Tuesday, June 23

TUESDAY 6/23/15

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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.

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.


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.

KATIE email errors fixed

The KATIE support team recognizes that erroneous emails were sent out during our work with course evaluations for the 2015SP courses. We have resolved this issue. We appreciate your understanding and will notify instructors when course evaluations are ready to view.



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.

How to build a low-cost hoophouse for home production

This class has been rescheduled for noon-1 p.m. Thursday, June 25, at the College Farm. Hoop houses provide shelter for seedlings and early and late season crops. Many companies now offer greenhouses and hoop houses that are sized for home production. These structures can be expensive but the good news is that you can build one yourself. Giles Teslow and Perry Halse will be on hand to provide design ideas and tips.

Green smoothie class June 26

Ever wondered about the green smoothie craze? Come taste how good spinach and pineapple juice are together. Be inspired and get green in the Green Smoothie God class. The class will be held from noon-1 p.m. Friday, June 26, in Valders 379. Ruth Jenkins from Oneota Food Coop will be the instructor. Registration is required.

Veggie Nori Rolls and Guo Cuon

Bring some new flavors into the kitchen with Nori Rolls and Guo Cuon. Eric Baack will demonstrate techniques and help you wrap your own creative rolls during this hands on class. These are a good snack for kids and a great way to have them assist with food preparation. The class will be held noon- 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 1, in Valders 379. Registration is required.

walkLUTHER staff book discussion

Like to read? Like to walk? Come on out for the walkLUTHER book discussion. Over the course of four Wednesdays in July (8, 15, 22 and 29) we will walk for approximately 30 minutes on the Luther campus while talking about the book "Shakespeare Saved my Life," English professor Laura Bates' account of her experiences teaching Shakespeare in a super-maximum security prison unit. Kristin Swanson will have a few discussion questions prepared each week to spark conversation while walking and you can bring your own questions, too. The group will meet at 9:30 a.m. in front of the Union each Wednesday. The book is available at no cost in the bookstore; to participate please RSVP to Kristin Swanson <swansokr> by July 1 to make sure enough books are available.


Celebrations this week


June 23:Sue Drilling, Matthew Hughes, Karen Martin-Schramm
June 24: Novian Whitsitt
June 25: Carolyn Rod
June 26: Carol Hester
June 27: James Schell
June 28: Phil Gibbs
June 29: Nicholas Lauer, Sharon Phillips


June 25: Jan Koenig (25 years) 

Pastor Amy Larson accepts new call

College Ministries extends our congratulations and blessings to Pastor Amy Larson as she has accepted a new call to serve as pastor of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Decorah, beginning Aug. 10. College Ministries will host a farewell reception for Pastor Amy this fall so students can join in expressing gratitude for Pastor Amy's ministry with the Luther community over the past 10 years. Pastor Judd will continue serving as interim pastor this fall.


To Admissions on the births of three new little ones in their department. In case you missed it last week: Sanna Louise was born to Catherine (also communications and marketing) and Jake (Diversity Center) Dyer, Jackson Joseph was born to Michael and Sarah Elliott, and Brandt Alexander was born to Alex and Laura Smith. All are doing well.


To Leah McCrea and other family of Cliff English, professor emeritus of sociology, who died on June 21 in Durham, North Carolina, following a brief illness. Cliff and his wife, Sue, were in Durham to attend the wedding of their daughter Brittany. A celebration of Cliff's life will be held in Decorah later this summer. 

To Marsha Wenthold and family on the June 17 death of Marsha's mother Edna Thompson, 90, of Burnsville, Minnesota. A memorial service will be held July 11 at the Ebenezer Ridges Care Center Chapel in Burnsville.

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.


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>.

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.

For sale: Luther College has, with thanks to many, many donors, made many changes to the collection of pianos. The music department now has seven surplus pianos for sale. They are all Baldwin/Hamilton uprights and range in price from $300 to $995. All the pianos will be sold as is and the buyer is responsible for transport. Proceeds will go to the Music Department Piano Maintenance fund to help with the care and feeding of our current pianos. Please contact Mike Reiter, keyboard technician, 387-1204 or <mdreiter440>.

For sale: 54 red colored concrete pavers, size 12"x12". Ideal for a small patio or walkway. We resided the house and the red color no longer works. $20 for the lot. Contact <carlsosc>.

For sale: Hit the trail with this Specialized HotRock youth bike. Seven speeds, 24-inch wheels, and an 11-12 inch frame (fits ages 7-12). In great shape. Asking $100. Contact <carlsosc>.

For rent: Four-bedroom home for rent at 309 Ohio St. Stove, fridge, washer and dryer included. All hardwood floors, screened in porch, large yard. $1,000 month, tenant pays all utilities and landlord mows the lawn. Email [email protected] for a rental application or call 380-1415.

For sale: Not the season yet, but will be soon enough. Snow tires for sale for 2012 Honda Odyssey Minivan. I traded my minivan and still have top of the line snow tires used only two seasons purchased new at Decorah Auto for $600. Tires are p235/65 r17 Nittos. Neither snow nor ice stopped the Odyssey with these tires. Bought new for $600, asking $400 for all four or best offer. Email <kimpowell> if interested.

Rummage sale: Come peruse the treasures at the annual Mega-Multi-Family Garage Sale 3-7 p.m. Friday, June 26, and 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, June 27, at 507 River St. We've got this, that and the other, including furniture, toys, kid clothes (including PJs and swimsuits), adult clothes, kitchen gear and gadgets, home decor, a small TV, scrapbooking supplies and so much more. Finishing consolidating houses before our big day-help us find new homes for our treasured goods. Questions? Contact Julie, 387-1865 or <julie>.


And finally...

Emergency preparedness month is not until September, but we should be prepared all year long. Considering yesterday's weather warnings, now is the perfect time. Have you signed up for the free Winneshiek County emergency alert system yet? It will let users know via text, email and/or phone of emergency announcements and weather warnings in the Winneshiek County area. Help Winneshiek Emergency Preparedness Coalition prepare the county. Available at http://tinyurl.com/wcalert.