Tuesday, June 22

TUESDAY 6/22/2021

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Being Community updates

Voluntary vaccination submissions
Don't forget to submit record of your COVID-19 vaccination! Vaccinations keep our community safe and reaching a 70% vaccination rate for both summer and fall, respectively, will impact campus operations and policies. Reported vaccinations have been steadily increasing and on June 17 the college announced incentive programs for both students and employees, to continue the momentum. Learn more about our path to Alert Level 0: Blue (Normal).

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

On May 20, 2021, President Ward's email reported that the Board of Regents approved the restoration of the 5% institutional retirement contribution for faculty and staff, effective June 1, 2021.  Employees paid bi-weekly should see the 5% employer contribution reflected in their June 9 paycheck. Employees paid monthly should see the 5% employer contribution reflected in their June 25 paycheck.

Friendship Families wanted

The Center for Intercultural Engagement and Student Success (CIES) is recruiting 2021-22 Friendship Families to partner with our large group of incoming international students arriving this fall. The goal of the program is to promote international understanding and friendship, develop an appreciation of how others live and view the world, and assist new students in the process of adjustment to Luther College and the United States. You can work with one or more students and can choose whether to engage with your student(s) in person or virtually. CIES plans to host several in-person events for the entire group, including a welcome potluck and a pumpkin carving event. Please fill out the 2021-22 Friendship Family Interest Form to indicate your interest in the program. Email Clara Muggli-Toyloy <mugglicl> with questions.

Nordic Fest parade

Luther College faculty, staff, students, alumni, and their families are invited to represent Luther by walking in the Nordic Fest Parade on Saturday, July 24. This is an opportunity to participate in a fun community event and show your Luther pride—a free Luther t-shirt is available to those that need one! Please complete the Nordic Fest Parade 2021 form to participate. 

Mail Center hours

Starting June 25, the Mail Center window will close at 2 p.m. on Fridays, and return to regular hours on August 27. Please contact Jeff at 387-1013, or Lance at 387-1447. or email the Mail Center <mailcenter> if there are concerns or questions.

Dining Services closed 4th of July weekend

All Dining Services locations will be closed Saturday, July 3, and Sunday, July, 4 in honor of Independence Day.

Tuition Benefit Program deadline moved up to Oct. 1

Luther is pleased to offer faculty and staff a benefit that is highly unique in today's workplace: higher education for one's dependents. The Tuition Benefit Program has a three-step application process available online. Please note, due to earlier application deadlines at many participating colleges, we have adjusted our deadlines accordingly to better correspond with the earlier dates.

Deadlines are as follows:

Oct. 1: Applications due
Nov. 1: Finalized list of colleges due
May 15: Confirmation form due

For complete information about the process and an application form, see the HR benefits website. Contact Derek Hartl, <derek.hart> or 387-1433, with questions.

Book Shop news

Huge summer sales event!
Now through the end of June, the Book Shop is having a HUGE summer sales event! Select products will be at a greatly reduced price for this limited time. We will also be offering Surprise Me! bags with a value of over $100 each for only $50, while supplies last! Visit our website or stop in the store to capture these hot deals before they're gone!


Chapel this week

Thank you for supporting chapel throughout the academic year. Weekday Chapel will begin again when fall classes resume.

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, June 22-Monday, June 28!


Celebrations this week

June 23: Susan Drilling, Kathy Glaser, Matt Hughes
June 24: Marie Drews, Carly Foster, Novian Whitsitt
June 25: April Blong, Kylie Skillings
June 26: Carol Hester, RyAnn Winings, Aaron Zander
June 28: Adam Bohach

Position openings

Admissions counselor (1.0 FTE): Position actively works to enroll prospective students at Luther College via in-person and virtual synchronous and asynchronous recruitment interactions. This position is responsible for meeting yearly application, acceptance, and deposit goals as determined by the director of enrollment and the vice president for enrollment management. A bachelor's degree is required and applicants must have a valid driver's license. Prior full-time experience in sales, marketing, communication, or counseling and prior undergraduate work experience at a private liberal arts college and fluency in Spanish is preferred but not required. 

Admissions Counselor and Admissions Marketing Coordinator: Position will actively work to enroll prospective students at Luther College. Responsibilities will include: directly managing an assigned recruitment territory, conducting frequent fall and spring overnight recruitment travel, presenting admissions and financial aid sessions on and off campus, serving as a liaison to Marketing and Communications staff, coordinating digital, email, and print marketing projects, assisting with financial aid training and updates for admissions staff, evaluating applications for admission and scholarship consideration, and assisting with on and off-campus recruitment events. A bachelor's degree is required and applicants must have a valid driver's license.

Associate director of athletics (1.0 FTE): Position will manage the daily operations and planning in the Regents Center and outdoor practice and competition venues; as well as supervise the directors of Legends Fitness Center, athletic equipment room, and aquatics facility. He/she will be responsible for developing and maintaining the operational calendar for events and facility usage and game management for 19 NCAA Division III sport programs. Requirements: bachelor's degree required, master's degree preferred; at least three years of relevant experience in athletic administration and facilities at the collegiate level; Luther College, a member of the American Rivers Conference and NCAA Division III, is committed to providing a positive and competitive athletic experience. Screening will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. This is a 12-month position with employment aiming to begin July 26, 2021. 

Grounds Technician (1.0 FTE): Position has a variety of unique opportunities. The person who fills this position will play a part in maintaining campus exterior spaces and maintaining Grounds Crew equipment. They will also play a part in the student-athlete experience at Luther College, maintaining game and practice fields. High School diploma or equivalent required. Must be able to follow instructions and have the ability to mix appropriate chemical dilution ratio and understand directions for use. 

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.


On Sunday, May 16, a total of 406 graduates were honored and celebrated in the CFL. Of that number, 148 graduates received Latin honors and 30 were first-generation college students. There were 60 legacy graduates in the class of 2021 including one fifth generation grad, Elsa Thonn—their parents, along with prior generations of grandparents, attended Luther before them.

Andy Hageman gave a research conference talk, "Strange Temporalities: Twin Peaks The Return as Anthropocene Cinema" at an International Conference on June 19. It will be openly available on YouTube very soon, if not already.

Ideas and Creations

In his post, 30 Years of Luther's Washington Semester, John Moeller shares how he's witnessed Luther students' return from their Washington experience with a heightened discernment for their calling and an understanding of how they might best serve the common good.

In his post, What is Juneteenth?, Guy Nave writes about Juneteenth celebrating a significant turning point that sparked other turning points in the struggle of black Americans for genuine freedom. It is a reminder of the strength and power of black perseverance and a source of strength for continued perseverance.


For sale: Four Goodyear Viva2 tires.  215 70 15. Good tread. $10 each. Call 319- 427-3593.

For sale: 4 bed, 2 1/2 bath home on West Side. Single level living (zero-entry) includes hardwood floors, master bed/bath and laundry. Newly updated throughout. $289,900. Call 563-380-3803 

For rent: 3 bedroom, 1. 5 bath ranch house near Luther College in very desirable location, available Aug 15. Has a one car garage and nice yard. No pets or smoking and tenants are responsible for mowing and snow removal. Appliances included. Usable basement for storage, rec. room, or tv room. References required. Rent is $1000 for 1 year lease. Please contact Don Arendt at <[email protected]> or 563-382-6062 with inquiries. You can view a photo of the house on Decorah Now.

For rent: 4 bedroom apartment with a 3/4 bathroom and a 1/2 bathroom close to campus on North Street. $835/month. We pay for water, heat, and garbage. Available July 1. No smoking/no pets. Contact Michael at <smitmi01> or 563-382-6527.

Wanted: Looking for 3 strong individuals, sometime during June 19-20 and 25-27 (whichever day works for you) to help my in-laws move furniture (no appliances). Please call Joyce at 563-380-1881 for more details. Will pay, provide food/refreshments, and a ride if needed.


And finally...

Happy Pollinator Week! As a certified Bee Campus USA campus, pollinators are a big deal at Luther. Our ongoing efforts to support pollinators includes (but is not limited to):

  • Research on pollinator diversity and conservation
  • Landscaping with native plants
  • Invasive species control
  • Reducing herbicide use
  • Being home to the Federally-endangered Rusty Patched Bumble Bee
  • Maintaining several honey bee hives on campus