Announcements

Sept 13 Deadline for Kickoff Kids Program

This program for ages 5 to 6 meets at the Will Baker Athletic Fields on Saturday mornings, September 21 thru October 12.  Participants will jump, run, grow and have fun as they play games and learn some basic skills. Each week includes different tag games, sports skills, and fun agility exercises to keep kids moving and engaged.  Two time slots to choose from:  9:15-10:00 am OR 10:15-11:00 am (20 maximum per time slot).  Registration Fee:  $20.  Register online or at the Decorah Park-Rec. Office by September 13. 

 

Register Now for Fall Session of Curious Kids at Decorah Public Library!

This fall, Decorah Public Library will offer a new session of its popular afterschool program, Curious Kids.

The new session will run from Sept. 18th through October 16th. Children in first through fourth grade are invited to join us in the Public Program Room of the library on Wednesday afternoons from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. for hands-on STEAM-based projects. Come build bugs, robots, balloon-powered cars, and more!

Curious Kids is designed to stimulate creative exploration and problem solving through fun, easy projects. It is guaranteed to spark a child’s interest in science, design, engineering, and art!

This program is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by Friends of Decorah Public Library and is limited to 24 children.

Registration is required by Friday, September 13, 2019 at decorah.lib.ia.us. A walking  school bus will be available to the library from John Cline.

Questions about Curious Kids can be directed to Joan Roach, Children’s and Young Adult Librarian, at 563-382-3717 or jroach@decorah.lib.ia.us.

Youth Choir (Soda Club) registration underway!

SODA Club is a community choir program for students in grades K-8. Lead teachers for this program will be Professors Linda Martin, Jill Wilson, and Claire Thompson. SoDa (Song and Dance) Club offers students a holistic choral experience including healthy vocal production, music literacy, movement, and artistic music making, while giving Luther education students hands on experience.

We meet at Decorah Lutheran Church on Monday afternoons (5:30-6:30).  The fall 2019 session runs September 23-November 18. The eight-week session will conclude with an informal performance for friends and family. We begin each rehearsal together with folk dances from around the world and then break into small groups based for singing.

Membership requirements: a positive, cooperative attitude and a desire to sing and make music with others!

Tuition: $60 (Free to members of Decorah Lutheran Church.  Need-based scholarships are available.)

Registration: https://www.luther.edu/music/academic-info/music-education/lccms/

Youth Choir (Soda Club) Registration Open!

The Luther College Community Music School’s (LCCMS) youth choir, called Soda Club begins rehearsals on Monday, September 23rd. Register today!

https://www.luther.edu/music/academic-info/music-education/lccms/

Ages: K-8th Grades

Time: 5:30-6:30 pm

Location: Decorah Lutheran Church

Instructors: Jill Wilson, Linda Martin, Claire Thompson, assisted by LCCMS instructors

Dates: September 23rd – November 18

Recital: November 18th at Luther College

Welcome Friends and Neighbors Picnic, Sunday, September 15

SUNDAY, September 15 is the 10th Annual Welcome Friends and Neighbors Picnic from 5:00-6:30 p.m. in Good Shepherd’s front yard, due to construction in the backyard. Invite your friends and neighbors to enjoy good local food, a marshmallow roast, games for kids, live music by local musicians, including the Good Shepherd Band and Matt and Siri Steven, and of course great conversation! The picnic is free and open to all. In the event of a heavy rain, the picnic will be in the Fellowship Hall.

“RACE: Are We So Different?” exhibit coming to Luther College

How the interactive exhibition is sparking conversation at Luther and beyond

Luther College presents the exhibit “RACE: Are We So Different?” as an educational opportunity and the kick-off event to a year-long conversation on racism. Experience the opening of the award-winning exhibit 5-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, in the Center for the Arts atrium on Luther’s campus.

“RACE: Are We So Different” exhibit coming to Luther College

The original “RACE: Are We So Different?” exhibit is housed in the Science Museum of Minnesota, but now Luther College is inviting the campus community, local schools and the public to visit a condensed version of the exhibition. On loan from the Diversity Council of Rochester, the multimedia experience “has the potential to be life-changing,” according to Char Kunkel, professor of sociology and chair of women and gender studies.

Kunkel was the liaison between the college and the Diversity Council of Rochester and worked to bring this experience to Decorah.

“It’s an awesome, interactive exhibit where people can learn about the science of race. In other words, that race isn’t a scientific or biological concept, but a social construct. It also examines the history of racism in the United States and will help you understand the experience of racism on behalf of people of color,” Kunkel said.

As Luther continues to work towards inclusivity and equity, Kunkel, along with three other Luther representatives spent four days in Atlanta, Georgia at the “Diversity, Civility and the Liberal Arts Institute.” During their time, the group worked to develop action plans to strengthen diversity and civility on campus.

That’s where this exhibit comes in. The event featuring “RACE: Are We So Different?” will be followed by a year of speakers and events sparking meaningful conversation about how we, as a college and society, can be more inclusive and equitable.

President Jenifer K. Ward’s first visit to Luther after being appointed President coincided with the 50th anniversary celebration of the founding of Luther’s Black Student Union and she is happy to see these continued efforts.

“This exhibit represents both continuity of conversation around diversity and inclusion at Luther and a timely focusing of our attention on these enduring commitments,” said Ward.

Following the Sept. 10 event, the exhibit will be relocated to the Women and Gender Equality Center where it will be available to view by appointment only through the fall 2019 semester. It will serve as an educational tool for Luther students as well as students from area elementary, middle and high schools and local churches. Guided tours may be available Monday through Friday for up to 20 people. To schedule an appointment call 563-387-1001 or email schoco01@luther.edu.

About Luther College 

Luther College is home to 2,000 undergraduates who explore big questions and take action to benefit people, communities and society. Our 60+ academic programs, experiential approach to learning and welcoming community inspire students to learn actively, live purposefully and lead courageously for a lifetime of impact. Learn more at luther.edu.

 

Luther College recognized as a top institution for sustainability achievements

Luther College is proud to be named one of the most sustainable schools in the nation.

Luther received a STARS Gold rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). STARS, the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System, measures and encourages sustainability in all aspects of higher education. AASHE also ranked Luther in the top ten baccalaureate institutions in the U.S. in its “2019 Sustainable Campus Index” report.

 

Here the summer sustainability crew is hard at work and having fun at the Luther College Farm. 

Toby Cain, Luther’s sustainability coordinator, was very happy to see Luther so high on the list, “We have been building towards this for the last twelve years, so it is great to have our efforts acknowledged.”

 

In their annual publication, AASHE dedicated a section to Luther’s Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Reimbursement Program, calling it exemplary. In 2002, Luther launched the CSA program to encourage healthy diets among faculty and staff. Participants receive a 50% reimbursement on vegetable CSA shares as long as they participate in two food education events.

When asked what other efforts elevate Luther’s work in sustainability, Cain emphasized Luther’s goal to be carbon neutral by 2030, a plan initiated by President Richard Torgerson in 2007 and affirmed by the Board of Regents in 2012.

“In 2020 we will hopefully be 70% there; we are almost at 60% in reduction of our carbon footprint from our peak in 2004,” said Cain. “I think it was a very ambitious goal but it’s pushed the college in a lot of exciting ways. We put in a wind turbine and have six different solar arrays and have been doing a ton of work on energy efficiency and education. All of these things make Luther shine.”

Part of Luther’s mission is to “practice joyful stewardship of the resources that surround us.” To fulfill that, Luther has a long tradition of recycling and composting, using produce from the gardens in the cafeteria, employing hybrid, electric and biodiesel vehicles in the campus fleet and constructing buildings based on the Green Building Policy.

AASHE also looked into factors typically not associated with sustainability including affordability, pay equity, diversity and accessibility. More information and links to these reports can be found at luther.edu/headlines.

 

About Luther College

Luther College is home to 1,900 undergraduates who explore big questions and take action to benefit people, communities and society. Our 60+ academic programs, experiential approach to learning and welcoming community inspire students to learn actively, live purposefully and lead courageously for a lifetime of impact. Learn more at luther.edu.

About AASHE:

AASHE is an association of colleges and universities that are working to create a sustainable future. AASHE’s mission is to empower higher education to lead the sustainability transformation.  It provides resources, professional development and a network of support to enable institutions of higher education to model and advance sustainability in everything they do, from governance and operations to education and research. For more information about AASHE, visit www.aashe.org.

Suicide Awareness Month Free Access Bars Clinic September 9-26, 2019

In honor of World Suicide Awareness month,, and World Suicide Awareness day (September 10th) The Wellspring Massage, Bodywork, and Energy Healing of Decorah, Iowa is participating with Access Bars® facilitators and practitioners from 170 countries worldwide in hosting a number of complimentary Access Bars® sessions September 9th-26th. 30 and 60 minute sessions can be scheduled by calling 563-419-7776. 

Access Bars® utilizes pressure points on the head to defragment the electro-magnetic components of stress, thought and emotions and has brought relief to thousands internationally. Scientific research by Dr. Terrie Hope PhD, DNM, CFMW published in the Journal of Energy Psychology: Theory, Research, and Treatment has revealed the results of one 90-minute Access Bars® session indicated a significant decrease in the severity of depression and anxiety.

Access Bars® has assisted thousands of people to improve many aspects of their body and life including insomnia, anxiety, depression, stress, migraines, panic attacks and OCD. The effects of Access Bars® are individual to each person and differ from session to session however, in addition to improved physical health, recipients have reported greater intuitive awareness, more gratitude, kindness, peace and calm and easier communication. Go here for more information about World Suicide Awareness Month and Access Bars

 Victoria Oestmann of The Wellspring Massage, Bodywork, And Energy Healing is a Certified Access Bars® Facilitator. After receiving her first Bars® session in October of 2013, she took her first Access Bars® class the next week and became a Certified Facilitator by April of 2014. Victoria has been practicing massage and energy healing for 19 years, is a graduate of Windemere Institute, Luther College, and University of Northern Iowa, as well as a rich continuing education tool box.

In addition, if you experience Anxiety, Depression, Stress, and would like to participate in a current confidential, well-structured global research project through October 30th on the effects of the Bars on anxiety/ stress/ depression, you are welcome to participate either by receiving a Bars® session or by enjoying a quiet rest. You will also complete a two-part questionnaire before and after your session and receive a follow-up contact three weeks after your session. For Bars sessions during the free clinic time, and control group “resters” you will receive a coupon for your choice of service at a later date. If you choose to participate in the study after the free clinic period and receive a Bars session, you may request to pay for your session on a sliding fee scale. 

Luther College President Jenifer K. Ward announces election of Ann Leon and Corey Schmidt to Board of Regents

Luther College President Jenifer K. Ward announced alumni Ann Leon and Corey Schmidt will join Luther College’s Board of Regents.

Corey Schmidt and Ann Leon

Corey Schmidt and Ann Leon

“I am humbled by the depth of commitment that Luther’s Board of Regents demonstrates on a daily basis, and I am grateful that Ann Leon and Corey Schmidt have agreed to answer this particular call to join the Board at their alma mater,” said President Ward. “I know that their wisdom, expertise, good counsel and stewardship will be of great benefit to all of us at Luther in our joint project of advancing this fine college and I look forward to our work together.”

The regents serve as trustees and stewards, ensuring that Luther fulfills its mission and that the needs of students, faculty, staff and other college constituents are being met.

 

Ann Leon ’75

            “This is a tremendous honor,” said Leon. “I believe we’re always becoming. Put differently, we’re always learning as individuals and as institutions.  It’s a process filled with energy and excitement. Who wouldn’t want to be part of it?”

Ann Leon describes this chapter of her life as a time of “coming home.” Leon graduated from Luther in 1975 with degrees in English and French and went on to work at IBM for 37 years. In 2003 she realized she could work from anywhere and decided to move home, to Madison, Wisconsin. Last year she remodeled the home she grew up in and resides there.

Now, as she takes a seat on the Board of Regents, Leon is coming home again, this time to Luther College.

“Luther too has been remodeled and updated since I was a student and will continue to be. I don’t mean just buildings and facilities – but also what we do here. I expect this is what regents think about.  What do you keep and what needs to be tweaked or changed? These are consequential decisions. I’m honored to have a voice at the table where these decisions are discussed and made.”

Leon has also served her community through the years. She is active at her church as a former president of the church council and serves on the board of the Norwegian American Genealogical Center and Naeseth Library in Madison. Leon retired from IBM in July 2018.

 

Corey Schmidt ’98

            “I am honored to be asked to serve Luther College, a place that has helped shape my life,” said Schmidt.

Corey Schmidt graduated from Luther in 1998 and has been putting his accounting and management degrees to good use. For the first 20 years of his career, Schmidt ran a successful financial services practice within Thrivent Financial’s Career Network. Then in 2018, he co-founded IntentGen Financial Partners, an independent financial planning firm for Thrivent Financial. He and his partners help their clients intentionally plan their financial lives, which enables them to live generously. So far, they have helped clients direct gifts to charitable organizations in excess of $6 million.

Now he wants to give back himself, using his expertise to move Luther forward, “It is an exciting time for the college as Dr. Ward develops her vision for the future of Luther College,” said Schmidt. “I look forward to using my skills that started with Phonathon and Alumni Challenge to help fund that vision for an even brighter future at Luther.”

Schmidt, along with his wife Tonya ’97 and sons Tyler, 12 and Trevor, 10 live in Naperville, Illinois.

Schmidt is currently the vice-chair of advancement and board member of Loaves and Fishes Community Services, a non-profit in Naperville, committed to providing resources to struggling families to improve their lives and become self-sufficient.

About Luther College 

Luther College is home to more than 1,900 undergraduates who explore big questions and take action to benefit people, communities and society. Our 60+ academic programs, experiential approach to learning and welcoming community inspire students to learn actively, live purposefully and lead courageously for a lifetime of impact. Learn more at luther.edu.

“RACE: Are We So Different?” exhibit coming to Luther College

How the interactive exhibition is sparking conversation at Luther and beyond

Luther College presents the exhibit “RACE: Are We So Different?” as an educational opportunity and the kick-off event to a year-long conversation on racism. Experience the opening of the award-winning exhibit 5-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, in the Center for the Arts atrium on Luther’s campus.

The original “RACE: Are We So Different?” exhibit is housed in the Science Museum of Minnesota, but now Luther College is inviting the campus community, local schools and the public to visit a condensed version of the exhibition. On loan from the Diversity Council of Rochester, the multimedia experience “has the potential to be life-changing,” according to Char Kunkel, professor of sociology and chair of women and gender studies.

Kunkel was the liaison between the college and the Diversity Council of Rochester and worked to bring this experience to Decorah.

“It’s an awesome, interactive exhibit where people can learn about the science of race. In other words, that race isn’t a scientific or biological concept, but a social construct. It also examines the history of racism in the United States and will help you understand the experience of racism on behalf of people of color,” Kunkel said.

As Luther continues to work towards inclusivity and equity, Kunkel, along with three other Luther representatives spent four days in Atlanta, Georgia at the “Diversity, Civility and the Liberal Arts Institute.” During their time, the group worked to develop action plans to strengthen diversity and civility on campus.

That’s where this exhibit comes in. The event featuring “RACE: Are We So Different?” will be followed by a year of speakers and events sparking meaningful conversations about how we, as a college and society, can be more inclusive and equitable.

President Jenifer K. Ward’s first visit to Luther after being appointed President coincided with the 50th anniversary celebration of the founding of Luther’s Black Student Union and she is happy to see these continued efforts.

“This exhibit represents both continuity of conversation around diversity and inclusion at Luther and a timely focusing of our attention on these enduring commitments,” said Ward.

The exhibition will be housed in the Women and Gender Equality Center on campus through the fall 2019 semester and will serve as an educational tool for the Luther community as well as students from area elementary, middle and high schools and local churches. To schedule an appointment call 563-387-1001.

About Luther College 

Luther College is home to 2,000 undergraduates who explore big questions and take action to benefit people, communities and society. Our 60+ academic programs, experiential approach to learning and welcoming community inspire students to learn actively, live purposefully and lead courageously for a lifetime of impact. Learn more at luther.edu.

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