Tuesday, Nov. 17

TUESDAY 11/17/2020

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Being Community updates

'Circuit Breaker' for the opening weeks of Fall Quarter 2
On Wednesday, Nov. 11, President Ward announced that Fall Quarter 2 will begin with a period of online instruction with an at-home residency option (Nov. 30-Dec. 22), followed by a period of in-person instruction with full on-campus residency (Jan. 4-28). Read the full announcement on the Being Community website.

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 updates

Open enrollment
Open enrollment is the annual opportunity to enroll in or make changes to health and dental plan elections. You do not need to do anything if you plan to remain on the current health and/or dental plan election. You must complete a Flexible Benefit 2021 Enrollment Form if you plan to participate in the health and/or dependent care flex plan(s) for 2021 (Flex enrollments plans do not roll forward to the next year). All forms are located on the HR website. The recording of the virtual open enrollment meeting (Nov. 6) is available, as well. Completed forms are due to HR, Main 25, by 5 p.m., Wed. Nov. 18. Please call HR at 387-1415 if you have questions.

Directory hard copies
The Faculty and Staff Directories are no longer being offered in printed form. The online Campus Directory provides up-to-date information. The Campus Directory webpage also provides links to emergency numbers, office/department phone and fax information, faculty and staff pdf listings, employee grievance investigators, and dialing instructions

Face coverings clarification
Face coverings may be removed in a few limited instances: when alone in a private office, common workspace, meeting room, classroom, or laboratory; in all cases, the space must be fully enclosed and the door(s) must be closed. The Return to Campus Planning for Employees has been updated.

Rx Solutions is an easy-to-use mobile website powered by myDrugCosts that helps you make cost-informed decisions about prescription drugs. myDrugCosts can be directly accessed from the browser on your smartphone, tablet or computer. With myDrugCosts, you have an opportunity to save hundreds of dollars simply by knowing more about what prescription drugs cost. You can use myDrugCosts for:

  • Prescription drugs you already take. Begin by looking-up the current prescription medications you and your family are already taking.
  • New prescription drugs. You can also look-up any new prescription on your smartphone while you are with your doctor and you can discuss options.

Thanksgiving break hours

Preus Library
Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 21-22: Closed
Monday-Tuesday, Nov. 23-24: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wednesday-Sunday, Nov. 25-29: Closed
Monday, Nov. 30: begin Fall Quarter 2 hours

Technology Help Desk
Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 21-22: Closed
Monday-Tuesday, Nov. 23-24: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wednesday-Sunday, Nov. 25-29: Closed
Monday, Nov. 30: begin Fall Quarter 2 hours

Yappy Hour Nov. 24

Faculty, staff, and students are invited to join Wellness and SAC for Yappy Hour at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24. Yappy Hour is a Zoom happy hour with your furry, scaly, and feathery pets. All kinds of pets are welcome at Yappy Hour! Don't have a pet? You can still join us. This is a place to unwind, de-stress, build connections, and look at some cute animals. Join us on Zoom (Passcode: 431220).

Purchase permits at Walmart

As of Dec. 1, Walmart will no longer accept Luther College purchase permits. A Luther College credit card will still be accepted. If you have questions please contact Karen (387-1533) or Peggy (387-1531) in Financial Services.

Preus Library services migrating to MFA authentication

During the break between Q1 and Q2, the library will be migrating our proxy server and library catalog to use the MFA authentication system now in place for systems like NorseHub and Zoom. For those who have not used MFA authentication yet, more information is available on the Technology Help Desk website on how to configure multi-factor authentication settings.

Thanksgiving break student activities

Visit the Student Activities Council website to view a list of activities planned for students over Thanksgiving break.

Contribute to 'Here's My Story: Coping with the Pandemic'

The Luther community is invited to anonymously read, respond, and share stories of how the pandemic has impacted them by visiting this padlet site. Some stories may resonate with you, others may educate and surprise, but all will broaden and strengthen our understanding for one another. If you missed the Here's My Story virtual panel, the recording is available here.

Book Available: 'America for Americans: A History of Xenophobia in the United States'

Hostility toward immigrants has featured prominently in American politics in recent years, but as Dr. Erika Lee demonstrates in "America for Americans: A History of Xenophobia in the United States," such hostility has been long-standing in the nation's history. Calling on us to confront this history, Dr. Lee sheds light on how xenophobia functions, why it works, and how it continues to find renewed life in the age of populism and the coronavirus. Join an upcoming book discussion (Jan. 5, Jan. 12, and Jan. 19 at 4 p.m.) to prepare for Dr. Lee's virtual presentation to the community at 7 p.m. Jan. 21. Sponsored by the Center for Ethics and Public Engagement (CEPE).

Looking for insight into the current political landscape?

Orçun Selçuk spoke as part of CEPE's "pop-up programming" on Monday, Nov. 19, and delivered a helpful analysis of populism and presidential elections in the U.S. and abroad, including what we can expect going forward. Watch here.

Plan now for January PLEN Seminars

PLEN (Public Leadership Education Network) is offering Women in Public Policy (Jan. 4-8) and Women in STEM Policy (Jan. 11-15). Explore how to influence the policy issues you are passionate about and learn the range of professional opportunities and skills required to be successful. You will network and learn from female leaders on Capitol Hill, the executive branch, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and private corporations. Email <cepe> if interested. First registration deadline is Dec. 6.  All fees covered.

CEPE Faculty Research Fellowship: call for applications

The CEPE invites applications from any tenure-track faculty for a two-year Research Fellowship. The fellowship provides one course release per year to allow the Fellow time to conduct academic research or discipline-specific work related to the mission of the CEPE. Please see CEPE website for details and application instructions. The application deadline is Jan. 25, 2021.

College Ministries informational website

College Ministries is working to create an informational website of Decorah area churches for Luther students to access. Luther faculty and staff are invited to contribute to this project with their experiences by filling out this brief form by Wednesday, Nov. 25. Please contact Vicar Kathryn, <thompson> with any questions.

Wellness blood draws

Time is running out for getting your blood draws on campus for your wellness checkups. We have four remaining for the year so schedule your time today! Next is Tuesday, Nov. 24. All Luther employees on our insurance plan are required to have a community blood draw, wellness physical and complete the CHRA before Dec. 31 to avoid the monthly increase in their insurance premiums. To schedule a blood draw, contact <wellness>.

One Team Day: Supporting student athletes Nov. 19

Mark your calendars for Luther's first annual One Team Day, an all-day fundraising event in support of Luther's student athletes: 6 a.m.-10 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020. With $86,000+ available in dollar-for-dollar matches, your support of our student athletes and/or individual sport programs will be doubled throughout the day (while funds are available). Double your impact on the Norse! Visit luther.edu/one-team-day on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020.

Peruse Luther's first Internship Showcase Nov. 6-20!

Faculty, staff, and students are warmly invited to learn (safely distanced) about what Luther students are experiencing beyond our campus. This inaugural year features posters from Rochester Semester and biology internships. The vision is to inspire participation from the broad range of internships that occur in Luther's diverse majors and programs. Visit posters in the Union, CFA, Preus Library, Olin, Sampson Hoffland, Valders, and CFL. Event is sponsored by the Center for Global Learning, the Career Center, and the biology department.

Order Delicious Take-Home Holiday Foods for your Thanksgiving meal

Let the Norse Culinary Team make your pies, rolls, and side dishes for your Thanksgiving meal. Place orders at luther.edu/dining/forms/holidays by Wednesday, Nov. 18, and pick up by noon Wednesday, Nov. 25, at the Dining Services Office. It's that easy!

Institutionalized Racism in Science (IRIS) book club, 2nd Book

IRIS, a student-led discussion group, focuses on institutionalized racism in STEM. By reading books that highlight BIPOC's experiences within STEM settings, students aim to educate themselves for future work. Everyone is welcome, including faculty, staff, and alumni. Sign up for the next book, "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks," and discuss via Zoom at 1 p.m. Dec. 6 and Dec. 20. 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.

Book Shop news

Wheel Of Deals
Stop by the Book Shop 8:45 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16-Friday, Nov. 20, to play the "Wheel of Deals." Take a turn to spin the wheel and receive some great discounts! See if you can spin for an additional 25% off clearance, crews, shorts, hoods, sweatpants, and more! Come on in and take a spin!

Alumni Book Spotlights

Congratulations to John Robert Christianson '59 on his new book, "Tycho Brahe and the Measure of the Heavens." Stop in the Book Shop to take a peak, and purchase the book. Please also send some congratulatory Norse vibes his way. Congrats John!

Congratulations to Angie Swetland '74 on her new book, "Know You by Heart." Stop in the Book Shop to take a peak at her new book. Send some positive Luther vibes her way! Congrats Angie!


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, Nov. 18: Responses from Bio 151
Friday, Nov. 20: President Jenifer K. Ward

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 luthernorse.com.

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, Nov. 17-Tuesday, Nov. 23!

CEPE Faculty Research Lecture: 'Tragic Politics and the Just Society' Nov. 17

Grounded in broader reflection on Christianity and politics, Storm Bailey proposes that even though every society can be more just, no society can be perfectly just. Can recognizing this tragic fact be a basis for dialogue and mutual respect without being a shield for perpetuating injustice? Join us for this virtual presentation at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17. Storm Bailey is the 2019-21 Faculty Research Fellow for the Center for Ethics and Public Engagement.


Welcome, new hires

Jacob Leeps started his position as assistant athletic performance coach and director of Legends Fitness Center on Nov. 9. His office is Regents Center 150E, telephone is 387-1582.

Celebrations this week

Nov. 17: Anita Carrasco, Troy Gardner, Sheena Tollefson
Nov. 18: Stuart Johnston, Jay Uthoff
Nov. 19: Janine Brandt, Mary Devine Meyer
Nov. 21: Katie Schweinefus
Nov. 22: Scott Carlson
Nov. 23: Isaiah Cammon, Hillary Hart, Brittany Sisk, Robert Shedinger

Nov. 20: Jim Iverson, 20 years
Nov. 23: Chauncy Eggland, 5 years; Shelly Glock, 5 years


To the friends and family of Bob Chapman, who passed away on Friday, Oct. 30

To the friends and family of Dodi Bernatz, who passed away Nov. 7 surrounded by family at her home in Decorah, after a courageous battle with metastatic breast cancer. Dodi worked at Luther College for 26 years, most recently in the Academic Dean's Office. In consideration of concerns regarding Covid-19, Memorial Services will be held at a later date.


Kari Jacobson '21 will be published in the University of Nottingham School of English's online journal Innervate. Chosen as one of the best undergraduate English essays of the year, Jacobson's paper, "Wilde, James, and Narratives of Authorial Self-Fashioning," will appear in the 2019-2020 edition of the journal and can be read online.

Gereon Kopf contributed his essay on Buddhist pilgrimages in Japan titled "Wallfahrten, buddhistisch: Japanische Pilgerorte/wege/fahrten" to the Wissenschaftlich-Religionspädagogische Lexikon im Internet published by the Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft.

Loren Toussaint was interviewed for a BBC News story. The story is entitled, "What other cultures can teach us about forgiveness." This story considers emotional and decisional forgiveness across cultures and also discusses cultural forms of forgiveness such as ubuntu, ho'oponopono, and fambul tok. 

Ideas and Creations

In the post, Improvisation, Jeff Dintaman shares how teaching in the midst of COVID-19 is a lot like doing improv theatre.


For sale: Prelit 7.5-ft tall Christmas tree, 4 ft at widest. Lights all work. Used only one season. Very easy set up. Too big for our house. $50. Contact <amunsu01>.

For sale: MacBook Pro Laptop. Mid 2012 Edition 13.3 inch. 2.9 GHz Dual Core Intel Core i7. 750 GB Storage. There is a crack in the screen on the left side that doesn't even effect the display or on the actual display screen. Completely wiped clean, ready for new owner. $200 or best offer. If interested, contact Tyler at <vaugty01> or by cell 515-574-9351.

For rent: 4 bedroom, 1 bath apartment. Fridge, stove, and dishwasher included, onsite laundry. Hardwood floors, very nice condition in Decorah's west side near Luther College. No pets, no smoking. $800/ month rent. Deposit required. Call 563-379-1768 with questions or to view.

For rent: 4 Bedroom, 2 full bathroom house for rent. Newly remodeled throughout. Comes with stove, fridge, washer and dryer. Attached 1 car garage. On College Dr. close to Luther. $1200/month. Call or text 563-379-1768 with questions or to view.

Wanted: Looking for a hockey stick for a 10 year old. Please email <hagean03> if you've got one to sell or barter. Thanks!


And finally...

November is Native American Heritage Month. A series of online events are being held by various national organizations over the next few days, including a Native Cinema Showcase.

Take some time to read about Helen Miner Miller, the first Native American person to attend Luther College.