Schedule of Events

Here is the Family Weekend 2014 schedule. (The schedule for 2015 will be listed in the summer of 2015):

See Campus Map.

Friday, September 19

9:00 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: Storm Bailey, associate professor of philosophy

12:30 p.m.

Women's golf, Luther Invitational Oneota Golf & Country Club

7:00 p.m.

Volleyball, UW LaCrosse Regents Center

7:00 p.m.

Faculty recital, CFL, Main Hall
Benjamin Yates-trombone, Brad Schultz-organ

8:00 p.m.

The Evasons, a mind-reading duo Dahl Centennial Union, Marty's
A family-friendly performance hosted by SAC Spotlight Committee. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased online at or via the Luther Ticket Office.

Saturday, September 20


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

Oneota Market Dahl Centennial Union, main level
Purchase short-order items 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.; complimentary coffee available 7:30-9:00 a.m. outside Oneota Market

Dining Hall Dahl Centennial Union, lower level
Purchase breakfast from 7:00-10:00 a.m.

Marty’s Dahl Centennial Union, lower level
Short-order items, 10:30 a.m.-7:00 p.m.

Nordic Brew Dahl Centennial Union, lower level
Espresso drinks, ice cream, gourmet pastries, 10:00 a.m.-midnight

8:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Parents Council fall meeting various campus locations
For members of Luther's Parents Council.

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, including 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.–5:00 p.m.

Luther Book Shop open Dahl Centennial Union, main floor

9:00 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 with ID, and today students' parents and siblings will receive a 50 percent discount.  A special tour at 1:30 p.m. will cover the outdoor division--buildings from Norway and the U.S.--many of which were once located on Luther's campus.

10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

Admissions Office open Dahl Centennial Union, second floor
Saturday is a Preview Day; register now!

10:00 a.m.

Adventure Race Regents Center circle drive
The Adventure Race—a 9-mile bike ride, 3-mile run, and 3-mile canoe/kayak leg—is sponsored by APO. Registration closed Sept. 12.

11:00 a.m.-noon

A story book comes to life Dahl Centennial Union, Book Shop lobby
Luther education students dressed as storybook characters will read from their favorite children's books. Children of all ages are welcome to attend.

11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Picnic  Farwell Clearing (Library Lawn)
Bring a blanket or lawn chair. Picnic prices: $8.00 for adults; $4.00 for children 5-10; no charge for Luther students on board or children under 5. Rain location: Dahl Centennial Union Dining Hall

11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Panel Presentation for Parents Valders Hall of Science, Room 206
Faculty and staff will present information and answer questions about the student experience at Luther. Topics include study abroad, student advising, career development, and dining services. Panel presenters include Nancy Barry, professor of English and assistant to the dean for advising; Amanda Peck, Center for Global Learning intern; Nick Preus, professor of English; Brenda Ranum, interim director, Career Center; and Wayne Tudor, general manager, dining services.

12:30 p.m.

Concert Band and Jazz Orchestra concert CFL Main Hall

12:30 p.m.

Women's golf, Luther Invitational Oneota Golf & Country Club

1:00 p.m.

Norse football, Grinnell College Carlson Stadium
Sept. 20 is Military Appreciation Day. All veterans and current military personnel and families are invited to attend the game free of charge and will be recognized during the game.

2:30 p.m.

Treats and treasure hunt Preus Library
Enjoy delicious treats (yes, food is allowed in libraries now!) and explore where Luther students study. Dive deeper into the library world by taking part in the Banned Books Week exhibit and treasure hunt to win a Preus-certified travel mug.

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 the fun as the event concludes with a lesson designed for parents and students.

4:00 p.m.

Catholic Mass CFL Recital Hall
Presider: Father Phillip Gibbs, Luther College chaplain and St. Benedict Church, Decorah, pastor

4:00-6:00 p.m.

"Meet Your Local Merchants" scavenger hunt & grand prize celebration Hotel Winneshiek, 104 East Water Street, Decorah
All new Luther students (first-year and transfer) and their families are invited to visit local merchants--meet local store owners, find out what makes them unique, discover new things about the Decorah community, and have fun at the same time! Pick up raffle tickets (free) throughout downtown at each merchant you visit for your chance to win a fabulous grand prize (one prize for students, one for parents). Visit participating merchants (list is available at the Decorah Area Chamber of Commerce office and on the Hotel Winneshiek's website) anytime on Sat., Sept. 20, and bring your tickets to the Hotel Winneshiek lobby anytime from 4-6 p.m. Live music, food, and beverage specials will be available. Drawing at 6 p.m. (Must be present to win.)

4:30–6:00 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 were sent by postal mail with RSVP instructions. Questions? Contact Vanessa Wiest at 563.387.1517.

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

8:45-10:00 p.m.

Soda Shoppe 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, September 21


Oneota Market Dahl Centennial Union, main level
Closed Sunday, but complimentary coffee available 7:30-10:00 a.m. outside Oneota

Nordic Brew Dahl Centennial Union, lower level
Espresso drinks, gourmet pastries, ice cream, 10:00 a.m.-midnight

Marty’s Dahl Centennial Union, lower level
Short-order items, 11:00 a.m.-midnight 

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 as we celebrate Holy Communion.
Preacher: Mike Blair, campus pastor      Music: Nordic Choir

10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

Peace Sunday brunch Dahl Centennial Union, second floor
Reservations are suggested; call 563.387.1514 or email Walk-ins, please sign up in the Dahl Centennial Union lobby Sunday after 9:45 a.m. All members of party must be present before you will be seated. Cost: $13.75 for adults; $6.50 for children ages 5-10; no charge for children under age 5; $10 for Luther students. Prices subject to change.