Tuesday, June 21

TUESDAY 6/21/16

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Retirement gathering for Jane Hildebrand

Jane Hildebrand retires this month after working for Luther for more than 31 years. Join the Student Life office from 2-3:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 29, in Hammarskjold Lounge to celebrate Jane's long service to Luther College. A brief program will take place at 3 p.m. A 1974 graduate of Luther, Jane was head women's basketball coach prior to joining the Student Life office as assistant dean. Jane is an ardent supporter of Luther College and her energy and passion for her alma mater is deeply appreciated.

Getting to know you: 2015 first-year students

Among Luther's 2015 first-year cohort:

·    69.9% rated their academic ability "above average" for their age;

·    71.8% feel it's "very important" to help others in difficulty;

·    31.8% anticipated needing special tutoring or remedial work in math, 26.4% in writing;

·    20.8% identify as "agnostic," "atheist" or not affiliated with any religion ("none");

·    73.1% expressed concern about financing their college education.

For details and more information from the latest CIRP Freshman Survey, follow this link, enter your Norse password, and click on the CIRP Freshman Survey: Luther College 2015.

Development Office update

The Development Office has closed its books on fiscal year 2016 and by all accounts it was a very fine year. Comprehensive fundraising results (all new outright gifts, pledges and discounted planned gifts) totaled $11.9 million, making this is the second highest year in the last seven. The Annual Fund achieved $2.125 million – an all-time record and $275,000 over goal. Cash was also strong at $11.02 million. Of that cash total, more than $3.68 million is permanently restricted to the endowment.

The Sustaining the Mission funding initiative launched on Jan. 1, 2013, officially closed May 31, 2016 with a total of more than $41.11 million. Congratulations all! We members of Development and Alumni Relations teams know we could never achieve these results without the steadfast support of every member of our Luther College community. Thank you all for your gifts and your partnership!  

Reminder: College vehicles and cell phones

Per Luther College's Vehicle Use Handbook, college vehicle drivers are required to have access to a cell phone in the vehicle. A college-owned cell phone will be provided, if needed, for emergency use only. Information on the use of college-owned cell phones is provided with the phone. Cell phones or other hand-held devices may not be used while driving.

New at luther.edu

On the Capstone Projects page, Kristin Anderson discusses her studio practice, which uses painting and collage to see patterns of representation in women's magazines. She reduces images to their most basic visual properties—form, line and color—often bringing to light the absurdity of sensationalized mass media.

Book Shop news

Luther alum and Decorah resident Jennifer Gipp's first novel, "Breaking Through the Fog," is available in the Book Shop.

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.


Events this week

June 19-25: Dorian High School Summer Camp

'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 21: Dave Mitchell
June 22: Wade Shilts
June 23: Sue Drilling, Matt Hughes
June 24: Novian Whitsitt, Marie Drews, Carly Foster
June 25: Carolyn Rod
June 26: Carol Hester, Justin Ransom
June 27: James Schell
June 28: Phil Gibbs

Announcement of resignation

Professor Karen Kanakis has announced her resignation from the faculty of the college in order to join her husband in his new place of employment and to pursue new professional opportunities. We thank her for her years of service and wish her well. 

Thank you

Our family would like to thank the Luther community for their support after the loss of my mother-in-law Eleanora Franzen. We would especially like to thank Facilities Services for the gift of the ceramic plaque.

-Clyde and Deb Franzen

New positions

Alex Jackson started her new position as administrative assistant in Development June 20. Her new office will be Loyalty Hall, second floor, telephone 387-1862.

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 residence hall building(s) and public areas. Hours will generally be Monday through Friday. High school diploma or equivalent required.

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.


Anna Peterson's 2015 article in Historisk Tidsskrift has been awarded for being the "most innovative contribution" to the journal in that year by the Norwegian Historical Association.


For sale: Simplicity zero-turn lawn mower with 52-inch deck and 26 horsepower engine. Approximately 260 hours of use. Used for owner's lawn only. Available mid-July. Asking $2,800 or best offer. Email Dan, <marlowda>, for flyer.

For sale: Facilities Services has a 2011 Toro Personal Pace push mower for sale, $100. Sold as-is to the first interested party. Contact Ivan, <hackiv01> or 387-1668.

For sale: Facilities Services has a 2012 Toro Variable Speed push mower for sale, $100. Sold as-is to the first interested party. Contact Ivan, <hackiv01> or 387-1668.

For sale: Facilities Services has three FS110 Stihl string trimmers for sale. All new in 2012, $75 each. Sold as-is to the first interested party. Contact Ivan, <hackiv01> or 387-1668.

For sale: Facilities Services has two BG56 Stihl leaf blowers for sale. One was new in 2013, the other in 2012. $50 each. Sold as-is to the first interested party. Contact Ivan, <hackiv01> or 387-1668.

For sale: We are downsizing and need to sell our antique oak dining room table. Without leaves, it's 74-inches long, 42-inches wide, and approx 30-inches high. Also has two leaves, each 23-inches. It has eight carved chairs, including two with arms. Please contact Chivonne, <marlowch>, for photos or to make an offer.

Wanted: Looking for a 10-foot long playground slide for our deck. Must be 10 feet long or greater. Happy to purchase or take off your hands. Contact Rachel, <vsetra01> or 379-7098.

For sale: Large cooler, best offer. Contact Joyce, 382-6022.

For sale: Large metal dog kennel, $50. You pick up. Contact Joyce, 382-6022.

For sale: Large home at 807 Maple Avenue. Great neighborhood and nice location. Well maintained 1896 Victorian sits on three lots. Contact Robert Fitton, <fittonro> for a sales flyer.

For sale: Three-bedroom home located very close to Luther College. Move-in ready home with new cement board siding and a new roof. Sit back and appreciate the low utility costs due to the solar panels that have been installed. Relax at the end of your day in the spacious back yard that has been professionally landscaped. Contact Janice Numedahl, 380-4084.

For rent: Four-bedroom home located at 302 S. Mill St. This house is only blocks away from the downtown area, schools and trails. The home has a remodeled kitchen and all hardwood flooring. Stove, fridge, washer and dryer are provided. There is a large yard and the landlord takes care of all mowing and snow removal. Rent is $800 per month and includes heat. Email Tade, [email protected], for a rental application or with questions.

For rent: One-bedroom home for rent at 506 W. Main St. in downtown Decorah. Blocks away from the bike trail. Appliances included, central air, all rooms on the main level. Rent is $600 per month. Available July 1. Email Tade, [email protected], for a rental application or with questions.

For rent: Recently remodeled two-bedroom home for rent in downtown Decorah. Located at 702 Heivly St., blocks away from the downtown area, bike trail and Upper Iowa River. The home has a new kitchen, new bathroom and main level laundry. All appliances are included. Rent is $725 per month and tenant pays all utilities. Email Tade, [email protected], for a rental application or with questions.

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. Contact Al Peake, 382-3227.

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.


And finally...

The United Nations proclaimed June 21 as the International Day of Yoga.

Yoga is an ancient physical, mental and spiritual practice that originated in India. The word "yoga" derives from Sanskrit and means to join or to unite, symbolizing the union of body and consciousness. Today it is practiced in various forms around the world and continues to grow in popularity.

According to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon,"this year's observance of the International Day of Yoga highlights the important role healthy living plays in the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals, adopted last year by all 193 United Nations Member States."