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

• MLC: Too Close? Too Far? Just Right? • Coming from Public High School • New Secondary English Major

1995 Luther Court New Ulm, MN 56073 Address Service Requested




january 2010

KnightWatch Staff WRITER/EDITOR

Laurie Gauger ’86 PHOTOGRAPHERS

William Pekrul ’80, PR Director Catherine St. John COPY EDITOR


Lime Valley Advertising, Inc.

Office of Admissions DIRECTOR

Ronald Brutlag ’69 COUNSELORS

Dustin Sievert WLS ’07 Ross Stelljes WLS ’89 Lori Unke ’83

College Administration PRESIDENT


Philip Leyrer ’80


Jeffrey Schone WLS ’87 VP for ADMINISTRATION

Steven Thiesfeldt ’74 VP for ACADEMICS

David Wendler ’70 VP for MISSION ADVANCEMENT

Jonathan Scharlemann

Governing Board Chairman Michael Woldt WLS ’81 Secretary Roy Beyer WLS ’76 Keith Bowe ’79 Steven Danekas Jonathan Hahm ’71 Robert Hinnenthal Scott Huebner ’82 Stephen Loehr Barry Price Steven Rosenbaum ’86 Michael Schultz WLS ’89 William Steinbrenner Jeffrey Wegner WLS ’87 Charles Degner WLS ’79 Paul Prange WLS ’88 Mark Schroeder WLS ’81

Slow Cooked

America is the land of colleges and universities—over 4,000 of them. And you won’t be surprised to hear that no two are alike. In fact, colleges are kind of like countries; each has its own culture. Made up of fight songs, mascots, cafeteria specials, student traditions, and graduation rituals, these cultural influences may be fun, annoying, quirky, or endearing, and they may or may not remain in your memory. Like salt, they season your stay. But other cultural influences run deeper. They aren’t sprinkled on you; they’re slow-cooked into you. These are the themes that thread their way through the curriculum, the standards by which campus character and performance are measured. This is the way the college’s mission seeps into your worldview. At MLC you may or may not understand the humor of our male cheerleaders, enjoy the chocolate chip cookies in our dessert case every Friday, or buy-in to our T-shirt celebrations. Season to taste. But our graduates have noticed at least three lasting influences slow-cooked into them: 1. A reverence for God’s Word. Handling the Scriptures makes for trembling hands, not because the Word is fragile, but because it’s God’s. 2. The mantle of service. Fulfillment comes in serving. And God provides many ways to serve him, his people, and those who don’t yet know him. 3. A worship-centered life. Since Eden we, the crown of God’s creation, recognize that formal and informal worship of our Redeemer-Creator is not what we make time for; it is what we order our day around. We can’t comment on the cultures at other colleges, except to say that we know many fine ones exist that can serve you well. Among the questions you ask about costs, programs, and living arrangements, consider asking about the college’s culture, especially the principles and standards that are slowcooked into the students who study and live there. Culture counts. God bless your decision-making. Professor Phil Leyrer Vice President for Enrollment Management

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.


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On our cover: Nicole Lehman (Luther High), Jessica Gierach (Winnebago), and Stacey Kreckow (WISCO) play in our 20 inches of snow.

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New Ulm, Minnesota Too Close . . . Too Far . . . Just Right

Is the distance from your house to MLC a factor in your college decision? Maybe Minnesota sounds way too far away. Or maybe going to college in your backyard spells B-O-R-I-N-G. Alyssa Siverly (MVL) lives 30 minutes from campus, in Mankato MN. She also has an older sister on campus, so coming to MLC was hardly a leap into the great unknown. And yet it’s still new. “College is completely different from high school,” she says, “because you’re living on your own in the dorms with new faces and more responsibilities. MLC is a whole new atmosphere with new opportunities and exciting experiences.”

Brianne Jeffers and MLC friends at the Grand Canyon

Josh Danell (MVL) can holler home to his mom for clean socks if he wants. His house is on the other side of an MLC parking lot. “I do live in the dorms to get that dorm experience,” he says, “learning how to be more independent and living more on my own. So even though I live so close, MLC is still a new and great experience.”

On the other end of the map—literally—is Brianne Jeffers (ALA), who once again spent 3½ hours in a plane to get home to Phoenix this Christmas. “As a freshman, I felt very independent going to school so far from home,” she says. “I can’t say that I’m a big fan of the cold winters, but I do love getting to experience all four seasons. It’s also fun to have friends come down and spend their breaks at my house in the warm weather!” Carrie Fritzler (MLS) drove 13 hours—plus some stops—to see the fam and put her presents under the tree in Deford MI. “Being far away from home makes you really appreciate the time you do get with your family,” she says. “Your relationship with your parents can mature, and you’re motivated to keep in touch.”

Why MLC: I was uncertain whether I wanted to teach in WELS schools, but then I decided that MLC would be the best place to learn how to use my gifts to serve God and his people. MLC was the best choice both for spiritual and educational reasons. Faith on the rise: I’ve learned so much about Christian doctrine and the Bible since I’ve been here. I have a deeper understanding of God’s Word and will. I know God has a plan for my life, and that’s such a comfort. I especially love that I’m surrounded by those who share the same faith. Ministry now, ministry later: Last summer I helped coach a soccer camp in Florida with three other MLC students. Someday I’d really love to teach God’s Word to people in other countries. But I think my ideal call in the U.S. would be to teach first or second grade and at the same time teach seventh and eighth grade math.

Junior, Elementary Education Basketball

Another blessing is the double-your-fun friendship factor: “Knowing so many people from high school is a comfort, but the new friends you make at college are amazing. You grow very close. And there are loads of people who live close enough to go home for an occasional weekend who will gladly take you with them.” Carrie also sees the distance as preparation for her future ministry. “Living away from home can give you a good idea of what it will be like if you get a call far from home. It’s the perfect steppingstone to being on your own fulltime.” And that leads us to the most important factor of all. If you want to be a WELS pastor, teacher, or staff minister—or at least test the waters and see if it’s for you—then distance doesn’t matter that much. “You shouldn’t base your decision on how near or far a college is,” Alyssa says, “but on where you can best use the talents and abilities God has given you to let your light shine!” Looking at it that way, New Ulm isn’t too close or too far. It’s just right.

MLC Student Population by the Numbers: 99 Students from Minnesota 350 Students from Wisconsin 104 Students from Michigan 60 Students from other Midwestern states (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota)

99 Students from everywhere else


(Michigan LHS) Gabrielle


in their own words

Wellness on Campus “I am all about fitness,” says Maddy Ross (LPS, pictured). “I work out every morning for two hours. Exercise is like chocolate without the calories!” Guess that makes Maddy a perfect member of the MLC Wellness Committee, which aims to raise awareness and lower BMI on campus. Although we’ve already got a very busy fitness center, with cutting-edge Polar technology and free classes in everything from aerobics to Zumba, the committee pushes the campus family for more. MLC is partnering with the Heart of New Ulm, a national pilot aimed at reducing heart disease in the 56073 area. We host free health screenings and “Lunch and Learn” sessions. Team MLC had a great showing at the local 5K. And many students stood in line several hours to hear “Biggest Loser” guru Bob Harper a couple months ago. “Our bodies and brains are connected,” says Maddy, “so if our students would get fit, we’d all be so focused. Not to mention energized and happy. And anything we learn here, we’re going to take out into our service, whatever career path we choose. Learning about pushing yourself in healthy ways with exercise and just being well in general, both physically and spiritually—that’s really exciting to me.”

MLC Grad Goes High-Tech in PE Being an MLC PE instructor right after graduating from said college was a little unusual, but it showed Dan Gawrisch (WISCO) that he loved teaching PE, and it inspired him to do something else unusual: apply for a Polar Scholarship in Grundy Center, Iowa.

Never heard of it? In the PE world, Grundy Center is renowned for the latest in technology-assisted physical education. The University of Northern Iowa, Grundy Center School District, and the fitness technology company Polar USA collaborated to create a master’s degree in technology-assisted PE— and a scholarship to go with it. Having worked with Polar technology at MLC, Dan applied and won a scholarship. “After going through MLC’s PE program,” he says, “I felt more than prepared for

this year. I am appreciative of the fact that I could learn from experienced MLC professors and, more important, grow in my faith at the same time.” As a Polar Scholar he attends school three nights a week at the University of Northern Iowa and teaches K-5 PE during the day in Grundy Center, where his students utilize heart-rate monitors connected to instructors’ pocket PCs. He’s using his God-given gifts to learn all he can about best practices in PE. In May, he’ll have his master’s degree and a wide-open future. Although right now he plans on returning to the assignment committee, he says, “Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it’s the Lord’s will that prevails. I will wait and see what opportunities the Lord puts before me this year. Whatever I do, I know that what I have learned will help me as I look to bring quality PE to young people.” MLC is one of four “Showcase Colleges” for Polar. Read more about it at or in the September/ October 2009 issue of Strategies: A Journal for Physical and Sport Educators.

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College Choir Sings Brahms’ “German Requiem” Not every college choir can master a work as demanding as Brahms’ “German Requiem,” but the Martin Luther College Choir, under the baton of Dr. Kermit Moldenhauer, did just that. Although requiems were traditionally Latin liturgical works for Roman Catholic funeral masses, Brahms wanted his 1868 requiem to have a broader reach. He wrote it in German, using Luther’s Bible translation, and he was happy to have it sung in English as well. Sung on our campus in 1928 (in German), 1955, 1971, and 1976, the requiem’s performance this year thrilled a

grateful audience, including some who’d sung it in the 70s. Mastering it was an experience current choir members can’t say enough about. Andrew Loescher (KML): In learning Brahms’ “Requiem,” a 96-page work full of varying musical themes, beautifully expressive melodies, and glorious highs and foreboding lows, I found myself standing in awe of God’s grace to us, for blessing us with the ability to present such a beautiful message of hope. Ellen Raasch (SCLHS): This experience has again shown me how wonderful it is to have a choir filled with those who share our faith. This requiem beautifully depicts God’s blessings of life and salvation to all believers. It will be my favorite memory from my time in the College Choir. Rachel Wendland (LPS): The requiem became a huge part of our lives, the topic of discussion at the lunch table, in the dorm room, and even with our families at home. One of the many things I learned is that God works wonders through the use of music. Proclaiming God’s comfort in the gospel takes precedence over anything else.

Need Some New Stuff? The MLC bookstore is now online! Show your new school colors with a Knights sweatshirt. Get that special teacher a coffee mug. Buy your little sister an MLC stuffed bear as a goodbye gift. Search and place your order—or send the hyperlink to Mom and Dad. They’re so proud of you, they’ll be happy to buy you whatever you want, er, need. w w


Going Swimmingly Many MLC students have jobs, and some—like David Wendland, Evan Chartrand, and Joel Hering (all LPS)—are lucky enough to have jobs they love. Just look for them in the pool. David, an early childhood major, lifeguards, teaches lessons, and coaches first and second graders for the New Ulm Swim Club (pictured) “right down the hill” at the Vogel Recreation Center. “I can’t believe I get paid to do something I enjoy so much!” he says. “I’m not making millions, but it’s enough to help support my education at MLC, and I am getting an awesome early experience for a full-time early childhood ministry.”

I know this sounds cheesy, but sometimes it really doesn’t feel like I’m working. And the job doesn’t control my life. It takes up 8-10 hours per week (plus one Saturday a month for meets), so I still have plenty of time for homework, working out, intramurals, friends, sleep, etc.” Wondering where you could work in New Ulm? Check out MLC’s own job service. Go to the website and type “Jobs Express” in the search box. Or ask MLC students you know about their jobs coaching, babysitting, shoveling snow, teaching figure skating, washing dishes, tutoring at-risk kids, working with adults with disabilities, cutting lawns, reffing, and pretty much anything else!

Joel, a preseminary student who lifeguards and teaches lessons about 15 hours a week, agrees. “It’s so close to campus, and it gives me money for school, gas, and latenight McDonald’s runs.” “Coaching is a combination of two of my favorite things— swimming and kids,” Evan, also preseminary, adds. “My group is a really energetic bunch, so every practice is loads of fun.

New Secondary English Education Major It’s official! Next year you can enroll in our new four-year major qualifying you to teach grade 5-12 English. The Secondary 5-12 Communication Arts and Literature major includes new courses like Film & Mass Media. “This new major lends credibility to our already-solid English program,” says Professor Larry Czer. “Students here are excited; 30 are


transferring into the program. One read about it on Facebook and started dancing.” Want to teach middle school or high school English? Find out more about this new major by emailing your admissions counselor, Professor Czer at, or Dr. Cindy Whaley at

Colton (Kettle Moraine LHS) Berger 6

in their own words

Strange, but in a good way: Living in a dorm far from home was my biggest adjustment. It’s a strange feeling to know that what I do impacts myself solely, and that my parents aren’t here to keep me on track. Best part of college: Sports. I joined the soccer team, and although our record didn’t show a particularly excellent season, we were a great team of brothers and I had the time of my life. My friends and I play a lot of pick-up basketball, football, and soccer. I played intramural volleyball, and I’ll be refereeing basketball this winter. Taking his time: I didn’t decide to come to MLC until last May, which is very late. I would say, take your time and think things through before you make your decision. But when you are thinking of MLC, know that you’ll keep a strong faith and that you’ll develop amazing friendships with genuinely great people.

First-Year, Secondary M Social Education a r tStudies in Lu t h e r C o ll e g e Soccer

Come and See Us Sometime! You’ve heard it before. The only way to really know if a college is for you is to visit. Sit in a class. Talk to the students. Sample the stir fry. Here’s what some recent visitors to MLC had to say: Amber Flunker (FVL) The campus is absolutely breathtaking . . . especially the new chapel. And I was really surprised by the cafeteria. The food was really tasty. Melissa Mittelstadt (KML) MLC is a great school. The visit really made me want to come here. Lauren Grove (Century-Rochester) The best thing about my trip to MLC was meeting so many new people. Everyone seemed to make an effort to get to know you as a person rather than “just another visitor.” I was pretty set on applying, but my visit just cemented it for me. I had so many questions answered and can’t wait to apply.

Shane Bunde (HVL) Can’t wait till MLC. Alison Filter (Lakeside) The best thing about visiting MLC was how we were able to stay in the dorms, because it gave me a taste of how my life will be next year! The thing that I liked about the students was how friendly they were. You could tell that all of them were living in their faith just by the way they treated us when we were up there! My visit completely ensured the fact that I will be attending MLC next year! Ryan Zibrowski (Luther High) My visit really got me thinking about MLC again. I wanted to be a business manager. I wanted to go to a big college and make a lot of money. But after this last trip, and especially after one of the presentations by a grade school principal—what he had to say really put MLC back into the mix of things again. I realized it isn’t just about the money you make after college, but also the memories you make during and after college. So I will be making a difficult choice this coming spring.

50 Words - 50 Bucks

Wanna win some clams? A little lettuce? Some dough, some green, some moolah, some scratch? Enter our 50/50 writing contest! Tell us about a favorite pastor, teacher, or staff minister in 50 words or less— oops, fewer—and you could pocket 50 bucks and be published in the spring KnightWatch. Hint: Explaining won’t cut it. Tell a story. Paint a picture. Combine weird, wonderful words. Say it like it’s never been said before. And skip the intros, conclusions, and excess prepositional phrases, because a single word over 50 gets you the boot. Email your entry to by March 1. By the way, each paragraph above is exactly 50 words. Ain’t much, is it?

Different from Prep: Even though I stayed in the dorms at Prep, coming here was still an adjustment because I can’t go home for weekends. However, it’s usually busy enough on weekends so that I don’t even notice it. Also, I actually have to put a lot of time into my homework. In high school it was easy to get away with not studying very much. A miscellaneous list of likes: I’m very excited to worship in the new chapel. The cafeteria has great food, and it’s open all day. Sports are a great way to meet people and bond with your classmates. The languages are a lot of work, but worth it if you put in the effort. Maybe someday: Being a pastor in a Latin American country and ministering in Spanish is something I’d really like to do.

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First-Year, Preseminary Football, Basketball, Tennis

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in their own words



Love Grows Cold

Readers’ Theater: December 4-5

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tes of Penzance

: November 6-8

Christmas at MLC Concert: December 6

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From Public High to Lutheran College When public high school graduates step onto MLC’s campus, they enter a whole new world, a mixed bag of challenges and blessings. Public school grads make up about 10% of our enrollment. KnightWatch asked six of them to tell it like they see it. “I’ve had difficulties in religion classes,” said Kathleen Van Orman (Sparkman HS-Harvest, Alabama, 1700+ students), “because of not having all the religion courses other students have had.” Michelle Hintz (Independence HS-Tennessee, 1600+ students) agreed. “I felt like everyone else knew what was going on. It wasn’t hard to get used to though, because I love having them.” “And there are so many people here that are willing to help,” adds Jessica Henning (Redwood Valley HS-Minnesota, 400+ students). Making friends can be another challenge. “Everyone else had all these high school connections,” said Jill Anding (Neillsville HS-Wisconsin, 400+ students). “At first I found it easiest to stick with the other students who went to public schools.” “But not knowing anyone worked out to my advantage,” Michelle added. “It helped me be open-minded and not judge people according to preconceived notions or things I’d heard. And no one knew anything about me either.” When the friendships do form, they’re deep and lasting. “I am so thankful that I have friends who I can share my faith with and can honestly open up to,” Jill said. “I know these friendships will last a lifetime.” “One thing that amazed me when I got here,” added Jason Liebenow (Romeo HS-Michigan, 1900+ students), “was the fact that Jesus came up in everyday conversation. Some of my friends will just randomly suggest that we do a Bible study. It´s awesome.”

Jason also mentioned his disappointment in the behavior of some MLC students. “I expected people here to be much different from those at public schools, but I still run into much of the same immaturity. However, there are also a lot of people who are what I envisioned this place to be.” We’re a family here, sometimes with a little dysfunction, aka sin, but also with a lot of love. “We have the same Father in heaven,” said Jessica, “and this is shown daily by the way we all treat each other.” The students also mentioned how caring the professors are and how faith is the underlying theme in every course. “I don’t think students from Lutheran schools quite realize what a blessing it is to have Christian professors,” Michelle said. And it’s unanimous: Chapel is the best. “Going to chapel and sitting by friends who believe the same thing is an amazing and energizing feeling,” said Danny Rick (Wonewoc-Center HS- WI, 160+ students). “My favorite thing during chapel,” Kathleen said, “was when the students were singing harmony. You’ve never heard ‘Abide with Me’ until you’ve heard over 600 students sing it in four-part harmony a cappella.” Finally, to all of you public high students contemplating the new world of MLC, take heart! “Don’t worry about making friends,” said Jessica, pictured with MLC friends in the photos on this page. “They honestly come find you, plus you already practically know us public school kids, so come find us and we’ll help! Don’t worry about classes; the professors take you under their wing and ensure that you are well educated. And finally, just don’t worry! Because whether you came from public school or a Lutheran high, you’re still a child of God preparing for the public ministry, and he will make sure that you are well prepared!”


Paul Hoversten (Arizona Lutheran Academy)

in their own words

First impressions: Everyone here lives within 300 square yards of one another. And that’s one big German dude across the street. [That would be the famous Hermann the German statue.] Eating it up: Constant exposure to God’s Word is food for my faith. Every day, I’m given a thousand new chances to express my faith through love. The professors literally make a career of encouraging the students in their faiths. Because he can’t wait till graduation: In January I’m moving to Edna TX to teach English as a Second Language at Redeemer Lutheran Church for one year. Then I’ll be back. And someday I’d like to do mission work in Latin America. If you’re unsure about your future: Flood your life with God’s Word. MLC is a great place to do just that.

Sophomore, Elementary Ed/Secondary English Ed College Choir, Wind Symphony, Intramurals

W ed n esday s

with Stephanie

Stephanie Humann (Evergreen LHS) is a busy elementary ed/early childhood ed double major. What’s that like? Let’s roll back the calendar to last May and take a look at a typical Wednesday her junior year. 7:55 am She’s Got Class—Lots of ‘Em: After a quick bagel in the caf (pictured), it’s Teaching Literacy II (nuts-n-bolts of getting kids to read), Foundations in ECE (the whats and whys of this ministry), and Administration of EC Programs (if she’s called to be an ECE director, she’ll need to set policy, create budgets, meet government regulations . . . think “principal”). 10:45 am Chapel 11:10 am Christian Doctrine II: “It’s a blessing to have such knowledgeable professors, not only for methods courses, but also for biblical courses.” 12:05 pm Lunch 1:00 pm Primary Curriculum: “A great opportunity to get a taste of teaching!” 2:00 pm MLC Job: Financial aid office (pictured). 4:00 pm Sports: Spring means track (pictured). 5:30 pm Supper: A shower, a salad, a breather. 7:00 pm Chapel 7:15 pm Study: With 100s of others in the library. 10:00 pm Socializing: “What should we do—bowl a few games at Kegel, get some half-price appetizers at Applebee’s, or just watch a movie in our room?” Midnight Cram: Quiz tomorrow in Educating the Exceptional Child. “It’s interesting to see how kids learn differently and how to create curriculum to meet their individual needs.” 1 am Bed: “Tomorrow I can sleep in till 10.”

Summer ‘09: Stephanie spent nine weeks in five states, assisting churches with their Jesus Cares Ministries, serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Fall ‘09: She’s just made her way through ECE Student Teaching I, II, and III (Preprimary, Primary, and Infant/Toddler, pictured). “It’s such a joy to finally practice what I’ve been learning for so long! All the people that I met along the way were such a blessing—especially the children!”

It’s about teaching the Word: I came to MLC because I want to become an elementary school teacher someday, and in my classroom I want God’s Word to be present. Currently, my dream call is teaching third grade and coaching high school volleyball. Packing her bags: I’ll be going on a Daylight trip to San Antonio TX this spring break with three of my volleyball friends. I’m very excited to see how other congregations around the country spread God’s Word and to help them carry out their mission! Her advice: MLC is so friendly, making friends is not an issue. The thing to remember is that everyone is in the same situation as you, so put on a friendly face and approach people, because within no time you’ll have those close friendships you desire.

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(Manitowoc LHS) Katelyn


in their own words


Knights at a Glance Football Coach and Player of the Year

The Knights finished the season 7-3 overall and 4-0 in league play, earning the UMAC championship. Coach Doug Lange was named UMAC Coach of the Year, and Chuqee Fletcher (WISCO, pictured) earned UMAC Defensive Player of the Year and Lineman of the Year. Fifteen players were also named AllConference, nine to the first team and six to the second. First-team honors went to Taylor Bentz (FVL), Ryan Kolander (WISCO), Aaron Voss (MLS), Matt Rothe (LPS), Chuqee Fletcher (WISCO), Steve Gurgel (KMLHS), Luke Beilke (MVL), Joe Lindloff (MLS), and Ben Reichel (LPS). Receiving second-team honors were Nate Buchner (Manitowoc LHS), Leslie Arthurton (LPS), Ben Zuberbier (WLA), Greg Holzhueter (MVL), Andrew Becker (KMLHS), Bill Fuerstenau (KMLHS), and Justin Eternick (Lakeside).

Volleyball Netters Finish at 500 The volleyball team finished strong with victories in its final three matches, earning them a 7-7 record and fifth place in the UMAC. Emily Boldt (LPS) and Renee Peters (FVL, pictured) were named Honorable Mention All-UMAC selections, while Jaime Eternick (Lakeside) was named team MVP.

Cross Country Runners Take Second, Third The cross country teams had a strong run in the conference meet, with the men finishing second and the women third.


Jennifer 12 Draeger (Lakeside LHS)

Individually, Nathan Loersch (LPS, pictured right) and Loren Milbrath (MLS, pictured left) finished second and third, respectively, on the men’s side, while Libby Haasch (Lakeside) led the way for the women with an eighthplace finish.

Huebner Earns First-Team Soccer Honor

Jon Huebner (SCLHS, pictured) was named First Team All-UMAC and Evan Chartrand (LPS) and Brian Gephart (MLHS) were named Honorable Mention selections as the men’s team had a building year, marking a 3-13-2 record. An injury-depleted line-up plagued the women’s team, which finished with a 2-17 record. Kadie Drake (Madison HS-Adrian MI), Bonnie Whittaker (MLS), and Abigail Horn (LPS) received UMAC Honorable Mention.

Crass Takes Fourth in Golf

Isaac Crass (LPS) finished fourth in the UMAC postseason tournament and was named First Team All-UMAC as the men’s team took fifth in the tourney. The women finished fourth at the tournament, led by Mykayla Jensen (FVL).

Men’s Cagers Smaller, Quicker in 2009-2010 The MLC men feature a much different look as they defend their 2008-09 regular season UMAC championship. Gone are starters and All-UMAC honorees Caleb Free, Aaron Schultz, and Brian Gephart, making way for a smaller, quicker 2009-10 team. The Knights are still led at point guard by junior Greg Holzhueter (MVL, pictured), who made his presence felt early in the season with a buzzer-beater in the Knights’ 78-76 victory over UW-Superior. Ryan Kolander (WISCO) is back to start at forward, while Jared Matthies (Lakeside), Jake

in their own words

It there weren’t challenges, it wouldn’t be college: Being far away from home at times was pretty difficult, and so was the homework load, but I adjusted to both pretty quickly. She’s not shy: With everyone on campus preparing for the ministry, it gives me great comfort to know that I can live my faith and not be shy. It also makes me want to grow in my faith more, to some day spread and share my faith with others. Movin’ in: Everyone was very friendly and willing to help me take all my stuff to my dorm room. I think all my dad took in was a case of water! Sitting on the college fence? I would say, Come here! You’ll love it! (That’s what I actually tell some of my friends.)

First-Year, Elementary Education Volleyball, Track M a r t i n L u t h e r C o ll e g e

Unke (MVL), Derick Rosenbaum (MLS), and Justin Danell (MVL) all figure to play more prominent roles on this year’s team. Joining them in the rotation are first-years Nathan Bauer (Lakeside), Josh Danell (MVL), Justin Eternick (Lakeside), and Scott Henrich (LPS).

Women Led by Babinec and Free After finishing with a six-win improvement over the 2007-08 year last season, the women’s basketball team will need to replace some key personnel in the frontcourt, as well as find a new point guard, if they are going to repeat last year’s success. In the backcourt, Erica Babinec (Luther High, pictured) and Sarah Free (LPS) return after strong first-year campaigns a season ago. While neither is a true point guard, they both have the versatility to play both guard positions if necessary, and both can explode as scorers. Amanda Gardner (MLS) has shown a lot of promise in her first season as a point guard, while Heidi Wilz (FVL) and Kadie Drake (Madison HS-Adrian MI) provide depth. Up front, the Knights return three experienced players in Emily Boldt (LPS), Carrie Fritzler (MLS), and Katherine Kogler (CLHS). Kogler has the most scoring ability of the three, while Fritzler and Boldt provide a very strong defensive presence in the paint. Amanda Selle (FVL) looks to get some time at the small forward spot, while first-years Sarah Pederson (GPLHS) and Charissa Scharf (LPS) join returner Brittany Jensen (FVL) as depth down low.

Just being honest: Rooming with someone you’ve never met before, coming to a school where you only know five people, can be a little intimidating. I get homesick when it gets close to the short breaks. I’m a little too far from home to get there for midterm or Thanksgiving, so I go to my grandma’s or cousin’s house. The best way to cure homesickness is to call home. Nothing is better than hearing Mom’s voice. Where she met some of her best friends: Drama. There’s definitely something special about spending weeks working together to put on a production. And there are so many different ways to get involved! I have been in a chorus, a minor role, stage crew, curtain girl, and even a producer! Only 17 months till Call Day: I’ll go anywhere! I’d rather someplace with more sunshine and less snow, but wherever the Lord puts me, I’m ready.

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Paul ’s Wall By Paul A. Hoversten, (Arizona Lutheran Academy)

Riding in the Passenger Seat Every morning at 6:20 during high school, I drove a mile and a half to my teacher’s house, hopped into his Nissan Frontier, and commenced a nap as he made the trek through West Phoenix to school. Every now and again, I made a valiant effort to stay awake to keep Mr. Gruetzmacher company, but most often Paul Harvey and other talk-show hosts were his only conscious companions. On any given day, the route from Gritz’s house to ALA was different, whether to avoid traffic, catch a glimpse of the pallet fire on 67th, or get reacquainted with bumper-to-bumper on the freeway. The trip ranged from 30 minutes to an hour. To this day I can’t explain why, but every morning, my eyes opened right as Gritz flicked on the blinker to turn into the ALA parking lot. Something inside me knew we had arrived. Honestly, I’m unconscious in the passenger seat of my life too. My destination is service to God, but how? Which route am I taking? I’ve resigned myself to the fact that I haven’t a clue how or where God will use me, but something inside me will know when I arrive.

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(California LHS) Nicole


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

Celebrate with us as we dedicate the

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

Saturday, April 10, 2010, 7:00 pm Sunday, April 11, 2010, 2:30 pm

When I See This Chapel . . . I realize that it’s really what our school is about: proclaiming Christ and his Word to all nations. Having a building completely devoted to our Lord really emphasizes that mission. Isaac Crass (LPS) Not every place on this earth has the means to build a chapel or church; we are blessed. Still, we remember that it is not a building that contains God; rather, God is in our hearts, and when we go out and spread his Word to others around the world, he is with us there as well. Carol Niemi (Luther High)

To reserve your seat, go to and type “Chapel Dedication” in the search box.

Calling on All High School Artists! MLC is hosting a juried exhibit of 2-D and 3-D art centering on the theme “Solus Christus—In Christ Alone.” The show is open to all WELS and ELS artists high school age and older. Photos of submissions must be sent to MLC by March 1, 2010. Selections will be announced March 15, 2010, and the selected works must be shipped to campus for the exhibit, which will open April 10 (chapel dedication) and run through May 15 (graduation). The grand prize submission will be purchased by MLC for $1000, the runner-up will receive $500, and the people’s choice winner will receive $100. For more information, guidelines, and submission forms, go to

KnightWatch January 2010  

MLC Recruitment Magazine