Tuesday, Jan. 12

TUESDAY 1/12/16

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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.


January staff meeting

At this month's staff meeting, Brenda Ranum will present "Helping Students Reflect on their Work-study Experiences." Luther is unusual in the large number of students we employ, and whether you directly supervise students or not, all staff can contribute to this unique aspect of a Luther education. The meeting will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 13, and at 9 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 14, in Peace Dining Room.

Vote for Luther in the NCAA's Special Olympics Spotlight Poll

Vote every day for Luther, recently nominated for the NCAA's Special Olympics Spotlight Poll. Vote now through Jan. 25 for our athletes' partnership with the Special Olympics. The event with the highest number of votes on Jan. 25 will be given $500 to use for its next Special Olympics event.

J-term hours for Dahl Centennial Union

The Dahl Centennial Union will be open daily from 7 a.m.-10 p.m. through Wednesday, Jan. 27. Building hours will change for J-term break and spring semester.

Residence Life seeks nominations for resident assistants

Do you know a student with leadership qualities who stands out among their peers? Residence Life is beginning the resident assistant selection process for 2016-17 and would appreciate names of caring and responsible students who are engaged in the Luther community. Please fill out this brief nomination form by Friday, Jan. 22, so that Residence Life can contact them and encourage them to apply. Questions? Contact Residence Life, <reslife>.

2016 health and prescription coverage

Please remember to show your 2016 UMR health care card to health care providers the first time you have a visit in 2016. The 2016 card should also be presented to pharmacies even though Magellen Rx continues to be the provider for prescriptions.

New 'Luther College Classical Hour' on KWLC

KWLC introduces a new weekly show featuring Luther College recitals and ensemble performances every Sunday from 6-7 p.m. beginning Jan. 17. Hosted by Jason Leuthold '16 and Nathan Fippinger '17, the "Luther College Classical Hour" will showcase different Luther performers and ensembles each week.

Sustainability news: Staying warm in winter

In addition to being a fire hazard, space heaters also consume large amounts of electricity. A single space heater uses 10 times more electricity than a desktop computer. Avoid opening windows to cool a room if the heat is too high. Place a work order and Facilities Management will address temperature concerns.

New at luther.edu

The latest addition to the Faculty Stories page is an interview with Amy Weldon, associate professor of English. Topics range from her Alabama childhood to her concerns about the impoverishing effects of our electronic devices to her study abroad course, "In Frankenstein's Footsteps."

On the Alumni Profiles page, Erin Spanczak '12 talks about her first three years as an accountant with Rockwell Collins, including working in England for six months.

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.

Soccer lessons

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.


Chapel this week

All J-term chapel services are held in the CRH unless otherwise noted.

Wednesday, Jan. 13: Stacey Nalean-Carlson, pastor at Glenwood Lutheran Church
Friday, Jan. 15: Labyrinth, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Monday, Jan. 18: Martin Luther King Jr. Day Chapel featuring Angela Onwauchi-Willig, professor of law at the University of Iowa

Home sporting events this week

Jan. 13: Basketball vs. Wartburg College, women at 6 p.m., men at 8 p.m.
Jan. 15: Wrestling vs. Wartburg College, 7 p.m.
Jan. 16: Men's and women's swimming and diving, Norse Sprint Invitational, 10 a.m.; Basketball vs. Coe College, women at 2 p.m., men at 4 p.m.

Events this week

Thursday, Jan. 14: SAC Cinema, "Everest," 8 p.m., Valders 206
Friday, Jan. 15: Comedy performance, Josh Johnson, 7:30 p.m., Marty's
Saturday, Jan. 16: Community Day, 10 a.m.-6 p.m, Regents Center; Talent show, Brandt Open Mic Bar, 7 p.m., Marty's
Monday, Jan. 18: Lecture, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Angela Onwuachi-Willig, 7 p.m., CRH

'Impermanence: The Time of Man' on display through Jan. 22

"Impermanence: The Time of Man," a video installation by filmmakers and visual artists David Hodge and Hi-Jin Kang Hodge, is on display through Jan. 22 in the Kristin Wigley-Fleming Fine Arts Gallery in the CFA. The exhibit is open for viewing from 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Monday-Friday. Since different segments of the video piece are likely to be showing on different days, people are encouraged to visit the installation multiple times. The husband-wife duo was on campus in October to deliver the Oen Fellows lecture.

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.

'Balls, Brains and Babies' event Jan. 12

The first in a series of events designed to connect Movement Fundamentals alumni with current students, Miriam Blom Skrade '04 will present "Balls, Brains and Babies" from 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12, in Regents 224. She will share how her education informed her work as a tennis coach, grade school movement advocate, and midwife's assistant. Catherine Lewis, dance and psychology major, will facilitate her senior project, "Liberating the Body: Applying Movement Fundamentals in Work and Daily Life" as part of the event. Funded by a Career Center mini-grant, the series features alumni speakers discussing how they apply the body to promote artistic expression, health and wellness in their professions. 

Luther College Emeritus Colloquium meeting Jan. 14

The Luther College Emeritus Colloquium will meet at 3 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14, in the Mott Room. Dale Nimrod will lead a discussion on Fareed Zakaria's recent book, "In Defense of a Liberal Education." All members of the Luther community are welcome to attend.

ELCA webcast 'Confronting Racism' Jan. 14

College Ministries and the Diversity Center invite the Luther community to a live ELCA webcast, "Confronting Racism: A Holy Yearning" at 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14, in the CRH. The webcast includes a panel discussion hosted by Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton and William B. Horne II, an ELCA member from Clearwater, Florida. Conversation and reception will follow in Qualley Lounge.

SAC Spotlight presents comedian 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.

Norse Community Day Jan. 16

Faculty and staff and their families are invited to Luther's Mid-Winter Community Day Saturday, Jan. 16, in the Regents Center. Cheer on the men's and women's swimming and diving teams at the Norse Sprint Invitational at 10 a.m., then watch as the women's basketball team takes on Coe College at 2 p.m., followed by the men's game at 4 p.m. The full schedule of events is available online.

A community picnic will be offered from 3:30-5 p.m. in the North Gym, featuring Happy Joe's pizza and ice cream. Cost is $2 per adult, with no charge for children. RSVP required to attend the picnic. Please register online by Thursday, Jan. 14. Community Day is sponsored by Decorah Bank & Trust.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day lecture Jan. 18

Angela Onwuachi-Willig, Charles M. and Marion J. Kierscht Professor of Law at the University of Iowa, will give this year's Martin Luther King Jr. Day lecture at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 18, in the Center for Faith and Life Recital Hall on the Luther College campus. The lecture considers the question of how far society has come, or not come, since 1955 with respect to the killing of unarmed black people by examining and comparing the deaths of Emmett Till and Trayvon Martin and the trials that followed. The Martin Luther King Jr. Day lecture is sponsored by the Africana Studies department, the Lawrence and Queen Williams Endowment Fund and the Paideia Endowment Fund.

Not Quite Free Lunch (NQFL) for employees

Tuesday, Jan. 19, will be the first of a new monthly lunch for all Luther employees sponsored by Wellness. Boost your social and emotional wellness at work by getting away from your typical work space and mingling with folks from across campus. Come enjoy a meal anytime between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the Nobel Dining Room for less than the employee rate in the cafeteria. The charge is just $5 (cash or check only). This month's self-serve menu includes two soups (one meat and one vegetarian), two salads, bread and dessert. Questions? Contact Wellness, <wellness> or 387-2075. 

Luther College Woman's Club meeting Jan. 19

The Luther College Woman's Club will learn about walking for health at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19, in Peace Dining Room. Ann Mansfield, project director for the Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative, will present "Driftless Hiking: Walking Purposefully." Special music is planned, as well as refreshments and social time. A shuttle to the Union will leave the swim pool lot at 1:10 p.m. Child care is available by calling Joann Voltmer, 382-8089, or Brenda Carlson, 382-9411. All women are welcome.


Celebrations this week


Jan. 12: Khiam Sayasenh
Jan. 13: Michael Anderson
Jan. 14: Laura Fuller
Jan. 15: Kate Duffert, Mike Garcia
Jan. 16: Tabita Green
Jan. 17: Marsha Wenthold, Kevin Ellingson, Ryan Torkelson, Peggi Pape, Jay McGee
Jan. 18: John Jefferson, Scott Fjelstul
Jan. 19: Chelle Meyer, Deirdre Duvel


To Tracy Elsbernd and family on the death of Tracy's brother, Joy Alan McFarlane on Jan. 3. Visitation is 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14, at S.K. Rogers Funeral Home in Fayette, Iowa.

New positions

Holly White started as instructional technology librarian Jan. 4. Her office is Preus Library 207B, telephone 387-1790.


Andy Hageman and his former Paideia student, Ashenafi Beyene '19, just published a co-written think piece on the 2015 science fiction film "Crumbs," set in Ethiopia, in the online journal "Deletion: The Open Access Online Forum in Science Fiction Studies."

Carly Hayden Foster will present "Gender, Politics, and the Iowa Caucuses" at 12:45 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 13, at the Decorah Public Library. The program is open to the public with no charge for admission.

Bring on the fans! In the most recent Ideas and Creations Blog post Alex Smith encourages folks to come out to support the Norse (on the field/court/diamond/track/mat as well as in the concert hall and theatre, etc.), promising fans and friends of Luther games and performances that will not disappoint!

During J-term 2016, 294 Luther students and 25 faculty/staff program leaders are participating in one of 18 courses in locations around the world. Each course is a different journey and has a different blogger (or several). Check out the January Term 2016 Course Blogs page for more on each experience!


Housemate wanted: Looking for a housemate to share my spacious two bedroom apartment in downtown Decorah. The lease is until the end of May, but you would likely be able to extend it. Rent is $330/month plus half of electric and internet. Contact Yang, <wangya01>.

For rent: Three-bedroom mobile home in Cresco, $450 per month. Please call Jerome for more details, 380-8183.

Housing wanted: Luther faculty/staff looking to rent a 1-2 bedroom house or apartment for late February or early March. No pets, no smoking, tidy people. Contact Kate, <kate.ailabouni>.

Wanted: Gently used half-sized violin for aspiring young student. Contact Kris, <petekr05> or 380-3216 or 990-3915. 

For sale: New women's Columbia "Sleet to Street" Interchange jacket, size 2X, runs a bit small. Dark navy blue and black shell, light blue and gray zip-out liner with fleece collar. A great jacket, just in time for the cold temperatures. Asking $125. Contact Andi, <beckenan>. 


And finally...

It's a cold night...do you need a suggestion for a hot read? As part of Preus Library's "Hot Reads for Cold Nights" challenge, Luther library staff recommend the following books:

"Mare" by Mary Gaitskill

"Negroland" by Margo Jefferson

"Funny Girl" by Nick Horby

"Aurora" by Kim Stanley Robinson

"Station Eleven: A Novel" by Emily St. John Mandel