Tuesday, October 25

TUESDAY 10/25/16

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Blackboard emergency notification test

At roughly 7 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, a text message was sent from our emergency notification system, Blackboard Connect. The company was updating their system and sent this message as part of procedure. There is no need to respond to this text. Questions? Contact <julie>.

Safety alert

A safety alert was sent out yesterday regarding an incident involving a Luther student reporting a sexual assault in downtown Decorah on Saturday night. Please refer to the email for more information and remember, "Luther College is committed to creating and maintaining a safe and healthy environment where all members of the community – students, faculty, staff and visitors – are treated with respect and dignity.  Therefore, the college will not tolerate sexual misconduct in any form. Sexual misconduct is not only an act against an individual; it is also an act that affects the entire college community.  Acts of sexual harassment, sex offenses, stalking, dating violence and domestic violence are inconsistent with our educational mission." (Excerpt from the Luther College Code of Conduct, Student Sexual Misconduct Policies and Procedures.)

Luther College and the surrounding Decorah community are relatively safe places but we are not immune from the same problems that plague the rest of the world; incidents like this happen as sexual assault is a deplorable part of our culture. As a community we can work toward maintaining a safe environment where every individual is treated with respect.


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.

Monday, Oct. 31: 4-5 p.m.

Board of Regents meets this week

The Regents will meet on campus Friday and Saturday, Oct. 28-29. To view the "Fall 2016 Report to the Board of Regents," search for "Regents" in the Search Courses box in the upper-right corner of any KATIE page. If prompted to enroll, accept.

'Liberating Grace': save the date

Please save the dates March 31-April 1, 2017, for the conference, "Liberating Grace: The Power of the Reformation in the World Today." The conference is part of the Luther College yearlong commemoration of 500 years of the Reformation. Click here for details. Registration will open later this fall. Contact Robert Christman, <chriro05>, with questions.

Tuition Benefit program deadline Nov. 1

Luther is pleased to offer its faculty and staff a benefit that is highly unique in today's workplace: higher education for one's dependents. The Tuition Benefit program has a three-step application process available online

Deadlines are as follows:
Nov. 1: Applications due
Dec. 1: Finalized list of colleges due
May 15: Confirmation form due

For complete information about the process and an application form, see the HR benefits website. Contact Scot Schaeffer, <schasc01> or 387-1430, with questions.

National Conference on Undergraduate Research announcement

Luther students are invited to submit abstracts for the 2017 National Conference on Undergraduate Research, to be held April 6-8, at the University of Memphis. Applications for the on-campus selection process are due by 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7 and can be submitted here. Questions? Contact the Dean's Office, 387-1005.

Relationship abuse advocate on campus

An advocate from the Domestic Abuse Resource Center with Helping Services for Northeast Iowa is available to consult on the first Friday of each month in the Counseling Services office from 9 a.m.-noon and 1-5 p.m. Appointment is not necessary; come in and ask to speak with the advocate. A resource line is available 24/7 at 1-800-383-2988.

Sexual assault advocate available on campus

An advocate from Riverview Center is available the second Friday of each month in the Counseling Services office from 9 a.m.-noon. and 1-5 p.m. Appointment is not necessary; come in and ask to speak with the advocate. A resource line is available 24/7 at 1-888-557-0310.

Satellite absentee voting station

From 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25, Luther will host a satellite voting station for the Nov. 8 general election located in the Union on the main floor. Ballots will be available for precincts five and six only. This includes Decorah wards four and five, Decorah Township in Supervisor District three and Canoe Township. Voter registration forms will be available for new registrations in the county. Changes in current registration records may also be made.

Information for employees with spouses enrolled in the college health care plan

In order for a spouse to complete the Comprehensive Health Risk Assessment, your spouse must create their own user name and password at the UMR website. In addition, they can give you access rights so that you can view claims information for your spouse. This is also true for dependents age 18 and over. The UMR Online Employee Guide is located on the HR website.

Troubleshooting for employees with spouses enrolled in the college health care plan

When logging into the UMR website to complete the Comprehensive Health Risk Assessment, the page may lock up. Look at the information status bar at the top of the screen. Click "allow" to be redirected to the CHRA. Please contact Marsha Wenthold, <mwenthold> or 387-1415, if problems persist.

Health care plan announcement

As of Jan. 1, the college's health care plan will move to a "non-grandfather" status. Per the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, this means that non-grandfathered health plans are required to cover specific in-network services as preventive, with no cost sharing. There is no requirement for out-of-network coverage for these services, nor does PPACA prohibit cost sharing on out-of-network services. Please note that colonoscopies, including anesthesia, will be covered at 100 percent beginning Jan. 1. A detailed list is available on the HR website in the benefits section.

Health care update 

The college will offer a High Deductible Health Plan and Health Savings Account along with a traditional plan for 2017. Open enrollment meetings for 2017 benefits will be held in Mott, Dahl Centennial Union at the times listed below:

Tuesday, Nov. 1: 4-5 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 1:
 5:15-6:15 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 2
: 8-9 a.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 2
: 9:15-10:15 a.m

Health care plan prescription drug coverage

Employees on Luther's health care plan recently received a mailing that included an "Important Notice from Luther College About Your Prescription Drug Coverage and Medicare." Medicare requires this annual notice be sent to participants on the UMR health plan. It states that the drug coverage from the college meets or exceeds Medicare requirements. Those applying for a Medicare Drug Plan you will be required to provide proof of previous drug coverage. No action is required at this time unless you or a dependent on Luther's plan are applying for a Medicare Drug Plan. Please contact Marsha Wenthold, <mwenthold> or 387-1415, with questions.

Davis Projects for Peace

Luther has been invited to participate in the summer 2017 Davis Projects for Peace. Since 2007, Luther students have carried out summer peace projects in 14 different countries around the world. Luther students, working alone or in groups, interested in designing and implementing their own grassroots projects for peace are encouraged to submit proposals of three pages or less byJan. 15. Each project selected receives funding of $10,000. For additional details and to receive application information, contact Jon Lund, <lundjon>.

Just Action's 'Black Lives Matter: A Declaration of the Value of All Life' statement

In the face of repeated and ongoing revelations of systemic violence against black people across the nation, the Just Action Group has been working to author a statement affirming our support of "Black Lives Matter" and our commitment to black students, faculty and staff at Luther. We invite departments, organizations and individuals to consider endorsing the statement. We believe a public statement endorsed by all members of the Luther community tells all students, staff and faculty that our community is committed to inclusion and respect for the value of all lives.

New admissions visit page

Check out the new admissions "Plan a Visit" page on the Luther website. This is now the entry point for all prospective students and their families who wish to visit Luther. Our goal is to highlight individual visits (in addition to visit events), offer a visual and enticing preview of the visit and provide a clear call to action. Please direct questions and feedback to Travis Huinker, <huintr01>.

Employee Wellness fall activities registration

Register for yoga, Pilates and tai chi classes that begin soon and run for six weeks with no classes week of Thanksgiving. All activities will be held in the CFA Studio 2. The cost is $24 for each six week session and is open to current employees and spouses. To register please email <wellness>. Payment is due before the first day of class by cash or check to Luther College. Drop off or campus mail to Vicky Jaeger.

  • Tai Chi: Tuesdays, 5-6 p.m., Nov. 1-Dec. 6
  • Pilates: Wednesdays, 11:10 a.m.-12 p.m., Oct. 26-Dec. 7
  • Yoga: Thursdays, 12:45-1:35 p.m., Oct. 27-Dec. 8

Book Shop news

Squirrel on over to the Book Shop for a nutty Halloween party from 8:45 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28. There will be in-store discounts up to 25 percent off and a fun red, white and blue atmosphere to preview the Nov. 8 squirrel election day.

The Book Shop is also getting a mascot, a squirrel to be exact, and we want you to help us name it. Submit your entries at the Nutty Halloween party and vote from the top three name picks Tuesday, Nov. 8 from 8:45 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Make your vote count!

Are you tracking or slacking?

As first quarter has now ended, facilities services is sending a friendly reminder to please track airline mileage for use on the college's Carbon Footprint report. Luther has committed to keeping an inventory of its greenhouse gas emissions on an annual basis as part of the process to track the college's carbon footprint. This commitment requires that we gather information related to all faculty, staff and student air travel miles paid for and/or reimbursed by the college, as well as college visitors flown to Luther on college expense. The Air Mileage Form can be found here.

Technology Help Desk tip of the month: enforcing workstation locking

On Wednesday, Oct. 12, ITS deployed an update to all faculty and staff workstations to improve security. The update will lock your workstation after 25 minutes of inactivity. To unlock your workstation, enter your Norse Key password.

If you use your laptop for presentations, to avoid your laptop locking during the presentation, move the mouse every 15-20 minutes. ITS recommends you lock your workstation every time you leave your work area, even if only for a couple of minutes. For details on locking your workstation, click here.

This additional measure is being implemented to improve security campus-wide. Contact the Technology Help Desk with questions.

Locking your Windows computer screen:

  • Windows logo key + L
  • Ctrl + Alt + Delete (once) - Lock this computer
  • Click on Windows Start menu - click arrow beside "shut down" - click Lock

Locking your MAC computer screen:

  • Control + Shift + Eject
  • Control + Shift + Power
  • Unlock: Use use your Mac password.

Volunteer opportunities

Get out and enjoy Luther's natural areas by participating in volunteer events. Upcoming opportunities include helping with prescribed fires and buckthorn removal. Students and the wider community are welcome to participate. Those interested in participating in the prescribed fire crew must attend a training session at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25, in Valders Room 362. Contact Molly McNicoll, <mcnimo01>, to find out more about these opportunities.


    Chapel this week

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

    Wednesday, Oct. 26: Dean E. Johnson
    Friday, Oct. 28: Susan Schmidt
    Monday, Oct. 31: Anne Edison-Albright

    Home sporting events this week

    Oct. 29: Swimming and diving vs. St. Thomas, 1 p.m.

    Events this week

    Oct. 27: Guest Recital: Chad Eby Quartet, 7:30 p.m., CFL Recital Hall
    Oct. 28: Faculty Artist Series: Tara Meade, flute, 7:30 p.m., NRH; Chad Eby Quartet Jam Session, 9 p.m., Marty's
    Oct. 29: Faculty Artist Seires: Brad Schultz, organ, 7:30 p.m. CFL Main Hall
    Nov. 1: Paideia Texts and Issues Lecture: Rachel Brummel, 7 p.m., CFL Recital Hall

    Guest Lecture: Dean E. Johnson

    The United States is a good place to live and work, but our nation faces some definite challenges. Dean E. Johnson, ’69, retired Army General, Minnesota State Senator, Lutheran Pastor and University of Minnesota Regent will deliver his talk, "America's Challenges...Thoughts on Repair and Healing" at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25, in the CFL Recital Hall. The event is open to the public with no charge for admission. Sponsored by the Center for Ethics and Public Engagement.

    Art exhibit: "Things We Do Not Say"

    "Things We Do Not Say," an art exhibit featuring the work of wedded duo Jordan Acker Anderson and Josh Anderson will be on display from Oct. 25 to Dec. 9 in the Kristin Wigley-Fleming Fine Arts Gallery in the CFA. The artists will speak about their exhibition at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2 in Room 203 of Luther's Center for the Arts. A gallery reception will be held 3-5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3. Both events are open to the public with no charge for admission.

    Guest Recital: Chad Eby Quartet

    The Chad Eby Quartet will give a guest jazz recital at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27 in the CFL Recital Hall. The recital features Eby's "The Sweet Shel Suite," a nine-movement work which is inspired by the poetry of Shel Silverstein. Students will have the opportunity to work with Chad Eby in masterclasses and in a live jam session at 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28 in Marty's. Both events are free of charge and open to the public.

    Haunted lab

    Luther's Physics and Chemistry departments invite community members to experience optical illusions and laser displays and enjoy the mystifying side of science during a Haunted Lab 6-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, and 1-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29. The event is open to the public with no charge for admission.

    The Haunted Lab is held in Valders Hall of Science on the lower level of the east wing. Signs will be posted to guide visitors to the lab.

    Student recitals

    Chris O'Connell '18, will perform a trombone recital at 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29.

    Sara Byom, '18, will perform an alto saxophone recital at 8:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4.

    Fiona Edberg, '18, will perform a violin recital at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5.

    Meredith Diebold, '18, and Jaime Webb, '17, will perform a voice recital at 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5.

    Kierra Blackstad, '17, will perform an oboe recital at 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6.

    Student recitals are held in Noble Recital Hall and are followed by a reception. Both recitals and receptions are open to the public with no charge for admission.

    Hemp Prize recital: Namuun Tsend-Ayush

    Luther College senior Namuun Tsend-Ayush will give the Richard C. and Joann Hemp Family Prize Recital at 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, in the NRH. Earlier this year, Tsend-Ayush received the Hemp Family Prize for Orchestral Performance. The Richard C. and Joann M. Hemp Family Prize for Orchestra Performance is awarded annually to a rising senior who is an outstanding member of the Luther College Symphony Orchestra.

    Residence hall trick-or-treating

    Luther residence hall trick-or-treating is offered 5:30-7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31, in the first-year residence halls. Luther community members are welcome to bring their families trick-or-treating through Ylvisaker Hall, Olson Hall and Brandt Hall. Participating rooms are identified by an orange pumpkin on the door. There will also be cookie decorating in Olson, craft making in Brandt and games in Ylvisaker. Please join Residence Life for trick-or-treating in the halls where the weather is always nice.

    Paideia Texts and Issues: Rachel Brummel

    The 2016-17 Paideia Texts and Issues Lecture Series "Who Do You Trust?" continues at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1 in the CFL Recital Hall. Rachel Brummel explores how, in a world where people's environmental fates are intertwined, building trust among actors in the commons should be the primary project of environmental politics. Her lecture is titled "Trust in Commons: On Interdependence and Saving the World." Reception to follow in Qualley Lounge.

    Guest Lecutre: Farida Jalalzai

    Farida Jalalzai, the Luther College Women and Gender Studies program's fall 2016 Price Lecturer, will deliver the lecture, "The Global Dimensions of Women's Leadership" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2, in Valders Room 206. Jalalzai is the Hannah Atkins endowed chair and associate professor of political science at Oklahoma State University. The Price Lecture is open to the public with no charge for admission.

    Center Stage Series: Judgement at Nuremberg

    Commemorating the 75th anniversary of World War II, L.A. Theatre Works will perform the classic play "Judgment at Nuremberg" at Luther. The Center Stage Series performance begins at7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, in the Main Hall of the CFL. The play follows the trials of those who assisted the Nazi party in committing crimes against humanity during World War II. A discussion led by associate professor Victoria Christman will follow the performance.

    "Perpetuating the Two-Party System: How Our System Sidelines Independent Candidates"

    Independent Michael Luick-Thrams and Libertarian Charles Aldrich are running to represent Iowa in United States Senate, but aren't widely known - and that's exactly how those in power like it. Come find out how institutionalized hurdles to gaining access to the public political discourse keep the United States stuck in a two-party system and how these two men are pushing back. Join the Center for Ethics and Public Engagement for a brown-bag discussion. Bring some food, questions and suggestions 12:30-1:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4 in Mott.

    SAC Spotlight presents SIRES and Halfloves

    SIRES and Halfloves, two Iowa-based indie rock bands, will bring their modern sounds to campus for a one-night-only concert event. The Student Activities Council invites the community to come enjoy the performance at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4, in Marty's. Tickets for the event are $8 and are available for purchase at the Ticket Office or at the door the night of the event. SIRES has toured around the US and Japan, and opened for acts like Mumford & Sons, Mac DeMarco and of Montreal.


    Celebrations this week


    Oct. 25: Ellen Modersohn
    Oct. 27: Judy Boese
    Oct. 29: Joy Conrad, Scott Hurley
    Oct. 31: Joni Rollinger, Steve Busta, Tracy Elsbernd


    Lauren Anderson, assistant professor of Africana studies and history, married Heidi Otto on Oct. 15 in a small, lovely wedding ceremony in Phelps Park.

    New positions and titles

    Krista Holland started as the Assistant Director of the Center for Ethics and Public Engagement on Oct. 20. Her office is Koren 210, telephone 387-1621.


    Jill Wilson's chapter titled "College and Community Choir Member Views of an Intergenerational Ensemble" was recently published in Contemporary Research in Music Learning Across the Lifespan. Dr. Jennifer Bugos, of the University of South Florida, was editor of the book published by Routledge.

    Scott Carlson and colleagues at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Penn State have published the chapter, "Mechanisms Underlying Essential Hypertension: Neurogenic and Non-neurogenic Contributors" in "Hypertension and Stroke: Pathophysiology and Management (2nd edition)," published by Humana Press.

    Bethany Krepela '95, Twin Cities-based Development Officer, presented "Marketing for Ongoing Success" at ALDE's EnLIGHTen Essentials training on Wednesday, Oct. 19 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.


    Temporary housing wanted: Responsible Luther alum looking for temporary housing  Dec. 1-Jan. 6 between housing arrangements. Willing to house sit, pet sit, plant sit, sublet or rent. Will be gone for the holidays Dec. 24-Jan. 1. Contact Alex, <robial01>.

    Nanny wanted: Looking for a responsible student to help watch our four-year-old daughter. Duties involve picking her up from school, watching her on weekends occasionally and driving her to different classes. Nanny must be flexible, have their own car and have experience with children. Weekly schedule is 4-6 p.m. Monday-Friday. Contact Melissa, [email protected] or call 419-1465.

    For sale: Home on the west side of Decorah for sale by owner. Address is 501 Leif Erickson Drive, located across from Sunnyside Hill. This four-bedroom, three-bathroom, well-maintained home is in a great neighborhood. Asking price is $279,000. Contact Margaret, [email protected] or (612)-750-8783.

    For sale: Barely used Walker Edison twin-over-twin metal bunk bed with two mattresses. Asking $80 from $199 retail price. Buyer picks up, disassembly may be required. Contact Anna, <desafr01>.

    Free: 50 gallon aquarium with filter, heater and tank stand. 10 gallon aquarium with filter and stand. Contact Jim Jermier, <jim.jermier>.

    Wanted: Luther senior looking for short-employment (babysitting, dog walking, etc). Contact Michole, <farrmi01>.

    For sale: Goldendoodle puppies, $950 each, will be available during the first week of November. The mother is a loving, standard poodle (white with black spots, 50 lbs) and father is a Goldendoodle (golden color, 60 lbs). They are currently receiving tons of love and socialization. Three females and one male available. First come first served to good homes. Photos of the newest member of your family can be found here. Contact Miriam, <mbskrade>.

    Free: Large exercise/balance ball free to a good home. Contact Megan <minnme01>.

    Books wanted: Used and inexpensive Stephen King novels needed for a project. Contact Andy, <hagean03>.

    For sale: Four 4.5 HP Toro snow blowers. All are model number CCR2000, two purchased in 1994 and two in 1995. All but one in ready to use condition. Used by snow removal crew and can be viewed at the grounds office. Email bids by the snow blower number to <hackiv01> by noon Wednesday, Nov. 2. Facilities Services reserves the right to reject any and all bids.


    And finally...

    With Halloween fast approaching, please take time to be safe whether or not you're out trick-or-treating. In addition to taking children trick-or-treating in the first-year residence halls, the city of Decorah announced that this year's city-wide trick-or-treating hours are from 4-8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31.

    Several area nursing homes invite area children to come trick-or-treat including Wellington Place and Wellington Place Assisted Living from 3:30-5 p.m., Aase Haugen from 3:30-5 p.m., and Eastern Star from 4-5:30 p.m.

    Stone Ridge Community Church is sponsoring Trunk-or-Treat, a Halloween event for the entire community, from 5-6:30 p.m.in the Decorah Fareway parking lot. 
    Children are invited to trick-or-treat from vehicle to vehicle; all vehicles and their owners will be dressed in Halloween costumes.

    For the adults:

    • When out driving, slow down in residential neighborhoods, taking extra care to watch for pedestrians (mummies, witches and goblins too).
    • As always, make a plan to get home safe after a night out with the spirits.

    For the youth:

    • Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors. Since masks can sometimes obstruct a child’s vision, try non-toxic face paint and makeup whenever possible.
    • Have kids use glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers.
    • If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, remind them to stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.
    • When selecting a costume make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls.