Tuesday, April 5

TUESDAY 4/5/16

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Dean for Institutional Equity and Inclusion search

President Carlson has appointed the following faculty, staff and students to the search advisory committee for the search for the Dean for Institutional Equity and Inclusion: Matt Bills, Anita Carrasco, Sophia Engelman, Luigi Enriquez '17, Ron Ferguson, Aaron Hafner, Sukeji Jeffrey '17, Mike Johnson, Thomas Johnson, Corey Landstrom, Chivonne Marlow and Terry Sparkes. Kevin Kraus will chair the search advisory committee.


College pastor candidate forums

The Luther community is invited to attend open forum sessions with the college pastor candidates from 2:15-3 p.m. on Monday, April 11, and Wednesday, April 13. The first candidate forum was Monday, April 4. All candidate forums will be held in the CRH. Candidate resumes will be available at the forums and will be posted on KATIE. Attending all three candidate sessions is encouraged, but not required. ​Forum participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback for the call committee. Questions? Contact Andrew Last, <lastan01>. 

Security notice

Between March 7-17, Campus Safety and Security received numerous reports of money stolen from the patron storage cubicles within the Legends Center. The majority of the incidents were reported March 14-17. The time of day the thefts occurred is varied, as are the days of the week. In each instance only cash was taken and the theft took place while the owner was away from the cubicle area in another part of the facility. 

Crimes such as these are not very common on the Luther campus, but unfortunately they can and have occurred. Similar thefts have been reported this academic year, but not with the frequency of those reported in Legends. The investigation into this string of thefts is on-going. Anyone with any information related to these events or any other crime on campus is asked to contact Campus Safety and Security, 387-2111. We also encourage everyone to be mindful of their surroundings and report any suspicious activity.

Purchasing policy reminder

Please remember to use a purchase permit, a purchase order or a Luther credit card when purchasing from Decorah area merchants. Financial Services cannot assign the expense to the appropriate department without following this procedure. For more information, refer to the purchasing policy at www.luther.edu/policies

Luther College Hearing Board

The Luther College Hearing Board seeks new student members for next year's board. The Hearing Board is a governing body for the college's Student Code of Conduct. The application is available online; interested students must have a minimum 2.50 GPA and submit recommendations from both a current student and a faculty or staff member. Find more information regarding Board responsibilities and structure in the Student Code of Conduct. Faculty and staff may recommend students by contacting Jane Hildebrand, <hildebja>. April 14 is the deadline for applications.

Cadaver lab tours

The Human Dissection class will give tours of the cadaver lab April 5-13. All Luther students, faculty and staff are welcome to attend. Tours will be approximately 30 minutes in length. If interested, sign up for a tour time online. Questions? Contact Stephanie Fretham, <frethams> or 387-1555.

HR update: Financial Fitness Challenge

It's not too late: invest in yourself by participating in the Financial Fitness Challenge. Choose from course topics such as managing credit, building an emergency fund, investment strategies and budgeting for retirement. The challenge is open through Friday, April 22. All information entered is completely confidential. If you started the challenge, please be sure to complete it. Click here to access the website. Call Marsha, 387-1415, if you need help or have questions.

Reason 201 training

Web Content will host mid-year refresher sessions for Reason, Luther's web content management system. The refresher session is for students who already have access to Reason; students must attend a refresher session in order to maintain access. Students who have been trained since January do not need to attend.

  • Tuesday, April 5 at 4 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 7 at 9:40 a.m.
  • Thursday, April 7 at 4 p.m.

All sessions will be held in Olin 102.

Reserve napkin holder space for 2016-17

Napkin holder space in the Caf fills up fast, so reserve space now for the 2016-17 academic year. Any approved campus organization, department or office may reserve advertising space in the Cafeteria napkin holders for up to one week at a time. To place a request, fill out the online form and the Dining Services office will verify via email if the requested week is available to advertise. Contact <diningservices> with questions or comments.

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.

Luther community garden plots available

Gardening season is right around the corner. Whether a lifelong gardener looking for a new space, a new gardener interested in growing some veggies for the first time or somewhere in-between, everyone is welcome at the community garden. We offer full (20'x20') plots for $30, half plots (20'x10') for $20 and student plots (10'x10') for $10. Fill out the request form to reserve a plot.

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.

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>.

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>.

Spring Session II of faculty/staff Pilates

Join Bridgette Mitchell for a six-week session of Faculty/staff Pilates April 4-May 16. The class meets on Mondays from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m in CFA Studio II. Please arrive or leave early to accommodate your schedule. The class will not meet on Monday, April 25. Cost for the six-week session is $24. Register by emailing Bridgette, [email protected]

Fitness swimming classes April 2-30

Fitness swimming classes will be offered through April 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. Indicate experience level (beginner, intermediate-advanced, and/or triathlete). Participants must be 18 or older and able to swim one length of the pool.

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.

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.


Chapel this week

Wednesday, April 6: Anna Jeide and Hannah Butler, Sexual Assault Awareness Month; Cathedral Choir
Friday, April 8: American Spiritual Ensemble
Monday, April 11: Judd Larson

Home sporting events this week

April 6: Baseball vs. Wartburg College, 1 p.m.

April 9: Men's tennis vs. Buena Vista University, 9 a.m.; Norse Relays, men's and women's track and field, noon; Softball vs. Coe College, 1 p.m.; Men's tennis vs. University of Dubuque, 3 p.m.

April 10: Men's tennis vs. Carleton College, 2 p.m.

Events this week

Tuesday, April 5: Religion Forum, Scott Hurley, 6 p.m., CRH

Wednesday, April 6: Gjerset Lecture, Bill Musser, 7 p.m., CRH

Thursday, April 7: Lecture, Susan Schmidt, Don Kemp Memorial Event, 4:30 p.m., Baker Commons; Center Stage Series, American Spiritual Ensemble, 7:30 p.m., CFL Main Hall

Friday, April 8: Gerhard Marcks Lecture, Julia Andrews and Zheng Chongbin, 5:30 p.m., CFA, Jewel Theatre; Dance and theatre performance, senior projects, 7:30 p.m., Storre Theater

Saturday, April 9: Dance and theatre performance, senior projects, 1:30 p.m., Storre Theater; Concert, Panic! At The Disco with opener LOLO, 7:30 p.m., Regents Center Main Gym

Religion Forum lecture April 5

Scott Hurley will discuss how classical Chinese cosmology links the health of individuals, the state and the cosmos to the ability of each level to change and adapt at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 5, in the CRH. His lecture is titled "Corporal Wisdom, Embodied Compassion: the Dao (Way) of Change in a Time of Ideological Stagnation." The event is open to the public with no charge for admission. A reception will follow in Qualley Lounge.

Gjerset Lecture: 'Livet i Fryseren/Life in the Freezer'

The sixth annual Knut Gjerset lecture will be presented by Bill Musser '80, librarian at Seed Savers Exchange, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, in the CRH. Titled "Livet i Fryseren/Life in the Freezer: From Seed Savers to Svalbard," the lecture will discuss the ambitious undertaking of Seed Savers Exchange in Decorah and the Svalbard Seed Vault on the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen. Separated by more than 4,000 miles, the institutions share a common goal—to preserve endangered heirloom varieties of vegetables, fruits and flowers.

The lecture, sponsored by the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Linguistics, honors former Luther Professor Knut Gjerset, who taught history and Norwegian at Luther from 1902 until his retirement in 1934. A reception will follow the lecture in Qualley Lounge. The lecture and reception are open to the public with no charge for admission.

Center Stage Series: American Spiritual Ensemble to perform April 7

Known for thrilling audiences with the voices of some of the finest singers in the classical music world, the American Spiritual Ensemble will perform as part of the Center Stage Series at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 7, in the CFL Main Hall. Tickets for the performance are on sale in Luther's Ticket Office. The American Spiritual Ensemble performance is presented in partnership with Classical Minnesota Public Radio. The American Spiritual Ensemble will also perform at chapel on Friday, April 8.

Dorian Invitational Choral Festival April 6

Choirs from four regional schools will perform individually and in a combined choir during the annual Dorian Invitational Choral Festival Wednesday, April 6. After rehearsing all day Wednesday, the ensembles will perform beginning at 3:10 p.m. in the CFL Main Hall. They will be joined by Luther's Nordic Choir for the performance, which is open to the public with no charge for admission. The guest choirs are from Charles City and Cedar Rapids (Prairie), Albert Lea, Minnesota, and Waukesha, Wisconsin.

Don Kemp Memorial Event April 7

The Luther community is invited to attend the annual Don Kemp Memorial Event at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 7, in Baker Commons. The event celebrates the life of Don Kemp, former Luther social work faculty member. The social work program will induct new members into the Phi Alpha Social Work Honor Society and award two scholarships in memory of Don Kemp and Jessa Slostad. Susan Schmidt will deliver the keynote address, "Central American Children on the Run." Schmidt provides professional consultation on child welfare, refugee and immigrant families, and children outside the care of their parents.

Gerhard Marcks Lecture features contemporary Asian art

A rare event, bringing together an artist and an art historian, both of international reputation, will be held at 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 8, in Jewel Theatre. This year's Gerhard Marcks Lecture features Julia Andrews of The Ohio State University engaging in dialogue with exhibiting artist Zheng Chongbin. In conjunction with the lecture, an exhibit of contemporary Chinese art, "Don't Cry Over Spilt Ink," is on display in the Kristin Wigley-Fleming Fine Arts Gallery through April 24. A gallery reception will take place at 4 p.m. Friday, April 8, prior to the Gerhard Marcks Lecture.

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.

Student recitals

Elena Zarecky '17, tuba, and Gideon Matchy '17, trumpet, will perform a recital at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 9.

Bryn Hedlund '16, soprano, and Amanda Jenkins '16, piano, will perform a recital at 4 p.m. Saturday, April 9.

Jakob Craig Jorgenson '16, will perform a trumpet recital at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 9.

Alvin Kim '16, tenor, will perform a voice recital at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 10.

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.

To the end of the earth...and back!

Recent Luther graduates Ben Harney '15, Jon Williams '15, and Kai Ashland '14, have returned to the United States and wish to share experiences from their biking trip from the U.S./Mexico border to Ushuaia, Argentina. Ashland, Harney and Williams will share how the trip came about, encounters with people of different cultures and other memories from their travels at 5 p.m. Sunday, April 10, in Valders 206. Questions? Email Mikayla, <brocmi01>.

Preus Library annual book sale April 11-15

Preus Library's annual National Library Week book sale will be held from Monday, April 11, to Friday, April 15. Hundreds of hardcover and paperback books will be available for purchase in the library. Prices will decline daily.

Cathedral Choir concert April 12

Cathedral Choir will perform a homecoming concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, in the CFL Main Hall. The performance, which is open to the public with no charge for admission, concludes the 2016 Cathedral Choir tour. Those unable to attend may view the concert live online at: stream.luther.edu.

Collegium Musicum and friends perform the poems of John Donne April 13

Luther's Collegium Musicum and friends will present "'Hold your tongue and let me love!' Poems of John Donne set to music old and new" at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, in the CFL Recital Hall. Experience the life of one of the most provocative love poets of the English Renaissance through dramatic readings and musical settings, in a new script by Kate Narveson and director Kristen Underwood. The performance is a collaboration between Collegium, under the direction of Kathy Reed, composition students working with Brooke Joyce, and student actors directed by Underwood. A reception will follow the performance.

Sponsored by the Jones Professorship, the Lecture and Fine Arts Committee and the John Donne Society, the event and reception are open to the public with no charge for admission.

Up! Up! Film Festival April 13-23

The Winneshiek Energy District and Seed Savers Exchange are co-hosting the Up! Up! Film Festival April 13-23 in Decorah. Up! Up! is a collection of independently produced films and shorts, each exploring questions of farmland access, rural livelihoods and the sustainability of people and place. Luther is one of 14 festival sponsors and will host films and discussions on campus. Check out the full schedule of films, discussions and other events at www.upupdecorah.com.

'Peace Building and Dialogue: The Work of the Nansen Dialogue Network'

Steinar Bryn of the Nansen Peace and Dialogue Center in Lillehammer, Norway, will present "Peace Building and Dialogue: The Work of the Nansen Dialogue Network" at 4 p.m. Monday, April 18, in the CRH. A reception will follow in Qualley Lounge. Both the lecture and reception are open to the public with no charge for admission.

Bryn and the Nansen Center have been active in war-torn areas all over the world, especially in the West Balkans. Bryn has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize five times for his work in promoting dialogue in areas of ethnic and religious conflict. For more information, contact Laurie Iudin-Nelson, <iudinnel>.


Celebrations this week


April 5: Linda Martin, Jon Jensen, Viset Hovden, Amber Suckow, Joseph Scardina
April 7: Mark Franzen, Erin Zidlicky
April 8: Vaughn Tackmann, Michelle Boike
April 9: Lu Lu
April 10: Germano Streese, Greg Peterson, Jayme Nelson, Brad Schultz, Eric Baack
April 11: Ian Carstens
April 12: Thomas Johnson


To the family of Rose Landa, who died Wednesday, March 30, at Cedar Valley Hospice Home in Waterloo. Rose was a member of Luther's custodial staff from 2002-2015, and worked most recently in Farwell Hall. Her funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 5, at Conway-Markham Funeral Home Chapel in New Hampton. 


To grandparents Kirk and Trish Neubauer and parents Bobby '10 and Ellie (Neubauer) Kuennen '11, on the birth of their baby girl, Evelyn Grace, on March 28. She weighed 8 pounds, 7 ounces, and was 20.25 inches long at birth. All are doing well.


Melanie Batoff presented her paper, "Uncovering the Origins and Purpose of the German Visitatio Sepulchri Liturgical Drama," and chaired a session at Iowa Musicology Day on March 26 at Drake University in Des Moines.

Todd Green gave lectures on March 31 at Century College and Augsburg College in the Twin Cities on the topic "What is Islamophobia? The Causes and Casualties of Anti-Muslim Bigotry." On April 3, he gave a lecture at the Basilica of Saint Mary in Minneapolis on the topic "Building Bridges: Confronting Islamophobia." The lecture was co-sponsored by the Masjid An-Nur in Minneapolis.

Du Huang recently served on the screening panel of adjudicators for the 2016 Chicago International Duo Piano Competition.

Amy Weldon presented a paper on a panel she also proposed, "Invisible Ethics: Attitudes, Practices, and Values in the Creative Writing Classroom" at the Association of Writers and Writing Programs conference in Los Angeles March 30-April 3. She was joined on the panel by Taylor Brorby, Patrick Hicks, Athena Kildegaard and Sejal Shah. Weldon's paper was titled "What We Teach When We Teach Creative Writing."


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]>.

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]>.


And finally...

April 3-9 is National Student Employee Appreciation Week. Here are a few tips for recognizing student employees this week and throughout the year:

Prepare and distribute certificates of appreciation.

Decorate office doors or bulletin boards with posters expressing appreciation to your student workers and listing their names. You can include pictures and short bios to help staff get to know them better.

Have a special gathering to honor your student employees. Ideas include a departmental open house, pizza party, potluck, sundae bar, sub sandwiches, popcorn machine or a decorated cake.

Take your student employees to eat at one of the on-campus dining facilities.

Ask staff members to take turns bringing snacks for student employees each day of National Student Employee Appreciation Week.

Prepare "care packages" or “finals survival kits” to give to student workers, with popcorn, trail mix, fruit, pens, sticky notes, etc.

Send handwritten or electronic thank you notes to student employees, letting them know you value them.

Have staff sign a thank you card for each student worker.

Make "pat on the back" awards by tracing an outline of a hand on paper, making copies, and writing a personal note on each that tells why the student deserves a pat on the back.

Create a fun special project for your student employees (e.g., theme decorations for the office).

Present “Good Egg Awards.” Buy plastic eggs, fill with goodies, and give out with “Good Egg Certificates” listing what the student did to deserve the award.

Present awards for special categories (Best Computer Skills, Best Customer Service, Best Telephone Skills, etc.). To add some humor, you might use “white elephant” type items as trophies.

Honor your student employees with a round of applause in your staff meeting.

Take a few moments to say thank you!