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Hold the date
This year's faculty/staff Christmas party will be held from 4:30-7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, in the cafeteria. An invitation is forthcoming in late November with more details.
Staff Meetings Nov. 14-15
At the November staff meeting, Jay Uthoff will talk about the solar energy production facility and Diane Tacke will present information on salaries and benefits, health care and the college budget. The meeting will be offered twice in Peace Dining Room: 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14 and 9 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 15.
Faculty/staff Christmas Chorale
Calling all singers. Weston Noble will conduct a choral group who will perform at this year's faculty/staff Christmas party Dec. 13. Current and former faculty and staff and spouses/partners interested in singing are asked to attend two rehearsals: Tuesday, Dec. 4 and Monday, Dec. 10 from 5-6 p.m. in the Center for Faith and Life Recital Hall. To sign up contact Linda Skoda, <skodalda> or 387-1001, and indicate vocal part preference.
Children's bargain book blowout
Luther Book Shop will hold a bargain children's book sale beginning Monday, Nov. 12, offering hundreds of titles priced $1 and up. Great selection. Includes holiday titles. The sale continues while supplies last.
Critical application updates for faculty/staff workstations
As part of an ongoing effort to increase data security across campus, LIS will be pushing critical application updates to all faculty/staff Windows workstations in the upcoming days and weeks. A notification will appear on your screen letting you know that an update is ready to install. Once acknowledged, the installation process will run in the background, allowing you to continue working as normal. Questions? Contact the LIS Technology Help Desk, 387-1000.
Finals Prep Week reminder
A campus programming reminder to all that Tuesday-Sunday, Dec. 4-9 is considered Finals Prep Week and is intended to provide additional space for students to prepare for tests, papers and finals. These six days are set aside for academic preparation for finals, and Luther does not schedule public events during this time. Exceptions include only athletic events, social gatherings, Christmas in the Union and Kwanzaa.
Reminder: online enrollment for flex plans available through Dec. 7
Reminder: employees may enroll online for the 2013 health and dependent care flex plans through Friday, Dec. 7. Paper enrollment forms may be submitted through Friday, Dec. 14. Representatives from Midwest Group Benefits will attend two health care open forums in Mott, Dahl Centennial Union to assist employees:
Tuesday, Nov. 13
1-1:30 p.m.—Presentation of changes and questions/answers
1:30-3 p.m.—Open computer to enroll in the flex account online
Wednesday, Nov. 14
11-11:30 a.m.—Presentation of changes and questions/answers
11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.—Open computer to enroll in the flex account online
Go to the HR website under "Forms for Faculty and Staff" to find online directions: http://www.luther.edu/hr/
Residence Halls secure 24/7 beginning Nov. 21
Beginning Wednesday, Nov. 21 Luther will move to a 24 hours per day/7 days per week secured building system within the residence halls. The transition to 24/7 secured buildings means the residence halls will be locked at all times and only those with approved ID cards can gain entry into the residence halls. The primary reason for the change is to provide Luther students with increased security within their residence hall.
Faculty and staff that use the Farwell elevator for parking purposes will need to have their Luther ID card activated to gain access to Farwell Hall since the building will be locked at all times beginning at Thanksgiving break. The process for requesting card access is the same as requests for keys. Requests must be made through department heads using the Luther Facilities work request online program at fixit.luther.edu. Card activation will take two business days to complete. Business hours for Farwell access are 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The west door to Larsen Hall will remain open during office hours, 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. for access to the Center for Global Learning and International Admissions office and the classroom located in the hall. Please contact Rich Tenneson, 387-1372 or <tennesri>, with questions concerning the 24/7 secured building system.
Legends Fitness Center closes early Nov. 17
Legends Fitness Center will close on Saturday, Nov. 17 at 3 p.m. to accommodate the SAC concert that evening. Sorry for any inconvenience this causes and thank you for your cooperation.
Luther College Woman's Club Nov. 20
Brian Fankhauser, Blufflands Program Manager for the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, presents the Luther College Woman’s Club program "Protecting and Restoring Iowa's Natural Beauty" Tuesday, Nov. 20, 1:30 p.m., in Peace Dining Room. All women welcome. Meeting includes music, refreshments, business meeting and update of LC events. Childcare available by calling Amy Bruening, 382-8604. Shuttle Service from Decorah Swimming Pool parking lot, call Ruby Hermeier, 382-4999.
· 92.4 percent of Luther alums report their undergraduate experience contributed to their critical thinking skills sufficiently or considerably
· For out-of-the-classroom experiences, the greatest contributions to learning and development after graduation: study abroad, intercollegiate athletics, performing arts/music, internships, residential living, and working with faculty on research
· 93.5 percent use important skills gained as a Luther undergrad in their current job
· Alums felt most well prepared for graduate school and current careers and least for life-after-Luther responsibilities
For details and more information from the latest Alumni/Alumnae Survey, follow this link, www.luther.edu/ir/internal/alumnisurveys/HEDSalum/ enter your Norsekey password, and click on the 2012 Spring HEDS Alumni Survey.
LIS summer faculty workshop Brown Bag Session
There will be an opportunity for informal conversation with the technology and information literacy workshop participants Anita Carrasco, anthropology, Nancy Barry, English, and members of LIS. Bring a lunch and join us in the Mott Room from 12:15-1:15 p.m. Monday, Nov. 26. This is an open session, participants may come and go as their schedule allows. Questions? Contact Andi Beckendorf <beckenan>.
Book Shop contest Dec. 5
The Book Shop is adding a new contest to Christmas in the Union festivities. Faculty and staff are invited to enter their Ugliest Christmas Decoration. Entries will be accepted before Wednesday, Dec. 5, with voting to take place all day Wednesday. Prize awarded to winner. Check www.lutherbookshop.com or the Luther Book Shop Facebook page for more details.
Help students find ugly Christmas sweaters
Remind students to search for the Ugliest Christmas Sweater when home during Thanksgiving break. The annual student contest will be held in the Book Shop Wednesday, Dec. 6, however, students must come in to the Book Shop with their sweater for a photo before that day. Discount coupons to every entrant with prizes awarded to top three places. Check www.lutherbookshop.com or the Luther Book Shop Facebook page for more details.
Events this week
Nov. 13, Luther Ensemble Concert, Jazz Band, 7:30 p.m., Center for Faith and Life Main Hall
Nov. 14, Luther Ensemble Concert, Varsity Band Concert, 7 p.m., CFL Main Hall
Nov. 17, Luther Ensemble Concert, Chamber Orchestra, 4 p.m., CFL Main Hall
Nov. 17, SAC Concert, Fun., 7:30 p.m., Regents Center
Nov. 18, Luther Ensemble Concert, Jazz Orchestra, 4 p.m., CFL Main Hall
Chapel this week
Wednesday, Nov. 14: Weston Noble, Nordic Choir
Friday, Nov. 16: Stephen Uhl, Gospel Choir
Monday, Nov. 19: Chris Norton, Cantorei
Dance performances Nov. 9-17
"A Tragedy Like Macbeth," a dance work based on William Shakespeare's "Macbeth," will be presented Nov. 9-10 and 15-17 by Luther College's Department for Visual and Performing Arts.
Performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9, 10, 15 and 16 with an additional matinee performance at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17. Performances are held in the Jewel Theatre in the Center for the Arts.
Kronbauer featured in brown bag Nov. 13
Selenir Kronbauer, Afro-Brazilian educator, will be featured at a brown bag at noon Tuesday, Nov. 13 in Borlaug. Her topic is "Anti-racism Politics & Public Education in Brazil." It is sponsored by the Religion Department and will be presented in Portuguese with translation.
Digital photography workshop Nov. 14
The Visual Media office invites all faculty, staff and students to come to a workshop on digital cameras presented by Canon. Brian Matsumoto, Canon Pro Products Trainer, will present tips and tricks to make sure you are getting the best quality images from your digital camera. The workshop will be held in the Center for the Arts Room 119 at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14. For more information contact Aaron Lurth, <lurtaa01>.
Varsity Band concert Nov. 14
The Luther College Varsity Band will perform a concert titled, "Standard Time" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, in the CFL Main Hall. The concert is open to the public with no charge for admission.The ensemble is under the direction of Brent Dodson, Luther visiting assistant professor of music.
"Standard Time" features music from the classic wind band tradition. Musical highlights include Gustav Holst's "First Suite in Eb," Julius Fucik's "Florentiner March" and John Barnes Chance's "Variations on a Korean Folksong."
NAA winter sports luncheon Nov. 15
On Thursday, Nov. 15, the Norse Athletic Association will be having a Winter Sports luncheon in the Peace Dining Room at 12 noon in the Peace Dining Room, Dahl-Centennial Union.
Cost for lunch is $5. All of the winter sport coaches will speak on their respective seasons to date. Don't miss a great chance to get first-hand information on Norse Athletics as we head into the winter schedule.
The NAA was formed in 2007 to meet the increasing costs associated with running an NCAA Division III athletic program. Gifts made through the NAA enable the athletic department to provide Luther's student-athletes with quality and memorable experiences at Luther. Gifts may be directed to the general athletic department or to individual sports at Luther.
RSVP to Mark Franzen, 387-1588 or <franma03>.
Fall Opera Scenes performances Nov. 16-17
A semester of work for 19 Luther College students will conclude with Fall Opera Scenes performances in Luther's Jenson Noble Hall of Music in the Noble Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16 and 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17.
Fall Opera Scenes is directed by Edwin Andereck, Luther professor of music, Jacob Lassetter, Luther associate professor of music, and Andrew Wannigman, alumni guest lecturer in music, accompanied by Luther students Jordan Buchholtz, Robert Ragoonanan and Esme Wong.
Chamber Orchestra presents fall concert Nov. 17
The Luther College Chamber Orchestra will present a fall concert at 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, in the CFL Main Hall on Luther's campus. Chamber Orchestra is conducted by Daniel Baldwin, professor of music and director of orchestras. The concert is open to the public with no charge for admission.
The program begins with a performance of a lesser-known masterwork of the 18th century, Symphony No. 1 in D major by C.P.E. Bach, and will conclude with a performance of Beethoven's Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major, also known as "Eroica."
Jazz Orchestra Concert Nov. 18
Luther College Jazz Orchestra will present its annual fall concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18 in the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall. The Jazz Orchestra is directed by Juan Tony Guzman.
Thanksgiving Chapel Nov. 19
Thanksgiving Chapel is at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 19 in the CFL Main Hall. Join with the community and prepare for the holiday season with a special Thanksgiving Chapel. Luther student Chris Norton, who sustained a severe spinal injury in an October 2010 football game, will share reflections on his remarkable journey. Special music will be offered by the faculty Brass Ensemble and Cantorei, directed by Linda Martin.
Director of facilities services: Provide general management, supervision and professional direction to a comprehensive facilities department that provides: facilities planning; space administration; architectural, engineering and construction management; facilities maintenance and repair; renovations; utilities generation and distribution; custodial, landscape and other maintenance; and the college’s nationally-recognized environmental sustainability initiatives. Applicants should submit all application materials by Wednesday, Nov. 21 to ensure full consideration. See complete job posting and application instructions at http://www.luther.edu/hr/
Program support coordinator: Self-motivated, detail-oriented program support coordinator to coordinate acquisition of information resources, constituent relations, and administrative support activities. The successful applicant will provide administrative support to the Executive Director and work in the Office of the Executive Director within Library and Information Services. See full details and application instructions at http://www.luther.edu/hr/.
Web content manager: Responsible for planning, managing and providing strategic direction of the college’s web content and communications. Working collaboratively with campus partners, the Web Content Manager will identify opportunities to integrate social media into web and other communications and marketing campaigns; establish content management procedures and guidelines; develop and analyze reports and metrics; and, manage budget and supervise four staff members. Complete details and application instructions at http://www.luther.edu/hr/
Customer Relationship Management coordinator: Will play a pivotal role in enhancing and administering Slate and other CRM tools used in various campus departments. Reporting jointly to Admissions and Marketing and Communications, this position will act as a primary system trainer for internal staff, write and edit content, customize layouts/views and work to improve user productivity. Complete details and application instructions at http://www.luther.edu/hr/
Holly Moore presented a paper titled "Butchery and Sacrifice in Plato's Later Methodology" on Oct. 20 at the annual meeting of the Iowa Philosophical Society at Drake University.
Brad Chamberlain was recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and American Chemical Society Green Chemistry Institute for being part of the research team at Cornell University that was awarded the 2012 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award. The head of the laboratory at Cornell University, Professor Geoffrey Coates, received the award in June 2012 for "Synthesizing Biodegradable Polymers from Carbon Dioxide and Carbon Monoxide." One national award is granted annually to an academic team.
In her new book, "Bible Readers and Lay Writers in Early Modern England: Gender and Self-Definition in an Emergent Writing Culture," Kate Narveson looks at Bible reading among ordinary layfolk after the Reformation, and shows how it gave rise to a nonprofessional writing culture, what she calls the first bloggers.
Lise Kildegaard presented a paper on "Wanda Gag and the American Scenic Painting Movement" at the Modernist Studies Association conference in Las Vegas on Oct. 18.
Music faculty members Spencer Martin and Jessica Paul gave a guest viola and piano recital at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn. Oct. 15.
Spencer Martin served as the conductor for the American String Teachers Association Alabama State Honors Orchestra Festival at the University of Alabama Nov. 9-11.
Loren Toussaint presented a talk at the 2012 Mayo Spiritual Care Research Conference held Nov. 1 at Mayo Clinic. The talk, "Forgiveness in Fibromyalgia Patients," was based on a study supported by the Mayo Fibromyalgia Clinic. Co-authors were Mary Whipple '09, Julie Hathaway, Dawn Finnie, Kristen Vickers-Douglas and Ann Vincent.
Loren Toussaint and two alumni, Alyssa Cheadle '08 and Amy Owen '99, have published research on forgiveness and longevity. This research was recently featured on the "Science on Religion" blog hosted on Patheos.com.
For sale: Two twin bed mattresses in great condition, fairly new king mattress frame made to hold one king mattress or two twin beds-to make a king bed, newer king bed mattress pad, twin-to-king bed converter strap and pad-turns two twin beds into a king size bed. Can sell all together for a complete king sized bed set: asking $150, or by piece. Contact <kimpowell> if interested.
For sale: 1876 Haines "square" piano. All offers will be considered. Contact Ryan Mix, <mixry01>.
For sale: The Winneshiek County 4-H Citizenship Group will be selling flower cards as a fundraiser for their upcoming Washington D.C. Trip in April 2013. The flower cards sell for $20. Each month, January-December 2013, you may redeem your flower card for a florist choice arrangement from Country Garden in Decorah. The flowers will be wrapped for you to take home. To purchase a card, contact Brenda Broghammer, 387-1445, or Michelle Einck, 387-1862.
Free: 14-inch Philips color television. Older analog model, works fine with dish or cable, but would need digital converter for antenna reception. Contact 387-1155 or <slindmar>.
For sale: Beautiful home with a modern open floor plan. Quiet setting in a small, rural community 17 miles south of Decorah. Large living room with a vaulted ceiling and gas fireplace. Main floor laundry. Clean, dry basement. 24 x 30 insulated, heated garage and 20 x 28 shed. Large lot with mature maple trees on the south side of house. Contact379-3441, 379-2009 or <gunderre> for more information and pictures.
Missing: Someone picked our popcorn from the Luther gardens for us. Could we possibly have it back? We were letting it dry and now we have no popcorn to eat this winter! If you could return it to the Recreational Services office, we would really appreciate it—there is a lot of sweat equity in each kernel. Thanks, the Jaegers
Free: Large plants—healthy dieffenbachia 3-4 feet, spider plant, scheffleria (needs care), Boston fern. Contact <hildebja> or 387-1008.
For sale: Set of four 265/50R20 tires with 6-bolt Chevy chrome rims. $850 Contact Heather Frey at <freyheat>.
For sale: 1998 Chrysler Town and Country all-wheel drive van, heated leather seats, rear captain seats, tow, all options, looks and runs great, $2,799. Contact 382-6386.
For sale: Wonderful solid walnut piano with bench for budding pianist. Paid $1,800 sell for $300—you haul. Contact (612) 246-3255.
For sale: Take home delicious deals from the Norse Bakery this Thanksgiving. For a limited time only, we're selling all the holiday favorites—dinner rolls, a variety of pies, cheesecake and red velvet cakes all made fresh for you. Order deadline is Friday, Nov. 16; items can be picked up Wednesday, Nov. 21. For more information and to place orders, contact the catering department, 387-1395 or <catering>.
LIS Tip of the Week
Fuel up at the library. Head downstairs to enjoy the library's new cafe area, where you can relax in our comfy chairs and purchase coffee, other beverages, and snacks. For more information, visit lis.luther.edu/tips.
Come to the indoor Farmer's Market this Saturday from 9 a.m.-noon at the (heated) Daanan Lansing Building, Winneshiek County Fairgrounds. Find favorite market vendors selling sweet fall produce and fruit, dairy products and baked goods. Also shop for holiday pies and cookies, jewelry, crafts, jams, jellies and more while taking in great live local music. Fall market dates are Nov. 17, Dec. 1 and 15.
Nov. 11 was Veterans Day, Nov. 12 Veterans Day, Observed. Words cannot properly express the overwhelming gratitude we feel for those men and women who chose to serve our country. Thank you all.
On this Veterans Day, let us remember the service of our veterans, and let us renew our national promise to fulfill our sacred obligations to our veterans and their families who have sacrificed so much so that we can live free.