Tuesday, Jan. 20

TUESDAY 1/20/15

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Fall 2014 individual course evaluation reports available

Faculty can access their individual fall 2014 course evaluation reports on Google Drive. Due to changes Google made to its spreadsheets, LIS needed to use a different approach to processing the data this term. Because of this change we are asking faculty to carefully scrutinize their reports. Departmental course evaluation reports will be available shortly with notification posted on the LIS Blog and KATIE Recent News block.

Fall 2014: Departmental Course Evaluation Reports available

Dean's Office staff and department heads can now access the fall 2014 departmental course evaluation reports on Google Drive.  

To view departmental course evaluation reports, search for "Departmental Course Evaluation Report 2014FA" in either Google Drive or Google Docs. Clicking on the appropriate title will then open the document for review.

KATIE upgrade complete

All work related to moving KATIE to a new server was completed by LIS staff on Tuesday, Dec. 30. LIS appreciates the patience and understanding of the Luther community as we completed the process, which will lead to greater stability and performance for the KATIE system.

Learn the basics of teaching with Moodle in free, online course

Moodle, the learning management system we brand as KATIE, is offering a free, online course for instructors. Covering the basics of how to teach with Moodle, the course begins Jan. 11 and will last for four weeks. It requires two or three asynchronous hours of work per week. Interested people may sign-up online.  Interested in connecting with others on campus who are taking this course? Please contact Jennifer Rian <rianje01>.

Music students off campus for semester tour concerts

Student musicians from the following ensembles will miss classes on the following days during second semester for off-campus tour concerts. Rosters for each ensemble, which are regularly updated, can be found by clicking on the links for each ensemble's name.

'Don't Shoot' series: book discussion

The Center for Ethics and Public Life and the Diversity Center are sponsoring book discussions of Colin Gordon's book "Mapping Decline: St. Louis and the Fate of the American City." Discussions will take place at 4 p.m. on Feb. 26, March 5 and 12 in Nansen. Gordon will join the book discussion on March 12, prior to his lecture at 7 p.m. There are a very limited number of books; participants are asked to commit to attending all book discussions. Books can be picked up at the Counseling Service, located in the lower level of Larsen Hall. Contact Stu Johnston, <johnstst>, with questions.

Online alumni magazine is all new

The winter issue of the Luther Alumni Magazine is now available online in a redesigned format that allows for viewing on wide screens, tablets and phones. The new site makes it easy to read and share stories, and the flipbook format is still available. Find obituaries through a menu link or go straight to luther.edu/in-memoriam. The printed issues of the winter magazine are in the mail.

Set up your free Akimboo.com account for on-demand wellness videos

Akimboo provides short yoga poses for the workplace with instructor Molly Lesmeister.  

  • Go to www.akimboo.com.
  • Click "sign up"  (top right corner).
  • Enter your email and confirm it.
  • Receive a confirmation in your inbox with further instructions. May take a few minutes to arrive.
  • Click the link in your email 
  • Create your personal password (password retrieval is available if you forget).
  • Set your calendar to follow a wellness video daily at 10 and 2.

Blogs feature students

Throughout the month of January the Ideas and Creations blog will feature selected student blogs from Luther's January Term Course Blogs. Take a moment to catch up with your favorite faculty and staff bloggers and spend a little time discovering new favorites.

Dates are booking fast

Luther College Catering urges groups to book early for year end banquets and award ceremonies. Dates are going fast and and space is limited. For requests contact AmyJo DeCarlo, 387-1395 <catering>.

Launching Luther Leaders nomination form

Launching Luther Leaders is seeking new student membership from the class of 2017. Faculty, staff and current classes of L3 may nominate potential and current student leaders who want to develop their leadership skills and pursue a variety of leadership experiences. Requirements include a minimum 2.50 GPA and sophomore status. Nominate students online. Applications will be sent to the student to continue the process of selection for the certificate program. Deadline for nominations is Saturday, Jan. 31. Contact Kasey Nikkel, <kasey.nikkel> with questions.


Home sporting events this week

Jan. 20:

  • Men's and Women's Swim/Dive vs. Coe College, 1 p.m.
  • Women's Basketball vs. Loras College, 2 p.m.
  • Men's Basketball vs. Loras College, 4 p.m.

See the Norse Athletics webpage for the complete schedule of all competitions, live-streaming, results, rosters and more.

Chapel schedule

J-term chapel invitation: Drawing on the community patterns of J-term, College Ministries invites people into community daily during J-term at 10:30 a.m.

Mondays and Wednesdays will involve music and preaching; Tuesdays gather for Table Talk in Marty's, an informal conversation with the campus pastors; Thursdays gather for community singing with Liz Rog in the CRH; and Fridays walk the Prayer Labyrinth in the CRH.

Wednesday, Jan. 21: Julie Chamberlain, CRH
Monday, Jan. 26: Sharon Jacobs, Movement and Faith Class, CRH

See the College Ministries webpage for the full chapel schedule, along with information on Sunday worship, Holden Evening Prayer and other worship opportunities.

'Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse' performances Jan. 20

Luther College presents Omaha Theatre Company's stage adaptation of Kevin Henkes' award-winning children's book, "Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse," at 10 a.m.and 12:30 p.m. in the CFL Main Hall Tuesday, Jan. 20. Tickets, on sale for $2 in Luther's Ticket Office, may also be purchased by phone 387-1291, or via email <phillibr>. Area schools hold priority for school matinees, however, community members are welcome as space is available.

Women's Club meeting Jan. 20

Luther College Woman's Club meets at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 20, in Peace Dining Room, Dahl Centennial Union. The program title for the meeting is "Museum Studies: What's New at Porter House and Vesterheim." With guest speakers Emily Minear, coordinator at Porter House, and Alison Dwyer, collections manager at Vesterheim. There will also be special music, a brief meeting and social/coffee time. All are welcome. Shuttle service leaves from the pool parking lot at 1:10 p.m.

Authors to read selected works at Luther Jan. 22

Margaret Yapp '15 and guest authors Denton Loving and John Domini will present a reading of selected works at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, in Olin 102. This addition to the Guest Readings series is open to the public with no charge for admission.

'Dear White People' film screening and discussion Jan. 22

Winner of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival's Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Talent, "Dear White People" is a sly, provocative satire of race relations in the age of Obama. Writer/director Justin Simien follows a group of African American students as they navigate campus life and racial politics at a predominantly white college. "R" rating is for language, sexual content and drug use. Kenechukwu Okeke '16 will be performing a poem following the movie.

The screening will take place at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan, 22, in Valders 206 with a discussion to follow, led by guests Julia Schumacher '09 and Ericka Merriwether, doctor of physical therapy. Cost for the film is $2. SAC Cinema and the Diversity Center are sponsoring this activity.

'Recovery Tour' Jan. 23

The community is invited to "Recovery Tour" with Mike and Sue Blair, at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23, in the CFL Recital Hall. Inspired by Sue's journey of complete remission from Hodgkins Lymphoma in 2012-13, "Recovery Tour" will offer stories and songs of faith, laughter and healing that invite reflections on recovery as a universal theme. Sponsored by College Ministries, the event is open to the public with no charge for admission.

Luther to host 'Going Solar' workshop Jan. 24

The Luther College Center for Sustainable Communities and the Winneshiek Energy District, proponents of solar energy, will together host a workshop on solar energy from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Jan. 24, in the Valders Hall of Science Concourse. The workshop is open to the public with no charge for admission, however registration is required. Sign up online at: http://tinyurl.com/luthergoingsolar. Two separate information tracks will be held: one tailored to residential interests and one designed for commercial/agriculture proponents.

Invitation to Community Day

Faculty and staff are invited to attend Community Day sponsored by Bank of the West on Saturday, Jan. 24. The event schedule is as follows:

  • Swimming vs. Coe 1:00 p.m.
  • Women's Basketball vs. Loras 2:00 p.m.
  • Men's Basketball vs. Loras 4:00 p.m.

A free community picnic will take place from 3:30-5:15 p.m. in the North Gym between basketball games and will consist of hot dogs, chips, water and ice cream. RSVP on the alumni website.

'Paradise Lost' Marathon Jan. 26

The members of English 363 extend an invitation to attend a marathon reading of John Milton's "Paradise Lost" from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 26 in the lobby of the Union. Email <rowhli01> to sign up to read a 15-minute segment of the poem or drop by throughout the day to listen to some of Milton's epic verse. Join us for transcendent poetry and apple-themed snacks.

Reminder: J-term blood drive Jan. 27

A Red Cross blood drive sponsored by APO will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27, in Brunsdale Lounge between Miller and Dieseth. Call 1-800-733-2767 for available times or make an appointment online. Email Mikayla Brockmeyer, <brocmi01>, with any questions.

'A Delicious Confection': students to perform operatic scenes Jan. 27

Luther College students in the January term Introduction to Opera class will present the opera program "A Delicious Confection" 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27, in the Noble Recital Hall. The program is open to the public with no charge for admission.

'Messiah' tickets on sale

Tickets for the Spring 2015 Oratorio are now on sale. Handel's "Messiah" will be performed by student soloists, Cathedral Choir, Collegiate Chorale, Nordic Choir and Symphony Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. March 27 in the CFL Main Hall. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students (18 and under). Tickets are free for all Luther faculty, staff and students, and must be obtained in person at the Ticket Office. Tickets for the Minneapolis performance at Orchestra Hall on Sunday, March 29, are also available.

Charles Smith's sculpture installation on display through Feb. 12

"Inside/Outside: Contemporary Folk Art by Dr. Charles Smith (1940-)" consisting of six sculptures created by the contemporary folk artist is on display through Feb. 12 in the Kristin Wigley-Fleming Art Gallery in the CFA. Curated by Katie Mathis, Luther College class of 2015, the exhibit is part of Mathis' senior project in art history and is open to the public with no charge for admission.

Lunch hour yoga series

Join Molly Lesmeister for a six-week yoga session Feb. 9-March 19. Two class options are offered: 11 a.m. on Monday and 1 p.m. on Thursday. Note the time changes from previous sessions. Classes are 50 minutes in length. Sign up for one class a week or both. Beginners are welcome. Class will be held in Studio II of the CFA. Props provided, no experience necessary. Registration is $18 for one class per week and $36 for two classes per week. Checks can be made payable to Luther College, payment due the first day of class. Register by emailing Molly, [email protected].

50 Years of Women's Athletics luncheon Feb. 14

Fifty years ago Luther College sponsored its first varsity athletic teams for women. A luncheon in celebration of women's athletics at Luther will be held at noon Saturday, Feb. 14, in Peace Dining Room. After enjoying lunch, individuals who participated or coached during the early years of women's athletics at Luther College will share their experiences. Additionally, special tribute will be payed to those individuals who were members on the first team in each sport.

Luncheon cost is $15, open to everyone wanting to celebrate women's athletics.  Please RSVP online or by phone, 387-1575, by Monday, Feb. 2.


Celebrations this week

Jan. 21: Ruth Caldwell, Andrea Homstad, Giles Teslow, Joseph Needham, Jason Britton
Jan. 22: Chuck Riha, David Kamm, Jeremy Ische
Jan. 23: Alexandra White
Jan. 24: Tony Guzman
Jan. 25: Patti Hughes
Jan. 26: Rene Donlan, Rachel Brummel


To Scot Schaeffer on the Jan. 8 death of his mother-in-law, Jean Kraft, of St. Charles, Illinois.

To Vikki Barness on the Jan. 14 death of her father-in-law, Ralph Barness, of West Union, Iowa.

New employees

Patti and Rick Hughes​ are the new managers/caretakers for the Luther College Sperati guest house. Make reservations with Patti or Rick by calling 380-7289, extention 1050 or emailing them, <hughpa02>. Patti will also continue her duties as a custodial staff member in Jenson Hall.

Job opening

College archivist: The successful candidate will lead development and implementation of college archival and records management programs, share responsibility for defining and delivering research-based services to the faculty, students and staff, and provide other services related to the history and documentation of Luther College and the greater Luther community. Qualified candidates will have a master's degree in library and information science or archival studies from an ALA-accredited program, or related field; experience with metadata for and preservation of digitized and/or born digital materials; and familiarity with professional standards and emerging technologies in archives and archival practice.

To view the complete job description and apply for this position and all current openings, please go to the employment website at https://luthercollege.hiretouch.com.


Gregory Peterson gave a presentation on Lutheran Hymnody for the Root River Conference Pastors on Jan. 13 at Scheie Lutheran Church in Mable, Minnesota.

Robert Shedinger's article "Jesus and Jihad: Transcending the Politics of the Sacred" has appeared in the anthology "Sacred Texts and Human Contexts" published by the Hickey Center for Interfaith Studies and Dialogue at Nazareth College.

Luther's Cafeteria to Community program awarded $2,466 grant

Luther College received a grant of $2,466 from Alliant Energy Foundation in support of Luther's Cafeteria to Community program. The grant will help the college purchase reusable and disposable containers, to help maintain the program and minimize waste. Since the program began in November 2013, more than 14,000 pounds of food have been packaged and donated to people in the Decorah community and the program continues to grow each day.


For sale: Gently used men's snow shoes, brand Tubbs Eclipse. $25.  Contact <chrija02>.

For sale: White Amana microwave, over the range, $20. Kenmore Elite countertop microwave, four years old, $40. Call Bob, 419-2517.

For sale: 2007 John Deere Gator. 4X4 with hard cab and removable doors. Power dump box with snow or rock blade. Diesel motor. Very good condition. $5,500 or best offer. Contact Lyle, <halvly01> or 419-2897.

Seeking rental: We have sold our home and are looking for a temporary place to rent from March 1-May 31. Nonsmoking older couple with no children or pets. Please contact Helen, 641-330-8826 or <westhe01>.

For rent: One room in a shared house for six months, with the potential to become permanent. Home is fully furnished with a well-equipped kitchen. New paint and carpeting throughout. Nice home on a quiet street in Decorah. No smoking, pet negotiable with deposit. $450/month includes all utilities. Available Feb. 1, earlier if necessary. More information online or contact <moorho01>.

Moving sale: Everything must go. 12-7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23, and 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, at 807 S. Mill St. in Decorah. Home decor, vintage fabrics, mid-century collectibles, retro lamps and small furniture items. Collectible Red Wing pottery and beautiful mercury glass. Majority of items are antiques. Something for everyone, and items are priced to move. For more information contact Holly, <moorho01>.

For sale: Family-raised beef, in 1/4 or 1/2 beef quantities.  No hormones or antibiotics. To be processed by Spillville Locker on Jan. 27.  For more information email <enosbejo>, or call John Berlage, 380-4185.

For sale: Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2, Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3, Call of Duty World at War, Saints Row 2 and Fable III (unopened). All games for $35. Contact Anna, <desafr01>.

For sale: 2008 Club Car Precedent Golf Car. New batteries Spring 2014. Excellent condition. $3500. Call Kent, 419-5681. Will deliver locally.

For sale: Soloflex exercise machine with all the accessories. Excellent condition. $100 or best offer. Call Kent, 419-5681.

For rent: Three bedroom ranch-style home with attached two-car garage. Eleven miles from Decorah on good road. Call Roger, 379-1900.


And finally...

January is National Mentoring Month. It's a great time to raise awareness of mentoring in formal and informal ways in hopes to add more mentors, youth and supporters to the mentoring mission. Check out Helping Services for NE Iowa for ways to contribute locally.