Tuesday, Aug. 28

TUESDAY 8/28/2018

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Luther announces presidential search committee

The Luther Board of Regents announced the members of the presidential search committee who will lead the process to identify Luther College's 11th president. In May, President Paula Carlson announced she will retire after the conclusion of the 2018-19 academic year. The complete list can be found here.

Fall semester Opening Convocation Aug. 30

Welcome the class of 2022 and celebrate the start of a new academic year at Opening Convocation at 9:40 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 30, in the Center for Faith and Life. Convocation speaker is Emily Wilson, who translated this year's Paideia reading "The Odyssey." All students, faculty and staff are encouraged to participate. If possible, offices should close so all can attend.

Diversity Center changes

Last Thursday you should have received an email from Lisa Scott regarding changes to the Diversity Center and other updates from the Office for Institutional Equity and Inclusion. If you did not receive the email, contact Julie <Julie>. 


Family Weekend Sept. 21-23

The Family Weekend 2018 schedule can be found online. Offices on campus that have coordinating campus events during Family Weekend Sept. 21-23 or special prices, hours of operation, or other event details, should check the schedule (and the link to campus dining and shopping) to ensure  events and details are listed accurately. Please email Sue, <drillisu>, before Friday, Aug. 31, with any corrections, submissions or questions. 

Hazardous materials pick-up

Environmental Services will conduct a campus hazardous materials pick up in the near future. Those who have materials they would like to have included in this pick-up, should contact Leah, <benzle02>, and include the name of the substance, quantity and current location by Wednesday, Aug. 29.

Join the Luther College women's basketball Junior Norse

Each week Junior Norse will have the opportunity to interact with the 2018-19 Luther women's basketball team while participating in fundamental drills, team play, shooting competitions and more. Click here to register. Contact Head Coach Amanda Bailey, <necham01> or 387-1584, with any questions.

Sign up for Sept. 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 Wednesday, Sept. 12, blood screenings with Gundersen Health Systems here on campus by contacting Wellness, <wellness>.

Book Shop news

Book Shop professor spotlight
Congratulate Todd Green on his new book, "Presumed Guilty, Why We Shouldn't Ask Muslims To Condemn Terrorism." His book is now available for purchase in the Book Shop. He will give a lecture based on his new book at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, in Olin 102; the event includes a book signing.

Jostens on campus
Need your Luther Class ring fixed or in the market to order a class ring? A Jostens representative will be on campus 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, Aug. 29-31, in the Union entrance.

Staff meetings for 2018-19

Joint exempt/non-exempt staff meetings are held eight times a year in Peace Dining Room. In order to provide office coverage, meetings will be held twice, covering the same agenda, 2 p.m. Tuesdays and 9 a.m. Wednesdays. This is a time change from last year. Dates are:

  •    Sept. 11, 12
  •    Oct. 12 (staff day)
  •    Nov. 13, 14
  •    Dec. 5 (Christmas Party)
  •    Jan. 8, 9
  •    Feb. 12, 13
  •    March 12, 13
  •    April 9, 10

Departments are asked to coordinate attendance between the Tuesday and Wednesday sessions so everyone is able to attend. For further information, contact Marsha Wenthold, director of Human Resources, <mwenthold> or 387-1415.

Paycheck checkup 

The Internal Revenue Service is urging taxpayers to do a paycheck checkup soon. The IRS Withholding Calculator can help taxpayers make sure they have the right amount of tax taken out of their pay. Questions about your individual tax situation should be directed to your tax preparer. Updated W-4 forms, if necessary, should be submitted to the payroll office, 387-1135, in Main 118.

Use LCSecure Wireless network

The LCWireless5G network has been retired. Faculty, staff and students should prefer LCSecure on those devices that support connecting to it, like most computers, tablets and smartphones. The LCWireless network is intended for use by other devices such as game consoles or media streaming devices that don't support connecting to LCSecure. Both networks support 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz connections. For more information, contact the Technology Help Desk, <helpdesk>.

Updates for computers

At the start of the new academic year, there are updates waiting to be applied to computers through the KACE patching system–the little orange box that periodically appears in the corner of the screen. It is very important to accept and run these updates when they appear or computers may experience issues. Please do not snooze or cancel them. Thanks for installing these updates as soon as possible.

Sign up for Dining Services e-newsletter

To stay in the Dining Services loop on specials, schedules and hours over school breaks, subscribe to the Luther College Dining Services E-Newsletter online. It is sent out once a month with the most up-to-date reminders and information regarding all things Luther College Dining Services.

Luther employee fitness classes

Sign up today for the first six-week session of fall classes of wellness subsidized employee Yoga, Zumba and Tai Chi. Details and the registration form are available on the online fitness class site. Classes are open to current employees and their spouses. Email, <wellness>, with questions.

Luther offers Community Music School

Area musicians soon will have a new option for musical experiences. Luther music and education students are opening the Luther College Community Music School, open to anyone in the Decorah area. LCCMS offers group classes, private lessons and SODA Club, a community choir and dance program for students in kindergarten through eighth grade. Group classes will be offered Wednesday morning during teacher in-service time. SODA is held Monday evenings.

Sign up for Decorah Masters swimming

A new school year means a new year of Decorah Masters swimming. Practices are Tuesdays at 6 a.m., Wednesdays at 6 p.m., Fridays at 6 a.m. and Sundays at 4 p.m. Luther employees are eligible for a Wellness discount. We also have a new website! Before the season starts, we are hosting a series of swim clinics designed for new and returning swimmers. These clinics will follow our scheduled practices and will be $10 for both sessions: Starts and Turns , 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 29; Butterfly and Breaststroke, 6 a.m. Friday, Aug. 31.

Questions? Contact Kate Elliott, <ellika03>, or Brittany Cord, <cordbr01>. 


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. Regular chapel resumes Wednesday, Aug. 29.

Wednesday, Aug. 29: Mike Blair
Thursday Aug. 30: Emily Wilson, opening convocation
Friday, Aug. 31: Kristin Swanson and Jeff Wilkerson
Monday, Sept. 3: Blessing of Hands, Labor Day Chapel

Home sporting events

Saturday, Sept. 1: Football vs. UW-La Crosse, 1 p.m. 

Events this week

Thursday, Aug. 29: Fall Convocation, "Welcoming the Stranger: Translating the Odyssey for our Times," Emily Wilson, 9:40 a.m., CFL Main Hall; Sophomores on the Commons, 4 p.m. CFL Main Hall
Saturday, Sept. 1: SAC Entertainment, Jim Wand, 7:30 p.m., CFL Main Hall; SAC Entertainment Outdoor Movie, "Black Panther," 8:45 p.m., Bentdahl Commons
Sunday, Sept. 2: Music Faculty Showcase Recital, 4 p.m., CFL

'The Adjacent' on display

Taking objects found around her living space, painter Phoebe Jan-McMahon strives to create a place for viewers to escape the hustle of life with her work. Her exhibit, "The Adjacent," will be on display through Oct. 27 in the Kristin Wigley-Fleming Fine Arts Gallery in the CFA. Her exhibit explores spaces and objects in her apartment. Her works delve into the quietness of "the adjacent," a place to escape and heal from the brutality of everyday life.

'Welcoming the Stranger: Translating the Odyssey for our times'

With themes of violence, wealth, power, family, hospitality and a desire for the comfort and safety of home, Homer's "The Odyssey" has stood the test of time and continues to challenges minds of every generation. Emily Wilson, who is the first known woman to pen a complete translation of "The Odyssey" in English, will give the Luther College Opening Convocation address, "Welcoming the Stranger: Translating the Odyssey for our times" 9:40 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 30, in the CFL.

Sophomores on the Commons CFL program Thursday

Faculty, staff, students, emeriti and guests are invited to join sophomore students for a program celebrating the completion of the first year of college and highlighting the opportunities available to Luther sophomores at 4:15 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30, in the CFL. Student, faculty and alumni speakers will share the insights they would go back and give to their sophomore selves to kick off a year of exploration, reflection and planning for sophomore students. Following the program, all sophomore students will attend a dinner outside on Bentdahl Commons and engage in reflective conversation with faculty volunteers. If possible, offices should close so all can attend.

'Joe's Odyssey' Aug. 30 

Part lecture, part musical performance, part interactive discussion, "Joe's Odyssey" brings the famous epic poem to life in an original performance at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30, in the Nobel Recital Hall in Jenson-Noble Hall of Music. "Joe's Odyssey" ties into the year-long Paideia lesson of Homer's "The Odyssey," which tells the story of Odysseus' 10-year battle to return home following the Trojan War. Sponsored by SAC Impact and the classics department.

CEPE open house Sept. 4

Join the Center for Ethics and Public Engagement for food, conversation and fall semester planning at the open house 9:40-11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4, in Olin 214. Sign up for a book group and hear about the programming that's planned for the coming academic year. Refreshments will be served.

'Odysseus and His Women,' lecture Sept. 4

Join the Center for Ethics and Public Engagement in an ongoing conversation about this year's summer read, "The Odyssey." Long-time educator and classics instructor Peter Dodington will present "Odysseus and His Women," at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4, in Olin 214. He will discuss Odysseus's relationship with the women in his life, asking the question: does he achieve the "like-minded harmony" he seeks? And why is such harmonious interaction important—then and now? Do we need relationships in order to become who we want to be? For more information, contact CEPE, <cepe>.

Norse Athletic Association Fall Sports Luncheon Sept. 6

The Norse Athletic Association invites the community to the NAA Fall Sports Luncheon at noon Thursday, Sept. 6, in Peace Dining Room on the second floor of Dahl Centennial Union. Cost is $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 2018-19 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.

To make a donation or to RSVP to the luncheon please contact Russell Schouweiler, 387-2161 or <schoru01>.

CSS: PUSH Sept. 8

Center Stage Series presents PUSH [physical theatre] at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, in the CFL Main Hall. PUSH performers express what it means to be human using gravity-defying acrobatics, intense athleticism and soulful artistry that broaden the definition of both dance and theatre. Tickets are available by calling 387-1357, online at tickets.luther.edu or by visiting the CFL Box Office.


Welcome new employees

Asmita Bharam started her position as student engagement coordinator Aug. 15. Her office is Loyalty Hall 208, telephone 387-1522.

Jake Dyer started his position as interim assistant director of student activities Aug. 15. His office is Dahl Centennial Union 102A, telephone 387-1253.

Stephen Fleagle started his position as head men's and women's track and field coach Aug. 15. His office is Regents Center 208, telephone 387-1577.

Kellan Flynn started her position as volleyball intern Aug. 6. Her office is Regents Center 230D, telephone 387-1491.

Samantha Lahey started her position as brand and design fellow Aug. 20. Her office is Dahl Centennial Union 263, telephone 387-1450.

Aaron Shouse started his position as multimedia strategic fellow June 11. His office is Preus Library 100A, telephone 387-1823.

Hannah Tulgren started her position as the Nordic studies fellow Aug. 20. Her office is Campus House 302, telephone 387-1277.

Jane Venes started her position as public services specialist Aug. 23. Her office is Preus Library 205, telephone 387-2077. 

New position

Eric Ellingsen started a new position of technical services assistant Aug. 27. His office is Preus Library 219, telephone 387-1195.  

Celebrations this week

Aug. 28: Pamela Berg, Karla Gilbert
Aug. 29: Rachel Vsetecka, Chris Garcia-Prats
Aug. 30: Nancy Barry, Wayne Tudor
Aug. 31: Rebecca Sullivan
Sept. 1: Victoria Christman, Kyle Fey, Amy Weldon
Sept. 2: Kari Goodno, Trish Neubauer
Sept. 3: Eric Ellingsen, James Garcia-Prats, Nancy Pickar

Sept. 1: Andrea Beckendorf, Anne Bulliung and Richard Merritt, 20 years; Ruth Berger, Joy Conrad, Lise Kildegaard, Kirk Larsen and Jim Martin-Schramm, 25 years; Greg Eide, Michael Engelhardt and Lindy Moeller, 30 years

Position opening

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


Diane Scholl served as editorial adviser for three projects on Harriet Beecher Stowe and 19th century women's literature, published by Layman Poupard in South Carolina.

During the summer of 2018, Loren Toussaint co-organized a small-group conference meeting of the European Association of Social Psychology in San Sebastian, Spain. Approximately 40 social psychologists from across Europe met to discuss their research on forgiveness, apology, justice, trust, respect, hope and power. He also attended and presented at the International Consortium for Health Interventions and Promotions in Medicine and Psychology (I-CHIPMAP) in Coburg, Germany. I-CHIPMAP is an international collaboration of researchers from Austria, Germany, United Kingdom and United States, focused on understanding and implementing positive psychology to improve people's health and well-being. He was the featured speaker in the Aug. 27 podcast "Why is forgiveness so important to cancer patients?"

Victoria Christman co-edited a book "Persecution, Toleration, and Co-Existence: Responses to Religious Pluralism in Reformation Europe" with her colleague, Beth Plummer from the University of Arizona. The book grew out of an NEH summer seminar that Christman and Plummer attended in 2013, and explores various aspects of religious coexistence in 16th century Europe. Christman and Plummer both contributed chapters to the volume, which was published in August by Brill. 


For sale: Antique, solid pine harvest table. $300 OBO; 98 inches long, 34 inches wide, 28 inches tall. Good condition. Contact Greg, <petegr01>, with inquires.

For sale: 1998 Honda Elite Moped. $650. Only 9,000 miles. New battery and just tuned up. Save gas, help the environment. Contact Dennis, 382-4423, with inquiries. 

For sale: Doctoral cap and gown, made by Collegiate, 55 inches by 34 inches, all black, $175; four-side cap, 7.25 inches, $15; tam with gold tassel, 7.25 inches, $50. Contact Su, <oertelsu>, with inquiries. 

For rent: Comfortable three-bedroom Victorian home near Phelps Park. $1,050/month plus utilities. Lovely woodwork and hardwood floors, large lot, attached garage. Contact Kate, <narveska>, with inquiries.


And finally...

"Each man delights in the work that suits him best."

—Homer in "The Odyssey"