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knightwatch M a r t in Lu t h e r Coll e ge

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• Spring Break! • Hockey at MLC • Teaching in Dominican Republic


1995 Luther Court New Ulm, MN 56073

A New Joy . . . An Amazing New Plan A Goodbye Message from Admissions Counselor Sarah Zahrt

My years teaching and being an admissions counselor here at MLC brought me a lot of joy That’s why I experienced a mixture of emotions when I found out I was pregnant. I was excited my husband and I would be blessed with a child, yet at the same time sad that this part of the Lord’s plan for me—serving him at MLC—would be over. Truth be told, I was scared how I would handle not having the joy of serving in the public ministry in my life. On February 24, those fears went away when the doctor placed our baby girl, Ziva, in my arms for the first time. No words can adequately explain the joy you feel when you see your child for the first time. I was blown away. Ziva is our world now, and she brings us so much joy! I’m so enjoying this part of the Lord’s plan. I have enjoyed meeting many of you, and I know you’re confused about what the Lord has in store for you. In the same way I now often wonder what Ziva will be like when she’s older and what she’ll do someday. Will she be a teacher, a lawyer, a doctor, a physical therapist, or a musician? What a comfort knowing the Lord’s guiding hand will be with her. He has an amazing plan for Ziva, like he does for all of you.

May our loving God continue to bless you all in his amazing plans for you!

It’s a GIRL! Ziva Elizabeth Zahrt was born Tuesday, February 24. She was 9 pounds, ½ ounce, 21½ inches long, and adorable, of course. We are sorry to say that no one won an MLC T-shirt in our baby-naming contest. “Ziva” was not on anyone’s list—except Sarah and Jesse’s. But Sarah is grateful for the dozens of suggestions you sent!

We’re looking forward to worshiping with you in the new Chapel of the Christ. It’s changing the whole MLC skyline! KnightWatch is published by Martin Luther College and is intended to inform, inspire, and motivate young people who are considering enrolling at MLC to prepare for public ministry in the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod. Comments are welcomed and should be directed to Martin Luther College Attn: Laurie Gauger 1995 Luther Court New Ulm, MN 56073


On our cover: Steven Strong, Nathan Wordell, Nicholas Trebesch, and Philip Strong volunteered in Las Vegas over Spring Break.

Vice President, Enrollment Management: Phil Leyrer Director of Admissions: Ron Brutlag Admissions Counselors: Sarah Zahrt, Mark Gnewuch, Ross Stelljes, Dustin Sievert Editor/Writer: Laurie Gauger Photographers: Bill Pekrul, Becky Amann, Grace Bey, Catherine St. John Proofreader: Heidi Schoof

M a r t i n L u t h e r C o ll e g e

Evangelism Day— Always a Fresh Perspective

Senate Gives Students Their Say

“So many times I’ve felt that since I’m only 18 and haven’t had as much training as a pastor, I’m not ready to answer questions about my faith,” says Elise Lau (ALA). Maybe you’ve felt the same. MLC wants to help with that, so for the fourth year in a row, we’ve hosted Evangelism Day. Together with the WELS Commission on Evangelism, we invited dozens of teachers, pastors, and missionaries from around the globe to talk with MLC students about witnessing for Christ. “It’s great to hear the stories from other people,” says Sam Kleinke (MLS). “It’s about the encouragement to live as someone who is always ready to share the good news of Christ.” “Every lecture and class had a fresh perspective on evangelism,” Elise adds. “I was reminded that God has given me (and all believers) his Word, and he’ll give me everything I need to share the ‘old, old story of Jesus and his love.’”

Student Senate is now sponsoring open forums (fora for you Latin sticklers), a chance for faculty to share info on current topics and students to offer their input. The March forum is on student eligibility and the student appeal process.

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The 27-member Senate (pictured), led by President Jeff Grundmeier (LPS), is a busy group, sponsoring Homecoming, Winter Carnival, Swine Sizzler, Blood Drives, and other events. This year’s frosh are represented by Alison Kolander (KML), Matt Stuebs (FVL), Tim Babler (Evergreen), and Heidi Heckmann (LPS), as well as their class president, Kurtis Wetzel (Kewaskum High—WI).

Making her own path: Teaching was the last thing I ever wanted to do, because everyone tells called workers’ kids that they should follow in their parents’ footsteps. But then I realized that everyone has different gifts to use and unique experiences that shape us, and I felt I could use mine to serve in the public ministry. Trigonometry she gets; bedtime she doesn’t: The idea that no one gets to bed early was a difficult concept to grasp. Everyone congratulates you if you make it to bed before midnight. When she’s just hanging out: We procrastinate, play volleyball, watch movies, play cards, Facebook chat with each other when we could just walk to their room, and (my personal favorite) play pranks on the RA’s. Not a bad reason: If you have a weakness for those butterscotch and chocolate dessert bars (I do!), MLC is a good place to go. Freshman, Elementary Ed & Secondary Ed—Social Studies Soccer, Track, Intramurals, Women’s Choir, Piano, Organ

Pastor James Mattek spoke to MLC juniors about leadership in ministry.


(Arizona Lutheran Academy) Elise


in their own words M a r t i n L u t h e r C o ll e g e

The Late Knight Show While Leno, Conan, and Jimmy Fallon were playing musical chairs, The Late Knight Show—MLC’s Winter Carnival ’09—got rave reviews. From best beard contest (winner: MLS alum Caleb Schultz) to talent show, from class videos to class couples (winners: Luther alum Sarah Zietlow and Lakeside alum Matt Werner), from broomball to speedball to hockey, the annual Winter Carnival gives students permission to ditch the studying and dive into the snow. For more photos, go to and click Picture Galleryk 20082009 k Winter Carnival.

Winter Play Is a Knives, secret passageways, dead bodies, and a narcoleptic? Yes, at the MLC winter play, The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940. Here are the major players: The basketball team entertained the Talent Show crowd with their Harlem-Globetrotters-slash-High-School-Musical ball handling routine.

Junior Jordan Schmitzer (MLS) pulls off a great save in the sophomore-junior broomball game, helping his class win not only this match, but the championship as well.



Derek Rabbers (Michigan LHS)

in their own words

Lakeside: Caleb Schmiege Luther: Becky Flad (pictured) LPS: Christina Lindloff, Cale Mead, Sarah Enstad (producer) MLS: Erica Natsis (director), Paul Krueger, Brad Snyder, Jacki Adams MVL: Emily Heidtke Northland: Carolyn Mayes Public: Kurtis Wetzel, Ryan Halter, Laura Spaude St. Croix: Lauren Loescher For more photos, go to and click Picture Gallery k 20082009k Dramatics k Musical Murders of 1940. What he expected; what he didn’t: I expected different kinds of classes. I never expected the variety of professors and the different ways they would conduct their classes. Why 10:45 am is a highlight: Chapel. I love hearing a variety of music by talented organists and musical ensembles. What also amazes me is just the singing talent of the average student. It’s a lot of fun when the organ cuts out and the student body continues on in beautiful four-part harmony. Changing your mind—it’s acceptable: If you find that the ministry isn’t for you, there will be no one here holding you down against your will. It’s a great college to start with, especially with the fellowship of your fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. Freshman, Secondary Ed—Physical Science a r t i Drama, n L u tGolf, h e Piano r C o ll e g e Wind Symphony, CollegeMChorale,

New in Town Movie Review By Courtney Ulrich (St. Croix) When I first heard they were coming out with a film about our beloved New Ulm, it really made me wonder. What could Hollywood possibly want with this small town in the middle of rural America? Not that our “town of charm and tradition” doesn’t have an appeal all its own, but Hollywood? Reviews for this flick have gone to extremes. While some viewers thought it was endearing, many MLC students felt it was a horrible mess-up. As if it weren’t enough to totally distort what New Ulm life is really like, the producers took it a step further and jammed New in Town with as many clichés as humanly possible. To me, it seemed poorly cast, unoriginal, and incredibly insulting to those of us who live outside the urban centers of America. MVL high school senior Brian Enter put it this way: “New in Town is a good movie . . . if you like tapioca.” Maybe some can watch it with a thick skin and get a few chuckles out of it, but for the most part, this film is anything but new.

You Can Hang in Any Dorm You Want­–

We Don’t Mind

Thanks to a Student Senate recommendation, open dorm hours have been expanded. The new hours are

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Monday-Thursday: evening chapel to 10 p.m. Friday: evening chapel to midnight Saturday: noon to midnight Sunday: noon to 10 p.m.

Pictured: Enjoying the new hours by watching a Thursday night movie in Summit Hall are Charlie Schowalter (KML), Ashley Mozak (Paul Kane HS), David Wendland (LPS), Elise Wordell (West), Ruby Wong (MLS), and Benjamin Ehlers (MLS).

On fitting in: People are accepting here, and there are so many types of people that it’s easy to find someone to fit in with. Just be yourself and in no time you’ll make tons of friends. Not your same old same old: Bible History and Literature 1 & 2 have taken my knowledge of the Bible to a whole new level. If she weren’t here, she would be . . . um . . . I can’t see myself anywhere but here. I decided to come to MLC after tons of encouragement from teachers and from my cousin, who recently graduated. They all said it was a great place to learn, make friends that share a common interest, and watch your faith grow. They were absolutely right. You won’t regret coming here. Freshman, Elementary Ed—English Women’s Choir, Piano

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ar Alyssa (Nebraska LHS) Rixe

in their own words


crowd. Singing the Kangaroo Song and doing slow-motion cheers are givens, but what’s really special are the halftime routines. “We express ourselves through the art of dance,” says senior cheerleader Matt Scharf (LPS). “It’s not too pretty, but we’re hoping to get a few laughs and help people enjoy the game.” Matt also mentions motorcycle-jumping the Grand Canyon and training grizzly bears to dance, neither of which has ever occurred. One trick they have tried, though, is the Human Javelin. “You can imagine what that entailed,” Matt says. “Seven guys trying to launch one guy as far as we could without using any sort of landing pad or cushion.” He also recalls hitting a tennis ball with a golf club. “Sounds tame,” he says, “but the ball was perched ever so carefully on another cheerleader’s mouth.”

Cheerleading with Style What are some distinctions of MLC? Ministry-based instruction? Experiential learning? Sure. But let’s not forget the Male Cheerleaders. Traditionally known as the Knobs, these guys know how to fire up a

“Yes,” he adds modestly, “we do all our own stunts.” From skits to chants, running the flag to offering the refs stacks of real cash as bribes, the male cheerleaders add another kind of fun to what are already great basketball games in the MLC gym. For more photos, go to and click Picture Gallery k 2008-2009kAthletics k Basketballk White Out Night.

WHITEOUT |BLACKOUT The crowd goes wild at every Knights basketball game. But fans at MLC do more than just cheer! To show their support this season, students decked themselves out for White Out and Black Out games. Best Costume Awards went to several students and profs, including Jeff Grundmeier (LPS) and Professor Doug Lange.



Carolyn Mayes (Northland LHS)

in in their their own own words words

On handling homework: You quickly learn how to manage your time and acquire a taste for coffee. On chapel: I love having chapel here! It is so easy to get caught up in college life and forget to take time to just listen to God speak. Chapel provides us with a little rest and peace. On her future: I hope that someday I can teach music somewhere. One of the most exciting things for me about coming here is having no idea where I will end up. On your future: MLC is a great place. Everyone here is ready and willing to help you find your own way to be a shining light in the world. Freshman, Secondary Education—Choral Music Staff Ministry a r t Choir, i n L Winter u t h ePlay, r COrgan o ll e g e College Chorale, EveningMChapel Baseball, College Choir, Daylight USA, Campus Sports Announcer, Intramurals

Dance Team Kicks Up Some Fun MLC Hockey Players Hit the Ice

MLC hockey players have donned their skates and sticks for many years, both at the New Ulm Civic Center and the outdoor rink, but this season the Student Senate granted the team official club status—which translates to cash for uni’s, equipment, refs, etc. During Winter Carnival, the Knights played their traditional match against Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, but they’ve got their sights set on even more. “We are currently working on training and building up our program to the point where we will be competitive in a local league,” says Joe Fetcenko (MLS). Note to prospective frosh: don’t forget to pack your skates.

Wowing the crowd at home basketball games this winter was the six-member dance squad. Led by captain Corrine Meshke (KML), they choreographed their own routines, from holiday boogies to country line dances. “I’d love to encourage all incoming freshmen who have any dance experience or interest to come out for the team next year,” said Laura Spaude (Antigo HS—WI). “Dance team is a lot of fun, a great way to meet new friends, and an awesome way to put God-given abilities to use.” Pictured from left: Spaude, Michelle Minzlaff (KML), Meshke, Sara Schmeling (MLS), Emily Haskell (Rapid City Christian—SD), and Sarah Sternaman (Shoreland). For more photos, go to and click Picture Gallery k 2008-2009 k Athletics k Basketball k Dance Team.

Deal Me In Andrew Welfel, Jeff Grundmeier, Matt Scharf, Lucas Bitter, Pete Metzger (all LPS), and Nate Moldenhauer (Manitowoc LHS) are founding members of the new MLC Sheepshead Club, keeping the old Milwaukee schafskopf tradition alive. “Now that it’s up and running,” Metzger says, “we feel very optimistic about its future.” This winter the club played in a tournament in La Crosse WI and How long he’s wanted to come to MLC—or not: From 5th grade until 11th grade I wanted to do anything but go to MLC. Then I had a few important role models tell me that I should consider pastoral ministry. Paul’s letters to Timothy helped me too. Now I’m loving it. And then there’s Greek: Greek is hard. Don’t let anybody tell you otherwise. At the same time don’t let anybody tell you that it is not worth it. I already use it almost every night in Bible study. The application of original languages is amazing! High school faith, college faith: Here at MLC I have been pushed by other students and professors to further my faith. Each evening my brothers and I have a late-night devotion. This would not have gotten me excited a year ago, but now it is often the only thing that gets me through the day! Freshman, Preseminary Studies

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held two tournaments at MLC, as well as holding teaching sessions on campus. If you come to MLC, you can propose the formation of any club you want; if the Senate approves, your club receives official status and funding.

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in their own words




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to Dominican Republic after graduating from MLC last May. She teaches 2nd grade and 5th grade English at Saint David School. “Sometimes,” she says, “God sticks out his hand, says, ‘Follow me,’ and leads us to a place unlike anything we know.” Let’s hear more.

From MLC to

without tile or carpeting, and a cafeteria without walls, but it’s a tropical island, not the Midwest!

God’s Word in her classroom: Religion is such a huge part of the culture here that it would never be banished from the classroom. When we put the nativity scene up on the 2nd grade wall, all 12 of my children could barely stay seated as each new piece went up. They loved to talk about the baby, Maria, Jose y los pastores (Mary, Joseph, and the shepherds). I think

Her students: They have the same issues as children in the States. They talk too much, forget to raise their hands, tattle, get scared of bugs, have nightmares, need hugs when they’ve fallen. Many live in single-parent homes; one parent will live and work in the United States while the other stays at home with the children. The main religion is Catholicism, but for most, it’s more a part of their culture than a faith. Her school: It’s a bilingual school; half the week is in English and half the week is in Spanish. We use the same books as the States. We work from notebooks, take spelling tests, and have physical education. But resources are sparing—chalk, pencils, books—and copies take a few days to make instead of a few hours. We have shutters instead of windows, cement floors

their favorite piece was the star, which was la luz para los reyes, or the light for the wise men. However, do I have a religion curriculum? No. The things I choose to share about God’s Word and my faith are permitted, but I cannot say too much. I have some parents who have chosen to keep their kids in a private non-religious school for a reason.

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Dominican Republic:

An Interview with Jackie Colletta '08 Her own spiritual life: There is a church up the

On MLC: MLC prepared me to be the best teacher I can

road about 20 minutes in a small town called Moca. It’s nothing more than an old rundown house and folding chairs, but to recognize parts of our Lutheran liturgy and to hear the Word of God is beautiful beyond words. In a small town in the center of this island in the middle of an ocean, salvation through faith is being taught.

be. For four years, it taught me the best ways to teach different disciplines, concepts, ideas. Religion courses prepared me for the questions people would ask about my faith and religion. Just this past weekend, I was able to sit with a Catholic friend of mine and discuss the differences in our beliefs—in Spanish! My professors at MLC always taught us to be aware of our children’s emotional needs. They taught us that above all things

Being a minority within the community: I live in a country where people with white skin are a rarity. I have five American roommates, one who is 6 feet tall. In no time at all, we realized what it really meant to be foreign. But we went from feeling fear to feeling welcomed. The store owner across the street from school whose wife just had a new baby, Emily, is always very kind. The boys line up each day waiting to play baseball and asking if we want to play. The older woman who daily sits in her rocking chair on her porch asks us about work with a warm and friendly smile. And the family that owns the market has gone out of their way to help Las Americanas.

Becoming a different person: Before I knew it, I was the one locking the front door and checking it twice. I have to budget and grocery shop and do the spring cleaning! All this responsibility on top of taking care of 12 children. I told my family that I came to this country a young college girl, but all of a sudden I’m a woman. Scary! I didn’t even have a say! w w

they are God’s precious lambs in need of his forgiveness and love. They are in need of our love, as well. Love your kids. The rest will come.

This isn’t the end: I came to the Dominican thinking one year would be fine, and then I’d head home and teach in a Lutheran elementary school. But I’ve seen a piece of this immense world the Lord has created and now I only want to see more. Perhaps it’s the travel bug or perhaps it’s the desire to reach as many people as possible with that saving grace. The power of his Word and the hope he offers changes people and their lives. It spans across cultures, over the barriers of language, and beyond biases. That’s what I want to be a part of. And if I happen to stop and relax on a few beaches along the way, I won’t complain. Jackie is one of about 50 grads who are teaching outside the US through MLC’s Daylight International.


Early Field Experience Freshman EFE—

Junior EFE—

Would I be a good teacher? Do I have the skills to pay the bills? Do I even want to teach? These are important, life-altering questions, and while you’re the only one who can answer them, MLC wants to help. So we throw you into teaching your first year here. We call it Early Field Experience (EFE). You can call it your decision maker.

After freshman year, your EFEs are off-campus. Each one rockets you from college courses to real kids.

A Life Changer

“You might not think that staying on campus an extra five days before spring break is something that excites you,” said first-year student Heidi Heckmann (LPS). “But the importance of that week is tremendous! We listened to different speakers and their varying experiences in the ministry. We also practiced teaching in front of our peers and saw ways in which we could improve. The last day students came from surrounding grade schools so that we could teach our lessons. You could really see the interest and the joy of learning on their faces. “Besides all the work, we also had a ton of fun!” she said. “EFE helped me become more certain of my decision to come to MLC and one day to serve God wherever he calls me.” For more photos, go to and click Picture Gallery k 2008-2009 k Campus Activities k Freshman Early Field Experience.



A Confidence Builder “At MLC I’m taught how to teach,” said April Cook (KML), “but EFE week provides an opportunity to put my knowledge into practice.” April spent her week at David’s Star—Jackson WI with Mr. John Giddings (MLC ‘05) in grades 7 and 8. She taught a number of classes, adding her own personal touches: animated video clips on the circulatory system in science class and her family’s experience with a Chinese foreign exchange student in geography. “My favorite times of the day were devotions,” she said, “when I could share my faith and watch the hearts of my students open up and take in God’s Word with rapt attention.”

Dan Albrecht (FVL), who taught in Mrs. Lorry Voss’s grade 4 classroom at St. Paul—Appleton WI, agrees. “Whether it was teaching a Christ-Light® lesson, doing devotion, or working one-on-one with a student, I had the awesome privilege to use God’s Word.” Keeping your eyes open is job #1 in EFE. “While observing, I was taking notes and thinking to myself, ‘That’s awesome. I want to remember to do that someday,’” Dan said. “It was intimidating to see how well the teachers at my school taught and then try to imagine myself in their shoes in a few short years,” April added. “On the other hand, after discussing my performance with my teacher, I now see that I’m more prepared than I previously gave myself credit for. It’s encouraging to look into the future and confidently say, ‘Wow. I really can do this.’”

Stephen Apt (Illinois LHS)

in their own words

How he fought against MLC: Teachers would tell me I would make a good pastor. I didn’t really want to do that though, so I went to another college. There I took a New Testament class and had to write a paper, and somehow writing that paper made me realize that I needed to be up here and get into the pastor track. Biggest college adjustment: I’d say time management. In high school everything was structured. You don’t go to class as much here, and you are always around your friends, so I needed to make time for studying too. It’s up to God, but if I could look into the future: I could see myself being some kind of youth pastor, maybe leading a teen center or something. Or maybe even counseling. I love to listen to people and try to give advice. Sophomore, Studies ElementaryPreseminary Education—Music M a r tChoir, i n LDaylight u t h eUSA, r CIntramurals o ll e g e Baseball Children’s Theater, College

Which Way Are You Leaning Now? rosschartrand Special interests: soccer, piano, choir, architecture

me. Teaching also appeals to me. I had a great grade school teacher for my math and science courses, and she really got me thinking about being able to teach.

Which way are you leaning today? 65% Martin Luther College 35% U of Virginia or James Madison U

One thing that I think would be a struggle if I went to MLC would be the languages, that is, if I decide to go pastor track. I’ve never been too big of a language guy.

Some of your thoughts:

Location isn’t a very big factor. I’ve been going to school away from home for four years already, so the homesickness isn’t an issue. Size doesn’t matter very much either. There will always be people that you enjoy hanging out with.

Senior, Luther Prep

A lot of my friends at LPS are pretty set on going to MLC, so that’s acting like a positive peer pressure on me. I’ve had a teacher or two tell me that God has blessed me with the abilities to be in the public ministry, and that has also affected my thinking. However, I have an older brother who graduated from UVA as an engineer, and that’s working out very well for him. So there’s another part of me that wants to see what I can do in a public university setting. Architecture has always intrigued me. How they build all those beautiful and functional buildings has always kind of amazed

My oldest brother tells me not to take anyone’s advice to heart too much, because in the end the decision is all mine. I do try to listen to what my friends think and what my parents think about each college. I pray about it a decent amount. I’m trying to listen to it all and then make a decision with God’s help. If I had to make my decision today, I would choose MLC.

Checking Back to April 2008: Did You Know? The majority of first-year college students say the CAMPUS VISIT was the most important factor in their college decision process. Take time to visit the colleges you’re interested in. Get a tour and talk to an admissions counselor. Sit in on a class and then grab a bench and do some people watching. Get a cappuccino at a coffee shop where students hang out. Then ask yourself, “Can I see myself here?”

Yeah, she was a little homesick: The hardest thing for me was being away from my parents and family and friends back home. I wasn’t able to see my family for four straight months; however, my new friends up here helped me to adjust quickly. For fun: Watching movies . . . sledding . . . ice skating . . . just hanging out in the cafeteria. The profs rock: All of them try to get to know you as much as possible on an individual basis. They really care about your well-being.

Emily Boldt (LPS) reported that she was leaning toward Martin Luther College. Alison Kolander (Kettle Moraine LHS) was leaning toward Wisconsin Lutheran College (Milwaukee). We’re happy to tell you that both are now first-year students at Martin Luther College. (Alison was a surprise to us too.)

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A solution for the undecided: Even if you aren’t 100% sure, give MLC a try for a year or a semester. You may find that this is where God wants you to be.

(California LHS) Megan

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in their own words



Urban Education Opportunity Track Coaches Needed Arts Explosion Three WELS schools in Milwaukee St. Paul’s Lutheran School, New The MLC Student are offering a summer enrichment Ulm, needs volunteer track Art Show (including program for grades 2-4. MLC coaches. Practices run M, T, doodles) is on display students are invited to apply and Th 3-4:30. in the Union. The MLC for paid positions as teachers Writers’ Group will present and teacher assistants. Sacred Wind “A Break from Boredom”— Symphony Concert skits and creative works from Transportation to “Lord, Hear Our MLC students. We’re also still Airport Prayer.” Sunday at accepting gigs for Open Mic. Sign up for the vans 3 in Wittenberg in the Student Life Collegiate Center Summer Jobs Office. $15 Auditorium. We can help you in your summer job each way. hunt! Register for MLC Summer Jobs ExPress, and you’ll be notified as soon as new jobs are posted.

Help Needed— Money Offered We need people to ref the men’s church league volleyball tournament this Saturday. Stop in the Athletic Office. $8/hour.


Are you engaged? Sign up for the free Pre-Marriage Workshop given by Pastors Schone and Intramural Co-Ed Boeder. Volleyball Play at the competitive or just-for-fun level. Rosters limited to 10. Must always have at least two men and two women on the court. Theater Lighting Class Learn basics of stage lighting for concerts or plays. Sunday at 7.

For a glimpse into everyday life at MLC, check out these recent listings on our electronic bulletin board.

Bowling at Concordia Lanes $6.50 pays for cover charge, shoes, 3 games, and 2 glasses of pop. Reserve your lanes now! MLC softball team receives $2 for each person who bowls.



Stepfanie Berg (Winnebago Lutheran Academy)

in their own words

$500 Scholarship Submit a translation of a German or Latin theological work to Studium Excitare, our online journal by and for confessional Lutherans, and you’ll be eligible to win our first $500 scholarship. 100 Students Need Rooms We’re hosting students from ALA, Illinois, Nebraska, Rocky Mountain, Shoreland, St. Croix, and WISCO. Sign up to host them in your dorm room!

Convocations Friday at 9:35. Hear Ms. Jamie Spielbauer on “Teaching: First Year Concerns/ Second Year Confidence” or Rev. Randy Hunter on “The Pastor and His Family.” Scientific Attacks against Christianity Dr. Klockziem will present this aulic in Room 175 at 8 pm. Delicious culinary treats provided, as is customary.

Still Want to Teach Overseas? Student These positions are open: Organ • Chiang Mai, Thailand Recital • Torreon, Mexico Six MLC students • Seoul, South Korea and some Bethany • Santiago, Dominican Republic students will play Get info in the Daylight Sunday at 3 at International office. St. Paul’s.

Can it be? A sports team without the drama? Women’s soccer was the least drama-filled team I’ve ever had. The girls all became so close. The coaches were crazy hilarious, but they really helped us mature in our skills and in our spiritual and personal lives too. I grew to love the team and the sport so much that I actually got excited to have nonstop running for two hours—crazy, I know. That’s deep: In order for your faith not to grow while you’re here at MLC, you’d have to try really hard. I love the fact that anyone will just whip out a deep spiritual conversation at any time of the day. Her career decision: Teacher or counselor? During EFE a speaker helped me realize that being a teacher is basically being a counselor too. She gets so close to her students she’s basically like a sister to them. That’s something I’d love to do. Freshman, Elementary Ed & Secondary Ed­—English MCollege a r t i Chorale, n L u tOrgan, h e r Intramurals C o ll e g e Soccer, Wind Symphony,

SPORTS•SPORTS•SPORTS•SPORTS SPORTS Knights at a Glance By Sports Information Director Mike Gibbons

Basketball Teams Finish Strong With a 17-9 record, the men’s team finished as the UMAC regular season co-champions for the second time in school history. Caleb Free (LPS) was named UMAC Player of the Year after leading the conference in points and rebounds. Greg Holzhueter (MVL) joined Free on the First Team All-UMAC, while Brian Gephart (Michigan LHS) and Aaron Schultz (St.Croix) were named Honorable Mention. Coach Jim Unke was named UMAC Coach of the Year for the second consecutive season. The women’s team finished the year 12-15, a strong improvement over last year. Erica Babinec (Luther High) was named First Team All-UMAC and was the only freshman in the conference to receive any all-conference recognition. Hannah Bode (MLS) and Lissa Babinec (Luther High) were named Honorable Mention.

Softball Squad Off to Roaring Start The softball team went 6-0 in a two-day tournament at the Plymouth Creek Dome against North Central, Maranatha Baptist Bible College, and Presentation. The Knights won the six games by a combined score of 85-8 as their bats were scorching throughout the tournament. MLC features just one upperclassman in April Cook (KML), but some talented youngsters have the future of the program looking bright. Freshmen Sarah Free (LPS) and Carrie Fritzler (MLS) both hit homeruns over the six-game stretch, while Free, Heather Korb (Lutheran HS—Indianapolis), and Julie Boggs (LPS) each went 2-0 from the mound in two starts.

Sports Shorts

Baseball Team Warms Up in Florida The baseball team looks to use the lessons they learned on a trip to Fort Pierce FL over Spring Break to make a strong run in the UMAC this season. While they struggled to finish games on the way to a 0-6 start, the young Knights gained valuable experience. Returners Justin Krause (LPS), Tyler Morgan (MVL), and Zac Pudlo (LPS) led the Knight hitters in the middle of the order, while Pudlo and Josh Janke (LPS) figure to lead the pitching staff. “The baseball trip to Florida was a great experience for us, not only to be able to get some games in,” Krause said, “but also for us to be able to come together as a team and get to know each other better.”

Fresh Faces on Tennis Court The MLC tennis program looks forward to a strong season, as both the men’s and women’s teams have a number of fresh faces. The women feature just three returnees in Tessa Hieb , Meredith Koltz, and Rachel Wendland (all LPS), while five newcomers bring athleticism and youth to the squad. The men have slightly more experience, with four players returning. The leaders figure to be Jonathan Kehl (LPS), David Zuberbier (FVL), Philip Hunter (LPS), and Michael Allard (LPS), while four newcomers to the sport hope to learn the ropes quickly.

Strength, Speed, and Smarts: MLC captured first place on the fall 2008 Academic All-Conference team, with 54 athletes—more than any other college—earning a GPA of 3.5 or better. MLC also led the conference in team GPA for five of the eight fall sports (men’s cross country, football, men’s soccer, women’s soccer, and volleyball).

Timberwolves Honor Knights: If you thumb to pages 62-63 in the March edition of the Minnesota Timberwolves program, you’ll find photos not of Al Jefferson and Randy Foye but of Caleb Free (LPS) and Brian Gephart (Michigan LHS). The two-page spread is all MLC: our ministerial training, our athletics program, and our men’s hoops.

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Alabama: Heather Holm Alex Moore Stefanie Luebke Darren Vogt Arizona: Joanna Kramer Evan Chartrand Nathaniel Buchner Gunnar Ledermann

Daylight USA Spring Break 2009

They knock on doors, make conversations, create brochures, and assist ministry however they can—and do some sightseeing too, of course! It’s called Daylight USA, and this Spring Break, with funding from WELS Kingdom Workers, 90 MLC students assisted 23 congregations, sharing the light of Christ.

California: Kimberly Matthies Jenna Bolda Andrea Varnum Mayu Takada

Steven Strong, Nathan Wordell, Nicholas Trebesch, and Philip Strong (all West LHS) did a little four-wheeling on their day off while helping at Shepherd of the Hills Exploratory—Las Vegas, where the Strongs’ older brother Aaron is pastor.

Colorado: Ethan Thaut Joseph Ebert Matthew Stuebs Justin Heise Bethany Wehrenberg Lisa Pappalardo Renee Peters Mara Nass Florida: Rachel Wendland Elizabeth Fischer Paul Krueger Joseph Wendland Matthew Werner Nathan Moldenhauer Troy Schreiner Jonathan Huebner

Illinois: Brent Miller Nathan Schulte Steven Pelischek Ethan Cherney Amanda Selle Michelle DeGroot Kevin Lorge Daniel Marggraf Louisiana: Lauren Gross Cale Mead 16 Caitlin Keller Darin Warnecke

John Schleis (FVL), Aaron Schulz (KML), Katrina Schneider (WISCO), and Alissa Barkholtz (FVL) took a trip up Stone Mountain while assisting Hope— Hampton GA.

Becky Amann (LPS), Jessica Christensen (WISCO), Becca Balge (MVL), and Sarah Enstad (LPS) enjoyed some TexMex culture while assisting Our Savior— San Antonio.

Nevada: Steven Strong Philip Strong Nicholas Trebesch Nathan Wordell Emily Sell Micah Ricke Bridget Kamps Luke Beilke North Carolina: Dan Hohenstein Laura Lundgren Neal Behm Adam Limpert Jessica Henning Nathan Reich Christopher Johns Kirstin Van Wagner Tennessee: Marie Gehlhar Sarah Foelske Sarah Nottling Carol Putz

April Cook (KML), Elise Wordell (West), Mikaela Raddatz (LPS), and Nicole Wendt (FVL) packed up their door hangers on the way out to a day of canvassing for Abiding Savior—Killeen TX.

Georgia: Mark Reichert Matthew Scharf Aaron Voss Matthew Rothe Katrina Schneider Alissa Barkholtz Aaron Schultz John Schleis

Missouri: Katie Siverly Katie Mikula Megan Ziel Holly Pearson

Texas: Chelsea Fraley Samuel Floyd Kathryn Dickson Adam Winkelmann Andrew Becker Heather Korb Marc Shambeau Elise Wordell April Cook Mikaela Raddatz Nicole Wendt Rebecca Amann Jessica Christensen Rebecca Balge Sarah Enstad Virginia: Claire Hagen Brian Gephart Jessica Gierach Daniel Albrecht

M a r t i n L u t h e r C o ll e g e

KnightWatch April 2009  

MLC Recruitment Magazine

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