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If there is ever a time to see the way the Luther community comes together, it is over Homecoming. We would like to express our most sincere thank you to the Luther family for all of the prep work that went into preparing for the weekend and the hours spent over the weekend helping Luther alumni and their families feel at home. To individually name everyone, or even each department, would take over most of the Tuesday-so we will simply say thank you students, staff and faculty for caring about this place so much and helping us celebrate another fantastic Luther College Homecoming!
-President Carlson and Thomas Schattauer
Homecoming thank you
We wish to extend our sincere thanks and gratitude to the entire Luther community for helping us host another successful Homecoming. Thank you for welcoming our alumni home to their beloved alma mater and for making all of the weekend events and reunions so special for everyone. We are very grateful for all of your hard work and support and know that we could not possibly pull everything together without your assistance.
-Alumni and Development Office
Board of Regents meets this week
The Regents will meet on campus Oct. 23-24. To view the "Fall 2015 Report to the Board of Regents," search for "Regents" in the "Search courses" box in the upper-right corner of any KATIE page. If prompted to enroll, accede.
A message from the President's cabinet
In the next few weeks, signage on single-occupancy restrooms on campus will change to the gender neutral term "Restroom." This change reflects respect and a spirit of inclusivity to all members of the Luther community.
Luther College 2016-18 priorities
President Carlson is pleased to share the next iteration of the "Strategic Initiatives 2018" document discussed earlier this fall. The revised document, which is being shared with the Board of Regents, reflects the helpful feedback provided by faculty and staff. The document is available online.
Luther has adopted a policy to regulate the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles on campus. The full policy is available online.
Tuition Benefit Program deadline Nov. 1
Luther is pleased to offer its faculty and staff a benefit that is highly unique in today's workplace: higher education for one's dependents. The Tuition Benefit program has a three-step application process available online.
Deadlines are as follows:
Step 1: Nov. 1, applications due
Step 2: Dec. 1, finalized list of colleges due
Step 3: May 15, confirmation form due
Greenhouse gas reductions
Luther has reduced its annual greenhouse gas emissions by 44.5 percent since their peak in 2003-04. Two-thirds of these reductions are related to the college's many energy efficiency projects and the rest are the result of Luther's investments in wind and solar power. The new solar arrays being installed this fall will enable the college to achieve its 50 percent reduction goal during the 2015-16 academic year.
Health Service flu clinic
Tuesday Oct. 20: 2:30-4:30 p.m., Regents Center
The flu vaccine is also 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.
October staff meeting
This month's staff meeting will include an HR/OFS presentation on how to make payments to individuals, and we will hear from Chandra Jennings, Luther's new Wellness Program director. The meeting will be held in Peace Dining Room at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21, and at 9 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 22. All staff are strongly encouraged to attend one of the two sessions.
United Way campaign offers prizes
Contributors to Luther’s campaign for the United Way of Winneshiek County will be eligible for prizes during a Nov. 20 drawing: two tickets to Peace Brunch from Dining Services, a Luther sweatshirt from the Book Shop, an hour massage from the Health Service, or two tickets to Imani Winds or Wu Man and Shanghai Quartet from the Center Stage Series. Your gift is much appreciated. Please turn in the yellow donation form to Human Resources. Questions? Contact Ellen, <modeel01>.
Distinguished Service Awards/Honorary Degree nominations
The Honorary Degrees Committee invites nominations for Distinguished Service Awards and Honorary Degrees for 2016 and beyond. Any member of the Luther faculty, staff, or emeriti can recommend a name for consideration. Department heads are encouraged to discuss nominations with department faculty and staff. All nominations should be sent to the Office of the President, attention Karen Martin-Schramm. Please include as much documentation as possible with each nomination. For more information, contact Jeanie <lovellje>.
NCUR call for applications due Nov. 9
Luther students are invited to submit abstracts for the 2016 National Conference on Undergraduate Research, to be held April 7-9, 2016, at the University of North Carolina Asheville. Applications for the on-campus selection process are due by 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 9, at https://www.luther.edu/
New on luther.edu
How does body temperature affect a runner? That's the research question that biology major and champion distance runner Tricia Serres '16 took on along with Mark Eichinger, associate professor of biology, and Brian Solberg, associate professor of health and physical education. Read about their project and what they learned on the academics website.
Yoga classes begin Oct. 21
Join Molly Lesmeister for an eight-week yoga session Oct. 21-Dec. 9. Class is offered Wednesdays at 12:15 p.m. in Studio II in the CFA. Classes are 50 minutes in length. Props provided, no experience necessary. Registration is $24, checks can be made payable to Luther College, payment due the first day of class. Email Molly, <[email protected]
Nordic Choir releases new album 'Spirit, Moving Over Chaos'
Nordic Choir released their new album, "Spirit, Moving Over Chaos," on Friday, Oct. 16. The title track is an evocative piece of aleatoric music – where an element of the work is left to chance through the determination of the performers. The album, featuring musical selections from the choir's 2014-15 tours, is available for purchase in the Book Shop.
Chapel this week
Wednesday, Oct. 21: Elizabeth Steding
Friday, Oct. 23: Mike Blair, Aurora
Monday, Oct. 26: Wanda Deifelt
Home sporting events this week
Oct. 20: Volleyball vs. Wartburg College, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 23: Cross Country vs. UW-La Crosse, women at 4:30 p.m., men at 5 p.m.
Oct. 24: Football vs. Wartburg College, 1 p.m.; Soccer vs. Central College, women at 5 p.m., men at 7:30 p.m.
Events this week
Tuesday, Oct. 20: Oen Fellows Lecture, David and Hi-Jin Kang Hodge, filmmakers and visual artists, 7 p.m., CFL Recital Hall
Wednesday, Oct. 21: Recital, Dorian Community College Choral Invitational, 1 p.m., Noble Recital Hall; Guest Lecture, Richard Winter, M.D., 7 p.m., Valders 206
Thursday, Oct. 22: 'Being Mortal' book discussion, 6:30 p.m., Olin 102; Guest Lecture, Richard Winter, M.D., 7 p.m., Valders 206
Saturday, Oct. 24: Decorah Energy Extravaganza; solar array tour, 9 a.m., Luther solar array on Pole Line Road; Solar "How-To" workshop, 1 p.m., Valders 206; Center Stage Series, "The Queue," 7:30 p.m., CFL Main Hall
Sunday, Oct. 25: Faculty recital, Michael Van Ryn, double bass, 2 p.m., Noble Recital Hall
Luther alumni siblings' mixed-media works on display Oct. 16-Dec. 6
Inspired in part by the history, culture and geography of South Africa, siblings Elsa (Otte) Hammond '62, Paul Otte '63 and Daniel Otte '63 will present a mixed-media exhibit Oct. 16-Dec. 6 in the upper-level foyer of the CFL.
Luther Woman's Club meeting Oct. 20
Facts on the proposed fiber utility for Decorah will be presented at the Luther College Woman's Club meeting at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20, in Peace Dining Room. Presenters are Jim Fritz of the Decorah Fast Fiber committee and Jon Lubke, Winnshiek County information technology director. All women are invited. The afternoon includes a music presentation, brief business meeting and social time. A shuttle to the Union will leave from the swimming pool parking lot at 1:10 p.m.
Oen Fellows lecture Oct. 20
Filmmakers and visual artists David and Hi-Jin Kang Hodge will give the 2015 Oen Fellows lecture at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20, in the CFL Recital Hall. The lecture, titled "Impermanence: The Time of Man," is also part of the 2015-16 Religion Forum series and the Paideia Text and Issues Lecture series. A reception will follow in Qualley Lounge. Both the lecture and the reception are open to the public with no charge for admission.
Dorian Community College Choral Invitational Oct. 21
Luther will host the second annual Dorian Community College Choral Invitational on Wednesday, Oct. 21, in Jenson-Noble. Choirs and individual students from area community colleges will participate in a full day of activities to experience music at Luther. The public is invited to attend the 1-2 p.m. rehearsal in the Noble Recital Hall.
Richard Winter, M.D., to present lectures Oct. 21 and 22
Luther welcomes guest lecturer Richard Winter, M.D., to campus Oct. 21-22 to give two lectures. At 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21, Winter will speak on "Surrendering our Freedom in an Age of Soma: Living on the Edge of Addiction," and at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, he will give the lecture, "The Challenge of Sexual Freedom, Gender Equality and Rape Culture." Both lectures will be in Valders 206 and are open to the public with no charge for admission.
'Being Mortal' book discussion Oct. 22
Craig Mosher will lead a panel discussion of the book "Being Mortal" at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, in Olin 102. "Being Mortal," by Atul Gawande, M.D., examines end-of-life care and the difficult choices between further medical intervention versus hospice care and quality of life. Mosher will be joined by physicians Dan Mansfield and Deb Lathrop, social worker Elizabeth Kane, and pastor Laura Arnold.
The discussion is an All City Reads event sponsored by the Decorah Public Library and the Luther Social Work program. Copies of the book are available at the Decorah and Luther libraries and at Dragonfly Books. A follow-up open discussion will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27, at the Decorah Public Library.
ISAA fashion show Oct. 23
The International Students and Allies Association will host a fashion show at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, in the CFA Atrium. This year's theme is "The Gathering." ISAA's goal is to offer international and American students an opportunity to celebrate their culture through fashion, music and traditional dances. The event is open to the public with no charge for admission.
Luther to co-host Energy Extravaganza Oct. 24 and 26
Learn how solar power and energy efficiency can benefit local residents financially and strengthen the community during the second annual Decorah Energy Extravaganza, hosted by Luther's Center for Sustainable Communities and the Winneshiek Energy District. The Extravaganza includes residential open houses, workshops, and tours of Luther's expanded solar array and Decorah businesses. The events on Saturday, Oct. 24, are open to the public with no charge for admission. Tickets for the Monday, Oct. 26, business tour and workshop are $15 and include lunch. Register online for the business tour and lunch by Tuesday, Oct. 20.
'Yellowstone and Yosemite' exhibit by Pamela Kendall Schiffer opens Oct. 24
"Yellowstone and Yosemite," an exhibit by artist Pamela Kendall Schiffer, will be on display Oct. 24-Dec. 11, in the Kristin Wigley-Fleming Fine Arts Gallery in the CFA. Kendall Schiffer will be present at a public reception from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24. Both the reception and the exhibit are open to the public with no charge for admission.
Center Stage Series: Lucky Plush Productions presents 'The Queue' Oct. 24
Lucky Plush Productions will perform "The Queue" at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, in the CFL 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. Featuring live music by The Claudettes, "The Queue" unfolds in a fictional airport, where travelers stumble humorously and awkwardly into each other's private lives. Equal parts dance and theater, Lucky Plush takes the experience of waiting in an airport and makes it come alive in surprising and relatable ways.
Miranda Honzel '16, will perform a bassoon recital at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24.
Kalli Kistenmacher '16, will perform a trumpet recital at 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25.
Student recitals are followed by a reception and held in the Noble Recital Hall. Both the recitals and receptions are open to the public with no charge for admission.
Michael Van Ryn double bass recital Oct. 25
With a mix of songs and operatic pieces, Michael Van Ryn, adjunct faculty in music, will perform a double bass recital at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25, in the Noble Recital Hall. The recital is open to the public with no charge for admission.
Olympic wrestler Mark Schultz to present lecture Oct. 27
Olympic and world wrestling champion and author Mark Schultz will speak at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27, in the CFL Main Hall. Schultz uses his experiences to encourage audiences to overcome their own adversities and harness the power of inner strength and resiliency. Sponsored by the SAC Leadership Committee, the event is open to the public with no charge for admission for Luther students, $3 for community members.
Residence hall trick-or-treating
Luther community members and their families are invited to trick-or-treat from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, in first-year residence halls Brandt, Olson and Ylvisaker. Participating rooms will be identified by a pumpkin on the door. There will also be games, crafts and cookie decorating.
Physics and Chemistry to host Haunted Lab Oct. 30-31
The Physics and Chemistry departments invite community members to experience optical illusions and laser displays, make rockets and enjoy the mystifying side of science during their Haunted Lab from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, and 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31. The Haunted Lab is held on the lower level of the east wing of Valders. Signs will be posted to guide visitors to the lab. The event open to the public with no charge for admission. Those wanting to make a rocket should bring a cardboard tube with them (i.e. a paper towel or toilet paper tube).
Celebrations this week
Oct. 21: Kathy Ferrie, Dawn Reding, Missy Flack
Oct. 23: Korrine Jackson
Oct. 24: Anne Blocker, Guinevere Strand, Paul Atkins
Oct. 25: Ellen Modersohn
Oct. 27: Judy Boese, Travis Goettl
To Philip Freeman and family on the death of his wife, Alison Dwyer. Alison died at home on the morning of Oct. 14. Her obituary can be viewed online.
Thank you to everyone who attended my retirement party, and thank you to those who were unable to attend but who stopped in to see me or greeted me in passing. I appreciate the cards, gifts, emails and kind words. A special heart-felt thank you to my co-workers who arranged such a lovely party. I will greatly miss you all.
Tom McGee started as custodial staff Sept. 8. His office is ground floor Main, telephone 387-1238.
Ian Carstens started as multimedia strategic fellow Sept. 26. His office is Preus Library, telephone 387-1823.
Teresa Flinchbaugh started as administrative assistant for Computer Science, Economics and Business, and Mathematics Oct. 5. Her office is Olin 327, telephone 387-1340.
Brenda Hackman started as administrative assistant for Development Oct. 5. Her office is second floor Loyalty Hall, telephone 387-1862.
Stephanie Ferguson started as student life case manager Oct. 12. Her office is Dahl Centennial Union 266, telephone 387-1839.
Jana Vorvick started as coordinator of music recruitment Oct. 12. Her office is Dahl Centennial Union 261F, telephone 387-1426.
Dustin Cote started as database administrator and programmer analyst Oct. 14. His office is Main 12F, telephone 387-1407.
High school student help wanted
Luther Dining Services is now hiring high school students age 16 years and older. Part-time shifts available: 4:30-9 p.m. and weekends. Enter applications for the "Weekend Food Service Worker position (Decorah, IA)" at http://sodexo.balancetrak.com/.
Custodian: The Custodial Department has an immediate opening for a .75 FTE, benefit-eligible, 12-month position. General custodial responsibilities include overall appearance of assigned academic and residence hall building(s). Hours will generally be Monday through Friday with some weekend work required. Must be able to work with little supervision, complete work thoroughly and promptly and be self-motivated. Valid driver license required. High school diploma or equivalent preferred but not required.
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.
Ruth Berger's article "From Circle to Hyperbola in Taxicab Geometry" was published in the Oct. 2015 issue of the journal Mathematics Teacher.
Diane Scholl's poem "Ship-building" appears in the Oct. 14 issue of The Christian Century.
Mary Lewis published her creative nonfiction piece, "Freedom to Wander," in the literary journal Toasted Cheese. It starts with an afternoon ski at 40 below zero, ends with a canoe trip that went bad, and argues that we should allow people to traverse the land whether it is public or private.
Kitten needs a home: Lovable male kitten free to good home. Found him on a country road, and we can't keep him. Approximately 8-10 weeks old, uses a litter box, good with people, dogs and other cats. If interested, contact Dan or Chivonne at 382-3172.
For rent: Updated three bedroom home available for rent no later than Jan. 1. Three and a half miles from Decorah on a hard surface road. $1,450 per month plus utilities. Photo and more information available online. Contact Traci, <[email protected]> or 380-5737.
For rent: One bedroom home located two blocks from downtown Decorah. All rooms are located on the main level. Stove and fridge are included, laundry hook-ups in the basement. $600 month. No pets or smoking. Email Tade <[email protected]> for a rental application.
For sale: Pork, in half or whole hog quantities; one and a half pigs still available. Raised in an indoor and outdoor environment with non-GMO feeds. To be processed at Protivin Locker in December/January. Contact Jodi, <enosbejo>, or John, 380-4185.
Free: Set of four used Nexen N5000 tires. Less than 15,000 miles on the tires, excellent tread remaining. These tires were on a Pontiac Vibe that had an accident last winter while the snow tires were on it. Contact Spencer, <spencer.martin>.
For sale: Two large Kelty backpacks that were used once for a backpacking trip in Europe some years ago. Excellent condition, $15 each. Contact Spencer, <spencer.martin>
For sale: Pedal board for guitar effects pedals. Pedal board is new, 32" x 16" and very solid. Asking only $25. If you want the Odyssey ATA flight case for it, I will sell both for only $150. Contact Tim, <schweizt> or 419-1886.
For sale: The time has come for me to part with my beloved. I simply cannot travel with my cello anymore. This cello has a vibrant tonal quality and a very rich overall sound. It is an Eastman Andreas VC 305 cello, made in 2008. It is a 4/4 (full size). Completely new synthetic strings as of August 2015. It would come with an Eastman bow as well as a soft case and rock stop. I paid around $2,000, I am asking $1,500 or best offer. Thank you for helping this cello find a good home. Contact Ian, <carsia01>, for pictures or to meet the cello in person.
Free event: Decorah Youth Choirs will host a choir open house and mini-concert with the members of the Ames Children's Chorus on Saturday, Oct. 24, at First Lutheran Church in Decorah. The open house begins at 1 p.m. and we invite all singers in grades K-8 to join us for a wonderful time of making music and new friends. At 3 p.m. the singers from Decorah Youth Choirs and the Ames Children's Chorus will provide a 30-minute program followed by a reception. The concert is open to the public with no charge for admission. For more information, contact Jennaya <robije01>.
Housing wanted: I'm a Seed Savers employee and summer cottage refugee for the winter. Does anybody have sabbatical leave or need someone to care for their place this winter or know anyone that does? I love pets and am a responsible 26-year-old gal. Contact Korbin, <[email protected]> or 538-1521.
Yoga in the classroom: Help us bring relaxation, focus and emotional health to Decorah schools with yoga videos and posters. Support this exciting project and receive fun perks! Contact Tabita, <tabita.green>, for more information.
In case you were curious, it's Squirrel Awareness Month as put on by the Squirrel Lovers Club, an international organization whose mission (according to their website) is to "encourage appreciation, kindness, and education in regard to animals, specifically squirrels."
"Living is no laughing matter: you must live with great seriousness like a squirrel for example - I mean without looking for something beyond and above living, I mean living must be your whole occupation."