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CAL tickets on sale Oct. 3
It's hard to believe, but Christmas at Luther tickets are coming soon! All faculty and staff are able to secure their "Christmas at Luther 2018: Every Voice in Concert Ring" tickets online starting 9 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3. Contact the Ticket Office, 387-1357, to set up an online ticket account if you haven't already done so. For more information, please check out the CAL Faculty/Staff tickets page.
Sign up for Staff Day
The first ever October Staff Day is coming soon! Block off calendars from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12. Doors open at the CFL at 10:45 a.m. for the first session starting promptly at 11 a.m. Enjoy a fun day of hypnotic laughter, inspiring messages, cupcakes, storytelling and a "comfort food" lunch. And cupcakes, did we mention cupcakes? Please complete the 2018 Staff Day form today!
Office of Equity and Inclusion presenting two workshops
The Office of Equity & Inclusion presents the following two workshops:
Cultural Competency Part 2
Cultural competency focuses on an individual's ability to navigate and work across cultural differences. This is an opportunity to engage in dialogue and consideration of ways to shift individuals, groups and the college toward inclusive excellence both structurally and environmentally. This workshop is 9 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, in Mott. Click here to register.
Implicit and Unconscious Bias
Implicit bias refers to the attitudes or stereotypes that affect our understanding, actions and decisions in an unconscious manner. These biases, which encompass both favorable and unfavorable assessments, are activated involuntarily and without an individual's awareness and/or intentional control. Participants will engage in a series of interactive exercises to better understand the origins of unconscious bias and the ways that they are internalized. Explicit bias will also be explored. This workshop is 9 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, in Mott. Click here to register.
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
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/.
Update additional insurance on UMR
Participants in the Luther health plan need to go to the UMR website annually to indicate if they have additional health insurance. For example, a person's spouse might have additional coverage through their employer. This will keep any disruption in payment of claims to a minimum as claims are processed. Sign into your UMR account. Next, click on the "Other Insurance" button in the middle of the screen and answer the questions, then click the "submit" button.
Faculty writing groups
Currently engaged in a writing project? Wanting to connect with other faculty engaged in writing projects? The Dean's Office wants to help by facilitating the formation of writing groups. Email Sean Burke, <burke.sean>, with questions and inquiries.
Upcoming nature walks
Enjoy spending time outdoors? Explored Luther's natural areas yet? The Outreach student workers, through the new Land Care Program, will lead a series of walks in Luther's natural areas. Join Kita, Anila and Susie to explore and connect with nature. The walks are at 4:15 p.m. Fridays, Sept. 28, Oct. 19, Oct. 26 and Nov. 2. Meet on on the first floor of Sampson Hoffland Labs. Contact Anila, <banoan01>, or Kita, <dalyni01>, with questions.
New at luther.edu
Learn about undergraduate research that involves creating a musical theatre project called Matchgirl. Students Andrew Tiede and John Kuntz are writing the musical; one is the book and lyrics writer and the other is the composer. The project advisors are professors Jeff Dintaman and Brooke Joyce.
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 sign purchased books throughout the event.
Luther author spotlight
Retired Luther staff member Jerry Johnson has come out with another new read, "The Executioners Face." Stop in the Book Shop for a copy. Johnson will also have a book signing in the Book Shop Saturday, Oct. 27.
Author signing spotlight
Miss Todd Green's excellent lecture and book signing last week? The Book Shop still has a few signed copies left of his new book, "Presumed Guilty."
Book discussion group: Becoming a student-ready college
All faculty and staff are invited to join a four-week discussion group facilitated by David Thompson on the book, "Becoming a Student-Ready College: A New Culture of Leadership for Student Success." This is an opportunity to expand on conversations about equity, inclusion and student success begun at fall faculty days. The group meets from 3-4 p.m. Fridays, Oct. 26, Nov. 2, Nov. 9 and Nov. 16, in Olin Room 201, with refreshments served. Space is limited, and registration closes Friday, Oct. 19. Click here to register. To access the ebook through Preus Library, click here.
Call for recommendations for summer reading
Regents Center closing early Sept. 28
Due to the SAC concert, the Regents Center is closing early Friday, Sept. 28. The Aquatic Center closes at 1 p.m.; Legends Fitness for Life Center at 2 p.m.; and Regents Center at 6 p.m.
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.
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: 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, <nyeki01> or 387-1001, for more information. For assistance with accommodations, contact Sally Mallam, <mallamsa> or 387-1270.
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. 26: Jim Martin-Schramm, choir: Aurora
Friday, Sept. 28: Faye Lee, Interfaith Storytelling
Monday, Oct. 1: Hymn sing and blessing of the Nordlie Organ, music: Collegium Musicum
Home sporting events
Tuesday, Sept. 25: Volleyball vs. Dubuque, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 29: Women's tennis vs. Nebraska Wesleyan, 9 a.m. and Buena Vista, 3 p.m.; women's soccer vs. Buena Vista, 2 p.m.; men's soccer vs. Buena Vista, 4 p.m.
Events this week
Tuesday, Sept. 25: "The 'S' Word" documentary screening and discussion, 7 p.m. Valders 206
Thursday, Sept. 27: Guest Performance: Bakken Trio, "Nadia," 7:30 p.m., CFL Recital Hall
Friday, Sept. 28: Luther Writers Festival, all day, Luther campus; Brass Symposium Guest Artist: Atlantic Brass Quintet, 6 p.m., Noble Recital Hall, Jenson-Noble Hall of Music; David Gonzalez, "The Power of Your Own Story," 7:30 p.m., Jewel Theatre; SAC Concert: Lizzo, 9 p.m., Regents Center Main Gym
Saturday, Sept. 29: Preview Day, all day, Luther campus; Luther Writers Festival, all day, Luther campus; David Gonzalez workshop, 9 a.m., CFA Room 119; Brass Masterclass, 10 a.m., Jenson-Noble Orchestra Room; Faculty Artist Series: Music in the Shape of a Pear, noon, Noble Recital Hall, Jenson-Noble Hall of Music; Masterclass: Mass Brass, 2 p.m., Orchestra Room, Jenson-Noble Hall of Music; David Gonzalez workshop, 3 p.m., Center for the Arts Room 119; David Gonzalez poetry/story slam, 7 p.m., Jewel Theatre
Sunday, Sept. 30: Faculty Artist Series: Michael Chesher, clarinet, 2 p.m., CFL Recital Hall
Monday, Oct. 1: Guest Speaker: Hank Pellissier, "Nigeria: Religion and Humanism," 6 p.m., Valders Room 262
Moon Festival Sept. 25
The Moon Festival, also known as the Mid-Autumn Festival, held on the 15th day of the eighth month in Lunar calendar, is a popular harvest festival celebrated in China and other Asian countries. This year, it fell on Sept. 24. Co-sponsored by Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Linguistics and Asian Student Association and Allies, a Moon Festival Party will take place 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, at the eighth floor Farwell Lounge. Enjoy moon cakes and fragrant tea and have a fun time playing various games and learning about Chinese culture.
'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.
'Nadia' musical drama set for Sept. 27
An innovative performance dramatizing the life of musician Nadia Boulanger, once called "the most influential teacher since Socrates," will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, in the CFL Recital Hall. Following Boulanger as she overcame family tragedy and the French music establishment, "Nadia" is a tour-de-force of storytelling intertwined with chamber music.
Religion Department open house Sept. 27
Come and find out how personable and diverse the religion 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.
Luther College Writers Festival Sept. 28-29
Celebrating the rich diversity of contemporary imaginative writers, Luther is hosting the Luther College Writers Festival Friday and Saturday, Sept. 28-29. The weekend includes keynote addresses, featured writers, readings, panels, a book sale and more. To register for the event and view the complete schedule, visit https://www.luther.edu/writers-festival.
'The Power of Your Own Story' workshops Sept. 28-29
Nationally acclaimed storyteller, poet and musician David Gonzalez will present "The Power of Your Own Story" artist residency Friday and Saturday, Sept. 28-29, at Luther. The residency includes a public performance, along with workshops for Luther students, faculty, staff and community members. Events are open to the public with no charge for admission. To register, contact Emily Neal, Luther Center for Sustainable Communities assistant director, at .
Brass Symposium presented Sept. 28-29
The inaugural Luther College Brass Symposium will be presented Sept. 28-29, in the Jenson-Noble Hall of Music. The featured performance in the symposium is a concert by the Atlantic Brass Quintet at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, in Noble Recital Hall. Day two of the symposium is filled with master classes. All events are open to the public with no charge for admission.
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 Main Gym. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. Tickets for the performance are $25 and available at the Ticket Office.
'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. 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.
FSA: Michael Chesher Sept. 30
Associate Professor of Music Michael Chesher and Kansas State University Professor Tod Kerstetter will collaborate for a clarinet and bass clarinet music recital in the CFL Recital Hall at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30. Chesher and Kerstetter's program Worldwide Jazz Flavors was originally performed in July at the International Clarinet Association ClarinetFest ® 2018 in Ostend, Belgium.
Sunday, Sept. 30
Junior Joshua Burniece will present a piano recital at 4 p.m.
Student recitals are held in the Noble Recital Hall and are followed by a reception. Recitals and receptions are open to the public with no charge for admission.
'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).
'Dreaming with Our Eyes Open' Oct. 2
The 2018-19 Paideia Texts and Issues Lecture Series "Journeys and Hospitalities" begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, in the Center Recital Hall. Carly Hayden Foster, Madeline Lomprey '21, and Elena Pinnow '21, will explore multiple perspectives on immigration law. Their lecture, titled "Dreaming with Our Eyes Open: Staying Informed about DACA," has a reception to follow in Qualley Lounge.
Sheila Browne to perform Oct. 3
Performing music from the romantic to modern eras, violist Sheila Browne will be accompanied by guest pianist Julie Nishimura at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, in the Noble Recital Hall. On the program are well-known sonatas for viola and piano by Johannes Brahms, Rebecca Clarke and George Rochberg.
Candidate forum Oct. 4
Local candidates running in the November election will be available to respond to questions at a local candidate forum 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, in Valders 206. Candidates running for the Iowa House Districts 55 and 51, U.S. House District 1, and Winneshiek County Board of Supervisors and Recorder have been invited.
Welcome new employees
Toby Cain started her position as sustainability coordinator Sept. 17. Her office is Valders 372C, telephone 387-1722.
Isaiah Cammon started his position as admissions counselor Aug. 27. His office is in the Des Moines Regional Office.
Megan Jones started her position as assistant women's basketball coach/assistant coordinator for athletics social media, graphics and video Sept. 18. Her office is Regents Center 230, telephone 387-1077.
Theodore Lundholm started his custodial staff position Sept. 10. His office is Valders, telephone 387-1585.
Samantha Williams started her position as assistant men's and women's swimming and diving coach/assistant director of aquatics Sept. 10. Her office is Regents Center 10, telephone 387-1821.
Celebrations this week
Sept. 25: Ed Andereck
Sept. 27: Ellen Drewes-Stoen
Sept. 28: Aimee Viniard-Weideman
Sept. 29: Jim Iverson, Dang Nguyen, Mariah Smith
Sept. 30: Sean Burke, Paul Mullen
Oct. 1: Amanda Bailey, Anne Bulliung, Michael Chesher, John Moeller
Sept. 25: Charles Humphrey-Klimesh, 10 years
Sept. 29: Lori Ostlie, 25 years
Oct. 1: Chris Frana, 25 years
Thank you for your service
Judy Boese, who has worked at Luther for more than 35 years, has announced her retirement, effective Oct. 26. We congratulate Judy and thank her for her dedicated service to the college.
To view complete job descriptions and apply for all current openings, go to the employment website at https://luthercollege.hiretouch.com/.
Ashalul Aden '20, was recently named a 2018 Rising Star from the Interfaith Youth Core for her work as an interfaith leader for the Luther community. "I became involved in the Luther community because I am passionate about making the world a better place for every single human regardless of their ethnicity, gender identity, race, religious identity or sexual orientation," Aden said.
Jane Clare '19, took a look outside the "Luther Bubble" this summer in her research surrounding Buddhism in the Christian Midwest. According to Clare, it is important to be aware of and engaging in religions outside one's own in order to navigate the world around us. Clare worked alongside Anita Carrasco on her summer research.
According Gabrielle Blair '19, the prevalence of deer in the Midwest has led to the importance of studying their mating structures. This kind of study has been done primarily on captive deer, so being able to research the mating structures of wild deer creates a new direction for researchers. Blair worked with Dawn Reding on her summer research project regarding multiple paternity in white tailed deer.
Anna Peterson and Race Fisher '19, presented "A Norwegian Immigrant's Satirical Cartoons of Norway and the First World War" at the Northern Great Plains History Conference on Sept. 20.
Natalie Shimp '19, received the Top Student Paper award at the Iowa Communication Association Conference Sept. 20 for her final COMS 357: Research Methods paper.
For sale: Used, student level, Conn Trumpet. Director model. Perfect for any family with a new trumpeter in their home. Ready to play condition. Contact Jana, <vorvja01> for more details and photos.
For rent: Well-maintained three-bedroom Victorian on a quiet street, large lot and garage. $1,025/month plus utilities. Old house charm, great location. Contact Kate, <narveska>, with inquiries.
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.
Harvest Supper: Canoe Ridge Lutheran Church Harvest Supper is Wednesday, Oct. 10. Serving begins at 4:30 p.m. Menu includes Mike Reick's chicken, mashed potatoes, dressing, gravy, corn, cranberry salad, lefse/rolls, cookies/bars and beverages. Advance ticket sales are $12.50 for anyone over 11 years of age; 10 and under are $6; no cost for children in preschool and younger. All takeouts, including children's, are $12.50 each. Call Virginia, 382-9414, Bette, 382-3220, or pick up at Ladybug Landscapes or Decorah Rental. Contact Virginia, 382-9414, with questions.
Today, Tuesday, Sept. 25, is National One-Hit Wonder Day. According to VH1, the top-10 greatest one-hit wonders are: