Tuesday, Dec. 8

TUESDAY 12/08/2020

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Vice President for Finance and Administration announcement

President Jenifer K. Ward is pleased to announce that Andrew Bailey has been named Vice President for Finance and Administration, after an extensive national search. Andrew has been part of the financial services team since he was a Luther student, advancing to his most recent role of associate vice president. Read the full announcement.

Launch of the provost search

President Ward and Jayme Nelson, co-chairs of the provost search committee, sent a message to all faculty and staff on Friday, Dec. 4, with information regarding the launch of the provost search. Faculty and staff who did not receive the update should contact <catherine.dyer>.

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 reminder 

If you have, or think you might have, COVID-19, it is important to stay home and away from other people. Contact your healthcare provider for directions on testing. You must notify your supervisor and the HR director (extension 1415) if you are being or have been tested for COVID-19. Visit the Luther College Being Community website: What to Do if You Show Symptoms. Review CDC recommendations on what to do if you are sick.

Last chance for wellness blood draw

It's time! Get your appointment made to have your Blood Drawn here on campus Tuesday, Dec. 15. We have openings left between 6:30-7:10 a.m. and this is the final chance to reserve. As of January 1, 2021 your health care cost will go up if you haven't completed your wellness checks. Reserve your time before it is too late!

Portrait/passport photo day Dec. 10

The next portrait and passport photo day is 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10. Portraits are free, passport photos are $5 (cash/check only). Photos are taken in Union 213. No appointment necessary. If you have any questions, please email <photobureau>.

Campus Social Media Group meeting Dec. 10

A Campus Social Media Group has been convened to provide support and direction for administrators of Luther College institutional social media accounts, as outlined in the Luther College Social Media Policy. The next group meeting will take place at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 10. Administrators that the Marketing and Communications team are already aware of have received an email regarding this meeting. Staff and faculty who have not received an email and are managing a Luther office/department social media account should contact Megan Schwenneker <schwme04> to receive meeting details.

United Way campaign wraps up

Thank you for supporting United Way of Winneshiek County. This year our goal was to increase the number of current employees and retirees contributing from 11.8% in 2019 to 25%. As we close out the campaign, our community raised $6,421 for United Way, and 6% of our community donated. This year was very difficult on many levels, and all donations large and small were, and are, extremely appreciated. United Way accepts donations year-round which can be returned to HR or mailed to United Way at the following address: PO Box 165, Decorah, IA 52101. Thank you for your continued support!

Book Shop news

Holiday Wish List Drawing
Take a selfie with a bookstore item you'd like to receive for the holidays and tag the Luther College Book Shop on Facebook and/or Instagram. If away from campus, tag a screenshot of the image from our website, lutherbookshop.com. Open now through 3 p.m. Dec. 17. Five winners will be randomly selected to win the item they tagged! "Shop" away.

Alumna book spotlight
Please congratulate Erika Anderson Billerbeck '97 on her new book, "Wildland Sentinel: Field Notes From an Iowa Conservation Officer." Stop in the Book Shop to take and peak and send her some congratulatory Norse vibes.

Holiday savings
All Christmas items are now 40% off and Advent calendars are only $2. Selected Luther masks are $6 for a limited time. Great time to shop for the holidays!

Available in the Book Shop
Four books, "Lynching in America," "Segregation in America," "Slavery in America," and "Reconstruction in America" are all available in the Book Shop for $5 each or the set for $15. Generously donated by a Luther College alumnus and published by Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama, the books encourage our continued conversation and work on social inequity through the books gripping pictorial history. If purchase price is not feasible, any monetary amount will be accepted. It is the donor's intent to get the books in the hands of many in our Luther community.


Chapel this week

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

Wednesday, Dec. 9: Pastor Michael Foss, installation service for Pastor Foss presided by Rev. Dr. Guy Nave
Friday, Dec. 11: Storm Bailey
Monday, Dec. 14: Come, Let us Sing for Joy

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, Dec. 8-Monday, Dec. 14!

'Job Hopping: Harnessing Your Changing Interests to Develop a Career You Love' Dec. 9

Research shows that the average person has 12 different employers during their working life. At 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9, join Luther professors Victoria Christman, Todd Green, Steve Holland, and Alexandra White to hear how their changing research and interests led them to pivot mid-career and pursue more meaningful avenues. Students are invited to share hopes, fears, and questions about their own imminent leap into the workforce through a Q&A. Find the Zoom link at luther.edu/events. Moderated by Career Center Dir. Sarah Crose and sponsored by the CEPE.

Unison Piano Duo IPR performance Dec. 16

Xiao Hu and Du Huang will perform a piano duo concert on Iowa Public Radio Classical's Steinway Cafe at noon Wednesday Dec. 16. In addition to works by Bach, Dvorak, they will present the world premiere performance of "He Hung His Head and Died, 12 variations for George Floyd," composed earlier this year by Luther composition faculty Brooke Joyce. The campus community is invited to stream the program at iowapublicradio.org.


Celebrations this week

Dec. 8: David Faldet, Kathy Kerber, Leo Naughton Herbach
Dec. 9: Mary Logsdon
Dec. 10: Cheryl Wieseler, Josh Galvin
Dec. 11: Chris Frana, Steve Kurash, Claire Thompson
Dec. 13: Kristi Knutson, Addison Sadler


Kathy Riley, who has worked at Luther for more than 35 years has announced her retirement effective December 21.

Jan Koening, who has worked at Luther for more than 30 years has announced her retirement effective December 31.

We congratulate Kathy and Jan and thank them for their dedicated service to the college.

Position openings

Student Accounts Assistant (10 months/year 0.83FTE): Assistant will reply to student account questions, receipt and enter student payments and charges, clear students for registration and release of transcripts, and invoice third parties for tuition reimbursement. High school diploma is required. Also required is two years prior AR or office experience and strong Word and Excel skills. Accounting experience is helpful.

Maintenance Mechanic/Plumber (1.0 FTE): Will perform all types of building maintenance and repair generated from the Facilities Services work order system. Most work will be related to plumbing, heating and air conditioning systems. Staff member will interpret drawings, schematics, and blueprints, provide service on the steam distribution system and assist boiler operators and other departments as needed. Candidates must have a high school diploma and a State of Iowa plumbing license. Also required is at least four years formal working experience in installation and repair in the following areas: plumbing, heating, steam and air conditioning; computer skills for accessing the college's web-based work order system, building automation system, and email; and a valid driver's license and acceptable MVR check.

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.


In March of 2020 Loren Toussaint and Alyssa Cheadle '08, assistant professor psychology at Hope College, along with other colleagues developed the self-report measure called the "Clean and Contain." A description of their work and the results was prepared for the 2020 Virtual Meeting of the American Psychosomatic Society.

Ideas and Creations

In the post, Film Is Truth, Andy Hageman visits three brief instances of film as truth, what we can learn from them, and how they can help get us through difficult times such as those we're currently experiencing.

In the post, The Meaning of Diwali In a Pandemic, Luther student Vanalika Nagarwalla shares an epic in Hindu mythology behind the festival of lights known as Diwali, and how it relates to her understanding of the pandemic.

In the post, The Bigger Story, Kristen Underwood shares how her experience with theater has proven helpful in creating meaningful virtual events.


For sale: Modern 1660 square foot home built in 2019 located in a quiet neighborhood within walking distance to downtown Decorah and Luther College, next to the Decorah Prairie. Learn more.

For sale: Blue Pioneer Woman 6 qt Instant Pot Lux is in perfect working condition. Bought new 8 months ago and recently received another larger pot, so selling this one. Awesome appliance to make so many foods quickly. $50, contact <kimpowell>.

Free: Large boxes for moving, presents or shipping. The Document Center has large boxes to give away, 24 x16 x 16 and 26 x 20 x 10. This week only. 

Wanted: Looking for help with occasional weekend and holiday house, plant/garden and animal (cats, dog, fish, chickens) sitting halfway between Decorah and Waukon on paved roads. Perfect for a highschool student with a driver's license or college student. Email <chandra.jennings> if interested.


And finally...

First, today is National Brownie Day. To celebrate, give the first brownie recipe a try.

Second, look skyward on the night of December 13 after 9 P.M. for a chance to catch a glimpse of the Geminid meteors. The Geminid meteor shower is the most active shower of the year. This year, the peak of the meteor shower lands just one day after the new Moon, meaning that the sky will be nice and dark—perfect for stargazing! If the sky is clear and temperatures aren’t too chilly, it’s worth venturing outside to try to see the Geminids. (The Old Farmer's Almanac)