Tuesday, Nov. 24

TUESDAY 11/24/2020

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Luther College joins Liberal Arts Colleges Racial Equity Alliance

Luther College, along with fifty other leading liberal arts colleges, has joined the Liberal Arts Colleges Racial Equity Leadership Alliance (LACRELA) launched by the University of Southern California's Race and Equity Center. The membership provides access to eConvenings for faculty and staff, online resources, workplace climate surveys, and other assets for building an inclusive campus community that supports a diverse faculty, staff, and student body.

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.


HR updates

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

Wellness checkups

WMC is no longer performing community blood draws for the remainder of 2020 so if you haven't completed your blood draw, you will need to either go to Gunderson clinic or schedule a time with the final blood draw on campus on Tuesday, Dec. 15, through Wellness. Times are filling up and all draws are scheduled between 6:30- 8 a.m. due to the fasting requirement. After Dec. 31, all employees that haven't completed their three steps of a Wellness Checkup will see an increase in their monthly insurance premiums.

Register to attend Christmas at Luther

Don't forget to register to attend "Christmas at Luther 2020: For Everyone Born!" The online premiere occurs at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 4. Register at luther.edu/christmas2020 by Dec. 1 to guarantee you'll be emailed the viewing link. Audio and video footage was pre-recorded in October wearing masks and physically-distanced. Tune in from home via computer, tablet, smart television, smartphone, or any web-enabled device.

Habitat for Humanity can collection

The Luther College chapter of Habitat for Humanity thanks the community for its response as we collect cans for Winneshiek County Habitat. As we approach a return to online learning, we will suspend collecting until after the holidays. We are so grateful for your donations.

Stay connected with friends over break and into Quarter 2

  1. Identify a book you'd like to read that would help you reflect on a current challenging local, national, or global issue.  
  2. Find 3-4 friends who would also like to read the book and discuss it.
  3. Email <cepe> with the book title and names of those in your group.
  4. Sit back, wait for the book to arrive, read, and connect!

Offer open to all Luther community members, with priority given to students if requests exceed available resources.

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 Colleague. 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.

Book Shop news

Christmas at Luther Ornament
The Book Shop has just received this year's ornament. Hurry, at only $12 they will sell out fast!

Christmas items 25% off
Check out the great selection of Christmas items in the Book Shop, all 25% off!


Chapel this week

All chapel services will be held online and the links may be found on the Luther events calendar.

Wednesday, Nov. 25: No chapel due to break
Friday, Nov. 27: No chapel due to break
Monday, Nov. 30: Sung Morning Praise

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. 24-Monday, Nov. 30!


Celebrations this week

Nov. 24: Martin Klammer
Nov. 25: Greg Eide, Sally Ming, Rebecca Newhouse, Jennifer Self, Valentyn Sazonov
Nov. 26: Vikki Barness
Nov. 27: Renae Hartl, Sarah Kach, Kim Powell, Erik Stoen
Nov. 28: Jacqueline Wilkie
Nov. 30: Daphne Barloon, Julie Strom

Nov. 27: Diane Tappe, 10 years

Thank you

I wish to thank all those who sent cards, emails, texts and messages to me on my retirement from Luther. Seventeen years go fast! Stay well everyone! - Tracy Elsbernd 


Students from this fall's Spanish 335 are excited to share their creation with the Luther community: a digital anthology of ten, must-know Latinx artists.

John Goodin's piece for mandolin orchestra, "Heavens On Earth," was chosen as the featured piece to be studied and performed by the virtual En Masse Orchestra at the 2020 Classical Mandolin Society of America's online "Convention in the Cloud(s)," Nov. 13-15, 2020. On Sunday, Nov. 15, after Zoom rehearsal workshops with section leaders, the over 200 attendees played along, privately but in real time, with a pre-recorded video produced for the purpose. Following the convention, attendees will contribute individual videos to be compiled into a group video later this year.

Gereon Kopf was invited to talk about "Buddha-nature and AI" at the Woodenfish zoominar on "Buddhism, Science, and Future" at 7 p.m. CST Tuesday, Nov. 24.

Loren Toussaint was part of a documentary on depression titled, "Surviving the Big D." 

Ideas and Creations

In the post, Need a Little Christmas Now, Andrew Last shares how Luther transitioned this year's Christmas at Luther performance to a virtual format and how it serves an audience that is hungry for inspiration, community, holidays, and music.


For sale: RockJam (RJ-361) multi-function 61 key electronic keyboard piano with stand, bench, and headphones. Works great and in great condition. $50. Contact <ryann.winings>.

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 an indoor dog kennel for a 50 LB. dog. Contact <lillre01> or 563-419-0548.

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...

"Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer. And let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good."  - Maya Angelou