Tuesday, Aug. 24

TUESDAY 8/24/2021

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Being Community updates

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

Watch for an announcement this week defining the complete new COVID Indicators and Alert Levels that will govern the 2021-22 academic year. The CRT will also announce special COVID safety protocols for music and athletics.

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.


New members of College Resource Council

Kris Franzen, assistant dean for Student Engagement and director of Residence Life, and Nate Ersig, director of Development, have been selected to serve on the College Resource Council. Appointed by the President, Franzen assumes the role related to matters of diversity and equity, and Ersig will fill the staff-at-large seat. Their terms will last for three years.

Exempt/Non-exempt staff meetings for 2021-22

Staff meetings will resume on Sept. 8 and 9, 2021. These monthly meetings occur Wednesdays at 2 p.m. and Thursdays at 9 a.m. in Peace Dining Room. The Wednesday and Thursday agendas are the same, allowing staff to alternate attendance so that offices can remain open. In December, there will be one meeting designed for fun and socializing. The full schedule is posted on the Human Resources website. 

Tuition Benefit program deadline Oct. 1

Luther is pleased to offer its faculty and staff a benefit that is highly unique in today's workplace: higher education for one's dependents. The Tuition Benefit program has a three-step application process available online.

Deadlines are as follows:

- Oct. 1: Applications due
- Nov. 1: Finalized list of colleges due
- May 15: Confirmation form due

For complete information about the process and an application form, see the HR benefits website.

Sophomore Strides Kickoff Dinner

Please join Provost Szymanski in celebrating sophomores as they embark on a year of exploration and reflection at the Sophomore Strides Kickoff Dinner Thursday, Sept. 9, at 4-6 p.m. The event begins in the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall with three guest speakers, Student Senate President Kelao Charmaine Neumbo ’22, Professor Brian Hiester, and Regent Pete Espinosa ’81. Following the program, all sophomores will attend a dinner, and we need your help to serve as table hosts who can facilitate conversations, answer questions, and express our welcome and hopes for a great year. Please consider serving as a table co-host and let us know you can come by completing this simple form.

HR update

Staff and faculty are invited to nominate an administrative or support staff person for the Staff Excellence Awards. Nominations are due Friday, Oct. 22, in the Human Resources office. Winners will be announced at the Luther College Staff Day. More information about the award and the nomination process, as well as the Google nomination form can be found here.

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.

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.


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 24–Monday, August 30!


Welcome, new hires

Trent Adams started as the Ylvisaker hall director on Aug. 1. Trent's office is Ylvisaker 132, telephone 387-1305.

Bergen Gardner started as the towers area coordinator on Aug. 1. Bergen's office is Brunsdale Lounge, telephone 387-1907.

Alexander Jorgensen started as an assistant baseball coach on Aug. 2. Alexander's office is Regents Center 230C, telephone 387-2990.

Jarod McKee started as an assistant football coach on Aug. 2. Jarod's office is Regents Center, telephone 387-1724.

Kathryn Uthoff started as a maintenance mechanic/boiler operator on Aug. 2. Kathryn's office is the heating plant, telephone 387-1370.

Whitney Pavlat started as an associate athletic trainer on Aug. 2. Whitney's office is Regents Center 35A, telephone 387-2128.

Trevor Polivka started as an associate athletic trainer on Aug. 2. Trevor's office is Regents Center 35A, telephone 387-1609.

Marguerite Vihovde started as an associate athletic trainer on Aug. 2. Marguerite's office is Regents Center 35A, telephone 387-1906.

Megan Wilson started as the associate athletic director on Aug. 9. Megan's office is Regents Center 207, telephone 387-1382.

Justin Kamaus started as the laundry room attendant on Aug. 11. Justin's office is in Regents Center Laundry, telephone 387-1728.

Sandra Lien started as the academic administrative assistant in music on Aug. 17. Sandra's office is Jenson-Noble 200A, telephone 387-1462.

Celebrations this week

Aug. 25: Dalton Little, Maryna Nading, John Severson, Alan Wenthold
Aug. 26: Stephanie Fretham, Deborah Norland, AJ Perling
Aug. 27: Richard Merritt
Aug. 28: Suzy Hilgerson
Aug. 29: Chris Garcia-Prats, Maria Morales, Rachel Vsetecka
Aug. 30: Nancy Barry, Whitney Pavlat, Armandina Torres Quiroz, Wayne Tudor

Aug. 24 - 15 years: Alfredo Alonso Estenoz, Heather Armstrong, Janna Edrington, Anne-Marine Feat, Nancy Gates Madsen, Stephanie Travers, Laurie Zaring

Aug. 24 - 10 years: Anita Carrasco, Dan Davis, Andrew Hageman, Thomas Johnson, Jodi Meyer-Mork, Gwen Strand 

Aug. 24 - 5 years: Deborah Gover, Amanda Huinker, Carol Kreuscher, Susan Schmidt, Nicholas Shaneyfelt, Roman Yasinovskyy

Aug. 26: Jeanie Lovell, 30 years

Position openings

Alumni database and reporting specialist (1.0 FTE): This position generates various reports in support of outreach operations for the Alumni Office and the college and manages all aspects of the biographical data for our constituent records. Responsible for data maintenance to ensure the integrity of our constituent records to enhance alumni engagement programs. Associates Degree or equivalent work experience and a minimum of two years related work experience maintaining database records and generating reports is required. Also required is experience with Microsoft Office tools and the ability to maintain confidentiality. Must be open to adapting to new programs and tools, be self-motivated, and detail oriented. 

Office coordinator for College Ministries (.92 FTE): This person will communicate with campus and community stakeholders to enrich ministry initiatives, student involvement, and campus/community engagement. Responsibilities include: Identify crisis situations and make independent initial assessment of the urgency of needed response, design and print materials, maintain College Ministries website, coordinate special event logistics, and maintain reception area and resource library. High school education, exceptional computer skills with strong working knowledge of word processing, desktop publishing, and internet applications required. Four years office experience, preferably in higher education or church office preferred.

Float custodian (.75 FTE): This person will have the opportunity to interact with students, faculty, staff, and the guests of the college. By cleaning, sanitizing, and caring for the building areas on campus you are creating an environment where excellence and growth can occur. The float custodian fills in for an employee on leave in academic and residential buildings. Hours will typically be from 5 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday through Friday. High School Diploma and/or equivalent preferred but not required. No experience required, will receive on-the-job training. Training on blood borne pathogens and proper procedure for clean up on hazardous/infectious materials according to OSHA specifications will be required after hire. Must be able to read sufficiently to follow instructions. Also required is full range of motion and ability to lift and carry 50 pounds.

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. 

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.


Dan Davis was featured on National Geographic Channel's Drain the Oceans episode on Monday, Aug. 23. The episode was titled "Sea of Secrets" and focused on an ancient, well-preserved shipwreck he helped excavate using robotic technology in the Black Sea.

David Faldet's poem "Spanish Moss" appeared in the June issue of Cider Press Review, and his poem "Millennium" appears in "Endings and Beginnings," the spring/summer number of Nimrod International Journal.

"Debut" (2021), a film produced and directed by Connor Hopkins '21, has been named an official selection of six film festivals and was recently selected to be included in the sixth season of Iowa PBS's "The Film Lounge." This film was his senior project in communication studies. Here is a link to the film.

Wanda Deifelt's presentation on religion in the time of Covid-19 ("Blame the Victim: When Systemic Injustice Ceases to be a Culprit") is now available in print, as a book chapter in the collection titled "Doing Theology in the New Normal" (London: SCM Press, 2021).


For sale: Ludell 2.5 lb Pick Mattock, 'American Hardwood' handle. Never been used, though shows wear from sitting in the garage for 12-15 yrs. $15. Contact <pauljess>.

For sale: Goodyear Viva2 tires. 215 70 15. Good condition. Four tires @ $10 each. Call 319-427-3593.

For sale: MiClassic all mesh 2 in 1 stationary and rock newborn baby bassinet. One second fold travel crib. Grey with chevron pattern. Like new. $50. Contact <schwka04

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: 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>.

Wanted: Housing. My name is Meron and I'm a student at Luther College looking for housing for the fall semester. Will provide references. If you are willing to host, please contact me at 703-870-1618. Many thanks!

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


And finally...

Here are "20 Ways to Sqeeze Every Last Drop Out of Summer Before It Ends."