Luther College to celebrate Homecoming Oct. 5-7

Luther College will celebrate Homecoming 2012 Friday through Sunday, Oct. 5-7, bringing more than 5,000 students, alumni and friends of the college to the Luther campus for class reunions, sporting events, music, dance, theater and other events.

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

Events open to the public include the Homecoming Chapel at 10:30 a.m., Friday, Oct. 5 in the Main Hall of the Center for Faith and Life. Homecoming Chapel will be streamed live online at or listen live on the radio AM 1240 KDEC or live online Preacher for this service is Jerry Aaker, class of 1962.

The Jazz Orchestra Concert is 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5 in the Center for Faith and Life. The Luther Distinguished Service Awards will be presented following the concert. The class of 1962 Reunion Gift will be presented as well.

Distinguished Service Award recipients are Miriam (Strum) Odden, class of 1962 and Fran Odden, class of 1959, Terry Sorom, class of 1962, Kevin Sand, class of 1972, Ann (Hill) Duin, class of 1977, Jim Oppermann, class of 1977, David "Chip" Norris, class of 1982, Harlan Satrom, class of 1982, Majorie Opuni-Akuamoa, class of 1992, and Jenni Weuve, class of 1992.           

Juan-Tony Guzmán, Luther associate professor of music and class of 1990, and Tom Bourcier, Luther instructor of music, will conduct Jazz at Marty's, in Marty's Cybercafé in the Dahl Centennial Union 9:15-11:30 p.m. on Friday.

The traditional Luther Homecoming Parade will begin at Decorah High School  10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at and follow Water Street to campus.  This year's parade marshals are Jerry and Patti Johnson. Jerry worked at Luther from 1987 until retiring as Luther's director of public information in August 2012. Patti is a retired elementary school teacher.

Wendy (Tessman) Stevens, assistant professor of biology, class of 1969, will present the Hoslett Memorial Lecture, titled "100 Years of Biology at Luther College," at 10 a.m. Saturday in Valders Hall of Science, Room 206.

The Luther Huddle Picnic follows the parade and lecture, serving 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, on the Preus Library Lawn.  Cost is $8, $4 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.

Luther Book Shop, in the Dahl Centennial Union, will host four book signings and one print signing Saturday, Oct. 15.

·      Jerry Twedt, class of 1957 will sign copies of the book "Land of Pomise, Land of Tears" 10-11 a.m.

·      Jerry Aaker, class of 1962, will sign copies of the book "A Spirituality of Service: Reflections on a Life-Long Journey of Faith and Work Among the World's Poor" 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

·      Wilfred Bunge, class of 1953, professor emeritus of religion and classics, and Mar Lou Mohr, professor emerita of English, and Dale Nimrod, professor emeritus of chemistry, will sign copies of their book "Transformed by the Journey: 150 Years of Luther College in Word and Image" 1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. 

·      Kristina Nienhaus, class of 2013, will sign copies of her book "Made of Love"     2-3 p.m.

The Luther vs. University of Dubuque football game is 1 p.m. Saturday in Carlson Stadium.

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

Hall of fame inductees are Mel Ashland, class of 1967, Randy Blank, class of 1972, Loran Storts, class of 1987, Jill (Freed) Japenga, class of 1992, Matt Miller, class of 1997, Amanda (Smith) Webb, class of 2002 and Josh Hildebrand, Class of 2002.

Luther's annual Flamingo Ball is 9 p.m.-midnight, Saturday in the Main Gymnasium of the Regents Center. The theme is "Where's Dance." The Paul Windsor Orchestra will perform an evening of music and dancing.  Admission to Flamingo Ball is $12; tickets can be purchased at the Luther Box Office or at the door the night of the ball.

Festival Eucharist will take place 10 a.m. Sunday in the Main Hall of the Center for Faith and Life. David Vasquez, Campus Pastor, will be the Eucharist preacher. There will be special performances by Aurora, Norsemen, Cathedral Choir, Collegiate Chorale, Cantorei, Cathedral Choir, Luther Ringers, Brass Ensemble and Gregory Peterson, class of 1983, associate professor of music and college organist.

The Homecoming Concert is 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7 in the Center for Faith and Life.  The concert is open to the public with 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 Joan deAlbuquerque.

The concert includes the presentation of the Theodore Presser Scholarship, the Weston H. Noble Award and the Carlo A. Sperati Award.

The recipient of the Weston H. Noble Award is Bruce Tammen, class of 1971. The recipient of the Carlo A. Sperati Award is James Ripley, class of 1981.

For up-to-date details and a full Luther Homecoming 2012 schedule, visit the website:

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