Tuesday, Sept. 19

TUESDAY 9/19/2017

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Hurricane relief efforts

Our hearts go out to students, faculty, staff and alumni with family and friends in the paths of the hurricanes. To be added to the prayer list, send an email to <ministry>.

Hazing Policy

Hazing, by its very nature, is an activity that is counter to Luther's mission statement. Student organizations, teams, ensembles and groups are expected to conduct themselves in accordance with the college's mission statement and the Code of Conduct. New members of organizations, teams, ensembles and groups can expect to participate in educational and fun activities that build teamwork and camaraderie among all members. Such activities are intended to create a sense of identity and commitment within a group and are generally acceptable and encouraged. Students should check with appropriate staff, advisors, sponsors and/or coaches if there is any question about an activity constituting hazing. The Hazing Policy can be reviewed in the Student Handbook.


New Information Security Committee

President Carlson has appointed an Information Security Committee to help the college protect the privacy and security of personal information and to coordinate compliance with the various applicable laws and regulations (FERPA, GLBA, HIPPA, HEA, PCI, etc.) Committee membership includes Jan Cordell, Adam Forsyth, Jon Lund, Paul Mattson, Eric Runestad, Jan Schnitzler, Jacob Secor, Kristin Swanson, Diane Tappe, Ryan Torkelson, Marsha Wenthold, RyAnn Winings and Amy Wrightsman. Thank you to these individuals for their willingness to assist the college with these important compliance and risk management efforts.

September staff meeting

Please attend one of the monthly staff meetings for September; 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20, or 9 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, in Peace Dining Room. Items on the agenda include meeting new staff: Lisa Scott, dean for Equity and Inclusion; Aimee Viniard-Weideman, vice president of Communications and Marketing; and Sally Ming, executive assistant to the president. Matt Bills will also have an important Title IX and Worker's Compensation update.

Idea for monthly staff meetings?

Have an item or an event to present at one of the monthly staff meetings? Contact Sally Ming, <mingsa01> or 387-1527. 

2017 fall semester enrollment

  • Student enrollment is 2,053.
  • Our new registered student total is 540 (517 first-year students, 23 transfer students).
  • U.S. students of color total 221 (10.8% of total enrollment), and international students total 161 (7.8% of total enrollment).
  • Thirty-nine states (includes Iowa) and 74 countries (includes U.S.) are represented in our total enrollment.
  • Student enrollment Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) using the Common Data Set definition (full-time + 1/3 part-time), used for between institution comparison, is 2,027.
  • Forty percent of our total enrollment report Lutheran as their religious affiliation.
  • First-year to second-year persistence for the 2016 first-year student cohort is 82.5%, first-year to third-year persistence for the 2015 first-year student cohort is 77.0%, and first-year to fourth-year persistence for the 2014 first-year cohort is 78.9%.
  • Our most recent four-year graduation rate (2013 first-year student cohort graduating by Aug. 31, 2017) is 67.1%.
  • Our most recent five-year graduation rate (2012 first-year student cohort graduating by Aug. 31, 2017) is 78.4%.
  • Our most recent six-year graduation rate (2011 first-year student cohort graduating by Aug. 31, 2017) is 80.1%.

For enrollment information for fall 2017, years 2013-2017, and first-year student cohort persistence and graduation rates over time, visit http://www.luther.edu/ir/enrollment/

Expense reimbursement reminder

When submitting a request for reimbursement of expenses for a meeting, it is important to remember that it is an IRS requirement to provide a brief explanation as to the business purpose for the meeting, including who attended the meeting, what was discussed, as well as the dates of the trip, destination and a day-by-day listing of the expenses incurred. Without proper contemporaneous documentation an IRS agent could disallow the reimbursement, causing it to be taxable income to the employee. See Luther policies "Travel – Reimbursement for Travel Expenses" and "Credit Card – Commercial" for additional details. Contact Karen Dallenbach, 387-1533, or Chuck Riha, 387-1526, in the Office for Financial Services for more information.

LFA proposals

The Lectures and Fine Arts Committee is still accepting proposals for the 2017-18 academic calendar. Proposals need to be submitted by to the committee by Oct. 1. Funds are still available to help bring speakers, artists, musicians and lecturers onto campus. Proposals can be submitted at https://www.luther.edu/programming/schedule-an-event/lfa/.

Please review directory listing

Preparation for the print version of the 2017-18 Luther College Faculty-Staff Directory has begun. Please review current information on the online directory luther.edu/directory/ and report any changes of title, office address, office phone number or Luther email to HR at <sievsh01> or 387-1134.

Christmas at Luther tickets on sale Oct. 5

It's hard to believe, but Christmas at Luther tickets are coming soon. All faculty and staff can secure their Christmas at Luther 2017: The Tree of Life My Soul Hath Seen tickets online starting at 9 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 5. Please contact the Ticket Office at 387-1357 to set up an online ticket account. For more information, please check out the CAL Faculty/Staff tickets page.

Open hours announced

Open hours are designed for quick questions and exploratory conversations with the vice presidents and deans of the college. Students/faculty are seen in order, upon arrival. People are encouraged to arrange individual appointments with Cabinet members, especially if the issue requires an extended conversation. All open hours will take place at the office of each vice president/dean. Additional dates will be announced as they are scheduled.

Jim Jermier, vice president for Development: 3-4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 9
Corey Landstrom, vice president and dean for Student Life: 8:30-9:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, and Thursday, Oct. 26
Eric Runestad, vice president for finance and administration: 10:30-11:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, and 3-4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11
Scot Schaeffer, vice president for Enrollment Management: 2-3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22, and 3:30-4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12 
Lisa Scott, dean for Institutional Equity and Inclusion: 4-5 p.m. every other Monday, starting Oct. 2

Norby House now open

Norby House is now available for visiting staff, faculty and/or business guests of the college. Norby offers dorm-style accommodations, a common kitchen with basic cooking items and shared lounge, laundry and individual restroom spaces. Reservation requests can be made through the Facilities page. Call, 387-1146 or 387-1668, for more information.

Safe zone training on Tuesdays

Campus-wide safe zone training is 4-5:30 p.m. Tuesdays in the Mott Room. Sign up at https://goo.gl/form/3LP2T0eBcA1hBPZI3. Contact <brownewi> for more information.

Book Shop news

From 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Sept. 23, members from the Luther Pep Band will be applying free Luther tattoos and playing tunes in the Book Shop as a part of Family Weekend.

Majorie Woollacott will give the Oen Lecture in the Center for Faith and Life Recital Hall at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26. A book signing will follow the lecture. The lecture will focus on her new book "Infinite Awareness." Copies will be available in the Book Shop and at the book signing.

Words of Wellness now available

Check out the September issue of Words of Wellness. This month's main article is Exercise vs. Caffeine: Which is your best ally to fight fatigue? with Amy Webber as the spotlight employee of the month. It includes other tips and a printable recipe, with all content written by student wellness ambassadors. Opt-in for emailed monthly editions.

Gospel Choir looking for members

Interested in joining a fun choir group? Luther Gospel Choir is the answer. Luther's Gospel Choir is a non-audition choir sponsored by College Ministries and the Diversity Center. Gospel Choir is open to students, staff, faculty and community members who like to make a joyful noise. All are welcome. Next rehearsal is 3-5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30. Email <gospelchoir> if interested.

KATIE open hours

Need gradebook help before midterm grades are due? Or help spicing up class for the second seven weeks? Come to KATIE open hours 8-11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3, in Hovde Lounge. Join the KATIE support team members during this "come and go" working session for faculty and staff.

Luther named a Cool School

Luther College was named one of the Sierra Club's Cool Schools. For 2017, Luther holds the highest ranking for Iowa Private Colleges and is one of only a few ELCA schools recognized on the list. Luther ranked 116th on the Cool Schools list with 536.4 points out of a possible 1,000. Wartburg, a fellow Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference school, came in at 141st with 513.58 points. Luther and Wartburg were the only Iowa private colleges recognized.

Visit the Luther Gardens

Looking to bring a class/organization outside? Teaching/talking about food, agriculture, geology, soil science or anything related to a farm? Contact Sarah Forsythe, <forssa03> about bringing students to the Luther College Gardens. LC Gardens is committed to connecting students with the land around them. Typical events include tours, harvesting, weeding and even picking rocks...it builds character.

Community singing on Thursdays

Terrified to sing? An experienced singer? Somewhere in between or just want to sing? Join Liz Rog for community singing, held 5-6 p.m. every Thursday until Oct. 5 under the Center for Faith and Life canopy, with a rain location of CFL 205. The event is sponsored by Campus Ministries and Wellness.

Legends orientation this week

Interested in improving health and fitness, but unsure where to start or looking for some help?  Wellness is hosting an orientation fitness session this fall where staff will be available to answer questions, demonstrate exercises and how to use equipment in Legends, and give professional advice to get started. The meeting is 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, in Legends. Walk-ins are welcome, or email <wellness> to register.

New discussion group: The science of social issues

Interested in the connection of science and public policy? Want to dig deeper into the science behind issues of public importance? Join the science of social issues discussion group, meeting three times a month, to discuss issues such as climate change, embryonic genetic engineering, gender identity, nuclear energy and proliferation, etc. Dates and times TBA. Email <cepe> for more information.


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, Sept. 20: Jim Martin Schramm; choir: Cathedral Choir
Friday, Sept. 22: Wintlett Taylor Browne, Michelle Boike/15th anniversary of Diversity Center; choir: Norsemen
Monday, Sept. 25: Todd Pedlar

Home sporting events this week

Sept. 22: Women's golf hosts Luther Invite, 12:30 p.m.
Sept. 23: Women's soccer vs. Nebraska Wesleyan University, 11 a.m.; women's golf hosts Luther Invite, 12:30 p.m.; men's soccer vs. Nebraska Wesleyan University 1 p.m.; football vs. University of Dubuque, 1 p.m.

Events this week

Tuesday, Sept. 19: Luther College Woman's Club meeting, 1:30 p.m., Peace Dining Room; Faculty Artist Series: Greg Peterson/Rachel Brandwein, 7:30 p.m., Center for Faith and Life Main Hall
Wednesday, Sept. 20: LGBTQIA+ Reception, 6:30 p.m., Hammarskjold; Student Debate: "Is Abortion Permissable?" 7:30 p.m., Center for Faith and Life Recital Hall
Thursday, Sept. 21: Gallery Reception: Carl Homstad, 5:30 p.m., Center for Faith and Life
Friday, Sept. 22: Family Weekend, all day; Women's and Gender Students Welcome Reception and Art Exhibit, 4 p.m., Gjerset House; Men of Color Kick-Off Party, 5 p.m., Baker Commons
Saturday, Sept. 23: Preview Day, all day; Concert Band/Jazz Orchestra Concert, 12:30 p.m., Center for Faith and Life Main Hall; Family Weekend Treats and Treasure Hunt, 2:30 p.m., Preus Library; Family Weekend Concert, 7 p.m., Center for Faith and Life Main Hall; Soda Shoppe Featuring Luther's Jazz Band and Jazz Orchestra, 8:45 p.m., Marty's

Faculty Artist Series: Rachel Brandwein and Gregory Peterson

Rachel Brandwein and Gregory Peterson will present a Faculty Artist Series recital featuring music for harp and organ at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19, in the Center for Faith and Life on Luther's campus.The recital is open to the public with no charge for admission. The performance features works by Brandwein, Aaron David Miller, Marcel Grandjany, Edward Elgar and Michael Praetorius.

Foster, Scott to speak at Luther College Woman's Club meeting

Luther's own Carly Foster and Paul Scott, Decorahnews.com, will present "Decorah Power and Media Change" at the next meeting of the Luther Woman's Club 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19, in Peace Dining Room. Shuttle service from the Decorah pool lot leaves at 1:10 p.m. Call Bonnie Warrington, LCWC president, 382-4288, for more information.

LGBTQIA+ reception

Join President Carlson and the Luther community in welcoming LGBTQIA+ students, faculty and staff at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20, at a reception in Hammarskjold (Peace Dining Room).

Philosophy Club presents Daniel H. Andreotti Memorial Debate 'Is Abortion Permissible?'

Demonstrating that political conflict in an organized and cordial arena can be a force for peace and reconciliation, the Philosophy Society is hosting a debate on the topic of abortion between sophomores Ashalul Aden and Shannon Baker at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20, in the Recital Hall of the CFL. Moderated by Philosophy Society president Max Eness, the debate approaches the topic from an ethical and political standpoint.

Homstad gallery reception Sept. 21

Luther is hosting a gallery reception for Carl Homstad, the artist behind the oil painting exhibit "Great Places," from 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, in the second floor gallery of the CFL. "Great Places," on display  through Oct. 11, features scenes from exotic locations around the world as well as from the Midwest. Homstad earned a bachelor's degree in art from Luther in 1973. He's since studied in Europe, China, Japan and New Zealand.

See Spiderman Sept. 21

SAC Cinema presents "Spiderman: Homecoming" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, in Valders 206. Doors open at 7 p.m. Peter Parker is just a normal high school student by day but a crime fighting superhero once the bell rings. When a new threat comes to town, will Peter's homecoming plans be foiled? Admission price is $5 and includes free popcorn while supplies last.

Family Weekend

Family Weekend 2017 is scheduled for Friday through Sunday, Sept. 22-24. Check out the online schedule at http://www.luther.edu/parents/family-weekend/schedule/ for event details. In the interest of conserving resources, a small supply of Family Weekend brochures will be printed for distribution to parents and family members from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 23, in the Dahl Centennial Union lobby. Contact Sue Drilling, 387-1100, with questions regarding Family Weekend.

Concert band and jazz orchestra performance

The Luther College Concert Band and Jazz Orchestra will perform a concert at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, in the Main Hall of the Center for Faith and Life on Luther's campus. The concert is open to the public with no charge for admission.

Family weekend vocal and instrumental concert

Luther College's music department will present a concert of vocal and instrumental music at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, as part of Luther's Family Weekend activities. The concert, featuring Norsemen, Aurora, Cantorei, Cathedral Choir, Collegiate Chorale, Varsity Band, and Wind and Percussion Ensemble, will take place in the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall. The event is open to the public with no charge for admission.

Upcoming blood drive

Luther is hosting a blood drive in Brunsdale Lounge between Miller and Deiseth Hall from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 25 and 26. Members of the sponsoring organization, Alpha Phi Omega, will host a sign-up table downstairs in the Union by Marty's Tuesday-Wednesday, Sept. 19-20, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 5-7 p.m.

'Oh, My Aching Back'

The first Wellness Series of the year, "Oh, My Aching Back," is Monday, Sept. 25. Stop by from 9:30-9:55 a.m., 12-12:25 p.m., or 5:15-5:40 p.m. in Borlaug. Feel free to bring a snack or lunch and come late or leave early. Learn how to reduce back pain at work with exercises, posture tips and stretching. Email <wellness> with questions.

Oen Fellows lecture Sept. 26

Professor of Neuroscience at the University of Oregon Marjorie Hines Woollacott will give Luther's 2017 Oen Fellows lecture at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26, in the Recital Hall of the Center for Faith and Life. A reception will follow in the CFL Qualley Lounge. Both the lecture and the reception are open to the public with no charge for admission.

abUSed viewing Sept. 27

Luther College HOLA-Enlaces will host a viewing of Luis Argueta's documentary, "abUSed," at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27, in Olin 102. View the experiences of local Postville neighbors and Luther alumni in this film that documents "the gripping personal stories of the individuals, the families and the town that survived the most brutal, most expensive, and the largest immigration raid in the history of the United States," according to Argueta.

CSS: Flip FabriQue

The talented members of Flip FabriQue delight audiences of all ages as they tumble, juggle and bounce their way through a captivating and awe-inspiring performance. Tickets are available now to see their show "Catch Me" at the Center for Faith and Life at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30. The performance is sponsored by Winneshiek Medical Center with physician services by Mayo Clinic Health System, and tickets are available from the Luther College Ticket Office, 387-1357 or at tickets.luther.edu.

Tickets on sale now

Tickets are on sale now for the Ben Rector concert at Luther, set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, in the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. Tickets for the performance are $25. Best known for his award-winning album "Brand New," Rector has sold more than 250,000 albums and has more than two million downloads.


Celebrations this week

Sept. 19: Todd Fulsaas, Kristin Padilla
Sept. 20: Daniel Baldwin, Dave Blanchard, Paul Gardner, Tim Schweizer
Sept. 21: Hannah Scheevel
Sept. 22: Sarah Leidahl, Holly Moore, Rachel Brandwein
Sept. 23: Alyssa Henning
Sept. 24: Jeff O'Gara, Matt Wisher
Sept. 25: Ed Andereck, Sukeji Mikaya

Welcome new hires

Josue Silva started his position as coordinator of diversity recruitment Sept. 11. His office is Dahl Centennial Union 261C, telephone 387-1441.


To the family of Trygve Butler, Luther alumnus. Trygve died last week in an automobile accident in Colorado. He is the grandson of George Trytten, professor emeritus of mathematics and Luther class of 1951, and Phyllis (Rossing) Trytten, Luther class of 1952, and the sister of Sonja Butler, Luther class of 2009. Trygve's parents are Mona (Trytten) and Charlie Butler. Cards and memorials may be sent to: George and Phyllis Trytten, The Bridge at Valley View, 1120 Allumdaugh St. #344, Boise, Idaho 83704; Mona and Charlie Butler, 16008 74th Ave., Kenmore, Washington 98028.

Job postings

Full-time leadership giving officer: In support of Luther College President's Council, the college's premiere giving society, the Leadership Giving Officer seeks to secure visits with prospective leadership-level donors and works to secure new and renewed multi-year pledges for the Annual Fund. A bachelor's degree and one to three years development/fundraising or similar experience preferred. Higher education experience is preferred.

Full-time associate director for campus programming: Duties includes: marketing Luther College facilities for summer conferences and managing and coordinating the scheduling, planning and hosting of summer conferences; coordinating special academic year programs and summer camps; and general assistance in the campus programming office. A bachelor's degree required; post B.A. training helpful. 

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


In 1685, hundreds of thousands of Huguenots were forced to flee France attempting to seek refuge in other countries. Anna Barton '20 of Eagan, Minnesota, researched the lives of French Huguenots to create a game based in 17th and 18th century Europe for her summer research project at the college. Barton worked with Maren Johnson and Anne-Marine Feat along with other Luther students on the project "The Stories We Tell."

Alex Sekora '19, of Denmark, Wisconsin, served as a summer communications intern for the Iowa Senate Democrats in Des Moines, Iowa. As an intern, Sekora wrote press releases and ran social media accounts for the Senate Democrats and for each of the Democratic State senators. 

Jill Wilson presented "Exemplary Music Educators Association Mentoring Programs: From the Inside Out" with Jennifer Greene, Fayetteville-Manlius (Massachusetts) Schools, and Bryan Koerner, University of Oklahoma, at the Society for Music Teacher Education National Conference.

Richard G. Cole gave a short talk to the Symra society Sept. 15. Among other issues, he discussed Luther's translation of part of the Qur'an. Luther was the first to translate medieval Latin Qur'anic text into a modern language. He also helped clear the way for the commercial publication of the Qur'an in Basel, 1543. Martin Luther believed strongly in academic discussion in the best modern sense.


For rent: Three bedroom home located four blocks from Luther. $750/month plus utilities. New appliances, new renovations and landscaping. Recently replaced furnace and central air. Extra large two-car garage. Unfurnished. No pets, no smoking. Contact <nimrodda> with inquires. 

For rent: Three/four-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath house located at 412 Winnebago St. $750/month. Blocks away from Decorah's downtown, schools and trails. Main level master suite with private bath. Hardwood floor. Stove, fridge, washer and dryer provided. Fenced-in yard. Pets allowed with references. Email [email protected] for a rental application or with questions.

For rent: Two-bedroom ranch-style home with attached two-car garage near Luther available for long-term lease. No pets. No smoking. References necessary. Call Harman Realty, 382-2020, for more details.

Free: House plants. Two large asparagus fern, three African violets, threadleaf altemanthera, hanging succulent, others. Also, olive green love seat/sleeper from JC Penney in gently-used condition. Call or text Carol, 379-6963, or email <hageca01>.

Wanted: A nanny for two children, ages four-and-a-half and two-years-old, from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays. Must love children and be a kind person. Needs a vehicle to transport children to activities. Some light housekeeping. $15 per hour. Email Lana, [email protected], with contact information and pertinent information and experience.

Wanted:  A decent guitar for a decent price to start learning to play the instrument. Contact <yazdch01> with options.

For sale: Kids bike. Like new. Twenty inches. $50 OBO. Originally $99. Contact <kunkelch> for more info or to make offer.

For sale: Used Selmer oboe in excellent condition. Ideal for beginning oboe student. Asking $1,000 OBO. Contact <shedinro> or 382-7982.

For sale: 2008 Evenflo stroller model #5371852A, 5-22 pounds, $15; 2014 Cosco umbrella stroller model #US1117CND, $10; 2009 Especially for Kids/Toys “R” Us umbrella stroller with canopy and bag, $12.50; 2008 Cosco “Juvenile” stroller model #01-081 ASG, $20; 2016 Graco Pack & Play “On the Go Playard” Style #1954474, new in the box, $40. Email [email protected] for more information.


And finally...

Banned Books Week is celebrated Sunday, Sept. 24, through Saturday, Sept. 30. This year's emphasis is on the importance of the First Amendment, guaranteeing the right to read. The top-10 most challenged books for 2016 were:
1. "This One Summer" by Mariko Tamaki
2. "Drama" by Raina Telgemeier
3. "George" by Alex Gino
4. "I Am Jazz" by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings
5. "Two Boys Kissing" by David Levithan
6. "Looking for Alaska" by John Green
7. "Big Hard Sex Criminals" by Matt Fraction
8. "Make Something Up: Stories You Cant Unread" by Chuck Palahniuk
9. "Little Bill" series by Bill Cosby
10. "Eleanor & Park" by Rainbow Rowell