Luther to celebrate Homecoming Oct. 8-10

Sept. 21, 2010

Luther College will celebrate Homecoming 2010 Friday through Sunday, Oct. 8-10, bringing more than 5,000 students, alumni and friends of the college to the Luther campus for class reunions, football, music, and other events.

Luther extends an invitation to the Decorah area community to join in the celebration.

Events open to the public include the physics lecture and dedication of the Rossing Physics Exploration Center at 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 8 in Room 272A of Valders Hall of Science on the campus of Luther College. Thomas Rossing, Luther class of 1950 and visiting professor at Stanford University, will deliver the lecture.

The presentation of the Luther Distinguished Service Awards and Jazz Orchestra concert will be held Friday, Oct. 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the Center for Faith and Life main hall.

Distinguished Service Award recipients are Norm Rosholt '50, Karen (Mathews) Stuart '65, Bill Kobler '70; Lin (Mathieu) Schmidt '70, Tom Hellie '75, Scott M. Hanson '80; Brian Newhouse '80 and Jim Looft '85.

Following the presentation of awards, a dessert celebration will be held in the Center for Faith and Life lobby at 9 p.m.

From 9:15-11:30 p.m., Juan-Tony Guzmán '90, Luther associate professor of music, and Tom Bourcier, Luther instructor of music, will conduct jazz ensembles at Marty's in Dahl Centennial Union.

The traditional Luther Homecoming Parade will begin at Decorah High School on Saturday, Oct. 9, at 10 a.m. and follow Water Street to campus. This year's parade marshals are Lois and Kent Finanger '54, professor emeritus of health and physical education.

Jonathan Temte '80 will present the Hoslett Memorial Lecture, titled "Observations of an Erstwhile Biologist," at 10 a.m., Saturday, in Room 206 of Valders Hall of Science.

The Luther Huddle Picnic will follow the parade and lecture, serving from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Farwell Clearning. Cost is $7, $3.25 for children ages 5-10, no charge for children under 5. Bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating. Rain site is the Luther cafeteria, Dahl Centennial Union.

The Luther Book Shop in Dahl Centennial Union will host two book signings and one print signing Saturday, Oct. 9. Kris Henderson '85 will sign copies of the book "Animalimericks" from 10:30-11:30 a.m., and Jean Eittreim '55 will sign copies of her book "Creating a Class You Love to Teach" from 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Doug Eckheart, Luther professor emeritus of art, will sign copies of "Our Oneota Valley: View West of Luther College," one of six Eckheart works commissioned for the 2011 Luther College Sesquicentennial, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Book Shop.

The Luther Norse vs. Cornell College football game is Saturday at 1 p.m. at Carlson Stadium.

Following the game, four inductees into the Luther Athletic Hall of Fame will be honored at a reception in the Mostrom-Bahe Lobby of Jenson-Noble Hall of Music.  The induction ceremony will begin at 5 p.m. in Noble Recital Hall of Jenson-Noble.

Hall of fame inductees are Paul Quere '85, Jeff Freidhoff '00, Lynn (Hellmark) Tomaszewski '00 and Maria Miller-Rinaldi '00.

An art gallery reception will take place in the upper level of the Center for Faith and Life from 3-4 p.m., featuring art by Ashley Dull '05, and Becky Franklin '05.

A Luther Alumni Veterans reception will be held Saturday in the Mott-Borlaug rooms of Dahl Centennial Union from 3:30-5 p.m.

The Flamingo Ball will be Saturday, 8 p.m. to midnight, in the Regents Center main gym. The theme for the 2010 ball is "iDance-iMove-iGroove." The R-Factor Band will perform for an evening of music and dancing. Admission to Flamingo Ball is $12, and tickets can be purchased at the door.

The dedication of Bentdahl Commons and Farwell Clearing will take place Sunday, Oct. 10, at 1 p.m. in Bentdahl Commons, located in the green space in front of Dahl Centennial Union and the Center for Faith and Life.

The Homecoming Concert will be Sunday, Oct. 10, at 2 p.m. in the Center for Faith and Life. There is no charge for admission.

The concert includes performances by the Luther Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Daniel Baldwin; Nordic Choir, conducted by Allen Hightower; and Concert Band, conducted by Frederick Nyline.

The event will also include the presentation of the Theodore Presser Scholarship, the Weston H. Noble Award and the Carlo A. Sperati Award.

Following the concert, the Benjamin Splichal Larson Memorial Tree Celebration will take place at 4 p.m. at Bentdahl Commons.

For complete details and a full schedule for Luther Homecoming 2010, visit