Tuesday, Aug. 31

TUESDAY 8/31/2021

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Being Community updates

The CRT released college-wide operational guidance for 2021-22. You can read the message on the Being Community Updates page. You can also review more details about Luther’s protection protocols online.

Limited attendance for Opening Convocation
The in-person audience for Opening Convocation on Sept. 2 at 9:40 a.m. in the CFL Main Hall will be limited to the first-year class. 
All others are invited and encouraged to watch the livestream.

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.


Luther website server upgrade

The Marketing and Communications Office and ITS have a planned website upgrade scheduled for Tuesday morning, Sept. 7. We request that all Reason users refrain from making updates from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. that day. Anyone with issues or questions can reach out to Sara Doerder, director of marketing operations, at <doersa02>.

Center Stage Series 

We’re pleased to announce the 2021-22 Center Stage Series, offering world-class performances you'll find detailed on our website and in this brochure. Faculty, staff, and families receive special Luther prices: just $15 per adult and $7.50 for children ages 4-18. Please know that as we look forward to gathering again after a long hiatus, we are also building in ticketing flexibility to accommodate public health guidelines and Luther’s COVID Alert Levels. Questions? Call the Ticket Office at 387-1357.

Lifelong Learners Seminars announced for 2021-22

Lifelong Learner Seminars offer an opportunity for area people to enjoy the academic program at Luther College and engage in meaningful scholarly dialogue and study in a college setting. While last year's Lifelong Learner's Seminars were held remotely via Zoom, this year we plan to go live again in Loyalty Hall beginning in October! More information and online registration can be found here.

Campus compost collection begins Sept. 6

Compost collection begins Sept. 6 in all academic and residence buildings. If you have questions about composting, or would like a personal sized container to collect your compostables (all food waste, tea bags, napkins, coffee grounds, etc.), contact <sustainability>.

Sign up for the Luther College Writer's Festival

Join a great lineup of writers and editors at the sixth biennial Luther College Writer's Festival, held here on campus on Friday, Sept. 24 and Saturday, Sept. 25. Learn more and register here.

Luther College swimming lessons

The Luther swimming and diving teams will be teaching swimming lessons this fall. There will be three sessions of lessons taught this fall and hopefully, lessons again this spring too. Registration is open! Please contact <specab01> with any questions.

Sanity Sessions

Sanity Sessions (formerly Tone Zone) will begin at 11:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 2. This half-hour class will be focusing on tone and tightening. Classes will be held on Tuesday and Thursdays in the Dance Studio in Regents Center. This is open to both students and employees! Hope to see you there. For more information, please contact <jaegervi>.

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 at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 8, and at 9 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 9, in Peace Dining Room. The Wednesday and Thursday agendas are the same. The first agenda includes introductions to the offices of the provost and student engagement; the Luther brand work; and Community Day.

Brown bag discussion on the Tuition Benefit Program

Join Derek Hartl and Aaron Steffens on Thursday, Sept. 9, as they discuss the Luther employee tuition exchange benefit. The session will be held from 12–12:45 p.m. in Nansen, located in the Dahl Centennial Union, and will include a discussion about the exchange process and deadlines. Questions from faculty and staff members will also be answered as time allows.

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.

Sophomores need your help

More faculty and staff table hosts are needed for the Sophomore Strides Kickoff Dinner. Volunteer to encourage sophomore students by co-hosting a dinner table on Bentdahl Commons (rain location: SRC) at 5-6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 9. Have questions? Contact any member of the planning committee: Michelle Branton <branmi02>, Alejandra Cruz <cruzal01>, Laura Barlament <barlla02>, Alyssa Ritter <rittal01>, Sarah Crose <crossa01>.

Collecting memories of 9/11

Brooke Joyce is interested in collecting short audio recordings of Luther community members' memories of 9/11. These will be woven into a concert of memorial music on Oct. 21. To participate in this project, send him an email <brooke.joyce>.

HR updates

"Welcome to Medicare" seminar
Winneshiek Medical Center is offering a free "Welcome to Medicare" seminar on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. See details on the HR website at HR Updates.

Nominations for Staff Excellence Awards 
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.


Chapel this week

The fall chapel theme to begin the 2021-22 academic year is: “A New Creation.”  This theme, grounded in Isaiah 65: 17-18, invites us to reflect on God’s work in continually making all things new. Monday chapels will be Sung Morning Prayer, a liturgy written by Marty Haugen ‘73, and led by campus organist Gregory Peterson. Wednesday and Friday chapels will include music, prayer, and reflections from a variety of speakers, such as: senior students, faculty, staff, and our new campus pastor and director of College Ministries, Pastor Melissa Bills. All chapels begin at 10:30 a.m. and take place in the CFL Main Hall unless noted otherwise.

Wed. Sept. 1: Pastor Melissa Bills (Bentdahl Commons)
Fri. Sept. 3: Storm Bailey, special music: Faculty Ensemble
Mon. Sept. 6: Morning Prayer, special music: Norskkor & Aurora

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 31–Monday, Sept. 6!

Monarch Banding Event in Anderson Prairie - Sept. 4

A monarch butterfly migration banding event will occur in Anderson Prairie at 1:30-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 4. Check in at the parking lot near Shirley Baker Commons to pick up a butterfly net. Families are welcome. In case of cloudy, rainy, or windy weather, the event will be rescheduled for Sunday, Sept. 5. Questions? Contact <buglab>.

"9/11 and the Ethics of Memory" series of events

What Changed, and What Didn’t? The Impact of 9/11 on Muslims in the West - Sept. 9
CEPE will host
a conversation and Q&A with Todd Green, exploring the impact of the 9/11 attacks on Muslims in the United States and Europe. All are welcome to join at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 9, in the Recital Hall of the CFL

Faculty panel and open mic - Sept. 11
At 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, in Bentdahl Commons, the CEPE will host faculty members Holly Moore, Robert Shedinger, and Michael Engelhardt who will share their reflections on the events of 9/11 and how that day affected their lives and careers. Following their comments, audience members are invited to share their own recollections. Moderated by Lindsey Row-Heyveld. Rain location - CRH.

Candlelight vigil - Sept. 11
At 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, in front of CFL, the CEPE and College Ministries will host a candlelight vigil to remember those who died as a result of the 9/11 attacks, both on that day and in the wars that ensued. All are welcome.


Welcome, new hires

Emma Brooks started as the recent graduate intern on Aug. 9. Emma's office is Larsen Hall 125, telephone 387-1058.

Carol Jeide returned as custodial staff in the Regents Center on Aug. 16. Carol's telephone is 387-2231.

Bethany Meirick started as the nursing lab and simulation assistant/staff instructor on Aug. 16. Bethany's office is Valders 243K, telephone 387-1640.

Celebrations this week

Aug. 31: Nathan Leistikow, Rebecca Sullivan
Sept. 1:Victoria Christman, Amy Weldon
Sept. 2: Danielle Bakewell, Kari Goodno
Sept. 3: Eric Ellingsen, Matthew Sanders
Sept. 5: Alison Blake
Sept. 6: Carlee Meyer, Isabel Williams

Sept. 1 - 35 years: Carol Johnston, Mark Faldet

Sept. 1 - 30 years: Richard Bernatz, John Hedstrom, John Jefferson, Martin Klammer, Brian Solberg

Sept. 1 - 25 years: Joseph Breitenstein, Kathryn Reed, Lisa Witzke

Sept. 1 - 20 years: Brad Chamberlain, Ryan Gjerde, Kristy Gould, Renae Hartl, Du Huang, Beth Lynch, Guy Nave, Michael Smith, Beth Westlund, Eric Westlund

Sept. 1 - 10 years: Andrew Eastwood, Carla Hanson


Sympathy to Cary Erickson on the death of his brother-in-law, William Henry Clark, of Jacksonville, FL, who passed away Aug. 25. A celebration of life will be held on Sept. 26.

Position openings

Student accounts assistant (.83 FTE, benefit eligible): Assistant will provide support for student accounts receivable functions and assist with general office operations. Position will reply to student account questions, receipt and enter student payments and charges, clear students for registration and release of transcripts. Assistant will work 33 hours per week with some flexibility between 8-5, Monday-Friday. High school education and two years of prior accounts receivable or office experience is required. Word and Excel skills and accounting experience is helpful.

Assistant/associate director of annual giving (1.0 FTE): This person will serve as an active member of the annual giving team responsible for raising annual unrestricted and restricted gifts to the college through solicitation of alumni, parents, students, faculty, staff, and friends. This position manages the leadership annual giving program and supports reunion giving by managing the 10-year and 25-year reunion committees. Bachelor’s degree required and at least one-year experience in annual giving, development, advancement services or related field and knowledge of principles and practices associated with fundraising in higher education required. 

Regents Center 2nd shift custodial position (1.0 FTE): Hours will generally be 2-10 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 8-4:30 p.m. on Saturday. Must be able to read sufficiently to follow instructions, work with little supervision, complete work thoroughly and promptly, and be self-motivated. High school diploma or equivalent preferred but not required. No experience required, will receive on-the-job training. Must have the ability to lift and carry 50 pounds, walk or stand for extended periods of time, and have full range of motion in the upper extremities.

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.

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.


Joseph Madrigal's "In Memory of a Dream: A Pattern Language" is open for viewing Sept. 1-Dec. 17 in the Kristin Wigley-Fleming Fine Arts Gallery in the Center for the Arts. This exhibition features works from Madrigal's recent sabbatical scholarship. A reception and artist talk is planned for Wednesday, Sept 22. The reception begins at 6 p.m. followed the artist talk at 6:30 p.m.

Novian Whitsitt and Guy Nave are working with students to create an anthology detailing the history and significance of Black intellectuals. Titled, “The Color of Change,” the collection of texts will be used in Nave and Novian's class by the same name and would be an appealing resource for secondary level education in general. Luther College student Sam Schillinger ‘22 dedicated his summer to conducting research to support this project. The anthology is still in progress, but it would not be as far as it is today without the help of Luther students like Schillinger and others including Amelia Morrow, Anthony Westhusing, Kari Jacobson, and Marissa Kruse. Read more or watch the video.  

Dan Davis volunteered this summer as an archaeologist for a mission to locate and investigate a B-24 bomber lost in Danish waters during World War II. An article on the project (with images) was published by the governmental agency responsible for organizing the project, the Defense POW-MIA Accounting Agency. You find the article here.


For sale: 2003 Harley Davidson Road King Classic, special anniversary edition. Only 8800 miles. Like new condition. Many extra features. Call (319) 427-3593.

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

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!


And finally...

By Langston Hughes

What happens to a dream deferred?

      Does it dry up
      like a raisin in the sun?
      Or fester like a sore—
      And then run?
      Does it stink like rotten meat?
      Or crust and sugar over—
      like a syrupy sweet?

      Maybe it just sags
      like a heavy load.

      Or does it explode?