Tuesday, Oct. 20

TUESDAY 10/20/2020

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Annual Homecoming Music Awards

This 2020 Homecoming season, Luther College continues the tradition of presenting the Weston Noble,Dr. Carlo A. Sperati, Presser Scholar and Hemp Prize awards. Eric Melear '95 is the recipient of the Weston Noble Award. Dan Mollick '00 is the recipient of the Dr. Carlo A. Sperati Award. Zachariah Mayer '21 is the recipient of the Presser Scholar Award. Isabella (Belle) Searcy '21 is the 2020 recipient of the Hemp Prize. Student and alumni award winners are recognized each year during the annual Homecoming Concert, this year in a virtual format. View the Virtual Homecoming Concert

Being Community updates

New hours for TestIowa Site at Winneshiek Medical Center
Testing through the TestIowa program is available at the Winneshiek Medical Center in Decorah, 9 a.m.-noon, Monday-Friday. Individuals must complete an assessment prior to being tested, as priority is given to individuals who currently have symptoms, have interacted with someone who has already tested positive, or have recently visited places where COVID-19 is widespread. Faculty and staff who are tested through the TestIowa program must quarantine while waiting to receive test results. Employees who receive a positive test result, are a close contact of someone who has tested positive, or are symptomatic should notify their supervisor and the director of human resources, as well as follow all directions from public health officials.

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

Guidelines for children in the workplace may be found on the HR website. The purpose of the guidelines are to ensure the health, safety and well-being of all children who visit the college. Luther values families and welcomes employees to bring their family members to campus to learn in community, attend campus events and to use campus facilities as appropriate. The college also affirms the need for a productive work environment for all employees and an excellent learning environment for its students.

my.luther.edu discontinued after Nov. 30

Norse Hub will fully replace my.luther.edu on Nov. 30, 2020, and my.luther.edu will no longer be available after that date. If you haven't done so, please familiarize yourself with Norse Hub for faculty advising, finance query, employee, and student information before Nov. 30. You can learn more about this transition and find guides for using many Norse Hub features on the ITS Help Desk website. To request training or assistance, contact the Technology Help Desk at 563-387-1000, <helpdesk>, or visit help.luther.edu.  

Hostile Terrain 94: Call for participation Oct. 22

Luther students, faculty and staff are invited to participate in the interactive component of the Hostile Terrain 94. This is a participatory art project comprising over 3,400 handwritten tags that memorialize individuals who have died trying to cross the US-Mexico border. Participants are asked to complete the transfer of one name onto a tag and reflect. There is a drop in session 4:30 -6 p.m. Thursday Oct. 22, in the Student Organization Suite, Union. Bring laptop or phone to play video instructions, session will last 20-30 minutes. Visit the CEPE website for information.

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.

Virtual local candidate forums available for viewing

Everyone invited to learn more about the candidates on their November ballot as they answer questions posed by Luther College students. Newly formatted for this unique time in history, the local candidate forum is presented as a video available beginning Oct. 19 on the Center for Ethics and Public Engagement and the Decorah Area AAUW YouTube pages. Recorded interviews include candidates for Winneshiek County Supervisor District 3, Shirley Vermace and Julie Askelson; Iowa House District 55, Michael Bergan and Kayla Koether; and Iowa Senate, Matt Tapscott and Michael Klimesh. Opposing candidates were asked identical questions related to current issues.

Google Meet Enhancements

Several enhancements are available within Google Meet such as viewing up to 49 people at the same time, breakout rooms, conducting polls/Q&A, blurring your background, and viewing attendance reports. For details on these and other features, visit Google Meet on the Luther website.

Local United Way campaign begins

United Way of Winneshiek County is excited to announce the 2020 campaign goal of $130,000 which will help support 17 local, non-profit agencies. Because board members are volunteers, your dollars go further to support the agencies and residents of Winneshiek County. In the past, Luther's goal was set in terms of dollars we hoped to raise for United Way. This year, we would like to focus our goal on the percentage of current employees and retirees who contribute to the campaign. During the 2019-20 academic year, 11.8% contributed. This year we would like to increase that to 25%, or 167 donors. If you would like to donate and contribute to this goal, please submit your donation to HR. All donations, large and small, are welcome and important.

"Me and White Supremacy" working group

Faculty and staff are welcome and encouraged to participate in a five-week working group engaged in self-reflective action in order to "understand their white privilege and their participation in white supremacy so that they can stop (often unconsciously) inflicting damage on People of Color and, in turn, help other white people do better too." We will be working through Layla Saad's book "Me and White Supremacy." Working groups will run Oct. 19-Nov. 16 with one, one-hour meeting per week. Please sign up here

Wellness blood screenings

During 2020, employees and spouses covered by the Luther College Health Care Plan have additional wellness benefits and requirements. The November blood draws will occur two times: Tuesday, Nov. 17 from 6:30-8 a.m. with Gunderson Health Systems and Tuesday, Nov. 24 from 6:30-8 a.m. with WMC. Please email <wellness> to sign up for one of those times so that you have your results before your physicals!

Institutionalized Racism In Science (IRIS) book club

A student-created and student-led discussion group, IRIS focuses on institutionalized racism in science disciplines. By reading books each month that highlight BIPOC's experiences within STEM and healthcare settings, students aim to educate themselves for future work. Everyone is welcome, including faculty, staff, and alumni. Sign up for the first book, "Black Man in a White Coat," and discuss via zoom at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14 or Saturday, Nov. 28. Books provided by the Center for Ethics and Public Engagement with recognition given to Shana Liu, Kalie Debelak, and Anneliese Barton for launching the group.

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. 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.

Recycling: No facial tissues

Facial tissues ("Kleenex") are not accepted in recycling. The recycling company does not recycle this material, and depositing it in recycling can expose recycling workers to diseases. Please put facial tissues in the "landfill" compartment of your deskside container, or in the "landfill" compartment of the multi-stream containers located in buildings around campus.

From the Information Security Committee

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) recognizes that October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM). This year's theme is "Do your part. #BeCyberSmart." This theme encourages individuals and organizations to own their role in protecting their part of cyberspace, stressing personal accountability and the importance of taking proactive steps to enhance cybersecurity. NCSAM emphasizes, "If You Connect It, Protect It". Click here (an official website of Homeland Security) for a list of weekly tips and resources.

From the Risk Management and Safety Committee

Keep your eyes on the prize. Drivers using cell phones see just a fraction of their driving environment. This is true for both handheld and hands-free use. Keep your attention where it belongs - on the road! For more information on safe driving tips go to the National Safety Council at nsc.org/justdrive.

Book Shop news

Luther alumnae new book spotlight
Please congratulate Margi Preus '74 on her new book, "The Silver Box;" Becky McCammon
'98 on her new book, "Restorative Practices at School;" and Carol Hagen '82 for her new book, "What's in the Rommegrot?!" Stop by and take a peak at the new books in the Book Shop and send them some good vibes on their success.


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. 21: Thawdar Zin
Friday, Oct. 23: Bishop Andrea Degroot-Nesdahl
Monday, Oct. 26: 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. 20-Tuesday, Oct. 27!

18th Annual Alan R. and Sally J. Brudos Family Opera Prize Recital Oct. 24

Evelyn "Eddy" Galstad, soprano, and Nicholas Shaneyfelt, piano, will be performing "The Soldier Tir'd, of war's alarms" by Thomas Arne, Frühlingsglaube by Franz Schubert, "Chi il bel sogno di Doretta" by Giacomo Puccini, and more. Eddy is a student of Edwin Andereck and Nicholas Shaneyfelt. The event will be live streamed at 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24.

Virtual Haunted Lab Oct. 28

Members of the Luther College physics and chemistry departments will present a virtual Haunted Lab experience this Halloween season. The video will feature fun and seasonal demonstrations to enjoy, as well as easy to follow directions to replicate them at home. View a list of experiments and necessary supplies. The virtual Haunted lab experience is intended for budding scientists of all ages. The video will be released on Luther College's official YouTube channel on Oct. 28. For more information, contact Erin Flater at 387-1632 or <flater01>.


Welcome, new hires

Mark Sherman started his position as custodial staff on Oct.12. His office is Facilities Services, telephone 387-1045.

Celebrations this week

Oct. 21: Cory Near, Kathy Ferrie, Dawn Reding, Missy Flack, Nicholas Bjerke
Oct. 24: Anne Blocker, Gwen Strand, Tara Quass

Oct. 24: Dustin Cote, 5 years

Celebration in honor of Tracy Elsbernd's retirement Oct. 26

After 17 years of service to Luther College, Tracy Elsbernd will be leaving her role in the Nursing Department. Please join us in wishing her well by stopping by the office for a treat on Monday, Oct. 26, and joining us via Zoom, 11-11:30 a.m., to offer our gratitude and farewells. 


To Sally Ming and her family on the death of Sally's mother, Barbara Treichel, who passed away on Oct. 13, in Green Valley, Arizona.

Position Openings 

Assistant athletic performance coach and director of Legends Fitness Center (.83 FTE): Responsible for developing, organizing, and monitoring individualized strength training programs for members of select teams of the 19 intercollegiate athletic teams at Luther College. Create a safe and clean environment, develop facility policies and procedures, and assure equipment is purchased and maintained.

Full-time Regents Center custodian (1.0 FTE): Will monitor the campus schedule for events that are held at the Regents Center. The custodial staff member will maintain building appearance including lobbies, entrances, classrooms, offices, hallways, break rooms, auditoriums, SRC, conference rooms, staircases, restrooms, shower rooms, weight rooms, and gymnasium. Hours will typically be 4 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday.

Custodial staff (.75 FTE): Will maintain building appearance and cleanliness in all areas, including lobbies, entrances, classrooms, offices, hallways, kitchens, conference rooms, staircases, study lounges, restrooms, and shower rooms. Hours will typically be from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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.


Gereon Kopf has been invited to join the Alternative Perspectives and Global Concerns group to discuss "COVID-19 and the Place of Death" in a Zoom conference on Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, CST 12 p.m.-1:30 p.m. (CET 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m.). Detailed information of this event is posted at https://ap-gc.net/events.

Jim Martin-Schramm and Laura Stivers (Dominican University of California) have published "Christian Ethics: A Case Method Approach," 5th edition. The book is published by a Catholic press, Orbis Books.

Ideas and Creations

In his post, COVID-19, the Environment, and Human Health, Jim Martin-Schramm shares how the best available science is the most reliable source of information when it comes to the twin perils of climate change and COVID-19.

Yarrow Pasche describes how student-athletes have adapted to the time of COVID in her post, Luther Corss Country in the Midst of COVID-19.


Lost: Black leather bomber jacket, lost on Friday, Oct. 16, or Saturday, Oct. 17. Last seen in the CFL main hall. If found please call Dan Baldwin, 387-7692.

Found: Found on the sidewalk between Campus House and Brandt, a pearl stud earring. If it is yours, call 387-1532.

For sale: Two 80s/90s style wedding dresses. Both size 12, which is more like a true size 10/8ish? Lots of lace and sequins. $10 or $15, depending on the dress. Would be great for Halloween. Also a size 18-month old yellow ducky onesie costume. Hooded. Like new condition, $10. Contact <amunsu01> for pictures.

For sale: Carl Homstad's "Dinosaurs": a 1980 aquatint print framed by Carl, #47 of 75. If interested make a sincere offer via <hagean03>. You can see the print here.

For sale: Like-new, Sony WH-1000xm3 noise canceling bluetooth headphones. These headphones are praised for their audio quality and best noise canceling technology on the market. 30 hours of battery life, built in Alexa and Google assistants, and incredibly comfortable to wear. $150 obo. Contact <lurtaa01>.


And finally...

"I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers."

 - L.M Montgomery