Message from Corey Landstrom, Vice President and Dean for Student Life

With the spring semester under way, I am reminded of the multiple transitions for which students are preparing. First-year students are continuing the academic progress they made in the fall and readying for their major Paideia research paper this semester. Additionally, they are in the process of identifying where and with whom they will live next year. Seniors are, hopefully, well along in preparing for their next step. Whether they are pursuing a career, graduate school, or volunteer experiences, they can meet with Career Center staff to assist them in their preparations. For sophomores and juniors, it’s not too early to visit the Career Center! In fact, it’s never too early for any student to begin the important work of preparing for life and careers. The Four-Year Career Guide located on their website ( is a particularly useful tool.

We hired an exciting new director for the Career Center. Sarah Franklin Crose joins our community from Wheaton College (IL). She brings to the role her experience with change management through Wheaton’s Center for Vocation and Career. We have high expectations and hopes that Sarah will help us continue the important work of the Career Center to meet the needs of today’s students and ensure they develop the critical career-readiness skills through their engagement on and off campus. 

Spring is the time for students to consider where they will live during the next academic year. Our director of residence life, Kris Franzen, offers information and sage advice below.

Each spring the Residence Life Office conducts a room draw in which students can self-select rooms and roommates for the next academic year. There are many different housing options available to students at Luther, so we encourage students to research all their choices by reviewing the room draw book they received through email. Students don’t always thoroughly review the room draw information–please encourage them to do so. Parents are also welcome to read more about the room draw process and review housing options on the Residence Life webpage at Selecting housing is very important to students, so please take a moment to ask your student about their plans for campus housing next fall. 

 The room draw process is based on the number of credit hours a student has completed; those with the most completed credits have the opportunity to select first. Students are responsible for reviewing their credits with the Registrar's Office for accuracy.  If you have any housing questions, please contact the Luther Residence Life Office at [email protected] or by calling 563-387-1330.   

We communicated the following, in part, to the campus community last month:We continue to monitor reports and recommendations regarding the 2019 Novel Coronavirus from national and regional health agencies on a daily basis and are taking safety precautions to detect and treat any potential case of the virus by following the latest guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Iowa Department of Public Health.

This situation continues to evolve, and we will provide updates to the community as needed–especially when information suggests actionable steps by Luther and/or its community members are necessary.General health reminders for everyone:

The CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses, including influenza. We recommend that individuals get the influenza vaccination. While it is no longer available on campus, it is available at clinics and pharmacies in Decorah. CDC does have specific guidance for travelers.

Influenza is present in Decorah, and we are aware of isolated cases within the campus community. If students believe they may have influenza, we ask that they first call Student Health Services (563-387-1045) before visiting in person.