Tuesday, May 17

TUESDAY 5/17/16

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College Resource Council: Call for nominations

The College Resource Council seeks a staff member with budget center responsibility to serve as one of two staff representatives to CRC. Appointed by the President, the staff representative will serve a three-year term. Jon Lund and Ann Sponberg Peterson currently hold these positions; Ann's term expires at the end of the semester.

All staff are invited to nominate an individual to fill this vacancy. Self-nominations are welcome as well. Send nominations to Suzanne Lyndon, <suzanne.lyndon>, by Tuesday, May 24.

The College Resource Council serves as a forum for the discussion and study of major college-wide issues. It provides an opportunity for representative members of the faculty and staff to serve in an advisory role to the administration and Regents of the College, especially in matters of long-range planning, resource allocation, and in the planning of the budget.


President Carlson's office hours

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

Thursday, May 19, 3-4 p.m.

Revised summer hours and 2016-17 holiday schedule

The summer work schedule has been revised with the following changes:

  • Lunch periods will be 30 minutes Monday-Friday. (Lunch breaks were originally 45 minutes Monday-Thursday.)
  • Friday hours will be 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. (This dismissal time is 30 minutes earlier than stated in the April 1 memo.)
  • Each office must continue to be staffed by at least one employee until 5 p.m. on Friday.

Summer hours will begin 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.

Please note that holiday pay will not exceed 8 hours (see page 11 of the Staff Handbook). Employees will be paid for no more than 8 hours on Monday, May 30, and Monday, July 4. If you are full time, please work with your supervisor to adjust your schedule during those weeks to assure that you reach 40 hours.

Final exam week hours

Legends Center

Tuesday, May 17: 6 a.m.-8 p.m.
Wednesday, May 18: 6 a.m.-6 p.m.
Thursday, May 19: 6 a.m.-2 p.m.
Friday, May 20: 6-9 a.m., 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Saturday, May 21: 9 a.m.-noon
Sunday, May 22: Closed
Monday, May 23: Summer hours begin

Preus Library

Tuesday-Wednesday, May 17-18: 7:30 a.m.-midnight
Thursday, May 19: 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Summer hours begin Friday, May 20: 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday; closed on Saturday and Sunday. 

Book Shop news

Renee Splichal Larson's new new book, "A Witness: The Haiti Earthquake, a Song, Death, and Resurrection," is available for purchase in the Book Shop. Renee is the wife of the late Ben Larson '06.

The Book Shop is selling fresh blue and white roses for Commencement weekend. The roses are $4 each and can be ordered in the Book Shop or online. Flowers must be picked up in the Book Shop Friday-Sunday, May 20-22. Sorry, no deliveries. Supplies are limited, so order quickly.

Book Shop closed for inventory May 24-27

The Book Shop will be closed Tuesday-Friday, May 24-27 for inventory. Please make any purchases on Monday, May 23, when the store is open. If you need to make a purchase when the store is closed, please knock on the door or call 387-1036 and we will be happy to help.

Staff Day registration now open

Feel the Force of the Luther community! Sign up to participate in this year's Star Wars-themed Staff Day on Tuesday, June 7. Staff Day is designed to provide some relaxed time together after a busy academic year and to grow in appreciation for the knowledge and gifts of members of the community. The Staff Day registration form and descriptions of the breakout sessions are available online. Please register online by noon Thursday, May 26. May the Norse be with you!

Web content idea box

Because we believe in the power of story-telling, the Web Content team is continuously writing stories on topics ranging from work-study to faculty to undergraduate research to alumni. And now we have an easy way for the Luther community to submit suggestions. Just visit our idea box on the Web Content website, enter your idea, and be on your merry way (until we contact you for more info). Questions? Contact Tabita, <tabita.green>.

New at luther.edu

In stories just added to the Luther website, current students are talking about their Luther experiences. "The English faculty are a brilliant, quirky bunch. It doesn't matter what class I'm taking or which professor I have, I always look forward to going to an English class," says English and political science major Sam Schultz. See what another English major, Emily Osborne, has to say as well, along with math major Erin Ellefsen, math and computer science major Linh Nguyen Le, and music and English major Bryan Banowetz.

Seeking summer walking group leaders

Wellness is planning summer walking groups to promote physical activity, cross-campus conversation and getting away from your regular work area. If you walk at a certain time during the workday and would be willing to let others join you, please email <wellness>. Wellness staff will compile a list of leaders, days, times and meeting places and share it with the campus. Walking will start June 1 and there will be participation incentives.

Luther lawns to be sprayed May 27

Luther College will spray the lawns with herbicides to provide well-maintained, visually attractive grounds for Luther students, employees and visitors, and to control undesirable weeds on athletic fields. Weather permitting, the date for spraying is the evening of Friday, May 27, with Saturday, May 28, and Sunday, May 29, set as back up days as needed.

2016-17 shuttle service

The Luther College shuttle service is designed to provide efficient, low-cost transportation for students as they travel to and from the Minnesota, Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin areas for breaks. All tickets must be purchased 24 hours in advance of the initial departure time. For the 2016-17 academic year, an additional $30 fee will be charged for those individuals added after the 24-hour deadline (no exceptions). For more information visit luther.edu/shuttle.

Move-out day parking restrictions

To help facilitate the closing of the residence halls, parking access will be restricted on High Street, from Koren to Center Street, from 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, until 9 p.m. Thursday, May 19. Faculty/staff parking along this section will be converted to a loading zone only during this time to allow better access for those moving out of Brandt. In addition, faculty and staff are asked to refrain from parking in the small lot south of Ylvisaker and east of the CFL on Thursday, May 19, so those moving out of Ylvisaker may utilize this space. Your cooperation in this matter is greatly appreciated.

Martin Luther statue restored

The Martin Luther statue and base, located on the east side of Larsen Hall, is being restored by the Midwest Art Conservation Center and Moore Drywall and Plastering LLC. The statue itself received a thorough washing and corrosion removal, followed by two layers of patina, a hot wax and a cold wax. Cracks in the base will be stabilized, re-lathed and repainted.

End of year message from the Mail Center

Students staying on campus or going somewhere other than home for the summer should stop by the Mail Center to fill out an address update form. All first-class mail will be forwarded to a student's home address unless the Mail Center is notified otherwise. When sending mail to a student via the SPO, faculty and staff should include a return address in case the student doesn't pick it up before leaving campus.

Be considerate of those with fragrance sensitivities

Please help us to accommodate our co-workers that have sensitivities to various chemical-based or scented products. Human Resources asks for everyones cooperation in our efforts to accommodate their health concerns. Scented products such as hair spray, perfume, cologne, air fresheners and diffused essential oils can trigger reactions such as respiratory distress, nausea, headaches and migraines. Faculty and staff are asked to refrain from use of these products in campus spaces. Questions? Contact Marsha Wenthold at 387-1415.

Native prairie plant sale

Provide benefits to native pollinators and brighten up your yard with native wildflowers and grasses. Native prairie plants will be for sale at the Winneshiek Farmers Market on Saturdays in May, until plants are sold out. Proceeds benefit Luther's land stewardship program. Contact Molly, <mcnimo01>, with questions.

Alexandra Cousteau to deliver Commencement address May 22

Filmmaker, environmentalist and third-generation explorer Alexandra Cousteau will share insights gained from a lifetime of world travel and water advocacy in her Commencement address on Sunday, May 22. Cousteau is the founder of Blue Legacy International, a non-profit organization with the mission of empowering people to reclaim and restore the world's waters. Cousteau has produced more than 100 award-winning films for Blue Legacy, filming across six continents. Commencement ceremonies begin at 10 a.m. in Carlson Stadium.

Office 2016 implementation

ITS plans to install Office 2016 on all Windows and Mac lab, classroom and podium computers by the start of fall semester 2016. In addition, ITS will begin installing Office 2016 on faculty and staff computers as departments are upgraded, starting with this summer's upgrade for faculty in the Division of Humanities and Fine Arts. To learn more about the process, or have Office 2016 installed earlier than scheduled, please contact the Technology Help Desk.

Luther Pool needs summer lifeguards

The Luther College Pool is hiring summer lifeguards. Positions are 10-15 hours per week, Monday-Friday. Contact Bethany Nicoll, <nicobe01>, for more information.



Weekday chapel will resume Wednesday, Aug. 31. Opening Convocation will be held Thursday, Sept. 1.

Home sporting events this week

Feel like supporting the home team? The Luther baseball team plays in the NCAA III National Baseball Tournament at the eight-team Midwest Regional hosted by UW-La Crosse. Luther takes on North Central College at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, at Copeland Park in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Luther earned the IIAC automatic bid to the national tournament after being crowned the champions of the Iowa Conference Tournament this past Saturday afternoon in Cedar Rapids. The Norse are making their first appearance in the national tournament since 2007 and the first under the direction of second-year Head Coach Bryan Nikkel.

The NCAA has announced that Luther Softball will host Illinois Wesleyan University in a Super Regional Friday and Saturday, May 20-21. The winner of this best of three-game series will advance to the NCAA Division III Championship May 26-31 at Moyer Sports Complex, Salem, Virginia. Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for students, with no charge for children under five. Game 1 is at 4 p.m. Friday, May 20, and Game 2 is at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 21. Game 3, if needed, is scheduled for 4 p.m. Saturday.

Best wishes to Softball, Baseball and Freya Ultimate -- all competing in post-season tournament play this week.

Events this week

Thursday, May 19: Senior Send-Off, 5-7 p.m., Hotel Winneshiek

Friday, May 20: Admissions appreciation reception, 9 a.m.-noon, Admissions Visit Center; Showcase concert, Nordic Choir and Symphony Orchestra, 7:30 p.m., CFL Main Hall

Saturday, May 21: See Commencement schedule

Sunday, May 22: Commencement, 10 a.m., Carlson Stadium

Senior Send-Off May 19

Student Senate and the Alumni Office invite all graduating seniors to attend the Senior Send-Off at 5 p.m. Thursday, May 19, at the Hotel Winneshiek. The celebration includes an evening of music, food, refreshments and toasts. Transportation to and from the Hotel Winneshiek is provided. Vans will depart from Dahl Centennial Union starting at 4:45 p.m. and the shuttle service will continue throughout the evening. The event is open to all seniors with no charge for admission.

Admissions appreciation reception

The Admissions Office would like to thank all faculty and staff members across campus for their support this academic year. Recruiting prospective students is a campus-wide effort! As a token of our appreciation, please join us for coffee and treats from 9 a.m.-noon Friday, May 20, in the Admissions Visit Center.

Showcase concerts May 20 and 21

As part of Commencement weekend, the music department presents two showcase concerts featuring four Luther ensembles. Symphony Orchestra and Nordic Choir will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 20, in the CFL Main Hall. Jazz Orchestra and Concert Band will perform at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 21, in the CFL Main Hall. Both concerts are open to the public with no charge for admission and will be streamed live at: stream.luther.edu/music

Baccalaureate service May 21

Baccalaureate, a celebration and sending for the Class of 2016, will be held at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 21, in the CFL Main Hall. The celebratory worship service includes hymns, choral anthems, prayers and blessings for graduates and their families. Rooted in the college's Lutheran/Christian heritage and confidence in God's care for all people of the earth, this ecumenical service includes prayer petitions that celebrate the diversity of religious traditions represented in the graduating class. Guests are to be seated by 7:45 p.m. The service will be streamed at: stream.luther.edu.

Commencement ceremony May 22

Luther College will celebrate Commencement at 10 a.m. Sunday, May 22, in Carlson Stadium when President Carlson will confer the Bachelor of Arts degree on Luther's class of 2016. Filmmaker, water advocate and third-generation explorer Alexandra Cousteau will give the commencement address. Tickets are required for those attending the ceremony. Guests with tickets should be seated by 9:45 a.m. The ceremony will be streamed live at: stream.luther.edu.  


Celebrations this week


May 18: Jeff Boeke, Heather Williams
May 19: Meg Hammes
May 20: Denise Creek
May 21: Carla Hanson, Jessica Raabe
May 22: Bruce Arendt, Rebecca Henderson
May 23: Rick Hughes
May 24: Tammy Hove, Michelle Larson, Roxanne Wellborn


Jane Hildebrand, who has worked for Luther for more than 31 years, has announced her retirement effective June 30.

Donna Moen, who has worked for Luther for almost 19 years, has announced her retirement effective July 1.

Thank you to both Jane and Donna for their dedicated service to the college.

Job openings

Custodial staff: Full-time, 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. Must be able to work with little supervision, complete work thoroughly and promptly, and be self-motivated. High school diploma or equivalent required.

Assistant director of annual giving: The assistant director plans, directs and coordinates components of the annual giving program, in concert with the director of annual giving and the vice president for development. This is a full-time position. A bachelor's degree and excellent oral and written communication skills are required. At least two years of experience in higher education development is preferred.

Administrative assistant: Administrative assistant to provide support for the vice president for Finance and Administration. Position requires a professional demeanor and the ability to maintain confidentiality. Qualified candidates must have strong communication skills, a record of providing excellent customer service, high level of computer expertise, the ability to manage and prioritize multiple tasks, and the ability to exercise thoughtful and independent judgment. High school diploma is required, degree in business from a community college preferred. Three years' experience or equivalent combination of education and experience preferred. Applications from internal candidates, including spouses, should be submitted by May 17.

Administrative assistant: The Financial Aid Office seeks a full-time administrative assistant to be the initial office contact for prospective and current students and their families in person, by phone and email. This person will be responsible for processing and tracking of documents and preparing completed files for review, reviewing monthly office budget expenditures, and coordinating the purchasing of supplies, as well as assisting the Human Resources and Payroll departments with clerical duties as needed. Position start date is Aug. 1.

Custodial staff: .75 FTE 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. Must be able to work with little supervision, complete work thoroughly and promptly, and be self-motivated. High school diploma or equivalent required. 

Energy and waste fellow: The Center for Sustainable Communities seeks an energy and waste fellow. This is a 10-month, full-time, 40-hour per week (.83 FTE) non-renewable position starting Aug. 1 and ending May 31, 2017. The energy and waste fellow works with faculty, staff and students to educate the Luther community about the college's energy and waste reduction goals and related initiatives. The position requires a bachelor's degree, excellent oral and written communication skills, the ability to work collaboratively with a broad range of people and a valid driver's license. One to three years of relevant work experience preferred. Experience with marketing, communications and/or web content development is desirable. Experience and/or familiarity with the Luther College campus is desirable, but not required. 

To view complete job descriptions and apply for these position and all current openings, please visit Luther's employment website at https://luthercollege.hiretouch.com.


Caleb Anderson '17, is the 2016 recipient of Iowa Jump$tart's GeoCache for College Cash scholarship. A physics major, Anderson is the first Luther student to receive this scholarship.

John Christianson, Marv Slind and Øyvind Gullikson spoke at the Norwegian-American Bygdelagenes Fellesraad Centennial Celebration, "Norway to America: Memories and Dreams." Christianson was the opening speaker of the event, giving a presentation on "'Janteloven' – Is That What it Means to be Norwegian?" He was followed by Slind, who discussed "The Cultural, Social, and Economic Dimensions of Norwegian Immigration to America." Gullikson was the featured luncheon speaker, focusing on the "Strength, Grace, and Skills of Norwegians." They were joined by Laurann Gilbertson, chief curator at the Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum, who gave a presentation on "Norwegian Folk Art in America: Past, Present, and Future." Bygdelagenes Fellesraad was organized in 1916 to coordinate and advance the activities of the dozens of Norwegian "bygdelag," which brought together immigrants from the many regions of Norway. Bygdelag are organizations comprised of descendants of emigrants from Norway to North America. Every "Lag" seeks to preserve and strengthen bonds with its home district or community-of-origin in Norway.

David Njus and Lexi Scharmer '16 presented "Attachment to God Predicts Psychological Well-Being" at the 2016 meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association.

Several students from Justin Sprung's research lab presented posters at the Midwestern Psychological Association's annual conference in Chicago, Illinois, last week. Thomas Breen '16 presented "Workin' til its Hurtin': College Students' Experience of Work-School Conflict"; Takudzwa Chawota '16 presented "Gender, Parent Socioeconomic Status, and Prestige: Impact on Student Career Choices"; Thabo Shija '16 presented "A Comparison of College Students' Job Satisfaction and Work Motivation" and McKenzie Jones '16 presented "Occupational Therapists' and Educators' Perceptions of Sensory Integration Therapy."

The 31st annual Luther College Entrepreneurial Showcase was held Tuesday, April 26, in Peace Dining Room. Since 1986, the goal of the Entrepreneurial Showcase has been to provide an annual forum for students, faculty, alumni and friends of Luther who are interested in and support entrepreneurship. The Daryl and Audrey Erdman Prizes for Entrepreneurship were awarded to Fabian Pop Pop '17, Bjorn Myhre '16 and Madilyn Heinke '19.


Housing wanted: My name is Kelsey Boyce and I am looking for an apartment or small house to rent in or near Decorah beginning June 1 or July 1. I am switching jobs from Residence Life to Student Life and need to move out of my on-campus apartment. No pets, no smoking, looking to secure housing as soon as possible. Contact Kelsey, <boycke01> or (612) 597-3533.

Housing wanted: I will be a visiting faculty member during the 2016-17 academic year, commuting from St. Paul, Minnesota. I am looking for a house-sitting opportunity or furnished housing for 2-3 nights per week during fall and spring semesters (Tuesday–Thursday or Friday, typically). Non-smoker; happy to care for plants or pets; walking or biking distance from the college would be great. Please contact Susan, <[email protected]>.

Pet-sitter wanted: Pet sitter needed for weekend of Aug. 5-7 in Ossian. Small older dog. Compensation open to discussion. If interested, contact Janet Hemesath, <[email protected]> or 532-7004.

Suitcase wanted: The Jazz Orchestra needs a rolling suitcase to transport equipment to Brazil. The bag will be checked, travel around Brazil for three weeks, and may not come back in excellent condition. Have a rolling suitcase to give away or loan? Contact Kate, <kate.ailabouni>.

For sale: 2005 Harley Davidson Electra Glide Classic. True dual exhaust, Vance & Hines pipes, Screaming Eagle air intake. Comes with two different seats, matching detachable tour pack and detachable sissy bar with luggage rack, and driver's adjustable back rest. Equipped with a hitch and wiring for pulling a trailer. Nice clean bike, runs great. Asking $10,500 or best offer. Photos and more details available online. Contact Brenda, 379-9701. 

For sale: Condo, near Luther, has more than 1,500 square feet on the main level and another 800 square feet in the finished lower level. Home was built in 2005 and has three bedrooms, three baths and a two-car attached garage. There are no monthly association fees. Home has a maintenance-free deck, plus a bonus lower-level. Call agent Janice Numedahl, 380-4084, to set up a private appointment today.

For sale: Karen and I are buying a smaller home and selling our large, well-maintained 1896 Eastlake Victorian home this spring. It is on three lots, located in a nice neighborhood at 807 Maple Avenue. Interested folks who may want to buy the property can contact Robert, <fittonro>, for a sales flyer.

For sale: 2008 Cub Cadet GT-2500 Series riding lawn mower with 54-inch deck. New battery, 278 hours of use. Minimum bid is $1,500. Please email bids to <facilities> by noon Wednesday, June 1. Luther College reserves the right to reject any and all bids.

Help wanted: I need a mature Luther student with gardening experience to take care of indoor and outdoor plants, weeding, etc. from May 28-June 13. Will pay $10 per hour. Contact Laurie, <zarila01>.

House for rent Nordic Fest weekend: Friends and family coming into town for Nordic Fest? Consider putting them up in our home. Clean and comfortable house, within walking distance to Luther and downtown, available Nordic Fest week. Five bedrooms, two bathrooms, sleeps eight comfortably. Contact Kate, <ellika03>, for details.

Housing wanted: My name is Madeline Petellin and I am a junior accounting major. I have accepted an accounting internship at Winneshiek Medical Center and am looking for summer housing from the end of school until the first weekend of August. I am a quiet, responsible and neat person. I am willing to house sit for the summer, rent a room, or anything in between. Recommendations are available upon request. Contact Madeline, <petema26>.

Nanny available: Are you in need of a nanny/babysitter? My name is Mackenzie and I'm from Decorah. I am 20 years-old and just finished my sophomore year of college. I am looking for a part-time or full-time nanny position within 10-15 miles of Decorah. I can work with all ages of children, cook meals, drive children to activities and am always on time for the day. I have my CPR and babysitter certification from Winneshiek Medical Center. I am available Monday through Friday. If weekend help is needed, I can work occasional Saturdays and Sundays. I am creative, energetic and outgoing and always ready for new challenges and fun. If you are interested in my services, please contact me at 379-7906. If you would like a reference, contact <julie>.

For sale: The Legends Center is selling three supine bench presses and two incline benches, all with weight storage. $100 per bench. Contact Cam Schuknecht, <schuca04> or 387-1360.

For sale: Two white patio chairs with black table, $40 or best offer. Photos available. Contact Jacob, <lassja01>.

For sale: Tube flat screen HDTV, $20 or best offer. Photos available. Contact Jacob, <lassja01>.

For sale: Wooden bookshelf, $30 or best offer. Photos available. Contact Jacob, <lassja01>.

For sale: Wooden bookshelf, folds flat for transport, $20 or best offer. Photos available. Contact Jacob, <lassja01>.


And finally...

God Syttende Mai! Norwegian Constitution Day is the national day of Norway and is an official national holiday observed on May 17 each year.

Syttende Mai ("seventeenth May") is the day Norway ratified its constitution in 1814 at Eidsvoll. Today, Norwegians celebrate their constitution with excited crowds, especially children, marching through the streets waving flags, singing songs and celebrating their nation's independence.

Vesterheim celebrates Syttende Mai with a 1 p.m. children's parade through Decorah led by Hardanger fiddle player Eden Ehm and a performance by the Nordic Dancers. Today's event is sponsored by Jeff '66 and Marilyn Roverud '66 and Sons of Norway Valdres Lodge #503.