Tuesday, July 6

TUESDAY 7/6/2021

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Organizational shifts

Luther College welcomes Provost Lynda Szymanski and Dean Ashley Benson, who started their positions at Luther last week. These two new positions bring with them new titles and organizational structures. These organizational shifts are noted below: 

  • The Office of the Dean is now the Office of the Provost, headed by Provost Lynda Szymanski. She oversees three formerly separate divisions: academic affairs, student engagement, and student success.
  • The Office of Student Life is now the Office of Student Engagement, headed by Dean of Student Engagement Ashley Benson. Dean Benson also oversees student activities, residence life, counseling service, wellness, and the student health service.
  • Academic affairs encompasses the registrar’s office, the Center for Global Learning (with international recruitment remaining under the enrollment division), the library, and faculty and their support staff and programs. 
  • Student success encompasses the Center for Academic Enrichment (CAE), the TRIO Achievement Program, and the Center for Intercultural Engagement and Student Success (CIES).

In addition, a few other organizational shifts have occurred this summer: 

  • Institutional research and effectiveness (Ashlesha Pawar, director) is now reporting to Brad Chamberlain, vice president for mission and communication. 
  • The Career Center (Sarah Crose, director) is now reporting to Stephen Sporer, vice president for development. 
  • Campus safety and security (Bob Harri, director) is now reporting to Andrew Bailey, vice president for finance and administration.

Being Community updates

Luther College will remain at Level 0 Blue in the fall if no COVID-19 Indicators are activated and 70% of the campus community (students, faculty, and staff) has voluntarily provided proof of vaccination for COVID-19. Presently, 56% percent of faculty, staff, and students that are scheduled to be on campus in the fall have voluntarily submitted proof of vaccination for COVID-19. Employees who voluntarily submit proof of vaccination for COVID-19 through Luther’s Voluntary COVID-19 Vaccination Program will receive a stipend in appreciation of their efforts.

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.


Ice Cream Day

All faculty, staff, and students on campus are invited to join us in the Caf for a free build-your-own ice cream sundae bar on Thursday, July 15. At 2 p.m. enter the back door of the Caf by the ice cream machine to enjoy a mid-day treat!

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.

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.


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, July 6-Monday, July 12!


Celebrations this week

July 6: Andrew Bailey
July 7: Ryan Frost
July 8: David Grouws
July 9: Tony Mutsune
July 10: Chauncy Eggland, Aaron Lurth, Bobbi-Jo Molokken, James Sootheran, Kelly Sorenson, David Thompson
July 11: Dustin Cote, Terry Ollendieck, Mark Potvin
July 12: Melanie Batoff, Brian Caton, Susan Schmidt

Position openings

Associate Vice President for Finance (1.0 FTE): The Associate Vice President for Finance will manage the Office for Financial Services by coordinating the financial programs, policies, and transactions that support unqualified audit reports, tax filings, and regulatory compliance; overseeing the college’s risk management program; and supporting the Vice President for Finance and Administration with budget planning and analysis and financial modeling. Bachelor's degree and 7+ years of progressively-responsible related experience required. CPA, master’s degree, and higher education experience preferred.

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.


Justin Sprung published the article "Economic Stress, Family Distress, and Work-Family Conflict among Farm Couples" in the Journal of Agromedicine.

Loren Toussaint, Aaron Nguyen, Claire Roettger (both current students) and Kiara Cox-Dixon (alum) published a paper comparing the most effective methods of promoting both psychological and physiological relaxation. The paper is available here.

Ideas and Creations

In his post, Meet Carl, Aaron Lurth shares how he uses art and humor to express feelings of anxiety. 

In his post, A Lesson from a Biking Grandma, Paul Gardner writes about how his partner is preparing for RAGBRAI and the life lessons found in that experience.


For sale: Used reliable Maytag dryer. $150. Email <sullivre>.

Wanted: Seeking housekeeping assistance. Either a professional cleaner or someone with experience. Students are welcome if they can provide own transportation to country home seven miles outside of town. Contact Jennifer, [email protected], if interested.


And finally...

July 11 is National Mojito Day.

A mojito is a traditional Cuban drink consisting of white rum, sugar, lime juice, soda water, and mint. Don Jose makes a good one or you could make your own! And here is a mocktail recipe that would be refreshing on the hottest of summer days.

You will find me by the pool with one in hand on Sunday...only it's a kiddie pool in my back yard and I am not laying out, rather I am playing referee between my two-year-old who is splashing our eight-month-old (remind me to use a spill-proof cup).