Tuesday, February 28

TUESDAY 2/28/17

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Scholar Day thank you

Thank you to the faculty, staff and students who helped make our Scholar Days a great success. We have received very positive comments from our prospective students and their families on what an amazing time they had on campus. You're the best and thanks again!

-Enrollment Management team


Student Research Symposium call for applications

The Honors Advisory Committee is pleased to announce the call for applications for the annual Luther College Student Research Symposium, which will be held Friday, May 5. Encourage students to submit proposals and find information at www.luther.edu/symposium.

Open portrait day reminder

Open portrait day is 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month in the Media Relations office, Union 213. Professional head shots are free for staff, faculty and students; passport photos are $5. It is important to remind students that need passport photos and head shots to plan ahead and attend an open portrait day before the approaching deadlines.

Upcoming open portrait days include:

  • Thursday, March 9
  • Thursday, April 13
  • Thursday, May 11 

All-college summer reading

"There Was and There Was Not" has been selected as the 2017 all-college summer reading. Author Meline Toumani writes about her move to Istanbul to try to understand the legacy of the 1915 Armenian genocide, discovering how we can see humanity in those with whom we are at odds. Copies will soon be available at the Book Shop with no charge to faculty and staff.

ICF McElroy student/faculty research call for proposals

Iowa College Foundation McElroy Trust Student/Faculty Research Project internal proposals for 2017-18 are due April 12. Student participants must be juniors or seniors in fall 2017. Applications require dual authorship by the proposing student, or team of students, and a sponsoring faculty member. Funds may be used to support all expenses of a credible research project except faculty stipends. The maximum award is $2,000. Luther is eligible to submit up to four proposals. Forms are available in the Dean's Office, Union 262 or by email, <brandtja>.

Luther employee commuting habits

Information about employee commuting habits is an important part of Luther's Carbon Footprint and Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System Report. Please take two minutes and tell Sustainability how you get to work via the employee commuting survey. Sustainability would appreciate responses by March 1.

Community Table

The Community Table is a great place for students to meet new people and enjoy a technology-free conversation with fellow Norse. Encourage students to eat at the community table at 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays during the academic year beginning March 6. The can look for the table sign, sit down and enjoy.

Safety tip from the Risk Management and Safety Committee

Don't be scammed by the scam artist! In the midst of income tax season, be wary of anyone calling claiming to be the IRS. Sometimes these callers are aggressive and threatening, so such a call is received, hang up. Do not give out any personally identifiable information. The IRS will contact taxpayers via mail and never by telephone.

Community Supported Agriculture rebates are back

Eat well and support local farmers: employee households are eligible to receive up to $100 towards the purchase of a Community Supported Agriculture share in 2017. A list of participating CSA Farms and share options can be found online. There's something for everyone! Email <sustainability> with questions.

Seeking recommendations for class of 2017 profiles

The Luther Alumni Magazine will profile eight students from the class of 2017 in this fall's issue. We're looking for students who, together, represent a wide range of majors, interests, backgrounds and post-Luther plans. Please send profile suggestions to <magazine> by March 1. Please also tell us why you are recommending the student or students.

Ash Wednesday meal in the Caf

Ash Wednesday dinner in the Cafeteria on Wednesday, March 1, is extra special with a herb crusted salmon meal for an extra $5. The salmon will be served with roasted garlic beurre blanc, grilled asparagus, roasted cherry tomatoes and creamy Parmesan polenta. Normal menu options will also be available.

Luther baseball: Vs. Cancer Foundation fundraiser

Luther's baseball program is partnering up with the Vs. Cancer Foundation to help raise money for kids' cancer research. Visit the donation page to donate and spread the word! Luther baseball will also host a game dedicated to spreading awareness at 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 2, against Dubuque at home. 

National Library Week 'READ' poster submissions

Preus Library is accepting entries from the community to be featured in "READ" posters in celebration of National Library Week April 9-15. Community members are encouraged to email <reading> and talk about why libraries are important to them. Winners will be featured in their own "READ" poster that they can keep! Examples can be viewed online; submissions can be from individuals or small groups. Luther's celebration of National Library Week is sponsored by the Library.

New at luther.edu

On the Alumni Profile page,Krista Wahlstrom '15 talks about working in a lab that studies drug addiction and learning/memory. "My biology degree provided me with the perfect path to pursue neuroscience," she says.

Michael Toso '04 discusses his work designing, monitoring and evaluating social and behavior change communication programs, including providing support to malaria programs in Nigeria and Mozambique.

What really happens in class? Read what professors and students say about the Intro to Opera Performance and Culture of Capitalismcourses. Emily Schlabach, who interned at Lanesboro Arts in January, is a new entry on theInternship Stories page.


Chapel this week

Wednesday, March 1: Ash Wednesday Prayer Service
Friday, March 3: Hans Peterson '90
Monday, March 6: Lise Kildegaard '90

Events this week

Feb. 28: National TRIO Day open house, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Preus Library lower level; SAC Leadership: Chris Norton, "The Power to Stand," 7:30 p.m., CFL Main Hall
March 1: Ash Wednesday service, 7 p.m., CFL Main Hall; Theatre Performance: 'The Nether' by Jennifer Haley, 9 p.m. Jewel Theatre, CFA
March 2: Concert: Hans Peterson '90, 7 p.m. Marty's, Union; Theatre Performance: 'The Nether' by Jennifer Haley, 7:30 p.m. Jewel Theatre, CFA; Concerto Contest Finalist Recital, 7:30 p.m., NRH
March 3: Theatre Performance: 'The Nether' by Jennifer Haley, 7:30 p.m. Jewel Theatre, CFA
March 4: Theatre Performance: 'The Nether' by Jennifer Haley, 1:30 p.m., Jewel Theatre, CFA; Center Stage Series: The Nile Project, 7:30 p.m., CFL Main Hall
March 5: Faculty Artist Series: Igor Kalnin with Rochelle Sennet, violin and piano, 4 p.m., NRH
March 7: Sihler Lecture: Margot Fassler, 7:30 p.m., CFL Recital Hall

Student recitals

Adrian Spencer '18 and Marie Sauze '18, will perform a voice recital at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 4.

Emily Chlapik '17 and Margaret Priola '17 will perform a voice recital at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 4.

Elena Zarecky '17 will perform a tuba recital at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 11.

Elizabeth Budahn, Luther '18, will present a voice recital at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 11.

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

National TRIO Day open house

Please join the staff and students of the TRIO Achievement Program for an open house today, Tuesday, Feb. 28. In celebration of National TRIO Day, the community is invited to come by TRIO's new space on the lower level of Preus Library between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Learn more about TRIO and what it does, plus enjoy tasty treats and register for door prizes.

Chris Norton: The Power to Stand

SAC Leadership presents Luther alumnus Chris Norton. Chris Norton is a keynote speaker and author who calls upon audiences to focus on response instead of situation, and to be defined by attitude rather than circumstance. Chris will speak at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28 in the CFL Main Hall, with a question and answer session to follow his talk. Tickets available for $5 at the at Ticket Office. Please note the change of location from last week's Tuesday ad.

Ash Wednesday service

The community is invited to gather at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 1, in the CFL Main Hall for an ecumenical Ash Wednesday service. Join College Ministries as we begin the Lenten season with the imposition of ashes and sharing Holy Communion.

The Nile Project panel discussion 

In addition to their Saturday performance, the Nile Project's Mina Girgis, producer and CEO, will deliver a lecture demonstration with musicians of the Nile Project at 3 p.m. Friday, March 3, in the CFL Recital Hall. The demonstration lecture, led by Girgis and Nile Project musicians, will begin with a discussion of how the group's creative process relates to the efforts of diplomats and water professionals in finding solutions to hydropolitical issues in the Nile region. In the second half of the lecture, Nile Project musicians will demonstrate the composition process used in the group. The lecture/musical demonstration is open to the public with no charge for admission.

Center Stage Series: The Nile Project

The Nile Project, a cross-cultural collaboration that brings artists from 11 Nile countries together for a musical celebration of Nile identity, will perform at Luther at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 4, in the CFL Main Hall. Part environmental awareness initiative, part musical collaboration, the 35-member collective comes together from 11 different East African countries to create a unified sound while maintaining each country's unique culture and musical tradition. Tickets for the Center Stage Series performance of The Nile Project, on sale in Luther's Ticket Office, may be purchased online at http://www.tickets.luther.edu/ or via the Luther Ticket Office.

Faculty Artist Series: Igor Kalnin with Rochelle Sennet

Igor Kalnin will be joined by guest pianist Rochelle Sennet to perform as Duo MemDi at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 5. Kalnin and Sennet will perform works by Saint-Saëns, Jeffrey Mumford, Paganini and César Frank. Part of Luther's Faculty Artist Series, the recital will be held in the NRH and is open to the public with no charge for admission.   

Margot Fassler: 'Cosmos and Creation'

Author and sacred music historian, Margot Fassler, will deliver a lecture at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 7, in the CRH. The lecture, titled "Hildegard's Chants for Cosmos and Creation" will focus on the works of Hildegard of Bingen, a nun and scientist. The lecture is open to the public with no charge for admission.

Center for Ethics and Public Engagement TEDTalks

Join the Center for Ethics and Public Engagement at 9:45-10:45 a.m. Thursday, March 9 in Valders 262 for a screening of the TEDTalk by Oxford Professor Alexander Betts, "Our refugee system is failing. Here's how we can fix it." A discussion of Betts' ideas and their implications for the current refugee crisis in the EU will follow the 20-minute talk. Please note the change in location from Hovde Lounge to Valders 262.

Emeriti Colloquia: 'Anderson Prairie: Its Role in Luther's Education Mission'

Kirk Larsen will give a presentation on Anderson Prairie titled "Anderson Prairie: Its Role in Luther's Education Mission" at 3 p.m. Thursday, March 9, in the Mott Room. Larsen will discuss the history of the prairie and its impact on the community. He will emphasize the ecosystem services that the prairie provides to Decorah. The presentation is open to the public with no charge for admission.

CEPE pop-up programming: 'Masculinity in the Locker Room'

Join the Center for Ethics and Public Engagement for live streaming of a talk by Wade Davis, a former NFL player, writer and educator on gender, race and orientation equality. Wade Davis is the NFL's first LGBT Diversity and Inclusion consultant and the executive director of the You Can Play Project, an organization dedicated to ending discrimination, sexism and homophobia in sports. St. Olaf will host Davis which CEPE will stream starting at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 9, in Hovde Lounge. More information can be found online. Contact Victoria Christman, <victoria.christman>, with questions.

Religion Forum: 'Colonial Differencing: The Untold Story'

The Religion Forum featuring visiting assistant professor of religion R. W. Wafula will be held 6-7 p.m. Thursday, March 9, in CRH. His lecture, "Colonial Differencing: The Untold Story," will explore how colonial narratives have, over the last 500 years, created an unassailable epistemological racism. Wafula will draw from his 2016 book, "Knowledge Activism Beyond Theory: A Worldwide Call to Action." The forum is open to the public with no charge for admission; a reception will follow in Qualley Lounge.

Lecture on self-censorship and politics

Independent journalist Jyoti Thottam will give the lecture "India's News Media in the Era of Right-Wing Populism," at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 9, in Olin 102. Since the election of a decidedly right-wing government in 2014, the Indian media have engaged in self-censorship that avoids conflict or promotes government's agenda. The lecture will also evaluate the possibility of the emergence of a similar relationship in the United States. Thottam has held senior positions at Time magazine, Al-Jazeera America and the US Fund for UNICEF.

Center Stage Series: Shaolin Warriors

Center Stage Series presents "Shaolin Warriors," a wildly popular theatrical experience representing over a thousand years of Chinese martial arts culture. The performance takes place at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 11, in the Main Hall of the CFL. Tickets, on sale in Luther's Ticket Office, are $28 for adults, $26 for seniors age 65 and over and $15 for youth ages 4-18, and may be purchased online or via the Luther Ticket Office.


Celebrations this week


Feb. 28: Jodi Enos-Berlage, Jon Lund
March 1: Geri Tlusty, David Peterson
March 2: John Strauss
March 3: Kathryn McIntyre
March 4: Nan Hibbs
March 5: Lane Schwarz, Derek Hartl, Michael Elliott
March 6: Paul Mattson, James Swanson


March 1: Paul Mattson, 5 years

New titles

As of Feb. 1, Travis Huinker's new title is Web Designer and Brian Jones is the Senior Web Software Developer.

Job postings

Counseling Services administrative assistant: 10-month, .83 FTE administrative assistant to provide support to the Counseling Service. The administrative assistant is a critical member of the Counseling Service team as the first person to respond to students, faculty, staff, parents, concerned friends and off-campus professionals seeking assistance from the office. The assistant directly responds to requests for crisis intervention, counseling appointments, consultation, resources and information, and the assistant has a role in managing most dimensions of the counseling program, including the electronic client record system. High school diploma or equivalent and at least one year administrative assistant experience required as well as computer and customer service skills. Experience in a college setting is helpful. 

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.


Diane Scholl's poem, "Closing," appears in the Winter 2017 issue of The Sow's Ear Poetry Review.

At the Association of Lutheran Development Executives' international conference in Norfolk, VA the week of Feb. 12, Jeanie Lovell presented as part of a panel about women and philanthropy, and Bethany Krepela presented as part of a panel on fundraising, faith and vocation. Krepela was elected to serve a second term on ALDE's board of directors.

Kate Narveson presented her paper, "Prayer and Contingency in 'The Devotions upon Emergent Occasions.'" at the 32nd annual conference of the John Donne Society in Baton Rouge, Feb. 16-19.  She will assume her role as associate editor of the Commentaries section of the religious poems volume of the Donne Variorum, an National Endowment for the Humanities-funded project to produce a scholarly text and commentary of Donne's complete poems.

Xiao Hu and Du Huang presented piano duo recitals at Viterbo University in La Crosse, Wisconsin, and the First Presbyterian Church in Rochester, Minnesota. Their concert program included works by Bach, Brahms, Gluck, Chopin and by contemporary composers Terry Riley and Chen Yi.

Alfred Beseler's article, "My First Conduct Meeting: Reflections Five Years Late" appears in the spring addition of the Association of College and University Housing Officers, Upper Midwest Regions Perspectives magazine. The article examines the importance of the conduct meeting both for the student and for the student affairs professional. 

Dean Vesperman and several students Kailee Keyser '18, Maddie Kieler '18, Morgan Benthin '18 and Bailey Smith '18 presented on using literacy strategies at the Minnesota Council of Social Studies Feb. 26-27 in Mankato, Minnesota.


Babysitter wanted: Luther alumna looking for someone to watch two kids in Decorah this summer, hours are 8 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Monday-Friday. No evenings or weekends. Contact Alyce, 379-2151.

For sale: Timeless two-story home on picturesque tree-lined street located at 408 5th Avenue. Walking distance to Luther, downtown and Upper Iowa River bike trail. Four bedrooms, three and a half bathrooms, large master bedroom, central air. Contact Ruth, 382-3268.

For sale: White 2000 Corolla CE with 117,700 miles. Car is reliable and includes five-speed manual, cruise control, air conditioning, AM and FM radio, casette player and tinted rear windows. Gets 35 mpg and includes four mounted snow tires. Asking $1,600, contact Eric at <baacer01> or 382-4085.

For sale: 16-by-8 foot ribbed steel, uninsulated, white overhead garage door with installation hardware. Very good condition. Asking $75. Contact Kim O'Brien, 380-8561.


And finally...

Tuesday, Feb. 28 is Mardi Gras! Mardi Gras is french for "Fat Tuesday," reflecting the practice of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of Lent.

In the spirit of the raucous celebration of Mardi Gras, "Laissez les bons temps rouler!" (Let the good times roll.)