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

March Parent Newsletter                

March Madness. That’s what March is all about, correct? Basketball? Perhaps not. While March Madness with its the push to the Final Four creates opportunities for shared experiences among friends, families, and colleagues, there is much more that goes on this month. As a hockey fan, I am always interested in the college hockey tournament that gets little attention but creates a similar level of energy for an admittedly smaller fan base.

In terms of athletics, we are in the crossover period of closing the winter sports season and opening the spring sports season. Luther teams and individuals had successes this past winter with Drew Van Anrooy claiming a national wrestling championship. Twenty-three Norse athletes were named to Iowa Intercollegiate Conference’s Academic All-American team. As I write, Clare Slagel is preparing to repeat as national champion in the 100m backstroke at the NCAA III National Swimming and Diving Championships.

Beyond athletics, the Concert Band has an Upper Midwest tour during spring break. Perhaps you will have an opportunity to see the band perform. Or maybe you plan to see the performance of Body of Water on March 23 at Iowa State University. Body of Water is a performance-based project that was conceived, choreographed, and directed by Luther College dance professor Jane Hawley in conjunction with Jodi Enos-Berlage, a biology professor at Luther who conducts water quality research. The project was first presented on campus in 2015. It highlights how small actions by individuals accumulate into a powerful force, producing an outcome that benefits all.

Beyond competitions and performances, the remainder of the spring semester will bring several key visitors to campus including authors and professors Cornell West and Robert George, bands Delta Rae and Panic at the Disco (separate performances), a theater production of The Illusion (written by Pierre Corneille and Tony Kushner) and Strengths Day and Happiness Week.

Did I mention spring break begins tonight? It may be that your student is returning home for break and is are looking for an opportunity to sleep and relax. Or perhaps a trip to the mountains, ocean, woodlands, or a city is in the works. I do know some students are heading to Florida for the annual Habit for Humanity spring break trip. Whether students are near or far, I wish for them a meaningfully productive spring break week so that they can return and finish the semester strong.