February 2013  

In This Issue
Month by Month: March & April

Daylight USA Opportunities

Here Come the Dudes

Is My Student Going to Change?

Financial Aid Deadlines

Let the Children Come

Picture Gallery

Facing Facebook

Mark the Date

Parents UKnighted
First-year Parents!
First Year, Month by Month: March & April
Megan Rabbers enjoyed her Early Field Experience last year. 


Spring Break: As you've probably noticed, "break" isn't really the right word, as our students are quite busy over their spring break! Most education majors will spend several days doing Early Field Experience, either on campus (first-years) or off campus (sophomores and juniors). In addition, the College Choir will go on tour, and about 75 students will spend a week canvassing and witnessing at outlying congregations through Daylight USA.


Sports: Tennis, track, softball, and baseball will be in full swing (no pun intended).


Children's Theater: Who Can Fix the Dragon's Wagon? will be in rehearsal. 

Daylight USA Opportunities 

Four MLC students ran a Bible soccer camp in Hawaii for Daylight USA last year.


Is your student one of the 75 who are heading out to a spring break Daylight ministry opportunity?


These 75 students will serve 20 congregations from New York to Las Vegas. 


In March, four MLC students will team with four Wisconsin Lutheran College students to assist with Hurricane Sandy clean-up through WELS Christian Aid and Relief. They will be helping churches in New York City and on Long Island.


Daylight is a win-win proposition, as congregations get valuable assistance and students get valuable experience.


Many summer opportunities are also available. Encourage your students to check the Daylight bulletin board and the new in-house e-newsletter called Daylight Update to learn about where they might assist congregational and synod ministries.


Daylight opportunities allow students to see another part of the country, meet great people, learn about the public ministry, and identify and develop their own gifts for ministry.

Here Come the Dudes

Mr. Concord

Five first-years competed for the

coveted Mr. Concord title.


During Winter Carnival week, MLC guys compete in two mock competitions.


Mr. Concord: Five first-year guys from Concord Hall compete for Mr. Concord. This year's candidates were Tyler Swiderski, Paul Bourman, Luke Rosenbaum, Todd Brassow, and Chris Rue. After a finely choreographed dance, onstage interviews, a talent contest, and a deliberately awkward swimsuit competition, Luke Rosenbaum, a California Lutheran grad who displayed his accordian-playing talents, took the crown.


Ugliest Man on Campus: MLC has also embraced an old college tradition where select male students compete in a mock beauty pageant. One gentleman from each of the sophomore, junior, and senior classes competed this Winter Carnival week to win the coveted UMOC (Ugliest Man on Campus) award. Don't worry, parents: "ugliest" means "awesomest"! Candidates this year were Erik Janke, Joel Herring, and Jay Selle, with Erik Janke taking the UMOC honors.


For Winter Carnival pictures, click here.


First-year Parents!  

Is My Student Going to Change? 

students ice skating
MLC students enjoy the ice rink at the bottom of the hill.


Let's hope so! You don't want to be giving them an allowance or ironing their shirts when they're 25 years old.


But the question goes deeper than that, doesn't it? More likely you may be worrying, "Is my college student going to turn into someone new - someone with new ideas, new passions, new ways to look at life?"


Again, let's hope so. Read more.

Financial Aid Deadlines

Gene Slettedahl
Mr. Gene Slettedahl, Director of Financial Aid


April 15, 2013, is the deadline if you wish your student to be considered for an MLC grant for next fall. Please be sure that you do the following by April 15: 

  • Complete the MLC Financial Aid Application and submit it to the MLC Financial Aid Office.
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Submit your FAFSA electronically on the web. Helpful hint: Use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, and your tax return information will automatically be imported.

If you do not meet the April 15 deadline, you may still be eligible for federal and state financial aid, but you will not be eligible for MLC grants.


Please note: If your taxes cannot be completed by April 15, please estimate the FAFSA tax questions. Then, when you do complete your taxes, you can update the FAFSA, or simply send your tax information to the MLC Financial Aid Office, and we will update it for you.


Did you know? More than 90% of MLC students receive financial aid in the form of grants, scholarships, or loans. Many students, approximately 65% of those who apply, receive MLC need-based grants even though they may not be eligible for a Federal Pell Grant. For more information, go to our website.


Let the Children Come
Jennie at ECLC
Lead teacher - and now our new professor -
Jennie Mehlberg with children at our
current ECLC.

We are pleased to announce that the groundbreaking for our new Early Childhood Learning Center is April 6 at 10 am. Groundbreaking will take place onsite at the corner of North Highland and Fifth North Street in New Ulm. Please join us!


We are nearing the end of the capital campaign to raise funds for this center, but we have not quite reached our goal. 


You probably received an appeal mailing from us several weeks ago. If you have already given a gift toward this project, we thank you! If you are not familiar with the campaign, let us explain: 


Our ECLC is a functioning preschool that also operates as a training center for future early childhood teachers. But it is too small. WELS needs more early childhood directors and teachers, and more MLC students are choosing early childhood education as their major, but our current center cannot handle all these student teachers. A new ECLC is absolutely necessary.


Is your son or daughter enrolled as an ECE major? Does your church operate an early childhood ministry? Are you interested in MLC's newest building project to help us meet the needs of this growing ministry? Then please watch our video, learn more, or give a gift toward this important project here


And we hope to see you at groundbreaking!

Picture Gallery 

Winter Carnival

Broomball is always a highlight of the Winter Carnival.

Check out these photos on our gallery!
Witness for the Prosecution 

College basketball

Grade school basketball
Facing Facebook

Chances are, your students use Facebook. Facebook says that monthly users hit the one billion mark in late 2012. Yep, billion with a b. 

As with any technological tool, Facebook can be used wisely - or not. Safety and privacy are the paramount issues.

Perhaps the most important thing your students need to understand is this: 

  • People may gain their first (and maybe only) impression of someone by what they see on that person's Facebook page. This is key. Viewers of your student's Facebook page may include people new to the Christian church, people unfamiliar with MLC, people back home in their youth group or high school who look up to them, and people at the congregations to which they are one day assigned or called. 
Here are some more items to discuss with your students. 


Mark the Date
ECLC sign
Groundbreaking for the NEW
Early Childhood Learning
Center is April 6.


March 11: Classes resume


March 14: Orientation to scheduling for first-years and transfer students


March 15-17 WELS National Band Festival


March 19: Open forum with President Mark Zarling


March 21: Financial Seminar: Health Insurance


March 22: Fine Arts Day for grade schools


March 23: Early Childhood Education Conference


March 24: College Choir Homecoming Concert


March 27: Easter break begins


April 2: Classes resume


April 6: Groundbreaking for new Early Childhood Learning Center


April 12: Preseminary and Education Convocations


April 13: Wind Symphony Concert


April 18: Course registration for first-years (rising sophomores)

               Financial Seminar: Retirement Planning


April 20: Seminar on Mormonism


April 21: Preseminary Student Awards Night


April 24: Housing lottery


April 25-27: Children's Theater productions


April 28: Faculty Anniversary Service: Mark Paustian (25 years); Joyce Diels and Earl Heidtke (40 years) 

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