Yang Wang

Luther College awarded $40,000 grant from ASIANetwork

Through the support of the Henry Luce Foundation, ASIANetwork has awarded Luther College a $40,000 grant to support the hiring of Yang Wang, postdoctoral teaching fellow in Asian art history. This one-year fellowship will be co-hosted by Luther's Visual and Performing Arts department and the Asian Studies program. "Thanks to this grant, we were able to hire a dynamic young Ph.D. and can start moving toward diversifying our course offerings in art history. We're so excited that we will be able to offer more classes from a non-western world perspective that is entirely in line with our global focus as a college," said Kate Elliott, Luther assistant professor of art history.

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Messiah CD

Luther Music Department to release new live album, 'Handel's "Messiah"'

The Luther College Music Department is proud to present the newest recording of Handel's "Messiah." The album is compiled from live recordings of the performances at the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall at Luther College on March 27, and Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on March 29. The physical and digital format of the album are available online at  https://www.luther.edu/music/messiah/,or at the Luther College Book Shop for $25.

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Jenna Johnson, Luther junior

Luther junior receives Undergraduate Travel Award

Jenna Johnson, Luther College junior from Stillwater, Minnesota, received the Undergraduate Travel Award from the Genetics Society of America to travel to present her research on C. elegans at the 20th International C. elegans Conference at the University of California.


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Luther College President Paula Carlson congratulates Chris Norton '15 on his inspiring journey; looking on Norton's fiancee Emily Summers.

Luther College commencement highlights

Luther College's 2015 commencement was in a word, memorable. Read on for more on the ceremony and award winners, as well as links to Luther alumnus (and senior producer of NPR's "Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!") Mike Danforth's hilarious commencement address and Luther alumnus Chris Norton's inspiring walk.

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Commencement moved inside

Commencement update: As of 7 a.m. Sunday, May 24, Commencement 2015 will be held in the Regents Center Main Gym. Because the ceremony will be held indoors, only four tickets will be valid per graduate; other attendees are invited to view the ceremony on a large screen in the Center for Faith and Life.

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Stratis Giannakouros

Luther awarded grant by ASIANetwork-Freeman Foundation

Luther College was awarded a $45,290 grant from ASIANetwork Freeman Student-Faculty Fellows Program to support a collaborative summer research experience. Luther is one of eight recipients for the summer 2015 program, funded by the Freeman Foundation.

The grant will fund an opportunity for six Luther students and two Luther faculty to study urbanization in Hetou, China. The group will travel to Hetou on May 26, to spend four weeks on field research for their collaborative projects. Students will gather information in the form of interviews, focus groups and observations with migrant workers, villagers and local officials for research topics including urban planning, river population, migrant workers and education.

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Learning to Drive with Ms. Ruby

Luther College alumna and Decorah local, Ruby Hermeier, lovingly referred to as "Ms. Ruby" by her pupils, has spent the past few years offering driving lessons to eager-to-learn Luther international students. In the past four and a half years, she has helped 40 Luther students obtain their driver's license.

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Kolek awarded Karen Julesberg Scholarship

Luther College sophomore Kalinda Kolek has received the Karen Julesberg Scholarship for the 2015-16 academic year. The $1,000 scholarship, created by Karen Julesberg of Madison, Wisconsin, Luther class of 1960, benefits Luther students involved in Student Support Services, a federal TRIO program sponsored by Luther since 1973.

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Emily Holm

Luther's Holm and Kovacovich named Peace Scholars

Luther College juniors Emily Holm and Katie Kovacovich have been selected as Peace Scholars for the 2015-16 academic year. The pair will spend seven weeks this summer studying peace and conflict resolution in Lillehammer and Oslo, Norway.

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