Tuesday, Oct. 27

TUESDAY 10/27/2020

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Being Community updates

Active Cases, Quarantine, and Isolation Report
In response to feedback, Luther's Active Cases, Quarantine, and Isolation Report is now updated on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday afternoons rather than weekly on Tuesdays.

Clarifications on Contact Tracing, Close Contacts, and Isolation/Quarantine
A campus communication was sent to the Luther community on Tuesday, Oct. 20, providing clarification regarding contact tracing, close contacts, and isolation/quarantine. Please review the complete message for answers to the questions "who is responsible for contact tracing?", "what should I do if I'm concerned about my recent contacts?", and "what are the living arrangements for students who need isolation or quarantine?"

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.


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

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.

Costume contest Oct. 30

Students and staff are encouraged to dress up and join the physically-distanced costume parade at 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, in the Union. Prizes will be awarded for the most creative, funniest and best group costumes. Preregistration is encouraged but not required. If you don't want to dress up, come over to the Union and find a spot to view the participants as they parade past you to vote! Sponsored by Rec Services, SAC, and Wellness.

Davis Projects for Peace

Luther has been invited to participate in the summer 2021 Davis Projects for Peace. Luther students (working alone or in groups) interested in designing and implementing their own grassroots projects for peace are encouraged to submit proposals of three pages or less by Jan. 18, 2021. Each project selected receives funding of $10,000. For additional details contact Jon Lund <lundjon> in the Center for Global Learning.

Want to be a Certified Mental Health First Aider? 

Limited openings available for employees to participate in Adult Mental Health First Aid 8:30 a.m.- 5p.m. Monday, Nov. 23, in Mott/Borlaug; masks required and physically distanced, 30 min lunch on your own. MHFA teaches how to help someone developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. Training is free and you receive a 3-year certification. Register by completing the online Employee Mental Health First Aid Registration form. Contact <molobo01> with any questions.

A Google Calendar Update from Campus Programming

To students, faculty, and staff: when creating events on your Google Calendar associated with your Luther "@luther.edu" Gmail account, please do not select a "Room" option from the list of rooms located on the right-hand side of the "More Options" window (the tab located next to "Guests"). These reservations populate to the larger campus calendar system and can be seen campus-wide. If you have questions, please contact Megan Pitz <bohrme01>.

Delighted or Distressed: A Post-Election Conversation Nov. 7

Luther students, staff, and faculty are invited to gather with President Ward and members of the Luther community at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, in the CFL Main Hall to acknowledge post-election emotions, concentrate on our common challenges, and remind one another that "Being Community" also applies during times of political tension. Professors Storm Bailey and Victoria Christman, and Peace Scholars Piper Wood '21, Kim Chham '21, and Levi Bird '21 will facilitate. Sponsored by the CEPE.

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 group sessions engaging in science-based practices for a meaningful life using the Greater Good Toolkit from UC Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center. For more information or to join visit the group webpage. The next group starts on Nov. 17.

Redeemable cans and bottles collection

Last spring, Luther College Habitat for Humanity collected 8000 cans and bottles, raising $400 for Winneshiek County Habitat. They are again seeking donations of clean, dry, redeemable cans and bottles. To arrange for safe collection, please email <habitat>.

Hostile Terrain 94: Friday afternoon session

RSVP or drop in at 2 p.m., 3 p.m., or 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, Olin 206. Luther faculty, staff, and students are invited to participate in the interactive component of the Hostile Terrain 94, a participatory art project that memorializes 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. To learn more about this project contact <cridde01> or visit the Luther webpage.

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.

From the Risk Management and Safety Committee

Distracted driving is an epidemic. Be part of the solution. If you are a co-pilot, you have rights!
SPEAK UP - if you feel the driver is distracted or doing something dangerous
SAY NO - to any behavior that draws your drivers attention away from the road
PREVENT - distraction to the driver. Operate the radio, GPS, or ventilation. Watch for signs, landmarks and traffic problems.
GET HOME - safely and allow everyone else on the road to do the same!
For more information on safe driving tips go to the National Safety Council at nsc.org/justdrive.


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. 28: Jessi Labenski
Friday, Oct. 30: Pastor Jenn Collins '05, rite of farewell and Godspeed for Pastor Anne (
Monday, Nov. 2: Come, Let Us Sing for Joy

All Saints Chapel Nov. 6

All Saints Chapel will be 10:30-10:50 a.m. Friday, Nov. 6, on Zoom. This annual All Saints Chapel provides an opportunity to gather as a community to celebrate the joy of new life and grieve the loss of loved ones. We include name(s) of immediate family/household members who are born or adopted in the past year and those who have passed away since Nov. 1, 2019. There will be an opportunity to lift up names of loved ones that don't fit in the parameters of names read by presenters during the service. Please send names to the College Ministries office so we may include them in our All Saints Chapel slides. Send names or questions via email to <ministry>.

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 sports.luther.edu.

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. 27-Tuesday, Nov. 3!

Link to Mike Osterholm's Oct. 15 lecture now available

World-renowned epidemiologist and Luther College Regent Dr. Michael Osterholm '75 delivered this year's Farwell Distinguished Lecture, "The COVID-19 Pandemic: Stories of a Journey" via Zoom webinar for a virtual audience of nearly 900. A recording of the lecture, including questions from Luther global health students, is now available to the public at luther.edu/events. The lecture was presented in celebration of Luther's new global health major, and was sponsored in part by Minnesota Public Radio.

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>.

Phi Beta Kappa Symposium Oct. 31

The Phi Beta Kappa Homecoming Symposium on the Liberal Arts will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, as a Zoom webinar. It will open by honoring Mary Hull Mohr, professor emerita, for her work in establishing Luther's PBK chapter, and will feature the talk, "Less Stability, More Change: Higher Education in 2020 and Beyond," by Luther alumna Bonnie Gunzenhauser '90. Dr. Gunzenhauser is dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at John Carroll University. Her talk will be followed by a Q&A session. This event is part of Luther's Virtual Homecoming 2020.

Zach Mayer, double bass senior recital Oct. 31

Zachariah "Zach" Mayer '21, double bass, in collaboration with Nathan Eck, Corey Silberstein, and Andi Beckendorf, will perform a senior recital at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31. The program includes works by Vanhal, Turetzky, Gliere, Johnson, Weinberg, Rohe, Berio, and Swartley. This event will be livestreamed and can be viewed at https://portal.stretchinternet.com/luthermusic/. Zach is a student of Andi Beckendorf.

Nate Anderson, saxophone senior recital Oct. 31

Nate Anderson '21, saxophone, in collaboration with Corey Silberstein, piano will be giving a senior recital at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31. They will be performing "Concerto for alto saxophone" by Henri Tomasi, "Concertino da Camera" by Jacques Ibert, "Romance" by William Grant Still, "Fuzzybird Sonata" by Takeshita Yoshimatsu, and concluding with a saxophone quartet of "The Three Billy Goats Gruff and the Troll" by Paul Harvey. Nate is a student of Lynne Hart. Streaming information and program notes.

Faculty Artist Series: Luther College Faculty Quartet Nov. 1

Please join this live stream event featuring the Luther College Faculty Quartet at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1. For more information please visit luther.edu/music.


Celebrations this week

Oct. 27: Megan Jones, Kiley Kloberdanz
Oct. 29: Scott Hurley
Oct. 31: Tracy Elsbernd, Joni Rollinger, Steve Busta
Nov. 1: Megan Buckingham
Nov. 2: David Njus, Penelope Sherman

Thanksgiving for end of call and social sending for Pastor Anne

Pastor Anne Edison-Albright has been elected Bishop of the East Central Wisconsin synod. Her last day at Luther will be Nov. 2. As our beloved pastor steps into her new role, we invite the community to participate in a Thanksgiving at the end of call during chapel at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 30. Following chapel's conclusion at 10:50 a.m., we will have a virtual social time where all are welcome to give well wishes and share sentiments with Pastor Anne.


To the friends and family of George N. Trytten '51, professor emeritus of mathematics, who died on Oct. 18, 2020 in Boise, Idaho. Interment of ashes will be at Decorah Lutheran Cemetery, at such a time as allows for friends and family to safely travel.

Position Openings

Alumni Office and Records Coordinator (1.0 FTE): Position will be responsible for entering and processing biographical information for all current students, alumni, spouses, partners, children, parents, donors, and friends of the college. Responsible for maintaining the integrity of the data and does research as needed to verify data. Assists the Executive Director and Associate Directors by providing support for events and programs, print and digital communications, and constituent outreach and follow-up. High school diploma and at least two years of post-high school education required.  One or more years of office-related skills with data entry and maintenance experience preferred.

Student Employment Coordinator (1.0 FTE): Position will be responsible for developing and enhancing student work positions as well as coordinating on-campus and off-campus employment according to federal regulations and established college policies. Coordinator will maintain a current knowledge of federal and state regulations, collaborate with prospective and current student employers, solicit work requests from supervisors, perform work-site visits, and variety of payroll duties. High school diploma or equivalent is required and three years of administrative or program management experience is required. Bachelor's degree is preferred. Also required is a thorough knowledge of Microsoft Office, specifically Excel.

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


Rev. Michael Barry and Loren Toussaint gave a talk titled, "Bridging Faith and Science to Promote Forgiveness Amidst the Intertwined Pandemics of Hate and COVID-19," for the Ciencia, Fe Y Esperanza (Science, Faith and Hope) virtual conference that took place Oct. 22.

Ideas and Creations

In her post, Life as a Music Student During a Pandemic, Luther senior Olivia Steffl shares what it's like to practice music and social distancing at the same time, how she and other students have adjusted, and her reflections on the college she chose.


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.


And finally...

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM)

This is the 75th observance of NDEAM and the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). NDEAM celebrates America's workers with disabilities and reminds employers of the importance of inclusive hiring practices. More information can be found on NDEAM's Department of Labor website.