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).
Emily Lynch Victory '06, a mathematician and artist who has exhibited nationally and internationally, conducted a lecture for students and faculty. In her lecture, Emily stressed the importance of her liberal arts background in negotiating a career as an artist and mathematician. She discussed the trajectory of her work and how she arrived at unique ways to visualize mathematical principles that are difficult to understand.
The lecture was very well received and students and faculty commented on their amazement of her discoveries, placing her in a unique interdisciplinary position in the art and mathematics worlds. Several art, mathematics, and education students were in attendance and many stayed afterwards where she discussed math, art, work/life balance, and the Luther experience. Emily also connected with students during class and studio time during her visit to Luther. Professor Richard Merritt commented, "The opportunity to fund visits from our alumni that have made significant national and international impact in their fields is wonderful way to inspire our current students and to build alumni/student lines of communication."