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Being Community updates
Class of 2020 reunited Oct. 29-31
The Luther College class of 2020 will return home to campus later this month for a special one-year reunion! Activities have been arranged to help the class reunite and recharge together in Decorah, including a ceremony to commemorate their graduation. Please help us celebrate the class of 2020 and applaud their accomplishments by joining the faculty and staff gauntlet following the ceremony from 5:30-6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, outside of the CFL. Questions? Email <alyssa.ritter>.
Counseling Service newsletter
Did you know Counseling Service offers a monthly newsletter? The virtual newsletter is great way for Luther community members to gain information and tips related to mental health and stay aware of current outreach programming. Sign up and check out previous installments.
Campus Social Media Group
The marketing and communications department invites you to participate in our now quarterly Campus Social Media Group. The primary purpose of these meetings is to provide support and direction for administrators of the Luther College institutional social media accounts, as outlined in the Luther College Social Media Policy. If you are in charge of a Luther College branded social media account that we are not already aware of, please contact Lane Rahlf <rahlla01> to be added to the invite list. We encourage one staff/faculty representative from each Luther College account to participate in this group. Please stay tuned for more information as we close in on a November meeting date.
Want to be a certified Mental Health First Aid provider?
Employees can register to participate in Adult Mental Health First Aid certification training on Friday, Dec. 17, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. MHFA teaches how to help someone developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. Training is free and you receive a 3 year certification. This program can help prepare you to support colleagues, students, friends, and family members. Register here. Contact <molobo01> with any questions.
October Luther Works supervisor support session
Work-study supervisors: join us on Thursday, Oct. 21, from 9-10 a.m. in Mott for our next supervisor support session. We will work through how to manage difficult conversations with your student employees, including performance improvement coaching and corrective action. Hope to see you there!
Projects for Peace proposals
The Projects for Peace program encourages students to develop innovative, community-centered, and scalable responses to the world’s most pressing issues. If selected, students/student groups receive $10,000 to carry out their project during summer 2022. If interested in learning more, contact Jon Lund, <lundjon>, to discuss the proposal process, budget development, and timeline. Proposals are due Jan. 17, 2022.
2021 Distinguished Service Award recipients
The 2020-21 recipients of the Distinguished Service Award were celebrated during Homecoming weekend. The 2021 recipients are Lee Afdahl '71, Denise (Danielson) '77 and Michael Bernatz '76, Karen (Gulsvig) Johnson '61, Kathy MacLaughlin '91, Suzanne (Roverud) Mineck '96, Arlivia (Owens) '72 and Willard Williamson '71, and Kristen Weeks Duncanson '81. Watch the Youtube series recognizing all 2020-21 recipients.
2021 Homecoming music awards
This 2021 homecoming season, Luther College continues the tradition of presenting the Weston Noble, Dr. Carlo A. Sperati, Presser Scholar and Hemp Prize awards. Student and alumni award winners are recognized each year during the annual Homecoming Concert. Timothy Peter '86 is the recipient of the 2021 Weston Noble Award. Mollie Busta Lange '01 is the 2021 recipient of the Dr. Carlo A. Sperati Award. Kaleb Krzyszton '21 is the 2021 recipient of the Presser Scholar Award. Gibson (Gibby) Swalley '21 is the 2021 recipient of the Hemp Prize.
Sales tax on commercial card purchases
Financial Services has been noticing a larger than normal amount of commercial card receipts with sales tax added, especially by Decorah merchants. Please remember to mention Luther’s tax exemption to clerks and wait staff. Check receipts when they are received so, if needed, the issue can be resolved immediately.
Foreign Policy and Practice series
The Associated Colleges of the Midwest announces the first session in the new Foreign Policy and Practice series hosted by the ACM and Chicago Council on Global Affairs. Entitled Public Opinion and Foreign Policy: Does It Matter and, If So, How?, this session will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 27, from 5-6:30 p.m. Open to all interested faculty, students, and staff. More information and registration here.
"Viking Economics" book discussion
Maren Johnson (Nordic Studies) and Berit Skogen '23 will lead a discussion on "Viking Economics" by George Lakey at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27, via Zoom. Lakey provides a guide for the non-specialist to compare and contrast modern economic systems in developed countries, with a focus on Norway and the United States. Along with history and statistics, he includes personal stories and conversations. Sign up to receive your free copy and register for the discussion. A Civic Sustainability event, in collaboration with Center for Ethics and Public Engagement, Torgerson Center for Nordic Studies, and Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum.
Luther College Woman's Club to meet Oct. 19
Stephanie Fromm and Lora Friest will present on the Northeast Iowa Child Development and Discovery Center at the next meeting of the LCWC, Tuesday, Oct. 19. 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.
Compost collection closed Oct. 14-21
Compost collection will be stopped at all locations for Fall Break beginning Oct. 14th. Compost collection will resume on Oct. 21.
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>.
Luther employee fitness classes are back!
Sign up today for the second six-week session of fall classes of wellness subsidized employee Yoga and Zumba classes. Details and the registration form are available on the online fitness class site. Classes are open to current employees and spouses. Email Wellness <wellness> with questions.
Spraying for weeds
The grounds department will be fertilizing the upper campus this week and spraying for weeds around the athletic fields.
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 20 or 30 minute session. New location: Union 102.
Reminder: 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. Recipients will be announced at the December staff meeting. More information about the award and the nomination process, as well as the Google nomination form can be found here.
Book Shop news
Autographed copies available
The Book Shop has autographed copies of The Violence Project: How to Stop a Mass Shooting Epidemic by Jillian Peterson. Peterson was a recent speaker on campus, sponsored by the Center for Ethics and Public Engagement.
Midterms Care Packages available
Midterms Care Packages are now available from the Luther Book Shop! Show your Luther student some SPO love to help keep their stress levels in check! Available here.
All Saints Day Chapel Nov. 1
During 10:30 a.m. chapel on Nov. 1, we will remember by name members of the Luther community who have died in the past year (current & former faculty/staff, spouses or children of current faculty/staff, current/recent students) as well as children born or adopted into the Luther community since November 1, 2021. You are invited to submit names to [email protected] by Oct. 27. There will be further opportunities during chapel to remember all the saints who have gone before us.
Chapel streaming is back! Subscribe to our YouTube channel!
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, Oct. 20: Fall break
Friday, Oct. 22: Tanuj Guha ’21, Nordic Choir
Monday, Oct. 25: 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, Oct. 19–Monday, Oct. 25. Contact <schedule> with questions. For a complete listing of athletic events, visit luthernorse.com.
Local Candidate Forum Oct. 27
Sponsored by the Center for Ethics and Public Engagement, political science department, and social work program, candidates for the offices of Decorah City Council and Decorah School Board (listed here) will answer questions from the public. This is an opportunity for constituents to ask candidates about their positions in advance of the Nov. 2 election. The event will be held via Zoom and is open to all. Attendees may submit questions to the candidates via the Zoom Q&A function. Luther students and faculty are invited to attend a watch party in Valders 206. Find the Zoom link here.
“Music in the Shape of a Pear: 9/11 Memorial Concert” Oct. 21
At 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21, in the Noble Recital Hall of the Jenson-Noble Hall of Music will be the concluding event of the 20th anniversary of 9/11 organized by the Center for Ethics and Public Engagement, this concert will combine musical selections composed in response to 9/11 and personal recollections of community members. Included on the program are compositions by Adam Gwon, Ned Rorem, Bruce Springsteen and Karen Walwyn. "Music in the Shape of a Pear" is an annual concert series directed by Brooke Joyce.
Welcome, new hires
Elijah Solheim started as the annual giving program coordinator on Oct. 11. Elijah's office is Loyalty, second floor, telephone 387-1509.
Celebrations this week
Oct. 19: Michael Ryan, Brandon Samuelson, Trisha Soiney
Oct. 21: Nicholas Bjerke, Silvia De Haro, Kathy Ferrie, Bergen Gardner
Oct. 22: Cary Erickson
Oct. 24: Anne Blocker, Tara Quass
Oct. 20: Krista Holland, 5 years
Janine Brandt, who has worked at Luther for more than 34 years, has announced her retirement effective Nov. 30. We congratulate and thank Janine for her dedicated service to the college.
Karen Dallenbach, who has worked at Luther for more than 43 years, has announced her retirement effective Dec. 2. Please feel free to stop by Nobel on the second floor of Dahl Centennial Union from 1-3 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 1 to celebrate her dedication to the college, and wish her well in retirement.
We extend our sympathy to the family and friends of John Goodin, associate professor of library and information studies emeritus, who passed away on Oct. 7. Memorial services are pending with Fjelstul Funeral Home. John came to Luther's Preus Library in 1994 and retired with emeritus status in 2015.
We extend our sympathy to Arleen Orvis and family on the death of her mother-in-law, Karen Orvis of Lawler, who passed away on Saturday. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 21, at Conway-Markham Funeral Home in New Hampton. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 22, at Immanuel Crane Creek Lutheran Church in Lawler.
Administrative assistant in the provost office (1.0 FTE): With a high degree of confidentiality and efficiency, this position provides administrative assistance and office coordination for the Office of the Provost (the provost, the associate provost, and the assistant to the provost). Also includes responsibilities for academic grants and assistance to the director of student honors and fellowships and faculty member/director who administers course evaluations. Associate’s degree and/or comparable office coordination experience required along with excellent written and oral communication skills, computer literacy, and organizational ability.
Administrative assistant in the nursing department (.77 FTE, benefit eligible): The administrative assistant provides support to the Luther College nursing program’s Decorah office. This position will work seven hours a day for 10 months and work 11 days during June and July. High school diploma or equivalent required, associate’s degree and five years office related experience preferred.
Administrative assistant for the Vice President of Development (1.0 FTE): The administrative assistant provides administrative assistance to the vice president, campaign co-directors, and associated programs within the Development Office. Associate’s degree, or equivalent work experience is required. Two years of related professional work experience at a non-profit, education, or related organization is preferred. Also required is proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and aptitude for learning new systems.
Telecom and program support coordinator (1.0 FTE): Position carries responsibilities for support, maintenance, and troubleshooting of issues within the college’s telecom system and providing program support for the ITS department in relation to ordering equipment, maintaining inventory records, and financial reporting. High School diploma or equivalent required. Associate's or bachelor's degree preferred. Also preferred is experience/training in purchasing, accounting, bookkeeping, or inventory management and experience providing support for a telecom system.
Grounds technician (1.0 FTE): The person who fills this position will play a part in maintaining campus exterior spaces and maintaining grounds crew equipment. They will also play a part in the student athlete experience at Luther College by maintaining game and practice fields.
Off-campus programs advisor (.83 FTE): 10-months per year. Will advise students interested in participating in off-campus programs, coordinate administration of assigned off-campus programs, and collaborate with colleagues on the work of the Center for Global Learning. Position also includes marketing and social media elements. Bachelor’s degree is required. Master’s degree preferred.
Assistant sports performance coach/director of the Legends Fitness Center (.83 FTE): Will lead team speed, strength, and conditioning sessions as well as manage the day to day operations of the Legends Fitness Center. Requirements: Bachelor’s Degree required, Master’s Degree preferred in Exercise Science or related field; at least 1-3 years of relevant experience in strength and conditioning at the collegiate level; C.S.C.S., SCCC, or comparable certification.
Campus mover (1.0 FTE): Will provide support to campus via movement of materials around campus. This support includes acceptance and delivery of incoming freight, delivering materials for campus events, and movement of offices and furniture. Other duties will include light maintenance of vehicles, minor repair to furniture, and assisting other facilities services departments. High School diploma or equivalent as well as valid driver’s license, and computer skills to access college’s web-based work order system. Must be able to work with minimum supervision.
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.
"Decoding the Driftless" (2018) recently won an Emmy in the category of Documentary - Topical at the 2021 Upper Midwest Emmy Awards. Thomas C. Johnson served as a post-production consultant on the film.
Jill Richards ‘22 and Annalise Meyer ‘23 partnered with Beth Lynch to take a microscopic look at the native plants living on rare algific talus slopes in a first of its kind study to understand how the plants will fare as the world warms. Read more. Watch the video.
Free Halloween Party: Luther staff and faculty and their family and friends are invited to a Halloween Party at Jeremy Reed's house on Friday, Oct. 29, anytime between 6-10 p.m. Kids are welcome from 6-8 p.m. Location is 415 Riverview Drive, right next to campus. Costumes are not required but there will be prizes for best outfits. No need to RSVP.
Wanted: We are in need of a house/dog sitter for a 3-month-old puppy from December 18-23. Contact <petean07> for more details.
Wanted: Roommate. I have a walk-out basement with lots of natural light. It has one bedroom, one bath, a living room, and dining room. The shared kitchen is upstairs. Home is located just outside of town, past the airport. No smoking or pets as I already have one dog. Rent is $800/month and includes snow removal, internet, and lawn care. Electric and gas would be split. Owner is licensed Realtor in the State of Iowa. Call 563-380-1388 or email [email protected]
Observe the full moon on Wednesday, Oct. 20. October’s full moon is often called the Hunter’s Moon. According to this article, this year the glow from the full moon may actually make it hard to see the Orionid meteor shower on Thursday morning.