Schedule of Events

Family Weekend 2016 is September 16-18. An updated schedule will be posted in the summer. To get an idea of the types of activities and events held during Family Weekend, scroll down to see last year's 2015 schedule:

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Friday, Sept. 25

9:00 a.m.–4:45 p.m.

Luther Book Shop open Dahl Centennial Union, main floor

10:30 a.m.

Chapel Center for Faith and Life (CFL), Main Hall

12:30 p.m.

Women's golf, Luther Invitational Oneota Golf & Country Club

Saturday, Sept. 26

Information

Visitors can pick up a schedule of events and information about area attractions in the Dahl Centennial Union Lobby, 9:00 a.m.-noon.

Oneota Market Dahl Centennial Union, main level
Purchase short-order items 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Cafeteria Dahl Centennial Union, lower level
Continuous service from 7:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.

Marty’s Dahl Centennial Union, lower level
Short-order items, 11:00 a.m.-11:30 p.m.

Nordic Brew Dahl Centennial Union, lower level
Espresso drinks, gourmet pastries, ice cream, 7:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m.

8:00 a.m.

Decorah's 4th Annual Loop de Loop 5K, 10K, and Half Marathon Race on the beautiful Trout Run Trail. Register at www.decorahrotary.org.

8:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Parents Council fall meeting various campus locations
For members of Luther's Parents Council.

8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Preview Day, an event hosted by Admissions Center for the Arts Atrium
Register at https://connect.luther.edu/register/grp-preview-day-9-26-15

9:00-10:30 a.m.

Luther trails hike meet in front of Dahl Centennial Union
Come for a leisurely hike on the trail system through Luther's native habitats, including oak woodlands and tallgrass prairies.  Student interns will talk about the stewardship work they do to maintain and improve the quality of our natural areas, including tree plantings, prairie and woodland management, and ongoing projects such as non-native invasive species control.  A great hike for those who want to enjoy the fall weather and native habitats in Iowa's driftless region.  Wear footwear appropriate for light hiking.

9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Luther Book Shop open Dahl Centennial Union, main floor

9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Vesterheim Museum open 502 W. Water St., Decorah
Vesterheim Museum invites Luther families to come and see the collection that began at Luther in 1877. Admission is always free for Luther students, staff, and faculty and museum members. There will be a guided tour of the buildings in the Open Air Division at 10:30 a.m., and from 1-3 p.m. the buildings will be open with docents available to answer questions and talk about the exhibitions. Folk art demonstrations will include rosemaling, woodworking, weaving, spinning, and knitting. All demonstrators are Luther alumni and/or faculty and staff.

9:30 a.m.

Adventure Race Regents Center circle drive
The Adventure Race—a 9-mile bike ride, 3-mile run, and 3-mile canoe/kayak leg—is sponsored by APO and the Nena Amundson Lifetime Wellness Program. Register here: https://www.luther.edu/studentlife/wellness/events/

10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Admissions Office open Dahl Centennial Union, second floor
Saturday, Sept. 26, is an Admissions Preview Day. Check-in location for the visit day is the Center for the Arts Atrium.

11:00 a.m.-noon

A story book comes to life Dahl Centennial Union, Book Shop lobby
Luther education students dressed as storybook characters will read from their favorite children's books. Children of all ages are welcome to attend.

11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Panel Presentation for Parents Loyalty Hall, Room 10
Faculty and staff will present information and answer questions about the student experience at Luther. Topics include study abroad, student advising, career development, and residence life. Panel presenters include Nancy Barry, professor of English and assistant to the dean for advising; Kris Franzen, assistant dean for student life and director of residence life; Brenda Ranum, director of the Career Center; and Lisa Rogers, Center for Global Learning intern.

12:15-4:15 p.m.

Kayak/Canoe Trips on the Upper Iowa River. Sponsored by Luther's Recreational Services department. Spaces on Saturday are currently filled, but there is a waiting list: http://www.luther.edu/recservices/outdoor-recreation/events/. Offered on Saturday and Sunday.

12:30 p.m.

Concert Band and Jazz Orchestra concert CFL Main Hall

12:30 p.m.

Women's golf, Luther Invitational Oneota Golf & Country Club

1:00 p.m.

Men's soccer vs. Coe College

1:00-3:00 p.m.

Luther Book Shop Dahl Centennial Union, main floor
Andy Allen, author of The Bark in the Park and Soggy Doggy--part of the Stormin' Norman children's book series--will be in the Book Shop today from 1-3 p.m.

2:00-3:00 p.m.

Reception for First-Year, First-Generation College Students and Families Center for the Arts Atrium
Enjoy treats and beverages and the opportunity to share in community at this new event. President Paula J. Carlson and Dean Corey Landstrom will offer a welcome. Students will receive personalized invitations through SPO.

2:00-5:00 p.m.

KWLC Rock the Commons Concert Bentdahl Commons
Come join the festivities at an outdoor concert hosted by Luther's student-run radio station.

2:30 p.m.

Treats and treasure hunt Preus Library
Enjoy delicious treats in the library and win a pair of Luther earbuds by participating in a Norse-themed library treasure hunt.

3:00 p.m.

Women's soccer vs. Coe College

3:00-4:30 p.m.

Ballroom/Swing Dance Club Regents Center, East Gym
Come see what's new in competitive and social dance at Luther's ballroom/swing dance club showcase event. Join the fun as the event concludes with a lesson designed for parents and students.

4:00 p.m.

Catholic Mass CFL Recital Hall
Presider: Father Phillip Gibbs, Luther College chaplain and St. Benedict Church, Decorah, pastor

4:30–6:00 p.m.

Senior class reception Dahl Centennial Union, Peace Dining Room
All seniors and their families are invited to this informal event, which has become a tradition for the Luther community. Invitations were sent to students and parents with RSVP instructions (due September 18).

7:00 p.m.

Family Weekend concert CFL Main Hall
The premiere of several campus vocal and instrumental groups:

  • Collegiate Chorale
  • Cathedral Choir
  • Aurora (first-year women)
  • Norsemen (first-year men)
  • Cantorei
  • Wind and Percussion Ensemble
  • Varsity Band

8:45-10:00 p.m.

Soda Shoppe Dahl Centennial Union, Marty's
Purchase ice cream treats served by Luther students. Entertainment provided by Luther Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Band. Sponsored by SAC Special Events.

Sunday, Sept. 27

Information

Cafeteria Dahl Centennial Union, lower level
Continuous service, 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.

Nordic Brew Dahl Centennial Union, lower level
Espresso drinks, gourmet pastries, ice cream, 7:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m.

Marty’s Dahl Centennial Union, lower level
Short-order items, 11:00 a.m.-11:30 p.m.

9:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

Luther Book Shop Dahl Centennial Union, main floor

10:00 a.m.

Family Weekend worship CFL Main Hall
Students, families, and guests are welcome to join the Luther congregation as we celebrate Holy Communion.
Preacher: Judd Larson '74, interim campus pastor      Music: Nordic Choir

10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

Peace Sunday brunch Dahl Centennial Union, second floor
Reservations are recommended; call 563.387.1514. Please check in at the Dahl Centennial Union lobby Sunday after 9:45 a.m. All members of party must be present before you will be seated. Cost: $13.95 for adults; $6.50 for children ages 5-10; no charge for children under age 5; $10 for Luther students. Prices subject to change.

12:15-4:15 p.m.

Kayak/Canoe Trips on the Upper Iowa River. Sponsored by Luther's Recreational Services department. Spaces are currently filled, but there is a waiting list: http://www.luther.edu/recservices/outdoor-recreation/events/. Offered on Saturday and Sunday.