September  6, 2013
In This Issue
Gallery Is Open

We Want to Hear from You

Weekend Ups and Downs

Tell Me Again about Church

Help! My Daughter Called Home Crying!


Mark the Date
Parents UKnighted! 
MLC RAs are some of the best kids anywhere!
Welcome to the first issue of MLC ParentsPage 2013-2014. This e-newsletter will appear in your box about 8-10 times this year, keeping you up to date with issues specifically related to your role as parents of MLC students. It will prove especially helpful for parents of first-year students. Sending a child to college is a major step, and we want to ease the transition for you.
One parent told us: "Thank you for the ParentsPage we received as a guide to our daughter's first year at MLC. It was comforting to know that the emotions, pride, homesickness and independence were all 'normal' reactions to a changing environment from both sides. It gave us the same reassurance that What to Expect When You're Expecting did so many years ago."
We hope the newsletter will serve you as well!

First-year women brick painting
Women in Centennial Hall painted
roommate bricks last weekend.
Gallery Is Open 

You can check out our Photo Gallery at any time. Public Relations Director Bill Pekrul and his staff update the photos regularly. 


Check these out: 

Opening Worship

Moving In

Speed Dating

Games and Dance 

Centennial Hall brick painting 


We Want to Hear from You!              First-Year Parents!
RA helping with the move
We hope our dorm staff served you well!
How was your orientation experience? Were the dorm staff helpful, the meetings informative, the faculty and staff friendly? 
If you have anything to share with us, any questions, or any concerns, please don't hesitate to call or email. 
VP for Student Life Jeff Schone
Admissions Director Mark Stein
Public Relations Director Bill Pekrul

Weekend Ups and Downs                  First-Year Parents!

family at orientation
Bringing a child to college is a huge
event for the whole family.
Your sons and daughters are officially college students. How did the weekend go? Were there tears? Perfectly normal. No tears? Also normal.


Was there a snarky comment when you were just trying to hang up some shirts in the closet? Perfectly normal.


Was there an awkward moment or two - like when your student started talking to his new roommate and gave you a look that said, "Could you please go to the car for awhile?" Perfectly normal.


It's an emotional weekend, and since we're human, we respond in human ways - happy, sad, worried, giddy, shy. Rest assured: it all makes for a perfectly normal goodbye.


Tell Me Again about Church
St. John Lutheran Church


The two WELS churches in New Ulm are within walking distance and offer a variety of worship formats and service times. Students with cars are always willing to offer a lift when the snow hits.


Some MLC students jump right into congregational life at St. Paul and St. John: teaching Sunday school, helping with youth group, singing in the choir, adding instrumental music, and (for older preseminary students) doing liturgy. Other students simply go to church there, and that's fine too.


One question you may have is this: How can I make sure they go to church?


Truth is, you can't. You've simply got to trust that the spiritual habits they've learned from you at home will continue here at college. Does that mean that they'll never, ever skip? No. They may rationalize at times that since they attend campus chapel every weekday - often twice a day - they can sleep in on Sundays. It happens.


But in general, we've found that our students are faithful church-goers, both at campus chapel and at church in town. And when they do falter, their fellow students encourage them as needed. That's just one of many blessings of a body of students united in faith and pursuing the same calling.


Help! My Daughter Called                 First-Year Parents!
Home Crying!                                   
Daughter Crying

Those first calls home can be

exciting - and painful too.

We don't have to tell you what a huge transition this time is - both for you and for your students. The person you dropped off at MLC this weekend is going to emerge from this period of life a more mature individual -spiritually, mentally, and emotionally. But some of that growth is painful, and the first few weeks can be especially difficult. You know your student best, so we won't tell you what to do. But we will suggest a few dos and dont's to ease the journey. 

Want to Worship with Your Child?
President Mark Zarling gives benediction at opening service.
Worship with us daily at 10:30.
Find live broadcasts of chapel services, concerts, recitals, and home football, volleyball, and basketball games on MLC TV . Archived videos are also available. 
Mark the Date:

September 7   Football 1pm
Women's soccer 1 pm
        Men's soccer 3 pm
September 8   Preseminary gathering: seniors & first-years
September 11 Women's soccer 3 pm
Men's soccer 5 pm

September 14 Cross country Parents' Day 11 am
                       Football 1 pm
September 15 Men's soccer 1 pm
September 18 Lyceum: Red Letter Jesus
September 21 Football 1 pm
September 24 Financial seminar: The Necessity of Budgeting
September 27 Men's soccer 2 pm
                      Women's soccer 4:15 pm
                      Volleyball 7 pm
September 28 Men's soccer 12 pm
                      Volleyball 1 pm
                      Women's soccer 2:15 pm

October 25-27 Homecoming/Parents' Weekend
October 27 1 pm Early Childhood Learning Center Dedication
November 1-3 Musical: Into the Woods
December 7 Christmas Concert 7:30 pm
December 8 Christmas Concert 4 pm

Note: The Summer 2013 InFocus incorrectly listed a cross country invitational Homecoming weekend. There is NO cross country meet that weekend.