Luther College to celebrate Homecoming Oct. 4-6

Luther College will celebrate Homecoming 2013 Friday through Sunday, Oct. 4-6, 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. 4 in the Main Hall of the Center for Faith and Life. The service will be streamed live at or listeners can tune in to AM 1240 KDEC or for the live audio version of the broadcast. The Preacher for this service is Reverend Stacey J. Nalean-Carlson, Luther class of 1998.

The Jazz Orchestra will perform in concert at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, in the Center for Faith and Life. The Luther Distinguished Service Awards will be presented following the concert, where the class of 1963 Reunion Gift will be presented as well.

Distinguished Service Award recipients are Selmer Norland, class of 1938; David Carlson, class of 1963; Brenda (Landsgard) Carlson, class of 1973; Joan (Catlin) Totten, class of 1963; Curt Wollan, class of 1973; Michael Kust, class of 1978; Kirk Stapleton, class of 1978; Gregory Hager, class of 1983; Joel Ludvigsen, class of 1988; and Namupa Nengola, class of 1998.

Juan-Tony Guzmán, Luther associate professor of music and class of 1990, and Jon Ailabouni, music faculty and class of 2010, 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 at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at and follow Water Street to campus.  This year's parade marshal is Dean Kevin Kraus. Kraus is currently serving the Luther community as vice president for academic affairs and dean of the College.

Charles W. Beatty, otorhinolaryngologist at the Mayo Clinic, class of 1973, will present the Hoslett Memorial Lecture, titled "Can You Hear Me Now?! – Hearing Loss and its Treatment," at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, 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. 5, 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 Dining Hall, Dahl Centennial Union.

Luther Book Shop, in the Dahl Centennial Union, will host four book signings and one DVD signing Friday, Oct. 4, and Saturday, Oct. 5.

·      Douglas Knick, Luther associate professor of education, will present his book, "The Kingdom of Collectible Treasures" 3:45-4:45 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4

·      Richard Simon Hanson, Luther Professor Emeritus of Religion and class of 1953, will sign copies of his DVD series, "How the Bible Happened" 3:45-4:45 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4

·      Callista (Bisek) Gingrich, class of 1988, will sign copies of the book "Sweet Land of Liberty, Land of the Pilgrim's Pride," and "Yankee Doodle Dandy"
11 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5

·      Carson Ode, class of 1963, will sign copies of the book "Iowa: Spaces, Faces" and his newest book, "Celebrate Iowa" 12:30-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5

·      Steven Nelson, owner of RocketDog Books, will sign copies of the books "In Search of Emily, A Dead Woman's Mirror" and "Zoo Girl" on behalf of his late wife, Susan Nelson, class of 1970, 2-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5  

The Luther vs. Loras College football game is 1 p.m. Saturday in Carlson Stadium. 

Following the game, five 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 Trish (Price) Nelson, class of 1983; Brian Hawes, class of 1988; Katherine Shaner, class of 1998; Chris Cinnamo, class of 1998; and Garrett Kurth, class of 2003.

Luther's annual Flamingo Ball is 9 p.m.-midnight, Saturday, Oct. 5, in the Main Gymnasium of the Regents Center and will feature The Final Mix Show Band, who will perform for an evening of music and dancing. Admission to Flamingo Ball is $12; tickets can be purchased at the Luther Ticket 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. Mike Blair, campus pastor, will be the Eucharist preacher. Eucharist includes special performances by Luther choirs Aurora, Norsemen, Cathedral Choir, Collegiate Chorale, Cantorei and Cathedral Choir, Luther Ringers, and Gregory Peterson, class of 1983, associate professor of music and college organist.

The Homecoming Concert is 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, 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 Karen Gesme Brunssen, class of 1975. The recipient of the Carlo A. Sperati Award is Harry Hindson III, class of 1970. The Theodore Presser Scholarship will be awarded the evening of the concert.                                                                   

For up-to-date details and a full Luther Homecoming 2013 schedule, visit the website:

Homecoming Parade 2012