Tuesday, Oct. 31

TUESDAY 10/31/2017

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Reformation events for Tuesday

Today, Tuesday, Oct. 31, promises to be an extraordinary day in the life of Luther College. The date marks the 500th anniversary of the moment when our namesake, Martin Luther, launched the reformation movement that, quite literally, changed the world. At Luther, we are honoring and exploring the impact of this movement with a full-day symposium—"The Reformation of Everything, 1517-2017"—and I encourage all students, faculty and staff to take full advantage of the exciting events that are planned.

A full schedule of sessions is available here. To assist with your planning, here are the important times to note:

9-10 a.m. Keynote: “Why the Reformation Still Matters” by visiting scholar Brad Gregory (CFL)
10-10:30 a.m. Exhibition and reception (CFL lobby)
10:30 a.m.-noon Symposium sessions (see program for topics and locations)
1:30-3 p.m. Symposium sessions (see program for topics and locations)
7:30-9 p.m. Premiere of the "Reformation Cantata," composed by Luther alumni and student composers

Classes have been canceled for the day to enable participation by all students and faculty. Offices may close for periods during the day to allow all staff to participate as well.

I want to thank Professor Robert Christman, chair, and the members of the planning committee for their inspired leadership in planning and coordinating our commemoration. Please join me in expressing our thanks by joining us at the symposium events.

I look forward to seeing you there!

–President Carlson

$1 million gift establishes Kent Finanger Endowed Chair

A Luther alumna who was a member of the first women's cross country team and her husband have provided a gift of $1 million to establish the Kent Finanger Endowed Chair for Women's Cross Country and Track and Field. The alumna shared the reason surrounding the couple's decision to create the Finanger Chair, "As a student and runner, I thrived under Coach Kent's leadership. The immense respect I have for him and his nurturing abilities have unequivocally impacted my life." This is the first endowed coaching position in the history of the college. It was the donor's wish to make this announcement on Coach Kent's 85th birthday, Oct. 25.

Message from the president

Terry Sparkes, dean for institutional planning and mission, is taking a six-week leave of absence to attend to a family medical need. During this time, Dr. Brad Chamberlain, co-chair of the strategic planning committee, will assume leadership of the strategic planning committee, with assistance from Eric Runestad, vice president for finance and administration. Dr. Chamberlain has also agreed to provide leadership for the re-accreditation process, which begins this semester. During Dean Sparkes' leave, Kevin Kraus, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college, will assist me in supervising the centers and programs that report to her. Thank you to everyone for your understanding and support.

-Paula Carlson


Important HR information

Open enrollment for employee benefits is Nov. 1–17. Open enrollment is the annual opportunity to evaluate and make changes to benefit elections including health and dental insurance, life insurance, retirement savings and flexible spending accounts. All changes must be received in HR by Friday, Nov. 17. Watch for packets in campus mail.

Open enrollment meetings will be held in the Recital Hall at the Center for Faith and Learning:

  • Wednesday, Nov. 1, 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 1, 5:15 p.m.
  • Thursday, Nov. 2, 9:45 a.m.

Call Marsha Wenthold, 387-1415, with questions.

TIAA counseling sessions

TIAA announces individual counseling sessions 11:30 a.m.-4:15 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 8; 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9; and 8:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10. Space is limited. Register online or by calling (800) 732-8353 between 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday. Sessions held in Main 30.

Additional insurance

Annually, participants in the Luther health plan need to go to the UMR website to indicate if they have additional health insurance. For example, a person's spouse might have additional coverage through their employer, etc. This will keep any disruption in payment of claims to a minimum as claims are processed. Click on the "Other Insurance" button in the middle of the screen and answer the questions, then click the "submit" button.

Health care reminder

Participants on Luther's employee health care plan have access to TELADOC. This service gives access 24 hours, 7 days a week to a U.S. board-certified doctor through the convenience of phone, video or mobile app visits. It's an affordable option for accessible medical care. The Teladoc doctors can treat many medical conditions, including: cold and flu symptoms, allergies, pink eye, ear infection, respiratory infection, sinus problems, skin problems and more. Call 1-800-Teladoc or visit Teladoc.com. Talk to a doctor anytime for $45 or less. Employees should set up an account before actually needing to call a doctor. For more information, call Marsha, 387-1415.

Safe Zone training

There are two more scheduled Safe Zone trainings: 4-5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7, in Mott Room; 4-5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14, in Main 112. Sign up online at https://goo.gl/forms/cD7anixTfn76MpcE3 or via email to <brownewi>.

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.

Mental Health First Aid training

Mental Health First Aid training is being offered to interested staff and faculty from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15. Just as CPR helps to assist an individual having a heart attack, MHFA helps to assist someone experiencing a mental health or substance use-related crisis. Contact Stu Johnston, <johnstst>, in the Counseling Service if interested in signing up.

Learn how to handle holiday stress

It's the most wonderful time of the year? Maybe not for everyone. Counseling Service and Residence Life are sponsoring Handling the Holidays workshops to help identify and provide tips around the various challenges of holiday breaks for students, as well as how to support friends who may struggle. Workshops are at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, in Brandt Social Lounge, 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, in Ylvisaker Study Lounge and 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14, in Mott in the Union. Holiday cookies provided.

APO collection

Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity is collecting donations for "The Road Home" shelter in Madison, Wisconsin. Donations needed: diapers, baby wipes, cleaning supplies, laundry detergent, bleach, paper towels, toilet paper, dish detergent, deodorant, lotion, shampoo, gift cards (gas and grocery). Donation bins are located on the first floor Sampson Hoffland Labs study lounge, Jenson's main office, Registrar's office and third floor Olin. Bins will be collected at 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3. Email <carlkr01> with questions.

Submissions for All Saints Chapel

Every year the All Saints Chapel gives the campus an opportunity to remember that God's promises sustain when celebrating the joy of new life and grieving the loss of loved ones. Please contact College Ministries with the name(s) of immediate family/household members of someone born or who have passed away since November 2016 for inclusion in the All Saints Chapel Wednesday, Nov. 1. Contact <faith> or 387-1040, with submissions.

Music Scholarship Audition Day

Luther College is hosting a Music Scholarship Audition Day for applied students Saturday, Nov. 11. Activities for the day are geared toward students interested music at Luther who have already applied to the college. Registration deadline is Sunday, Nov. 5; online registration is available at connect.luther.edu/register/grp-audition-day-fall-2017.

Technology help desk tip of the month

With four different wireless networks across campus, do you know which is best for you? Visit https://www.luther.edu/helpdesk/tips/ to get the breakdown.

Book Shop news

Too busy to attend recent lectures and book signings? The Luther Book Shop still has autographed copies of books by Kip Andersen, Jessica Luther and Majorie Woollcott. Stop in and pick up a copy today.

Speaker Ryan Sallans will give a lecture on his book "Second Son" at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8, in Valders 206. Following the lecture, Sallans will sign his book, which is available for purchase in the Book Shop and at the event.


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, Nov. 1: All Saints Readings
Friday, Nov. 3: Wylie Cook, senior chapel
Monday, Nov. 6: Daniel Melas-Swanson, senior chapel

Home sporting events this week

Wednesday, Nov. 1: Men's soccer vs. Nebraska Wesleyan, IIAC semifinals, 5:30 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 3: Women's and men's cross country host the "Saga Cup," 4:15 p.m., lower campus
Saturday, Nov. 4: Women's and men's swimming and diving vs. Grinnell, 1 p.m.; football vs. Central, 1 p.m.; wrestling hosts alumni/intrasquad meet, 2:30 p.m.

Events this week

Tuesday, Oct. 31: "The Reformation of Everything" Symposium, all day; Reformation Day plenary address, Brad Gregory, "Why the Reformation Still Matters (Whether We Want It To or Not), 9 a.m., CFL Main Hall; Reformation Commemoration Concert, 7:30 p.m., CFL Main Hall
Wednesday, Nov. 1: Guest Presentation: Regina Mustafa, 7 p.m., CFL Recital Hall
Thursday, Nov. 2: Decorah Power Learning Series, Erin Buchanan, "The Power of Local Priorities: Energy Efficiency and Community Solar," 7 p.m., Valders 369
Friday, Nov. 3: SAC Entertainment: Erik Berry, mandolin, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 4: CSS: Anat Cohen, clarinetist-saxophonist, 7:30 p.m., CFL Main Hall
Sunday, Nov. 5:  Concert Band concert, 4 p.m., CFL Main Hall

Reformation Commemoration Symposium

Luther will host a symposium honoring the 500th anniversary of the Reformation all day Tuesday, Oct. 31. Titled "The Reformation of Everything, 1517-2017," the event begins at 9 a.m. in the CFL with a plenary address by Professor Brad Gregory of Notre Dame. The remainder of the day consists of presentations and performances by members of the Luther community. For further information and a full program, visit: https://www.luther.edu/reformation-2017/reformation-day/everything/.

Reformation Commemoration Concert

The Luther College Music Department is presenting the "Reformation Cantata," a work composed in honor of the Reformation Commemoration by four Luther College alumni and four current students, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31, in the CFL Main Hall. The program includes a new work for concert band, jointly commissioned by a consortium of Lutheran colleges. Ensembles involved include Concert Band, Collegiate Chorale and Cathedral Choir. For more information visit: https://www.luther.edu/reformation-2017/reformation-day/concert/.

All Saints Chapel Nov. 1

College Ministries invites everyone to the All Saints Chapel, 10:30-10:50 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1, in the CFL. The service includes time to light candles and remember new saints and those who have died.

Regina Mustafa to speak Nov. 1

Deepening the interfaith dialogue on Luther's campus, Regina Mustafa, an interfaith activist from Minnesota, will speak at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1, in the CFL Recital Hall. Mustafa will describe her recent experience running for Congress and her work bridging the gap between religions, specifically addressing the challenges of Muslim women in interfaith activism.

Decorah Power Series

Erin Buchanan, Energy Services Coordinator at Cedar Falls Utilities, will present "The Power of Local Priorities: Energy Efficiency and Community Solar," at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2, in Valders 369. Buchanan will also present at a noon brown bag lunch at Decorah City Hall on Nov. 2. Both presentations are a part of the Decorah Power Fall Learning Series and are open to the public with no charge for admission.

'The Myth of Middle Class Stagnation'

It's been widely reported that ordinary Americans' living standards peaked in the mid-1970s and have since remained stagnant. While there is data to support this claim, some say the data is flawed. Challenging the existing data, Economist and Professor Don Boudreaux will share his findings at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2, in Valders 206. His lecture, "The Myth of Middle Class Stagnation," describes how American living standards have improved significantly over the last 40 years.

Discussion of 'The Rise and Decline of Faculty Governance'

The Dean's office and Luther American Association of University Professors are sponsoring a discussion of the history and principles of faculty governance, based on Larry G. Gerber's "The Rise and Decline of Faculty Governance." The discussion will span three meetings: Thursday, Nov. 2; Thursday, Nov. 9; and Thursday, Nov. 16, all 9:40-10:45 a.m. in Borlaug Room. Faculty are invited to sign up on the Dean's webpage, and pick up books from the Dean's office.

DM benefit concert Nov. 3

Luther College Dance Marathon will host a benefit concert at 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 3, at The Lingonberry in downtown Decorah. The concert features Luther a capella groups, soloists, speakers and information about Dance Marathon's mission. Admission is $5, with free-will donations being accepted. Luther College Dance Marathon is a student-run organization that raises money to financially and emotionally support the families of patients at the University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital.

SAC Entertainment presents Erik Berry

Luther College Alumnus Erik Berry, class of 1996, will return to campus to perform a mandolin concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3, in Marty's. Graduating from Luther with a Bachelor of Arts in English, Berry is now a mandolin player based in northeastern Minnesota. He performs original, instrumental mandolin music, with inspirations of Celtic, bluegrass and old-time themes as well as experimental, electronic music and improvisation. He is a current member of the band Trampled by Turtles.

Student recitals

Friday, Nov. 3
Sarah Lodge '19, is performing a trumpet recital at 7 p.m. Abigail Korenchan '19, is performing a mezzosoprano recital at 7 p.m. 

Saturday, Nov. 4
Sam Naumann '19, is performing a cello recital at 4 p.m. Gabrielle Bruns '19, is performing a viola recital at 4 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 5
Gabrielle Laske '18, is performing a vocal recital at noon. Peter Mathistad '19, is performing a saxophone recital at noon. Miranda Poncelet '18, is performing a vocal recital at 2 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.

Family music concert Nov. 4

Adults and children of all ages are invited to a family music concert featuring chamber music performances and hands-on activities as Luther music students tell the story of "The Remarkable Farkle McBride" at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, in the Orchestra Room in Jenson-Noble Hall of Music. Stick around for the instrument petting zoo after the concert. The event is open to the public with no charge for admission. Contact Jill Wilson, <wilsji01>, with questions.

CSS presents Anat Cohen

Anat Cohen will perform music from her new album "Happy Song" with her 10-piece band at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, in the CFL as part of the Center Stage Series. Her albums have seen the clarinetist/saxophonist range from hard-swinging to lilting balladry, from small groups to larger ensembles and back again, exploring a universe of music along the way. For ticket information, go to tickets.luther.edu, visit the Luther College ticket office or call 387-1357.

Concert Band concert Nov. 5

The Luther College Concert Band will present its fall concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5, in the CFL Main Hall. The performance is open to the public with no charge for admission. The Concert Band will perform "Heroes of the Regiment" by Joseph Turrin and "Dance Movements" by Philip Sparke, and concludes with Danzon No. 2 by Arturo Marquez.

Zen Den open house

The Zen Den, located in Health Services, has been expanded and refreshed. Stop by from 2-4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 6, to see the new space and enjoy some refreshments. The Zen Den is a space to relax and rejuvenate just in time for the holidays, CAL and busyness of finals. The Zen Den features a massage chair and meditation pillows and is available on a first come, first served basis for students Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m.

Jazz Band concert Nov. 7

The Luther College Jazz Band is performing a concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7, in the CFL Main Hall. The concert is open to the public with no charge for admission. The concert program features various styles of music from swing to funk to mambo and will include works from Stan Kenton, Oliver Nelson, Thad Jones and Neal Hefti.

Ryan Sallans Nov. 8

Born into a female body, international transgender speaker, consultant, publisher and author Ryan Sallans will speak at Luther College, discussing his personal journey of transformation from childhood body struggles and development of an eating disorder during college to coming out as transgender and the difficulties he's faced financially, emotionally and mentally. Sallans will speak on Luther's campus at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8, in Valders Hall of Science Room 206. Following his presentation, he will sign copies of his book "Second Son: Transitioning Toward My Destiny, Love and Life." Copies of the book are available for purchase in the Luther College Book Shop or at the presentation. The event is sponsored by the Center for Ethics and Public Engagement and PRIDE.

Philharmonia concert Nov. 9

Luther College's Philharmonia Orchestra will perform a concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, in the CFL Main Hall. The concert is open to the public with no charge for admission. The concert includes "Out of the Depths" from the Reformation Cantata, as well as Concerto Grosso in F Major, Op. 6, No. 2 by Arcangelo Corelli; Fugue in Four Keyes on "The Shining Shore" by Charles Ives; "Slane" by Soon Hee Newbold; "Serenade for Strings" by Edward Elgar; and "Jazz Pizzicato" by Leroy Anderson.

'The Cat in the Hat' Nov. 9

With a performance teaching children about caring, fairness, responsibility and trustworthiness, Theatreworks USA presents "The Cat in the Hat" at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, in the CFL Main Hall. The performance is recommended for children in kindergarten to fourth grade. Area schools have seating priority for school matinees; community members are welcome as space is available. Each show is approximately one hour in length.

Dorian keyboard guest recital Nov. 10

Luther alumni and professional pianists Jordan Buchholtz and Charles Hoeft will co-headline the Dorian keyboard guest recital at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10, in the Noble Recital Hall. The concert is open to the public with no charge for admission.

St. Martin's Day Dinner

Luther is hosting a St. Martin's Day Dinner as a festive conclusion to the 2017 Reformation Commemoration from 5:30-7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, in Peace Dining Room. Inspired by the historical menu associated with this medieval harvest festival, the dinner will be served family style, include a short program of period music and offer a cash bar. Cost is $10; $5 plus swipe for students. Tickets available at https://tickets.luther.edu/Online/. Menu and more information available at https://www.luther.edu/reformation-2017/events/?event_id=721909&date=2017-11-11.

'Rent' tickets on sale soon

"Rent" the musical will be performed in Jewel Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10-11, 16-17; at 1:30 p.m. Nov. 18-19. Tickets are $15 and are available for purchase two weeks prior to opening online at tickets.luther.edu or at the Luther College Box Office. Remaining tickets will be sold at the door.


Celebrations this week

Oct. 31: Joni Rollinger, Steve Busta, Tracy Elsbernd
Nov. 1: Michael Blair, Don Jones
Nov. 2: David Njus, Penelope Sherman, Benjamin Klammer
Nov. 3: Laurie Iudin-Nelson, Kevin Werges, Peter Hart
Nov. 4: Joyce Becker, Doug Craft, Maggie Britton, Emily Mineart, Lucy Crawford
Nov. 6: Joe Breitenstein, Cindy Leonhart, Mary Teslow, Laura Bouska

Nov. 1: Jessica Raabe, 5 years

Employee updates

Karen Martin-Schramm began the position of interim coordinator of music organizations, instrumental, Oct. 23. Her office is Jenson-Noble 205A, telephone 387-1737.

Thomas Tague started his position as programmer analyst Oct. 24. His office is Main 12A, telephone 387-1307.

Position openings

Full-time custodial staff: General custodial responsibilities include overall appearance of assigned academic and residence hall building(s) and public areas. Hours are generally completed Monday-Friday. Some weekend work may be required. Must be able to work with little supervision, complete work thoroughly and promptly, and be self-motivated. High school diploma or equivalent required.

Full-time administrative assistant: Provide support for the vice president for Communications and Marketing and the departments that report to the vice president, including website, publications, media relations, visual media, sports information, and music marketing. Qualified candidates must have associate's degree. Minimum preference in a related field such as communications, marketing or English, three-five years experience in positions with increasing levels of responsibility, excellent writing and communication skills, exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail, as well as an ability to maintain a professional, competent and friendly demeanor at all times.

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


Todd Green was interviewed on Canada's CBC Radio Oct. 23. He discussed Quebec's new law banning full face coverings as well as his current book project on why we shouldn't ask Muslims to condemn terrorism.

Gregory Peterson has released a new CD with narrator Jim Martin-Schramm, "Songs of Petition, Peace, and Proclamation." Recorded live, this disc highlights themes taken from their 2015 Alumni Study Tour "Music and Conscience: Bach and Bonhoeffer." Copies are available in the Luther Book Shop.


For rent: Two-bedroom, one-bath apartment near Kwik Star in Decorah. $600/month. Tenant responsible for electricity and water. Pets and smoking not allowed. Contact Chris, [email protected] or 277-0041, for more information.

For rent: Remodeled one-bedroom home for rent. $725/month plus utilities. Large deck, storage areas, garage, central air, refrigerator, stove, microwave. Nice neighborhood. Pet friendly; $100 for pet deposit. No smoking. Very clean. References and deposit required. Email Karen, [email protected], for showing.

For rent: Three-bedroom home for rent, located at 1015 Mechanic St. in Decorah. $900/month. Main level bedroom and two bedrooms upstairs. Fenced-in backyard with a large deck and storage shed. Two-car garage with a separate workshop area. Enclosed porch on the front mudroom on rear entry. Central air. Stove, fridge, washer, dryer included. Tenant pays all utilities. Contact Tade, [email protected] or 380-1415, for a rental application or with questions.

For sale: Medium-sized wood stove in good shape. Includes stove pipe. The stove would be great for a cabin or workshop. $50 OBO. Email Dan, <marlowda>, for more information or photos.

For sale: Two, 4.5 HP Toro snowblowers. Model numbers CCR2000 and CCR2500. Both purchased new in 1996 and are in ready-to-use condition. They were used by snow removal crew and can be viewed at the grounds office. Email bids by the snowblower number to <hackiv01> by noon Wednesday, Nov. 8. Facilities Services reserves the right to reject any and all bids.

For sale: Thirty-four string lever harp, custom-made by William Rees, Glen Aulin model. Cherry with poplar sound board. Full set of Truitt levers, nylon-strung, wire-wrapped C1-F1. Has a wonderful warm, clear, big sound and is in excellent condition, having been lovingly played and cared for by a single owner. One small ding at the head. Includes tuning key, soft padded case and full set of replacement strings. $2,300. Contact <zarila01> with inquires.

For sale: 1997 Honda Civic EX two-door with 169,000 miles. $500 OBO. Sold as is. Call or text Trish, 379-3956, after 6 p.m.

Free: Sturdy lilac bush limbs in various lengths, approximately 4-12 feet. Can be used for yard decoration or as garden supports. Easy pick-up from the alley. Contact <pauljess> with inquiries.

Wanted: A responsible adult to house/cat sit in January. Home is two blocks south of campus. Contact Dennis, [email protected] or 641-220-4562, for an appointment.

Wanted: Temporary housekeeping assistance. Ideally a professional cleaner with spare hours now and extra work in the future. Students are welcome if they can provide own transportation to country home seven-miles outside of town. Saturdays preferred. Contact Jennifer, <kellje01>, with inquiries.


And finally...

In honor of the commemoration of the Reformation:

"Faith is permitting ourselves to be seized by the things we do not see."  

–Martin Luther