Charlie Bruer, Luther College senior from Wayzata, Minn., was named the recipient of the college's Jenson Medal at May 19 commencement ceremonies for the Luther Class of 2013.
Luther's Jenson Medal is presented each year to an outstanding senior, selected by the graduating class, who best demonstrates the ideals of the college through service to students and the college community. The Jenson Medal was established through an endowment gift from Luther alumni Elizabeth A. Jenson, Class of 1945, and Paul G. Jenson, Class of 1947, of Vassalboro, Maine.
The award includes a $500 stipend.
The Jenson Medal citation read by Corey Landstrom, dean and vice president for student life, praised Bruer for his ability to bring people together and for how he values of community.
Landstrom stated, "When I met with Charlie to talk about his Luther journey, I asked him what stands out over these four years. It was a conversation less focused on Charlie's contributions and experiences but rather those of the people with whom he has had the opportunity to develop meaningful relationships – countless peers, faculty, staff, alumni and members of the local community. It was clear to me that for Charlie – community is paramount."
Bruer earned the bachelor of arts degree from Luther with majors in biology and political science.
During his years at Luther, Bruer was a member of the Student Activities Council, Student Senate, Launching Luther Leaders and was a student representative to the college's Board of Regents during his senior year.
Bruer competed on the Luther men's track and field team for three years, serving as co-captain his senior year. He also was involved in Luther's improv troupe, Top Banana; Residence Life; choir; served as an on-campus EMT and was a peer mentor in the biology department.
After being involved in so many activities, Bruer makes it known that it was the people surrounding him who made his experience at Luther. He said, "I was incredibly humbled to win the award, it was an honor I didn't deserve. I am so grateful to all my classmates for making my years at Luther unforgettable and wish them the very best in whatever they pursue in the future."
Bruer is currently seeking employment in foreign policy in Washington D.C. or abroad but is also interested in medicine.