Vanessa Mendez

Luther senior Mendez interns at San Diego Children's Discovery Museum

Exploring her passions in art and design, Luther College senior Vanessa Mendez of San Diego, California, interned in marketing over the past few months at the San Diego Children's Discovery Museum in Escondido, California.

Mendez, daughter of Megan and Carlos Mendez, graduated from Rancho Buena Vista High School in 2014. She will graduate from Luther in spring 2018 with a major in art.

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Flip FabriQue

Center Stage Series: Flip FabriQue presents 'Catch Me' at Luther College Sept. 30

Delighting audiences of all ages as they tumble, juggle and bounce their way through a captivating performance, circus company Flip FabriQue presents "Catch Me" at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, in the CFL Main Hall. "Catch Me" is a high-energy performance that involves a mix of theatre and acrobatics, featuring experienced performers who have all worked with esteemed companies around the world such as Cirque du Soleil and Cirque Éloize.

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Luther senior Hughes at summer internship with Como Park Zoo and Conservatory.

Luther senior Hughes completes internship at Como Park Zoo and Conservatory

Abbie Hughes, Luther College senior, completed a summer internship with the aquatics department of the Como Park Zoo and Conservatory in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Originally from Aitkin, Minnesota, Hughes graduated from Aitkin High School. She is the daughter of Don and Cathy Hughes of Aitkin, Minnesota. In her internship, Hughes was responsible for the care of harbor seals, California sea lions, polar bears, African penguins and tufted puffins. Hughes gained an appreciation of zoos and their conservation efforts through the internship opportunity. In the future, Hughes would like to help conserve animal species facing extinction or threats due to climate change.

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Judith Saxton

Luther College to host trumpet soloist Judith Saxton

Judith Saxton, trumpet, will perform a guest recital, featuring Luther College faculty artists Miko Kominami and John Cord, at 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, in the Noble Recital Hall of the Jenson-Noble Hall of Music on the Luther campus.

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Jeffrey Chipps Smith

'Martin Luther and the Reformation's Artistic Challenges'

Internationally recognized scholar Jeffrey Chipps Smith will deliver a lecture titled "Martin Luther and the Reformation's Artistic Challenges" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28, in Olin 102. The lecture addresses why critics of the Roman Church targeted art, how art became a potent weapon for attacking religious adversaries, the Reformation's impact on artists and Luther's role in the creation of a new, specifically Lutheran art. The lecture serves as the college's 2017 Gerhard Marcks lecture.

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