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Message from the President: seeking nominations for study group
Our community exercise to establish priorities for 2016-18 identified several important areas for study and action. In category two, "Develop a comprehensive plan for achieving and maintaining maximum fiscal strength," the first priority is to "Establish workforce and program ratios and implement a plan to meet them."
To achieve this priority, we are forming a study group to be led by the Vice President for Academic Affairs with the help of the Vice President for Finance and Administration. Their task will be to review the workforce and program ratio goals identified by Task Group 150 and to make recommendations to the President for achieving fiscally sustainable levels of staffing across the College. The study group's work is to be completed by the end of the 2016 spring semester.
This group will coordinate with both the College Resource Council and the Academic Planning Committee during the process. Their work will also be discussed by the academic department heads and the Cabinet.
We are asking for nominations of faculty and exempt and non-exempt staff to serve on this study group. Please send nominations to Janine Brandt in the Dean's Office by Jan. 12. The committee will begin their work in early February. It is anticipated that meetings will occur every two weeks during the spring semester.
Reading group Jan. 15
The Dean's Office is pleased to sponsor a reading group for the book "Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking" by Susan Cain. Professors Joe Breitenstein and Paul Gardner will help lead a discussion of the book from 3-5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 15, in Mott Room in Dahl Centennial Union. The author explores introversion through personal experiences, psychological research and brain chemistry. In her enjoyable and highly readable narrative, Cain seeks to find ways for introverts and extroverts to better understand one another--and for introverts to understand their own contradictions (like the ability to act like extroverts in certain situations). For both introverts and extroverts alike. Copies of the book may be picked up in the Dean's Office after registration. Register online.
Launching Luther Leaders seeks nominations
Launching Luther Leaders is seeking new student members from the class of 2018. Faculty, staff and current L3 members may nominate potential and current student leaders who want to develop their leadership skills and pursue a variety of leadership experiences. Requirements include sophomore status and a minimum 2.50 GPA. Nominate students online. Applications are then sent to the student to continue selection process for the certificate program. Deadline for nominations is Friday, Feb. 5. Contact Kasey, <kasey.nikkel> with questions.
Vote for Luther in the NCAA's Special Olympics Spotlight Poll
Luther's Student Athlete Advisory Committee hosted the 2015 Unity Bowl for Special Olympics on Nov. 15, and now the event has been nominated for the January NCAA Division III Special Olympics Spotlight Poll. The event with the highest number of votes on Jan. 25 will be given $500 to use for its next Special Olympics event. The winning story will also be recognized in the NCAA Division III Monthly Newsletter and on the Division III homepage. Read about the nominated events and vote online between now and Jan. 25.
Review Norse Card charges
Employees are reminded to regularly review their personal and departmental on-campus charging information. Staff can check their transaction history for the month or year for their personal account and any department account that they manage. To check the status of Norse Card charges, go to NorseCard.luther.edu and login with your NorseKey username and password. For assistance, please contact the LIS Help Desk, <helpdesk> or 387-1000.
The Luther men's and women's soccer coaches are offering group and private soccer lessons during spring semester. Cost is $25 an hour for a private lesson and $10 an hour per person for a group lesson (3-10 people). Email James Garcia-Prats, <garcja01>, or Hollie Gray III, <grayho01>, for more information and to schedule lesson dates and times.
Happy birthday from Dining Services
Congratulations and happy birthday to Jacob Lassetter, Rene Donlan, Tabita Green, Spencer Martin and Kristin Bjerke! Please enjoy a free lunch on us in the Caf or Grab-N-Go. Jacob, Rene, Tabita, Spencer and Kristin were randomly selected from the January faculty/staff birthday calendar.
Chapel this week
All J-term chapel services are held in the CRH unless otherwise noted.
Wednesday, Jan. 6: Judd Larson
Friday, Jan. 8: Labyrinth, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Monday, Jan. 11: Marion Pruitt-Jefferson, CFL Main Hall
Home sporting events this week
Jan. 6: Basketball vs. Central College, women at 6 p.m., men at 8 p.m.
Events this week
Sunday, Jan. 10: Concert, Dorian Vocal Festival, featuring Aurora and Norsemen, 7 p.m., CFL Main Hall
Iowa Caucus exhibit on display in Preus Library
"First in the Nation: Shaping Presidential Politics Since 1972" will be on display through Jan. 15 on the main floor of Preus Library. This traveling exhibit from the State Historical Museum of Iowa includes video clips, images and artifacts from past caucuses.
SAC Spotlight presents comedian Josh Johnson Jan. 15
Comedian Josh Johnson will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 15, in Marty's. Johnson is a contributing writer for The Whiskey Journal and an ensemble member of Under The Gun Theater in Chicago. In 2015 he was the winner of Snubfest in Chicago and the Devil Cup in New York and named one of Comedy Central's "Comics to Watch." There is no charge for admission for students with CAF; admission is $5 for those without CAF.
Celebrations this week
Jan. 5: Thomas Occhipinti
Jan. 7: Kristin Bjerke, Madeline Jungbauer
Jan. 8: Kari Gronningsaeter, Guy Nave, Amy Engelsdorfer
Jan. 9: Ann Hagensick, Lori Stanley, Michael Van Ryn, Dalila Gonzalez
Jan. 10: Jill Frana, Spencer Martin, Michelle Einck
Jan. 12: Khiam Sayasenh
Jan 6: Debra Espe, 30 years
Robert Christman's article "For He is Coming: Revisiting Martin Luther's Reaction to the Reformation's First Executions" was recently published in the German periodical Lutherjahrbuch 82 (2015), 11-43.
Victoria Christman and Robert Christman held a lecture series titled "The Reformation and the Common Folk (Germany and the Low Countries)" for the ELCA's School of Lay Ministry Dec. 11-12 in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin.
Babysitter available: I am a first-year student at Luther looking for babysitting jobs. I am available during J- term weekends and spring semester weekdays before 11 a.m. and weekends almost any time. I love children and have been babysitting since I was 13. I was also a nanny for a family of six in Cedar Rapids for three summers. I am CPR certified and have experience with kids of all ages. Please email me if you are in need of a sitter for J-term, spring semester, or a nanny for the summer of 2016. I'd love to get to know your kiddos! Contact Lydia, <kratly01>. Contact <Julie> for a reference.
For sale: 2013 John Deere D120 riding lawn tractor with free tow-behind lawn sweeper. Full-length welded steel chassis, 21-horsepower, hydrostatic transmission with cruise control, 42-inch mower deck, and 18-inch turning radius. Approximately 70 hours of use. Serviced regularly and stored inside garage. Includes cover. Asking $1,200 for tractor and sweeper. Moving, must sell! Contact Nathan, <nersig>.
To help in your J-term "Hot Reads for Cold Nights!" challenge from Preus Library here are some of the best books of 2015 according to Goodreads Choice Award Winners on Amazon.com:
"The Nightingale" by Kristin Hannah
"Go Set a Watchman" by Harper Lee
"The Girl on the Train" by Paula Hawkins
"Trigger Warning" by Neil Gaiman
"Confess" by Colleen Hoover
"Why Not Me?" by Mindy Kaling
Send us your favorite book titles from 2015 and we'll print them next week!