November 12, 2018
Looking for Gap Year Opportunities post-graduation?
Are you interested in volunteering with a gap year program after graduation? On Monday, November 12th, staff, participants, and alumni from the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America’s LIFE in Service Network will be visiting campus to get to know and recruit students. The LIFE (Lutheran Immersion & Formation Experiences) in Service Network includes Border Servant Corps, Lutheran Volunteer Corps, Urban Servant Corps, and Young Adults in Global Mission. All LIFE in Service organizations are ministries of the ELCA or are ELCA affiliated. This informational poster gives a snapshot of the different programs you could apply for! Come to the LIFE in Service Network’s informational coffee hour on Monday November 12th from 2:30pm-3:30pm to talk to representatives about opportunities and experiences.
Winter Bike Storage
Winter weather can wreak havoc on bikes - tires deflate, chains rust, and the cold can freeze your lock. Don't leave your bicycle outside to suffer in the Iowa winter! Bring it to the Ashmore-Jewell barn for Winter Bike Storage ! Once you register your bike at the Welcome Desk, all Luther students, faculty, and staff are able to take advantage of free bike storage. Drop your bike off at the Jewell-Ashmore barn (the red barn by Baker!) between 3pm-6pm on either Wednesday, November 14th or Thursday, November 15th. These are the only dates that the barn will be open for storage, so make sure to mark your calendars now and plan accordingly! After November 15th, the barn will remain locked for the season. Bikes can be retrieved at the end of the semester for graduating seniors and in April for everybody who will still be on campus. Any questions should be sent to .
Coffee & Conversation
Thank you to all who came and conversed and caffeinated with the Sustainability Educators at our last Coffee & Conversation event on October 23rd! Due to the September and October events’ resounding success, we are proud to announce that this will become a monthly event. That being said, the November Coffee & Conversation event will be on November 27th during Shadow Block in the Williams Lounge (right inside the Union). This month, you can look forward to waste sorting challenges instead of Luther Sustainability trivia. As always, there will be no mugs provided, so bring your own refillable mug! Everyone is welcome.
Where do you see yourself in 22 years?
Imagine life in 2040. Will you be taking care of a growing family? Will your children be off at school? Will you be climbing the business ladder at your company of choice? How old will you be? Anna Lavender will be 41 years old. And she, like many, is profoundly worried. Worried about the Climate Report that the UN released on October 8th. How do you cope with the fact that the world as we know it today probably will look exceptionally different in 2040? How does that change our aspirations for the future? Anna’s reflection on a recent climate meeting with Decorah community members explores just that.
Learning through Doing: Days at the Blind
Luther College is in its second year partnering with the Raptor Resource Project trapping and banding migratory birds of prey and providing field-based research and education opportunities for students. The banding station, or “blind”is located on Hawk Hill on the northeast edge of Luther’s campus off of Pole Line Road. Luther students have the opportunity to apply and work as interns at the blind, where they learn how to observe, trap, band, and gather data on wild birds before releasing them into the wild. The blind also serves as an educational resource for both Luther students and Decorah elementary school students. When a bird is captured while class is in session, the scientists will bring down the birds and give a program to students about Raptors 101 and answer questions before allowing students to release it back into the wild. This project has been a great opportunity for expanding raptor research and giving students a hands-on experience in field research and education. To learn more about the banding station and raptor research, contact Emily Neal.
Sustainability Tip
Have you thought about how you are getting home or to your destination for Thanksgiving Break? Luther offers two great services that can help cut down on the number of cars on the road. The Luther College Ridesharing Facebook group allows you to post if you need a ride, or are able to offer a ride. Go to Facebook and search "Luther College Rideshare Group" to be added to the group. You can also purchase a ticket for the Luther College shuttle bus that takes students to various locations in the Upper Midwest at the beginning and end of each break. Tickets can be bought at the Box Office or online at least 24 hours in advance of the departing shuttle!
Student Spotlight
Greta Carlson '22
Greta Carlson is a first-year psychology student hailing from Clive, Iowa. She is working for both the Luther Garden Crew and the Caf to Community team. Greta has been learning a lot about local food systems on campus and in the greater Decorah community! Her favorite part about gardening at Luther is getting up early to be outside and meet new people. Greta’s favorite vegetable is squash and her favorite gardening activity is weeding. Greta also works for Caf to Community, where she packs food from the cafeteria and delivers it to the local food pantry. Her favorite part about this job is seeing the friendly faces of the people receiving the food.
Sustainability Events
  • Monday, November 12th: Life in Service Coffee Hour: 2:30pm-3:30pm, Valders 374. Students are invited to come learn about ELCA gap year service programs over coffee and tea. Read more.
  • Wednesday & Thursday, November 14th and 15th: Winter Bike Storage: 3pm-6pm, Ashmore-Jewell Barn. Luther students, faculty, and staff are welcome to participate in free bike storage for the winter months! Read more.
  • Tuesday, November 20th, Winneshiek Energy District Breakfast: 7:30am-8:30am, T-bock's Underground. Interested in learning more about utility-scale solar and residential battery storage? This month’s speaker at the Energy Breakfast will be Brian Krambeer, President and CEO of the member-owned MiEnergy Cooperative. Attendance is free for this event, but registration is required. Read more.
  • Tuesday, November 27th, Coffee & Conversation: 9:40am-10:50am outside the Union. Join Sustainability educators for free coffee, tea, and conversation about sustainability around campus. BYOM - bring your own mug! Read more.
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