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.
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.
Luther College first-year Evie Hoff of Hortonville, Wisconsin, was awarded the 2015 Timothy and Sandra Peter Leadership Award at Luther's annual Aurora and Norsemen spring concert on May 1.
Luther College first-year Nicholas Vande Krol of Decorah, Iowa, was awarded the 2015 Timothy and Sandra Peter Leadership Award at Luther's annual Aurora and Norsemen spring concert on May 1.