Twin Cities Area Luncheon and Speaker Series

The Twin Cities Area Luncheon and Speaker Series is open to all alumni, parents and friends of the college, the Lunch Connection is a monthly luncheon and speaker event hosted by the college. It is a great chance to network and socialize with others in the Twin Cities area and learn from interesting and dynamic speakers.

Friday, October 2, 2015

President Paula J. Carlson, Speaker

Dr. Paula J. Carlson began her duties as Luther College’s 10th president July 1, 2014.

Dr. Carlson is a 1976 Phi Beta Kappa graduate of St. Olaf College. She holds an M.A., M. Phil., and Ph.D. in English and comparative literature from Columbia University. She has taught at the University of Dubuque, Yale University and St. Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana.

Prior to becoming Luther's president, Carlson served as vice president for mission at St. Olaf College. She also held positions as vice president and liaison to the St. Olaf College Board of Regents, and director of the Wendt Center for Character Education and associate dean for academic affairs at the University of Dubuque.

Carlson’s leadership and administrative responsibilities for St. Olaf included the college’s current strategic plan, initiatives to enhance professional development opportunities for staff and faculty, and initiatives to expand the college’s programs and services for students as they discern their vocations and prepare for their careers. She led the successful re-accreditation process, 2009-2013, in which St. Olaf was one of 14 colleges and universities invited to participate in the Higher Learning Commission’s demonstration project to develop a new model for accreditation.

At the University of Dubuque, Carlson led the development of the Wendt Center, which includes interdisciplinary curricular and co-curricular programs in ethics and character formation in the college, graduate school and seminary. She administered a new college core curriculum, coordinating course planning, course and program assessment and faculty development for interdisciplinary components.

Her husband, Rev. Dr. Thomas Schattauer, is professor of liturgics and dean of the Chapel at Wartburg Theological Seminary. They have two children, Peter Schattauer and Anna Schattauer Paille.

Event Information

11:00 a.m. Registration
11:30 a.m. Buffet luncheon begins

12:00 p.m. Presentation
1:00 p.m. Event ends

$15.00 per person. Please register online.

The Center for Changing Lives
2400 Park Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55404
(612) 879-5200

The dates for the academic year 2015 - 2016 are:

Friday, October 2, 2015- President Paula J. Carlson
Friday, February 5, 2016

Friday, March 4, 2016

Friday, April 1, 2016

Planning Committee:

Jim Boyce `64, Carol Tomer `79, Scott Searl `94, Dave Seidelmann `94, Pete Newburg `97, Joel Sommers `03, Marcia Metzger, and Dan Waarvik `68 

Paula J. Carlson
Luther College Lunch Connection event logo, Minneapolis.