Tuesday, Oct. 9

TUESDAY 10/9/12

Published for faculty and staff by the Luther College Public Information office • Copy deadline: Friday, 3 p.m., 75-word limit • Phone: (563) 387-1865 • Email: <Tuesday>

Note: All campus telephone numbers are in the 563 area code, all campus email addresses end in @luther.edu • ©2012

To submit an item for the Tuesday click here.


Tuition Benefit Program deadlines

Luther is pleased to offer its faculty and staff a benefit that is highly unique in today's workplace: higher education for one's dependents. The Tuition Benefit program has a three-step application process available online.

Deadlines are as follows:

Step 1: Nov. 1, applications due
Step 2: Dec. 1, finalized list of colleges due
Step 3: May 15, confirmation form due

For complete information about the process and the application form, see: http://www.luther.edu/hr/tuition/. Contact Scot Schaeffer, <schasc01> or 387-1430, with questions.

Special Fall Break hours

Dahl Centennial Union
Friday, Oct. 12: 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 13-14: 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
Monday-Tuesday, Oct. 15-16: 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 17: 7 a.m.-midnight

Welcome Center
Friday, Oct. 12: 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 13-14: 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
Monday-Tuesday, Oct. 15-16: 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 17: 7 a.m.-11 p.m.

Book Shop
Friday, Oct. 12: 8:45 a.m.-4:45 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 13-14: Closed
Monday-Wednesday, Oct. 15-17: 8:45 a.m.-4:45 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 12: 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 13-14: Closed
Monday-Wednesday, Oct. 15-17: 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Marty's CyberCafe
Friday, Oct. 12: Closes at 5 p.m.
Saturday-Wednesday, Oct. 13-17: Closed
Thursday, Oct. 18: Reopens at 9 a.m.

Friday, Oct. 12:
Breakfast, 7-9:15 a.m.;
Lunch, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.;
Dinner, 5-6:30 p.m.

Saturday-Tuesday, Oct. 13-16:
Brunch, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.;
Dinner, 5-6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 17:
Brunch, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.;
Dinner, 5-7:30 p.m.

Mail Center
Friday, Oct. 12: 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 13-14: Closed
Monday-Wednesday, Oct. 15-17: 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Preus Library
Friday, Oct. 12: 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 13-14: Closed
Monday-Tuesday, Oct 15-16: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 17: 8 a.m.-midnight

Legends Fitness Center
Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 13-14: 1 p.m.-4 p.m.

Monday-Tuesday, Oct. 15-16: 6 a.m.-6 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 17: 6 a.m.-9 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 18: Winter hours begin, 6 a.m.-10 p.m.

Thank you

More than 1,700 alumni and friends returned to celebrate Homecoming 2012 this past weekend, and they were warmly welcomed by the entire Luther community. Thank you to all who played a part in readying the campus for homecoming and making countless preparations so our visitors would have a memorable experience. We are truly grateful for your help!
-Alumni and Development Office

Distinguised Service Awards given

President Richard L. Torgerson presented the Luther Distinguished Service Award to 10 alumni Friday, Oct. 5 at the Celebration of Distinguished Service in the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall.

The Distinguished Service Award, one of the highest honors bestowed by the college, is given in recognition of success and achievements in professional fields, service to society, contributions to community and loyalty and service to Luther.

For list of all DSA recipients see: http://www.luther.edu/headlines/?story_id=415392.

SAC Christmas Cheer sponsors needed

Consider sponsoring an area family for the upcoming holiday season. Gather your department to help make the holidays a little brighter for a Decorah family. If you need a sponsorship form, contact <sacchristmascheer> or the SAC office, telephone 387-1023.

KATIE courses to be removed

KATIE course sites older than fall 2010 will be removed from the KATIE server on Wednesday, Oct. 10 unless they've previously been designated to be saved. In preparation for the KATIE upgrade we are looking to remove as much material as possible so we discourage requests to "save all of mine." This does not affect any KATIE sites outside of term categories, i.e., Miscellaneous, etc.

Christmas at Luther tickets on sale Oct. 10

Christmas at Luther tickets will go on sale for alumni, non-participating LC parents, and friends at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 10. We expect a very high call volume. All patrons are encouraged to go online with their reservation code to www.luther.edu/christmasatluther/ to request tickets. If phone is necessary, they should call the box office until they get through. Do not email the box office for ticket purchases.

United Way

Reminder, all employees who turn in their United Way forms to Human Resources by Friday, Oct. 12 will have their name go into a drawing. Items include Peace Brunch tickets, Center Stage Series tickets, two one-hour massages, Book Shop gift certificates and one vacation day. Donations after that date are still welcome and appreciated. Thank you for your continued support.

The college lawns on the upper campus will be fertilized and spot treated for broadleaf weeds, especially along sidewalks and curbs beginning Friday, Oct. 12. The fertilization process will begin during the day on Friday and spraying will take place after 5 p.m. and continue throughout the weekend, weather permitting. This procedure is in keeping with Luther's turf management policy. For a copy of the policy, contact Gary Brickman, telephone 387-1668.

Fall Break

During fall break, exterior doors of the residence halls will be locked at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12 and will remain locked until 8 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17. Farwell will be open Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday during the day to allow access to campus from the lower parking lot. Students should carry their keys and identification to gain access to their halls.

College Resources Council minutes available on KATIE

College Resources Council minutes from the Sept. 20 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.

Pastor Anderson installation

Interim Campus Pastor Installation will be held during Founders' Day Chapel, 10:30-10:50 a.m. Friday, Oct. 12 in the CFL Main Hall. Celebrate the college's founding and the installation of Pastor Karri Anderson as Luther's interim campus pastor. Pastor Anderson is serving as sabbatical replacement for Pastor Amy Zalk Larson during the 2012-13 academic year. Rev. Darrel Gerrietz from the Northeast Iowa Synod will preach, and a reception will follow chapel in the CFL lobby.

Staff meetings on Oct. 17-18

At the October staff meeting, Paul Mattson, Lora Steil and Corey Landstrom will share a little about their backgrounds, what brought them to Luther, and their vision for the departments they have been called to lead. The meeting will be offered twice in Peace Dining Room: 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17 and 9 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 18.

Flexible Benefit reminder

Current enrollees in the Flexible Benefit Plan may visit www.myflexonline.com to view current contributions and claims. This is a useful site that gives a total picture of an employee’s health care and/or dependent child care reimbursement plan. Claim forms may be printed from this site; and includes information of what are and are not allowable expenses.

Health care reminder for Luther health care participants

Luther health care plan will pay 100 percent in even numbered years for

  • Routine physical exam for employee, spouse and children ages 7 and over
  • Blood panel screening for employees and spouses age 21 and over
  • PSA blood screening for male employees and spouses ages 40 and over. 

Routine mammograms are paid at 100 percent by the plan every year for female employees and spouses ages 40 and over, and one baseline mammogram for female employees and spouses age 35-39.

Health care reminder

Winneshiek County Public Health Office only charges a $15 administrative fee for vaccination(s) of children 18 and under. The Luther Midwest Benefits health plan reimburses $10 maximum per immunization. Vaccinations at the clinics cost substantially more. Please call Human Resources at 387-1134 or 387-1415 or Midwest Benefits at 382-9611 for more information.

All Saints Day chapel Nov. 2

All Saints Day chapel will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 2 in the CFL Main Hall. College Ministries would like help in identifying children born or adopted in the Luther community in the last year as well as the names of those loved ones who have passed away that you would like the community to remember in prayer. Employees, their spouses and children, and students' parents and siblings will be listed in the bulletin. There will be an opportunity for participants to light candles and name other saints to be remembered. Contact College Ministries with additional names at 387-1040 or <ministry>, by Friday, Oct. 26.


Events this week

Sept. 5-Oct. 12, Art Exhibit, Jill Kambs, Luther College Class of 2007, paper works, Preus Library

Oct. 9, Guest Recital, Emily Pinkerton, guitar, fiddle, vocals and banjo, 7 p.m., Jenson-Noble Hall of Music, Noble Recital Hall

Oct. 9, Faculty Lecture, Paideia Text and Issues Lecture: John Moeller, "Politics, Democracy and the First Amendment," 7 p.m., CFL Recital Hall

Oct. 10, LC Theatre Performance, "Much Ado About Nothing," 6 p.m., Sampson-Hoffland Laboratories—Harvey Wilkins Plaza

Oct. 10, Guest Lecture, Thorleif Thorleifsson, "A Voyage Around the North Pole: Modern Exploration and Climate Change," 7 p.m., CFL Recital Hall

Oct. 10, Guest Recital, Eric Mandat, clarinet, 8 p.m., Jenson-Noble Hall of Music, Noble Recital Hall

Oct. 11, LC Theatre Performance, "Much Ado About Nothing," 6 p.m., Sampson-Hoffland Laboratories—Harvey Wilkins Plaza

Oct. 16, Lecture, LC Woman's Club: Mary Jorgensen, "Life Coaching 101: A Syllabus for Personal Growth," 1:30 p.m., Dahl Centennial Union, Peace Dining Room

Chapel this week

Wednesday, Oct. 10: Phil Gibbs
Friday, Oct. 12: Darrel Gerrietts, Northeast Iowa Synod, Installation of Pastor Karri Anderson, Cathedral Choir
Monday, Oct. 15: Fall Break, no worship service

'Much Ado About Nothing' continues through Oct. 11

Considered one of Shakespeare's best comedies, "Much Ado About Nothing" will be presented through Oct. 11 by the Department of Visual and Performing Arts.

Final production dates are Oct. 10-11 at 6 p.m. All performances are at the Harvey Wilkins Plaza located outside in front of the main entrance to Sampson-Hoffland Laboratories on the Luther campus.

Adventurer Thorleifsson lecture Oct. 10

Thorleif Thorleifsson, Norwegian marine explorer and adventurer, will present the lecture "A Voyage Around the North Pole: Modern Exploration and Climate Change" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, in the CFL Recital Hall.

The lecture is open to the public with no charge of admission. A reception with Thorleifsson and Mari Sæther, environmental counselor at the Norwegian Embassy in Washington, D.C., will be held following the lecture in Qualley Lounge.

Dieseth open house Oct. 11

Members of the Luther community are invited to an Open House for Dieseth Hall 9-10:30 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 11. Join members of the Residence Life staff for refreshments and a tour of the newly renovated Dieseth Hall. Enter through the upper doors of Dieseth Hall. Tour guides will assist attendees on a tour through the building.

Johnson show begins Oct. 12

A selection of conceptual small works of art, "a res cogitans," created by Todd Johnson '85 will be showcased beginning Friday, Oct. 12 in the Kristin Wigley-Fleming Fine Arts Gallery in the Center For the Arts.

The art, on display through Nov. 15, is sponsored by Luther's art department.

Woman's Club hosts Jorgensen Oct. 16

Mary Jorgensen, of Rising Sun Life Coaching and Mediation, presents the Luther College Woman’s Club program “Life Coaching 101: A Syllabus for Personal Growth at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16 in Peace Dining Room. All women welcome. Music, refreshments, business meeting, and update of Luther events. Childcare available, call Amy Bruening at 382-8604. Shuttle service from Decorah Swimming Pool parking lot, call Ruby Hermeier at 382-4999.

FAS: Spencer Martin and Jessica Paul Oct. 19

Spencer Martin and Jessica Paul will perform a faculty viola and piano recital at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19 in the Noble Recital Hall.

The recital is open to the public with no charge for admission. The program will feature pieces by Brenno Blauth, Johannes Brahms, Benjamin Dale and Paul Hindemith.

Alpha Phi Omega adventure race Oct. 20

An adventure race, sponsored by the Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity chapter, will be held at 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 20 starting at the Regents Center.

Race entry fee $10 for students and $20 for non-students. For a relay team, the student group fee is $15 and the non-student group fee is $30. Entries for the adventure race will be taken until Oct. 19.

Register online at: http://www.luther.edu/studentlife/wellness/adventure/.

Luther Fall Fling community service day Oct. 20

Student volunteers from Luther College's Student Congregation will help Decorah residents with spring chores Saturday, Oct. 20 when Luther holds its annual Fall Fling community service day. Luther students will help Decorah area residents with yard work, planting, light housework, window removal and cleaning, and other spring chores.

Decorah residents may sign up by contacting Luther College Ministries, 387-1271 or <ministry>, before Friday, Oct. 12.

CSS: 'An Evening With Abigail Washburn' Oct. 20

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.

Take a Kid to the Game Oct. 20

Luther Athletes Serving Others will sponsor “Take a Kid to the Game!” from 1–4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Luther Football Game. LASO invites children to sit with a Luther athlete during the games. The event is open to area children with no charge for participation; snacks are provided. To sign up contact Taylor Thoreson, <thorta01> or phone (651) 331-0657. Children can check-in at 1 p.m. at the circle drive near Regents and be picked up at 4 p.m.

FAS: Jessica Paul Oct. 21

Jessica Paul will perform a collaborative piano recital at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21 in the Noble Recital Hall. The recital is open to the public with no charge for admission.

The program will feature Luther faculty and local musicians collaborating with Paul to perform a mix of instrumental and vocal music.

Interfaith celebration Oct. 23

Interfaith Holiday Celebration: Eid al Adha Reception, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23 in Peace Dining Room. Join the MSAA, IFSA, College Ministries and the Luther Diversity Center for light refreshments and a brief program celebrating the Muslim festival of Eid al Adha. Eid al Adha, the Festival of Sacrifice, marks the end of the Hajj—the annual pilgrimage to Mecca—and celebrates Abraham’s faithfulness and obedience to God. Jews, Christians and Muslims look to Abraham as an example of faith. Reception is open to all with no charge for admission.

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 CFL Main Hall.

General admission fee is $15, $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.

Luther's piano quartet performs Oct. 27

The Luther College Piano Quartet will perform a concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27 in the Noble Recital Hall. Luther faculty members of the quartet will performing in this order: Tarn Travers, violin, Spencer Martin, viola, Eric Kutz, cello and Miko Kominami, piano.

Student recitals

Shannon Curtis '13 will perform a trumpet recital at 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21.

Hannah Josephson '14 will perform a bassoon recital at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18.

Student recitals are held in the Noble Recital Hall with recitals to follow. Student recitals and receptions are open to the public with no charge for admission.


New employee

Carsten Earl began his position as the Campus Programming Technician Sept. 27. His office is CFL 202, telephone 387-1537.

Job Opening

Full-time Custodial Floor Crew: Third-shift 10:30 p.m.-7 a.m. Duties include scrubbing, buffing, waxing, spot cleaning and shampooing carpets in all campus buildings. Refer questions to Gary Brickman, 387-1668. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Send application to the Office of Human Resources, Luther College, 700 College Drive, Decorah, IA  52101. EEO employer. http://www.luther.edu/hr/application/


Harley Refsal was named "Woodcarving Illustrated" 2012 Woodcarver of the Year.

Paul R. Savariappan's piece "Bayesian Inference for an Impatient MlMl1 Queue with Balking" was published in the "Journal of Applied Statistical Science," Vol. 19, Issue 3.

Britt Rhodes' article, "Rural Domestic Violence: An Interdisciplinary Model for Rural Practice," was published in the fall 2012 issue of the Contemporary Rural Social Work.

Jim Martin-Schramm presented "The Business Case for Sustainability: The Luther College Experience" at the annual conference of the Iowa Environmental Council in Des Moines on Oct. 4.

Philip Freeman presented a paper on "The Earliest Celtic Myths" at the 32nd Annual Harvard Celtic Colloquium in Cambridge, Mass.

Andy Hageman gave a talk, "Cogs vs the Circuits of Neoliberal Capitalism" at the annual Society for Literature, Science and the Arts conference on Sept. 28.


Wanted: New to town and looking for a coffee table to take off someone's hands. Contact Anna Murray, <murran01>.

Fundraiser: The Humane Society of Northeast Iowa is having its annual dog walk on Oct. 13, and have added a 5K fun run this year. The event will be at the Decorah Trout Hatchery. All pledges collected and entries benefit HSNEI's foster care program. There are prizes for top pledge earners and more than 30 great door prizes. For more information on prizes and schedule contact Kim Powell at <kimpowell> or go to www.hsnei.org.

Free: 21" Panasonic color television with remote. Good picture, okay sound. Contact Eric, 387-1711 or 382-1819.

For sale: Older 28'' TV, works well with satellite or cable, $25 OBO. Also 17'' Dell computer monitor for $15 OBO. Contact <bergerr>.

Must sell: Jazzy powered wheelchair. In new condition. Bought but never used. Will sell for reasonable offer. Call 419-5681 to schedule a time to see it. Will deliver in Decorah for free.

For sale: Invacare TDX3 power wheelchair, purchased new in 2006. Reclines/tilts and elevates. Headrest, new RoHo cushion and battery charger included. New footrest recently installed. Has been retrofit for holding a ventilator and battery, but can easily be removed. Asking $2,500 OBO. Contact Erik, <stoeer01> or 380-9587.


LIS Tip of the Week

Did you know that you can check your library account online? Patrons can visit library.luther.edu and click on My.Library to view the list of resources they currently have checked out and when they are due, opt in to have their reading history tracked and save preferred searches on Magnus. For more information, visit lis.luther.edu/tips.

And finally…

On Oct. 9, 2009: U.S. President Barack Obama is awarded the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize "for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples." President Obama is the fourth U.S. president to have the Nobel Peace Prize awarded, the others are Theodore Roosevelt (1906), Woodrow Wilson (1919) and Jimmy Carter (2002).