CIES Weekly News, Oct. 24-30, 2021


  • First Year Students: We want to meet you! Schedule a brief 15 minute meeting with Wintlett ([email protected])Josh, or Clara ([email protected]) to check-in and learn more about how CIES can support you!
  • Midterm Grades: New this semester, you can access your midterm grades for courses in Norsehub. The intention of this new policy is to ensure that all students have a sense of their performance in each course as they head into the final weeks of the semester. Midterm grades do not count towards your GPA or affect eligibility in co-curriculars.

    Here are some suggestions for how to use midterm grades:

    • Reflect. Think about  what strategies are working well for you and where you might need to make some changes. If you’re satisfied with your midterm grades, keep up the good work! If you are concerned about one or more of your midterm grades, consider the following:
      • Reach out to your professors. Attend office hours (that is what they are for!). Ask to meet to discuss your concerns and ask for guidance.
      • Stop by the Center for Academic Enrichment (108 Preus Library) or contact them via email ([email protected]) to learn about academic supports and  academic success workshops (e.g., time management, study skills) or sign up for tutoring. 
      • If you are a participant in TRIO or Catalyze, reach out to the staff in those programs.
      • Schedule an appointment at the Nancy K. Barry Writing Center in Preus Library to meet with a Writing Center tutor.
      • Reach out to your academic advisor.
  • Scholarship available for study abroad! The Jeff Zimpleman Study Abroad scholarships are available for students who have been a resident of Iowa for at least 5 years and who would like to study abroad in one of our 9 Sister States. These include: Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan, Yucatan, Mexico, Hebei Province, PRC, Terengganu, Malaysia, Stavropol Krai, Russia, Taiwan, Cherkasy Oblast, Ukraine, Veneto Region, Italy, and The Republic of Kosovo. Find more information here! Click here to apply now!
  • The Organization of American States (OAS) -through the Rowe Fund program- offers financial aid to international students (F or J visa holders) from Latin America and Caribbean countries currently enrolled at accredited universities in the United States. This supplementary financial aid is intended to pay a portion of their tuition or living expenses. Applications are received and considered on a monthly basis. The deadline to apply for 2021 is November 15th. Find more information here!
  • The Office for College Ministries is seeking students that would be interested in serving as conversation partners about multifaith engagement and support at Luther. College Ministries supports the campus community in its diversity of faith traditions and spiritual commitments. If you are interested in these sorts of conversations, please email [email protected] or fill out this google form.
  • Call for Projects for Peace Proposals! The Projects for Peace program encourages students to develop innovative, community-centered, and scalable responses to the world’s most pressing issues. If selected, students/student groups receive $10,000 to carry out their project during Summer 2022. Along the way, students increase their knowledge, improve skills, and establish identities as peacebuilders and changemakers. Compelling past projects have addressed one or more of the following: contributing to conflict prevention; ameliorating conditions leading to violence and conflict; building on shared attributes among differing groups; fostering diplomacy; promoting economic opportunity and entrepreneurship; finding creative ways to bring people together to promote common humanity; and starting/leveraging community initiatives or infrastructure projects to rebuild communities. Interested in learning more? Contact Jon Lund, [email protected], to discuss the proposal process, budget development, and timeframe. Proposals are due January 17, 2022.


  • Candidates for the offices of Decorah City Council and Decorah School Board (listed here) will gather via Zoom to answer questions from the public. This is an opportunity for constituents to ask candidates about their positions in advance of the November 2 election. The event is free and open to all. Luther students and faculty are invited to attend a watch party in Valders 206. Questions? Contact Spencer Gillian '22 at [email protected]. Click here to access this event. Passcode: 804623
  • Interested in pursuing a career or graduate study in the field of public policy and/or international affairs? Join the Public Policy & International Affairs Program on Tuesday, October 26, from 10-2pm PT / 1-5pm ET to connect with more than 50 public policy and international affairs graduate school programs, fellowships, and employers at our FREE Virtual Fall Public Service Expo! Click here to register for FREE!
  • Join Asian Films Mini Series with Professor Gereon Kopf! Wednesday, 11/03, 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm, Olin 102: "This Corner of the World": Sunao Katabuchi's anime about an 18 year old woman who tries to make ends meet in Hiroshima in 1945.
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