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Being Community updates
Luther joins COVID-19 College Vaccine Challenge
Building on its efforts to get students, faculty and staff vaccinated against COVID-19, Luther College has joined the COVID-19 College Vaccine Challenge. Signing on to this initiative, led by the White House and the U.S. Department of Education, means that Luther is committed to taking three key actions: Engage every student, faculty and staff member; identify champions for vaccine efforts across campus and implement a plan to get as many campus community members vaccinated as possible; and provide vaccine access.
Employee vaccination stipends
A reminder to all staff and faculty that employees who voluntarily submit proof of vaccination by the end of the day on Thursday, July 1, will receive a $50 stipend. Employees may submit proof of vaccination (two shots of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine, or one shot of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine) by uploading a copy of the record on Norse Hub or by bringing it to Human Resources.
Welcome Center staffing in July
The Welcome Center in the Dahl Centennial Union will not be staffed during the month of July. Faculty, staff, students, and community members are encouraged to make use of the online directory for campus information during this time. Requests for service from the Welcome Center, such as parking permits, may be directed to the safety and security officer on duty through the automated answering service.
Upcoming ITS upgrade
On Friday, July 9, and Wednesday, July 14, ITS will be working to upgrade our Network Access Control System. There will be short periods of time during both of these days where users will be unable to connect to the LCWireless and LCSecure wireless networks. If you're already connected to LCWireless or LCSecure or using a wired connection, you should have uninterrupted network access.
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.
Pulpit to Pulpit 5K
Looking for a fun activity for the 4th of July weekend? Register for Pulpit to Pulpit, a timed 5K and 1 mile fun run/walk! This year the family- and dog-friendly race will be held on Saturday, July 3, and will start at 8 a.m. Proceeds go to ArtHaus and Decorah Human Powered Trails. Not a runner? Sign up to volunteer!
Book Shop news
Huge summer sales event!
The Book Shop's HUGE summer sales event will end Wednesday, June 30! Select products are at a greatly reduced price for this limited time. We are also offering Surprise Me! bags with a value of over $100 each for only $50, while supplies last! Visit the website or stop into 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 29-Monday, July 5!
Welcome, new hires
Tyler Hosch started his position as utility/carpenter on June 14. Tyler's office is the carpentry shop, telephone 387-1810.
Amber Kuennen started as the payroll specialist on June 21. Amber's office is Main 25, telephone 387-1135.
Lane Rahlf started as the social media specialist on June 21. Lane's office is Dahl Centennial Union 213, telephone 387-1273.
Taylor Grangaard started as the administrative assistant in the Nursing Department. Taylor's office is Valders 243, telephone 387-1057.
Alan Wenthold began as the custodial support coordinator on June 28. Alan's office is Facilities Services, telephone 387-1278.
Celebrations this week
June 29: Sharon Phillips
June 30: Michelle Branton, Brooke Joyce
July 1: Ashlen Hagelberg, Charles Humphrey-Klimesh
July 2: Pamela Ihns
July 3: Alfredo Alonso Estenoz, Jeff Naatz, Daniel Sullivan
July 4: Deborah Gover, Andrew Whitfield
July 5: Nancy Bechtel, Jeanie Lovell, Caleb Timp, Alan Zaring
July 5: David M. Johnson, 5 years
Please join us as we celebrate Deb Henderson's retirement from Dining Services after 15 years of hard work. Stop by and congratulate Deb on her retirement at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 30, in the Caf.
Laundry Attendant (0.83 FTE, 10-months per year): Position will be responsible for the laundering of athletic practice and game uniforms as well as other materials as instructed. Work must be performed during the evening—early morning hours, but shift start time is negotiable. Some weekend hours will be required for special events/tournaments. No specific educational training or experience is necessary. Mostly on-the-job training.
To view the complete job description and apply for this position and all current openings, please go to the employment website at https://luthercollege.hiretouch.com.
Luther's Move Out Mindfully student-led initiative has kept more than 12 tons of waste out of the landfill. During move out week, 60 student workers and volunteers implemented various tactics in an effort to reuse and recycle, rather than waste. Since it began in 2014, the Move Out Mindfully initiative has reduced the waste sent to the landfill by over 50%. This year alone, more than 11,000 pounds of recyclable material was sent to Winneshiek County Recycling, 8,700 pounds of clothing and household items were taken to the Depot Outlet, 1,000 pounds of food was donated to the Decorah Community Food Pantry and 1,100 pounds of compost was sent to the college farm.
Todd Green has a chapter in the newly published book "More Than a Cup of Coffee and Tea: A Generation of Lutheran-Muslim Relations" (Pickwick Publications), edited by David D. Grafton. The chapter is titled "Reconsidering Christian Responses to Islamophobia."
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.
This Sunday, July 4, marks 245 years of celebrating the United States of America's independence. The first-ever recorded Fourth of July party was held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on July 4, 1777 and the festivities included 13 firework rockets being set off in the town square, in honor of the 13 colonies. Fireworks have been a part of Independence Day celebrations ever since. Here are a few area fireworks displays happening this weekend: