Tuesday, Feb. 2

TUESDAY 2/2/16

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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" and Professor Emeritus David Judisch will be awarded the Royal Norwegian Medal of St. Olav. Convocation is open to the public with no charge for admission.


Seeking faculty and staff who were first-generation college students

Luther College has an exceptional history of serving first-generation college students. Typically, at least 20 percent of the students in an incoming class are first-generation college students. Student Life is building a directory of faculty and staff who were first-generation college students. Those interested in serving as a resource for students would be identified on a first-generation resource web page; an optional 250-word reflection can be included with the listing. If interested, please affirm online by Feb. 19 so the directory can be published by mid-March.

On-campus wellness blood screening Feb. 16

The first on-campus wellness blood screening for 2016 will be held from 6:30-8 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16, in the Mott Room. Fasting is required for 12 hours prior to the blood draw. To sign up for a time, email Vicky, <jaegervi>. Cost for the basic blood draw is $35; a blood draw for a PSA test for men over age 40 is $40. Payment is required the day of the blood draw and will be reimbursed. Cost for an A1C blood draw is $30. For the A1C test, your physician must send the request to the lab before the day of the blood draw. The $30 fee will be applied to the normal deductible and out-of-pocket limits. 

Even-year employee wellness benefits and requirements

As part of Luther's wellness initiatives, the 2016 calendar year carries additional health care benefits and requirements for employees and their families enrolled in the Luther College Health Care Plan. During 2016, the Luther College Health Care Plan covers 100 percent of a community wellness blood screening, routine physical exam and health risk assessment. There will be on-campus blood screenings throughout the year, and a detailed memo regarding all of the 2016 benefits and requirements will be provided to employees in the coming weeks. Those who wish to complete these requirements prior to receiving the memo, should contact Human Resources or Wellness for details on coverage and requirements. 

Updated staff handbook now available

The staff handbook has been updated.The updated 2015 handbook and a list of changes may be found on the HR website.

Sustainability news: Weigh the waste

From January 12-15, Luther Sustainability conducted a "Weigh the Waste" analysis in the cafeteria. Over four days, 831 plates of food waste were collected, weighed and analyzed to raise awareness about composting and food waste on campus. On average, students left 0.2 pounds of food waste on their plate after a meal, about the weight of a deck of cards. Seventy percent of the waste collected was compostable. Only meat, dairy, fried food and plastic should go into the trash. Everything else served in the cafeteria can be composted, including napkins. Please remember to sort food waste before placing plates onto the dish return tray.

Submit study away photos

The Luther Alumni Magazine seeks student photos from study away experiences in spring 2015 through J-term 2016. All who send photos will be entered in a drawing for a $50 Luther gift card. Please submit up to six photos that illustrate learning and travel experiences. A selection of photos will appear in this spring's magazine. Those who submit should explain why they took each photo, what program they were on and their class year. Email photos to <magazine> by March 1.

New at luther.edu

Bellfies, Convo, snowball fights and Orange Day: See the new Luther Traditions infographic that show prospective students what they can expect throughout the seasons at Luther.

Todd Pedlar talks about his study of elementary particle physics and his engagement of students in the discussion of broader ideas outside of science. See the Faculty Stories page.

Also, visit the new web page, Alumni Reflections, where graduates such as Thomas Sines '08, talk about their study away experiences: "My experience abroad established the foundation for my current career, which focuses on financing infrastructure projects in Latin America and requires me to speak Spanish much of the day."

Free morning fitness class starts Feb. 10

Wellness is now offering a morning fitness class for early risers. Join us for Body Blast from 6-7 a.m. every Wednesday morning starting Feb. 10 in the Regents Center Dance Studio. All employees and students are welcome. Body Blast includes an energizing warm-up, a full body cross-training workout that incorporates a mix of cardio and strength training using little to no equipment, and a relaxing cool-down to get you ready for your day. Modifications available for all fitness levels. Email Wellness, <wellness>, with questions or if you are interested in other mornings or times.

Faculty/staff Pilates session begins Feb. 1

Faculty/staff Pilates will start Spring Session I on Monday, Feb. 1, and run for six weeks. The class meets in the CFA Dance Studio II from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (a slight time adjustment). Please arrive or leave early to accommodate your schedule. Cost is $24. For more information, contact Bridgette Mitchell, [email protected], or just show up next Monday.

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

Regular hours resume Thursday, Feb. 4.

Legends Center
Tuesday, Feb. 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.

Welcome Center and Dahl Centennial Union
Tuesday, Feb. 2: 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 3: 7 a.m.-11 p.m.

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

Marty's, Nordic Brew, C-Store and Grab-N-Go
Tuesday-Wednesday, Feb. 2-3: Closed

Tuesday, Feb. 2: brunch 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., dinner 5-6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 2: brunch 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., dinner 5-7:30 p.m.

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.

All-day breakfast is here

Craving eggs, hashbrowns and bacon for lunch? Head to Oneota Market and check out the new all-day breakfast menu. And don't miss the daily breakfast specials served 7:30-10:30 a.m.

Happy birthday from Dining Services

Congratulations and happy birthday to Alex Smith, Amy Pfister, Larry Sikkink & Lynn Ingvalson! Please enjoy a free lunch on us in the Caf or Grab-N-Go. Alex, Amy, Larry and Lynn were randomly selected from the February faculty/staff birthday calendar.


Chapel this week

Wednesday, Feb. 3: No chapel
Friday, Feb. 5: Mike Blair
Monday, Feb. 8: Wintlett Taylor-Browne

Home sporting events this week

Feb. 4: Wrestling vs. Central College, 6 p.m.
Feb. 6: Men's and women's track and field alumni meet, 11:30 a.m.

Events this week

Thursday, Feb. 4: Convocation, 9:40 a.m., CFL Main Hall; Homecoming concert, Nordic Choir, 7:30 p.m., CFL Main Hall

Saturday, Feb. 6: Recital, Jessica Paul and music faculty, 4 p.m., NRH; Center Stage Series, Imani Winds, 7:30 p.m., CFL Main Hall

Sunday, Feb. 7: Music and movement improvisation, 1:30 p.m., CFA Studio I; Concert, Symphony Orchestra, 4 p.m., CFL Main Hall

Monday, Feb. 8: Concert, Dorian Orchestra Festival, 7 p.m., CFL Main Hall

Nordic Choir homecoming concert Feb. 4

Nordic Choir, under the direction of Allen Hightower, will perform a West Coast tour homecoming concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, in the CFL Main Hall. The concert is open to the public with no charge for admission and will be streamed at stream.luther.edu. The choir's 2016 tour program includes "Serenity" by Ola Gjeilo, "Wake, Awake" by F. Melius Christiansen, "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 more than 140 entries, the traveling show is a representation of 25 Iowa artists who were finalists in the competition.

Faculty Artist Series: Jessica Paul collaborative piano recital Feb. 6

Jessica Paul will perform a collaborative piano recital at 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, in the NRH. She will be joined by Edwin Andereck, Andrew Last, Beth Ray Westlund, Spencer Martin, Carla Thelen Hanson and Igor Kalnin to perform a mix of instrumental and vocal music. The recital is open to the public with no charge for admission.

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.

Explicit Improvisation: A Music and Movement Event

Join Jon Ailabouni, trumpet, Jane Hawley, dance, JJ Kaufmann, piano, and Andrea Vazquez Aguirre, dance, for an improvised performance at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7, in CFA Studio I. The quartet composes through a dialogue of music and dance. Come witness movement and sound informing, influencing​ and interacting ​in​ the hands of four artists striving for fearless clarity. 

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-year students Gabrielle Bruns, viola, and Madison Ihde, trumpet.

Guest recital: David Shaffer-Gottschalk, piano

The music department presents guest recitalist David Shaffer-Gottschalk in concert at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, in the NRH. Shaffer-Gottschalk will perform "Sonatas and Interludes" by John Cage on a prepared piano – a piano that has had its sound altered by placing objects on or between the strings. The concert is open to the public with no charge for admission.

Not Quite Free Lunch for employees Feb. 16

Tuesday, Feb. 16, is the second Not Quite Free Lunch for 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, check or Luther ID). Lunch includes main course options, sides and dessert. Questions? Contact Wellness, <wellness> or 387-2075. 

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


Feb. 2: Mark Johns
Feb. 3: Joseph Madrigal, Molly Wilker
Feb. 4: Julie Bakken, Tanya Gertz
Feb. 5: Alex Smith
Feb. 6: Corby Preus, John Cord, Breann Hageman
Feb. 8: Debra Aske, Jon Thompson, Amy Pfister
Feb. 9: Joseph Raymond, Kim Walters


Feb. 8: Dennis Blake and Bob Erickson, 15 years


To Shelly Glock and family on the death of Shelly's mother-in-law, Connie Glock of Calmar, on Jan. 29. Her funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, at Calmar Lutheran Church, Calmar.


Gloria Frana, who has worked for Luther for more than 20 years, has announced her retirement effective March 4. We thank Gloria for her dedicated service to the college.   

New positions

Daniel Grainger started as administrative assistant for College Ministries Jan. 19. His office is in CFL 106, telephone 387-1040.

Daniel Runyan started as custodial staff Jan. 19. He is located in the Regents Center, telephone 387-2231.

Job openings

Donor records coordinator: Full-time member of the support staff in the Development office, to assist with fundraising efforts by creating reports from the database and helping to organize special events and meetings. High school diploma and at least one year of post-high school education required. One or more years of data maintenance and reporting experience required. Applicants must be proficient in Microsoft Office suite, including Access and Excel.

Floater custodial staff: .75 FTE, benefit-eligible, 12-month position. General custodial responsibilities include overall appearance of assigned academic and residence hall building(s). Hours will generally be Monday through Friday with some weekend work required. 

To view complete job descriptions and apply for these positions and all current openings, please go to the employment website at https://luthercollege.hiretouch.com.


Bethany Krepela '95 presented two sessions as part of the WELS/ELS Regional Mission Advancement Symposium Series on Jan. 28. Her sessions were on middle donor growth and cold calling. 

Amy Weldon's short story "The Candidate" will appear in "Midwestern Gothic," Issue 21 (Spring 2016). Her essay "A Miniature Handbook for New Woman Activists" is just out in the edited collection "Fracture: Essays, Poems, and Stories on Fracking in America" (Ice Cube Press), and her essay "Attentional Commons and the Common Good: Technology and Higher Education" is in the latest issue of "Intersections" (Fall 2015). 


Wanted: Bed/mattress to buy or borrow. I am the Luther multimedia strategic fellow and I am changing housing and need a bed to sleep on. Any size will do. I am happy to coordinate picking it up myself if needed. I will be living in Decorah at least until June. Thank you! Contact Ian, <carsia01>.

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

Found: Brown eyeglasses, found in parking area between Koren and the Martin Luther statue. Stop by the Welcome Center in the Union to claim.

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.

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...

Feb. 2, 2016, is Punxsutawney Phil's 130th prognostication! According to legend, if Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter weather. If he does not see his shadow, there will be an early spring. Here is Punxsutawney Phil's prediction from this morning:

"The inner circle goes to great ends
To keep me abreast of latest trends
Down in my burrow I never get bored
Riding on my hover board
And I sure have fun flying my drone
But weather forecasting is my comfort zone
Is this current warm weather more than a trend?
Per chance this winter has come to an end?
There is no shadow to be cast,
An early Spring is my forecast!"