Tuesday, March 7

TUESDAY 3/7/17

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Giving Day 2017

Giving Day, a 15-hour fundraising event to support the Annual Fund at Luther, will be held Thursday, March 9. The day features a simultaneous 12-hour live feed bringing entertainment, engaging stories and information from students, faculty and staff across campus to Luther family and friends across the globe. The community is invited to make a gift, view the live feed and get real-time updates on Giving Day online. Different challenges are posted throughout the day on Luther's Facebook page, Twitter feed and Instagram feed. Observers can also view posts on Tagboard, and can participate in challenges and events throughout the day using #luthergives17 on social media.

Admissions report available via KATIE

The monthly admissions report is now available in KATIE. Luther faculty and staff can access the report via KATIE approximately one week after the end of each month. To view the report, search for "enrollment data" in the Search Courses box in the upper-right corner of any KATIE page. If prompted to enroll, accept.

TRIO open house thank you 

Thanks for attending the TRIO open house! TRIO emerged from an understanding that first-generation, income-eligible students need more than financial aid to overcome systemic obstacles to college access and completion. National TRIO Day is meant to focus the nation's attention on the needs of youth aspiring to improve their lives if they are to become contributing citizens of the country, and to the talent which will be wasted if that investment is not made.

Legends open house fitness sessions 

Those interested in improving health and fitness, but are unsure where to start or looking for some help should attend the March Legends open house sessions from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, March 8 and 29, in Legends. Wellness staff will be available to answer questions, demonstrate exercises and equipment, and give professional health and fitness advice. Email <wellness> to schedule a time slot.

Krahn Family Student Life Service Award

Nominations for the Krahn Family Student Life Service Award must be current sophomore and junior students who have demonstrated a strong contribution to campus life in a way that embraces the spirit and mission of Luther College. Any student, faculty or staff member may nominate a student. This award is designed to recognize a student who makes a positive impact on student life. The $1,000 award is expected to be over and above any financial assistance a student receives. The nomination form can be found here.

Kuh Family 'Positively Luther' Award

The Kuh Family "Positively Luther" award is given each year to a student whose character, leadership and participation in co-curricular and other educationally purposeful activities enhance the quality of campus life. The recipient must be in good academic standing with a demonstrated need for financial assistance. This $5,000 award is expected to be over and above the financial aid package offered by the college. Students may apply for this award through March 31.

Luther presents X Ambassadors

Student Activities Council�Concert Committee presents "An Evening with X Ambassadors" at 8 p.m. Friday, April 21, in the Regents Center. Doors open at 7:15 p.m. Tickets are $45 and can be purchased online or via the Luther Ticket Office, (563) 387-1357 or <boxoffice>. With lead singer Sam Harris and his older brother Casey on keyboard, Noah Feldshuh on lead guitar and bass, and drummer Adam Levin, X Ambassadors has climbed the charts with no sign of slowing down. The group is known for their singles "Renegades" and "Unsteady."

Thank you from the Career Center

The Career Center would like to thank the Luther community for its support of the March 2 Spring Career Fair, as well as the other career fairs on campus this academic year. We greatly appreciated faculty and staff encouraging to students to attend! Many representatives from a wide variety of organizations commented on the quality of students they visited with as well as the beauty of our campus. This year, a total of 215 organizations attended the fairs to visit with students about graduate school, summer jobs, internships and full-time career opportunities.

'A Limit of Coot'

"A Limit of Coot," a collection of essays and short stories by Jerry Johnson, retired director of public information, is now available at Luther Book Shop in the Union and at Dragonfly Books in Decorah. Published in February, "A Limit of Coot" is the fourth and final book in the Old Coot series. Aaron Lurth '08, designed the covers for the Old Coot series. Dragonfly Books will host a reading and book signing with the author at 7 p.m. Monday, April 3.

Not Quite Free Lunch for employees

Tuesday, March 14, join Wellness for the monthly NQFL for Luther employees. Boost social and emotional wellness by getting away from the typical work space and mingling with folks from across campus. Come enjoy a meal anytime 11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m. in the Nobel Room. The charge is just $5 (cash, check or Luther ID). Includes main course options, sides and dessert. Contact Wellness, <wellness> with questions.

Happy birthday from Dining Services

Congratulations and happy birthday to Nan Hibbs, Justin Sprung, Laurie Zaring, Jan Schnitzler and James Odegaard! Please enjoy a free lunch on Dining Services. Nan, Justin, Laurie, Jan and James were randomly selected from the March faculty/staff birthday calendar.

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.

Employee Wellness spring class registration 

Register for wellness classes, including Yoga, Pilates and Tai Chi, that begin the week of March 27 and run for six weeks. All activities will be held in the CFA Studio 2. The cost is $24 for each six-week session and is open to current employees and spouses. To register please email <wellness>. Payment is due before the first day of class by cash or check to Luther College. Drop off or campus mail to Vicky Jaeger. 

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 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays during the academic year. The can look for the table sign, sit down and enjoy. Contact Bobbi-Jo Molokken, <molobo01> for more information.

Safety tip from the Risk Management and Safety Committee

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 if 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.

New at luther.edu 

On the Faculty Stories page, Maren Johnson talks about the importance of language learning and how she and her students researched an innovative curriculum for Luther's Norwegian language classes.

Book Shop news 

Grad Finale takes place from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, March 14-15, in Dahl Centennial Union. 2017 grads should to stop by to pick up caps and gowns, and can also receive $25 off diploma frames, pick up commencement tickets, purchase a class ring, review and update their diploma, vote for an outstanding senior, learn more about senior giving, pre-order commencement DVDs and receive a cookie when they stop by the Career Center table. Remind them to attend this important event.


Chapel this week

Wednesday, March 8: Ghada Gazil, International Women's Day
Friday, March 10: Richard Bruxvoort-Colligan '90
Monday, March 13: Jennifer Edinger, Nordic Choir

Events this week

March 7: Sihler Lecture, Margot Fassler, 7:30 p.m., CFL Recital Hall
March 8: Film screening, "Running on Karma," 6 p.m., Olin 102
March 9: CEPE TEDtalk screening, Alexander Betts, 9:45 a.m., Valders 262; Emeriti Colloquia, "Anderson Prairie: Its Role in Luther's Education Mission," 3 p.m., Mott; CEPE pop-up programming, "Masculinity in the Locker Room," 4:30 p.m., Hovde; Religion Forum, "Colonial Differencing: The Untold Story," 6 p.m., CFL Recital Hall; Guest Lecture, Jyoti Thottam, "India's News Media in the Era of Right-Wing Populism," 7:30 p.m., Olin 102; Guest recital, Mark Tollefson, piano, 7:30 p.m., NRH
March 9-12: Oneota Film Festival
March 11: Center Stage Series, Shaolin Warriors, 7:30 p.m., CFL Main Hall
March 12: Faculty Artist Series, Spencer Martin, Gregory Peterson and Kathryn Reed, 2 p.m., First Lutheran Church; Guest Lecture, Jason Zabokrtsky, 7 p.m., Olin 102

Student recitals

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

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

Daniel Melass-Swanson '18, will perform a trombone recital at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 12.

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.

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.

Film screening: 'Running on Karma'

The religion, philosophy and Asian studies departments will co-sponsor a movie, pizza and discussion from 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, March 8, in Olin 102. The movie "Running on Karma," features a monk turned body-builder with the gift to see into people's lives. He befriends a police officer and uses his gift to change the force of Karma and her destiny. The screening is open to the public with no charge for admission.

CEPE: TEDTalk screening

Join the Center for Ethics and Public Engagement from 9:45 to 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, former NFL athlete, writer and educator on gender, race and orientation equity. 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' talk 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'

A Religion Forum featuring visiting assistant professor of religion R. S. Wafula will be held at 6 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.

'India's News Media in the Era of Right-Wing Populism'

Recent months have seen censorship in the Indian media by the current government, which according to journalist Jyoti Thottam is either to avoid friction with the government or to promote its agenda. Thottam will deliver the lecture, "India's News Media in the Era of Right-Wing Populism," at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 9, in Olin Room 102. The lecture is open to the public with no charge for admission. Thottam will discuss the ways India's media has changed in recent times and what the roots of these changes could be. Historically, India's media has been a critic of government in both colonial and post-colonial eras.

Guest recital: Mark Tollefson

The Luther College music department will host pianist Mark Tollefsen in a guest recital at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 9, in the Noble Recital Hall. Tollefsen's program consists of the cycle of 15 piano pieces in Leo� Jan�ček's "On an Overgrown Path" and the 21 pieces of Robert Schumann's "Carnaval, Opus 9."

Oneota Film Festival

The annual Oneota Film Festival takes place March 9-12 on campus and in downtown Decorah. The festival lineup, mostly documentaries, also includes adventure films like "The Eagle Huntress" and explores current topics related to the arts, family, health, sustainability, agriculture, education and the Middle East. Visit the website for a full schedule. Registration is online and will be held in Valders Hall of Science. There is no charge for admission, but memberships and donations, which allow the festival to continue, are appreciated.

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.

"Shaolin Warriors" is a unique, fully choreographed theatrical production performed by Kung Fu masters. Trained from a young age, the performers bring remarkable skill, stunning movement and death-defying martial arts prowess to stages throughout the world, performing feats only thought possible in the movies. The production showcases many forms of Shaolin Kung Fu and offers a look at the daily life of the warriors and their Zen philosophy. 

Faculty Artist Series: Spencer Martin, Gregory Peterson and Kathryn Reed

Performing an all-Bach recital celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, three Luther music professors will collaborate in a Faculty Artist Series at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 12, at First Lutheran Church, 604 W. Broadway St., Decorah. The recital, open to the public with no charge for admission, features Spencer Martin, viola, Gregory Peterson, organ, and Kathryn Reed, harpsichord. Joining them in their performance will be guest artists Beth Ray Westlund, Hirono Borter, Philip Borter, Marissa Eckberg and Nathan McPhetres. 

Guest Lecture: Jason Zabokrtsky

Detailing his experience traveling in the wilderness by foot, alone and without a boat, Luther alumnus Jason Zabokrtsky will deliver the lecture, "Bushwhacking the Boundary Waters Without a Boat," at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 12, in Olin Room 102. The lecture, sponsored by the Center for Sustainable Communities, is open to the public with no charge for admission. In October 2013, Zabokrtsky left Atikokan, Ontario, destined for Ely, Minnesota. His 90-mile route bisected the heart of Quetico Provincial Park and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. He journeyed off-trail, and when lakes appeared, he donned a dry suit and swam. Zabokrtsky found immense solitude, the grandest of wild creatures, breathtaking up-close vistas, and a blizzard before finding his way home to Ely 15 days later.

'Set in Stone? Trust and Authenticity in Memorials and Museums'

How might trust in memorials and museums mislead the public about a traumatic past? Nancy Gates Madsen and Lea Lovelace explore this question in their Paideia Texts and Issues lecture, "Set in Stone? Trust and Authenticity in Memorials and Museums," at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 14, in the CFL Recital Hall. The lecture explores issues surrounding memorials through three case studies: Holocaust memorial museums, the Parque de la Memoria and the Nanjing Massacre Museum.

'Campus Dialogue on Power and Privilege' 

Luther's Black Student Union, Diversity Council and the President's Office are sponsoring "Campus Dialogue on Power and Privilege," from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 15, in Jewel Theater. Panelists will provide brief introductory statements on diversity, inclusion, integration and equality, and then the community will participate in a discussion about ways that Luther can better serve the needs of all students. Panelists include Paula Carlson, student representatives from BSU, Pride and Student Senate, and faculty representatives. All members of the campus community are invited to participate.

Faculty Artist Series: Nicholas Shaneyfelt

Celebrating "firsts," Nicholas Shaneyfelt, visiting assistant professor of music, will perform his first faculty recital at Luther at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 16, in the NRH. The recital features collaboration with Luther music faculty Deborah Gover, voice, and Igor Kalnin, violin. 


Celebrations this week


March 7: Dean Vesperman
March 9: Will Heller
March 10: Char Kunkel, Justin Sprung
March 11: Derek Sweet
March 12: Alla Sazonova, Marcia Gullickson, Judy Riha
March 13: Tom Berger


After more than 42 years, Richard Rasmussen has announced his retirement from the custodial staff effective March 30. We thank Rick for his service and congratulate him on his retirement.


To friends and family of Larry Johnson, who worked as a custodian in the Union from 2006 to 2014. Larry passed away Friday, March 3. There will be a visitation from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, March 8, at Martin Funeral Home and a funeral at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 9, at First Presbyterian Church, both in Waukon.

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.

Programmer and information security analyst: Seeking a full-time, motivated, detail-oriented, programmer analyst to develop software solutions and provide support and security for information systems serving students, faculty, staff and alumni. Join our team of software developers at Luther. Knowledge of procedural computer languages and experience using SQL databases is required. Excellent communication skills and analytical skills necessary. Technical knowledge of Microsoft SQL Server, web APIs, security, and network interfaces is desired. Luther's campus workplace is a mix of Windows, Linux and Mac. 

To view complete job descriptions and apply for this position and all current openings, please go to the employment website at https://luthercollege.hiretouch.com.


Jay Uthoff, director of facilities, earned the credential of Certified Educational Facilities Professional. The certification program is sponsored by APPA: Leadership in Educational Facilities, and is a demonstration of the knowledge and competencies of an educational facilities professional. Uthoff also recently completed APPA's Institute for Facilities Management, which includes four courses of study: administration and management; operations and maintenance; energy and utilities; and planning, design and construction. 

Loren Toussaint was interviewed for the article "Why teach kids to forgive?" The article, which appeared on Greatschools.org, discussed why revenge isn't so sweet and the science behind how forgiveness works.

College Organist and Emeritus Professor of Music William Kuhlman performed an organ recital prior to Evensong at St. Phillips in the Hills Episcopal Church in Tucson, Arizona, on Feb. 19. On Jan. 29, he and Gregory Peterson played original organ music for four hands, four feet by David Briggs and Charles Callahan as well as Kuhlman's edition of Niels W. Gade's "Sei Gegr�sset Jesu G�tig" (originally by J. S. Bach). The recital by Peterson was at Lord of Life Lutheran in Sun City West, Arizona, and the four hand pieces were programmed as the second half of the recital.


Cat sitter wanted: Luther professor looking for someone to take care of three low-maintenance cats this summer, with free housing next to campus. Prefer a senior student who can stay for the first half of summer until early July or the whole summer. Contact Hongmei, <yuho01>.

For sale: 2006 Chevy Silverado in good condition. Extended cab, four-by-four, half-ton pickup with V-8 engine. Has cloth seats, with black interior, base model with 40-20-40, air, tilt, cruise and good tires. Currently at 134,000 miles. Tow package with Tonneau cover and bed liner. Contact Lyle, <halvly01>.

Item found: A scarf was found in the CFL after the Ethnic Arts Festival. Please come to the Diversity Center in the Union to describe and claim.

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 Ave. 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: 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...

March 8 is International Women's Day. International Women's Day celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women. Progress has slowed in many places across the world, so global action is needed to accelerate gender parity. In 2016 leaders across the world pledged to take action as champions of gender parity-not only for International Women's Day, but for every day. Groups and individuals also pledged their support. For International Women's Day 2017, the theme is #BeBoldForChange, calling on the masses to help forge a better working world-a more inclusive, gender equal world.