The First Year of College, First-Year parents!
Month by Month: November
Students Grow in Self-Awareness: "I'm more outgoing than I thought. . . . I've got to study more than I did in high school. . . . I'm not the best athlete at school anymore - and that's okay. . . . It's fun to express myself in class. . . . My roommate and I can disagree and still be friends. . . . My college friends are very different from my high school friends. . . . I like making my own decisions."
High School Students on Campus: We have hundreds of students on campus for Focus on Ministry weekends in the fall. It's a great time for your students to reconnect with younger friends and maybe do some recruiting as well.
Clouds and Snow-Or Not! Meteorologists say November is usually the grayest month of the year. We've already had a few flurries, and snowstorms in November are not uncommon.
Campus Busyness: Wrap-up of football and volleyball . . . Start of basketball . . . Readers' Theater rehearsals . . . Wind Symphony concert . . . Presentations and convocations - lots of learning opportunities!
Tuesday, November 6, is Election Day. All MLC students who are at least 18 years old are strongly encouraged to vote. Our polling location is New Ulm Family Recreation Center, known informally as "Vogel Rec Center" or "The Vogel." It is at the bottom of the hill, less than half a mile away, 122 South Garden Street.
Students must bring their MLC picture ID, and a driver's license is also recommended.
They may vote between 7:00 am and 8:00 pm.
The MLC Student Affairs Office notified students about registration and voting procedures in personal emails and in Portal announcements. Election officials were on campus to pre-register students, and many students took advantage of that.
If your student has not registered yet, they may register at the polling station when they vote on Election Day.
Is the Honeymoon Over? First-Year Parents!
Has your student crashed? Was he unbelievably excited at first and now he's not sure he wants to be here? Relax. It's all part of the natural progression most students experience when they go to college. It's called the W-Curve, and it's made up of five stages: Honeymoon, Culture Shock, Initial Adjustments, Mental Isolation, and Acceptance & Integration. Read more.
|Has the Helicopter Landed?
Cartoon by Rev. Jeff Bovee
Are you a helicopter parent? Do you love, or do you hover? Are you interested, or are you interfering?
Take a look at our checklist.
|Why Doesn't the KnightWatch Come Anymore?
MLC KnightWatch is our recruitment magazine, sent to high school students who are interested in MLC. Now that your high school student is a college student, KnightWatch won't be delivered to your house anymore. However, MLC InFocus, our magazine for alumni, parents, and friends of MLC, will be coming to your house! The November issue will hit mailboxes before Thanksgiving.
If you know a high school student who would like to receive the recruitment magazine, KnightWatch, please email Megan Kassuelke with the address of the student, and she'll get them on the mailing list.
|Phil Hirsch and Kristin Mantey spoke to the student body at the September 21 convocation. |
You might call it the voice of experience. We call it convocation.
Every quarter, called workers give MLC students the skinny on what it's really like "out there." Convocations not only inform our students, they also inspire them for the public ministry that awaits them.
The tradition, which began 32 years ago at Northwestern College, commenced this year on September 21 with two speakers:
Pastor Phil Hirsch and Early Childhood Education Director Ms. Kristin Mantey.
They jointly presented "Feeding Sheep and Lambs Together," an address about early childhood ministry.
The next speakers are scheduled for November 9.
|Get Your Flu Shot
A note from Campus Nurse
Char Friedrich, R.N.
New Ulm Medical Clinic provides the flu shot with ease. Call 507.217.5011. Ask for a nurse-only appointment for the flu shot or flu mist. It takes about five minutes, and they file the paperwork for you.
Many insurance companies cover 100% of the cost of vaccination, regardless of deductible.
If any students are uninsured, they should speak to Nurse Friedrich who will make sure they get a free vaccination.
|MLC Picture Gallery
Pictures from Homecoming, fall sports, New Ulm Day of Play, and more!
Coming Home: First-Year Parents!
8 Realistic Expectations
|It wasn't that long ago that your students stepped onto campus for the first time. Now they're coming home for the holidays. Is everybody ready?|
Thanksgiving break is around the corner! It'll be great to have everyone home again, right? Yes, it will - if you have realistic expectations.
|Mark the Date
|WISCO students at our October 2012 Focus on Ministry|
Nov 1-3 Focus on Ministry
Nov 2-4 Musical: Singin' in the Rain
For ticket information, call the
Box Office at (507) 233-9114 Nov 6 Election Day
Nov 9 Convocation
Nov 10 Lyceum: Five by Design
Nov 11 College Choir Concert
Nov 13 Financial Seminar
Nov 14 World Mission Service
Nov 15 Open Forum with
Nov 16 Lyceum: Minnesota
Nov 18 Wind Symphony Concert
Nov 21-25 Thanksgiving Break