Tuesday, June 2

TUESDAY 6/2/2020

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Coronavirus updates

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.


Closing out the fiscal year

The college's fiscal year ended May 31. All outstanding travel expense reports, credit card reports, original invoices, supporting purchase orders/purchase permits or account adjustments should be sent to OFS by June 12 to be included in FY 19-20 budget. Items for deposit that were in Luther's possession by May 31 should be brought to OFS immediately. Call with questions and as always, thank you for helping OFS close the year in a timely manner.

HR update

Luther College partners with PlanPILOT as our TIAA retirement fiduciary advisor. PlanPILOTs’ Bill Karsten and Tom Loftus have created an educational presentation that focuses on budgeting and building an emergency fund before focusing on retirement planning. They next focus on building an appropriate long-term investment strategy. See Securing Your Future.

Agora online

Because of a freeze on spending at the college, Agora will not be distributing print copies until further notice. The spring 2020 edition of Agora, featuring essays by Anita Carrasco, Wanda Deifelt, Angela Kueny and Jon Jensen, is now available online.

Luther receives $100,000 grant from The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation

The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation awarded a grant of $100,000 to Luther in honor of Marriott International CEO and Luther alumnus, Arne Sorenson '80, who recently completed his third term and final year of service on the Luther College Board of Regents. The grant will help to ensure recipients of the Morris A. Sorenson Family Scholarship have the necessary financial resources to fully engage with experiential learning (e.g., internship, service learning trip, collaborative research fellowship) and other high-impact experiences as part of their liberal arts education.

Gratitude for connection through prayer

Thanks to all who have emailed names of residents and staff at Eastern Star, Aase Haugen and Wellington Place; the College Ministries team will continue to pray for folks by name and as a community throughout the summer. Send requests for messages of prayer and care to <ministry> and look for periodic posts on the Luther College Ministries Facebook page to join us in prayer.   

Library checkouts now available

The library building remains closed, but checkout service is now available to the Luther College community. Request titles by clicking the "Place Hold" button now available on each item owned by Luther College in the library's online catalog, or send a list of titles to <library>. Once your items are pulled, you will receive a "Hold Shelf" notice that includes options on how to arrange a pickup time via appointment at the library entrance or request campus mail delivery.

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>.

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.


Chapel this week

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


June 2: Andrea Beckendorf, Peggy Landsom
June 3: Doug Tieskoetter
June 4: Andrew Eastwood, Krista Holland, Aaron Steffens
June 5: Amber Schnittjer, Marsha Nierling, Jean Ryan, Ben Tokheim, Robert Vrtis, Gary Moss
June 6: Steve Hornbacher, Laura Barlament
June 7: Kendall Thompson


Susan Schmidt was awarded $1,000 for the 2020 Abigail Quigley McCarthy Center for Women Research Award to a St. Catherine University graduate student alumna, for the article, “Endangered mothers or ‘anchor babies’? Migration motivators for pregnant unaccompanied Central American teens,” published in Vulnerable Children and Youth Studies, 13(4).

Maren Johnson invited Luther community members with ties to the Nordic Studies program to identify some important Nordic values and social norms and how they saw them being used to address the coronavirus pandemic. View their responses here

The class of 2020 has selected Asha Aden to receive the college's Elizabeth A. and Paul G. Jenson Medal. The announcement was made during the Virtual Commencement ceremony on May 24. The Jenson Medal is presented each year to an outstanding senior, selected by the graduating class, who best demonstrates the ideals of the college through service to students and the college community.


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: Large, 2nd floor (with elevator) light filled, condo apartment. Two bedrooms, two baths, walk in closets, two car heated garage, generous storage space. Back deck on to green space with view of Upper Iowa River and downtown Decorah. Generous storage. $1,150/per month plus utilities. No smoking. No pets. Contact Carol 382-5647.

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.

Wanted: Kids bike trailer with room for two. Contact <schwka04> or 380-4882.

Wanted: Kitchen supplies such as pots and pans and/or some plastic or glass food containers (best if they have lids). Contact <atabfi01>.

For hire: Luther staff member available in June and July to pet sit or walk dogs. Contact Teage, <Teage.Luther> or 630-636-1114, for more information.

For sale: Luther's Land Stewardship has a limited number of native prairie seedlings for sale ($2 each), including blazing star, a butterfly/pollinator favorite, grasses (little bluestem and prairie dropseed) and other species. Contact Molly <mcnimo01> for species availability and orders. Orders will be filled in order received and obtained via curbside pickup.  Proceeds fund stewardship on Luther's natural areas.

For sale: Facilities is accepting bids for a 2009 Honda Civic, gray interior, 152,140 miles. If interested contact Facilities Services for a description of any current issues with this vehicle. Vehicle can be viewed in the Farwell parking lot. Email bids to <facilities> by noon on Wednesday, June 17. Facilities Services reserves the right to reject any and all bids. 

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


And finally...

“I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality....I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.”

-Martin Luther King, Jr.