Tuesday, May 24

TUESDAY 5/24/16

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Jessica Paul granted faculty emerita status

At their May 13-14 meeting, the Board of Regents granted faculty emerita status to Jessica Paul, professor of music, who retires this spring after 30 years at Luther. Congratulations, Jessica!

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.


Fiscal year end approaching  

Outstanding travel expense reports, original invoices, supporting purchase orders and purchase permits or account adjustments should be sent to the Office for Financial Services by Friday, June 10, to be included in the fiscal year 2015-16 budget. No faxed copies. Items for deposit must be sent to OFS by Friday, June 3. Thanks for helping OFS close out the year in a timely manner.

KATIE unavailable starting at 5 p.m. May 26

KATIE will transition to a new server platform, hosted by leading Moodle service provider eThinkEducation, on Friday, May 27. Grades are due at noon Thursday, May 26. KATIE will be unavailable beginning at 5 p.m. Thursday, May 26, to start the backup and transition work. The KATIE support team will be testing and verifying that the system is working as expected and plans to have KATIE out of maintenance mode by the end of day on Friday. Users will access KATIE at the same location, katie.luther.edu, after the transition. ITS and the Library appreciate your patience during this transition.

Network maintenance May 30

The server room network will undergo maintenance between 6-10 a.m. Monday, May 30. During this time access to all Luther servers as well as access to the campus wired and wireless network will be interrupted. The LCGuest network, however, will not be affected and will remain up the entire time. The Luther website will remain accessible but will be read-only during the maintenance, so it will not be possible to make changes to pages or submit web forms.

How interesting, alums...

  • 89.4% of Luther alums report their undergraduate experience contributed to their critical thinking skills "quite a bit" or "very much";
  • 79.1% currently have jobs requiring skills gained as an undergrad at Luther;
  • 97.6% "agree" or "agree strongly" that faculty were genuinely interested in students;
  • For out-of-the-classroom experiences, the greatest contributions to learning and development after graduation were study abroad, performing arts/music, internships and intercollegiate athletics.

For details and more information from the latest Alumni Survey, follow this link, enter your Norse password and click on the 2015 Fall HEDS Alumni Survey.

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.

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 eight hours (see page 11 of the Staff Handbook). Employees will be paid for no more than eight hours on Monday, May 30, and Monday, July 4. Full-time staff should work with their supervisor to adjust their schedule during those weeks to assure that they reach 40 hours.

Summer hours

Preus Library

Monday-Friday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday: Closed

Legends Center

Monday-Friday: 6 a.m.-8 a.m., 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m.-noon
Sunday: Closed

The Legends Center will be closed May 28-30 for Memorial Day weekend and June 29-July 8 for cleaning.

Book Shop news

Renee Splichal Larson's new book, "A Witness: The Haiti Earthquake, a Song, Death, and Resurrection," is available for purchase in the Book Shop. Renee's first husband, Ben Larson '06, died in the catastrophic earthquake that struck Haiti in January 2010.

Book Shop closed for inventory May 24-27

The Book Shop is closed for inventory Tuesday-Friday, May 24-27. Those who need to make a purchase when the store is closed should 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>.

Seeking summer walking group leaders

Wellness is planning summer walking groups to promote physical activity, cross-campus conversation and getting away from our regular work area. Walk at a certain time during the workday? 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.



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


Celebrations this week


May 24: Tammy Hove, Michelle Larson, Roxanne Wellborn
May 25: Eric Karius, La Donna McGohan, Jill Phillips, Jill Wilson
May 26: Melissa Rosendahl
May 27: Bob Harri, Eric Westlund, Kenneth Kubesh
May 28: Mark Eichinger
May 29: Jan Koenig, Ahmed Muaz
May 30: James Hall, Joseph Kremer
May 31: Kirk Larsen, Craig Rocksvold, Haylie Franklin


To the family of Marjorie (Hove) Barth '42, who passed away peacefully on March 3, at the age of 94, in Dubuque. Marge was married for 73 years to Frank Barth '40, Luther professor emeritus of accounting and management and former vice president for finance and treasurer of the college. A memorial service for family and friends will be held for Marge at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 11, at Peace Lutheran Church in Ridgeway, Iowa. The service will be followed by inurnment, for both Marge and Frank, who passed away in 2013, at the Lincoln Cemetery just outside of Ridgeway. A reception will be held at the Ridgeway Community Center in following the inurnment.

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. 

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.


Craig Mosher led a panel on the "Flint Water Crisis," was a participant on a panel on "Teaching Environmental Justice in Social Work," and chaired his last meeting of the Sustainability Committee at the Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors annual conference March 31-April 3 in Dallas. He also presented on "Doing Death Differently" at the annual conference of the Iowa Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers held April 14 in Des Moines.

Twenty-six Luther students were recognized at the Department of Economics and Business Senior Achievement Recognition ceremony that took place May 10 in Hammarskjold Lounge. The department recognized students graduating with accounting, economics and management majors.


For sale: Refurbished 2,000 square foot farmhouse on three-plus acres just two miles outside of Decorah. Additional four-plus acres with pasture, pond and hard surface road access negotiable. Email Dan, <marlowda> for more information.

For sale: Attractive, round maple pedestal table with four chairs and two leaves in good condition. $250 or best offer. Call (773) 791-1141.

For sale: New camel colored sofa with three pillows. Seldom used and in excellent condition. $300 or best offer. Call (773) 791-1141.

For sale: Used Vision Fitness treadmill. Purchased in 2007 for $1,500. Needs belt adjustment to avoid slipping. Make me an offer. Must go to make room for retirement storage! Contact Jessica, 382-8625.

For sale: Used Roland EM-10 "Creative" electric keyboard with carrying case. Sixty-one keys, Yamaha sustaining pedal included. $65. Contact Jessica, 382-8625.

For sale: Used Brinkmann Propane Smoke 'N Grill, $25. Fully functional, dual-purpose cooker features bi-level grill positioning, self-ignitor and temperature control/gauge. Will include lava rocks, which help stabilize heat for longer cooks. Pick-up only. Contact Mike, 387-7119.

Free: Nasturtiums (red flowering annuals) for garden or yard, free to a good home. We have leftover plants from a biology class this semester and would be happy to give them away. Stop by the Sampson Hoffland greenhouse between noon-5 p.m. Friday, May 27.

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.

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: 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.


And finally...

"To be an 'explorer' used to mean a conqueror, the claimer of land and resources in the name of an empire. It was often, history tells us, accompanied by a great violence done to indigenous peoples and the theft of their land and treasures.  

Once the land had been claimed, disputed, and the dust of wars had settled, the term 'explorer' evolved to connote a voyager and discoverer, one who accomplished a feat for the first time, diving deep sea trenches or climbing the highest peaks. What it will mean tomorrow is entirely up to us.

Perhaps the new generation of explorers will be protectors of our vanishing gardens and eroding coastlines, bastions against our cultural excesses. I hope it will come to signify those who venture out into the world not to take from it, but to know it better, love it better, protect it. I hope it will mean those who rather than conquering a peak to plant a flag, return with an appreciation for the great variety of life in all forms, and with solutions for protecting it." 

- Alexandra Cousteau
  Luther College Commencement address
  May 22, 2016