Tuesday, July 25

TUESDAY 7/25/2017

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President Carlson has announced the change of the reporting line for Information Technology Services from the Office of the President to the Vice President for Finance and Administration, effective immediately. ITS joins Facilities, Office of Financial Services, Human Resources, Luther Book Shop and Dining Services as other reporting lines for the Vice President for Finance and Administration. Given its important role in the academic program, ITS will retain its close working relationship with the Academic Dean's office.


Nordic Fest Hours

Thursday, July 27: 7 a.m.-10 p.m.
Friday, July 28: 7 a.m.-11 p.m.
Saturday, July 29: 7 a.m.-11 p.m.
Sunday, July 30: 7 a.m.-10 p.m.

Welcome Center
Thursday-Sunday, July 27-30: 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Summer Housing
Thursday-Sunday, July 27-30: 7 a.m.-10 p.m.

Book Shop
Thursday, July 27: 8:15 a.m.-4:45 p.m.
Friday, July 28: 7 a.m.-4:45 p.m.
Saturday, July 29: 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Sunday, July 30: Closed

Thursday-Sunday, July 27-30: Closed

Oneota Market
Thursday-Friday, July 27-28: 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Saturday, July 29: 7:30-8:30 a.m.
Sunday, July 30: Closed

Mail Center
Thursday-Friday, July 27- 28: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday, July 29-30: Closed

Upper campus closed to motorized vehicles July 28

The Luther community is offering a big blue welcome to all RAGBRAI riders passing through Decorah Friday, July 28—College Spirit Day! Much of our welcome is taking place along the route on College Drive, but riders will also be encouraged to take the "Luther Loop" through campus. For the safety of all riders involved, upper campus will be closed to motorized traffic from 6 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Walking or biking to work that day is encouraged, though parking and access to campus will continue to be available in the Regents and Farwell lots. Farwell Hall will be open, with elevator access the entire day. No key card access needed.

Questions? Contact Alyssa Ritter, <alyssa.ritter >, or Scot Schaeffer, <schasc01>.

Last call for RAGBRAI workers and parade walkers

Luther College is welcoming RAGBRAI riders through campus Friday, July 28. The college has agreed to allow employees to work at Luther's RAGBRAI event for up to two hours as part of the normal paid work day (overtime pay will not be permitted). Supervisors must give verbal consent to employees to participate.

Luther College Admissions is also asking for volunteers (unpaid) to walk in the Nordic Fest Parade at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 29. Walkers will meet at the fairgrounds at 10 a.m.

Plan to wear a blue Luther shirt when assisting with these events. Don't have one? No problem, just be sure to indicate your T-shirt size in the form and the Admissions office will provide one for you.

If you don't get a chance to sign up before the Friday RAGBRAI event, please come to the main entrance anytime between 7:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Friday to be assigned to a volunteer station.

Please sign up for one or both events online. Questions? Contact Alyssa, <alyssa.ritter>, or Julie, <julie>.

Book Shop extended hours

The Book Shop will be open 7 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Friday, July 28, for RAGBRAI riders taking the "Luther Loop." Riders are offered free shipping on all in-store purchases.

From 8-11 a.m. during RAGBRAI, the Book Shop will host a book signing for Dan Kuester '84, who is promoting his book, "Green Wave." 

The Book Shop will be open 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, July 29, for Nordic Fest.

New at luther.edu

On the Alumni Profiles page, physician assistant Elise Sinwell '11 shares how a variety of Luther experiences, from biology coursework to learning medical terminology in Spanish on the Ecuador J-term to having a variety of work-study positions, all set her up for success in graduate school.

Alanna Spencer '16, now teaching middle and high school math in Alaska, discusses how her Luther training prepared her to connect with a variety of students. "Luther's education program forced me to consider how to reach students who don't have the same background as me," Alanna says. "This is very important because as a teacher I have to be able to connect with all of my students, regardless of their environment or upbringing."

On the Undergraduate Research page, read how Rebecca Buse '19 and Victoria Christman, are researching this summer the effects of laws on access to legal abortions. "The summer was a wonderful time to strengthen my confidence as a student and researcher," Buse says.

Luther pledges to support local municipal electric utility

Luther has pledged $15,000 to Decorah Power, a local citizens group, towards a feasibility study of a Municipal Electric Utility for Decorah. An MEU is a community owned electric utility, of which there are 136 in Iowa. Decorah has the option to consider an MEU because the 25-year electricity franchise agreement with Alliant Energy expires in 2018.

According to Decorah Power, a public electric utility could offer Decorah-area residents an opportunity to invest in local initiatives and promote local community ownership of Decorah's energy future. It could also help Decorah residents and businesses exercise local control over their sustainability and carbon reduction goals through locally owned electricity generation.

Fine Arts Collection reminder

As the campus settles into the depths of summer, faculty and staff are moving offices and resetting spaces. As a reminder, only Fine Arts Collection workers should be moving art work. Contact Kate, <ellika03>, if assistance is required with a work of art. Office check-outs will resume in September.

Luther students receive funding for summer internships

For the third consecutive year, Luther has combined funding from alumni donors and philanthropic agencies to give financial support to Luther students completing a variety of internships. During the summer of 2017, 38 Luther students received educational grants of up to $2,000 to help defray the costs associated with internships in locations that included nine states, the District of Colombia and six other countries.


On campus this week

July 25: Breakpoint book discussion
July 27: Nordic Fest opening ceremonies
July 28: RAGBRAI comes through Decorah
July 28-29: 51st annual Nordic Fest


Celebrations this week

July 25: Mark Worcester, Emily Neal, Nicole Waskow, Elizabeth Steding
July 26: George Hamilton, Paul Savariappan
July 27: Wintlett Taylor-Browne, Kevin Kraus, Angela Kueny, Leah Benzing
July 28: Carol Hagen, Angie McIntyre, Payton Haynes, Shelly Glock
July 29: Dana Talsness, Carol Jeide, Alfred Beseler
July 31: Jennifer Folstad, Raven Battle, Amy Bebee, Robert Christman


Kirk Neubauer, who has worked at Luther for more than 39 years, has announced his retirement, effective July 31. We congratulate Kirk and thank him for his dedicated service to the college.  

Job postings

Coordinator of diversity recruitment or assistant director of admissions-diversity recruitment: The successful candidate will work with area programs serving under represented students and support diversity, as well as assist in the recruitment and retention efforts for Luther. Candidates must have a valid driver's license and a positive driving record that will enable them to be insured through the college. A bachelor's degree is required with academic preparation in any discipline. Spanish speakers are strongly encouraged to apply. As an admissions counselor, one year of relevant postgraduate experience is recommended. To be considered for the assistant director level, the successful candidate should have a minimum of four years of experience.

Welcome Center information operator: The information operator is a .30 FTE position, requiring 16 hours/week for nine months/year. Hours will generally be between 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., including some weekend and some weekday hours to be determined. High school diploma or equivalent required, as well as basic computer and clerical skills, extensive customer service experience, good verbal and written communication skills and ability to operate two way radio and telephone equipment. Successful candidate must be able to sit for prolonged periods of time. 

To view the complete job description and apply for these positions and all current openings, go to the employment website: https://luthercollege.hiretouch.com.


Former Luther student Troy Price was elected the new chair of the Iowa Democratic Party July 22. Price, former executive director of the party, was chosen by the party's state central committee to succeed Derek Eadon, who resigned earlier this summer for medical reasons. A Durant native, Price also worked in the administrations of Govs. Tom Vilsack and Chet Culver and led One Iowa, the state's largest LGBT advocacy group.

Over the course of the last 10 years, Decorah and other communities across northeastern Iowa have experienced an increase in floods characterized as 100-year floods. Halina Pyzdrowski '18, of Minnetonka, Minnesota, is researching flood resilience in the Upper Iowa Watershed. She is working with Rachel Brummel, Steve Holland, Jon Jensen and Britt Rhodes.

Alexandra White presented "Build Your Own Company: An Active Learning Approach to Teaching Management" at the Teaching Professor Conference in St. Louis, Missouri.

This being the 500th year after the Reformation, Sam Scheidt '18, of La Crosse, Wisconsin, has been selected to research ecumenical topics for his summer research project at the college. Scheidt is working with Wanda Deifelt on his project "Reformations: Past and Present."


For sale: Lightly used Bones 2 - Bike Car Rack by Saris. Asking $50. Saris website describes it as the "Ultimate no hitch bicycle carrier. Arc-based design fits over most spoilers and separates bikes on different levels. Injection-molded arms and legs are the strongest on the market. Rubberized feet protect car and coated straps protect bike." Rack is in original box. Selling because it doesn't fit on previous owner's car. Contact Kimberly, [email protected], with questions and inquiries.

For sale: The Luther College Gardens have extra produce to sell! Check out our order form and place your order today. On Mondays from noon to 1 p.m. stop on by the Sustainability Suite and pick up your order. The order form is updated weekly. Contact Sarah Forsythe, <forssa03>, with any questions.

For sale: Genuine Swedish clogs, like new. Just in time for Nordic Fest and everyday summeror for a special birthday or other occasion. Made in Bastad, Sweden, this pair of dark navy blue clogs was worn only 3-4 times by a 10 year old. Size is youth four, equivalent to a European 35. Asking $20. A photo is available online.

For sale: Four Jeep rims with tires: 17x7.5 rims with 235/55R17 99H tires. Asking $450. Images can be found online. Contact Muaz, <muaz>, if interested.

For sale: Pre-hung exterior steel door, 32 inches wide, half glass. Includes threshold and trim pieces. Make an offer. Must be hauled by new owner. Contact Penny, 382-3796, with offers or inquiries.

Free: Working six-person hot tub. Older model. Located in Decorah. New owner is responsible for picking up and hauling the hot tub. Contact Sally, <mingsa01>, with questions or inquiries.

Wanted: The OFS is in search of a regular/memory typewriter that is currently not being used in another campus office. Contact Brenda, 387-1015, with available machines.

Garage sale: Large garage sale July 27-29, featuring items from multiple families. Located at 210 East Street in Decorah. Items for sale include antiques, children's clothes, books, toys, Scandinavian items, nature and outdoor items, furniture and a number of other miscellaneous items. Contact Lori, <ostlielo>, for more information.

For rent: Beautiful home available. $750/month, electrical not included. Area international teaching family seeks tenant, available immediately. Fully furnished main floor, and renter will also occupy walkout basement suite, including TV/optional new furniture. Seven-year-old home is set on three acres less than 30 minutes from Luther. Gas fireplace, renter pays gas usage. Geothermal heating/cooling, HE washer/dryer, in-floor heat. Smoking and pets are not allowed. Contact Adrienne, 380-2979 or [email protected], if interested.

For rent:  Two-bedroom, one-bath apartment with garage available near Kwik Star. $575/month. Pets and smoking are not allowed. Contact Chris, [email protected] or 277-0041, with inquiries or questions.

For rent: Four-bedroom, two-and-a-half bathroom home with 2,000 square feet, available Sept. 1. Newer amenities, recently remodeled, large kitchen, two-stall garage and located close to downtown Decorah. $1,300/month. Contact Olga, <olga.michels> or 379-1768, with questions or inquiries.

For rent: Two-bedroom ranch style home, located 622 Center Street. Near the municipal pool and Luther campus. Available for long-term lease. Two-car garage. Pets and smoking are not allowed. $1,250/month. Contact Mark, 382-2020 or [email protected], with inquiries.

For rent: Country Cottage located about five miles from campus. Ideal for those who want to see deer, turkeys and songbirds. Picturesque environment with the grounds kept in a park-like setting. Previously rented as Two Creeks cottage, but will soon be available as a long term rental. Pictures available online. Contact Lane, <schwla01>, if interested.

For rent: Four-bedroom home located at 404 Center Ave. The home is conveniently located a few blocks from downtown Decorah, the Upper Iowa River, schools and the bike trail. All hardwood flooring throughout. Kitchen, living, dining, two bedrooms and full bath are located on the main level. Two bedrooms and bath on upper level. Family room, office and ample storage are located in the lower level. Stove, fridge, washer and dryer are included. The home has central air and a one-car garage also. Rent is $1,000/month. Contact Tade, [email protected] or 380-1415, for a rental application or with questions.

For rent: One-bedroom home located at 506 W. Main St. in downtown Decorah. The home is only blocks away from the local downtown area and the bike trail. Appliances included, central air, and all rooms are on the main level. Rent is $600/month. Contact Tade, [email protected] or 380-1415, for a rental application or with questions.


And finally...

For those who are attending Nordic Fest this weekend, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for a new tasty treat! Nordic waffles, which are different from American and Belgian waffles and have a crêpe-like texture, will be available this year at the Vesterheim's Open Air Division. Don't forget to save room to try some of these new sweet and savory delights!