Tuesday, Nov. 23

TUESDAY 11/23/2021

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Being Community updates

COVID Data Reporting for Thanksgiving Break
The COVID Dashboard and the Being Community Weekly newsletter will be on break Wednesday through Friday this week unless there is a change in Alert Level.
The next COVID Dashboard update will be on Monday, Nov. 29.

Alert Level 1 Green
Luther College remains in Level 1 Green from Level 0 Blue. Face masks are 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.

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.


Pre-Thanksgiving holiday

This is a reminder that the campus closes at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 24. Staff will have 3 to 5 p.m. off and will be paid for the holiday.

Christmas at Luther tickets still available

It's not too late to reserve a ticket to attend Christmas at Luther 2021! Performances begin Thursday, December 2 and occur daily through Sunday, December 5. Tickets are free for Luther students not performing. Current faculty/staff/emeriti may request up to 2 seats at no charge. Select your seats by visiting tickets.luther.edu or stop by the Ticket Office in the lobby of the CFL. To promote the safety of our community, patrons are required to wear masks in the CFL Main Hall.

Email and Google Workspace usage

ITS and the Alumni Office have communicated with alumni who graduated before 2019 and who have luther.edu email accounts about the discontinuation of those accounts as of Dec. 1, 2022. This is happening because Google has announced that colleges and universities will no longer have unlimited file storage. Luther’s institutional file storage needs to be reserved for current students, faculty, and staff, for educational and business purposes. ITS and HR remind all employees that email accounts and assigned computer equipment are primarily for Luther-related work. If you don’t already have a personal email account, please create one. Personal files should be stored on personally owned devices or within personally owned accounts. The Technology Help Desk has created a web page with guidance on how to be a good steward of Google Apps accounts

Dining Services Thanksgiving Break hours

Tuesday, Nov. 23: Closes at 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 24: Continental Breakfast 8:30-9:30 a.m.; Lunch 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.; Dinner 5-6:30 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 25: Closed
Friday, Nov. 26: Closed
Saturday, Nov. 27: Continental Breakfast 8:30-9:30 a.m.; Lunch 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.; Dinner 5-6:30 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 28: Continental Breakfast 8:30-9:30 a.m.; Lunch 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.; Dinner 5-7 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 23: Closes at 5 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 24 - Sunday, Nov. 28: Closed

Tuesday, Nov. 23 - Sunday, Nov. 28: Closed

Nordic Brew & C-Store
Tuesday, Nov. 23: Closes at 2 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 24 - Sunday, Non. 28: Closed

Tuesday, Nov. 23: Closes at noon
Wednesday, Nov. 24 - Sunday, Nov. 28: Closed

Oneota Market
Wednesday, Nov. 24: Closes at 2 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 25 - Sunday, Nov. 28: Closed

Save the Date: Luther College Holiday Party, Thursday, Dec. 16, 3-6 p.m. in the Union

President Ward and the Board of Regents would like to invite all Luther employees to the (almost) annual Christmas Party. Covid protocols will determine the size and scope of the party but we look forward to celebrating with you in any way we can. More details to come at the beginning of December.

Christmas at Luther parking restrictions 2021

In order to accommodate the large number of visitors anticipated for Christmas at Luther the following parking restrictions will go into effect starting at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 1. These restrictions will remain in effect until 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 5, at which time we will return to the usual lot designations.

The general parking areas of the library, Jenson-Noble, and city pool lots will be reserved for visitors. Students are to move their vehicles from these lots to either the Regents Center or Farwell lots. Faculty and staff may park in the Jenson-Noble, library, and Sampson Hoffland lots provided they move by 5:30 p.m. on that Thursday, Friday, and Saturday and 10 a.m. on Sunday unless attending the performance. Exception – Vehicles displaying a Commuter, Baker, or College Apartment sticker may park in the gravel city pool lot provided they vacate the spaces before 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 10 a.m. on Sunday.

The Faculty/Staff parking area by Valders will be reserved for handicapped parking. Alternative parking includes the roadway from Sampson Hoffland to the main gate, Regents Center, and Farwell lots.

Starting at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 2, through Sunday, Dec. 5, the lots on the east and west side of the CFL will be designated for handicapped parking only. Your cooperation with these changes will be appreciated. Vehicles found to be in violation of these special event restrictions are subject to fine.

J-Term and Spring KATIE courses now available

Your J-Term and 2022SP KATIE courses are now available. To see these courses, change the filter in the Course Overview block on your Dashboard to "Future." If you would like to have multiple sections combined into a single metacourse, request it now by contacting the Technology Help Desk at 387-1000, <helpdesk>, or visit help.luther.edu.

Connecting with Phi Beta Kappa members 

Are you a member of Phi Beta Kappa? Luther’s Phi Beta Kappa chapter wants to make sure you are on our mailing list! If you are a faculty or staff member who has been inducted into Phi Beta Kappa during your undergraduate experience and have not been receiving information about Luther's Phi Beta Kappa chapter activities, please email chapter president Marie Drews <drewsmar>. We are especially interested in connecting with and welcoming any Phi Beta Kappa members who might be new(er) to the Luther community.

HR updates

The December staff meeting is right around the corner! Please mark your calendars for Tues. Dec. 7, from 9 - 10:30 a.m. As usual, the December meeting is our annual Staff Christmas and Holiday Party. There will be special drinks and treats, President Ward will announce the 2021 Staff Excellence recipients, holiday singing, and the traditional games! We hope all will come and enjoy the party if you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or any other end of the year festival. We encourage all supervisors and employees to spread good cheer about this spirit-lifting event.

College Ministries

Council for Faith and Life: Call for nominations
The Office of College Ministries and the religion department are asking faculty and staff to nominate students to a newly-forming Council for Faith and Life. This council will be responsible for overseeing the role of faith in campus life and for building and maintaining collaborative relationships across departments, faith traditions, and the wider community. To submit names or for more information, contact Guy Nave <guynave> or Pastor Melissa Bills <pastormelissa>.

Celebrate Advent - pick up an Advent kit!
Advent is the season of waiting prior to Christmas. This four-week season begins Nov. 28. College Ministries wants to help you mark this sacred time. Pick up an Advent kit outside the College Ministries office (CFL) that contains: Battery-powered Advent candles, a Heaven and Nature Sing devotional book, coloring pages, hot chocolate and cider packets, and a button that reminds you to awaken hope, peace, love, and joy this season.

Jazz lessons and carols: Call for readers
College Ministries is excited to host a jazz service of lessons and carols during Christmas at Luther weekend, Sunday, Dec. 5 at 10 a.m. in the Noble Recital Hall. We are looking for volunteers to help read lessons during this service. If you are interested, please email <ministry>.

Chair massage

Wellness is hosting a massage therapist weekly on the first and third Mondays of the month. There will be an extra Monday available this month on Monday, the 29th. Prices are $30 for 20 minutes or $40 for 30 minutes chair massages (cost includes tip and is payable by cash, check, or card at appointment or when booking). Massage 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. Inside the Student Organizations Suite.


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. 24: No chapel due to break
Friday, Nov. 26: No chapel due to break
Monday, Nov. 29: Morning prayer

Events this week

Visit the online Calendar of Events for a list of Luther events happening from Tuesday, Nov. 23–Monday, Nov. 29. For a complete listing of athletic events, visit luthernorse.com. Contact <schedule> to add a listing and description of your campus event to the calendar.


Welcome, new hires

Miranda McCay started as the assistant director of facilities services on Nov. 15. Miranda's office is Facilities Services, telephone 387-1668.

Mike Sabelka started as the grounds technician on Nov. 15. Mike's office is Facilities Services, telephone 387-1374.

Celebrations this week

Nov. 23: Robert Shedinger, Brittany Sisk
Nov. 24: Martin Klammer
Nov. 25: Rebecca Newhouse, Valentyn Sazonov 
Nov. 26: Vikki Barness
Nov. 27: Renae Hartl, Sarah Kach, Erik Stoen, Stephanie Tomlin
Nov. 29: Amber Kuennen


Mary Logsdon, who has worked for Luther for more than 22 years, has announced her retirement effective Jan. 3. We congratulate and thank Mary for her dedicated service to the college. 

Karen Dallenbach is retiring after 42 years at Luther College! Many of you work with Karen on a near daily basis as she handles our Accounts Payable for the campus. Let's celebrate her dedication, and wish her well in retirement. Please feel free to stop by Nobel room, 2nd floor Dahl Centennial Union, on Wednesday, Dec. 1, from 1-3 p.m.


Sympathy to the Holland family on the death of Krista's father, Jerry Narveson. He died peacefully in his home surrounded by loving family in Lake City, MN.

Position openings

Brandt Hall lead custodian (1.0 FTE): This position has the opportunity to interact heavily with our students on a daily basis in their common living areas, hallways, lounges, etc. They will help support student life as well as events on campus. As a lead position, this person will provide guidance and organization to other teammates in the building. Hours will typically be 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. High school diploma and/or equivalent preferred, but not required. 

Residence hall custodian (1.0 FTE): This position has the opportunity to interact heavily with our students on a daily basis in their common living areas, hallways, lounges, etc. They will help support student life as well as events on campus. This role will primarily be responsible for ensuring clean and sanitary conditions for common student residential spaces. Hours will typically be 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. High school diploma and/or equivalent preferred, but not 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.


Amy Weldon's essay "People's Faces in a World Upside Down: 21 December 2020" on teaching the work of William Blake, Lord Byron, and performance poet Kae Tempest during the pandemic is forthcoming in Issue 2 of Vala, the journal of the Blake Society, which will be launched in an online event on Nov. 28.

Kristy Gould and Linh Luong ‘20 are co-authors on an international, multi-lab research collaboration published in Current Biology entitled “Socio-ecological correlates of neophobia in corvids." This research investigates responses to novelty in 10 species of birds in the corvid family, with Gould and Luong contributing data from blue jays. Sixteen laboratories in 10 different countries collaborated on this project.


For rent: Needing a place for Christmas at Luther? Come stay in a 2 story renovated schoolhouse only 3 miles from campus! The house sleeps 7 people at $300 per single night or $550 for 2. This price is cut in half for a single couple to use only the upper floor. Basically newly built with all the charm and some many historical facts of the schoolhouse. Full kitchen includes everything needed for cooking. Expandable dining table can seat 10. Open concept dining, living, and kitchen. It has a king bedroom on the upper level with a full bath. The basement level has a queen bedroom and full bath, then a bunk area for 3 in the TV area that includes a pullout queen sofa. Huge deck and privacy looks over Iowa farmland. Text host Dorothea at 563-380-8927 with any questions. 

For rent: Four bedroom home located at 315 Day St. Stove, fridge, washer, and dryer included. This house is only blocks away from the local downtown area, schools, and trails. Kitchen, living room, dining room, bedroom, and laundry on main level. 3 bedroom upstairs. All hardwood floors, off street parking. Pet friendly with references. Landlord takes care of lawn mowing, tenant shovels sidewalks. $850 month. Contact [email protected]. 


And finally...

Perhaps you are thinking about making the Thanksgiving holiday even more special by introducing a new family tradition? Here are some unique ideas.

We hope everyone has a wonderful break.