Luther College Norse Notes
COMMUNITY
HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
Warmest holiday greetings from the Alumni and Development team! While December is always an extra busy month here at Luther as students and faculty complete their fall semester courses and exams, it's also a time of great joy on campus with the magical performances of Christmas at Luther, festive holiday celebrations, and community traditions like Christmas Cheer. In the midst of the "hustle and bustle" of this special season, we hope you will pause and enjoy reading about the many good things happening at Luther. There is much to celebrate and share! We are grateful for all members of our Luther community and wish you a safe and joyful holiday!
Student Activities Council members pose with some of the many 2021 Christmas Cheer donations. Individuals, student groups, and departments around campus donated to help make the season a bit brighter for 46 local families.
SPOTLIGHTS
ONE TEAM GIVING DAY WAS A WIN!
“We want our coaches to be able to create competitive schedules and provide cutting-edge training equipment for our student-athletes. The outcome of this day ensures that we can do so.” - Renae Hartl, director of intercollegiate athletics

The second annual One Team Giving Day, held November 18, raised more than $329,000 from 1,890 donors to benefit student-athletes!
LUTHER COLLEGE OPERA WINS NATIONAL AWARD
Luther's spring 2021 opera production of "Dido and Aeneas" has been awarded first place in Division II of the National Opera Association's 2020-21 Opera Production Competition. This was the first time Luther has entered this annual contest.
"This award is an outstanding tribute to our program. The judges noted wonderful musicality, the full engagement of the ensemble throughout the piece, the inventive concept, and the cohesive staging. We are very proud of the work of our students. We see their talent and dedication evidenced on campus every day, and it is exciting to see these attributes celebrated at the national level." - Andrew Whitfield, professor of music and coordinator of opera
BAA CAMPAIGN BENEFITS STUDENTS, DECORAH, AND THE BOOK FUND
The Luther College Black Alumni Association's 2021 Holiday Treat Bag campaign was a huge success! Thanks to the generosity of numerous donors, members of the BAA were able to visit campus on December 7 to gift a $20 Decorah Chamber Dollars gift card to all 407 current students of color (infusing more than $8,000 into the Decorah economy) AND made a $3,250 donation to Luther's Center for Intercultural Engagement and Student Success (CIES) Book Fund.
UPDATES & EVENTS
REFER FUTURE NORSE
Be an Alumni Ambassador today by referring prospective students to Luther! Referrals for current high school seniors are due by January 1, 2022. As a reminder, every student you refer will receive a $1,000 scholarship each year, for four years, when they enroll at Luther.
But wait, there's more! A bonus opportunity for alumni educators.
Alumni educators who refer middle or high school students between now and January 1 will be entered to win $300 to support their classroom! Three referrals = 1 entry. Every additional student referred beyond that = another entry! In the "relationship to the student" box at the end of the form be sure to include ALUMNI EDUCATOR.
CHRISTMAS AT LUTHER 2021 AVAILABLE ON DEMAND
The magic of Christmas at Luther continues! Enjoy this year's performance from the comfort of your home by purchasing an on demand ticket anytime between now and December 23. Ticket holders have 72 hours from the time of purchase to watch the performance - multiple times if you wish!
CAMPUS
LUTHER AND WINNESHIEK MEDICAL CENTER PARTNER TO OFFER STUDENT HEALTH SERVICES
"The new model of care will allow both organizations to focus on their areas of specialization: WMC in providing quality health care; Luther in providing an exceptional education." - Thomas Marquardt '91, chief medical officer of WMC
ANDY HAGEMAN NAMED DIRECTIOR OF THE CENTER FOR ETHICS AND PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT
“The CEPE is a portal through which Luther students, faculty, and staff can share their innovative and interdisciplinary work with broader communities. At the heart of my own work is embracing the entanglement of different disciplines. I see the center as a way to connect projects and pursuits - a space where scholars in English, environmental studies, and data science, for example, design projects together." - Andy Hageman, associate professor of English
LUTHER SENIORS TEAM UP TO HELP PROVIDE
FREE PROM DRESSES TO THOSE IN NEED
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