Tuesday, Jan. 11

TUESDAY 1/11/2022

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Being Community updates

Isolation and quarantine adjustments
Isolation and quarantine periods have been adjusted to reflect recently updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Beginning on Tuesday, Jan. 11, isolation and quarantine periods will be reduced to five days (in the case of a symptomatic individual in isolation, the individual will be released after five days provided that symptoms are improving and that they have been free of a fever for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications). Individuals released from isolation after 5 days will be expected to wear a face mask in all spaces on campus through the end of day 10, in accordance with CDC guidelines. You may find the updated guidance here.

COVID vaccination clinic Jan. 14
A COVID vaccination clinic will be held on campus on Friday, January 14, at 12-3 p.m., in the Sports and Recreation Center (SRC) of the Regents Center. It is offered by Hy-Vee, and it is open to all Luther students, faculty, and staff. More than 150 slots are available. Sign up online.

The Being Community website is the hub of information and inspiration for Luther's approach to the 2021-22 academic year. We invite community questions and feedback.


HR Updates

January staff meeting cancelled
The January staff meetings on Jan. 12 and 13 have been canceled due to the COVID-19 Level 3 Yellow. Staff are encouraged to plan to attend one of the February meetings on Feb. 2 or 3.

Retirement plan
Participants in the Luther's TIAA retirement plan should have recently received an email from Pentegra Retirement Service with the subject line: "Important Information Regarding Your Retirement Plan with Luther College." This is an important email that contains an attachment of the newest retirement plan information and documents. Your current salary reductions will continue until such time that you choose to submit a new salary deferral form. The MEP TIAA salary reduction form is included in the attached document and also available on the HR website. Please call 387-1415 with any questions.

Library fully open for browsing/studying with new delivery options for Holds Placed

Preus Library remains fully open to students, faculty, and staff during Level 3 Yellow status. Social distancing and masks are required; group study rooms are limited to 1-2 people. Shelves are open for browsing and materials can be checked out. Holds can be placed in the online catalog for in-person pickup or delivery via campus mail. Or you may request electronic delivery of a limited number of pages or chapters. Questions? Contact <library> or 387-1166.

Luther College Woman's Club to meet virtually Jan. 18

Kate Rattenborg '83, owner of two independent bookstores in Decorah, will present "The Role of an Independent Bookstore in the Community" at the next meeting of the LCWC, Tuesday, Jan. 18. The meeting will take place at 1:30 p.m. via Zoom. Find the link on the LCWC website or by contacting <[email protected]>.

Chair massage

Wellness is hosting a massage therapist weekly on the first and third Mondays of the month. Prices are $30 for 20 minutes or $40 for 30 minutes chair massages (cost includes tip and is payable by cash, check, or card at appointment or when booking). Massage can help reduce muscle tension, improve blood flow/circulation, increase energy-improving productivity, decrease anxiety, and enhance immune system function. Chair massage is done on a chair designed for massaging the back, neck, shoulders, arms, and hands. Massages are done fully clothed. Sign up for a 20 or 30 minute session. New location: Union 102, inside the Student Organizations Suite.

Upcoming Bookprat discussions with Maren Johnson

Henrik Ibsen's "A Doll's House" will be discussed via zoom at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16, and Wendy Swallow's "Search for Nora: After the Doll's House" will follow on March 16. Ibsen's play is a revolutionary classic that centers on Nora, a middle-class wife and mother, who challenges gender roles and traditional expectations for women living in the 19th century. The second book continues Nora's story. Sign up to receive your free copies and register for one or both discussions. A Civic Sustainability event, in collaboration with the CEPE, Torgerson Center for Nordic Studies, and Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum.

Fall 2021 Agora available now

Your fall 2021 Agora: the Liberal Arts at Luther College is available now. This issue features an essay by Gereon Kopf and another by Wanda Deifelt, Robert Shedinger, and Todd Green, with senior students Dominique Stringer and Nora Nyi Mint. Sabbatical reports in this issue are from Anna Peterson, Joseph Madrigal, Nancy Gates Madsen, and Novian Whitsitt. There are chapel talks by Storm Bailey, Melissa Bills, Brooke Joyce, Guy Nave, David Faldet, Jenifer Ward, Patrick Cabello-Hansel, Nicholas Shaneyfelt, and Rick Guha '22 in this issue as well. Hard copies are limited; each department will have several to share, but if you need one, please let the Agora staff know at <agora>.

Spend J-term learning how to swim

More than a third of adults in the United States can't swim the length of a pool, according to the CDC, which puts them at risk of being one of the 10 people who drown every day in this country. Join licensed ATLS instructors Dr. Kate and Dr. Tom and learn how to be water safe. Lessons are held twice a week, Wednesdays 6 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Sundays 3:30 to 4 p.m., starting on Jan. 5. Please email Kate Elliott <ellika03> for more info and to sign up.

Sign up for a January wellness screening

During 2022, employees and spouses covered by the Luther College Health Care Plan have additional wellness benefits and requirements. Sign up for the Wednesday, Jan. 12 blood draw on campus with Gunderson Health Clinic here.

MLK Day community service project - donations needed!

In honor of MLK Jr. Day, Luther Student Organizations are teaming up with Lutheran Services in Iowa to welcome nearly 500 Afghan refugees who are relocating to Iowa over the next 6 months. Bring your donations for Welcome Kits to the SAC office between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. any time this month, and join us the week of Jan 17-21 to make fleece-tie blankets and help assemble the kits. Click here for a list of items needed. Questions? Contact Jenna Mockler-Gjerde <mockje01>.


January Chapel

Join us for chapel during J-Term! All chapel activities will take place in the CFL Recital Hall.

Chapel: 10:30 a.m. Mondays in January.
Labyrinth (self-guided): 10-11 a.m. Wednesday and Fridays in January.
Holden Evening Prayer: 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays in January.

MLK Chapel: A Service Lamenting Racism Jan. 17
As we reflect on the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. and consider the ongoing damage done by explicit, implicit, and structural racism, we encourage all to join us for a special chapel service at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 17. During this service we will confess and lament the racism that still plagues our society, and commit ourselves in faith to make meaningful change in our hearts and in our society. This service is currently planned for the CFL Recital Hall, but will move online, if necessary, due to COVID-19 precautions.

Walk the Labyrinth
Walking the labyrinth is an ancient practice used by different faiths as a tool for meditation, spiritual centering, and prayer. You walk a winding path to the center, all the while quieting your mind and focusing on a spiritual question or prayer. You are invited to light a candle and participate in this independent walking meditation each Wednesday and Friday this January, anytime between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. in the CFL Recital Hall. Please wear a mask, keep good distancing, and remove your shoes before entering the labyrinth.

Holden Evening Prayer Jan. 12
Due to the current COVID-19 Level 3 Yellow status, this week's Holden Evening Prayer will be streamed through the Luther College Ministries YouTube channel.

Events this week

Visit the online Calendar of Events for a list of Luther events happening from Tuesday, Jan. 11–Monday, Jan. 17. For a complete listing of athletic events, visit luthernorse.com. Contact <schedule> to add a listing and description of your campus event to the calendar.

MLK Day Lecture: Socially Responsible Investing at Luther Jan. 17

At 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 17, Matt Titus '01, senior portfolio manager, Invesco will explain the history of socially responsible investing and what it means for Luther College. Andrew Bailey, vice president for finance and administration at Luther, will host a Q&A session following Matt's presentation, joined by members of the Board of Regents investment committee, which oversees the college's endowment of roughly $200 million dollars that supports student scholarships and a wide variety of Luther programs. The event will take place via Zoom. Visit luther.edu/events for the link.


Welcome, new hires

Joe Troche started as the head football coach on Dec. 13. Joe's office is Regents Center 211, telephone 387-1597.

Kim Bridges started as the administrative assistant in Nursing on Dec. 14. Kim's office is Valders 243, telephone 387-1057.

Katrina Matth started as the office coordinator in College Ministries on Dec. 15. Katrina's office is CFL 106, telephone 387-1040.

Katrina Nicholls started as the accounting assistant on Dec. 15. Katrina's office is Main 118, telephone 387-1533.

Bethany Shroyer started as the administrative assistant in the Provost Office on Jan. 3. Bethany's office is Dahl Centennial Union 262, telephone 387-1005.

New positions

Dalton Little started a full-time position as off-campus programs advisor on Jan. 1. Dalton's office is Larsen Hall 127, telephone 387-1275.

Susan Potvin started a new position as the director of music marketing on Jan. 1. Susan's office is now Jenson-Noble 2018, telephone 387-1267.

Celebrations this week

Jan. 11: Alejandra Cruz
Jan. 12: Ashlesha Pawar
Jan. 14: Carly Erickson
Jan. 15: Brian Hiester, Elliott Johnson, Mike Garcia
Jan. 17: Kevin Ellingson, Marsha Wenthold, Peggi Pape, Ryan Torkelson


To Andy Hageman on the death of his mother, Carol, who passed away early Christmas morning.

To the family and friends of Dennis Flatness '68, who died Jan. 6. President of UNI Midwest (St. Louis, MO), he was currently serving on the Luther College Board of Regents as chair of the Finances and Enrollment Committee. We offer our sincere condolences to his wife, Jean, and to his children and their families, John (Jolene) and Jennifer.

Position openings

Payroll Specialist (1.0 FTE): Position is responsible for timely and accurate preparation and production of all campus payrolls and associated reporting. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to learn and utilize Colleague database software, Glacier nonresident alien tax software, Microsoft Excel, and Business Objects reporting software. Relevant job experience and accounting skills are necessary with proven ability to keep up-to-date on IRS payroll regulations pertaining to both US residents and nonresidents for tax purposes. A bachelor's degree is desirable, but not required. 

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


The third issue of the Journal of Buddhist Philosophy, edited by Gereon Kopf and published by SUNY Press, appeared in Nov. 2021.

Diane Scholl's poem "Levy-dew" appears in the Jan. 12 issue of The Christian Century.


House sitter available: Looking for help house-sitting this coming summer? Are you attempting to "get out of dodge" and need reliable students to care for your home while you're away? Then this is the ad for you - there are three students looking to care for a home during the summer months of 2022 and are happy to get the ball rolling! Please contact <dustfa01> if you are interested.

Wanted: Orville Running art. I likely share Luther Love with you! I'm an '82 grad, Regent Emeritus and member of Luther's Audit Committee. I hope for Divine Serendipity--someone ready to part with a colorful Orville Running original oil or print, e.g., "A Curtain of Rain," "January Night Song" or "Clayton Fowler's Harbor Mist." ($ TBD). Most sincerely, Marsha. <[email protected]> or 206-953-0516.


And finally...

January is National Mentoring Month!

Our local Helping Services for Youth and Families is celebrating mentoring friendships and inviting others to engage in their community with the theme "Mentoring is simple! Be a friend to a youth." Mentoring has a positive impact on youth and the volunteer mentor. Research confirms that quality mentoring relationships bring about powerful and positive changes in youth. Mentored youth have a greater chance of avoiding negative influences, such as substance abuse, bullying, or dropping out of school. One in three youth grows up without a positive adult role model to look up to.

Individuals, couples, and families can mentor a youth. Take one simple step, become a mentor! Visit www.helpingservices.org/mentoring for more information, or contact Colinne or Kathy at (563) 387-1720 or
<[email protected]rvices.org>.