Getting Involved at Luther!

Hello everyone!  I hope you’ve been having a nice week! Things here at Luther are going swimmingly, and I am so glad to be back.

This past week has been jam-packed with activities for me, ranging from large-scale campus events to smaller get-togethers with friends, and everything in between.

Friday night, for instance, I went to Dr. Jim Wand’s annual hypnotism show, which was a blast! Jim Wand has been performing at Luther for thirty years, and each time he comes back, he gives a mind-boggling and hilarious show. This year, he had the audience volunteers pretend to be supermodels, contestants in a singing competition, and inventors of useful objects (which were actually just balloons). I laughed so much that tears came to my eyes! I’m already looking forward to next year’s show.

I also spent much of my week attending meetings for student organizations I’m involved in. Social dancing nights and practices for the competitive ballroom dance team have started up again, and it has been great to get back into that. I also went to this year’s first meeting for PALs, which partners Luther students with elementary-age children from the community for monthly fun-filled events. I participated in PALs last year and thoroughly enjoyed it, so I’m excited to be a part of the organization again.

In addition, I attended meetings for clubs I recently joined this year. On Wednesday, I went to my first Performing Arts Committee (PAC) meeting, and I had the time of my life! At the meeting, the executive board explained that whenever professional theatres, dance troupes, and other performers come to the Luther stage, PAC is working behind the scenes to make sure it’s a fantastic experience for the performers and the audience alike. Club members can be ushers for shows, advertise for upcoming performances, sell concessions during intermission, do technical work backstage, and provide hospitality for the artists. The members of PAC were all super nice and friendly and enthusiastic, and I can’t wait to get more involved! Plus, the meeting featured about ten different varieties of pizza, including Hawaiian, so I knew I was in the right place!

The first-ever meeting of a brand-new club this year, the Norse Knitters, also occurred this week, and it had a fantastic turnout. Being a knitter myself, I decided to attend, and I discovered that many of my friends love to knit as well! The club welcomes new and experienced knitters and crocheters, and it seems like an absolutely lovely group of people! There was a knitting lesson, much socializing, and free candy.

Participating in all of these activities this week has reminded me of the delightful fact that, whatever your interests are, there is a place for you at Luther! There are so many ways to get involved, and the clubs, events, and activities I’ve mentioned are only the tip of the iceberg.

If you’re interested in learning more about activities at Luther, feel free to check out the official list of student organizations, the Luther Bulletin newsletter (updated weekly!), and the calendar of upcoming events!

I hope you have a fantastic weekend, and I’ll figuratively see you next week!

Dancing at the hypnotist's show!

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