Tuesday, Oct. 27

TUESDAY 10/27/15

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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.


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

For complete information about the process and the application form, see the HR benefits website. Contact Scot Schaeffer, <schasc01> or 387-1430, with questions.

Regents Center closing early Oct. 30

The Regents Center will close at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, in advance of the MKTO concert. The main gym will be closed all day Friday for concert preparation, and the women's HPE/pool locker room will close at 1 p.m. The Legends Center will be accessible from 4-6 p.m. via the external door. Normal building hours will resume Saturday, Oct. 31.

Davis Projects for Peace

Luther has been invited to participate in the summer 2016 Davis Projects for Peace. Since 2007, Luther students have carried out summer peace projects in 12 different countries around the world.  

Luther students (working alone or in groups) interested in designing and implementing their own grassroots projects for peace are encouraged to submit proposals of three pages or less by Jan. 11. Each project selected receives funding of $10,000.   

For additional details and application information, contact Jon Lund, Luther's Davis United World College Scholars Program campus contact, <lundjon>, or Terry Sparkes, director of College Honors, <sparkete>.

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.

Faculty/staff pilates starts Nov. 2

Join Bridgette Mitchell for a six-week pilates session Nov. 2-Dec. 14. Class is offered Mondays from noon-1 p.m. in Studio II in the CFA. Modifications are offered for all fitness levels. Cost for the six-week session is $24 and includes a Nov. 23 free bonus class.  Register by emailing Bridgette, <[email protected]>.

Tone Zone class

Tone Zone class is held from 11:30 a.m.-noon Tuesday and Thursday in the Regents Center dance studio. All are welcome to join the class when it fits into your schedule for a 25 minute workout! 

LIS tip: Lock your devices

Always lock your screen when you are done with a device to avoid people seeing your screen. For example, Windows + L will quickly lock your Windows computer. For more locking tips on different types of devices, visit http://www.luther.edu/helpdesk/tips.

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 Health Service, or two tickets to Imani Winds or Wu Man and the 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 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/academics/dean/honors/grants/NCUR/

New on luther.edu

Jesse Hitz Graff '16 spent last summer learning about the effects of friction at microscopic levels with Erin Flater '01, associate professor of physics. Read about his experience on the Undergraduate Research page.

On the Internship Stories page, read about the Little Shop of Horrors where Maggie Mae Sulentic spent her summer, Elaena Hoekstra's time as a summer theatre marketing intern, Brian Paulsrud's work with Gundersen Health System's business and sustainability departments and Ian Macpherson's experience with Olmstead Medical Center and the Rochester Honkers.

Plus, Thomas Sines '08, talks about how Luther prepared him for a law career.

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.

Akimboo's October challenge

Win a free private session with Amanda Rhine from Discover Happy Pilates Studio in Decorah. Every time you watch an Akimboo.com stretching or guided meditation video through October your name will be entered to win​!​​ Try this two minute Movement to Reduce Low Back Pain at Your Desk.


Chapel this week

Wednesday, Oct. 28: Ann Landstrom
Friday, Oct. 30
: Mark Johns, Norsemen
Monday, Nov. 2
: All Saints Day Chapel

Home sporting events this week

Oct. 29: Swimming and Diving vs. Morningside College, women and men at 5 p.m.

Events this week

Tuesday, Oct. 27: Panel discussion, mass violence and media, 4 p.m., Olin 102; Faculty recital, Jon Ailabouni, 7:30 p.m., Noble Recital Hall; Guest lecture, Mark Schultz, 7:30 p.m., CFL Main Hall
Thursday, Oct. 29: Hispanic Heritage Celebration, 6:30-8 p.m., Hammarskjold Lounge
Friday, Oct. 30: Haunted Lab, 6-8 p.m., Valders (east wing, lower level); SAC Concerts, MKTO with opening act Hippo Campus, 7 p.m., Regents Center
Saturday, Oct. 31: Haunted Lab, 1-4 p.m., Valders (east wing, lower level); Faculty recital, Xiao Hu and Spencer Martin, 2 p.m., Noble Recital Hall; Residence hall trick-or-treating, 5:30-7:30 p.m., in Brandt, Olson and Ylvisaker
Monday, Nov. 2: Song Jam concert, 5:15 p.m., CFL Recital Hall

'Impermanence' on display during J-term

It was announced at the Oen Fellows presentation on Oct. 20 that a smaller four channel version of the 16-channel "Impermanence" exhibit by David and Hi-Jin Kang Hodge would be installed in the Centennial Union gallery beginning Oct. 23. The exhibit will now be installed in the Wigley-Fleming Gallery in the Center for the Arts during J-term 2016. David and Hi-Jin Kang Hodge wish to express their appreciation to the Luther College community for welcoming them as 2015 Oen Fellows, and they hope the Luther and Decorah community enjoy their exhibit. More information on the "Impermanence" exhibit can be found at: http://www.davidandhijin.com/2006/06/impermanence/.

Just Action series: Mass violence and media panel discussion Oct. 27

The Luther community is invited to attend the panel discussion "Guys and Guns: Perspectives on Mass Violence, Media and the U.S." at 4 p.m Tuesday, Oct. 27, in Olin 102. Panelists include Joseph Kremer, Stephanie Travers, Wintlett Taylor-Browne, Bob Harri and Jorge Loyo.

FAS: Jon Ailabouni trumpet recital Oct. 27

Jon Ailabouni will perform a jazz recital at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27, in the Noble Recital Hall. Joining Ailabouni will be three rising talents from the Twin Cities: Joe Strachan, piano; Ted Olsen '14, bass; and Lars-Erik Larson '10, drums. The quartet will explore jazz compositions spanning eras from the 1930s to the 1970s. 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.

Hispanic Heritage Celebration Oct. 29

Join the Diversity Center, HOLA-Enlaces and the Modern Languages, Literatures and Linguistics department to recognize the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States and celebrate the group's heritage and culture. Visitors of all ages are invited to attend the celebration any time between 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, in Hammarskjold Lounge. The event is open to the public with no charge for admission. Appetizers and beverages will be served; please RSVP online

Book Shop Halloween promo

On Friday, Oct. 30, stop by the Book Shop and show us that you follow the store on Instagram and receive a coupon for 25 percent off one item (some exclusions will apply).

Student recitals

Emma Tebben '16 will perform a cello recital at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30.

Kierra Blackstad '17 will perform an oboe recital at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1.

Kristin Housholder '16 will perform a soprano recital at 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1.

Frederick Scaife '16 will perform a baritone recital at 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1.  

Student recitals are held in the Noble Recital Hall and are followed by a reception. Both the recitals and receptions are open to the public with no charge for admission.

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).

Xiao Hu and Spencer Martin to perform piano-viola recital Oct. 31

With a varied program ranging from 18th century Austria to 21st century America, Xiao Hu and Spencer Martin will perform a piano and viola recital at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, in the Noble Recital Hall. The recital is open to the public with no charge for admission. 

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.

Song Jam performance Nov. 2

Luther's Song Jam concert series presents a program dedicated to art songs by women composers at 5:15 p.m. Monday, Nov. 2, in the CFL Recital Hall. The performance features Jessica Paul, Beth Ray Westlund, Jennaya Robison, Andrew Last and 10 Luther students. The performance is open to the public with no charge for admission.

Keep It Going event: A campus conversation on Islamophobia, education and civil rights

The Luther community is invited to reflect on the arrest of Ahmed Mohamed, a 14-year-old Muslim student in Texas, at 7 p.m Tuesday, Nov. 3, in Marty's. A panel with Todd Green, Jeannette Pillsbury and students will open conversation around this event and what it means for Luther students. The discussion will encourage reflection on our education and justice systems. The conversation will be moderated by Robert Shedinger.

Varsity Band and Wind and Percussion Ensemble concert Nov. 4

Varsity Band and the Wind and Percussion Ensemble will present a fall concert at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4, in the CFL Main Hall. The concert is open to the public with no charge for admission.

Center Stage Series: Sibling piano quintet The 5 Browns will perform at Luther Nov. 6

Waking up classical music with their fresh energy and dynamic sound, sibling piano quintet The 5 Browns will perform as part of the Center Stage Series at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6, in the CFL Main Hall. Tickets, on sale in Luther's Ticket Office, are $26 for adults, $24 for seniors age 65 and over and $15 for youth ages 4-18.

Financial Aid 101: Demystifying and understanding Luther's process

The financial aid arms race seems to be on everyone's radar if you work in higher education. Interested in learning about the financial aid process and how we award aid at Luther? Please join Jan Cordell, director of Financial Aid, and Scot Schaeffer, vice president for Enrollment Management, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10, or from 9-10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11, in the CFL Recital Hall.

'Yellowstone and Yosemite' exhibit by Pamela Kendall Schiffer on display in CFA

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


Celebrations this week


Oct. 27: Judy Boese, Travis Goettl
Oct. 28: Stephanie Desisto
Oct. 29: Joy Conrad, Scott Hurley
Oct. 31: Tracy Elsbernd, Joni Rollinger, Steve Busta
Nov. 1: Mike Blair, Don Jones
Nov. 2: David Njus

Thank you

Thank you all for the many, varied, and welcome expressions of sympathy I have received from you following my father's death on October 1. I am lucky to be surrounded by such supportive friends.

-Amy Weldon

I would like to thank everyone for the kindness they have shown my family since the death of my wife Alison. We are blessed to live in such a caring community.

-Philip Freeman

Job opening

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.hiretouch.com.


Ginger Meyette's lesson plan, titled "Understanding LGBTQ Elders," has been accepted for publication in the Center for Sex Education's first-ever manual on sexual orientation. The manual will be published in spring 2016.

Holly Moore presented "Lugones and Anaxagoras on the Pluralist Ontology of Separation" at the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy conference in Atlanta. The paper was part of a panel Moore organized in order to explore the usefulness of traditional ontological frameworks drawn from the history of philosophy for addressing issues in contemporary political theory.

William Kuhlman played the dedication recital on the Hendrickson pipe organ at First Lutheran Church in Cresco on Sunday, Oct. 4. The range of works included pieces from the Baroque period through Charles Gounod and Percy Grainger.


For rent: College-owned two bedroom, one bath apartment for rent. New linoleum and carpet, located close to campus. Rent is $530 a month plus electric. Water and cable included. Contact Ivan, <hackiv01> or 387-1668.

For rent: Three to four bedroom house for rent at 412 Winnebago St. Two and a half baths, hardwood floors throughout. The home has a main-level master suite with private bath. Stove, refrigerator, washer and dryer are provided. This house is only blocks away from the downtown area, schools and trails. The yard is fenced and pets will be allowed with references. Rent is $750 per month. Email Tade, [email protected], for a rental application.

For sale: 2008 Ford Fusion with black exterior, tan interior and new tires. 103,000 miles. Great car, just switching to SUV. Asking $7,500 or best offer. Email Sheena <tollsh01> for pictures. For more information, call Adam, (507) 459-5040. 

For sale: As LIS collects used technology equipment that has served its purpose on campus, we list these items for sale in a buy-it-now approach. This sale is open to the general public. A current list of items, purchasing guidelines and general information is available online. Items change as our inventory changes. Pickup point is Preus Library 221, where items are acquired and a disclaimer signed.

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.

Beer drinkers and faith thinkers wanted: A group of young adults (post-college) gathers on the first Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. at T-Bocks to hang out and have conversation about faith and life. Join us at our next meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 3. Contact Matt <bills> with questions.


And finally...

Halloween is this weekend; be safe and help kids be safe while out trick-or-treating!

"Halloween was confusing. All my life my parents said, 'Never take candy from strangers.' And then they dressed me up and said, 'Go beg for it.' I didn't know what to do! I'd knock on people's doors and go, 'Trick or treat.' 'No thank you.'"

-Rita Rudner