Tuesday, May 8

TUESDAY 5/8/2018

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College Resource Council nomination deadline May 18

The College Resource Council seeks a staff member with budget center responsibility to serve as one of two staff representatives to CRC. Appointed by the President, the staff representative will serve a three-year term. Marcia Gullickson and Jon Lund currently hold these positions. Jon's term expires at the end of the semester.

A staff or faculty member with expertise directly related to matters of diversity is also needed to serve on CRC as the term of Chris Garcia-Prats will also expire at the end of the semester.
The College Resource Council serves as a forum for the discussion and study of major college-wide issues. It provides an opportunity for representative members of the faculty and staff to serve in an advisory role to the administration and Regents of the College, especially in matters of long-range planning, resource allocation, and in the planning of the budget.

Please nominate individuals to fill these vacancies. Self-nominations are welcome as well. Send nominations to Sally Ming, <mingsa01>, by Friday, May 18.


Student Research Symposium

The Student Research Symposium is a full-day event held each spring to celebrate the vibrant intellectual life and learning at Luther.

Classes are suspended for the symposium, Friday, May 11, to allow all community members to participate. The Symposium highlights the best fruits of the scholarship, research and creative activity of students from disciplines across the college, and features:

  • An opening plenary session, with festival music and examples of individual and collaborative research from this year
  • Concurrent sessions throughout the day in the sciences, social sciences, humanities and arts, featuring oral presentations and performances, and offering opportunity for discussion with the presenters
  • A short convocation to recognize academic excellence in the class of 2018
  • A session dedicated to poster presentations, where the community can pause, ponder and converse with the students involved
  • Presentations of the best research projects completed by first-year Paideia 112 students
  • Evening events showcasing the performing arts

Faculty Development Awards

The Dean's Office, along with the Faculty Interests Committee, is pleased to announce the following faculty development awards for 2018-19: Doris and Ragnvald Ylvisaker Endowment for Faculty Growth awards to Holly Moore, Olga Michels and Jane Hawley; H. George Anderson and Jutta F. Anderson Faculty Development awards to Rachel Storlie and Anita Carrasco; Tomson Family Faculty Fellowship awards to Xiao Hu and Du Huang; and Uwe J. Rudolf Endowed Faculty Fellowship award to Ryan Torkelson. Congratulations!

Retirement open house

After a combined 55 years of teaching at Luther College (that is c. 365 courses, c. 7,370 students, c. 2,277 Paideia research papers, and c. 495 faculty meetings) Jackie Wilkie and Edward Tebbenhoff are retiring. Please join the History Department for an open house in their honor, Saturday, May 19, 3-5 p.m. in Qualley Lounge, CFL. RSVP not required, but appreciated. Contact Heather Frey, <freyheat>.

HR update

Nearing retirement age and want to retire? Wondering what benefits are available? Come to Mott from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 15., for a general information presentation. There will be time for questions about health and life insurance benefits for employees and spouses. This is a repeat of the April 18 presentation.

Fiscal year end approaching

The end of the fiscal year is approaching. Remember all supplies, materials, etc., must be received by Thursday, May 31, to be expensed to a fiscal year 2017-18 budget. Outstanding travel expense reports, original invoices, supporting purchase orders and purchase permits or account adjustments should be sent to the Office for Financial Services by Friday, June 8 to be included in FY 2017-18 budget. Please, no faxed copies. Items for deposit must be sent to the Office for Financial Services by Friday, June 1. Thanks for helping OFS close out the year in a timely manner. 

New on luther.edu

Anne-Marie Hanson '03 shares how studying abroad and an anthropology unit on gender bias inspired her work in feminist political ecology, sustainable development and environmental justice.

Friendship Families needed

Many new international students will arrive at Luther this fall. The Diversity Center is seeking Friendship Families to share their version of family and community life with one or more students from around the world. There is no financial obligation or obligation to house students. We ask that you try to get together with your student 2-3 times per semester for their first year at Luther, and be a support for someone whose family is far away. Sign up here! Call 387-1431 with questions.

Book Shop News

2018 summer reading

Copies of the 2018 summer reading, "The Odyssey" translated by Emily Wilson, are now available for no charge at the Book Shop for faculty and staff who will not receive the book as part of their work with first-year students. The Paideia Governing Board and the Dean's Office invite all faculty and staff to join in conversation with the first-year class. The story of Odysseus' homecoming includes many incredible adventures, while also prompting the reader to think about journeys and how to welcome the stranger at the door.

Ted Koppel signed bookplate

Those who purchase Ted Koppel's book, "Lights Out," will receive a signed Ted Koppel bookplate. Supplies are limited so hurry in.

A tee of a deal

Stop in the Book Shop Monday-Saturday, May 7-May 12 and all tees priced at $12.99 will be $10. Get your favorite Luther t-shirt before they are gone!

TIAA individual counseling sessions

TIAA announces individual counseling sessions 1:30 p.m.- 4:15 p.m., Wednesday, May 23, 8:30 a.m.-4:15 p.m. Thursday, May 24, and, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Friday, May 25.  Space is limited. Register online or by calling (800) 732-8353 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.Monday-Friday. Sessions will be held in Main 30. Whether just getting started or planning for retirement—a session with Chuck Freeman can help create a plan and goals.

Notice to seniors from the Mail Center

Seniors, when you graduate from Luther College please be sure to delete your SPO shipping address from your online accounts like Amazon, Ebay, etc. Otherwise, your packages will be delayed when they ship to the Luther College's Mail Center and have to be returned to the sender if we are unable to forward them on to you. Thank you.

Senior Cake Break at Preus Library

It's a busy time of the semester. Remind seniors to take a break—a Cake Break! On Wednesday, May 9, delicious cupcakes will be available for seniors ALL DAY during staffed hours at the Research Help Desk. Seniors share about their senior project in exchange for a cupcake. Sponsored by the Library.

Vocation of a Lutheran College Conference

The Vocation of a Lutheran College Conference will convene July 16-18 at Augsburg College in Minneapolis. The 2018 theme is "Civil Discourse in a Fragmented and Multi-Religious Society." The Conference will explore civility in politically fragmented society, case studies on difficult conversations, challenges on campus, and civil discourse in multi-religious societies. If interested in attending please contact Kimberly Nye, <nyeki01>, in the President's Office. Contact Brad Chamberlain,<brad.chamberlain>, with questions.

Faculty Recognition Dinner

The campus community is invited to the Faculty Recognition Dinner, Thursday, May 17. A 5:30 p.m. reception in Oneota Market will be followed by dinner and program at 6 p.m. in Peace Dining Room. Tickets are $12, on sale through May 14 at the CFL Box Office or online at tickets.luther.edu. Retirement/Transition Honorees: *Joyce Becker, Ellen Drewes-Stoen, *Paul Gardner, *C. Nicholas Gomersall, David Kamm, Ruth Kath, Bradley Miller, Ramona Nelson, Mary Overvold-Ronningen, *David Ranum, *Wade Shilts, Terry Sparkes, *Edward Tebbenhoff, Jeffrey Wettach, Jacqueline Wilkie. Twenty-five Years of Service Honorees:  Ruth Berger, Lise Kildegaard, Kirk Larsen, James Martin-Schramm. (*: honorees who will not be in attendance.)

Not quite free lunch 

The next Not Quite Free Lunch is 11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m. Tuesday, May 8, in Nobel, 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. This month's menu includes a build your own gyro along with a garden salad and cookies. Contact Wellness, <wellness> with questions.

Sign up for May wellness screening

During 2018, employees and spouses covered by the Luther College Health Care Plan have additional wellness benefits and requirements. Sign up for the Tuesday, May 15, blood screenings with Gundersen here on campus by visiting the website for more information. Contact,  <wellness>, with questions. 

Seeking storage

Each year Luther students come from a great distance and one of the challenges they face is transporting their belongings back and forth for summer. We are looking for faculty/staff (current and retired) that have some extra room in a storage closet, basement or garage that would be willing to work with a student in storing their items for the summer. Those interested in helping should fill out this Google Form.

Hiring lifeguards

Luther Aquatic Center is hiring for summer lifeguards. Hours are typically mornings (7 a.m.-1 p.m.) with some afternoon/evening hours available. Lifeguards are required to be Red Cross Certified (training is provided for those who wish to become certified). Must be 18 years old. If interested contact Nicole, <kaupni01>, for an application.

Camping gear

New students at Luther will learn about the Driftless Region and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area this fall as part of an intercultural and outdoor immersion program called Endeavor Together. Since they come from abroad or afar, they don't have outdoor equipment. The Center for Sustainable Communities and the Diversity Center are seeking donations of gently used sleeping bags, camp pads and rain gear. No slumber party bags, please. Contact Amy Webber, 387-1431 or <webberam>.

Recommendations for summer reading 2019

The campus community is invited to send recommendations for the 2019 campus-wide summer reading to the Paideia Program at <paideia>. Here's a history of recent titles.

Middle school athletic performance clinic informational meeting

An informational meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 14, in Regents 218 for middle school parents and athletes who are interested in a weekly middle school summer athletic performance clinic. Jeff Jones will lead an overview and answer questions about learning the basics of strength training, speed development and overall development of athleticism. 


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, May 9: Ron Ferguson
Friday, May 11: Convocation at 9 a.m. with senior speakers Nicole Weber and Erik Floden; Norsemen and Aurora
Monday, May 14: Sam Scheidt, senior chapel

Special baptismal celebration

Join College Ministries to celebrate the baptism of Menzi Nkambule '18 and Joseph Tiegen '18, Sunday May 13, 9:30 a.m. at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 701 Iowa Ave. We will not have Sunday morning worship on campus on May 13 so that the Luther community and Good Shepherd can celebrate this special day. Norsemen will provide special music. Joseph and Menzi are applying for candidacy to become ELCA pastors with Good Shepherd serving as their home congregation. Students can either walk to Good Shepherd, just a few blocks from the CFL, or get a van ride from the CFL beginning at 9 a.m. on May 13.

Home sporting events

Softball will host the regional tournament this weekend. Schedule is as follows:

Friday, May 11

Game 1: Noon, no. 3 Lake Forest vs. no. 2 Luther
Game 2: 2:30 p.m., no. 4 Cornell vs. no. 1 St. Benedict

Saturday, May 12
Game 3: 11 a.m., Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner
Game 4: 1:30 p.m., Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser
Game 5: 4 p.m., Game 3 loser vs. Game 4 winner

Sunday, May 13
Game 6: Noon, Game 3 winner vs. Game 5 winner
Game 7: 2:30 p.m., If necessary

Please check the online schedule for the most up-to-date information. With the changing weather, sometimes game times or dates are changed fairly last-minute.

Events this week

Wednesday, May 9: Roundtable discussion, Children of War: Creating Roads to Peace, 7 p.m., Olin 102
Thursday, May 10: Emeriti Colloquia, James Griesheimer, "Edward Finch (Polymath of England, Early 18th Century)," 3 p.m., Mott Room; Guest Recital, Fangye Sun, violin, 5:30 p.m., Noble Recital Hall; Dance performance, "Soil Turning," 7:30 p.m., Jewel Theatre
Friday, May 11: Student Research Symposium, 9 a.m.; Senior Recognition Convocation, 11:15 a.m., CFL Main Hall; Theatre performance, "Marie Antoinette," 7:30 p.m., Jewel Theatre; Spring Opera Performance, 7:30 p.m., CFL Main Hall
Saturday, May 12: Dance performance, "Soil Turning," 1:30 p.m., Jewel Theatre; Theatre performance, "Marie Antoinette," 7:30 p.m., Jewel Theatre; Spring Opera Performance, 7:30 p.m., CFL Main Hall
Sunday, May 13: Student Composition Recital, 2 p.m., Noble Recital Hall
Monday, May 14: Senior Group Art Exhibit, 9 a.m. Wigley-Fleming Gallery CFA

'Children of War: Creating Roads to Peace'

Luther students Belal Krayem '18, Mohammed Aljadart '19, and Jam Riyan Hamza '21, each grew up in areas of the world wracked by conflict. In this roundtable at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 9, in Olin 102, they will share how their experiences shaped them, and discuss their hopes for their home countries. Moderated by Kim Chham '21. Refreshments following.  Sponsored by the Center for Ethics and Public Engagement.

Griesheimer to speak at Luther Emeriti Colloquium

Discussing the many talents of English cleric and composer Edward Finch, Luther Professor Emeritus of Music James Griesheimer will present a program at 3 p.m. Thursday, May 10, in the Baker Village commons.

The presentation "Edward Finch (Polymath of England, Early 18th Century)" is open to the public with no charge for admission. Griesheimer will discuss the life and legacy of Edward Finch, the fifth son of the First Earl of Nottingham, who distinguished himself in simultaneous careers as cleric and composer.

Theatre department presents 'Marie Antoinette'

The Luther College Theatre Department will present David Adjmi's play "Marie Antoinette" at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 11; and Saturday, May 12 in the Jewel Theatre of the Center for the Arts. Adjmi's contemporary take on the life of the young queen of France highlights the ideals and pressures of society in 1776 that shaped Marie Antoinette's historical image as a frivolous woman.

Tickets for the performance are $10 and can be purchased at tickets.luther.edu or via the Luther Ticket Office, (563) 387-1357 or [email protected].

Dance department presents 'Soil Turning'

The Luther College Dance Department will present their spring show "Soil Turning" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 10, and at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 12, in Jewel Theatre in the Center for the Arts. Choreographed by Andrea Vazquez-Aguirre, visiting assistant professor of dance, the show "Soil Turning" is inspired by exploring the identities of thirteen performers including a social activist, a philosopher and cultural theorist and a writer.

The performance is open to the public with no charge for admission.

Luther to host violinist Fangye Sun

Fangye Sun, violin, will perform a guest recital at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 10, in the Noble Recital Hall. The performance is open to the public with no charge for admission.

Collaborating with Sun, colleagues Casey Robards, piano, and David Tressel, cello, are also featured in the recital.

The repertoire for the performance includes "Air for Violin and Piano" by Kevin Puts, "Fratres for Violin and Piano" by Arvo Pärt, "The Stream Flows for Solo Violin" by Bright Sheng and Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello in A minor, Op. 50 by Tchaikovsky.

Spring opera performance

Performing a comedy of errors that touches on the themes of infidelity and betrayal, the Luther College Music Department will present Mozart's opera "Così fan tutte" at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 11, and Saturday, May 12, in the Main of Hall of the Center for Faith and Life.

Tickets for the performance are $15 for adults and $8 for children 12 and under. They can be purchased online at www.tickets.luther.edu or via the Luther Ticket Office, (563) 387-1357 or [email protected].

There will also be a pre-concert lecture given by Kat Beane Hanson, adjunct faculty in music, before both performances at 6:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall of the Center for Faith and Life. The lecture is open to the public with no charge for admission and will include student performances of excerpts from the opera.

Luther student composition recital

Luther College's composition studio will perform a student composition recital at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 13, in the Noble Recital Hall of the Jenson-Noble Hall of Music.

The recital is open to the public with no charge for admission. The recital will feature original works from the Luther composition studio.

The studio recently composed music for Luther's productions of "Soil Turning" and "Marie Antoinette," as well as an original score for the silent film "Metropolis."

Luther art majors present group exhibit May 14-27

At the culmination of their studies, Luther College senior art majors present a gallery exhibit of their collective works May 14-27 in the Kristin Wigley-Fleming Fine Arts Gallery in the CFA.

The exhibit represents the diverse interests and skills of the student artists, including drawings, paintings, graphics, collage and mixed-media works, photography and installation pieces. Work is selected and curated by the Luther art faculty.


Celebrations this week

May 9: Beth Lynch
May 11: Kristin Bigler, Diane Gossman, Mike Johnson, Gereon Kopf, Renee Lillibridge
May 12: Corey Sabin
May 13: Lori Ostlie, Nathan Roble
May 14: Adam Strand


To Jessica Paul and her family on the April 30 death of Jessica's husband Peter Liermann, Luther associate professor emeritus of German. A service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, May 10, at Decorah Congregational United Church of Christ, 209 W. Broadway, Decorah. Visitation begins at 12:30 p.m. also at Decorah Congregational UCC.

New employees

Alison Blake started her new position as Student Accounts Manager, Office for Financial Services, on April 18. Her office is Main 121, telephone 387-1528.

John Androus started his new position as Assistant Men's Basketball Coach/Staff Instructor in HPE, on May 1. His office is Regents Center 16C, telephone 387-1612

Position opening

Full-time floater custodial position: The floater custodian fills in for both academic and administrative buildings. General custodial responsibilities include overall appearance of assigned academic and resident hall building(s). Hours will generally be Monday through Friday with some weekend work required. Must be able to work with little supervision, complete work thoroughly and promptly, and be self-motivated. Valid driver license required. High school diploma or equivalent preferred but not required.

Custodial position: .75 FTE. General custodial responsibilities include overall appearance of assigned academic and resident hall building(s) and public areas. Hours will generally be 4-10 p.m. 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.

Multimedia Strategic Fellow: The Multimedia Strategic Fellow participates on the User Services and Multimedia teams within Information Technology Services to assist the Multimedia Lead in promoting and supporting the effective uses of video, audio, textual, graphical and other electronic media in support of teaching, learning, research and administrative purposes. Supervisory responsibilities include daily management of the multimedia ticket queue and multimedia student staff productivity. This is a one-year, full-time position that will overlap by approximately one month with the incoming Multimedia Strategic Fellow.

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


Junior Rebecka Green '19 from Decorah, Iowa, won a scholarship essay contest through the organization "Tolerance Means Dialogues" with her essay, "Seeking Intentional Pluralism." Her essay posits tolerance as something that should be the first, bare minimum step on the path to creating a society that is intentionally pluralist.

Gregory Peterson presented a solo recital on the Richard D. Moe Organ Series at Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, Washington, on April 8. PLU is home one of the most significant pipe organs in the US, built by Paul Fritts in 1998. In February he was a guest recitalist at Como Park Lutheran Church, St. Paul, Minnesota.

Sophomores Anna Luber '20, Robert Muller '20 and Zachary Ziarnik '20 will travel to the ancient Roman site of Caesarea, with Associate Professor of Classics Dan Davis, to conduct a new archaeological excavation from Wednesday, May 9 to Saturday, June 2.

Norma Hervey spoke on the events of 1968 in the United States with background on preceding events and ongoing consequences.

Sophomore Joshua Burniece won the 2018 Rosholt Distinction scholarship in Collaborative Keyboard Performance Sunday, April 29, in the amount of $1,250. A sophomore music major with a concentration in piano performance, he performed a piano recital featuring Richard Strauss's "Allerseelen," George Frideric Händel's "Piangerò la sorte mia" and Dmitri Shostakovich's Sonata in D minor, Op. 40, 2nd movement. 


For rent: Three-bedroom home for rent overlooking the Upper Iowa River, 50 feet from the bike trail, and just a few minute walk from downtown. Enjoy the river and sunset views from your deck nestled in the woods. Includes two-stall garage. $1,200/month plus utilities, one-year lease. Contact Steve, (608) 438-6580 or [email protected].

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

For rent: Two-bedroom duplex for rent. $800/month plus utilities. Garage, off street parking and laundry. Right next to Luther at 415 Riverview Drive. Contact Angie, at (605) 759-4617 or [email protected].

For sale: Unique well-maintained four-bedroom home with original Eastlake architecture, woodwork, inlaid floors, custom kitchen and infrastructure updates throughout. Located at 807 Maple in a quiet, stable well-kept neighborhood, it is convenient to schools, grocery stores, services and downtown. Contact Robert Fitton, <fittonro>, for a sales flyer prior to it being placed on the market. Asking price is $395K.

For sale: Travel kennel for large dog. Only used it a few times: $50 or offer. Contact Pam, <ihnspa01>.

For sale: 2010 John Deere X740 Lawn Tractor with 60-inch seven-iron deck. 2,800 hours of use with regular maintenance. Mower has been used by grounds crew. Stop down to look at it and test it out. Email bids to Ivan, <hackiv01>, by noon Wednesday, May 9. Facilities Services reserves the right to reject any and all bids.

For sale: Ladies golf clubs with 11 irons, plus sand wedge, pitching wedge, putter and three woods (1,3,5) - all matching. Cost $2,000 new, asking $200 OBO. Am moving. Contact Sylvia Aschim, (563) 382-3772.

Wanted: I am planning to work this summer at Luther. In order to save as much as possible (and get to know people from the Decorah community), I am looking for off-campus housing opportunities this summer. Please let me know if you would be willing to host an international student, I promise I am uncomplicated. And I would be eternally grateful for your help. Contact Anthony, <perean01>.

Wanted: Luther student with experience in gardening, yard work, and house plant care. I need someone to help clean up the yard (starting any time) and to take care of plants/yard while I'm on vacation in June. Offering $10/hour. Contact Laurie, <zarila01>.

Wanted: Thirteen, soon to be 14-year-old, responsible female looking for babysitting or caring for your pets over the summer. Please contact Meg, <hammma01>.


And finally...

Sunday, May 13, is Mother's Day which can be traced back to ancient Greeks and Romans as they held festivals to honor the mother goddesses Rhea and Cybele. Another link to our modern Mother's Day is the early Christian festival of "Mothering Sunday" in which the faithful would return to their "mother church" for a special service.

"Mama was my greatest teacher, a teacher of compassion, love and fearlessness. If love is sweet as a flower, then my mother is that sweet flower of love." -Stevie Wonder