Tuesday, April 14

TUESDAY 4/14/2020

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Coronavirus updates

Each week, we will use this section to highlight key messages to various members of the Luther community and summarize developments and decisions over the past week. Whenever possible, we will also signal forthcoming messages.

Call to reflection
In case you missed it, please see the message from President Ward to the community to mark the holy days in April. During this time, each of us is called to reflect on the ways that we serve and are served, as well as on how the common experience of being apart together will shape us as a community into the future.

Upcoming policy announcements
Administrative offices that need messages sent to the campus community should have their respective vice president contact Brad Chamberlain <
brad.chamberlain> to discuss the content and timing of the messages. Please continue to monitor the Health Advisories webpage for information connected to Luther College’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Iowa Department of Public Health, and answers to Frequently Asked Questions.


HR updates

Face masks 
Directions for making face masks are on the 
HR website. There are directions for sew and no sew options. The CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.

Dependent Care Flex Accounts
Employees who have Dependent Care Flex Accounts and are experiencing a change in projected childcare costs due to school and/or daycare closure, or no longer have a childcare need due to telecommuting, should consider decreasing their annual dependent care flex election at this time. Generally, employees need to notify HR within 30 days of the qualifying event to make an election change. If an employee currently has more expenses than has contributed through payroll, they can continue to contribute but need to submit the change form now to stop their contributions at a later date. Employees may then submit a form to restart the contribution when the daycare reopens. (Employees cannot reduce their contribution limit to less than they have already contributed.) The form is available on the HR website. Contact Marsha Wenthold <mwenthold> for more information.

Medicine reimbursement 
A section of the CARES Act states that HSAs, health care flexible spending accounts and health reimbursement arrangements are permitted to reimburse for the cost of over-the-counter drugs and other medicine purchased after December 31, 2019 without a prescription. This relief is permanent. Contact Marsha Wenthold <mwenthold> for more information.

Telehealth services
High-deductible health plans (HDHPs) with an HSA may provide pre-deductible coverage for telehealth and other remote care services. This provision will last until December 31, 2021.

Summer hours and 2020-21 holiday schedule

Summer hours begin Monday, May 25. For more information about summer hours, plus the holiday schedule for summer 2020 and the 2020-21 academic year, visit the Human Resources website.

Chapel participant requests

Luther students, alumni, faculty, staff, friends, family, neighbors near and far, would you like to give the message, offer a prayer or reading, or share musical gifts in chapel? If so, please complete this formWe are grateful for the opportunity to connect with the broader community during this time in worship; we are grateful for you!

Reflecting on COVID-19

The Center for Ethics and Public Engagement invites the Luther community to reflect on the current pandemic. How has this experience changed how you view the "common good"? How have personal or societal values/virtues shifted? What does "active citizenship" mean and require from us at this moment? Send your responses to these questions or other thoughts to <cepe> (under 500 words) to be collected and shared on-line.

Google Hangouts Meet and Zoom

Students, faculty and staff may visit luther.zoom.us and click “Sign in” to access Luther's Zoom site license. If prompted, enter your Norse Key username and password (without @luther.edu). Students are provided a Basic account. Faculty and Staff are provided a Pro account. For more information on Zoom, click here. For information on Google Hangouts Meet, click here.

Hangouts Meet - viewing participants

Do you wish you could see all of the participants in your Google Hangouts Meet at the same time? Now you can! Open your Chrome web browser and install the Google Meet Grid View. Once installed, click on the grid icon in the top right corner of your Hangout. 

Zoom meeting protocol

The Distance Learning Team has been aware of the issue of “Zoombombing” since March 27 and has already done much to protect Luther users. If you are scheduling Zoom meetings, please follow the recommendations that are found in the Zoom Meeting Protocol on the Zoom web page.

Exploring COVID-19 through an academic lens 

In an effort to keep the Luther community engaged in interdisciplinary learning, the CEPE would like to offer a series of on-line talks exploring COVID-19 through various academic lenses. Faculty are invited to record a 20-30 minute talk that addresses the virus from your disciplinary perspective. Maybe you already have one you've used for your on-line teaching, or are planning one. Talks will be available on Youtube. Email <cepe> if you are willing to contribute.

Psychological First Aid (PFA) Training 

Psychological First Aid (PFA) is an evidence-informed modular approach to help children, adolescents, adults and families in the immediate aftermath of disaster and terrorism. PFA is designed to reduce the initial distress caused by traumatic events and to foster short and long-term adaptive functioning and coping. PFA Training will be offered by the Counseling Service on Monday, April 13 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in Zoom. Click here to sign up. If you have any questions contact Stu Johnston at <johnstst>.

Virtual book group

In an attempt to explore the themes of human suffering and resilience in the face of disease and death, the CEPE is offering a virtual book group on Camus' The Plague.  Students, faculty, staff and community members are all welcome.  Because we are unable to meet in person, we encourage you to check out a virtual copy of the book here. Meetings will occur via Zoom at 5 p.m. on Wednesday evenings starting on April 15. Email <cepe> to join.

Amazon Business account 

Later this month, Luther will transition from individual personal Amazon accounts to a college-wide centralized Amazon Business account. The transition will be painless and users will be provided step by step instructions to transition. This transition is based on the current usage of Amazon by employees and does not represent an endorsement of Amazon for purchasing needs. As a reminder, departmental budgets are frozen for non-negotiable expenses through May 31. More detailed information about the transition will be sent within the week to Luther's commercial card users.

Extra office supplies

The Office for Financial Services has an excess supply of inter-campus envelopes of all sizes and paper clips. If anyone is in need we will have these items in bundles on the counter outside of our office. If you have any questions please contact Amy Wagner via email <wagnam01>.

Book Shop news

Closed but you can still make a purchase
The Book Shop is no longer be open, however, for departmental and individual purchases, email <bookshopweb> or phone 387-1036. We will charge your purchase to your departmental or personal account and either send your order through intra-campus mail or you can pick up your purchase outside the Book Shop. Please remember that all proceeds stay on campus to support our Luther community.

Greeting cards available - Administrative Professional Day
The Book Shop has greeting cards set up outside the store. Shop for Administrative Professional Day (April 22), encouragement, birthday and sympathy cards all for $2.50. Leave your cash in the basket.

Norse Snack Shack
If you're on campus and need a quick snack, the Book Shop has a table set up outside the store. Simply put your $1 in the basket and shop away!


Chapel this week

Join College Ministries Monday, Wednesday and Fridays from 10:30 a.m.-10:50 a.m. for a time of prayerful connection through Luther Zoom Chapel. You may join the service at: https://zoom.us/j/811331503.

Wednesday, April 15: Jennaya Robison
Friday, April 17: Sandhya Purohit Caton
Monday, April 20: Gather Morning Praise

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, effective immediately all events at Luther College are cancelled through at least Thursday, May 21.


Celebrations this week

April 14: Nikolay Suvorov
April 15: Rita Tejada
April 16: Chris Stuckman
April 17: Jeff Dintaman
April 18: Kay Schmitt
April 19: Roger Jaeger, Debra Henderson, Bryan Tieskoetter
April 20: Nancy Dietzenbach, Jenifer Ward


Jim Martin-Schramm was one of two invited speakers and presented “Luther’s Path to Carbon Neutrality” during Environment Iowa's 100% Renewables Campuses Webinar on April 8.

On April 13, Orçun Selçuk was invited to deliver a guest lecture (via Zoom) at Marymount Manhattan College, New York. The lecture focused on populism in Turkey from a comparative perspective.

Two Luther College students have been named Rossing Physics Scholars for the2020-21 academic year. Third-year students, Aiden C. Berdahl '21 and Nicholas A. Behrens '21 will each receive $5,000 from the Thomas D. Rossing Fund for Physics Education. Each year the foundation makes scholarships available for exemplary students in physics.

Kim Powell and Amber Sorenson '20 (communication studies) received the Interpersonal and Family Communication Excellence in Qualitative Research Award from the Central States Communication Association in April 2020 for their research titled, "Ambiguous Loss After Shaken Baby Syndrome/Abusive Head Trauma: Parental Management of Dialectical Contradictions of Grief."


Wanted: In need of 3/8 in. or smaller elastic to make face masks for people in the community. This includes rope elastic. I can also use bias tape for ties, single or double wide. Please send through inner campus mail to the Financial Aid Office or call 380-5923. Thank you for your support of this community effort.


And finally...

"The sun was warm but the wind was chill.
You know how it is with an April day.
When the sun is out and the wind is still,
You're one month on in the middle of May.
But if you so much as dare to speak,
a cloud come over the sunlit arch,
And wind comes off a frozen peak,
And you're two months back in the middle of March."

-Robert Frost, "Two Tramps in Mud Time", 1926