Tuesday, Feb. 23

TUESDAY 2/23/16

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Tenure and promotions

Congratulations to the following faculty members who were granted tenure by the Board of Regents at the Feb. 19-20 meeting: Maryna Bazylevych, Kate Elliott, Anne-Marine Feat, Holly Moore and Elizabeth Steding. Bazylevych, Elliott, Feat and Moore were also promoted to associate professor, as was Scott Hurley.

Congratulations to four faculty members promoted to full professor: Spencer Martin, Brad Miller, David Thompson and Loren Toussaint. 


President Carlson's office hours

President Carlson invites Luther faculty and staff to stop by during her weekly office hours. The hours listed below will be in the President's Office, Dahl Centennial Union 236. No appointment is necessary.

Thursday, February 25, 4-5 p.m.
Thursday, March 3
, 11 a.m.-noon
Friday, March 11
, 2-3 p.m.
Thursday, March 17
, 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Coffee for Karen Martin-Schramm March 3

After nearly 20 years, Karen Martin-Schramm will conclude her service as executive assistant to the President March 3. During her time at Luther, Karen has worked with three presidents and two interim presidents. Faculty, staff and emeriti are invited to attend a coffee in Karen's honor from 9:30-10:45 a.m. Thursday, March 3, in Hammarskjold Lounge.

Nominate a graduating senior

The Luther Alumni Magazine profiles several graduating seniors each fall. Some of these students have been top scholars; others have done exceptional research or service projects while at Luther or have chosen to pursue a particularly interesting or challenging path after college. To help us identify 2016 class members to consider, please email recommendations and useful information, such as accomplishments/activities and post-graduation plans, to <magazine> by March 18. Thank you.

Admissions student ambassadors

Admissions is hiring student ambassadors for the summer and next year. These students will serve as office assistants and tour guides. Know a student who would do a great job of representing their Luther experience to prospective students? Encourage them to come to Admissions for more information or apply online. Student ambassadors must be sophomores, juniors or seniors during the 2016-17 academic year. Application deadline is noon Wednesday, March 2.

New at luther.edu

Check out the First-Year Seminars page, where students and faculty talk about J-term courses such as Exploring Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Society of Prisons, Eco-Media, Grammar Cops and Criminals, The Gift of Fire, Norwegian Explorers and more.

On the Alumni Profiles page, Peter Graffy '12, talks about his path to med school via his post-graduation work in Ecuador, his anthropology and women and gender studies majors and Spanish minor, and soccer and Ultimate Frisbee teams. "Try everything at least once," he advises current first-year students.

Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day in the Caf

Celebrate Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day on Tuesday, Feb. 23. Show a faculty/staff Luther ID and get 50 percent off lunch in the cafeteria. (Note: 12:30-1:30 p.m. is the busiest time.) Do you frequently or occasionally dine in the cafeteria? A faculty/staff meal plan offers the flexibility of dining in the cafeteria with a swipe of a faculty/staff ID. Twenty meals are only $5.65 each. To learn more, go to the Dining Services website.

Buy $50 Dining Dollars for only $40

Luther faculty and staff can add Dining Dollars to their account and use them anywhere food can be purchased on campus: Marty's, Oneota Market, Sunnyside Cafe, C-Store, Nordic Brew, Grab-N-Go, Peace Brunch and the cafeteria. Right now, buy $50 dining dollars for only $40. Fill out the form online or stop by the Dining Services office. Act now, as this offer is only good through Friday, Feb. 26.

Happy birthday from Dining Services

Congratulations and happy birthday to Jennifer Flynn, Charlotte Kunkel, Jodi Meyer-Mork, Elizabeth Finanger and Kari Koch! Please enjoy a free lunch on us in the Caf or Grab-N-Go. Jennifer, Charlotte, Jodi, Elizabeth and Kari were randomly selected from the March faculty/staff birthday calendar.

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

Submit 2015 health and dependent care flex claims 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

Employees should have received an email invitation to participate in the Financial Fitness Challenge, sponsored by Human Resources and funded by the State of Iowa Insurance Commission. The challenge teaches ways to make the most of a paycheck, manage debt and plan for the future. Personal information is kept secure and private and will not be shared. For more information, contact Marsha Wenthold at 387-1415. Please participate!

#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.

Land stewardship internships for summer 2016

The Center for Sustainable Communities is 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.


Chapel this week

Wednesday, Feb. 24: Storm Bailey
Friday, Feb. 26: Mike Blevins
Monday, Feb. 29: Bob Shedinger

Home sporting events this week

Feb. 25: Women's basketball IIAC semifinals, 7 p.m.

Events this week

Wednesday, Feb. 24: Workshop, Data Culture III, Tom Lindsley '07, 7:30 p.m., Hovde Room

Thursday, Feb. 25: Center Stage Series, Celtic Nights, 7:30 p.m., CFL Main Hall

Friday, Feb. 26: Comedy performance, Upright Citizens Brigade Touring Company, 7:30 p.m., Marty's; Recital, Jill Phillips, voice, 7:30 p.m., NRH

Sunday, Feb. 28: Concert, Dorian Band Festival featuring Concert Band and Jazz Orchestra, 7 p.m., CFL Main Hall

Monday, Feb. 29: Concert, Dorian Band Festival, 6:30 p.m., CFL Main Hall

'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.

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, available at the door or online at tickets.luther.edu.

'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 <ministry> for more information.​

'Synthesized' student art exhibit opens Feb. 27

"Synthesized," an exhibit by Olivia Heitz '16, and Rachel Madryga '16, will be on display Feb. 27-March 11 in the Dahl Centennial Union Gallery. The exhibit features a mix of sculpture and two-dimensional textural paintings. An opening reception will be held in the gallery from 4-6 p.m. Saturday, March 5. The exhibit and reception are open to the public with no charge for admission.

Bryan Stevenson to give Farwell Distinguished Lecture March 1

Acclaimed lawyer, author and human rights activist Bryan Stevenson will present the Farwell Distinguished Lecture at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 1, in the CFL Main Hall. Stevenson is a highly sought-after speaker, with his 2012 TED Talk named one of five essential talks by The New Yorker. His lecture, titled "American Injustice: Mercy, Humanity and Making a Difference," is followed by a question-and-answer session and book signing in the Center for Faith and Life lobby. Stevenson will also host a conversation titled "What can WE do to foster racial justice?" at 4:15 p.m. Tuesday, March 1, in the CRH. Attendees are encouraged to come prepared with questions. Both the lecture and the conversation are open to the public with no charge for admission. 

Oneota Film Festival March 4-6

Luther will host the 2016 Oneota Film Festival Friday-Sunday, March 4-6. More than 250 films were submitted for screening at the 2016 festival. Just 28 made the cut, including several with strong Midwestern ties. Films will be screened in Olin 102 and Valders 206, 262 and 362; the schedule is available online. The Oneota Film Festival is open to the public with no charge for admission, however attendees are asked to preregister on the OFF website.  

SAC Spotlight presents magician Peter Boie March 4

Magic may not seem real, but seeing a good magic show can make even skeptics question their convictions. With an act that makes audiences want to believe, magician Peter Boie will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 4, in Marty's. Tickets for the performance are $8 and may be purchased online at tickets.luther.edu or at the Ticket Office.

Ethnic Arts Festival March 5

The Diversity Center will host the Ethnic Arts Festival on Saturday, March 5. Guests can visit the Country Fair from 1-4 p.m. in Williams Lounge of the Dahl Centennial Union, taste ethnic cuisine in Peace Dining Room from 4:30-6:30 p.m. and enjoy lively entertainment in the CFL starting at 7 p.m. Tickets for the Taste of the World reception are $12 for adults and $6 for children ages 6-13; there is no charge for children under 5. Tickets are available at the Ticket Office and at the door.

'In Memoriam Eius' concert March 6

The music department is proud to present "In Memoriam Eius," a concert of new music for voices and percussion at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 6, in the NRH. A pre-concert talk will be offered at 3 p.m. in the Jenson-Noble choir room. The concert and talk are open to the public with no charge for admission. The concert features the world premiere of "In Memoriam Eius" by Brooke Joyce. "In Memoriam Eius" tells the story of the woman from Bethany who anointed Jesus before his crucifixion. Women from Collegiate Chorale will sing portions of Mark's Gospel in Latin, alongside soloist Genevieve Kalland '16. The performance also features the Iowa/Hungary Percussion Project.

Norse Awards March 6

The Luther College Norse Awards will take place at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 6, in the Main Gym. Join Luther student-athletes, coaches and other members of the campus community in celebrating the accomplishments of our student-athletes and teams from the 2015 calendar year. This event is sponsored by the Student Athlete Advisory Committee.


Celebrations this week


Feb. 24: David Huinker
Feb. 25: Lynn Ingvalson, Helen Novak
Feb. 26: Megan Sherman, Christine Moeller
Feb. 27: Teri Miller, Igor Kalnin
Feb. 28: Jodi Enos-Berlage, Jon Lund


Feb. 28: Jennifer Folstad, 5 years


To Cara Langston and Pedro dos Santos on the birth of their baby girl, Aida Lynn, on Monday, Feb. 8. She weighed 5 pounds, 10 ounces, and was 18 inches long at birth. All are doing well.


To the family and friends of Donald H. Pilgrim, professor emeritus of mathematics, who died at home on Tuesday, Feb. 23. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 26, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Decorah, with Pastor Amy Larson officiating. Visitation is from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, at Fjelstul Funeral Home and at 10 a.m. Friday, one hour before the service, at Good Shepherd. Don joined the Luther faculty in 1956, and served the college for 35 years, until his retirement in 1991.

To Rachel Vsetecka and family on the death of Rachel's father-in-law, Raphael "Ray" J. Vsetecka, who passed away on Feb. 10. Services were held Feb. 13 in Cresco.

Thank you

A big thank you to Luther faculty for presenting a wide variety of engaging educational programs at Decorah Public Library over the years. Our community benefits greatly from your generous sharing of time, resources and expertise. In the past month alone we have been fortunate to host Carly Hayden Foster, Robert Shedinger and Paul Gardner for fascinating and well-attended lectures and discussions; over the course of the 10+ years that I've coordinated adult programming, I've had the pleasure of working with many other faculty members as well. Thank you, all, for being such a pleasure to work with and for enriching our library and our community. Our library patrons have no end of positive things to say about their experiences at your programs and their appreciation of the myriad opportunities afforded by having a stellar institution like Luther College in our town.

-Kristin Torresdal
 administrative coordinator
 Decorah Public Library

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.


Todd Green recently gave two lectures on Islamophobia, one at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennesee, on Feb. 14, and the other at Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa, on Feb. 18.

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.

Lindsey Row-Heyveld published "Crutches and Cripistemology in The Fair Maid of the Exchange" in "Object-Oriented Environs" (Punctum Books), a collection on environmental studies and thing theory in the early modern period edited by Jeffrey Jerome Cohen and Julian Yates.

Sarah E. Wilder's article "Communication practices and advice in later-life widowhood: 'We just talked about what it is like to not have your buddy,'" was published in the journal Communication Studies.


Wanted: Looking for a "townie" to share space for the City-Wide Garage Sale on Saturday, April 16. Living too far out in the country, I hope to share someone's garage in town, and of course the work and fun! If interested, contact Amy, <webberam>.

For sale: Two pair of Trak cross-country skis, made in Italy. $30 for both. Boots and poles not included. Contact Bob, [email protected]

For sale: Turntable for LP records, a deal at $50. The turntable is a good brand (Luxman PD270 direct drive player); check out eBay for pricing. Was $275 when new; it was my dad's unit and he was an audiophile. Contact Bob, [email protected]

For sale: Kyocera color laser printer with extra color toners. Make an offer. Contact Bob, [email protected].

For sale: Dried oak, cherry and ash wood for sale. Dried for one year, cut in 15-inch chunks. Contact Dave, 380-3939.

For sale: Five-piece Ludwig drum set for sale. Set is in good shape. Includes one bass and single bass-pedal, double tom, floor tom, snare, throne, high-hat (this one is worse for wear) and five cymbals (ride, fast crash, thin crash, splash and light-splash), plus several pairs of sticks. $350 or best offer. Contact Dan, <davida06>.

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>.


And finally...

2016 is a leap year and Monday, Feb. 29, is your extra day.

While a fixed date in the Gregorian calendar normally advances one day from one year to the next, the day of the week in a leap year will advance two days (from March forward) "leaping over" one of the days of the week. For example, Christmas fell on a Tuesday in 2001, Wednesday in 2002, and Thursday in 2003, but then "leapt" over Friday to fall on Saturday in 2004.

"Leap year means a free day. Go wild."
- Lawrence Chan

"Oh Ms. Lemon, you are missing out. Every four years you get a magical extra day...a day to do the things you normally wouldn't do, to take chances."
- Characters from "30 Rock"