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Prime fawning season has arrived for area white-tailed deer. Given the number of these animals on and around campus we can expect to see newborn fawns among us. According to the Iowa Department Of Natural Resources website they have received a number of calls related to the season:
Callers report finding an "abandoned" fawn in an unusual place, like a flowerbed or small patch of cover. Rest assured this is normal deer behavior. "The doe searches out an isolated location where she feels safe and on occasion those places are not what we may think of as ideal. She chose that location because it made sense to her," said Jim Coffey, forest wildlife research biologist with the Iowa DNR. "The worst thing someone can do is to 'rescue' the fawn. Mom is likely nearby and watching you. Leave it be or if you did handle the fawn, return it to where you found it and walk away."
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will not be rehabbing or co-mingling fawns with other deer to avoid the potential of spreading chronic wasting disease – or other disease - to new areas.
The spindly legged newborn fawn is designed with a few survival tools built in – it is born without scent to avoid predators and its spots are cryptic camouflage that emulates the sunlight spots on the leaf litter in the timber. It will lay motionless to avoid detection and may remain in the area for up to two weeks all while under the care of the doe.
After the fawns are born, the doe will return to fairly normal behavior – sleeping, feeding – but returning to nurse and care for the fawn.
Here at Luther we have seen a number of the new born deer on campus and we have witnessed somewhat aggressive behavior by some of the mothers as they act to protect their young from any perceived threat. The mothers seem particularly wary of dogs on campus. To avoid conflict with nature we recommend keeping your distance from the deer, especially the young. If an adult deer appears aggressive, walk away to create distance between yourself and the animals. Do not attempt to approach the young; even if it appears they are alone the mother is likely near by.
Monthly admissions update
The fall 2019 monthly admissions reports are available online; report number nine was just posted. Notices will be published in the Tuesday after the last day of the previous month. Contact Derek, <derek.hartl>, or 387-1433, with any questions.
Dahl Centennial Union
7 a.m.-10 p.m., daily
7 a.m.-5:30 p.m., daily
Monday, May 27-Saturday, June 8: Closed
Sunday, June 9: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., lunch; 5-6:30 p.m., dinner
Monday, June 10-Wednesday, June 26: 7-8:30 a.m., breakfast; 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., lunch; 5-6:30 p.m., dinner
*Hours subject to change
Monday-Friday: 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Marty's, Nordic Brew, C-Store, Grab-N-Go
Closed for the summer
Monday-Friday: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Monday-Friday: 8:15 a.m.-4:45 p.m.
Saturday, June 15: 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 22: 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 29: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Saturday, July 13: 10-11 a.m.
Saturday, July 27: 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Oneota Market Closed June 17
Due to register upgrades, Oneota Market will be closed on Monday, June 17. The Caf is open for breakfast 7-8:30 a.m.; lunch 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.; and dinner 5-6:30 p.m.
OFS Closed out end of year
The college's fiscal year ended May 31. The Office for Financial Services reminds all faculty and staff that supplies, materials, etc., must have been received by May 31 to be expensed to a FY 18-19 budget. Additionally, all outstanding travel expense reports, credit card reports, original invoices-no faxed copies, supporting purchase orders/purchase permits, or account adjustments should be sent to OFS by June 14 to be included in FY 18-19 budget. Items for deposit that were in Luther's possession by May 31 should be brought to OFS immediately. Call with questions and as always, thank you for helping OFS close the year in a timely manner.
H-drives not available June 14-16
All faculty and staff home shares (also known as H-drives) will move to new servers the weekend of June 14-16. H-drives will not be available from 5 p.m. Friday, June 14-8 a.m. Monday, June 17. If you have need for any of your H-drive files during that time period, please make a copy elsewhere in advance. Contact the Technology Help Desk with questions.
Susan Peterson has left the building
Megan Pitz started as the new campus programming office coordinator on Monday, May 20, and emails sent to Susan's old email address will not be received. Please contact Megan at 387-1291 or <bohrme01>.
HR is now taking applications from 16 and 17 year old dependents of staff and faculty to work for grounds this summer. Please have students complete the 2019 Student Summer Application and return to the HR office as soon as possible.
Document Center and Mail Center change of hours June 4
The Document Center and Mail Center will be closed for an hour, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 4, for a staff activity.
New on luther.edu
See the new faculty profile for Professor Brittany Cord and read how she uses case studies to help her students learn about real-world accounting experiences.
Parking and traffic fine deductions
Beginning June 1, the college will be posting and deducting parking and traffic fines from your paycheck on a weekly basis instead of monthly. Please plan accordingly. Contact Peggy Lensing, 387-1531, Marsha Wenthold, 387-1415 or Bob Harri, 387-2103 if you have any questions.
Great books for summer reading
Looking for something to read this summer? Check out the latest additions to Preus Library's leisure reading collection, including new releases, bestsellers and more! See all the newest titles online and browse the leisure reading shelf on the main floor of the library for even more options. The online list is continually updated as new books arrive, so check back often to see what's fresh.
Volunteer for Pulpit to Pulpit
Looking for a fun activity for the 4th of July? Look no further! Volunteer to help with the second annual Pulpit to Pulpit fun run and walk. This year the family- and dog-friendly race will benefit the Human Society of Northeast Iowa and Helping Services for Youth and Families. Have fun! Help out! Support our kickin' community! Sign up online or contact Megan at <buckme01>.
Decorah community food pantry
The Decorah Community Food Pantry is available to Luther students staying on campus during the summer. Located at 604 W. Broadway in the Fireside room located west of First Lutheran Church’s main sanctuary, hours are 1:30-3:15 p.m. Monday-Friday and 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday evenings. Students must bring an ID and fill out a short application when checking in. Cloth bags to carry groceries are suggested. The pantry is a choice pantry and offers a selection of canned fruit and vegetables along with bread, eggs, frozen meat and other grocery items. Fresh vegetables are usually available. During the summer students may pick up coupons to The Farmers Market in Decorah once a month. Coupons can exchanged for fresh vegetables, fruit, eggs, meat and honey. Each coupon is $1.
Build A Better Decorah Initiative
The City of Decorah will host two community-wide visioning sessions in conjunction with the Build A Better Decorah Initiative and the subsequent update of the Decorah Sustainability Plan. Meetings will be held on Wednesday, June 5 and Tuesday, June 11, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at City Hall. All members of the community are encouraged to participate in one of the sessions.
Chapel this week
Thank you for supporting chapel throughout the academic year. Services will begin again with opening convocation in the fall.
Events this week
Wednesday, June 5: Workshop: White Allyship 101, 12 p.m., Mott Room
Thursday, June 6: Workshop: Moving Forward by Taking a Step Back, 9 a.m., Mott Room; Workshop: Introduction to Accessible Design, 1 p.m., Mott Room
Monday, June 10: Registration, Orientation & Advising Day (ROAD), All day
Celebrations this week
June 4: Aaron Steffens, Andrew Eastwood, Krista Holland
June 5: Gary Moss, Marsha Nierling, Jean Ryan, Robert Vrtis, Amber Schnittjer, Benjamin Tokheim
June 6: Paula Carlson, Steve Hornbacher
June 7: Kendall Thompson
June 10: Michael Geary, Maren Johnson
June 7: Adam Forsyth, 20 years
Financial Wellness Coordinator for TRIO Achievement Program (.38 FTE ): The Financial Wellness Coordinator will join a dedicated team of professionals in the TRIO Achievement Program, committed to advancing a community where students successfully navigate through, excel in, and graduate from college prepared for life. Work schedule is mid-August through mid-May, approximately 20 hours per week, including occasional evening work (typically no more than one night a week). Continuation of the position beyond the first year is contingent upon outcomes and federal grant funding. Bachelor’s degree is required as well as demonstrated expertise for personal finance.
Custodial staff position (1.0 FTE): General custodial responsibilities include overall appearance of assigned academic and resident hall building(s). Hours will generally be 5 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Monday-Friday. Must be able to read sufficiently to follow instructions, ability to mix appropriate chemical dilution ratio and understand directions for use. Valid driver’s license required. High school diploma or equivalent preferred but not required.
Administrative Assistant for the Vice President for Equity, Inclusion and Student Success and the Dean of Institutional Planning and Mission (1.0 FTE): The administrative assistant will serve as administrative support for the work of both senior administrators as well as collaborate with the other administrative assistant in the President's Suite and the executive assistant to the President. A minimum of an associate's degree, three years experience in positions of increasing levels of responsibility, ability to handle projects with competing priorities and the ability to exercise and maintain professional discretion in dealing with information in a sensitive and critical environment is required.
Coordinator of Diversity Recruitment or Assistant Director of Admissions (1.0 FTE): The successful candidate will work with area programs serving underrepresented students and supporting diversity, as well as assist in recruitment and retention efforts. Must be willing to travel extensively and make public presentations. Candidates must have a valid driver's license and a positive driving record that will enable them to be insured through the college. Bachelor's degree required with academic preparation in any discipline.
Associate Director, Center for Intercultural Engagement and Student Success, Coordinator, Catalyze at Luther (1.0 FTE): The associate director will assist the director and provide leadership and staff supervision in the absence of the director. The coordinator will provide oversight of the day-to-day functioning of the Catalyze program including the supervision of two Catalyze coaches. Master's degree and at least two years documented experience working with historically underrepresented students required. Candidates will also have knowledge of the NASPA/ACP professional competencies for student affairs educators.
Custodial weekend lead (1.0 FTE): Support weekend custodial staff in both academic and residential buildings. Custodial staff assists in maintaining building appearance, which consists of all areas including lobbies, entrances, classrooms, offices, hallways, breakrooms, auditoriums, conference rooms, staircases, study lounges, restrooms and shower rooms. This position will work weekends to be custodial support for events as needed and then adjust hours during the week to equal 40 hours. Typical work schedule is 6 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, 1-7 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays (weekday hours negotiable).
To view the complete job descriptions and apply for all current openings, please go to the employment website at https://luthercollege.hiretouch.com.
Help wanted: Seeking Luther student with experience in yard work and houseplant care to help out with these things starting immediately and going through July 7, three-five hours a week. Offering $13/hour. Must have transportation and references. Contact <zarila01>.
Wanted: Nutribullet in good condition. Call 563-419-8570 or contact <kiuhlmayv>.
Wanted: Old, used or unused CDs wanted for a church women's group project. They can be music CDs, movies, used or blank; any labels or printing on them will be covered. If you have any to contribute, please send them in campus mail or call Janine Brandt in the Dean's Office, 387-1005, to have them picked up.
Housing wanted: Looking for a place to rent starting in June. Relocating to Decorah for work, looking for any set up that allows for my dog to move with me. He's a mid-sized lab mix, four years old, very quiet and calm and house trained. Sublets or leases are fine, as well as pet fees. Country preferred, or a place with a fence. Very flexible on amenities, rural/rustic spaces not an issue. Please contact me if you have anything to offer, <[email protected]>. Thanks!
Housing wanted: Looking for a house/room/basement/apartment to rent from May 26-Aug. 2019. I do not have pets, but I am good with them if you do. Contact me at <nazri01> or 277-7363 with any lead you may have.
100 years ago today, U.S. Congress passed the 19th Amendment. The amendment was sent to the states for ratification and it reached two-thirds majority in August of 1920. Organizations like the Women's Vote Centennial Initiative are already making plans to spend 2020 commemorating this important anniversary.