Tuesday, September 13

TUESDAY 9/13/16

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Safety alert

Luther College Safety and Security received information from the Decorah Police Department that a female student was sexually assaulted at approximately 12:30 a.m. on Sept. 11 as she walked from downtown to the Luther campus. No physical injuries were reported from the incident. Any additional information should be reported to Campus Safety and Security at 387-2103.

Luther College will not tolerate sexual misconduct in any form. More information on Luther's sexual misconduct policies can be found here.

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. 


New fitness classes for employees 

Tone Zone will be held from 11:30 a.m.-12:05 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Body Blast will be held from 6:30-7:15 a.m. on Wednesdays. Both classes are held in the Regent's Center Dance Studio. Come join us!

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.

Catertrax discount for Luther departments

Catertrax orders chosen from the Premium Takeaways, Served Luncheons and Dinners, Designer Buffets and Chef's Fare sections of the Catering Guide that are charged to a Luther department number will receive a 10 percent discount off the listed price. The discount applies to orders processed on or after Aug. 31, 2016. Questions? Contact Michael Racki, <catering>.

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.

Call for recommendations for summer reading

Thanks to everyone who made the summer reading and Karen Joy Fowler's visit such a positive event. Now, what should we read for Summer 2017?  The Luther community is invited to send their recommendations for the 2017 campus-wide summer reading to the Paideia Program at <sullivre>. Here's a history of recent titles.

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, <greeta02>, web content; Marcia Gullickson, <gullick>, ITS, and Kristin Swanson, <swansokr> registrar's office, would be pleased to hear your feedback.

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.

Star Trek 50th anniversary event

The original "Star Trek" television series premiered Sept. 8, 1966. The provocatively diverse crew explored worlds, peoples and ideas that mashed up Shakespeare and Plato with pulp science fiction tropes, cardboard sets and the thespianism of William Shatner.

An event will be held in honor of 50 years of "Star Trek" at Luther College in early November. Fans, critics, lovers and haters of "Trek" are invited to give a 5-10 minute talk on their relationship to the show. Whether it be the original series, later series, movies or spoofs like "Galaxy Quest", members of the community are invited to speak and to show one short clip.

Please email Andy Hageman <hagan03> with interest or questions or suggestions.

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.


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. 14: Storm Bailey
Friday, Sept. 16: Rev. Stephen Brackett
Monday, Sept. 19: Mark Johns

Home sporting events this week

Sept. 13: Volleyball vs. Dubuque, 7 p.m.
Sept. 17: Women's Tennis vs. Simpson, 3 p.m.

Events this week

Tuesday, Sept. 13: Guest Lecture, Ross Szabo, "Behind Happy Faces: Talking About Mental Health," 7:30 p.m., Center for Faith and Life, Main Hall
Wednesday, Sept. 14: Guest Recital, Clea Galhano/Rene Isquierdo, recorder and guitar, 7:30 p.m., Noble Recital Hall, Jenson-Noble Hall of Music
Thursday, Sept. 15: Faculty Lecture, Michael Engelhardt, "Constitutional Issues in the 2016 Campaign," 7 p.m., Center for Faith and Life, Main Hall
Sept. 16-18: Family Weekend
Sept. 16: SAC Spotlight Performance, Brazilian 2wins, 7:30 p.m., Dahl Centennial Union, Marty's
Sept. 17: Luther Ensemble Performance, Concert Band and Jazz Orchestra, 12:30 p.m., Center for Faith and Life, Main Hall; Luther Ensemble Performance, Norsemen, Aurora, Cantorei, Cathedral Choir, Collegiate Choir, Varsity Band and Wind and Percussion Ensemble, 7 p.m., Center for Faith and Life, Main Hall; Luther Ensemble Performance, Jazz Band and Jazz Orchestra, 8:45 p.m., Dahl Centennial Union, Marty's

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.

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 for employees

Tuesday, Sept. 13, join catering for the first NQFL of the year for Luther employees sponsored by Wellness. Boost social and emotional wellness at work by getting away from the 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>.

'Constitutional Issues in the 2016 Campaign'

Michael Engelhardt, attempts to answer Constitutional issue questions and facilitate discussions in his lecture "Constitutional Issues in the 2016 Campaign," at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, in Olin Room 102. Aimed at demonstrating and clarifying how our Constitution affects contemporary political issues, Engelhardt will address questions facing natural born citizenship, illegal immigrants and religion in effort to help audience members decide what candidates have a better grasp of constitutional issues.

Moon Festival Party 

The Chinese Moon Festival, also known as the Mid-Autumn Festival, is held on the 15th day of the eighth month of the Lunar calendar. A popular harvest festival celebrated in China and other Asian countries, the festival falls on Sept. 15 this year. A Moon Festival party will take place from 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, on the eighth floor Farwell Lounge. The event is co-sponsored by the Modern Languages, Literatures and Linguistics Department and Asian Student Association and Allies. The community is invited to enjoy moon cakes and fragrant tea, play Chinese games and learn about Chinese culture. The event is open to the public with no charge for admission.


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 Badey 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.

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.

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.

Award reception for Anna Peterson

Anna Peterson received the prize for the best and most innovative contribution to Historisk Tidsskrift for 2015. She is the first American historian to receive the award. The award will be officially presented to her during a reception from 4-5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 19, in Qualley Lounge in the CFL. The community is invited to attend the reception. Light refreshments will be served.

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 Room 206. 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.

Faculty Artist Series: Andrew Whitfield

Featuring a variety of works from the opera, art song and chamber music repertoire, Associate Professor of Music Andrew Whitfield will perform a vocal recital at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, in the NRH. The program features works by Mozart, Beethoven, and more. The recital is open to the public with no charge for admission.

Erik Larson to give Distinguished Lecture

Best-selling nonfiction author Erik Larson will deliver the fall 2016 Luther College Distinguished Lecture at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, in the CFL Main Hall. The New York Times described Larson as "one of the modern masters of popular narrative non-fiction… adept at rescuing weird and wonderful gothic tales from the shadows of history." Larson's talk is open to the public with no charge for admission and will be followed by a book signing in the CFL lobby.

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.

Community Day 2016

Faculty, staff and their families are invited to enjoy a day of food, fellowship and fun at the Fall Community Day Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Regents Center sponsored by the Alumni Office and Decorah Bank and Trust. Registration is required. The picnic BBQ costs $6 per adult, kids are free. Parents can reserve free "Welcome to the Valley!" game pass t-shirts for their children. Shirts must be picked up at the picnic. The Luther Cheer Squad will give away Norse tattoos and the Norse Baseball team will host activities and games for kids. Register online or call the Alumni Office at 387-1164.

Luther College blood drive

Luther College is hosting a blood drive from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sept. 26, and noon-6 p.m. on Sept. 27 in Brunsdale Lounge between Miller and Dieseth Halls. Volunteers from the sponsoring organization, Alpha Phi Omega, will be tabling in the Union basement by Marty's from noon-1p.m. and 5-7 p.m. Sept. 12-16 and 19-23. Members of the Luther community are encouraged to sign up for a time to donate during these tabling sessions.  Contact Alexandria <shawal01> or Anneleise <friean02> with questions.


Celebrations this week


Sept. 13: Judy Schnitzler, Vanessa Wiest, Maren Beard
Sept. 14: Devin Loomis
Sept. 17: Alyssa Ritter, Destiny Crider, Laura Selig, Lacey Nagel
Sept. 19: Todd Fulsaas, Kristine Padilla

New positions and titles

Nate Ersig has been promoted to director of development, effective Sept. 1. He previously served as a gift planning officer for the college. His office is Loyalty 205, telephone 387-1510.

Yvonne Kuhlman will serve as interim director of Campus Programming through the end of fall semester 2016. She started her position Sept. 12. Kuhlman served as director of Campus Programming for 20 years, just prior to Tanya Gertz's tenure. Her office is CFL 102, telephone 387-1536.

Leland Holthaus began his position as custodial staff on Aug. 22. His office is Main ground floor, telephone 387-1238.

Christine O'Brien started her position as Admissions Counselor Aug. 22. Her office is the Des Moines Regional Office. 

Megan Torkelson began work as the new Assistant Director of Annual Giving on Aug. 16. Her office is Loyalty Hall 212, telephone 387-1324. 

Deirdre Duvel started her new position as Supervisor of Campus Visits on Sept. 5. Her office is Dahl Centennial Union 204A, telephone 387-1541.

Hannah Scheevel started her new position as Admissions Visit Coordinator on Sept. 5. Her office is Dahl Centennial Union 204A, telephone 387-1541.

Nathan Ersig began work as Director of Development Sept. 1. His office is Loyalty Hall 205, telephone 387-1510.

Kathy Ferrie started her position as International Admissions and Diversity Center Assistant on Sept. 5. Her office is Dahl Centennial Union 113 and Larsen Hall 130, telephone 387-1014 and 387-1062. 

Job postings

Full-time alumni records assistant: Responsible for updating demographic information for our constituents, entering all deposited student applications and their parent information, managing the online alumni directory with Information Technology Services, assisting with alumni event registrations and homecoming, scanning constituent information, and answering the phone. High school diploma and at least one year of office-related experience required. Knowledge of database maintenance and Microsoft Word and Excel computer programs preferred.

Assistant director, Center for Ethics and Public Engagement: Responsible for the management of the CEPE office and communications, and will collaborate in planning and coordinating the CEPE programs and events. Responsibilities include assisting with designing and executing CEPE programming and events, serving as primary liaison in arranging visits for CEPE campus guests, managing public relations, researching potential sources for expanded funding and serving 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.

Development officer: Serve as an ambassador of the college with responsibility to establish and develop long-term, donor-centric relationships built on a firm understanding of the donor’s interest, passions and values. The primary objective of the officer is to advance the mission of the college by planning and implementing a program to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward prospective donors with major and planned gift potential in support of Luther’s fundraising initiatives and institutional priorities. A Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of three years in development work, major gifts or related area is required. This position requires traveling on a regular basis as well as frequent evening and weekend hours.

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


Todd Green has received a Franklin Fellowship at the U.S. Department of State for the 2016-17 academic year. The Franklin Fellows Program brings mid-career and senior professionals from the private and nonprofit sectors to work on issues of global importance at the State Department in Washington, D.C. Green is spending the 2016-17 academic year on sabbatical at the State Department working with the Office of Policy and Global Issues in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs. He assesses and analyzes Islamophobia in Europe, particularly the impact of anti-Muslim prejudice on countering violent extremism initiatives, refugee and migration policies and human rights. Green is accompanied by his wife Tabita Green, director of web content.

Pedro dos Santos, with co-author Kristin Wylie, published "A Law on Paper Only: Electoral Rules, Parties, and the Persistent Underrepresentation of Women in Brazilian Legislatures" in the journal Politics and Gender.

Diane Scholl's essay "Jacobs's Uncle Tom and Stowe's Incidents: Hiding in the Attic 'Loophole'" appears in the current issue of American Notes and Queries.


For sale: Various items including a wood kitchen table with extra leaf and four chairs, sears car top carrier and metal bar stool. Contact Dave, (641) 425-0346.

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: Four bedroom, three bathroom 1973 split-foyer home for sale located at 809 Linden St. in Decorah. Amenities include a spacious kitchen, sunroom, deck, gas heat, central air, attached garage and appliances. Asking price is $251,000. Email Richard Svenson at [email protected]   

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>

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

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 Luther's 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.

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

Garage sale: Held 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15 and from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Sept 16-17. The sale will be held at 110 Randall Drive in Decorah. Brand new items, including Scandinavian imports and Vanberia candles will be available along with antiques and collectibles. Contact Darla with questions, 382-2614.

Benefit event: Members of the Decorah Fire Department (Fire Fighters) will play members of the Decorah vintage baseball team (Driftless Dodgers) in an exhibition game of old-time baseball to benefit victims of the August flood. The event will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, at the Luther College playing field on lower campus. There is no charge for admission, but contributions to flood victims will be collected at the event. Contact Loyal Rue, <rueloyal>, with questions.


And finally...

"And I would have gotten away with it too if it wasn't for you meddling kids."

(In honor of Scooby Doo Day.)