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Being Community updates
Revised plans for January and spring semester
On Friday, Dec. 18, President Ward wrote to the campus community to announce a change in plans for the first week of classes in January and a decision regarding Spring Break that will affect the academic calendar for Spring Semester. Please read the complete message to understand all of the details in the planning process.
Winter break hours
Tuesday, Dec. 22: 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 23-Sunday, Jan. 3: Closed
Monday, Jan. 4: Resume Fall Quarter 2 hours of operation
Tuesday, Dec. 22: 6 a.m.-10:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 23: 8 a.m.-noon
Thursday, Dec. 24-Sunday, Dec. 27: Closed
Monday, Dec. 28-Thursday, Dec. 31: 8 a.m.-noon
Friday, Jan. 1: Closed
Saturday, Jan. 2: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 3: 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 22: 6 a.m.-7 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 23: 9 a.m.-noon
Thursday, Dec. 24-Sunday, Dec. 27: Closed
Friday, Dec. 28-Thursday, Dec.31: 9 a.m.-noon
Friday, Jan. 1: Closed
Saturday, Jan. 2: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 3: 1 p.m.-7 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 23: 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 24-Friday, Dec. 25: Closed
Saturday, Dec. 26: 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 27-Friday, Jan. 1: Closed
Saturday, Jan. 2: 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
In order to avoid the $25 additional increase in your monthly health care premium, you and your spouse (if covered by Luther’s health care plan) need to have a wellness check-up and return the completed wellness check-up form to Human Resources by January 17. A wellness check-up consists of a blood screening, online clinical health risk appraisal (CHRA), and physical exam.
Compost collection paused until Jan. 4
Campus compost collection has been paused for the Holiday Break. Compost bins and collection will be open again on January 4.
January Wellness initiative
LEAPFROG is the name of the January Wellness initiative. Let's LEAP into the new year on the correct foot. All we ask is at least thirty minutes of movement each day in January. Questions? Want to play? Sign up by emailing <wellness> and we will be contact with you!
Study away program directors
The Dean's Office and the Center for Global Learning are pleased to announce the appointment of Guy Nave and Jane Hawley as the 2022-23 Nottingham Program Co-Directors and the appointment of Wanda Deifelt as the 2022 Malta Program Director. We are grateful to all three individuals for providing leadership to these two important and longstanding off-campus programs.
Need a book for the holidays?
Looking for something to read on cozy winter days? Check out the newest additions to Preus Library's leisure reading collection, including new releases, bestsellers and more! Visit our online guide to see the latest titles and even virtually browse the entire leisure collection. Click "Place Hold" on the books you want in the catalog, and we'll safely retrieve and hold them at the Circulation Desk for you. Learn more about safe access to library materials.
Green food container pilot effort
From Dec. 9 through holiday break, Larsen Hall residents are taking part in a pilot program using green reusable food containers. The project aims to demonstrate how reusable food containers are both easy to use and effective at reducing waste. The project is sponsored by Dining Services, Sustainability, and Facilities.
Play reading and discussion
Join the Luther Shakespeare Society and the CEPE in reading Keith Hamilton Cobb's award-winning play "American Moor" ahead of Cobb's virtual visit in February. The story of a Black actor auditioning for Shakespeare's "Othello," "American Moor" explores how narratives shape individuals and nations. Join discussions on 7-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 15, and 4-5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21; come to one or both. Sign up for the reading group and a free copy of the play.
'Pakkis' book discussion
Prof. Maren Johnson will lead a discussion on "Pakkis" by Khalid Hussain on Tuesday, Feb 23 via Zoom. Written at age sixteen, Hussain draws from his own experience of negotiating his identity as a Pakistani immigrant to Norway in the 1970s. This coming of age story illuminates the struggles and challenges of confronting race and integration beyond the Anglo world. Sign up to receive your free copy and register for the discussion. A Civic Sustainability event, in collaboration with Center for Ethics and Public Engagement, Torgerson Center for Nordic Studies, and Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum.
Book Shop news
Alumna book spotlight
Please congratulate Connie Kronlokken '66 on three new published books: "So Are My Thoughts," "A Moon Every Night," and "Natures Stricter Lessons." Pick up your copies today in the Book Shop and send her some congratulatory Norse vibes! Congrats Connie!
Staff book spotlight
Please congratulate retired Luther staff member Jerry Johnson on this newly published book, "Coot Dogs." You can find his new book in the Book Shop. Congrats Jerry!
Life Long Learners book is in
The Life Long Learners book, "The Upswing," is now available in the Luther Book Shop. See you soon! Thank you for supporting your Luther College Book Shop.
Christmas at Luther CDs
"Christmas at Luther 2020: For Everyone Born" CDs are available now in the Book Shop for $12. No CD player? Download and purchase the digital version through iTunes.
Chapel this week
All chapel services will be held online and the links may be found on the Luther events calendar.
Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020-Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021: No chapel due to break
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.
Luther College's Holiday Break Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020-Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021
Celebrations this week
Dec. 22: Hongmei Yu
Dec. 23: Joshua Ratel-Khan
Dec. 24: Andrew Hageman, Yarrow Pasche, Jody Meyer
Dec. 26: Jakeena McKay
Dec. 27: JoAnn Uhlenhake, Jonah Elrod
Dec. 28: Todd Pedlar
Dec. 30: Kathy Reed, Mick Layden, Samuel Bird, Dustin Rhoads
Dec. 31: Ruth Berger, Holly White
Jan. 1: Larry Moen, Bob Strong
Jan. 2: Christopher Olson
Jan. 3: Storm Bailey
Jan. 4: Kaylee Espe, Julie Lucas
Jan. 4: Kelly Sacquitne, 5 years; Holly White, 5 years
Thank you to those who sent cards, emails, shared remarks on the Luther Athletics Facebook page or came to the open house for my retirement from the athletic department. I enjoyed reading all those messages and visiting with each of you. Many thanks to everyone on the Luther College campus for the wonderful relationships developed over the years. Each of you play an important part in making this place a "family." I look forward to seeing many of you in the years ahead as my husband and I will forever "Bleed Blue" and support Luther in many ways! - Jan Koenig, athletics administrative assistant
Assistant Controller: Position applies Generally Accepted Account Principles (GAAP) and Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) guidelines in executing, analyzing, verifying, and reporting transactions of fiscal nature. The assistant controller advises management regarding the effective use of resources and methods to maximize operational efficiency; interprets, monitors, and administers policies and procedures to ensure compliance; reconciles accounts, and formulates and recommends system and process changes through evaluation, analysis, and application of accounting theory; assists with establishing accounting procedures and internal controls to ensure compliance with accounting standards and best practices; conducts studies and submits recommendations for improving the organization's accounting operation; assists with financial statement preparation and performs year-end adjustments and reporting required for the annual financial statement audit. Bachelor's degree in accounting, finance, or related field plus 4-5 years of accounting with managerial experience required. Non-profit accounting experience and CPA certificate is a plus.
Maintenance Mechanic/Boiler Operator (1.0 FTE): Will operate the Heating Plant and provide a constant, uninterrupted supply of steam to the Luther campus. Maintenance staff will perform water and pool tests; work with chemicals, steam, and 190+ degree water; maintain steam lines; perform preventative work; and metal fabrication from work orders generated from the facilities services work order system. High school diploma, mechanical or electrical background, and ability to read and interpret blueprints is required. Must also have or be able to obtain Boiler Operator 1 and Certified Pool Operators certificate and Private School or College Routine Specialty License (all can be obtained through Luther). Also required is a driver's license and computer skills to access web-based work order system. Experience with boilers is preferred. Position may require up to 12-hour shifts and overtime. Will need to work rotating weekends and be on call.
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.
Robert Christman has received a grant from the Gerda Henkel Foundation, a private German foundation that supports research in the social sciences and humanities, to do archival research this summer in Europe on his sabbatical project "The Baptism of Turks and Moors in Early Modern Germany: Religion, Identity, and Symbolism."
Ideas and Creations
In the post, A Musical Offering in Response to the Death of George Floyd, Brooke Joyce shares how learning about George Floyd’s death inspired him to create music that encourages us to reflect and work for change.
For sale: Snow/ regular tires. Two heavy duty snow tires, Hercules Polarpreme G 78 -14 with 5-hole wheels, $30 each; 4 regular tires, Goodyear Viva 2, 215 70 15, $10 each. Call 319-427-3593.
Wanted: Art program looking for used trophies or award plaques to repurpose for sculpture project. Any condition is desired. If you would like to donate, there is a drop box by CFA 108, or to Admin Office 103.
Wanted: Secondhand LEGOS. Have your children out grown their fascination with LEGOS and now they are collecting dust like so many other pieces of plastic? Please help us reduce our plastic consumption while still fueling our creative building. My son would be delighted to take them off your hands. Please contact <coachyarrow>.