Tuesday, July 28

TUESDAY 7/28/2020

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Coronavirus updates

On Friday, July 24, President Ward introduced a new online resource for the Luther College community. The Being Community website will serve as Luther's central repository for educating, learning, and growing toward the ideal of "Being Community" in pandemic. The website includes information about Academics and Student Life and Protection Protocols; an opportunity to submit questions and feedback; and features the following ethos:


Many colleges have promoted pledges, compacts, or covenants with certain behavioral requirements. At Luther College, we are not asking people to "take a pledge." Instead, we ask for your cooperation in the spirit of our community's character, our ethos.

This ethos derives from Luther's mission statement: "As a residential college, Luther is a place of intersection. Founded where river, woodland, and prairie meet, we practice joyful stewardship of the resources that surround us, and we strive to be a community where students, faculty, and staff are enlivened and transformed by encounters with one another, by the exchange of ideas, and by the life of faith and learning."

Being a community is central to the mission of Luther College. In this time of global pandemic, we have been called to a new way of being community. Luther is shaped by us.

Being Community Means:

  • PROTECT: We protect each other, heeding the evidence of science, the experiences of healers, and the needs of the most vulnerable.
  • ACCEPT: We accept responsibility for maintaining our own health, knowing that it affects others' health.
  • CREATE: We create new ways to connect. We seek new solutions.  
  • RESPECT: We strive for our common goals with respect for each person. We stand against any form of bias and discrimination.

In addition, last week the college released guidance for employees on the return to campus. Directors and department heads are asked to provide a planning document to their vice president by July 31.


HR update

For persons covered on Luther's UMR health plan: Costs for lab tests and test-related visits for COVID-19 including co-pay, deductibles for approved and authorized COVID-19 laboratory tests and test-related visits at physician's office, urgent care, ER, or telehealth/telemedicine visits are waived through October 22, 2020. Testing must be provided at approved locations in accordance with CDC Guidelines. A link to the "COVID-19 Mandated Plan Changes Amendment" is on the HR website.

KATIE version upgrade Aug. 4

We will be upgrading KATIE to the newest version of Moodle on Tuesday, Aug. 4. All of your work will carry over. KATIE will be unavailable from 6 a.m.-1 p.m. on that day. See KATIE Version Upgrade 8/4/2020 for more information or contact <helpdesk> or 387-1000.

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 on luther.edu

Read about Katie Koenning '18 and learn how high standards and opportunities to participate made her choose Luther's music program. 

Book Shop news

Luther author new book release
Peter Ylvisaker '84 has a new book out, "Growing Up Decorah." Stop in the Book Shop to browse the book, and support your fellow Norse. Congratulations Peter!


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 28: Shelly Glock
July 29: Carol Jeide
July 31: Brody VanderKolk, Jennifer Folstad, Raven Battle, Robert Christman
Aug. 1: Carol Kreuscher, Karen Dallenbach, Jeremy Smith
Aug. 2: Jonathan Ailabouni, Susan Amunrud

Aug. 1: Steve Pasche, 15 years

Position openings

Administrative assistant for Safety, Security and Information Services (11 month/year, .92 FTE). Assistant will deliver information to students, staff and visitors by phone and in-person at the front desk in the Union and provide clerical support for Safety and Security. High school diploma or GED is required (some college preferred), basic computer and clerical skills, extensive customer service experience, and the ability to operate two-way radio and telephone equipment. Hours will primarily be Monday-Friday with occasional weekend work.

Financial Aid Counselor/Assistant Director of Financial Aid (1.0 FTE). Position will be responsible for advising students and parents about financing their Luther education, overseeing the institution's state financial aid portfolio, and serving as manager of the college's endowed and restricted scholarship funds. B.A. or B.S. degree is required.

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 descriptions and apply for all current openings, please go to the employment website at https://luthercollege.hiretouch.com.


Andy Hageman published a book review of what he considers a top summer read, "The Only Good Indians" by Stephen Graham Jones.

Thomas C. Johnson was recently featured on Produce Iowa's MediaMakers series

Ideas and Creations

In the post What Does Ecology Have to Do With the COVID-19 Pandemic?, Beth Lynch shares how the human population has more or less created the conditions necessary for new infectious diseases like COVID-19 to emerge and how we can best predict and respond to them.

How will the COVID-19 virus transform? In the post Evolution of a Pandemic, Eric Baack shares what factors might affect the virus and how we can play a role in shaping its future.


Free: We have nearly a gallon of Sherwin Williams exterior Super Paint in "Naval" (Flat) as well as one quart each of  "In the Navy,"  "Anchors Aweigh," "Rustic Red," "Tricorn Black," and "Charcoal Blue," (Satin) to give away either as a set or individually. Perfect for a shed, doghouse, or other small projects. Please contact Chivonne at <marlowch>.

Free: Document Center has sturdy boxes for free, size 22x19x13. Would be great for moving. Get them before the end of the week.

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.


And finally...

In case you didn't realize, July is National Ice Cream Month--President Ronald Reagan proclaimed it so back in 1984. If you feel like celebrating, you've got a few options in town:

  • The Sugar Bowl is open daily for curbside pickup, noon-10 p.m. Simply call ahead, 379-9754, or order online.
  • The Whippy Dip is open daily, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Customers are encouraged to wear a mask and please respect social distancing.
  • And for those who'd rather celebrate with frozen custard, Culver's drive through is open daily, 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m. and today's flavor of the day is Turtle.