2014 Homecoming Schedule of Events


Luther College
Homecoming 2014

Friday, October 10, 2014
Saturday, October 11, 2014
Sunday, October 12, 2014

Thursday, October 9, 2014

7:00 p.m. / Noble Recital Hall, Jenson-Noble Hall of Music
Faculty Artist Series: Music in the Shape of a Pear
Music by Luther Alumni Composers

Friday, October 10, 2014

7:30 a.m. / Peace Dining Room, Dahl Centennial Union
Alumni Council and Class Agent Breakfast Buffet

8:00–9:15 a.m. / Peace Dining Room, Dahl Centennial Union
Alumni Council and Class Agent Meeting

9:00 a.m.–6:30 p.m. / Main Lounge, Dahl Centennial Union
Homecoming Registration

9:00 a.m.–sunset / Silvercrest Golf Club, Decorah
David W. Preus '43 Alumni Golf Event
Open to all alumni and friends of the college; Play nine holes… or 18. Not a competitive tournament. Find some friends and play!

9:30–10:15 a.m. / Peace Dining Room, Dahl Centennial Union
Alumni Council Meeting

9:30–10:15 a.m. / Mott-Borlaug Rooms, Dahl Centennial Union
Class Agent Sessions

10:30 a.m. / Main Hall, Center for Faith and Life
Homecoming Chapel
Preacher: Rev. Jim Honig, Senior Pastor at Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church in Glen Ellyn, Illinois
Music: Collegiate Chorale directed by Andrew Last '97
Organist: Gregory Peterson '83, Associate Professor of Music and College Organist

11:15 a.m.–12:45 p.m. / Noble Recital Hall, Jenson-Noble Hall of Music
Inaugural Symposium: Exploring Faith and Literature
Panelists: President Paula J. Carlson; Dr. Jacqueline Bussie, Director, Forum on Faith and Life and Assoc. Professor of Religion, Concordia College; Dr. Peter Hawkins, Professor of Religion and Literature, Yale Divinity School; Rev. Jim Honig, Senior Pastor, Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church, Glen Ellyn, IL; and Dr. Robert D. Schultz '74, John P. Fishwick Professor of English, Roanoke College.

12:00–2:00 p.m. / Shirley Baker Commons, Baker Village
Class of 1964 Reception and Luncheon

1:00–2:15 p.m.  / Peace Dining Room, Dahl Centennial Union
Inaugural Luncheon for Delegates, Alumni Council Members, Class Agents and Special Guests (by invitation and response only)

2:45 p.m.
Academic Procession

3:00 p.m. / Main Hall, Center for Faith and Life
Investiture Ceremony of Dr. Paula J. Carlson as the 10th President of Luther College
Live streaming of the ceremony can be found here.

4:30–6:00 p.m. / Bentdahl Commons (Rain location: Peace Dining Room)
Inaugural Reception

6:30 p.m. / Dining Hall, Dahl Centennial Union
Alumni Dinner, Class of 1964 Reunion Gift Presentation, Celebration of Distinguished Service
Cost: $25.00/person

Distinguished Service Award Recipients:

  • Richard Dale '69
  • Marilyn Peitso '74
  • Sharon Prestemon '89

8:00 p.m. / Regents Center
Volleyball vs. Central College

8:30–11:00 p.m. / Marty’s, Dahl Centennial Union
Jazz at Marty’s
Luther College Jazz Band; Luther College Jazz Combo; and Luther College Jazz Orchestra Directed by Juan Tony Guzmán ’90 and Jon Ailabouni ’10

9:00 p.m. / Rubaiyat Restaurant, 117 West Water Street, Decorah
Reception for Composition Alumni and Students, hosted by Brooke Joyce, associate professor of music and composer-in-residence

9:30 p.m. / Jewel Theatre, Center for the Arts
A Thread in the Dark by Hella Haasse, performed by the Luther College Department for Visual and Performing Arts
Directed by Guest Director Courtney Kearney
Tickets can be purchased at the Ticket Office in the Center for Faith and Life. 
Cost: adults, $12; children under 12, $5; free with CAF

Saturday, October 11, 2014

8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. / Main Lounge, Dahl Centennial Union
Homecoming Registration

8:30 am. / Along the South Border of the Farwell Clearing, Library Lawn
Morning Prayer and Tree Dedication
Join the Carlson family as they give and dedicate a white oak tree in honor of President Paula J. Carlson's inauguration.

8:30–10:30 a.m. / Conference Room, Loyalty Hall
Alumni Council Meeting

9:00 a.m.–sunset / Silvercrest Golf Club, Decorah
David W. Preus '43 Alumni Golf Event
Open to all alumni and friends of the college; Play nine holes… or 18. Not a competitive tournament. Find some friends and play!

9:30 a.m. / Hovde Room, Preus Library
Qualley Papyri Exhibit Opening
The papyri–one of which, a libellus is especially rare–date from the first to the fifth centuries A.D. and were purchased by Orlando W. Qualley (Luther Class of 1918 and longtime professor of classics) from an antiquities dealer when he was part of a University of Michigan archaeological excavation at Karanis, south of Cairo, in 1924-25.

9:30 a.m.–11:00 a.m. / Luther Book Shop, Dahl Centennial Union
Alumni Book Signings
Christopher Cudworth '79, author of The Right Kind of Pride: Character, Caregiving and Community.
Julie (Henriksen) Bowe '84, author of the Friends for Keeps children's book series: My Last Best Friend, My New Best Friend, My Best Frenemy, My Forever Friends, and My Extra Best Friend.

10:00 a.m. / Room 206, Valders Hall of Science (formerly Valders 117)
Hoslett Memorial Lecture
Speaker: Michael Sorenson '84, professor and chair of biology, Boston University
Senior Project Update: Molecular Genetics and the Evolution of Birds that Cheat

10:00 a.m. / Water Street to Campus
Homecoming Parade
"SAC Meets President Carlson"
Grand Marshals: President Paula J. Carlson and Rev. Tom Schattauer

11:00 a.m. / Athletic Field
Alumni Softball Game

11:00 a.m. / Athletic Field
Ed Johnson '71 Alumni Rugby Match
Luther Men’s Rugby Club vs. Luther Old Boys

11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. / Luther Book Shop, Dahl Centennial Union
Alumni Book Signings
David Ellingson '69, author of Paddle Pilgrim: An Adventure of Learning and Spirit, Kayaking the Mississippi River.
Kristi (Tollefson) Wolf '84, Kari (Tollefson) Espinosa '84 and Jodi (Tollefson) Bjerke '94, authors of the cookbook, Cookies Matter.

11:00 a.m. Receptions / 11:30 a.m. Luncheons
Class Reunion Receptions/Luncheons

  • Classes of 1939, 1944, and 1949–Mott-Borlaug Rooms, Dahl Centennial Union
  • Class of 1954–Nobel Room, Dahl Centennial Union
  • Class of 1959–Shirley Baker Commons, Baker Village
  • Class of 1964–Peace Dining Room, Dahl Centennial Union

11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. / Main Clearing 
(Rain Site: Dining Hall, Dahl Centennial Union)
All-College Huddle and Picnic
Meet your classmates before the big game and enjoy lunch and good conversation with friends and students. Bring lawn chairs and blankets.

11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. / Lindeman Pond Area, Lower Campus
Outdoor Ropes Challenge Course Open to Guests
The Outdoor High Ropes Challenge Course will be open for walk-in participation as availability allows. Registration forms for participants will be available at the adventure venue. Must be 18 years or older; ages 10–17 may climb with parent/guardian present

11:30 a.m. / Aquatic Center, Regents Center
Alumni Swim Meet

1:00 p.m. / Carlson Stadium
Football vs. Central College
Halftime: Class of 1964 reunion gift presentation
Special Guests: Athletic Hall of Fame inductees
Cost: adults, $6; students, $3; tickets available at the game
Watch the live stream of the football game here.

1:00–3:00 p.m. / Noble Recital Hall, Jenson-Noble Hall of Music
Composition Alumni Open Rehearsal and Recording Session

1:30–3:30 p.m. / Nursing Simulation Lab/Room 245, Valders Hall of Science
Nursing Lab Open House (use entrance to Room 247)
Visit the new Nursing Simulation Lab. The recently purchased high fidelity mannequins will be on display.

1:30 p.m. / Jewel Theatre, Center for the Arts
A Thread in the Dark by Hella Haasse, performed by the Luther College Department for Visual and Performing Arts
Directed by Guest Director Courtney Kearney
Tickets can be purchased at the Ticket Office in the Center for Faith and LIfe.
Cost: adults, $12; children under 12, $5; free with CAF

2:00 p.m. / Hovde Room, Preus Library
Paddle Pilgrim: An Adventure of Learning and Spirit, Kayaking the Mississippi River
Join author David Ellingson '69 for an hour-long program about his six-month adventure paddling his kayak from the headwaters of the Mississippi River at Lake Itasca to New Orleans.

2:30 p.m.–4:00 p.m. / Luther Book Shop, Dahl Centennial Union
Book Signings
Jerry Johnson, former director of public information at Luther and author of Scrawny Dog, Hungry Cat and Fat Rat, and Hunting Birds.

Norman G. Omodt '61 author of From Log House to Mud Houses and Other Houses of the Lord.

3:30 p.m. (Immediately following the football game) / Bentdahl Commons (rain site: CFL Lobby)
Faculty Reception (Exceptions Noted With *)
Meet your favorite faculty members and emeriti for food and conversation after the football game.

*Art Department Reception—Wigley-Fleming Gallery, Center for the Arts

*Health and Physical Education Reception (including former athletes)—Mostrom-Bahe Lobby, Jenson-Noble Hall of Music (Athletic Hall of Fame reception)

4:00 p.m. / Mostrom-Bahe Lobby, Jenson-Noble Hall of Music
Athletic Hall of Fame Reception

5:00 p.m. / Noble Recital Hall, Jenson-Noble Hall of Music
Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Luther College Athletics Meritorious Service Award honoree:

  • Elliott Christen '55

Athletic Hall of Fame inductees:

  • Don Tresemer '69
  • Jim Carlson '74
  • Karen (Jordan) Van Zweden '84
  • Amie (Siebenaler) Larkin '99

5:00 p.m.
Class of 1949 Reception/Home of Francis and Marilyn Peterson

5:30 p.m./6:30 p.m.
Class Reunion Receptions/Dinners

  • 1959–Shirley Baker Commons, Baker Village
  • 1964–Peace Dining Room, Dahl Centennial Union
  • 1969–Winneshiek Ballroom, Hotel Winneshiek
  • 1974–South Winneshiek Golf and Country Club

6:00 p.m./7:00 p.m.
Class Reunion Receptions/Dinners

  • 1979–De Novo Barn
  • 1984–Silvercrest Golf and Country Club
  • 1989–Oneota Golf and Country Club

6:30 p.m.
Class Reunion Receptions

  • 1994–Steyer Opera House, Hotel Winneshiek     
  • 1999–Upstairs Banquet Hall, T-Bock's Sports Bar and Grill
  • 2004–Ballroom, Nob Hill Supper Club
  • 2009–Elks Lodge

7:30 p.m. / Jewel Theatre, Center for the Arts
A Thread in the Dark by Hella Haasse, performed by the Luther College Department for Visual and Performing Arts
Directed by Guest Director Courtney Kearney
Tickets can be purchased at the Ticket Office in the Center for Faith and Life

Cost: adults, $12; children under 12, $5; free with CAF

9:00 p.m.–11:00 p.m. / Regents Center
Flamingo Ball
$10/person; free with CAF
Enjoy an evening of dancing and music by "The Sevilles" at "The Inaugural Ball" sponsored by Student Activities Council.

Class Reunion Locations and Directions (maps and directions available at Dahl Centennial Union registration)
    1939, 1944, and 1949—Mott-Borlaug, Dahl Centennial Union (luncheon)
    1954—Nobel Room, Dahl Centennial Union (luncheon)
    1959—Shirley Baker Commons, Baker Village
    1964—Peace Dining Room, Dahl Centennial Union
    1969—Winneshiek Ballroom (second floor), Hotel Winneshiek, 104 East Water Street
    1974—South Winneshiek Golf and Country Club, 2585 175th Street (Drive south to Calmar on Highway 52; before entering the Calmar city limits, turn right at Premium Beverage onto 175th Street. The club is 2.2 miles west of Premium Beverage on the left; there is a brick gateway.)
    1979—De Novo Barn, 2214 Madison Road, on the right as you drive west
    1984—Silvercrest Country Club, 2772 College Drive (On College Drive, north of campus—look for the stone marker on the right as you drive north.) 
    1989—Oneota Golf and Country Club, 1714 Golf Road (Drive east out of town on Highway 9; turn left at the stop light. Go past Walmart and then keep left at Old Stage Road turnoff. Turn right into Freeport; keep left. Oneota is down a short lane on the left as you are leaving Freeport.)
    1994—Steyer Opera House (third floor), Hotel Winneshiek, 104 East Water Street
    1999—Upstairs Banquet Hall, T-Bocks Sports Bar and Grill, 206 West Water Street (entrances in both the front and back)
    2004—Ballroom, Nob Hill, 2955 US Highway 52 North (Drive north of Decorah on Highway 52; Nob Hill is 3.5 miles from the Luther campus on the left.)
    2009—Elks Lodge, 402 West Main (On the corner of Main and River Streets, just south of Water Street; entrance is on River Street.)

Sunday, October 12, 2014

9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. / Silvercrest Golf Club, Decorah
David W. Preus '43 Alumni Golf Event
Open to all alumni and friends of the college; Play nine holes… or 18. Not a competitive tournament. Find some friends and play!

10:00 a.m.
Festival Eucharist–Main Hall, Center for Faith and Life
Preacher: Amy Zalk Larson '96, campus pastor
Presiding Ministers: Mike Blair and David Vasquez, campus pastors
Music: Cathedral Choir and Aurora directed by Jennaya (Rogers) Robison '96, Cantorei directed by Linda Martin, Collegiate Chorale and Norsemen directed by Andrew Last '97, Luther Ringers directed by Gregory Peterson '83
Organist: Gregory Peterson '83, Associate Professor of Music and College Organist
Organ and Choral Works by Luther Composition Alumni
Live streaming of the service can be found here.

1:30 p.m.
Homecoming Concert–Main Hall, Center for Faith and Life
Live streaming of the concert can be found here.

Symphony Orchestra
Daniel Baldwin, Conductor
Concert Band
Joan deAlbuquerque, Conductor
Nordic Choir
Allen Hightower, Conductor

Presentation of the Theodore Presser Scholarship
Presentation of the Richard C. and Joann M. Hemp Prize
Presentation of the Carlo A. Sperati Award to Willard Linnevold '37
Presentation of the Weston H. Noble Award to James Johnson '75

Visit Preus Library

The Qualley Papyri Exhibit will open at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct., 11, in Hovde Room.

Digitized Pioneer–Along with the College Chips and Agora, the Pioneer is now digitized and ready for you to browse and reminisce from wherever you are. To view Luther College’s Digitized Publications Archive, visit http://bit.ly/lutherpubs.

Library Hours
Friday 7:30 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
Sunday 12:00 p.m.–12:00 a.m.

Linka Preus Display/Center for the Arts

A selection of Linka Preus sketches from the Luther College Archives will be featured in the large display case just outside the Kristin Wigley-Fleming Fine Arts Gallery in the Center for the Arts during Homecoming. Linka and her husband, Herman Amberg Preus, arrived in Spring Prairie, Wisconsin in 1851. Linka is best remembered for her sketchbooks that provide a rare insight into the life of Luther College and the Decorah area in the 1850s and 60s. The Luther College Archives collection contains two of Linka's original sketchbooks dating 1858 and 1865-69 as well as 140 individual sketches.