Tuesday, Aug. 14

TUESDAY 8/14/2018

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Please attend the Service of Dedication ceremony

Faculty, staff, emeriti and guests are invited to attend the annual Service of Dedication at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, in the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall. President Carlson will deliver her State of the College address and new faculty and staff will be introduced. Offices are allowed to close for the Service of Dedication so as many employees as possible can attend. A reception will follow in Bentdahl Commons.

Presidential search update

Faculty, staff and emeriti should have received an email from the Board of Regents Thursday with an update on the presidential search. If you did not receive the email, please contact Julie, <julie>, to get added to the list.


Volunteers needed for internal communications focus groups

Given the significance of the decisions being made about the college's future and the need to employ effective change management while improving staff engagement, an internal communications strategy is not only necessary, it's essential. There will be six focus groups with 6-8 participants per group on Friday, Aug. 17, to test preferences, including format, frequency and vehicles for internal communications. Those who are available Friday, Aug. 17, and interested in participating in one of the focus groups, please complete this form to be included in the participant pool.

Luther College receives $27,000 grant to purchase surveying equipment

Only approximately 50 of the nearly 400 effigy mounds remain in the state of Iowa. The mounds tell the story of Iowa's prehistoric past, serving both as a visible reminder of the past as well as standing as a symbol of Iowa's heritage. Thanks to a grant by the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, the Luther anthropology program is working to further document and conserve some of the remaining Effigy Mounds in Northeast Iowa.

Next steps for sophomores steering committee

As indicated in the list of year one priority activities for the Strategic Plan, the Next Steps for Sophomores initiative will be expanded to reach all students in their sophomore year. Dean Kraus appointed a steering committee to guide Next Steps for Sophomores activities in the 2018-19 academic year. Committee membership includes Andrew Bailey, Rachel Brummel, Storm Bailey, Destiny Crider, Anne Edison-Albright, Erin Flater, Nan Hibbs, Emily Neal and Jeff Wilkerson. Thank you to these individuals for their willingness to cultivate student reflection in the sophomore year that strengthens self-understanding and enhances vocational discovery. 

Team Drives

Google's Team Drives, enabled earlier this year, allows departments to collectively own content in Google Drive, rather than specific individuals. This solves issues around file ownership when people join or leave a department. When someone new starts, just add them to the Team Drive. When someone leaves, remove them from the Team Drive. For more information, see the Google Team Drives webpage or contact the Technology Help Desk, <helpdesk>.

Sign up for August wellness screening

During 2018, employees and spouses covered by the Luther College Health Care Plan have additional wellness benefits and requirements. Sign up for the Tuesday, Aug. 28, blood screenings with Winneshiek Medical Center here on campus by contacting Wellness, <wellness>. 

August hours

Daily: 7 a.m.-10 p.m.

Welcome Center
Daily: 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 14-Friday, Aug. 24: 7-8:30 a.m.; 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.; 5-6:30 p.m.

Oneota Market
Monday-Friday: 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday: Closed

Marty's, Nordic Brew, C-Store, Grab-n-Go
Reopens Saturday, Aug. 25

Book Shop
Monday-Friday: 8:15 a.m.-4:45 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday: Closed
Saturday, Aug. 18: 1-3 p.m.

Mail Center
Monday-Friday: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday: Closed

Regents Center
Monday-Friday: 6 a.m.-8 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m.-noon
Sunday: Closed

Monday-Friday: 6 a.m.-7 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m.-noon
Sunday: Closed

Aquatic Center
Monday-Friday: 7:30-9 a.m.; 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday: Closed
Tuesday, Aug. 14: Closed

Preus Library and Winneshiek County Historical Society awarded $30,000 grant

Thanks to a grant from the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, Luther's Preus Library and the Winneshiek County Historical Society will make county newspapers more accessible to the public. The entities were jointly awarded $30,016 to fund the digitization of Winneshiek County newspapers dating back more than 150 years. The Winneshiek County Historical Society will augment the grant award with a $10,000 cash contribution to fully fund the digitization efforts.

Luther achieves 50 percent reduction of waste during move out week

Move out week at Luther was another success this year, with a 56 percent reduction of waste from the 2013 baseline. Luther students reduced their waste by five more tons than move out week 2017, achieving the goal of a 50 percent reduction by 2018 for move out waste diversion.

HR update

Regular work hours resume Monday, Aug. 20. Hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m., with hour-long lunches. The college is open normal hours and classes are in session on Labor Day, Sept. 3.

Book Shop news

Luther Writers Festival Sept. 27-29
The Luther Writers Festival will be here before you know it, and the Book Shop has been receiving all the authors' books for the festival. Stop in and purchase a book from favorite attending author.


Sophomores on the Commons - sophomore orientation event

Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to join sophomore students for a program celebrating the completion of the first year of college and highlighting the opportunities available to Luther sophomores at 4:15 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30, in the CFL. Student, faculty and alumni speakers will reflect on the advice they would go back and give to their sophomore selves to kick off a year of reflection and planning for sophomore students. Following the program, all sophomore students will attend a dinner outside on Bentdahl Commons and engage in reflective conversation with faculty volunteers.


Celebrations this week

Aug. 14: Lynne Postudensek Hart, Laurie Chrisopher, Ruth Hageman
Aug. 16: Soeren Steding
Aug. 17: Xiao Hu, Todd Green, Jenna Eichberger
Aug. 18: Dodi Bernatz, Ann Mansfield, Serri Skarin
Aug. 19: Nancy Hovden
Aug. 20: Sherry Alcock, Teresa Wisher

Aug. 15: Judy Boese, 35 years
Aug. 18: Cheryl Wieseler, 15 years; Jon Thompson, 10 years

Welcome new employees

Scott Mittman started his new position as assistant cross country and assistant track and field coach Aug. 1. His office is Regents Center 14, telephone 387-1701.

Lukas Phillips started his position as interim Dieseth Hall director Aug. 1. His office is Dieseth Hall, telephone 387-1670.

Position opening

Associate athletic trainer: This is a .83 FTE position. The trainer will assist the head athletic trainer with the responsibilities of managing the athletic training services with the understanding of current NCAA and NATA policies and procedures. This position also includes teaching nutrition classes. Master's degree required, two years of collegiate experience and prior teaching experience preferred. BOC certification required. Successful candidate must possess or be in the process of acquiring an Iowa Athletic Training Licensure.

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


Is there more to cafeteria and food services workers quitting than just not wanting to work in the food industry for a living? Jacob Wessels '19, is examining the reasons behind turnover of food service workers for his summer research project and will use the information he gathers to help the college's cafeteria student work retention rates. Wessels is working with Justin Sprung on his project "Analysis of Turnover Intentions Among Food Service Employees."

Dogs have the ability to communicate with human beings through everyday interactions and bonds. With his summer research project, Jacob Noble '19, is studying the extent to which certain interactions affect canine-human relations. Noble is working with Kristy Gould on his project, "The impact of encouragement and familiarity on pet dogs during an unsolvable task." Other contributors include Jennifer Templeton, Knox professor of biology, and one of her research students.

According to research by Catelyn Janda '19, a community music school would benefit not only local musicians but also Luther music education students looking to get more hands-on experience. The Batavia, Illinois, native is spending her summer exploring the creation of a Luther College Community Music School. Janda is working with Jill Wilson on her project, "Luther College Community Music School."

Luther is joining the push to mitigate one of the most critical public health crises facing the world, according to the World Health Organization and Center for Disease Control and Prevention: antibiotic resistance via development of a new research-based lab course by Jodi Enos-Berlage and a summer research collaboration between Enos-Berlage and Martel Den Hartog '19.

Loren Toussaint recently wrote a blog for the breast cancer website imtakingcharge.com. The blog discusses the importance of forgiveness in the context of cancer and how it can serve as a helpful coping strategy during difficult times. The blog reviews research Toussaint and his student research team and colleagues conducted at Cancer Treatment Centers of America. Additional recommended resources and reading are also provided. 

Thirty-seven seniors were inducted into the Luther chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa national academic honor society at a ceremony held this spring in the Center for Faith and Life.


For sale: 2007 Chevy Trailblazer 4X4 in good condition. $4,500. Runs and drives great. 147,000 miles. Call or text Sally, 379-1090.

For sale: 2003 Lexus RX300 with 140,000 miles. $6,000. Very good condition. Contanct Joe, <breitejo> or 419-1124, with inquiries.

Wanted: A girl's bike, 20-inch wheels. Contact Diane, <schollde> or 419-5607, with options.

Coming up: United Way of Winneshiek County is hosting a Family Fun Night 5-6:30 p.m. Thursday Aug. 16, at the lower level parking lot of the Decorah Library. Lots of free activities, including face paining, bubbles, fishing game and bean bag toss. The Decorah Fire Department, Winneshiek County Sheriff with K9 McCoy, Earl Public Transit and American Red Cross rescue will have vehicles on display for kids of all ages to explore. Knights of Columbus will be offering brats and hot dogs. Top the evening off with Lawn Chair Night at the Court House. Contact Peggy, <lensinpe>, with questions.


And finally...

Wednesday, Aug. 15, is national relaxation day. Take a break from preparing for the new school year and take a walk, meditate, rub your feet over a golf ball, drip cold water on your wrists, dance, smell something citrus or laugh.

"There is virtue in work and there is virtue in rest. Use both and overlook neither."

–Alan Cohen