Tuesday, September 27

TUESDAY 9/27/16

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Safety Alert

The Student Life Office took the report of a female who was sexually assaulted (groped) somewhere between the time of midnight and 1 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, on College Drive as she walked from the intersection of Leif Erickson Drive to the Luther College campus. No physical injuries were reported from the incident.

According to the student, three men were involved. They were described as being of light complexion. One male was described as being tall and of medium to heavier build. The other two were described as average male height. All three were taller than the female student. As the student was extracting herself from the situation, she slapped the taller male and may have scratched him in the face as a result. If you have any information that would assist in solving this crime, please contact Campus Safety and Security at 387-2103.

Neuroscience approved as newest major at Luther College

In September, Luther College's Board of Regents unanimously approved neuroscience as the newest major in the college's curriculum. Neuroscience, the interdisciplinary study of how the nervous system functions to control every aspect of humanness, covers everything from basic processes like regulating body temperature to more complex functions like movement, perception, behavior, emotion, desires and memory.    


President Carlson's office hours

President Carlson invites Luther faculty and staff to stop by during her office hours in Dahl Centennial Union 236. No appointment is necessary.

Thursday, Oct. 6, 4-5 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 17, 4-5 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 31, 4-5 p.m.

2016-17 Texts and Issues Lecture Series: Who Do You Trust?

This year's Paideia texts and issues theme, "Who Do You Trust?" was developed by the Paideia Endowment Governing Board, the Religion department and the Visual and Performing Arts department. Drawing from a wide variety of texts from the arts, sciences and humanities, the series attempts to facilitate discussions of personal and institutional trust: who or what are people predisposed to trust? Is trust a fundamental element of character, community or culture? What are the results of mistrust or betrayal?"

Upcoming events include: 

Oct. 4: "Civility and Trusting God: Thoughts on Risk and Society," Storm Bailey, associate professor of philosophy.

Nov. 1: "Trust in the Commons: On Interdependence and Saving the World," Rachel Brummel, assistant professor of environmental studies.

Feb. 14: "The Racialization of Trust: Who Have We Been Taught Not to Trust?" Michelle Boike, assistant director, Diversity Center and Wintlett Taylor-Browne, interim director, Diversity Center.

March 14: "Set in Stone? Trust and Authenticity in Memorials and Museums," Nancy Gates Madsen, associate professor of Spanish and Lea Lovelace, adjunct faculty in art.

Directory Notice

Preparation for the print version of the 2016-17 Luther College Faculty-Staff Directory has begun. Please review your current information on the online directory and report any changes to your title, office address, office phone number or Luther email to HR at <sievsh01> or call 387-1134.

New York Times online and mobile subscription

Preus Library and 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, click here. 

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 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.

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>.

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 the reading. Some copies will be available to check out and discussion groups will be set according to participants' schedules in October.

Book Shop news

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

New at luther.edu

Head to theStudent Research pageto see whatBethany Noltner '17 learned in her project about a topic crucial to higher education, "An Analysis of Liberal Arts Comprehensive Tuition Pricing." She conducted her research in partnership with Don Jones, associate professor of management, and Ryan Torkelson, assistant professor of accounting. "They helped me look beyond Luther and at the bigger picture of the higher education market today,” Noltner says.


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. 28: Gifty Arthur, '17
Friday, Sept. 30: Jay McDivitt, '01
Monday, Oct. 3: Ali Yadzani and Mustafa Muhammad

Home sporting events this week

Oct. 1: Football vs. Nebraska Wesleyan, 1 p.m.;
Oct. 2: Women's Tennis vs. Central College, 3 p.m.

Events this week

Sept. 27: Plant giveaway, 9:40 a.m., Valders greenhouse; Open mic night, 6:30 p.m., Marty's
Sept. 28: Asian Film Series: The Piano in a Factory, 7 p.m., Main 218
Sept. 30-Oct. 2: Homecoming

Plant giveaway day

Need some greenery to spruce up your room or office? The Luther College Grounds Crew and the Center for Sustainable Communities are excited to announce the annual Plant giveaway day on Tuesday, Sept. 27. Students, faculty and staff who come to the Valders Greenhouse from 9:40-10:50 a.m. will be able to pick up a free potted plant. All plants have been grown from clippings of plants already on campus. 

Open mic night

Hear students perform in an open mic night from 6:30-9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, in Marty's. This event is hosted by the Student Activities Council, contact <sachomecoming> with questions.

Asian Film Series

The community is invited to attend a screening of the Chinese film, "The Piano in a Factory," at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 28 in Main 218. Sponsored by the Department of Modern Languages and Literature and program of Asian Studies, the film tells the story of a poor and recently laid off factory worker, Chen, and his fight for custody of his beloved daughter. After his wife leaves him for a rich business man, Chen must compete with her for custody of his daughter, who has decided she will live with whomever can provide her with a piano. More information on the film can be found here.

Jazz night

The Luther College Jazz Band and Jazz Orchestra will perform several selections from 8:30-10 p.m. Sept. 30 in Marty's as part of Homecoming weekend.

Book signing

Luther Book Shop will host a book signing with writer Jerry Johnson from 2:30–4 p.m Saturday, Oct. 1 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.

'stained glass' performance Oct. 1

The Visual and Performing Arts department presents Luther class of 1991 alumnus Patrick M. Strain's original play "stained glass" at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, in Storre Theatre. "stained glass" offers a view of America set squarely in the intersection of religion and sexuality. There is no charge for admission, but tickets are required. Tickets available at www.tickets.luther.edu.

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.

'Civility and Trusting God: Thoughts on Risk and Society'

In the opening lecture of the 2016-17 Paideia Texts and Issues series, Storm Bailey will discuss what it could mean to trust God and how that trust could impact civility and society. The lecture will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4, in the CFL recital hall. The lecture is open to the public with no charge for admission. Reception to follow in Qualley Lounge.

Escalation Workshop Oct. 5

Most people know and care about someone who is or will be in an abusive relationship. An Escalation Workshop will take place from 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5, in Valders 206. The workshop includes a film and discussion that will help attendees identify unhealthy relationships and give tools to help themselves and others in these situations. The workshop is sponsored by Counseling Service, Wellness, NASA, Student Life and Helping Services for Northeast Iowa.

CEPE Election Roundtable

Living through a U.S. presidential election cycle can feel a lot like a visit to the circus. Members of the community are invited to join a panel of Luther students to discuss international thoughts on the American electoral process. This roundtable consists of a panel of students who studied abroad last spring. They will share their stories and respond to audience questions. Refreshments will be provided by the Center for Ethics and Public Engagement. 

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. The 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.

'Twelfth Night' performances Oct. 6-8

Luther College's Visual and Performing Arts department presents Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night," Oct. 6-8 in the Jewel Theatre in Luther's Center for the Arts. Two different casts will perform at alternate shows 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, 9:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7, and 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8. Anyone with a Luther ID can receive two tickets to see each of the casts at different performances.

Fourth annual Faculty Research Symposium

The fourth annual Faculty Research Symposium on Luther's campus will be Saturday, Oct. 8. Introductions will begin at 10 a.m. in Valders 206 and panels will continue throughout the day in both Valders 206 and Olin 102. The event is open to the public, no charge for admission, detailed program will be available soon on the Dean's Office website.

Intended for a broad audience, this all-day event showcases the intellectual curiosity and cross-disciplinary dialogue that is at the heart of Luther's liberal arts educational tradition. Modeled on the successful Undergraduate Research Symposium held each spring, the Faculty Research Symposium seeks to provide a forum for Luther faculty to share and discuss their research, projects and passions with the broader Decorah community as well as with Luther students, faculty and staff.

Faculty Artist Series: Heather Armstrong

Heather Armstrong will perform an oboe recital at 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, in the NRH. The recital will feature works by Gerald Finzi, Alyssa Morris and Decorah composer Ben Hippen. Additionally, Armstrong will collaborate with Miko Kominami, piano, and Carol Hester, flute. The recital is open to the public with no charge for admission.

Guest Recital: Marcin Murawski

Featuring the works of Iowa composer Michael Kimber, Polish violist Marcin Murawski will perform a viola recital at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 9, in the NRH. Murawski, born in Poznan, Poland, in 1974, has given master viola classes and recitals throughout Europe. The recital is open to the public with no charge for admission.

'Transfer of Memory' art exhibit on display Oct. 21-Dec. 5

"Transfer of Memory," a touring exhibit consisting of photographs and stories by Minnesota Holocaust survivors, will be on display, Oct. 21-Dec. 5, in the CFL Gallery. Luther will be the first Iowa site to host "Transfer of Memory." The exhibition, brought to Luther by the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas, is open to the public with no charge for admission.


Celebrations this week


Sept. 27: Ellen Drewes-Stoen, Carolyn Schwendeman
Sept. 28: Jeff Wettach
Sept. 29: Maria Smith, Jim Iverson, Adelmo Ciucci
Sept. 30: Kirk Neubauer, Sean Burke
Oct. 1: Anne Bulliung, Michael Chesher, John Moeller, Ron Fritz, Kim Bohr, Amanda Bailey
Oct 2: Jim Martin-Schramm, Virginia Strauss, Kayla Austin, Cara Langston, Matt Bills
Oct. 3: Britt Rhodes, Michelle Monroe

New positions and titles

Jeff Leschensky has a new title, Development Officer, effective Sept. 1.  

Bethany Krepela has a new title, Development Officer, effective Sept. 1. 

Doug Nelson has a new title, Senior Development Officer, effective Sept. 1.  

Thank you

How do we even begin to thank the Luther community for the help and support we received over the last few weeks? We are truly humbled by everyone's efforts on our behalf. What a great community to be a part of.  Thank you so much!  

-Buzz and Peggy Lensing


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.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to Luther College in Decorah by clicking here and designating "In memory of Christina Moorcroft" or sending a memorial gift to:

Luther College Development Office
In memory of Christina Moorcroft
700 College Drive
Decorah, IA 52101 


Brooke Joyce's new work for chamber ensemble, "Noria al-Bisriyya," was performed by the contemporary music ensemble Durward on Sept. 8, in Cedar Rapids. The piece is inspired by ancient water wheels in Hama, Syria.

J. R. Christianson is writing a biography of the astronomer, Tycho Brahe (1546-1601), in the series "Renaissance Lives" from Reaktion Press of London. He has received a grant from the Danish National Bank to work on the book at the Royal Library and Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen. He and Birgitte will be living until March 15, 2017, at Nyhavn 18, DK-1051 Copenhagen K, Denmark.

Todd Green participated in President Obama's Sixth Annual Interfaith Community Service Campus Challenge at Gallaudet University on Sept. 22, in Washington, DC. He spoke about Luther College's Just Action Statement on Islamophobia as part of a panel dedicated to the theme "No Place for Hate: Campuses Take the Lead."


Downsizing sale: Includes gift items, household items, seasonal and holiday décor, vintage high-end clothing and shoes, furniture, collectibles, fabric, toys, books and other miscellaneous items Friday, Sept 30, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. at 110 Randall Dr. Call Darla between 9 a.m.-9 p.m. with questions, 382-2614.

For sale: Original Skylanders Wii game with 12-15 figures, $20. Skylanders Swap Force Wii game with 12 swappable figures and six other figures, $35. Two swappable figures still in package, $10 for the pair. Skylanders Giants Wii game with two giants and five other figures, $30. Skylanders Trap Team Wii game with six trap figures, eight mini figures, eight other figures and nine traps, $45. Contact <julie> or 380-4792.

For sale: Wii games including TMNT Smash Up, Backyard Sports: Sandlot Sluggers, Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes and Spore Hero, asking $7 each or take all four for $20. Contact <julie> or 380-4792.

For sale: XBox 360 games including Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, $10; Marvel Ultimate Alliance, $5; Command and Conquer: Red Alert 3, $5.Contact <julie> or 380-4792.

Item needed: Looking to buy a crib, with or without a mattress. Please email a picture Kristi, <knutkr02>.

For sale: Brand new Pearl Vision Birch Snare Drum Black, with hardware 14 x 5.5. Asking $100 or best offer. Contact Gifty, <arthgi01>.

For sale: Attractive three-piece Drexel/Adams and Walda entertainment unit. Center cabinet has self-storing doors and a slide-out TV shelf which accommodates a TV up to 31 inches wide. The lower section has a slide-out turntable shelf. Above and below are several shelves for other components. The side cabinets have one drawer each, plus several open shelves, with a recessed display light at the top, 81 inches tall overall. Asking $150. May call Darla at 382-2614 between 9 a.m.-9 p.m. for further information.

For sale: Trek Pure low step mint green bike, asking $350. Hardly used. Pictures available. Email Kim, [email protected]

For sale: Antique table with five leaves for sale. Five chairs that match the table but need gluing free with purchase of the table. Asking $175 or best offer. Pictures available upon request. Call or email Kim, [email protected]

For sale: Verizon 64 gb silver iPhone 6 in excellent condition, works perfectly. Always used with a case and screen protector. One slight imperfection on one corner otherwise no scratches and looks new. Will include box, charger, headphones, and five cases. Selling because now have iPhone 7, asking $350 Email Kim, <kimpowell>, for more information. 

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: 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, [email protected].

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

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. Email Laree, [email protected] for more information.

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 of $1695. Contact Kristin, <bjerkr01>.

For sale: Bed for toddler, $30 and high chair, $40. Contact Denise, 379-6045.

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 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.


And finally...

Sept. 26-Oct. 1 is Banned Books Week, sponsored by the American Library Association and libraries across the nation. Preus Library is encouraging people to "Get Caught Reading," and has a display of banned books available for checkout this week. Stop by and "Get Caught Reading"!