Tuesday, Sept. 8

TUESDAY 9/8/2020

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Being Community updates

New 'Health Resources' section on the Being Community website
We encourage you to view the "Health Resources" section on Being Community. It offers information and resources on subjects ranging from stress management to the science of the novel coronavirus.  

Please continue to monitor the Being Community webpage for information connected to Luther College's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including changes in Academics and Student Life and guidance on Protection Protocols.  


Luther opting out of payroll tax deferral

A recent presidential memorandum allows employers to defer the employee portion of payroll taxes from September to December, 2020. Based on current guidance, the college is electing to opt out of the deferral because the deferred payroll taxes would cause additional deductions from employee paychecks from January to April, 2021, and the deferral would present administrative challenges.

Conservation grazing (goats!) in Luther's Roslien woods

As a restoration project to reduce the abundance of invasive shrubs, Luther's natural areas will be home to a local goat herd for the next four-six weeks. Roslien woods has wide, mowed trails for access to visit the goats.  High voltage electric fencing keeps the goats enclosed so do not touch the fence, lean over fencing, or enter the goat enclosure. Contact <mcnimo01> with any questions. For maps of Luther's natural areas visit the Biology Department website.  

Wellness blood screenings

During 2020, employees and spouses covered by the Luther College Health Care Plan have additional wellness benefits and requirements. Sign up for the Tuesday, Sept. 15, blood screenings with Gunderson here on campus by contacting Wellness, <wellness>. All staff must complete a blood screening, a routine physical and health risk assessment form by Dec. 31, to avoid a $25 increase per month in your insurance. WMC is not conducting blood screenings on-site so contact Wellness about your options. Physicals are also a couple months out so don't hesitate to get yours scheduled!

Greater Good Mindful Well-being Group

Hoping to bring more meaning or well-being into your life and work? Wellness is leading three week-long groups engaging in science-based practices for a meaningful life using the Greater Good Toolkit from UC Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center. The first group begins on Sept. 9. For more information or to join visit the group webpage.

Preus Library September Term Hours

September Term hours for Preus Library are Monday-Friday: 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday: Noon-5 p.m. The library is now open with limited services to students, faculty, emeriti, and staff. In support of safety and social distancing, face coverings are required, the stacks will remain closed, and seating will not be available. Materials may be requested for check-out or browsing through the "Place Holds" feature of the online catalog or by contacting the Circulation Desk. Read the Fall 2020 Library Services Guide to learn more. Contact <library> or 563-387-1166 with questions.

$1.7 million federal TRIO grant

Luther College has been awarded a 5-year federal grant for its TRIO Achievement Program. Luther is among several colleges and universities selected to receive grants through the U.S. Department of Education. The college will receive more than $330,000 during the first year of the grant, which begins Sept. 1, with the total 5-year amount projected at approximately $1.7 million. Every 5 years TRIO programs across the country compete nationally for continued funding. 


Chapel this week

Chapel without Walls, M-W-F, 10:30-10:50 a.m.
We can't gather like we normally do. This season, we will rethink the walls that provide a sense of belonging, comfort, and definition to sacred space. In content and form, chapel will explore sacred space and where its boundaries and barriers lie. Monday and Friday during September term, chapel will be held online; streaming links are available on Luther's online events calendar. Wednesdays, chapel will be held on Bentdahl Commons.

Wednesday, Sept. 9: Guy Nave and Jane Hawley, "Sensing Spirituality"
Friday, Sept. 11: Loretta Wetzel '80
Monday, Sept. 14: Sung Morning Praise

'Ask an Alum'
Our September Friday chapel series begins with messages from Black alumni, organized through a collaboration with the Black Alumni Association. On days when we hear from alumni, we will host an "Ask an Alum" Zoom gathering from 4-4:30 p.m. that afternoon, in order to enable students to further connect with the chapel speakers. These gatherings provide an opportunity to make connections, network and learn from people who began their journeys at Luther, and are making an impact across the world. The "Ask an Alum" virtual event links are available via the corresponding Fridays' Weekday Chapel posts on luther.edu/events.

Friday, Sept. 11: "Ask an Alum" with Loretta Wetzel '80

Home sporting events

The American Rivers Conference intends to move forward with fall competition in women's and men's cross country, women's golf, and women's tennis. See the Complete Sports Schedule for all fall sporting events, both home and away.

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, Sept. 8-Monday, Sept. 14!

Free film screening tomorrow, Sept. 9: 'John Lewis: Good Trouble'

A screening of the new documentary, "John Lewis: Good Trouble" will be held at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9, in the CFL Main Hall. The film traces the courageous life of the civil-rights icon and longtime congressman from Georgia. Tickets are free but required for admission. One ticket per Luther account. Visit tickets.luther.edu, call 387-1357, or stop by the Ticket Office in the CFL. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the screening is not open to the general public. Sponsored by the Center for Sustainable Communities, the Black Student Union, and the Center for Ethics and Public Engagement.


Welcome, new hires

Clark Goltz started his position as field placement officer on Sept. 1. His office is Koren 108, telephone 387-1548.

Corey Silberstein started his position as staff collaborative pianist on Sept. 1. His office is Jensen-Noble 188, telephone 387-1399.

Celebrations this week

Sept. 8: Cindie Gunderson
Sept. 9: Rory Borsheim
Sept. 10: Caleb Padilla
Sept. 11: Sharon Frana
Sept. 12: Ben Moore, Denise Janechek, James Scullin, Nicholas Shaneyfelt


To the family of Werner Nitschke, professor emeritus of psychology. Werner passed away Thursday, Sept. 3, at home surrounded by the comfort of his children. Memorial services are pending at this time.

Position openings

Maintenance Mechanic/Plumber (1.0 FTE): Maintenance staff will perform all types of building maintenance and repair generated from the Facilities Services work order system. Most work will be related to plumbing, heating and air conditioning systems. Staff member will interpret drawings, schematics, and blueprints, provide service on the steam distribution system and assist boiler operators and other departments as needed. Candidates must have a high school diploma and a state of Iowa plumbing license. Also required is at least four years formal working experience in installation and repair in the following areas: plumbing, heating, steam and air conditioning; computer skills for accessing the college's web-based work order system, building automation system, and email; and a valid driver's license and acceptable MVR check.

To view the complete job description and apply for all current openings, please go to the employment website at https://luthercollege.hiretouch.com.


Andy Hageman published an interview on fandom and collecting, all focused on the TV series "Twin Peaks."

Gereon Kopf received a grant from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science to support his sabbatical research on death rituals and the culture of memory in Japan.

Ideas and Creations

In the post "Confronting the Racism Pandemic," Char Kunkel, Guy Nave, and David Thompson discuss what Luther faculty and staff are doing to dismantle institutional racism and pursue engaged inclusivity.


Free: 4 Kittens (born in May). They have lived outside, but get lots of "inside" time with multiple little hands. They will use the litter box. No vaccinations or vet check ups. Names are Big Chungus, Louis, Commander Cuddles, and Scotcheroo. I'm sure they wouldn't mind being called anything if you fed them. Email <fulldo01> or call/text 520-279-9623.

For sale: Flute purchased new from West Music and daughter was only player, $200; French Horn used, valves in good shape (looked over by West Music), $350; Electric Bass (black) used, comes with cloth case, $75; Daisy Rock Guitar (pink), sized for female (slimmer neck, lighter weight), purchased new and daughter was only player, comes with stand and cloth case, $75. Email Kristy <goulkr01> if interested (can send pictures or set up time to see in person).

For sale: File cabinets, $10 each. Six 2-drawer file cabinets. 2 black (15" wide, 18" deep, 26" tall), 3 black and 1 white (15" wide, 18" deep, 24" tall). All drawers have hangers and hanging folders in them, to hold your files. Please email <[email protected]> for information/photos. 

For rent: Two bedroom upstairs apartment in a duplex house. Close to downtown. No smoking, no pets. Looking for a quiet and responsible renter. $550 a month. Utilities not included. Available Sept. 1. Call 563-546-7785.

Wanted: Apartment, condo, or small house to rent. My mom is moving to Decorah soon, and is looking for a place that is all on one level. (She has difficulty with stairs.) She also has an old, quiet, very well-behaved dog. Ideally she'd move in in October, but is willing to start paying rent now for the right place. Short-term and long-term options considered. Email Stephanie <travst01>.

Wanted: Transplants for my small prairie grass garden--big bluestem, little bluestem, and prairie dropseed. Thanks. Contact Mark Z. Muggli at <mugglimz> or 612-720-5795.


And finally...

Make your own pumpkin spice mix:

  • 3 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground allspice
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cloves