Tuesday, Sept. 22

TUESDAY 9/22/15

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2015 fall semester enrollment data

  • Luther's 2015 fall semester student enrollment is 2,337.
  • Our new registered student total is 653 (624 first-year students, 27 transfer students, two non-degree students).
  • U.S. students of color total 242 (10.4 percent of total enrollment), and international students total 147 (6.3 percent of total enrollment).
  • Thirty-nine states (including Iowa) and 65 countries (including U.S.) are represented in our total enrollment.
  • Student enrollment full-time equivalent (FTE) is 2,319.
  • Forty-one percent of our total enrollment reports Lutheran as their religious affiliation.
  • First-year to second-year persistence for the 2014 first-year student cohort is 84.8 percent, first-year to third-year persistence for the 2013 first-year student cohort is 79.9 percent, and first-year to fourth-year persistence for the 2012 first-year cohort is 81.5 percent.
  • Our most recent four-year graduation rate (2011 first-year student cohort graduating by Aug. 31, 2015) is 70.8 percent.
  • Our most recent five-year graduation rate (2010 first-year student cohort graduating by Aug. 31, 2015) is 78.2 percent.
  • Our most recent six-year graduation rate (2009 first-year student cohort graduating by Aug. 31, 2015) is 77.5 percent.

For enrollment information for fall 2015, years 2011-15, and first-year student cohort persistence and graduation rates over time, visit the Assessment and Institutional Research website.


'Christmas at Luther' tickets for faculty/staff available Oct. 1

Faculty and staff can secure their tickets for "Christmas at Luther 2015: Savior of the Nation, Come" beginning at 9 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 1. Faculty/staff who have not yet set up an online ticketing account, should contact the Ticket Office, 387-1357. For more information, go to the Christmas at Luther faculty/staff ticket website

Norse Mail problem and workaround

Norse Mail currently has a bug that prevents it from consistently adding all members of a contact group to an email (i.e., there are 10 people in the group and only nine are attached as recipients). Google is aware of the defect and working on a fix. Fortunately, there are workarounds. For details, see Norse Mail Workaround for Emailing Contact Groups.

Traffic Hearing Board seeks new member

Looking for a staff person with a sense of humor who likes a good time and will commit to being on the Traffic Hearing Board. The board meets for an hour each month to review parking citation appeals submitted by students, faculty and staff. If interested, contact Judy, <schnitju>. The first person to respond is the lucky winner!

Dining Services coupons available

Did you know you can order coupons for Nordic Brew shakes, Marty's cookies, Peace Brunch and more? All Dining Service location coupons must be administered through the Dining Services Office and can be ordered online. Orders will be processed within 48 business hours and the purchaser will be notified when they are mailed through the SPO. Coupons can be purchased with a CBORD number, cash, check or dining dollars. Coupons expire one year from the date administered. For more information, contact Dining Services, <diningservices> or 387-1030.

Akimboo.com: Home and workplace wellness

Akimboo.com is available to Luther faculty and staff through Luther's wellness program. Integrate movement into your day with short yoga and pilates videos on akimboo.com. For a quick energy boost in the afternoon, try this video.​

Register for Women's Basketball Junior Norse clinic

There's still time to register for the Luther Women's Basketball Junior Norse clinic. Walk-ins are welcome. Each week, Junior Norse will have the opportunity to interact with the 2015-16 Luther women’s basketball team while participating in fundamental drills, team play, shooting competitions and more. Sessions are every Thursday, 6:15-7:30 p.m., through Oct. 8. Registration is $40 and covers instruction and a t-shirt. For more information, contact Amanda, <necham01> or 387-1584.

Tennis lessons for all ages

Luther alumna and assistant coach Miriam Skrade is teaming up with Luther tennis players to offer tennis lessons for all ages and abilities. Clinics run for five Sundays starting Sept 27. Beginner class ($30) is 12-12:45 p.m., advanced beginners class ($40) is 12:15-1:15 p.m., junior varsity and varsity class ($50) is 12:45-2:30 p.m., adult class ($50) is 2:30-3:30 p.m. To register, email Miriam <mbskrade>.


Chapel this week

Wednesday, Sept. 23: Judd Larson, Collegiate Chorale
Friday, Sept. 25
: Angela Kueny
Monday, Sept. 28
: Marion Pruitt-Jefferson, Cantorei

Home sporting events this week

Sept. 22: Volleyball vs. Simpson College, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 23: Soccer vs. UW-Platteville, women 5 p.m.; men 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 25: Women's golf, Luther invitational at Oneota Golf and Country Club, 12:30 p.m.
Sept. 26: Soccer vs. Coe, men 1 p.m.; women 3 p.m.

'Soup's On!' cooks needed

The Diversity Center is looking for volunteers to prepare a delicious soup for upcoming "Soup's On!" events, informal gatherings of students, faculty, staff and Decorah community members, Oct. 1 and Jan. 14. Cooks are encouraged stay and enjoy the soup. These events are a lot of fun and a great chance to meet new, interesting individuals. If interested, contact Jake, <dyerja01>.

SAC Leadership presents financial wellness speaker

Adam Carroll will present the lecture "Financial Wellness" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22, in Valders 206. Carroll, author of "Winning the Money Game," and founder of National Financial Educators, has presented at more than 500 colleges and universities nationwide. His message of "Building a Bigger Life, Not a Bigger Lifestyle" has been heard by more than 200,000 people. The lecture is open to the public with no charge for admission. 

Faculty Artist Series: Gregory Peterson, organ

Featuring music as prayer and proclamation, Gregory Peterson will perform an organ recital titled "Songs of Petition, Peace and Proclamation" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22, in the CFL Main Hall. Jim

Martin-Schramm will serve as reader for the program, reading words of Bonhoeffer as well as selected hymn texts.

Guest recital: Carol Chapman, soprano

As part of her current U.S. tour, soprano Carol Chapman will perform a voice recital at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23, in the Noble Recital Hall. The recital is open to the public with no charge for admission. 

Religion Forum opening lecture Sept. 24

Robert Shedinger will give the opening lecture for Luther's 2015-16 Religion Forum Series at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, in the CFL Recital Hall. This year's theme is "Impermanence – Religion and Notions of Change." In his lecture, "Resistance to Change in a Theory of Change: Religion, Science and Evolutionary Theory's Failure to Evolve," Shedinger will discuss the reluctance of evolutionary scientists to re-evaluate the theory of evolution. The event is open to the public with no charge for admission.

Moon Festival party Sept. 24

The Moon Festival, also known as the Mid-Autumn Festival, is a popular harvest festival celebrated in China, Vietnam and other Asian countries. This year, the festival falls on Sept. 24. A Moon Festival celebration will take place from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, in the Farwell Hall eighth floor lounge. There will be a variety of cultural activities and a gift raffle; delicious moon cakes and fragrant tea will be served. Co-sponsored by MLLL and ASAA, the event is open to the public with no charge for admission. For more information, contact Lu, <lulu01>.

Johnson gives Navassa Island presentation Sept. 24

Glenn Johnson, M.D., of Decorah will give a presentation on an amateur radio expedition to Navassa Island at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, in Valders 262. The lecture is open to the public with no charge for admission. Johnson will explain amateur radio, the expedition and the environmental challenges of the team's weeks on Navassa, a U.S.-controlled primitive wildlife refuge in the Caribbean, near Haiti, that is closed to most human activity.

Family Weekend Sept. 25-27

Family Weekend 2015 is scheduled for Sept. 25-27. The schedule for the weekend is online. In the interest of conserving resources, a small supply of hard-copy Family Weekend brochures will be printed for distribution to families; they will be available on the Saturday morning of Family Weekend, in the Union lobby. Questions about Family Weekend can be directed to the Development Office, 387-1862, or Sue Drilling, 387-1100.

Wellness and APO host Adventure Race Sept. 26

An adventure race, sponsored by Luther's Mu Theta chapter of the Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity and the Nena Amundson Lifetime Wellness Program, will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 26. The race begins at the Regents Center Circle Drive and consists of a three-mile canoe/kayak leg, a nine-mile bike ride and a three-mile run through Decorah. Register on the Wellness website. For more information, contact Chandra,<chandra.jennings>

Storybook reading and author signing Sept. 26

The Book Shop will host the sixth annual storybook reading session from 11 a.m.-noon Saturday, Sept. 26, in the lobby of the Union. Part of Family Weekend, the event will feature Luther education department students dressed as their favorite storybook characters as they read selections from various children's books. Author Andy Allen will sign copies of his "Stormin' Norman" children's book series from 1-3 p.m. in the Book Shop.

Concert Band and Jazz Orchestra concert Sept. 26

The Concert Band and Jazz Orchestra will perform in concert at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, in the CFL Main Hall. The concert, part of Luther's Family Weekend, is open to the public with no charge for admission.

Family Weekend concert Sept. 26

The music department presents an evening of choral and instrumental music at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, in the CFL Main Hall. The concert is open to the public with no charge for admission. Seven ensembles will perform, including Aurora, Cantorei, Cathedral Choir, Collegiate Chorale, Norsemen, Wind and Percussion Ensemble and Varsity Band. 

Jazz Band and Jazz Orchestra perform Sept. 26

The Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Band will perform as part of Luther's 2015 Family Weekend festivities at 8:45 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, in Marty's. The program will explore swing music from the 1940s, 50s and 60s and will feature compositions by Jerome Kern, Mercer Ellington, Sammy Nestico, Lee Morgan, and Benny Golson.

Chad Sonka baritone recital Sept. 29

Chad Sonka, Luther College alumni guest lecturer in music, will perform a baritone recital at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29, in the Noble Recital Hall. The recital, open to the public with no charge for admission, features works of composers such as Vincenzo Bellini, Gustav Holst, Walter Damrosch, Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy and Robert Schumann. 

Connie Bergstrom retirement party Sept. 30

The join the Book Shop staff as we thank Connie Bergstrom for 36 years of service to Luther College. A reception for Connie will take place from 9:30-11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30, in the Nobel Room.

Passport photo day Sept. 30

Need a passport photo? Stop by the Visual Media office, 213 Union, between 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30.


Celebrations this week


Sept. 22: Mary Cannady, Rachel Brandwein
Sept. 23: Jacki Wright, Alyssa Henning
Sept. 24: Jeff O'Gara
Sept. 25: Ed Andereck, Jake Dyer, Megan McLaughlin
Sept. 27: Carolyn Schwendeman, Ellen Drewes-Stoen
Sept. 28: Jeff Wettach
Sept. 29: Jim Iverson, Maria Smith, Sharon Jacob


Sept. 26: Steve Busta, 15 years

Thank you

Thanks for helping me celebrate my retirement from Luther! Many thanks to all of you that attended my coffee farewell and/or party. Thanks for the gifts I received and the many well wishes. I kiddingly told co-workers, "You'll miss me when I'm gone!", but didn't realize how much I would miss all of you!! Thanks so much!!!

-Lynn Williams

I wish to thank the Luther community for the caring thoughts of comfort and sympathy, prayers, cards, hugs, memorials, along with filling in for my absence with the sudden passing of my mother, Doris Balik.

-Judy Riha and family

New positions

Alec DesLauriers-Knop started as an admissions counselor Aug. 17. He works from the Des Moines Regional Office.

Suzanne Lyndon started her position as media coordinator in the Media Relations and Visual Media office Aug. 24. Her office is Dahl Centennial Union 213, telephone 387-1864. 

Bobbi-Jo Molokken started as a counselor Aug. 24. Her office is Counseling Service, Larsen Hall, telephone 387-1374.

Ryan Engelman started as an admissions counselor Sept. 2. His office is Dahl Centennial Union 261D, telephone 387-1413.

Kevin Werges started his position as custodial staff Sept. 8. His office is the custodial office at Facilities Services, telephone 387-1145.

Congratulations to JoAnn Uhlenhake as she takes over the role of textbook buyer in the Book Shop.

Job openings

Administrative assistant, Economics and Business, Math and Computer Science departments: The Economics and Business, Math and Computer Science academic departments are seeking a highly motivated, detail-oriented individual with strong interpersonal skills for a part-time position; approximately 28 to 32-hours per week during the academic year. Primary responsibility for assisting the three academic departments with duties including interacting with faculty, students and visitors to the Olin building, managing the office, coordinating faculty and department events, and other administrative duties. A.A. or equivalent experience preferred, with courses in business helpful and technology skills required. Aptitude for learning and using new technology required; knowledge of current Microsoft Office Suite and Google software tools, scheduling and website software is desirable.

Development office administrative assistant: The Development office seeks a highly motivated, detail-oriented individual with strong interpersonal skills for a full-time position providing administrative assistance to the vice president, directors, gift planners and programs in Development. Duties span wide range of administrative tasks, including comprehensive campaign support, scheduling events and travel, routine correspondence and route inquiries. High school diploma required, 1-2 years experience in comparable position preferred. This position is currently posted for internal applicants only (current employees and their spouses).

Luther College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and people of diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. To view the complete job description and apply for this position and all current openings, please go to the employment website at https://luthercollege.hiretouch.com.

New at Luther.edu

"It's never too early to begin thinking of yourself as a professional, undertaking ambitious work that could have a major impact on the world," says Brook Joyce. Read about his research partnership with Pablo Gómez-Estévez '17, who is composing a piano suite for a children’s book he wrote. Also read about Keziah Grindeland '16 and Todd Green's analysis of the portrayal of Malala Yousafzai in the media, and the HHMI Research Trio experience Ellen Badger '16 shared with Jodi Enos-Berlage and Andrew Johnson '15, monitoring water quality.


Andy Hageman's book review of Tom McCarthy's novel "Satin Island" was published in the summer 2015 issue of the Science Fiction Research Association Review. The novel has been shortlisted for the 2015 Man Booker Prize.

Craig Mosher presented "The Ethics of Energy Policy Choices" at the Associated Colleges of the Midwest Symposium on Field Study at Colorado College on July 10 and "Doing Death Differently: Providing Options in Rural Areas" at the National Conference on Social Work and Human Services in Rural Areas at the University of South Dakota on July 16.

Todd Green delivered a lecture at the Tripoli Shrine Center in Milwaukee on Sept. 17 titled "Exploring the Causes and Consequences of Islamophobia." A panel with representatives from the African American, Japanese American, Native American, and Sikh American communities responded to the lecture. On Sept. 18, Green offered a workshop titled "Challenging Islamophobia: Some Practical and Impractical Suggestions for Overcoming Anti-Muslim Bigotry." Participants included educators, religious leaders, and elected officials. The lecture and workshop were sponsored by a coalition of organizations, including the Milwaukee Muslim Women's Coalition, the ELCA and the Institute of World Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.


For sale: Weston Noble is offering his new La-Z-Boy leather office chair for sale. The chair was new in May 2015 and has been used only a few times. He has determined that it is too large for him and wants to sell it to someone who can get good use from this exceptionally comfortable leather office chair. It is adjustable for height and swivels for convenient access at a desk. This chair retails at $659, but is being offered for $295. If interested, please contact Weston, (847) 373-3389.

For sale: House for sale by owner at 512 E. Broadway St., Decorah. Built in 1949, this three bedroom, one bath ranch house sits on a spacious corner lot and has many recent improvements. Main floor is 1,116 square feet with a semi-finished walkout basement. Recent improvements include a new metal roof, attic and foundation insulation, new home ventilation system, new furnace and water heater. Stainless steel kitchen appliances, Energy Star front-load washing machine. $165,000. Contact David, <[email protected]>. 

For sale: Nice set of Taihei china for sale, "Springtime" pattern. Set includes 12 dinner plates, eight footed cups and saucers, eight bread and butter plates, eight fruit/dessert (sauce) bowls and five-piece hostess set (creamer, oval platter, round bowl, and sugar bowl with lid). Comes with a round covered vegetable dish, six-cup coffee pot with lid, covered butter dish and a salt and pepper set. To view photos online, search "Taihei china springtime pattern." Asking $495. Contact Jennifer, <thueje01>.

Runners and walkers wanted: Register now for the Loop de Loop 5K, 10K, Half-Marathon and Half-Marathon Relay to be held Saturday, Sept. 26. The race will take place on the renowned Trout Run Trail. For route maps, start times and registration information, visit the Decorah Rotary website. For more information, contact Kelly, <kelly.wedmann>.

Wanted: Used drum/percussion kit, for fifth grader starting band, to purchase or potentially rent. Snare drum optional. Contact Jodi, <enosbejo> or 419-4417.

For rent: Large three bedroom apartment on the west side of Decorah, near the bike trail and Luther. 2,200 square feet. Master bedroom and bath, sunroom, fireplace, garage, on-site laundry and appliances included. No pets/no smoking. Available Oct. 1. Call Mark, 382-0901, and leave a message.

House-sitter available: Luther student looking for live-in house-sitting opportunities from May 19-Aug. 10 and for the entire 2016-17 academic year. Also seeking house-sitting jobs throughout the 2016-17 academic year that do not include overnight accommodations. Willing to take care of pets. References available upon request. Contact Kennedy, <helbke01>.

For sale: 2005 Yamaha Zuma moped for sale. Excellent shape; runs great and fantastic gas milage. Only one owner. Includes two very nice motorcycle helmets, small and large sizes. Contact Erin, [email protected].

Wanted: Join Decorah Fast Fiber to raise campaign funds to pass the referendum on Nov. 3. Three separate acts of music will perform from 6-9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25, at the Courtyard and Cellar. Will collect a free-will donation at the door. 

6 p.m.: Raymundo Rosales - Troubadour Extraordinaire 
7 p.m.: Michelle Lynn - Folk Rock Hero 
8 p.m.: Tom Bourcier with Lloyd Bolz - Jazz Badass

Contact Tabita, <tabita.green>, for more information.


And finally...

Sept. 30 is National PrepareAthon! Day. Check out the website, and register there to receive more information on the events of the day and what you can do to prepare in case of an emergency!

For more tips on preparedness and to stay up-to-date on emergency management in Winneshiek County "like" the Winneshiek Emergency Preparedness Coalition page at: https://www.facebook.com/winneshiekprepared.