'Will Anything Grow in Your Comfort Zone?'

ACM President Sonya Malunda to give Luther spring convocation address Feb. 8

Associated Colleges of the Midwest President Sonya Malunda will give the Luther College spring convocation address at 9:40 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 8, in the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall on the Luther College campus.

Malunda's lecture,"Will Anything Grow in Your Comfort Zone?," is open to the public with no charge for admission.

Malunda became the ACM's eighth president last fall. The ACM is a collection of 14 liberal arts colleges, including Luther, which "aims to strengthen its member colleges as leaders and exemplars in liberal arts education through significant, innovative and sustainable collaborations."

Prior to joining the ACM, Malunda's career included experience in government, banking and higher education. It was highlighted by a nearly 20-year-career at the University of Chicago, where she advanced to the role of Senior Association Vice President for Civic Engagement.

During her tenure at the University of Chicago, she helped create the university's model for civic engagement, establishing the institution locally as well as in the global market. She also has worked with the community to secure the creation of the Obama Presidential Center on Chicago's South Side. In addition, she was a key contributor to the creation of the UChicago Promise program, which works to give Chicago high school students access to the tools needed to succeed in top-tier colleges and universities, and America's Urban Campus, a collection of more than 20 higher education institutions in Chicago.

Malunda began her educational journey at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in economics. She earned a Master of Management degree in finance, with a concentration in real estate and organizational behavior, from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.

A national liberal arts college with an enrollment of 2,050, Luther offers an academic curriculum that leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree in more than 60 majors and pre-professional programs. For more information about Luther visit the college's website: http://www.luther.edu.