Luther Class of 2017
Luther College Class of 2017 
Luther Events Calendar
September 25: Chapel with Greg Jesson
Greg Jesson, associate professor of philosophy and director of the Center for Ethics and Public Life, will be the speaker in chapel. Music will be provided by the Norsemen. Chapel is streamed live by Luther College Special Events, and is also archived for viewing at a later date. 
September 20-22: Family Weekend
Parents, friends and family are invited to join the student body for a celebration and opportunity to enjoy Luther's community.The schedule this year includes events such as concerts, a picnic, and an adventure race.
October 11: Water Street Music Series, Bach, Beethoven, and Beer
Luther College professor James Griesheimer will host a night celebrating the music of two revered composers: Beethoven and Bach. The night will consist of live music and beer. If you'd like to attend, reserve your seats here.
Student Senate President Paul Esker helping with first-year move-in day
Career Center Update
October 10: Fall Career Fair
To learn more about the services offered, visit the Career Center's website.
Student Activities Fair 2013
September, 2013
Note from the editor
Rachel Brummond '15
Welcome to the Luther College Parent Newsletter! My name is Rachel Brummond and I am a junior at Luther College, studying both management and political science. In an effort to keep parents connected to events, news, and resources on campus, Luther communications and marketing presents this monthly newsletter. To your left you will find a brief sampling of upcoming campus events as well as news from the Career Center. To your right you'll find links to some timely pages as well as news from the Luther community. If you want to stay even more connected, go to the Luther College Parents Facebook page and "like" us. We are, of course, open to new ideas and comments so please don't hesitate to contact us at Let us know what you want to see!
Introducing: David Tiede, president 
for the interim
State of the College Address
David Tiede was appointed in June as president for the interim, while the search for the college's 10th president continues. He recently gave the "State of the College Address," a speech that helps to mark the start of the 2013-2014 academic year. He used the speech to describe his term as an inflection point, and to highlight Luther's strengths. To read a full article outlining his speech, or to read the full transcript, click here.
Message from Corey Landstrom, vice president, and dean for student life

How are you preparing for your next step? That is a question we direct to students during their time at Luther. We encourage students to consider this question whether their next step is a leadership position on campus or summer research, an internship, or a study abroad experience while they are enrolled at Luther or decisions related to employment, graduate study or other callings such as volunteering for the Peace Corps or securing a Fulbright Scholarship.


You can help engage your son or daughter in exploring this question and helping them to think strategically about their next step. And you can deepen this process, by asking the critical follow-up question: How are you preparing for that next step? We know from research that students face an increasingly complex and competitive environment in their next step beyond Luther. How we help them prepare is critical.


We have several exciting opportunities for students on campus and I would like to highlight our new pilot program utilizing Gallup Education's StrengthsQuest. Funded with a generous gift to the college, we are providing opportunities for students to take the assessment and to discover ways in which they can build upon their innate talents and develop their strengths as they progress toward their next step. This three-year pilot focuses on students in selected work-study settings and other campus involvement opportunities.


Finally, I hope you enjoy this first parent newsletter. We will publish the newsletter approximately once a month. We hope this will be a good resource for you to learn what is happening on campus, about key opportunities for students, and how you can help us prepare them for their next step. Additionally, I invite you to connect with me on Twitter @Lutherdeanland, where I share information, thoughts, and ideas about Luther College and how students can answer the question, "what will I become?"

Spotlight On: 
Student Academic Support Center
The Student Academic Support Center, more commonly referred to as S.A.S.C, is designed as a resource for students who want additional help with classes, homework, or other study skills. Housed in Preus Library, the program includes everything from student-to-student tutoring, one-on-one help with staff, and needs assessment. First-year students may come here to receive edits and revisions on their Paideia papers. Students can always ask an academic coach about anything via the S.A.S.C. website. In addition, the center provides students with study tools and tips to assist them in their academic courses. The full Student Academic Support Center website is at
Multi-media Feature
Luther By the Numbers
Produced and filmed by Bailey Mulholland '15 and Maseeh Ahmed '13, this video highlights interesting Luther statistics in an innovative way. Be sure to check out other Luther College Visual Media pieces on Luther's YouTube Channel.
Luther By The Numbers

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Nordic Fest 2013
Luther News
Decorah Named to Forbes 'Prettiest Towns' List
This summer, Decorah was listed as one of the 15 prettiest towns in America. The list praised Nordic Fest and the many outdoor pastimes that are popular here. To read the complete article, visit Forbes: America's Prettiest Towns

Luther professor Dan Davis returns from 3rd deep sea excursion
This summer Dan Davis, professor of classics, embarked on a deep sea excursion to study ancient shipwrecks and to chart geological anomalies. Daniel Faas, Luther class of 2013, assisted during the excursion, focusing on data processing and technical analysis. One of the big successes from this research was the discovery of two uncharted shipwrecks. To read the full story click here.
"Christmas at Luther: Tidings of Comfort and Joy" Nominated for Emmy Award
The 2012 performance of "Christmas at Luther" was nominated for an Emmy Award early this summer. The broadcast was also nominated in 2008 and won. "Christmas at Luther" is an annual concert that features the college's Symphony Orchestra, Handbell Ringers, and six choirs. 
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