Tuesday, March 13

TUESDAY 3/13/2018

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Information and update on weekend incident

Following the hate incident over the weekend when the symbols "KKK" and a swastika were stomped into the snow on the football field, the college held a "Litany of Solidarity" and a college conversation. The campus community received three emails regarding this incident; the full email messages are available at http://luther.edu/president/speeches.

The president would like to invite students, faculty and staff to participate in follow-up community conversations, including suggestions for next steps, with members of Luther's College Ministries, Counseling Service, Diversity Center and President's office on Wednesday, March 14, in the Mott Room in Dahl Centennial Union, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Cabinet will review the feedback from all the conversations and identify the priority actions the college must take to address the concerns and issues raised.

Campus Safety and Security is actively investigating every lead regarding the hate symbols. We strongly encourage you to share any information you have–nothing is too minor to share. If you have any information, please call Campus Safety and Security at 387-2111. You may also report using the bias incident report form on the website. If you need support, people in the following departments are prepared to support you:

  • College Ministries, 387-1040
  • Counseling Service, 387-1375
  • Diversity Center, 387-1014
  • Student Life Office, 387-1020

If you need a safe ride or walk from any point on campus, call Campus Safety and Security 387-2111. If there is an emergency, please call Campus Safety and Security 387-2111 or 911.

Seeking Building Marshal volunteers

The Emergency Response Team is seeking volunteers to serve as Building Marshals in non-residential campus buildings. Building Marshals are current members of the faculty and/or staff who agree to assist during safety related events within their building. They might assist with the evacuation of buildings during fire alarms, help with the implementation of emergency procedures or serve as a first point of contact in an emergency if Campus Safety and Security is not readily available. Those who volunteer for the program should have a work schedule that places them in their respective areas when the building has the heaviest use. Fill out this form if you are willing to volunteer to be a Building Marshal.


Duval and Shutts join Board of Regents

Luther President Paula Carlson announced that alumnae Shannon Duval and Anjela Shutts will join Luther's Board of Regents. "We are excited to welcome Shannon Duval and Anjela Shutts to the Board of Regents," said President Carlson. "These are two dedicated alumnae who have been actively involved in serving the college and will continue to do so with energy, commitment and wisdom as regents of the college."

Armed intruder training today

Members of the Luther community are invited to attend an armed intruder training Tuesday, March 13, in Olin 102. Sessions are 4-5 p.m. and 6-7 p.m. The training will focus on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's "Run, Hide, Fight" model. Bob Harri, Luther director of safety and security, and Kris Franzen, assistant dean for student life, will lead the training.

Federal Income Tax withholding form update

The IRS released the 2018 Form W-4 and an updated Withholding Calculator to help employees determine proper withholding amounts. Completed 2017 tax returns and year-to-date 2018 pay advices from my.luther may be helpful for employees using the Withholding Calculator. The IRS is urging the following taxpayer groups to check their withholding and, if necessary, complete a new W-4:

  • Two-income families.
  • Those with two or more jobs at the same time or who only work part of the year.
  • Those with children who claim credits such as the Child Tax Credit.
  • Those who itemized deductions in 2017.
  • Those with high incomes and more complex tax returns.

Questions about 2018 federal income tax withholding may be answered by the IRS Withholding Calculator Frequently Asked Questions list. Updated W-4 forms, if necessary, should be submitted to the Payroll Office, 387-1135.

March staff meetings this week

The March staff meetings are this week in Peace Dining Room: 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 14, and 9 a.m. Thursday, March 15.

Individual TIAA counseling sessions March 28-29

TIAA announces individual counseling sessions: 8:30 a.m.-4:15 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday, March 28-29. Space is limited. Register online or by calling (800) 732-8353 between 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday. Sessions will be held Main 30.

Changes to HSA contributions

The 2018 contribution limit for health savings accounts linked to family coverage will be $6,850—not $6,900, as the IRS previously announced. The IRS recalculated the limit because the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that passed at the end of 2017 applies the so-called chained consumer price index to increases in HSA and a few other employee benefit contribution limits. The IRS released this notice March 5. Please contact HR/Payroll if an adjustment to HSA payroll deductions is needed.

Krahn Family Student Life Service Award

Nominations for the Krahn Family Student Life Service Award must be for current sophomore and junior students who have demonstrated a strong contribution to campus life in a way that embraces the spirit and mission of Luther College. Any student, faculty or staff member may nominate a student. This award is designed to recognize a student who makes a positive impact to student life. The $1,000 award is expected to be over and above any financial assistance a student receives. The nomination form can be found here. Nominations due by April 4.

Kuh Family 'Positively Luther' Award

The Kuh Family "Positively Luther" award is given each year to a student whose character, leadership and participation in co-curricular and other educationally purposeful activities enhance the quality of campus life. The recipient must be in good academic standing with a demonstrated need for financial assistance. This $5,000 award is expected to be over and above the financial aid package offered by the College. Students may apply for this award through April 4.

Faculty and staff appreciation day in the Caf

Celebrate faculty and staff appreciation day Wednesday, March 14. Show a faculty/staff Luther ID and get 50 percent off lunch in the cafeteria. Do you occasionally or frequently dine in the cafeteria? A faculty/staff meal plan offers the flexibility of dining any day in the Cafeteria with a swipe of a faculty/staff ID. Get 20 meals at only $6.10 each. To learn more go to www.luther.edu/dining/facultystaff/.

Dining Dollars on sale now

Did you know Luther faculty and staff can put dining dollars on their account? Dining Dollars can be used anywhere food can be purchased on campus: Marty's, Oneota Market, Sunnyside Cafe, C-Store, Nordic Brew, Grab-N-Go, Peace Brunch and the cafeteria. Right now, buy $50 dining dollars for only $40. Fill out the form or stop in the Dining Services Office. This offer is only good through Sunday, March 18.

National school walkout March 14

Join Educators for Social Justice and Student Senate in walking out of class at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 14, to stand in solidarity with the 17 victims of the Parkland school shooting as part of the #Enough! National School Walkout. Students, faculty, staff and administrators are welcome to meet on the steps of the CFL to remember, reflect and respond to the gun violence that is plaguing our schools.

Wellness series: 'Answers to your wellness questions'

Have a random health or wellness question? Questions about the even year screenings or the results of a screening? Or just want to get to know wellness staff and the opportunities they offer? Stop by Borlaug between 9:30-9:55 a.m., noon-12:25 p.m., or 5:15-5:40 p.m. Monday, March 19, or Monday, April 23, for open question and answer sessions. Email <wellness> with questions.

CEPE spring book groups, round 2

There are more conversations to be had with new book group offerings. Topics span religion, politics, the environment and more, with a few of the authors coming to campus (and a few groups meeting at Pulpit Rock). Books are provided. To learn more and to sign up, visit cepe.

Open forum for faculty and staff

The Shared Governance Task Force has been charged with identifying the strengths and weaknesses of Luther's current governance structure and proposing any necessary reforms. For the past few months, the group has been meeting with the committees involved in shared governance and now would like to meet with the broader faculty and staff. Faculty and staff are encouraged to attend one of the following three open forums, all of which will be held in Valders 262: 9:40-10:50 a.m. Tuesday, March 13; 9:40-10:50 a.m. Thursday, March 15; and 7-8:15 p.m. Thursday, March 15. There will also be an additional opportunity for faculty to discuss shared governance at the AAUP chapter meeting at 4 p.m. Friday in Preus Library Hovde Room.

Weight Watchers group on campus

Wellness is exploring the level of interest in bringing a Weight Watchers group to campus. If there was enough interest (15+ people), the group would consist of 13 meetings starting in April on campus. The cost of the program would be $156, and Wellness would reimburse $36 to each participant who completes the program. If you have questions or are interested in participating, email <wellness> by Friday, March 16.

Employee Wellness spring second session fitness class registration

Sign up for the second six-week session spring classes of wellness subsidized employee Fitness Classes. Details and the registration form are available on the online fitness class site. Classes are open to current employees and their spouses. Email <wellness> with any questions. 

Image Management Agreement with Ricoh

In an effort to seek college-wide cost savings and improve efficiencies, Luther is collaborating with Ricoh to change the way that we provide and maintain printers and copiers. We are moving to an Image Management Agreement. This means Ricoh will manage, assign and service all print devices across campus, and Luther will continue to pay Ricoh on a per-click basis. For more information, see Image Management Agreement with Ricoh.

Sign up for a CSA rebate

Luther College faculty and staff are eligible for a 50 percent reimbursement (up to $100) on Community Supported Agriculture shares. Check out participating farms and sign up today to participate in the Luther CSA Reimbursement Program. The reimbursement will be handled through payroll this year. This program is jointly sponsored by the Health Care Fund, Wellness Program and Center for Sustainable Communities.

Book Shop news

Grad Finale
Grad Finale is 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Tuesday-Wednesday, March 13-14, in the Union. All 2018 grads need to stop by to pick-up their cap and gowns and can also receive $25 off diploma frames, pick up commencement tickets, purchase a class ring, review and update their diploma, learn more about senior giving, pre-order a commencement DVD, and receive a cookie when stopping by the Career Center table. Those who vote for an outstanding senior will receive a key chain plus a chance to win a $25 gift card. Help celebrate the class of 2018. Congratulations Norse!

Book spotlight
Congratulate Amy Weldon, associate professor of English, on her new book, "The Hands-On Life." The book is in stock and ready for purchase in the Book Shop.

Books in stock
The Book Shop is ready for spring semester lectures and book signings. There are books available by authors coming to campus this spring:

  • "Freaks and Revelations," is a book based on March 6 lecturer Matt Boger.
  • "The General's Son" and "Injustice" are in for the Miko Peled lecture and book signing Sunday, April 22.
  • "Lights Out" is in for the Ted Koppel lecture, Tuesday, May 1.

Alumnus book spotlight
Jennifer Gipp '04, and Barrett Gipp '02, have co-authored a new book, "Out of the Shadows." The book is hot off the press and for sale in the Book Shop. The book is also available on the Book Shop's website.

Congratulate Mark Tiedemann '80, on his new book, "The Belle of Nagasaki." The book is available for purchase in the Book Shop.

Get lucky week
Stop in the Book Shop Monday-Saturday, March 12-17, for in-store promotions and take an additional 25 percent off clearance.


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, March 14: Anne Edison-Albright
Friday, March 16: Katy Roets, senior chapel
Monday, March 19: Wanda Deifelt

Events this week

Tuesday, March 13: Grad finale, 9:30 a.m., Union; Guest Lecture, Kathleen Brown-Rice, 7 p.m., Valders 206
Wednesday, March 14: Grad finale, 9:30 a.m., Union; Sihler Lecture: Craig Monson, "Finding their Voice: Music and Architecture in the Convents of Italy," 7:30 p.m., CFL Recital Hall
Thursday, March 15: Faculty Artist Series: Nicholas Shaneyfelt: Song + 1, 7:30 p.m., CFL Recital Hall
Friday, March 16: Admitted Student Visit Day, all day
Saturday, March 17: Faculty Artist Series: Luther College Piano Quartet, 4 p.m., Noble Recital Hall; Center Stage Series: EVIDENCE-A Dance Company, 7:30 p.m., CFL Main Hall
Sunday, March 18: Faculty Artist Series: Carla Hanson, voice, 2 p.m., Noble Recital Hall

NQFL March 13

The next Not Quite Free Lunch is 11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, in the Nobel Room, sponsored by Wellness. Boost social and emotional wellness by getting away from the typical work space and mingling with folks from across campus. The charge is $5, payable by cash, check, or Luther ID. The meal includes main course options, sides and dessert. Contact Wellness, <wellness> with questions.

'Understanding and Nurturing Resiliency' March 13

What is resiliency and how can we further develop resiliency both in children as well as adults? Kathleen Brown-Rice, chair of division of counseling and psychology in education and associate professor of counselor education at the University of South Dakota, will discuss the neurological factors of resiliency and how resiliency is developed during a guest lecture at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, in Valders Room 206 in a lecture titled, "Understanding and Nurturing Resiliency."

Craig Monson to give Sihler Lecture March 14

Considered both a stumbling block on the way to perfection and a dangerous enchantment to male listeners, singing was discouraged for Italian nuns of the 16th and 17th centuries. Craig Monson, professor emeritus of music at Washington University in St. Louis, will explore how Italian nuns worked the restrictive limitations of the church to their advantage in "Finding their Voice: Music and Architecture in the Convents of Italy." Serving as Luther College's Sihler Memorial Lecture, "Finding their Voice," is at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 14, in the CFL Recital Hall. The presentation will include a performance by Luther College's student-led choir, Jubilus.

Dialogue on gun control March 15

Faculty, staff and students are invited to a conversation on gun control in America at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 15, in Hovde Room. The dialogue will dig in to this divisive issue to try to understand perspectives from all sides. It is sponsored by CEPE.

Platform on effective activism March 15

Join a conversation on channeling your voice into effective activism at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 15, in Olin 102. The event will be facilitated by Jennifer Mandelblatt, Founder of Platform, a Washington D.C. based organization that aims to "ensure young women's voices influence political choices about our bodies, our lives and our futures." The event will include dialogue on intersectional feminism in the modern political environment, advocacy training, information on how to empower yourself and other young women in your life, and more.

FAS features Song + 1 March 15

Featuring a collection of Scandinavian songs, performed by members of the Luther vocal coaching studio, Luther's Nicholas Shaneyfelt presents the Faculty Artist Series: Song + 1 at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 15, in the CFL Recital Hall. The Art Song program features Shaneyfelt accompanying the vocal coaching studio students on selections sung in Danish, Finnish, Norwegian and Swedish.

Student recitals

Friday, March 16
Senior Chun Li will present a voice recital at 7 p.m.

Saturday, March 17
Junior David Blackstad will present a saxophone recital at 7 p.m.

Sunday, March 18
Senior Charles Craig will give the Richard C. and Joann M. Hemp Family Prize Recital at 4 p.m.

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

Electric municipalization conversation March 16

What does electric municipalization mean for Luther College? Ask questions and learn more about efforts underway in the Decorah community to investigate public power from 9:30-10:30 Friday, March 16, in Hovde Lounge. Jim Martin-Schramm and Eric Runestad will be available for conversation, coffee and snacks.

BTQ Talent Show March 16

Beta Theta Omega presents a Black Panther Themed Talent Show at 7 p.m. Friday, March 16, at Marty's. This is an annual event that aims to raise money for a good cause, with this year's proceeds going to the Luther Diversity Center Book Fund and Machecheta pre-school in Malawi. Tickets are on sale outside Marty's March 10-16 for $3 and are $5 at the door. For more information email <btq>.

Piano Quartet to perform March 17

Luther College Piano Quartet is presenting a program of piano quartets and a piano trio at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 17, in Noble Recital Hall. The program features works by Gustav Mahler, Paul Schoenfield and Schumann.

CSS presents EVIDENCE March 17

Center Stage Series presents EVIDENCE at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 17, in the CFL Main Hall. Enjoy this traditional African dance blended with contemporary choreography. Founded by Ronald K. Brown in 1985, EVIDENCE promotes the understanding of the human experience in the African diaspora. Tickets are available at tickets.luther.edu.

Hanson and Urkijo to present Faculty Artist Series performance

Performing works by Claude Debussy, Henri Duparc, Richard Strauss, Gian Carlo Menotti and Samuel Barber, Luther's Carla Thelen Hanson and her collaborator Ainhoa Urkijo will present a recital at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 18, in the Noble Recital Hall. Joining Hanson and Urkijo are Luther music faculty Philip Borter on cello, Rachel Brandwein on harp, Igor Kalnin on violin, Spencer Martin on violin, Rebecca Boehm Shaffer on French horn, and Virginia Strauss on violin.

Iversen to speak at the Woman's Club meeting March 20

Philip Iversen will present "Iceland in the Heart of Winter" at the March meeting of the Luther Woman's Club, at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, in Peace Dining Room. Shuttle service from the Decorah pool lot leaves at 1:10 p.m. Call Bonnie Warrington, LCWC president, 382-4288, with questions.

Ailabouni and Kaufmann to perform March 20

Featuring all original compositions, Jon Ailabouni will perform a trumpet recital with guest pianist James J. Kaufmann at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, in Noble Recital Hall. The performance includes original compositions by both performers. Ailabouni's compositions include "Super(hero) Song," "We Will Meet Again," and "Head Dive." Kaufmann's featured works include "Golberg Bossa," "Tsure Naki," "Love Dance."

Final Paideia Texts and Issues lecture March 20

David Kamm and Lise Kildegaard will discuss strangeness and art in the final Paideia Texts and Issues lecture of the 2017-18 series at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, in the CFL Recital Hall. A reception will follow in Qualley Lounge. Kamm and Kildegaard will discuss how works of art can help to confront and address challenges of violence, hatred and racism. Kamm created a series of pieces, using re-purposed materials such as hate literature and bullet shells, that encompass the tragedy and horror that seems to be a constant in daily news, while leaving room for beauty. As an interactive event, Kamm and Kildegaard will explore how art can further the progress of change.

Violinist Dan Auerbach to perform March 21

Recognized for his performances across the U.S., Canada and Israel, visiting concert violinist Dan Auerbach will give a recital at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 21, in Noble Recital Hall. Auerbach will perform J.S. Bach's "Partita in D Minor for Solo Violin" BWV 1004 in five movements. Known for its lengthy chaconne, this piece emerged from a period in Bach's career in which he was exploring the "church sonata" form, possibly inspired by Arcangelo Corelli's work.

Register for Women, Faith, and Finance seminar

Luther is hosting the 14th annual Women, Faith, and Finance seminar at the Hotel Winneshiek Friday, April 6. Women of all ages are invited to learn more about financial management, retirement and estate planning, and charitable giving. Cost is $30. Bring a friend and each save $5. First 75-paid registrants receive their choice between two resource books. To register, go to www.luther.edu/wff or email, <lovellje> for more information. 


Celebrations this week


March 13: Tom Berger
March 14: April Rowe Neal
March 15: Joan Beckman, Tricia Crary
March 16: Jodi Meyer-Mork
March 17: Jamie Gavle, Thomas Piazza
March 19: Michele Rolan, Patrick Reicks

Donations for Ruth Kath

Colleague Ruth Kath had a house fire on Tuesday, March 6, and much of her house and belongings were destroyed. Cash or gift donations are being accepted until Tuesday, April 3, by Lori Ostlie in Main 215, the Language Learning Center, or Tricia Crary in College Ministries in the CFL.  Donations can also be sent to Lori Ostlie through campus mail.

Position opening

Full-time admissions communications assistant: The assistant will process inquiries for admissions information, prepare data for entry into integrated software system and coordinate mailings to prospective students. Other duties include managing admissions materials, including ordering, receiving, storing, and sending as well as answering incoming telephone calls and scheduling appointments. Qualified candidates have a high school diploma or equivalent and are proficient in Microsoft Office Suite. One-year experience in a comparable office position preferred.

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


Beth Ray Westlund has completed the required training and evaluation to be licensed as an Andover Educator (Body Mapping teacher). Andover Educators work primarily with musicians to train awareness and movement in order to enhance performance and avoid injury.

Diane Scholl served as academic adviser for an edition of Harriet Beecher Stowe's stories, published by Layman Poupard Publishing.


Wanted: An opportunity to house or pet sit this summer for a faculty or staff member whose house is near to campus. Also willing to stay for a short or long period of time during the summer and do a few short-term house sitting jobs. Looking for a cheaper alternative of housing while working on campus. Also open to renting a house around campus with friends for a decent cost. If interested, contact Kim, <chhaki01>.

Wanted: An opportunity to house sit over the summer from the beginning of June to the beginning of the 2018 fall semester. Flexible with scheduling, great with animals and very tidy. Contact Samantha, <bratsa01>, with inquiries.

Wanted: Two-bedroom apartment/house for rent in Decorah. Current lease up at end of May, but flexible with moving date, either earlier or later. Family with no smoking or pets. Please contact Philip, <bortph01>, with any options or leads.

For rent: Four-bedroom home sharing accommodations available starting May 1. Some private spaces and some shared spaces. Fully furnished. Includes attached garage parking, laundry, well-appointed kitchen and other household items available for use. No smoking. Available for the summer, the 2018-19 academic year or both periods and potentially longer. Contact Judy, (717) 599-1023 or <[email protected]>, with inquiries.

For rent: Two bedroom upstairs apartment with hardwood floors in a residential house duplex on West Water Street. $550/month. A short walk to Vesterheim, Java John's and the Oneota Co-op. No smoking, no pets. Water, gas included. Tenant pays own electric and shovels the front walk. Off street parking available. Contact Judd, <[email protected]> or (608) 397-3570, with inquiries.

For sale: Bare-bones desktop computer: ATX box, Antec HE550 power supply, ASUS P5N-D MB, 6 GB RAM, Intel dual-core E5300 CPU, ASUS Radeon HD 4350 graphics, DVD R/W. $30. Supports SATA and ATA drives. No hard drive, keyboard, display or mouse. Stable and quiet. Was running Windows 10. Contact Eric, <baacer01>, for inquiries.

For sale: One tabletop desktop hard drive. $30. New Western Digital SATA hard drive. Does not include cables or mounting hardware. Contact Eric, <baacer01>, for inquiries. 

For sale: Sofa sleeper in good condition. $50. Upholstery is brown/dark blue tweed look. Contact Mona, 380-2681 or email <nelsonra>, with inquiries.


And finally...

Beware of the Ides of March on March 15, known in history as the day Julius Caesar was assassinated in 44 B.C. But is it truly a cursed day? Check out these other events that happened to fall on March 15:

  • A French raid on Southern England in 1360, leading to a 48-hour murder spree.
  • A Samoan cyclone in 1889, wrecking six warships and leaving more than 200 sailors dead.
  • Russian Czar Nicholas II abdicated his thrown in 1917.
  • Nazi troops invaded Bohemia and Moravia in Czechoslovakia in 1939.
  • A Saturday night blizzard in the northern Great Plains in 1941, leaving more than 60 people dead.
  • World-record rainfall on the island of La Réunion in 1952, dumping 73.62 inches of rain in 24 hours.
  • The "Ed Sullivan Show" was cancelled in 1971 after 23 years of air.
  • A report by NASA in 1988 that the ozone layer is disappearing three times faster than predicted.
  • A global alert was issued for SARS, or Sudden Acute Respiratory Syndrome, in 2003.