Tuesday, July 31

TUESDAY 7/31/2018

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Opportunities to get involved with Luther Brand work

Luther is launching an initiative to clarify our brand identity, including what Luther stands for, how our programs are distinctive and the value we deliver to our audiences. There are several ways for faculty and staff to get involved and voice their opinion:

  • Brown Bag lunch with faculty and staff on the task force, Thursday, Aug. 2, noon-1 p.m., Nansen Room, Dahl Centennial Union
  • Brand Workshop, Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2-3 p.m., Valders 367
  • Brand Survey, open until Friday, Aug. 10.

Contact Aimee Viniard-Weideman with questions.

Portrait studio open Thursday afternoon

New to Luther? Want a new headshot? The Luther portrait studio is open from 1-5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2, in 213 Dahl. No appointment necessary. The studio also will be open from 12:30-4:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24.

Oneota Market, Cafeteria closed Aug. 8

Oneota Market and the Caf will be closed Wednesday, Aug. 8, for all day dining services training.

KATIE version upgrade Aug. 7

We will be transitioning KATIE to the newest version of Moodle on Tuesday, Aug. 7. All current work will carry over. KATIE will be unavailable from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. on that day. See KATIE Version Upgrade 8/7/18 for more information or contact the Help Desk, <helpdesk> or -387-1000. 

HR update

Humana Medicare Advantage Plan update
Humana informed Human Resources that Cresco Medical Clinic (Regional Health Services of Howard County) is in-network for individuals covered by Luther's Humana Medicare Advantage Plan. All patients of Dr. David Heine will be able to receive care not only with him but any doctor within the facility. Please contact Marsha in Human Resources, 387-1415, with questions

MagellanRx manages prescriptions for employees on Luther's UMR health care plan. Access an online tool that allows participants to "shop" for the best prescription prices, see claims and service dates, prices paid and claim status. To enroll, go to MagellanRx and create a user name and password as directed. The "member ID" is your member ID on your UMR health card. The other pieces of required information are also on the UMR health card. Please call Marsha, <mwenthold> or 387-1415, with questions.

Book Shop news

Professor spotlight
Amy Weldon's pen is on fire. She has written another book, "The Writers Eye." Snag a copy in the Book Shop.


Final summer preview days Aug. 9-10

Experience Luther and Decorah during the final summer preview days Thursday and Friday, Aug. 9-10, from 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. each day.  Registration is open until midnight Sunday, Aug. 5, for both days. Registration for Thursday, Aug. 9, is https://tinyurl.com/previewaug9. Registration for the Friday, Aug. 10, event is at https://tinyurl.com/previewaug10.


Celebrations this week

July 31: Raven Battle, Robert Christman, Jennifer Folstad
Aug. 1: Karen Dallenbach, Carol Kreuscher, Joseph Shimek, Kristi Arens
Aug. 2: Jonathan Ailabouni
Aug. 4: Teresa Flinchbaugh, Jesse Mulert
Aug. 6: Doug Nelson, Kevin Wenger, Kate Frentzel, Jennifer Achenbach

Aug. 4: Kelly Sorenson, 15 years; Michael Elliott, 10 years
Aug. 6: Teri Olson, 10 years

Thank you for your service

Rick Thornton, who has worked for Luther for more than 37 years, has announced his retirement effective Friday, Aug. 17. We congratulate Rick and thank him for his dedicated service to the college. 


ITS is hosting a farewell for Jacob Secor, programmer and information security analyst, at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 2, in Main 12. He has accepted a position as a systems engineer with STEALTHbits technologies and will be moving to Madison, Wisconsin, in August to join his wife Emily, who will be performing with the Madison opera. Please stop by to help us thank Jacob for his work in broadening security awareness on campus and supporting our Colleague users and report writers.

Welcome new employee

Paul Vanney started his position as programmer analyst July 24. His office is Main 12A, telephone 387-1307.

Position openings

Full-time custodian: The Custodial Department has an immediate opening for a full-time custodial staff position. General custodial responsibilities include overall appearance of assigned academic and resident hall building(s). Hours generally are Monday-Friday. Must be able to work with little supervision, complete work thoroughly and promptly, and be self-motivated. Valid driver license required. High school diploma or equivalent preferred but not required.

Administrative assistant: The economics, accounting and management; math; and computer science academic departments are seeking a highly motivated, detail-oriented individual for a part-time, .50 FTE, approximately 26 hours per week during the academic year, position. Responsibilities include maintaining building schedules and department websites, coordinating travel arrangements and allocating costs to departments. An A.A. degree or equivalent experience preferred. Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite and Google software tools, scheduling and website software is desirable. Proven ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, is required.

To view complete job descriptions and apply for these positions and all current openings, go to the employment website at https://luthercollege.hiretouch.com.


Jonathon Struve presented his poster, "The Songs of Philip Wharton," at the National Association of Teachers of Singing national convention in Las Vegas, Nevada, June 24. He was joined by the composer and assisted by Mitra Sadeghpour from The University of Northern Iowa. The poster discussed Wharton's song cycles and evaluated their appropriateness for programming in undergraduate student recitals.

Andy Hageman published the short essay "A Reflection on Why Agent Tamara Preston Has the Stuff" on the tv series "Twin Peaks" at 25 Years Later--Damn Fine TV/Film.

Italee Castellon '19, and Lauren Voigt '20, are working with nonprofit organizations in the surrounding Decorah area in order to better connect Luther College students with volunteer opportunities for their summer research project and Luther's Social Impact Fellowship Program, which partners one student studying social work and one student studying business to research a problem and develop a business plan for a solution. They are working with Brittany Cord, Britt Rhodes and Alexandra White.


For sale: 2008 Hyundai Sonata GL with 64,000 miles. $4,400. Good condition. Great school car. Call Sally, 382-9444, and leave a message.

For sale: Unique, well-maintained four-bedroom home with original Eastlake architecture, woodwork, inlaid floors, custom kitchen and infrastructure updates throughout. Located at 807 Maple Ave. in a quiet, stable, well-kept neighborhood. Convenient to schools, grocery stores, services and downtown. Contact Robert Fitton, <[email protected]> or 380-5912. Photos available on zillow.com. Asking price is $395,000.


And finally...

"You leave old habits behind by starting out with the thought, 'I release the need for this in my life.'"

--Wayne Dyer