Tuesday, Dec. 4

TUESDAY 12/4/2018

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Faculty/staff Christmas party Dec. 7

President Carlson and Rev. Dr. Thomas Schattauer invite all faculty and staff to the Faculty and Staff Christmas Party, held 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, in Peace Dining Room. Come share good cheer and luncheon fare with Luther friends and colleagues. Seating will be available throughout the second floor of Dahl Centennial Union. Please RSVP by Wednesday, Dec. 5, online or by calling 387-1001.

Thank you from President Carlson

Another superb Christmas at Luther weekend! I'm thankful for all of the students, faculty and staff who worked hard to create a memorable performance and host thousands of visitors on campus. Christmas at Luther is surely a highlight of the Advent season for many. For some of our guests, this magnificent weekend is their first welcome into our community of faith and learning. Thanks for making this weekend so special.

As we approach final exams and other end-of-the-semester activities, we wish you and your loved ones a safe and joyous holiday.

-Paula Carlson and Thomas Schattauer

Learn more about Luther's brand initiative

Please join us for one of the Brand Update meetings held the weeks of Nov. 27 and Dec. 3.

Before the semester ends, we invite you to learn about the brand research findings, discuss emerging ideas for Luther's brand strategy and hear what's coming in the spring semester.

This is a busy time of year, and we appreciate you taking time to register and attend one of the following sessions in Peace Dining Room. There will be light snacks for the morning and afternoon sessions and pizza for the early evening sessions.

Tuesday, Dec. 4
Students 5-6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 6
Faculty 9:40-10:50 a.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 12
Faculty 8:30-10 a.m. 

—Aimee Viniard-Weideman, vice president for marketing and communications

Board of Regents update

Faculty, staff and emeriti should have received an email from the Board of Regents Wednesday, Nov. 28, with an update on the presidential search. Those who did not receive the email should contact Julie, <julie>, to get added to the list. 

Monthly admissions update

The fall 2019 monthly admissions reports will now be available online. Notices will be published in the Tuesday after the last day of the previous month. Contact Scot, <schasc01>, or 387-1430, with any questions. 


Christmas staff meeting

Come relax and have fun at the annual "staff meeting" Christmas gathering at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, in Peace Dining Room. Cash donations or nonperishable items will be accepted for the Decorah Community Food Pantry. Christmas sweaters and other festive Holiday apparel encouraged.

Now scheduling counseling service workshops

Counseling services is scheduling workshops for the spring semester. Counseling Service outreach assistants offer workshops on how to help a friend, self care and the escalation workshop (relationship violence) to classes, teams, student organizations, residence hall floors or other interested groups. Find out more and fill out a request form here

Library books due Dec. 7

Friday, Dec. 7, is the due date for books checked out from the Main Stacks by faculty and staff on or before Sunday, Dec. 2. Books checked out by faculty and staff may be renewed online or by e-mailing <library>. The new due date is May 17, the last day of classes for the spring semester. Books that have already been renewed three times (two years) will not be renewed again; rather you will need to bring these books in physically to the circulation desk to have them checked in and then out again to "re-start the clock." View account information online by clicking on "Library Account" at http://www.luther.edu/library/.

Annual Fall Science Research Symposium Dec. 6

The annual Fall Science Research Symposium is 9:40-10:50 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 6, in the Sampson-Hoffland Atrium and Valders Concourse. This is a unified event highlighting undergraduate student research in the sciences. The symposium includes more than 100 poster presentations by students from classes in biology, chemistry, environmental studies, math and nursing. All members of the Luther community are encouraged to come check out the products of student learning in the sciences.

Masters Swim Team begins season

Decorah Masters Swim Team starts its new three-month season. "Masters" does not mean we are fast it just means we are "old". As long as you can swim a comfortable freestyle, and you are over 18, you are welcome to join us! Practices are 6 a.m. Tuesdays and Fridays, 6 p.m. Wednesdays and 4 p.m. Sundays. Luther employees are eligible for a Wellness discount. There is also a new website: https://mastersdecorahswim.wixsite.com/swimdecorah. Contact Kate, <ellika03>, or Brittany, <cordbr01>. 

Hot Reads for Cold Nights

Love reading? Love winning prizes? Curl up with a book this winter and participate in Preus Library’s Hot Reads for Cold Nights. Earn chances to win fun prizes by reading books during winter break and J-term; open to all students, faculty and staff, whether on or off campus for J-term. Register online or at the Circulation Desk. For more information, visit the library blog or the circulation desk. Happy reading Norse!

Center for Sustainable Communities clothing swap

Clean out that closet and help the community by contributing clean, gently used clothing to the Center for Sustainable Communities clothing swap. Bring clean, unwanted clothes to Valders 379 from now until Dec. 11 and they'll find a new home. Want to participate? Find more information here

Resilient Northeast Iowa: A Climate Conversation

The Northeast Iowa Peace and Justice Center is hosting a community forum on climate change 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, at the Lingonberry in downtown Decorah. The Center for Sustainable Communities encourages people to attend this important event! As more information emerges about climate change, it's time to dig in and decide what can be done in everyone's lives and in the community to become more resilient to the changes that are already begun.

The Scrambler Challenge in January

January will soon be here and so will the desire to connect more, exercise more. Join the Wellness Team's 2019 start-off program called "The Scrambler Challenge." Visit the Wellness website for the complete instructions and sign up with the Head Scrambler Vicky Jaeger, <jaegervi>, before Dec. 28th.

Peace Scholar applications due Feb. 1

Faculty and staff are asked to encourage sophomores and juniors who are interested in studying in Norway this summer to apply to the Peace Scholars program. An outgrowth of the Nobel Peace Prize Forum, this scholarship provides funding for two students to study for a week at the Nansen Center for Peace and Dialogue in Lillehammer, and then for six weeks at the University of Oslo.  Details can be found at https://peacescholars.wordpress.com/.  Applications should be sent to Victoria, <victoria.christman>.

Book Shop news

Third annual Student Stress-Less party
The third annual Student Stress-Less party is 8:30-10:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10, in the Union. Hot chocolate and cookie decorating is at 8:30 p.m.; the Book Shop balloon drop with prices and promotions is at 9 p.m.; and the Book Shop is open 9-10:30 p.m. This is a great opportunity to step away from studying and re-energize!

Book Shop annual Christmas party
The Book Shop is celebrating the holidays with the annual Christmas party 8:45 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5. Receive 20 percent off ALL clearance. Wear Christmas attire and receive a treat. See if you made the naughty or nice list this year. Free popcorn until it is gone. 

Sign up for the final wellness screenings Dec. 11-12

During 2018, employees and spouses covered by the Luther College Health Care Plan have additional wellness benefits and requirements. Sign up for either Tuesday, Dec. 11, or Wednesday, Dec. 12, blood screenings on campus by contacting Wellness, <wellness>. Just a reminder that all physicals, blood draws and completions of the Health Risk Assessment must be completed by Monday, Dec. 31.

Not Quite Free Lunch Dec. 11

Join colleagues at the Not Quite Free Lunch 11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, in the Nobel Room, sponsored by Wellness. Boost social and emotional wellness by getting away from the typical work space and mingling with folks from across campus. The charge is $5, payable by cash, check or Luther ID. The menu includes turkey caprese biggie, no meat caprese biggie, butternut squash bisque and dessert. Contact Wellness, <wellness> with questions.

Resist phishing emails

Watch for these clues that a message could be a scam: poor grammar and punctuation, threats, a sense of urgency and asking recipients to click on a link or provide personal information. If unsure about a message, contact the Technology Help Desk, <helpdesk> or 387-1000. For more information and tips, visit www.luther.edu/helpdesk/safecomputing/phishing/.


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, Dec. 5: James Hoke
Friday, Dec. 7: Kwanzaa chapel, Keith Mayes, associate professor of African American and African studies at the University of Minnesota
Monday, Dec. 10: Finals week, no chapel

Home sporting events

Wednesday, Dec. 5: Women's basketball vs. Dubuque 6 p.m.; men's basketball vs. Dubuque 8 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 7: Wrestling vs. UW-La Crosse 7 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 8: Women's basketball vs. UW-River Falls 2 p.m.; men's basketball vs. Crown College 8 p.m.

Events this week

Tuesday, Dec. 4: Christmas Cheer Collection Day, 11 a.m., Marty's; Senior Project Showcase, 7:30 p.m., Noble Recital Hall, Choir Room and Room 123, Jenson-Noble Hall of Music
Thursday, Dec. 6: Clothing swap, 7 p.m., Valders Hall of Science, Room 379
Friday, Dec. 7: Clothing swap, 2 p.m., Valders Hall of Science, Room 379; VPA Showcase: Ultra Mega Mega, 6 p.m., Center for the Arts
Saturday, Dec. 8: Kwanzaa Festival, 4 p.m., Peace Dining Room, Dahl Centennial Union
Sunday, Dec. 9: Candlelight Nativity Service, 9 p.m., Center for Faith and Life Main Hall

'Christmas in the Union' Dec. 5

Santa will make an early stop in Decorah as Luther College celebrates "Christmas in the Union" from 4:30-6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, in the lobby of Dahl Centennial Union. Activities include crafts, readings from children's holiday books, music and games, and an opportunity for pictures with Santa by the fireplace from 5-6 p.m. Cookies and hot chocolate will be served.

Kwanzaa Festival Dec. 8

Luther's annual Kwanzaa Celebration is 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, in Peace Dining Room. The featured speaker is Keith Mayes, Ph.D., associate professor of African American and African studies at the University of Minnesota. Heavy hors d'oeuvres served. There is a $5 charge for faculty, staff and community members; no charge for students. Everyone must register by Wednesday, Dec. 5.


Celebrations this week

Dec. 4: James Perez, Lisa Scott
Dec. 5: Leah McCrea, Lisa Witzke, Daisy Johnson, Joyce Houdek, Bob Erickson
Dec. 6: Donna Ryant
Dec. 7: Derek Rausch
Dec. 8: David Faldet, Kathy Kerber, Kat Beane Hanson
Dec. 9: Mary Logsdon
Dec. 10: Cheryl Wieseler

Dec. 8: Steve Kurash, 15 years


To Jerome Hayek and family on the death of his brother, Adolph W. Hayek, of Donnell, Florida. He passed away Nov. 19. Funeral services are pending.

Position openings

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


Andy Hageman published the essay "Aging, Reflection & Mortality in 'Lucky' and 'The Straight Story'" on https://25yearslatersite.com/.

Marv Slind was interviewed as part of National Public Radio's program, "Interfaith Voices." His segment on "Norwegian Lutheranism's Legacy on the American Frontier" is the third part of a larger program focusing on the status of Lutheranism in Norway today, "God and Government: Humanism blooms in Norway."

Claire Hamilton '19, traveled to Brittany, France to intern at an organic vegetable and dairy farm called Ferme Bio D'Enez, where she was able to focus on improving her French skills and learn about sustainable farming practices in France.

Learning about professionalism and team dynamics, Wilson Sibandze '20, interned over the summer at Ernst & Young in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Ernst & Young, a multinational professional services firm headquartered in London, England, United Kingdom, is one of the "Big Four" accounting firms.


For rent: Three-four bedroom, one-and-a-half bathroom house for rent in downtown Decorah, near Dug Road Trail head. $950/month plus utilities. Includes snow shoveling and lawn mowing. Wraparound porch, hardwood floors, new furnace and water heater, central air. No pets, no smoking. Contact Alice, <[email protected]>, with inquiries.

For sale: Double bed with a solid maple frame, mattress, box spring. Bedding from the Company Store available if desired. $175 OBO. Contact Karen, <marschka> or 382-2131, with inquiries. 

For sale: Two dark blue, used La-Z-Boy recliners from a smoke-free but pet-friendly home for sale. $25 each. Also selling a dark blue, gently used futon for $200 OBO. Will sell as a set or separately. Futon was covered with a quilt, rarely sat on, but is comfortable for sleeping. Full size mattress. Contact Jennifer, <kellje01> or 387-0126. 

Child/pet sitters available: Molly and Maggy Hovden are back Dec. 16-Jan. 12 to help with childcare and pet sitting. Responsible, prompt, no job too small or too big. Email Molly, <[email protected]>, or Maggy, <[email protected]>.

Wanted: Sophomore dance major at Luther looking for an opportunity to house and/or pet sit for the summer. Passionate about people, the environment, art and storytelling. Looking to stay in Decorah to further connect with the community. Contact Cory, <eullco>, with inquiries.

Found: A few weeks ago a backpack was found in Olin Hall and brought to the Safety and Security office for safe keeping. It has yet to be claimed. Contact Safety and Security to identify the missing item, <security> or 387-2111.

For sale: Boston Terrier puppies Asking $200 each. No shots, but they will be wormed. Contact Michelle, <larsmi04> or call 203-0435, with inquiries.

Fast Fiber Pledge: Support the progressive project to bring a fiber optic network to Decorah. A fiber system will vastly improve local internet, TV and phone services for residences and businesses and provide competition to Mediacom and CenturyLink. The city utility board is collecting 1,600 pledges of interest to demonstrate the viability of the project. The pledge is non-binding, simply expressing interest once the service becomes available. Take the pledge at decorahfiber.com or learn more at decorahfastfiber.com. Contact Kelly, <sharke01>, with questions. 

Christmas open house: Frankville Presbyterian Church, 1130 Frankville Road, is holding a Christmas open house 1:30-3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9. Enjoy the beautifully decorated church and Christmas collections and trees from church members. Serving cider, coffee and goodies; no charge to attend. No time for holiday baking? There will also have a cookie/candy sale with assortments sold by the dozens. Contact Janine, <brandtja>, with questions.

Upcoming concert: Burning Bright, a group of Decorah-area professional and amateur musicians, will offer their annual benefit concert with performances at 4 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at First United Methodist Church, 302 W. Broadway in Decorah. Co-directed by Otter Dreaming and Kathy Reed, the concert features lesser-known seasonal music performed by adult and children's ensembles joined by instrumentalists John Goodin, Erik Sessions, and Namoli Brennet. Tickets on sale at the Oneota Community Co-op. Contact Kathy, <reedkath>, with questions.


And finally...

"The American Dream means giving it your all, trying your hardest, accomplishing something. And then I'd add to that, giving something back. No definition of a successful life can do anything but include serving others."

George H. W. Bush, 41st president of the United States
June 12, 1924-Nov. 30, 2018