Tuesday, May 26

TUESDAY 5/26/2020

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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.

Academic Calendar
Start and stop dates for the 2020-21 academic year were announced. Course schedules for September Term, Fall Quarter 1 and Fall Quarter 2 will be released on June 1. Returning students will make adjustments to their fall course registrations between June 1 and June 12.

Summer dining
Starting Tuesday, May 26, the Grab and Go window will be closed. We will be serving breakfast, lunch and dinner in Marty's for the summer where you can have taco Tuesday every week. There will be a daily special for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Summer hours are 8 a.m.-9 a.m. (breakfast), 12 p.m.-1 p.m. (lunch) and 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. (dinner).

Virtual Commencement
The Virtual Commencement ran live on Luther College's Facebook page on Sunday, May 24. If you missed it or want to revisit it, you can watch the full ceremony or any part of it on our website

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.


Union Flashing project

The work on the Union is in phase one of two. The project entails repairing window flashings - removing windows and brick above and below them, installing new flashings, waterproofing, air barriers and new insulation. The existing windows will be reinstalled with new gaskets/seals. We are also repairing stone near the main entrance where the gutter was not directing water away from the building and the tunnel connection between the CFL and Union. Phase two will be completed next year.

Dike Road work to begin

We expect to see our contractor begin work next week on Dike Road and the Athletic Field Levee. This work will result in a FEMA 100 year accredited levee system for lower campus. The work to raise the levee all happens on the landward side, not impacting the existing floodway. This will move Dike Road toward campus as the new concrete road will be centered on top of the levee.

Electronic signatures in Adobe Acrobat

Did you know that Adobe Acrobat can be used to create, distribute and track signable PDF files? Recipients can sign even if they don’t have Acrobat. Learn more at the Technology Help Desk's Adobe CC page.

Sign up for the June wellness screening: Updated provider and date

During 2020, employees and spouses covered by the Luther College health care plan have additional wellness benefits and requirements. Sign up for the Tuesday, June 16, blood screenings with Gunderson here on campus by contacting <wellness>. 

Take Me Out to the Ballgame!

While the major league teams are still debating whether to play ball, Luther is inviting you to join our summer fitness program, TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALLGAME! This is a fun baseball-oriented game where you can score a home run from the comfort of your home! The program begins on June 1 and runs through the end of July. For more information or to sign up to play, contact <wellness>.

Messages of prayer and care for Wellington Place

This week we'll be reaching out to residents and staff at Wellington Place in Decorah. If you or someone you love lives or works at Wellington Place and would like to get a message of care and prayer from College Ministries, send the resident or employee's first and last name to <ministry>. If you missed sending names for prayer for Eastern Star or Aase Haguen in previous weeks, send us those too!

Book Shop news

Greeting cards available
The Book Shop has greeting cards set up outside of the Book Shop. Graduation, birthday, sympathy and encouragement cards are all available for $2.50. Leave cash in the basket.

No-touch key chain available
The Book Shop has just received a new key chain that is anti-microbial brass plated. It has a hook for opening doors, a stylus tip to avoid contact with public touch screens and of course, it says Luther College. You can purchase one from the table outside the Book Shop by leaving $5.50 in the basket.

Submissions requested for Intersectional Feminist Club Monologues 2020

The new Intersectional Feminist Club Monologues 2020 is looking for Luther students, staff or faculty (of any gender expression) to write a brief piece about their experiences, struggles and triumphs with their body, gender, intersectionality or their sexuality. We will also accept visual interpretations. This is in an effort to broaden the stories that are told through the monologues and show a diverse set of experiences. Authors may choose if they would like their name published or if they would like to remain anonymous. Please fill the form to add your submission or email <valdpa01>.


Chapel this week

Thank you for supporting chapel throughout the academic year. Weekday Chapel will begin again when classes resume.

Home sporting events

The American Rivers Conference has canceled 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 canceled through at least Tuesday, June 30.


Celebrations this week


May 26: Melissa Rosendahl
May 27: Jared Aschbrenner, Jose Deras, Bob Harri, Ken Kubesh, Eric Westlund
May 28: Mark Eichinger, Maren Phalen
May 29: Jan Koenig, Andrew Peter, Ahmed Muaz, Mitchell Leschensky
May 30: Kellan Flynn, Sarah Crose, Kimsue Grube, James Hall
May 31: Bruce Frieden, Kirk Larsen, Craig Rocksvold
June 1: Janet Halverson, Lynette Spillman


June 1: Megan Torkelson, 5 years 


Dan Davis, together with colleague Michael Brennan, published an article in the International Journal of Nautical Archaeology titled "The Knidos Q and Marmaris D Shipwrecks: two small vessels with Rhodian pottery from the Late Ottoman Period." The article is one of several already published or in the works that analyzes the 36 ancient and medieval shipwrecks discovered by the Nautilus expeditions in the Aegean and Black Sea (2010-2013).

Jim Martin-Schramm presented "Solar to Storage" during a webinar hosted by the Winneshiek Energy district on May 19, 2020. 

Kim Powell and Amber Sorenson '20 presented their paper on dealing with grief following shaken baby syndrome at the International Communication Association Conference in Australia (virtually due to COVID19). A version of this paper titled "Ambiguous loss after shaken baby syndrome/abusive head trauma: Parental management of dialectical contradictions of grief" is published in the academic journal "Communication Quarterly." This project was supported by a summer student/faculty collaborative research grant.

Rob Larson's summary and narration of his research "Student Debt and Cost of Attendance as a Predictor of College Enrollment" was posted on "The Academic Minute: A WAMC National Production," programming by WAMC Northeast Public Radio that is distributed to National Public Radio Stations nationwide. His and the research of other academics can be found at www.academicminute.org.

Ideas and Creations

In "Golf as Life: Coaching During a Pandemic," David Lester, head women's golf coach, describes what it's like to coach during the pandemic. Even though his team can't play right now, he knows they're going to be just fine through all of this and make a big impact in their world after college.

COVID-19 has produced some form of anxiety for many of us. In "Anxiety in this COVID Time (Or Anytime)," Paul Gardner, professor emeritus, talks about how he manages his concerns about the pandemic and other potentially stressful situations.


For rent: 2-3 bedroom/3 bath house with 2 car garage for rent in downtown Decorah. Completely updated with large master suite, hardwood floors, new appliances, washer/dryer and central air. Close to business district and walk-able to Luther College. Available beginning of July. Call 612-978-3756.

For rent: 2 bedroom lower level apartment for rent. Located next to Luther College at 415 Riverview Drive. Includes a shared garage, private patio, and onsite laundry. Available now. One year lease. No smoking. No pets. $650/month. Contact Angie at 605-759-4617 or email [email protected] if interested.

Wanted: Two Luther students living in Decorah for the summer are in search of furniture, kitchen supplies and other home furnishing items. If you have any of these items that you would like to get rid of contact Connor at <hopkco02> or 815-520-9428.

For sale: Saris Bones 2-Bike trunk vehicle rack. In excellent shape. Fits most vehicles. $75/obo. Contact Karen at 419-5374.

For sale: Horse property on paved road just six minutes from downtown and Luther campus. 4 BR, 2 bath home on 4.77 acres. 3,896 finished sq ft. Barn with 2 box stalls. $605,000. See Zillow for photos and details. Email [email protected] or call 419-2466. 


And finally...

I love to see the summer beaming forth
And white wool sack clouds sailing to the north
I love to see the wild flowers come again
And mare blobs stain with gold the meadow drain
And water lilies whiten on the floods
Where reed clumps rustle like a wind shook wood
Where from her hiding place the Moor Hen pushes
And seeks her flag nest floating in bull rushes
I like the willow leaning half way o’er
The clear deep lake to stand upon its shore
I love the hay grass when the flower head swings
To summer winds and insects happy wings
That sport about the meadow the bright day
And see bright beetles in the clear lake play

-John Clare