Tuesday, August 23

TUESDAY 8/23/16

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Service of Dedication Aug. 25

Faculty, staff, emeriti and guests are invited to attend the annual Service of Dedication at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25, in the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall. President Carlson will deliver her State of the College address and new faculty and staff will be introduced. Offices are allowed to close for the Service of Dedication so that as many employees as possible can attend. A reception will follow in Bentdahl Commons.

Fall semester Opening Convocation Sept 1.

Celebrate the start of a new academic year and welcome the class of 2020 at Opening Convocation at 9:40 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 1, in the Center for Faith and Life. The convocation speaker is Karen Joy Fowler, author of "We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves," the 2016 summer reading. The book explores behavioral science, the ethics of animal research as well as animal rights, and a unique bond in a not-quite-ordinary family.

All students, faculty and staff are encouraged to participate. If possible, offices should close so all can attend. 


2016 Orientation Guide now available

A printed copy of the 2016 Orientation Guide was sent to department offices and some individuals on campus. All faculty and staff can access the guide on the Student Life webpage. The guide includes daily schedules for orientation-related events and information about Paideia sessions, advising meetings and music auditions.

Retirement reception for Jim Buzza Aug. 25

After 13 years as coordinator of Dorian Festivals and Camps, Jim Buzza will retire at the end of August. Faculty, staff, alumni and friends are invited to attend a farewell reception in his honor from 9:30-11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 25, in the Mostrom-Bahe Lobby in Jenson-Noble (outside the NRH). There will be a brief program at 10 a.m. Please join us as we thank Jim for his exceptional service to Luther College and the Decorah community.

Family Weekend 2016

Family Weekend is Sept. 16-18 and the schedule of events is available online. If you are coordinating campus events during Family Weekend or have special prices, hours of operation or other details, please check the schedule to ensure your event is accurately listed. Questions, corrections or submissions? Please email Sue Drilling, <drillisu> before Tuesday, Aug. 30. Thanks!

Wellness fitness swimming starts Aug. 31

Masters Swimming instruction and workouts begin Aug. 31 at the Luther Aquatic Center. Register online for a single session or consecutive one-month sessions. Approximately 12 workouts are offered each month: Tuesdays from 6-7 a.m., Wednesdays from 6:30-7:30 p.m. and 8-9 a.m. most Saturdays.

Classes are open to swimmers of all fitness and ability levels; the only requirement is the ability to swim one length of the pool. Cost is $18 per one-month session for Luther faculty, staff, spouses and students and is subsidized by the Wellness Program. Cost is $32 for community members. Payment by check is due the first day of each session; make checks payable to Decorah Masters. Contact [email protected]com with questions.

Admissions Office table drapes

Over the years, the Admissions Office has allowed other departments on campus to borrow table drapes for various events. Unfortunately, the drapes have sometimes been returned in poor condition, and this past year, several drapes were not returned at all. As a result, Admissions is no longer able to accommodate requests for use of the table drapes. Thanks for understanding.

New at luther.edu

On the Alumni Profiles page, Maggie Gill '05, talks about how her Luther experience led her to pursue a Ph.D. in neuroscience. 

Learn about the teamwork that went into the cross-disciplinary performance piece Body of Water on the Collaborative Assignments and Projects page.

On the Undergraduate Research page, see how games that draw students into the past promote engagement with big ideas and improve intellectual and academic skills in modern languages classes. 

Wellness blood screenings Sept. 13 and Oct. 13

Still need to do a wellness blood screening for 2016? There are just two more on-campus screenings this year: 6:30-8 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13, and Thursday, Oct. 13, in Mott. Fasting is required for 12 hours prior to the blood draw. To sign up for a time, email Vicky, <jaegervi>. Cost for the basic blood draw is $40; a blood draw for a PSA test for men over age 40 is an additional $45. Payment is required the day of the blood draw and will be reimbursed. Cost for an A1C blood draw is $30. For the A1C test, your physician must send the request to the lab before the day of the blood draw. The $30 fee will be applied to the normal deductible and out-of-pocket limits.

Seeking faculty and staff who were first-generation college students

Luther College has an exceptional history of serving first-generation college students. Typically, at least 20 percent of the students in an incoming class are first-generation college students. Student Life is building a directory of faculty and staff who were first-generation college students. Those interested in serving as a resource for students would be identified on a first-generation resource web page; an optional 250-word reflection can be included with the listing. If interested, please sign up online.

Luther Women's Basketball Junior Norse 

Join Luther Women's Basketball for the third year of Junior Norse! Girls in grades 2-5 are invited to improve their fundamental skills and learn to love the game of basketball with the 2016-17 LCWBB team. Junior Norse meets four Thursdays this fall (Sept. 15, 22 and 29, and Oct. 6) from 6:15-7:30 p.m. in the Regents Center. Cost is $45 and includes a t-shirt. Contact Amanda Bailey, <necham01> or 387-1584, for registration information. Go Norse!

Book Shop news

The Book Shop is making it easy to "look cool for back to school." All clearance items are an additional 25 percent off, so stop in and gear up.


Events this week

Thursday, Aug. 25: Service of Dedication, 3:30 p.m., CFL Main Hall
Saturday, Aug. 27: Move-in day for first-year students, 8:30 a.m.
Monday, Aug. 29: Guest lecture, Maura Cullen, "Building More Inclusive Communities," 7:30 p.m., CFL Main Hall


Celebrations this week


Aug. 23: Kirk Johnson, Janet Pollack
Aug. 24: Lauren Keller
Aug. 25: Maryna Bazylevych, Dalton Little
Aug. 26: Deborah Norland, Stephanie Fretham, A.J. Perling
Aug. 27: Richard Merritt
Aug. 28: Pamela Berg
Aug. 29: Rachel Vsetecka, Chris Garcia-Prats, Laura Wright
Aug. 30: Nancy Barry, Wayne Tudor


Celebrating 10 years on Aug. 24: Alfredo Alonso Estenoz, Heather Armstrong, Janna Edrington, Anne-Marine Feat, Erin Flater, Nancy Gates Madsen, Lisa Lantz, Stephanie Travers and Laurie Zaring

Celebrating five years on Aug. 24: Anita Carrasco, Dan Davis, Joan de Albuquerque, Anna De Santis, Kyle Fey, Andrew Hageman, Thomas Johnson, Jodi Meyer-Mork and Ben Yates

Aug. 26: Jeanie Lovell, 25 years
Aug. 29: Scott Hurley, 10 years


To Kate and Jon Ailabouni on the birth of their daughter, Claire Elizabeth, on Aug. 13. She weighed 6 pounds, 10 ounces, at birth. All are doing well.


To Jeff Leschensky and family on the death of Jeff's father, John Leschensky of Waukon, who passed away Aug. 10. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 26, at Zion United Church of Christ, Waukon.

Sympathy to Julie Shockey Trytten and family on the death of her husband, Rik Trytten, who passed away Aug. 20 surrounded by his family. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 25, at First Lutheran Church in Decorah. Visitation is from 3–7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24, at Schluter-Balik Funeral Home and after 10 a.m. Thursday at the church.

New employees

Anne Edison-Albright started as college pastor Aug. 15. Her office is CFL 107, telephone 387-1042.

Allison Jenicke started her position as strength and conditioning intern on Aug. 15. Her office is Regents Center 16C, telephone 387-1612.

Rachael Jones started her position as Student Life case manager Aug. 15. Her office is Dahl Centennial Union 266, telephone 387-1839.

Patrick Reicks started as custodial staff Aug. 15. His office is in the Regents Center, telephone 387-2231.

Alexandra Robinson started her position as media coordinator Aug. 15. Her office is Dahl Centennial Union 213, telephone 387-1864.

Laurie Uhlenhake-Thompson started her position as admissions counselor Aug. 16. Her office is Dahl Centennial Union 261D, telephone 387-1413.

New positions 

Dodi Bernatz started her position as administrative assistant in the Office of Financial Services/Dean's Office July 30. Her office is Main 118, telephone 387-1015.

Kelsey Boyce started her position as interim assistant dean for Student Life Aug. 1. Her office is Dahl Centennial Union 266C, telephone 387-1008.

Trisha Soiney started her position as donor records coordinator July 30. Her office is Loyalty Hall 100, telephone 387-1164.

Megan Torkelson started her position as assistant director of Annual Giving Aug. 16. Her new office is Loyalty Hall 212, telephone 387-1324.

As of Aug. 1, Amanda Bailey's new title is head women's basketball coach and senior woman administrator/compliance officer.

As of July 1, Michelle Boike's new title is coordinator of multicultural student programs.

As of Aug. 1, Janet Hunter's new title is director of case management and assistant dean of Student Life.

As of Aug. 1, Vicky Jaeger's new title is assistant director of Wellness.


Ruth Berger received a Meritorious Service Award from the Iowa section of the Mathematical Association of America. The award was presented at MathFest, the annual national meeting of the MAA, held Aug. 3-6 in Columbus, Ohio. Ruth also presented a talk, "Explorations with Cinderella," in the Geometry session of the conference.

Jodi Enos-Berlage and four students attended the American Society for Microbiology General Meeting in Boston in June, presenting research from two different projects. Rob Manges '16, and Laura Post '16, presented a poster titled "Investigating the Effect of the CalR Transcription Factor on Expression of Calcium-Regulated Genes in Vibrio parahaemolyticus," and Ellen Badger '16, and Andrew Johnson '16, presented a poster titled "Multiple-year Investigation of Bacterial Contamination in a Midwest Agricultural Watershed."

Stephanie Fretham and Jenna Johnson '16, presented their research at the 2016 C. elegans Topics Meeting (covering aging, metabolism, pathogenesis, stress and small RNAs) in Madison, Wisconsin. Stephanie presented the poster "Interactions Between Iron Availability and PI3K/Akt Signaling Influence Lifespan and Dopamine-Dependent Behavior in Caenorhabditis elegans," and Jenna presented her senior honors project "Iron toxicity and its effects on protein homeostasis in Caenorhabditis elegans."

Todd Green has been nominated for the 2016 Fearless Ally Award by the El-Hibri Foundation, an organization based in Washington, D.C., that encourages the creation of an inclusive America by promoting peace and respect for diversity. The award recognizes outstanding courage in challenging Islamophobia and working alongside American Muslim communities to support inclusion, collaboration and capacity building.


Wanted: Old towels of any size and condition for use in the anatomy lab. Clean out your closets and help out our class. Towels can be dropped at SHL 190 or contact Steph, <frethams>, for pickup.

Community Picnic: The community is invited to attend Winneshiek Medical Center's Grand Community Picnic from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1, at the WMC campus. Enjoy a free BBQ pork sandwich and chips along with live music, a dunk tank, kids' activities, garden tours, free blood pressure checks, and tours of the Mayo One helicopter and a WMC ambulance. Questions? Contact Payton, <haynpa01>. 

For sale: Buick LeSabre Limited four-door sedan. V6 engine, Ming blue metallic exterior, gray leather seats. Heated front seats and mirrors. Approximately 119,000 miles, has gotten 30 miles per gallon on the highway. Well maintained and serviced regularly. Asking $4,500. Pictures available by request. Contact Paul, <atkipa02> or 379-8611.

For sale: Juventus home soccer jersey, purchased in Italy. Black and white, size large. Player's name on the back is "Pogba." New, still has the tags on it. $30. Contact Anna, <desafr01>.

For sale: A nice selection of frame-worthy 1920s-style posters from China. Some posters feature actresses, other are advertisements, all were purchased in Shanghai. Happy to send images and you can make an offer on any or all. Contact Andrew, <hagean03>.

For sale: Vintage video game consoles and games. Atari 2600 and Nintendo NES with a variety of cartridges available for each. Get in touch for details on what's available and then make an offer. Contact Andrew, <hagean03>.

For sale: Yamaha Advantage alto saxophone (model YAS200AD) in excellent condition (evaluation by West Music). Standard student model. $725. Contact Kristin, <bjerkr01>.

For sale: Anthem trombone purchased new through Kephart's Music Center lease program. In great condition. Used for three years. $200 or best offer. Contact Jane, 419-3519.

For sale: Anthem alto saxophone in excellent condition. Purchased through Kephart's Music Center and used for two years. Kephart's reported the instrument is in excellent condition. Includes music stand and five books with accompaniment recordings and iPAS assessment software by Bruce Pearson. $500 or best offer. Contact Jane, 419-3519.

For sale: House for sale at 809 Linden St., Decorah. Built in 1973, this split-foyer home has four bedrooms and three baths, a spacious kitchen, sunroom, deck, gas heat, central air, appliances and an attached garage. Taxes are $4,389. Asking price is $259,000. Contact Richard Svenson, 380-2485, or email Linda Svenson, [email protected].

For rent: Two-bedroom apartment, upstairs in a duplex. Includes washer, dryer, deck and garage. Close to downtown at 501 Day St. $600 plus utilities. Available now. Contact Mike, 382-5022.

Free: Due to a "drop-in" at my grandfather's home, several kittens are looking for a new home. Many colors, all are cute! Contact Rene, <donlanre> or 382-6125, for details and viewings.

For sale: Airhead Flash towable tube with tow rope in like-new condition. $40. Contact Larry,<sikkinla>, for photos or more information.

For sale: LG tablet, basically new, only used once or twice. Asking $100 or best offer. Contact Johnathan, <mcmijo01> or 380-9849.

For sale: New and unopened 3.0 Slim 1TB hard drive. Comes with a 16 GB flashdrive as well. Asking $100 or best offer. Contact Johnathan, <mcmijo01> or 380-9849.

For sale: Three bedroom, 1.75 bathroom home for sale just steps away from Luther College and the city pool. Home is located at 106 Sunset Dr. in a family-friendly neighborhood and boasts a formal dining room, new family space off of the updated kitchen, finished basement, fenced backyard, and both front and back patios to enjoy with your family. Asking price is $216,000. Contact Joe, [email protected] or 379-6031, for more information or to schedule a showing.

Raffle tickets available: St. Benedict's Catholic Church is hosting "Mass on the Grass" at 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, at St. Benedict's school. As part of the event, St. Benedict's is selling 350 raffle tickets for $100 each with the winner getting their choice of a $10,000 cash prize or a $20,000 voucher towards a car at Weis Buick. Contact Dave, <mitcheda>, for more information or to purchase a ticket.

For rent: Beautiful fully furnished three-bedroom, two-bath home for rent, located near Phelps Park. Availability is very flexible. $1,100 per month. No pets, no smoking. Contact listing agent Mark Harman, 380-9137.


And finally...

Jon Wee '88 and his juggling partner Owen Morse, otherwise known as The Passing Zone, will perform on NBC's "America's Got Talent" Tuesday, Aug. 23. The live semi-final show begins at 7 p.m. Central Standard Time.

This is The Passing Zone's second season on "America's Got Talent," after earning a trip to the finals in AGT's first season in 2006. Now in the show's 11th season, the duo hope to take their unique blend of comedy and juggling to the finals in search of that elusive $1 million dollar grand prize. To vote for the duo, go to the AGT website immediately after the live performance Tuesday night.