Tuesday, Jan. 14

TUESDAY 1/14/2020

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HR updates

Cologuard and colonoscopy screenings
Both Cologuard screenings and the regular routine colonoscopies are covered under the UMR health plan at 100 percent if it is billed as routine. If the Cologuard screening report comes back as something abnormal, the next colonoscopy may be billed as medical in nature and would be subject to the member's deductible and coinsurance. If both screenings are billed as routine, the plan would cover both at 100 percent, but this is rarely the scenario. Please call human resources, 387-1415, with questions.

TIAA individual counseling sessions Jan. 22–24
TIAA announces individual counseling sessions 11:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, and 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24. Space is limited. Register online at www.TIAA.org/schedulenow or by calling 800-732-8353 between 8 a.m.–8 p.m., Monday–Friday. Sessions will be held in the Financial Aid Conference Room, Main 27.

Sign up for W-2s online

All students, faculty and staff are encouraged to sign up to receive electronic W-2s using the link in the employee section of NorseHub.luther.edu. Electronic W-2s can be accessed from anywhere and not easily lost or stolen. Those that chose the electronic option for 2018 need not do it again for 2019. More detailed instructions and additional information can be found by clicking the W-2 Options link on the HR website.

Therapy Assistance Online (TAO)

TAO is a confidential, convenient and free self-help tool available to faculty/staff and students. TAO’s interactive, educational modules and mindfulness library can help address concerns about depression, anxiety, stress management, relationships and more. Sign up using your Luther email address. Click "Sign Up in Self-Help with an Institution" at thepath.taoconnect.org to get started.

Hot Reads for Cold Nights weekly winners!

Congratulations to the first weekly prize winners, Allison Breen and Navia Erbst. Be sure to submit your books read to <reading> for more chances to win!

Using email filters

Save time and be more organized by using email filters. Filters catch certain emails and perform actions upon them, such as skipping your email inbox and labeling messages for you. You can learn more in ITS's January Tip of the Month.

Web Content Requests Queue

The web content team would like to send out a friendly reminder to submit any and all web requests through the Web Content Requests Queue (help.luther.edu) within Kbox. The web content team uses the queue as a tool to help prioritize and organize work for their upcoming sprints. If your request is not represented within the queue, it will fail to be represented in the team's planned work. If you have any questions, please contact Jordan Cunningham, <cunnjo01>.

Singing with the Broadway Stars

Area singers are invited to submit a 1–2 minute audition video to win a chance to perform in the Center Stage Series production, "Neil Berg's 101 Years of Broadway," on Feb. 14. Visit www.singingwiththebroadwaystars.com for full audition details or contact Kristen Underwood <undekr01> with questions. Auditions must be submitted by Feb. 7.

Not Quite Free Lunch Jan. 14

Join colleagues at the Not Quite Free Lunch 11:30 a.m.–1:15 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, in Peace Dining 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 menu is pasta, marinara sauce, alfredo, sliced roasted chicken breast, roasted seasonal vegetables, market salad, breadsticks and dessert. The charge is $5, payable by cash, check or Luther ID. Contact <wellness> with questions.

Peace Scholar applications due Feb. 3

Faculty and staff are asked to encourage sophomores and juniors who are interested in studying in Norway this summer to apply to the Peace Scholars program. An outgrowth of the Nobel Peace Prize Forum, this scholarship provides funding for two students to study for a week at the Nansen Center for Peace and Dialogue in Lillehammer, and then for six weeks at the University of Oslo. Details can be found on the Peace Scholars website. Applications should be sent to Victoria at <victoria.christman>. 

CELT J-term workshop and event registration

The CELT workshop and events schedule for J-term is now open for registration. Topics include everything from constructing and sequencing writing assignments, to considering best practices when it comes to late work policies. Workshops and events are held 2:30–4 p.m.Tuesdays and 11 a.m.–noon Wednesdays. The Wednesday offerings are repeated at 11 a.m. Thursdays. Please visit the CELT events page for more information and to register.

CEPE January Book Groups

Visit the CEPE website to sign up for one of two J-term book groups. Both groups include a free copy of the book and are open to students, faculty, staff and community members. Tara Westover's "Educated" is an autobiographical memoir of a young girl born to survivalists in Idaho who leaves her family and gets a PhD from Cambridge or, "A Witness: The Haiti Earthquake, a Song, Death, and Resurrection," a moving account of the earthquake in Haiti 10 years ago, in which thousands lost their lives, including Luther alumnus Ben Splichal Larson. Written by Larson's widow, Renee, this book documents her experience in the earthquake and its aftermath. 

Admissions listening sessions—time and location update

The admissions staff would like to hear from faculty and staff that are currently going through, or have recently gone through, the college search process with a child. Please join us to share your experiences with campus tours, publications and communication with colleges. Sessions will be held 10:30–11 a.m. or 3:30–4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, in the Union Nobel Room or 2:30–3 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, Valders 362 (please note change in location from last week's post). We will bring the coffee!

Luther College Woman's Club to meet Jan. 21

Education and adventure through film and travel will be the focus of the next meeting of the Luther College Woman's Club. Nancy Sojka will present "Oneota Film Festival XI: Inform. Inspire. Engage," while Molly (Williams) Holkesvik '97 will present "Decorah Schools: European and Washington, D.C., Trips." The meeting takes place at 1:30 p.m. in Peace Dining Room, Dahl Centennial Union. Shuttle service from the Decorah pool lot leaves at 1:10 p.m.

Wellness Lunch-n-Learn event Jan. 28

Individuals are constantly changing in their quest to live life well, the Wellness Program's 2019-2020 theme is "Actively Becoming." If you are staying stagnant and not moving forward, you are not living life to the fullest. Join us for lunch-and-learn at noon Tuesday, Jan. 28, for a conversation with Scott Fjelstul as he helps us think about our futures and how we can help prepare for our exits from this world. We have 16 free lunches, so register before Jan. 21. If you miss out on the free lunches, you are certainly welcome to join us and bring your own!

Register for Luther College Community Music School

Youth Choir (Soda Club) begins Jan. 27, and meets 5:30-6:30 p.m. Mondays at Decorah Lutheran for eight weeks, $60. Private Lessons begin Feb. 8 and are scheduled individually, $150 for 12 lessons. Group classes begin March 4 and meet 8-8:45 a.m. Wednesday mornings at Decorah Lutheran for eight weeks, $40. Visit the LCCMS website for more information and to register. Contact Claire Thompson <LCCMS> with any questions.


Chapel this week

Join College Ministries for chapel wherever you are during the month of January on Facebook! Chapel speakers will "go Live" on the Luther College Ministries page every Monday, Wednesday and Friday during Jterm.

Wednesday, Jan. 15: Gereon Kopf in Iceland
Friday, Jan. 17: Alexis Olson '19 in Madagascar
Monday, Jan. 20: Alyssa Henning

Home sporting events

Thursday, Jan. 16: Wresting vs. Wartburg, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 18: Women's basketball vs. Simpson, 2 p.m.; Men's basketball vs. Simpson, 4p.m.

Events this week

Visit the online Calendar of Events for a complete list of Luther events happening from Tuesday, Jan. 14–Monday, Jan. 20!

Poetry Reading by Elizabeth J. Colen Jan. 16

Visiting professor Elizabeth J. Colen will give a reading 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, in the CFL Recital Hall. She is the author of several books of poetry, including "Money for Sunsets" (Lambda Literary Award finalist in 2011). This J-term here at Luther, she is teaching a creative writing class on "Literary Collage."

Mid-Winter Community Day Pizza Party Jan. 18

Luther College, in partnership with Decorah Bank and Trust, invites all area families and friends to enjoy an afternoon of food, fellowship and fun at the 2020 Mid-Winter Community Day on Saturday, Jan. 18, in the Regents Center. Registration can be completed online or by calling the Alumni Office, 387-1164 or (800) 225-8664. The community day pizza party is $2 for adults, no charge for children 18 and under.

Model United Nations Security Council session Jan. 24

Would you like to know how the United Nations operates in real life? Do you want to learn more about the Venezuelan crisis? Join POLS185 students as they model the role of national Delegates to the United Nations-Security Council. The event is open to the public, everyone is welcome. 2:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, Koren 217. Sponsored by POLS185 MUN and the Center for Ethics and Public Engagement.

Luther Baseball First Pitch Banquet Jan. 25

Luther Baseball will host "Voice of the Hawkeyes" Gary Dolphin and "Voice of the Gophers" Mike Grimm as keynote speakers at this year's First Pitch Banquet on Saturday, Jan. 25, in Peace Dining. A social hour will start at 5:30 p.m. followed by a dinner at 6:30 p.m. Tickets and all of the information can be found on the Luther Ticket Office website. See you there! 


Welcome, new hires

Suzy Hilgerson started her position as Book Shop staff on Jan. 2. Her office is Dahl Centennial Union 103G, telephone 387-1037.

Ashlesha Pawar started her position as director of institutional research and effectiveness on Jan. 2. Her office is Dahl Centennial Union 234A, telephone 387-1016.

Jordan Cunningham started her position as director of marketing operations on Jan. 6. Her office is Dahl Centennial Union 263A, telephone 387-1902.

Celebrations this week


Jan. 14: Carly Erickson
Jan. 15: Mike Garcia, Brian Heister, Elliott Johnson
Jan. 16: Kayla Scholl
Jan. 17: Anne Edison-Albright, Keving Ellingson, Peggi Pape, Ryan Torkelson, Marsha Wenthold
Jan. 18: Scott Fjelstul, John Jefferson
Jan. 19 Deirdre Duvel, Chelle Meyer


Jan. 4: Chelle Meyer, 30 years
Jan. 5: Leah Benzing, 5 years
Jan. 19: Nicole Waskow, 20 years


Trish Neubauer, who will have worked for Luther for more than 37 years, has announced her retirement effective Feb. 3. We congratulate Trish and thank her for her dedicated service to the college.  


Condolences for Debbie Karr whose mother-in-law, Rozanne Karr, aged 96, passed away in Bloomington, Ill. on Jan. 6.

Position Openings

Sustainability Coordinator (.83 FTE, ten-month per year): Position will work with faculty, staff, students and other partners to promote sustainability on the Luther College campus and in the community. Duties will include working with staff to develop and implement strategies to achieve reductions in energy usage and solid waste disposal, integrate sustainability into student life programming and support sustainable food efforts; as well as data collection, reporting, and communication. A bachelor's degree and strong written and verbal communication skills required. At least two years' experience with sustainability in higher education or equivalent related experience preferred.

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


Vanessa (Grima Baldacchino) Frazier '90 has been named the permanent representative of Malta to the United Nations. She is the first woman to assume this title. In this position, Frazier will lead Malta's bid for a seat at the United Nation (UN) Security Council in 2023. If this bid is successful, Frazier will have the seat representing the Western European and Others Group (WEOG).

Matt Hughes '97 earned the degree of Master of Fine Arts in writing popular fiction from Seton Hill University (Greensburg, Pa.).

Lindsey Row-Heyveld published "'Known and Feeling Sorrows': Disabled Knowledge and King Lear," in Early Theatre 22.2 (2019), part of a special issue on "Disability in Early Modern Theatre."


For sale: Used Snapper snowblower, Model I 422. $150 OBO. Contact <pauljess>.

For sale: Many items for sale from daughter who moved and doesn't have need/room for these items. Oscar Schmidt Guitar, strap, padded carrying case, new strings, pick and metronomes—a great starter pack, $120 for all. Bissel Powerforce vacuum with bags, works well, $35. D-Link Webcam, connects via wifi and can see what is on the webcam using a phone app, $50. Dupont faucet mount water filter with new cartridge, $15. Blender with drinking thermos and lid, bought new from Sam's Club and only used a couple of times. Drinks, smoothies, etc. are blended in the container then the lid screws on and it becomes a thermos that keeps the drink cold for hours, $15. Email <kimpowell> for photos or with questions.

For sale: Brother black and white laser printer, copier and scanner. Barely used, in perfect condition. Comes with manuals. $75. Originally $110. Email <kimpowell> with questions.

For sale: Dresses, each dress worn once and in excellent condition. Asking $75 each or best offer. Red prom dress; red lace top and skirt (separate pieces). Black prom dress; black beaded dress (all beads intact). Both dresses altered to fit a 5'6"/130ish lb girl. Three pink bridesmaid dresses; one size 2, 4, 6. Pictures available upon request. Contact <[email protected]> or 419-8357.

Free: Unfaced R13 insulation, 15" x 93", seven bats. Thinset mortar, ~35 lbs (of 50 lb bag). Polyblend sanded grout, light smoke (#145), ~ 22 lbs (of 25 lb bag). Contact <baacer01>.

House/pet sitter available: Responsible Luther student looking for summer housing from roughly May 26–Aug. 21, 2020 (somewhat flexible). I am experienced in house/pet care, or open to any number of other low-rent housing opportunities. Very polite, clean and quiet. References available upon request. Please contact <handca01>.


And finally...

As an institution of higher education, named after Martin Luther, we'd like to take a moment to acknowledge that on this day, in 1501, Martin Luther entered the University of Erfurt. (At least according to the internet). Happy first day of school, Martin!