Tuesday, Sept. 21

TUESDAY 9/21/2021

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Being Community updates

COVID-19 Employee Supplement
Employees should review the COVID-19 Indicators and Alert Levels as the primary source for information about pandemic protocols. The COVID-19 Employee Supplement provides additional details on topics not fully covered on the Indicators and Alert Levels page. The Alert Level protocols and the information in this supplement are expressions of Luther College's commitment to providing a safe, healthy, and thriving workplace for its employees, students, and visitors. All employees are expected to comply with the appropriate protocols depending on the Alert Level.

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

Retirement plan changes
On Sept. 7, Luther staff and faculty were sent an email alerting them to retirement plan changes. Luther College has joined with other member institutions from the Iowa Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (IAICU) to establish a single retirement plan called a 403(b) Multiple Employer Plan (MEP). Please refer to the original email for info on opportunities to attend group information meetings.

One person's junk, another person's treasure

Luther Sustainability operates a Reuse Closet in Valders 364. Inside you will find all kinds of helpful items for students, faculty, and staff. Find good, used items you can take for free, such as 3-ring binders (1"-5"), manilla folders, in/out trays, blank CDs, air envelopes, ink cartridges, and more. We have an inventory we can send you, but items change. You'll want to check it out 8 a.m.–5 p.m. weekdays. Contact Sustainability with questions <sustainability>.

'Lullabies: Volume 2' now released!

✨ New Release! "Lullabies: Volume 2" is now available on Spotify, Amazon Music, and Apple Music. This album features recordings from seven Luther ensembles over the past decade. It is perfect for relaxing or putting you or your little ones to sleep at night. 😴

New York Times online and mobile subscription

Faculty, staff and students of Luther College enjoy free access to the New York Times, courtesy of Preus Library and the Student Senate. Discover original, quality journalism that helps you understand the world—and make the most of every part of life. Activate your access here. Contact Freeda Brook <fbrook> with questions.

Mail Center updates

First-Class Mail ® delivery service
The United States Postal Service has announced that starting Oct. 1, 2021, First-Class Mail ® delivery service will change from 1–3 business days to 1–5 business days. Most First-Class Mail ® (60–70%) should still arrive at its destination within three business days. Mail going outside our local zone is more likely to be five business days. Please keep this change in mind with your mailing deadlines.

Include name/department on shipping address
Reminder to faculty and staff to please make sure you are including your name or your department in your shipping address for Luther College mail and packages. We are spending extra time with items that come in addressed to "Luther College" only. Thank you to those who already have made those changes.

Call for reviewers

The Oneota Reading Journal is an open-access, refereed publication of Luther College, and it needs individuals to read and review young adult and children's literature. It especially needs people to read and review fantasy written for young adults, ages 8–12. In addition to contributing to the profession, reviewers will be developing their personal libraries because people may keep the books they review. If interested, please contact Deborah Norland <norlandd> for additional information.  

Title IX office has moved

The Title IX office has moved up one floor to Main 126. If you have questions, concerns, or just want to visit with the Title IX Coordinator, Kasey Nikkel, feel free to stop by, email <kasey.nikkel>, or call 387-1825.

New interim director of the Center for Global Learning

The Office of the Provost is pleased to announce that on Sept. 1, Chelle Meyer began a new leadership role as the interim director of the Center for Global Learning (CGL). Chelle joined the staff of Luther College in 1990 and has served as the program director for off-campus J-Terms in the CGL since 2011. Thank you to Jon Lund for his many years of leadership in the CGL. The Office of the Provost is currently reviewing applications for the next director of the center.

Library special fall book sale Sept. 17–26

Preus Library will hold a special Fall book sale Friday–Sunday, Sept. 17–26. Thousands of hardcover and paperback books will be available for purchase. Prices will decline daily beginning Tuesday.

Help spread the word: Virtual Graduate/Professional School Day Sept. 23 

Tell your students that 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23, representatives from over 50 colleges and universities will be attending virtually to visit with interested students about their various graduate programs. Students can explore the colleges/universities that are attending and can register on Handshake to attend the event.

Help spread the word: Speech and Debate Center

Do you know students looking for feedback on an oral presentation? Are they struggling to formulate a focused thesis statement? Do they need help outlining clear and concise main points? Are your students unsure of what goes into a good conclusion? The Speech and Debate Center, sponsored by the Communication Studies Department, is open 7–10 p.m. Sunday–Thursday (120 Preus Library). Students can schedule an appointment on the SDC Calendar.

CPB will accept funding requests through Oct. 1

The Campus Programming Board (formerly Lecture and Fine Arts) will accept proposals through Oct. 1, 2021, for the 2021–22 academic year. Funding is awarded for events in music, theatre and dance, literary events, visual arts, and speakers in other areas. Awards will be announced by Oct. 16. Learn more or submit your proposal on the Campus Programming website. Questions? Contact Kristen Underwood <undekr01> or Olga Michels <ringcol01>.

Chair massages began Sept. 20

Wellness is hosting a massage therapist weekly on Mondays for $30/20 minutes or $40/30 minutes chair massages (cost includes tip and is payable by cash, check or card at appointment or when booking), which 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 15 or 30 minute session. New location: Union 102.

Luther College Woman's Club to meet Sept. 21

Decorah historian Midge Kjome will present "The Ladies of the Club: The history of the Luther College Woman's Club" at the next meeting of the LCWC, Tuesday, Sept. 21. The meeting takes place at 1:30 p.m. in Peace Dining Room, Dahl Centennial Union. Shuttle service from the Decorah pool lot leaves at 1:10 p.m.

Announcing Luther's Second Annual Internship Showcase Sept. 16–Oct. 3

This is an opportunity for students to share what they are learning beyond our campus, increasing awareness of valuable experiences for the Luther community. Posters will be displayed in the Union, Valders, Sampson Hoffland, CFA, and Olin. There will also be an opportunity to hear from some of the students through poster presentations during shadow block on Sept. 30 (SHL Atrium and the link to Valders).

Luther Works core competencies and job descriptions support session Sept. 22

Join other Luther Works Leaders for this workshop 9–10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 22, in Mott, as we explore the core competencies and position descriptions. You will leave the session ready to implement competency development in your specific area. Think "Working Meeting" and bring a laptop if you have one, as well as your student work job descriptions.

October and November virtual PLEN seminars for women

PLEN (Public Leadership Education Network) is offering "Law and Legal Advocacy" (Oct. 14–16) and "Women of Color Influencing Washington" (Nov. 12–14). Explore how to influence the policy issues you are passionate about and learn the range of professional opportunities and skills required to be successful. You will network and learn from female leaders on Capitol Hill, the executive branch, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and private corporations. Email the CEPE <cepe> if you'd like to participate in one of these seminars or have questions. First registration deadline is Sept. 27. All fees covered.

CEPE book group: 'The Violence Project: How to Stop a Mass Shooting Epidemic'

Students, faculty, staff, and community members are welcome to sign up for a book group reading Jillian Peterson's book, which examines the phenomenon of mass shootings in America, and calls for evidence-based strategies to stop these recurring tragedies. Participants will receive a free copy of the book. The group will meet during shadow block on Sept. 30 and Oct. 7. Dr. Peterson will give a talk on campus on Oct. 13.

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.

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. Contact Doreen Bidne, <bidnedor> or 387-2101, with questions.


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.

Wednesday, Sept. 22: Guy Nave, Norskkor
Friday, Sept. 24: Abby Trewin '22
Monday, Sept. 27: Morning Prayer

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, Sept. 21–Monday, Sept. 27. Contact <schedule> with questions. For a complete listing of athletic events, visit luthernorse.com.

Art Reception and Artist Talk Sept. 22

There will be a reception and artist talk 6–7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 22, in the CFA Wigley-Fleming Gallery. Featuring "In Memory of a Dream: A Pattern Language," a sabbatical exhibition by Joseph Madrigal. Please come and and share in the art, light refreshment, and conversation with art students and faculty. 

'Global Health, Maternal Mortality, and the Ethics of Care in Tanzania' Sept. 23

The anthropology and global health programs invite you to join us at the public talk with Dr. Adrienne Strong, "Global Health, Maternal Mortality, and the Ethics of Care in Tanzania” at 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept 23 (Olin 102). The lecture will examine the issue of maternal mortality in a low resource setting from the perspective of a biomedical facility. Due to audience size, masks will be required during the lecture (available at the door). Thank you for your understanding! This event is sponsored by the Campus Programming Board, Anthropology, and Global Health programs. More details are available at luther.edu/events.

Farwell Distinguished Lecture Sept. 24

Esteemed author Geraldine Brooks will give the 2021 Farwell Distinguished Lecture and the Luther College Writers Festival keynote address at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24, in the Main Hall of the Center for Faith and Life via Zoom. The Pulitzer Prize-winner and New York Times bestselling author will speak about her role in giving context to the past in the address titled "Hearing the Unheard: How Historical Fiction Works." Brooks will speak to a live audience in the CFL via Zoom, with a Q&A session to follow. Masks are required for gatherings of over 100 in the CFL. 

Faculty Artist Series: Faculty Chamber Music Sept. 25

The Faculty Chamber Music performance will be 7:30–9:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, in the Noble Recital Hall. The program features faculty members Carol Hester, Heather Armstrong, Igor Kalnin, Spencer Martin, Kacy Clopton, Andrew Whitfield, Kathryn Reed, and Xiao Hu performing works by Bach, Mozart, Loeffler, and Klughardt. This event will be livestreamed.

Meet and Greet with Lesly's Tacos Sept. 26

Join us in this first event for Hispanic Heritage Month 11 a.m.–1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 26, in the North Gym - Regents. Share a taco with your friends and come join us in this celebration of Latinx Culture! Everyone is welcome! Coupons for one free taco will be sent to Hispanic and Latinx students' SPOs. Sponsored by CIES and SAC. Contact <valdpa01> with questions.

Paideia Texts and Issues Lecture Sept. 28

Gereon Kopf will present "Opening Ourselves to the World: Navigating a Global-Critical Curriculum," the first Paideia Texts and Issues Lecture of 2021-22 series "Decolonizing Paideia? Revising the Products and Processes of Education," at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28, in the CFL Recital Hall. Kopf will argue that "If philosophy of religion as well as the liberal arts are supposed to be relevant to all cultures and peoples, these disciplines have to draw from all traditions in content and in method."


Welcome, new hires

Charlie Hoekstra started as the coordinator of music marketing on Sept. 1. Charlie's office is Jenson-Noble 205A, telephone 387-1737.

Nicole Mulford started as the assistant women's basketball coach/assistant coordinator for athletics social media, graphics, and video on Sept. 8. Nicole's office is Regents Center 230B, telephone 387-1077.

Mary Rettig started as senior development officer on Sept. 13. Mary's office will be in the Cedar Rapids Regional Office, telephone 319-573-0357.

New positions

Jon Lund started as the director of international admissions on Sept. 1. Jon's office is Dahl Centennial Union 261B, telephone 387-1428.

Mariah Smith started as the director of parent and family relations and special projects on Sept. 1. Mariah's office is Loyalty 212, telephone 387-1096.

Celebrations this week

Sept. 21: Amanda Lindsay, Jeremy Reed, Hannah Scheevel
Sept. 22: Rachel Brandwein, Anastasia Kluesner, Sarah Leidahl, Holly Moore
Sept. 23: Tyler Hosch
Sept. 24: Jeff O’Gara, Matt Wisher
Sept. 25: Harold Andereck, Jake Dyer, Maren Larsen
Sept. 26: Gert Kamaus, Vanalika Nagarwalla
Sept. 27: Stephanie Garcia-Prats

Sept. 25: Carol Jeide, 15 years


A memorial service for Mary Lou Mohr, professor of English emerita, will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2, at First Lutheran Church, Decorah. Dr. Mohr taught at Luther from 1963 until her retirement in 2000, served as English Department chair, and held many leadership positions at the college. She was renowned for her excellent teaching and participation in campus activities. 

Position openings

Float custodian (1.0 FTE): Position 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 5 a.m.–1:30 p.m., Monday–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.

Heating plant lead boiler operator (1.0 FTE): Position will operate and provide management of the other operators at the Luther College Heating Plant. Operator will complete this work in such a manner as to provide a constant uninterrupted supply of steam to the Luther campus in a safe method to insure to all Luther College personnel, students, and visitors. High school diploma is required along with mechanical or electrical background. Must hold or be able to obtain Boiler Operator 1 certificate, Certified Pool Operators certificate, and State of Iowa Private School or College Routine Maintenance Specialty License (each can be obtained through Luther).

Housing coordinator (1.0 FTE): Position serves as the office manager for the Residence Life Office and works cooperatively with the Director of Residence Life. The Coordinator interacts extensively with a wide range of constituencies including students, parents, faculty, staff members, and off-campus clientele. High school diploma is required along with at least three years of relevant work experience or combination of education and experience. Also required is experience using Word and Excel.

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.


Ideas and Creations

In the post "Never Forget"? 9/11 and the Ethics of Memory, Todd Green asks that while we consider the many worthy memories associated with 9/11, we should also engage in conversation about the larger moral questions connected to how we remember and commemorate the event.

In the post Stepping into the New, Pastor Melissa reminds us that it's a perfect time to reflect on our priorities and the state of our hearts.


For sale: Two MacCourt plastic heavy duty window well covers. 44 in. wide x 19 in. deep. Never used but have been sitting in storage getting dusty. The corner of one is chipped, but I suspect effectiveness will not be affected. Price new $24.49 ea. Your price, $20 for both. Email <pauljess>.


And finally...

It takes a lot of hardworking people to keep the wheels of Luther College turning. Today is #ITProDay, so take a moment to thank one, or all, of these amazing IT professionals who keep our workstations working, our Zoom calls zooming, and do a bunch of other important things that most of us don't quite follow.