Tuesday, Oct. 6

TUESDAY 10/06/2020

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Tuition Benefit program deadline Nov. 1

Luther is pleased to offer its faculty and staff a benefit that is highly unique in today's workplace: higher education for one's dependents. The Tuition Benefit program has a three-step application process available online.

Deadlines are as follows:

  • Nov. 1: Applications due
  • Dec. 1: Finalized list of colleges due
  • May 15: Confirmation form due

For complete information about the process and an application form, see the HR benefits website. Contact Derek Hartl, <derek.hartl> or 387-1433, with questions. 

Being Community updates

Update on International Programs and Music Tours for 2020-21
The Luther College Center for Global Learning and the Dean's Office have made the difficult decision to extend the suspension of most international off-campus programs through June 2021. International and domestic music tours have been suspended through June 2021 as well.

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


HR update 

Faculty and staff are asked to call Human Resources if they are in quarantine for COVID-19 symptoms or awaiting test results, so that extra cleaning of offices and shared spaces may be organized.

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, Oct. 13, blood screenings with WMC 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!

Early voting and on-campus satellite polling station

Early voting began on Oct. 5. Individuals can complete their ballot at the Winneshiek County Auditor's Office, download an absentee ballot request form (you must be pre-registered to receive an absentee ballot), or vote at the satellite polling station on campus 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13, and Wednesday, Oct. 21 in the Dahl Centennial Union. The on-campus polling stations are for Decorah precincts 4 and 5. Additional voter information may be found on the Winneshiek County Auditor's election information page.

Christmas at Luther candle lighting

Staff, faculty, and students are invited to participate in this year's candle lighting for Christmas at Luther. Times available from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on both Wednesday, Oct. 14, and Friday, Oct. 16, in CFA 221. Masks required. A candlelight montage will be created from all photos for the online premiere of "Christmas at Luther 2020: For Everyone Born." Contact Susan Potvin <susan.potvin> with questions.  

From the Risk Management and Safety Committee

Did you know that October is Distracted Driving Awareness Month? Sponsored by The National Safety Council, this event is held to help make our roadways and our people safer. Set up your drive while you're still parked. Program your GPS, set up your playlist, silence and put away your phone before starting out. For more information on safe driving tips go to nsc.org/justdrive.

'The Land of Dreams' book discussion Nov. 10

Maren Johnson will lead a discussion on Vidar Sundstøl's critically acclaimed "The Land of Dreams." Centered on the murder investigation of a Norwegian tourist in northern Minnesota, the novel takes a turn when detectives discover a connection between their case and the murder of an Ojibwe man more than a century before. Receive your free copy before the Nov. 10 discussion on this fascinating interplay of race, place, and identity. A Civic Sustainability Event, in collaboration with Center for Ethics and Public Engagement, Torgerson Center for Nordic Studies, and Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum.

Mat Pilates classes

Wellness is pleased to announce that we will be offering a Mat Pilates class for employees on Thursdays from 11:30 a.m.-noon, beginning on Thursday, Oct. 8, in Peace. This is a free class and we welcome you to join us! Please bring your own mat and if you don't have one, please contact <wellness> and we will see that you get one.

Tone Zone class

Tone Zone class is back! We will begin on Tuesday, Oct. 6, at 11:30 a.m. in the Dance Studio of the Regent's Center. This is a half-hour class open to both students and employees alike as we work to gain some of that muscle back! Come join us!

Health and Wellness coaching available

Luther Wellness staff are available for health and wellness coaching for employees and students. Wellness Coaching can help you get clearer on your goals, provide you with resources, and help problem solve around a variety of topics that are impacting your health and wellbeing. Request an appointment at luther.edu/wellness, and a member of the wellness team will schedule an appointment with you based on the requested topic.

Hispanic Heritage Month discussion forums Oct. 14 and 21

Luther students, faculty, and staff are invited to participate in two discussion forums to explore questions on Latinx identity and diversity in the United States and at Luther College. Forum #1 will take place via Zoom at 5 p.m. Oct. 14. Forum #2 will take place via Zoom at 5 p.m. Oct. 21. View this document for more details. Contact David Thompson <thomda01> with questions.

Civic Sustainability Initiative

In response to President Ward's call to action this summer, the Civic Sustainability Initiative offers Luther and the Decorah community a series of forums, designed to build connections, foster conversations, and inspire actions toward a more just world. From small-group discussion and book groups, to guest speakers and panelists, forums are virtual as needed, in person when possible. Upcoming events at Civic Sustainability Initiative or email Kristen Underwood <undekr01>.

Braver Angels 'With Malice Toward None' workshops for students

Luther College is a registered participant in this national initiative, which offers a strategy for harnessing the strong emotions that are likely to follow the election results. Please encourage students to join the Center for Ethics and Public Engagement to lay the groundwork now by getting involved in upcoming Braver Angels offerings. Students are invited to sign up to participate or observe a red/blue workshop or take part in a structured debate. Both serve to humanize those whose opinions differ from our own and focus on building capacity to work together on common challenges.

Book Shop news

Luther alumna, Carol Hagen '82, new book spotlight
Congratulate alumna Carol Hagen '82 for her new book, "What's in the Rommegrot?!" Stop and take a peak at her new children's book in the Book Shop. Hardcover and paperback are available.


Chapel this week

Oct.-Nov. Chapel: One Great World House
Inspired by a Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. quote shared by President Ward in her spring 2020 convocation address, "One Great World House" is a chapel series that explores the interconnectedness of humanity and all creation. Sung morning prayer on Mondays will be rooted in 1 Corinthians 12:12-26, as well as liturgy by Marty Haugen '73. On Wednesdays, "Just Biology?" led by Prof. Eric Baack and past and current students of Bio 151 will explore questions at the intersection of science and spirituality. Friday chapel is formed by music, prayer, and reflections on scripture from different speakers exploring the themes of interconnectedness and interdependence. In the diverse body that is the world: "If one member suffers, all suffer together with it; if one member is honored, all rejoice together with it" (1 Cor 12: 26.). All chapel services are online, with links available at luther.edu/events.

Wednesday, Oct. 7: Eric Baack
Friday, Oct. 9: Service of Dedication
Monday, Oct. 12: Sung Morning Prayer: Come, Let Us Sing for Joy

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, Oct. 6-Tuesday, Oct. 13!

Robert P. Jones author presentation and Q&A Oct. 7

At 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7, "White Too Long: The Legacy of White Supremacy in American Christianity" author Robert P. Jones delivers a virtual presentation examining the unholy relationship between American Christianity and white supremacy, calling for a reckoning. Hosted by Todd Green, with Q&A to follow moderated by Pastor Melissa Bills of the Decorah Area Faith Coalition, and students Alice Odame '22 and Sletsi Dlamini '21. Submit questions in advance to <cepe>. Live-stream link is free and open to the public at luther.edu/events. A Civic Sustainability Event, sponsored by the Center for Ethics and Public Engagement (CEPE).

Virtual Homecoming 2020

The Alumni Office is hosting Virtual Homecoming activities all month long. Explore the full array of activities and celebrations on the Schedule of Events webpage. All are encouraged to join the live virtual events this weekend!

Service of Dedication and Homecoming Chapel, Oct. 9

This year's Service of Dedication will be held virtually as part of Homecoming Chapel at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 9. All are invited as we welcome students and alumni home, commit with intention to the new academic year, introduce new faculty and staff, announce endowed chairs, and hear from President Ward, Regent Wendy Davidson '92, Pastor Annie Edison-Albright and students. Link to the live-stream Zoom Webinar at luther.edu/events

Virtual Open Mic Night Oct. 9

Whether you want to enjoy the entertainment or be a part of the show, we hope you will join us online for Virtual Open Mic Night at 7 p.m. CST Friday, Oct. 9. Held via Zoom Webinar, performers can share a musical piece or other performance from wherever they are in the world! Tune in for entertainment and to support the talent in our community. Want to perform? Complete the Performer Registration Form. Looking forward to watching from the audience? Register by completing the Audience Registration Form.

Online Trivia Oct. 10

Calling all fact gurus, quiz enthusiasts, and Luther fans! Join your family, classmates, and friends to form a team for this special Luther and Decorah edition of Online Trivia at 7 p.m. CST Saturday, Oct. 10. Hosted in partnership with our friends at the Courtyard and Cellar in Decorah, questions will be asked by Andrew '03 and Eric Ellingsen '99 on a live video stream. The link to the livestream will be sent out on the day of the event to all who register. Teams can decide how to communicate among themselves (this is a big part of the fun!), with one person from each team serving as captain and submitting the answer form. To participate, complete the Trivia Registration Form.

Paideia Texts and Issues Lecture: 'Chamber Music at a Distance' Oct. 13

Kicking off the Building Community in a Changing Society series, the first Paideia Texts and Issues Lecture of the 2020-21 acaemic year, "Chamber Music at a Distance: How Musical Collaboration Transcends Traditional Spaces" will be presented at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13. Kathy Reed, along with her colleagues Heather Armstrong, Daniel Baldwin, Andi Beckendorf, Carol Hester, Zach Mayer '21, Gregory Peterson, and Andrew Whitfield, will demonstrate and discuss finding creative ways to maintain the heart of musical collaboration when musicians and audience members are unable to be in close proximity. Visit the online Calendar of Events for viewing details.

Farwell Distinguished Lecture: Dr. Michael Osterholm '75 Oct. 15

World-renowned epidemiologist Dr. Michael Osterholm '75 has been in constant demand this year for his expertise regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. A frequent contributor to major television and cable news networks, radio broadcasts and podcast segments, Osterholm will deliver this year's Luther College Farwell Distinguished Lecture, "The COVID-19 Pandemic: Stories of a Journey" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, in a virtual format. During his lecture, Osterholm will discuss where we have been, where we are now and where we will likely be in the next several years regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. This special Farwell Distinguished Lecture is presented in celebration of Luther's new global health major. A streaming link will be available on the online Calendar of Events under the event listing

'Christmas at Luther 2020: For Everyone Born' Dec. 4

All are welcome to enjoy the online premiere of "Christmas at Luther 2020: For Everyone Born" at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4. Newly formatted for this unique time in history, this magical performance will be available to view from the comfort of home, free of charge. Visit luther.edu/christmas2020 to register and receive a viewing link. To take the viewing experience a step further, when registering select the option to purchase a Christmas at Luther gift box! The boxes will be shipped directly to homes and will contain special treats including a Christmas at Luther 2020 ornament, candles to light at home during the traditional candle lighting, a printed program and more. Watch the Tuesday and Bulletin for information about participating in the 2020 version of the Christmas at Luther candle lighting. A candlelight montage will be assembled with footage of current students, faculty, staff, and emeriti.  


Celebrations this week

Oct. 7: Julie Trytten, Aaron Nordheim
Oct. 8: Nathan Ersig
Oct. 10: Bach Fosaaen
Oct. 11: Luisa Sanchez de Deras
Oct. 12: Daina Bond, Kris Agena

Oct. 8: Arleen Orvis, 30 years
Oct. 12: Jana Vorvick, 5 years


Pastor and Director of College Ministries, Rev. Anne Edison-Albright has been elected bishop of the East Central Synod of Wisconsin. Before coming to Luther in 2016 to serve as college pastor, Edison-Albright was a pastor to an ELCA congregation in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. This election calls her back to that same region, this time as bishop to the 122 ELCA congregations and other ministries of the synod.


Marion Johnson will be retiring after serving the Luther community for the past 26 years. The Oneota Market just won't be the same without her! Please stop by and grab a piece of cake to go and give her a physically-distant farewell wave between 2:30-3 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 8, at the Oneota Market.  


To President Paula J. Carlson and her family on the death of her mother, Marjorie Mueller Carlson, who passed away on Sept. 12. Marjorie was 94 years old and died peacefully in a care facility in Roseville, Minn.


"The Winter Garden Photograph," a collection of poems by Reina María Rodríguez, translated by Kristin Dykstra with Nancy Gates Madsen, has been shortlisted for the National Translation Award in Poetry. Gates Madsen collaborated with Dykstra to translate several of the poems included in the book. The winner of the award will be announced at the ALTA awards ceremony on Oct. 15, 2020.

Ideas and Creations

In 2016, this country experienced perhaps the most divisive election in its history. In the post, "Braver Angels, Mobilizing the 'Better Angels of our Nature,'" Victoria Christman shares how a group known as "Better Angels" was formed to help de-polarize civil discourse in American politics, rebuild community across party lines, and strive to restore a more united nation


Free: Grandchildren are getting bigger. Two twin bed frames with two box springs and one mattress to go with it if wanted. Call 563-380-5923.

For sale: DeWalt 20” Heavy Duty Scroll Saw, Model D788, includes floor stand. Approx. 6 years old, used very little. Like new condition. $295 cash. Buyer hauls. Contact Harley Refsal <refsalha> or 382-9383.

Housing wanted: My name is Rob Manges, I am a third year medical student at University of Iowa and a graduate of the class of 2016 who majored in biology and philosophy. I am looking for free or low cost temporary house from Oct. 26-Nov. 20 (1 month). I am friendly and would be a courteous guest. Please contact me for more information <[email protected]>. Thank you!


And finally...

By Robert Frost

O hushed October morning mild,
Thy leaves have ripened to the fall;
Tomorrow’s wind, if it be wild,
Should waste them all.
The crows above the forest call;
Tomorrow they may form and go.
O hushed October morning mild,
Begin the hours of this day slow.
Make the day seem to us less brief.
Hearts not averse to being beguiled,
Beguile us in the way you know.
Release one leaf at break of day;
At noon release another leaf;
One from our trees, one far away.
Retard the sun with gentle mist;
Enchant the land with amethyst.
Slow, slow!
For the grapes’ sake, if they were all,
Whose leaves already are burnt with frost,
Whose clustered fruit must else be lost—
For the grapes’ sake along the wall.