Thanks to the gifts of two generous alumni, the Career Center was able to implement two new programs to help connect Luther students to the broader world. One was the Faculty-Student-Alumni Mini-Grant Program, which helps bring alumni to campus to share their experiences and network with students (read this post to learn more about this program).
In October 2016, three alumni, three friends of Luther College, and two faculty engaged with over 50 students and area teachers at the Luther College Future Music Educators Association (FMEA) Fall Symposium. The theme for the day was Student/Teacher Relationships. Aspiring Luther College music education professionals were able to learn and network with alumni professionals as possible future colleagues.
Among the alumni who spoke that day were Andrea Halvorson '10 (pictured), music therapist at Life in Harmony in LaCrosse, WI. Andrea shared her expertise and let students try some of the instruments she uses in her work with students with special needs. Pat Fagen '14 shared with students his experiences from his first and second years of teaching.
Gideon Matchey '17, a student who attended the event, discussed what a great experience he had, “It was inspiring to hear and learn from alumni who are in the field I am preparing for now. This was a great event and I’m glad I could be a part of the day.”