Tuesday, Sept. 18

TUESDAY 9/18/2018

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Impact of Giving Annual Report

"Generosity connects past, present, and future..."

We are pleased to share with you our Impact of Giving Annual Report. This report highlights the impact of the generous support of our alumni, parents, faculty, staff and friends of Luther, and represents activity during our fiscal year, June 1-May 31. We value your investment in our mission and extend our sincere thanks for entrusting us with your support.
–The Luther College Alumni and Development Office

2018 fall semester enrollment

  • Student enrollment is 2,005.
  • Our new registered student total is 572 (554 first-year students, 18 transfer students).
  • U.S. students of color total 236 (11.8% of total enrollment), and international students total 177 (8.8% of total enrollment).
  • First generation student enrollment is 451 (22.5% 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 1,986.
  • Thirty-eight percent of our total enrollment report Lutheran as their religious affiliation.
  • First-year to second-year persistence for the 2017 first-year student cohort is 84.3%, first-year to third-year persistence for the 2016 first-year student cohort is 78.1%, and first-year to fourth-year persistence for the 2015 first-year cohort is 75.1%.
  • Our most recent four-year graduation rate (2014 first-year student cohort graduating by Aug. 31, 2018) is 69.2%.
  • Our most recent five-year graduation rate (2013 first-year student cohort graduating by Aug. 31, 2018) is 74.8%.
  • Our most recent six-year graduation rate (2012 first-year student cohort graduating by Aug. 31, 2018) is 79.3%.

For more enrollment information for fall 2018, years 2014-18, and first-year student cohort persistence and graduation rates over time, visit http://www.luther.edu/ir/enrollment/.

Review directory information

Preparation for the print version of the 2018-19 Luther College faculty-staff directory has begun. Faculty and staff should review their current information in the online directory https://www.luther.edu/directory/ and report any changes to title, office address, office phone number or Luther email to HR, <hr>. Faculty and staff whose photo is more than five years old should come in Wednesday, Sept. 19, to the visual media office, Dahl 213, to have a new one taken.

Constitution Day today

Stop by the Union lobby 8-9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, to celebrate Constitution Day with Carly Hayden Foster's Constitutional Law class. Students will share Constitution-themed games, presentations and demonstrations.

HR news

TIAA counseling sessions
TIAA announces individual counseling sessions: 12:30-4:15 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 26; 8:30 a.m.-4:15 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27; and 8:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28. Space is limited. Register online or by calling (800) 732-8353 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Monday-Friday. Sessions are held Main 30.

TIAA on-campus
TIAA is holding an on-campus workshop, "The Starting Line: Beginning to Save for Retirement," 9-10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, in the CFL Recital Hall. Smart steps in the beginning of a career can help lead to a more solid financial future. TIAA's workshop leader will show financial tools and offer practical insight so attendees can learn the real effect of time on money and how to evaluate/manage debt. Learn the benefits of contributing to the employer-sponsored retirement plan. See how budgeting can help to find money where it's least expected and save it. Pre-register online.

Book Shop news

The Luther College Book Shop is hosting a book fair in Valders 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, for the Luther College Writers Festival. The Book Shop will be open 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. for the festival. Stop in the Book Shop today to pick up copies of some favorite authors coming to the festival as they will be signing purchased books throughout the event.

LFA proposals due Oct. 1

The Lecture and Fine Arts Committee would like to remind everyone that final proposals for funding of speakers, musicians and artists are due by Monday, Oct. 1.

Want to help promote health and wellness on campus?

Passionate about the health and wellness of the campus community, or know someone who is? Wellness is looking for faculty and staff to join the Central Wellness Committee. Meetings are held once a month at 4 p.m. on Mondays. Email <wellness> with nominations or self-nominations.

Student success workshops

Luther's office of Institutional Equity and Inclusion and Catalyze Program are sponsoring student success workshops this fall. Workshops are in Mott/Borlaug from 5-6:30 p.m., unless noted, and include pizza and refreshments. Workshops offered: test taking/note taking Sept. 18; critical thinking Sept. 25; memory building 5:30-7 p.m Oct. 2; money management Oct. 9; and time management Oct. 23. Contact Kimberly Nye, <nye01> or 387-1001, for more information. For assistance with accommodations, contact Sally Mallam, <mallamsa> or 387-1270.

Family Weekend is Sept. 21-23

Luther College families, students and community members are invited to enjoy a variety of concerts, athletic events, hikes and meals together throughout Family Weekend Sept. 21-23. For a complete schedule of Family Weekend events visit: https://www.luther.edu/parents/family-weekend/schedule/.

NEDA Walk on campus Oct. 20

Luther is holding its first National Eating Disorders Association Walk on campus Saturday, Oct. 20. This walk is designed to create a safe and supportive space where no one will feel alone in their battle. All are welcome. Sign up online. Walkers raise money to fund education about eating disorders, prevention and support, as well as advocacy and research initiatives. To donate without participating or for more information, contact walk organizer Jacey Davis, <davija03>, or Wellness, <wellness>.

Peace Brunch schedule September

Please join Luther Catering for Peace Brunch from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23, and Sunday, Sept. 30. Reservations are preferred. Call Sarah, 387-1514, for reservations.

Blood drive is Sept. 24-25

Luther is hosting a blood drive in the east court of the Main Gym in the Regents Center 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 24 and 25. Members of the sponsoring organization, Alpha Phi Omega, will hold signups downstairs in the Union by Marty's 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. Thursday-Friday, Sept. 13-14 and Monday-Wednesday, Sept. 17-19.


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. 19: LuAnn Meeker-Gast, gospel choir
Friday, Sept. 21: Asha Aden, interfaith storytelling
Monday, Sept. 24: Lise Kildegaard

Home sporting events

Tuesday, Sept. 18: Volleyball vs. Simpson College, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 19: Women's soccer vs. UW-Eau Claire, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 22: Football vs. Loras 1 p.m.; volleyball vs. College of St. Benedict, 2 p.m.;

Events this week

Tuesday, Sept. 18: Guest Lecture, "The F Word, Understanding Fat and Body Image," Megan Stubbs, 7:30 p.m., Valders Room 206
Thursday, Sept. 20: Religion Forum, "Presumed Guilty: Why We Shouldn't Ask Muslims to Condemn Terrorism," Todd Green, 7 p.m, Olin Room 102
Friday, Sept. 21: Family Weekend, all weekend; Anthropology and Museum Studies Visit Day, 9 a.m., all over campus; Center Stage Series: Cristina Pato Quartet, 7:30 p.m., CFL Main Hall
Saturday, Sept. 22: Family Weekend, all weekend; Fall Community Day Picnic, 11:30 a.m.; Concert Band/Jazz Orchestra Concert, 12:30 p.m., CFL Main Hall; Family Weekend Concert, 7 p.m., CFL Main Hall; Soda Shoppe: Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Band, 8:45 p.m., Marty's
Sunday, Sept. 23: Family Weekend, all weekend

Wolf, Nelson to speak at Luther College Woman's Club meeting Sept. 18

How can "agricultural cities" promote economic and cultural vitality in Decorah and the Driftless Region? How has the "Scarves in the Park" program positively impacted northeast Iowa? Learn about these topics as the Luther College Woman's Club kicks off its 2018-19 season of programs at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, in Peace Dining Room. Shuttle service from the Decorah pool lot leaves at 1:10 p.m. Contact Bonnie Warrington, LCWC president, 382-4288, with questions.

SAC Impact guest lecture: Megan Stubbs Sept. 18

Megan Stubbs is a relationship expert and body image specialist who will present her program, "The F Word-Understanding Fat and Body Image," at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, in Valders 206. This is sponsored by SAC Impact and Wellness.

Open studio day Sept. 19

Have a directory photo that is more than fie years old? Want a new headshot? Need an updated passport photo? Luther's visual media department is hosting an open studio photo day 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, in Dahl 213.

'Presumed Guilty' religion forum Sept. 20

Asking Muslims to condemn terrorist acts can lead to racist scapegoating, an act which prevents majority populations in the West from coming to terms with their own violent past and their ongoing complicity in a violent world order, according to Todd Green. Green will present "Presumed Guilty: Why We Shouldn't Ask Muslims to Condemn Terrorism" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, Olin 102. The lecture is open to the public with no charge for admission, and a book signing will follow.

Anthropology and Museum Studies Visit Day Sept. 21

Luther is hosting an Anthropology and Museum Studies Visit Day from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21. Prospective students will be given the opportunity to have conversations with anthropology and museum studies faculty and students about academics, research and study abroad opportunities.

CSS: Cristina Pato Sept. 21

Center Stage Series presents Cristina Pato Quartet: Latina 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, in the CFL Main Hall. Spanish bagpiper Cristina Pato uses the traditionally Celtic instrument to deliver a rich, intense repertoire. Expect a high-energy performance that fuses Latin, jazz, pop and contemporary music into one exhilarating performance. Tickets are available by calling 387-1357, online at tickets.luther.edu or by visiting the CFL Ticket Office.

Habitat for Humanity pancake breakfast Sept. 22

The Luther College Chapter of Habitat for Humanity is hosting a pancake breakfast fundraiser from 8 a.m. to noon at St. Benedict Parish Hall, 307 W. Main St, Decorah. Proceeds will go toward the Habitat spring break service trip and Winneshiek County Habitat for Humanity. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for children 5-12. There is no charge for children under five. Tickets can be purchased at the Luther College Box Office or at the door. Contact Habitat, <contacthabitat>, with questions.

Fall Community Day Sept. 22

Luther invites faculty, alumni, parents, friends and their families to enjoy a day of food, fun, fellowship and sports at the 2018 Fall Community Day, beginning at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at the Regents Center on the Luther campus. Register for the picnic https://www.luther.edu/alumni/events/community-day/registration/ or by calling the Alumni office, 387-1861.

Soda Shoppe Sept. 22

Join SAC Special Events at 8:45 p.m. Saturday Sept. 22, in Marty's for Soda Shoppe. There will be performances from the Jazz Band and Jazz Orchestra. Ice-cream novelties will be sold for $1.

'The 'S' Word' Sept. 25

Suicide attempt survivor Dese'Rae Stage seeks out other attempt survivors in order to give insight to the other side of a suicide attempt and begin a conversation about suicide attempts and loss in the documentary "The 'S' Word." Sponsored by Luther College Active Minds together with Luther's Counseling Service, Social Work Department, and Center for Intercultural Engagement and Student Success, the screening and discussion of the film is 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, in Valders 206. Both the screening and discussion are open to the public with no charge for admission.

Religion Department open house Sept. 27

Come and find out how personable and diverse the faculty and students are at the Religion Department Open House 4:30-5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, in Hammarskjold Lounge. Conversation and refreshments included. 

Lizzo to perform Sept. 28

American hip-hop artist Lizzo will make her way to the Luther campus, with her versatile, "genre-less" style and dazzling confidence, to perform at 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, in Luther's Regents Center. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. Tickets for the performance are $25 and available at the box office.

Preview Day is Sept. 29

Luther invites prospective students to experience Preview Day Saturday, Sept. 29. This event provides an initial look at life at Luther College and the community of Decorah. The event lasts from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Register online at https://tinyurl.com/lutherpreviewday09-29-18, by Sunday, Sept. 23.

'Music in The Shape of a Pear' Sept. 29

Luther presents flutist Lisa Bost-Sandberg in a concert of contemporary solo flute music at noon Saturday, Sept. 29, in the Noble Recital Hall of the Jenson-Noble Hall of Music on the Luther campus. Following the concert, at 2:30 p.m., Bost-Sandberg will present a composition workshop in the Center for the Arts Room 217. This concert marks the 28th concert in Luther's "Music in the Shape of a Pear" concert series directed by Brooke Joyce. Performances include collaborations between Luther faculty, staff and students, local musicians and guest recitalists.

'Nigeria: Religion and Humanism' Oct. 1

Hank Pellissier, founder/director of the Brighter Brains Institute, will present "Nigeria: Religion and Humanism" at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1, in Valders Room 262. The presentation will briefly review BBI's activities in Uganda, and then examine religious conflict in both Nigeria's Islamic north (Boko Haram & the Almajiri system) and the Christian south (the "witch child" phenomenon).


Welcome new employees

Erin Ryan started her position as administrative assistant for economics, accounting and management, math, and computer science Aug. 27. Her office is Olin 327, telephone 387-1340.

Peter Sharp started his new position as programmer and information security analyst Sept. 4. His office is Main 12C, telephone 387-1833.

Tina West started that custodial staff Aug. 30. Her office is Miller Hall, telephone 387-2235.

Celebrations this week

Sept. 18: Levi Newton
Sept. 19: Kristin Padilla, Todd Fulsaas
Sept. 20: Daniel Baldwin, Dave Blanchard, Tim Schweizer
Sept. 21: Hannah Scheevel
Sept. 22: Rachel Brandwein, Cathy Howard, Sarah Leidahl
Sept. 23: Jeffrey Jones, Jacki Wright
Sept. 24: Jeff O'Gara, Matt Wisher

Sept. 22: Erik Stoen, 30 years

Position opening

Administrative assistant: The Luther College Financial Aid office is currently accepting applications for a .75 FTE, six-hour per day, benefit-eligible administrative assistant. The administrative assistant is responsible for managing the daily traffic flow of the Financial Aid Office, including guests, callers, mail, email and faxes, as well as coordination of the student file completion process. 

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


Jerry Johnson, retired director of public information, will be the featured writer Monday, Sept. 24, when Dragonfly Books in Decorah hosts an author's reading and book-signing to announce his latest novel "The Executioner's Face." The event begins at 7 p.m. at the downtown Decorah book store. Copies of "The Executioner's Face" are available at Luther College Book Shop, Dragonfly Books, Pearl Street Books in La Crosse, Peacock Books in Rochester, Chapter 2 Books and Bits & Pieces Book Store, both in Winona, and online at amazon.com.

Dean Vesperman, McKenzie Carney '18, Christian Deranek '18, Jacob Sund '18, and Emma Withers '18 have their article "Teaching Women's Suffrage" in the fall issue of the Oregon Journal for the Social Studies. The authors developed a fourth/fifth grade curriculum to help students explore and understand the importance of the 19th Amendment. They focused on using interactive pedagogies, allowing students to construct their own understanding for why women struggled to achieve suffrage.

The Education Department held its annual Teacher Induction Ceremony Friday, Sept. 9, with 57 inductees plus guests in attendance. A presentation was given by Terry Hogenson, Iowa Middle School Principal of the Year, where he talked about what he looks for in his teachers. He stated, "Don’t get me wrong, great strategies help to engage learners' minds, but if you really want to make improvement, grab them by their souls. Students are passionate about 'not letting people down' who truly care about them."

Congratulations to Asha Aden '20, on receiving the Interfaith Youth Core Rising Star award at the 2018 Interfaith Leadership Institute in Chicago this past August. Asha was one of two recipients to receive an IFYC Campus Leadership Award. Asha will be speaking in an Interfaith Storytelling Chapel 10:30-10:50 a.m. Friday, Sept. 21, in the CFL. There will be a brief reception in the CFL lobby before and after Chapel to honor Asha.


Wanted: Looking for a house to rent. New student engagement coordinator at Luther looking for a house to rent near campus or walking distance. Contact Asmita, <bharas02> or 379-7020, with options.

Tennis lessons: Luther tennis players are offering individual lessons to community members. Open to all ages and experience levels. Email Luther coach Miriam Skrade, <mbskrade>, for more information and to sign up for a time.

Upcoming event: Several members of the Luther community, including David Faldet, Nancy Barry, Kelly Harris and others, will be among the cast bringing Decorah's history to life in "The Cemetery Walk" Sunday, Sept. 23, at Phelps Cemetery. Guided tours leave every 15 minutes between 2-4 p.m. Tickets are $10/adults, $5/students, with proceeds to benefit the Porter House Museum. No reservations; weather-appropriate clothing and sturdy walking shoes recommended. For more information email <[email protected]>.


And finally...

Saturday, Sept. 22, officially marks the first day of fall. Looking for some perfect fall activities? Visit Pinters Gardens and Pumpkins just west of Decorah, check out the Northeast Iowa Artists' Studio Tour Oct. 13-15, take the Great River Road to view the fall foliage or check out the Fort Atkinson Rendezvous Days. For more events happening in northeast Iowa, see the Decorah Chamber of Commerce.