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'Today in Weekday Chapel' sign up
Want a reminder as to what's happening in chapel each day? Sign up for "Today in Weekday Chapel" and get email reminders. Go to: http://visitor.r20.constantcontact.com/manage/optin/ea?v=001SvclA3ITZudAqkaCTnUz4w%3D%3D to sign up. By signing up for "Today in Weekday Chapel" subscribers only receive emails with information regarding Weekday Chapel and no additional emails.
Passport/headshot photo days
Faculty, staff and students who need a new passport photo or headshot for the faculty/staff directory should come to the Campus News/Visual Media Suite (formerly Public Information) between 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5.
Additional dates for passport photo or other headshot needs are: Oct. 26, Nov. 7, Nov. 21 and Dec. 3.
Contact Aaron Lurth, <lurtaa01>, for more information.
Back, neck or shoulder pain?
Are you having trouble with back, neck or shoulder pain? Contact Greg Lonning <lonningr> for stretching and office ergonomic information.
Faculty interested in teaching Paideia
Faculty interested in teaching Paideia 111, 112 or 450 during the 2013-14 academic year should have department heads send information regarding faculty interest to Jackie Wilkie by Thursday, Oct. 18. Faculty who wish to teach 450 courses that are already approved should send the name of the course and the names of their teaching partner/partners. Faculty interested in teaching new 450 courses must submit a new course proposal via https://www.luther.edu/
Deadlines for submitting new courses for review by the Paideia Governing Board are as follows: Oct. 29 for new January 2014 courses; March 15, 2013 for new summer 2013 and fall 2013 courses and May 10, 2013 for spring 2014 courses.
Book Shop will return textbooks Oct. 1
The Book Shop strongly encourages students to purchase all titles at the beginning of the semester. The Book Shop will begin to return textbooks to the publishers and wholesalers Oct. 1.
2012 Fall Semester Enrollment
Luther's 2012 fall semester student enrollment is 2,473. New students total 680 (645 first year students, 35 transfer students). The first-year to second-year student persistence percentage for the 2011 first-year entering student cohort is 87.7 percent. For detailed enrollment information for years 2008-2012 visit www.luther.edu/ir/
Hazardous waste pick-up
Do you have college-generated waste of which you would like to dispose? In the near future, Human Resources will be scheduling a pick up of campus hazardous waste. If you have materials that you would like to have included in this pick-up, please send an email to <steilo02> and Include the name of the substance, quantity and current location.
Break shuttle driver needed
Luther's break shuttle program is looking for someone (non-student) to drive a 12-passenger van to the Minneapolis airport and back at 3 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 12. You will receive an hourly rate plus meal reimbursement. Please contact Dan Bellrichard at <bellda02> or 387-1253 if interested.
College Resources Council minutes available on KATIE
College Resources Council minutes from the Sept. 6 meeting are posted on KATIE. Log on to KATIE, click on "Office of the President" on the myCourses block, and click on the College Resources Council link to find the minutes.
ELI Fall Focus Session
LIS will host the online ELI Fall Focus Session on "Emerging Technologies, Innovation, and Academic Transformation". Sessions will be screened in the Dahl Centennial Union Mott Room on Oct. 2-3. Students, faculty and staff are welcome to attend. For more information on individual sessions, visit http://lis.luther.edu/
Reminder about catering or carryout orders
To use meal transfers with a catering order or carryout order, submissions must to have a list of student names and ID numbers sent to Dining Services three days before the event. Thanks, Dining Services
Answers to questions from staff meetings
There were a couple of questions asked at last week's staff meeting that required additional research. Here are the answers:
1. How did Lindeman Pond get its name?
Answer from Rachel Vagts: The pond was named by Professor Emeritus of Biology, Jim Eckblad, after Raymond Lindeman, an ecologist who pioneered ecosystem ecology.
2. When was the last year cows were milked on campus?
Answer from Steve Arneson: 1963
3. Is there a list of committees on the Luther website?
Answer from Janine Brandt: The committee roster on the Dean's page does include some all-campus committees and committees with staff and student membership, not just faculty. http://www.luther.edu/
College catalogs distributed
Catalogs are being distributed to faculty and staff. Those who did not receive a copy or need an additional copy should contact the Registrar's Office, telephone 387-1167.
International studies informational session
Direct first and second year students considering a major or minor in International Studies to an information session on the requirements and benefits of Luther’s International Studies program during shadow block, 9:40-10:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 27 in Larsen 120. Stop by and browse the listings of Luther’s many study abroad opportunities in the Center for Global Life. Treats provided. For more information, contact Victoria Christman, <chrivi02>. Hope to see you there.
Dahl Centennial Union used for video recording Sept. 26
The Dahl Centennial Union will be used for video recording from 8:30-9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26 and includes several Luther students and music. A small portion of the main floor will be taped off to allow for filming, but this will have minimal impact on access to all areas of the building. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause and we appreciate your cooperation. Contact Rachel, 387-1286 or <vsetra01> with questions.
Weight loss program meeting Sept. 26
Wellness is have a meeting 9 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26 in Borlaug for anyone interested in a weight loss program.
Events this week
Sept. 1-Oct. 7, Art Exhibit, "Picturing the Parables," mixed-media touring show from Christians in the Visual Arts, Center for Faith and Life, upper level
Sept. 5-Oct. 12, Art Exhibit, Jill Kambs, Luther College Class of 2007, paper works, Preus Library
Sept. 10-Oct. 7, Art Exhibit, Art department faculty, Kristin Wigley-Fleming Fine Arts Gallery, Center for the Arts
Sept. 25, Distinguished Lecture, "PostSecret Project," Frank Warren, 7 p.m., Center for Faith and Life Main Hall
Sept. 27, Faculty Artist Series, Eric Ashcraft, voice, 7 p.m., Jenson-Noble Hall of Music, Noble Recital Hall
Sept. 28, SAC Diversity Performance, Latin Fiesta, 7:30 p.m., Dahl Centennial Union, Marty's CyberCafé
Sept. 29, APO Event, Adventure Race, 8 a.m., Start at Regents Center
Sept. 29, Faculty Artist Series, Kristin Hightower, voice, 4 p.m., Jenson-Noble Hall of Music, Noble Recital Hall
Sept. 29, Center Stage Series, Sweet Honey in the Rock, 7:30 p.m., Center for Faith and Life Main Hall
Sept. 30, Guest Recital, John Krebs, piano, 4 p.m., Jenson-Noble Hall of Music, Noble Recital Hall
Oct. 1, SAC Homecoming Performance, Open Mic Night, 9 p.m., Dahl Centennial Union, Marty's CyberCafé
Oct. 2, Guest Masterclass/Lecture, Charles Lazarus, trumpet, 8:30 p.m., Jenson-Noble Hall of Music, Noble Recital Hall
Chapel this week
Wednesday, Sept. 26: Jim Martin-Schramm
Friday, Sept. 28: David Vásquez
Monday, Oct. 1: Sandhya Purohit Caton
Tyler Reece '13 will perform a voice recital at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4.
Hannah Myott '13 will perform a soprano recital 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 11.
Student recitals are held in the Noble Recital Hall. Both the recital and reception to follow are open to the public with no charge for admission.
Art faculty show
Nine faculty members have their artwork on display through Oct. 7 in the Kristin Wigley-Fleming Fine Arts Gallery. A gallery reception will be held at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6 as part of the homecoming festivities. Additional information about the artists, their work and the Luther Art Department can be found at: www.luther.edu/art/.
'Trace' exhibit by Jill Kambs on display
"Trace," an exhibit of works by book artist and photographer Jill Kambs is on display in Preus Library through Oct 12.
Drawing from a background in language arts, photography and book arts, Kambs takes an interdisciplinary approach to her artwork. While the media and content of her works varies widely, it is conceptually unified through attention to detail and invisible structures.
Warren of 'PostSecret' project will lecture Sept. 25
Frank Warren, founder and curator of the "PostSecret" project will give a Luther College Distinguished Lecture at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25 in the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall. Warren’s lecture, “The Most Trusted Stanger in America,” discusses the power of secrets and his project "PostSecret."
A book signing, held in the CFL lobby, will follow the lecture.
Although this event is free, everyone needs a ticket. Tickets are available at the Box Office.
Frank Warren, founder of the "PostSecret" project, invites Luther students to join him a conversation: ”What Does It Mean to be Known?” Come with questions and an engaging spirit at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25 in the CFL Recital Hall.
Jim Martin-Schramm 25th anniversary of ordination Sept. 26
The community is invited to a reception at 10:50 a.m., immediately following chapel in the CFL lobby on Wednesday, Sept. 26 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Jim Martin-Schramm's ordination as an ELCA pastor. Martin-Schramm will preach in chapel Wednesday morning as part of the continuing series on Ephesians.
Eddie Daniels lecture Sept. 26
Speaker Eddie Daniels, who was imprisoned for 15 years for fighting the apartheid regime in South Africa, will present "Being a South African Anti-apartheid Activist" at 12:15 p.m. and 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, in Valders Room 206. In prison, Daniels befriended Nelson Mandela, leader of the African National Conference, who praised Daniels for his "loyalty and courage, his sense of humour and justice, as well as total commitment to the struggle of the prisoners for the eradication of injustice and for the betterment of their conditions." The talk is open to the public with no charge for admission and is sponsored by Luther's Africana studies department.
Daniels book signing in Book Shop Sept. 26
Former anti-apartheid activist, Eddie Daniels will be in the Book Shop 2-2:45 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, signing copies of his book,"There and Back: Robben Island 1964-1979". Daniels, from South Africa, spent 15 years in prison on Robben Island with Nelson Mandela.
Ashcraft and LoBianco faculty recital Sept. 27
Eric Ashcraft and guest musician Alexandra LoBianco will perform a faculty voice recital at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27 in the Noble Recital Hall. The duo will perform tenor/soprano duets from "La Bohéme," "Cavalleria Rusticana," "L'Amico Fritz" and many more. The concert is open to the public with no charge for admission.
Musical insects on Sept. 27
Amy Morey '06, of the Department of Entomology, University of Minnesota is presenting a biology colloquium titled "Music to My Tympanum: The Interaction Between Insects and Music" at 9:40 a.m. Thursday, Sept 27 in Valders 206. All members of the Luther community are invited to attend.
Shakespeare's 'Much Ado About Nothing' discussion Sept. 28
As a warm-up for the early-October theatre program production of "Much Ado About Nothing," join a book discussion sponsored by the Jones Professorship "Our Shakespeare" project. The discussion will be led by two long-time Shakespeare teachers, Emeriti Professors of English John Bale and Mary Hull Mohr at 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28 in Main 111. Free copies of the playscript will soon be available in the Book Shop. Discussion open to all Luther community members.
Sweet Honey in the Rock performs Sept. 29
Sweet Honey in the Rock will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29 in the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall as part of Luther College's 2012-13 Center Stage Series of professional performing arts events.
Sweet Honey in the Rock is an internationally renowned a capella women's ensemble founded in 1973 in Washington D.C. The entire performance features themes centering on social justice.
Tickets are $25, $23 for seniors age 65 and over and $15 for youth ages 4-18, and may be purchased at the Box Office or online at http://www.boxoffice.luther.edu.
Two fundraisers for SCI CAN foundation Sept. 27 and Sept. 30
Chris Norton '15, developed his foundation SCI CAN, after encountering many people who suffered similar spinal cord injuries without the luxury of adequate insurance policies.
It was with this in mind that Chris, his family and friends got together to develop the Spinal Cord Injury CAN project. This organization has the simple goal of raising money in order to provide patients equipment that would benefit them in achieving their recovery goals.
Two fundraisers will be held in September to benefit the foundation:
Decorah's Culver's restaurant will donate 10 percent of profits made Thursday, Sept. 27 to the SCI CAN Foundation.
The Decorah Tour, a free ride/run/bike/walk will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30 starting at Winneshiek Medical Center. The Decorah Tour has two goals; to provide families, friends, visitors and community members with a fun filled afternoon while simultaneously working towards the SCI CAN goal of raising $25,000.
For more information, to donate or become a sponsor contact Chris Norton <notrch01> or (515) 238-5171.
John Krebs performs piano recital Sept. 30
Pianist John Krebs will perform a piano recital at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, in the Noble Recital Hall. The program features works by contemporary composers Sebastian Currier, Timothy Kramer, Sheila Silver and George Tsontakis. Krebs will offer comments on each of the works preceding his performance.
Chinese moon festival party Sept. 30
Do you see the moon is getting full? Yes, it is the Moon Festival again. Chinese Moon Festival, also known as the Mid-Autumn Festival, held on the 15th day of the eighth month in Chinese Lunar calender, is a popular harvest festival celebrated in China. This year, it falls on Sept. 30. Co-sponsored by Modern Languages and Literatures and Asian Student Association and Allies, a Moon Festival Party will take place from 6:30-9 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, at the eighth floor Farwell Lounge. Come enjoy delicious mooncakes and fragrant tea, play Chinese games and learn about Chinese culture.
Luther will celebrate Homecoming 2012 with a series of concerts Friday through Sunday, Oct. 5-7. The Jazz Orchestra will present a concert at 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5 in Marty's CyberCafé. Symphony Orchestra, Concert Band and Nordic Choir will also perform at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7 in the Main Hall of the CFL. Both concerts are open to the public with no charge for admission.
Moeller presents Paideia Text and Issues Lecture Oct. 9
John Moeller will speak on "Politics, Democracy, and the First Amendment" 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9 in the Recital Hall of the CFL. The presentation, part of the college's Paideia Text and Issues Lecture Series, is open to the public with no charge for admission. Moeller will speak about the rights granted by the First Amendment and how it's possible to encourage free speech while maintaining decency and producing intelligent dialogues. The lecture is sponsored by the Paideia Endowment.
Pinkerton presents guest recital Oct. 9
Emily Pinkerton, singer, composer and multi-instrumentalist from Pittsburgh, will present a guest recital at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9 in the Noble Recital Hall of the Jenson-Noble Music Hall. Pinkerton will perform with Luther ACM-Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Ethnomusicology Michael O'Brien and other guests. The performance is open to the public with no charge for admission and is sponsored by the Lecture and Fine Arts committee.
Eric Mandat to perform clarinet concert Oct. 10
Internationally recognized clarinetist and composer Eric Mandat will perform a concert at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, in the Jenson-Noble Hall of Music. The concert is open to the public with no charge for admission. The program will consist entirely of original pieces created by Mandat. His musical focus is primarily on solo and chamber pieces for the clarinet. His music is featured in concerts and recordings by clarinetists throughout the world.
'The Dating Doctor' on campus Oct. 19
"The Dating Doctor" will be on the Luther College campus at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19 at Marty's Cyber Café in the Dahl Centennial Union. David Coleman, AKA "The Dating Doctor" will address the issues facing today's students and staff. Tickets are $10, available at the Luther Box Office, telephone (563) 387-1357 or <boxoffice>, open Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9-10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Tuesdays 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and Thursdays 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
CSS: 'An Evening With Abigail Washburn'
Abigail Washburn, touring clawhammer banjo artist and folk singer/songwriter will collaborate with indie singer/songwriter Kai Welch for "An Evening with Abigail Washburn" at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20 in the CFL Main Hall.
Tickets for the performance go on sale Thursday, Sept. 27 at the Luther Box Office. Tickets are $20, $18 for seniors age 65 and over and $15 for youth ages 4-18.
For more information visit: http://www.abigailwashburn.com
100 Wells Challenge benefit Oct. 27
The 2012 Evangelical Lutheran Church in America national youth gathering artists Agape, Lost and Found and Rachel Kurtz will perform a benefit concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27 in Center for Faith and Life Main Hall.
The concert is $15 general admission fee, with a group rate of $12 per person for groups of 10 or more. All proceeds will benefit the 100 Wells Challenge and the ELCA Malaria Campaign. For more information on the 100 Wells Challenge see: http://www.elca.org/ELCA/Youth-Gathering/Planning-for-the-Gathering/Gathering-Offerings/100-Wells.aspx
SAC concerts presents Fun. Nov. 17
Fun., an American indie rock band based in New York City, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17 in the Regents Center Main Gym.
Tickets for the performance are sold out.
Reunion giving officer: Engages alumni through independent donor connections and also through a volunteer reunion committee structure to advance philanthropic interests in Luther. Primary responsibility is to cultivate and solicit donors and prospective donors regionally and nationally through personal visits and event contacts within the context of class reunion planning and giving, working primarily with the 35-year and 40-year reunion classes. Qualified candidates will have the bachelor's degree and a minimum of two years of demonstrated work experience in development or a related area. Significant regional and national travel is expected, often 10-15 days per month.
Gift planning officer: Serves as an ambassador of the College to cultivate and inspire donors. Primarily responsible for meeting personally with Luther benefactors to secure gifts in support of capital, endowment and annual fund projects through both direct and planned giving. Qualified candidates will hold the bachelor's degree as well as have three-five years of demonstrated work experience in development or a related area with a proven track record of direct donor cultivation, solicitation and gift closure. Significant regional and national travel is expected, often 10-15 days per month.
See complete posting information at: www.luther.edu/hr/
Todd Green recently wrote a piece for The Huffington Post called "Muslim Protestors in the Middle East: What's Wrong With This Story?" It is available at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/
Odette Bruneau presented a paper on the pre-service teacher portfolio
at the 19th International Conference on Education at the University of
London on Aug. 15.
Eric Baack and John Delaney '10 published 'Intraspecific chromosome number variation and prairie restoration: a case study in NE Iowa' in the September issue of the journal "Restoration Ecology."
Communication Studies majors Rachel Woolsey '14, Jena Schwake '13, Cassandra Chalhoub '13 and Samantha Shimak '13 had research papers competitively selected for presentation at the 2012 Iowa Communication Association Convention Sept. 20-21. Woolsey won the top student paper award at the conference, which included a cash award and publication of her paper in the Iowa Communication Journal. All papers were written in COMS 357: Research Methods.
Communication studies faculty attended the Iowa Communication Association Conference Sept. 20-21. Derek Sweet, Thomas Johnson and Sarah Wilder presented a panel on "New Media and Popular Culture Pedagogy." Kim Powell presented on a panel titled, "Is technology replacing good teaching." Powell was also elected president of the Iowa Communication Association.
Norma J. Hervey, professor emerita, completed her third year as a Fulbright peer reviewer for American History applicants Sept. 10. She will teach for the 2012-13 academic year at Charles University and welcomes guests if any Luther faculty, staff or students visit Prague.
Wanted: Small desk/writing table. Something low cost but still in presentable condition. Contact Brian Eayrs, <eayrbr01>.
For sale: Interior doors with frames (sizes include 18", 28", 30" and 32"), steel exterior door, garage windows, bathroom sinks, 25" color TV and 21" color TV. Call 419-4969.
Room needed: I am a sabbatical replacement for viola professor for spring semester 2013 (end of February-end of May) and am looking for housing in Decorah for this specific time. Please contact me if you have anything in mind. Contact Boris Vayner, [email protected] or (617) 407-7004.
For sale: 40-gallon hot water heater, AO Smith, LP hook up, chimney vented, one year old, used only nine months, asking $325. Call 419-3100.
For sale: Kitchen cart with butcher block top, drawer, and two wire shelves. $25. Contact Eric, <baacer01>.
Wanted: Kent Simmonds seeks ride to Decorah from Minneapolis airport any time after 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9. Contact Kent, 382-8607 or <simmonke>.
Wanted: Used shelves in good condition, please contact <weisma02>, if you have any that you are no longer using.
For sale: 54" round oak table with pedestal base, plus eight leaves. Call Linda, 382-2710, after 5 p.m.
House Sitter available: 2012 Luther graduate available for house sitting from January to May. Services offered include, but are not limited to the following: house and pet sitting, baby-sitting and outdoor jobs. Graduate is responsible, dependable, and can provide references upon request. For more information, please contact Sarah at <biebsa01>.
Free: Five strong wooden construction pallets, each approx. 40"x48". Great for keeping possessions up off garage or basement floors. Please email <kathruth> for pick up location.
For sale: 2001 Buick Century in beautiful condition, inside and out. Always garaged. Regularly serviced, have paperwork. Previously a one-owner "little old lady" car. Low miles. Great all-season tires. Contact Dean Nelson, telephone 387-0242.
For sale: Royal brand carpet steam shampoo vacuum. Purchased Labor Day weekend on sale as an impulse buy and now realize I am just not that ambitious a housekeeper. Never used, one year warranty included. For details on price, etc. contact 387-1757 or(563) 419-4724 or <donlanre>.
For sale: Large potted fern with delicate climbing fronds, in a nice pot, $10. Planning a rustic-themed event? Burlap table runners and canning jars available. Jars cup, pint and quart sized. No lids. Call or email for more info, 382-4007 or [email protected].
Garage sale: Garage sale and antique/collectible inventory reduction with lots of treasures, plus household items, adult clothing and miscellaneous. Something for everyone, all priced to sell. Sale is 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29 at 504 East Main, Decorah.
Stress and the 90-10 Principle: What’s the 90-10 principle? And how does it relate to managing stress? Find out in this brief, entertaining video. You may come away with some great ideas for managing the stress in your life.
LIS Tip of the Week
Need to record an interview or discussion session? Check out a microphone-equipped iPod from the library. We also have Kindles, cameras, video cameras, flash card readers and zip drives available for check out. For more information, visit lis.luther.edu/tips or stop by the Circulation Desk.
Happy fall solstice/autumnal equinox:
I cannot endure to waste anything as precious as autumn sunshine by staying in the house.
So I spend almost all the daylight hours in the open air.