Tuesday, Sept. 29

TUESDAY 9/29/15

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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.

Call committee formed

President Carlson has appointed the following individuals to the College Ministries Call Committee: Andrew Last (chair), Gifty Arthur '17, Carter Johnson '16, Martin Klammer, Kristin Swanson, Madeline Jungbauer, Ryan Gjerde and Karen Martin-Schramm. Mike Blair will serve as an ex-officio member.


Health Service flu clinics

Friday Oct. 2: 9-11:30 a.m., Health Service
Monday Oct. 5: 2-4 p.m., Union
Tuesday Oct. 20: 2:30-4:30 p.m., Regents Center

The Flu vaccine is available at Health Service any time during office hours, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday.

Cost is $25 for the injection, $30 for nasal mist. Staff/faculty check or cash. Students can charge to their student account.

'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.

New at luther.edu

Lindsey Ryan '16 spent the summer interning for a program that provides healthy food for low-income individuals over the age of 60. Read about how the experience contributed to her learning as a health and fitness promotion major. Also, read about the documentary and print project that Aidan Spencer '18 and Jacqueline Wilkie are working on regarding Nordic Choir's first international tour in 1967.

Book Shop deadline approaches

The Book Shop will begin textbook returns to wholesalers and publishers the first week in October. Faculty and students who have not purchased all of their course materials for this term should please be sure to do this soon. Thank you.

National Student Day celebration in the Book Shop

The Book Shop will honor Luther students on National Student Day, Thursday, Oct. 8, for their volunteer efforts and work in making the world a better place. Join us that day and "Dare to Take the Challenge." Try your luck at testing Jelly Belly flavors and receive an extra 10 percent off already low-priced clearance items.

National Student Day contest

Luther students: Bring your cameras/smartphones and take a selfie in the Book Shop. Post on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using #GIVEME5NS anytime between now and Oct. 22 and you may be eligible to win a $500 gift card from Luther's Book Shop. Go to https://www.facebook.com/NationalStudentDay for more information. Winners will be announced Oct. 26.

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.

LIS tip

Keyboard shortcuts are easier and faster than using your mouse. For example, use ALT + TAB to switch to another running program. For more shortcuts, visit http://www.luther.edu/helpdesk/tips/.

LED video display and statistic panels donated

Thanks to a generous leadership gift from Kent '57 and Mitzi Evenstad of Monona, Wisconsin, Luther has purchased an indoor LED video display board and statistic panels with electronic captions to enhance the existing scoreboard in the Regents Center gymnasium. The Norse Athletic Association provided additional funding support. The video display and statistic boards were installed in early September, and will be phased into use over the next year.


Chapel this week

Wednesday, Sept. 30: Nancy Barry

Friday, Oct. 2: Jennaya Robison; Norsemen

Monday, Oct. 4: Amalia Vagts, Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries

Home sporting events this week

Oct. 2: Volleyball vs. Buena Vista University, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 3: Soccer vs. Buena Vista University, women at 1 p.m., men at 3 p.m.

Oct. 4: Women's soccer vs. Carleton, 2 p.m.

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.

Luther hosts legendary jazz pianist

Legendary jazz pianist Danilo Perez, along with his quintet members, known as the Danilo Perez Quintet, will perform "Panama 500" as part of Luther College's Center Stage Series at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2, in the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall. Tickets, on sale in Luther's Ticket Office, are $24 for adults, $22 for seniors age 65 and over and $15 for youth ages 4-18, and may be purchased online at http://www.tickets.luther.edu/.

FAS: Lassetter, Kanakis, Paul and guests

Performing with guest artists John Hines and Dmitri Vorobiev from the University of Northern Iowa, Luther faculty members Jacob Lassetter, Karen Kanakis and Jessica Paul will perform a recital at 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, in the Noble Recital Hall.

The recital is open to the public with no charge for admission.

Luther to host Iowa Connection Trio

Luther's music department will host the Iowa Connection Trio in a guest recital at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4, in the Noble Recital Hall. The recital is open to the public with no charge for admission. The Iowa Connection Trio consists of Xiao Hu, Luther College associate professor of music, piano, and Amanda McCandless, clarinet, and Yu-Ting Tina Su, horn, both from the University of Northern Iowa.

'Music in the Shape of a Pear' Oct. 4

Luther's "Music in the Shape of a Pear" event features a diverse collection of new music at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4, in the Noble Recital Hall. The performance is open to the public with no charge for admission and features two world premieres by Decorah native Philip Wharton and Luther alumnus Steve Smith, along with works by Gary Schocker, Greg Patillo, Luiz Bonfá, Robert Dick, Jennifer Higdon, and Oistein Sommerfeldt. 

The works will be performed by Luther alumni flutists Daniel Gallagher '14, Rachel Haug Root  '10, Tara Meade '08 and Bianca Najera '13, with Juan Tony Guzman '90, on guitar. 

Luther College Piano Quartet Oct. 4

The Luther College Piano Quartet will present a recital at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4, in the Noble Recital Hall. The recital is open to the public with no charge for admission. The program includes late 19th and early 20th century piano quartets from Spain, the Czech Republic and France by composers Joaquin Turina, Josef Suk, and Gabriel Fauré.

The Luther College Piano Quartet features Spencer Martin, viola; Miko Kominami, piano; Igor Kalnin, violin; and Cole Tutino, cello.

SAC Open Mic Night Oct. 7

Kicking off Homecoming week, SAC Homecoming will host Open Mic Night at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7 in Marty's. The event is open to the public with no charge for admission. Open Mic Night gives talented students the opportunity to showcase their abilities for their peers.

Jonathan Rattner guest lecture and film screening

Serving as artist-in-residence for the 2016 Oneota Film Festival, Jonathan Rattner will present a guest lecture and film screening at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7, in the Valders Hall of Science Room 206 on the Luther College campus. The lecture and screening are open to the public with no charge for admission.

Opera alumni to host career talk

Luther alumni Andrew Stenson '08 and Emily Fons '06 will present career talks at Luther in October. Stenson will speak at 9:40 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, and Fons will speak at 9:40 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 15. Both career talks will be held in the Noble Recital Hall. Both events are open to the public with no charge for admission. 

SAC Flamingo Ball tickets on sale

Luther College Student Activities Council invites the public to this year's SAC Flamingo Ball. Come celebrate and dance to the sounds of variety band The Sevilles at 9 p.m. homecoming Saturday, Oct. 17, in the Regents Center Main Gym. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased online at tickets.luther.edu.

Luther College Dance Marathon seeks Miracle Families

Luther College Dance Marathon is in search of Miracle Families. Any family with a member that has been treated at the University of Iowa Children's Hospital is invited to participate. Throughout the year our organization seeks to build relationships with individual families in the area and build a supportive community made up of students and families alike. If your family is interested in participating or you know of families that are eligible, please contact us, <lcdm_families>. Or find us on the web at https://www.luther.edu/dance-marathon/ or www.facebook.com/LutherCollegeDanceMarathon.


Celebrations this week


Sept. 29: Jim Iverson, Maria Smith, Sharon Jacob
Sept. 30: Kirk Neubauer, Sean Burke
Oct. 1: Ron Fritz, John Moeller, Michael Chesher, Anne Bulliung, Amanda Bailey
Oct. 2: Virginia Strauss, Jim Martin-Schramm, Matt Bills
Oct. 3: Britt Rhodes, Festus Cole
Oct. 4:Renee Gunderson, Doreen Bidne 
Oct. 5: Vicky Jaeger, Jane Hawley, Xiaolin Duan
Oct. 6: Ken Larson 

Thank you

How do we begin to thank everyone for the overwhelming support and kindness shown at the time of Cliff's death? Until you experience a loss like this, you don't realize how much simple kindness (the hugs, calls, cards and food) and caring glances mean. Each of you who reached out to us gave us comfort when we most needed it and we so appreciate this. Our celebration in Peace Dining Room was incredible thanks to Luther College Facilities, Dining Services, Sodexo and the participants in the program. A special thanks to Amy Jo and Hannah in catering and Leah (Cliff's daughter by marriage) who flawlessly managed the arrangements for the day. Switchback, Fr. Gary Krapfl, Msgr. Ed Lecthenberg and each speaker gave Cliff an unforgettable send off, that we as family will never forget. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

-The family of Cliff English

I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the Luther community for the phone calls, visits, cards, food and gifts these past few months. I wish I could thank each and every one of you personally. I am overwhelmed by everything that has been done for me and my family. I am truly blessed to be part of such a great community. God bless you.   

-Marcia Bullerman

Family Weekend thank you

Thank you to all who participated in planning and hosting Family Weekend events! Missed the opportunity this year but want to be included next year (Sept. 16-18, 2016)? Please let the Development Office know. Contact Sue Drilling, <drillisu> or 387-1100.


Xiao Hu and Du Huang of the music department, recorded two piano duo compositions by composer Michael Eckert for the MSR Classics label. They will be featured on the world premiere recording titled "Brazilian Dreams," due to release in October.

Lauren Anderson presented her paper, "Defining Interracial Cooperation: A Proscriptive Philosophy of the 1920s" at the 100th anniversary Association for the Study of African American Life and History annual conference on Sept. 25, in Atlanta, Georgia.

Richard Cole, emeritus professor of history, wrote an article, "Erasmus Alberus, Champion of Luther and Aesop," that was published in the fall 2015 Reformation issue of the LUTHERAN FORUM. This periodical is available in Preus Library.

Gereon Kopf was an invited speaker at the fourth Coloquio Internacional de Filosofia Oriental in Campinas, Sept. 15-17. He was also the keynote speaker at the third conference of the Jornada de Filosofia Oriental da Fflch-Usp in Sao Paolo, Sept. 21-23. His "Peace through Self-Awareness: A Model of Peace Education Based on Buddhist Principles" was published in the Journal of Ecumenical Studies and his "Zen, Erfahrung und Philosophie: Ueda Shizuteru und die Schöpfung einer Zen-Philosophie" was published in Asiatische Studien - Études Asiatiques.

Jim Martin-Schramm delivered the keynote address, "Earth Ethics and Joyful Stewardship," at the 80th Association of Lutheran College Faculties Conference at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington on Sept. 25. The theme of the conference was "Caring for Creation in a Global Society."

Alan Macdonald delivered two invited lectures at AGACSE 2015: Applied Geometric Algebra in Computer Science and Engineering, July 27-28, in Barcelona, Spain. One lecture described the software package GAlgebra. The other was titled "The Fundamental Theorem of Geometric Calculus."

On Sept. 18, Robert Christman presented an invited paper at the Fourth International Conference on Matthias Flacius in Labin, Croatia. The title of his paper was "Matthias Flacius and the Controversy over Original Sin with an Eye Toward its Origins in the Synergist Controversy."

Todd Green gave two media interviews. He was a guest on NPR's On Point with Tom Ashbrook on Sept. 23, to talk about American Islamophobia and anti-Muslim comments on the campaign trail. His interview with France 24 aired the same day and also addressed some of the comments about Muslims made by U.S. presidential candidates.

Two Luther College communications studies seniors had papers competitively selected for presentation at the Iowa Communication Association Conference held Sept. 18-19, at the Hotel Winneshiek in Decorah. Hannah Butler won the top student paper award at the conference, which came with a cash prize and her paper being published in the next issue of the Iowa Journal of Communication. Her paper was titled, "College Students’ Disclosure of Mental Health Counseling Utilization." Katelynn Pankratz also presented on the student paper panel with her paper, "Cultivating an Identity: Small Family Farmers and Criticism Management." Both papers were written as part of Kim Powell's Coms 357: Research Methods course. 

Check out the most recent Ideas and Creations blog posts, with posts this past week by Martin Klammer on our outstanding Luther students, Bob Shedinger and why he feels like he's confessing murder, and senior Will Heller's photo blog on Luther from every angle.


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>.

Housing wanted: Luther Professor seeking housing for Feb. 1 through May 2016. Looking for one-bedroom apartment or house. Non-smoker, no pets of my own. Returning to Luther to work for spring semester. Contact Paul <paul>.

Vacuum cleaner wanted: Looking for a used but functioning vacuum cleaner that you're willing to part with for a minimal price. Contact Yang Wang, <wangya01> or (573) 356-1666.

For sale: Barely used, high quality, stainless steel chimney liner for brick chimney. Single wall insulated, six-inch diameter x 34-foot length. Includes chimney cap and double wall house entry. Selling due to unexpected change in house plans. Contact <enosbejo> or 380-4185.


And finally...

Like it or not, winter is not too terribly far off. To round out September's tips on preparedness, we're talking winter. For tips on how to be prepared for winter weather see the "Be Smart," "Take Part" and "Prepare" sections of FEMA's winter storm preparedness page.

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.