titled "Understanding Legacy Giving: Inviting These Transformative Gifts."   

S. Brookhart Shields received a "Better Future for Iowans" grant. The grant will allow her and undergraduate students to use the research facilities at the University of Iowa.

Jennifer Rian was interviewed in Issue 91 of the Council on Library and Information Resources publication. Rian spoke about her position as an innovative services librarian and the impact of her work in a liberal arts setting. To view the full text of the interview visit, http://www.clir.org/pubs/issues/issues91/#rian.

Zoe Johnson '16, qualified for the NCAA III Regional Diving Championships and will be competing March 1-2 in San Antonio, Texas.

The "My Backyard" feature in the March/April issue of Iowa Outdoors features a two-page spread about Luther's sustainability efforts. The magazine says: "With Iowa’s largest solar array, wind power and off-grid student housing, Luther College in Decorah is a green inspiration."



Colletta Vick is recovering from a fall and will be at Gundersen Lutheran Hospital Rehab Unit for 6-8 weeks. Cards can be sent to Colletta at 1900 South Ave., Room 3210, La Crosse, Wis. 54601.

Thank you

The Book Shop collected over 50 clothing items and over $100 during the "Warm Hands Warm Hearts" clothing drive Feb. 12-15. Donations will be distributed to Decorah area elementary schools and St. Benedict's elementary school.

Position openings

Resident director: Resident director for Brandt Hall. A professional, 10-month, live-in position. Duties include supervision of resident assistants; liaison with administration, faculty and staff; the development of programming in the halls; duty rotation and participation in the disciplinary process. Director actively participates in staff recruitment, selection and training activities, management of residence hall facility and occupancy issues and campus emergency response duty. Evening and weekend work is required. Master’s degree is preferred, bachelor’s degree required. Cover letter, resume and three professional references (one must be a previous supervisor) will be accepted until position is filled. Position begins Aug.1. Contact Kris Franzen, Director of Residence Life, <frankr03> or 387-1330.

Help Desk lead: Responsibility for the overall quality of the LIS Technology Help Desk functions and for the continuous improvement of service. Experience or skill in leadership, team-building and collaborative work is required. Must also have experience and skill using and troubleshooting standard operating systems, productivity suites, and printing and audio visual equipment. Bachelor's degree preferred, with preference for those in a computer or communications-related field. For more information and to apply, visit lis.luther.edu/recruiting.

New employee

Kate Haller '10 began as assistant coordinator for music organizations and marketing on Feb. 18. Her office is Jenson-Noble 205A, telephone 387-1737. 

New positions

Erica Lensing has moved from the Center for Academic Enrichment and is now working full-time as the administrative and records assistant for the Alumni Office. Her new office is Loyalty Hall 105, telephone 387-1164.

Matt Hughes will begin his new position as workstation support communications administrator on March 1. His new office is Main 11B, telephone 387-1409.


Donations: Help support the post prom party by making a cash donation. The post prom party keeps an average of 200+ high school kids entertained and safe after prom. This year's party will be held April 13 in Marty's and will be hosted by CREW. We are seeking cash donations to help with food costs, games, prizes, music, and the entertainment. Any amount is gratefully accepted. Donations may be sent to: CREW, PO Box 513, Decorah.

Fundraiser: Preceptor Zeta sorority is having a “clean out your pockets” cash fundraiser for Darrin Walter, owner of Decorah Cleaners, to assist with medical expenses. In December 2012 Darrin had a simultaneous kidney and pancreas organ transplant at Rochester Methodist Hospital. Checks can be made payable to Preceptor Zeta and mailed to or dropped off at Viking State Bank, 321 West Water Street, Decorah. Donations will be accepted until March 10. Thrivent of Winneshiek County will supplement funds. Contact Teri, <laruet> for more information.

Found: Ring found in the C-Store. Stop into the C-Store and describe lost item to Lisa to claim.

Wanted: Seeking a piano teacher for our 16-year-old son who wants more lessons. He also wants a trumpet teacher for lessons for himself and his friend. Please email Greg, <lonningr>.

Wanted: Organist needed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Spring Grove, Minn. Trinity, a founding congregation of Luther College, is located just 23 miles from Decorah. The Van Daalen organ is a mechanical tracker, with 30 ranks of pipes in 22 voices. The organist plays liturgy and hymns 3-4 Sundays per month; two services (one in the summer), and festival services. Flexibility in scheduling. For position description and application see link on website www.trinitysg.org or contact <bjerkr01>. 

Wanted: Looking for a house in Decorah to care for in exchange for a two-bedroom apartment in a great Tokyo neighborhood for July 2013. Willing to swap places or arrange a rental exchange. Contact Jim Langholz, <langhoja> if interested.

House cleaner available: Available for house cleaning in the Decorah area. Contact Sharon Hovey, <hageju01> or 379-6070.

For sale: Lenovo SL400 laptop (thinkpad). Processor includes Intel(R) Core (TM)2 Duo CPU, T5870 @ 2.00 GHz 2.00 GHz, memory (RAM) 3.00 GB and 32-bit Operating System. Windows Vista Ultimate installed. The OS has recently been re-installed, the laptop runs very well. Battery is older and only lasts under one hour. $100, contact Maryna, <bazyma01> or 419-3428.

House sitter available: Current Luther junior planning to stay in Decorah over the summer for research project. Available for all or part of the summer as necessary and will complete household chores such as feeding pets, mowing lawns, tending to gardens, etc. References available upon request. Contact Aaron at <zaunaa01> if interested.

For sale: Rough cut walnut, stacked and dried for approximately five years, about 400 square feet. Contact Tom with best offer at 379-7844.

Wanted: Living room and bedroom furniture for a two bedroom apartment in Decorah in April. Call Kathryn at (773) 791-1141 prior to March 11.

Tickets for sale: Xi Omicron is hosting their annual fundraiser from 8 p.m.-midnight Saturday, March 2. The El Caminos will be performing at Nob Hill. Proceeds benefit the local American Red Cross and other local families. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door. To purchase tickets contact Kelly, 379-1880 or <kwedmann>.

Wanted: Summer employment for 2013 Luther graduate attending graduate school in fall. Experience nannying and petsitting, will house sit or other related work. Contact Jena at <schwje03>.

Wanted: Will trade my Logitech cordless desktop EX110 wireless keyboard and mouse for a USB keyboard and mouse. Contact Tim Schweizer, <schweizt> or 387-1131.

For sale: Graniteware stock pot, gently used for canning, only one season. $10, contact Janeen Christy, <chrija02> or 517-1066.


Sustainability tip

Reduce your waste by switching your trash can for a smaller hanging waste basket.  These waste baskets hang on the edge of recycling containers and encourage you to recycle. For more information, click here.   

And finally…

"You are not Atlas carrying the world on your shoulder. It is good to remember that the planet is carrying you." 

-Vandana Shiva