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Being Community updates
Alert Level 1 Green
Luther College has increased to Level 1 Green from Level 0 Blue. Face masks are now required in classrooms, laboratories, and studios, as well as during individual appointments with students in enclosed, personal faculty and staff offices. The residence halls are now at Phase 3 of the guest/visitor policy. View additional details here.
Testing for employees
If you are a faculty or staff member and are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, tests are available on weekdays by contacting Winneshiek Medical Center (WMC) or Gundersen. Take home tests are also available through Winneshiek County Public Health. WMC is also now offering rapid PCR tests on the weekends. Tests are available Saturdays and Sundays at 8-10 a.m. by appointment. Call WMC at 563-382-2911 between 7:30 and 9:30 a.m. on either day to be added to the testing schedule.
President Ward hosts office hours
In an effort to stay connected with faculty and staff, and provide opportunities for discussion, President Ward will host a series of office hours. Attendance is limited to eight people per session due to the size of the meeting space. Sign up with Tara Quass, exec. asst. to the Office of the President, <quasta01>. Additional opportunities will be announced in the near future.
Office Hours will be held on:
Nov. 16, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. for faculty and staff
Dec. 1, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. for faculty
Dec. 15, 12 - 1 p.m. for staff
December staff meeting
Mark your calendars for Tuesday, Dec. 7, from 9–10:30 a.m. in Peace Dining Room. The December all staff meeting will begin with the announcement of the 2021 Staff Excellence Award recipients. The remainder of the meeting will be centered around holiday festivities that will be filled with joy, smiles, laughter, and good food.
Form your own book group
The Center for Ethics and Public Engagement invites you to form your own book group. Identify a book that would challenge your thinking on a critical issue, invite a few others to join you, and sign up. Books are provided and are yours to keep. Open to all Luther community members, with priority given to students. Email <cepe> with questions.
No plastic bags in recycling please
Norse recyclers, please do not put any plastic bags, plastic sheeting, Amazon plastic envelopes, or bubble wrap in any recycling container on campus. Our local recycling program does not accept these, and they gum up their equipment. Thanks for reading signs on recycling containers, and practicing helpful recycling! Questions? Contact <sustainability>.
Luther Works November support session
At 9-10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17, in Mott. Luther Works is giving FREE JOURNALS with CAREER DEVELOPMENT resources to supervisors that attend our next Support Session (plus extras to gift their upperclassmen student workers). Miriam Skrade and Megan Grimm '22 will share 20 self-guided career development opportunities that student workers can work on toward their career and life development between other department specific tasks and projects. You won’t want to miss it!
Safe Zone training
Become an advocate for the LGBTQIA+ population by attending Safe Zone training! Safe Zone training is an opportunity to learn about LGBTQIA+ identities, gender and sexuality, and examine prejudice and assumptions. After, you will receive a Safe Zone Trained sign to communicate to others that you are supportive of LGBTQIA+ individuals. Join us on either November 16 or December 7 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in Peace Dining. Sign up here. Sponsored by CIES.
The Career Center is seeking two Sophomores or Juniors for fun, purposeful work. Email Miriam Skrade <mbskrade> for more information and to apply. (6 hours/week, $8.75/hour). Name recommendations from faculty/staff are welcome!
Luther College Woman's Club to meet Nov. 16
Loren Toussaint will present on forgiveness at the next meeting of the LCWC on Tuesday, Nov. 16. 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.
The Torgersen Center for Nordic Studies and the Center for Ethics and Public Engagement invite all faculty and staff to a social hour on Friday, Nov. 12, from 4-6 p.m. in Peace Dining Room in the Union. There will be chips and a cash bar, with the first drink on us!
Calling all nominations for student members on the new Student Title IX Advisory Group!
The purpose of the Luther College Student Title IX Advisory Group is to meet with the Title IX Coordinator (and at times team members) to review and provide feedback on relevant policies, interim supportive measures, education/prevention, and other relevant student concerns related to sexual misconduct. The Title IX office believes strongly in continual improvement and wants to hear the concerns of our students and the Luther community. The Student Title IX Advisory Group will not be part of any grievance process associated with the college. The group will meet every other month. Nominate a student!
Not Quite Free Lunch
Join colleagues at the Not Quite Free Lunch 11:30 a.m.–1:15 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 9, in the Peace Dining Room, sponsored by Wellness. Boost social and emotional wellness by getting away from the typical work space and mingling with folks from across campus. The menu includes Caesar salad, smokehouse chicken pizza, fettuccine alfredo, steamed peas and carrots, garlic knots, dessert, and beverage. The charge is only $5, payable by cash, check, or Luther ID. Contact Wellness <wellness> with questions.
Order your Thanksgiving baked goods today!
Let the Norse Culinary Team make your pies, dinner rolls, and side dishes for your Thanksgiving meal. Place your order by Wednesday, Nov. 17, and pick it up by Wednesday, Nov. 24, at 12 p.m. from the Dining Services Office and it's that easy!
Just right light
Working alone in a classroom? You may be able to reduce your energy usage by up to 75% by simply switching off the lights you don't need. That's just right light. Questions or ideas? Contact <Sustainability>.
Philanthropy Week Nov. 8-12
The Student Philanthropy Council and Development Office will host Philanthropy Week in the Union, Nov. 8-12 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. each day! Please encourage students to stop by and share how scholarships impact their Luther experience. Students will be invited to write thank you notes to donors and they’ll walk away with tasty treats and a chance to win a Nintendo Switch Lite or a basket of game night goodies! For more information, please email Rachel Vsetecka at <vsetra01>.
Help available: Speech and Debate Center
Do you know of a student working on a class presentation? Do they need help narrowing down a topic or general feedback on content? Maybe they are hoping to improve their eye contact, movement, and overall poise. The Speech and Debate Center, sponsored by the communication studies department, is open 7-10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday (120 Preus Library). Schedule an appointment here.
HR Open Enrollment Update:
Open enrollment is the annual opportunity to enroll in or make changes to health and dental plan elections. You do not need to do anything if you plan to remain on the current health and/or dental plan election. You must complete a Flexible Benefit 2022 Enrollment Form if you plan to participate in the health and/or dependent care flex plan(s) for 2022 (Flex enrollments plans do not roll forward to the next year). All forms are located here. Completed forms are due to the Human Resources office, Main 25, by 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19. Please call human resources at 387-1415 if you have questions.
November Book Club "Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again"
For all who are curious, wondering, skeptical, or even cynical about the Bible—you are invited to join College Ministries in reading the book "Inspired" by Rachel Held Evans, a book about encountering the Bible on its own terms, not as a magic book, but as something far more captivating and confounding. We'll meet for conversation Tuesday evenings in November (time/location TBD). Copies of the book are available in the College Ministries Office for $10. Contact <ministry> to sign up or for more information.
Chapel this week
The November chapel theme is "Awake and Greet the New Morn." Psalm 108 says, "My heart is steadfast, O God; I will sing and make melody. Awake, my soul! Awake, O harp and lyre! I will awake the dawn...Your steadfast love is higher than the heavens, and your faithfulness reaches to the clouds." As you watch the seasons change, may the daily steadfast cycle of light rising and light setting reconnect us with God’s promises of life, peace, and love, dawning anew each day.
All chapels begin at 10:30 a.m. and take place in the CFL Main Hall unless noted otherwise.
Wednesday, Nov. 10: Nicholas Shaneyfelt
Friday, Nov. 12: Wanda Deifelt
Monday, Nov. 15: 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, Nov. 9–Monday, Nov. 15. Contact <schedule> with questions. For a complete listing of athletic events, visit luthernorse.com.
"Heathers: The Musical" Nov. 11-13
Live theatre is returning to Luther College with "Heathers: The Musical." Directed by Robert Vrtis with musical direction by Lynne Rothrock, performances are at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 11-13 and Nov. 17-20 in Jewel Theatre. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the door, online at tickets.luther.edu, or by calling 387-1357. This show contains themes of violence, suicide, eating disorders and other material that audiences may find difficult. For that reason, it is recommended for audiences 13 and older. All audience members will be required to wear a face mask.
Dorian Keyboard Festival Nov. 13
The Dorian Keyboard Festival will take place in the Jenson-Noble Hall of Music on Saturday, Nov. 13. From 11:15-12:15 in the NRH, Luther students will be playing in a public masterclass for guest artists Irina Elkina and Julia Elkina. From 4-5 p.m., Irina and Julia will perform a guest artist recital in the NRH. All are welcome to attend. Masks are required.
International Students and Allies Association Fashion Show Nov. 13
The International Students and Allies Association invites you to attend their annual Fashion Show on Saturday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. in the CFL (and virtually, link found on luther.edu/events). Proceeds from this event will go to Eswatini Solidarity Fund, a volunteer-based international movement of all sympathizers of the democratic movement in Eswatini to help with humanitarian and relief efforts brought by the political turmoil in Eswatini. Purchase your tickets ($3 in advance/$5 at door) here.
Polarizing Populism in Latin America Nov. 16
Based on his book project, Orçun Selçuk will present "Polarizing Populism in Latin America" on Tuesday, Nov. 16, at 6 p.m. in the CFL Recital Hall. With a particular focus on the Venezuelan and Ecuadorian experience, Selçuk explores the ways populist leaders undermine democracy by polarizing the political environment between their supporters and opponents, not only in Latin America but in Europe, the United States, and the rest of the world. Sponsored by Political Science and International Studies.
Welcome, new hires
Jessica Campos Arzate started as the alumni database and reporting specialist on Oct. 25. Jessica's office is Loyalty 105, telephone 387-1524.
Allie Scott started as the associate director of annual giving on Nov. 1. Allie's office is Loyalty 208, telephone 387-1100.
Celebrations this week
Nov. 10: Caleb Eubanks, Beth Ray Westlund
Nov. 11: Faith Sabin
Nov. 12: Lise Kildegaard
Nov. 13: Eddy Atwell, Catherine Dyer
Nov. 14: Erik Berg, Bridget Christopher
Nov. 6: Kevin Ellingson, 30 years
Nov. 9: JoAnn Uhlenhake, 15 years
Janine Brandt, who has worked at Luther for more than 34 years, has announced her retirement effective Nov. 30. To congratulate and celebrate Janine's dedicated service to the college in lieu of an in-person gathering, we invite you to share your fun memories, stories, congratulations and best wishes on a group online card that can be found here. You may post messages, video greetings, pictures, or GIFs to this online card. If you prefer to send a personal card, you may direct them to the Office of the Provost. Please help us make this a wonderful send-off to retirement for Janine by posting your greetings by Nov. 24, we will share all the messages with Janine prior to her retirement date.
Sympathy to Mary Teslow on the loss of her mother, Doris Engen, who passed away on Nov. 5.
Accountant and risk manager (1.0 FTE): Will apply Generally Accepted Accounting Principles and Financial Account Standards guidelines in executing, analyzing, verifying, and reporting transactions of a fiscal nature. Bachelor’s degree in accounting or a business-related field and at least one year of relevant experience in accounting and/or risk management required.
Accounting assistant (1.0 FTE): Will perform bookkeeping duties which include preparation of general ledger entries and various monthly reports, processing batches/invoices for daily disbursements, and reconciliation of general ledger accounts. Associate’s degree in accounting or equivalent experience and understanding of a general ledger system is required. Two or more years of bookkeeping experience preferred.
Union lead custodian (1.0 FTE): Will utilize their strengths to interact with students, faculty, staff, and guests to the college. Hours will typically be from 6 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. High School diploma, at least three years direct experience in custodial work, basic computer knowledge, and ability to lead and manage others required.
Associate dean for student success (1.0 FTE): The associate dean for student success is a collaborative leader who reports to the provost and leads retention efforts on campus including class-specific initiatives (e.g., Sophomore Strides) and oversees academic support and disability services. Specifically, the associate dean will provide supervision of TRIO, Catalyze (i.e., College Possible), academic support and tutoring, and Disability Services. A master's degree, experience in/knowledge of academic support services including disability services; experience developing/leading retention initiatives; and supervisory experience are required.
Director of disability services (1.0 FTE): The director of disability services takes an active role in managing all aspects of the department and provides leadership across the college with respect to disability and accessibility in areas such as but not limited to: Disability Services' resource coordination; educational offerings; training; disability equity and inclusion framing; assessment; innovation; practice, process, and resource development to address access in all environments. A bachelor's degree and at least two years experience in disability services is 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.
Ryan Holt '25 was named winner of the 2021 Iowa Music Teachers National Association Senior Piano Competition. Ryan studies piano with Xiao Hu.
Andy Hageman published a review essay of the Nov. 5 released film "The Beta Test." Read why he recommends the film here.
Wanda Deifelt presented a paper titled "We are only temporarily abled: rising to life with disability" at the online conference Rise to Life: Doing Theology in Public Spaces, organized by the Council for World Mission, on Oct. 29.
Gereon Kopf presented "Does Siri Think? Introducing Models of Responsiveness and Reciprocity" at a workshop on "Chatbots and Philosophy" at Temple University (via zoom) on Oct. 30 and presented "Talking Across the Divide – Discovering our Common Humanity" at the 19th International Symposium on the Theory and Practice of the Teachings of Dharma Master Yin Shun in Hsinchu City (via zoom) on Nov. 6.
Loren Toussaint was recently featured in Breathe magazine, speaking about the health effects of forgiveness.
Services offered: Hello! My name is Jasmine Elliott, and I am a sophomore enrolled full-time at Luther College. I would like to offer my services to those in need of animal care or house sitting. I am available most afternoons and evenings. Weekends work the best as I am available the whole day on Saturdays and Sundays, but I am also open to weekdays. Please contact me at 608-206-9012 or email <ellija05> if interested!
For sale: All-natural, non-confinement raised pork, non-GMO, no antibiotics, no growth hormones. 1/2 or whole. Also, 1# packages of grass-fed hamburger, no antibiotics, no growth hormones. Call/text 563-380-4185.
Wanted: Looking to catch a ride downtown, anywhere close to 105 Railroad Street every Monday/Wednesday/Thursday around 5 p.m. If you ride home close to or pass that, I would really really appreciate the lift during these winter months. Please contact <chhaki01> to connect.
Wanted: Luther student (rising junior) looking for housing from May 23 to Aug. 15. I have an internship and job in Decorah for the summer. A neat and responsible tenant looking for a room/apartment/house to rent! Contact <slinab01>.
Wanted: Snowbirds have a house available in early December until early April. Centrally located in Decorah. Seeking a tidy person; minimal fee. No pets or young children. Contact [email protected].
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