Tuesday, June 16

TUESDAY 6/16/2020

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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.

In-person Homecoming events scheduled on campus for Oct. 9-11, 2020 have been canceled. Virtual Homecoming events for alumni and friends will be offered instead beginning Oct. 9 and continuing throughout the fall. Five committee-sponsored reunions (Classes of 1970, 1980, 1985, 1995 and 2010) have been rescheduled to occur on campus on Memorial Day weekend (May 28-30, 2021). Additional provisional plans include creating a student-focused Homecoming this fall.

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.


Call for suggestions for the 2021 Paideia Summer Read

What book could our incoming first-year students read for Paideia in service of what President Ward called Luther’s “ongoing work of studying, disrupting, and doing our part" to address systemic racism? Books can be fiction or nonfiction, classic or recent. They should be no more than about 250 pages long, and accessible to incoming college students. Send book suggestions to <paideia> by June 22 and consider joining the Choosing the 2021 Summer Read workshop.

Paideia: Choosing the 2021 Summer Read

All faculty and staff members are invited to join in the process of choosing the Paideia Summer Read for next year's incoming class. The workshop will take place in 4 one-hour Zoom discussions with reading selections sent out in advance. Dates are Tuesday, July 14, 21, 28 and Aug. 4 from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Register here.

Admissions to offer Virtual Summer Preview Days 

Virtual Summer Preview Days will take place on June 24, July 8, July 22 and August 5 from 3-4:30 p.m. Prospective families will learn about Luther's academic programs, study abroad opportunities, student advising, student outcomes and more! Current students will also lead a virtual tour of campus, with time for questions along the way. Learn more.

Decorah Community Writing Project "de-isolation" underway

The Center for Ethics and Public Engagement invites the Decorah and Luther College community to submit essays, stories and poems that reflect on a world with coronavirus for a printed anthology titled "de-isolation." All entries should be positive and hopeful, perhaps even humorous, and no longer than 10 pages. Submissions will be accepted from June 6-July 7 at <de-isolation>. All authors featured in the book will receive one free copy. More information here.

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>.

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 summer 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 16: Annette Bjork, Anne Marine Feat
June 17: Carrie Courtney, Adam Forsythe
June 18: Jonathon Struve, Kristin Swanson, Katy Zimmerman
June 19: David Johnson
June 20: Barb Bohach, Perry Halse
June 21: David Mitchell, Aaron Shouse

June 19: Paul Frana, 25 years; Julie Bakken, 25 years; Michelle Einck, 20 years


Amy Webber, who has worked at Luther for more than 24 years, has announced her retirement effective July 31. We congratulate Amy and thank her for her dedicated service to the college. 

Judy Schnitzler, who has worked at Luther for more than 24 years, has announced her retirement effective August 3. We congratulate Judy and thank her for her dedicated service to the college.  

Ken Larson, who has worked at Luther for more than 39 years, has announced his retirement effective August 14. We congratulate Ken and thank him for his dedicated service to the college.  


Colin Betts remotely presented the results of a geophysical survey of the Highlandville School conducted as part of his spring 2020 Remote Sensing in Archaeology course at the 2020 Preserve Iowa Summit. The survey revealed the well preserved foundations of the earlier ca. 1860 one-room schoolhouse on the site as well as possible archaeological traces of the original 1857 log school.

Ideas and Creations 

Sören Steding shares in his post "de-isolation—from Münster to the Decorah Community Writing Project" how the recent Münster Program was cut short because of COVID-19 and how he's using a new community writing project to help himself and others process the experiences of a pandemic.

In the post "Twin Cities Dispatch During Turbulent Times", Susan Schmidt talks about all that has happened in the last two weeks near her home in St. Paul, her discussions with social work graduates, her commitment to teach in a way that builds knowledge about the role of race and racism, and actions we can take to create change.


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. Available August 1. 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.

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>.


And finally...

“It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”

-Robert F. Kennedy