Tuesday, Feb. 9

TUESDAY 2/09/2021

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Being Community updates

Expanded Asymptomatic COVID-19 Testing Program
Luther announces the launch of its expanded asymptomatic surveillance testing (EAST) program, designed to augment our protection protocols during the COVID-19 pandemic. Current students, faculty, and staff are eligible for the EAST program, with some restrictions. Testing will begin on Wednesday, Feb. 10; appointments are required and may be scheduled using the online scheduling system. More information can be found on the Being Community website, including FAQs.

The Being Community website is the hub of information and inspiration for Luther's approach to the 2020-21 academic year. We invite community questions and feedback.


HR update

1095-C forms are available
Human Resources has generated 2020 1095-C Employer-Provided Health Insurance Offer and Coverage forms. Employees who elected to receive those online can log in to NorseHub to view and print their forms. For employees who have not opted in to online distribution, we will be printing and distributing forms via campus mail this week. If you do not receive a form or have questions, please contact Matthew Bills <bills>, 387-1189.

Google Calendar update from Campus Programming

To students, faculty, and staff: when creating events on your Google Calendar associated with your personal @luther.edu Gmail account, please do not select a "Room" option from the list of rooms located on the right-hand side of the "More Options" window (the tab located next to "Guests"). These reservations populate to the larger campus calendar system and can be seen campus-wide. If you have questions, please contact Megan Pitz <bohrme01>.

Distinguished Lectures list

You will now find a chronological list of the lecturers who have spoken in the CFL since 1977; a useful reference when inviting a speaker to Luther. Please contact Kristen Underwood <undekr01> if you're aware of missing names, or have suggestions for improvements. Find the list on the Campus Programming page, under Distinguished Lectures.

Campus Social Media Group meeting Feb. 11

A Campus Social Media Group is being convened to provide support and direction for administrators of Luther College institutional social media accounts, as outlined in the Luther College Social Media Policy. Our next meeting will take place at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 11. Administrators that the Marketing and Communications team are already aware of have received an email regarding this meeting. Staff and faculty who have not received an email and are managing a Luther office/department social media account should contact Megan Schwenneker <schwme04> to receive meeting details.

ROAD 2021 dates

We are excited to welcome new students and assist in their transition to Luther. Out of continued caution, the new student Registration, Orientation, and Advising Day (ROAD) will be virtual for 2021. Dates are as follows:

  • Tuesday, June 8
  • Tuesday, June 15
  • Tuesday, June 22
  • Monday, Aug. 23 (to accommodate students who are admitted and deposit later in the year)

ROAD is now housed in the Center for Academic Enrichment (CAE) and is a collaborative effort and process that includes Student Success, Academics, Admissions, Student Life, Information Technology Services, and Marketing and Communications.

Paideia summer reading

The Paideia Program is excited to announce the 2021 summer read, "The Vanishing Half" by Brit Bennett. This page-turner of a novel puts systemic racism under a sharp lens through the story of a Black mother and twin daughters, one of whom decides to pass as white. The author will present the convocation address and a Q&A session Sept. 1-2. Stay tuned for more information, and for copies to be available at the Book Shop.

Melin Scholarship for study in Africa 2021-22

Do you have students interested in studying abroad in Africa during the 2021-22 academic year? Encourage them to apply for the Melin Scholarship, which provides $7,500 to support a student's study abroad experience in Africa, with preference given to students who wish to study in sub-Saharan Africa. To receive an application form, students should email Todd Green, Interim Director of International Studies <greeto02>. If students have particular questions about the scholarship, they should email Elizabeth Finanger in the Center for Global Learning <finaeliz>. Applications are due March 6.

Marty's is hiring

Do you know a student who needs a few work-study hours? Marty's is hiring student workers for the spring semester! Encourage interested students to contact Joyce at <brinckjo> or just ask for Joyce in Nordic Brew when they stop by for their next latte or pastry for more information.

Book Shop news

Black History Month books spotlight
Learn more about Black History with four books written by the Equal Justice Initiative: "Reconstruction in America," "Lynching In America," "Segregation in American," and "Slavery In America." The books are $5 each or purchase the set of four for $15. These books were generously donated by a Luther College alumnus. If this price is not feasible, any donation will be accepted. The donor would like these in as many hands as possible. Enjoy!

Love Your Neighbor Event Feb. 8-Feb. 13
Bring nonperishable food items to the Book Shop to be donated to Luther's Little Pantry or gently used clothing items for Decorah's Depot. For each item donated you will receive 25% off one store item--max discount is three items discounted at 25% off (some exclusions apply). Feel free to donate more to your Luther and Decorah community. Happy Valentine's Day from the Luther Book Shop!


Chapel this week

All chapel services will be held online and the links may be found on the Luther events calendar.

Wednesday, Feb. 10: Jim Martin-Schramm
Friday, Feb. 12: Brooke Joyce
Monday, Feb. 15: Music and Meditation

Ash Wednesday walk through communion Feb. 17

College Ministries invites the Luther community to a walk through communion 10:15-11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17, in the CFL. Participants will be directed to a communion station where they will receive the Sacrament with prayer and a blessing for Ash Wednesday. There will also be buttons available in lieu of ashes. The Sacrament will be provided in a sealed all-in-one goblet with one end containing gluten-free unleavened bread and the other end containing red wine. Our servers will be taking every precaution to serve participants in a safe manner.

Good Shepherd Ash Wednesday opportunities

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church welcomes students, staff, and faculty to Outdoor Communion and Imposition of Ashes at 12:30 p.m. and 5:15 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17. Safe COVID procedures will be followed by all. Alternatively, "Ashes to Go" packets can be picked up at the service as well. Also join Good Shepherd for Online Worship on YouTube, which will be available for viewing all day. Contact Vicar Kathryn <thompson> with questions or further connection.

Home sporting events

For the most accurate and up-to-date information about Norse Athletics and the status of competition in the American Rivers Conference, visit luthernorse.com.

Events this week

The Office of Campus Programming maintains a Calendar of Events which includes listings for student activities, athletics, lectures, and more, with links to virtual events.

Visit the online Calendar of Events for a complete list of Luther events happening from Tuesday, Feb. 9-Monday, Feb. 15!

Luther pays tribute to James Baldwin during Black History Month

Luther has events planned throughout the month of February to celebrate the work and achievements of people of color during Black History Month. This year's events feature author and activist James Baldwin. Through film showings, lectures, discussions and performances, audience members will have the opportunity to deepen their knowledge about the struggles and hardships that came and still come from being Black in America and gain a historical perspective that can be used to better understand recent events. Links to attend all of the live, virtual events can be found on Luther's online events calendar.

CEPE Pop-Up Panel: Tell Me about Myanmar Feb. 10

Join this virtual event at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10, as Luther students from Myanmar help us understand the situation in their home country after the military recently seized control, shutting off communication and flights. Nora Nyi Myint '22, Min San Thu '22, Thawdar Zin '21, and Myo Seht Kaung '21 will share their personal experiences of growing up in Myanmar and the current fears they have for their country. Moderated by Orçun Selcuk. The event link is available at luther.edu/events.

ISAA Fashion Show Feb. 13

The annual ISSA Fashion Show will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, in the CFL. Faculty, staff, and the broader community are invited to view the show virtually, as seating in the CFL will be limited to students. Tickets can be bought from the Luther's Ticket Office website for $3 each. Proceeds from the event will be going to the refugees displaced by the war in Tigray Ethiopia.  

Faculty Artist Series: Unison Piano Duo Feb. 13

Xiao Hu and Du Huang will perform a piano duo recital at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, in the Noble Recital Hall.  The program consists of J. S. Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G Major, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Concerto for Two Pianos in E-flat Major, as well as a composition by Brooke Joyce, "He Hung His Head and Died," a recent work inspired by the killing of George Floyd. This event will be livestreamed.

Faculty Artist Series: Kacy Clopton, cello Feb. 14

Kacy Clopton will perform a cello recital at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14. The performance includes Benjamin Britten's Third Solo Cello Suite, and Clopton will be joined by pianist Miko Kominami, to perform sonatas by Frank Bridge and Benjamin Britten. This event will be livestreamed.

Paideia Texts and Issues lecture Feb. 16

The lecture "Amish Genetic Health Needs and an Innovative Community Response" will take place via Zoom at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16, as part of the 2020-21 Paideia Texts and Issues Lecture series "Building Community in a Changing Society." Angela Kueny, Philip Iversen, and Lee Zook will discuss their work with Amish families in Iowa and Minnesota, and how their research is part of a larger initiative to address inaccessibility challenges in the current healthcare system.


Welcome, new hires

April Blong started her position as student accounts assistant on Feb. 1. Her office is Main 118, telephone 387-1011.

Kirk Swigart started his position as weekend custodial staff on Feb. 4. His office is Facilities Services, telephone 387-1145.

Celebrations this week

Feb. 9: Joseph Raymond
Feb. 11: Kasey Nikkel, Tyler Vaughn
Feb. 12: Janna Edrington
Feb. 13: Greg Ardinger, Evan Fowler, Jeff Leschensky


The Center for Ethics and Public Engagement is pleased to announce the appointment of Anita Carrasco as the CEPE Faculty Research Fellow for the academic years 2021-23. The CEPE will provide support for her research on the role that hospitality and hostility play in shaping the experiences of Latinx and Hispanic students in the Luther community. Her project will involve research collaboration with students, book group and panel offerings, classroom visits, and finally, a culminating presentation to the public.

Wanda Deifelt's webinar presentation on Covid-19, titled "Blame the Victim: When Systemic Injustice Ceases to be  Culprit," is now available to the general public. In her presentation, Deifelt points out that "the inconvenience of wearing a mask has unmasked political bigotry, lockdowns unhinged protests about individual freedoms, and the disproportionate number of brown and black people dying opened wide the wounds of racism." The webinar, organized by the Council for World Mission, gathered scholars from around the globe. Additional presentations by Asia and Pasifika panelists and Caribbean and Americas panelists are also available.

Andy Hageman published an online open-access article as part of a month-long series analyzing the TV series Twin Peaks.

A generous estate gift from Richard "Dick" Hemp '64, regent emeritus, and his spouse, Joann (Harr) Hemp '65, will be used to establish the Hemp Family Chair in the Humanities. "I am grateful to Dick and Joann Hemp for their extraordinary dedication to their alma mater and their foresight in establishing the Hemp Family Chair in the Humanities, which will ensure that Luther College continues to benefit from generous curricular and programmatic offerings in the humanistic disciplines," said President Ward. 

Jimmy Hoke has been accepted into a cohort of queer and queer-friendly teacher-scholars to participate in a project: "Nurturing Queer Education: Exploring the Embodiment of Queer Life in Theologically Diverse Settings," funded by a grant from the Wabash Center.

Ideas and Creations

In her post, Dance Program Bridges Divide Between the Education of the Body and Mind, Jane Hawley shares what she's learned in her research and how dance can be used to express yourself and create connections during this challenging time.

Cory Near shares how the ensemble has used this time to rehearse, perform, and explore new topics relating to music in his post, Amid Uncertainty, Luther Concert Band Implements COVID-19 Safety Measures, Addresses Anti-Racism, and Provides Real-World Experiences.


For sale: Elliptical, NordicTrack SpaceSaver SE7i. $75 or best offer. Unit is one year old. Resistance levels limited, otherwise fully functioning machine. Buyer hauls. Contact <lescje01> or 387-1538.

For sale: 46" Samsung LCD Flat Panel TV, LNB640 with remote, 4 HDMI inputs, 120 MHz refresh rate, 1080p (Full HD), and 80,000:1 contrast ratio. $150. Contact <lescje01> or call 563-277-0016.

For sale: Brand-new, Therabath Professional Thermotherapy Paraffin Bath plus 6 bags of Paraffin wax. Purchased some years ago, never used. $75 for the device and paraffin. Contact Jessica Paul <pauljess>. 

For sale: Twin bed, including mattress, box spring, and metal frame. Clean, lightly used. $20.00 Must be able to pick up. Contact <bishopda>.


And finally...

"Love takes off the masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within."

 -- James Baldwin, "The Fire Next Time" 1963