Tuesday, Aug. 22

TUESDAY 8/22/2017

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Viniard-Weideman appointed vice president for communications and marketing

Luther College President Paula J. Carlson has announced the appointment of Aimee Viniard-Weideman as vice president for communications and marketing at Luther. She will begin her new duties Sept. 5.

"Ms. Viniard-Weideman has a passion for Luther's values and mission, and she has experience and expertise to lead innovation and strategic change in order to share the Luther story in new, creative, and compelling ways," said President Carlson. "As vice president for communications and marketing, she will build on the strong foundation Rob Larson built as the college's first vice president for communications and marketing."

Service of Dedication Aug. 24

Faculty, staff, emeriti and guests are invited to attend the annual Service of Dedication at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24, in the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall. President Carlson will deliver her State of the College address and new faculty and staff will be introduced. Offices are allowed to close for the Service of Dedication so as many employees as possible can attend. A reception will follow in Bentdahl Commons.

Parking restrictions Aug. 25-26

Saturday, Aug. 26, Luther will fill with excitement as first-year students and their families experience the joy of moving into residence halls. For many this will be an emotional experience as the students embark on a new adventure and parents see them on their way. In order to help facilitate the move-in process, parking areas near the halls will be reserved to accommodate the movers. Special parking restrictions will go into effect starting at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 25. The small parking lot south of Ylvisaker and the lot north of Valders will be reserved for unloading vehicles. High Street between Jenson-Noble and Campus House will be designated as a one-way street, west to east. There will be no parking on the south side of the street. Faculty, staff and students are asked to refrain from parking in these areas. Thank you for your cooperation in extending this welcome to the new members of the Luther community.


Toner phone scams

Several offices have recently received a phone call from an unidentified source asking for specific details about the copier or printer in the office. These callers demand information regarding the brand and model number of the machines in the office and attempts to send toner with an invoice that is three or four times the regular retail price. The majority of copiers/printers on campus are under a contract with Ricoh to supply the toner, parts and service. Ricoh will not call offices for ordering toner and supplies. It is not recommend to offer them any of information; giving them any information will only help fuel the next caller's tactics. It is best to request they not call again and disconnect the call. For any questions, contact the Document Center, telephone 387-1631.

Book Shop news

Let the Book Shop help your department and Luther save money by using its buying power. Ask Book Shop employees to quote the price of special order mugs, books, clothing, etc. Unlike other vendors, all money spent at the college-owned bookstore stays on campus to support the Luther community.

Luther Women's Basketball Junior Norse

Join Luther women's basketball for the fourth year of Junior Norse. Girls in grades two through five are invited to improve their fundamental skills and learn to love the game of basketball with the 2017-18 LCWBB team. Junior Norse meet four Thursdays this fall (Sept. 14, 21, 28 and Oct. 5) from 6:15-7:30 p.m. in the Regents Center main gym. Cost is $45 and includes a T-shirt. Contact Amanda Bailey, <necham01> or 387-1584, for registration information.

Luther reduces move out waste by 40 percent

Move out week at Luther College has historically been the week in which Luther sends the most waste to the landfill of any week throughout the year. Students worked more than 400 hours over the course of nine days to assist with move out waste diversion by educating their peers about recycling and donation processes. This year, Luther students donated eleven 18-foot trucks worth of goods to the Depot and Spectrum Network and nearly 2,000 pounds of food to Decorah's First Lutheran Church food pantry. The college reduced the tonnage brought to the landfill by 40 percent.

KATIE workshop

Have you logged into katie.luther.edu lately? KATIE was upgraded in May, and the look is a bit different. There will be a come-and-go workshop for faculty and staff regarding the upgrade 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 28, in Hovde Lounge. KATIE support team members will be available to answer questions and help build 2017 fall course sites. Please bring a laptop and some relevant course information, such as a syllabus or meeting notes. 

Join Luther students for WILD

Luther juniors taking Elementary Music Methods are offering Wednesday "In-service" with Luther at Decorah (Lutheran Church). The music class is available for students in grades three through six from 8-8:50 a.m. Wednesday mornings, running Sept. 6 through Dec. 6. They will be supervised by Luther faculty members.  There is no cost for the class, but only 60 spots available. For more information or to register, visit www.luther.edu/music/academic-info/music-education/wednesday-inservice/ or email Jill Wilson, <wilsji01>.


Events this week

Thursday, Aug. 24: Faculty and staff dedication service, 3:30 p.m., CFL Main Hall
Friday, Aug. 25: Registration, Orientation and Advising Day (ROAD), all day, Dahl Centennial Union
Sunday, Aug. 27: Sunday morning worship, 10 a.m., CFL Main Hall; SAC Entertainment, ComedySportz, 8 p.m., CFL Main Hall
Monday, Aug. 28: SAC Entertainment, Maureen Cullen, "Building More Inclusive Communities," 7:30 p.m., CFL; Welcome to Luther dance, 9 p.m., Marty's

ComedySportz performance Aug. 27

The Luther College Student Activities Council invites the community to laugh and interact with ComedySportz at 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 27, in the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall on the Luther campus. Hailed as a fast-paced comedy show that is fun for all ages, ComedySportz is improvisational comedy played as a "sport" by members of the World Comedy League. The event is open to the public with no charge for admission.

Family fun day

Luther faculty, staff and families are invited to the Sept. 3 men's and women's soccer games at 2 and 4 p.m., respectively, and take part in the Luther Family Fun Day between games from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Enjoy root beer floats and watermelon while cheering on the Norse. Children have the opportunity to get autographs from their favorite Luther athletes as well as a chance to dunk faculty, staff and coaches in a dunk tank. Don't forget to dress in blue and white to get ready for another great year at Luther.

Norse Athletic Association Fall Sports luncheon Sept. 5

Luther's Norse Athletic Association invites the community to the NAA Fall Sports Luncheon at noon Tuesday, Sept. 5. The luncheon, held in Peace Dining Room on the second floor of Dahl Centennial Union, costs $5 per person. A great chance to get firsthand information on Norse athletics, the luncheon features all of the fall sport coaches speaking on their respective seasons to date. The 2017-18 Norse Business Sponsors will be presented their plaques for the year, and an update on the new and ongoing facilities projects will be given as well. Attendees can get a nearly eagle-eye view of the new blue turf football field and the renovated tennis courts from the Peace Dining overlook. To make a donation or to RSVP for the luncheon please contact Russell Schouweiler, 387-2161 or <schoru01>.

'Great Places' art exhibit Aug. 30-Oct. 11

"Great Places," an exhibit featuring oil paintings by Carl Homstad, Decorah artist and Luther alumnus, will be on display Aug. 30-Oct. 11 in the Luther College Center for Faith and Life. The exhibit is open to the public with no charge for admission.


Celebrations this week

Aug. 22: Miko Kominami, Mercedes Martin
Aug. 23: Kirk Johnson
Aug. 25: Maryna Bezylevych, Alan Wenthold
Aug. 26: Deborah Norland, Stephanie Fretham, A.J. Perling
Aug. 27: Richard Merritt
Aug. 28: Pamela Berg

Aug. 22: Pedro Dos Santos, five years; Sarah Wilder, five years
Aug. 23: Eric Baack, 10 years; Sean Burke, 10 years; Amy Engelsdorfer, 10 years; April Rowe Neal, 10 years; Paul Savariappan, 10 years
Aug. 27: Destiny Crider, five years


To Chuck Riha and family on the death of Chuck's mother-in-law, Agnes Schmitt, from St. Lucas, who passed away Aug. 12.

New positions

Reed Maddox and Amber Schnittjer began their positions as associate athletic trainer/staff instructor in HPE July 31. Maddox's office is Regents Center 35A. Schnittjer's office is Regents Center 35B. Telephone for both is 387-1609.

Allison Jenicke started her new position as assistant strength coach/Legends Center director Aug. 1. Her office is Legends Center 150E, telephone 387-1360.

Christopher Lovagnini started his new position as interim Larsen/Olson area coordinator Aug. 1. His office is in Olson Hall, telephone 387-1759.

Kasey Nikkel started her new position as assistant dean for Student Life/director of student rights and responsibilities Aug. 1. Her office is Dahl Centennial Union 266C, telephone 387-1008.

Tim Schuring started his position as assistant men's basketball coach/staff instructor in HPE Aug. 1. His office is Regents Center 16, telephone 387-1612.

Lindsey Weatherford began her position as volleyball coach intern Aug. 1. Her office is Regents Center 230D, telephone 387-1491.

Raymond Amato began his position as assistant men's and women's swim and dive coach/assistant director of the Aquatics Center Aug. 7. His office is Regents Center 207, telephone 387-1821.

Kenda Franzen began her position as administrative assistant, Counseling Service, Aug. 7. Her office is Counseling Service, Larsen Hall, telephone 387-1375.

Kelly Harris started as Towers area coordinator Aug. 7. Her office is Brunsdale Lounge, telephone 387-1907. 

Lisa Scott began her position as interim dean for Institutional Equity and Inclusion Aug. 7. Her office is Dahl Centennial Union 236, telephone 387-1834.

Ryan Meier started his position as a custodian in Facilities Services Aug. 8. His office is Brandt Hall, telephone 387-2237.

Amy Harker began her position as assistant director of Admissions Aug. 14. Her office is the Minneapolis Regional Office.

Elaena Hoekstra began her position as web content fellow Aug. 14. Her office is Dahl Centennial Union 263, telephone 387-1902.

Blaine Barthel began his position as baseball coach intern Aug. 15. His office is Regents Center 230C, telephone 387-2990.

Sukeji Mikaya started as global learning intern/Norby House manager Aug. 15. Her office is Larsen Hall 125, telephone 387-1058.

Job postings

Admissions Counselor or Assistant Director of Admissions: Full time. Primary responsibilities include coordinating the recruitment of students from a specific geographical region, visiting targeted high schools and attending select college fair programs. Extensive travel is required, and candidates must be able to work evenings and weekends when appropriate. Based on the level of experience of the successful candidate, the title will be either Admissions Counselor or Assistant Director.

Administrative assistant: .69 FTE, 11-month position, providing support to the Director of Student Activities and the Dahl Centennial Union. Duties include general receptionist work, approving advertisements and promotional requests, reserving spaces, scheduling hours, maintaining website and Datatel records, and organizing the annual activities fair. Some driving required. Qualified candidates must have a high school degree, additional training in office procedures and Microsoft Office Suite, and a valid driver's license. Two years experience in office setting preferred.

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


Messier 23, also known as M23, is an open cluster in the constellation Sagittarius. Torger Jystad '19, of St. Charles, Minnesota, is researching and observing eclipsing binary stars in M23 as part of his summer research at the college. Jystad is working with Jeff Wilkerson on this ongoing project.

The foreign exchange market is the largest financial market in the world, transferring billions of dollars' worth of foreign currencies between countries. Hakam Abdul El Mitshu '18, of Tripoli, Libya, is researching and building opening and closing strategies for foreign exchange traders for his summer research project at the college. He is working with Tony Mutsune on his project "How Awareness and Planning Could be the Key to Successful Forex Trading."

With a greater focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics in schools, more children are being encouraged to look at pursuing a career in these fields. Kathleen Woods '18, of Savanna, Illinois, helped develop and implement the Adventures with Chemistry middle school camp for her summer research project at the college. Woods worked with Molly Wilker and Olga Michels on her project.

The electric guitar is rarely heard in chamber ensembles, but new-age composers are working to expand the instrument's role within the Western classical tradition. This summer, Andrew Murray '18, of North Mankato, Minnesota, is researching different styles and unique arrangements in compositions for the electric guitar. He is working with Brooke Joyce on this project.

Human serum albumin is the most abundant protein found in human blood plasma. Megan Roozeboom '18, of Oskaloosa, Iowa, is using steady-state fluorescence spectroscopy to research how curcuminoids, a major component of the spice turmeric, bind with HSA for her summer research project at the college. Roozeboom is working with Olga Michels, on her project.

Robert Christman's entry, "Martin Luther and the Papacy," was published in the "Dictionary of Luther and the Lutheran Traditions," Timothy Wengert, ed., Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2017, pp. 570-574.

Andy Hageman presented a research talk "The Strange Infrastructures of China Miéville" at the 75th World Science Fiction Convention in Helsinki, Finland Aug. 12, and he chaired a panel called "Bringing SF into University Courses."

Dean Vesperman was published in the Spring/Summer issue of the Ohio Social Studies Review. The article, titled "'Voting is Power!': Preservice social studies teachers' conceptions of democracy," was cowritten with David R. Caulfield of Indiana University. The article focuses on a study that revealed that having preservice social studies teachers engage in systematic reflection on democracy and citizenship leads to an evolution of their conception of democracy. This research has been presented at the College and University Faculty Assembly of the National Council for the Social Studies and American Educational Research Association annual conferences.


For rent/sale: Two-bedroom, two-bathroom ranch style home, located at 209 West St., Decorah. Finished basement, laundry on-site, one-car detached garage. Tons of storage spaces. Call or text Maureen, 581-8376, for more information.

For rent: Two-bedroom, one-bath apartment with garage available near Kwik Star in Decorah. $575/month. Tenant responsible for electricity and water. Pets and smoking are not allowed. Contact Chris, [email protected] or 277-0041, with inquiries or questions.

For rent: Two-bedroom ranch style home, located at 622 Center St. Near municipal pool and Luther College. Attached two-car garage and full basement. Pets and smoking not allowed. References required. Contact Mark, or [email protected], with inquires.

Roommate wanted: Looking for a female roommate, temporary or permanent. $475/month, includes all utilities and Wi-Fi. Walking distance to downtown. Room available in lower lever of home, with walk-out entrance. Owner and child also live in the home. Contact Sharon, [email protected] or 387-7767, with inquires.

Demonstration: Emergency Management of Winneshiek County has purchased a sand bagging machine that will fill 3,400 bags per hour. A demonstration will be given for the public Tuesday, Aug. 29, from 5-7 p.m. at the Freeport county shop. Ribeye sandwiches will be available for purchase.

Wanted: Looking for storage space for a kayak for an incoming student. Preferably in-town for easy access. Contact Vicky Jaeger, 387-2115, with available space.

For sale: Four floor-level tickets for the Tim McGraw and Faith Hill concert in Minneapolis, Minn., Saturday, Aug. 26. Tickets in section 114, all four seats together. Includes parking pass. Paid $500. Email Jennifer, <acheje01>, with offers. 

For sale: Two power lawnmowers and one push mower, including original grass catcher and weed edgers. Older golf clubs and bags for youth, ladies and men. Some wood heads. Call Dean, 387-0242, for more information.

For sale: Thirty pearl-colored 4-inch by 12-inch glass tiles; pre-hung 32-inch exterior steel door with window, including threshold and trim pieces; tan bathroom toilet; orange cast iron bathroom sink; and several lengths of stovepipe for wood stove or furnace (six-inch size), totaling about 12 feet. Text Penny, 382-3796, for photos and more information.

Bible study opportunity: An in-depth Interdenominational Bible study for women studying the Book of Romans. Join us for a brief presentation, an opportunity to register and the first introductory class 1-2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13, hosted at Decorah Covenant Church, 115 Washington St., Decorah. There is no cost for this class. Contact Mona with questions, <nelsonra>.

Class offered: SoDa Club will offer eight weeks of songs and dances for children in grades kindergarten through eighth this fall. Led by Jill Wilson, Linda Martin and Claire Thompson, the group meets at Decorah Lutheran Church at 5:30 p.m. Mondays beginning Sept. 11. Each week after dancing folk dances, the children divide into three groups to sing songs and learn music appropriate for their age. Luther education students serve as assistants. Cost is $60 for the eight-week session. Contact [email protected] or [email protected] with questions or to sign up.

Class offered: Learn the Norwegian language while exploring cultural activities of Norway. The class will be led by a team of students from the Luther College Nordic studies program, under the supervision of Maren Johnson, assistant professor of the Nordic studies program. Included in each lesson will be basic Norwegian language instruction and typical activities of Norwegian folk art and outdoor traditions. Open for youth ages 8-12. Cost is $30, with classes at Vesterheim Museum 3:15-5:15 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 5, through Oct. 10. Register online at http://folkartschool.vesterheim.org/class/2017-09-05-norsk-skole-norwegian-school or call 382-9681.


And finally...

Friday, Aug. 25, is National Park Service Day. It marks the 101st birthday of the National Park Service, which manages all national parks, many national monuments and other conservation and historical properties.

Iowa has two national parks, including one just 35 miles from Decorah. Check out Effigy Mounds in Harpers Ferry, which features more than 200 American Indian mounds, located in the Upper Mississippi River Valley. Enjoy a picnic, stop at the visitors' center, walk a trail or take a guided tour while enjoying northeast Iowa in late summer.

Or take a drive to West Branch and visit the Herbert Hoover historical site, the other National Park in Iowa. Activities include a visitors' center, Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum and trails.