Tuesday, June 14

TUESDAY 6/14/16

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Electrical service issues  

On Tuesday, June 14, Alliant Energy experienced an event off campus that is resulting in some limitations to electrical services. Alliant Energy hopes to have everything back up and running this morning. If you have questions or significant issues please contact Media Relations, 387-1865.

Tanya Gertz appointed to College Resource Council

Tanya Gertz has been appointed to serve as a staff representative on the College Resource Council. Tanya will serve a three-year term, succeeding Ann Sponberg Peterson, who just completed her CRC term.

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. Staff representatives are nominated by staff members and appointed by the President.

The 2016-17 College Resource Council includes President Carlson, Scott Carlson, Chris Garcia-Prats, Tanya Gertz, Steve Holland, Kevin Kraus, Jon Lund, Guy Nave, Britt Rhodes and Eric Runestad.  

Health care update

The prescription benefit has two dollar thresholds in place to protect participants in the plan from paying more than the defined maximum for their prescriptions in the plan year. Once the defined thresholds are met the benefit coverage changes. For example:

The first threshold is $1,500. Participants will pay the applicable copay for medications (tier 1, tier 2 or tier 3) plus an additional 20 percent coinsurance up to $1,500. After the first threshold of $1,500 is satisfied, the participant will pay a flat copay, not including the additional coinsurance, up to the overall plan year maximum of $2,000, meaning an additional $500. Once the second threshold of the additional $500 is satisfied, participants will have 100 percent coverage until the plan renews. Please note this is specific to in-network services and eligible medications.

It has been brought to HR's attention that prescriptions filled between Jan. 1 and April 13, 2016 may have not included the 20 percent coinsurance charge that is applied prior to reaching the $1,500 threshold. For example, you may have paid $10 for a prescription when you should have paid the $10 copay plus the coinsurance. There is nothing you have to do other than be aware that the next prescription refill may cost more. Questions? Please call Marsha, 387-1415.

Desserts in Decorah reminder

The Student Life office is looking for a few more hosts for Desserts in Decorah, a favorite New Student Orientation event. Spend an evening sharing information about Luther and the Decorah community over a bowl of ice cream. Sign up online. Questions? Contact Jane Hildebrand, <hildebja> or 387-1008, or Sue Halverson, <halvesu> or 387-1020.

2016-17 AmeriCorps positions available

The Center for Sustainable Communities, in partnership with Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative (FFI), is accepting applications for AmeriCorps positions for 2016-17. AmeriCorps service members will join a team of enthusiastic people working in more than 10 schools throughout northeast Iowa to promote healthier school environments. AmeriCorps service members receive a modest living allowance, travel reimbursement and an education award that can be used for higher education tuition or loan repayment after completing a full term of service (Sept. 1, 2016–Aug. 31, 2017).

Spring 2016 individual course evaluations reports available

Faculty members can now access Spring 2016 individual course evaluation reports on Google Drive. For a reminder on how to find individual course evaluation reports, please see Spring Individual Course Evaluations Reports on the ITS blog.

Adobe software update

Luther has entered into a campus-wide agreement with Adobe to provide the Adobe Creative Cloud suite on Luther-owned computers in place of Adobe Creative Suite. ITS plans to install the software on the lab/classroom/podium computers this summer and on faculty/staff computers through the standard computer refresh process. Need this software earlier than scheduled or have questions regarding installation plans? Contact the Technology Help Desk. For more information, see Adobe Software Update on the ITS Blog.

Summer food education opportunities

As part of the CSA Rebate Program, the Center for Sustainable Communities is offering a series of noontime cooking classes, farm tours, potlucks and more this summer. CSA program participants are required to participate in two of these events, but all members of the campus community are invited to attend these free opportunities. For more information and to register, visit the Food Education website.

Wellness summer walking/movement program

Plan to walk or do something else of equal or greater exertion this summer? Sign up, record your movement and earn coupons for food items in Oneota Market for every 150 minutes you move between June 8-Aug. 24. The CDC's "2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans" recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity activity each week to improve your health. View this Google form for full instructions, times you can join others to walk, and details on how to log your walking/movement and earn coupons.

What's new in KATIE, summer 2016 edition

KATIE has been fully migrated to eThink Education servers. To learn more, see What's New with KATIE - Summer 2016. Questions? Please notify the KATIE Support Team by contacting the ITS Technology Help Desk, 387-1000 or <helpdesk>.

What are you looking forward to reading this summer?

Preus Library is constructing a list of Great Summer Reads recommended by our campus community. We would love to include community suggestions on our list! Submit reading recommendations online. Responses are anonymous. Haven't yet thought about what to read this summer? Never fear, there will be plenty of ideas when the list is published.

New at luther.edu

Peter Swanson '16 talks about how and why he composed a piece of music for his capstone project that combines the worlds of classical music and modern metalcore music by using an extended vocal technique of metal, screaming vocals.

Read about students in Rachel Brummel's Environment and Community seminar who collaborated to produce podcasts about environmental issues ranging from sustainable transportation in the suburbs to the tiny house movement to frac sand mining. The students conducted research, interviewed people, wrote scripts, and learned to record and edit audio.


Events this week

June 12-18: Dorian Middle School Summer Camp
Friday, June 17: Admissions Preview Day
June 19-25: Dorian High School Summer Camp
Monday, June 20: Registration, Orientation and Advising Day (ROAD)

'DEEP NOTICING' exhibit on display

Returning after a 40-year hiatus from art, Winneshiek County artist John K. Hall has a new exhibit, "DEEP NOTICING: Four Poems, Four Poets, Four Prints," on display on the third floor of Preus Library. The exhibit's title refers to a concept described by writer and scholar Dana Levin as the rare power of poets to see the genuine face of the world and describe it in a way that can transcend mere language. In creating prints that respond to poems, Hall hopes to imbue his works with the same sense of honesty and interconnectivity.


Celebrations this week


June 16: Anne-Marine Feat, Michael Reiter
June 17: Adam Forsyth
June 18: Jonathon Struve, Kristin Swanson
June 20: Barb Bohach, Perry Halse
June 21: Dave Mitchell


June 15: Dodi Bernatz, 25 years


To Deb Franzen and family on the death of Deb's mother-in-law, Eleanora Franzen of Ossian, who passed away June 12. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, June 17, at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Ossian.

New positions

Kelly Dotzler started her position as regular custodial staff June 6. Her office is Dahl Centennial Union 141, telephone 387-1169.

Will Heller began his position as Visual Media fellow June 1. His office is Dahl Centennial Union 213, telephone 387-1808.

Bridget Christopher started her new position as administrative assistant for the vice president of Finance and Administration on May 28. Her new office is Dahl Centennial Union 234, telephone 387-1507.

Job openings

Case manager: The Student Life office seeks a regular, 30 hours per week, 10-month (.63 FTE) case manager to provide support toward student success. Duties include serving as a case manager for first-year students and responding to and intervening with students about personal concern reports, academic alerts and other notifications related to student well-being. Master's degree preferred, bachelor's degree and history of working with and advising college students is required. Ability to speak and write in Spanish is preferred.

Custodial staff: Full-time, 12-month position. General custodial responsibilities include overall appearance of assigned academic and resident hall building(s) and public areas. Hours will generally be Monday through Friday.High school diploma or equivalent required.

Admissions counselor: The Admissions Office seeks a full-time admissions counselor. Primary responsibilities of the position include coordinating the recruitment of students from a specific geographic region, visiting targeted high schools and attending select college fair programs. Duties also include interviewing prospective students on campus and assisting with other admissions-related activities and events as assigned. Extensive travel is required and candidates must be able to work evenings and weekends when appropriate. A bachelor's degree is required and applicants must have a valid driver's license.

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


Todd Green served on a panel at the Vocation of a Lutheran College Conference at Augsburg College June 9. The topic of the panel was "Interfaith Engagement and Complex Moral Issues." Mark Hanson, the former presiding bishop of the ELCA, moderated the panel. The panel included Jaylani Hussein, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Minnesota, and Lynn Liberman, a rabbi and health care chaplain in the Twin Cities.

Jim Martin-Schramm's essay, "What Powers Us? A Comparative Religious Ethics of Energy Sources, Power, and Privilege," coauthored with Christiana Z. Peppard, Julia Watts Belser and Erin Lothes Biviano, has been published in the Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics, Vol. 36, No. 1, Spring/Summer 2016, 3-25.


Wanted: Looking for dog walking/sitting jobs. Maria loves dogs and has three years of experience training dogs through the 4H program. She also has experience with dog walking and sitting. References are available. Contact Julie (mom), <stromjul>.

For sale: Three-bedroom, three-bath home near Luther campus. Beautiful hardwood floors, large fenced-in yard and many extras. Walking distance to everything wonderful about Decorah – trails, downtown and Luther. Photos and more information available online.

For sale: Nice, well cared for violin for sale. Includes case, newer bow, shoulder rest, mute and damper. Purchased from Kephart's and was well taken care of and played by our son from middle school through high school. $300. Contact Cheryl, <wiesch01>.

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, a whole-home audio system, in-floor heating, a whirlpool and exercise room. Available mid-Aug. 2016 through May 2017 (dates are flexible). Rent is $1,200 per month. Details and lots of pictures available online. Contact Tabita, <tabita.green>.

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.

For sale: Used Vision Fitness treadmill, model 9250 Simple. Purchased in 2007 for $1,500. Needs belt adjustment to avoid slipping. $500 or best offer. Must go to make room for retirement storage! Contact Jessica, 382-8625.

For rent: Fully furnished three-bedroom, two-bath home located near Phelps Park. Available mid-August 2016 thru May 31, 2017 while owners are away. $1,100 per month. No pets and no smoking. Contact Mark Harman at Harman Realty, 380-9137.

For rent: We have apartments on North Street available at the end of August (two-, three-, and four-bedroom apartments). No smoking. Cats are ok. Contact Michael or Leslie, <smitmi01> or 382-6527, for more information.

Housing wanted: My name is Melanie Bowman and I am a new visiting assistant professor in French. I'm trying to secure housing for the coming year, and I'm open to sharing with a roommate. I'm a non-smoker and have no pets. I can be reached at [email protected] or (320) 293-4041.


And finally...

June 14 is National Flag Day, which commemorates the adoption of the Stars and Stripes as the official flag of the United States. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a presidential proclamation establishing a national Flag Day on June 14.

According to the Library of Congress website:

"On June 14, 1777, John Adams spoke about the flag at a meeting of the Continental Congress in Philadelphia. He said, 'Resolved, that the flag of the thirteen United States shall be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the Union be thirteen stars, white on a blue field, representing a new constellation.' There have been 27 official versions of the flag so far; stars have been added to it as states have entered the Union. The current version dates to July 4, 1960, when Hawaii became the 50th state."

On Sunday, June 12, President Obama ordered that the U.S. flag be flown at half-staff at the White House and all public buildings and grounds until sunset on June 16 as a "mark of respect for the victims of the act of hatred and terror perpetrated on Sunday, June 12, 2016, in Orlando, Florida."