Tuesday, Aug. 17

TUESDAY 8/17/2021

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Being Community updates

The CDC’s COVID-19 Integrated View now lists Winneshiek County at a “substantial” level of transmission. Though Luther College is in Level 0 Blue: Normal, the COVID Response Team (CRT) is now strongly encouraging those on campus to wear a face mask while indoors.

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.


Call for nominations

We have two vacancies on the College Resource Council, to be appointed by the President: one for a faculty or staff member who has expertise directly related to matters of diversity to replace Wintlett Taylor-Browne, and one for a staff member to replace Jay Uthoff. Both roles should be filled by individuals with budget experience. The term is for three years. Please send nominations to Tara Quass, executive assistant to the president at <quasta01>. 

Parking restriction notice

On Saturday, Aug. 28, Luther will be filled with excitement as first-year students and their families experience the joy of moving into their residence halls. In order to help facilitate the move-in process, we will be reserving parking areas near the halls to accommodate the movers. Special parking restrictions will go into effect starting at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 27. The small parking lot south of Ylvisaker and the lot north of Valders will be reserved for vehicles unloading. High street between Jenson and Campus House will be designated as a one-way street, west to east, so moving vehicles may park on the north side of the street near Brandt. There will be no parking on the south side of the street. Faculty, staff, and students are asked to refrain from parking in these areas. Thank you for your cooperation in extending this welcome to the newest members of the Luther community.          

Jr. Norse Basketball Clinic

The Luther College Women's & Men's Basketball teams are offering boys and girls in 1st-5th grades to join them for Junior Norse Clinics. The clinics will be held 6:15 p.m.-7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays in the Regents Center gyms. Dates are Sept. 21 and 28, Oct. 5 and 12. Each week junior Norse will have the opportunity to interact with members of the 2021-22 Luther Men's and Women's Basketball teams through participating in fundamental drills, teamplay, shooting competitions, and more. Contact Amanda Bailey <necham01>. Registration Form.

HR updates

Return to regular work hours
The college will return to regular work hours, 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday–Friday, on Monday, Aug. 16, (two weeks prior to the start of classes).

Staff Handbook updates
A June 2021 updated Staff Handbook is on the HR website along with a summary of three major changes. Please call HR at 387-1415 if you have questions. Thank you.

'Security Update Applied to Drive' email messages

Google has been sending email notices regarding upcoming security updates that will be applied to Google Drive in mid-September. The emails are legitimate and a link is in the email indicating which of your files will be impacted. Another link provides directions on how to properly share files going forward. The Technology Help Desk is available to assist you with this transition and will be reviewing additional procedural guidance from Google as it becomes available.

August Luther Works Summit

This fall kicks off the Luther Works work study program. If you are a work study supervisor then you are a Luther Works Leader. Join others at an in-person Luther Works Summit to learn more about leading work study students and helpful tools that are being developed. We will gather 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 25, in Baker Commons.

Nordic Brew closed/Oneota Market open

Nordic Brew will be closed Aug. 17–27. Oneota Market will open Aug. 17 for regular business hours of 7:30 a.m.–3 p.m. Monday–Friday.

Napkin holder advertising requests

Any approved campus organization, department or office may reserve advertising space in the Cafeteria napkin holders for up to one week at a time. To place a request, fill out the Napkin Holder Advertisement Request form and the Dining Services Office will verify via email if the requested week is available to advertise. Please be considerate of other groups and only reserve up to one week per month. Questions or comments contact Dining Services <diningservices>.

New Student Orientation schedule

For an outline of this year's first-year move in and New Student Orientation visit the New Students website. Details are subject to change.


Chapel this week

Thank you for supporting chapel throughout the academic year. Weekday Chapel will begin again when fall classes resume.

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, August 17–Monday, August 23!


Welcome, new hires

Vanalika Nagarwalla started as the area coordinator of Brandt Hall, College Apartments, and Prairie Houses on Aug. 1. Vanalika's office is Brandt Hall 222, telephone 387-2145.

Kathryn Hageman started as the manager of student accounts on Aug. 5. Kathryn's office is Main 121, telephone 387-1528.

New position

Annette Laitinen started as the office coordinator in Campus Programming on Aug. 9. Annette's office is Center for Faith and Life 101, telephone 387-1291.

Celebrations this week

Aug. 17: Todd Green, Xiao Hu
Aug. 18: Ann Mansfield
Aug. 19:  Nancy Hovden, Melissa Rossow
Aug. 20: Sherry Alcock
Aug. 21: Janet Hunter
Aug. 22: Philip Iverson, Miko Kominami
Aug. 23: Stephanie Henscheid, Kirk Johnson, Clara Muggli-Toyloy, Abby Romme, Jane Venes

Aug. 21: Yarrow Pasche, 15 years
Aug. 22: Leland Holthaus, 5 years

Thank You

Thank you to all who have expressed their good wishes to us as we retire from working at Luther. We both feel incredibly blessed to have spent time with great colleagues in the Admissions and Alumni and Development offices. We've built lots of friendships with the entire campus community of coaches, faculty, staffand students, and we're grateful for each one. This is a special place. -Doug Nelson and Sue Drilling 

Celebration of life

To the family and friends of Gary Embretson '59, who passed away on Sept. 18, 2020, at the age of 83. A Celebration of Life will be held from 4-7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 18, at The Tavern Grill in Apple Valley, MN. Family and friends are invited to attend.

Position openings

Annual Giving Program Coordinator (1.0 FTE): The annual giving program coordinator supports the daily operations of the annual giving team in raising annual unrestricted and restricted gifts for the College. Associates degree or equivalent experience and two years related professional work experience required. 

Bookshop Marketing and Merchandise Buyer (1.0 FTE): Position will coordinate all promotions and events, maintain bookstore website and social media accounts, purchase books and gift items and perform various duties in the day-to-day operation of the bookstore. High School education and retail and/or marketing experience is required. Knowledge of social media platforms, Photoshop, and Microsoft Office Suite are essential. Computer science/coding background is helpful. Must be a self-starter on tech research and ongoing marketing research.

Multimedia Lead (1.0 FTE): Position works with faculty, staff, and students and participates on the User Services and Multimedia teams within Information Technology Services to promote and support the effective uses of video, audio, textual, graphical, and other electronic media in support of both online and on-campus teaching, learning, research, and administrative purposes. The Multimedia Lead also plans, develops, and manages the operations of the Digital Media Center which includes the Multimedia Lab, the Multimedia Studio, the Photo Studio, the One Button Studio, and the Makerspace. Baccalaureate degree is required along with at least two years of experience in multimedia technologies. Experience in higher education is strongly preferred. Also preferred is experience or skill in leadership, team-building, and troubleshooting standard operating systems, productivity suites, printing, audio, video, and broadcast technologies.

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


In order to study and better understand COVID-19, Loren Toussaint and Mayo Clinic have published a COVID-19 study of risk factors. The study is based on a patient sample of more than 1,100 adults who tested positive at Mayo Clinic’s campus in Rochester or Mayo Clinic Health System between Jan. 1 and May 23, 2020. A description of the sample can be found hereThe risk factors study can be found here. Loren talked with KAAL-TV about initial findings as well.

Todd Green was recently welcomed by the Institute for Social and Policy Understanding (ISPU) as a member of its Scholar Network. Based in Washington, DC, the ISPU is a nonpartisan organization dedicated to providing research and education about American Muslims to support well-informed dialogue and decision-making. Dr. Green will provide the ISPU with expertise on Islamophobia, religion and civil rights, immigration and religion, and secularization. 

This summer, social work major Rachel Clennon and accounting major Sebastine Swamynathan partnered with CHOICE Employment Services in an effort to assess the need and develop a plan for a Special Olympics event in Decorah. As part of this year’s Social Impact Research Fellowship project, Clennon and Swamynathan developed a survey to assess the community’s interest in a Special Olympics event in town. Read moreWatch the video


For sale: 1995 Mustang 3.8 V6 Convertible with 180,000 miles. This car is from Texas and has never been driven in the winter. Brand new tires and wheels, only 5,000 miles on them. Turquoise in color. Has had the engine gone through and has all new fluids and new timing gears. Runs strong! Contact Carson at 563-217-0544.

For sale: Used (4 years old) Danby Compact Chest Freezer, model DCFO38A1WDB1. Capacity: 3.8 cubic ft. Height: 33.38", width: 22.19", depth: 24.94". Listed new for $384+. Works well. Asking $100. Contact Jessica Paul, <pauljess>.    

For sale: 2011 Subaru Outback, 2.5i Premium, all-weather package. 200,000 miles. All-time AWD, VDC, hill holder, traction control, heated front seats, side-view mirror de-icer, Subaru floor liners, Draw-tite 2" hitch receiver. $4,500. Contact <pascst01>.

For sale: Brand new, all-weather, farmhouse outdoor wall lantern light ("barn light"). Antique bronze. Great for over garage or entryway. $35. 14"x14"x12" (LWH). I can send a picture. Contact <franch05>.

For sale: SnapLock Chicken Coop. Have you been thinking about adding chickens to your homestead? This is the perfect coop for those who live in town and want an attractive backyard coop or those in the country downsizing to a household flock. SnapLock system keeps chickens safe from predators. Includes feeding supplies including two heated water bowls, heat lamp (for production in winter months) several feeders and a chick feeder for your new flock. See the manufacturer's website for additional specks and details. Photos available by request! Contact <rhodbr01>.

For rent: Large 4-bedroom, remodeled home. Rare opportunity to rent a newer remodeled home with over 3,100 sq. ft. finished. Master bedroom with private bath and tile walk-in shower. Three bedrooms on the main level, one bedroom in the lower level and large office. 2-car attached garage and located 1/2 block from Phelps park. No pets/no smoking. References required. $1,400/month and tenant is responsible for all utilities. Email <[email protected]> for a rental application.

For rent: One bedroom house. Nice, furnished one bedroom house for rent in residential area near downtown. Available through the end of the school year. Rent is $600 per month plus utilities. Renter will be responsible for shoveling sidewalk in front of the house. Absolutely no smoking, no animals, and no parties. Contact <larsma02>. 

For rent: Two bedroom downtown Decorah apartment at 211 1/2 W Water St. Skylights provide a lot of natural light. New washer/dryer and refrigerator. No pets. No smoking. Available in August. Call 563-419-2545 or stop by J Tupys and ask for Joan.

Wanted: Looking for a small bookcase, free or cheap. Contact <klammerm>.

Free: Kittens. Super cute, born May 14th, 2 gray, 1 black and white, and 1 multi-colored. Outside cats, will use a litterbox in garage, very tame. Contact <fulldo01>.


And finally...

Let peace prevail in this world.....

When you look for peace
then the peace lies within you
When you search for peace
then it is not hard to find
When you want to keep peace alive
then you allow white doves to fly over you
When you make peace with others
then the whole world live in your heart
When you let peace be in the world
then you live in wonderful world

When you allow peace flow around the world
then your hateness will go and love will flow
When you open the door for peace
then peace welcome to your lives.
Let the peace prevail in our wonderful world

By Ravi Sathasivam