Tuesday, March 5

TUESDAY 3/5/2019

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The Communications and Marketing department recently revised three open positions which are now posted on the HR website. Working within existing FTE and budget, we identified core skills and positions needed to successfully market the college.

We ask your support in helping to recruit for these positions:

Media relations and content specialist to story-mine for interesting and newsworthy stories that reflect the Luther brand; create engaging and relevant content for various Luther communication channels; and place Luther stories in external channels.

Social media specialist to manage, create and publish relevant, original content and marketing campaigns that build brand awareness and increase visibility and engagement in social media channels.

Front-end web developer to be responsible for the coding, usability and layout of the Luther College website; improving both user experience and functionality, the candidate needs to have both graphic design and programming experience. 

Please take a look at the positions posted on the HR website and help recruit candidates.

In the meantime, while these positions remain unfilled, your key points of contact are:

  • Catherine Dyer <catherine.dyer> for Media and Public Relations
  • Katie Keller <kellka04> for Social Media and Website
  • Michael Bartels <bartmi03> for Publications and Design
  • Julie Shockey Trytten <julie> for Internal and Emergency Communications

Thank you in advance for your help and support! 

Reminder: accreditation forums

All faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend the forums with the team from the Higher Learning Commission to provide additional input regarding Luther's satisfaction of the criteria for accreditation; no reservations are required to attend. All three forums will be held in Peace Dining Room.

Forum 1: Monday, March 11, 2:30-3:30 p.m. Focus Areas: Mission, Diversity, Student and Faculty Involvement in Community and Society, Ethics, and Fair Policies and Procedures (Criteria 1 and 2).

Forum 2: Monday, March 11, 3:45-4:45 p.m. Focus Areas: Quality of Academic Programs, Faculty Qualifications, Program Review, Course Availability, Advising, Assessment of Student Learning, and Retention (Criteria 3 and 4).

Forum 3: Tuesday, March 12, 8:30-9:30 a.m. Focus Areas: Finances, Strategic Planning, Future Plans, and Institutional Effectiveness (Criterion 5).

Assurance Argument information

Faculty, staff and students are invited to review the Assurance Argument submitted to the Higher Learning Commission in advance of the accreditation open forums. The Assurance Argument has been posted on the Accreditation site on KATIE. In order to access the Accreditation site, faculty, staff and students must self-enroll as a student in the course. Contact the Technology Help Desk with questions about self-enrolling in the course.

Preparatory session invitation

A preparatory session in advance of the accreditation open forums will be held 9:40-10:50 a.m. Thursday, March 7, in the CRH. The session is open to all faculty, staff and students. At the session, Brad Chamberlain will address questions about the site visit and Assurance Argument.


March staff meetings

Please attend one of the monthly staff meetings for March: 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, or 9 a.m. Wednesday, March 13, both in Peace Dining Room.

Summer hours and 2019-20 holiday schedule

Summer hours begin Monday, May 27. For more information about summer hours, plus the holiday schedule for summer 2019 and the 2019-20 academic year, visit the Human Resources website.

Faith conversations

College Pastors, Mike Blair and Anne Edison-Albright, are available for faith conversations, pastoral care and just getting acquainted. Stop by the College Ministries office in the CFL to visit, call 387-1040 or email <ministry>.

Devotions for Lent

Free copies of the Lenten devotional "Lasting Hope 2019," will be available, while supplies last, during Chapel, at Sunday Morning worship or in the College Ministries office.

FISCAL Fitness

FISCAL Fitness is a 20-day program that will employ strategies to assist in building or maintaining a firm financial foundation, all of which is important to overall health and wellbeing. Sign up by March 8 for this very easy way to increase financial wellness! Simply complete the challenge to be entered into the final drawings.

Admissions Office seeks outstanding student workers

The Admissions Office is looking for outgoing and energetic students who love talking about Luther and sharing their experience with prospective students. Please encourage your current first-years, sophomores and juniors to join the Student Ambassador program by directing them to apply online through our Admissions Application Website. Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Sunday, March 10. Thank you!

Call for proposals-The Sophomore Slowdown event

As part of Next Steps for Sophomores, Luther will host The Sophomore Slowdown from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 4, in the Union. The goal of this event is for sophomores to pause and engage in "big questions" about the rest of their Luther experience and beyond.

Faculty and staff who are interested in organizing panel discussions should submit proposals using this form. Contact Rachel Brummel, <brumra02>, or Andrew Bailey, <bailan01> for additional information.

Failure stories wanted! 

In support of the upcoming, Here's My Story: I Failed panel event on Wednesday, March 13, Counseling Service will circulate a tri-fold board in the Union, Regents, Valders, CFA, Jensen, Brandt, Ylvisaker and Olin through March 12. We invite the community to read the anonymous stories of others failures, or add to it. In a culture where we are often afraid to fail, we hope to normalize failure by speaking of it.    

New on luther.edu

Check out professor Todd Green's faculty story and learn why he's dedicated to his research on Islamophobia.

Dining Services customer loyalty survey

Please take a few moments take a short survey regarding Dining Services here on campus at https://goo.gl/wuLgK3. The information collected will assist us in enhancing the dining experience based on your feedback. The survey closes Saturday, March 9.

Proposals due March 11

Summer Student/Faculty Collaborative Research provides opportunity for students to engage in collaborative research projects with faculty members during the two months of Luther's summer session (June/July). Complete information and application guidelines at https://www.luther.edu/academics/dean/scholars/grants/student-faculty-research/.

Prescribed fire and burn crew training session

Interested in being on Luther's prescribed burn crew? Attend a training session at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, in Valders 262. You will learn about goals for using fire in our woodlands and prairies, and about fire safety and responsibilities while on a burn. Students, faculty, staff, and community members are welcome to participate. Email Molly McNicoll, <mcnimo01>, with questions or to learn about other events on the natural areas. 

Habitat for Humanity spring break trip

Let students know there are a few spots left on the Luther College Habitat for Humanity Spring Break Service Trip to Santa Fe, New Mexico! No skills are necessary, just a great attitude and a willingness to work hard and have fun. We will leave on the evening of March 22, and return on March 29. The cost is $475, which covers bus transportation, lodging, food while in Santa Fe and a donation to Habitat for Humanity for supplies, etc. Please contact <habitat> or <marlowch> for more information. This is a great way to meet new people, build your resume, serve others and gain new skills! 

Spring career fair

More than 45 organizations are attending the career fair to visit with all students from all majors about various internships and full-time career opportunities 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday, March 7, in the Union. Great opportunity to network! Sponsored by the Career Center.

Seeking Erdman Prize Competition applicants

Erdman Prize Competition awards are one $6,000 grand prize scholarship and two runner-up awards of $3,000, granted to students of any year/major who demonstrate exceptional entrepreneurial skills through their personal endeavors to start up and manage their own business during their student years at Luther. Please encourage any students who would be a good fit to apply. Application deadline is 2:30 p.m. Monday, April 8.

We are trying a new, shorter format than past years and will hold the finalist presentations, judging and awards all during the Student Research Symposium May 10. Direct questions to Erin Ryan, <ryaner01> or 387-1340.

Register for Luther's CSA reimbursement program

Luther faculty and staff are eligible for a 50 percent reimbursement (up to $100) on Community Supported Agriculture shares. This project is made possible by the Health Care Council, the Center for Sustainable Communities, and the Wellness Program. An average of 98 staff and faculty participate in this program every year. Learn more and join them this summer. Applications are due by April 1.

Sunday Peace Brunch dates announced

Join us for Sunday Peace Brunch on the following dates: March 10, 17, April 7, 14, 28, and May 5. Brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Peace Dining Room, Dahl Centennial Union. Call, 387-1514, to make reservations. For more information contact <catering>.

HR updates

TIAA's new PlanFocus website makes it easy to make changes to your retirement contribution. Directions are on the HR website. There are also links to change/update beneficiaries, change investments, and more. Assistance is also available by calling TIAA, (800) 842-2776. Call HR, 387-1415, with questions.

UMR has updated their website to make it easier than ever to find details for UMR coverage, claims and health and wellness activities. There is a homepage "snapshot" of plan details that includes a drop-down menu to commonly asked questions, a link to a "live chat" and more. Check it out at online.

Free Friday morning open gyms extended to March 15

Wellness has partnered with UERPC and NE Iowa Food & Fitness to offer free Friday morning open gyms this winter. Parents can bring their children (up to age five) for two more weeks, March 8 and 15, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. for some open gym fun inside the Regents Center East Gym. There is no admission fee, and balls, scooters, etc. are provided. Contact <wellness> with questions.

Agora available online

Faculty and staff who prefer not to receive the print version of Agora and would rather read Agora online may contact Bonnie Johnson, <johnbo02>, to cancel their print subscription.

Not Quite Free Lunch March 12

Join colleagues at the Not Quite Free Lunch 11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, in the Nobel Room, sponsored by Wellness. Boost social and emotional wellness by getting away from the typical work space and mingling with folks from across campus. The charge is $5, payable by cash, check or Luther ID. The menu includes Kansas City BBQ pulled pork sandwich, BBQ black bean and brown rice burger, potato salad, garden salad and dessert. Contact Wellness, <wellness>, with questions.


Chapel this week

Ash Wednesday, March 6: Keith Hall
Friday, March 8: Anna Peterson, Norsemen
Monday, March 11: John Goodin and Erik Sessions

Come for chapel at 10:30 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in the CFL to explore connections of scripture, poetry and faith.

Home sporting events

There are no home sporting events this week.

Events this week

Tuesday, March 5: Paideia Text and Issues Lecture: Kate Elliott, "Finding the Hjemland: Herbjørn Gausta and the Immigrant American Artist Experience," 7 p.m., Center for Faith and Life, Recital Hall
Guest Lecture: Christopher Coggins, "The Ecological State and Ecological Civilization: Who Will Rise To Meet China's Global Environmental Challenge?" 8 p.m., Valders  Room 206

Wednesday, March 6: Guest Talk and Reception: Kadra Abdi '08, "Social Entrepreneurship and Navigating Professional Life after Luther," 4 p.m., Dahl Centennial Union, Hammarskjold Lounge
Ash Wednesday Jazz Liturgy, 7 p.m., CFL Main Hall

Thursday, March 7: 2019 Giving Day, All day, Marty's
Biology Colloquium: Emy Monroe, "Environmental DNA as an Early Detection Tool for Invasive Silver and Bighead Carp," 9:40 a.m., Valders Room 206
Phi Beta Kappa Speaker: Lisa Anderson, "The Liberal Arts Confront Globalization," 5:30 p.m., Valders Room 206
Film screening, "God on Trial," 6 p.m., Olin 102
Guest Artist Recital: Keith Hall, jazz, 7:30 p.m., Center for Faith and Life, Recital Hall

Friday, March 8: Preview Day, All day, Dahl Centennial Union

Saturday, March 9: TEDxLutherCollege, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., NRH
Escape Room
, 4 p.m., Union, Mott-Borlaug Room

Sunday, March 10: Benefactors Organ Recital, 4 p.m., Center for Faith and Life

Monday, March 11: Entrepreneurship Speaker: Rewant Lokesh '11, Sam Burman '11 (The Burlap People), 6:30 p.m., Olin Room 102

'The Art of the Story' exhibit on display

Luther is hosting "The Art of the Story" exhibit in the Kristin Wigley-Fleming Fine Arts Gallery in the Center for the Arts through March 14, with a gallery talk held there at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 14. The exhibition showcases stories from three Welcome Project initiatives, including The Invisible Project, which tackles stories of homelessness, and Flight Paths, which documents community changes that result from the de-industrialization of Gary, Indiana.

The artists and students from Valparaiso who curated the project will be in residence at Luther March 13 and 14 and will lead Luther students, faculty and community members through their facilitation practice.

Paideia Texts and Issues: Kate Elliott March 5

"Finding the Hjemland: Herbjørn Gausta and the Immigrant American Artist Experience" continues the Paideia Texts and Issues Lecture Series "Journeys and Hospitalities" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, in the CFL Recital Hall when Kate Elliott explores how art can help understand the process of identity formation and the immigrant experience. Reception to follow in Qualley Lounge.

'Who Will Rise to Meet China's Global Environmental Challenge?' March 5

With an intense commitment to building an "Ecological State" and developing "Ecological Civilization," China's central government has built a foundation to lead the world in green development. Bard College Professor Christopher Coggins will lecture on the development of the global environmental challenge at 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, in Valders Room 206 on the Luther campus. This lecture is sponsored by the ASIANetwork Speakers Bureau Grant. Coggins will be available after the lecture for discussion.

Guest lecturer Kadra Abdi '08, March 6

Luther alumna Kadra Abdi '08, is a strategic consultant who spends her days helping minority businesses and nonprofits craft strategies and counteract the often-negative assumptions that arise between immigrant and mainstream communities. She will speak at 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 6, in the Hammarskjold Lounge. Abdi's lecture focuses on her experiences working with local and international NGOs and ultimately starting her company, Synergy Consulting.

Ash Wednesday Jazz Liturgy March 6

The community is invited to gather for an ecumenical Ash Wednesday Jazz Liturgy, with special guest Keith Hall, music by Collegiate Chorale and Luther jazz musicians led by Jon Ailabouni, 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 6, in the CFL Main Hall. The service is hosted by the Luther College congregation and St. Benedict's Catholic Church. Keith Hall will also speak in chapel on Wednesday, March 6.

Giving Day March 7

Giving Day, a 16-hour fundraising event to support the Luther Fund at Luther College, will be held 6 a.m.-10 p.m. Thursday, March 7. The day features a simultaneous 12-hour live feed beginning at 8 a.m. bringing entertainment, engaging stories and information from students, faculty and staff across campus to Luther family and friends across the globe. The community is invited to make a gift, view the live feed and get real-time updates on Giving Day at luther.edu/giving-day.

'Early Detection Tool for Invasive Silver and Bighead Carp' March 7

Emy Monroe, a supervisory geneticist of the Whitney Genetics Laboratory in Onalaska, Wisconsin, is presenting a lecture about Asian carp as an invasive species as well as the use of an environmental DNA monitoring program (eDNA) in controlling Asian carp populations. The lecture takes place at 9:40 a.m. Thursday, March 7, in Valders Hall of Science, Room 206.

Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar lecture March 7

This year's Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar lecture features Mideast expert Lisa Anderson, senior lecturer at the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs and past president of the American University in Cairo, Egypt. Anderson's talk, "The Liberal Arts Confront Globalization," offers a new perspective on the value of liberal arts education by using examples from around the world. The talk is at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 7, in Valders 206, with a reception to follow, and is open to the public with no charge for admission.

'God on Trial' screening March 7

College Ministries and the Religion Department are partnering for a showing of the movie "God on Trial" at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 7, in Olin 102. This movie portrays Jews putting God on trial in Auschwitz for the atrocities and suffering they endured in the Holocaust. Refreshments are provided and optional discussion to follow surrounding theology in the midst of evil and suffering. All are welcome and encouraged to attend. 

Guest jazz recital with Keith Hall March 7

A joyful performer and consummate drummer, Keith Hall will present a guest jazz artist recital alongside Luther faculty at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 7, in the CFL Main Hall. The performance is open to the public with no charge for admission.

The performance, titled "Art Blakey at 100: A Musical Celebration of Blakey and the Jazz Messengers," includes music by Benny Golson, Freddie Hubbard, Wayne Shorter, Bobby Timmons and other distinguished alumni of Blakey's Jazz Messengers.

Oneota Film Festival March 7-9

Focusing on the theme "Stories in Community," tales shared by families, friends, world travelers and neighbors are only a few of the stories told in the more than 60 films to be screened at the 10th annual Oneota Film Festival. Co-sponsored by Luther, the festival is set for Thursday through Saturday, March 7-9, 2019, on campus and in downtown Decorah. Festival-goers are asked to pre-register at: https://www.oneotafilmfestival.org/register. The festival is open to the public with no cost to register. 

TEDxLutherCollege March 9

TEDxLutherCollege is on Saturday, March 9, in the CRH, with two different sessions (10 a.m.-noon and 2-4 p.m.). Listen to six amazing speakers, see two cool performances and enjoy provided snacks and refreshments. Our wonderful speakers include students Jaime Herman, Anila Bano, Jack Jagielski, Anita Tamang and Madeline Lomprey, as well as community-member Allen Manning. Visit the box office to get tickets now! Tickets are $5.

SAC Entertainment and SAC Impact host night of Escape Rooms March 9

Professor Slughorn has asked you to find his Master Potions Treasure Chest in his workhouse before the gargoyles come to devour you! Enjoy the adventure via an Escape Room on Saturday, March 9. The rooms will be set up in the Mott/Borlaug conference rooms of the Union. Sign-up now outside of the Student Activities Office for a 30-minute time slot! Admission is $15.

'Here's My Story: I Failed' March 13

Failing isn't on anyone's to-do list, but what if more emphasis was placed on failure as a productive learning tool? New York Times Best Selling Author Brené Brown reminds us that if we are brave enough, often enough, we will fail, and that's not necessarily a bad thing. Come hear faculty and staff tell their stories of failing and the good that can come from personal struggle at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, in the CFL Recital Hall. Reception to follow. Sponsored by Counseling Services, Active Minds and CEPE.

'Growing Older Without Growing Up: The "Parrothead" Life' March 14

Giving a multimedia introduction to Jimmy Buffett's extensive career, Marv Slind, professor emeritus, will present the lecture, "Growing Older Without Growing Up: The 'Parrothead' Life" at Luther's Emeriti Colloquium, at 3 p.m. Thursday, March 14, in the Mott Room of the Union.

CSS: Goitse March 14

Multi-award winning quintet Goitse (pronounced Go-wit-cha) will perform as part of the Center Stage Series at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 14, in the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall. The group's distinctive sound lies in the quality of their own compositions interspersed with traditional tunes from the countryside of Ireland and abroad — making each performance unique. Tickets are $26 for adults, $24 for seniors 65+ and $15 for youth ages 4-18. Dinner will also be available at 5:30 p.m. before the performance in Peace Dining Room. Tickets for dinner are $20 per person. For more information or to order tickets online, visit http://centerstage.luther.edu

Faculty Artist Series: Igor Kalnin March 16

Igor Kalnin will give a recital at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 16 in the Noble Recital Hall. Kalnin will perform on the violin in a chamber ensemble Duo MemDi. The performance features music by African-American composers, including C.C. White, Leslie Adams and the world premiere of J. Lee III's Sonata No. 2 for Violin and Piano.

Student recitals

Luke Berkley '20, is presenting a French horn recital at noon Saturday, March 9.

Anna Hug '20, will present a clarinet recital at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 9.

Grace Huber '20, and Grace Simpson '20, will present a vocal recital at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 9.

Garrett O'Connell '19, will present an oboe recital at noon Sunday, March 10.

Mary Flaherty '20, is presenting a vocal recital at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 10

Alexander Lapinski '19, is presenting a vocal recital at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 10

Student recitals are held in Noble Recital Hall, with a reception following.


Celebrations this week

March 5: Lane Schwarz, Derek Hartl, Michael Elliott
March 6: Paul Mattson
March 7: Dean Vesperman
March 10: Char Kunkel, Justin Sprung
March 11: Derek Sweet
March 12: Alla Sazonova, Marcia Gullickson, Judy Riha, Melissa Martinez


To Julie Bakken and family on the death of her mother, Esther "Shirley" Forde, of Waukon, Iowa. She passed away on March 2. Funeral services will be held at the Big Canoe Lutheran Church of rural Decorah on Wednesday, March 6. 

Position openings

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

New position

Carrie Courtney started her new position as housing coordinator on Feb. 18. Her office is Dahl Centennial Union 156, telephone 387-1330.

Erik Stoen started his new position as assistant director of campus safety and security on Feb. 23. His office is Dahl Centennial Union 129, telephone 387-2972.


Andi Beckendorf co-presented "Common Threads: Music Information Literacy as Community Practice" with Nara Newcomer, University of Missouri-Kansas City, at the Music Library Association Annual Meeting on Feb. 21 in St. Louis, Missouri. At this meeting, Beckendorf completed four years as chair of the MLA Instruction Subcommittee and continues to lead a working group on best practices for music information literacy.

Holly Moore recently published an article that uses the model of purification to better understand the role of induction in Plato's method of inquiry and argument. "Platonic Epagōgē and the 'Purification' of the Method of Collection" will appear in Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy, volume 23, no. 2 and is now available online at: https://www.pdcnet.org/epoche/onlinefirst. Professor Moore is currently on sabbatical leave, conducting research on the role that slaves play as characters in Plato's dialogues.

Melanie Batoff has been awarded a Mellon Fellowship to fund her participation in the Diploma Program in Manuscript Studies at the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies in Toronto, Ontario. For six weeks this summer she will receive advanced training in medieval manuscript studies. She has also been awarded a Heckman Stipend to conduct research at Hill Museum & Manuscript Library at Saint John's University in Collegeville, Minnesota this spring.

Tressa Forrest '19, has received the Psi Chi Diversity Research Award from the Midwest Psychological Association for her paper titled, "A Test of the Factor Structure of the Multidimensional Sexuality Questionnaire." She will present the paper at the annual meeting of the Midwest Psychological Association in Chicago on Thursday, April 11, where she will be recognized for her award.


For sale: Purebred Labrador Retriever puppies. AKC registered. Up to date on all vet work. Black, yellow and polar white puppies available. If interested call 563-419-3448.

For sale: Like new Space Gray iPad Pro 9.7-inch 128GB Wi-Fi + Cellular model and matching iPad Pro Smart Keyboard for $450. On the Apple website, this iPad refurbished is currently $649 and the keyboard is $99-a savings of more than $300. Email <billma01> for more information.

Free: Very tall (approximately six feet, two inches) and wide indoor Norfolk Pine plant, which has outgrown our house. Needs re-potting in a bigger pot, but it's lush and healthy. Email <gilbertc> with inquiries.

Free: Kodak 30 color ink cartridge for Kodak All-in-one inkjet printers. Yours for the asking. Contact <livipa01>.

Seeking au pair: Our family is looking for an au pair and understand several families in Decorah have hosted au pairs from other countries. If you have had a good experience and are willing to share information about the agency you used or contacts you have, please let us know, <[email protected]>. 

New Driftless film: A new adventure documentary film, "Decoding the Driftless," will be shown at 1 p.m. Sunday, March 10, at the KDEC Home, Sport and Garden Show. The film, to be shown in the orchestra room of Decorah High School, is open to the public with no charge for admission. Come experience a wild ride of adventure above, on and below the amazing Driftless Region, and meet the film's producer George Howe. The 36th annual show is a free-admission expo featuring more than 70 booths displaying products and services from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Decorah High School, 100 Claiborne Drive in Decorah, Sunday, March 10. The event begins with the Sunflower Childcare Pancake Breakfast fundraiser in the commons area of the school from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Survey request: Helping Services for Youth and Families and the Winneshiek County ERASE Coalition would like the community's help in gathering information about our local community in order to inform prevention efforts. Anyone residing in Northeast Iowa (including students) may participate in this anonymous survey. Contact Bobbi-Jo, <molobo01> with questions.


And finally...

Join the National Association of Independent Writers and Editors, and many others, in observing Words Matter Week!

"The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter--it's the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning."
-Mark Twain

Words Matter Week is held during the first full week in March and coincides with National Grammar Day on March 4. The week is designated to stamp out verbal slop and drivel.

Words are the basis for communication, no matter the language spoken. Babies make sounds, which eventually are formed into words. NAIWE Executive Director April Michelle Davis said, “In every aspect of life, personal or professional, words form the basis of relationships with others. The written word preserves and transmits knowledge, evokes alternate worlds, and provides endless food for thought. Words Matter Week gives us the opportunity to celebrate words and focus on why they matter.

Interested in observing Words Matter Week? Host a word party, and play word games such as Scrabble, Boggle, Bananagrams and Pick Two.

Learn more at www.wordsmatterweek.com!