Tuesday, Feb. 11

TUESDAY 2/11/2020

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Tenure and promotions

At the Feb. 7-8 meeting, the Board of Regents granted tenure to Brittany Cord, Maren Johnson and Thomas Occhipinti. The three were also promoted to associate professor. Also announced at the February meeting are the following promotions: Molly McNicoll to associate professor; Eric Baack and Britt Rhodes to full professor. Congratulations to all!

Charrette follow-up

Though we know the daycare shortage affects many in our community, including our faculty and staff, it is not feasible for Luther to own and operate a daycare. But how else might we be involved, and how can Luther faculty, staff and students be partners in helping to meet this community need? Luther will continue to be part of these important discussions with Stephanie From, executive director of Winneshiek County Development, in addressing the shortage from a countywide perspective. Additional feedback from the Charrette will be available in the coming weeks.


Tuesday submission reminders

A reminder to the Luther community that posts submitted to the Tuesday should stick to a 75-word limit, should be relevant to a Luther staff and faculty audience and should be submitted via the Tuesday submission form. The deadline to submit a post is 3 p.m. the Friday before you'd like your post to appear. A post can run for a maximum of two issues, please plan accordingly.

Federal income tax withholding form update

The IRS released a new Form W-4 for 2020. Significant changes were made to the form, and the Payroll Office strongly encourages all employees to use the IRS Tax Withholding Estimator to see if they should submit a new W-4 form. You will need your year-to-date 2020 earnings statements from Norse Hub. If you have another job and/or are a two-income family, then you will need all other relevant year-to-date pay advices as well.

The Tax Withholding Estimator will help you complete a new W-4 form, if necessary. If you do not submit a new form, then your federal tax withholding will continue to match your year-to-date earnings statements on Norse Hub.

Questions about 2020 federal income tax withholding may be answered by the Tax Withholding Estimator Frequently Asked Questions list. Updated W-4 forms, if necessary, should be submitted to the Payroll Office, 387-1135.

February staff meetings

The monthly staff meetings will be held 2–3 p.m.Wednesday, Feb. 12, and 9–10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 13. Both meetings are in Peace Dining Room. Departments are asked to coordinate attendance between the Wednesday and Thursday sessions so that everyone is able to attend. For further information, please contact Marsha Wenthold, director of human resources, at 387-1415.

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 apply for the Student Ambassador program by directing them to submit an application online through our Admissions Application. Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23.

Preus Library is looking for feedback

As part of a project to review and update a set of online research help resources, our Guides (guides.luther.edu), we're asking faculty to take this brief survey to help us gauge your awareness and use of the Guides in your teaching. Your valuable feedback will guide our plans for promoting and creating these resources going forward—thanks in advance! Contact Amanda Jenkins <jenkam01> with questions.

Summer camp fairs Feb. 13 and Feb. 20

Both fairs will be held 10 a.m.–4 p.m. in the Dahl Centennial Union. Many summer camp representatives will be attending each fair to visit with students about their summer staff positions. Great opportunity for students to look for summer jobs where they will learn team work, leadership, and problem solving skills all while having fun in a beautiful setting!

Luther Baseball 'Bitty Ball' Camp

For boys and girls in grades Pre-K-2nd grade, 1-2 p.m. Feb. 16. Fee is $15 and each participant gets a t-shirt or hat! Come and learn from all our Luther Norse baseball players! Register online.

Website changes and updates made within Reason

We have received several notifications of website changes and updates made within Reason not appearing on the live website. With our upgrade to Reason 4.8, you will need to remove any bookmarks you have to reason.luther.edu/admin—that URL will take you to an old server, and not our live website. Please use www.luther.edu/admin to make any changes within Reason. ITS will be turning off access to the old Reason server on Friday, Feb. 14.

February CELT programming

February CELT programming has started. Highlights include conversations about running effective discussions, constructing rubrics, and decolonizing your syllabus. Don't forget that applications for Teaching Partnerships and our newly launched Faculty Learning Communities are due this month. Finally, the Bandwidth Recovery book group meets today at 4:15 p.m. More copies of the book are available. 

Donate your redeemable cans and bottles to Habitat for Humanity

The Luther College chapter of Habitat for Humanity is collecting redeemable cans and bottles. Proceeds will go towards our spring break service trip (emphasis on SERVICE) and will also be shared with Winneshiek County Habitat. If you would like to donate, please let us know via email, <habitat>, and we will find a way to pick them up. Thank you so much!  

CEPE Book Group: Breaking the Two-Party Doom Loop

In the aftermath of a senate impeachment vote that saw just one senator cross party lines, can American democracy still function? Lee Drutman argues that the electoral system in place in most states pushes us towards polarization and makes compromise impossible. He suggests that states could implement different forms of voting that might encourage the development of a multi-party system built on coalitions and compromise. Sign up for the book group to discuss these ideas. Facilitated by Eric Baack.

Free Friday morning open gyms Feb. 7–March 20

Wellness has partnered with UERPC Safe Routes to School to offer Free Friday Morning Open Gyms again this winter! Parents (or childcare providers) and children age 0–5 years can join 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. will be provided. Contact <wellness> with any questions.

CEPE book group

The Meaning of Matthew Shepard: My Son's Murder in Laramie and a World Transformed. Judy Shepard writes about losing her 21-year-old son Matt after he was brutally attacked, tied to a fence, and left to die outside of Laramie, Wyoming. Judy will be speaking on campus on March 3, as part of Hope Over Hate week, to promote a greater understanding of LGBTQ issues and empower audiences to embrace human dignity and diversity through outreach and advocacy. Sign up to join the book group.

Not Quite Free Lunch Feb. 11

Join colleagues at the Not Quite Free Lunch 11:30 a.m.–1:15 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, 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 includes chipotle mango glazed ham, garlic and oregano roasted red potatoes, tossed salad and dessert. The charge is $5, payable by cash, check or Luther ID. Contact <wellness> with questions.

Emeriti Colloquium Feb. 13

All members of the Luther community are invited to attend the next Emeriti Colloquium at 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, in Baker Village Commons. James Griesheimer will speak on the topic, "Beethoven and Form."

Luther College Woman's Club to meet Feb. 18

Four Luther students from diverse backgrounds will present "This Is Me," while Deanna (Rude) Casterton '91, director of the Luther Book Shop, will present "The Ever-Changing Textbook Landscape" at the next meeting of the LCWC, Tuesday, Feb. 18. 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 Feb. 18

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 this month's lunch-and-learn at noon Tuesday, Feb.18, in Nobel for a conversation with Michelle Whitehill as she helps us declutter in all stages of our lives. We have 16 free lunches, so register before Feb. 11. If you miss out on the free lunches, you are certainly welcome to join us and bring your own! Contact <wellness> with questions.

Interim pastor in College Ministries

College Ministries is glad and grateful to welcome Pastor Judd Larson as interim college pastor for spring 2020. Pastor Judd will be on campus Wednesdays, Thursdays, and two Sundays a month to meet with students and others for pastoral care, mentor College Ministries student leaders, and take part in leading chapel and Sunday morning worship. His office is in CFL 107 and his email address is <larsju01>.

Do you want to be a TED Talk Speaker?

TEDxLutherCollege is looking for brilliant, innovative, creative, local speakers who would like to share their ideas on our platform. Apply to be a TED Talk Speaker! Email <sactedxlc> if interested, and fill out the online form before Feb. 16. Sponsored by the Center for Ethics and Public Engagement.

Book Shop news

Sweet as Candy V-day Party
We are celebrating Valentine's Day in the Book Shop Friday, Feb. 14, and Saturday, Feb. 15. Stop in for some sweet treats and take 25% off all clearance, long sleeve tees, and quarter zips. Happy Valentine's Day Norse! 


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.

Wednesday, Feb. 12: Works by Chimimanda Adichie presented by Darnell Lyng
Friday, Feb. 14: Works by Warsan Shire and Luvvie Ajayi presented by Peilla Ishimwe
Monday, Feb. 17: Gather morning prayer

Ash Wednesday Services Feb. 26

Ash Wednesday at Luther College includes two opportunities to hear readings and prayers for the day and receive the imposition of ashes: during chapel in the Main Hall of the CFL at 10:30 a.m., and at the ecumenical Ash Wednesday service with St. Benedict's Catholic Parish in the Main Hall of the CFL at 7 p.m. At the evening service, President Jenifer K. Ward will preach, and Pastor Annie Edison-Albright and Father Don Hertges will preside at a full worship service with Holy Communion.

Home sporting events

There are no home games this week.

Events this week

Visit the online Calendar of Events for a complete list of Luther events happening from Tuesday, Feb. 11–Monday, Feb. 17!

Nordic Choir homecoming concert Feb. 11

Nordic Choir will perform their homecoming concert as part of their 2020 Winter Tour at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, in the CFL. The performance is open to the public with no charge for admission. It will also be streamed live at stream.luther.edu.

Here's My Story: On Friendship Feb. 12

Prospective college students are often told that they will meet lifelong best friends in college. While true for some, that's not the case for everyone. Join Luther community members as they share their stories of struggles and triumphs on developing and maintaining friendships in college and beyond at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, in the CFL Recital Hall. Reception to follow. Sponsored by Counseling Service and the Center for Ethics and Public Engagement.

Commemoration of Toni Morrison by Terrion Williamson Feb. 13

This February, Luther is celebrating the life of Toni Morrison and other women writers of color in honor of Black History Month. The main event takes place at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, when Terrion Williamson, professor of African American and African studies at the University of Minnesota, speaks about the impact Toni Morrison made on today's society. It is open to the public with no charge for admission and takes place in Valders 206. 

CSS: Neil Berg's '101 Years of Broadway' Feb. 14

At 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, the Luther College Center Stage Series brings Neil Berg's "101 Years of Broadway" to the Main Hall of the CFL. Five of Broadway's finest stars will perform songs from some of the most-loved Broadway musicals. The show combines the stunning vocals of the cast with the talent of Neil Berg, award-winning composer/lyricist, to create a dramatic and entertaining event that audience members have called "unforgettable" and "a knockout." Tickets are available online.

Oneota Film Festival Feb. 14-16

The Oneota Film Festival is an annual free event on the Luther College campus. Over fifty independently produced films will be shown from Feb. 14-16, about subjects like immigration, relationships, climate, culture, art and fun. Filmmakers from around the country will be available for Q&A sessions after several films. The descriptions of films and schedule can be found at oneotafilmfestival.org. If you would like to be certain to see a specific film, sign up online to volunteer as a doorkeeper or in another capacity.

Norse Awards Feb. 16

The annual Norse Awards program will take place at 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16 in the main gymnasium. Please join in recognizing the accomplishments of our student-athletes and teams. The event is sponsored by the Student Athlete Advisory Committee.

CEPE Pop-Up Programming: 'Coronavirus: Modern Epidemic Beyond Borders' Feb. 17

Why does there seem to be stigma surrounding respiratory illness? What is the situation inside China? Is this the next pandemic? Join us for a discussion of the Coronavirus from an interdisciplinary perspective from 4–5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 17, in the CFL Recital Hall with professors Maryna Bazylevych, anthropology; Gwen Strand, biology; and Hongmei Yu, Asian studies. Sponsored by ASAA and CEPE.

AAUW presentation on the economics of health care Feb. 17

The Decorah Area Chapter of the American Association of University Women will be hosting a presentation by public health nurse, Krista Vanden Brink, on the economics of health care at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 17, in Decorah Library Community Room.

'Disability as expertise: The need for integrating disabilities studies into the professionalization of rehabilitation service providers' Feb. 20

Devorah Shubowitz will share how rights-based rehabilitation research and the expertise of disabled populations is critical for providing a holistic, collaborative, and just approach to physical therapy care for all bodies. Shubowitz has worked as a physical therapist for over 20 years and holds a PhD in anthropology from Indiana University Bloomington. The event takes place at 4:15 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, in Olin 102. Sponsored by WGST and CEPE.


Welcome, new hires

Sarah Crose started her position as director of the career center on Jan. 27. Her office is Dahl Centennial Union 205K, telepone 382-1477.

David Lester started his position as the head women's golf coach on Feb. 1. His office is Regents Center 14D, telephone 387-1557.

Hillary Hart started her position as custodial staff on Feb. 3. Her office is Regents Center, telephone 387-2231.

New position

Jenna Mockler-Gjerde started her new position as interim director of student activities on Feb. 1. Her office is Dahl Centennial Union 106, telephone 387-1567.

Celebrations this week


Feb. 11: Kasey Nikkel, Thomas Conklin, Tyler Vaughn
Feb. 12: Janna Edrington
Feb. 13: Jeff Leschensky, Greg Ardinger
Feb. 15: Kaylee Kerrigan
Feb. 16: Tiffany Schoenfelder
Feb. 17: Faust Gertz, Peggy Lensing


Feb. 11: Lane Schwarz, 10 years


Administrative Assistant and Coordinator of Student Services in the Student Life Office (1.0 FTE) to manage the Student Life and Wellness office suite. High school diploma is required. Additional training in office procedures and word processing necessary. Three to five years of experience in comparable position in exchange for training. Must be self-motivated and able to handle difficult situations as they arise, as well as manage several tasks concurrently. Detail orientation essential.

Web Software Developer (1.0 FTE) to help with the development of our current projects and Luther's website. Working collaboratively with the Front-End Web Developer and ITS, and reporting to the Director of Marketing Operations, this role will troubleshoot and improve current back-end applications and processes for the Luther College website, improve the software by writing code, and modify the software to fix errors, adapt it to new hardware, and improve its performance.

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


Robert Christman's monograph, "The Dynamics of the Early Reformation in their Reformed Augustinian Context," has been published by Amsterdam University Press. The book recounts the pre-history of the Protestant Reformation's first executions (the burnings of two Augustinian friars in Brussels on July 1, 1523) and the impact of those deaths in the Low Countries and German-speaking lands. It further highlights Martin Luther's many connections to the condemned friars, opening a new window into workings of the Reformation in its earliest years.

Alfredo Alonso Estenoz's chapter "Argentina and Cuba: the Politics of Reception" appeared in the volume Jorge Luis Borges in Context, published by Cambridge University Press in January.

"The Winter Garden Photograph," a collection of poems by Reina María Rodríguez, translated by Kristin Dykstra with Nancy Gates Madsen, has been selected as a finalist for the 2020 PEN America Award for Poetry in Translation. Gates Madsen collaborated with Dykstra to translate several of the poems included in the book. The winner of the award will be announced at the PEN America Literary Awards Ceremony on March 2. 


For sale: 30 lb bag (brand new, unopened) Blue brand dog food, adult large breed, chicken and brown rice.  $49.99 (receipt available). Included free, four cans Blue brand dog food, various flavors. Molly is on a new diet, so much for advanced planning. Contact <pauljess>.

For sale: 2008 Dodge Dakota SLT Pickup, 4 wheel drive, silver in color, 155,000 miles. Please email <ihnspa01> for pictures and further information

For sale: House for sale by owner. Quality 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath, 2-car garage close to campus in sought-after neighborhood. 105 Crescent Ave. Call Donna Bahr, 382-4654.


And finally...

"Just 50 percent of chocolate lovers use the 'map' in a heart-shaped box of chocolates to find their favorites while 31 percent pick at random. The remainder bites the corner to determine the chocolate's filling (13 percent) or pokes at the bottom of the piece of chocolate (6 percent) to determine its contents. When it comes to the most sought after filling, consumers largely chose caramel (32 percent), closely followed by nuts (24 percent) or a chocolate-based filling (21 percent)."

National Confectioners Association