Tuesday, Sept. 15

TUESDAY 9/15/2020

The most recent version of the Tuesday is always available online at: http://www.luther.edu/tuesday/

Published for faculty and staff by the Luther College Media Relations office • Copy deadline: Friday, 3 p.m., 75-word limit • Phone: (563) 387-2992 • Email: <Tuesday>

Note: All campus telephone numbers are in the 563 area code, all campus email addresses end in @luther.edu • ©2020

Submit an item for the Tuesday at: www.luther.edu/tuesday/submit/





Being Community updates

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


Flu shots for employees

Luther will be providing flu shots for employees 10 a.m.-noon Tuesday, Sept. 29. New this year, you won't have to pay and submit for reimbursement! You just need to sign up for a time slot. If you are not on the Luther insurance, you will need to provide a copy of your insurance card so we can have that company directly billed. Email <wellness> with your UMR# and birthdate to register. Flu vaccination is especially important for the 2020-2021 flu season, because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Flu vaccines will not prevent COVID-19, but they will reduce the burden of flu illnesses, hospitalizations and deaths on the health care system and conserve scarce medical resources for the care of people with COVID-19.

No winter clothes donations this year

The CIES office will not be accepting donations of used winter gear this year, due to COVID-19 concerns.

Lunch-n-Lemonade Sept. 22

Join the Wellness staff out in Bentdahl Commons or via Zoom at noon on Tuesday, Sept. 22, for a time of sharing on how you have made "lemonade" in this period of lemons. Bring your mask and lunch! We are excited to see you in person or through the screen. Please register so we know how much lemonade to purchase!

Feeling tangled up? Try TAO for faculty, staff, and students

TAO is a suite of evidence-based tools that can help you live your best life. It is confidential and available free for anyone with a Luther College email address to aid in communication and relationships, anxiety and depression, pain management, substance use, and more. Visit the Wellness website to learn more about how you, your colleagues, and your students can access it. Email <wellness> with any questions.

New York Times online and mobile subscription
Preus Library and the Student Senate continue to provide all students, faculty and staff complimentary access to NYTimes.com and NYT mobile apps. Visit the registration page to create an account or recertify an existing account. Contact Freeda Brook <fbrook> with questions.

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.

Luther and Good Shepherd Lutheran Church partner together

Luther College and Good Shepherd Lutheran Church are partnering together to better serve the faith needs of students and community members. The two entities are now considered Collaborative Learning sites for Wartburg Seminary Students, including Vicar Kathryn Thompson, who will work with both entities for the next four years. At Luther, she will lead Monday chapel, work with the Multifaith House, and help connect interested students with area congregations. At Good Shepherd, she will continue her responsibilities to the Children, Youth and Family Ministry. 

Book Shop news

Boss's Day and Halloween cards
Stop in the Book Shop for some Boss's Day cards and Halloween cards. Get organized as Boss's Day is Oct. 16 and Halloween is Oct. 31. Treat your boss and someone special to a special note.

BOGO items
Come check out our Buy One Get One Free table of clothing items, scarves and more. Great deals you won't want to miss!


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.

'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.

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. 15-Monday, Sept. 21!

Save the Date: Farwell Distinguished Lecture Oct. 15

The Global Health Governance Board, the President's Office, Campus Programming, Center for Global Learning, and Center for Ethics and Public Engagement are pleased to announce this fall's Farwell Distinguished Lecture: Luther regent and renowned public health expert, Dr. Michael Osterholm '75. Dr. Osterholm will speak live via Zoom Webinar on Thursday, Oct. 15. Details to be announced soon.


New positions

Susan Amunrud started her new position as transcriptionist/billing associate in Health Service on Sept. 8. Her office is Larsen Hall, telephone 387-2163.

Celebrations this week

Sept. 15: Kacy Clopton
Sept. 16: Kenda Franzen
Sept. 17: Alyssa Ritter, Destiny Crider, Rachel Rattenborg
Sept. 19: Angela Praska, Kristin Padilla, Todd Fulsaas
Sept. 20: Daniel Baldwin, Dave Blanchard, Tim Schweizer
Sept. 21: Amanda Lindsay, Hannah Scheevel


The following work anniversaries were accidentally omitted from the August calendar. Thank you to these colleagues for their continued service to Luther College!

10 years: Chivonne Marlow, Aug. 27; Michelle Larson, Aug. 30

5 years: Miriam Skrade, Aug. 1; Freeda Brook, Aug. 3; Meg Hammes, Aug. 3; Hayley Jackson, Aug. 3; Jesse Mulert, Aug. 3; Bobbi-Jo Molokken, Aug. 24; Melanie Batoff, Aug. 26; Carly Foster, Aug. 26; Mike Garcia, Aug. 26; Igor Kalnin, Aug. 26; Jill Leet-Otley, Aug. 26; Thomas Occhipinti, Aug. 26; Ryan Torkelson, Aug. 26; Molly Wilkie, Aug. 26; Megan Sherman, Aug. 31


Werner Nitschke passed away Thursday, Sept. 3. There will be a gathering in Werner's honor 1-3 p.m. Sept. 19, at the Fish Hatchery in Decorah, near the waterfall. This was one of Werner's favorite places and he loved to be surrounded by the beauty of the area and the eagles. It was his wish that we hear from you and that we share our stories. Please wear a mask to keep everyone safe. Cards may be addressed to the Nitschke family, 728 Ridge Rd., Decorah, IA 52101 and memorials may be made via donations to University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital. 

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.


Freeda Brook with Martinique Hallerduff authored the chapter "Feminists at Work: Organizational Leadership in Academic Libraries," in Advances in Library Administration and Organization.

Joseph Keeley '20, has moved up from an alternate Fulbright award winner to a finalist. Keeley, a history and political science major from Eden Prairie, Minn., was named an alternate in the Fulbright U.S. Student Program for 2020-21 but has recently learned he is receiving the grant and will be completing an English Teaching Assistantship in South Korea.

Gereon Kopf organized two workshops on Global Critical Philosophy of Religion (one sponsored by a Wabash grant), presented at the online conference on Robophilosophy organized by Aarhus University on the use of embodied AI in religious services, contributed a blog on the master-disciple relationship in Zen Buddhism to Buddhistdoot.net, and published an essay on the importance of philosophy in today’s world in the Kitetsu Magazine.

Loren Toussaint was interviewed by KIMT, KCRG, and WXOW regarding his Clean and Contain Scale, a measure to assess prevention behaviors during a pandemic and corresponding research. 

Ideas and Creations

In the post "Creating Community, Creating Connections, and Yes, Covering Some Content", Professor Kate Elliott shares how building community and helping students thrive have been at the forefront for Luther faculty as they've prepared courses for fall 2020.


For rent: Duplex apartment available. Nice two bedroom upstairs apartment for rent. Centrally located near downtown Decorah. No Smoking/No Pets. Contact Maureen for details <larsma02>.

For sale: Toro Riding Lawn Mower with grass catcher--Model 8-32 56145. 8 HP Briggs and Stratton engine. 32" mid-mount mower deck. Ready for fall leaf and grass duty with attached grass/leaf catcher. Recently given a full tune-up. $300. Email Jeff <lescje01> or call 563-277-0016.

For sale: Trek OCLV 5200 carbon fiber racing bicycle. 54 cm. Add ons: Syntace tri bars, Profile forward seat post, Sakae bar stem, Shimano components-7 speed 53x39, 172.5 cranks, and wireless speedometer. In very good condition. Email <[email protected]> for photos. $1200, OBO from a dedicated racer!    

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).

Free: Brand new clear floor mat, works better on hardwood floors than carpet. If interested email <kelly.sorenson>. 

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.

Wanted: Looking for used egg cartons and rocks that can be easily painted. We are working on a campus wide project that will be starting soon. If you have any used egg cartons and rocks to paint please contact Chauncy <egglch01>. Thank you!


And finally...

Get ready to celebrate Constitution Day!

The Constitution of the United States was signed by the Constitutional Convention delegates in Independence Hall, Philadelphia on Sept. 17, 1787. Constitution Day became a holiday in 1997, and is celebrated on Sept. 17 each year. Prior to 1997, Sept. 17 was known as Citizenship Day, in celebration of the signing of the Constitution.

Each year, in keeping with Luther's commitment to the liberal arts of citizenship and in accord with Federal mandates, we offer various resources for greater understanding of the United States Constitution. To that end, Preus Library maintains a Constitution Day research website with guides to several excellent learning opportunities.