Tuesday, Nov. 12

TUESDAY 11/12/2019

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Charette Nov. 19

On Monday, Nov. 11, Luther College faculty and staff should have received an email from President Ward, inviting them to participate in a charette 4:30-6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, in Peace Dining Room. A charette is a fast-paced, participatory planning process that brings together stakeholders to generate innovative solutions to problems, as well as visions for the future.

The charette on Nov. 19 will focus upon those activities within the strategic plan that are connected to the business model of the college. During the charette, groups will identify and share ideas related to enrollment, expense reductions, financial aid and the cost of attendance, new audiences, and auxiliary revenue streams. Some of the ideas that emerge from the discussion as the most resonant, pressing, or promising will then be further explored as part of the planning process to balance Luther's budget.

Please send questions and RSVPs to <schoco01>.


HR Updates

November Staff Meetings

The monthly staff meetings will be held 2–3 p.m.Wednesday, Nov. 13, and 9–10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 14. Both meetings are in Peace Dining Room. Departments are asked to coordinate attendance between the Wednesday and Thursday sessions so that everyone is able to attend. For further information, please contact Marsha Wenthold <mwenthold>, director of human resources, at extension 1415.

Inside Money: Managing Income and Debt Workshop–hosted by TIAA

Everyone talks about a budget, but how many of us actually make and stick to one? Most people have some debt, but how many understand its effects? Let TIAA show you the real impact of both—and help you understand how your money can work for you. TIAA's workshop leader will discuss the importance of cash-flow and how to use it while focusing on how you look at saving and spending. He will also help you evaluate debt and find ways to help manage it. Join us 9:15–10:15 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, in the Recital Hall of the CFL. Save your spot today! RSVP by calling 800-732-8353, weekdays, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Register now.

Not Quite Free Lunch Nov. 12

Join colleagues at the Not Quite Free Lunch 11:30 a.m.–1:15 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, 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 menu is herb grilled chicken thigh, spinach and caramelized shallots, Moroccan carrot salad, vegetable quinoa and dessert. The charge is $5, payable by cash, check or Luther ID. Contact <wellness> with questions.

Hickory Ridge Woods savanna restoration

Informational session 4:30-5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, in Valders 262. Luther actively manages our natural areas to maintain their resilience and ecological health. Contractors will begin work on a large scale tree thinning in the area above the big red barn to promote our native oak savanna. Work will begin Monday, Nov. 18, if weather conditions permit. Vennehjem Path will be closed to pedestrians Nov. 18–20, when active work is being conducted. Contact Molly McNicoll <mcnimo01> for more information.

Sophomore Study Away Scholarships awarded

On Wednesday, Oct. 30, the Luther College Center for Global Learning and Center for Sustainable Communities hosted the Sophomore Study Away Scholarship Giveaway during which three sophomores were chosen at random to receive a $1,000 scholarship to go towards their future study away experience. Those students were Rachelle Sullivan, Rebekah Lazzeroni and Jessi Labenski.

Green Bandana Project starting at Luther

Students wanting to identify themselves as a safe person, willing to talk about mental health will wear a lime green bandana on their backpack. Someone experiencing mental health concerns could talk with them and receive resources or simply see that the support exists. To participate or learn more visit the tables from 5–7 p.m. Nov. 11–15 outside of Marty's or after the Kevin Hines event. Sponsored by Active Minds and Residence Life.

Decorah Community School District thanks Luther athletics for supporting students

The Decorah Community School District issued a public letter on Nov. 3 thanking Luther College athletic teams and staff for their ongoing support of area students. The letter gives examples of times when Luther athletes and staff go above and beyond to make a difference in young lives including reading with students during Reading Month, joining recess where athletes serve as role models, demonstrating what good sportsmanship is about, volunteering at family and community events and assisting with school mentoring programs. 

United Way Campaign continues

As a community, we've raised $7,317 of our $13,850 goal. Continue to return donations to HR, and help us support Winneshiek County families and individuals. We have a few prizes to draw for including a t-shirt from the Book Shop, a 30-minute chair massage and Not Quite Free Lunch for you and five friends. Donate any amount and be entered to win. Congratulations to recent winners Lee Zook and Eric Baack who won Peace Brunch tickets.

What are you shipping?

In an effort to provide a safe shipping experience packages being processed and shipped through the Mail Center will require a shipping declaration form to be filled out. The form is available at the Mail Center, at the mail stops around campus and will be on the Mail Center website. We are asking that this form be filled out ahead of time when possible. Pre-labeled packages with postage already applied will not be required to fill out this form, such as a RMA where you have instructions and labels provided by the manufacturer. Contact Lance Spiker (x1447) or Jeff Naatz (x1013) with any questions or email <mailcenter> or <naatje01>.

Leadership Project interviews

We are bringing attention to any participants willing to be interviewed discussing interfaith marriage/families. This interview features questions about different religions that have had an impact within a marriage/family. This project entails an understanding on conflicts that affect interfaith marriage/families and family dynamics and how this can be perceived within the Luther community. The deadline of interviews will be Thursday, Nov. 20. Please contact <brun04> or <mouach02>.

Order Thanksgiving baked goods from the Luther Bakery

Let the Norse Culinary Team make your pies, rolls and side dishes for your Thanksgiving meal. Place orders at luther.edu/dining/submit/holiday/ by Wednesday, Nov. 20, and pick up by noon Wednesday, Nov. 27, from the Dining Services Office. It's that easy!

Extra office supplies

The Office for Financial Services has an excess supply of inter-campus envelopes of all sizes, paperclips and binders. If anyone is in need please contact Admin. Assistant Amy Wagner at ext. 1015, email <wagnam01>, or stop at our office to pick some up.

Peace Scholar information session Nov. 12

Faculty and staff are asked to encourage sophomores and juniors interested in peace, conflict and dialogue studies to attend an information session about the Peace Scholar program 9:45–10:45 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, in Olin 214. Three Peace Scholars alumni will discuss their experiences in the program. Each year, two Luther students are selected to spend six weeks at the Nansen Center for Peace and Dialogue in Lillehammer and the University of Oslo Summer School.  

Flu vaccines Nov. 12

Flu vaccine protects you and your Luther family! Encourage students to get a free flu shot 10 a.m.–noon Tuesday, Nov. 12, in Williams Lounge in the Union! Health Services will partner with Luther nursing students to provide another opportunity to get yourself vaccinated! Staff and faculty pay at the time of service and will receive a receipt for reimbursement. #FightFlu #GetYourselfVaccinated #ProtectYourself #ProtectOthers

Luther College Women's Club to meet Nov. 19

Study abroad in Tanzania will be the focus Tuesday, Nov. 19, when Luther faculty member Lori (Van Gerpen) Stanley '80, Luther staff member Emily Neal, and Luther students Kari Preus '21 and Nick Lembezeder '21 present "Tanzania: People, Parks, and Pastoralism" at the Luther College Women's Club meeting. The meeting takes place at 1:30 p.m. in Peace Dining Room, Dahl Centennial Union. Shuttle service from the Decorah pool lot leaves at 1:10 p.m. 

Book Shop news

Children's bargain book sale
Nov. 18-22 stop in the Book Shop for our annual sale of children's books and young adult books ranging from $1-$6. This is a great way to start your holiday shopping and future teachers this is a great way to start your own library for your future students. The earlier you stop in the better the chance to find your perfect book.  

Autographed books
If you missed the Daisy Reyes lecture and book signing. Have no fear, we have a few signed copies left of "Learning to be Latino, How Colleges Shape identity Politics."

Book signing Nov. 19
Meet Kevin Hines after his lecture on Wednesday, Nov. 19, in the Main Gym of Regents Center. The lecture starts at 7 p.m. with a book signing to follow in the lobby. His book "Cracked Not Broken" is available for purchase in the Book Shop and will be available at the event.


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, Nov. 13: Jane Clare, senior chapel
Friday, Nov. 15: Brad Chamberlain; music: Collegiate Chorale
Monday, Nov. 18: Gather Morning Praise

Home sporting events

Tuesday, Nov. 12: Men's Basketball vs. Maranatha Baptist 7 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 16: Wrestling - Luther Open 9 a.m.; Men's Swimming and Diving - Grinnell College 1 p.m.; Women's Swimming and Diving - Grinnell College 1 p.m.

The NCAA III Men's Soccer National Tournament First and Second Round Matches will take place at Luther College this weekend, Nov. 16-17. Don't miss Luther College vs. Principia College at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16. Visit the website for additional tournament information, including video streaming and live statistics. 

Events this week

Visit the online Calendar of Events for a complete list of Luther events happening from Tuesday, Nov. 12-Tuesday, Nov. 19!

Texts and Issues Lecture: 'Education and the Ho-Chunk: Resistance and Resilience' Nov. 12

David Faldet and Anna Peterson will present the second lecture of the 2019 Paideia Texts and Issues series on the theme "Resistance and Resilience." They will focus on aspects of the history of the Winnebago/Ho-Chunk removal, a study of resistance that often forced choices between physical survival and cultural survival. The lecture will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, in the CFL Recital Hall. Reception to follow in Qualley Lounge.

CEPE Pop-Up Programming: 'Unrest in Latin America' Nov. 13

Latines Unides will host Dr. Selçuk (Political Science) for a presentation on the recent social uprisings in Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia and Chile. Come learn about the situation and the threats to the democratic values and traditions of the region at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, in the CFL Recital Hall. Reception to follow in Qualley Lounge.

Metaphysical Athletics 101: How does religion affect poetry? Nov. 15

Join us for guest speaker Leif E. Vaage at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15 in Olin 102. This lecture will explore the unique, undeniable relationship that theology and poetry share, featuring poems generally circling around "resurrection." Vaage has served as both a poet and a professor of religion in various universities around the world and will be sharing poems from his collection, "Metaphysical Athlete." The event is sponsored by the Religion Department.

Kevin Hines presents '#BeHereTomorrow' Nov. 19

At 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, Kevin Hines will present "#BeHereTomorrow" in the Main Gym of Regents Center at Luther College. Hines is part of the 1% of people who survive a fall from the Golden Gate Bridge. Since his suicide attempt in 2000, Hines has devoted his time to traveling the world to share his story of hope, healing and recovery while teaching people of all ages the art of wellness and the ability to survive pain with true resilience. The lecture is free and open to the public. Sponsored by Luther College Counseling Service, Active Minds, and Center for Ethics and Public Engagement.


New position

Amy Wagner started her position as administrative assistant in the Office of Financial Services on Oct. 28. Her office is Main 118, telephone x1015.

Celebrations this week


Nov. 12: Lise Kildegaard, Patty Livingood
Nov. 13: Eddy Atwell, Catherine Dyer
Nov. 14: Erik Berg, Bridget Christopher
Nov. 15: Loren Bronner, Randy Caddell
Nov. 16: Colin Betts
Nov. 17: Anita Carrasco, Sheena Tollefson, Cammie Thomas, Troy Gardner
Nov. 18: Stuart Johnston, Jay Uthoff


Nov. 15: Jill Frana, 15 years

Celebration for Pastor Mike Blair

We invite the Luther community to join us in a celebration of Pastor Mike Blair on Wednesday, Nov. 20. Mike will preach in chapel at 10:30 a.m. in the CFL Main Hall and a reception will be held from 2–4 p.m. in Peace Dining Room. Mike has served as college pastor for 29 years. He and his wife Sue have accepted a new call at Bartel's Retirement Community in Waverly, IA. If you are unable to attend, but have written or video sentiments you would like to share with Mike and Sue, please send them to Tricia at <faith>.


Jim Martin-Schramm presented "Local Power: How to Partner with Local Investors to Install Renewable Energy Systems on Campus" at the Annual Meeting of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education on Oct. 28 in Spokane, Washington.

Abigail Hughes '18 (lead author) and Dawn Reding (corresponding author), along with colleagues at Iowa State University and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, published results from collaborative research on dispersal movements of bobcats in Iowa. The study grew out of Abbie's class project in ENVS-175(GIS) and her biology senior project. It appears in the Nov. 2019 issue of the Journal of Wildlife Management and is titled "Dispersal of juvenile bobcats in a recolonizing population."

Dan Davis, with other archaeological researchers in Florida and Canada, continues to publish the large group of ancient shipwrecks discovered in deep water off Turkey in 2010-2012. The most recent articles include: "The Sinop I Shipwreck: A Black Sea Merchant Ship from the Roman Imperial Era," in Connecting the Ancient World West and East (Leuven: Peeters); "The Sinop F Shipwreck in the Black Sea: An International Cargo from Late Antiquity," in Proceedings of the International Symposium on Sinope and the Black Sea (Sinop, Turkey); and "Roman Commerce and Elite Markets in the Eastern Mediterranean: A Case Study of Three 2nd-Century Shipwrecks off Knidos," in Koinè et mobilité artisanale entre la Méditerranée et la mer Noire dans l'Antiquité, 299-334 (Constanţa). Two other articles have been accepted for publication next year.


Free:  1. Styrofoam pieces, various sizes and densities. I hate to send these to the landfill.  2. DIYers: Plywood track supports for my husband's complex, disassembled model N train system. Most of them 2-3" wide, curved, ⅜" thick. Two-three bins' worth and still gathering. Pictures available. <pauljess>.

For sale: Whole frozen chickens. Sealed in a shrink wrapped bag. Weight 5lb+. $3 per pound. Perfect for the holidays. Delivered in a cooler to stay frozen all day. Contact Jennifer <acheje01> to order.   

For sale: Yamaha student trumpet in very good condition (evaluated by West Music). $285. Contact <bjerkr01>.

For sale: Whirlpool fabric freshener. Removes odors using only steam to save you on trips to the dry cleaners, and relaxes wrinkles using a hands-free environment to bring clothes back to their ready-to-wear state in just over half an hour. Lightly used and asking $60. For more information, email Lukas Phillips at <phillu01>, or call at 563-203-2142.

For rent: Office space in iconic Relf Bldg at 128 W Water St. Iconic Relf Building now offering 3 secure office spaces on the second floor for rent. Located at the center of Decorah's action. 1 block from the courthouse, Impact Coffee and restaurants. Office sizes vary and can be rented separately or together exterior/interior views 100 - 224 sq ft. Each office rental includes electric, gas, water, trash and internet. Other amenities shared: waiting room, restroom, beverage station with filtered water, coffee pot, Keurig and refrigerator. <[email protected]>


And finally...

"This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness." –Dalai Lama

Tomorrow is World Kindness Day, and this entire week is World Kindness Week.

Kindness is the quality of being friendly and considerate. Showing kindness goes a long way. Kindness helps others feel valued. Kindness also has benefits for the person being kind. These benefits include:

  • elevation of dopamine levels in the brain, which makes us feel good
  • the feeling of emotional warmth, which leads to a healthier heart
  • reduction in inflammation, which can slow the aging process
  • reduction of emotional distance, which helps couples feel more bonded
  • contagiousness that often sets off a pay-it-forward ripple effect

With all of these incredible benefits, it pays in more ways than one to be kind. Being kind changes lives. It not only changes your life, but it improves the lives of those on the receiving end of kindness. Some even believe that kindness has the potential to change the whole world. #WorldKindnessDay #WorldKindnessWeek