February 5, 2018

Feb. 5, 2018

Dear Colleagues,

I hope you are enjoying the break before spring semester begins later this week.

Sustained Dialogue Campus
I am pleased to announce that Luther College was just welcomed as a new member of the Sustained Dialogue Campus Network.

Sustained Dialogue is a campus dialogue model in which listening is paramount and dialogue is defined as "listening deeply enough to be changed by what you learn." Begun in 1999, Sustained Dialogue is currently comprised of 62 campuses, 53 in the U.S. and nine around the world.

In mid-February, Rhonda Fitzgerald, Sustained Dialogue Campus Network managing director, will be a part of a one-hour video conference with student groups and invited staff and faculty. The introductory meeting will explore opportunities and ideas for the Sustained Dialogue model at Luther College. We will share more information about this work in the coming months.

Faculty searches
The Dean’s office is continuing to work to fill the open faculty positions announced in the Jan. 15 President's Update. We have had positive response to our recent ads.

In addition to those searches, we will be launching the following faculty searches:

  • Visiting assistant professor of political science, non-tenure-track, one year term
  • Assistant professor of nursing, non-tenure-track

As part of the plan for staffing next year, Paul Mattson, executive director of Information Technology Services, will be transitioning to full-time teaching beginning in the fall of 2018. Paul's leadership in ITS will be missed, but we are pleased to welcome him to this full-time teaching role. The search for a new director of ITS will begin in February with the goal of a June start.

Midyear Update and Convocation
I look forward to seeing you this week at the Midyear Update on Tuesday, Feb. 6, from 1-3 p.m. in Valders 206. I will give a brief update on our priorities and then we will spend the majority of our time in small groups discussing "Rooted and Open," a recently released ELCA document that outlines the shared commitments of ELCA colleges and universities.

I also look forward to seeing you at the Spring Convocation on Thursday, Feb. 8 at 9:40 a.m. in the CFL. Sonya Malunda, president of the Associated Colleges of the Midwest, will give the Convocation address, “Will Anything Grow in Your Comfort Zone?"

Paula J. Carlson
President, Luther College


UPDATE FROM CABINET

Income Tax Withholding

By: Eric Runestad
Vice President for Finance and Administration

On Jan. 11, 2018, the IRS released Notice 1036, which updates the income tax withholding tables for 2018 to reflect the changes made by the tax reform legislation enacted in December. Luther will use the new withholding tables beginning with the Feb. 7, 2018, bi-weekly payroll.

The new withholding tables are designed to work with the W-4 forms that Luther already has on file. The IRS is working to provide additional withholding information, which will include a revised Form W-4 and an online withholding tax calculator. Luther employees will be notified about additional withholding information as it is made available.

Questions about updated income tax withholding may be answered by the IRS Withholding Tables Frequently Asked Questions list. Additional questions about changes to the IRS income tax withholding tables can be directed to the Payroll Office, (563) 387-1135.