First-Year letter

Fall 2014

Dear Parents of Luther First-Year Students,

We feel honored to be writing to you today, as your Parents Council first-year representatives. Our role is to keep you connected with what’s happening at Luther through letters we’ll write twice a year. Our first meeting was during Family Weekend in September, and a major highlight was an introduction to Dr. Paula J. Carlson, Luther’s 10th president. It was quite evident that she has a vision for Luther and is a perfect fit to lead the college for years to come.  Others in Dr. Carlson’s administration provided overviews of their departments for us, sharing information on development, annual giving, admissions, finance, facilities, and endowment.

Here are a few stats about the 595 first-year students enrolled this fall; it is an impressive class:

  • 523 on honor roll/dean’s List
  • 412 awarded varsity letter
  • 341 National Honor Society members
  • 203 participated in mission/service trip/community service
  • 191 participated in state music competition
  • 155 youth leaders in church
  • Geographic distribution: Minnesota 33.6%, Iowa 30.9%, Wisconsin 11.1%, Illinois 8.2%, other U.S. states 10.7%, international 5.5% (from 23 countries)

Extraordinary as this class is, it’s important to be aware that some students will experience homesickness or anxiety as their coursework ramps up.  Extra encouragement or a listening ear from home may be just the ticket your student needs at this time.  In addition, there are various resources available on campus.  Also be aware that right after mid-term exams, students worked with their advisors to select January-term and 2nd semester classes.

Please consider making a gift of any size to Luther’s Annual Fund.  Your contribution is a further investment in your student’s education, as the Annual Fund provides support for all students in the Luther community through increased scholarships, building and campus improvements, expanded faculty and student programs, and many other important initiatives.

To stay connected with everything happening at Luther, please follow the Luther website and the main parents page Both pages have links to academics, career development, admissions, athletics, calendars, our letters, the Parent Newsletter, and social media,

From our (Mike and Susanne’s) personal perspective, it’s such a joy and peace of mind to know our oldest daughter McKenzie is in such a wonderful environment.Luther is her new community – one in which she will grow intellectually, socially, and spiritually. 

We are thrilled to have her at Luther and are confident that you feel the same about your sons and daughters

Dates to Remember

Dec. 4-7          Christmas at Luther                                              
Jan. 5-28         January Term 2015
Feb. 4              Spring Semester begins
Mar. 14-22       Spring vacation
Apr. 3-6           Easter vacation
May 18-21       Final exams
May 24            Commencement              


Michael ‘85 and Susanne Carney
(515) 255-8073

Thomas ‘82 and Linda Floden
(641) 424-3240

Charlie and Diane Gilman
(480) 419-8699

John Kleeman and Gayle Christmas
(541) 882-4141

Greg and Peggy Miller
(563) 583-9272

Jack and Mary Spear
(507) 931-7994 


“There are but two lasting bequests we can give our children.  One is roots, the other, wings.”

Roots and Wings—how often we think about these gifts as we guide and nurture our children through those first years. As parents, we have a special mission.

The roots are planted as we help them establish a firm foundation for life, a definition of who they are and where they came from, the security of family and a sense of community.

The wings emerge as we gradually let them go, allowing them the freedom to fly—to take what they have learned and soar to new heights, to reach beyond existing boundaries, to seek and find their place in this world.

You should have a sense of pride. Under your watchful eye, your child has grown into a young adult with dreams and unlimited potential for the future. And now, you are allowing those dreams to live, by encouraging the opportunity for new growth at Luther College, an institution with deep roots and caring people to assist students as they pursue their dreams and realize their potential.

Please give your child “roots and wings.” Support the Annual Fund through the Luther College Parents Association and enhance learning opportunities for all Luther students.