Tuesday, Nov. 20

TUESDAY 11/20/12

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Happy Thanksgiving

We are pleased to announce that offices can close early and staff are permitted to leave work at 3 p.m. tomorrow, Wednesday, Nov. 21. Most nonexempt employees scheduled to work 8 hours on Wednesday will work six hours and receive two hours of additional pay. Those employees who will have already worked their shift by 3 p.m. or those who must work their full shift because of the nature of their position will be given the option of taking two hours of paid time off on a different day. If there are any questions, please contact your immediate supervisor or Human Resources.
-President Torgerson and the Cabinet

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.


Thanksgiving Hours

Legends Center

Tuesday, Nov. 20: Closes at 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 21: 6 a.m.-4 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 22-Saturday, Nov. 24: Closed
Sunday, Nov. 25: 1-6 p.m.

Preus Library

Tuesday, Nov. 20: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 21 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 22-24: Closed 
Sunday, Nov. 25: 6 p.m.-midnight


Tuesday, Nov. 20: Breakfast 7-9:15 a.m., Lunch 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Dinner 5-6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 21: Brunch 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Dinner 5-6:30 p.m.
Thursday-Friday, Nov. 22-23: Closed
Saturday, Nov. 24: Brunch 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Dinner 5-6:30 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 25: Brunch 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Oneota Market

Tuesday, Nov. 20: 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 21: 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Thursday-Sunday, Nov. 22-25: Closed

Marty's and C-Store

Tuesday, Nov. 20: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wednesday-Sunday, Nov. 21-25: Closed

Book Shop

Wednesday, Nov. 21: 8:45 a.m.-4:45 p.m.
Thursday-Sunday, Nov. 22-25: Closed

Mail Center/SPO

Thursday-Sunday, Nov. 22-25: Closed

Welcome Center/Information Desk

Tuesday-Wednesday, Nov. 20-21: 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
Thursday-Friday, Nov. 22-23: Closed
Saturday, Nov. 24: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

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.

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.

Go to the HR website under "Forms for Faculty and Staff" to find online directions: http://www.luther.edu/hr/commonforms/.

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.

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. 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. Contact Rich Tenneson, 387-1372 or <tennesri>, with questions concerning the 24/7 secured building system.

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" at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20, 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.

Yeah, Sure, You Betcha! Nov. 27-28

APO, Amnesty International, SHOC, L3 and Paigaam are asking for help in assisting Danielle Crouse, soldier, who started the project of raising items for families in Afghanistan. The groups are collecting gently used or new children’s clothes-including shoes and jackets, toys and hygiene items. Contact <crouka01> for info. Drop off items in dorm service centers and in the Dahl Centennial Union from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, Nov. 27-28.

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. 5, 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.

2013SP "LIVE" Katie site available

Instructors may begin building their courses for 2013SP by going to: katie-23.luther.edu/moodle/ and using their Norsekey.

This site will be referred to as "2013SP" while the current Katie site on which all courses prior to 2013SP are located will be referred to as "CURRENT."

Timeline for additional functionality:

  • Morsle migration utility will be implemented on CURRENT within a few days
  • Requests to have course resources backed up from CURRENT and restored to 2013SP in order to import materials into 2013SP courses can be made beginning Monday, Nov. 26 by going to: help.luther.edu
  • Requests for backup and restore should not include 2012FA or 2013JT courses

Luther’s new paper purchasing policy

Luther’s new paper purchasing policy requires all paper purchased and used by the College in the Document Center, Book Shop, and all departments and offices to be FSC-certified white, 8.5 x 11 inch, 20# copier paper made with at least 50 percent post-consumer fiber. This policy will assist in reducing the campus' overall carbon footprint by 50 percent by 2015, a goal outlined in the five year strategic plan. For more specifics about the policy, click here.

Google (Norse) Docs workshops

Beginning Spring 2013 with the new version of Katie, Norse Docs will be even more integrated with Katie. Participants will be introduced to the key features of Norse Docs in preparation for the upcoming Katie changes. If you currently use Katie and would like to know more about Norse Docs, plan to attend one of the following workshops. Space is limited so sign up at lis.luther.edu/learn. All workshops are in Olin 301, Round Table Room.

  • Wednesday, Nov. 28, 11-11:30 a.m.
  • Thursday, Nov. 29, 1-1:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 4, 8:15-8:45 a.m.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 5, 11-11:30 a.m.
  • Thursday, Dec. 6, 1-1:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, Dec. 6, 2:45-3:15 p.m.

Preus Picks: Recommended reads from the friendly folk in LIS

Want a read that will make you laugh out loud? Try Scottish writer Alexander McCall Smith's latest series, "Corduroy Mansions," which was initially published online by"The Daily Telegraph." The series involves a quirky cast of characters that reside in a rundown Victorian apartment complex in London's Pimlico neighborhood, including a vegetarian and a seat belt-wearing Pimlico terrier who was "down-sized" from his drug-sniffing job at Heathrow Airport. -Kathy Buzza

Check out the book display at Research Help and join the conversation online www.facebook.com/PreusLibrary.

Influenza vaccine available

Influenza vaccine is available for staff at the Health Service on a walk-in basis the following days/times through the remainder of the semester:
Mondays: 1-4 p.m.

Tuesdays: 9-11:30 a.m.
Thursdays: 1-4 p.m.

Cost is $25, which can be deducted from payroll. Ill students will be given first priority if it is busy during these times.

Sounds of Holiday celebrations at Luther: A retrospective

Visit the holiday display on the main floor of Preus Library from Thursday, Nov. 29-Sunday, Dec. 2. Browse photographs from the Luther College Archives highlighting holiday musical celebrations throughout the history of the college. Check out notable artifacts, including Luther’s Emmy statue, awarded for Best Special Event Coverage for Christmas at Luther 2008. Share your favorite Luther memories on a Holiday Memory Board.


Events this week

Nov. 20, Luther College Woman's Club, 1:30 p.m., Dahl Centennial Union Peace Dining Room

Nov. 27, Kamm Gallery Reception, Art Quilts, 4:30 p.m., Center for the Arts Kristin Wigley-Fleming Fine Arts Gallery

Chapel this week

Wednesday, Nov. 21: Thanksgiving Break

Friday, Nov. 23: Thanksgiving Break

Monday, Nov. 26: Ginger Meyette


The Weight-ing Game will begin Wednesday, Nov. 21. This fun program is designed to help you stay within two pounds of your starting weight over the holidays, Nov. 21-Jan. 2. Sign up by emailing Vicky Jaeger <jaegervi> to receive your contract.

Twelfth Night performances

Twelfth Night, among the very greatest of Shakespeare’s plays, is a joyful and disturbing miracle play about gender, passion, delusion, and love. And the Malvolio letter scene is one of the funniest deception scenes in all of literature. "Shakespeare Performed" abridged one-hour class performances will be at 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2; 4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3; and 3 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4 in CFA Studio 2, with a warm-up book discussion from 4-5:15 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, in Main 111 led by Sean Burke and Carol Gilbertson. Free copies of the text provided by the "Our Shakespeare" project are available in the Book Shop. 


Luther College senior Georgianna "Annie" Whiteley of Wayzata, Minn., was named a Rhodes Scholar Saturday, Nov. 17. Whiteley was selected from a pool of 838 candidates nominated by their colleges and universities. She was the only student from an Iowa school selected for the honor. Rhodes Scholarships provide all expenses for two or three years of study at the University of Oxford in England, and may allow funding in some instances for four years. For full article see: http://www.luther.edu/headlines/?story_id=425321, and for video of Annie explaining a bit about what the honor is and means to her see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mOftmxaJztU&list=UUV-4UmKY6xa-4y6OzHMGBsA&index=1&feature=plcp.

President Richard Torgerson was invited to speak Tuesday, Nov. 20, in Bloomington, Minn., at the annual Nordic American Thanksgiving Breakfast presented by the Sons of Norway. Other speakers include Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton and Marcia Zimmerman, senior rabbi at Temple Israel. Dayton will speak about freedom, Torgerson will speak about faith and Zimmerman will speak about the importance of family and friends.

Marv Slind spoke to Kristiania Lodge of the Sons of Norway in Rochester, Minn., presenting "Luther College Goes to War: Scuttlebutt and the World War II Letters" in recognition of Veterans Day.

J. R. Christianson presented a paper on "The Infrastructure of the Royal Hunt" at La Venaria Reale palace in Turin, Italy, on Nov. 7 as part of a conference on "Royal Hunts in the Europe of the Princes." He also chaired a session that included participants from Belgium, England, and Spain.

Karla Suomala recently presented "Complex Identity and the Future of Jewish-Christian Dialogue," at a meeting of the Christian Scholars Group on Jewish-Christian Relations, in Philadelphia.

Music faculty members Andrew Whitfield and Kathryn Reed presented a guest lecture recital at Pacific Lutheran University Oct. 15. The program, titled "From the Hand of Bach: In Search of Works for Younger Singers," is one outcome of a three-month fellowship Whitfield received for research and study in Germany during the summer of 2012.

Cooper Jacks, senior history major, presented a paper titled "The Third Reich's Use of an Enemy: Christianity" on Nov. 10 at the University of Northern Iowa's State Phi Alpha Theta (International history honor society) Conference.

Dan Davis gave a talk on "New Discoveries in the Deep-Water Archaeology of the Black Sea" at Case Western University on Nov. 14.

Kirk Larsen and student Calla Olson presented results of their research at the national meeting of the Entomological Society of America Nov. 11-14 in Knoxville, Tenn., and also had a "Luther gathering" with eight Luther alumni entomologists.

Loren Toussaint was invited to be part of a special issue of the Journal of Psychology and Christianity. His contribution was an article titled, "Laboratory for the Investigation of Mind, Body, and Spirit at Luther College: Developing Undergraduate Scholars in Psychology of Religion, Spirituality, Health, and Medicine." The College, as well as, Toussaint's lab, research team and student-faculty collaborative model are featured in the article. The full article can be found at: www.luther.edu/touslo01/laboratory/.

Victoria Christman presented the paper, "Hell Hath No Fury…: An 'Uproar' of Women in Antwerp (1522)," at the Sixteenth Century Studies Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio. Her panel was entitled "Negotiating Discipline with Consistories and Inquisitions."

Kate Narveson gave a paper titled "My most precious jewel: women’s manuscript devotional books as iconic objects," at the Sixteenth Century Studies Conference in Cincinnati in October.


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: Six wood chairs, need a little TLC. Call 387-1531 or email <lensinpe>.

Test administrator needed: Someone to administer admission tests at Luther College. Includes ACT (six dates in September, October, December, February, April, June); SAT (two dates in November and May); and LSAT (four dates in June, October, December and February). Honoraria varies with the number testing and the various options, but usually ranges between $100 and $175 for the supervisor per test. Time commitment is approximately six hours per testing date. If interested, contact the Dean’s Office, 387-1005 or <deansoffice>.

Needed: One Christmas at Luther ticket for Friday, Nov. 30, 6:30 p.m. for a friend visiting from out of town. Contact Carol Hester 387-1200, 382-8524 or <hesterca>.

To give away: Interior wood 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.

House for rent: Near Phelps Park. Three bedrooms, one and 3/4 baths, large sunny rooms including living, dining, and sitting rooms, older kitchen. No smoking. Open to month-by-month lease up through July. Contact <narveska>, 382-3242 or 382-3898.

For sale: DP Fit for Life Trac 20 weight bench; older model but used very little. Contact <lensinpe> or 387-1531.


LIS Tip of the Week

Check out the library's magazine collection on the main floor, behind the computer lab. Read current and past issues of "Opera News," "The New Yorker," "Runner's World," "Time" and more. For more information see visitlis.luther.edu/tips.

Sustainability tip

Excerpts from the study "Public Support for Climate and Energy Policies in September 2012" from the "Yale Project on Climate Change Communication" are below:

  • A majority of Americans say they would vote for a candidate who supports a revenue neutral carbon tax if it created more jobs in the renewable energy and energy efficiency industries, decreased pollution or helped to pay down the national debt.
  • Six in ten Americans, 61 percent, say the U.S. should reduce its own greenhouse gas emissions regardless of what other countries do.
  • Majorities also support funding more research into renewable energy sources, 73 percent; providing tax rebates for people who purchase energy-efficient vehicles or solar panels, 73 percent; regulating carbon dioxide as a pollutant, 66 percent; eliminating all subsidies for the fossil-fuel industry, 59 percent; and expanding offshore drilling for oil and natural gas off the U.S. coast, 58 percent.

And finally…

Happy Thanksgiving:

Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough.
Oprah Winfrey