Senior Letter

It seems almost unbelievable that our students are starting their final year at Luther. When we dropped our daughter off on move in day three years ago, we never could have imagined how quickly this time would pass.

We were recently on campus for the fall meeting of the Parents Council. We gleaned some insights from the meeting that we’ll share with you:

-President Carlson shared highlights from the Strategic Plan, Inspired, Empowered, Engaged, which is the vision for the college for 2018-2023. There are some exciting new things ahead for Luther! The Strategic Plan can be found at luther.edu/strategic-plan.

-Aimee Viniard-Weideman, vice president for communications and marketing, told us about the Brand Strategy Work being done. In a highly competitive climate for attracting students, Luther is working to refine and renew their branding to be relevant, meaningful, and distinct. Mary was able to participate in a focus group as part of this initiative.

-Steve Holland, professor of economics and a faculty representative on the Presidential Search Committee, gave us an update on the Presidential Search process and progress. We feel confident that the team that has been assembled will find some outstanding candidates. Information and updates can be found at luther.edu/presidential-search.

- We heard about StrengthsFinder, an individual assessment available to all Luther students made possible by an endowment. Your student has most likely already completed this assessment. The Career Center offers Strength Mentors for students who wish to do a more in-depth examination of their results and real world applications.

-A representative of the Luther College Woman’s Club told us about the “sweet” service they offer. Parents can order homemade treats to be delivered to their student for a special occasion or just as a pick me up. All proceeds go to student scholarships. Visitluther.edu/parent/treats-for-students to place your order.

-Scot Schaeffer, vice president for enrollment management, gave us the good news that Luther continues to attract a very qualified pool of applicants and enrollment is up this year.

-Corey Landstrom, vice president and dean for student life spoke to the council about policy updates that went into effect in the last academic year. The incidents that occurred on campus last spring prompted some very open dialogue and accelerated the updating of language used in communication about bias incidents, hate acts or crimes, discrimination, and harassment.

Parents and families support their Luther students in many ways and we know that higher education is a big investment. When your student joined the Luther family, you became a Norse, too! Over the years, countless families have supported Luther students with a donation to the Luther Fund and we encourage you to invest in the future of Luther College, for your student and for all future students. We donate to help insure that our daughter’s degree from Luther College will retain its value and continue to represent a high quality liberal arts education. Visit givenow.luther.edu to make your gift online or return the enclosed response card with your donation. Thank you and GO NORSE!

If you haven’t already joined the Luther College Parents Facebook group, we encourage you to do so.

We are looking forward to the year ahead with great excitement! As always, if you have any questions or concerns, feel free to reach out to us.

Wishing you and your Luther student a great school year!

Scott and Mary Peters

P.S. Please know, lists for each class letter are generated by the number of credit hours a student has earned, not by senior, junior, etc. status. If you would like to receive a different class letter, please contact Annette Laitinen at 800-225-8664 or [email protected].

Senior Class Parents Council Members:

David Finger and Ann Hayden-Finger
Sun Prairie, WI
(608) 837-5294
[email protected]

Kevin and Jody King
Grayson, GA
(770) 864-1575
[email protected]

Daniel and Naomi Palmquist
Cloquet, MN
(218) 879-8339
[email protected]

Scott and Mary Peters
Mankato, MN
(507) 386-0186
[email protected]

Benjamin and Elizabeth Stewart
Western Springs, IL
(708) 784-9491
[email protected]

2018-19 Dates to Remember

Nov. 21-25                Thanksgiving vacation
Nov. 29-Dec. 2          Christmas at Luther
Dec. 10-13                 Final Exams
Jan. 7-30                   January Term
Feb. 6                 
Spring semester begins
March 23–31     
Spring Vacation
April 19–22        Easter Vacation
May 20–23          Final Exams
May 26                Commencement