Tuesday, Aug. 21

TUESDAY 8/21/2018

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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.

Faculty and staff invited to Campus Update Aug. 24

All faculty and staff are invited to attend a Campus Update 8:30-10:15 a.m. Friday, Aug. 24, during the faculty meeting. Cabinet members will give brief reports on priorities for the 2018-19 year, followed by a Q&A. There will be a coffee break for all faculty and staff at 10:15 a.m.

Parking restrictions Aug. 24-25

Saturday, Aug. 25, Luther will filled with excitement as first-year students and their families experience the joy of moving into residence halls.  For many this will be an emotional experience as the students embark on a new adventure and parents see them on their way. In order to help facilitate the move-in process, parking areas near the halls will be reserved to accommodate the movers. Special parking restrictions will go into effect starting at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24. The small parking lot south of Ylvisaker and the lot north of Valders will be reserved for unloading vehicles. High Street from Jenson-Noble to Campus House will be designated as a one-way street, west to east. There will be no parking on the south side of the street. Faculty, staff and students are asked to refrain from parking in these areas. Thank you for your cooperation in extending this welcome to the new members of the Luther community.     

Fall semester Opening Convocation Aug. 30

Welcome the class of 2022 and celebrate the start of a new academic year at Opening Convocation at 9:40 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 30, in the Center for Faith and Life. Convocation speaker is Emily Wilson, who translated this year's Paideia reading "The Odyssey." All students, faculty and staff are encouraged to participate. If possible, offices should close so all can attend.


Staff meetings for 2018-19

Joint exempt/non-exempt staff meetings are held eight times a year in Peace Dining Room. In order to provide office coverage, meetings will be held twice, covering the same agenda, 2 p.m. Tuesdays and 9 a.m. Wednesdays. This is a change from last year. Dates are:

  •    Sept. 11, 12
  •    Oct. 12 (Staff Day)
  •    Nov. 13, 14
  •    Dec. 5 (Christmas Party)
  •    Jan. 8, 9
  •    Feb. 12, 13
  •    March 12, 13
  •    April 9, 10

Departments are asked to coordinate attendance between the Tuesday and Wednesday sessions so everyone is able to attend. For further information, contact Marsha Wenthold, Director of Human Resources, <mwenthold> or 387-1415.

Paycheck checkup 

The Internal Revenue Service is urging taxpayers to do a paycheck checkup soon. The IRS Withholding Calculator can help taxpayers make sure they have the right amount of tax taken out of their pay. The calculator is available here. Questions about your individual tax situation should be directed to your tax preparer. Updated W-4 forms, if necessary, should be submitted to the payroll office, 387-1135, in Main 118.

Use LCSecure Wireless network

The LCWireless5G network has been retired. Faculty, staff and students should prefer LCSecure on those devices that support connecting to it, like most computers, tablets and smartphones. The LCWireless network is intended for use by other devices such as game consoles or media streaming devices that don't support connecting to LCSecure. Both networks support 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz connections. For more information, contact the Technology Help Desk, <helpdesk>.

Updates for computers

At the start of the new academic year, there are updates waiting to be applied to computers through the KACE patching system–the little orange box that periodically appears in the corner of the screen. It is very important to accept and run these updates when they appear or computers may experience issues. Please do not snooze or cancel them. Thanks for installing these updates as soon as possible.

Sign up for Dining Services e-newsletter

To stay in the Dining Services loop on specials, schedules and hours over school breaks, head to http://eepurl.com/cq3kdX and subscribe to the Luther College Dining Services E-Newsletter. It is sent out once a month with the most up-to-date reminders and information regarding all things Luther College Dining Services.

KATIE come-and-go workshop Monday

KATIE was upgraded over the summer. Some things to notice:

For any questions regarding the upgrade or these new features, stop by the Monday, Aug. 27, drop-in workshop anytime between 10:30 a.m and 5 p.m. in Hovde, contact the KATIE support team by calling 387-1000, emailing <helpdesk> or creating a ticket at help.luther.edu.

Luther employee fitness classes

Sign up today for the first six-week session of fall classes of wellness subsidized employee Yoga, Zumba and Tai Chi. Details and the registration form are available on the online fitness class site. Classes are open to current employees and their spouses. Email, <wellness>, with questions.

Luther offers Community Music School

Area musicians soon will have a new option for musical experiences. Luther music and education students are opening the Luther College Community Music School, open to anyone in the Decorah area. LCCMS offers group classes, private lessons and SODA Club, a community choir and dance program for students in kindergarten through eighth grade. Group classes will be offered Wednesday morning during teacher in-service time. SODA is held Monday evenings.

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.

Team Drives

Google's Team Drives, enabled earlier this year, allow departments, rather than individuals, to collectively own content in Google Drive. 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>. 


Chapel this week

Built into the class schedule and rhythm of life at Luther, chapel is a time for the community to gather for song, reflection and fellowship at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday in the CFL Main Hall. Faculty, staff, students and guests serve as speakers, musicians and artists. Regular chapel resumes Wednesday, Aug. 29.

Home sporting events

Sunday, Aug. 26: Women's soccer vs. University of Minnesota-Mankato, 7 p.m.

Events this week

Thursday, Aug. 23: Registration, Orientation and Advising Day (ROAD), 8:30 a.m.

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.

'Welcoming the Stranger: Translating the Odyssey for our times'

With themes of violence, wealth, power, family, hospitality and a desire for the comfort and safety of home, Homer's "The Odyssey" has stood the test of time and continues to challenges minds of every generation. Emily Wilson, who is the first known woman to pen a complete translation of "The Odyssey" in English, will give the Luther College Opening Convocation address, "Welcoming the Stranger: Translating the Odyssey for our times" 9:40 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 30, in the CFL.


Welcome new employees

Kjerstin Nelson started her new position as interim residence hall director/area coordinator Aug. 1. Her office is Farwell first floor, telephone 387-2184.

Jamie Herman started her position as global learning intern and Larsen Hall manager Aug. 9. Her office is Larsen Hall 125, telephone 387-1058.

Celebrations this week

Aug. 21: Janet Hunter, Sally Mallam, Kent Lee
Aug. 22: Miko Kominami, Phillip Iverson
Aug. 23: Kirk Johnson, Abby Romme
Aug. 25: Dalton Little, Alan Wenthold, Christopher Clift, Maryna Bazylevych
Aug. 26: Deborah Norland, Stephanie Fretham, AJ Perling
Aug. 27: Richard Merritt

Aug. 25: Tracy Elsbernd, 15 years
Aug. 26: Vanessa Wiest, 5 years
Aug. 27: Kendall Thompson, 25 years


To Peggy Lensing and her family on the death of her father, Alvin Shindelar, from Spillville, Iowa, who passed away Sunday, Aug. 19, at Aase Haugen Senior Services in Decorah, Iowa. Visitation is 3-7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22, at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Spillville, with burial at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, at the church.

To Patti Hughes and family on the death of her brother, Gale Snitker, of Belle, Missouri. He passed away Aug. 18. Funeral services are at Liberty Church of Christ in Belle, Missouri, on Thursday, Aug. 23.

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 Iowa Athletic Training Licensure.

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


Understanding foreign cultures and global citizenship can be a struggle for some students. Peder Smith '20, is creating, along with Luther's Nordic studies research team, historically based role-playing simulations in order to stimulate and engage students in the learning of modern languages. Smith is working with Anne-Marine Feat and Maren Johnson on the project, "Reacting to the Past." Other contributors include Nordic studies and French students from Luther and education students from the University of Agder in Norway.

When the United States left Vietnam and Southeast Asia following the end of the Vietnam War in 1975, the Hmong who had supported U.S. military operations were targeted by the communist-supported regime in Laos. Thousands fled to Thailand and were placed in refugee camps. Following the Indochina Migration and Refugee Assistance Act of 1975, Laotian refugees arrived in the United States in great numbers. Anika Nelson '19, is interviewing Hmong refugees that came to Decorah from Laos during the Vietnam War for her summer research project. Nelson is working with Destiny Crider on her project "We're Thinking About You: Decorah Hmong Refugees' Reflection on their Past, Present and Future."

Public libraries can contribute to the growth of a town and the minds that inhabit it, according to Keanna Belau '19, and Collin Kern '20. Belau and Kern's research show that the public libraries' viability is sustained upon the ability to adapt to the needs of the community they serve. Partnering with the Decorah Public Library, Belau and Kern are researching ways in which the library can remain a treasured resource for the community. The pair are working with Britt Rhodes, Brittany Cord and Alexandra White.


For sale: Collegiate cap and gown, 55 inches by 34 inches, all black, $175; four-side cap, 7.25 inches, $15; tam with gold tassel, 7.25 inches, $50. Contact Su, <oertelsu>, with inquiries. 

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 rent: Comfortable three bedroom Victorian home near Phelps Park. $1,050/month plus utilities. Lovely woodwork and hardwood floors, large lot, attached garage. Contact Kate, <narveska>, with inquiries.


And finally...

In honor of Christopher Robin's birthday Aug. 21:

"You're braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think."