Tuesday, July 14

TUESDAY 7/14/15

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The college received word from Iowa's DOT that pavement planing/grooving will occur on US 52 from IA 9 north 4.2 miles. The construction started June 30 and is expected to run for 90 days. Please expect delays. Please alert those traveling to campus.

College Resource Council

President Paula Carlson has appointed Jon Lund as a staff representative to the College Resource Council (CRC). Lund currently serves as executive director of the Center for Global Learning and International Admissions. He replaces Paul Mattson, who has served on the CRC for the past three years.

Farewell Reception for Keith Christensen

Members of the campus and Decorah community are invited to attend a farewell reception for Keith Christensen, vice president of development, from 3 to 5 p.m. Tues., July 21, in Peace/Hammarsjkold. There will be a brief program at 3:45 p.m. Join us as we thank Keith for his long and distinguished service to his alma mater.


Volunteers needed for community-based bat research

Luther's biology department is looking for volunteers from the Decorah area to help collect data on bats. Important for insect control, plant pollination and fertilizer, several bat species are in decline and more information on them may help bring them back. Volunteers will walk one to two hours on trails around Decorah recording bat activity with an acoustic detector. Trails will be walked 30 minutes after sunset twice a month, July 1-Sept. 30. Interested in learning more? Want to volunteer? Come to an informational meeting 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 8, at the Oneota Community Food Co-op or at 8 p.m. Thursday, July 9, at Valders 262. Questions? Contact <batproject>.

New titles for Leisure Reading at the library

Looking for summer reading ideas? Check out the latest additions to Preus Library's Leisure Reading collection, including new releases from Jon Krakauer, Judy Blume, Judd Apatow, Sara Gruen and more.

For a complete list of new Leisure Reading books added in June, see https://tinyurl.com/otcdfmb. Visit the Leisure Reading section on the main floor of the library to find even more options.

Luther Soccer Instructional Camp July 20-23

The Luther College Soccer Camp offers Iowa and the Midwest top-quality soccer instruction. The camp enables aspiring players, ages 8-14, to learn the basic techniques and tactics of the game in an atmosphere of positive encouragement and support, while advanced players receive collegiate/pro-level training. Each camper will receive a camp T-shirt.

Check out the website for information and registration: https://www.luther.edu/sports/camps/soccer-instructional/.

Luther Soccer Mini Camp July 20-23

Luther's mini camp offers tremendous soccer instruction from qualified staff for boys and girls ages 4-7. The purpose of the camp is to introduce mini-campers to soccer by doing it the right way. Fundamental skills associated with the game are taught alongside simple concepts and ideas. Thus, a child's first steps in the game become a perfect foundation to further development.

For more information and registration: https://www.luther.edu/sports/camps/soccer-mini-1/.

Cafeteria Napkin Holder Advertising Requests

Any approved campus organization, department or office may reserve advertising space in the cafeteria napkin holders for up to one week at a time. To place a request, fill out the form at www.luther.edu/dining/submit/napkinholder/. Dining Services Office will verify via email if the requested week is available for advertising. Questions or comments contact <diningservices>.


Humble Hands Harvest work day and potluck

Join Hannah for a tour and work day at Humble Hands Harvest Farm. Participants will have the opportunity to roll up their sleeves and help out in the garden for a bit before enjoying a potluck dinner together. Participants are responsible for driving themselves to the farm. Tour will be Saturday, July 11, with the workday from 4 to 6 p.m. and potluck at 6 p.m. Registration is required.

Backyard chickens

Do you like omelettes and quiche? Have you always dreamed of being able to have fresh eggs for breakfast from a coop right out your back door? Jon Jensen and Rachel Sandhorst have been raising their own broilers and laying hens for years and will share some of what they've learned with participants during this session. They will discuss housing, light requirements, seasonal needs, feed and other considerations. Class is at noon Thursday, July 16, in Valders 362. Registration is required.

Patchwork Green Farm Garlic Harvest

You are invited to assist Patchwork Green Farm with their garlic harvest this year! Harvesting garlic involves digging it from the ground, cleaning it and sorting it by size. This is the perfect opportunity for anyone who appreciates repetitive work and a sense of accomplishment. Feel free to stay as much or little time as you can. The event will be 1-4:30 p.m. Sunday, July 19 and/or 8 a.m.-noon Monday, July 20. Registration is required.

Vegetables: Simple and Delicious

Learn simple ways to cook fresh vegetables to let their natural deliciousness shine! The teacher will focus on fresh, local vegetables as a way to help you figure out what to do with the veggies from your Community Supported Agriculture share. The class will be held noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, July 22, in Valders 379. Registration is required.

Faculty Website Work Sessions

The Web Content team invites faculty with luther.edu websites to attend one or both upcoming website working sessions. Sessions will be held 1:30-5 p.m. Thursday, July 16, in the Mott Room and 8:30 a.m.-noon Thursday, August 14, in the Nansen Room. The work sessions are an opportunity to expand faculty websites with new content and ask any web-related questions. Bringing a laptop and the desired content to add to websites is recommended. Laptops can be checked out from the library. No previous web experience is required to attend.

Any questions regarding the website workshops can be sent to Travis Huinker, <huintr01> or 387-1417. Please note these workshops are intended for working on luther.edu faculty websites and not external personal websites.

Green book reading

The Luther community is invited to celebrate the launch of Tabita Green's new book, "Her Lost Year" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 14, at Java John's in downtown Decorah. Tabita will read from the book and sign books with her daughter, Rebecka, afterwards. Stick around to enjoy good conversation, drinks, dessert and music. Sponsored by Dragonfly Books.


Celebrations this week


July 16: Aaron Hafner
July 18: Brigitta Meade
July 19: Ruby Dvorak
July 20: Brenda Broghamer
July 21: Debbie Karr, Doris Patterson, Sarah Wilder

Cliff English Memorial

Cliff English, professor emeritus of English, passed away earlier this summer. His wife, Sue (Brown) English, class of '82, would like to invite everyone who knew Cliff to his memorial/celebration of life at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, August 2, in Peace Dining Room. The celebration will be casual, featuring a cash bar and a performance by Cliff and Sue's favorite band, Switchback. Following the memorial, there will be a gathering of family and friends at Your Place on Water Street in downtown Decorah. There will be an opportunity for all who have a remembrance of Cliff to share a brief story, reading, poem or song. If you are unable to be there in person, but have something you'd like to share, you may send it to Sue at <[email protected]>.

Job openings

Donor Records Coordinator

Full-time Donor Records Coordinator in the Development office will support fundraising efforts by creating all giving reports and assisting with the maintenance of constituent records. The Donor Records Coordinator will also provide administrative support to the Director of Special Programs, including word processing, organizing event details, and preparing correspondence materials. This position calls for the ability to work extensively with numbers, strong attention to detail, and organizational skills. High school diploma and at least one year of post-high school education required. One or more years of data entry and reporting experience required. Applicants must be proficient in Microsoft Office suite including Access and Excel.

Database Administrator and Programmer Analyst

Full-time self-motivated, detail-oriented database administrator and programmer analyst to develop and integrate software, solutions, and support for information systems serving students, faculty, staff and alumni. A bachelor’s degree in computer science or equivalent combination of education and related experience is preferred. Knowledge and experience using relational databases and procedural computer programming is required. Should have excellent communication skills and analytical skills. Technical knowledge of Microsoft SQL Server, web APIs, security, high availability and network interfaces is preferred. On-campus workplace is a mix of Windows, Linux and Mac.

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.


Elizabeth Steding was one of 15 participants selected for the 2015 Summer Academy in Leipzig for US-American Faculty in German. Funded by Fulbright and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the two-week program focused on higher education in Germany and teaching German as a foreign language.

Anna Peterson's article,"'Et skjærende misforhold mellom lovens hensikt og dens virkninger': Single Mothers and Midwives Respond to the Castberg Laws, 1916-1940," was recently published in the top Norwegian history journal, "Historisk tidsskrift."

Gov. Terry E. Brandstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds presented the 2015 Visionary Leadership award to Ann Mansfield as part of the Healthy Iowa Awards at the "Taking Back Our Health" conference June 18.

Robert Shedinger's new book "Jesus and Jihad: Reclaiming the Prophetic Heart of Christianity and Islam" has been published by Cascade Books.

Destiny Crider has published a commentary article, "Advocating for Liberal Arts Education, Anthropology Collections and Museum Practice" in the recent issue of "Practicing Anthropology" (Vol 37:3, Summer 2015) in the special issue on Contemporary Work in Museums.

Andy Hageman presented his paper "Science Fiction, Media Archaeology, Ecocinema Pedagogy" at the Biennial Conference of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE), June 24.

Summer research at Luther

To reach a higher level of performance, athletes push themselves physically and mentally to meet and exceed their goals. For runners, this means attempting to run faster or for longer periods. This is accomplished in part by developing a better running economy—reducing the amount of oxygen needed to run a certain distance. Tricia Serres, Luther College senior from Platteville, Wisconsin, is working with Brian Solberg and Mark Eichinger toward building better running economies by attempting to find the correlation between oxygen consumption and core body temperature.

Over the course of the summer, Elyssa Eull, a senior from Saint Michael, Minnesota, is assessing Luther's international studies program in comparison with other such majors around the U.S. Working with Victoria Christman and Pedro dos Santos, Eull is investigating the history and development of undergraduate international studies programs. After surveying existing literature on the topic, she will collect data from international studies programs in liberal arts colleges and universities around the country.

When students find the college that best suits their needs, they weigh the different factors of each college to ensure they choose the right "fit" for them. Patrick Larson, a junior from Decorah, Iowa, is conducting research on what factors lead to making the crucial decision on which college to attend. Larson is working with Steve Holland, and has assistance from Scot Schaeffer and Derek Hartl on the project.

Out of the 80 billion pounds of plastic made per year in the United States, 75 percent will end up in waste streams after little to no use. Laura Boran, a senior from Brainerd, Minnesota, is researching new ways to help alleviate this global issue. This summer she and Brad Chamberlain are attempting to create a new bioplastic, an alternative to petroleum-based plastic.

McKenzie Jones is working with Justin Sprung, Luther assistant professor of psychology, on the research project "Perceptions of Sensory Integration Therapy: Usage and Effectiveness" over the course of the summer. She is collecting data on the viability of a treatment to help remedy sensory integration disorder.

Erin Ellefsen, a junior from Indianapolis, Indiana, and John Doorenbos, a senior from Grinnell, Iowa, have been selected to do collaborative research over the summer to formulate a mathematical model to understand what proportion of individuals in a community need to be vaccinated in order to gain herd immunity. Their research with Kyle Fey, Luther assistant professor of mathematics, focuses on how the particular structure of the community affects the proportion of immune individuals required.

Using the method of text painting—taking literature and weaving in music that reflects the text—Pablo Gómez-Estévez, a sophomore from Santiago, Dominican Republic, is collaborating with Brooke Joyce, Luther associate professor of music and composer-in-residence, and compose a piano suite for the children's book he wrote last summer titled "Lulito." The story follows Lulito, a four-year-old boy, and his toy, Charlie Canillas, as they venture out into the world for the first time. The story has 11 scenes with corresponding musical movements.

Whether building a pyramid or designing an engine, friction has long been a prominent factor in human innovation. Investors must take into account the effects of friction on materials. Jesse Hitz Graff, a senior from Winona, Minnesota, is working with Erin Flater, Luther associate professor of physics experimenting with aluminum oxide to determine how the compound fares when friction is taken into account in certain technologies.


For sale: Diamond Back mountain bike, 19-inches center to top, 30-inch stand over. Good fit for persons 5'8"- 6' tall. Twenty-two speed, with rack, fenders, reflectors, updated saddle. Bike comes with extra set of wheels and studded snow/ice tires. Bike was purchased in 1991 and has been ridden year round, but is in good riding condition. Photos available via email upon request. Asking $70. Contact Benjamin Yates, <yatebe01> or (319) 296-6639.

For rent: Beautiful brick home on Fifth Avenue has all the charm of a classic older home with a completely remodeled kitchen, fantastic sunroom, and a must-see restored mural on the dining room walls. This 2,400-sq-ft home has three bedrooms and two bathrooms with a large basement, walk up attic, two-car detached garage and fenced backyard. The address is 206 5th Ave., Decorah, Iowa 52101, and the rent is $1,200/month. Contact Chris for more information, <garcch01>.

For sale: Child's crib, white, with mattress. In good condition, $20. Contact Dennis, 382-4423.

For rent: Taking applications for a house in Cresco, Iowa. Three-bedroom, one-story, ranch-style home with one-car garage and car port. All appliances furnished. New carpet in bedrooms, new floor covering in kitchen. $500/month plus utilities. Only 20 minutes from campus. Contact Lyle, <halvly01> or 419-2897.

Volunteers needed: Seeking help at Nordic Fest, July 23-25. Lefse Booth needs volunteers. No experience necessary. We're a fun group, a mix of Luther folks and community members (and some out-of-towners), working together to sell some great lefse for the Fest. Please contact Julie, <julie> or 387-1865, if interested in volunteering or learning more.

For sale: Various pieces of furniture. Outdoor table and 4 chairs with new cushions, $125. Outdoor wood and wrought iron bench, $20. Antique upholstered rocking chair, $20. Older wall unit, $15. Oak roll-top desk, $250. Contact Ann, <highuman> or 380-9808.

For sale: Starcraft pop-up camper. Great condition. Heat, electricity, ice box. Family oriented. Sleeps six. Price reduced to $900. Contact Jan Halsen, <[email protected]> or 382-9698.

For hire: Responsible and capable 18-year-old interested in picking up babysitting hours. Loves kids and is in town for the rest of the summer. Contact Victoria Christman with job offers, <chrivi02> or 382-6253.

For sale: Dog kennel featuring six 6' high chain link panels, one with door. Can be configured as 10x22ft or 20x12ft. Good condition. New $410. Selling for $200. Will deliver locally for a small fee. Call Kent Lee, 419-5681.

Volunteer drivers needed: Looking for volunteer Nordic Fest shuttle drivers Friday and Saturday, July 24-25 from 9 a.m.-11 p.m. The shuttle takes passengers from campus to downtown Decorah and back. Drivers must be at least 20 years old and approved to drive by Facilities Services. If interested in driving, please contact Leah Benzing, 387-1146 or <benzle02>.


And finally...

Today is Bastille Day, a French holiday held on the anniversary of the day French citizens stormed the Bastille, a major fortress and armory known to incarcerate political prisoners. The day is celebrated with patriotic displays, communal meals and fireworks, much like Independence Day in the United States. To Americans in France today, it may almost feel like you've been there before.