Ethnic Arts Festival 2014
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April 12: Women's Softball vs. Coe College
The Luther College women's softball team will host Coe College's team. The game begins at 2:00 p.m.
April 1: Symphony Orchestra Homecoming Concert
After touring through March, the Luther College Symphony Orchestra will be holding a homecoming concert. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall. Admission is free, and the concert will be live-streamed.
April 8: Guy Mendilow Ensemble
The Guy Mendilow Ensemble is an award winning sextet composed of world-class musicians. The group will be performing in Marty's at 8:00 p.m.
Recently elected Luther's 10th president, Dr. Paula Carlson is in her first Norse selfie.
Career Center Update
To learn more about the services offered, visit the Career Center's website.
IIAC Indoor Track and Field Championships
March 2014
Note from the editor
Rachel Brummond '15
During my study away experience, it's been so interesting to note the differences between Washington, D.C., and small-town Decorah. For one, Washington seems to shut down at any mention of snow, where in the Midwest, a blizzard is just another day. Similarly, no one seems to understand the classic Norwegian phrase "Uffda." Most importantly, though, I have learned that nothing matches the warmth and compassion I have experienced in the Midwest, particularly at Luther. It's that kind of spirit and sense of community that makes me proud to be a part of the Luther family. To help illustrate this for you, we are exhibiting some great news articles, photos, and events, featuring a spotlight on Student Senate in this edition of the Parent Newsletter. As always, if you have questions, comments, or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact us at
Message from Corey Landstrom, vice president and dean for student life

As I write, spring break is just a few days away and students are spending the week completing papers, exams, and other academic requirements. Some may be preparing for a tour or an away competition. In the February newsletter, I told you about the room draw process for next year. This process is now underway and some students have already selected their residence for next year. Others will select their options after break.


A typical college year is filled with transitions. First-year students go through a big transition to their first college year. From there, they experience additional change: end-of-the-semester return home, changing relationships, a January Term class, new spring classes and professors, housing and roommates for the sophomore year. These are only a handful of the many transitions that students experience. 


Spotlight On:
Student Senate
The Student Senate acts as the liaison between the student body and the Luther administration. 

It is the primary means for students' participation in the governance of the Luther College community. The senate's mission is to serve Luther students and student organizations by providing them with resources to achieve their goals and to connect faith with learning and service with responsibility.  Student Senate is the student government organization. Senate consists of 27 student representatives elected each spring, with the addition of three first-year representatives elected in the fall. The Senate provides funding to on-campus groups, helps to form new rules, and reforms existing ones. 

Multimedia Feature
The Many Faces of Luther College
This video provides a great snapshot of the student body at Luther. There are so many aspects of diversity represented on the campus. Check out other Luther College Visual Media pieces on Luther's YouTube Channel.
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Ancient Egyptian papyri discovered at Luther College
In January, nine papyri documents almost 2,000 years old were found by a student in the Luther College Archives, where they had been stored for decades. The nine papyri, written in ancient Greek, measure from 5 to 20 centimeters in length and are in remarkably good shape, though all are fragmentary and quite fragile.
Luther College Jeide and Suos named Peace Scholars
Luther College sophomore Anna Jeide and junior Imsouchivy "G.V." Suos have been selected as Peace Scholars for the 2014-15 academic year. The pair will spend seven weeks this summer studying peace and conflict resolution in Lillehammer and Oslo, Norway.
Miss Iowa gives presentation on overcoming  stereotypes
Nicole Kelly's presentation at Luther focused on the seemingly incompatible labels "pageant queen" and "disability" and how one person can make a difference in changing stereotypes. In sharing her experiences, she hopes to challenge audiences to question their preconceptions, think outside the box, and critique the practice of labeling people.
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