Tuesday, Jan. 26

TUESDAY 1/26/16

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Mid-year update and community gathering

President Carlson is starting a new tradition of providing a mid-year update before the start of second semester. Faculty and staff are invited to attend the first such update at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3, in Valders 206. Following the president's remarks, there will be a reception in the Valders Concourse. This is a time to gather as a community and reconnect with one another before the start of second semester. Offices should close, if possible, so that all can attend.

Faculty and staff encouraged to attend convocation

Convocations are an important way the Luther community gathers to affirm its mission. All faculty and staff are encouraged to attend spring semester opening convocation at 9:40 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, in the CFL. If possible, offices should close so all can attend. The University of Iowa's David Gould will speak on "Play, Passion and Purpose: A New Arc for Education." Please urge students to participate as well. Convocation is open to the public with no charge for admission.

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.

Lunch hour yoga starts Feb. 10

Join Molly Lesmeister for a six-week yoga session Feb. 10-March 16. The class meets at 12:15 p.m. Wednesdays in Studio II in the CFA. Classes are 50 minutes in length. Props are provided, no experience necessary. Registration is $18. Payment is due the first day of class; make checks payable to Luther College. To register, email Molly, [email protected].

J-term break hours

Legends Center
Wednesday, Jan. 27: 6 a.m.-2 p.m.
Thursday-Friday, Jan. 28-Jan. 29: 6-9 a.m., 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 30: 9 a.m.-noon
Sunday, Jan. 31: 2-5 p.m.
Monday-Tuesday, Feb. 1-2:
6-9 a.m., 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 3:
6-9 a.m., 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 5-8 p.m.

Oneota Market
Regular hours: Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 27: 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 28-Tuesday, Feb. 2: Closed
Wednesday, Feb. 3: Regular hours resume

Nordic Brew and Grab-N-Go
Wednesday, Jan. 27: 7 a.m.-5 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 28-Tuesday, Feb. 2: Closed
Wednesday, Feb. 3: Regular hours resume

Wednesday, Jan. 27: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 28-Tuesday, Feb. 2: Closed
Wednesday, Feb. 3: Regular hours resume

Wednesday, Jan. 27: 7 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 28-Monday, Feb. 1: brunch 11:30 a.m-1 p.m., dinner 5-6:30 p.m
Tuesday, Feb. 2: brunch 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., dinner 5-7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 3: Regular hours resume

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.

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.

Order personalized Valentine's Day treats

Give a treat to a friend, your kids, or a special someone. Heart-shaped chocolate chip cookies, red velvet cakes and white cakes are waiting for your personalized message. Order online by Wednesday, Feb. 10, and pick them up in the Dining Services office on Friday, Feb. 12.

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, 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 to 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>.

Need notebooks, binders, or office supplies?

Before tossing old office supplies, consider if someone else can get another use out of them and bring them to the Office Supplies Reuse Closet in Valders 364. Simply place the supplies neatly on the shelf to the right of the door. Feel free to grab binders and folders for spring classes as well! Questions? Contact Sam, <pollsa01>, in the Center for Sustainable Communities.


Chapel this week

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

Wednesday, Jan. 27: Healing Prayers for the Nations
Friday, Jan. 29-Wednesday, Feb. 3: No chapel

Home sporting events this week

Jan. 27: Basketball vs. Buena Vista University, women at 6 p.m., men at 8 p.m.
Jan. 30: Basketball vs. Loras College, women at 2 p.m., men at 4 p.m.

Events this week

Tuesday, Jan. 26: Theatre performance, "The Man Who," 3 p.m., CFA Studio II; Opera performance, "NAMES, Il Nome, le Noms, die Namen. Great Names of Great Operas," 7 p.m., NRH; Dance performance, "A Splinter of Light on All," 7:30 p.m., Storre Theatre

'Visions of a Wandering Naturalist' art exhibit on display in Preus Library

A reflection of Ladislav Hanka's intense interest in the natural world, especially that of birds and bees, is on display in a print and mixed-media exhibit titled, "Visions of a Wandering Naturalist" in Preus Library through March 15.

Democratic mock caucus rescheduled

Students, faculty, staff and community members are invited to participate in a mock Democratic caucus at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26, in Valders 206. The mock caucus has been moved to 11 a.m. due to Hillary Clinton's recently announced campaign event in Decorah, scheduled for the afternoon of Jan. 26. 

The mock caucus 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. Those who plan to bring a group of students should 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 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.

Nordic Choir homecoming concert Feb. 4

Nordic Choir, under the direction of Allen Hightower, will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, in the CFL Main Hall. The concert is open to the public with no charge for admission. The 2016 Nordic Choir tour program includes selections from the following: "Serenity" by Ola Gjeilo, "Wake, Awake" by F. Melius Christiansen and "Only in Sleep" by Ēriks Ešenvalds, as well as hymn arrangements, spirituals and the traditional Nordic Choir closing piece, "O Lord God" by Pavel Chesnokov. 

Iowa Watercolor Society exhibit on display starting Feb. 5

The Iowa Watercolor Society Annual Traveling Show will be on display Feb. 5-March 31 in the CFL. Internationally known artist and architectural illustrator Iain Steward judged the 2015 Iowa Watercolor Society competition. Chosen from over 140 entries, the traveling show is a representation of 25 Iowa artists who were finalists in the competition.

Center Stage Series: Imani Winds to perform Feb. 6

Performing music inspired by the works of Langston Hughes, Grammy-nominated wind quintet Imani Winds will appear as part of Luther's Center Stage Series at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, in the CFL Main Hall. Tickets, on sale in Luther's Ticket Office, are $24 for adults, $22 for seniors age 65 and over and $15 for youth ages 4-18. 

Symphony Orchestra homecoming concert Feb. 7

Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Daniel Baldwin, will perform at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7, in the CFL Main Hall. The concert is open to the public with no charge for admission. The orchestra will perform "Petite Suite" by Claude Debussy, "Polovtsian Dances" from the opera "Prince Igor" by Alexander Borodin and "Symphony No. 8 in G major, Op. 88" by Antonín Dvořák. Three students from Decorah are members of the orchestra: Emily Alcock '17 (daughter of Sherry Alcock) on the violin and first-years Gabrielle Bruns, viola, and Madison Ihde, trumpet.

Baseball banquet Feb. 20 

Help Luther Baseball kick off its 2016 season! Luther Baseball will host its second annual First Pitch Banquet Saturday, Feb. 20. Social hour begins at 5:30 p.m., with dinner at 6 p.m. This year's guest speaker is Randy Burns '74, a long-time Division I umpire who now serves as the NCAA Baseball Secretary-Rules Editor. Tickets and more details can be found online or by contacting Coach Nikkel, <nikkbr01>.


Celebrations this week


Jan. 26: Rene Donlan, Rachel Brummel
Jan. 28: Ramona Nelson, Greg Jesson, Joyce Brincks
Jan. 29: Richard Bernatz, Wanda Deifelt, Diane Narum, Kristy Gould, Benjamin Yates
Jan. 30: Du Huang, Jacob Lassetter
Jan. 31: Brian Jones
Feb. 1: Joan deAlbuquerque
Feb. 2: Mark Johns

Thank you

My family sends our gratitude to the Luther community for the caring expressions of comfort and sympathy, prayers, cards, hugs and memorials since the sudden passing of my brother.

-Tracy Elsbernd


Andy Hageman published an essay on William Gibson's science fiction novels in issue 27 of the journal Paradoxa.

Professor Emeritus David Judisch will receive the Royal Norwegian Medal of St. Olav at spring semester opening convocation at 9:40 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, in the CFL. The St. Olav Medal is awarded in recognition of efforts to strengthen the bonds between Norwegian descendants and their home country. Norwegian Honorary Consul Quentin Boyken will present the medal at convocation on behalf of His Majesty King Harald V of Norway. The Luren Singing Society will provide music for the event.

Robert Shedinger will present "The Truth about Jihad" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28, at the Decorah Public Library. The program is open to the public with no charge for admission.

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!


Lost: White camera in a black case lost on campus. If found, contact Lise Kildegaard <kildegli>. 

Free: Queen-sized mattress, box spring and bed frame. Used occasionally in guest room. Contact Jane, <kempjane> or 382-4188.

Babysitter wanted: We are seeking a babysitter for our four-year-old daughter on Tuesdays from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. We live an easy walk down the hill from campus, only one block away. Please contact Heidi, <snelhe01>.

For sale: Red area rug for sale. 5 feet by 7 feet, never used. $20. Contact Denise, 379-6045.

For sale: White glass-top electric range for sale. $50. Contact Denise, 379-6045.

For sale: Red toddler bed for sale. Mattress included. $25. Contact Denise, 379-6045.

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 three-four bedroom home. New 24x32 foot garage with 11x12 foot 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>.

For sale: 23-inch ASUS VE247H monitor, 1920 x 1080 resolution (1080p display). DVI and HDMI connections. Solid monitor, works very well and is in great condition. Asking $100 or best offer. Contact Matt, <hughesma>.


And finally...

Jan. 24-30 is Clean Out Your Inbox week. Here are a few free tools to help:

- The Email Game (editor's pick, it's a fun one)

- Unrollme.com (a way to get multiple newsletters rolled into one)

- Mailstrom.com (free trial)

- Boomerang.com (helps prioritize and remind users of important email)

- Zeromail.com (weeds through email according to user preferences)

For more sorting tips, see "Here's how to clean up your Gmail inbox, you hoarder."