2017 Homecoming Schedule of Events

Loyalty Hall

Luther College
Homecoming 2017

Friday, October 6, 2017
Saturday, October 7, 2017
Sunday, October 8, 2017

Thursday, October 5, 2017

7:30 p.m. / Jewel Theatre, Center for the Arts
Theatre Performance: The Life of Galileo

8:00 p.m. / Main Gym, Regents Center
Rally in The Valley Pep Rally 

Friday, October 6, 2017

9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. / Main Lounge, Dahl Centennial Union
Homecoming Registration

9:00 a.m.–Sunset / Silvercrest Golf and Country Club, Decorah
David W. Preus '43 Alumni Golf Event
Open to all alumni and friends of the college; Play nine holes… or 18. Not a competitive tournament. Find some friends and play! Green fees are $30 for 18 holes, cart rental $24/cart; or $20 for nine holes, cart rental $14/cart. Soft spikes only. For tee times, contact club manager Stacey Brandt at (563) 382-5296.

10:30 a.m. / Main Hall, Center for Faith and Life
Homecoming Chapel (Streamed Live here.)
Preacher: Rev. Heidi (Murken) Borkenhagen '02
Music: Wind and Percussion Ensemble directed by Joan deAlbuquerque, Collegiate Chorale directed by Jennaya (Rogers) Robison '96
Organist: Gregory Peterson '83, Professor of Music and College Organist

11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. / Hammarskold Lounge, Dahl Centennial Union
Alumni Council and Class Agent Reception

12:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m. / Peace Dining Room, Dahl Centennial Union
Alumni Council and Class Agent Luncheon

2:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. / Shirley Baker Commons, Baker Village
Class of 1967 Reception

2:15 p.m.–3:00 p.m. / Mott-Borlaug Rooms, Dahl Centennial Union
Class Agent Workshop

2:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m. / Conference Room, Loyalty Hall
Alumni Council Meeting

6:00 p.m. / Dining Hall, Dahl Centennial Union
Alumni Reception

6:30 p.m. / Dining Hall, Dahl Centennial Union
Alumni Dinner, Class of 1967 Reunion Gift Presentation, Celebration of Distinguished Service
Cost: $30.00/person

Distinguished Service Award Recipients: Sujay Lama '92, Mike Harman '87, Susan (Livingston) English '82, Julie (Braastad) Wurtzel '77, John Helgeland '62, Jan (Engle) Gray '62, Sheldon Hermanson '52, Larrie Wanberg '52

8:30 p.m. / Jewel Theatre, Center for the Arts
Theatre Performance: The Life of Galileo

8:30 p.m.–10:30 p.m. / Marty’s, Dahl Centennial Union
Jazz at Marty’s
Luther College Jazz Band; Luther College Jazz Combo; and Luther College Jazz Orchestra Directed by Juan Tony Guzmán '90 and Jon Ailabouni '10

Saturday, October 7, 2017

8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. / Main Lounge, Dahl Centennial Union
Homecoming Registration

8:30 a.m. / Legacy Field, Carlson Stadium
First Annual Flag Football Game for Football Alumni
Reservations requested to Caleb Padilla at [email protected] by Friday, September 29th.

9:00 a.m.–Sunset / Silvercrest Golf and Country Club, Decorah
David W. Preus '43 Alumni Golf Event
Open to all alumni and friends of the college; Play nine holes… or 18. Not a competitive tournament. Find some friends and play! Green fees are $30 for 18 holes, cart rental $24/cart; or $20 for nine holes, cart rental $14/cart. Soft spikes only. For tee times, contact the club manager at (563) 382-5296.

9:30 a.m. / Recital Hall, Center for Faith and Life
Phi Beta Kappa Symposium on the Liberal Arts
Speaker: Katherine Shaner '98 -Slavery, Paul, and Luther’s Legacy for the Bible
Martin Luther’s legacy for biblical studies is undeniable. His concept of ad fontes, a return to the sources of faith, opened a door for critical analysis of both scripture and its historical contexts.   Yet another of Luther’s enduring legacies, the concept of sola scriptura, or the singular authority of scripture, often stands in tension with interpretative methods and theological insights drawn from developments within the critical biblical studies that ad fontes fostered. This presentation examines this tension by exploring slavery, its historical context and its theological context in Pauline communities and their material environments. Why does slavery come to the fore for the first communities to which Paul wrote? What is the legacy of these ancient conversations about slavery for our contemporary theological perspective? What do our legacies (both from Luther and from slavery) mean for the next decades in both the church and the public square?

10:00 a.m. / Water Street to Campus
Homecoming Parade
Grand Marshals: Amanda Bailey, head women's basketball coach, and Andrew Last '97, assistant professor of music and conductor of Nordic Choir

10:30 a.m.–11:15 a.m. / Concourse/Valders Hall of Science
Reception Preceding Hoslett Memorial Lecture

11:00 a.m. / Athletic Field
Alumni Softball Game

11:00 a.m. / Aquatic Center, Regents Center
Alumni Swim Meet

11:00 a.m. / Athletic Field
Ed Johnson '71 Alumni Rugby Match
Luther Men’s Rugby Club vs. Luther Old Boys

11:00 a.m. / Athletic Field
Women's Rugby match
Luther Women's Rugby Club vs. College of St. Benedict

11:00 a.m. Class of 1967 Group Photo–Addams Lounge, Dahl Centennial Union

11:00 a.m. Class Reunion / Receptions / 11:30 a.m. Class Reunion / Luncheons

  • Classes of 1942, 1947, and 1952–Nobel Room, Dahl Centennial Union
  • Class of 1957–Mott-Borlaug rooms, Dahl Centennial Union
  • Class of 1962–Shirley Baker Commons, Baker Village
  • Class of 1967–Peace Dining Room, Dahl Centennial Union

11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. / Dining Hall, Dahl Centennial Union
Luther Tailgate
Meet your classmates before the big game and enjoy lunch and good conversation with friends and students.
Cost: adults, $9.00; children ages 5–10, $5; children under 5, no charge

THE HIGH ROPES COURSE WILL BE CLOSED DUE TO THE WEATHER
11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. / Outdoor Ropes Challenge Course, Athletic Fields
Outdoor High Ropes Challenge Course Open
The Outdoor High Ropes Challenge Course (behind Lindeman Pond, next to the soccer field) will be open for walk-in participation as availability allows. Registration forms for participants will be available at the adventure venue. Must be 18 years or older; ages 10–17 may climb with parent/guardian present

11 a.m.–1 p.m. / Luther Book Shop, Dahl Centennial Union
Alumni/Staff Book Signings
Jerry Johnson, former director of public information, author of the novels, Ivory and Gold, and Hunting Birds, and the essay collections, A Limit of Coot, Old Coots Never Forget, Coot Stews, and Crazy Old Coot
Keith Lesmeister ’01, author of We Could’ve Been Happy Here 

11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m. / Room 206, Valders Hall of Science (formerly Valders 117)
Hoslett Memorial Lecture: Science and Law and the Endangered Species Act
Speaker: Jonathan Drake '82, Research Biologist for the Northwest Fisheries Science Center, U.S. Department of Commerce,  NOAA, National Marine Fisheries Service

11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. / Dahl Centennial Union, Meet the Luther vans in front of the Union
Sustainability Tour
Learn about the college's renewable energy systems, conservation and efficiency programs, waste reduction efforts and see where students grow food for the college cafeteria. First come-first served as there are only 22 spaces available on the tour.

1:00 p.m. / Carlson Stadium
Football vs. Nebraska Wesleyan University
Halftime: Class of 1967 reunion gift presentation
Special Guests: Athletic Hall of Fame inductees
Cost: adults, $6; students, $3; seniors (65+), $3; children 5 and under are free; tickets available at the gate
Watch the live stream of the football game here.

1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m. /Farwell Hall, Helen Farwell Lounge
Malta Reception
Professors Emeriti Uwe Rudolf and Ruth Caldwell will host a gathering for alumni and students who have participated in the Malta program and alumni from Malta.

1 p.m.–3 p.m. / Luther Book Shop, Dahl Centennial Union
Alumni Book Signing
Books by author Jerry Twedt '57 (Jerry cannot attend. Books he has written and signed for the event will be available for all classmates and friends): Just a Thought or Two, Holiday Stories, and Land of Promise, Land of Tears.

1:30 p.m. / Jewel Theatre, Center for the Arts
Theatre Performance: The Life of Galileo

2:00 p.m. / Weston Noble Recital Hall, Jenson-Noble Hall of Music
1967 Nordic Choir International Tour - 50th Anniversary Documentary
To This Day: Remembering Nordic Choir's First International Tour
Learn more about the documentary.

3:30–5 p.m. / Luther Book Shop, Dahl Centennial Union
Alumni Book Signing
Kurt Clopton ’92, author of Super Guy

3:30 p.m. (Immediately following the football game) / Bentdahl Commons (rain site: Center for Faith and Life Lobby)
Faculty Reception (exceptions noted with *)
Meet your favorite faculty members and emeriti for food and conversation after the football game.

*Health and Physical Education Reception (including former athletes)—Mostrom-Bahe Lobby, Jenson-Noble Hall of Music (Athletic Hall of Fame reception)

4:00 p.m. / Mostrom-Bahe Lobby, Jenson-Noble Hall of Music
Athletic Hall of Fame Reception

5:00 p.m. / Noble Recital Hall, Jenson-Noble Hall of Music
Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Athletic Hall of Fame inductees: Nate Hansen '07, Matt Pyle '07, Lynn Dalhed '02, Chris Mitchell '97, Julie (James) Modjeski '97, Rick Burke '92, Melanie House '92, Steve Stokes '92, Rochelle Swiggum '87 (posthumous award), Gary Lowmiller '64

5:00 p.m. / Soccer Field
Women's Soccer vs. Loras College
Watch the live stream of the soccer game here.

5:30 p.m. receptions /6:30 p.m. dinners
Class Reunion Receptions/Dinners

  • Class of 1962-Shirley Baker Commons, Baker village
  • Class of 1967-Peace Dining Room, Dahl Centennial Union
  • Class of 1972-South Winneshiek Golf and Country Club, Calmar

6:00 p.m. / 7:00 p.m.
Class Reunion Receptions/Dinners

6:30 p.m. receptions
Class Reunion Receptions

  • Class of 1997–Winneshiek Ballroom, Hotel Winneshiek
  • Class of 2002–Upstairs Banquet Hall, T-Bock's Sports Bar and Grill
  • Class of 2007–Ballroom, Nob Hill Supper Club
  • Class of 2012–Elks Lodge

7:30 p.m. / Soccer Field
Men's Soccer vs. Loras College
Watch the live stream of the soccer game here.

7:30 p.m. / Jewel Theatre, Center for the Arts
Theatre Performance: The Life of Galileo

7:30 p.m. / Main Hall, Center for Faith and Life
SAC Concert: Ben Rector
Cost: $25; free with CAF

9:30 p.m. / Home of Carol Birkland '67 and Thomas Woxland, 1018 Walnut Street, Decorah
1967 Nordic Choir International Tour Reception

Sunday, October 8, 2017

10:00 a.m. / Main Hall, Center for Faith and Life
Festival Eucharist (Streamed Live here.)
Preacher: Rev. Mike Blair, college pastor
Music: Cathedral Choir and Aurora, Cantorei, Collegiate Chorale, Norsemen, and Luther Ringers
Organist: Gregory Peterson '83, Professor of Music and College Organist

10:00 a.m.—1:00 p.m./Home of Tim Fleming '67 and Barb Lepman, 1308 Laurel Drive, Unit #6, Decorah
Class of 1967 Brunch

1:30 p.m. / Main Hall, Center for Faith and Life
Homecoming Concert (Streamed Live here.)

Symphony Orchestra – Daniel Baldwin, Conductor
Concert Band – Joan deAlbuquerque, Conductor
Nordic Choir – Andrew Last '97, Conductor

Presentation of the Theodore Presser Scholarship
Presentation of the Richard C. and Joann M. Hemp Family Prize
Presentation of the Carlo A. Sperati Award
Presentation of the Weston H. Noble Award

7:00 p.m./Valders 206, Valders Hall of Science
Islamophobia and International Affairs: A conversation with Todd Green on advising at the State Department

During the 2016-17 academic year, Associate Professor of Religion Todd Green served as a Franklin Fellow in the U.S. State Department. His mandate was to advise the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs on matters related to Islamophobia and human rights. Green will discuss his experience working in the highest levels of the U.S. government and explain how the nature of his work changed with the shift in administrations.

Digitized Pioneer–Along with the College Chips and Agora, the Pioneer is now digitized and ready for you to browse and reminisce from wherever you are. To view Luther College’s Digitized Publications Archive, visit http://bit.ly/lutherpubs.

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