Tuesday, March 27

TUESDAY 3/27/2018

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Comprehensive leadership assessment 

Last week, faculty and staff received an email about the Board of Regents' process for the comprehensive leadership assessment scheduled for Mid-April. For the complete list of faculty and staff invited to participate in the small group discussions, click here. 


Increased security presence

Following the recent hate act on campus, the college has arranged for additional coverage at key times by Luther Campus Safety and Security, and Decorah Police have increased their presence on our campus. As the investigation remains open and active, the community is strongly encouraged to share any information on the incident with Campus Safety and Security at 387-2111.

Larsen Hall—Center for Global Learning entrance

Beginning Tuesday, April 3, the exterior door located on the west side of the building will be continuously locked similar to all other residence hall entrances. For those who need to access the Center for Global Learning or the Larsen 120 classroom, please have your Luther ID with you to use the card access system and enter the building. This step has been taken in order to improve security for residents living in Larsen Hall.

'Journeys and Hospitalities' theme for 2018-19 Texts and Issues Lecture Series

The Paideia Endowment Governing Board invites members of the Luther community to propose presentations on the theme "Journeys and Hospitalities" for the 2018-19 Texts and Issues Lecture Series. Participants are encouraged to address the theme from the perspective of a wide variety of texts drawn from the arts, sciences and humanities. If interested in participating in the series, please go online and submit a tentative title and a brief 250-word proposal by Friday, April 13.

Paideia summer reading announced

The Paideia 111-112 planning committee is pleased to announce "The Odyssey," translated by Emily Wilson, as the 2018 summer reading. Wilson's new book—the first English translation of "The Odyssey" by a woman—has given us a reason to return to a favorite text. The main theme of "The Odyssey" is a homecoming theme: Odysseus and the other Greek heroes of the Trojan War are returning to homes that are very different from the ones they left. Their story includes many incredible adventures, while also prompting us to think about journeys and how we welcome the stranger at our door. 

Summer hours and 2018-19 holiday schedule

Summer hours begin Monday, May 28. For more information about summer hours, plus the holiday schedule for summer 2018 and the 2018-19 academic year, visit the Human Resources website.

Heather Hackman book recommendations

During Heather Hackman's recent lecture and workshop, she referred participants to many books that are helpful in better understanding the history of racism in this country, the systems that keep it in place and the role of white privilege. Freeda Brook has taken the initiative to put together a simple online list of these resources using the resource guide platform. The college already had many of these books, but others were ordered and added to the collection. 

Developing social justice pedagogy workshops April 5

Barbara J. Love, professor emerita of social justice education at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, is presenting a faculty workshop on developing Social Justice Pedagogy from 9-11:30 a.m. Thursday, April 5, in Loyalty Hall Conference Room 100, with refreshments at 8:30 a.m. Love is also available to meet in 40-minute blocks from 1:30-5:15 p.m. in King with individual faculty or departments. Registration for these consultations is limited to one but that one registrant can represent a group. If registering for a group, email <wilkerje>, with details. Register for the morning workshop or an afternoon consultation here. 

Staff day moved to October

The date for this year's Staff Day, normally held the first week of June, has changed due to scheduling conflicts. Please reserve Friday, Oct. 12, for Staff Day.

Workshops planned to teach eportfolios

In collaboration with ITS, the eportfolio pilot committee will be hosting a one-hour workshop, "Introduction to using Google Sites for Creating Eportfolios," for any faculty or staff member interested in learning more about how to use Google Sites and its capabilities for eportfolios. The workshop with be offered at two times: 9:45-10:45 a.m. Thursday, April 19, and 2:45-3:45 p.m. Friday, April 20, both in Hovde Lounge. To register, click here.

Sign up today for April wellness screenings

During 2018, employees and spouses covered by the Luther College Health Care Plan have additional wellness benefits and requirements. Sign up for the Tuesday, April 10, blood screenings with Winneshiek Medical here on campus by visiting the website for more information. Contact,  <wellness>, with questions.

Lecture and Fine Arts Committee accepting applications for 2018-19 year

The Lecture and Fine Arts Committee is reminding everyone interested in bringing in speakers, artists and lecturers onto campus for the 2018-19 academic year or anyone seeking funds from the committee of important upcoming dates. The committee's review cycle begins in April. The first window for applications runs April 15-30. After April 30, the committee will review all submitted applications and allocate funds to the most qualified applications by May 15. Applications received April 30-Sept. 1 will be reviewed in early September, and applications received in September will be reviewed in early October. The committee will respond to applicants within three weeks of the respective deadline. All applications are welcome to apply for funding for campus events, in amounts up to $1,500 per event. Applications with substantiated significant campus impact may request more than $1,500. All faculty and administrative staff members may submit proposals to the LFA Committee to request funds for specific events. In general, LFA will not provide ongoing annual or biennial funding. Proposals must be submitted through the LFA webpage.

LFA holding programming meeting April 19

The Lectures and Fine Arts committee is hosting a get-together to share programming ideas for the upcoming year from 9:40-10:45 a.m. Thursday, April 19 in Nansen Room. Beverages and snacks will be served. The LFA committee meets to help facilitate successful programming and promote collaborations, linked events and shared publicity wherever possible (per faculty handbook). Please RSVP to Dean Vesperman, <vespde01>.

Upcoming training and volunteer sessions

Interested in being on Luther's prescribed fire crew? Attend a burn crew training session at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 4, in Valders 262.

Get out and enjoy Luther's natural areas while participating in spring volunteer events including prescribed burns and garlic mustard control. Email Molly McNicoll, <mcnimo01>, to receive emails regarding these opportunities. Students, faculty, staff and community members are welcome to participate.

Upgrade to network software March 30

Beginning at 7 a.m. Friday March 30, ITS will upgrade the Network Sentry software which manages access to the Network. The work is expected to be complete by 8 a.m. During the upgrade, users will be unable to connect to the LCWireless, LCSecure and LCWireless5G wireless networks, but the LCGuest network will remain accessible. Most wired network access will remain operational.

Need a wellness massage break Monday?

Wellness is hosting a massage therapist on campus for $1/minute chair massages, paid by cash, check or card at appointment, from 1-5 p.m. every other Monday in Bunch or Borlaug through May. Chair massages can help reduce muscle tension, improve blood flow/circulation, increase energy-improving productivity, decrease anxiety and enhance immune system function. Visit the Wellness event calendar for more information and to sign up.

New this summer: Dorian Choral Retreat

The Dorian Choral Retreat, in its inaugural year, will be hosted this summer at Luther from June 29 through July 1. This event, available to anyone interested who is at least 19 years of age, has a fee of $100 with no on-campus housing over the retreat, or $150 for a single, air-conditioned room Friday and Saturday night on campus. A $10 discount is offered to people who are coming with a roommate.

Employee Wellness spring second session fitness class registration

Sign up for the second six-week session spring classes of wellness subsidized employee Fitness Classes starting the week of April 9. 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. 


Chapel this week

No chapel services during spring break. Chapel returns Wednesday, April 4.

Home sporting events

Tuesday, March 27: Baseball vs. St. Mary's University, 1 p.m.
Friday, March 30: Baseball vs. Simpson, 3 p.m.
Saturday, March 31: Baseball vs. Simpson, noon

'You Promised Me Poems' opens April 3

Internationally renowned artist Chris Kienke's exhibit "You Promised Me Poems," will be on display Tuesday, April 3, through Friday, April 27, in the Kristin Wigley-Fleming Fine Arts Gallery in the CFA. There will be an artist's talk at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 26, in the CFA, Room 203, and a reception at 4 p.m. Friday, April 27, in the Kirstin Wigley-Fleming Fine Arts Gallery. These events are open to the public with no charge for admission.

NAA lunch April 4

Luther's Norse Athletic Association invites the Decorah Community to Pulpit Rock Brewery at noon Wednesday, April 4, for the NAA Spring Sports Luncheon. The luncheon, held in the banquet room at Pulpit Rock Brewery, costs $5 per person. All spring sports coaches will speak on their seasons to date.

'The Role of Women in African Sufism' April 5

Oludamini Ogunnaike will discuss women in Sufism during his lecture at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 5, in the CFL Recital Hall. The lecture, "The Role of Women in African Sufism," is open to the public with no charge for admission. He will also speak in chapel at 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 6. This talk will examine the concept of gender in the discipline of Sufism, the most popular and influential tradition of Islamic mysticism.

Preview Day is April 6

Luther Admissions is hosting a Preview Day Friday, April 6, to give prospective students an introduction to Luther. The day includes a campus tour, an academic department visit, a student activities and services fair, a campus tour, a complimentary lunch in the cafeteria, a financial aid session, a current student Q&A session and a trolley tour of Decorah.

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. Email <lovellje> for more information.

CSS: 'The Mountaintop' April 6

Center Stage Series and L.A. Theatre Works present "The Mountaintop" at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 6, in the CFL Main Hall. Almost exactly 50 years after Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated outside his motel room, L.A. Theatre Works brings its radio-style theatre to Decorah to imagine what may have transpired in that room the night before the assassination. Some mature language is used during the performance. Tickets available at the ticket office or tickets.luther.edu.

Faculty Research Symposium April 7

Students, faculty, staff and community members are invited to the fifth annual Luther Faculty Research Symposium, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, April 7. The day begins with welcome, introductions,and coffee in Valders Concourse, with presentations continuing in concurrent sessions in Valders 206 and Valders 262. This year's program will soon be visible at http://www.luther.edu/academics/dean/faculty/faculty-research-symposium.

LCDM is April 7

Luther College Dance Marathon will host its fifth annual Big Event 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday April 7, in the Regents Center. Community hours, 2-5 p.m., include games, bouncy houses, face painting and a silent auction. Community hours are open to the public with no charge for admission. Free will donations will be accepted during this time.

Student recitals

Saturday, April 7
Junior Christopher Lange-Pearson will give a trombone recital at 4 p.m.

Sunday, April 8
Seniors Michelle Brown and Alex Carpenter will give an oboe and horn recital at noon. Juniors John Kuntz and Caleb Linville will perform a piano 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. 

'Bring the Sing' April 14

With a goal of forging community connections through song, members of the community are invited to take part in Classical Minnesota Public Radio's "Bring the Sing" series which will come to Luther from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 14, in the CFL. "Bring the Sing" is an open choral event for voices of all abilities junior high age and above.

Judah & the Lion tickets on sale

With chart topping hits like "Take It All Back" and "Suit and Jacket," bluegrass-hip hop-rock band Judah & the Lion are touring the U.S. and will make a stop in Decorah to perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 5, in the Regents Center. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets for the performance are $40 and can be purchased at tickets.luther.edu or via the Luther Ticket Office.


Celebrations this week


March 27: Michael Engelhardt, Rachel Moser, William Hickman
March 28: Jan Schnitzler, Elizabeth Finanger, Jeff Johnson, Rachel Hoffland
March 30: Kari Koch, James Odegaard
March 31: Albert Emery, Teage Luther, Garth Krizan
April 1: Bryan Nikkel
April 2: Michael Bartels


April 1: Christopher Garcia-Prats, 10 years

Position opening

Full-time custodial staff position: General custodial responsibilities include overall appearance of assigned academic and resident hall building(s). Hours will generally be Monday through Friday. Must be able to work with little supervision, complete work thoroughly and promptly, and be self-motivated. High school diploma or equivalent preferred but not required.

Full-time registrar: Responsible for leadership of the registrar's office, including maintaining student academic records and upholding the academic regulations of the college. Responsibilities include implementation and enforcement of academic policy, maintaining student academic records, certification of graduates, evaluating credentials of transfer students, supervision of registration and general oversight of college curriculum program. Master's degree and three years minimum in a higher education setting required. This posting is for internal candidates only. For more information, visit https://luthercollege.hiretouch.com/internal-jobs.

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


Dan Davis will give a talk Monday, April 2, at Coe College. The talk, "Ancient Shipwrecks in the Deep Black Sea: A New Frontier in Marine Archaeology," summarizes Davis's work with Robert Ballard and Michael Brennan in the Black Sea and Mediterranean, where they found nearly 50 ancient and medieval shipwrecks using the latest in robotic technology.


Wanted: A new roommate. Current lease is up at the end of May. For more information and questions, contact Sarah, <forssa03>.

Wanted: A blue vest for a young girl starting in Girl Scouts as a Daisy Scout. Call Penny at 382-3796.

For sale: Four studio upright pianos in Jenson Noble Hall of Music. These are older, well used, functional practice pianos that would make good starters. Please contact keyboard technician Brian Knox, <knoxbr01> or (319) 540-0041, with questions and for prices and opportunities to view and play the pianos. Offers accepted until Friday, April 6.

For rent: House available Aug. 2018-May 2019 (flexible). $1,200/month. Fully furnished, charming mid-century. Three-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath home with finished basement suite in the heart of Decorah. Central air, laundry, two-car garage. One-minute walk to the bike path and river, backyard view of the Palisades bluffs and walking distance to downtown shops and restaurants. Great neighborhood, near high school and John Cline elementary. Contact Holly, <moorho01> or 387-7177.

For rent: Two or three-bedroom house located on Pleasant Hill Rd. $875/month. Garage. Lawn and snow care by landlord. Available June 1. No pets. No smoking. Email [email protected], for an application.

For rent: Recently remodeled four-bedroom home located at 100 Elm Ct., only a few blocks away from Luther College, the Upper Iowa River and the bike trail. $1,000/month. Stove, fridge, washer and dryer included. Central air and a one-car garage. Contact Tade, [email protected] or  380-1415, for a rental application or with questions.

Lost and found: A doctoral tam was found and turned into the Registrar's Office. Come to Main 123 to claim.

Lost: Glass necklace pendant. Green/gray/white with black border in oval shape. Contact Kristin, <bjerkr01>, if found.

Upcoming class: Following the recent guest lecture on resiliency, check out this workshop organized by Luther alumna Becky Idstrom '88 and Alicia Trout. "Calming the Mind, Joy of Living 1," a meditation workshop, is 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 14-15, at the Lingonberry, 218 W. Water St., Decorah. Register online at tergar.org/events or email [email protected] with question. 


And finally...

Fun and perhaps some unknown facts about Easter, which falls on Sunday, April 1, this year:

  • The first story of a rabbit hiding eggs in a garden wasn't published until 1680.
  • On average, Americans spend $131 on Easter, between candy, dinner and decor. Overall, Americans spend $1.9 billion on Easter candy.
  • Americans eat roughly 16 million jellybeans every Easter. In a recently-released survey, buttered popcorn was named the No. 1 jellybean flavor. In Iowa, cherry took top honors.
  • When it comes to chocolate bunnies, 76 percent of Americans think the ears should be eaten first.
  • The date Passover falls on is variable because it is dependent on the phases of the moon.
  • The Easter egg is said to symbolize and represent joy, celebration and new life.