Tuesday, Dec. 21

TUESDAY 12/21/2021

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Holiday Break

Due to Holiday Break, the next Tuesday will be published on Tuesday, Jan. 4.  

Being Community updates

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.


Assistance for the Einck and Hunter families

If you're feeling compelled to do something, but aren't quite sure what to do for the Einck and Hunter families, there is a meal train set up for the Einck family and a gas card fund for the Hunter family. We will also take monetary donations to be put towards a scholarship or school-based effort in Karter Einck's name. Gas cards and money can be brought to Julie Shockey Trytten Simiele in Admissions, Ashley Benson in Student Engagement, or Kirk Larsen in biology, or you can Venmo Julie, @JulieShockeyTrytten (please put Hunter/Einck in the subject). If you want more information on how to get a meal to the Einck's please reach out to Julie <julie> or Kirk <larsenkj>.

Also, please take a moment today or tomorrow to come to Admissions and sign a card for the Einck family on behalf of you (and your department) if possible.

Support for Eincks and Hemesaths

An account has also been set up at Viking State Bank for Karter Einck and Dalton Hemesath. The funds raised will be used to help with funeral expenses and/or creating a scholarship in their memory.

Monthly staff meetings in January 

The next monthly staff meetings will be held on Jan. 12 at 2 p.m. and Jan. 13 at 9 a.m., in Peace Dining Room. Both meetings will cover the same agenda. All staff are encouraged to come to hear important updates from college leadership and your colleagues. Meeting dates for the year are posted on the Human Resources website.

Vaccination sleeves available

The Document Center now has resealable vaccination sleeves for your cards available. 

CEPE continues speaker stipends

The CEPE encourages faculty to connect with expert colleagues and call on them to participate in classes. If you'd like to invite a speaker to Zoom into your class or visit in person (if permitted under the current Alert Level), the CEPE will provide a stipend of $200 for your guest. Make a request for J-Term, Spring Semester, or both.  Email <cepe> to make a request.

Witty Words is back!

Vanna will return for one last time as Wellness invites all current employees to start the new year off with fun. Simply exercise 30 minutes a day doing what you love to do and try to solve the phrases to win prizes! It's that easy!! Email Vanna <jaegervi> for more questions or to sign up. The game begins Jan. 1.

Network maintenance announcement

On Wednesday, Dec. 22, between 12:01 a.m. and 4 a.m., Luther's internet connection will experience several outages to allow our campus network firewall to be upgraded.

Free Little Pantry accepting donations

The Free Little Pantry, located in the Union next to the Welcome Desk, is accepting donations. Shelf-stable food items are appreciated including peanut butter, cans with pop-tops, popcorn, snacks, etc. as well as hygiene products. Thank you to all who have supported and continue to support the Free Little Pantry. 

Hot Reads for Cold Nights

This winter break and J-term, give yourself permission to read a book (or two or three) for fun! With Preus Library’s Hot Reads for Cold Nights winter reading program, you could win fun prizes simply by reading. Open to all students, faculty, and staff, whether on or off campus. Prize drawings will take place in January. More information here. Happy reading, Norse!​

Dining Services Holiday Break hours

Thursday, Dec. 16: Close at 6:30 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 17 - Saturday, Jan. 1: Closed
Sunday, Jan. 2: Dinner 5-7 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 16: Close at 5 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 17 - Sunday, Jan. 2: Closed

Nordic Brew, C-Store
Thursday, Dec. 16: Close at 2 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 17 - Sunday, Jan. 2: Closed

Thursday, Dec. 16 - Sunday, Jan. 2: Closed

Sunnyside Cafe
Monday, Dec. 13 - Wednesday, Dec. 15: 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 16 - Sunday, Jan. 2: Closed

Oneota Market
Wednesday, Dec. 23 - Sunday, Jan. 2: Closed

Employee yoga class

An employee yoga class will be starting Jan. 10 with Molly Gallagher as the instructor. Class will be held on Mondays from 1:30-2:15 p.m. for the four weeks of J-term. Wellness will subsidize the total fee so your cost is a mere $20! Sign up soon as this is a great opportunity for all current employees and their spouses.

HR Update

Thank you to all who have received their COVID booster shot. HR is not collecting the information for booster shots. However, if you have recently received your 1st and/or 2nd COVID vaccine but haven’t sent the information to HR, please do so as soon as possible through Norse Hub.

Christmas at Luther on demand tickets

If you weren't able to attend a spectacular Christmas at Luther performance, don't fear! On demand tickets are available. From the time of purchase, you have 72 hours to view the on demand video as many times as you wish. The final purchase date for on demand tickets is Dec. 23. The performance shown on demand is the Sunday livestream.

Book Shop news

2021 Christmas at Luther CD and ornament update

A reorder of the CD will be available on Jan. 4 and the ornament will arrive on Jan. 20. Preorder online or stop in the Book Shop.


January Chapel preview

Chapel will resume on Monday, Jan. 3, at 10:30 a.m. for a star-themed worship of songs, readings, and star words (a practice of prayerfully setting intentions for the new year). All chapel activities will take place in the CFL Recital Hall. January’s chapel rhythm continues as follows:

Chapel: Mondays in January at 10:30 a.m.
Labyrinth (self-guided): Wednesday and Fridays in January 10-11 a.m.
Holden Evening Prayer: Wednesday afternoons in January at 4:30 p.m.

Events this week

Visit the online Calendar of Events for a list of Luther events happening from Tuesday, Dec. 21–Monday, Dec. 27. 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.


Celebrations this week-Jan. 3

Dec. 21: Christopher Krammen
Dec. 22: Hongmei Yu
Dec. 24: Andrew Hageman, Jody Meyer, Yarrow Pasche
Dec. 27: Ann Casper, JoAnn Uhlenhake
Dec. 28: Todd Pedlar
Dec. 30: Samuel Bird, Mick Layden, Kathy Reed, Dustin Rhoads
Dec. 31: Ruth Berger, Holly White
Jan. 1: Jerred Holland, Mary Rettig
Jan. 2: Dale Nasby
Jan. 3: Storm Bailey

Jan. 2: Brian Knox, 5 years; Paul Mullen, 5 years


Nancy Dietzenbach, who has worked for Luther for more than 36 years, has announced her retirement effective Jan. 3. We congratulate and thank Nancy for her dedicated service to the college. 

Chuck Riha is retiring. Come celebrate Chuck's retirement on Thursday, Jan. 6 from 1-3 p.m. in the Nobel Room of the Union. Let's wish him well after years of dedication in the Financial Services Department.

Position openings

Visual media manager (1.0 FTE): Self-directed storyteller with a talent and skill for visual media production. The visual media manager is responsible for the direction and creation of innovative digital media to tell the Luther story on the web, social media, and traditional media. The position supervises two student-staffed production teams (video and photo) and will work closely with key marketing and communications staff as well as other campus departments to conceptualize, produce, shoot, edit, publish, and promote high-quality visual media consistent with the Luther College brand. Required experience and skills: five years of relevant experience with increasing levels of responsibility.

Accounting clerk (1.0 FTE): The accounting clerk is responsible for accounts payable functions of processing invoices/payment vouchers for payment and managing vendor relations, administering the purchase card program, payroll backup, and institutional loan administration. High school diploma with at least one-year experience in accounts payable position is required. Associate degree in accounting is helpful.  

Assistant volleyball coach (.83 FTE): This shared position will be full-time from August through May with June and July off. The assistant volleyball coach will be 50% of the position. During winter-spring 2021-22, the other 50% will be admissions visit assistant. Beginning Aug. 1, 2022, the admissions responsibilities will be replaced by live-in hall manager responsibilities. Housing may be available winter-summer 2021-22 before hall manager responsibilities begin.

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.


Wanda Deifelt presented a webinar with the Toronto School of Theology on the topic "Decolonizing theology, reframing the discipline: What is hidden in how we think about what we do" on Dec. 14.


Free: Luther's Center for Sustainable Communities is offering you the holiday gift of a free butternut squash. Come to Valders 379 to get yours (some are as big as 5 pounds!). Limit one per employee. Questions: <sustainability>.

Lost and found: Found on Dec. 7 at Staff Christmas meeting - a set of ear buds. Please call Marsha Wenthold at 387-1415 if you think they are yours.

Free: The Document Center has large boxes (not paper boxes) if you need them for gifts or moving.

For sale: TransferMaster Supernal 5 home hospital bed. Head, foot, and hi-low adjustable. Wireless hand control. Electronic components hidden so that the bed blends in with home decor. Like new. $500. Contact <greeto02>.

Wanted: Housing. A physical therapy student from out of state will be completing a clinical rotation at Winneshiek Medical Center and is looking for temporary housing from March 14, 2022 until May 13, 2022. Please contact Pilar Dritz ([email protected] or 785-341-7565) for more information or with housing details.

Wanted: We are two Luther students who need a place off-campus to rent second semester (Feb-May). If any professors are going on sabbatical, we would also be willing to house sit. We have a cat that serves as an ESA. He is so nice. We can provide references from professors if needed. Let us know if you’d be willing to rent or if you know someone with a place. Thanks! Contact <dovrju01>.


And finally...

"A song was heard at Christmas to wake the midnight sky, a savior's birth, and peace on earth, and praise to God on high."

-Christina Georgina Rossetti