Tuesday, September 20

TUESDAY 9/20/16

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Bjorn Norderhaug memorial service

A funeral service for Bjorn Norderhaug will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, in the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall. There will be time for visitation before the service, beginning at 10 a.m. in the CFL lobby.

For those who wish to make a gift in Bjorn's name, the family requests that memorial gifts be designated to Luther's Nordic Studies program. Cards and correspondence may be sent to Bjorn's parents at:

Mike and Liv Norderhaug
1952 Commonwealth Blvd.
Unit 2
Chanhassen, MN  55317

Family Weekend thank you

Thank you to all who participated in the planning and hosting of Family Weekend events! If you missed the opportunity this year but want to be included next year (Sept. 22-24, 2017), or if you have feedback or suggestions from this year's Family Weekend, please let the Development Office know. Contact Sue Drilling, <drillisu> 387-1100.


September staff meeting

Meet new staff and learn about Title IX reporting requirements from Matt Bills at this month's staff meeting. Renae Hartl will talk about new athletic facilities and Luther's partnership with Nike. The meeting will be offered twice: at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, and 9 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, in Peace Dining Room. All staff are encouraged to attend one of the two sessions.

2016 Fall Semester Enrollment

  • Student enrollment is 2,169
  • Our new registered student total is 547 (520 first-year students, 27 transfer students).
  • U.S. Students of Color total 236 (10.9% of total enrollment), and International students total 143 (6.6% of total enrollment).
  • Thirty-eight states (includes Iowa) and 69 countries (includes U.S.) are represented in our total enrollment.
  • Student enrollment full-time equivalent (FTE) using the Common Data Set definition, also used for calculating workforce ratios, (full-time + 1/3 part-time), is 2,144.
  • Forty-one percent of our total enrollment report Lutheran as their religious affiliation.
  • First-year to second-year persistence for the 2015 first-year student cohort is 84.1%, first-year to third-year persistence for the 2014 first-year student cohort is 81.4%, and first-year to fourth-year persistence for the 2013 first-year cohort is 79.9%.
  • Our most recent four-year graduation rate (2012 first-year student cohort graduating by Aug. 31, 2016) is 71.0%. 
  • Our most recent five-year graduation rate (2011 first-year student cohort graduating by Aug. 31, 2016) is 79.6%.
  • Our most recent six-year graduation rate (2010 first-year student cohort graduating by Aug. 31, 2016) is 78.9%.

For enrollment information for fall 2016, years 2012-16, and first-year student cohort persistence and graduation rates over time, visit http://www.luther.edu/ir/enrollment/

New York Times online and mobile subscription

Preus Library and the Student Senate have teamed up to provide all students, faculty and staff complimentary access to NYTimes.com and NYT mobile apps. Two workshops for faculty and staff to learn about the wide range of resources and educational materials available from NYTimes.com will be held at 9:40 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, in the Preus Library Hovde Room. 

Refreshments will be served. For more information and to RSVP: http://guides.luther.edu/nyt

Christmas at Luther tickets

It's hard to believe, but Christmas at Luther tickets are coming soon! All faculty and staff are able to secure their Christmas at Luther 2016: Out of Darkness, Light! tickets online Oct. 4 at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4. Those who have not yet set up their online ticketing account should contact the Ticket Office at 387-1357. For more information,  check out the CAL Faculty/Staff tickets page

Book Shop news

Stop in the book shop to see wall of the Luther Writers Festival novels and purchase a few before the event. There will be author signings by almost all authors attending the festival from 10:20 a.m.-1:15 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24 in the Book Shop. Purchase tickets for the festival here and find out more about events theBook Shop will be hosting this weekend.

Head to the Book Shop Saturday, Sept. 1 to show support for former alumni, faculty and staff for a Homecoming book signing extravaganza in the book shop from 10:30am-4:pm.

Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Rating System

Over the course of the year the Center for Sustainable Communities will be collecting information from offices across campus as part of our next STARS, or Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Rating System, Report. We plan to submit next summer. This is our third time completing this comprehensive report as an institution. Thanks in advance for your willingness to collaborate in providing information to feed into this process.

Gift to Luther College archive

The Preus Library archive now has volume two of "Professional Activity from 2004-2015 by Richard G. Cole, Emeritus Professor of History." This bound volume has copies of book reviews, journal articles, chapters in books and citations of Cole's work by other authors. The archive also contains volume one, which includes copies of Cole's printed materials from 1966-2000. For questions about accessibility of these volumes contact Hayley R. Jackson, College Archivist, at <archives>.

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. No registration required. Come join us!

Wellness sponsored reading

As wellness launches their 2016-2017 Mindfulness campaign they invite you to stimulate your wellbeing with the first sponsored reading of the year. We are reading "Life is a Verb: 37 Days to Wake Up, Be Mindful, and Live Intentionally." Email wellness, <wellness> if you would like to join us in reading. Some copies will be available to check out and discussion groups will be set according to participants' schedules in October. 

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>.

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.

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, questions or suggestions.

New at luther.edu

On the Alumni Profiles page, Victoria Ewald '14 says it was her pyschology major at Luther that put her on the path to a Ph.D. in neuroscience. At the University of Iowa, she is studying neural pathways in the brain that influence relapse in cocaine addiction.

Current student Alexis Hove '18, majoring in Nordic studies and art, talks about the interdisciplinary experience at Luther and her unique combination of study interests.


Chapel this week

Gather for song, reflection and fellowship at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday in the CFL Main Hall.

Wednesday, Sept. 21: Nancy Barry
Friday, Sept. 23: Will Bunge
Monday, Sept. 26: Michelle Boike

Home sporting events this week

Sept. 21: Men's Soccer vs. Macalester, 7 p.m.
Sept. 24: Women's Soccer vs. Coe, 11 a.m.; Men's Soccer vs. Coe, 1 p.m.; Football vs. University of Dubuque, 1 p.m.

Events this week

Tuesday, Sept. 20: Guest Lecture, Doug Tallamy, 7:30 p.m., Valders Room 206
Wednesday, Sept. 21: Guest Lecture, Doug Tallamy, 7:30 p.m., Valders Room 206; Guest Recital, Eric High, contrabass trombone, 7:30 p.m., NRH
Thursday, Sept. 22: Faculty Artist Series, Andrew Whitfield, voice, 7:30 p.m., NRH
Sept. 23-24: Luther College Writers Festival
Friday, Sept. 23: Luther Distinguished Lecture, Erik Larson, 7:30 p.m., CFL Main Hall
Saturday, Sept. 24: Flamingo Ball, 9 p.m., Marty's
Sunday, Sept. 25: Faculty Artist Series, Luther College Piano Quartet, 4 p.m., NRH

Guest Lectures: 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.

Guest Recital: Eric High, contrabass trombone

Trombonist Eric High will perform a guest recital on Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the NRH. High is assistant professor of music at St. Norbert College and holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Arizona State University. The recital is open to the public with no charge for admission.

Local political forum at Luther College Sept. 22

A forum for state and local candidates will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22 in Valders 206. Candidates for Iowa Senate District 28, Iowa House District 55 and the Winneshiek County Board of Supervisors Districts three, four and five will participate in two separate sessions. The forum is sponsored by the Decorah chapter of the American Association of University Women and the Luther College Political Science and Social Work Departments. For more information contact Mary Hull Mohr <mohrmary>.

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 eat 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.

Faculty Artist Series: Luther College Piano Quartet

The Luther College Piano Quartet will present a recital at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25 in the Noble Recital Hall of the Jenson-Noble Hall of Music on the Luther campus. The Luther College Piano Quartet features Igor Kalnin, violin; Spencer Martin, viola; Philip Borter, cello; and Miko Kominami, piano. The recital is open to the public with no charge for admission and will feature works by Mozart, Brahms and Richard Strauss.  

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.

Book signing

Luther Book Shop will host a book signing with writer Jerry Johnson on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2:30–4 p.m., during Homecoming Weekend. Johnson, retired director of public information, will sign copies of his new book "Ivory and Gold," a historical novel based on the slave trade in East Africa at the turn of the 19th century. Copies of his four previously published books will also be available.

Phi Beta Kappa Symposium on the Liberal Arts

The Luther College Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa is hosting a Homecoming Symposium at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, in the CFL Recital Hall.  Gracia Grindal, professor emerita of rhetoric at Luther Seminary, will present "Ironies and Surprises: The Legacies of Linka Preus and Elisabeth Koren." Grindal's new book, "Unstoppable: The Norwegian Pioneers Educate their Daughters," relies heavily on sources related to Linka Preus and Elisabeth Koren in the Luther College Archives. The Symposium, with a reception to follow, is open to the community with no charge for admission.

Center Stage Series: "Aca-Perfect"

From the creative mind behind "Pitch Perfect" and "The Sing-Off" comes a performance that takes a cappella to a whole new level. Luther College Center Stage Series presents Vocalosity's "The Aca-Perfect Concert Experience" at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7, in Luther's Center for Faith and Life Main Hall. Vocalosity is an all-new a cappella group that consists of 10 dynamic voices covering current chart-topping hits. Ticket information is available at http://www.tickets.luther.edu.


Celebrations this week


Sept. 20: Dan Baldwin, Dave Blanchard, Paul Gardner, Tim Schweizer
Sept. 21: Hannah Scheevel, Rodney Hemesath
Sept. 22: Mary Cannady, Holly Moore, Rachel Brandwein
Sept. 23: Jacki Wright, Alyssa Henning, Jeff Jones
Sept 24: Jeff O'Gara
Sept 25: Ed Andereck, Rya McCann


Sept. 25: Carol Jeide, 10 years


To the family and friends of Luther student Bjorn Norderhaug of Chanhassen, Minnesota, who passed away Saturday, Sept. 17. "The Luther community is devastated by this loss and continues to pray for Bjorn's family. We ask that the community come together and support one another in this difficult time," said Luther President Paula Carlson.

To the family and friends of Christina Moorcroft, who passed away Monday, Sept. 19. Chris was a member of the accounting faculty from 1982 through 2001. She also served as the college accountant from 1978 to 1982. We mourn her death and reflect on the impact she had on the accounting program and many, many accounting majors. Chris is survived by her husband, Bill, emeriti professor of psychology; children, Marcy, Pat and Drew '94; and eight grandchildren. Condolences can be sent to Dr. William Moorcroft, 4443 Vista Drive, Fort Collins, CO 80526.

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.

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


Marv Slind's review of "Across the Deep Blue Sea: The Saga of Early Norwegian Immigrants from Norway to America through the Canadian Gateway," by Odd S. Lovoll, appeared in South Dakota History (Vol. 46, No. 2, Summer 2016).

Loren Toussaint contributed to the SAGE Publisher's Psychology Video Collection. The video covers the methodological and statistical methods used in the study of forgiveness, stress, and health. SAGE videos are meant for college student use and are available on a wide range of topics in psychology and other disciplines.


Tickets available: Water Street Music Series presents Decorah's first ever Oktoberfest Saturday, Sept. 24 from 5-10 p.m. on Water Street by the Oneota Community Food Co-op. The event will feature five hours of live music from regional bands Them Coulee Boys, The Driftless Sisters and The Big Payback, local beer from Toppling Goliath and Pupit Rock Breweries, root beer on tap and more. Tickets are $15 in advance, $10 for students and $20 at the door. Kids 12 and under receive free admission. Contact Alex <robial01> with questions.  

For sale: 2009 Kawasaki Versys, great shape, extremely low miles. Well cared for and ridden respectfully, looks like new. $3,900 or best offer. Contact Aaron, <lurtaa01>.

For sale: Good quality white twin mattress, some signs of use. Pictures upon request. Contact Anna, <desafr01>. 

For sale: Patio furniture set with glass table, four chairs and a green umbrella. Chairs have some signs of use. Table and umbrellas are in excellent condition, $90. Contact Anna, <desafr01>.

For sale: Grass fed lamb. Available in whole or half bundles. Produced 8 miles north of Decorah by Maren and Tom Beard of Luna Valley Farm. For more information, email Maren.

For sale: Small square bales of straw and hay. Available for pick up or delivery. For more information, email Maren.

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.

Driving lessons needed: Seeking teacher driving lessons, in need of 6-10 hours of practice to take a driving test. I have practiced driving in town and on the highway but am seeking help with parallel parking. Contact Linh, <nguyli03>.

For sale: Five-bedroom, two-bathroom home one block from Luther. New roof as of 2013, stainless steel/updated appliances, central air/heat and brand new water heater. Master closet and bathroom were renovated in 2014. Plenty of room for storage with large closets in each room. E-mail Laree at [email protected] for more information.

For sale: Instruments for sale: Vito student clarinet with case, $200; Gibson trumpet with case, $150; never-used Fender starcaster acoustic guitar with case, tuner and lesson books, $100; music stand, $10. Contact Ivan, <hackiv01>. 

For sale: Yamaha 211 student oboe, excellent condition. Most pads and springs have been replaced. Comes with a brand new case. Asking $700 or best offer. Contact Abigail, [email protected].

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

For sale: Bed for toddler, $30 and high chair, $40. Contact Denise, 379-6046.

For sale: Well-maintained 2008 Honda Civic Hybrid. Silver exterior, 145,500 miles. Can be viewed in the fleet line across from Facilities Services. Email bids to Chris Johnson, <johnch07> by noon on Friday, Sept. 30. Facilities Services reserves the right to reject any and all bids.

For sale: Pair of wingback chairs. Locally reupholstered in burgundy fabric, subtle geometric pattern with gold accent. New foam seats. Sturdy but comfortable. Bonus matching throw pillows, arm covers, antimacassars, and 2/3-yard of extra fabric. $75 for the pair, you haul. Contact Andi for pictures or more information <beckenan>.

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: 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]   

Tickets available: Friends of the Humane Society of Northeast Iowa will gather at the Hotel Winneshiek from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, 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.


And finally...

We cannot judge a biography by its length.
Nor by the number of pages in it.
We must judge it by the richness of its contents.
Sometimes those unfinished are among the most poignant.
We can not judge a song by its duration.
Nor by the number of its notes.
We must judge it by the way it touches and lifts our souls.
Sometimes those unfinished are among the most beautiful.
And when something has enriched your life.
And when its melody lingers on in your heart.
Is it unfinished?
Or is it endless?
~Vi Keeland and Dylan Scott, Left Behind, 2014