Tuesday, June 16

TUESDAY 6/16/15

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Renae Hartl named new athletic director

Luther College President Paula J. Carlson has announced the appointment of Renae R. Hartl, as the college's new athletic director beginning July 1.

"Renae Hartl has a record of success as a head coach, administrator and instructor at Luther. She knows the college well, and she has a deep commitment to students, to the athletics program, and to Luther's mission. I look forward to her dedicated leadership and ongoing contributions to the college in her new position as athletic director," said President Carlson.

Hartl succeeds Joe Thompson, who served the college for 20 years as Luther's athletic director. 

President Carlson announces new vp appointment

Luther College President Paula J. Carlson has announced the appointment of Eric J. Runestad as vice president for finance and administration, beginning July 1.

"Dr. Runestad brings more than 20 years of experience and success in financial, program and operations management in higher education and nonprofit organizations. I look forward to Dr. Runestad's service as chief financial officer, building on Luther's history of wise stewardship of the college's resources to achieve our mission," said President Carlson.

Runestad succeeds Diane Tacke, who served 18 years as Luther's vice president for finance and administration.

Thank you

As the Development team does the final wrap-up and close out for the 2014-15 fiscal year (we're double-checking all our tabulations, crossing the t's and dotting the i's), it looks like this past year will be one for the record books. With deep gratitude and heartfelt thanks to all our generous donors to Luther College--alumni, parents, friends, faculty/staff/emeriti, foundations and corporations, all--we are happy to report $9.78 million in outright gifts/pledges and $4.8 million in planned gifts have been given to the college for a grand total of $14,594,446. All this success is accomplished in partnership with our entire community. Thank you, thank you, thank you everyone!

Retired faculty granted emeritus/emerita status

Congratulations to the following retired faculty members granted emeritus/emerita status: Mary Lewis, Tex Sordahl, Carolyn Mottley, Chuck Christianson, Odette Bruneau, Nick Preus, John Goodin, Steve Hubbard, Ruth Caldwell, Marjorie Wharton, Jim Griesheimer, Donna Kubesh and Joe Thompson.

Staff Day wrap-up

Thanks to all who participated in Staff Day. Please take a moment to fill out the  evaluation form.  We value your feedback as we plan future programs.


School Matinee Performances announced

Luther College's School Matinee Performances for the 2015-16 season feature four theater performances: "From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler," "Letters Home," "The Berenstain Bears LIVE! in 'Family Matters, The Musical'" and "Skippyjon Jones, Snow What (and The Seven Chihuahuas)." The varied performances offer age-appropriate entertainment for youth ages two to 18.

Area schools have seating priority for school matinees; community members are welcome as space is available. Performances take place in the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall and each show is approximately one hour in length.

OFS closes out end of year

The college's fiscal year ended May 31. The Office for Financial Services reminds all faculty and staff that supplies, materials, etc., must have been received by May 31 to be expensed to a FY 14-15 budget.

Additionally, all outstanding travel expense reports, credit card reports, original invoices (no faxed copies), supporting purchase orders/purchase permits, or account adjustments should be sent to OFS immediately to be included in FY 14-15 budget. Items for deposit that were in Luther's possession by May 31 should be brought to OFS immediately. Thank you for helping OFS close the year in a timely manner.

Making the most of new features in KATIE

New KATIE features are coming in August 2015. Want to know more about making the most of these new features for classes? Here is that chance! KATIE Summer Faculty Workshops are scheduled for June 16 and Aug. 20. For details and to sign up, visit https://www.luther.edu/lis/events/.

Copies of summer reading available 

Copies of the 2015 summer reading, "The Book of Unknown Americans" by Cristina Henríquez, are still available free of charge at the Book Shop for faculty and staff who will not be receiving the book as part of their work with first-year students. The Paideia Governing Board and the Office of the Dean invite you to join in conversation with the first-year class. It is a story about family, responsibility, hope and regret; told by an array of characters from Central and South America.

Change in policy regarding funeral receptions

It has been the practice at Luther to help with food for funerals in the event of an employee death, the death of an employee spouse or dependent child, or the death of an emeriti faculty member or retiree. 

It has become difficult to offer this gift equitably because many former employees move away from Decorah. In response, the college is changing its practice and will in the future assist with funeral receptions in the event of the death of a current employee or the death of a current employee's spouse or dependent child.  

The new policy is the following: In the event of an employee death or the death of an employee's spouse or dependent child, Luther College will provide a $500 support gift to the family to help cover food and hospitality costs for the funeral or memorial service. This policy includes Sodexo and Ricoh employees who currently work at Luther College.



Chapel will resume when the fall class schedule begins.

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

The basics of risotto

Do you love risotto? Have you heard that it can be tricky to make? Join Kristen Underwood as she helps to demystify risotto. She will demonstrate a basic risotto recipe and discuss the many delicious ways it can be dressed up with the addition of seasonal vegetables. The class will be noon-1 p.m. Tuesday, June 16, in Valders 379. All faculty, staff and students are welcome. Registration is required.

Slow and low: African peanut stew

Connecting the dots between our busy lifestyles and our search for good food, the Green Iowa AmeriCorps team brings slow cooking to the Luther College classroom. Join us for a lunch hour recipe demonstration and learn the many merits of slow cooking, from easy preparation to lower energy usage to increased local food consumption. Each class participant will receive in-class samples, recipes and informational handouts. Class will be noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, June 17, in Valders 379. Registration required.

Farewell for Ben Wilbur

Ben Wilbur has accepted an information technology analyst and programmer position with Mayo Clinic in Rochester starting June 29. The Luther community is invited to help us thank Ben for his innovation and contributions to the Software Development team and wish him continued success in his new position at a reception from 2:30-4 p.m. Thursday, June 18, in Adams lounge, outside of Admissions.

Patchwork Green farm tour and potluck

This tour is highly recommended for anyone who has a CSA share through Patchwork Green Farm. During the tour, participants will have the opportunity to explore Patchwork Green Farm, learn about their growing practices and ask questions. Please bring a dish to pass, your own serviceware and perhaps chairs or a blanket to sit on. The event is Thursday, June 18, with the tour at 5:30 p.m. and potluck to follow. Registration is required; contact Miranda Gumpert for more information, <gumpmi01>.

Preview Day June 19

Luther College will host a Preview Day for rising high school juniors and seniors Friday, June 19, giving students the opportunity to see the quality of life on campus, discover the academic excellence of Luther students, and explore everything else Luther has to offer. Parents are welcome and encouraged to attend. To register for the June 19 Luther College Preview Day go to www.luther.edu/admissions/visit

Strawberry picking at Wolds 

Strawberry picking is a fun summer activity for anyone who enjoys eating these delicious fruits while they are in the peak of their season. Stock up on strawberries now to enjoy them throughout the rest of the year. Vans will be available for transport, but participants are also welcome to drive themselves out to the farm to meet the group there. The event is from 4:45-7 p.m. Friday, June 19. Registration is required; contact Miranda Gumpert for more information, <gumpmi01>.

Sweet and savory crepes 

Have you ever wondered how to make crepes? This class will teach you how. Join Nikolay Suvorov for a demonstration on how to make great crepes. Both sweet and savory variations will be available for sampling. The class is from noon-1 p.m. Monday, June 22, in Valders 379. Registration is required; contact Miranda Gumpert for more information, <gumpmi01>. 

'Kernels of the Past' art exhibit

Luther College and Decorah's Seed Savers Exchange are pleased to present "Kernels of the Past: Portraits of Heirloom and Historic Maize Varieties," a sample of David Cavagnaro's garden photography on display during the majority of the summer in Preus Library on the Luther campus.

The exhibit, on loan from the Roy J. Carver Co-Lab Collection at Iowa State University, is open to the public with no charge for admission.

walkLUTHER staff book discussion

Beginning July 8 at 9:30 a.m. in front of the Union, Kristin Swanson will lead a book discussion while walking around Luther's campus. The book, "Shakespeare Saved my Life," is available at no cost in the Bookstore. The group will meet at 9:30 a.m. four times, July 8, 15, 22 and 29, to walk for approximately 30 minutes and discuss the assigned readings. RSVP to Kristin Swanson <swansokr> by July 1.


Celebrations this week


June 16: Anne-Marine Feat, Michael Reiter
June 17: Adam Forsyth
June 18: Jonathon Struve, Kristin Swanson
June 20: Barb Bohach, Perry Halse
June 21: Dave Mitchell
June 22: Mary Lewis, Wade Shilts 


June 19: Julie Bakken, 20 years, Paul Frana, 20 years 


To Michael and Sarah Elliott on the birth of their son, Jackson Joseph. Jackson weighed five pounds, 12 ounces and was 18.5 inches long. Mom and baby are doing well.

To Catherine and Jake Dyer on the birth of their daughter, Sanna Louise. Sanna weighed eight pounds, 12 ounces and was 20.25 inches long. Mom and baby are doing well, and big brother Rufus is already protective of his new little sister.

To Alex and Laura Smith on the birth of their son, Brandt Alexander. Bennett and Barrett welcome their baby brother who was born on June 12 at 8 a.m. weighing 7 pounds, 14 ounces. All are doing well.

Thank you

Thank you to all my fellow admissions co-workers as well as the rest of campus who sent cards, emails or stopped to wish me well on my retirement. I'm looking forward to this next phase of life, but will greatly miss all my Luther friends. My plan is to visit often. Thank you Luther for the past 30 years!    

-Marty Berg


To Char Halvorson on the June 9 passing of her father, Jimmy Allen Jones, 68, of Grand Junction, Colorado.

Job openings

Full-time Help Desk lead: Participates on the User Services and Technology Help Desk teams within Library and Information Services to provide key leadership and operational development to enable LIS to provide timely and comprehensive workstation support for technology users across campus. The Help Desk lead takes responsibility for the overall quality of the LIS Technology Help Desk functions and for the continuous improvement of services. Bachelor's degree required, with preference for computer and communications-related fields.

Head strength and conditioning coach: (.83FTE) The strength and conditioning coach will be responsible for developing, organizing and monitoring individualized strength training programs for members of 19 intercollegiate athletics teams; organizing and managing individual and team strength data; providing instruction in proper lifting techniques and speed development; leading team strength and conditioning sessions; testing and evaluating physical performance and improvement; and collaborating with athletics training staff to facilitate injury rehabilitation. The head strength and conditioning coach will work collaboratively with the Legends Center director to create a safe and clean environment, develop facility policies and procedures, and purchase and maintain equipment.

Programmer analyst: Full-time programmer analyst to develop software solutions and provide support for information systems serving students, faculty, staff and alumni. Knowledge of procedural computer languages and experience using SQL databases is required. Should have excellent communication skills and analytical skills. Technical knowledge of Microsoft SQL Server, web APIs, security, and network interfaces is desired. Bachelor's degree in computer science or equivalent combination of education and related experience is preferred. Experience in system analysis, web-based application programming, report creation and systems programming required. Knowledge of SQL relational databases and web or structured programming languages preferred. 

Luther College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and persons of diverse ethnic backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply. For full posting and application information on all current openings, please go to the employment website at https://luthercollege.hiretouch.com.


Todd Pedlar has been awarded a three-year grant renewal from the National Science Foundation for 2015-18, in the sum of $150,561, supporting his work and that of his research students in elementary particle physics. Pedlar's primary concentration is the study of the physics of heavy quark systems as a member of the Belle and Belle II Collaborations, which together involve 600 physicists from around the world who work together on a large particle physics experiment based at KEK, the national high energy physics laboratory in Japan. Pedlar and his students are analyzing data from the Belle experiment, and are preparing for upcoming experimental runs which will begin data-taking in 2017. 

Jane Hawley and Jodi Enos-Berlage's collaborative arts and science work "Body of Water" was adapted for and performed at the inaugural Grinnell College Summerfest on Saturday, June 6. Dance, music and video combined to reveal the sacredness of water, raising awareness and reverence for this essential molecule and elixir of life. Sarah Frydenlund '05, directed the Grinnell performance, Ian Carstens '14, coordinated cinematography, and Jon Ailabouni '10 served as composer and keyboardist.  Performers were Dakota Lancour '15, Catherine Lewis '16, Sara Maronde '15, Deveny Miles '17, James Mueller '16, Tavis Nietert '15, and Marah Owecke '17.  Student musicians were Evan Mattsen '15, Aidan Schmitt '17, and Zach Ryerson '17. A feature story and followup on the original Body of Water performance (Mar 5-7, Jewel Theatre, Center for the Arts, Luther College) were also published in the Des Moines Register.


For sale/trade: Partial Yakima roof rack system: two-48" crossbars, two-bicycle roof rack systems (two wheels in tray), Malone roof rack kayak system for two kayaks. All components purchased in 2011 (good condition). Yakima system does not come with Q towers or clips. $200 or best offer, Contact Benjamin, <yatebe01> or (319) 296-6639

Roommate needed: New lease beginning Sept. 1. Spacious bedroom available with plenty of shared space and storage throughout the house located two blocks from downtown Decorah. NP/NS. Contact Alyssa at <rittal01> or (608) 769-5266.

Bike needed: Looking for a boy's bike, suitable for a five-year-old, to purchase used. Contact 382-4802 or <schollde>.

For sale: Porch swing and hardware to hang-new chains, etc. $15, negotiable. A few slats of the swing are cracked and need to be replaced. Contact Molly <mcnimo01>.

Housing needed: Younger married couple with two gentle but large dogs seeking rental housing starting in July. Dogs have never destroyed or damaged any part of a house including wood floors. We're good tenants and good neighbors. Like all good Iowans, we'll leave it better than we found it. Contact Jesse (360) 489-7100.

Home for sale: Enjoy the all the comforts of this "ready to move-into" ranch three bedroom home located just outside the city limits! You get the city amenities such as sewer and water but at lower tax rate. The open floor plan and finished basement provide great space for family activities and entertaining. Plenty of room for vehicles, toys, tools and yard equipment in garage and garden shed. Contact Benjamin,<wilburb> or (507) 429-0136.

For rent: Home 20 minutes from campus, three-bedroom, one-bath ranch house. Completely furnished. $500/month plus utilities. House has a one-car attached garage, plus a car-port. Located in Crecso Ia. Contact <halvly01> or 419-2897.


And finally...

Today is National Fudge Day and tomorrow is Eat Your Vegetables Day. Coincidence? Absolutely not.

The origins of Fudge Day are unknown, but it cannot be denied that celebrating this delicious, sweet treat is a great way to spend the day. Fudge is soft, smooth confectionary made by heating and mixing milk, butter and sugar. A variety of other ingredients can then be added to create assorted flavors of fudge. Some of the most popular flavors include chocolate and peanut butter.

Eat Your Vegetables Day is a movement to make a solid attempt to eat all of your veggies. Why not go a step further by trying new or exotic vegetables, or preparing and cooking familiar favorites in new and exciting recipes?

Enjoy fudge and veggies this week!