Tuesday, May 29

TUESDAY 5/29/2018

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Thank you and congratulations

After a beautiful, albeit a bit sweltering, commencement weekend, I would like to again offer my congratulations to the graduates of the class of 2018. I also want to express my gratitude for the many hours of preparation to make all of the commencement weekend events go so smoothly. Thank you to all of you for your time preparing these students to go out and make a difference in the world.

Congratulations are also in order for the Softball team. After a whirlwind week of National Tournament play, our Norse finished third in NCAA DIII. Please join me in attending a welcome home celebration for the team and a sendoff for the nine seniors who missed graduation at 12:30 p.m. at the football field.

-President Carlson

Softball ceremony today

Welcome home the Softball team at a gathering at 12:30 p.m. on Legacy Field in Carlson Stadium to congratulate the team and hold a mini Commencement for the 2018 grads who missed their graduation!


Summer hours

Summer hours are:
Breakfast 7-8:30 a.m.
Lunch 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Dinner: 5-6:30 p.m.

Except the following days in June:
June 4: Lunch and dinner only
June 6: Breakfast only
June 9: Breakfast and lunch only
June 10: Dinner only
June 16: Breakfast and lunch only
June 17: Dinner only
June 28: Breakfast and lunch only
June 29: Lunch only
June 30: Lunch only

Oneota Market
Monday-Friday: 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday: Closed

Marty's, Nordic Brew, Grab-'N-Go, C Store
Closed for the summer

Mail Center
Monday-Friday: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday: Closed

Book Shop
Monday-Friday: 8:15 a.m.-4:45 p.m.
Tuesday-Friday, May 28-June 1: Closed for inventory
Saturday-Sunday: Closed with the following exceptions
Saturday, June 2: 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 16: 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 23: 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 30: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday, July 14: 11 a.m.-noon
Saturday, July 28: 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

Preus Library
Monday-Friday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday: Closed

Regents Center
Monday-Friday: 6 a.m.-8 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m.-noon
Sunday: Closed

Legends Center
Monday-Friday: 6 a.m.-7 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m.-noon
Sunday: Closed

Aquatic Center
Tuesday-Friday, May 28-June 1: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday, June 2-3: Closed

Starting Monday, June 4:
Monday/Wednesday/Friday: 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Monday/Wednesday: 5-7 p.m.
Tuesday/Thursday: 6 a.m.-1 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday: Closed

Fleet information

As a reminder, please return the fleet packets at the same time as the vehicles. On many occasions, there are multiple reservations per day on each car. Timely return of packets and a full tank of gas allow for promptness with the next reservations.

Summer reading group: Human control of nature

Faculty, staff, students and community members are invited to join CEPE faculty research professor Beth Lynch for a summer reading group. The group will discuss Charles Mann's article, "Can Planet Earth Feed 10 Billion People?" at 3 p.m. Friday, June 15, in Hovde. They will discuss Michael Specter's article, "Rewriting the Code of Life," which focuses on genetic engineering as a way to eliminate disease, Friday, July 13. Refreshments provided. Sign up here.

New on luther.edu

Learn more about assistant professor of theatre Robert Vrtis and how he loves how theatre connects disciplines.

Fiscal year end approaching

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. 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.

HR updates

Conduct and Ethics Hotline
Luther is committed to providing a safe, respectful and ethical working environment. If at any time you don't feel that's the case, we encourage you to use the Luther College Conduct and Ethics Hotline and let us know. The Hotline is an off-campus, confidential service which allows you to report concerns about college operations or workplace behavior that you believe violates laws or our Policy of Professional Conduct. This service is anonymous and HR wants to assure employees that there will never be any retaliation against any individual for responsibly reporting a workplace related concern. The Hotline number is 1-877-409-0108, and can be used by faculty, staff or students.

New Medicare card
Medicare and Medicaid Services are sending new cards with new Medicare numbers to everyone with Medicare. Instead of Social Security Numbers, the new Medicare card includes a new unique number. This helps to protect against identity theft and protect Medicare from fraud. Medicare will automatically mail a new card to the address on file with Social Security. As long as the address is up to date, there's nothing that needs to be done. If the address needs to be updated, go to Social Security online. There is more information available on the HR website.

Shingles shot
Shingrix is a new Shingles shot that is covered at 100 percent (both the administration fee and the serum) at the doctor's office for those age 50 and over. The following pharmacies cover it at 100 percent as well: Walgreens, Rite Aid, CVS, Safeway and Target. Other pharmacies would be considered out-of-network, which would still cover the vaccine but at a lower level of benefits. HR has been told Donlan and Walmart pharmacies also cover it 100 percent on the Luther health plan. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices has not recommended Shingrix for individuals ages 49 and younger.

  • Recommended for healthy adults ages 50 and over to prevent shingles and related complications.
  • Recommended for adults who previously received the Zostavax shingles vaccine to prevent shingles and related complications.

Cable television changes

Beginning June 1, Luther will no longer provide cable television in individual student rooms on campus. Cable will continue to be provided in key, public areas on campus including social lounges in residence halls, Legends Fitness Center, Marty's and several other locations. This change is being made due to several factors including the changing nature in which students consume media and the institutional cost for providing cable. With more students using streaming-based services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu or connecting to specific providers such as ESPN through an existing cable television subscription, it makes more sense for Luther to invest savings from this change into our wireless network which has been stressed over time with this transition to streaming services. Students provided feedback in decision making process via the Campus Life Committee. This summer, ITS is investing more than $160,000 to make improvements to the campus wireless network. This include upgrades in Miller and Dieseth Halls (including Brunsdale Lounge), Brandt Hall, and the College Apartments.

Students who wish to acquire a cable television package will be able to subscribe directly with Mediacom. At the beginning of the fall semester, a Mediacom representative will be on campus to answer questions from students and/or to receive subscription requests.

June 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, June 5, blood screenings with Winneshiek Medical Center here on campus by visiting the website for more information. After the June 5 screening, the next available blood draw is Aug. 28. Contact <wellness>, with questions.

Book Shop News

Closed for inventory
The Book Shop will be closed for inventory Tuesday-Friday, May 29-June 1. Sorry for any inconvenience.

Fall Distinguished Lecture

Jonathan Haidt, Social Psychologist and Professor of Ethical Leadership at New York University's Stern School of Business will give the Farwell Distinguished Lecture at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, in the Main Hall of the CFL. Haidt will discuss themes related to his two most recent books, "The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion" (2012) and "The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas are Setting Up a Generation for Failure" (2018).


Chapel this week

Thank you for supporting chapel throughout the 2017-18 academic year. We in College Ministries are already working to collaborate with faculty and staff to make the fall chapel series great. For anyone interested in sharing their gifts or offering input, please fill out this form. Chapel services will begin again with opening convocation in the fall.

Events this week

Monday, June 4: Registration, Orientation and Advising Day (ROAD), 8:30 a.m., Dahl; Decorah Norse Athletic Association Benefit Golf Tournament, 10 a.m., Oneota Golf and Country Club, Decorah

Sangerfest May 31-June 2

The 62nd Biennial Norwegian Singers Association of America's Sangerfest will present two concerts on campus. The Parade of Choruses is 7 p.m. Thursday, May 31, in the CFL. Admission is open to the public at no charge. The Grand Concert with orchestra is 7 p.m. Saturday, June 2, in the CFL. Tickets $15 at the Luther Box Office, 387-1357. Sangerfest is a three-day national convention for Norwegian-American male choruses. This year, the Luren Singers are hosting, celebrating their 150 years of continuous existence.

Fest(EV)al June 2

Co-sponsored by the Center for Sustainable Communities, don't miss Northeast Iowa's premier electric vehicle festival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 2, at the Winneshiek County Fairgrounds. Fest(EV)al offers relevant workshops about electric vehicles, interactive displays, refreshments and a exposition of electric vehicles available in the region where attendees can learn about electric vehicles and see the cars up close. This event is family friendly, offering kids activities, a brat fry and Moo Mobile ice cream. Visit energydistrict.org/festeval for more information.

Adult Dorian Choral Retreat 'Livssang'

The Dorian Choral Retreat will be hosted at Luther from June 29 through July 1 with the culminating event, "Livssang," at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 1, in the CFL Main Hall. A presentation of all the choral music rehearsed throughout the weekend, "Livssang" provides a musical finish to the retreat. The Dorian Choral Retreat is available to anyone interested who is at least 19 years of age. For more information, visit: https://tinyurl.com/choralretreat.


Celebrations this week

May 29: Jan Koening, Ahmed Muaz, Andrew Peter
May 30: James Hall
May 31: Kirk Larsen, Craig Rocksvold, Bruce Frieden, Sarah Nelson, Kayla Simiele
June 1: Lynette Spilman
June 2: Andrea Beckendorf, Lindy Moeller, Krista Holland, Peggy Landsom
June 3: Doug Tieskoetter, James Fritz
June 4: Aaron Steffens, Andrew Eastwood

June 2: Renee Lillibridge, 15 years


The memorial service for Roger W. Anderson, class of '48, Luther faculty member from 1958-89, and long-time Decorah resident, will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 16, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Decorah, with visitation starting at noon. Burial will be in Phelps Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Luther College for the "Dr. Roger W. and Amme E. Anderson Endowed Scholarship" for teacher education and music students.

New employees

Joyce Houdek started her position as custodial staff in Miller Hall May 21. Her phone number is 387-2235.

Daniel Fraley started his position as assistant director of safety and security May 21. His office is Dahl Centennial Union 129, telephone 387-2103.

Position open

Full-time security officer: To provide for the safety and security of people and property on the Luther campus. Officers perform multiple tasks, including random patrol of building and grounds, on foot and by vehicle, to deter and detect criminal activity and other conduct issues with an emphasis on prevention. Primary hours will be overnight shift, either 9:30 p.m.-7:30 a.m. or 11:30 p.m.-7:30 a.m., or a combination of both. The 24-hour nature of the security operation may require staff to work a variety of hours. Scheduled hours will include weekends and holidays. A high school diploma or GED is required; some college is preferred.

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


Maggie Breitenstein '20, has been named to the 2018-19 BACCHUS Initiatives Student Advisory Committee as a Student Advisory Committee Representative for Region IV-E, representing Ohio, Michigan, Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Indiana and Ontario. This committee is a part of NASPA, Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education. The BACCHUS Initiative of NASPA supports collegiate peer educators and advisors by empowering students and student affairs administrators to create healthy and safe campus environments.

Ryan Torkelson was awarded the Uwe J. Rudolf Endowed Faculty Fellowship for the 2018-19 academic year. He plans to use this funding to help with creating case studies and other opportunities for his accounting students. This endowment honors Professor Uwe J. Rudolf for his dedication to Luther College, its students, the liberal arts and the Department of Economics, Accounting and Management at Luther. 

A group of eight Luther trumpet players competed in March at the National Trumpet Competition at the University of North Texas, Denton, Texas. The group was given exceptional reviews but did not advance to the semifinals as an octet. Michael Winkler '19, also competed in the Collegiate Soloist Division and was one of 10 students who advanced to the semifinal round.

Rebecka Green '19, and Maxwell Eness '20, have been selected as Peace Scholars for the 2018-19 academic year. The pair will spend six weeks this summer studying peace and dialogue in Lillehammer and Oslo, Norway. Luther is one of six colleges that participate in the annual summer Peace Scholars program in Norway. The program is designed to deepen students' understanding of the central issues and theories regarding conflict, war and peace.

Bradley Phillips and Erik Stoen are the 2017-18 recipients of the Luther Staff Excellence Award and have chosen their individualized educational opportunity. Phillips has chosen the January Term 2019 course, Communication and Adventure Recreation in New Zealand, and Stoen has decided on the January Term 2019 class Tolkien and Lewis in Context in Northern Ireland, England and France. Phillips and Stoen were recognized at a ceremony last summer. The Staff Excellence Award recognizes exemplary performance by staff members who consistently excel in their position and demonstrate integrity and a strong commitment to the mission and values of Luther.

Jane Hawley, Olga Michels and Holly Moore were granted Luther's Doris and Ragnvald Ylvisaker Endowment this spring. This award was established by Doris and Ragnvald Ylvisaker to support summer work on projects suitable for publication or to be presented outside the Decorah area. With the assistance of this endowment, Hawley, Michels and Moore will present their research at Luther during the 2018-19 school year.

Emeriti status announced

Congratulations to the following faculty members granted emeritus/emerita status: Joyce Becker, Ellen Drewes-Stoen, Paul Gardner, C. Nicholas Gomersall, Ruth Kath, Bradley Miller, Ramona Nelson, Mary Overvold-Ronningen, David Ranum, Wade Shilts, Terry Sparkes, Edward Tebbenhoff, Jeffrey Wettach and Jacqueline Wilkie.

Jones professor announcement

The Dean's Office is pleased to announce the appointment of David Thompson, professor of Spanish, as the Dennis M. Jones Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Humanities for 2018-20. A formal presentation of the award will take place at fall convocation. Congratulations!


For sale: Set of two sofa/side tables. $40 for the set. Stained wood, 20-inches wide, 22-inches deep, 21-inches high. Like new, only used a few months. Contact Nate, <nersig>, for pictures. 

For sale: Lovely three-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bath condo; 2,100 square feet, open plan, stainless steel appliances, quartz countertops, air conditioning, spectacular screened porch, two-car garage. Contact William, 419-8570.

Free: Black doctoral robe in perfect condition. Made for 5 feet, 10 inches, to 5 feet, 11 inches. Call Mariam, 382-5841, at Eastern Star Assisted Living. 

For rent: Two-bedroom apartment next to Luther College at 415 Riverview Drive. $800/month plus utilities and one-year lease. Own laundry and shared garage. Deck and additional living area. No smoking and no pets. Contact Angie, <[email protected]> or (605) 759-4617, for more information.

Wanted: Dog lover with experience controlling large dogs. My young Great Pyrenees needs someone to give her at least two hours of energetic exercise/play per week. At nearly 90-pounds of muscle and exuberance, Molly is friendly, but strong-willed.  $10/hr. Contact Jessica, <pauljess> or 382-8625, for details.

Wanted: Kristy Gould and Jacob Noble '18, are conducting dog cognition research this summer. We will be looking at how dogs learn a task and interact with humans. We are looking for people willing to bring their dog(s) to campus to participate in this study. It will only take up to an hour for each dog and the date and time can be flexible based on your schedule. The project will run from June 5-15 and July 5-25. For more information or to schedule a time to participate, contact Kristy, <goulkr01> or 419-3738.

Wanted: Family resort on a Minnesota lake needs someone to work 26 hours a week (daytime): chores, maintenance, cabin cleaning. Experience with small sailboats a plus but not necessary. $12 per hour plus room and board. Could be for half or all of the summer, starting June 9. Ideal for music student who wants lots of practice time, or student who loves being outdoors. Low-impact state park with unique flora/fauna across the lake. Contact Kate, <narveska>.


And finally...

"My studies have led me to ponder at the spirit and the sacrifices of the individuals who were responsible for our country’s make up. So I have often thought of how I could best do my part."

-Marine Cpl. Carl Knutson, Luther alumnus

After celebrating a beautiful Memorial Day weekend remembering the fallen, we were given this story of a Luther alumnus who was one of the first people who died in WWI. Thank you to Cpl. Knutson and all of the other service men and women who bravely fought and gave their lives for their country.

He did not want to be a statistic; please read on: http://m.startribune.com/marine-cpl-carl-knutson-not-just-another-war-statistic/483727431/.