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Kathryn Reed named Paideia director
Kathryn Reed has been appointed Paideia Director for the next three years, succeeding Rebecca Sullivan after her exceptional service in leading the program since 2014. Kathy has been a member of Luther's music department since 1996, has taught in Paideia since 2011 and currently serves on the Paideia planning committee.
Institutional Values Reading and Discussion Group
In support of the revision of the all-college requirements identified within the 2018-2023 Strategic Plan, faculty and staff are invited to participate in a reading and discussion group focused on the characteristics of a liberal arts education and the mission and values of Luther College in the 21st century. Readings for the discussion group will
The group will meet in Preus Library, Hovde Room, from 4-5 p.m. on the following Fridays: April 5, April 12, April 26, May 3 and May 17. Faculty and staff may participate in the discussion group on a session-by-session basis; please go to the Dean's Office webpage and scroll down to Upcoming Events to register for each session. Readings for the discussion group are available on our KATIE course page; please note that participants will need to enroll as a student in the KATIE course. Light refreshments will be provided at each session. Please contact Brad Chamberlain, <brad.chamberlain>, with questions about the discussion group or the readings.
HR/Payroll has received multiple phishing emails. The emails "appear" to be employees indicating that they want to change their direct deposit information. HR/Payroll will not respond to email requests for direct deposit changes. Please come to the HR/Payroll office if you want to change your direct deposit or tax withholding information.
Plan descriptions available on HR website
The 2019 UMR health care summary plan description (SPD) is available on the HR website. The Luther College Retirement Plan (TIAA) SPD is also available on the HR website.
Summer 2019 professional development workshops
The Dean's Office invites faculty and staff to visit our webpage and to scroll down to "Upcoming Events" to find information and register for this summer's professional development workshops. Registration will close one week before each workshop is scheduled. Please read the descriptions to see which workshops are for faculty, and which are for faculty and staff. If you have any questions email Sean Burke, <burkse01>.
Not Quite Free Lunch April 9
Join colleagues at the Not Quite Free Lunch 11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, in the Nobel Room, sponsored by Wellness. Boost social and emotional wellness by getting away from the typical workspace and mingling with folks from across campus. The charge is $5, payable by cash, check or Luther ID. The menu this month is assorted pizzas, caesar salad, bread sticks and dessert. Contact Wellness, <wellness> with questions.
Call for proposals
The Paideia Endowment Governing Board invites members of the Luther community to propose presentations on the theme "Resistance and Resilience" for the 2019-20 Texts and Issues Lecture Series. Participants are encouraged to address the theme from the perspective of a wide variety of texts drawn from the arts, sciences and humanities. If interested, please submit a tentative title and a brief 250-word proposal by Friday, April 15.
Youth Mental Health First Aid Training
There will be Youth Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) certification training at 8 a.m.-5 p.m. April 27, in Olin 101. This workshop helps participants recognize risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, acquire skills to assess immediate problems, intervene to connect young people (12-18 years) with professional care, and understand the prevalence of disorders. There is no cost for the workshop. If you would like to sign up or have questions, please email Stu in Counseling Services <johnstst> or call 387-1375.
Climate Justice Week: April Reading Groups
Join a reading group to prepare for the following guests' visits to Luther as part of Climate Justice Week (May 1-2). Readings include a selection of articles by/about Roslien Lecturer and "Father of Climate Change," Prof. Jim Hansen, and "We Rise," Xiuhtezcatl (Shoe-tez-caht) Martinez's book about the Earth Guardian movement to restore the planet. Both groups will meet in April. Visit the CEPE website to sign up and find more information. Sponsored by the CEPE.
Chair massages restarted yesterday
Wellness is hosting a new massage therapist on campus for $20/15 minute chair massages, paid by cash, check or card at appointment or booking, from 1-5 p.m. every other Monday this spring, beginning yesterday. Chair massages can help reduce muscle tension, improve blood flow/circulation, increase energy-improving productivity, decrease anxiety and enhance immune system function. Visit the wellness event calendar for more information and to sign up.
Chapel this week
No chapel due to spring break.
Come for chapel at 10:30 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in the CFL to explore connections of scripture, poetry and faith.
Home sporting events
There are no home sporting events this week.
Events this week
Tuesday-Sunday, March 26-31: Spring Break
Monday, April 1: Entrepreneurship Speaker: Cory Levy, 6:30 p.m., Olin 102
Winneshiek Solar Fair this Saturday, March 30
Did you know 2019 is the last year for full solar tax credits? The public is invited to attend the Winneshiek Solar Fair from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, March 30 in the Danan Lansing Building, Winneshiek Fairgrounds. Find all the details at energydistrict.org/solarfair. The event is open to the public with no cost for admission. The Green Iowa AmeriCorps team will coordinate kids activities. The event is sponsored by the Winneshiek Energy District, KVIK/KNEI, Decorah Bank and Trust, and Luther’s Center for Sustainable Communities.
Paideia Texts and Issues Lecture April 2
Scenes of food and eating in women's fiction, cookbooks and domestic manuals provide a rich forum for exploring questions of national identity and belonging at the turn of the twentieth century. Marie Drews, assistant professor of English, will explore Winnifred Eaton's fiction and recipes in "The World on a Plate: Ambivalent Encounters at the American Table," the final Paideia Texts and Issues lecture of the 2018-19 Journeys and Hospitalities series, at 7 p.m. April 2, in the CFL Recital Hall. A reception will follow in Qualley Lounge.
Norse Athletics Association spring luncheon April 3
All are welcome to attend the NAA spring luncheon at noon Wednesday, April 3, at the Hotel Winneshiek Ballroom. Come hear updates from our spring sport coaches as well as updates from the Athletic Department. The event is open to the public, cost is $5 payable at the door. Please RSVP to Russell Schouweiler, assistant athletic director, at <schoru01> or 387-2161.
'Challenges to Interfaith Collaboration' April 4
All are invited to "Challenges to Interfaith Collaboration," the opening Plenary of the Interfaith Forum, with interfaith leaders from around the world, at 7 p.m. April 4, in the CRH. Hosted by the Religion Department, CEPE, College Ministries, WGST and CIESS. Additional event opportunities found on the Interfaith Forum website.
Chamber ensemble course spring recital April 4
Luther College students enrolled in this spring semester's chamber ensembles course are performing a recital at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 4, in the Noble Recital Hall. The performance is open to the public with no charge for admission. Student ensembles include the Kakistocracy Saxophone Quartet, the Noble Brass Quintet, the Gale Norse Winds Woodwind Quintet and the Quartetduo Trio (Piano, Flute and Cello).
'Religious Bigotry and Interfaith Collaboration in the Midwest' April 5
All are invited to the special topic event, "Religious Bigotry and Interfaith Collaboration in the Midwest," at 6 p.m. on Friday, April 5 in Olin 102. This event is part of the Interfaith Forum, and is hosted by the Religion Department, CEPE, College Ministries, WGST and CIESS. Additional event opportunities found on the Interfaith Forum website.
SAC Cinema presents 'Bumblebee' April 5
"On the run in the year of 1987, Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small Californian beach town. Charlie, on the cusp of turning 18 and trying to find her place in the world, discovers Bumblebee, battle-scarred and broken," IMDB.com. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the movie begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 5, in Valders 206. Free with CAF and $5 without. Free popcorn while supplies last!
CSS: 'Evolution' April 6
"Evolution" is a "lyrical and imaginative" (The Associated Press) one woman show depicting three members of a family dealing with their youngest daughter's mental illness. "Evolution" challenges our assumptions about progress and change in ways that are both "hilarious and haunting" (Backstage). The performance will be in the CFL Main Hall at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 6. Tickets are on sale now at the box office or at tickets.luther.edu.
Women, Faith and Finance Seminar April 12
There's still time to register for the Women, Faith, and Finance seminar on Friday, April 12, at the Hotel Winneshiek. Attend the keynote presentation, Money Matters: Master Your Money at Any Age, plus sessions on decluttering/simplifying and volunteering time and talent. Cost is $30 ($25 with guest). Women of all ages are invited. All paid registrants receive a free book. Registration deadline is Thursday, April 4. Register at luther.edu/wff or email <lovellje>.
Gospel Mime April 14
The Luther College Gospel Mime is a visual representation of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The performance with take place at 5 p.m. Palm Sunday, April 14, in the Center for Faith and Life Recital Hall. Doors will open at 4:30 p.m. with a reception and time for discussion in Qualley Lounge after the event.
'Good Morning Miss America!' April 18-27
"Good Morning Miss America!" by Luther Grad Phyllis Yes '63, opens at Hotel Winneshiek Opera House in April. Featuring NYC Actress Kristin Samuelso; Dr. Richard Simon Hanson, professor emeritus; Helen Hustad '52, former Luther Regent of Seattle; and Jim O'Regan, actor. Directed by Katie O'Regan, Luther College development officer. A beautiful show about aging parents and family issues with a little rock 'n roll on the side! Visit www.sacrednoisesociety.org for more information and to purchase tickets.
Second Annual Dorian Choral Retreat for adults June 28-30
Do you love to sing? Join us for the Second Annual Dorian Choral Retreat, June 28-30, 2019 here on the Luther College campus. It's like a mini music camp, for adults! Open to anyone who enjoys singing, whether or not they have a previous connection to a Luther College choir, the weekend will consist of rehearsals, breakout sessions, social events and a culminating performance on Sunday afternoon. Visit our event webpage to enroll.
Kelly Grba '20, is presenting a vocal recital at 12 p.m. Saturday, April 13.
Student recitals are held in Noble Recital Hall, with a reception following.
Celebrations this week
March 26: Ingrid Brekka, Robert Fitton, Jennifer Olufsen, Kim O'Brien, Lindsey Row-Heyveld
March 27: Dennis Franzen, Michael Engelhardt, Rachel Moser, William Hickman
March 28: Elizabeth Finanger, Jeff Johnson, Rachel Hoffland
March 30: Kari Koch
March 31: Albert Emery, Teage Luther
April 1: George Hamilton, 10 years
To Kimberly and Paul Nye on the birth of their son, Paul David Jr. He was born on March 18 at 8 pounds, 10 ounces, 20.5 inches long, and joins his big sister, Elaina.
To the family and friends of Steve Arneson, 65 of Spillville, who passed away Tuesday, March 26, following a short battle with cancer. A celebration of Steve’s life is 1-4 p.m. Saturday, March 30, at the Spillville Library, 201 Oak Street in Spillville, Iowa. Steve was employed by Luther for 28 years in Facilities Services prior to his retirement. His daughter Megan Sherman is an employee at Luther.
Full-time Program Coordinator to join the music marketing team: Plan, market and manage two-three annual music ensemble tours; manage details for an annual Dorian festival; attend music conferences for the music marketing office; and coordinate a variety of music marketing projects and programs as assigned. A four-year college degree is required. Experience with MS Windows and other Microsoft programs, general web design and social media platforms is necessary. Knowledge of and experience with both choral and instrumental music very helpful
Full-time Associate Director of Music Marketing and Tour Manager: Through choral and instrumental ensemble tours, Christmas at Luther, special music events and recordings, the Associate Director of Music Marketing and Tour Manager utilizes the exceptional quality of the Luther College music program to recruit students and garner visibility for the college. Working with faculty and staff partners, the Associate Director develops and implements strategies that align with the college's overall marketing goals. A four-year college degree is required. Three to four years of experience in music or arts management preferred. Knowledge of MS Windows and other Microsoft programs, website management and social media platforms is necessary.
Full-time User Experience Librarian for one academic year: This person will be a member of the leadership group within Preus Library and will execute projects focused on user needs relating to library resources and services over a 10-month term of employment. As a primary project, the User Experience Librarian will focus on improving the discovery and use of library resources via the LibGuides platform. Master's degree in library or informtion science from an ALA-accrdited program is required.
To view complete job descriptions and apply for all current openings, go to the employment website at https://luthercollege.hiretouch.com/.
Housing wanted: Two soon-to-be graduates are looking to stay in this wonderful town for the next year. Open to house-sitting/sub-leasing/renting—any and all suggestions are welcomed! <dalyni01>.
Wanted: Preus Library is looking for donations of coffee mugs or small pots for plants for a project. Any questions, email <donlanre>.
Soccer coach wanted: Waukon Park & Rec Soccer practices will start the last week in March, or the first week in April this year—depending on weather. Games will start the beginning-middle of April on Saturday mornings and will run for five weeks. Last year, practices were held on Monday evenings, but this season's practice schedule can be determined by the incoming coach. For more information, or if interested, contact Kim Kraus at <[email protected]>.
For rent: Two bedroom apartment right next to Luther College at 415 Riverview Drive. $800/month. Includes own onsite laundry, one car shared garage, off-street parking and private deck. One-year lease available the beginning of June 2019. No smoking, no pets. If interested contact Angie at <[email protected]> or at 605-759-4617.
For rent: Two bedroom, one bathroom apartment with large deck for rent close to campus. Available March 24. No smoking/no pets. $500/month. Call 563-382-6527 or email <smitmi01>.
For sale: Bose Noise Canceling QC25 headphones for $80. Good condition, though the leather on one of the ear cups has a defect (can send photos). Contact <lurtaa01>.
For sale: Did you know that ITS has used equipment for sale? As ITS collects used functioning technology equipment that has served its purpose on campus, we list those items in a buy-it-now approach. The sale is open to all, including the general public. Visit www.luther.edu/helpdesk/usedequipment/ for a current listing. At this time, we have MacBook Pro, Mac Pro Towers, Projectors, PC Laptop and Desktops, monitors, and computer speakers. We also have three pairs of non functional loud speakers. Check it out!
For sale: Beautiful sterling silver, five inch souvenir teaspoon - $49; "Luther College, Decorah, Iowa" and a picture of the Main Building (as it existed at the time) are etched in the spoon's bowl. Floral decoration on the handle. Based on the silver hallmark, the spoon dates to 1904-1914 time period. Text 608-385-5273 or email <franma05> for pictures.
Community event: Decorah Lutheran Church would like to invite all interested community members to join the choir and participate in "The Shadow of the Cross," a Cantata to be presented at the Good Friday Service, at 7 p.m. April 19. Rehearsals are currently to be held at Decorah Lutheran at 7-7:45 p.m. on Wednesday evenings. We would love to have you join us! <lillre01>.
In 2017, an enterprising individual established Live Long and Prosper Day in honor of Leonard Nimoy's March 26 birthday. Take some time today to focus on your personal prosperity. Good health and good fortune to all.