September 18, 2012

In This Issue

How's It Going with
the Roommate?

Graduation News

Is the Honeymoon

The Voice of
Experience: Is
MLC Cliquey?

What's There to Do?

Issues that Matter

New Pictures!

I've Got Shotgun!

Here's Where to Turn

Stepping Out!

Join Us for

Mark the Date

First Year of College: October               First-year Parents
Centennial pumpkin carving
2011: Centennial women having
 October fun!

What your first-year student may be experiencing in late September and October of their first year of college: 


Excitement: New faces, new spaces, new challenges. God is good! Academics: Is this what college is really like? Can I handle this course work? Am I using my time well? Do the professors like me? What are college midterm exams like? Campus Busyness: Musical rehearsals, set building, and costume creating. Sports-intramural and intercollegiate. New set of student teachers going out. The Divers! Homecoming! Homesickness: Frequent phoning and texting. Battling the urge to just give it up and go back home where things are familiar. Praying a lot. High school romances perhaps faltering or fading. Handling new freedoms: Should I go out with my friends or get a start on that big project? I really need to turn off Facebook and get down to work. I think I need to be more careful with my money. Pleasant surprises: I love daily (and twice-daily!) chapel. There are people here who are just like me. I didn't know this place would feel like home so fast. 


How's It Going with the Roommate?      First-year parentsdorm room

Your daughter calls home and says her roommate is ignoring her. Or your son says his roommate stays up till 2 every night, plays his music too loud, uses all the outlets, and leaves piles of books and dirty shorts everywhere. Is there a solution?

Looking Ahead to Graduation    
Andrew Loescher graduation 2012
Parents of December 2012 graduates or May 2013 graduates are encouraged to find all the information they need here

Is the Honeymoon Over?                        First-year parents

The first-years had a blast at orientation.

But is the honeymoon over?


Does the following sound familiar? Your student was so excited to come to MLC. And the first few days were great! Orientation was fun. They met cool people at the mixer. Their classes sounded interesting, and the profs were nice. They felt like real college students. Wow! Things were good. Then . . . CRASH! 


Is the honeymoon over? More.

The Voice of Experience:                     First-year Parents
Is MLC Cliquey?
cliques Becky

Alumna Becky Amann (in the striped shirt)

remembers making lots of new friends at MLC.


Does your student say they feel a little left out because certain kids seem to know everyone already? That kids from some schools are sticking together and not mixing with others?


MLC 2010 graduate Becky Amann remembers what that was like. She wrote this a few years ago, but it's still true.

What's There to Do?                           First-year Parents
Flandrau State Park


We won't pretend to be New York, but New Ulm does have its diversions. If your student calls home with the classic "I'm bored," suggest one these.

Issues that Matter
Anita Smith
Christian psychologist Anita Smith

Christian psychologist Anita Smith will present information and facilitate conversation on three important topics this year. Under the theme CSI: Centennial (College-Specific Investigation), the topics are as follows:   


September 10: Body of Evidence (Purity)


November 5: Missing in Action (Depression/Homesickness)


February 11: Lethal Weapon (Balance/Multitasking)


The first topic has already been presented, but two more are coming! As present students and future called workers, all our students, men and women, are invited to participate. Presentations are in the comfortable Centennial Hall lobby. 


New Pictures!
moving in
Even President Zarling got in on the action.


The MLC Photo Gallery is being updated regularly. 


First-year parents, see if you can find yourself or your student in these pictures from Orientation weekend! We've got everything from moving in to mixing it up at the Ballroom Blast. (See! We even caught the Prez lending a hand on moving day.)


Check out the first-year women doing the annual Brick Project. (Fair warning: Lots of Packer fans in these pix.)


Sports, drama, and campus life pictures will be posted soon!

I've Got Shotgun!rides home


Your students can find and offer rides to Wisconsin, Michigan, the Cities -wherever - on the "Ride Share" link on the Portal and also on the Ride Board in the main hall of the WCC (Wittenberg Collegiate Center). They can save some money and get to know other students at the same time.


Here's Where to Turn

John Boeder where to turn

Campus Pastor John Boeder can be your students' first person to turn to.


If your student calls home with a problem - sickness, relationship troubles, a surprising

D- or two - we have personnel on campus

who are trained to help them resolve these difficulties. Remind your students to seek out these people:

Stepping Out
disc golf
Students can check out disc
golf equipment anytime.


Stepping out - out of their dorm rooms and out of their comfort zones - will make the college experience so much more meaningful. 


This week on the Portal, students find news of the women's basketball organizational meeting, Anchor (our student service club), a free Mankato Symphony Orchestra concert, Student Senate trash pick-up, Sign Language Club, and Oriental Culture Club (established by Chinese student Deyi Shi).

Join Us for Homecoming!  Homecoming poster  


October 12-14: Come for cross country, volleyball, and football! Cheer on the Knights, let our students wow you at the talent show, watch the traditional burning of the M in Luther Hollow, join us for the Sprinter Fun Run, worship Sunday morning in the Chapel of the Christ at 9:30, and join us for brunch at 10:30 ($5.50) before heading home. For more details, go to our Homecoming webpage. Hope to see you there! 

Mark the Date


October 5             The Divers at MLC

October 6             Soccer Parents' Day (men's and women's)

October 12-14      Homecoming at MLC

October 18-19      Midterm break

October 22-27      MLC's Schantz organ featured on the Minnesota Public

                             Radio show, Pipedreams hosted by Michael Barone. More

October 28           Joint Reformation Service - Chapel of the Christ, 3 pm

October 30           U.S. Army Jazz Ambassadors Concert 

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