Tuesday, September 6

TUESDAY 9/6/16

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Ways to help flood victims in our community

The Decorah Area Chamber of Commerce have partnered with Northeast Iowa Community Action Corporation to start a flood relief fund similar to the one they developed in 2008. Donations can be dropped off at the Chamber office, 507 W. Water St. Make checks payable to "NEICAC-Flood Fund" and write the county you wish to have the funds designated for in the memo line. Flood victims can fill out applications in September and October; a committee will review the applications and allocate funds.

Clothing can be donated at the Spectrum Thrift Store, 607 Washington St., and the Depot Outlet, 510 Montgomery St. 

Area food pantries are expecting an influx of usage and will accept donations, but they can make cash go much further than donated food items. First Lutheran Church is seeing a greater need for donations to their discretionary fund, which is used when clients need money for a hotel or supplies. 


Parking restriction notice

Luther is hosting several athletic events, including the All-American Cross Country meet Saturday, Sept. 10. As a result there will be considerable traffic and parking congestion in the Regents Center area beginning at 6 a.m. that morning and into the early afternoon.The barn and city pool lots will be restricted to bus parking only starting at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9. Students who usually park in the barn or pool lots may park in any student or general parking area on the main campus through the weekend.

Notice from Campus Safety and Security

Within the past few days Luther Safety and Security has received information that three different bicycles may have had their brakes tampered with on campus. Two of these incidents resulted in the rider being injured and their bikes damaged. The bikes were all parked at different locations. As a precaution we recommend riders check their brakes before riding and report any suspected tampering to Safety and Security. We also ask the community to report any suspicious activity near the bike racks immediately. The phone number for Safety and Security is 387-2111.

Save the date: Fall 2016 staff meetings

All staff are encouraged to attend one of the two monthly staff meetings. The same topics are covered at both sessions. 

  • 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, and 9 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 22
  • 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct.12, and 9 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 13
  • 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, and 9 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 17

All meetings are held in Peace Dining Room. The staff Christmas party will be at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, in Peace Dining Room.

New online academic catalog

Luther's academic calendar has a new look. The new 2016-17 catalog features user-friendly navigation, a mobile-responsive design and the ability to see all courses that fulfill a given all-college requirement. We hope it will get lots of good use from faculty, staff and students alike. Tabita Green, web content; Marcia Gullickson, ITS, and Kristin Swanson, registrar's office, would be pleased to hear your feedback.

Employee Wellness fall activities registration

Pilates and tai chi begin this week and run for six weeks. All activities are held in the CFA Studio II. The cost is $24 for each six-week session with sessions open to current employees and spouses. To register email <wellness>. Payment is due by the first day of class by cash or check to Luther College. Please note that yoga is now full.

Tai Chi will be on Tuesdays from 5-6 p.m.
Pilates will be on Wednesdays from 11:10 a.m.-noon

New just-for-fun books at Preus Library

New additions have been made to the Preus Library leisure reading collection. The leisure reading collection contains current and recent bestsellers and popular titles, both fiction and non-fiction. Visit often to see what's new! The list is updated as more books arrive. Please note: this is a new leisure reading list, so it may be necessary to update internet bookmarks.

Valders Lactation Room now open

A new Lactation Room is now open on campus. Located in a private space in Valders 247E, it offers a window, table, comfortable chair and electrical outlets. The lactation room will be open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. If the room is locked, please contact Tracy Elsbernd at the front desk of the Nursing Department, Valders 243. 

Sinks are available in the nursing department office, Valders 243, and in the lab area.  Jessica Raabe, the lab director, can assist with locating the sink. Her office is Valders 247D, next to the Lactation Room. Email Angela Kueny, <oldenban>, with any questions or concerns.

New at luther.edu

Tapiwa Manjengwa '18 discusses his passion for accounting, and why he chose to major in that discipline and in management: "It gives me the platform to go beyond the numbers; I've learned to understand business cost functions analyze financial statements, and make informed business decisions. I also decided on a management major because it complements accounting and focuses on the qualitative aspect of the business."

Check out the new info-graphic that explains the benefits of studying data science at Luther. 

Fall 2016 hours 

Welcome Center and Dahl Centennial Union
Monday-Thursday: 7 a.m.-11 p.m.
Friday: 7 a.m.-midnight
Saturday: 8 a.m.-midnight
Sunday: 8 a.m.-11 p.m.

Book Shop
Monday-Friday: 8:45 a.m.-4:45 p.m.
Saturday: 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
The Book Shop is open until 3 p.m. on Saturdays with a home football game.

Mail Center
Monday-Friday: 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m.-noon

Oneota Market
Monday-Friday: 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

Monday-Friday: 7 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
Saturday: 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
Sunday: 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m.

Monday-Friday: 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

Nordic Brew
Daily: 7 a.m.-11:30 p.m.

Monday-Friday: 9 a.m.-10 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday: 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Daily: 10:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m.

Updated hazing policy

Last spring, the Campus Life Committee reviewed prospective changes to the hazing policy. The Student Senate, Inter-Greek Council and the Athletics Department had opportunities to offer input during the revision process. The Campus Life Committee voted in support of the proposed changes and the President's Cabinet reviewed and the President approved the revised policy. The policy is available to view in the Student Handbook.

Wellness resource for Luther students 

Wellness has a new resource for Luther students. Student Health 101 is an interactive online program engaging students in living healthfully and succeeding in school and beyond. Monthly editions are available online and via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. There is also a monthly version for employees and parents to stay apprised of what students are receiving. Check out the August orientation issue for students and employees. To opt-in for monthly notices, contact <wellness>.


Chapel this week

Built into the class schedule and rhythm of life at Luther, chapel is a time for the community to gather for song, reflection and fellowship at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday in the CFL Main Hall. Faculty, staff, students and guests serve as speakers, musicians and artists.

Wednesday, Sept. 7: Anne Edison-Albright
Friday, Sept. 9: Interfaith prayers for peace
Monday, Sept. 12: Robert Shedinger

Home sporting events this week

Sept 6: Soccer vs. St. Olaf, women 5 p.m., men 7 p.m.
Sept. 7: Volleyball vs. UW-LaCrosse, 7 p.m.
Sept. 10: Women's Tennis vs. Buena Vista, 9 a.m.; Cross country, Luther All-American, women 11:30 a.m., men noon; Men's Soccer vs. Knox College, 1:00 p.m.; Women's Soccer vs. College of St. Benedict, 3 p.m.; Women's Tennis vs. College of St. Benedict, 3 p.m.
Sept. 11: Women's Tennis vs. Wartburg College, 2 p.m.; Men's Soccer vs. St. John's University, 2 p.m.

Events this week

Thursday, Sept. 8: Guest Lecture, Michelle Burns, "(Not) As Seen on TV: The Reality of Forensic Science, "9:40 a.m., Valders 206; Faculty Recital, Peter Lingen, lute, 7:30 p.m., NRH
Saturday, Sept. 10: Center Stage Series, "The Complete History of America (Abridged) - Election Edition," 7:30 p.m., CFL Main Hall

Makerspace interest meeting Thursday, Sept. 8

Interested in creating a makerspace on campus? Come to an interest meeting in Olin 348 at 9:40 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 8. The group will brainstorm and share ideas about what resources that might exist on campus already, what a makerspace at Luther College might look like, and what opportunities might be made available to our students.

Luther College Emeriti Colloquium

The Luther College Emeriti Colloquium will meet at 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, in the Mott room.  Robert Shedinger will present on the topic "Jihad: it's not what you think it is." All members of the Luther community are welcome.

Faculty Artist Series: Peter Lingen

With a repertoire of Renaissance lute music, Peter Lingen will perform a lute recital at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, in the NRH. Lingen performs on a 15-string historic reproduction of a 16th century lute. The program features works by John Dowland and William Byrd. The recital is open to the public with no charge for admission.

Alumni art exhibition at Luther College Sept. 5-Oct. 13

An art exhibition featuring the work of 13 Luther College art alumni will be displayed Sept. 5-Oct. 13 in Preus Library. This year's alumni exhibition features work by artists celebrating milestone reunions at Homecoming this year. Additional displays include the work of alumni artists, many of whom studied at the California Pond Farm studio of internationally renowned artist Marguerite Wildenhain. The exhibit is open to the public with no charge for admission.

Faculty art exhibition Sept. 7-Oct. 14

Work by art faculty will be on display Sept. 7-Oct. 14 in the Kristin Wigley-Fleming Fine Arts Gallery in the CFA. This year's exhibition includes work by Richard Merritt, Joe Madrigal, Ben Moore, David Kamm, Aaron Lurth and Harley Refsal. A reception with the artists will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1. The exhibit and reception are open to the public with no charge for admission.

Biology colloquium lecture Sept. 8

Michelle Burns '07, will present "(Not) As Seen on TV: The Reality of Forensic Science" at 9:40 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 8 in Valders 206. Burns works for the State Crime Laboratory DNA Unit, Wisconsin Department of Justice, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Event is open to the Luther community.

AAUP chapter meeting Sept. 9

Luther's chapter of the American Association of University Professors will meet at 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9, in Baker Commons. The mission of the AAUP includes advancing academic freedom and shared governance, and promoting the economic security of faculty. All faculty interested in discussing issues at Luther related to this mission are invited to attend, whether or not an official member of the AAUP.

Center Stage Series performance Sept. 10

One of London's longest-running comedies is bringing a new take on American history to the other side of the pond in "The Complete History of America (Abridged) - Election Edition." The Luther College Center Stage Series performance begins at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, in the CFL Main Hall. The show is performed by the Reduced Shakespeare Company, a three-man comedy troupe that takes long, serious subjects and abridges them to short, sharp comedies. Tickets can be purchased at the Ticket Office and online.

Decorah College Night

Luther College will host a college fair sponsored by the Iowa Association of College Admission Counselors from 6:30 - 8 p.m on Monday, Sept. 12. The fair will take place in the Regents Center's Sports and Recreation Center. Representatives from approximately 60 institutions will be on hand to discuss college and post secondary options with high school students and their families. There will also be financial aid information sessions at 6:45 and 7:30 p.m. The event is open to the community with no charge for admission.

Guest lecture: 'Behind Happy Faces: Talking About Mental Health'

Mental health advocate Ross Szabo will return to Luther at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13, in the CFL Main Hall. His talk, "Behind Happy Faces: Talking About Mental Health," is open to the public with no charge for admission. Szabo's story resonates with millions of college students who are putting on a happy face to hide their true emotions. He teaches students about the complexities of mental health issues and empowers them to seek help or help their friends seek help. Sponsored by SAC Leadership, Active Minds, Counseling and Wellness.

Not Quite Free Lunch (NQFL) for employees

Tuesday, Sept. 13, join catering for the first NQFL of the year for Luther employees sponsored by Wellness. Boost your social and emotional wellness at work by getting away from your typical work space and mingling with folks from across campus. Come enjoy a meal anytime between 11:30 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. in the Nobel Dining Room. The charge is just $5 (cash, check or Luther ID). Includes main course options, sides and dessert. Questions? Contact Wellness, <wellness>.

Take an alcohol screening, get a free drink

Counseling Service and Wellness, in partnership with Northeast Iowa Behavioral Health, will offer free alcohol use screenings from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14, in the Union lobby. Every student who completes a screening gets a coupon for a free Nordic Brew shake. Please encourage students to attend to learn more about Luther's substance use policies and low-risk choices.

Religion Department open house Sept. 14

The Religion Department invites members of the Luther community to an open house from 4-5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14, in Hammarskjold Lounge. This is an opportunity to learn more about the work of the department by interacting with department members and our majors and minors. Refreshments will be served.

Fabric of Peace project

The Women and Gender Studies Department is proud to host the Fabric of Peace project. It is a collection of three quilts on display in Gregerson Gallery in the CFA and the Women and Gender Equality Center. Three quilts, all made by women pursuing peace in the world, will be displayed during the month of September. Christel Bradey will talk about the project during an opening reception at 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16. All are invited to the reception and peace walk around campus to follow.

Storybook reading and signing Sept. 17

The Book Shop and the Luther Education Department will host the seventh annual Storybook Reading at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 17. Children of all ages are invited to the Book Shop to enjoy cookies and listen as Luther students read from their favorite storybooks. Mary Brooks will sign copies and read her book,"Bampa's Bag," from 1-3 p.m. Brooks, a Decorah native, is a retired educator and head judge of the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

Family Weekend 2016

Family weekend is scheduled for Sept. 16-18. Check out the online schedule for event details. In the interest of conserving resources, a small number of hard copy schedules will be printed for distribution to parents and family members on Saturday, Sept. 17. Questions about Family Weekend can be directed to Sue Drilling, <drillisu> or 387-1100.

Guest Lecture: Doug Tallamy

Doug Tallamy, professor of entomology and wildlife at the University of Delware, will give two lectures, both at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 20, and Wednesday, Sept. 21, in Valders Hall of Science Room 206 on the Luther College campus. His lectures focus on specialized relationships between animals and plants and native landscaping to create a biodiverse-rich yard that promotes these relationships. Both lectures are open to the public with no charge for admission.

Luther College Writers Festival Sept. 23-24

Critically-acclaimed authors Erik Larson, Bret Anthony Johnston and Jane Hamilton are the featured speakers at the 2016 Luther College Writers Festival, Sept. 23-24, on the Luther campus. Conference registration and a full schedule of events is available online.

More than 25 contemporary writers of fiction, poetry and nonfiction will read their work, participate in panel discussions and be available for discussion and book signings throughout the conference. Local authors 
Carol Gilbertson, Charlie Langton, June Melby and Amy Weldon will read from their work and Decorah visual artists David Kamm and John Hall will discuss the relationship between image and text.


Celebrations this week


Sept. 6: Debra Espe, Amy Wrightsman
Sept. 7: Jolene Tweten
Sept. 8: Brenda Leibold, Cindi Gunderson
Sept. 9: Jessica Spier
Sept. 10: Heidi Snell-Anderson, Caleb Padilla, Kristen Fravel
Sept. 11: Pedro Dos Santos
Sept. 12: Ben Moore, Denise Janechek

New positions and titles

As of Aug. 1, Nicholas Lauer is the Farwell Area Coordinator. His office is Farwell 118, telephone 387-2184.

Trish Neubauer has a new title, Director of Student Activities and the Union, effective Sept. 1.  

Job postings

Assistant director, Center for Ethics and Public Engagement: the assistant director is responsible for the management of the CEPE office and communications, and will collaborate in planning and coordinating the CEPE programs and events. Responsibilities include: assist in designing and executing CEPE programming and events, serve as primary liaison in arranging visits for CEPE campus guests, manage public relations, research potential sources for expanded funding, and serve as primary writer for external grant applications. This is a .45 FTE position. Bachelor's degree required; masters degree or several years of professional experience in a related field as well as experience in grant writing preferred.

Only current Luther employees and spouses of current employees will be considered.

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/internal-jobs 


Melanie Batoff presented her paper "Obscuring the Visitatio sepulchri through Categorization" at the Cantus Planus conference on Aug. 3, in Dublin, Ireland. Cantus Planus is a study group of the International Musicological Society that is devoted to the study of medieval plainchant. More than a hundred chant scholars attended.

Dean Vesperman wrote "Game Theory in the Social Studies Classroom." This article, published in "The Social Studies," explores using game theory in social studies classrooms as a heuristic to aid students in understanding strategic decision making. The article provides examples of several simple games teachers can use. Next, it addresses how to help students design their own simple games.


For sale: Six essentially new cookbooks for gluten-free cooking and baking: "The Allergy-Free Pantry," "Gluten-Free Quick and Easy," "Learning to Bake Allergen-Free," "1000 Gluten-free Recipes," "Babycakes" and "The Healthy Gluten-Free Life." Asking $15 for the set or $2.50 each. Contact Marilyn at [email protected].  

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

For sale: Charming Decorah home for sale at 310 Riverview Drive. Just blocks from the college, this three bedroom Cape Cod has a two-car garage, updated main level, newly landscaped yard and delightful private patio. For more information, contact Mary Jo at 380-2355

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.

Wanted: Used alto saxophone for a local fifth grade student. Contact Rachel, <vsetra01>

Wanted: We would like to borrow or rent a stroller and co-sleeper appropriate for a seven pound infant for the fall. Contact Jon, <ailajo01>.

For sale: Several complete sets of kitchen cabinets for sale, located for viewing in Mabel, Minnesota. Contact Lyle, <halvly01>.

Available for odd jobs: Luther student available for babysitting, house sitting, closet clean-out, dog walking, car washing, etc. If you provide the tools I can detail cars, trucks and even boats with a dual action polisher. Prices vary. Contact Grace, <obrigr01>.

For sale: Yamaha Advantage model YAS200AD alto saxophone in excellent condition. Evaluated by West Music. Standard student model. Asking $700 from original price, $1695. Contact Kristin, <bjerkr01>.

For sale: Yamaha 211 student oboe in excellent condition. Used for 6 years, most of the pads and springs have been replaced. Comes with a brand new case. Asking $700 or best offer. Contact Abigail, [email protected].

Tickets available: Friends of the Humane Society of Northeast Iowa will gather at the Hotel Winneshiek from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Sept. 22 for Tails and Treasures, an evening of fun, food and entertainment. The event includes Luther's own Fellas and Bellas, a live auction of local artist statues including work by Ben Moore, Lauren Anderson, Alyssa Ritter and Ruth Green and a silent auction and wine toss. One-hundred percent of the ticket price goes to help the animals at the Love and Friendship Adoption Center. Tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite. Tickets sold in advance are $5 off. Contact Kim, <kimpowell> with questions.

Tickets available: First Lutheran Church pancake breakfast will be held from 8 a.m.-noon, Sept. 17. Pancakes, sausage, coffee and milk will be provided. Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for kids ages 5-12 and free for children four and under. Purchase a ticket at the Luther Box Office, or online. For more information, contact Mikayla <brocmi01>. Proceeds go to Luther College Habitat for Humanity and Winneshiek County HFH.

Neighborhood picnic: Luther students, faculty and staff are invited to the seventh annual Welcome Friends and Neighbors Picnic from 5-6:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 701 Iowa Avenue.  The picnic includes great local food, live music by local musicians, games for kids and good conversation, is free and open to all. The picnic will be held indoors in case of rain. For more information, go to the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church website or contact Kathy Buzza, <buzzka01>.

J-Term house sitter available: Luther music faculty seeks a J-Term house sitting opportunity. I am pet-friendly - I am happy to care for large or small dogs, cats, birds or fish, and I can distribute medicines to them. Please contact Carla Hanson, <hansca01>. 


And finally...

"Luck? I don't know anything about luck. I've never banked on it and I'm afraid of people who do. Luck to me is something else: Hard work -- and realizing what is opportunity and what isn't." -Lucille Ball