Luther Alumni Magazine

Inauguration

Representatives of the Luther and higher education communities laid a hand on President Ward during a blessing that read, in part, “let her find uncommon delight in ways that will be contagious and reflective of all that it means to declare ‘Soli Deo Gloria.’”
Representatives of the Luther and higher education communities laid a hand on President Ward during a blessing that read, in part, “let her find uncommon delight in ways that will be contagious and reflective of all that it means to declare ‘Soli Deo Gloria.’”

On Nov. 2, the inauguration ceremony included delegates from 40 institutions of higher education, 10 Decorah community representatives, two dozen current and former regents, two former Luther presidents, and three former interim presidents.

With an inaugural theme of “Always Becoming,” the weekend began on Friday, Nov. 1, with Luther Agora, an academic research “marketplace of ideas” in Valders Concourse that showcased four dozen student and faculty research and creative projects.
With an inaugural theme of “Always Becoming,” the weekend began on Friday, Nov. 1, with Luther Agora, an academic research “marketplace of ideas” in Valders Concourse that showcased four dozen student and faculty research and creative projects.

In her address to those gathered, President Ward stated, “Not having answers and certainty . . . must not mean inaction. At every triumphant moment in Luther College’s history—the successful completion of a new building, a clean audit, a winning season on the field, a Christmas at Luther with standing ovations, the publication of a faculty member’s new book—it was not the answers that represented triumph. It was the practice of rolling up one’s sleeves, questioning, slogging, revising, imagining, hoping, and yes, trembling—to live in the becoming and to embrace the conversation with the unknown.”

In celebration of Luther’s new president, Decorah celebrated an Inaugural Night on the Town that included free events and activities at downtown shops and restaurants.
In celebration of Luther’s new president, Decorah celebrated an Inaugural Night on the Town that included free events and activities at downtown shops and restaurants.
Past Luther presidents in attendance included (clockwise from left): Richard L. Torgerson, David L. Tiede, Richard C. Hemp, David J. Roslein, Paula J. Carlson, and Jenifer K. Ward.
Past Luther presidents in attendance included (clockwise from left): Richard L. Torgerson, David L. Tiede, Richard C. Hemp, David J. Roslein, Paula J. Carlson, and Jenifer K. Ward.

The weekend also included a Saturday-night jazz performance that featured President Ward’s mother, Betty Ward, as a guest pianist; a Sunday-morning All Saints Jazz Liturgy; a Luther athletics “We Are Norse!” reception on the football field; a preconcert lecture and performance of The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci, a multimedia choral orchestral work by Jocelyn Hagen; and a concert by Collegiate Chorale and Decorah Chorale, with instrumentalists from the Luther faculty, students, and community.