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Presidential search update
The presidential search committee met on Thursday, Oct. 4 to review applicant credentials.
The committee encourages faculty, staff and students to submit additional names in nomination as we enter the final month of candidate recruitment. Names may be sent to [email protected].
The committee will continue to stay in touch throughout the process, and welcomes comments and questions at any time in care of [email protected], or to consultant, Bruce Alton, (202) 262-8250 or [email protected]. All information provided to the committee is confidential.
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
Reminder: Thursday, Oct. 25 from 9:45-10:45 a.m., all first-year students are asked to attend an advising meeting. Students have been told by their advisers about this meeting, but many feel that their first priority is their work-study obligation during these hours. If a first-year student asks you whether there is any way to adjust or accommodate their hours so that they can attend this meetings, we would appreciate your support. Thanks for your understanding and cooperation,
-Nancy Barry and Jane Hildebrand
NorseCard.luther.edu allows students and staff to check their meal plan balances, Dining Dollars and NordicCash balances.
To use the NorseCard.luther.edu website to access NorseCard information, users should log in with their NorseKey username and password. For assistance contact the LIS Technology Help Desk, telephone 387-1000.
Annual notification of crime statistics and fire safety report
This is the annual notification required by law to advise employees of crime statistics and campus safety and security information as defined by The Clery Act. The annual Fire Safety Report is also available per the Higher Education Opportunity Act. A paper copy is available if you desire, or the information can be accessed at www.luther.edu/
1) Campus crime statistics do not apply only to students. If you or your office are subject to a crime, please report it to Campus Security and/or Decorah Police.
2) Sometimes statistics can be misinterpreted, so we encourage you to review the footnotes within the report.
Contact Tim Schuring, Student Conduct Coordinator, <schuti02>, with questions or for clarification.
United Way Update
The Luther Community has contributed more than $19,000 to the United Way so far. Thank you to everyone who turned in pledge forms. Every gift makes a difference. We will continue collecting forms through the end of the year. Prize winners are Cindy Goede, Linda Skoda, Heather Armstrong, Kathy Tollefsrud, Marsha Wenthold, John Bale, Kate Narveson, Corine Carlson, President and Judy Torgerson, Diane Gossman, Barbara Welgos, Wendy Stevens and Amanda Bailey.
Wellness check-up reminder
Reminder that the wellness check-ups for you and your spouse/partner must be completed by Dec. 31 in order to avoid a $25 additional increase to your monthly health care premium.
Health Service offers flu vaccines Oct. 26
Health Service will offer flu shots/mist from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26 in Health Service. More sessions will be offered in November.
Upcoming LIS sessions
To sign up for one or more of the following go to http://lis.luther.edu/learn. Mark your calendar.
• Wednesday, Nov 7: ZOTERO Workshop, 7 p.m.
• Tuesday, Nov 20: Intro to SAS, 11 a.m.
• Monday, Dec 3: Remote Access Options, 12:15 p.m.
• Wednesday, Dec 5: ZOTERO Workshop, 7 p.m.
• Thursday, Dec 6: Remote Access Options, 11:15 p.m.
New Katie Version Workshops
A new version of KATIE will be introduced for course sections beginning spring 2013. If you currently use Katie, plan to attend one of the following workshops, or one of the workshops yet to be scheduled the week of Nov. 5. To sign up for one of the following go to http://lis.luther.edu/learn. All workshops are in the Round Table Room, Olin 301.
• Tuesday, Oct 30: 8:15-9:15 a.m.
• Tuesday, Oct 30: 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
• Tuesday, Oct 30: 1-2 p.m.
Sodexo Signature Chef Visits Campus Oct. 24
Dining Services is honored to host Sodexo Signature Chef Hernan Gustavo Vasconez from Rollins College in Florida. During dinner in the Caf on Wednesday, Oct. 24, Chef Gustavo will prepare a signature meal featuring Florida and Caribbean flavors. Chef Gustavo has received several awards and recognition for his culinary expertise and we are happy to have him share his unique cuisine with the Luther campus. Luther faculty and staff dine at a discounted rate of $6 for this special meal.
Fall Board of Regents meeting Oct. 26-27
The Regents will meet on campus Oct. 26-27. Their agenda includes a presentation on the role of information technology at a liberal arts college, a session on the board's role in philanthropy, an update on the presidential search, and the dedication of the solar energy project. The Fall Report to the Regents can be viewed at http://katie.luther.edu. Click on "Board of Regents" in the myCourses block, and then select "Board Mtg. Materials." The Regents' business meeting, scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, in the Loyalty Board Room, is open to members of the campus community.
Habitat for Humanity informational meeting Oct. 28
Habitat for Humanity is going to San Antonio, Texas for Spring Break 2013 and the board is looking for several faculty/staff to go as advisers along with the 50 students. There is an informational meeting at 7:15 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28 in Valders 206. Contact <habitat> with any questions.
Book Shop Halloween sale
Which witch hat will you choose? Shop the Book Shop for hauntingly good sales Oct. 31. Select a witch's hat from behind our haunted house to reveal your discount on your purchase. Come in wearing a witch's hat and receive a prize. Join the fun.
Posters on the Hill Program deadline Nov. 1
The deadline to submit applications to the 2013 Posters on the Hill Program is Thursday, Nov. 1. This event, held in the spring in Washington D.C., helps members of Congress understand the importance of undergraduate research by talking directly with the students whom these programs impact.
Information at www.cur.org/conferences
Call for NCUR abstracts due Nov. 7
Luther students are invited to submit abstracts for the 2013 National Conference on Undergraduate Research. Luther will provide support for selected students to present at NCUR.
The conference is April 11-13, at the University of Wisconsin–La Crosse. Applications for the on-campus selection process are due by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7.
Apply online at https://www.luther.edu/academi
Borashu Project requests shoes
Have extra shoes? Help the Borashu Project by donating new and used shoes to the Diversity Center by Nov. 16. The Project is aimed at helping students from Swaziland who have to walk an average of four miles to and from school each day Barefoot. Shoes of any size, style and wear are equally encouraged. The project leaders are also accepting donations to assist in the shipping of these shoes overseas. A donation box and envelope are located in the Diversity Center. Monetary donations are being accepted through Nov. 30.
Davis Projects for Peace
Luther has been invited to participate in the summer 2013 Davis Projects for Peace, funded by a $1 million gift by Kathryn Wasserman Davis, a lifelong internationalist and philanthropist. Her gift will fund summer peace projects undertaken by students at the more than 90 Davis United World College Scholars institutions across the United States.
Luther students (working alone or in groups) interested in designing and implementing their own grassroots projects for peace are encouraged to submit proposals of three pages or less by Monday, Jan. 14. Each project selected receives $10,000 in funding.
For additional details and to receive application information, contact Jon Lund, Luther’s Davis United World College Scholars Program campus contact <lundjon>, or Terry Sparkes, Director of College Honors <sparkete>.
Events this week
Oct. 23, Lecture, "Required Study: The Essential Insights For Prospering In our Increasingly Uncertain Future," Chris Martenson, 8 p.m., Valders 206.
Oct. 24, Film screening, "Dance Revolution" produced by Decorah High School students as part of National History Day, 6:30 p.m., Preus Library main floor
Oct. 24, Film screening, "A Night at the Not-So-Silent-Movies" 7 p.m., Peace Dining Room.
Oct. 25, Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Lecture, "Using Freshman Physics and Chemistry to UInderstand Some of Our 21st Century Energy Options," Sarah Keller, 6 p.m., Center for Faith and Life Recital Hall
Oct. 25, Faculty Artist Series, Hannah Leffler, flute, 7 p.m., Jenson-Noble Hall of Music, Noble Recital Hall
Oct. 26, Our Shakespeare Event, "Macbeth" film, 4 p.m., Valders 252
Oct. 26, Center Stage Series Performance, Sphinx Virtuosi Ensemble with the Catalyst Quartet, 7:30 p.m., Center for Faith and Life Main Hall
Oct. 27, Dedication, Solar project dedication, noon, at solar array on Pole Line Rd.
Oct. 27, Faculty Artist Series, LC Piano Quartet, 7 p.m., NRH
Oct. 28, Faculty Artist Series, "Music in the Shape of a Pear," 8 p.m., NRH
Oct. 29, Faculty Artist Series, "Art Song Jamboree," 5:15 p.m., CRH
Oct. 30, Religion Forum Lecture, "Clamoring for Change: Christianity as a Hindrance or an Aid to Social Change," Guy Nave, 7 p.m., CRH
Chapel this week
Wednesday, Oct. 24: Kathy Floerke, Center for Development in Central America, Jubilee House Community, Aurora
Friday, Oct. 26: Wanda Deifelt, Collegiate Chorale
Monday, Oct. 29: Allen Hightower
Soviet propaganda poster exhibit on display through Jan. 20
An exhibit of reprinted Soviet propaganda posters from World War II, donated by Luther Professor Emeritus Richard Cole, will be on display on the main level in Preus Library through Jan. 20.
Clara Bergan '13, curated the exhibition. After graduating from Decorah High School in 2010, she came to Luther to major in environmental studies.
Martenson lectures Oct. 23
Chris Martenson, economic trend researcher and forecaster, will present the lecture "Required Study: The Essential Insights For Prospering In our Increasingly Uncertain Future" at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23 in Valders 206.
The lecture is open to the public with no charge for admission. A reception with Martenson will be held following the lecture in the Valders concourse.
Chesla exhibit on display Oct. 22-Dec. 2
An exhibit of rust and salt prints created by artist Joe Chesla will be on display Oct. 22-Dec. 2 in the CFL. Chesla creates one-of-a-kind mineral infused rust and salt prints on specially treated fibrous paper from metal plates that are exposed to the natural processes of oxidization. Chesla's work has been exhibited across the country in California, Colorado, Minnesota, Hawaii and Las Vegas.
Political debates and absentee polling stations
Student Senate will hold a forum for the Luther College Republican and Democrat debates on Tuesday, Oct. 23 in Valders 206 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Platforms will be explained and covered during this forum to give a better perspective on the impact of votes. The absentee polling stations for the presidential election will be open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24 in Dahl Centennial Union.
Not-So-Silent-Movie showing Oct. 24
Luther will present "A Night at the Not-So-Silent-Movies" 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24 in Peace Dining Room. The evening features a screening of "They Would Elope," a short silent film from 1909 starring Mary Pickford, with new music written and performed by Los Angeles composer and violinist Maria Newman. The one-hour performance and presentation focuses on music's role in film, and the challenges specific to melding music to the art of film. Dessert and coffee will be provided.
Showing of 'Dance Revolution' Oct. 24
Did you know dancing by the Luther student body used to be forbidden? Find out all about the bold students who sought to change things with the screening of short documentary "Dance Revolution" produced by Decorah High School students as part of National History Day. Screening takes place at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, Preus Library main floor. Film followed by a brief panel discussion and refreshments. See facebook.com/PreusLibrary/
Leffler performs flute recital Oct. 25
Hannah Leffler will perform a flute recital at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25 in the Noble Recital Hall.
The program includes "Sonata for flute and piano," by Erwin Schulhoff, "Duo Seraphim," by Claudio Monteverdi, "Sonata Latino," by Mike Mower, "Three Romances," by Robert Schumann, "Zoom Tube," by Ian Clarke and "Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso," by Saint-Saëns, a transcription of a famous virtuosic violin work. Leffler will be joined by Du Huang, piano and Carol Hester, flute.
Phi Beta Kappa visiting scholar lectures Oct. 25
Sarah Keller, Phi Beta Kappa visiting scholar, will lecture on "Using Freshman Physics and Chemistry to Understand Some of Our 21st Century Energy Options" at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25 in the CRH. A pre-lecture reception will be held in Qualley Lounge at 5:30 p.m. All are invited.
Professor Keller writes, "Energy policy affects us all. In this lecture, we'll see how far we can progress toward quantitatively understanding different types of energy problems using only topics from freshman (or high school level) physics and chemistry." Keller is associate dean for research activities in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Washington and a fellow of the American Physical Society. For more information contact Laurie Zaring <zarila01>.
Center Stage Series: Sphinx Virtuosi performs Oct. 26
Sphinx Virtuosi, a conductorless ensemble of soloists, comprising top alumni of the national Sphinx Competition for young black and Latino string players, brings their classical music talent to the Luther at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26.
Tickets for the performance are on sale at the Luther Box Office, 387-1357 and may be purchased online at http://www.boxoffice.luther.
Shakespeare opportunities Oct. 26 and Nov. 2
Two opportunities for "brushing up on Shakespeare" before the early November dance program performances of "A Tragedy Like Macbeth":
Both events are sponsored by Mark Z. Muggli's "Our Shakespeare" project.
Solar project dedication Oct. 27
Show your support for clean, renewable energy. At noon Saturday, Oct. 27, Luther will dedicate the Baker Village Solar Energy Production Facility. The brief ceremony will be held at the site on Pole Line Road, rain location: Baker Commons.
This is the largest single solar project in Iowa. Once coupled with a smaller solar array that will be installed later this year near Baker Commons, both facilities will produce all of the energy consumed by Baker Village, making it the largest facility in the state powered by the sun.
Music in the Shape of a Pear Oct. 28
Luther will host its semi-annual "Music in the Shape of a Pear," directed by Brooke Joyce at 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28 in the Noble Recital Hall.
Featured performers include Joyce, piano and Nathan Wesselowski, tenor. They will perform "The Holy Sonnets of John Donne" by Benjamin Britten and three works by Joyce: "The Path," "Afterthoughts of Lakeside Park" and an excerpt from Joyce's opera "An Imaginary Line."
Art Song Jamboree: Song Jam Oct. 29
The first Song Jam of the 2012-13 Luther College Art Song Jamboree series will be held at 5:15 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29 in the CFL Recital Hall.
Art Song Jamboree, a music series dedicated to the exploration of art song, new and old, is open to the public with no charge for admission.
Performers in each "jam" program are a mix of musicians from the Luther music faculty and vocal students under the direction of Jessica Paul. Featured singers include Luther faculty Karen Kanakis, soprano, Jacob Lassetter, baritone and Andrew Whitfield, baritone.
Luther student musicians on the program include: Mickenzie Kruse, Steven Halloin, Nathan Wiley, Emily Davis, Brittney Leemon, Andrea Keuper, Patrick Fagan, Sophia Huang, Vanessa Libbey and Katherine Stremel, with Paul collaborating on piano. Jordan Buchholtz, Luther senior and pianist, is assisting in preparation of singers.
Religion Forum Lecture: Guy Nave Oct. 30
Guy Nave, associate professor of religion, will present a Luther College Religion Forum Lecture at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30 in the CFL Recital Hall. His lecture, titled "Clamoring for Change: Christianity as a Hindrance or an Aid to Social Change," is open to the public with no charge for admission.
In a world where it seems everyone is demanding change and every would-be leader is promising change, Nave will ask what exactly is change? He will discuss what people want when demanding and promising change and what if any contribution Christianity makes in bringing about change.
Luther Residence Hall Trick-or-Treating Oct. 31
Luther Residence Hall Trick-or-Treating is from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31 in the first-year residence halls. Luther
community members are welcome to bring their families trick-or-treating through Ylvisaker Hall, Olson Hall and Brandt Hall.
Participating rooms will be identified by an orange pumpkin on the door. Come decorate cookies in Olson, make crafts in Brandt and play games in Ylvisaker. Join us for trick-or-treating in the halls where the weather is always nice.
'Flexible Comedy' with Jonathan Burns Nov. 2
Luther College Student Activities Council Spotlight Committee presents "Flexible Comedy" with Jonathan Burns at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2 in Dahl Centennial Union, Marty's CyberCafé.
Combining comedy, contortion, juggling and sideshow stunts, Burns wows audiences with his interactive comedy experience.
Tickets are $10, available at the Luther Box Office, telephone 387-1357 or <boxoffice>, open Monday-Friday, 9-10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; extended hours Tuesdays 7 a.m.-3 p.m. and Thursdays 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Discovery Day Nov. 3
Children in kindergarten through sixth grade are invited to join Luther College Environmental Education students for a fantastic morning filled with out-door discovery, nature skills and more from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Nov. 3 at Baker Commons. Each student will participate in three environmentally focused
Junior Dance Camp hosted by Orchesis Nov. 10
Sign your child up for Junior Dance Camp hosted by the Orchesis Dance Group on campus from 1-4:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10 in the Regents Center North Gym. The kids will be split into small groups and will perform the dance they learn for parents, friends and family at 4 p.m. Ages 4-12 are welcome. Cost is $25. Email <larsje06> for more information or the registration form.
Chris Paulson '13 from Medina, Minn. will perform a baritone recital at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27.
Kathleen Griffith '13 from Omaha, Neb. will perform a piano recital at 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3.
Student recitals are held in the Noble Recital Hall of the Jenson-Noble Music Hall with receptions immediately following. These events are open to the public with no charge for admission.
Rich Tenneson, who has worked at Luther for 25 years, has announced his retirement effective Dec. 31. In the months ahead we look forward to thanking Rich for his dedicated service to the college. A search for a new director of Facilities Services will be launched shortly and a position description will be posted on the HR website.
Marv Slind attended the Norway Seminar, Oct. 12-13, at the Royal Norwegian Consulate in Houston, Texas. The annual seminar, which is sponsored by the Norwegian government and conducted in Norwegian, focuses on contemporary Norwegian culture and society. The topic of this year's seminar was Oil and Responsibility.
Elizabeth Steding presented the paper "Thirty-Five Years of the GDR at the GSA" at the German Studies Association Conference in Milwaukee on Oct. 5.
Luther College was involved in a festival of new music sponsored by the Iowa Composers Forum on Oct. 5-6 in Cedar Rapids. Works by composition instructors Brooke Joyce and Steve Smith were performed, as was a work by Zach Zubow '06 and Maurice Monhardt, emeritus faculty member. Faculty members Jacob Lasseter and Heather Armstrong were guest performers at the festival.
Brooke Joyce, piano and Nathan Wesselowski, tenor, performed works by Benjamin Britten and Joyce over fall break in Waukesha and River Falls, Wis. They will perform the same program at Luther at 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28 in the NRH.
Karen Kanakis and Jacob Lassetter were featured as the soloists for Haydn's "Lord Nelson Mass" with the Choral Arts Ensemble and Orchestra on Oct. 13 and 14 in Rochester, Minn.
Balalaika will perform at a fundraiser for the Montessori school. In addition to live music, the benefit features international cuisine and ballroom dancing instruction by Luther’s Ballroom Dancing Club. The event runs from 5-9 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28 at the Steyer Opera House in the Hotel Winneshiek. Tickets available until Oct. 18: $50 individual, $85 couple. Tax deductible donation. Contact: <chrivi02> or <nealem01>.
Amy Engelsdorfer will present a flute recital to benefit the music program at Decorah United Methodist Church at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27. Also performing are Kristi Gould, Du Huang, Carol Hester, Joan DeAlbuquerque and Jonathan Struve, as well as Luther students Daniel Gallagher and Hannah Shatzer.
Jim Buzza will lead ensembles from Good Shepherd Church, accompanied by Amy Engelsdorfer, at a Musical Celebration of Welcome at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28 at the Congregational United Church of Christ of Decorah. At the ceremony the Congregational United Church of Christ will celebrate declaring the church Open and Affirming of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and
Transgendered persons and welcome everyone into the full life of the Church. The celebration will be held in the Sanctuary at 207 W. Broadway across the street from the Courthouse. Groups from several congregations will participate and there will be refreshments following.
For sale: Solid oak, round Ashley dining room pedestal table with additional leaf. Seats four to six. Comes with six mule-eared dining room chairs. Excellent condition, $500. Contact <spencer.martin>.
For rent: Six-bedroom, two-bath house with six-month lease beginning Dec. 1. Two-car attached garage, refrigerator, stove, washer/dryer, microwave included. Rent includes snow removal/lawn care/heat/water. Contact Laurie, (512) 577-0421.
For sale: NEC VT46 Portable LCD Projector. Complete with carrying case and manual. There is approximately 900 hours (~30%) remaining in bulb life. Works perfectly, cooling filter kept clean throughout ownership. $175 Robert Fitton <fittonro> or phone 387-1559.
For sale: Facilities Services is selling a 1993 Dodge caravan. The body is not in good condition. Bidding will start at $250. Bids may be submitted by email to Steve Arneson <arnesost>. Bids will be accepted until 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2. Questions about the van may be emailed to Steve or directed to 387-1371.
Wanted: Do you like to play cards? Looking for people interested in forming a winter card club. Please contact Jan at 387-1501 if you are interested.
LIS Tip of the Week
Oct. 21-27 is Bullying Bystanders Unite Week, Kids Care Week and National Character Counts Week. Challenge: be a great role-model for the young ones in your life and stand up to bullies.
"When people hurt you over and over, think of them like sand paper. They may scratch and hurt you a bit, but in the end, you end up polished and they end up useless."