Tuesday, Feb. 16

TUESDAY 2/16/16

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President Carlson's office hours

President Carlson invites Luther faculty and staff to stop by during her new weekly office hours. The hours listed below will be in the President's Office, Dahl Centennial Union 236:

Tuesday, Feb. 16: 10-11 a.m.
Thursday, Feb. 18: 3-4 p.m.

No appointment is necessary. Office hours will be posted in the Tuesday a week or two in advance.

New role for Karen Martin-Schramm

After nearly 20 years, Karen Martin-Schramm will conclude her service as executive assistant to the President on March 3. During her time at Luther, Karen has worked with three presidents and two interim presidents. In her next role, she will serve as co-director of Luther's Nottingham program, along with her husband Professor Jim Martin-Schramm, for the 2016-17 academic year. The President's Office is planning a coffee in Karen's honor; the date and time will be announced in the Tuesday.


Board of Regents meets this week

The Regents will meet on campus Friday and Saturday, Feb. 19-20. To view the "Winter 2016 Report to the Board of Regents," search for "Regents" in the 'search courses' box in the upper-right corner of any KATIE page. If prompted to enroll, accede.

February Staff Meeting

The February staff meeting will include a Board of Regents recap and Q&A with President Carlson as well as a presentation by Emily Neal on innovative environmental education at Luther. The meeting will be offered at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24, and at 9 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, in Peace Dining Room. All staff are encouraged to attend one of the two sessions.

Deadline to submit 2015 flex claims

Health and dependent care flex claims for 2015 must be submitted for reimbursement by March 31, 2016. To be eligible for reimbursement from 2015 elections, claims must have been incurred by March 15, 2016.

Facilities Services warns of icy sidewalks and streets

Facilities Services reminds everyone to be cautious and to wear proper winter footwear when walking on campus sidewalks and streets. As snow melts during the day and refreezes overnight, these areas can be slippery. The grounds crew knows where many problem areas are on campus and treats those locations early in the morning. Please be careful on the way to campus as well. To report a slippery area on campus, please call 387-1146.

Verizon Wireless discount available to Luther employees

Luther employees are now eligible for an 18 percent discount on monthly access charges for their personal cellular plan through Verizon. To qualify for a discount, you must begin or already have a two-year contract or participate in the Verizon Edge program. The discount applies to most voice and data plans with a monthly access fee of $34.99 or higher. Luther employees have had access to a similar discount program through U.S. Cellular for several years. Information on how to apply for the discount from Verizon or U.S. Cellular is available on the Financial Services website.

Financial Fitness Challenge

Get a grip on your finances – participate in the Financial Fitness Challenge. Learn ways to make the most of your paycheck, manage debt and plan for the future. Choose from online course topics that cover budgeting, savings, financial planning, basics of investing, retirement planning and more. This program is supported by Human Resources, managed by the Financial Fitness Group, and funded by the State of Iowa Insurance Commission. There is no cost to participate. The program is confidential: personal information is secure and private and will not be shared. Watch for an email the week of Feb. 22. For more information, contact Marsha Wenthold at 387-1415.

#luthergives16 event March 10

Mark your calendar for Thursday, March 10, and throughout the day, keep an eye on Luther’s website, Facebook, Instagram and other social networks. With the help of one very curious gnome, the #luthergives16 event will be a fun-filled day of social media awesomeness and surprises you won’t want to miss.

Staff Excellence Award

Staff and faculty are invited to nominate an administrative or support staff person for the Staff Excellence Awards. Nominations are due Monday, April 4; winners will be announced at the Luther College Staff Day. Send nominations to Marsha Wenthold in Human Resources. More information about the award and the nomination process, as well as the nomination form, are available on the Human Resources website.

Wellness blood panel results coaching and discussion

Wellness will offer walk-in wellness coaching for employees to discuss wellness blood panel results from 11 a.m.-noon on Thursday, Feb. 18, and Monday, Feb. 22, in the Mott Room. Whether you participated in the most recent on-campus screening or have completed the screening off-campus, stop in to discuss blood panel results, ask questions and get health advice. Our staff includes both a registered dietitian and a certified health education specialist. Busy during the walk-in times? Contact Wellness, <wellness>, to schedule an appointment.

Land stewardship internships for summer 2016

The Center for Sustainable Communities is now accepting applications for Luther's land stewardship internship program for summer 2016. This hands-on internship experience builds students' knowledge of what it takes to maintain biologically diverse native communities and is an excellent resume builder for future work in the fields of restoration and conservation biology. Summer internship applications are due March 1. For more details, go to the Center for Sustainable Communities website.

J-term 2016 individual and departmental course evaluation reports available

Faculty can access individual J-term 2016 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 J-Term 2016 Individual and Departmental Course Evaluation Reports Available on the LIS blog.

Out of the Blue available online

Miss an issue of Out of the Blue, the aesthetically pleasing and always informative newsletter from AIR? All six issues, covering topics from first-years to grads, faculty to spirituality, health and most recently diversity, can be found on the Assessment & Institutional Research website.

Wilderness first aid training March 5-6

Love adventure? Don't be caught unprepared! Wilderness first aid training, sponsored by the Wilderness Medicine Institute, will be offered at Luther from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 5-6. Contact Emily Neal, <nealem01>, for information on the course fee and registration. Luther student discount available. 

Tai chi for faculty and staff starts Feb. 16

Tai chi is a meditation in motion and helps to release stress through simple breathing movements. A six-week tai chi class for faculty and staff will begin Tuesday, Feb. 16. The class meets at 5 p.m. in CFA Studio II. The cost of the six-week session is $24. Contact Vicky, <jaegervi>, to enroll or for more information.


Chapel this week

Wednesday, Feb. 17: Marion Pruitt-Jefferson
Friday, Feb. 19: Almsa Gast '10
Monday, Feb. 22: Lise Kildegaard

Events this week

Tuesday, Feb. 16: Paideia Text and Issues lecture, "Identity and the Academy: Embracing Change," Brad Chamberlain and Britt Rhodes, 7 p.m., CRH

Thursday, Feb. 18: Center Stage Series, Wu Man and the Shanghai Quartet, 7:30 p.m., CFL Main Hall

Friday, Feb. 19: Workshop, Data Culture II, Erika Strandjord '06, 9:15 a.m., Hovde Room; Comedy performance, "The End of Racism Comedy and Lecture Tour," Preacher Moss, 7:30 p.m., Marty's

Saturday, Feb. 20: Guest recital, Justin Knoepfel '04, viola, 4 p.m., NRH; Talent show, Beta Theta Omega, 7:30 p.m., CFL Main Hall

Sunday, Feb. 21: Recital, Miko Kominami and Timothy Hankewich, piano, 4 p.m., NRH

Monday, Feb. 22: Guest lecture, "Nursing Professional Identity," Heidi Bludau, 4 p.m., Valders 362

'Let Go' installation on display through March 8

Reflecting his experience and relationship to Norway, artist Josh Black's installation titled, "Let Go," will be on display through March 8 in the Kristin Wigley-Fleming Fine Arts Gallery in the CFA. The exhibit 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 social and emotional wellness at work by getting away from typical work spaces 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.

Luther College Woman's Club meets Feb. 16

The Luther College Woman's Club will meet at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16, in Peace Dining Room. Larry Reis, naturalist with Winneshiek County Conservation, will present "Conservation Education: What We Can Do for Nature." Special music, a brief business meeting and refreshments complete the afternoon. A shuttle to the Union will leave the swimming pool lot at 1:10 p.m. All are welcome.

Paideia Texts and Issues lecture Feb. 16

Is self-actualization a uniquely human process or do systems, such as academic institutions, follow a similar path? From their respective disciplines of chemistry and social work, Brad Chamberlain and Britt Rhodes will discuss what they see changing and remaining the same in their lives, disciplines and institution. The lecture, titled "Identity and the Academy: Embracing Change," will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16, in the CRH. A reception will follow in Qualley Lounge. The lecture and the reception are open to the public with no charge for admission.

'Campus Responses to Islamophobia' webinar Feb. 17

Stories of anti-Muslim bigotry seem to be everywhere. The New York Times recently reported that crimes against Muslim Americans have risen sharply since the terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino. Join the Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC) for an online discussion at noon Wednesday, Feb. 17, in the Mott Room. Webinar participants will learn how different campuses have effectively responded to incidents of Islamophobia and religious hate and how to proactively build inclusive environments.

Center Stage Series: Wu Man and the Shanghai Quartet Feb. 18

Combining traditional and contemporary Chinese musical styles, Wu Man and the Shanghai Quartet will perform as part of the Center Stage Series at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, in the CFL Main Hall. Wu Man and the Shanghai Quartet's performance, "A Night in Ancient and New China," features both traditional works and works by living composers.

Data Culture event Feb. 19

The second installment of Data Culture, an LIS and Career Center collaboration, is at 9:15 a.m. Friday, Feb. 19, in the Hovde Room, Preus Library. Erika Strandjord '06, assistant professor of English at Concordia College, uses digital humanities as a teaching and research tool in literature and writing courses. She will discuss how digital humanities enhance scholarship and how to get funding for digital humanities work.

SAC Spotlight presents 'The End of Racism Comedy and Lecture Tour' Feb. 19

SAC Spotlight and the Diversity Center are proud to present the "End of Racism Comedy and Lecture Tour," featuring Preacher Moss, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, in Marty's. As an African-American and Muslim comedian, Preacher Moss brings a unique blend of sincerity, intellect, social commentary and humor to the stage. The event is open to the public. Tickets are $8; there is no charge for admission for Luther students with CAF.

Guest violist Justin Knoepfel to perform Feb. 20

Justin Knoepfel '04 will perform a guest viola recital at 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, in the NRH. Following the recital, Knoepfel will give a lecture, "Discerning a Vocation in Music," in the Choir Room of the Jenson-Noble Hall of Music. The recital and lecture are open to the public with no charge for admission. Knoepfel is currently an assistant professor of viola and violin at Gustavus Adolphus College, where he conducts the Gustavus Philharmonic Orchestra.

BTQ Talent Show Feb. 20

The Beta Theta Omega organization invites Luther and the Decorah community to its annual BTQ Talent Show at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, in the CFL Main Hall. Tickets are on sale in the Union through Feb. 19; tickets are $3 at the table and $5 at the door. Proceeds go to the Decorah Community Free Clinic at First Lutheran Church and the refugee community.

Strengths Sunday Workshop Feb. 21

The next Strengths Sunday Workshop will be held from 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21, in Olin 213. Students begin by taking the StrengthsFinder assessment with the workshop to follow. Please encourage students to attend, as this is an excellent opportunity for seniors, juniors and sophomores to participate in Strengths if they have not already done so through a class, team or other group during their time at Luther. Students must register online and select the Feb. 21 Strengths-Based Education Workshop; registration deadline is Feb. 17. Questions? Contact Ann Landstrom, <landan02>.

Faculty Artist Series: Miko Kominami, piano

Miko Kominami and Timothy Hankewich, music director of Orchestra Iowa, will perform a piano recital, "Beethoven: The Last Three Sonatas," at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21, in the NRH. The program is open to the public with no charge for admission.

'Nursing Professional Identity' lecture Feb. 22

Focusing on the professional identity of nurses and other healthcare workers, cultural and applied anthropologist Heidi Bludau will discuss the global migration of healthcare workers at 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 22, in Valders 362. The event is open to the public with no charge for admission. 

Center Stage Series presents Celtic Nights Feb. 25

Bringing to life the story of the fight for Irish independence, the music and dance ensemble Celtic Nights will perform as part of Luther's Center Stage Series at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, in the CFL Main Hall. Tickets, on sale in the Ticket Office, are $25 for adults, $23 for seniors age 65 and over and $15 for youth ages 4-18, and may be purchased online at www.tickets.luther.edu.

SAC Spotlight presents the Upright Citizens Brigade Feb. 26

The Upright Citizens Brigade Touring Company will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26, in Marty's. This touring formation of UCB features some of the best up-and-coming young comedians for 90 minutes of totally unscripted, improvised fun. The evening will feature an opening performance by Luther improv group Top Banana. Sponsored by SAC Spotlight, Top Banana, Wellness, and the theatre and business departments. Tickets are $10; there is no charge for admission for Luther students with CAF.

'Being of Service to Others' vocational retreat Feb. 26-27

Students, faculty and staff are invited to an overnight retreat Feb. 26-27 at Good Earth Village in Spring Valley, Minnesota. Hosted by the Career Center and College Ministries, "Being of Service to Others: What's Your Story?" will offer opportunities for vocational reflection and conversation. Hans Peterson '91 will lead music and reflection sessions. Retreat participants will depart from the CFL at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26, and return by 5 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 27. Costs are covered through a 2015 grant from the Council of Independent Colleges-Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education. Register online. ​Contact [email protected] for more information.​

Delta Rae to perform at Luther April 1

SAC Spotlight is pleased to announce that Delta Rae, "a full-throated alt-pop band with four lead singers," will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 1, in the CFL Main Hall. Delta Rae has performed on "The Tonight Show" and "Conan" and played almost every major music festival, including Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo and Austin City Limits. Their most recent album, released in 2015, quickly climbed the charts, and their 2013 hit single, "If I Loved You," reached #5 on Billboard's Adult Alternative Songs chart. Tickets, on sale in the Ticket Office, are $15; there is no charge for Luther students with CAF.


Celebrations this week


Feb. 16: Peter Russella
Feb. 17: Peggy Lensing, Faust Gertz
Feb. 18: Jan Cordell, Molly McNicoll
Feb. 19: Shelby Nelson
Feb. 20: Larry Sikkink, Matthew Hammen, Kate Elliott
Feb. 22: Paul Frana, Candy Ode, Sam Pollan

New positions

Arturo Rico began his position as coordinator of diversity recruitment Feb. 1. His office is in Dahl Centennial Union 261D, telephone 387-1441.

Alison Schulte started as outdoor education fellow Feb. 1. Her office is in Valders 372B, telephone 387-1573.

Allison Hren started as food and farm fellow on Feb. 1. Her office is in Valders 372B, telephone 387-1573.

Job openings

Custodial staff: The Custodial Department has an immediate opening for a .75 FTE 12-month position. General custodial responsibilities include overall appearance of assigned academic and residence hall building(s) and public areas. Hours will generally be Monday through Friday. Some weekend work may be required. Must be able to work with little supervision, complete work thoroughly and promptly, and be self-motivated. High school diploma or equivalent required.

Administrative assistant: The Development Office seeks a full-time administrative assistant. The successful candidate will provide administrative assistance to the Vice President, directors, gift planners and programs in the Development Office. Specific responsibilities include: provide comprehensive campaign and general support; arrange travel schedules, reservations and appointments; coordinate mailings, records, and correspondence related to development and campaign events and special programs; direct telephone communication in the Development Office and coordinate projects for student workers.

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.


Paul Gardner will lead a discussion on Jessica Stern and J.M. Berger's book "ISIS: The State of Terror" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, at the Decorah Public Library. "ISIS: The State of Terror" is a good introduction to ISIS written for a general audience. The program is open to the public with no charge for admission.

Jerry Johnson, retired director of public information at Luther, will be the featured author at a book signing from 7-9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26, at Dragonfly Books, 112 W. Water St., Decorah. He will read from and sign copies of his latest book, "Coot Stews." Available at Dragonfly and the Luther Book Shop, this is the third book in his "Coot" series, following "Crazy Old Coot" and "Old Coots Never Forget." The books are selected pieces from his blog, "Dispatches from a Northern Town." Johnson is also the author of the novel "Hunting Birds." The author's proceeds from book sales at the event will be donated to Friends of the Decorah Public Library. Johnson's books, in both paperback and e-reader editions, are available online through Indie Bound and Amazon Books.

Amy Weldon and Jon Jensen will read from their essays which appear in the new volume "FRACTURE: Essays, Poems, and Stories on Fracking in America" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 9, at Dragonfly Books. Amy will join the book's editor, Taylor Brorby, and other writers for a reading at 7 p.m. Monday, March 14, at Common Good Books in St. Paul, Minnesota.


For rent: Beautiful three bedroom, four bath furnished home for rent close to downtown Decorah, 1.6 miles from Luther. Built in 2006, this house has all the latest home energy efficiency solutions and includes a lot of extras, such as CVAC, whole home audio system, in-floor heating, a whirlpool and an exercise room in the finished basement. Available Aug. 2016 through May 2017. Details and photos available online. Contact Tabita, <tabita.green>.

For rent: House for rent on College Drive, minutes from Luther. Four bedrooms, two full bathrooms and attached two-car garage. Major appliances included. Available March 1. Contact Lana, 379-3919.

For rent: Three bedroom, one bath Luther house for rent to faculty or staff. Available immediately. Contact Ivan, <hackiv01> or 387-1668.

Free: Free upright piano. For more information and photos, contact Emily, <nealem01>.


And finally...

February is American Heart Month, a great time to commit to a healthy lifestyle and make small changes that can lead to a lifetime of heart health. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. Every year, one in four deaths are caused by heart disease, but you can make healthy changes to lower your risk of developing heart disease. To lower your risk:

  • Watch your weight.
  • Quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke.
  • Control your cholesterol and blood pressure.
  • If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation.
  • Get active and eat healthy.

Ready to make some changes to lower your risk factors? Take advantage of walk-in wellness coaching for Luther employees. Stop by the Mott Room from 11 a.m.-noon on Thursday, Feb. 18, and Monday, Feb. 22, to discuss blood panel results, ask questions and get health advice from Luther's registered dietitian and certified health education specialist.

Busy during the walk-in times? Contact Wellness, <wellness>, to schedule an appointment.