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Being Community updates
Alert level increase
The COVID-19 Alert Level for Luther College has increased to Level 2 Teal: Increased Exposure and Spread from Level 1 Green: Limited Exposure and Spread. This increase is due to the activation of the Occupancy of Campus Isolation/Quarantine Spaces COVID-19 indicator. As of yesterday, 57% of campus isolation and quarantine spaces were occupied. A good probability exists that the alert level will decrease from Level 2: Teal back to Level 1: Green in the next few days. A description of operations at Luther College while at this alert level may be found on the COVID-19 Indicators and Alert Levels webpage.
Due to the ongoing spread of COVID-19 variants, the COVID Response Team urges continued vigilance by each member of the campus community. Please continue to wear face masks, practice physical distancing, use the CampusClear daily health monitoring tool, and participate in asymptomatic testing through the EAST program.
Vaccine availability in Decorah
All Iowans (age 16 and older) are now eligible to receive COVID vaccinations. Please see this press release from Winneshiek County Government to find out complete information on signing up with the various providers in Decorah.
COVID-19 online dashboard
Last week, the Being Community data reporting page was revised to include cumulative case data and testing data that has been included in the Being Community newsletter.
Grad Finale 2021
Calling all 2021 graduates! Stop by the Dahl Centennial Union Lounge to get everything set up for graduation in one convenient spot! Please stop by on your assigned day listed below:
Tuesday, April 13: Last names A-E
Wednesday, April 14: Last names F-K
Thursday, April 15: Last names L-P
Friday, April 16: Last names R-Z
If you have a conflict on your assigned day, you may stop by on a different day. If you're off-campus, email <bookshopweb> to make arrangements for picking up your cap and gown. Gowns are sized by height.
Support for seniors
The Career Center has added Handshake appointments for 1:1 customized support for our soon-to-be graduates. Please help spread the word about this opportunity. Share this link which lists the various appointment types as well as the available times.
Faculty Recognition Celebration
Faculty and staff are invited to attend the virtual Faculty Recognition Celebration at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 12. We will be honoring faculty who retired or celebrated 25 years of service to the college in 2020, as well as those who are retiring or celebrating 25 years of service this year. Faculty can find the Zoom link in the invitation that was sent via email. Staff who are interested in attending should email Sean Burke <burke.sean> to request the link.
Luther College urges Biden administration to set strong 2030 U.S. climate target
Luther College, along with 74 other colleges and universities, is calling on the Biden-Harris administration to set a target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50% below 2005 levels by 2030. A letter to the White House states, “We (the college and university signatories) know that we need to address the climate crisis at the pace and scale it demands. Climate science, much of which is generated at our institutions, tells us that the United States must adopt an emissions reduction target that will place the country on a credible pathway to reach net-zero emissions by 2050.” Read more.
Music Department events now streamed on YouTube
Live streams of Luther College Music Department recitals and concerts are moving to a new platform - YouTube! Subscribe to our channel to be notified when concerts are happening throughout the rest of the semester.
Sign up for a community garden plot
Put your green thumbs to work in a community garden plot to create beautiful and bountiful harvests that can be enjoyed throughout the summer and well into fall and winter. Complete this form by May 1 to secure your spot. For more information contact <sustainability>.
Diaper Drive donations
Join the Social Work Association (SWA) in making a donation to the Helping Services for Youth and Families Diaper Drive! Diaper insecurity is a concern among families who are financially strained. Roughly 1 in 3 families struggle to afford diapers at the estimated cost of $100 per month for each child. Now until April 30, Venmo donations to SWA member and Helping Services intern @Grace-Weinrich. For more information contact Grace at <[email protected]>.
Be alert for tax refund and stimulus scams
Students and employees are potential targets of email and text phishing scams related to taxes, refunds, and stimulus payments. One recent scam impersonates the IRS and can lead to fraudulent returns or identity theft. Always exercise caution when asked for personal information, especially if you did not initiate the interaction. Learn more about protecting yourself from phishing.
Hearing Board student nominations
The Luther College Hearing Board, which adjudicates significant violations of the Student Code of Conduct including sexual misconduct, is seeking students to serve as members of next year's board. The application is available online; interested students must have a minimum 2.50 GPA and possess maturity, be in good community standing, demonstrate respect for confidentiality, and excellent critical thinking skills. Please send names of students who you believe would be a good fit for the position to Nan Hibbs <hibbna01>.
Book Shop news
Gladys Noll Alvarez will be giving a Zoom lecture on April 28 for the Social Work Department. Gladys is the author of two books, "Grandma Mary Says Things Happen: A guide to help children who have experienced trauma" and "Grandma Mary Says Bullies Hurt." Her books will be available in the Book Shop for purchase.
Chapel this week
All chapel services will be held online and the links may be found on the Luther events calendar.
Wednesday, April 14: Pastor Mike Foss (Bentdahl Commons)
Friday, April 16: Rev. Dr. Guy Nave
Monday, April 19: Jamie Stallman (Zoom)
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, April 13-Monday, April 19!
Paideia Texts and Issues Lecture: 'Resilient Communities' April 13
Jon Jensen will present "Resilient Communities in a Time of Change" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 13, via Zoom, as the last lecture of the 2020-21 Paideia Texts and Issues series "Building Community in a Changing Society." Jensen, with Luther seniors Piper Wood, Carina Hansen, and Jonathan Rivera, will discuss how communities can increase resilience and prepare for social and environmental changes in the twenty-first century.
Guest lecture: 'Religion in U.S. Diplomacy: From Bush to Biden' by Dr. Shaun Casey April 15
At 7 p.m. Thursday, April 15, Dr. Shaun Casey will present "Religion in U.S. Diplomacy: From Bush to Biden." The virtual lecture will examine the strengths and weaknesses of recent U.S. administrations' attempts to incorporate religion into diplomacy. Casey led the State Department's Office of Religion and Global Affairs under the Obama administration. Casey will draw on experiences to offer an analysis of the successes and failures of the Bush, Obama and Trump administrations' regarding the inclusion of religion in diplomacy, and conclude by laying out what Biden's strategy might be. Hosted by Todd Green and sponsored by the Center for Ethics and Public Engagement. Viewing information can be found at luther.edu/events.
Virtual conference: 'Positively Iowa: Science of Forgiveness and Positive Psychology' April 16
Researchers at Luther College and Iowa State University have organized a virtual conference titled "Positively Iowa: Science of Forgiveness and Positive Psychology." The conference will be held from 1:30 to 3:45 on Friday, April 16 at this Zoom link. The conference will feature a panel session with leading experts on the science of forgiveness and positive psychology. Student presentations from ISU and Luther will also be featured, and a panel on what to expect from graduate school in psychology will close the day.
Climate Justice Week April 18-24
Sandra Henry will give a lecture titled "Environmental Justice and Clean Energy" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 20. Henry works for a Chicago organization called Elevate to create clean energy access and equitable energy solutions. Andy Johnson of the Winneshiek Energy District will be joining her. Viewing information can be found at luther.edu/events.
Susan Crate, an environmental and cognitive anthropologist, will give a lecture titled "Anthropology and Climate Change: Actions and Transformations" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 21. Crate will share how she conducts her work and what is needed to curtail climate change for the preservation of the world's Indigenous people. Viewing information can be found at luther.edu/events.
Chamber Orchestra Concert April 18
The Luther College Chamber Orchestra will present a spring concert on Sunday, April 18 at 4 p.m. The program will include Adagio for Strings, Op. 11 by Samuel Barber; Petite Symphonie for Wind Instruments, by Charles Gounod; and Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21 by Ludwig van Beethoven. This event will be livestreamed and can be viewed through this link.
Virtual student recitals
Abbey Falconer '22, viola, in collaboration with Eric Head, will perform a viola recital at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 17. The program includes works by J.S. Bach, Schumann, and Hindemith. Abbey is a student of Dr. Spencer Martin.
Daniel "Dan" Iselin '21, piano, will perform a senior recital at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 18. The program includes works by Bach, Beethoven, and Chopin. Dan is a student of John Strauss.
Nathan Eck '22, piano, will perform a junior recital at 6 p.m. Sunday, April 18. The program will include works by Schubert, Ravel, and Wagner. Nathan Eck is a student of John Strauss and Nicholas Shaneyfelt.
"Out There Without Fear" film screening and panel discussion April 23-24
Friday, April 23 at 5:30 p.m. is the start of a two day online exploration of Jamaica’s Dancehall. On day 1, a documentary film screening of "Out There Without Fear" will be followed by a discussion with Jamaican filmmaker, Joelle Powe; public intellectual, Dr. Carolyn Cooper; and two Jamaican dancers. On Saturday, April 24, at 1 p.m., join a Dancehall workshop with two famous dancers. Register here.
"7 Yards: The Chris Norton Story" screening and Q&A April 25
At 1 p.m. Sunday, April 25, students, faculty and staff are invited to attend a free screening of "7 Yards" in the CFL Main Hall. This inspirational documentary explores the resilience and perspective of Luther alum, Chris Norton '14. Immediately following the film, Chris will join us via Zoom for a Q&A. Reserve your tickets in advance, or register to receive a link to view just the Q&A remotely. Email SAC <sac> with questions.
Phi Beta Kappa Lecture and Induction April 25
On Sunday, April 25 at 4 p.m., Luther's chapter of Phi Beta Kappa will induct its new members and present a talk by Nancy Jones '69, titled "Reflections on a Professional Life." Until her retirement this year, Dr. Jones directed the University of Iowa Law School's Writing Resource Center, the first writing center in the country devoted exclusively to the law school community. Phi Beta Kappa is a national honor society recognizing outstanding achievement in the liberal arts and sciences. The induction and lecture are open to the public via Zoom; find the link at luther.edu/events.
Celebrations this week
April 13: Lance Matter, Olga Michels, Arleen Orvis
April 14: Nikolay Suvorov
April 15: Rita Tejada
April 16: Chris Stuckman
April 17: Milo Dintaman
April 18: Kay Schmitt
April 19: Debra Henderson, Bryan Tieskoetter
Payroll Specialist (1.0 FTE): Position responsible for timely and accurate preparation and production of all campus payrolls and associated reporting. Responsibilities will include payment of salaries and wages, deductions, payroll transmission, payroll-related external payments, and reporting. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to utilize Colleague database software, Glacier nonresident alien tax software, Microsoft Excel, and Business Objects reporting software. Relevant job experience and accounting skills are necessary with proven ability to keep up-to-date on IRS payroll regulations pertaining to both US residents and nonresidents. A Bachelor's degree is desirable.
To view the complete job descriptions and apply for this position and all current openings, please go to the employment website at https://luthercollege.hiretouch.com.
Lena Schmitt '20 and Kirk Larsen published an article titled "Moths of oak-hickory forests and planted tallgrass prairies on Luther College natural areas in Decorah, Iowa" in the 2021 spring issue of the Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society. This article documents 468 species of moths living on Luther lands, including 99 species never before recorded in Winneshiek County and 7 species never before found in the state of Iowa.
Ideas and Creations
In Luther Enhances Students' Career Development Opportunities, Sarah Crose, Jodi Enos-Berlage, and Stephen Sporer share how a new merger between Luther's Career Center and Alumni Relations will help strengthen the professional network between the alumni community and current students.
In her post, Are You Too Reliant on Technology? Tips for Being Present in a Virtual World, Addie Sadler shares ways you can better manage your use of technology and achieve more balance with your personal health, relationships, and learning.
For rent: House for rent
For sale: 2014 Puma 25 RS travel trailer (28 ft. with bumper hitch). Purchased new at CampSite RV. Like new condition inside and out. Stored in enclosed shed. Sleeps up to 6. Extras include stabilizer hitch, awning, and extra battery. $12,500. Contact <lovellje> for photos and details.
For sale: Full size coffee table with stone top–$40. Computer desk–$10. Will send pics on request. Two blocks from campus. Contact <[email protected]> or 641 220 4562
If you need an excuse to bake something sweet and comforting today, we are happy to report it is National Peach Cobbler Day. Check out this recipe from the Tastes Better From Scratch blog.
5 peaches, peeled, cored and sliced (about 4 cups)
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
For the batter:
6 Tablespoons butter
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup milk
1. Add the sliced peaches, sugar and salt to a saucepan and stir to combine.
*(If using canned peaches, skip steps 1 & 2 and follow the directions starting at step 3)
2. Cook on medium heat for just a few minutes, until the sugar is dissolved and helps to bring out juices from the peaches. Remove from heat and set aside.
3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Slice butter into pieces and add to a 9x13 inch baking dish. Place the pan in the oven while it preheats, to allow the butter to melt. Once melted, remove the pan from the oven.
4. In a large bowl mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Stir in the milk, just until combined. Pour the mixture into the pan, over the melted butter and smooth it into an even layer.
5. Spoon the peaches and juice (or canned peaches, if using) over the batter. Sprinkle cinnamon generously over the top.
6.Bake at 350 degrees for about 38-40 minutes. Serve warm, with a scoop of ice cream, if desired.
To substitute canned peaches, use 1 quart jar, undrained.