Tuesday, Dec. 2

TUESDAY 12/2/14

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Tuesday reminder

A reminder that the most recent version of the Tuesday is always available online. Additions are sometimes added to the online version in an attempt to reduce the numbers of emails that are sent each week. Additions will only rarely be sent via email.


Christmas at Luther Parking Restrictions

In order to accommodate the large number of visitors anticipated for Christmas at Luther, the following parking restrictions will go into effect starting at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3. These restrictions will remain in effect until 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7.

The general parking areas of the Library, Jenson-Noble and City Pool lots will be reserved for visitors. Students should move their vehicles from these lots to either the Regents Center or Farwell lot. The only exception will be vehicles displaying a commuter sticker; they may park in the commuter only row on the eastern side of the Library lot provided they vacate the spaces before 4 p.m each day the parking restrictions are in effect.

The faculty/staff parking area by Valders will be reserved for handicapped parking. Alternative parking includes the roadway from Sampson Hoffland to the main gate, Regents Center and Farwell lots. Starting at 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, the lots on the east and west side of the CFL will be designated for handicapped parking only.

Cooperation with these changes is appreciated. Vehicles found to be in violation of these special event restrictions are subject to fine.

Promoting random acts of kindness

Luther College Wellness, Counseling Service and Residence Life departments believe in the power of kindness. Please join us in bringing even more compassion to our community. Check out the Random Acts of Kindness bulletin board in the basement of the Union for inspiration.

Book signings during Christmas at Luther

The Luther College Book Shop will host book signing sessions from 1–4:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, as part of Luther's Christmas at Luther weekend. David Weiss, former Luther religion faculty; Joan Hernandez Lindeman, Luther class of 2002; and Bradley Hanson, Luther professor emeritus; will sign copies of their books at Luther's Book Shop located in the Union. The events are open to the public with no charge for admission.

Yerba Mate tea at C-Store

The C-Store now carries five flavors of Yerba Mate all-natural tea. No artificial sweeteners, no HFCS and gluten free. Stop in and get it today.

Drive safely this season

As we approach the holidays, now is a good time to prepare for the winter driving season. Snow, ice and windy conditions. Campus Safety and Security encourages the community to take these common sense steps to lower our risk: first and foremost, slow down and drive according to conditions. Remember the speed limits are designed for ideal road conditions. Here are some other suggestions from Campus Safety and Security to make travels safer.

  1. Slow down and drive according to current road conditions.
  2. Tires should be properly inflated and replaced when worn.
  3. Keep windshields clean and wear sunglasses to reduce glare and increase visibility.
  4. Carry emergency gear in the vehicle while traveling including, warm clothes and boots, a flashlight, shovel, water, high energy snacks, sand or kitty litter, and other emergency items.
  5. Keep a charged cell phone and carry a car charger and/or a portable charger in your car.
  6. Before driving in inclement weather call 511 to check road conditions and follow recommendations for travel.
  7. Let someone know the planned travel route and estimated time of arrival.

Something interesting? Let us know

Working on a new project? Completing interesting research? Writing a book? Getting a work published? How about a student doing something out of the ordinary or interesting? Please send the Campus News office this kind of information. We will make sure to review it and get it to the appropriate media channels, whether that's on campus, alumni, local, regional or national media. Information and tips can be sent directly to Julie Shockey, <julie>. Thank you for your help in getting the word out about the awesome and amazing things Luther folks do.

Finals Prep Week reminder

A campus programming reminder to all that Tuesday-Sunday, Dec. 9-14 is considered finals prep week and is intended to provide additional space for students to prepare for tests, papers and finals. These six days are set aside for academic preparation for finals and Luther does not schedule public events during this time, including student-led events. Exceptions include only athletic events, social gatherings, Christmas in the Union and Kwanzaa.

Wellness news and announcements

It is National Quit Smoking Month. Did you know that two weeks to three months after quitting smoking, circulation improves and lung function increases? After one year of quitting, ex-smokers cut their excess risk of coronary heart disease in half. Today would be a great day to kick the habit.

Did you know that thankfulness can dramatically improve spiritual and physical health, and it may even keep people from having a heart attack? Try a random act of kindness this week in thankfulness.

D.E.A.L. is almost over. All cards should be turned in by Wednesday, Dec. 3 to Vicky Jaeger's office, 102 Union.

December's new activity is Stress Bingo. Take the month to treat yourself to stress relieving activities. Everyone that completes the card will receive a prize.

Wellness checks are due by the end of December. Login to BenefitFusion take the health risk assessment and remember to also fill out the wellness check form. Two years ago we found out that 95 percent of the Luther employees have a sense of hopefulness and a positive view of the future. Thirty seven percent of the employees have a low stress level, while only six percent reported a high/very high stress level.

Staff meeting Christmas party

The December staff meeting will consist of a Christmas party. Come enjoy the fun at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10, in Peace Dining Room.  For those who would like to bring a donation, funds will be collected for Chris Norton's Spinal Cord Injury CAN project.

Faculty and staff Christmas party

An e-invitation for the Dec. 17 Christmas party was sent to faculty and staff email addresses. Those who have not yet received the invitation should contact the President's Office, 387-1001. The luncheon party will be held from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 17. Please RSVP by Dec. 10.

Open enrollment information

Open enrollment is the annual opportunity to evaluate and make changes to your Luther College benefit elections. There is a new dental insurance plan for the same rate; there are changes to the health plan and important deadlines.

Employees may enroll online for the 2015 health and dependent care flex plans until Friday, Dec. 19, at www.myflexonline.com. Representatives from Midwest Group Benefits and Delta Dental will attend two health care open forums in Borlaug, Dahl Centennial Union to assist employees:

  • Thursday, Dec. 4, at 1:30 p.m.
  • Friday, Dec. 5, at 9:30 a.m.

Please call human resources at 387-1134 with any questions. To view the full health insurance open enrollment information that was sent via email, please see this link.


Home sporting events this week

Dec. 6:

  • Women's basketball vs. Viterbo University, 2 p.m.
  • Men's basketball vs. Viterbo University, 4 p.m.

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

Chapel this week

Wednesday Dec. 3: Amy Zalk Larson, Luther Ringers

Friday, Dec. 5: Mike Blair

Monday, Dec. 8: Karla Suomala

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

Chapel additions

Weekday chapel, held 10:30-10:50 a.m. in the CFL, will include special opportunities for prayer and remembrance this week.

  • Wednesday, Dec. 3, will include prayers and candle lighting for healing and justice in solidarity with the people of Ferguson, Missouri.  
  • Friday, Dec. 5, will include remembrance of Jenny Larson. Jenny, a staff member in Dining Services, died suddenly on Nov. 25. Her memorial service was held Saturday, Nov. 29, at East Clermont Lutheran Church. Because many on campus were unable to travel to her memorial, we will remember Jenny in Chapel this Friday.

Fair Trade holiday sale Dec. 4-5

The Diversity Center is holding its annual holiday sale of Fair Trade gifts from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 4-5. Stop in on the first floor of the Union to find special gifts for friends and family.

'And on Earth, Peace' Tickets still available for Christmas at Luther performances

This year's Christmas at Luther performance, "And on Earth, Peace," acknowledges the hope for peace on Earth through breathtaking music in the Center for Faith and Life on the Luther campus. Tickets are available for the Friday, Dec. 5, performance at 9:15 p.m. Tickets may be purchased online at tickets.luther.edu or via the Luther Ticket Office, telephone (563) 387-1357 or <boxoffice>.

Luther invites families to 'Christmas in the Union' Dec. 10

Santa will make an early stop in Decorah as Luther College celebrates "Christmas in the Union" 4:30-6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 10, in the Dahl Centennial Union, lobby area. This family-oriented event is open to the public with no charge for admission. Activities include cookie decorating, crafts, a holiday movie and music. There will be an opportunity for pictures with Santa by the fireplace from 5-6:30 p.m. Hot chocolate and cider will be served.

Fall Science Research Poster Symposium

The Fall Science Research Poster Symposium is 9:40-10:50 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 11, in the Sampson-Hoffland Atrium and Valders Concourse. This is a unified event highlighting undergraduate student research in the sciences at Luther College. The symposium will include more than 100 poster presentations - which is the largest poster session ever held at Luther College. Posters will be displayed by students from classes in biology, chemistry, environmental studies, math, nursing, physics and psychology. All members of the Luther community, especially our friends in the humanities and social sciences, are invited to come and see the products of students learning in the sciences.

Woodland Owners: Woody Invasive Plant Species Workshop Dec. 13

Join Professor Molly NcNicoll, Brian Fankhauser of the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation and Jessica Salesman of the National Park Service, for a workshop on how to assess, treat and monitor invasive woody plant species. The workshop will take place from 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, Dec. 13, in Valders 367, and will consist of indoor sessions that will introduce concepts. Weather permitting, there will also be a field trip. The workshop is open to the public but spaces are limited. Please register online.


Birthday and anniversary celebrations this week

Dec. 3: Jesse Huntley

Dec. 4: James Perez

Dec. 5: Marcia Bullerman, Lisa Witzke, Robert Erickson, Leah McCrea, Daisy Johnson

Dec. 6: Donna Ryant

Dec. 8: Kathy Kerber, David Faldet, Doug Knick

Dec. 9: Mary Logsdon


Joe Thompson has announced he will retire at the end of the 2014-15 academic year after a 20-year career at the college. During his tenure, Luther's men's and women's teams have experienced considerable success at the conference, regional and national levels. The Norse have captured a combined 80 Iowa Conference championships and have consistently competed for the Iowa Conference All-Sports Championship trophy. The past 13 years, Luther has finished third twice, second nine times, and won the trophy in 2010-11 and 2011-12.


To Jennifer Self and Brooke Joyce on the birth of their son, William Kyle Joyce, born Friday, Nov. 21, at 9:50 p.m., weighing nine pounds, one ounce and measuring 21 inches.

New employees

Randy Caddell began his position as utility/carpenter on Nov. 24. His office is in the carpentry shop, telephone 387-1810.

Matt Bills has accepted the position of associate director of Human Resources and Title IX coordinator.  Matt will begin this position Monday, Dec. 8. In addition, he will continue to serve as adjunct management faculty through May 2015. His office will be in Main 28, telephone 387-1189.

Employee changing jobs

Rachel Vsetecka has accepted the Reunion Giving Officer position and began her new position on Nov. 13.


Sarah E. Wilder presented, "Communicative, Individual, and Relational Outcomes in a Social Network Model of Adjustment to Divorce" at the November convention of the National Communication Association.

Elizabeth Steding's article "Losing Literature: The Reduction of the GDR to History" was recently published in the Winter 2014 issue of German Politics and Society.

Dean Vesperman gave three presentations at College and University Faculty Assembly/National Council for Social Studies last week in Boston. He presented his research on how pre-service teachers conceptualize culturally mediated primary artifacts of democracy at CUFA. He also presented to social studies teachers on how to incorporate game theory into the social studies classroom. Lastly, he co-presented on how to incorporate journaling into the social studies classroom to help students explore their conceptions of democracy and citizenship.

Alfredo Alonso Estenoz published the article "Ortega y Gasset, Imperfect Sympathies, and the Language of Hand Fans" in the Fall 2014 issue of the journal Variaciones Borges.


For sale: Brass day bed that measures 80x38. This bed includes two mattresses that can be made into a full size bed. $75 or best offer, you haul. If interested, please contact Mary, <weisma02>, and I can send photos.

For sale: Nativity Scene that is a numbered collectible. Come and take a look at the beautiful nativity scene the Book Shop has for sale. It is a "Heaven and Nature Sings" numbered collectible from Midwest of Cannon Falls. This nativity is a Millennium Edition that is truly a work of art. It is inspired by classical paintings, sculptures and frescoes of Europe. It also comes with a certificate of authenticity. The retail price for this particular nativity scene is $2,000, but the Book Shop is going to sell it for a discounted price of $500. Stop in to see this beautiful set!

For rent: Beautiful three-bedroom, two-bath home available to a good tenant! Very nice property near the college. Excellent location and secluded setting in the trees. Two fireplaces. All appliances including washer/dryer. Two-car garage. For more information call Dean, 387-0242.

For rent: Well-maintained three bedroom, two bath home on river-front property located approximately one mile from the Luther campus. Comes with appliances: refrigerator, stove/oven, dishwater, washer and dryer. Call Trish, 382-9867 or 379-3956, after 7 p.m. for more information.

Wanted: Odd jobs. Thirteen year old young man is looking for odd jobs to help pay for his trip to Washington D.C. Available mostly on weekends and open to a variety of types of work. Contact Thomas, 382-0315, or his mom's email, <stromjul>.

Luminary viewers wanted: For more than 20 years, the Ridge Road community has ushered in the holiday season with its beautiful luminary display. Follow the twinkling lights near the swimming pool or off Locust Road and enjoy the neighborhood's gift to you. More than 1200 candles will be lit from 5-10 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 6-7. It's a delight for all ages.

Wanted: Adult to house sit for the month of January. Take care of two cats in exchange for housing.  Located close to campus. Contact Dennis and Carol, [email protected] or (641) 220-4562.

For sale: 2005 Buick Century. 117,400 miles. Asking $2,500. Great on gas. Ideal for high school or college kid. Contact Angie at [email protected] or (605) 759-4617 for more info or pictures.

Wanted: Gently used long evening dress, size 10 or 8. Contact Kathy, <buzzka01>.


And finally...

In celebration of the Christmas season that is upon us, here are a few little-known facts about Christmas.

  1. All the gifts in the Twelve Days of Christmas would equal 364 gifts.
  2. According to the Guinness world records, the tallest Christmas tree ever cut was a 221-foot Douglas fir that was displayed in 1950 at the Northgate Shopping Center in Seattle, Washington.
  3. Christmas wasn't declared an official holiday in the United States until June 26, 1870.
  4. Wassail is from the Old Norse "ves heill," meaning "good health."
  5. It is estimated that the single "White Christmas" by Irving Berlin is the best selling single of all time, with over 100 million sales worldwide.