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THANK YOU! You're the best. We have the most wonderful AND generous alumni, family, and friends and we are grateful for your support of #LutherGives18.

If you missed making a gift during #LutherGives18, you can always make a gift at You certainly did go big AND go gnome!

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Go Big and Go Gnome Super Awesome Regents Surprise Challenge! - 600 more to 1,200 donors unlock $25,000 (All Day)

Go Big and Go Gnome Super Awesome Regents Challenge - 600 donors unlock $50,000 (All Day)

Business Challenge - 100 donors unlock $5,200 (1 pm - 6 pm)

Decorah Area Challenge - 150 donors reached, unlocking $5,000! 50 more donors will unlock an additional $2,500. (All Day)

Des Moines Area Challenge - 100 donors unlock $10,000 (All Day)

Education Department Challenge - 100 donors unlock $2,000 (3 pm - 12 am)

Faculty and Staff Honoring Challenge - Dollar-for-dollar match for gifts made in honor of a faculty or staff member, up to $50,000 (All Day)

Parents Council Challenge - Dollar-for-dollar match up to $12,250 (8 am - 12 am)

Sail Norse Challenge - Dollar-for-dollar match up to $10,000 (10 am - 12 am)

Study Abroad Challenge - 150 donors unlock $2,500 (12 pm - 5 pm)

Sustainability Challenge - Dollar-for-dollar match up to $3,000 (2 pm - 4 pm)

Sweethearts Challenge - 50 Luther couples unlock $5,000 (11 am - 12 pm)

Vicki Donhowe Phonathon Challenge - Dollar-for-dollar match up to $1,500 (6 pm - 8 pm)

Washington, D.C. Area Challenge - 75 donors unlock $1,500 (All Day)

#WeAreLuther Faculty and Staff Challenge - Dollar-for-dollar match up to $10,000 (6 am - 5 pm)

We Heart Music Challenge - Dollar-for-dollar match up to $7,250 (10 am - 12 am)

Whippy Dip Challenge - Dollar-for-dollar match up to $5,000 (4 pm - 7 pm)

50 State Challenge - One donor from every 50 states unlocks $50,000 (All Day)

Stream Schedule

8:00 am Introduction & Welcome with Megan & James
9:00 am Alyssa Ritter, Assistant Director of Admissions
9:30 am Paul Atkins, Director of Campus Programming
10:00 am Update with Megan & James | Presidential Pop-In
10:30 am Luther College Wellness with Chandra Jennings, Director of the Nena Amundson Lifetime Wellness Program, and Vicky Jaeger, Assistant Director of Wellness
11:00 am Dr. Andrew Last, Director of Choral Activities and Assistant Professor of Music
11:30 am Beautiful Mess (student a capella ensemble)
12:00 pm Cooking with Caleb Timp, Luther’s Executive Chef
12:30 pm Exploring Luther’s Maker Space with Lisa Lantz, Associate Professor of Theatre, and Laura Olson ‘20
1:00 pm Coaches Panel with Renae Hartl, Director of Intercollegiate Athletics & Head Softball Coach, Dave Mitchell, Head Wrestling Coach, and Caleb Padilla, Head Football Coach
1:30 pm Nancy Barry, Professor of English
2:00 pm Update with Megan & James
2:30 pm Thomas C. Johnson, Associate Professor of Communication Studies
3:00 pm Preus Library Student Workers
3:30 pm Olga Michels, Professor of Chemistry
4:00 pm Update with Megan & James | Presidential Pop-In
4:30 pm Brad Chamberlain, Interim Dean for Institutional Planning and Mission
5:00 pm Habitat for Humanity (student group)
5:30 pm Top Banana (student group)
6:00 pm Alpha Beta Psi Sorority (student group)
6:30 pm Ballroom & Swing (student group)
7:00 pm Pep Band (student group)
7:30 pm Closing with Megan & James


• Megan Torkelson ‘05, Assistant Director of Annual Giving
• James Odegaard ‘15, Student Engagement Coordinator
• Eric Ellingsen ‘99, Coordinator for Music Marketing and Tours, Choral

What is #luthergives18?
#luthergives18 is Luther’s third annual Giving Day. From 6am-12am CST the Luther family joins together in sharing pride-filled social media posts, meeting donor challenges, and watching the 12-hour live stream from Marty’s. It’s our time to get our gnome on and celebrate this amazing community!

Why #luthergives18?
We value this community and know you do, too! This is our chance to join together in making a big impact on the Luther Fund. The Luther Fund supports scholarships, academics, and living at Luther. Thanks to many generous challenge donors, #luthergives18 offers the chance to double, triple, quadruple or even more, the impact of your gift! Let’s go big AND go gnome!

What is a challenge? How do they work?
Challenges are matching gifts that are offered to those who qualify– and trust us your gift will qualify! View the complete list of challenges. Each challenge works a little differently, but all take your gift to the next level by making a bigger impact.

Is there a limit to how many challenges I can meet with one gift? Do I need to pick one over another?
We want to maximize your gift to Luther, so there is no limit on how many challenges your gift can unlock. The only limit is time! Keep an eye out throughout the day for new challenges that appear and to see updates on our progress.

Where can I see what’s happening on campus?
Click the Social tab to see a feed of posts celebrating #luthergives18 from all across the country! Be sure to post your own photos and updates using the hashtag and see them come across the feed as well. You can also tune in to our 12-hour live stream from Marty’s. Student groups, faculty/staff interviews, and more will make this a must-see. Don’t worry – we won’t tell if you leave it up in a browser window all day.

What’s the deal with the gnomes?
These little gnomes represent all things good in the world, not the least of which being a ton of Luther pride! They are all top-notch athletes, outstanding musicians, brilliant scientists, excellent linguists, stunning scholars of the humanities, and they really loves Sunnyside cinnamon rolls (and Marty's cookies!). Just say you love Luther and you've got three best friends for life. Which, as you may now realize, means they have a lot of best friends. We’re glad to count you among us!

We want you to see how well you know Luther! Starting at 9:00 a.m. CST there will be two trivia questions here each hour (for a total of 20 questions throughout the day). The person who has the most correct answers when we end at 7:00 p.m. will win a Luther College sweatshirt! Make sure you tune into the live stream at 7:30 p.m. to hear the winner announced live on the air!

Congratulations to Scott '95 and Jennifer Pankow for winning Giving Day Trivia with a perfect score! They will win a sweatshirt from the Luther College Bookshop.

9 to 10 am

What building on Luther's campus has caught fire twice?

What year was Luther founded?

10 to 11 am

What was the yearbook called?

What building is supposedly haunted by a ghost that folds your laundry for you?

11 to 12 pm

Luther installed a 1.6 megawatt __________ in 2011.
Wind turbine

What is the name of the Luther radio station?

12 to 1 pm

What does Paideia mean?

What is the name of the original Giving Day gnome?

1 to 2 pm

Who are the three Luther "Legends" the fitness center is named after?
Hamlet Peterson, Edsel Schweizer, Kent Finanger

What year did women first attend Luther?
1935 or 1936 will be accepted.

2 to 3 pm

Which two campus buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places?
Koren and Ashmore-Jewell Barn

How many Luther graduates have gone on to become Rhodes scholars?

3 to 4 pm

List the five conductors of the Nordic Choir.
Sigvart Steen, Weston Noble, Craig Arnold, Allen Hightower, Andrew Last

What building burned down on November 2, 1961 on the Luther campus?
Preus Gymnasium

4 to 5 pm

What is the oldest building on campus?
Campus House

Where was Luther College first located?
Halfway Creek, WI

5 to 6 pm

Who was the landscape artist hired to re-envision Luther’s campus for the Semicentennial?
Jens Jensen

What was the original purpose of Loyalty Hall (the home of Gnome Base)?
Dining Hall

6 to 7 pm

Before it was called Christmas at Luther, what was the annual Christmas concert called?

Intercollegiate athletics began at Luther College in 1891 with a baseball game between Luther and what rival school?
St. Olaf