Schedule of Events

Family Weekend 2019 is September 20-22. Scroll down to see the schedule and join the fun!

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Friday, Sept. 20

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: David Thompson, professor of Spanish      Music: Norskkor

8:00-10:00 p.m.

Focus Family Weekend Bonfire Will Baker Park
FOCUS invites all families and friends to a bonfire at Will Baker Park for a time of fellowship, worship, and s’mores.

Saturday, Sept. 21

Information

Visitors may stop by the Welcome Center in the Dahl Centennial Union lobby for information about area attractions.

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.

8:00 a.m.

The Decorah Rotary's 8th Annual Loop de Loop Half-Marathon and 10K/5K Run-Walk will take place on the beautiful Trout Run Trail on Saturday, September 21. Sign up at https://runsignup.com/Race/Events/IA/Decorah/loopdeloop or learn more about the event at  https://www.decorahrotary.org/. The Rotary Club welcomes all Luther students and their families to join the fun!

8:00 a.m.-noon

Parents Council fall meeting

For members of Luther's Parents Council.

8:00 a.m.-noon

Pancake Feed St. Benedict Parish Hall, 307 W. Main St., Decorah
Luther's Habitat for Humanity chapter is hosting a pancake fundraiser for their spring break service trip and Winneshiek County Habitat for Humanity. Luther students give back to Winneshiek County by participating in local builds, working at nearby Habitat Re-Stores, and using their spring break to serve around the country. Tickets can be purchased at Luther's Ticket Office, online, or at the event: $7 for adults, $5 for ages 5-12, no charge for under 5. Questions? Contact [email protected]

9:00 a.m.

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

9:00-10:30 a.m.

Luther trails hike meet in front of Dahl Centennial Union (Hike will begin promptly after group gathers at 9 a.m.)
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 their stewardship work that maintains and improves 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.–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, faculty, and staff, and for museum members.**  From 10:00-5:00, folk-art demonstrators, guides, and greeters will be current or former Luther staff, faculty, or students. Special exhibits open at the museum include Tattoo: Identity Through Ink and The Museum Lab.

**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 https://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/museum-day-2019/.

9:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

Admissions Visit Center open Dahl Centennial Union 204

  • 10:00  Check -in 
  • 10:15-11:30 Campus Tour
  • 11:30-12:00  Admissions Presentation
  • 12:00-12:15 Student Panel: Q & A 
  • 12:15 Lunch

Register to visit at https://connect.luther.edu/portal/visit. For more information, call (563) 387-1287 or email [email protected].

9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

CANCELLED: Kayak/canoe trips on the Upper Iowa River. Sponsored by Luther's Recreational Services department. Sign-up began Wednesday, September 4, and all trips are currently full, but there is a wait list: https://www.luther.edu/recservices/outdoor-recreation/fallevents19/.  These trips have been cancelled due to high river levels.

12:30-2 p.m.

Concert Band and Jazz Orchestra concert CFL Main Hall

1:00 p.m

Football vs. Wartburg College Carlson Stadium Legacy Field

1:00-2:30 p.m.

Ballroom/Swing Dance Club Regents Center Gymnasium
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.

1:30-5:30 p.m.

CANCELLED: Kayak/canoe trips on the Upper Iowa River.  Sponsored by Luther's Recreational Services department. Sign-up began Wednesday, September 4, and all trips are currently full, but there is a wait list: https://www.luther.edu/recservices/outdoor-recreation/fallevents19/These trips have been cancelled due to high river levels.

2:00 p.m.

Men's Soccer vs. UW-Platteville

2:30 p.m.

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

4:00 p.m.

Catholic Mass Baker Village, Shirley Baker Commons
Presider: Father Donald Hertges, Luther College chaplain and St. Benedict Church, Decorah, pastor

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, a tradition for the Luther community. Invitations were sent to parents in August and students in September. RSVP before September 16 at luther.edu/parents/family-weekend/seniorreception/.

7:00 p.m.

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

  • Collegiate Chorale
  • Cathedral Choir
  • Aurora
  • Norskkor
  • Wind and Percussion Ensemble
  • Varsity Band

8:45-10:00 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 Entertainment.

Sunday, Sept. 22

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:  Anne Edison-Albright, college pastor    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: $15.00 for adults; $7.00 for children ages 5-10; no charge for children under age 5; $12.50 for Luther students. Prices subject to change.

Noon-4:00 p.m.

CANCELLED: Kayak/canoe trips on the Upper Iowa River. Sponsored by Luther's Recreational Services department. Sign-up began Wednesday, September 4, and all trips are currently full, but there is a wait list: https://www.luther.edu/recservices/outdoor-recreation/fallevents19/  These trips have been cancelled due to high river levels.