Tuesday, March 29

TUESDAY 3/29/16

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Sexual misconduct training

Luther College is committed to creating and maintaining a safe and healthy environment where all members of the community—students, faculty, staff and visitors—are treated with respect and dignity. Therefore, the college will not tolerate sexual misconduct in any form. Sexual misconduct is not only an act against an individual; it is also an act that affects the entire college community.

As part of Luther's comprehensive prevention program, all faculty and staff must complete Haven for Faculty and Staff. This online training provides critical education on sexual harassment and connections with support resources, discusses factors that contribute to sexual and relationship violence and empowers faculty and staff to become leaders in prevention. Log-in instructions and a registration code were sent to all faculty and staff email addresses on March 15. Please complete Part One of the training (approximately 60 minutes in length) by April 8. After 30 days you will receive an invitation to complete Part Two of the training (approximately 10 minutes). Contact Matt Bills, <bills>, with questions.


President Carlson's office hours

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

Thursday, March 31, 3-4 p.m.

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, <mwenthold>, 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.

Summer hours and 2016-17 holiday schedule 

Summer hours will begin on Monday, May 23. For more information about summer hours, plus the holiday schedule for summer 2016 and the 2016-17 academic year, visit the Human Resources website.

Meet with a TIAA consultant April 12-14

A TIAA financial consultant will be on campus April 12-14. Sign up for an individual appointment to discuss your personal financial situation, investments and financial goals. Meetings are available at the following times:

Tuesday, April 12: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wednesday, April 13: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 14: 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Space is limited. Register online or call (800) 732-8353 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. All sessions will be held in the Financial Aid conference room in Main. 

Reminder: March 31 deadline for Krahn and Kuh Awards

March 31 is the deadline for nominations for the Krahn Family Student Life Service Award and applications for the Kuh Family "Positively Luther" Award. Information regarding the awards is available on the Student Life website. Please consider nominating students for the Krahn Award and encourage students to apply for the Kuh Award.

Panic! At The Disco concert rescheduled for April 9

Due to a touring conflict, the Panic! At The Disco concert originally scheduled for April 16 has been moved to April 9. Location and times remain the same. SAC Concerts will honor tickets with the April 16 date. Ticket holders who are unable to attend the April 9 performance may return their tickets to the Luther Ticket Office for a full refund. Questions? Contact the Ticket Office, <boxoffice>, or SAC Concerts, <sacconcerts>. 

Wellness blood screening April 14

The second on-campus wellness blood screening for 2016 will be held from 6:30-8 a.m. Thursday, April 14, 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.

There will be another blood draw on Tuesday, May 3. To make an appointment for May 3, email Vicky, <jaegervi>.

Strengths session for faculty and staff

Faculty and staff are invited to participate in a Strengths professional development session from 2:30-3:45 p.m. Tuesday, April 26, in Mott-Borlaug. The conversation will focus on ways to support students in developing and applying their most innate gifts and talents as they pursue their academic, personal and professional goals. The session is intended for faculty and staff who have already taken the StrengthsFinder assessment. Luther's Strengths Facilitator Team and Ken Barr, Jr., director of Student Strengths Development at Kalamazoo Valley Community College in Michigan, will facilitate the session. Refreshments will be provided. To register, go to the Career Center calendar and select the April 26 "Faculty and Staff - Strengths Professional Development." Contact Ann Landstrom, Strengths program coordinator, <landan02>.

Faculty/staff Pilates starts April 4

Faculty/staff Pilates will start Spring Session II on Monday, April 4, and run for six weeks, ending May 9. The class meets in CFA Studio II from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Please arrive or leave early to accommodate your schedule. Cost for the six-week session is $24. Register by emailing Bridgette Mitchell, [email protected].

Fitness swimming classes April 2-30

Fitness swimming classes will be offered April 2-30. Monday, Wednesday and Saturday sessions are available; cost is $20 for one day of the week or $45 for all three days of the week. All classes are led by U.S. Masters Level 2 Coach Stephanie Huber. For more information and to register, contact Stephanie, <[email protected]com> or 419-1951. Please indicate your experience level (beginner, intermediate-advanced, and/or triathlete). Participants must be 18 or older and able to swim one length of the pool.

Reason 201 training

Web Content will host mid-year refresher sessions for Reason, Luther's web content management system. Faculty, staff and students who already have Reason access are encouraged to attend.

  • Tuesday, March 29 at 9:40 a.m.
  • Tuesday, March 29 at 4 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 31 at 9:40 a.m. 
  • Thursday, March 31 at 4 p.m.

All sessions will be held in Olin 102.

New at luther.edu

On the Faculty Stories page, English professor Nancy Barry talks about the benefits of teaching at a liberal arts college, where on any given day, her mind can wander amid questions of economics, psychology, health or even chemistry.

Happy birthday from Dining Services

Congratulations and happy birthday to Myron Rediske, Claude Mertzenich, Thomas Johnson and Erin Zidlicky! Please enjoy a free lunch on us in the Caf or Grab-N-Go. Myron, Claude, Thomas and Erin were randomly selected from the April faculty/staff birthday calendar.

Book Shop sale

The Book Shop is having a huge book sale, with a mountain of books priced from $1-6. Stop in for great books at great prices.

Strengths Sunday Workshop April 3

The next Strengths Sunday Workshop will be held from 2-5 p.m. Sunday, April 3, in Olin 213. Students will take the 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 April 3 Strengths-Based Education Workshop. Questions? Contact Ann Landstrom, Strengths program coordinator, <landan02>. 

Spring tennis for students in grades K-8

Assistant coach Miriam Skrade is teaming up with Luther tennis players to offer tennis clinics for students in grades K-8. Clinics will be held on Luther's outdoor tennis courts on five Tuesdays this spring: April 5, 12 and 26, and May 3 and 10. May 17 will be a make-up date if an earlier date is rained out. Students in grades K-4 meet from 5:45-6:30 p.m.; 5th-8th graders meet from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Cost is $30 for students in grades K-4, $40 for students in grades 5-8. To register, contact Miriam, <mbskrade> or (515) 203-1068.

Leadership for Community Health Improvement workshop June 15-17

Luther's Center for Sustainable Communities, in partnership with the Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative, will host community leaders from throughout the Midwest for an interactive three-day workshop, Leadership for Community Health Improvement. Scheduled for June 15-17, the workshop focuses on changing conditions in communities in five key areas: food systems development, increasing opportunities for active daily living, school intervention policies, working with early childhood centers and youth leadership.

Coupons for Student Employee Appreciation Week

Give student workers a little treat to show them how much they are appreciated during National Student Employee Appreciation Week, April 3-9. A coupon for a Marty's cookie or a shake from Nordic Brew is a nice gesture of appreciation. Order coupons online and Dining Services will have them ready for pick up within 48 hours. Questions? Contact Dining Services, <diningservices> or 387-1030.

Women, Faith and Finance seminar

Luther will host the 12th annual Women, Faith and Finance seminar Friday, April 8, at the Hotel Winneshiek. Women of all ages are invited to come learn more about financial management, retirement and estate planning, and charitable giving. Registration is $30; bring a friend and each participant will save $5. First 75 paid registrants receive their choice of two resource books. To register, go to www.luther.edu/wff or email Jeanie Lovell, <lovellje>, for more information.


Chapel this week

Wednesday, March 30: Marion Pruitt-Jefferson
Friday, April 1: Michael Reiter, Aurora
Monday, April 4: Hymn sing with Peter and Brendan Mayer

Events this week

Monday, March 28: Guest recital, James Kaufmann, piano, 7:30 p.m., NRH

Tuesday, March 29: Religion Forum, Deborah Norland and Michael Englehardt, 6 p.m., CRH; Faculty recital, Michael Smith, trombone and euphonium, 7:30 p.m., NRH

Wednesday, March 30: Guest lecture, Kate Harding, 7:30 p.m., Valders 206; Theatre performance, Michael Ehrecke '15, 7:30 p.m., Storre Theatre

Thursday, March 31: Guest lecture, Larry Robertson, 9:40 a.m., Valders 206; Workshop/panel discussion, "Using Theatre to Affect Change," 7 p.m., CFA Studio I; Concert, Concert Band, 7:30 p.m., CFL Main Hall

Friday, April 1: Concert, Delta Rae with Chris Bathgate, 7:30 p.m., CFL Main Hall

Saturday, April 2: Dance Marathon, noon-midnight, Regents Center

Monday, April 4: Concert, Song Jam, 5:15 p.m., CRH

Religion Forum lecture March 29

Michael Engelhardt and Deborah Norland will discuss the flight of Syrian refugees from their homeland at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 29, in the CRH. In their lecture, titled "Displacement, Fear and Hope: The Impermanence of Place for Syrian Refugees," Norland will convey personal stories of working among Syrian refugees in Turkey, and Engelhardt will discuss the underlying causes of the war, the multi-faceted nature of the conflict and the shifting alliances that make this and other such conflicts difficult to resolve. The event is open to the public with no charge for admission. A reception will follow in Qualley Lounge.

Faculty Artist Series: Michael Smith, trombone and euphonium

Michael Smith will perform a trombone and euphonium recital at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 29, in the NRH. Accompanied by Du Huang, Smith will perform Hannes Meyer's "Sonata in C-minor" on themes of Giovanni Battista Pergolesi on the alto trombone, "Concerto for Tenor Trombone, Opus 35" by František Domažlický, "Fantaisie Concertante" for bass trombone by Jacques Castérède and "Sonatina for Euphonium and Synthesizer" by John Boda. The recital is open to the public with no charge for admission.

'How do we tell our own stories while respecting the stories of others?'

Michael Ehrecke '15, will perform a continuation of his senior project at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, in Storre Theatre. The performance explores the notion of self-hood, asking, "How do we tell our own stories while respecting the stories of others?" A workshop and panel discussion will explore how to use theatre to affect change at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 31, in CFA Studio I. Sponsored by the Career Center, no registration necessary. Open to the public with no charge for admission.

'Asking for It: The Alarming Rise of Rape Culture--and What We Can Do About It'

Author Kate Harding will present "Asking for It: The Alarming Rise of Rape Culture--and What We Can Do About It" at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 30, in Valders 206. The lecture is open to the public with no charge for admission. Sponsored by the women and gender studies program, the Center for Ethics and Public Life, and Norse Against Sexual Assault.

'PCBs: New Knowledge Gained from Old Pollutants'

Larry Robertson will present "PCBs: New Knowledge Gained from Old Pollutants" at 9:40 a.m. Thursday, March 31, in Valders 206. Robertson directs the Iowa Superfund project, which uses a variety of scientific and community-based approaches to study the effects of air and water pollutants such as polychlorinated biphenyls. The Biology department and Center for Ethics and Public Life are sponsoring Robertson's visit, including a dinner at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 31. Faculty, staff and students interested in meeting with Robertson are welcome to attend. Contact Stephanie Fretham, <frethams> or 387-1555 for more information.

Concert Band homecoming concert March 31

The Luther College Concert Band will close their 2016 spring break Midwest tour with a homecoming concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 31, in the CFL Main Hall. The program features a range of both traditional and contemporary band literature, including "Dance of the Jesters" by Tchaikovsky, "Rio Grande" by Michael Daugherty, "Everything Beautiful" by Samuel Hazo, "Star Wars" by John Williams, "A Weekend in New York" by Philip Sparke, "Molly on the Shore" by Percy Grainger and "Transcendent Journey" by Rossano Galante.The performance is open to the public with no charge for admission and will be streamed live.

Delta Rae concert April 1

SAC Spotlight presents American folk-rock band Delta Rae at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 1, in the CFL Main Hall. Singer-songwriter and Iowa native Chris Bathgate will open the show. Tickets, $15, are on sale at tickets.luther.edu. Tune in to KDEC-FM 100.5 at 8:10 a.m. Friday morning for an interview with Elizabeth Hopkins from Delta Rae.

Luther College Dance Marathon April 2

More than 400 Luther students will dance for 12 hours straight on Saturday, April 2, to raise money and awareness for children with lifelong illnesses. Come support Luther dancers and help LCDM reach its goal of raising $65,000 in the third annual Dance Marathon. Community hours are from 1-5 p.m. All proceeds raised benefit the Children's Miracle Network through the University of Iowa Children's Hospital. Questions? Contact Emily, <starem01>.

Student recitals

Hannah Sackett '16, will perform a voice recital at 7 p.m. Friday, April 1.

Sylvia Kaare '17, percussion, and Elizabeth Primmer '17, alto saxophone, will perform a recital at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 2.

Julia Reimann '16, will perform a voice recital at 7 p.m. Sunday, April 3

Ben Sides '17, will perform a trumpet recital at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 5.

Student recitals are held in the Noble Recital Hall and are followed by a reception. Both the recitals and receptions are open to the public with no charge for admission.

Faculty and students present final SONG JAM April 4

Bringing to a close nine years of unique performances, the final SONG JAM, a performance series devoted to art song by women composers, will take place at 5:15 p.m. Monday, April 4, in the CFL Recital Hall. The performance is open to the public with no charge for admission.

Jessica Paul, creator and lead advocate of Luther's SONG JAM, will collaborate on piano for the concert. She will retire at the end of the 2015-16 academic year. Faculty performers are soprano Karen Kanakis, and mezzo-soprano Jill Phillips. Student singers include sopranos Emily Dirks, Hannah Leeper, Marie Sauze and Emily Secor; mezzo-sopranos Christy Emanuelson, Natalie Rumer and Kaitlyn York; tenors Pyi Phyo Aung, Wesley Frye and Samuel Scheidt; baritones Jason Erbst, Will Heller, Jonathan Kobs and Brandon Whitish; and bass Grant Holsinger.

Panic! At The Disco concert April 9

Award-winning and internationally acclaimed rock band Panic! At The Disco will perform at Luther at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 9, in the Regents Center Main Gym. Tickets may be purchased online at tickets.luther.edu or at the Ticket Office. Doors open at 7 p.m. with opener LOLO starting the show at 7:30 p.m. Sponsored by SAC Concerts. 


Celebrations this week


March 29: Sue Thompson, Brad Balk
March 30: Kenneth Mihm, Rick Rasmussen, Kari Koch, James Odegaard
March 31: Albert Emery
April 1: Teresa Rosendahl, Cam Schuknecht, Bryan Nikkel
April 2: Michael Bartels
April 3: Deanna Casterton, Erin Flater, Andrew Torgerud, Johanna VanHorn, Lisa Rogers
April 5: Linda Martin, Jon Jensen, Viset Hovden, Amber Suckow, Joseph Scardina


March 31: Kenneth Larson, 35 years


To Chuck Riha and family on the death of Chuck's father-in-law, Arthur "Art" Schmitt, who passed away on March 22. Services were held March 28 in St. Lucas.


To Cassie and Jacob Fouts on the birth of their baby boy, Jordy Todd Fouts, born on Easter morning. He weighed 8 pounds, 4 ounces, and was 19.75 inches long at birth. Jordy joins big brother Finley. All are doing well.

New employee

Mark Kubacki began his new position as assistant football coach, defensive line, on March 21. His office is Regents Center 11C, telephone 387-1024.


Deanna Casterton is president-elect of the National Association of College Stores Foundation for 2016-17. She is currently serving as vice president of the foundation. Deanna has worked in the Luther College Book Shop for 25 years and has served as director for five years. 

Todd Green gave a lecture at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, on March 22 titled "Understanding and Combatting Islamophobia: Building Bridges in Community." He also gave a lecture at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina, on March 23 titled "What's Driving Islamophobia in America? Fear, Freedom and the Responsibilities of Democracy."

Jim Martin-Schramm presented "Local Jurisdictions Going Solar with Leases and Power Purchase Agreements" at the Solar Powering Iowa conference March 24 in Cedar Rapids.   

Jill Wilson presented three collaborative research projects at the National Association for Music Education's biennial research conference in Atlanta, Georgia: "Preparing Pre-Service Music Educators: Who, How, When?" with Jamila McWhirter, Middle Tennessee State University; "Cooperating Teachers' Perceptions of Hosting Student Teachers as Professional Development" with Alden Snell, University of Delaware, and Carolyn Cruse, Texas Tech University; and a poster titled "A Preliminary Examination of Music Education Students' Perceptions of Essential Professional Teaching Dispositions" with Natalie Royston, Iowa State University.


House sitter available: Female Luther student seeking summer house sitting or subleasing opportunity from early June until the end of August. I am willing to pet sit and also have lots of experience as a nanny. Decorah references available. Contact Hannah, <kaarha01>.

Position opening: Part-time paid clinic coordinator position at the Decorah Community Free Clinic. Approximately 10 hours per week, including 4-9 p.m. on Thursdays and five flexible hours during the week. For more information contact <[email protected]>.

Women's Weekend Out: Looking for a Women's Weekend Out activity? Enjoy a free showing of the movie "War Room" at 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 1 and 2, at the Decorah Covenant Church sanctuary, 115 Washington St. Coffee and refreshments provided. Questions? Contact Jean, <gehlje01>.

Found: Two coats, left in the CFL after the Celtic Nights performance and Scholar Weekend. Brands are Salmon River Traders (men's tall) and Brave Soul Black Label (XL). Stop by the CFL to view and claim.

Wanted: I will be working at Luther for about six weeks this summer (mid-June through the end of July) and am looking for an inexpensive place to live. If you or anyone you know would be willing to house me, please email Rachel, <reimra01>.

Wanted: I live in Decorah and am looking for a long-term lease to rent a small, easily accessible space for an art studio. Please contact Pam, <[email protected]>.

For sale: ​1991 16'x60​' three-bedroom trailer for sale. Located in Cresco. Call Jerome, 380-8183.

For sale: Casio Privia PX-130 88-key digital piano plus "On-Stage Stands" piano stand. Excellent condition, purchased new in 2013. Works perfectly, no issues. Includes original instruction papers and Casio Piano Scores music booklet. $450 or best offer. Contact Lianna, <stewli03>.


And finally...

"By trying to kill the human spirit, the answer of the human spirit is to revenge with beauty."

-From the film "The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble"