Tuesday, Dec. 15

TUESDAY 12/15/15

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Benefits Study Group information sessions Dec. 15-16

The Benefits Study Group will host two information sessions for faculty and staff to hear an update about the initial recommendations that the group is considering for tuition and retirement benefits. Join Benefits Study Group members Eric Runestad, Derek Hartl and Scott Carlson from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15, or from 9-10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16, in the CFL Recital Hall.

Re-visioning of the Center for Ethics and Public Life

The planning group appointed to re-envision the Center for Ethics and Public Life has completed its work and submitted a report to President Carlson. A summary of their recommendations can be found on KATIE under the President's Office "Planning Documents" site. Questions or comments may be directed to Terry Sparkes, chair of the planning group. President Carlson will appoint a new director in early spring. A call for nominations will be issued soon.


Health care identification cards for 2016

Health care identification cards for 2016 have been mailed to the homes of Luther employees participating in the college health care plan. Those who did not receive their card(s) or need additional cards should contact Human Resources at 387-1134. Starting Jan. 1, 2016, remember to show the 2016 UMR identification card at the pharmacy and/or health care provider. Please destroy the Midwest Group Benefits card after Jan. 1.

Please complete the UMR Employee Questionnaire that was included in the mailing. Fax the form to UMR or send it to Human Resources and Human Resources will forward it to UMR.

Open enrollment deadline Dec. 15

Open enrollment is the annual opportunity to enroll in or make changes to health and dental plan elections, and to elect health or dependent care flexible spending accounts for 2016. Completed forms are due to the Human Resources office by Tuesday, Dec. 15. All forms are available on the HR website. Questions? Contact HR, 387-1134.

Sign up for an electronic W-2 form

All students, faculty and staff are encouraged to sign up to receive electronic versions of IRS Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement, using my.luther.edu. With an electronic W-2 form, employees receive their W-2 no matter where they are next semester with no risk that the W-2 will get lost or stolen, and if the W-2 is misplaced, it can easily be reprinted.

The W-2 Electronic Consent option is included in the employee profile section of my.luther.edu. Employees who chose the electronic W-2 option for 2014 do not need to do it again for 2015. Detailed instructions and additional information can be found by clicking the "W-2 Options" link on the HR website. Mac users: please do not use the "Preview" application to view your W-2. Remember, the electronic option is the sustainable option.

Hand deliver time cards to payroll by noon Dec. 21

The college will be closed Dec. 24-25 for the Christmas holiday. This holiday schedule limits time for processing bi-weekly payroll for the pay period ending Dec. 18 with a pay date of Dec. 30. Therefore, timecards for the pay period ending Dec. 18 will be due in the Payroll Office by noon Monday, Dec. 21.

Supervisors, please review and sign all time cards and hand deliver them to the Payroll Office by noon Monday, Dec. 21. Contact Korrine in the Payroll Office, 387-1135, or Andrew in the Office for Financial Services, 387-1697, with any questions.

Regents Center closed Friday morning

Facilities Services will shut off power in the Regents Center from 7-10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 18. The entire building will be closed, including the Legends Center and the natatorium/pool area.

Holiday closures

The college will be closed Thursday and Friday, Dec. 24-25, and Thursday and Friday, Dec. 31-Jan. 1. Enjoy the Christmas and New Year's holidays.

Farwell elevator unavailable during Christmas break

A reminder to faculty and staff that use the Farwell elevator: the residence halls will be closed over Christmas break. Farwell Hall will be locked at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 17, and will not reopen until 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 2. The Farwell elevator will not be accessible during this time.

Finals week and Christmas break hours

Regular hours resume Monday, Jan. 4.

Preus Library
Tuesday-Wednesday, Dec. 15-16: 7:30 a.m.-midnight
Thursday, Dec. 17: 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 18:
8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 19-20: Closed
Monday-Tuesday, Dec. 21-22:
8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 23:
8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Thursday-Sunday, Dec. 24-27:
Monday-Wednesday, Dec. 28-30: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 31-Sunday, Jan. 3: Closed

Legends Center
Tuesday-Wednesday, Dec. 15-16: 6 a.m.-9 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 17: 6 a.m.-2 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 18:
6-9 a.m., 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 19: 9 a.m.-noon
Sunday, Dec. 20: 2-5 p.m.
Monday-Wednesday, Dec. 21-23:
6-9 a.m., 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Thursday-Sunday, Dec. 24-27:
Monday-Thursday, Dec. 28-31: 6-9 a.m., 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 1: Closed
Saturday, Jan. 2:
9 a.m.-noon
Sunday, Jan. 3: 5-8 p.m.

Dahl Centennial Union and Welcome Desk
Thursday, Dec. 17: 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 18: 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 19-20: 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Monday-Wednesday, Dec. 21-23: 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Thursday-Friday, Dec. 24-25: Closed
Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 26-27: 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Monday-Wednesday, Dec. 28-30: 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 31-Friday, Jan. 1: Closed
Saturday-Sunday, Jan. 2-3: 8 a.m.-10 p.m.

Book Shop
Friday, Dec. 18: 8:45 a.m.-4:45 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 19-20: Closed
Monday-Wednesday, Dec. 21-23: 8:45 a.m.-4:45 p.m.
Thursday-Sunday, Dec. 24-27: Closed
Monday-Wednesday, Dec. 28-30: 8:45 a.m.-4:45 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 31-Sunday, Jan. 3: Closed

Oneota Market
Tuesday-Friday, Dec. 15-18
: 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Monday-Wednesday, Dec. 21-23
: 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Thursday-Sunday, Dec. 24-27
: Closed

Marty's, Nordic Brew, C-Store, and Grab-N-Go
Thursday, Dec. 17
: Closes at 5 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 18
-Sunday, Jan. 3: Closed

Sunnyside Cafe
Closed through Wednesday, Feb. 3.

Thursday, Dec. 17
: Closes at 6:30 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 18
-Sunday, Jan. 3: Closed

Mail Center/SPO
Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 19-20: Closed
Monday-Wednesday, Dec. 21-23: 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Thursday-Sunday, Dec. 24-27: Closed
Monday-Wednesday, Dec. 28-30: 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 31-Sunday, Jan. 3: Closed

'Soup's On!' cooks needed

The Diversity Center is still looking for volunteers to prepare a delicious soup for the upcoming "Soup's On!" event, an informal gathering of students, faculty, staff and Decorah community members. The next "Soup's On" event is Thursday, Jan. 14. Cooks are encouraged stay and enjoy the soup. This is a great chance to meet new people, and the Norse Knitters will be there to share their skills. If interested, contact Jake, <dyerja01>.

Soccer offers Winter Skills Clinic Jan. 17 and 24

The Luther men's and women's soccer programs are offering a Winter Skills Clinic on two consecutive Sunday afternoons, Jan. 17 and 24. Cost is $55 and includes a t-shirt. Registration deadline is Jan. 15. Clinic details and the registration form are available online.

2015-16 Luther College catalogs

2015-16 Luther College catalogs are being distributed to faculty and staff. Those who did not receive a catalog or need an additional catalog should contact the Registrar's Office, 387-1167. Extra copies are also available on the self-service counter located outside the Registrar's Office, Main 123.

Just Action's statement of solidarity with Muslims

The Just Action group would like to thank all of the individuals, departments and organizations who endorsed "Friendship Not Fear: Standing in Solidarity with Muslims at Luther College." The statement has received national attention and has inspired other institutions to follow suit. For anyone who still wants to endorse the statement, please visit the Just Action website.

Sustainability news: Classroom lights

The light fixtures in Luther's classrooms use extremely efficient lightbulbs and their effectiveness is increased when people only use the amount of light they need. Every classroom has multi-level switching so that people do not have to use all of the lightbulbs all the time. If a class only used the low-level light setting, over the course of a semester Luther would save 25 kilowatt hours of electricity compared to using high-level light settings.

New on luther.edu

On the Faculty Stories page, Derek Sweet, associate professor of communication studies, talks about how popular culture texts invite audiences to engage with contemporary political issues.

On the Internship Stories page, read about Ivy Truong's accounting internship with Abaco Machines in Paramount, California; Emily Holm's work with the Kids4Peace camp in Seattle; Melody Elele's work with customer service innovation for Fabric.com in Atlanta; and Hailee Feig's summer with Counseling Associates in Winona, Minnesota.

Inject a little movement into your day

Join Akimboo's Mindy Hanzlik for a short Sun Salutation at your desk. This version of the Sun Salutation incorporates leg lunges and easy push-ups utilizing a wall, desk or chair for gentle chest openers. Luther faculty and staff have a free subscription to Akimboo as part of Luther's wellness program.

'Wheel of Words' wellness initiative

"Wheel of Words" will begin on Jan. 1 with Vanna White returning for her fourth visit to Luther. This wellness initiative, which plays like "Wheel of Fortune," is designed to help students, faculty and staff keep their New Year's resolutions. For more information and to sign up, contact Vanna.

'Christmas at Luther' ornaments on sale

The 2015 "Christmas at Luther" ornament is available at the Book Shop or online for $20. Supplies are limited, and when they are gone, they are gone.

Purchase Norwegian meatballs for the holidays

Bring Norwegian meatballs with nutmeg gravy home for Christmas! The "Christmas at Luther" favorite is now available to take home for only $9.99 per dozen. Supplies are limited, so order online today. Orders must be picked up in the Dining Services office by noon Thursday, Dec. 17.



Worship services will not be held on campus during Christmas break. Chapel will resume Monday, Jan. 4, with the theme, "Light in the Darkness." The labyrinth will be set up for use in the CRH from 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Fridays during January Term. Sunday morning worship and Focus resume on Jan. 10. College Ministries wishes safe travels and a joyful and blessed Christmas and New Year to all!


Celebrations this week


Dec. 16: John Drilling, Jerome Hayek
Dec. 17: Karen Kerndt
Dec. 18: Bruce Larson
Dec. 19: Cindy Blue, Mary Weis, Melanie Malila
Dec. 20: Gregory Patton
Dec. 21: Kelsey Boyce, Diane Tappe
Dec. 22: Leah Broderick, Hongmei Yu, Alec Knop


Dec 15: Emily Neal, 10 years

Thank you

The Christmas staff meeting committee sends a big "thank you" for the generous donations to the Community Food Pantry at First Lutheran Church. Luther staff donated $380 at the Dec. 9 staff Christmas party.

New positions

Chauncy Eggland started her position as Book Shop marketing and merchandise buyer on Nov. 23. Her office is Dahl Centennial Union 103E, telephone 387-1448.

Shelly Glock started as custodial staff on Nov. 23. Her office is at Facilities Services, telephone 387-1145.

Cassie Peterson began her position as assistant swim coach and assistant aquatics director on Nov. 18. Her office is Regents Center 10A, telephone 387-1578.

Cara Langston began her position as public services specialist on Nov. 30. Her office is Preus Library 205, telephone 387-2077.

Job openings

Custodian: The custodial department has an opening for a full-time, 12-month position. General custodial responsibilities include overall appearance of assigned academic and residence hall building(s). Hours will generally be 2-10 p.m. Monday-Friday. Some weekend work may be required. Must be able to work with little supervision, complete work thoroughly and promptly and be self-motivated. High school diploma or equivalent required.

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


Dan Davis' peer-reviewed article on the damage to ancient shipwrecks caused by bottom trawl fishing rigs was published in the journal Marine Geology.

Alfredo Alonso Estenoz's poem "Ingeborga Dapkunaite" appeared in the latest issue of the Cuban journal Casa de las Américas.

Thomas C. Johnson and Jason Moyer, Malone University, published a case study, "Interfaith Divisions at Southern State University," in the book, "Casing Sport Communication" (2015).


For rent: Gorgeous, updated two-bedroom apartment available at 222 1/2 East Water St. Upstairs apartment with all new stainless steel appliances and hardwood floors, overlooks downtown. Huge back deck with great view of bluffs. Large eat-in kitchen, sunny living room and great built-ins. Rent is $900. No pets/no smoking. Contact Shawna Todd, (612) 363-6135.

For sale: PlayStation 3 Slim with various games. $150. Contact Aaron, <lurtaa01>.

For sale: IKEA Galant corner desk-right. Birch veneer with silver "T" legs. Adjustable height with table top corner 63 x 47 inches. Excellent condition. Asking $75; purchased new for $250. Call 382-4067 and leave a message for Greg.

For sale: Gently used sound system. Includes two Peavy speakers, two Peavy 1,000 watt monitors, one mixer (Peavy XR684) and manuals. Asking $300. Contact Erik, 387-0837.

Free: Augsburg Fortress Publishing's 2016 Appointment Book, aka the "Little Red Book." Convenient shirt pocket size with red leather-like cover. Has day-by-day notes pages; six pages for phone numbers and additional notes; and single page calendars for 2015, 2016 and 2017. Retails for $10, but I want to give this to someone who could make use of it. Would make a great stocking stuffer. As it is FREE, there is no haggling on price! Contact Dennis, <magnusde>.

Benefit concerts: Burning Bright, a group of Decorah-area professional and amateur musicians, will perform their annual holiday benefit concert, "All Before Me Peaceful," at 5 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, at First United Methodist Church, 302 West Broadway St. This year's concert includes adult and children's voices and various instruments performing pieces from a variety of traditions, both sacred and secular. Tickets are on sale at the Oneota Community Food Co-op; suggested donation is $12, with a minimum of $6. Tickets may also be purchased at the door. Advance purchase is recommended since performances often sell out. Proceeds from this year's concert will be donated to the Community Food Pantry at First Lutheran Church, Project Care, Path to Citizenship, and the Northeast Iowa Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. For more information, contact Kathy, <reedmaka>.

Found: A phone was found in the grassy area behind the Olin Building on Monday, Nov. 30. Please go to the administrative office on the third floor of Olin to identify and claim.

Babysitter/pet sitter available: First-year student on winter break from the University of Iowa looking for babysitting, pet sitting, house sitting or other jobs. Available Dec. 19-Jan. 15. From Decorah, very responsible, can provide references. Please email inquiries to Molly, [email protected].

For sale: Brand new GoPro Hero 3, never been used. $260. Contact Shelby, <nelssh05>.

For sale: Slumberland sofa sleeper, in excellent condition. $200 or best offer. You haul. Located in Caledonia, Minnesota. Contact Melissa, <bothme01>, to see a picture.

For sale: Paul Reed Smith SE Standard electric guitar. F14613. Matte vintage cherry. $300. Like new. Contact Maryna, <bazyma01>.

For sale: Alvarez Regent acoustic guitar RD8 with case, extra strings, tuner and assorted picks included. $120. Contact Maryna, <bazyma01>.

For sale: Peavey Foundation bass guitar. Has cosmetic scratches, but plays very well. Shipped from factory on Dec. 12, 1995. Asking $125. Comes with soft case and guitar stand. Contact Tim, <schweizt> or 419-1886.

For sale: Salomon XScream 179 cm Prolink downhill skis with Salomon S710 bindings. Includes two Rosignol Quantum poles. Asking $75. Contact Tim, <schweizt> or 419-1886.

For sale: Seasoned oak and cherry firewood. Easy pickup, in town by hard surface road. Best offer. Contact Dave, 380-3939.


And finally...

Kwanzaa is a week-long celebration that begins Dec. 26 and ends Jan. 1. The celebration honors African heritage in African-American culture. Kwanzaa celebrates the seven principles of Kwanzaa, or Nguzo Saba:

  • Umoja (Unity): To strive for and to maintain unity in the family, community, nation and race.
  • Kujichagulia (Self-Determination): To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves and speak for ourselves.
  • Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility): To build and maintain our community together and make our brothers' and sisters' problems our problems, and to solve them together.
  • Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics): To build and maintain our own stores, shops and other businesses and to profit from them together.
  • Nia (Purpose): To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.
  • Kuumba (Creativity): To do always as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it.
  • Imani (Faith): To believe with all our hearts in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.
  • So powerful is the light of unity that it can illuminate the whole earth.