Dear Parents of Luther Junior Students,
On Saturday, September 21, the Parents Council had the blessing of meeting on a sunny day, with the tint of leaves beginning to burst into a myriad of vibrant colors, and we were provided with a wealth of insightful information.
First we had the opportunity to meet Interim President David Tiede and his wife, Muffy. Dr. Tiede clearly stated that he will not be a placeholder, but will keep moving forward while interacting with the cabinet and entire campus community. Dr. Tiede feels it is a great privilege to be at Luther College; he knows of Luther through its graduates at seminary, who were the best students in Greek class because of Pip Qualley’s teaching. President Tiede was appreciative of and acknowledged the Torgerson era, administrative discipline, student centeredness, and the entire community, saying people love Luther; it is somehow different and it’s wonderful. He introduced the president of Student Senate to us—Paul Esker, who spoke of his involvement and shared the five cultural values of the Student Senate’s creed with us—respect, execute, enjoy, serve, and believe.
Scot Schaeffer, vice president for enrollment management, was thrilled to report the first deposit for 2014 arrived on 9.20.13! This year’s geographic distribution of new students has Minnesota leading for the 8th consecutive year; Colorado brought us 15 first-year students; and there’s representation from 27 states and 55 countries. Mark Faldet, assistant director for admissions, described the Admissions Support Council and how we can assist the recruiting process with recommendations and testimony. As parents, we can all make a difference in the Luther community by submitting names of prospective students and even volunteering at college fairs.
Vice President for Communications and Marketing Rob Larson and Vice President for Student Life Corey Landstrom spoke about how interaction with students drives everything. They presented the inaugural issue of the Luther Parent Newsletter, which covers a wide spectrum of events, and asked for feedback. Mike Blair, campus pastor, talked about the power to comprehend the fullness of Christ’s love for us, and how we as a community can accompany students on their faith journeys, embrace our common threads and the faith that holds us together. He spoke of how we can support our students by asking thoughtful questions and listening carefully.
We were treated by Wayne Tudor, general manager of dining services, to a comprehensive tour of the renovated cafeteria and Marty’s Café. Special features include extended hours, reconfigured counter space, a salad bar expansion, allergy-free/peanut-free zones, and a new ‘to go’ area. According to Wayne, Luther is one of two colleges nationwide offering a new drink dispenser station with a computer chip cup! Wayne also shared additional information about the locally sourced, healthier, well-balanced meals now offered in the cafeteria during the Panel Presentation for Parents session later in the day.
Joining Wayne on the panel was Alfredo Alonzo Estenoz, assistant professor of Spanish, who provided information about travel-abroad experiences. Luther is a top-10 college for study abroad, with 75 percent of students participating. Students are encouraged to plan early for these opportunities and visit the Global Studies Office. Other panel presenters included Nancy Barry, professor of English and assistant to the dean for advising, and Brenda Ranum, interim director of the Career Center. Nancy talked about the importance of the advisor/student relationship; she says the best advice you can provide your student is to talk to his/her advisor. Advisors are the best individuals for helping students get oriented to Luther and to address any academic/roommate/study abroad questions. Brenda shared the importance of a ‘four-year strategic plan’ while at Luther and the importance of building connections and networking early. The Luther community is ready to help with internships/professional and graduate school programs, job explorations, and by offering workshops on social media as well as LinkedIn. As parents, we can help students reflect by asking questions about what they are learning and participating in, and new skills they are obtaining.
Luther is grateful to the numerous parents who have made gifts to Luther College in the past, which provided much-needed support for our students. With thoughtful consideration, we can encourage one another to support the Annual Fund for our Luther College community.
We hope you will take the time to explore all that Luther has to offer. Luther College is truly more than just a college; it’s a community with lifelong connections.
Also, here’s a note of interest: A special greeting to all parents from the Luther College Woman's Club, reminding you that ordering treats for your loved one at Luther College is easy to do online. Treats are delivered right to the Union for your son or daughter and can be ordered to celebrate a birthday, special occasion, or simply to send good cheer. You may order one or as many treats as you wish at www.luther.edu/parents/treatsforstudents/.
Dates to Remember
Nov. 27-Dec. 1 Thanksgiving vacation
Dec. 5-8 Christmas at Luther
Dec. 16-19 Final Exams
Jan. 6-29 January Term 2014
Feb. 5 Spring semester classes begin
March 22-30 Spring vacation
April 18-21 Easter vacation
May 19-22 Final exams
May 25 Commencement
Mike ’77 and Linda Norderhaug
Jeff Anderson ’84 and MaryEllen Palmquist Anderson ’84
Leofwin and JoBeth Clark
Kristi (Wahlberg) ’79 and Kevin Josephson ’79
Mary Ann Kliethermes
Rich ’74 and Mary (Edwards) Steinberg ’76
ROOTS AND WINGS
"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.