Tuesday, Feb. 25

TUESDAY 2/25/2020

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Last chance to see The Race Exhibit!

The Race Exhibit (from the Science Museum of Minnesota), on loan from the Diversity Council of Rochester, is still up in the Women and Gender Equality Center but will be leaving us mid March. If you have not had the opportunity to see it yet, or want one more interaction, please stop in to see the exhibit. It will be up until Friday, March 13.  


HR Updates

TIAA webinars
TIAA hosts monthly webinars through its interactive Live Webinar Lounge at www.tiaa.org/webinars. This innovative resource offers users 24/7 access to a wide range of live and on-demand webinars, tools, calculators, and articles on a variety of financial topics. Live webinars to help employees boost their financial know-how

Be considerate of those with fragrance and food sensitivities
Please help us to accommodate our fellow students, faculty and staff that have sensitivities to various chemical-based, scented products or to food allergies. Scented products such as hair spray, perfume/cologne, body sprays, air fresheners and diffused essential oils can trigger reactions such as respiratory distress, nausea, headaches and migraines. Please refrain from bringing nuts or peanut butter products into the classroom, as well, as we have had some situations with allergic reactions in the classroom. Contact Marsha Wenthold, director of human resources, 387-1415, with questions.

Sign up for a March wellness screening

During 2020, employees and spouses covered by the Luther College Health Care Plan have additional wellness benefits and requirements. Sign up for the Tuesday, March 10, blood screenings with Gunderson Health Systems here on campus by contacting <wellness>.

Open house for National TRIO Day Feb. 28

All are welcome! The Luther College TRIO Achievement Program is celebrating National TRIO Day with an open house on Friday, Feb. 28. Please drop by the office (Preus Library lower level) anytime between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. for a treat and a chance to win a prize. TRIO is a federally-funded student-retention program that helps first-generation and income-eligible students make the most of their college experience and reach their potential.

Speed limit

Please observe the posted speed limit of 15 MPH on campus roads. With Luther being a residential campus, there are many times that streets are used for walking and running. One benefit of a 15 MPH limit is that drivers should be able to react to pedestrians in a safe manner. Speed limit signs are posted at campus entrances.

Crosswalk reminder

Many campus crosswalks, but not all, are permanently identified by red stamped concrete. Per Iowa code, "The driver of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way, slowing down or stopping if need be to so yield, to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within any marked crosswalk or within any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection." The Luther Vehicle Regulation Manual states, "Drivers are to yield to pedestrians at all times." Please follow these regulations while driving.

Are you a member of Phi Beta Kappa?

Phi Beta Kappa members should mark their calendars for two upcoming meetings. We will meet 9:40-10:15 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, in Olin 101 to discuss and vote on an honorary nominee for induction and to decide who the initiation speaker should be. We will meet again 9:40-10:40 a.m. Thursday, March 12, in Olin 101 to vote on the slate of candidates for induction. Contact Marie Drews <drewsmar> with any questions. We look forward to seeing you!

Music class for grades K-6th

Registration is open for Wednesday morning group music classes through the Luther College Community Music School. This program is open to youth in grades K-6th and meets at Decorah Lutheran Church 8-8:45 a.m. Wednesday mornings. The spring session runs March 4-May 13 (no class on March 25). Cost is $40 and is free to Decorah Lutheran Church Members. Register online. Email <LCCMS>.

Dorian Band Festival

480 high school students will be on campus Sunday-Monday, March 1-2, for the Dorian Band Festival. Thank you for welcoming these prospective students to our campus! These students will be eating lunch 12:30-1:30 p.m. Monday, March 2. Our latest data shows us that 12.3% of our current first-year class at Luther attended a Dorian Music Festival (academic-year festivals) while in high school.

Creative Movement Classes through Luther Dance program

Luther College Dance program announces Creative Movement Classes for children in kindergarten through third grade. The goals of these classes are to foster creativity, freedom and expression through movement. All classes will be taught by Luther College dance students on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30-5:30 in the Center for the Arts, Studio One. No registration needed. $10/session per child. Dates are March 3, 5, 10, 12, and 31. April 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, and 30. Come move with us! Contact <hawleyja> with questions.

Elementary reading tutors

Students majoring in elementary education are looking to offer free tutoring for children who could use extra support in reading. Any child in K-5 who could benefit from 1-2 hours per week with work on phonics, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension and spelling is most welcome. Tutoring would be from March 9-May 15. Please contact Barb Bohach in the education department by March 1, <bohachba> or 387-1547. Limited space is available.

Krahn Family Student Life Service Award ($1000 award)

Nominations for this award must be current sophomore and junior students who have demonstrated a strong contribution to campus life in a way that embraces the spirit and mission of Luther College. Any student, faculty, or staff member may nominate a student. This award is designed to recognize a student who makes a positive impact to student life. This $1,000 award is expected to be over and above any financial assistance a student receives. The nomination form can be found here: https://www.luther.edu/studentlife/awards/. Nominations are due by March 20, 2020.

Kuh Family "Positively Luther" Award ($5000 award)

This award is given each year to a student whose character, leadership, and participation in co-curricular and other educationally purposeful activities enhance the quality of campus life. The recipient must be in good academic standing with a demonstrated need for financial assistance. This $5,000 award is expected to be over and above the financial aid package offered by the college. Application for the award can be found here: https://www.luther.edu/studentlife/awards/. Applications are due March 20, 2020.

Free Friday morning open gyms Feb. 7-March 20

Please note: there will be no open gym on Friday, Feb. 28. 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.

Student summer employment notice

Luther College has opportunities for students looking for summer employment. Applications may be found in the Office of Human Resources (Main 25) or on the HR website. A list of open positions is available there, as well. Applications should be completed and returned to the Office of Human Resources (Main 25) by April 3, 2020. Students returning to Luther for Fall 2020 are eligible to apply. This includes seniors who are student teaching a ninth semester in Fall 2020 or graduating seniors who are taking summer classes. Please encourage students to turn in applications as soon as possible. Positions will be filled quickly. If you have any questions, please contact Summer Employment at <hr> or call 387-1116 or 387-1134.

New housing option, Multifaith House

Next year there is an opportunity to live in a newly designated house, the Multifaith House! This is an intentional living, learning, leadership and service community for students who are curious about faith and connecting across different faith traditions and core convictions. If you have any questions, email Pastor Annie at <edisan01> or text her at 715-204-4105.

Latinx Panel Feb. 27

A panel of Luther College students and faculty who self-identify as Latinx will share their experiences in the Luther community. Panel members will discuss how we might cultivate a more inclusive campus climate and enhance student success in a time when Latinx college enrollments continue to increase.  Everyone welcome with reception to follow. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, in the CFL Recital Hall. Sponsored by Latines Unides and CEPE.

Eight week spiritual reflection group

Using Richard Rohr's book, "The Universal Christ," we will explore forgotten teaching on Christ and learn contemplative practices as a tool for a deeper way of being. Mondays 6:45-7:45 p.m. in CFL 205. Begins Feb. 24. Led by Nathan Elsbernd '23 and Vicar Amalia. Pre-commitment required; limited to 12 participants. Please contact Vicar Amalia <vicaramalia> for information or to register.

New from Preus Library

The Research Help Desk now takes appointments! If your class is working on a research assignment, help us spread the word about this new option. Visit the appointments website. Contact the desk at <refdesk> or 387-1163 if you have questions.

Book Shop news

Autographed books
If you missed Terrion Williamson's lecture on Feb. 13, no worries. Stop in and purchase an autographed copy of her book, "Scandalize My Name."

Alumnus new book spotlight
Congratulate Brian R. Marten '72 on having his first book published, "Three Raven Gate." Stop by the Book Shop for a peek, and a chance to purchase his book.

Book signings
Author, Sami Schalk, with be giving the CEPE Guest Lecture at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, in the CFL Recital Hall. She will be signing her book, "Bodyminds Reimagined," after the lecture. The books are available currently in the Book Shop, and will be available for purchase at the event.

Author, Judy Shepard will be lecturing as part of the "Hope Over Hate" lecture series on Tuesday, March 3, in the CFL Main Hall. After the lecture she will be signing her book, "The Meaning of Matthew". Her book is currently available in the Book Shop and will be available at the event, too. 


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. 26: Ash Wednesday Chapel, Aurora
Friday, Feb. 28: Music that Makes Community
Monday, March 2: TBD

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

Tuesday, Feb. 25: Women's Basketball A-R-C Tournament first round vs. Central College, 7 p.m.

Events this week

Visit the online Calendar of Events for a complete list of Luther events happening from Tuesday, Feb. 25–Monday, March 2!

Guest Lecture: 'Black Women's Speculative Fiction and the Deconstruction of Able-Mindedness' Feb. 25

Dr. Sami Schalk will argue that Phyllis Alesia Perry's novel, "Stigmata," reveals the racial and gender norms that socially construct able-mindedness with dangerous consequences for black people. She will relate issues raised in the novel to contemporary concerns for black people engaging with the psychiatric industrial complex and to the role of able-mindedness in police brutality. 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, CFL Recital Hall. Reception to follow. Sponsored by BSU, LDA, WGST, and CEPE.

Faculty Artist Series: Beth Ray Westlund Feb. 25

Beth Ray, mezzo-soprano, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, in the Jenson-Noble Recital Hall. Joining Beth are fellow Luther music faculty Nicholas Shaneyfelt, piano and Rachel Storlie, soprano. The recital will feature art songs by Reynaldo Hahn and Johannes Brahms, Cole Porter songs, operatic arias from Gluck's Orfeo and Mark Adamo's Little Women, and a duet from Jake Heggie's Dead Man Walking. For more event details visit the music department website. Open to the public with no charge for admission.

Faculty Artist Series: Lynne Rothrock '85, Feb. 27

Singer Lynne Rothrock's engaging mega-watt personality is as expansive as her remarkable knack for uncovering priceless, little-known musical masterpieces. Her savvy style with a time-honored classic is as warm and on-target as her easy and immediate connection with an audience of any demographic. Joining Lynne are Julia Andrews, piano, and Marita May '14, violin. The performance will feature a variety of musical theatre, cabaret songs and selections from the Great American Songbook. For more event details visit the music department website. The event is at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, in the Noble Recital Hall in Jenson-Noble, and is open to the public with no charge for admission.

Music That Makes Community Feb. 27-29

Feb. 27-29, Luther College Ministries will host Music That Makes Community, a national non-profit group focused on community singing and song leading. Music That Makes Community will hold several events during their residency for the Luther and Decorah Communities. The public is invited to participate in song and a potluck 6-8:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28 in Shirley Baker Commons. On Saturday, Feb. 29, MMC will hold a one-day workshop for those interested in learning to improve their paperless and group song leading skills. Tuition costs will range from $35 to $100. Scholarships are available for students. Register online. Contact <vicaramalia> with questions.

Faculty Artist Series: Jon Ailabouni with the Optimism Jazz Sextet Feb. 28

The Optimism Jazz Sextet is made up of regional jazz musicians and educators: trumpeter Jon Ailabouni from Luther College; bassist Karyn Quinn and saxophonists Greg Balfany and Jeff Erikson from University of Wisconsin - La Crosse; and pianist Larry Price and drummer Rich MacDonald from Winona State University. With the three-horn front line and standard rhythm section, the group dives into diverse repertoires from New Orleans second line to hard bop a la Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, and the contemporary compositions of New York saxophonist Eric Alexander and drummer T.S. Monk. In addition to these repertoires, the group's presentation at Luther College will feature original music by members of the group. Visit the music department website to learn more. This event will take place at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, in the CFL Recital Hall and is open to the public with no charge for admission.

Faculty Artist Series: Brooke Joyce March 1

"The Showing of Love," a new music theater work based on the writings of Julian of Norwich, with music composed by Brooke Joyce, will be performed at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 1, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Decorah. The featured performer is mezzo-soprano Lisa Neher, for whom the work was composed. In addition to the concert performance of this work-in-progress, Joyce will offer a talk focusing on the spiritual dimensions of Julian's writings at 11 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. This event is open to the public with no charge for admission. Learn more on the music department website.

'Hope Over Hate' lecture: Judy Shepard March 3

Judy Shepard, the mother of Matthew Shepard, a victim of murder motivated by anti-gay hate, will present the first of two "Hope Over Hate" lectures at Luther College at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, in the Main Hall of the CFL. "Mrs. Shepard's message resonates with everyone who hears her speak," says Kristen Underwood, director of campus programming. "Whether or not you identify as LGBTQ, erasing hate is a universal cause. Judy Shepard speaks for LGBTQ youth, people of color, religious minorities or anyone who has experienced discrimination."

Ethnic Arts Festival March 7

Luther will celebrate Ethnic Arts Festival 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, March 7, in the Regents Center North Gym.  The event is open to the public with no charge for admission, and there will be food available for purchase. This year's festival will feature a  12 p.m. presentation by William Quackenbush of the Ho-Chunk Nation. Additional activities include a Culture Fair, student performances, henna hand art, hair braiding, and children's activities.  We hope you will join us at this family-friendly event to celebrate the many cultures represented here at Luther.

CSS: Catapult March 7

At 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 7, Catapult will perform in the CFL Main Hall. As a major hit on America's Got Talent, this shadow-illusion dance troupe uses teamwork and athleticism to transform human bodies into dragons, flowers, elephants, helicopters, works of architecture and vast landscapes to tell inspiring and imaginative stories that captivate audiences across the world.

Paideia Texts and Issues Lecture March 10

Anita Carrasco will present a lecture titled, "Culture As Resistance in the Chilean Andes: An Indigenous Community's Fight for Their Rights and Recognition in the Face of Mining" at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 10, in the CLF Recital Hall. Carrasco's talk focuses on the Likantatay, an urban indigenous community in Calama, a mining town in the Atacama Desert. This is the final Paideia Texts and Issues Lecture of the 2019-20 series "Resistance and Resilience." A reception in Qualley Lounge will follow the lecture.


New positions

Lukas Phillips started his new position as interim program coordinator for student activities and Dieseth Hall manager on Feb. 5. His offices are Dieseth Hall, telephone 387-1670, and Dahl Centennial Union 106, telephone 387-1023.

Celebrations this week


Feb. 25: Lynn Ingvalson, Helen Olson
Feb. 26: Megan Sherman
Feb. 27: Igor Kalnin
Feb. 28: Jodi Enos-Berlage, Jon Lund, Jenna Mockler-Gjerde
March 1: Geri Tlusty
March 2: John Strauss, Jessica Woodward


March 2: Melissa Bothun, 5 years


Jan Cordell, who has worked at Luther for more than 22 years, has announced her retirement effective May 29. We congratulate Jan and thank her for her dedicated service to the college.  

Debbie Karr, who has worked at Luther for more than 24 years, has announced her retirement effective April 30. We congratulate Debbie and thank her for her dedicated service to the college.


To Wilfred Bunge, professor emeritus of religion and classics, on the death of his wife Ruth Bunge '51, who passed away on Sunday, Feb. 23. Memorial Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 29, at First Lutheran Church.

Remembering Ben Blair with Music and Stories April 24

Join us at 7 p.m. Friday, April 24, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, for an evening of music and stories to remember Ben Blair, son of Pastor Mike and Sue Blair. A freewill offering will benefit the Iowa Donor Network.  
A viewing of Ben's art will be held before the event, from 5-7 p.m., in the Good Shepherd Gathering Space outside the sanctuary.


Staff Collaborative Pianist to provide piano accompaniment, .75 FTE, nine month, regular staff position with duties beginning Sept. 1, 2020. Bachelor's degree is required as well as a demonstrated record of success as a collaborative pianist with substantial and significant vocal and instrumental repertoire. Also required are excellent sight-reading skills and the ability to learn new repertoire quickly. MM in piano or collaborative piano and familiarity with German, French and Italian language/diction preferred.

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.


Counseling Service would like to recognize all of the faculty and staff who have completed Adult Mental Health First Aid certification during the 2019-20 year. The list of employees can be viewed at on the Counseling Service website. Mental Health First Aid certification is an eight-hour training focused on how to recognize and respond to a mental health crisis. Email <counseling> if you'd like to be notified of the next offering in August 2020.   

The book "An Ecotopian Lexicon" that includes a chapter by Andy Hageman was featured in a positive review in The New Yorker on Feb. 21.

Jimmy Hoke signed a contract for the publication of "Under God?: Romans in Feminist and Queer Assemblages" as a book. The book will be published in 2021 in the Early Christianity and its Literature series of the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) Press.

Justin Sprung and Anna Rogers '18 published the article "Work-Life Balance as a Predictor of College Student Anxiety and Depression" in the Journal of American College Health.


For sale: 2000 Toyota Echo, 185500 miles, good condition, dependable. $1000. Contact Todd and Tabita at <greeto02>.


And finally...

On Feb. 25, 1870, Hiram Rhodes Revels, a Republican from Natchez, Mississippi, was sworn into the U.S. Senate, becoming the first African American ever to sit in Congress.