Schedule of Events

Family Weekend 2017 was held September 22-24; scroll down to see the schedule. The Family Weekend schedule for 2018 will be posted in the summer.

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Friday, Sept. 22

8:45 a.m.–4:45 p.m.

Luther Book Shop open Dahl Centennial Union, main floor

10:30 a.m.

Chapel Center for Faith and Life (CFL), Main Hall

Preacher:  Wintlett Taylor Browne           Music: Norsemen

12:30 p.m.

Women's Golf hosts Luther Invitational at Oneota Golf and Country Club

4:00-6:00 p.m.

Women and Gender Studies Welcome Reception and Art Exhibition, Gjerset House
All are invited to Gjerset House, 4-6 p.m., to celebrate the work of Yousra Elkhalifa and the new school year, and Luther's new dean for equity and inclusion, Lisa Scott. Refreshments served.

Saturday, Sept. 23

Information

Visitors can pick up a schedule of events and information about area attractions in the Dahl Centennial Union Lobby, 9:00 a.m.-noon.

Cafeteria Dahl Centennial Union, lower level
Continuous service from 7:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.

Marty’s Dahl Centennial Union, lower level
Short-order items, 10:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m.

Nordic Brew Dahl Centennial Union, lower level
Espresso drinks, gourmet pastries, ice cream, 7:00 a.m.-11:30 p.m.

Oneota Market Dahl Centennial Union, main level
Short-order items, 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

8:00 a.m.-noon

Parents Council fall meeting
For members of Luther's Parents Council.

8:00 a.m.-noon

Pancake Feed Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 701 Iowa Ave., Decorah
Luther's Habitat for Humanity chapter is hosting a pancake fundraiser for their 2018 spring break trip. Luther students give back to Winneshiek County by participating in local builds year after year. A portion of the fundraiser's proceeds will go back to Winneshiek County Habitat for Humanity. Students and families are welcome to attend, as are the Decorah and surrounding communities. Ticket prices are $7 for adults, $5 for ages 5-12, no charge for under 5, and can be purchased at the Ticket Office. Questions? Contact [email protected]

9:00 a.m.

Women's Golf hosts Luther Invitational at Oneota Golf and Country Club

9:00-10:30 a.m.

Luther trails hike meet in front of Dahl Centennial Union
Come for a leisurely hike on the trail system through Luther's native habitats, including oak woodlands and tallgrass prairies.  Student interns will talk about the stewardship work they do to maintain and improve the quality of our natural areas, including tree plantings, prairie and woodland management, and ongoing projects such as non-native invasive species control.  A great hike for those who want to enjoy the fall weather and native habitats in Iowa's driftless region.  Wear footwear appropriate for light hiking.

9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

The Admissions Office Visitor Center is on the second floor of Dahl Centennial Union. September 23 is a Preview Day; email [email protected] for more information.

9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Luther Book Shop open Dahl Centennial Union, main floor

9:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Vesterheim Museum open 502 W. Water St., Decorah
Vesterheim Museum invites Luther families to come and see the collection that began at Luther in 1877. Admission is always free for Luther students, faculty, and staff, and for museum members.**  From 9:30-5, folk-art demonstrators, guides, and greeters will be current or former Luther staff, faculty, or students. You are also invited to Takkefest, Vesterheim's harvest festival, from 3-8 p.m. The event includes live music, dancing, games for all ages, folk art, Nordic-inspired cuisine, Pulpit Rock craft beers, Scandinavian treats, and more! Plus, there are opening events for the exhibit “Rocks and Hard Places: Emigration through the Lens of Knud Knudsen," including a film screening of “Album," and a gallery talk.

**This year's event is part of Smithsonian Magazine's Museum Day Live!, which will provide two free tickets to Vesterheim if tickets are printed from http://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/museum-day-live-2017/

10:00 a.m.-noon

Luther's Pep Band Comes to the Book Shop Dahl Centennial Union
Meet the Luther Pep Band in the Book Shop from 10 a.m. to noon. They will be applying FREE Luther tattoos, playing tunes, and generating excitement for the Norse! All are welcome to attend.

11:00 a.m.

Women's Soccer vs. Nebraska Wesleyan

12:15-4:15 p.m.

Kayak/Canoe Trips on the Upper Iowa River. Sponsored by Luther's Recreational Services department.  Registration is closed, as there are more than 40 on the wait list.

12:30 p.m.

Concert Band and Jazz Orchestra concert CFL Main Hall

1:00 p.m

Football vs. University of Dubuque

1:00 p.m.

Men's soccer vs. Nebraska Wesleyan

2:00-3:00 p.m.

Reception for First-Generation College Students and Families Center for the Arts Atrium
Enjoy treats and beverages and the opportunity to share in community at this event. President Paula J. Carlson and Dean Corey Landstrom will offer a welcome. Students received invitations by email.

2:30 p.m.

Treats, texts, and treasures: a scavenger hunt Preus Library
Participate in a Reformation-themed library scavenger hunt, win prizes, and enjoy delicious treats at Preus Library.

3:00-4:30 p.m.

Ballroom/Swing Dance Club Regents Center, East Gym
Come see what's new in competitive and social dance at Luther's ballroom/swing dance club showcase event. Join in the fun with some social dancing and a short lesson.

5:00–6:00 p.m.

Senior class reception Dahl Centennial Union, Peace Dining Room
All seniors and their families are invited to this informal event, which has become a tradition for the Luther community. Invitations with RSVP instructions (due Sept. 11) were sent to parents and students.

5:00 p.m.

Catholic Mass Jenson-Noble Hall of Music, Noble Recital Hall
Presider: Father Phillip Gibbs, Luther College chaplain and St. Benedict Church, Decorah, pastor

7:00 p.m.

Family Weekend concert CFL Main Hall
The premiere of several campus vocal and instrumental groups:

  • Collegiate Chorale
  • Cathedral Choir
  • Aurora (first-year women)
  • Norsemen (first-year men)
  • Cantorei
  • Wind and Percussion Ensemble
  • Varsity Band

8:30-10:00 p.m.

Soda Shoppe and Jazz Night Dahl Centennial Union, Marty's
Purchase ice cream treats served by Luther students. Entertainment provided by Luther Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Band. Sponsored by SAC Special Events.

Sunday, Sept. 24

Information

Cafeteria Dahl Centennial Union, lower level
Continuous service, 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.

Nordic Brew Dahl Centennial Union, lower level
Espresso drinks, gourmet pastries, ice cream, 7:00 a.m.-11:30 p.m.

Marty’s Dahl Centennial Union, lower level
Short-order items, 10:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m.

9:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

Luther Book Shop Dahl Centennial Union, main floor

10:00 a.m.

Family Weekend worship CFL Main Hall
Students, families, and guests are welcome to join the Luther congregation and celebrate Holy Communion.
Preacher:  Pastor Anne Edison-Albright             Music: Nordic Choir

10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

Peace Sunday brunch Dahl Centennial Union, second floor
Reservations are recommended; call 563.387.1514. Please check in at the Dahl Centennial Union lobby Sunday after 9:45 a.m. All members of party must be present before you will be seated. Cost: $14.50 for adults; $6.75 for children ages 5-10; no charge for children under age 5; $12 for Luther students. Prices subject to change.

12:15-4:15 p.m.

Kayak/Canoe Trips on the Upper Iowa River. Sponsored by Luther's Recreational Services department.  Registration is closed as there are more than 40 on the wait list.