Tuesday, May 21

TUESDAY 5/21/13

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Interim president announcement May 21

The college community is invited to a brief gathering at 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, in the CFL Main Hall. Paul Torgerson, Chair of the Board of Regents, and Sandy Lee, Vice-Chair of the Board of Regents, will announce the interim president selection.

Administrative departments are encouraged to close or staff offices at minimum levels to allow as many staff as possible to attend this event.

Thank you from the Torgersons

If you think we have mojo, then this campus has mega-mojo! Judy and I were blown away by last Thursday’s program. Many thanks to Bob Larson for what was his final campus "production" and Godspeed as he leaves for Nottingham; to Karen Martin-Schramm, the quintessential planner and to Linda Skoda who manages the flow. Thanks to the incredible Campus Programming, Catering and Facilities teams: talk about mojo! Finally, a huge debt of gratitude to the Development staff and to each of you who secretly contributed to the endowment funds in our honor. We were speechless. 

It has been an absolute joy and privilege to share in such meaningful work together. Each of you is a treasure to Luther College and to us. 

-Rick and Judy

Torgerson tribute video available online

For those who were unable to attend the 14 Years of Mojo from the Get-Go ceremony last week at which a video honoring President Rick and Mrs. Judy Torgerson was shown, the video is available online at: http://youtu.be/4KyrshpjdGk.


LIS conducting system upgrades May 23

LIS will upgrade the Network Access Control System Thursday, May 23. This work will begin at 9 a.m. and is expected to be completed by early to mid afternoon. During this time, users may be unable to connect to the LCWireless and LCWireless5G networks. The LCGuest wireless network and the Wired network will remain available during the upgrade. Check http://lis.luther.edu/blog for updates on the upgrade's progress.

Update on solar project

By the end of the month, Baker Village commons building will have its own working solar array, completing the installation of a solar photovoltaic project and marking the end of a $750,000 Department of Energy award in support of the college's plan to cut its carbon footprint in half by 2015. The DOE funding has helped finance three campus projects, the Shirley Baker Commons solar array among them.

Grounds crew activity

The Grounds crew is currently overseeding the turf areas affected by this year’s harsh winter. These areas include the football field, soccer practice fields, Farwell Clearing and various sidewalk edges.  

The college lawns will be fertilized and sprayed for broadleaf weeds beginning in the afternoon Friday, May 24 through Monday, May 27, weather permitting. For more information, contact Gary Brickman, 387-1668.

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 the office for Financial Services by June 12 to be included in FY 12-13 budget. Items for deposit must be sent to the office for Financial Services by June 6. Thanks for helping us close out the year in a timely manner.

Graduation DVDs

The Book Shop is selling copies of the 2013 Commencement ceremony for $20, which includes shipping. Pre-order copies by May 23 in the Book Shop or online at www.lutherbookshop.com. Orders will ship by June 7.

Book Shop closed for inventory

The Book Shop will be closed for inventory Tuesday, May 21-Friday, May 24. Regular summer hours will be 8:15 a.m.-4:45 p.m. starting Tuesday, May 28. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Luther Alumni Magazine available online

The spring 2013 edition of the Luther Alumni Magazine is available online at: http://www.luther.edu/magazine/.

Update on CFL construction work

Work has been progressing on the CFL flashing repairs. Work will continue until the end of the month. Thank you for your continued patience during these repairs.


Sports results

Luther softball advanced to the second round of the NCAA III Softball Championship defeating Anderson University (IN), 8-1, May 17 in Eau Claire, Wis. Luther's eight game win streak ended as SUNY Cortland defeated the Norse, 1-9, in five innings, May 18. The loss brought the Norse into an elimination game. The elimination game was played against Texas-Tyler, who defeated the Norse, 1-4, May 19. The Norse completed their fourth consecutive trip to the National Championships with an overall record of 33-11. 

The Golf Coaches Association of America announced on May 15 that Luther juniors Joel Bruns and Tobias Kohl were named 2013 Division III Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholars. To be eligible for Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar status an individual must be a junior or senior, compete in at least two full years at the collegiate level, participate in 50 percent of his team’s competitive rounds or compete in the NCAA Championships, have a stroke average under 79.0 in Division III and maintain a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.2.

Three members of the Luther College track and field team have qualified for the 2013 NCAA III Women's National Outdoor Track and Field Championships, May 23-25 in La Crosse, Wis. Tricia Serres '16, will compete in both the 800 and the 1500. Christina Storlie '13, has qualified for the third consecutive year in the 3000 steeplechase. Jackie Hoyme '16, will compete in the discus event.

walkLuther to begin May 27

walkLuther begins at 9:30 a.m. Monday, May 27, in front of Main Hall. Walkers will continue to meet at 9:30 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays for 30 minute walks during the summer. The walking program is open to all members of the Luther community. For more information contact Greg Lonning, <lonningr> or 387-2075.

Retirement reception for Kathy Tollefsrud May 28

Kathy Tollefsrud, donor records coordinator, will be retiring after 27 years of service at Luther. Join in wishing her well on her retirement from 2-4 p.m. Tuesday, May 28, in the Loyalty Hall Board Room.

Staff Day June 6

This year's Staff Day, "Camp Luther," is designed to provide some relaxed time together after a long academic year and to grow in appreciation for the knowledge and gifts of members of the community. Luther’s Staff Day Camp begins promptly at noon Thursday, June 6 with lunch served in Peace, followed by your choice of camp-themed breakout sessions. We will regroup at 3:15 p.m. in the CFL for a closing program and the announcement of the 2013 Staff Excellence Award winners. All staff are free to go home at 4 p.m. Staff attending Staff Day may wear shorts, tee-shirts and sneakers for the day, or may change at noon, depending on their business requirements during the morning; check with your supervisor. A registration form will be emailed to staff this week.

Norse Athletic Association Decorah Benefit Golf Tournament June 10

All are invited to join fellow alumni, parents and friends of Luther for a day of golf and dinner Monday, June 10, at the Oneota Golf and Country Club. The event is sponsored by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans and Jeff Olinger '85. For more information and to register visit: http://www.luther.edu/sports/headlines/?story_id=462436.

Norse soccer mini camp June 10-13

Luther soccer mini camp offers tremendous instruction from qualified staff for boys and girls ages 4-7. The purpose of the camp is to introduce mini-campers to soccer by doing it the right way. Fundamental skills associated with the game are taught alongside simple concepts and ideas. Thus, a child’s first steps in the game become a perfect foundation to further development. For more information visit: http://www.luther.edu/programming/camps/soccermini1/.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis concert rescheduled

SAC Concerts is excited to announce Macklemore & Ryan Lewis will perform in concert Thursday, Oct. 31 in the Luther College Regents Center.

Students enrolled for the 2013-14 academic year who have paid the Co-Curricular Activities Fee will be able to pick up their tickets the first week tickets are available in the fall; those who do not have CAF, including staff and faculty, will be able to purchase tickets the following week.

Current seniors (Luther class of 2013) who held CAF tickets to the concert originally scheduled for April 2, 2013, may contact the Box Office when tickets become available late September/early October for the opportunity to request a ticket.

Once they go on sale, tickets may be purchased online at http://www.luther.edu/programming/boxoffice/ or by contacting the Box Office, 387-1357.


Holly Moore presented the paper, "Cultivating Difference: the Gardens of Adonis and the Order of Demeter" at the philoSOPHIA feminist philosophy conference, May 3 in Banff, Alberta.

Wanda Deifelt published two articles: "Displayed Bodies, Hidden Stories: Human Trafficking and Its Challenges." Diaconia: Journal for the Study of Christian Social Practice Vol. 3, Number 2 (2012): p. 114-127, and  "O vírus que Rompeu Barreiras e Quebrou os Muros da Igreja" Estudos Teológicos Vol. 52, No 2 (2012): Dossiê: Teologia e HIV e AIDS, p. 291-305. Both are available at: http://periodicos.est.edu.br/index.php/estudos_teologicos/article/view/339.

Wanda Deifelt presented a lecture at the Symposium on Theology and HIV/AIDS in San Jose, Costa Rica, April 24-25, titled "A pandemia da Aids e a vulnerabilidade de Deus" (The Aids pandemic and God's vulnerability).

Sally Mallam Hovden attended the Minnesota Association for Higher Education and Disabilities Spring Conference, May 17 in Chaska, Minn.



The community sends sympathy and prayers to David Vasquez, Karla Suomala and their family on the death of David’s brother, Eduardo, who passed away unexpectedly this weekend. Cards and condolences to David and Karla can be sent to their home address:
101 Grove St, Decorah, IA 52101.


Roger Jaeger, who has worked at Luther for more than 32 years, has announced his retirement effective May 31. In the weeks ahead we look forward to thanking Roger for his dedicated service to the college.  

Thank you

I wish to thank the nursing department for the fun ice cream reception on May 10 and to everyone who has wished me well on my retirement this summer. Luther has been a great place to work and I will always treasure the people I have worked with and gotten to know over the years.

-Ruth Green

Position openings

Accounting Clerk: Full-time Accounting Clerk. Primary responsibilities include processing vendor invoices and payment vouchers, maintaining inventory and issuing purchase orders and purchase permits, maintaining vendor relations, applying state sales and use tax regulations, purchase card administration and maintaining record of items purchased for capitalization. Position also is backup for processing bi-weekly and monthly payroll and oversees the collection of student loans. Candidates with one to three years of experience in clerical accounting desired. Qualifications include: high school diploma with post-high school education preferred; knowledge of generally accepted accounting and bookkeeping principles and procedures, strong verbal and written communication skills, superior organization skills, experience with Microsoft Office software and the ability to learn software specific to the position and ability to interact respectfully with individuals from diverse backgrounds and cultures. See application instructions at http://www.luther.edu/hr/staffvacancies/.

Campus News and Visual Media administrative assistant: The News and Visual Media department seeks a 10-month, part-time (.50FTE) office assistant. Responsibilities include supporting both Campus News and Visual Media through writing press releases, distributing mass communication, managing schedules, supporting the creation of visual content and front desk management including interacting with clients and key constituents. Experience in communications field a must with preference going to candidates with experience in visual media. Candidates with experience in using digital SLR, Photoshop and video editing software desired. Post-secondary schooling with experience in communications field preferred. Experience working with students, familiarity with AP style and knowledge of web work a plus. Candidate must be able to pleasantly interact with clients in challenging situations. Working knowledge of Microsoft Office suite a must. Candidates should submit a letter of interest; a resume; and the names, addresses, and phone numbers of three professional references (one must be a previous supervisor) to: Office of Human Resources, Luther College, 700 College Drive, Decorah, IA 52101 or <hr>.


Scavenger hunters wanted: Looking for some adventure this summer? Driftless Safari is a free, county-wide scavenger hunt running from Memorial Day until Halloween. Join in to explore some of the natural, cultural and historic treasures of Winneshiek County. Great for families, grandparents, babysitters and anyone else that loves to play outside and discover new places. Visit www.driftless-safari.org for more information or stop by any Winneshiek County public library to pick up your free materials.

For sale: 2001 Saturn L-300. Great condition, 120K miles, one owner, many options. All maintenance/repair records available. $3,400. For more information call 387-1534 (day) or 387-6199 (evenings). 

Walkers wanted: De Sales 5K Walk/Run, 1 Mile Stroll and Tot Trot on Saturday, June 1. Registration begins at 7:15 a.m. and event begins at 7:45 a.m. from the De Sales Church parking lot. Child care will be provided. Chances for a new Specialized brand bicycle, $400 value, are just $1 each or six for $5. Consolation prizes of two $50 gift cards.  To register, visit http://www.desales.pvt.k12.ia.us/fun-runwalk-and-tot-trot.html.

Wanted: Two drawer file cabinet, letter size, metal or wood. Contact [email protected]  

Wanted: Student Support Services is seeking donations of gently used three-ring binders of any size. Please bring to Preus Library, Room 108. 

For rent: Beautiful three bedroom, one bath Craftsman style home with beautiful oak woodwork that includes built-in china hutches, columnade, and bench. New carpet on first floor while the second story bedrooms have awesome fir floors. Home has been completely repainted on the inside and the bath has been updated. Includes enclosed porch. Back deck is perfect for barbequing, relaxing in the shade or bird watching. Located at 205 Rural Ave., Decorah, rent is $800/month. For inquiries contact Jeff Grusy, [email protected] or (505) 980-2027.

Free: Hoffman upright wooden piano available for free to a good home. Contact [email protected] or 517-1110.

Free: 70-80 year old Kimball Upright piano that I inherited. Probably worth about what you pay for it, but it has a light touch and a decent sound. You move it and it's yours. For more information contact, <kildegli>.

Wanted: Decorah family looking for responsible person to watch a 10-year-old boy for the summer during the week and to take him to his activities. Part-time, flexible hours. For more information contact, 387-0279.

Walkers wanted: The Winneshiek County Relay for Life will take place from 3-10 p.m. Saturday, June 8. No need to be part of a team, just come for fun. There will be food for purchase as well as themed laps and games. There will be times for remembrance and celebration. For more information contact Chivonne, <marlowch>.

Wanted to borrow: Looking for Twister games, specifically the mats, to borrow for an event June 8. If you are willing to lend, please contact Chivonne, <marlowch>.


And finally...

"Be like a flower and turn your face to the sun."
- Kahlil Gibran