Tuesday, March 17

TUESDAY 3/17/2020

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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
The TIAA workshop that was scheduled for Friday, March 27, has been postponed until further notice.

Aquatic and Legends Center hours

The pool will be closed until further notice for all activities beginning Tuesday, March 17.

Legends will be closed until further notice for all activities beginning Wednesday, March 18.

Change in shuttle departure

All shuttles to Madison/Rockford/Chicago, Ames/Ankeny, Cedar Rapids/IA City, and Rochester/Minneapolis will now be departing from the Dahl Centennial Union at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 18. Please visit tickets.luther.edu to purchase tickets. Ticket window will remain open until time of departure, no late fees will be applied.

March 20 free Friday open gym is cancelled

The last Free Friday Open Gym of 2020, scheduled for March 20, is cancelled. The decision has been made as part of Luther College's preventative actions related to large campus events to protect the health and well-being of those in our campus and local community in light of COVID-19. We look forward to more open gyms next winter! Please email <wellness> with any questions.

Archives Reading Room will be closed and open only by appointment March 23-April 14

The archivist will make reasonable accommodations to provide scans of archival documents as needed. Faculty, staff and administrators needing to access physical files in the course of their work may make an appointment or have select files sent by campus mail. Please contact Hayley Jackson at <archives> or 387-1725 with questions.

2020 ROAD dates

ROAD dates for 2020 are:

  • Monday, June 8
  • Monday, June 15
  • Monday, June 22
  • Friday, August 28

Additional ROAD details can be found at www.luther.edu/new-students/road/.

Paideia all-college summer reading books available now

The all-college summer reading for 2020 is "The Best We Could Do" by Thi Bui. 120 copies are available to faculty and staff without cost, sponsored by Paideia and the Dean's Office. Pick up your copy in the Luther Book Shop! Born in Vietnam, Bui came to the United States in 1978 as part of the "boat people" wave of refugees fleeing Southeast Asia at the end of the Vietnam War. Her graphic memoir tells the story of her family's journey, her quest to understand her parents in the context of the complex history of the country "that was once home,"  and her probing of her own identity as she becomes a parent herself.


Faculty and staff, please remind students to sign up for CAE peer tutoring in the online system at http://luther.mywconline.com. Please let Adam Lenehan, coordinator of tutor and academic services, know if you have any questions at <adam.lenehan>. Thank you!

Technology upgrades

New technology was installed in Peace Dining Room, Hammarskjold, Nansen, and Baker Village Commons the first week in March. For information on using these spaces and other spaces on campus, visit Classroom Presentation Equipment Guides.    

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!

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.

Book Shop news

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.

Professor new book spotlight
Congratulations to Gereon Kopf on his newly published book, "The Dao Companion to Japanese Buddhist Philosophy." The book is available in the Book Shop!


Chapel this week

We will observe a sabbath from chapel gathering on Wednesday and Friday as we observe Luther's protocols for limiting in-person gatherings, and as we prepare to offer online options for worship and prayer in the coming weeks. Please like and follow us on the Luther College Ministries Facebook page. Staying connected in these times is important, sacred and holy. 

Lenten Recital Series Cancelled at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Decorah is cancelling its last two Lenten Recital Series recitals on Wednesday, March 18 and Wednesday, April 1, scheduled for 12:15-12:45 p.m. in the Good Shepherd Sanctuary. The recitals will be rescheduled at some point in the future. 

Home sporting events

The American Rivers Conference has cancelled spring schedules.

Events this week

The health and safety of our students, staff, faculty and neighbors are of the utmost importance to us. Following directives from President Ward, campus events of more than 50 people are canceled from March 16 through at least Monday, April 13. Thank you for your understanding as we make adjustments for the good of the community.


Welcome, new hires

Laura Barlament started her position as executive director of strategic marketing and communications on Feb. 24. Her office is Dahl Centennial Union 263, telephone 387-1332.

Celebrations this week


March 17: Thomas Piazza
March 20: Laurie Zaring, Laura Peterson
March 21: John Hedstrom, Richard Mtisi, David Lester
March 22: Kate Narveson, Roman Yasinovskyy
March 23: Teri Olson, Lynnette Kruse


Nancy Gates Madsen and Dr. Kristin Dykstra, Saint Michaels' College distinguished scholar in residence, have been awarded the 2020 PEN Literary Award for Poetry in Translation. Host of the 2020 award ceremony, Seth Meyers, described the ceremony as "The Oscars for books."

Gregory Peterson played a recital based on his recent sabbatical in North Germany, Norway and Sweden on Sunday, March 8, on the Festival of Music Series at First Presbyterian Church in Rochester, Minnesota.

Jill Wilson recently presented with colleagues Bob Demaree, University of Wisconsin-Platteville, and Stephen Sieck, Lawrence University, at the North Central American Choral Directors Association conference in Milwaukee. Their presentation, titled "Drunken Sailors and Little Maids: Finding SA and TB Literature in the 21st Century," focused on identifying ongoing gender imbalances in choral programming, suggesting philosophical constructs that combat these imbalances, and providing practical literature options.


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And finally...

Happy St. Patrick's Day! Take a break and check out seven surprising facts about the holiday.