2020 Homecoming Schedule of Events

Virtual Homecoming 2020

Homecoming celebrations and virtual events begin October 9 and will continue throughout October.

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Virtual events for you to join


Friday, Oct. 9, 2020

10:30 a.m. Service of Dedication and Homecoming Chapel (view recording here)
Join us as we celebrate the new academic year, introduce new faculty and staff, announce endowed chairs, and hear from President Jenifer Ward, Regent Wendy (Jaycox) Davidson '92, Pastor Annie Edison-Albright and students. Organist: Gregory Peterson '83, professor of music and college organist

7 p.m. Virtual Open Mic Night via Zoom Video Webinar (Live)
Whether you want to enjoy the entertainment or be a part of the show, join us online for our Virtual Open Mic Night. Register to be an audience member and receive the event Zoom link in your email inbox.
Want to perform? Complete the Performer Registration Form.


Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020

2 p.m. Men's Soccer via Zoom Video Conference (Live)
Join us to hear Luther Soccer Head Coach Chris Garcia-Prats along with assistant coaches Josh Galvin '16, Ryan Martin, and Teo Jube '19, and current players, discuss what the soccer program is doing during the pandemic. All alumni, families, and friends are invited to join in on the webinar.

Please note: Zoom gatherings with the other fall sports coaches and students will also be offered throughout October.

7 p.m. Virtual Trivia Night (Live)
Calling all fact gurus, quiz enthusiasts, and Luther fans! Join your family, classmates, and friends to form a team for this special Luther and Decorah edition of Online Trivia. Hosted in partnership with our friends at the Courtyard and Cellar in Decorah. Questions will be asked by Andrew '03 and Eric Ellingsen '99 on a live video stream.

The link to the livestream will be sent out on the day of the event to all who register. Teams can decide how to communicate among themselves (this is a big part of the fun!), with one person from each team serving as captain and submitting the answer form.

Ready to test your knowledge? Complete the Homecoming Trivia Registration Form.


Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020

9 a.m. Virtual Concert and Music Awards Celebration (view here)
Tune in to access our playlist of special selections from Symphony Orchestra, Jazz Orchestra, Concert Band, and Nordic Choir, as well as messages from Dan Baldwin, professor of music, and Andrew Last '97, associate professor of music. The playlist will also include acknowledgements for the recipients of this year's Luther music awards: the Presser Undergraduate Scholar Award, the Richard C. and Joann M. Hemp Family Prize, the Carlo A. Sperati Award, and the Weston H. Noble Award.

1 p.m. Virtual Book Discussion via Zoom Video Conference
“White Fragility” by Robin DiAngelo
Luther alumna Loretta Dooley Wetzel '80, co-president of the Luther College Black Alumni Association, and Luther Professor Emerita of French Ruth Caldwell, will lead a discussion of Robin DiAngelo’s book “White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism.” They will define white supremacy and recognize the deep discomfort many people have with conversations about race. While awareness and acknowledgment of the many kinds of racism are critical steps, they will begin to identify actions we can take to embrace anti-racism at the individual, community, and national levels.

Registration for discussion participants is full. You are welcome to join the event as a listener.


Monday, October 12

5 p.m. Men's and Women's Tennis via Zoom Video Conference (Live)
Join us to hear Luther Tennis Head Coach Adam Strand '04 and Assistant Coach Dustin Rhoads and current players discuss what the tennis program is doing during the pandemic. All alumni, families, and friends are invited to join in on the webinar.

Please note: Zoom webinars with the other fall sports coaches and students will also be offered throughout October.


Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020

7 p.m. Farwell Distinguished Lecture: Dr. Michael Osterholm, click here to watch the recording.
The Global Health governance board, the President's Office, Campus Programming, Center for Global Learning, and Center for Ethics and Public Engagement are pleased to announce this fall's Farwell Distinguished Lecture: Luther Regent and renowned public health expert, Dr. Michael Osterholm '75. Osterholm is a University of Minnesota Regent Professor, McKnight Presidential Endowed Chair in Public Health, and the director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP).


Friday, October 16

10:30 a.m. Founder's Day Chapel via Zoom Video Conference (Live)
Guest Speaker: Maggie (Steinberg) Hagen '15


Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020

2 p.m. Virtual Halftime at Carlson Stadium via Zoom Video Conference (Live)
Join to hear Luther Football coaches (Head Coach Caleb Padilla, assistant coaches Billy Hickman, Raven Battle, Ryan Crabel, Zach Carney, and Tim Yourison '06) and current players discuss what the football program is doing during the pandemic. All alumni, families, and friends are invited to join in on the webinar.

Please note: Zoom webinars with the other fall sports coaches and students will also be offered throughout October.


Wednesday, October 21

5:30 p.m. Volleyball via Zoom Video Webinar (Live)
Join to hear Luther Volleyball Head Coach Brittany Sisk, assistant coaches Kellan Flynn and Dawn Cherwinka, and current players discuss what the volleyball program is doing during the pandemic. All alumni, families, and friends are invited to join in on the webinar.

Please note: Zoom webinars with the other fall sports coaches and students will also be offered throughout October.


Friday, October 30

10:30 a.m. Reformation Chapel via Zoom Video Conference (Live)
Guest Speaker: Rev. Jenn Collins '05
Lead Pastor, Saint Andrew Lutheran Church
“Being Sent is Coming Home”

The Rev. Jenn Collins graduated from Luther College in 2005 with a degree in English and has a Masters of Divinity from Wartburg Theological Seminary. She serves as Lead Pastor of Saint Andrew Lutheran Church, a congregation of about 3,000 people in Wausau, Wisconsin.  She lives with her two cats and enjoys going for hikes on Rib Mountain, practicing yoga, and good dark coffee with a little bit of cream, hot or iced. Her passions for ministry include worship leadership, teaching and preaching the Word, faith formation at every age, and meeting people on the journey of life and faith – wherever they are at – with the life-changing, freeing, and healing good news of God in Jesus Christ.


Saturday, October 31

10:00 a.m. Phi Beta Kappa Lecture (click here for recording of lecture)
Speaker: Dr. Bonnie Gunzenhauser '90
Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, John Carroll University
"Less Stability, More Change?"

Dr. Gunzenhauser began serving as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at John Carroll University in July of 2020. Prior to coming to John Carroll, she served for seven years as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Roosevelt University in Chicago, where she also spent ten years as faculty member before moving into administration. She is trained in the literature and culture of England’s long eighteenth century, and holds a PhD in English from the University of Chicago. Her academic interests include public humanities, the emergent genres of the long eighteenth century, particularly the novel and political journalism, and the history of reading and of the book. She has edited a book, Reading in History: New Methodologies from the Anglo-American Tradition, and has published and presented widely on intersections between the humanities and the public sphere

Thursday, November 12

4:00 p.m.  Class of 1960 Gathering via Zoom Video Conferencing (Live)
Join your Class Agents, Karen Julesburg and Ken Melby, for a chance to catch up with each other and the news from the college. An invitation will be sent to all members of the Class of 1960 by email.