Luther College Blood Drive – NEXT TUESDAY

Your donation matters!  Help to save lives!

Alpha Phi Omega is co-sponsoring a winter blood drive with the Red Cross at the end of the month.  Come to the North Gym in Regents on Tuesday, Jan 28th from 9am – 3pm to donate.  Walk-ins are welcome but may have to wait for an opening.  Sign up at to reserve an appointment time and to check your donation eligibility.

Decorah Public Library: February Book Group Titles

Decorah Public Library staff are hosting four book discussions in February. The groups are open to the public and newcomers are encouraged to attend. Anyone interested should call the library at 382-3717 to learn more or to reserve a book.
The Happy Hour Book Group will meet at Rubaiyat on Wed. Feb. 12th at 5:15 p.m. to discuss Jojo Moyes’ The Giver of Stars.” Alice Wright marries handsome American Bennett Van Cleve, hoping to escape her stifling life in England—but small-town Kentucky proves equally claustrophobic. So when a call goes out for a team of women to deliver books as part of Eleanor Roosevelt’s new traveling library, Alice signs on enthusiastically. She is joined by four other singular women who become known as the Packhorse Librarians of Kentucky.
The Speculative Fiction Book Group will meet Wed. Feb. 19th at 5:15 p.m. on the 2nd floor of the library to discuss Katherine Addison’s The Goblin Emperor.” The youngest, half-goblin son of the Emperor has lived his entire life in exile, distant from the Imperial Court and the deadly intrigue that suffuses it. But when his father and three sons in line for the throne are killed in an “accident,” he has no choice but to take his place as the only surviving rightful heir. He must quickly adjust to life as the Goblin Emperor, lest he lose his throne—or his life.

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ArtHaus now accepting artworks for the 2020 Emerging Artist’s Exhibition

Sponsored by Mark and Lea Lovelace

Accepting artworks NOW-March 13
Artworks on display April 3-May 16
Opening Reception: April 3rd, 7:00PM at ArtHaus

Artists ages 18-25 are eligible to submit 2-D and 3-D artwork for consideration for ArtHaus’ Annual Emerging Artists’ Exhibition juried art show open to residents and students within a 150 mile radius from Decorah in the Driftless region of northeast Iowa, southeast Minnesota, and southwest Wisconsin. All forms of media will be accepted including but not limited to painting, drawing, ceramic, fiber arts, jewelry, printmaking, and photography. Artwork must have been completed within the last 2 years and adequately prepared for installation (works not ready for installation will not be included in the exhibition). Works may be for sale but this is not a requirement. The cost of submission is $25.

Best of Show winner receives a cash prize of $200 and a solo gallery show at ArtHaus.

Please visit for more information and application.

Luther College alumna named permanent representative of Malta to the United Nations

Luther College alumna Vanessa Frazier has been named the permanent representative of Malta to the United Nations. She is the first woman to assume this title. In this position, Frazier will lead Malta’s bid for a seat at the United Nation (UN) Security Council in 2023. If this bid is successful, Frazier will have the seat representing the Western European and Others Group (WEOG).

Vanessa Frazier

Frazier graduated from Luther in 1990 with degrees in French and business management and went on to receive her master’s degree in diplomatic studies from the University of Malta.

Her career began as a student diplomat in 1992. Since then Frazier has risen through the ranks with appointments in Washington, Rome, London and Brussels. She has served as ambassador for immigration and a six-year term as director for defense matters and acting permanent secretary of the ministry for foreign affairs.

Among Frazier’s many awards and accolades, she is most praised for her role in Malta’s humanitarian response to the Libyan revolution in 2011. She worked to create the Humanitarian Hub in Malta which proved to be one of the most impactful Maltese efforts in resolving the Libyan crisis.

Frazier’s most recent previous appointment was in 2013 when she was named her country’s ambassador to Italy, with concurrent accreditation to San Marino and to the Rome-based United Nations agencies.

In 2013, Frazier was one of 12 women selected to appear in the “Women Inspiring Europe” calendar by the European Institute for Gender. She has also received decorations from the Republics of France, Italy and Brazil as well as an honorary degree from Luther College during the 2019 commencement ceremony.

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Winneshiek Medical Center Auxiliary scholarship applications available

The Winneshiek Medical Center Auxiliary is offering their annual Health Care Career Scholarship to residents of Winneshiek County interested in pursuing a health care profession.  The applicant must be accepted into an accredited health career program to be eligible.  Anyone interested in applying should visit for the application, or contact Winneshiek Medical Center at 563-387-3036. The deadline for applications is March 13, 2020.

Luther College announces launch of new global health program

Beginning in the fall of 2020, Luther College will offer a program to equip students with the knowledge and skills to improve the health and wellness of people worldwide. The new program, global health, is an interdisciplinary field that addresses health, health equity and socioeconomic concerns of people around the world.

All global health majors will be required to take a field study course

“Global health students are aspiring global citizens interested in learning about the health challenges that people face at home and abroad. They are excited to address these challenges and work to develop a nuanced understanding of these issues,” said Maryna Bazylevych, associate professor of anthropology. “If you are genuinely interested in understanding how the disease burden is distributed globally and the reasons behind various trends in population health, this major is for you. If you are interested in doing something about it, this major is also for you.”

Students will be trained to understand the complex interactions among social, political, environmental and cultural forces that shape the health status of populations across the globe. They will be encouraged to understand the implications of inequalities domestically and globally and begin to take steps toward positive change.

Bazylevych is excited about the launch of this program in part because of how well it fits into the interdisciplinary nature of the college and its mission to elevate people, communities and society.

“The work of global health extends well beyond the health science area; it needs students interested in development, whether they’re studying political science, anthropology, sociology, religion, social work or economics (just to name a few fields). We envision a highly interdisciplinary program that draws students from an array of interests under the singular vision of improving health and wellness on a global scale,” said Bazylevych.

In today’s world, there is a growing emphasis on solving global health issues which will require an increase in workers with the appropriate educational background and training. The Committee on the U.S. Commitment to Global Health predicts that the number of participants in global health work will continue to grow, both in governmental and non-governmental organizations. Read more

ArtHaus Accepting Artworks for Where I’m From Show

Now accepting artworks.

Third Annual Community Show
All ages, all stages, all mediums displayed.
“Where I’m From” Theme
Bring artwork to ArtHaus 107 W Broadway, Decorah, between 1-5PM Monday-Saturday now until January 25th.

Choose an option:
1) Artwork returned- $5 entry fee per piece
2) Artwork donated- No entry fee, work auctioned.

All entry fees and auctions proceeds will go to Northeast Iowa Piece and Justice center.

Reception and Art Auction: January 31st 7:00PM @ ArtHaus

Derek Hartl named vice president for enrollment management at Luther College

DECORAH, Iowa – Luther College President Jenifer K. Ward has announced the appointment of Derek Hartl as vice president for enrollment management. Hartl has been employed at Luther since 2002, working his way up through the ranks to his current position as interim vice president for enrollment management.

Derek Hartl

“Derek has demonstrated his consistency and commitment to Luther. He now has the opportunity to take the helm, leading the effort to set strategy and implement an enrollment management plan for a new day,” said President Ward.

Ward says that Hartl stood out among a strong pool of candidates. Reporting directly to the president, he will serve on the president’s cabinet and as the college’s chief enrollment officer.

“Derek has established chemistry and alignment with the other members of the president’s cabinet and is known around the table for his knowledge of Luther and of the external enrollment landscape, as well as his adherence to data-informed decision-making,” said President Ward. “I have high confidence in his ability to orient his seasoned team to ever-changing external realities, guided by concrete strategies to share the good news about a Luther College education to the right audiences and in the right ways for our era.”

Hartl’s primary responsibilities will include leading and mentoring a team charged with recruiting and enrolling an academically driven and diverse student body. He will also serve as the principal steward of Luther’s financial aid initiatives.

“I’m incredibly honored and excited for this opportunity to serve Luther College, an institution I care about deeply,” said Hartl. “Higher education faces challenging times ahead, but with every significant challenge comes great opportunity. We have to recognize that the world has changed and we must continue to change with it, and that very much begins with the ways in which we attract, enroll and retain students.”

Hartl will lead the effort to develop and execute a comprehensive enrollment plan that harnesses the enthusiasm surrounding the college’s new branding strategy and supports the college’s overall mission and goals.

“Developing partnerships and expanding relationships both on and off campus, while establishing aggressive new enrollment strategies will be necessary to guarantee Luther’s future success. I’m excited to lead a great admissions and financial aid team forward in support of a fresh vision,” Hartl said.

While serving as interim vice president for enrollment management, Hartl continued to carry out his responsibilities as Luther’s associate vice president and director of admissions, a role he assumed in 2016. His career at Luther began in 2002 as an admissions area coordinator. From 2007 to 2011 Hartl worked as a director of admissions services, and from 2011 to 2016 he worked as a director of admissions.

   Prior to his employment at Luther, from 2001 to 2002 Hartl was a continuing education coordinator at Northeast Iowa Community College in Calmar, IA. From 2000 to 2001 he served as assistant director of athletic communications/marketing at Michigan Technological University in Houghton.

Hartl holds a bachelor’s degree from Wartburg College, where he majored in business administration and fitness management, and a master of science degree from St. Cloud State University, where he studied sports management.

Hartl succeeds Scot Schaeffer, who served as Luther’s vice president for enrollment management from 2007 to 2019.

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

Shelter & Whalen Cabin Reservations begin January 2

Decorah Parks and Recreation will begin taking reservations for picnic shelters and Whalen Cabin for the 2020 season on Thursday, January 2, at 8:00 am.

Each shelter reservation within the Decorah Parks System covers a 6-hour time period and costs $10. Reservations for Monday thru Thursday must be made and paid for 24 hours in advance; reservations for weekends must be made and paid for by 5 pm the Thursday before the desired weekend.  This is a reservation fee, not a user’s fee.  Shelters not posted with a reserved sign may be used on a first come, first served basis.

Whalen Cabin, located in Phelps Park, may be rented at the following rates:  $50/time slot–11am to 4 pm or 5 to 10 pm; rental for all day is $70.  Key must be picked up and rental agreement signed by 5 pm Thursday if a weekend rental, 24 hours in advance if renting Monday thru Thursday.  Fees are non-refundable unless canceled two weekdays in advance.  Scout troops may use the cabin at no cost, however reservations must be made in advance.

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