Tuesday, April 21

TUESDAY 4/21/2020

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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.

Student Support and Resources
Students were encouraged to explore the new Student Support and Resources webpage to learn how to connect with the staff in a variety of administrative offices during the distance learning period.

College Ministries
Students, faculty and staff were invited to gather on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10:30-10:50 a.m. for online Chapel; contact Pastor Anne Edison-Albright <edisan01>, Pastor Judd Larson <larsju01> or Vicar Amalia Vagts <vicaramalia> for pastoral care and support; follow the Luther College Ministries Facebook for daily messages of encouragement; and anonymously share feelings of anger, sadness, sorrow and grief on the online Lament Wall

Career Center
Students were encouraged to explore the resources gathered by the Career Center, including those for self-assessments, networking, job searching, resume building and direct support, that will help them take steps toward career exploration and post-grad planning during the distance learning period. 

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
Beginning immediately, employees on campus are strongly encouraged to wear face masks while on campus where you can not maintain the recommended social distancing measures. The 
CDC strongly 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. Employees that need a free cloth face mask should contact Facilities at 387-1146, or stop down and pick one up. Facilities is coordinating the production of face masks with the generous staff of the CFA costume shop.

Make your own face mask 
Directions for making face masks are on the 
HR website. There are directions for sew and no sew options.

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.

Message from the Document and Mail Centers

This is a reminder that the Document Center and Mail Center will continue to be open at our regular hours. Inter-campus delivery is available. If you are working from home, please contact us if you have questions. Document Center Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Mail Center: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday with no Saturday service until further notice.

Wellness virtual lunch and learn - staying well while working at home 

Register to join the Wellness staff for a virtual lunch and learn via Zoom Friday, April 24 at noon. This will be an informal, presentation free, lunch and learn where those who join can ask their questions and chat about solutions to wellness related challenges while working at home with the Wellness team and other colleagues. From ergonomics to time management solutions and self care, any topics you bring to the lunch are welcome!

Gather at the well with Wellness 

For centuries people gathered at the community well to draw the water needed for their families to survive and thrive, it was also a time to socially connect with others in the community. Visit the wellness event calendar every Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. and Thursday at 9:30 a.m. until summer to gather via Zoom for connection, a break from work and to recharge at our "virtual Luther well"!

Wellness virtual lunch and learn - Blossoms and Blooms

Register to join the Wellness staff for a virtual lunch and learn via Zoom Wednesday, April 29 at noon with JoAnn Uhlenhake. JoAnn is the former owner of "Blooms" in Ossian and she is going to help us develop our spring and summer flower beds as well as answer questions such as "what can I plant that the deer won't eat?" "How do I keep flowers blooming all summer?" "What flowers work well together?"

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.

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.

Luther professors explore COVID-19

In an effort to keep the Luther community engaged in active learning, the Center for Ethics and Public Engagement is offering a collection of faculty talks, during which faculty members reflect on the current pandemic from their individual disciplinary perspectives. A sincere thank you to the faculty who have contributed so far. Please email <cepe> if you are willing to contribute.

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 22: Jim Martin Schramm
Friday, April 24: President Jenifer K. Ward
Monday, April 27: 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 21: Claude Mertzenich, Anna Anderson, Aidan O’Driscoll
April 24: Chivonne Marlow, Steve Pasche
April 25: Freeda Brook
April 26: Ryan Gjerde, Rebecca Goettl, James Hoke, Billy Huebner, Christopher Lovagnini, Loren Toussaint

April 24: Julie Strom, 25 years


"The Winter Garden Photograph," a collection of poems by Reina María Rodríguez, translated by Kristin Dykstra with Nancy Gates Madsen, has been longlisted for the 2020 Best Translated Book Award. Gates Madsen collaborated with Dykstra to translate several of the poems included in the book.

Ideas and Creations 
Read "Hold Fast to Hope and Be Provocative" by Jim Martin-Schramm, professor of religion. Professor Jim Martin-Schramm discusses the importance of hope and vocation when we address global warming.

Read "Discovering our Norse" by Maren Johnson, assistant professor of Nordic studies. In this article, Professor Maren Johnson discusses her recent study away course in Norway and shares how it helps students engage in questions related to the topic and at the same time challenges their conceptions about the country.

Read "How Can We Be Luther in the New Reality" by Mark Potvin, instructor in music. Read about the Facebook page Potvin created for Story Time and how it's given many a much needed respite.

Read "How Star Wars is Helping Our Family through the COVID-19 Pandemic" by Andy Hageman, associate professor of English. In this blog post, Hageman explains how he is using this time of social distancing as an opportunity to share his love of Star Wars with his young daughters and create learning activities he can pass on to fellow fans.

Read "Staying Connected While Staying Afar" by Nancy K. Barry, professor of English. In this post, Barry talks about the challenges of long-distance learning and her best advice for students on how to live when times are tough.

Read "Who Are We When Everything Is Different?" by Anne Edison-Albright, director of College Ministries and college pastor. In the post, Edison-Albright shares how this uncertain, in-between time is defined as “thin space" that helps us become more aware of God’s presence.

Read "The Other Side: Identity Studies" by Char Kunkel, professor of sociology. It's good to have something exciting to look forward to once we get on the "other side" of these uncertain times. In this article, Kunkel shares details about Luther's new Identity Studies program.

Read "Music Ministry in the Meantime" by Rachel (Grippen) Storlie ‘00, alumni guest lecturer in music. When faced with how to best move ahead during this pandemic, Storlie explains she found a way to share her talents for the benefit of many.

Read "Imaging a Global Pandemic: How the World is Showing Us What COVID-19 Looks Like" by Aaron Lurth, assistant professor of art. In the midst of the current crisis, there's an unbelievable amount of information available to us that changes by the hour. Lurth shares some tips on how to sift through it.

Read "Practical Hope in the Time of the Coronavirus: Henry Emmons" by Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl, writer for Mpls. St. Paul Magazine. "Hope in the Time of Coronavirus" is a Mpls. St. Paul Magazine series that features Dr. Henry Emmons '81. This story first appeared on mspmag.com on March 27, 2020. Copyright Mpls.St.Paul Magazine.


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...

I have learned yeast is hard to come by these days! It appears everyone is baking bread and desserts while at home, which is fantastic. I have since found out that you can make your own "wild yeast" from the flour’s natural bacteria, water and the wild yeast in the air around us. Here are directions is how to make your own Sourdough Starter, using simple ingredients with no special equipment, in 5-8 days, that can be used in crusty sourdough bread, pizza dough, waffles, pancakes and rolls-instead of using yeast.

Good luck!