Tuesday, July 21

TUESDAY 7/21/2020

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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. 


HR update

Winneshiek Medical Center, has temporarily suspended the community wellness blood panel blood draws at the hospital. Gundersen Health System-Decorah, continues to offer walk-in community wellness panels Monday-Friday. While WMC is not doing community panels on site at the moment, they are still coming to campus on scheduled days. Gundersen is also coming to campus. You can have blood panels from either clinic regardless of who your primary physician is. WMC will be on campus August 25, barring any unforeseen things and there are other dates in the fall as well, which you can see on the 2020 Wellness Screenings webpage. Vicky Jaeger has been extremely thorough in ensuring the risk is minimized during the on-campus blood draws, ensuring social distancing, masks, sanitizing the table forms are filled out on, having opposite entrance and exit doors, etc. Secure a spot for an on-campus screening by emailing Vicky at <jaegervi>. (Vicky is off-appointment until August so her response will be delayed.)

Interlibrary loan service has resumed for print books

ILL requests may be submitted as normal using the links in the catalog or via your ILLiad account. You'll have the option to schedule a pick-up from the library entrance (9 a.m.-4 p.m., M-F), or request campus mail delivery. For more information, visit Preus Library website. Please note: ILL due dates are no longer being extended beyond normal renewal limits. If it is safe and feasible for you to return overdue ILLs, please do so.

New Title IX regulations

The Department of Education released new Title IX regulations on May 6, 2020. A Luther College task force is working to ensure Luther is in compliance with our policy and procedures by August 14, 2020. For more information on the regulations please watch this webinar. We want to hear from the Luther community. Please tell us what is still confusing about Title IX or the new regulations, what questions you still have, what would be helpful for the task force to know as we continue to work towards compliance. To share your feedback please complete this quick Google Form no later than July 31, 2020.

Updated Legends hours

Beginning Monday, July 13, Legends will offer a 4-7 p.m. shift Monday-Thursday. This will go along with the current 6-9 a.m. and 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday shifts.

Parking notice

The Office of Admissions began accepting visitors back to their office on July 14, 2020. In order to accommodate these visitors and prospective students the parking lot on the west side of the CFL has reverted back to Admissions Visitor parking effective July 13, 2020. The parking lot on the east side of the CFL also reverted back to General Visitor parking on that same date.

It’s phishing season again

The impending start of a new academic year always draws out scammers intent on stealing personal data.  Watch for these clues that a message could be a scam: poor grammar and punctuation, threats, a sense of urgency and asking recipients to click on a link or provide personal information. If unsure about a message, contact the Technology Help Desk, <helpdesk> or 563-387-1000. Visit the Help Desk website for more information and tips.


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. At this time, all campus events are canceled through July 31.


Celebrations this week

July 21: Sarah Wilder
July 22: Kris Franzen, Lukas Phillips
July 23: Adam Lenehan, Brian Solberg, Stephen Sporer
July 24: Melissa Bothun
July 25: Elizabeth Steding, Emily Neal, Mark Worcester, Nicole Waskow, Rachel Storlie
July 26: Lynne Rothrock
July 27: Angela Kueny, Kevin Kraus, Leah Benzing, Wintlett Taylor-Browne

July 24: Jon Lund, 25 years
July 27: Chandra Jennings, 5 years

Position openings

Health Service transcriptionist/billing associate (.56 FTE). Position is responsible for transcribing the medical dictation of all physician and mid-level providers, medical record management, and all associated tasks with patient referrals to specialty services. Qualified candidates have a high school diploma and additional specialized training in medical transcription, registered healthcare documentation, or similar certification. Candidates must have insurance and medical coding experience, ability to understand medical terminology and abbreviations.

To view the complete job description and apply for all current openings, please go to the employment website at https://luthercollege.hiretouch.com.


Derek Sweet's latest essay, "Social Life and Death in The Leftovers: Surviving the Personal Apocalypse," is now available in the Apocalypse TV: Essays on Society and Self at the End of the World (2020) collection. The chapter positions The Leftovers as 1) a critique of an increasingly disconnected existence that sentences many people to a kind of social death, and 2) an invitation to adopt an ethic of responsibility predicated on being-with-others.

Ideas and Creations

In the post "Challenges of Vaccine Development", Gwen Strand discusses the specific challenges involved in the vaccine development for COVID-19 and how critical it is to stop the spread.


For rent: 2 bedroom upstairs apartment in a duplex house. Close to downtown. No smoking, no pets. Looking for a quiet and responsible renter. $550 a month. Utilities not included. Available Sept. 1. Call 563-546-7785.

For sale at reduced price: Very nice, low mileage 2015 Chevy Trax LT for sale. Two owners, mileage 35,600, exterior and interior are very clean. FWD, 6-Speed A/T, Blue Exterior, Black Interior, City: 26 MPG; Highway: 34 MPG. Electronics include Back-Up Camera and Bluetooth. Sale price $10,800 (cash or money order). Contact Mona Nelson at 563-380-2681 to see the car.

Wanted: House or 2-3 bedroom apartment for former Luther faculty family with preschool child. Would like to stay August or September through the fall, possibly longer, dates very flexible. Happy to rent or house sit, prefer furnished. Contact Jason at <[email protected]>.


And finally...

On this day in 2007, the seventh and final Harry Potter novel, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, was released, with an initial print run of 12 million copies in the United States alone. 

"And what would you say, Royal, to those listeners who reply that in these dangerous times, it should be 'Wizards first'?" asked Lee.

"I'd say that it's one short step from 'Wizards first' to 'Purebloods first,' and then to 'Death Eaters,'" replied Kingsley. "We're all human, aren't we? Every human life is worth the same, and worth saving."