Tuesday, April 23

TUESDAY 4/23/13

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Honoring the Torgersons

As part of the Student Research Symposium opening plenary at 9 a.m. Friday, May 3, in the CFL, President Torgerson will be honored with the Norwegian Royal Order of Merit. The entire campus is invited to attend the plenary session and the reception that will follow at 10:15 a.m. in Bentdahl Commons. Following the reception will be an all-college picnic at noon. The reception and picnic are opportunities for students, faculty and staff to extend best wishes to the Torgersons.

Torgerson tribute May 16

Celebrate Rick and Judy Torgerson's leadership at Luther by coming to "A Torgerson Tribute: 14 Years of Mojo from the Get-go!" at 8 p.m. Thursday, May 16, in the CFL.  This is not a ticketed event but we ask you to RSVP at https://www.luther.edu/alumni/events/torgersons/.

Dean Kraus to serve two additional academic years

Faculty, staff and students, 

As you know, the Board of Regents is searching for an interim president at the same time the search for Luther's 10th president continues. An interim president could serve from six to 12 months.

On April 16, I met with the Appointment, Tenure and Promotion Committee of the faculty. Subsequently, I also sought feedback from academic department heads. With the unanimous support of each of these groups I am pleased to announce Dean Kevin Kraus has agreed to serve an additional two academic years (2014-15 and 2015-16) beyond his current three-year term, which concludes May 2014. This decision ensures continuity in the Dean's Office as the 10th president is identified and assumes leadership on campus.

Dean Kraus's long history and institutional memory will serve the college well during this time of transition. Please join me in expressing thanks to Dean Kraus for his commitment to Luther and his excellent work in this important role.

-President Torgerson


Fiscal year end approaching

The end of the fiscal year is fast approaching. Remember all supplies, materials, etc., must be received by May 31 to be expensed to a FY 12-13 budget. Outstanding travel expense reports, original invoices (no faxed copies), and supporting purchase orders/purchase permits or account adjustments should be sent to Office for Financial Services by June 12 to be included in FY 12-13 budget. Items for deposit must be sent to Office for Financial Services by June 7. Thanks for helping Office for Financial Services close out the year in a timely manner.

Candidate for Scandinavian studies to speak April 25

Maren Anderson-Johnson, a candidate for the position of assistant professor of Scandinavian studies, will speak at 9:40 a.m. Thursday, April 25, in Main 217.  Her topic is "Jon Fosse's, Suzannah: Reimagining Henrik Ibsen's Literary Genius."  All are welcome.

Book Shop 75th birthday celebration

Join the Book Shop staff as they celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Luther Book Shop. Enjoy cake, refreshments, door prizes and store discounts from 9:30 a.m.- 4:45 p.m. Friday, April 26. A Decorah Chamber ribbon cutting will take place at 10 a.m. In honor of the 75th anniversary, the Book Shop will offer discounts on various clothing items. J. America black hoodies were $44.99, now $30. Select spring colored hoodies and crew sweatshirts were $29.99, now $20. "Transformed by the Journey" book and Eckheart sesquicentennial prints now $7.50 each. Sale prices will continue through Saturday, April 27.

Grow veggies in the Luther Community Garden

With flurries still flying it may be tough to even think about gardening, but the garden season is right around the corner. Whether you are a lifetime gardener looking for a new space, interested in trying your hand at growing some veggies for the first time or somewhere in-between, you are welcome at the community garden. We offer full 20' x 20' plots for $25 and half plots, 20' x 10', for $15. If a half or full plot seems too big for your needs, keep in mind that you can share with a colleague. Plots will be available sometime in the middle of May, depending on weather. If interested, complete the plot request form by Friday, May 10. For more information contact Maren Stumme-Diers, <stumma01>.

Missing umbrellas in Admissions Visitor Center

Have you borrowed an umbrella from Admissions lately? If so, please return it to the Admissions Visit Center as soon as possible. We seem to be missing several.

Desserts in Decorah looking for hosts

Looking for a few more homes to host Desserts in Decorah for first-year students from 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3. Open your home to a small group of first year students for dessert. Transportation can be arranged if you do not live close enough for students to walk from campus. For more information contact Jane, <hildebja> or 387-1008 or Sue, <halversu> or 387-1020. To register complete the following form by May 1: https://docs.google.com/a/luther.edu/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dEI5NEkyYlNLUUZicC1ibllxeDBMTnc6MA#gid=0

Maintenance repairs in the Center for Faith and Life until May 31

Workers will be on campus until May 31 to repair through-wall flashings on the CFL. The flashings prevent water infiltration from getting into the building. Crews will initially work on the front roof of the building and on the west side slanted roof.  Parking spaces on the west side of the CFL will not be available. A scaffold system will be in place for exiting the CFL on the west side. 

CSA reimbursement program deadline May 1     

Recognizing the importance of vegetable consumption as part of a healthy diet, Wellness, Sustainability and the Health Care Council are collaborating to offer up to 100 faculty and staff a 50 percent reimbursement, up to $100, on vegetable Community Supported Agriculture shares. All .75 FTE employees are eligible to participate. Registration deadline is May 1, but we encourage you to sign up early. There are only about 30 more open spots available. For more information and to register visit: http://www.luther.edu/sustainability/food/education/csa/.

Senior Sendoff scheduled for May 16

Faculty and staff are encouraged to "save the date" for the 2013 Senior Sendoff. Sponsored by Student Senate and the Alumni office, Senior Sendoff has become an annual celebration, bringing together soon-to-be graduates with faculty/staff for an evening of conversation and dancing.  Senior Sendoff will be held from 5-7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 16, at the Hotel Winneshiek. Register for the event before May 13 at: https://www.luther.edu/alumni/events/senior_sendoff/.

Ice cream cakes available in the C-Store

Ice cream cakes are available to order in various sizes and flavors. Stop by the C-Store to place an order.


Events this week

April 23, Luther Ensemble Concert, Cathedral Choir Homecoming Concert, 7:30 p.m., Center for Faith and Life, Main Hall

April 25, Luther Ensemble Concert, Jazz Orchestra Homecoming Concert, 7:30 p.m., CFL                            

April 26, Luther Ensemble Concert, Norsemen and Aurora, 7:30 p.m., CFL

April 26, Guest artist performance in dance and theatre, Nick Bryson, 9 p.m., Center for the Arts, Studio II

April 30, Center for Sustainable Communities Lecture, Philip Ackerman-Leist, "Rebuilding the Foodshed: Remapping Our Expectations for the Food We Share," 7 p.m., Valders Hall of Science, Room 206

Chapel this week

Wednesday, April 24: Karri Anderson, Norsemen

Friday, April 26: Leslie Rauworth and Elise Mickelson, senior chapel, Cantorei

Monday, April 29: Shelia Radford-Hill

Sports this week

April 26-27, Luther baseball v. Loras College (1x7, 1x9), 1 p.m.

Sports results

Women's softball ended their seven game win streak after the Norse split a non-conference twin bill with UW-La Crosse 6-9, 9-8 (8), April 16. The Norse lost to Simpson College on April 20 at home, 2-7 and 4-12 (5). The Norse went on to defeat UW-Stevens Point, 8-0 (5) and 11-1 (6), on April 21 at home.

Luther baseball went 2-2 against the University of Dubuque on April 20 in Dubuque, 0-2, 9-2, 0-1 and 9-4.  

The women's golf team played in the Wartburg College Spring Invitational April 20-21 in Waverly. The tournament became an 18-hole match when the final round was cancelled because of heavy rain. Luther finished eighth of 10 teams shooting a 358.

Luther men's golf hosted the Luther Spring Invitational 18-hole tournament April 20 at Finkbine golf course in Iowa City. The Norse placed fifth out of six teams.

Men's tennis defeated Central College, 9-0, and defeated Wartburg College, 8-1, April 20 at home. 

Women's tennis defeated Augustana-Rock Island, 6-3, on April 21 in Winona, Minn.

Men's track and field competed in the Meet of Champions April 20 at Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill. The Norse placed seventh out of 10 teams.

Women's track and field competed in the Augustana Invitational April 20 at Augustana College, placing fourth out of eight teams.

Seed Savers Exchange exhibit on display

Daydreaming about warmer weather? Considering raising your own seeds or plants this spring? Stop by Preus Library to see an exhibit on Decorah's own Seed Savers Exchange. The exhibit, co-curated by LIS student worker Paul Tuskowski and Seed Savers librarian Bill Musser, will be in the library until May 3.

'Circle + Rust' art exhibit on display in Wigley-Fleming gallery

Luther presents Pat Benincasa's paintings, "Circle + Rust," on display through May 3 in the Kristin Wigley-Fleming Fine Arts Gallery of the Center for the Arts. Benincasa has 12 mixed-media paintings on display at Luther that focus on the industrialized cities of the American Rust Belt. She created her paintings from industrial materials and city maps, focusing on large painting of cities such as Detroit and Flint, Mich., Youngstown and Akron, Ohio, and Gary Ind.

Local artist on display at Luther

An exhibit from local artist John Snyder titled "New Work" are on display through May 19 on the upper level of the CFL. This art display will include works that are grounded in a so-called "Church of the Unknown" which reflects Snyder's personal mythology that draws on several sources, including self-taught art, Christian iconography, pre-Renaissance Italian frescoes, Buddhist cave paintings, and African and Oceania imagery.

Norma Wangsness gallery reception April 29

The unique rosemaling and portrait painting work of local artist Norma Wangsness is on display through May 18 in Preus Library.

A reception will be held for the artist in Hovde Lounge in the library at 4:30 p.m. Monday, April 29. The reception is open to the public with no charge for admission.

Luther alumna to speak on Palestine April 20-23

Alma Gast '10, will be on campus speaking at several events about her yearlong experience in Palestine. Gast will complete her time at Luther by offering the Don Kemp Memorial Lecture, "Following the Rainbow: Stories and Adventures," at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, in the Baker Commons. The memorial lecture will also celebrate the life of Don Kemp, former social work faculty member.

Nick Bryson in residence April 21-24

Nick Bryson, co-artistic director of Legitimate Bodies Dance Company based in Birr Theatre & Arts Centre in County Offaly, Ireland, will complete a residency at Luther College April 21-24. Bryson's workshop will take place 6:30-9:30 p.m. Sunday-Tuesday, April 21-23.

He will also teach two classes while on campus and hold a performance at 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 24 in Studio II in the Center for the Arts.

Luther Cathedral Choir Homecoming Concert April 23

The Luther Cathedral Choir will perform a homecoming concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, in the CFL. The concert is open to the public with no charge for admission. Cathedral Choir will perform works by Johannes Brahms, Jan Sweelinck, Giovanni Palestrina, Rihards Dubra, Brooke Joyce, Eric Whitacre, Morten Lauridsen, Eleanor Daley and arrangements by Paul J. Christiansen, Jeffrey Ames and Moses Hogan.

Luther to celebrate Denim Day April 24

The campus is invited to help stop rape by supporting Denim Day Wednesday, April 24. Faculty and staff may donate $5 to wear jeans on Wednesday (approved by Cabinet). Several buildings on campus have a campus contact. To make a donation and get your sticker promoting Denim Day, please see Keley Keller or Julie Shockey, Union; Jane Hawley, CFA; Doris Patterson, Jenson-Noble; Erin Zidlicky, Koren; Storm Bailey, Ockham House; Bridget Christopher, Main; Ruth Green, Valders; Karri Anderson, CFL; Teri Olson, Regents Center; or Carol Stoddard, Olin.

Denim day began in April 1999 after the 45-year-old rapist of an 18-year old Italian girl was arrested, prosecuted, convicted and sentenced to jail, then appealed and had the case dismissed. The judge in the case was quoted as saying, "because the victim wore very, very tight jeans, she had to help him remove them, and by removing the jeans it was no longer rape but consensual sex."

Enraged by the verdict, within a matter of hours the women in the Italian Parliament launched into immediate action and protested by wearing jeans to work. This call to action motivated and emboldened the California Senate and Assembly and more to do the same, and Denim Day was born.

The money raised at Luther on Denim Day will go towards further outreach to help stop sexual assault.

Ice cream treats for senior paper students April 24 at Preus

Encourage your senior paper students to come celebrate with LIS staff who will be offering sweet ice cream treats for a job well done from 4:30-5 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, at the Preus Library entrance. Treats will be available while supplies last so encourage students to arrive early.

'Alternative Fuel Vehicles' information session April 24

Learn everything you wanted to know about alternative fuel vehicles. Local speakers include Larry Grimstad and Chris Schneider from La Crosse Honda Motorwerks. Speakers will present on various alternative fuel vehicles and discuss what effect renewable fuels have on the environment and fuel economy. Following the session will be a demonstration featuring a Honda Civic natural gas vehicle, a plug-in Prius and a Chevrolet Volt. For more information contact Erika Kambs, <kamber01>.

Guest lecture on biology and the global environment April 25

David Campbell, professor of biology, the Henry Luce professor in Nations and the Global Environment and chair of environmental studies at Grinnell College, will be presenting a lecture titled "Adventures on the Ecotone Between Biology and Anthropology: The Maya Forest Gardens as Biodiversity Hotspots." The lecture will take place at 9:40 a.m. Thursday, April 25, in Valders 206.  All members of the Luther community are welcome.

Luther Jazz Orchestra tour homecoming concert April 25

The Luther College Jazz Orchestra will perform a tour homecoming concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 25. The concert will include classic standards by Dizzy Gillespie, Chick Corea, Astor Piazzolla, Duke Ellington and Charlie Parker in addition to more recent compositions by Gordon Goodwin, Rick Lawn, and Luther's own composer-in-residence, Brooke Joyce. Traditional Brazilian dance music arranged for the ensemble will also be featured to round out a diverse program of Latin, swing and fusion styles.

Guest lecture on local food systems April 30

Philip Ackerman-Leist, farmer, author and Green Mountain College associate professor, will present "Rebuilding the Foodshed: Remapping Our Expectations for the Food We Share," a lecture on local food systems at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, Valders 206. A signing session with Ackerman-Leist will follow the lecture. Both the lecture and the book signing are open to the public with no charge for admission.

'For Those Who Eat Food: Your Perishable Future" May 1

John Ikerd, professor emeritus of agricultural economics at the University of Missouri-Columbia, will give the guest lecture "For Those Who Eat Food: Your Perishable Future," at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 1, in Olin 102. Ikerd spent his professional time in academic positions at multiple universities and has written seven published books including two that can be viewed online at no cost on his personal website www.johnikerd.com.

'Orpheus in the Underworld' May 3-4

"Orpheus in the Underworld," a parody of the classic Greek myth of music, love and loss, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. May 3-4 in the Main Hall of the Center for Faith and Life on the Luther Campus.

Tickets are available at the Luther Box Office; no charge for Luther faculty, staff and students, $10 for all others.

In addition to the performances, James Griesheimer will present a lecture on "Orpheus in the Underworld" at 6:30 p.m. May 3-4 in the Recital Hall of the Center for Faith and Life.

"Orpheus in the Underworld" by Jacques Offenbach is based on the Greek myth of Orpheus, a man with unmatched musical talent whose true love, Eurydice, died on the day of their wedding. Although Orpheus won Eurydice back from the god of the underworld, he was tricked into losing her permanently, ending the tale on a tragic note.

View preview here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=7Dq8iBvQcJM.

Visual and Performing Arts to present 'Arcadia' May 1-4

Thought by many to be one of the best plays of the 20th century, Tom Stoppard's "Arcadia" will be presented May 1-4 by Luther College's Department of Visual and Performing Arts. Performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, May 1-4 with an additional matinee performance at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 4. All performances will take place in the Jewel Theatre in the Center for the Arts on the Luther campus. Tickets are $10 and are available at the Luther Box Office, 387-1357 or [email protected].

Luther Reuse sale May 2

Another Luther Reuse sale will be held from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, May 2, in the Ashmore-Jewell barn, which is next to Baker Village. As a replacement of the annual Luther College auction, the reuse sale will sell a variety of items no longer needed by the College. For more information and to view an inventory list, visit: http://www.luther.edu/sustainability/getinvolved/announcements-events/headlines/. The inventory list will not be updated until Tuesday, April 30. For more information on how the sale works, visit: http://www.luther.edu/sustainability/waste-recycling/reduction/oncampus/reusesale/.

Faculty Recognition Dinner May 9

Tickets are now available for the Faculty Recognition Dinner Thursday, May 9. A reception will be hosted by President Rick and Judy Torgerson at 5:30 p.m. in Hammarskjold with a dinner and program at 6 p.m. in the CFL. Thanks to the support from the Office of the Dean, tickets are only $10 and are on sale through May 3. No tickets will be sold after May 3. If you wish to purchase tickets using cash, check or credit card please stop by or contact the Box Office, 387-1357. To purchase tickets using a staff or faculty ID submit the following form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1F6QcDWMzinzpCu8dMuoa0BVpg3bVDZ4hjjHAMRTCOHg/viewform?sid=1f74aaec8bc5a660&token=4g9wEz4BAAA.3ni31WpU9KUShLwT93qH2g.0SvS2_nWmuXGVd8dPxGATQ.

Retirees who will be recognized at the dinner include: Richard Halverson, professor of psychology; Kate Martinson, professor of art; Mark Muggli, professor of English; Peter Scholl, professor of English; Marv Slind, professor of history; Wendy Stevens, assistant professor of biology, and Jennifer Cantine, instructor in communication studies and General Manager of KWLC.

Faculty who will be recognized for 25 years of service include: Richard Bernatz, professor of math; Chuck Christianson, professor of accounting and management; Mike Engelhardt, professor of political science, and David Faldet, professor of English.


Rebecca Sullivan's commentary "The Tablet Inscribed: Inclusive Writing Instruction With the iPad" was published in the winter issue of College Teaching. Her essay "A Common Thread" appears in a recent issue of the Wapsipinicon Almanac.

Victor Hernández-Sang '13, presented the paper "New and Changing Performance Contexts for the Dominican Fiesta de Palos" at the Midwest Society for Ethnomusicology Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio, April 13. He was one of only five undergraduates selected for the conference. 

Michael O'Brien presented the paper "Year-round Carnival: Virtual and Live Performances of Contemporary Argentine Murga and the Limits of Mediation" at the annual conference of the British Forum for Ethnomusicology in Belfast, Northern Ireland on April 5.

Amy Engelsdorfer presented "When Words Create Music: The Deep Listening Pieces of Pauline Oliveros and Spontaneous Art Song" at the College Music Society Northeast Chapter in Keene, N.H. on March 16, and at The Improvising Brain Symposium at Georgia State University on April 8.

Robert Fitton and Jodi Enos-Berlage were authors on a recent publication that involved a collaboration between Luther College and William Schwan's laboratory at the UW-La Crosse. Specifically, the project utilized Luther's microscopy facilities and expertise. The title of the paper was "OmpR Regulation of the Uropathogenic Escherichia coli fimB gene in an Acidic/High Osmolality Environment." The paper appeared in the February 2013 issue of Microbiology.

Jessica Lister '13 was recently awarded a Presidential Graduate Research Fellowship from the University of Iowa. This highly competitive fellowship will provide full support for graduate school studies for five years. Lister will begin graduate school in the University of Iowa department of microbiology this fall.  She has performed both January term and summer research internships in Alex Horswill's laboratory at the University of Iowa, as well as undergraduate research in Jodi Enos-Berlage's laboratory at Luther. 

Anna De Santis presented a paper titled "Sonidos, silencios y disonancias en el romance lorquiano de Thamar y Amnón" or "Sounds, silences and dissonances in the romance Thamar y Amnón by Lorca," at the International Conference of Spanish Professionals in America on April 18 in Saint Augustine, Fla.

Char Kunkel and four Luther students traveled to Grand View University in Des Moines on April 20 for the Iowa Sociology Association annual meeting. Charles Martin-Stanley '14 and Kelsey Moler '13 presented papers and Martin-Stanley and Ruanon Zheng '15 prepared posters for the poster session. Lilli Petsch-Horvath '14 served as moderator and session discussant. Martin-Stanley won the Manford Kuhn award for the best junior/senior paper for his work "The Myth of Meritocracy in America: The Impact on African-Americans." Kunkel will be president of ISA in 2014 and host the ISA at Luther.  

Luther students, Rudie Desravines '14, Natalino Guterres '13, Amelia R. Kundel '13, Laura Mesadieu '15, Elsie Muronzie '14, Rahul Patle '14, Claudia Velastegui Cobo '14 and Nemanja Vuksanovic '13, spent two days presenting, observing and problem-solving at the Clinton Global Initiative conference April 5-7 at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo.

Rachel Vagts, Sarah Wicks and Sasha Griffin attended the 2013 Midwest Archives Conference, April 18-20 in Indianapolis. Vagts presented on her work as director of the Archives Leadership Institute in a panel session titled, "Changing Gears and Driven to Succeed: Leadership in the Archives." Wicks presented her work on The Postville Project as part of a panel session titled, "As It Happens: Documenting Community Tragedies and Transformations."



Nancy Hageman, who has worked at Luther for 17 years, has announced her retirement effective April 26.  We thank Nancy for her dedicated service to the college. 


To Eddy Atwell and Carol Hagen '82, on the death of Carol's mother, Corrine Hagen, 90, who passed away April 19. Corrine retired from Luther College dining services in 1994. A memorial service will be held Wednesday, April 24 at Scheie Lutheran Church in rural Mabel, Minn.


Found: A multicolored umbrella was left at the President's house after the staff open house April 17. Please stop in the president's office if it is yours.

Tickets available: The annual Humane Society "Spring into Action" pet expo and fundraiser will be from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, May 11, at the Winneshiek County Fairgrounds. This is a free event for the whole family. Lunch tickets will be sold in advance for a Chicken Q or Walnut Burger dinner catered by Premier Catering for $8. In addition to the lunch there will be a silent auction, bake sale, vendors, pet photography, adoption fair, educational booths, and new this year is a Flyball Fun Match featuring the Dog Gone Devils Flyball Club from Cedar Rapids. For more information see www.hsnei.org. For tickets contact Kim, <kimpowell>.

Kitten found: Looking for a good home for a black and white "tuxedo" kitten. Female, about four months old and a lover. Found in the Luther parking lot thin and hungry. Contact <bruneaod>.

Wanted: Luther student looking for an apartment to rent during the summer vacation, preferably one close to the college campus. Please contact me as soon as possible so that I can make plans for the summer, <maphhl01>.

For sale: Men's Nike walking/hiking boots for sale, brand new, size 8. $45 OBO. Contact <domiai01> to try them on.

Nanny available: Sophomore Luther student available for work this summer as an experienced babysitter/nanny, full-time or part-time position. Also willing to consider live-in position. Sweet, fun, creative, flexible, loves kids and pets. Has a car for transporting needs around town. References and resume are available. For more information contact Becca, <chapre01> or
(612) 581-3160.

House/pet sitter available: Sophomore Luther student available for work this summer as a house sitter. Will take care of pets, yard work, gardening, house keeping and any other requests. Experienced, responsible and flexible. Available for any period of time between May 20 and August 23. For more information contact Becca, <chapre01> or (612) 581-3160.

For sale: Trailer, $150. For more information contact, <mudpacksdelight> or leave a message at 382-6022.


Sustainability tip

Consider having a meatless Monday by challenging yourself to go without meat one day a week. It takes less water, fertilizer and other resources to produce grains, fruits and vegetables than it does to raise chickens, cows, pigs or other animals people eat. Incorporating a meatless day into a weekly diet can help reduce the amount of resources used in meat production.  

LIS tip

Password protect your smartphone in case your device is lost or stolen. A password will help protect the sensitive data it contains. Questions? Visit lis.luther.edu/tips#T29.

And finally...

"No matter where you are on your journey, that's exactly where you need to be. The next road is always ahead."

-Oprah Winfrey