Tuesday, June 9

TUESDAY 6/9/2020

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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.


Collective Action for Racial Equity meeting Tuesday

Collective Action for Racial Equity (CARE), formerly the antiracism community group, will meet via Zoom at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 9. Join us to get involved in the ongoing work towards racial equity in Decorah and beyond. Email <mugglicl> for the Zoom link.

Welcome Center desk closed 

The Welcome Center desk will be closed from June 27-July 12. As a reminder, the campus directory is available online for anyone needing assistance to locate contact information for an office.

Orientation assistance needed

It's time to grab your oars! We are looking for staff/faculty first-year mentors for Orientation. Mentors will work with a small group of students, helping them transition to life and academics at Luther College. If you are interested please sign up for more information here. Any questions please email <students>.

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.

Book Shop news

Father's Day cards available
The Book Shop has greeting cards set up outside of the Book Shop. Graduation, Father's Day, birthday, sympathy and encouragement cards are all available for $2.50. Leave cash 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 10: Michael Geary, Maren Johnson
June 11: Julia Hageman
June 12: Mark Franz
June 13: Michael Smith
June 14: Elisio Marroquin Cojti
June 15: Susan Potvin, Jacob Zobeck


June 10: Kris Bigler, 10 years 


Aaron Steffens, director of financial aid operations, was recently awarded the NASFAA Regional Leadership Award. This award is presented to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the financial aid profession at the regional and state levels over a sustained period of time.

Anthropology faculty member Colin Betts (with significant help from Jeanie Lovell in Development) received a $10,000 grant from the Kinney-Lindstrom Foundation for the purchase of equipment to support his ongoing geophysical remote sensing teaching and research activities.


For rent: Looking for a mature, responsible renter for an upscale condo. Quality furniture & furnishings included as well as a washer and dryer. Equipped with heat and electric, cable and high speed internet, garage, sewer, water and garbage. Private entrance with patio. Rent is $950 including utilities. No pets. No Smoking. Contact A.J at [email protected]gmail.com or 319-560-3676.

For rent: Pleasant 2-3 bedroom, 2 bath Victorian home on a quiet street near Phelps Park. Not grand, but recently renovated, hardwood floors or new flooring throughout, large well-proportioned rooms, hot water radiators, off-street parking. Washer/dryer included. Rent $900/month plus utilities. Contact Kate, <narveska>.

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: Want to help out communities in need in Minneapolis? Drop off non perishable food, diapers, sanitary products and other necessary goods to the front porch of 613 Shady Lane Dr. before Wednesday, June 10. Will be delivered to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church on June 11.

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: Mint condition iPhone 7 Plus, 128GB. Black. $230. It is a very nice phone but unfortunately it is not compatible with the Verizon network I use. If interested please contact Erik at <berger02>.

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. Vehicle can be viewed in the Facilities parking lot. If you are interested in the vehicle service history, contact Facilities. Email bids to <facilities> by noon on Wednesday, June 17. Facilities Services reserves the right to reject any and all bids.


And finally...

"We need the courage to question the powers that be, the courage to be impatient with evil and patient with people, the courage to fight for social justice. In many instances we will be stepping out on nothing, and just hoping to land on something. But that's the struggle. To live is to wrestle with despair, yet never allow despair to have the last word.”

― Cornel West