2019 Homecoming Schedule of Events

Luther College
Homecoming 2019

Friday, October 4, 2019
Saturday, October 5, 2019
Sunday, October 6, 2019

Thursday, October 3, 2019

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

Friday, October 4, 2019

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

10:30 a.m. / Main Hall, Center for Faith and Life
Homecoming Chapel (Streamed Live)
Preacher: Margaret Herz-Lane '69
Music: Wind and Percussion Ensemble directed by Joan deAlbuquerque, Collegiate Chorale directed by Jennaya (Rogers) Robison '96
Organist: Shayla (De Jong) Van Hal '16, interim 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 and Program

2:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. / Shirley Baker Commons, Baker Village
Class of 1969 Reception, Campus Tours

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

4:30 p.m.–6:00 p.m. / Norby House
Black Alumni Association Reception for Alumni, Students and Friends (Alumni will meet at the Hotel Winneshiek after dinner)

6:00 p.m. / Betty A. Hoff Field
Alumnae Softball Game (Social gathering to follow, TBA)

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

6:30 p.m. / Dining Hall, Dahl Centennial Union
Alumni Dinner, Class of 1969 Reunion Gift Presentation, Celebration of Distinguished Service
Distinguished Service Award Recipients: Karen (Wardell) Austad '64, Richard Staff '69, Steven Berry '74, Carl Stecker '79,  Carol Tomer '79, Jennifer Clark Nelson '94, Michael Anderson '99
Cost: $30.00/person

7:30 p.m. / Regents Center
Women's Volleyball vs. Loras College

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

9:30 p.m. / Jewel Theatre, Center for the Arts
Student Theatre Production
Lunatics (a new play by theatre students and Assistant Professor of Theatre Robert Vrtis)

Saturday, October 5, 2019

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

8:30 a.m. / Legacy Field, Carlson Stadium
Third Annual Flag Football Game for Football Alumni

8:30 a.m.–9:30 a.m. / Loyalty Hall Conference Room
Black Alumni Association Meeting
A continental breakfast will be served.

9:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m. / Luther Book Shop, Dahl Centennial Union
Alumni Book Signing: David Ellingson '69 will be signing copies of his books, Paddle Pilgrim: Kayaking the Fjords of Norway, Say What? A Fresh Look at Old Sayings, Paddle Pilgrim: Kayaking the Erie Canal and Hudson River to the Statue of Liberty,
Paddle Pilgrim: An adventure of learning and spirit, Kayaking the Mississippi River, and Biblical Wisdom for a Digital Age.

9:30 a.m. / Recital Hall, Center for Faith and Life
Phi Beta Kappa Symposium on the Liberal Arts
Speaker: Mitra Sadeghpour '94
Opera and its Relevancy in the 21st Century
Is an art form with roots in the late Renaissance era of music, and in many aspects unchanged for hundreds of years, relevant to the human experience in the 21st century? In our high tech, connected world, is there still “value” in taking the time to tell stories through music?  This talk will explore the issue of relevancy in this most collaborative of art forms by examining the stories opera tells, who tells those stories and where they do it, and what audiences are looking for when they attend the opera.

9:30 a.m. / Front Porch, Loyalty Hall
Class of 1969 Coffee and Parade Viewing

10:00 a.m. / Water Street to Campus
Homecoming Parade
Grand Marshals: Current and Emeriti Library Faculty and Staff

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

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

11:00 a.m. / Recital Hall, Jenson-Noble Hall of Music
Ironside Distinguished Alumni Lecture in Nursing by Carl Stecker '79, Senior Technical Advisor, Catholic Relief Services
Oh the Places You’ll Go! The Mission and Life of a Global Migrant.

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. Class of 1969 Group Photo–Luther Bell, rain location: Addams Lounge, Dahl Centennial Union

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

  • Classes of 1944, 1949, and 1954–Nobel Room, Dahl Centennial Union
  • Class of 1959–Mott-Borlaug Rooms, Dahl Centennial Union
  • Class of 1964–Shirley Baker Commons, Baker Village
  • Class of 1969–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, $10.00; children ages 5–10, $5; children under 5, no charge

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.

11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. / Luther Book Shop, Dahl Centennial Union
Alumni/Faculty Book Signings: Ellen (Hanusa Wonderlin) Wilke '84 will be signing her book, Claimed: Writings of a Preacher's Kid. Professor of English Amy Weldon will be signing her book, The Hands-On Life: How to Wake Yourself Up and Save the World.

11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m. / Room 206, Valders Hall of Science (formerly Valders 117)
Hoslett Memorial Lecture: Vitamin D: Super-Size Me!
Speaker: Karen Hansen '89, Associate Professor of Medicine, School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Wisconsin - Madison

11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. / Courtyard, Valders Hall of Science
Harvest Festival
The Center for Sustainable Communities is hosting a Harvest Festival in the courtyard outside of Valders for pumpkin carving, fresh cider, and a celebration of sustainability at Luther. (Rain site: The Link between Valders Hall of Science and Sampson Hoffland Laboratories)

1–2:00 p.m. / Room 245, Valders Hall of Science
Nursing Department Simulation Lab Open House

1:00 p.m. / Carlson Stadium
Football vs. Central College
Halftime: Class of 1969 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.

1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m. / Studio One, Center for the Arts
Contact Improvisation Jam
Welcoming all ages and abilities with bare feet and a body and clothes you can move in. So begins Contact Improvisation. Every dance a fresh combination of chance and openness to motion, a partnered improvisational dance that relies on bodies moving together with no set moves other than an awareness of their dynamic exchange -- working with the fundamentals of sensitivity, touch, and gravity. Led by Professor of Dance, Jane Hawley '87.

1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. / Luther Book Shop, Dahl Centennial Union
Eric Hustvedt '69, publisher, will be signing the book Zen Slaps from a Cancer Warrior by the late James Hockings '69. Professor of English David Faldet '79 will be signing copies of his books, King: A Mystery, and Oneota Flow: The Upper Iowa River and its People.

1:30 p.m. / Jewel Theatre, Center for the Arts
Student Theatre Production
Lunatics (a new play by theatre students and Assistant Professor of Theatre Robert Vrtis)

1:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m. / Room 206, Valders Hall of Science (formerly Valders 117)
Nordic Choir's First International Tour -- 50th Anniversary Documentary, To This Day: Remembering Nordic Choir's First International Tour

1:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m. / Hovde Lounge, Preus Library
50th Anniversary of Preus Library Open House
Enjoy cake and coffee with the library staff.

2:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m. / Union Gallery, Dahl Centennial Union
Reception for Alumni Artists from the Fine Arts Collection
Alumni Artists for the Fine Arts Collection exhibition featuring work from recent alumni including Laura Peterson ‘09 and Ben Holmberg ‘14, as well as collection favorites by Larry Welo 74’ and David Aurelius ‘74. 

2:30–4:00 p.m. / Studio One, Center for the Arts
Movement Fundamentals 4 Phases Practice
Welcoming all ages and abilities. Reunite and ignite your dancing self. Let your body call you back into your most deeply embodied self. Guided questions prompt physical expression with time for documenting your thoughts and feelings. Find the crumbs that lead back home. Led by Professor of Dance, Jane Hawley '87.

2:45 p.m.–3:45 p.m. / Room 206, Valders Hall of Science (formerly Valders 117)
Class of 1969 Moderated Discussion led by Professor Emerita of History Jacqueline Wilke: The Late '60s at Luther and Across the Nation

3:30 p.m. (Immediately following the football game) / Bentdahl Commons (rain site: Center for Faith and Life Lobby)
Alumni and Friends Reception with Faculty (exceptions noted with *)
Reconnect with your favorite current and emeriti faculty members for food and conversation after the football game. Cookies, punch and coffee will be served.
*Health and Physical Education Reception (including former athletes)—Mostrom-Bahe Lobby, Jenson-Noble Hall of Music (Athletic Hall of Fame reception)

3:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m. / Upstairs Gallery, Center for Faith and Life
Artist's Reception: Road Trip: Original Paintings and Pastels of Life on the Road by Christopher Cudworth '79 

4:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. / Room 206, Valders Hall of Science (formerly Valders 117)
Coming Home: Kayaking the Fjords of Norway,
a documentary by David Ellingson '69 

4:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m. / Studio One, Center for the Arts
“We got this dance thing going on...”
Join alumni in an open workshop to move that “sweet” body!

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: Dale Jensen '69, Jane (Greene) Hildebrand '74, Steven "Duke" Corson '79, Jeffrey Wettach '79, Susan (Satre) Michael '94, Jami Severson '99, Alycia Ashburn '99, Zac Bartlett '09

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

  • Class of 1964-Shirley Baker Commons, Baker Village
  • Class of 1969-Peace Dining Room, Dahl Centennial Union (Creativity Showcase during reception)
  • Class of 1974-South Winneshiek Golf and Country Club, Calmar

6:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.
Class Reunion Reception

  • Class of 1979–DeNovo Barn (This gathering features hearty hors d' oeurves served throughout the evening in place of a served meal.)

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

6:00 p.m.
Class Reunion Reception

  • Class of 2009–Luna Valley Farm

6:30 p.m.
Class Reunion Receptions

  • Class of 1999–Winneshiek Ballroom, Hotel Winneshiek
  • Class of 2004–Upstairs Banquet Hall, T-Bock's Sports Bar and Grill

7:30 p.m.
Class Reunion Reception

  • Class of 2014–The Courtyard and Cellar

7:30 p.m. / Jewel Theatre, Center for the Arts
Student Theatre Production
Lunatics (a new play by theatre students and Assistant Professor of Theater Robert Vrtis)

Sunday, October 6, 2019

10:00 a.m. / Main Hall, Center for Faith and Life
Festival of Eucharist
Preacher: Mike Blair, Campus Pastor
Music: Aurora and Cathedral Chorale directed by Jennaya (Rogers) Robison '96, Cathedral Choir and Norskkor directed by Mark Potvin '01
Organist: Shayla (De Jong) Van Hal '16, interim college organist

11:30 a.m. / Qualley Lounge, Center for Faith and Life
60th Anniversary Celebration of the Founding of the Luther Student Congregation

1:30 p.m. / Main Hall, Center for Faith and Life
Homecoming Concert

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

Presentation of the Presser Undergraduate Scholar Award
Presentation of the Richard C. and Joann M. Hemp Family Prize to Luke Berkley '20
Presentation of the Carlo A. Sperati Award to Tim Arnold '04
Presentation of the Weston H. Noble Award to John M. Broman '69

2:00 p.m. / Athletic Field
Men's Soccer vs. U.W. Superior

Digitized Publications–The College Chips, Pioneer and Agora are digitized and ready for you to browse and reminisce from wherever you are.

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