Departments Providing Student Services
Legends Fitness for Life Center, Ext. 2115
The recreation program goal is to provide effective physical experiences that allow students to take their learning beyond the academic world. The intramural sports program, through individual and team sports, provides a competitive environment in which students can experience a variety of activities. There are also noncompetitive activities such as aerobics and weight training for those interested. Ultimate Frisbee and rugby club sports are open to men and women. Finally, outdoor recreation programs allow students to relax or face the challenges of the natural world.
Centennial Union, Second Floor, Ext. 1025
The staff of the career center offers a full complement of programs and services addressing the career needs of students. Students who are planning an internship, making decisions about their major(s), or working on polishing interview skills are assisted with the process. Individual appointments with a career counselor, an updated career resource library, and workshops on topics ranging from resume writing to skill identification are offered. The staff, which includes the director, two career counselors, and three support staff, hosts more than 90 organizations, graduate schools, and agencies who visit campus with the goal of meeting and interviewing Luther students.
Larsen Hall, Lower Level, Ext. 1375
The counseling service assists students in resolving personal concerns and facilitates interpersonal learning. The staff includes a licensed psychologist and two licensed mental health counselors. A student may discuss any personal concern, such as relationships, family issues, life decisions, sexuality, loss and grief, feelings of depression or anxiety, eating disorders, sexual assault, or substance abuse. Both short-term individual and group counseling are offered on a confidential basis. Staff refer students to other campus services or to off-campus mental health professionals as appropriate to their needs. Counselors also offer presentations to student groups on personal development issues and provide general consultation to the campus community.
Centennial Union, First Floor, Ext. 1014
The student services programs of the Luther Diversity Center provide services for the retention and general welfare of U.S. minority students and all international students. The office offers orientation programs for new students, a host-family program for international students, and personal and academic advising assistance. The cooperative efforts of the diversity center and other campus offices, working with student organizations, seek to foster a supportive environment that is inclusive of all races, religions and cultures. Several student organizations, including the Asian Student Association and Allies, the Black Student Union, the Muslim Student Association, and the Hispanic/Latino Student Association, provide places for students to gather, and foster discussions about culture and ethnicity. The International Student Association and Allies is open to all students who have an interest in international affairs and global concerns. Other student groups affiliated with the center include Beta Theta Omega, Student Diversity Action Coalition (SDAC), PRIDE (People for Rights Inclusion and Diversity of Expression), and Luther Feminists.
Centennial Union, Second Floor, Ext. 2075
The director, along with the Legends Fitness for Life Center staff, chemical health educator, and nutritionist, work with the entire college community to provide educational programs regarding a variety of health and wellness topics. The staff focus on fitness needs for students and employees, as well as general prevention issues. Other components include education about the use of alcohol and other chemicals, prevention of sexual assault and education regarding sex role issues, and information about eating disorders and issues. The program is committed to maintaining a healthy living-learning environment, based on a philosophy of appropriate, responsible, safe and legal decision-making about personal wellness.
Centennial Union, First Floor, Ext. 1330
The residence life program directly assists students in their learning-living environment, while maintaining safe and attractive facilities for almost 2200 student residents. As students develop academic competencies, they are also learning how to handle life experiences, often in their first extended time away from home. The staff of professionals and upper-class student assistants support this experiential learning environment by involving residents of each hall in the planning and implementing of wellness and other educational programs.
Centennial Union, First Floor, Ext. 1023
Student activities are planned in conjunction with the Student Activities Council (SAC), which is composed entirely of students who work voluntarily in planning and organizing entertainment on campus. Students are elected to chair committees that coordinate concerts, films, special events, homecoming, Marty's events, dances and other activities throughout the year. This unit also coordinates the college yearbook, the Pioneer, the use of the college union, and works with campus student organizations.
Larsen Hall, Lower Level, Ext. 1045
The health service and its programs are a support service for the promotion of health and prevention of diseases. In cooperation with the wellness program, educational programs and individual health counseling assist students in better incorporating healthful decision-making. A student advisory group provides a liaison between the health service and students, publishes a monthly newsletter and organizes many health-related programs. During the academic year, family practice physicians, a nurse practitioner, and R.N. staff maintain regular office hours in a fully-equipped out-patient clinic.
Centennial Union, Second Floor, Ext. 1020
The Office of Student Life coordinates the efforts of all student life areas, working in conjunction with such programs as Student Support Services and the Student Academic Support Center, to provide a comprehensive co-curricular program. The dean and associate dean are responsible for the development of student life policy, informing the college community about student involvement and concerns, acting as liaison with parents and others, conducting new student orientation, coordinating the student judicial system, and promoting student leadership in a myriad of activities, including student government. They also serve as an advocate for student concerns and a vehicle for two-way communication.
The health resources advocate works with students, parents and health-providers in supporting students who encounter health-related or mental health difficulties during the academic year. All student life staff members are involved in working with faculty, staff and students toward creating the best possible environment for student learning.