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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, 65% 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 by the end of the day on August 1 will receive a stipend in appreciation of their efforts.
TIAA announces individual virtual counseling sessions. Thursday, July 29, 8 a.m.–4 p.m. Space is limited. Register online at www.TIAA.org/schedulenow or by calling 800-732-8353 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., Monday–Friday.
Keynote: 'What Inclusive Instructors Do' with Dr. Tracie Addy
Curious to know more about campus-wide conversations surrounding Inclusive Excellence? Join your colleagues for a presentation 3–4 p.m. Monday, July 26, by Dr. Tracie Addy, associate dean of teaching and learning at Lafayette College, as she discusses some of the whys and hows of inclusive teaching. While Dr. Addy's address will be geared towards the college classroom, we are all partners in student learning. Staff are welcome to join. Please register on the CELT website for the Zoom link.
Request for additional Paideia lecture proposals
Additional proposals will be accepted for the 2021–22 Text and Issues Lecture Series on the theme "Decolonizing Paideia? Revising the Products and Processes of Education." How might our disciplines, our curriculum, and our pedagogies (education, or in the Greek sense, paideia) be considered colonial, and in what ways can and should they change? Read the full description and find the proposal form on the Paideia website. Final deadline is July 30.
Book Shop news
2021-22 Academic Planners are in
The Book Shop has received the Academic Planners for 2021-22 and they are available both in-store and online!
New book available
The Book Shop is selling copies of "More Than a Cup of Coffee and Tea." The book, about Lutheran-Muslim relationships, includes a contribution by Luther professor Todd Green.
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 20-Monday, July 26!
Welcome, new hires
Erik Matth started as an assistant football coach—offensive coach and staff instructor in HPES on July 14. Erik's office is Regents Center 11E, telephone 387-2180.
Brian Frana started as the assistant football coach—offensive coordinator and staff instructor in HPES on July 16. Brian's office is Regents Center 11B, telephone 387-1613.
Celebrations this week
July 21: Sarah Wilder
July 22: Kris Franzen, Lukas Phillips
July 23: Adam Lenehan, Brian Solberg, Stephen Sporer
July 24: Melissa Bothun
July 25: Elizabeth Steding, Rachel Storlie, Nicole Waskow, Mark Worcester
July 26: Lynne Rothrock
July 22: Peggy A. Lensing, 25 years
July 26: Peggy Landsom, 5 years; Alan R. Wenthold, 5 years; Julann Sindelar, 5 years
To Michael Chesher and his family on the death of his wife, Laura Chesher, who passed away on July 17, 14 days short of her 51st birthday. Wife of 22 years and mother to three children, Laura was an avid cyclist, former principal trumpet of the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony and La Crosse Symphony. More recently she served as a nurse practitioner at Winona Health in Minnesota. Her life was a blessing to Michael, Ethan, Amanda, and Olivia who are eternally grateful. May she rest in peace.
Assistant Director of Facilities: Position to provide leadership, work supervision, and direction to a large group of Facilities Staff. Duties will include recruitment and development of staff, inspection of campus facilities to ensure standards are met, align supplies and equipment to the college sustainability initiatives, and management of college rental properties. Bachelor's degree and a valid driver's license is required. Position requires 24-hour emergency on-call availability.
Coordinator of Music Marketing (1.0 FTE): The coordinator manages the general music marketing of the music department, including social media platforms, website content and images, print and digital advertising, photography needs, music recording and licensing, conference attendance, and more. The coordinator supports music ensemble tours and Dorian programs through digital promotions and program assistance.and plans and implements all details for the Dorian Choral Retreat. A four-year college degree and experience with Google Workspace, website management, social media platforms, and advertising is required.
Regional Admissions Counselor: Position will be responsible for recruitment of students from the greater Twin Cities (Minnesota) geographic area. This position will physically be located in the greater Twin Cities area, with the candidate working from a home office. The Admissions Counselor actively works to enroll prospective students at Luther College via in-person and virtual synchronous and asynchronous recruitment interactions. In addition to recruitment travel, the Regional Admissions Counselor must be willing to travel to Decorah once or twice a month to support group visit events, cover a rotating Saturday office shift, and participate in staff workshops and training. Bachelor's degree in any major is required. One year of prior full-time experience in sales, marketing, communication, counseling, or education is preferred, but not required. Prior undergraduate work experience in a private liberal arts college is preferred, but not required. Fluency in Spanish is desirable, but not required. Candidates must have a valid driver's license and a positive driving record that will enable them to be insured through the college.
To view the complete job descriptions and apply for these positions and all current openings, please go to the employment website at https://luthercollege.hiretouch.com.
Preus Library is announcing its involvement in the Open Educational Resource (OER) statewide grant program. Developed by Iowa Private Academic Libraries, the grant provides funds to faculty members to develop free educational resources and encourages faculty members to incorporate OERs into their courses. Luther faculty are invited to apply by Monday, Nov. 1 for grant funding for spring semester courses. Different award levels are available for various projects, including adopting or remixing OERs, creating support materials, redesigning a course around OERs and creating new OERs. Faculty can visit the IPAL website to apply or find more information.
Jeffrey Boeke and Thomas C. Johnson presented "Valuing a College's Geographical Place" on July 14, 2021 at the Vocation of a Lutheran Higher Education Conference.
Emily Dirks '18, alumni guest lecturer in voice, and Nicholas Shaneyfelt have been awarded the H. George Anderson and Jutta F. Anderson Faculty Development award. Dirks utilized the award to participate in Opera in the Ozarks, a highly regarded eight-week summer opera training program in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Shaneyfelt received the Anderson award for his project researching art songs by composers of color.
Nancy Gates Madsen and Julee Tate (professor of Spanish, Berry College) presented "Mini-series, Mega-Learning: Spanish Language TV Shows in the Conversation Classroom" at the AATSP (American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese) Conference in Atlanta, Georgia on July 8, 2021. Their presentation arose from a multi-year collaboration to develop teaching materials to incorporate TV series and telenovelas into their conversation classes.
For sale: Alberts Tibro (made in Sweden) teak sidetable, 30" square, 20 inches tall. Used, but near perfect condition. Current price (new) approx. 220E. Asking $35. Picture available. Contact <pauljess>.
For sale: Used 'Envirocycle' tumbler composter. $35 (Currently sells new for just under $300). Picture available. Contact <pauljess>.
For sale: Yamaha Clavinova CVP-35 Electric Keyboard/Piano with bench and cover, $500. Dimensions: 55-3/4" x 23" x 32-1/8". Weight: 132 lbs. Features: AWM (Advanced Wave Memory) tone generator, Multiple voice selectors and controls, Piano-like touch response, Rhythm selectors and controls, Keyboard percussion options, Performance memory, Pedal controls. Jacks and connectors: Headphones x2, AUX. OUT R&L/L+R, OPTIONAL IN R/L, MIDI IN/OUT THRU. Main amplifiers: 60W (30 W x 2). Email Steve <[email protected]>.
For sale: Audio Research high-end stereo system consisting of model 100.2 power amplifier, LS-2 hybrid line level preamplifier, CD-2 high definition CD player and Magnepan MG 3.5R speakers with Kimber Kable interconnects, original boxes, remote and manuals. This system produces a large presence, deep sound stage and excels at vocals and instrumental jazz. Not recommended for hard rock unless a subwoofer is added. Six thousand dollars. Contact Robert Fitton <fittonro>.
Free: Wooden bed frame, child's size, approximately 42x78. Needs cleaning but seems sturdy. Contact <pauljess>.
Free: Two redwood lawn chairs. Need cushions and cleaning but useable. Contact <pauljess>.
Free: Story and Clark piano (oak) with matching bench. Our kids are grown and it's just taking up space. In good shape, but likely needs to be turned. You haul it and it's yours. Contact Colin if you're interested <bettscol>.
Free: Old-fashioned feather bed. Not tufted. Indeterminate size, but large. Needs laundering. <pauljess>.
Free: Plastic perennial pots, 4x4 and other assorted sizes. Hundreds. Help. <pauljess>.
Wanted: Pickleball players! Our very own Miriam Skrade and her son Daniel are teaching a week of Pickleball after Nordic Fest for Park and Rec. New to the game? Great! Played for years and want some tips? Great! Sign up on the Parks and Rec website! Bring potential playing partners so you can continue the fun after the clinic. July 26-29 (6-7 p.m.).
"That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."
52 years ago on July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong became the first human to walk on the surface of the moon. What small step are you going to take today?