Dear Parents and Guardians of Luther Seniors,
Yes, that’s right, they are already seniors. It is absolutely amazing to us that these four short years of our Luther College students’ lives are already coming to a close. Some of you may have a student who is actually graduating in December. We will see most of them on a beautiful sunny spring day in the Oneota Valley in May, 2020, walking across the stage with pride as they get their diploma. Congratulations to the students, but also to you as parents for helping them get this far.
For parents, this means you have only a few short months to take in a Luther College event and to visit the sights of beautiful Decorah.
This fall and early winter many exciting events are happening on our campus. There are always dynamic and exciting Luther athletes ready to showcase their athletic talents and Luther Norse spirit. This fall, Luther College has been selected to host the NCAA Division III men’s soccer tournament for the first and second rounds. What a thrill for our men’s soccer team to play in this tournament on their home pitch. After the soccer success, there will be many basketball, swimming, and other sports to watch. Additionally, another thrilling show by the theater department is ready. Come to campus to watch them perform the hit musical, Chicago for local audiences. And finally, a must-see event for a trip to Decorah is the spirit-filled Christmas at Luther. This year, there will be five performances of Whom Angels Greet With Anthems Sweet. We are confident that it will give you and your senior student a lifetime of memories.
Decorah is a special place. When visiting you can experience world-class hospitality, restaurants, museums, bike trails, and other destinations. There are so many great options for hotels but Airbnbs and Vrbos are also abundant. Each time we come to Decorah, we really enjoy renting a room that is in a house high in the bluffs with a beautiful view of the valleys. We have especially enjoyed the Rubaiyat restaurant (and their extensive wine list). On our last visit, we had a great experience at the new Impact Coffee house, listening to four Luther College a capella groups. Who would have thought that the former JCPenney store could have been turned into this fantastic eclectic venue?
Fall Parents’ Council Meeting
In September we had our fall meeting. We were blessed to hear from many of the leaders of Luther College. We heard presentations on the Luther brand; equity and inclusion; student life; and admissions. All of the presentations were important, but we especially liked the discussion about the new emphasis on counseling services. We heard from Meg Hammes, Director of Counseling Services at Luther. She spoke about the increased need for counseling services at colleges across the nation and specifically at Luther. She shared information about the new “stepped care model” her office is embracing. College life can be very difficult. We are glad our students will have access to these important services that help to keep our students healthy. A highlight of the day was meeting our new President, Jenifer K. Ward. She led an informal Q & A session on why she came to Luther College. She is very interested in hearing from current parents. She would welcome the opportunity to speak with any of you. We encourage you to take her up on her offer to meet. You will find her delightful. We look forward to the energy she will bring to her position and the Luther College community.
Lastly, we encourage you to join the “Luther College Parents” and the “Luther College Parents Network” Facebook groups. This will give you up-to-date important information. You can also follow @LutherCollege on Twitter and Instagram. If you have any questions, comments, concerns, or just want to reach out to another Luther parent, please do not hesitate to contact us. We hope to meet up with you on campus sometime this year.
Larry Logeman (’87) and Connie (Foxworthy) Logeman (’88)
Senior Class Parents Council Members:
Todd Saner ꞌ90 and Jennifer Munn Saner ꞌ89
2019-20 DATES TO REMEMBER:
Nov. 27- Dec. 1 Thanksgiving vacation
Dec. 5-8 Christmas at Luther
Dec. 16-19 Final Exams
Jan. 6-29 January Term
Feb. 5 Spring semester begins
March 21–29 Spring Vacation
April 10–13 Easter Vacation
May 18–21 Final Exams
May 24 Commencement