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Being Community updates
Alert level decrease
On Monday, April 19, the Alert Level was moved to Level 1 Green: Limited Exposure and Spread. 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. If you have had one dose of vaccine, you should continue to be tested every two weeks through the EAST program.
COVID Recovery Iowa offers free virtual counseling and assistance for all Iowans affected by COVID-19. Request free COVID recovery Iowa assistance through COVID Recovery Iowa.
Climate Justice Week campus events
Climate Justice Week is April 18–24 on the Luther Campus with displays, nature walks, buckthorn and garlic mustard removal, a Green Room contest, and Chapel services featuring current students and alumni. Review the complete list of events to learn more. Events are open to all faculty, staff, and students.
Free Earth Day Meal Outdoors April 22
Norse Culinary Team invites you to a "Less waste, plant-based, great taste!" outdoor meal for all students, faculty, and staff. The meal will be served free of charge between 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. on Earth Day, Thursday, April 22. Menu items include Green Earth Goddess Panzanella Bread Bowl, Social Equi-Tacos, Pollinator Garden Cupcake Cones, and a De-Carbon-ated Beverage Station. Music provided by Luther Jazz Quintet. The meal is part of Climate Justice Week.
Spring wildflowers and garlic mustard removal April 22 and 25
Luther's natural areas are rich in spring wildflowers, but threatened by garlic mustard. Garlic mustard removal can be accomplished with appropriate social distancing, while enjoying the outdoors. Join the effort at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 22, and/or 2 p.m. Sunday, April 25, at Luther's Lionberger Environmental Preserve. RSVP required. Can't attend either afternoon, but want to help other times? Contact Molly McNicoll <mcnimo01>. Volunteers should be able to hike over difficult terrain.
Luther adopts new socially responsible investment strategy
As the Luther College Endowment approaches $200 million, the college is now incorporating environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations into its investment approach. In its initial steps, Luther has made revisions to its investment policy statement to recognize new Socially Responsible Investing (SRI) goals. SRI is any investment strategy that considers both financial return and social/environmental good to bring about positive social change. The approach is to consider ESG factors broadly. Portfolio management decisions will continue to be made with the long-term return and support of the college as a primary objective.
CPB now accepting funding requests
The Campus Programming Board (formerly Lecture and Fine Arts) is accepting proposals between April 16–April 30 for the 2021-22 academic year. Funding is awarded for events in music, theatre and dance, literary events, visual arts, and speakers in other areas. Applications received between April 30–Sept 30 will be considered in a second round. Learn more or submit your proposal on the Campus Programming website. Questions? Contact Kristen Underwood <undekr01> or Jodi Meyer-Mork <meyejo09>.
Luther website server upgrade April 27
The Marketing and Communications Office and ITS have a planned website upgrade scheduled for April 27. We request that all Reason users refrain from making updates from 6 a.m.–2 p.m. April 27, as those changes could be lost during the server transfer. Anyone with issues or questions can reach out to Sara Doerder, director of marketing operations <doersa02>.
Sign up for CSA reimbursement program by May 1
May 1 is the deadline to sign-up for Luther's CSA reimbursement program. The application form is on the Center for Sustainable Communities website. The program reimburses current Luther College faculty and staff 50% (maximum $100) of the cost of a CSA subscription. This is a very popular program, but a lot of people haven't tried it. Have you told a friend? For questions, contact the CSC <sustainability>.
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]>.
Book Shop news
Alumnus book spotlight
Please congratulate Lou Accola '59 on her newly published book, "Feelings and Faith: Reflections on God's Gifts for Life's Journey." Stop in the Book Shop to pick up your copy today, and send her some Norse love!
Virtual alumni book club books
The final books for the May/June Alumni Book Club are ready to be read, and purchased in the Book Shop. The two books to purchase are, "Interpreter of Maladies" and "Namesake" by Jhumpa Lahiri. Stop in for your copies today!
Gladys Noll Alvarez will be giving a Zoom lecture on April 27 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
Weekday chapel will take place online on Mondays and Fridays. Links for these services may be found at luther.edu/events. Wednesday chapels will be in-person on Bentdahl Commons.
Wednesday, April 21: Sletsy Dlamini '21, music by Jon Ailabouni and student jazz musicians
Friday, April 23: Salome Valdivieso Santillan
Monday, April 26: Music and Meditation: Celebration
Candlelight vigil April 21
At 8:15 p.m. Wednesday, April 21, on the CFL front steps, a candlelight vigil will be held to honor and hold the memory of people murdered due to racism, xenophobia, and religious intolerance. Sponsored by College Ministries.
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 20-Monday, April 26!
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.
Panel on substance use April 21
Join the Winneshiek County Sheriff's Office, Northeast Iowa Behavioral Health, and Helping Services at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 21, to discuss opioids and stimulants, the prevalence of these drugs locally, and resources available. Moderated by Luther College Wellness. Sign up to receive the viewing link.
"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.
Jazz Band Concert April 25
The Jazz Band will present their spring concert at 6 p.m. Sunday, April 25 via a livestream on the Music Department's YouTube Channel. The program includes works by Stevie Wonder, Billy Strayhorn, Sammy Nestico, and Chick Corea. Two brand new works will also be featured—Ayn Inserto's "Notorious R.B.G." and Adam Meckler's arrangement of Max Roach's "Freedom Day" from the We Insist!: Freedom Now Suite.
Virtual student recitals
Gibson "Gibby" Swalley '22, in collaboration with Eric Head, will perform a junior violin recital at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 24. The program includes works by Bach, Tchaikovsky, and de Falla. Gibson is a student of Igor Kalnin.
Erin Villmow '22, in collaboration with Corey Silberstein and Laura Elmquist, will perform a junior horn recital at 6 p.m., Saturday, April 24. The program includes works by Robert Schumann, Peter Askim, and Jan Bach. Erin is a student of Rebecca Boehm Shaffer.
Merridee Seidl '21, in collaboration with Corey Silberstein, Austin Albert, Carsen Weichers, Anders Peterson, and Elijah Wallace, will perform a senior saxophone recital at 11 a.m., Sunday, April 25. The program includes works by Bozza, Tomasi, Debussy, and Denis DiBlasio. Merridee is a student of Lynne Hart.
Welcome, new hires
Thomas Lockard started his position as financial aid counselor on March 29. His office is Main 27, telephone 387-1503.
Celebrations this week
April 20: Nancy Dietzenbach, Sarah Loken, Jenifer Ward, Anthony Weis
April 21: Claude Mertzenich
April 24: Chivonne Marlow, Steve Pasche
April 25: Freeda Brook
April 26: Ryan Gjerde, James Hoke, Billy Huebner, Loren Toussaint
April 24: Mark Franzen, 15 years
Development Officer (1.0 FTE): Position to serve as an ambassador of the college with responsibility to build and develop long-term, donor-centric relationships built on a firm understanding of the donor's interest, passions, and values. The primary objective of the officer is to advance the mission of the college by planning and implementing a program to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward prospective donors with major and planned gift potential in support of Luther's fundraising initiatives and institutional priorities. Bachelor's degree and minimum of three years in development work, major gifts or related area required. This position requires traveling on a regular basis as well as evening and weekend hours for special events and travel.
Sustainability Fellow (1.0 FTE, 10 month): This is a ten-month, full-time, 40 hour/week, position in the Center for Sustainable Communities, August 1, 2021–May 31, 2022. The Sustainability Fellow works with faculty, staff, students, and community partners to fulfill the center's mission to "promote sustainability and be a catalyst for change" as well as to educate the Luther community about the college's sustainability goals and related initiatives. Minimum qualifications: bachelor's degree; excellent oral and written communication skills; ability to work collaboratively with a broad range of people as well as to work independently. Experience with marketing/communications and/or web content development desirable. Experience and or familiarity with the Luther College campus is desirable, but not required.
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.
The Luther chapter of the national Society of Physics Students has received the 2020 Outstanding Chapter Award. This is the highest award, granted to only 15% of chapters annually, and recognizes Luther's chapter for its involvement and outreach on campus and in the larger SPS community. Congratulations to Erin Flater, SPS advisor, and 2019-20 chapter members.
Erin Flater, Abbigail Fahrenkamp '20, and Owen Johnson '21 were invited to write an article for The SPS Observer, "Hot Wheels, Cloud Chambers, and 3D Printing: A Hands-On Approach to Chapter Meetings."
Nancy Gates Madsen and Mackenzie Zenk '21, presented their research at the North Central Council of Latin Americanists (NCCLA) Conference, which took place virtually on April 18-19, 2021. Their paper, "Destabilizing the Binary Rhetoric of Migration in Yuri Herrera's Señales que precederán al fin del mundo (Signs Preceding the End of the World)" was awarded the NCCLA's Collaborative Research Award, which honors research conducted collaboratively between a faculty member and a student.
Kristin Swanson presented "Fostering Cooperative Learning in Introduction to Biblical Studies" at the Upper Midwest Regional Meeting of the American Academic of Religion/Society of Biblical Literature, April 9-11, 2021.
Amy Weldon presented "Wings in the Abyss: Reading Keats in the Pandemic" at the Association for Core Texts and Courses (ACTC) Online Conference on April 14, 2021.
Ideas and Creations
In her post, 75 Years of Fulbright Community, Elizabeth Steding celebrates the 75th anniversary of the Fulbright Program and reflects on a remarkable example of community.
In his post, Advice and Support for Students Considering a Change of Major, Jeff Wilkerson talks about his experience as an academic advisor and shares some valuable insights on how we can all support a major-changing student.
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.
It's the 25th National Poetry Month! Treat yourself to a Poem-a-Day for the remainder of April. Here's one to get you started:
April Rain Song
By Langston Hughes
Let the rain kiss you
Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops
Let the rain sing you a lullaby
The rain makes still pools on the sidewalk
The rain makes running pools in the gutter
The rain plays a little sleep song on our roof at night
And I love the rain.