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Chris Pallaris teaser

'Are You Safe on Social Media?'

Social media has become an important part of today's society, but just how safe is it? Chris Pallaris, a director and principal consultant at i-intelligence will host a workshop on social media security at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 25 in Olin 102 on the Luther College campus. Based in Zurich, Switzerland, i-intelligence works to improve the intelligence, foresight and risk management capabilities of public and private sector organizations around the globe.

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Daryl and Audrey Erdman Prizes for Entrepreneurship Awarded

Erdman Prize winner 2017

Luther students honored during Entrepreneurial Showcase         DECORAH, Iowa— The 32nd annual Luther College Entrepreneurial Showcase was held Tuesday, April 11, in Luther College's Peace Dining Room. Since the initial program in 1986, the goal of the Entrepreneurial Showcase has been to serve as an annual forum for students, faculty, alumni and friends of Luther who are interested in and support entrepreneurship. During the program, the Daryl and Audrey Erdman Prizes for Entrepreneurship were awarded to Luther sophomores Austin Lewis ($5,000) and Anna Helt ($2,500) and senior Jackson VanKirk ($2,500). Finalists included senior Emily Schroeder, junior Belal Krayem and sophomore Kyle Livingood. The Daryl and Audrey Erdman Prize for Entrepreneurship is endowed by gifts from Daryl A. and Audrey P. Erdman, Luther class of 1961. Through their generosity, the Erdmans provide $10,000 in awards to three student entrepreneurs every year. In order to be selected for an Erdman Prize, the Luther students who create, develop and manage a successful entrepreneurial enterprise during their years at Luther must apply and present their venture to a panel of judges. The Erdman Prize is open to all full-time students from all majors.

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Luther senior Luke Pulliam, with Luther alumna Amy Chicos, at his summer internship with IowaWORKS.

Luther senior Pulliam worked with displaced workers at IowaWORKS

Luke Pulliam, Luther College senior, interned with IowaWORKS, assisting displaced workers and young adults with employment barriers. He helped them find unemployment insurance, gave assessments to pinpoint career opportunities, referred them to jobs and established plans of action for each person.

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Belal Krayem

Luther senior Krayem offered second internship with FHLB

Belal Krayem, Luther college senior, majoring in accounting and data science, served as an internal audit intern for the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines Iowa during summer 2017. Krayem made such an impression that he was offered a fall internship with the FHLB Operational Risk department.

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'The Myth of Middle Class Stagnation'

It's been widely reported that ordinary Americans' living standards peaked in the mid-1970s and have since remained stagnant. While there is data to support this claim, some say the data is flawed.

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Matthew Clark

Luther junior Clark worked in Stillwater's prison through summer internship

One might think that not many people would want to spend part of their summer vacation in prison, but that's exactly what Luther College junior Matthew Clark did. Clark spent his summer internship in construction work which took him inside Minnesota’s largest close-security prison for male felons for a short time. This certainly reinforced Clark’s belief in the importance of ethics and doing the right thing.

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Tapiwa Manjengwa

Luther senior Manjengwa completes auditing internship with Ernst and Young

Tapiwa Manjengwa's summer internship with Ernst and Young was a dream come true. Manjengwa came to Luther College to study accounting, and as one of the "Big Four" accounting firms, EY gave him the perfect place to start making those dreams a reality. "This opportunity gave me a platform to explore public accounting and get a glimpse of how the accounting profession operates, particularly the assurance service line," Manjengwa, a Luther senior, said.

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Alex Sekora

Luther College junior Sekora interns with Iowa Senate Democrats

Luther College junior Alex Sekora of Denmark, Wisconsin, served as a summer communications intern for the Iowa Senate Democrats in Des Moines. Sekora, son of Jim and Carole Sekora, graduated from Denmark High School in 2015. He plans to graduate from Luther in 2019 with majors in political science and management.

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Hakam El Mitshu

Luther senior El Mitshu selected to research foreign exchange strategy

The foreign exchange market is the largest financial market in the world, transferring billions of dollars' worth of foreign currencies between countries. Hakam Abdul El Mitshu, Luther College senior of Tripoli, Libya, is researching and building opening and closing strategies for foreign exchange traders for his summer research project at the college.

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Halina Pyzdrowski

Luther senior Pyzdrowski selected to research flood resilience during summer

Over the course of the last 10 years, Decorah and other communities across northeastern Iowa have experienced multiple floods characterized as 100-year floods. As the effects of climate change intensify, events like these are only expected to increase. Halina Pyzdrowski, Luther College senior of Minnetonka, Minnesota, is researching flood resilience in the Upper Iowa Watershed for her summer research project at the college.

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