Tuesday, Jan. 19

TUESDAY 1/19/16

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Luther policy on hover boards

We have been closely following the developments regarding safety concerns associated with hover boards. Recent information from the National Fire Protection Association has revealed that the batteries in these devices are dangerous and prone to exploding and combusting, creating a personal safety and fire risk. These devices are especially dangerous when they are recharging. The NFPA issued fire warnings and stated some hover board fires involved a lithium-ion battery or charger that leaked fluids, was prone to excessive heat and produced odors, sparks and smoke.

In response to these safety concerns, effective immediately, the use, possession or storage of hover boards and similar devices, including Swagways, IO Hawks and Skywalkers, is prohibited on campus.

Thank you for your consideration and cooperation.

-Corey Landstrom, vice president and dean for Student Life
-Eric Runestad, vice president for Finance and Administration


Center for Ethics and Public Life

Nominations for the position of Director of the Center for Ethics and Public Life are due Feb. 1. The Call for Nominations and a summary of the recommendations from the planning group appointed to re-envision the Center can be found on KATIE under the President's Office "Planning Documents" site. Nominations should be sent to Karen Martin-Schramm, <kms>. 

IRS Form 1095-C: Proof of health insurance coverage

Full-time employees who worked any time during 2015 may receive a new tax form, Form 1095-C, in early 2016. In some cases, part-time employees (those working less than 30 hours per week) may also receive this form. Form 1095-C provides proof of the health insurance coverage offered to employees during 2015. See the HR website for more information.

Delta Dental Enhanced Benefits Program

Delta Dental participants may be eligible for the Delta Dental Enhanced Benefits Program. This benefit offers additional oral health services to subscribers with the following conditions: cancer, chemotherapy and/or radiation; diabetes; high-risk cardiac conditions; kidney failure or dialysis; periodontal (gum) disease; pregnancy or suppressed immune systems. To receive the additional dental benefits you must enroll in the enhanced benefits program. See the HR website for more information and directions.

Fall 2015 Individual and Departmental Course Evaluation reports available

Faculty can access their individual Fall 2015 course evaluation reports on Google Drive. Dean's Office staff and department heads can also access the departmental course evaluation reports. For a reminder on how to find either report, please see Fall 2015 Individual and Departmental Course Evaluation Reports Available on the LIS blog.

KATIE upgrade Feb. 2

KATIE will upgrade to version 2.93 on Tuesday, Feb. 2. All work in Spring 2016 courses will carry over. To learn more about the upgrade, see KATIE Upgrade: February 2, 2016.

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

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 for first time visits in 2016. The 2016 card should also be presented to pharmacies even though Magellen Rx continues to be the provider for prescriptions.

Vote for Decorah as the 'Greatest Midwest Town'

Decorah is a finalist for Midwest Living's "Greatest Midwest Town" designation. Show your love of Decorah and vote today and every day through Feb. 29

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.

New at luther.edu

On the Alumni Profiles page, Denise Richter '13, talks about how she learned to think critically and write clearly at Luther, and how that, plus an internship at John Deere, helped launch her accounting career.

LIS tip of the month: Screenshots

Taking a screenshot is a great way to capture things exactly how they appear on screen. Capture anything from a recipe on a smartphone to an error message popping up on a computer. More information on taking a screenshot is available on the Helpdesk website. Questions? Call the LIS Technology Help Desk at 387-1000.

SoDa winter session starts Jan. 25

SoDa (Song and Dance) Club will meet during second semester on Mondays from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Jan. 25-March 14. SoDa is for students in grades K-8; new members are always welcome. The SoDa Club offers experiences in healthy vocal production, movement, music literacy and artistic music-making, while giving Luther education students hands-on experience. For more information and location contact Linda Martin, <martli01>, or Jill Wilson <wilsji01>. 

Book Shop news

Derek Sweet's new book, "'Star Wars' in the Public Square: 'The Clone Wars' as Political Dialogue," is available in the Book Shop. Stop in and support a colleague, and may the force be with you.

Due to high demand, Wii Bowling is back beginning Monday, Feb. 15. Start gathering team members and thinking of unique team names. Sign up early with Vicky Jaeger, <jaegervi>. Sponsored by Rec Services and the Book Shop.

Grad Finale 2016 is March 15-16. Graduating seniors can pick up caps and gowns and order graduation announcements, class rings, diploma frames and commencement DVDs. Departments that wish to participate should contact Chauncy Eggland, <egglch01>, by Friday, Jan. 22.

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

Vote for Luther in the NCAA's Special Olympics Spotlight Poll. Due to technical problems on the NCAA website, polling has been extended through Saturday, Jan. 30, and the final tally will be based on votes received between Jan. 20-30. You can vote every day for our student-athletes' partnership with the Special Olympics. The event with the highest number of votes on Jan. 30 will be given $500 to use for its next Special Olympics event.


Chapel this week

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

Wednesday, Jan. 20: Maren Johnson
Friday, Jan. 22: Labyrinth, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Monday, Jan. 25: Kate Narveson

Events this week

Wednesday, Jan. 20: Lecture, "The Passion Project," Odell A. Bizell II, 5 p.m., Valders 206
Thursday, Jan. 21: Poetry reading, Todd Boss, 7 p.m., CRH
Friday, Jan. 22: Speaking engagement, Norwegian Ambassador Kåre Aas, 9:30 a.m., Olin 102
Sunday, Jan. 24: Presidential campaign event, Senator Bernie Sanders, 12:30 p.m., Regents Center Main Gym

'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.

Not Quite Free Lunch 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 swimming 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.

Visions of a Wandering Naturalist' art exhibit opens Jan. 20

A reflection of Ladislav Hanka's intense interest in the natural world, especially that of birds and bees, will be on display in a print and mixed-media exhibit titled, "Visions of a Wandering Naturalist" in Preus Library Jan. 20-March 15. Hanka's work has been featured in various collections in the United States and overseas, including the Fogg Museum of Art at Harvard University, the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, the National Museum of Prague, the British Library in London, and the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

Todd Boss poetry reading Jan. 21

Todd Boss, co-founder and executive and artistic director of Motionpoems, will read from his poetry at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, in the CRH. A reception will follow the reading. Boss is the author of "Yellowrocket" and "Pitch," both published by W. W. Norton Press. The Star Tribune claims "Boss' poems generate their own rambunctious music and remind us that 'yes, miracles happen.'"

Ambassador Aas on campus Jan. 22

Norwegian Ambassador Kåre Aas will be in Decorah Thursday-Friday, Jan. 21-22, and on campus Friday morning. The campus community is invited to hear Ambassador Aas speak at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 22, in Olin 102. The event is open to the public with no charge for admission. In addition to his time at Luther, Ambassador Aas will also spend time at the Vesterheim. Check local news for more information. 

Bernie Sanders campaign event Jan. 24

Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders will hold a campaign event at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 24, in the Regents Center Main Gym. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. The event is open to the public with no charge for admission. The campaign has requested that people RSVP for the event so they can better prepare for the number of attendees. RSVP on the Bernie Sanders website.

Republican mock caucus Jan. 25

Students, faculty, staff and community members are invited to participate in a mock Republican caucus from 12:45-2:15 p.m. Monday, Jan. 25, in Valders 206. This educational event is organized by Carly Hayden Foster's "Gender, Politics, and Iowa Caucuses" J-term class. Come see what a precinct-level Iowa Republican Caucus is all about! Participants will have the opportunity to make short speeches in favor of and cast a ballot for their favorite Republican candidate. No experience or pre-registration required. If you plan to bring a group of students, please RSVP to Carly Hayden Foster, <fosterc>.

Democratic mock caucus Jan. 26

Students, faculty, staff and community members are invited to participate in a mock Democratic caucus from 12:45-2:15 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26, in Valders 206. This educational event is organized by Carly Hayden Foster's "Gender, Politics, and Iowa Caucuses" J-term class. Come see what a precinct-level Iowa Democratic Caucus is all about! Participants will have the opportunity to make short speeches in favor of and cast a ballot for their favorite Democratic candidate. No experience or pre-registration required. If you plan to bring a group of students, please RSVP to Carly Hayden Foster, <fosterc>.

American Red Cross blood drive Jan. 26

The American Red Cross and Luther service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega will host their annual January blood drive from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26, in Brunsdale Lounge. Interested in donating? Visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (800-733-2767) for more information or to make an appointment. Walk-ins are also welcome. Contact Melissa, <younme02>, with questions or concerns.

'The Man Who' theatre performance Jan. 26

The Visual and Performing Arts department presents stories of tragedy and triumph in the play "The Man Who" at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26, in CFA Studio II. The show is directed, performed, designed and managed by Luther students in Jeff Dintaman's January Term seminar. Inspired by Oliver Sacks' best-seller "The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat," the performance of "The Man Who" is open to the public with no charge for admission.

'A Splinter of Light on All' dance performance Jan. 26

An original dance piece conceived and choreographed by Andrea Vazquez-Aguirre, "A Splinter of Light on All" will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26, in Storre Theatre. The performance is open to the public with no charge for admission. The piece is inspired by the work of Chinese poet Wang Wei and Di Shu, a contemporary Chinese calligraphy art, with music by Hungarian composer Bela Bartok.

J-term science poster session

Students from the biology, chemistry, math, and physics departments will present a poster session from 10:30 a.m.-noon Wednesday, Jan. 27, in the Sampson Hoffland atrium. Come see what students have been working on this J-term. Treats will be served.


Celebrations this week


Jan. 19: Chelle Meyer, Deirdre Duvel
Jan. 21: Giles Teslow, Joseph Needham, Jason Britton
Jan. 22: Chuck Riha, David Kamm, Jeremy Ische
Jan. 23: Alexandra White
Jan. 24: Tony Guzman, Jill Leet-Otley
Jan. 25: Patti Hughes, Jana Vorvick, Cole Tutino, Yukari Hernandez
Jan. 26: Rene Donlan, Rachel Brummel

New positions

Becky Darland started as administrative assistant in Financial Aid Jan. 11. Her office is Main 27, telephone 387-1018.


Justin Sprung, along with coauthor Ashlie Britton, have published the peer-reviewed article, "The dyadic context of safety: An examination of safety motivation, behavior, and life satisfaction among farm couples" in the journal Safety Science. The article is available online.

We hear great things about students who have wonderful, sometimes life-changing, J-term experiences abroad, but what about the students who stay on campus? In the most recent Ideas and Creations Blog post, Emily Holm '16 writes that J-term on campus is exactly where she wants to be.

"Memories of Emotional Speed," an exhibit by photographer Tyler Rinken '14, is on display until the first week of February at the Decorah Visitor Center, 507 W. Water St. The exhibit features Rinken's photographs from the 2015 dirt track racing season, during which Rinken traveled to nearly 20 tracks in eight states.

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!


Home for sale: Charming Craftsman bungalow for sale. Original oak floors, fireplace and newer period-appropriate kitchen with quarter sawn oak cabinets, granite counters and stainless appliances. Charming windows bring light and warmth throughout this 3-4 bedroom home. New 24x32 garage with 11x12 exercise room/office and room for a shop. New driveway and patio, plus beautiful landscaping. This beautiful home sits on a flat half-acre lot only minutes from Luther, downtown and trails. Contact Nathan, <nersig>.

Housemate wanted: Looking for a housemate to share my spacious two bedroom apartment in downtown Decorah. The lease runs through 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...

"Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'"

-Martin Luther King, Jr.