Tuesday, March 10

TUESDAY 3/10/2020

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COVID-19/novel coronavirus updates

Please note that all campus updates regarding COVID-19/novel coronavirus will be sent to students, staff, and faculty via email. Information is also available on the Luther College Health Advisory website


HR Updates

Donlon Pharmacy discontinues 90-day prescriptions
Donlan Pharmacy no longer fills 90-day prescriptions due to changes in management. Donlan continues to fill prescriptions for up to 30-day refills. Thrifty White and Walmart pharmacies continue to participate in the 90-day refill program with RxBenefits, Luther's pharmaceutical provider.

TIAA Workshop
"Paying Yourself: Income options in retirement" will be held 9–10 a.m. Friday, March 27, in the CFL Recital Hall. TIAA's workshop leader will help you understand the basic rules governing most common retirement accounts; gain perspective on when to withdraw different assets, discover the income choices TIAA offers, and more. Save your spot today! RSVP by calling 800-732-8353, weekdays, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. (CT). Register now.  

1095-C forms are out
Human Resources has generated 2019 Employer-Provided Health Insurance Offer and Coverage 1095-C forms. Employees who elected to receive those online can log in to NorseHub to view, and all other employees should have received a copy via campus mail last week. If you did not receive a form or have questions, please contact Matthew Bills at <bills> or 387-1189.

Monthly staff meetings March 11 and 12

Staff meetings will be 2–3 p.m. Wednesday, March 11, and 9–10 a.m. Thursday, March 12, both in Peace Dining Room. There will be an update on the Rochester Semester and the 2020 census. All staff are encouraged to attend one of the meetings  

Biology Colloquium on prairie insects March 12

Kirk Larsen will present a biology colloquium series talk titled "Beetles, Bees, and Butterflies: a Comparison of Insect Communities of Remnant and Planted Prairies in Northeast Iowa" at 9:40 a.m. Thursday, March 12, in Valders 206. All members of the Luther community with an interest in living systems are invited to attend.

Nominate a special senior!

Do you know a remarkable Luther student who's graduating in May? The Luther magazine seeks to profile seniors who excel academically, musically, athletically, through service, through internships, through entrepreneurship, or otherwise. Send suggestions to <magazine> by April 7. Please be specific about what makes this student special!

From the Risk Management and Safety Committee

Did you know that according to Earth Networks, in 2019, there were 671,211 lightning strikes in the state of Iowa? 6,601 of them were recorded in Winneshiek County. As we move toward the spring and summer storm seasons, take outdoor safety precautions when lightning is in your area. Be careful out there!

Hoslett Museum of Natural History

Did you know there is a natural history museum on Luther's campus? The Hoslett Museum of Natural History is located on the main (second) floor of Valders in the same hallway as the physics department, one door down from Valders 271. This semester, the museum is open weekly on Wednesdays from 1:30–2:30 p.m. Stop by if you're interested in checking it out. A work-study student will be there to give you a tour.    

Emeriti Colloquium March 12

All members of the Luther community are invited to attend the Emeriti Colloquium at 3 p.m. Thursday, March 12, in Baker Village Commons. The program will feature Marv Slind, speaking on Estonia's "Singing Revolution."

Not Quite Free Lunch March 10

Join colleagues at the Not Quite Free Lunch 11:30 a.m.–1:15 p.m. Tuesday, March 10, 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 garden salad. chicken parmesan, spaghetti, zucchini saute, garlic bread and dessert. The charge is $5, payable by cash, check or Luther ID. Contact <wellness> with questions.

Wilderness First Aid training

Are you wild and adventurous at heart? Keep yourself and others safe in the backcountry by registering now for Wilderness First Aid March 14–15, at Luther College. This in-depth weekend training provides valuable skills and knowledge on how to handle most backcountry emergencies. To register, contact Emily Neal, <nealem01>. Cost is $250, open to the public. Student and faculty/staff discounts available.

CSA share program

Hungry for fresh fruits and vegetables? Spring is on the way and with it comes one of the best Luther College employee perks around...your very own CSA share (veggies and fruits galore). Sign up now for your favorite CSA share program and enjoy local produce all summer and fall. Luther Employees receive a reimbursement on the shares you buy. Learn more and sign up online.

Dining Services Customer Loyalty Survey

We would very much like to know what you think of Luther's dining program. To gather your very important feedback, we have created a short customer satisfaction survey. Each person who completes a customer satisfaction survey will be entered to win a coupon book with a $50 value! The survey takes approximately seven minutes to complete. The survey link will be open through March 14, 2020. Thank you, in advance, for your participation and valuable feedback. We look forward to serving you!

CEPE Book Group

"Presumed Incompetent: The Intersections of Women and Class in Academia" offers a look into the struggles that women of color face within higher institutions of learning. Sign up to read this collection of essays organized into five themes: general campus climate; faculty/student relations; social class, tokenism, and the search process; tenure and promotion; and networks for allies and mentors. Three meetings in April facilitated by Chontel Syfox. Sponsored by CEPE and Dean's Office.

Prescribed fire and burn crew training session March 11

Interested in being on Luther's prescribed burn crew? Attend a training session at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 11, in Valders 262. You will learn about goals for using fire in our woodlands and prairies, and about fire safety and responsibilities while on a burn. All students, faculty, staff and community members are welcome to participate. Email Molly McNicoll, <mcnimo01>, with questions or to learn about other events on the natural areas.

Student Research Symposium submissions

This year's Student Research Symposium will be held on Friday, May 8. Submissions for student abstracts are due Wednesday, April 1. Please encourage your students to share their research and creative work by applying online: Application and abstract form.

Erdman Prize Competition

Let your students know that the Erdman Prize "Pitch-Off" is back for another exciting round of competition between student established businesses. Prizes are one $6,000 scholarship and two runner-up awards of $3,000, awarded to students of any year or any major who have demonstrated exceptional entrepreneurial skills during their student years at Luther College. The application and more information can be found here. Applications due before 2:30 p.m. Monday, April 6. Finalist presentations, judging and awards all during the Student Research Symposium on May 8. Questions? Contact Erin Ryan <ryaner01>.

Book Shop news

Spring break deals
Spring break is almost here, stop in the Book Shop for some new gear! Select tees and sport tees $10. All tanks in store are half-off. This promotion ends March 20.

Autographed books
If you missed the Judy Shepard book signing on March 3, do not worry. We have a few signed copies left of her book, "The Meaning of Matthew." Stop in and take a peak.

If you missed the Sami Schalk book signing on Feb. 25, it's not too late to pick up a signed copy of her book, "Bodyminds Reimagined."

Professor new book spotlight
Please congratulate Robert Christman on his newly published book, "The Dynamics of the Early Reformation in their Reformed Augustinian Context."

St. Paddy's Day greeting cards
Don't forget to send your leprechauns' cute greeting cards for St. Paddy's Day, March 17!


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, March 11: Robert Muller, senior chapel
Friday, March 13: Jennaya Robison, Germany J-term Choir
Monday, March 16: Gather Morning Prayer

Mid-Week Lent Recital Series at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

The Mid-Week Lent Recital Series at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church begins at 12:15 p.m. Wednesday, March 11, in the GS Sanctuary. Please join Jon Ailabouni and Chris Olson for a half hour of jazz music to soothe the soul. Other recitals are scheduled for March 18 with Art Songs, featuring Jonathon Struve, baritone, and Brooke Joyce, piano; followed by April 1 when Craig Hultgren, cello, and Brooke Joyce, piano, will play Sonata for Cello and Piano in D Minor, op. 40 by Dmitri Shostakovich.   

Home sporting events

There are no home athletic events this week.

Events this week

Visit the online Calendar of Events for a complete list of Luther events happening from Tuesday, March 10–Monday, March 16!

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. Tuesday, 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.

Faculty Artist Series: Gregory Peterson, organ March 10

Gregory Peterson will perform a faculty recital inspired by his recent sabbatical in Northern Germany, Norway, and Sweden. Peterson will perform works by Buxtehude, Brahms, J. G. Walther, Emil Sjögren, and J. S. Bach. This performance will feature the 1971 Hendrickson Organ in the intimate setting of the Sundt Organ room of Jenson-Noble Hall of Music at 8:15 p.m. Tuesday, March 10. The recital is open to the public with no charge for admission.

Film screening: 'The River and the Wall' March 11

Attend a screening of "The River and the Wall" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 11, in Olin 102. The film features five friends journey from El Paso to the Gulf of Mexico on horses, mountain bikes and canoes to document the borderlands and explore the potential impacts of a border wall on the natural environment. As the wilderness gives way to more populated and heavily trafficked areas, they come face-to-face with the human side of the immigration debate and enter unmapped emotional waters. Sponsored by NEIPJC and the CEPE.

Faculty Artist Series: Rachel Storlie March 14

Rachel Storlie, soprano, and fellow faculty Nicholas Shaneyfelt, piano; Philip Borter, cello; Carol Hester, flute; and Michael Chesher, clarinet, will present a recital at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 14, in the Noble Recital Hall. The program will be chamber works featuring Croatian art songs by Božidar Kunc and Ivana Lang; "Primavera" for soprano and flute by Thea Musgrave and "As It Fell Upon A Day" for soprano with flute. The event is open to the public with no charge for admission.

CSS: 'Seeds' March 14

At 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 14, the Center Stage Series presents "Seeds," a theatrical reenactment of the tumultuous seven-year battle between a Canadian farmer and the biotech corporation, Monsanto. "This play is so much more than a documentary drama about a court case," says Kristen Underwood, director of campus programming. "Porte Parole Theatre Company makes it both thrilling and theatrical and we leave the theatre still grappling with big ideas."

AAUW 'Conversation with Decorah Superintendent of Schools' March 16

The Decorah Area Chapter of the American Association of University Women will be sponsoring "A Conversation with Decorah Superintendent of Schools, Mark Lane" at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 16, in the Decorah Public Library Community room. The public is welcome to attend. 

Women, Faith, and Finance Seminar April 3

On Friday, April 3, Luther is hosting the 16th annual Women, Faith, and Finance seminar at the Hotel Winneshiek. Women of all ages are invited to come and learn more about money and relationships, wills and powers of attorney, investing, and identity theft. Cost is $30, bring a friend and each save $5. All paid registrants receive their choice between two resource books. Register at luther.edu/wff or email <lovellje> for more information.


New titles

Tricia Crary is the Office Coordinator of College Ministries as of March 7.

Anne Edison-Albright is the Director of College Ministries as of March 1.

Celebrations this week


March 10: Char Kunkel, Justin Sprung
March 11: Derek Sweet
March 12: Alla Sazonova, Marcia Gullickson, Judy Riha
March 13: Tom Berger
March 14: April Rowe Neal
March 15: Joan Beckman, Tricia Crary
March 16: Jodi Meyer-Mork, Sara Gullickson, Ismail Hamid, Sarah Schutz


To Ryan Meier and family on the death of their mother, Lois Meier of South Sioux City. She passed away Thursday, Feb. 27. Funeral services were Wednesday, March 4, at Mohr Funeral Home.


Full-time custodial staff floor crew position. The floor crew custodial staff member maintains floors in academic and residential buildings. Will work with floor care machinery, carpet extractors, floor buffers and floor machines. General custodial responsibilities include overall appearance of assigned academic and resident hall building(s). Hours will generally be 10:30 p.m.–7 a.m. Sunday evening through Friday morning. Must be able to read sufficiently to follow instructions, ability to mix appropriate chemical dilution ratio and understand directions for use. Must be able to work with little supervision, complete work thoroughly and promptly, and be self-motivated. High school diploma or equivalent preferred but not required.

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.


Juniors Kim Chham and Levi Bird have been selected as Peace Scholars for the 2019-20 academic year. The pair will spend six weeks studying peace and dialogue in Lillehammer and Oslo, Norway. Luther is one of six colleges founded by Norwegian-American immigrants in the 19th century that participate in the annual summer Peace Scholars program in Norway.


For sale: Charming home for sale near Luther. Two bedrooms and full bath up; den, office and half-bath down with walkout. Single detached garage. Large lot with mature trees. Remodeled kitchen with upgraded appliances and counter tops. Updated bath. Very convenient West Decorah location. Call or text 970-405-8734.


And finally...

The Farmers' Almanac has some pointers for adjusting to daylight saving time, in case you're still struggling with the spring forward:

  1. Get some sun! Allow sunlight into your room soon after you wake, to help “reset” your circadian rhythm.
  2. Coffee timing. Don’t drink caffeinated beverages after lunch.
  3. Plan your workouts. Exercise in the morning, afternoon or early evening, but not close to bedtime.
  4. Dim all the lights. Dim the lights indoors, an hour before bedtime. Make your bedroom as dark as possible.
  5. Unwind. Listen to soothing, relaxing music to unwind earlier in the evening.
  6. Take a bath! Try a warm soak in the tub before retiring. Add a few drops of a relaxing essential oil, such as lavender or mandarin to your bath water.
  7. Herbal tea time. Sip a warm cup of herbal tea to unwind. These herbal teas are noted to have a calming, relaxing, and stress relieving effect: Chamomile, Lemon Balm, Lavender, Catnip, and Hops. As with all herbs, seek advice from your natural health professional if you have allergies, other health conditions, or take medications.
  8. Try supplements. These natural supplements may help you relax and get to sleep: melatonin, magnesium, and valerian. Ask your health professional which is right for you.
  9. Help to adjust? This would be a great week for you to get a Chiropractic adjustment. Chiropractic patients commonly experience a notable improvement in their quality of sleep. Chiropractic adjustments optimize nervous system function, which regulates your internal, sleep-wake cycles (circadian rhythm).
  10. Hit the hay early. During the week leading up to the time change, go to bed 15 to 30 minutes earlier than usual, to help your body gradually adjust. If this isn't possible, then make sure you don’t miss any sleep, no burning the midnight oil, this week.

It's too late to give #10 a try this time around, but you can always start planning for next March's time change!