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• Focus on Ministry • Anchored in Christ, Ready to Serve • College Choir–Are You In?

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january 2011

Director’s Corner

KnightWatch Staff WRITER/EDITOR

Sophomore / Junior Checklist

Laurie Gauger ’86 GRAPHIC DESIGNER

Lime Valley Advertising, Inc. PHOTOGRAPHERS

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

Heidi Schoof ’86

Office of Admissions DIRECTOR

Ronald Brutlag ’69 COUNSELORS

Ross Stelljes WLS ’89 Lori Unke ’83 Nicolas Schmoller WLS ’10

College Administration PRESIDENT

Mark Zarling WLS ’80 VP for STUDENT LIFE

Jeffrey Schone WLS ’87 VP for ADMINISTRATION

Steven Thiesfeldt ’74 VP for ACADEMICS

David Wendler ’70 VP for MISSION ADVANCEMENT

Jon Scharlemann

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 or Martin Luther College KnightWatch, 1995 Luther Court, New Ulm MN 56073.

In the last issue of KnightWatch, I gave a college checklist to seniors to help them navigate the college maze. But what about you sophomores and juniors? Should you be planning for college, even though it’s still two or three years away? The answer is yes. In fact, put some thought not only into what kind of college you want to go to, but also what kind of career you want to pursue. You don’t need to be absolutely sure, but sometimes your career choice will determine what colleges you look into. We offer the following suggestions so you can get a head start on your college plans. Blessings on your endeavors!


✓ PLAN: Take

the PLAN test. (You probably did this fall!) This test assesses your college readiness as well as helping you explore career training options.

✓ NUMBER, PLEASE: Be sure you have a Social Security number. ✓ GET SERIOUS ABOUT SCHOOL: Take challenging classes. Keep your grades up. Get involved. (Do this junior and senior year too!)

✓ START LOOKING OUTWARD: Glance at college posters on the walls. When you go to a college for a sports or music event, look around and ask yourself: Could I see myself as a student here?


LOOKING INWARD: Ask yourself: What can I see myself doing? Do I want to work with my hands or my head? Do I want to work with people or independently? What would my dream job be?


✓ KEEP SEARCHING: Look outward at colleges and career options, and look inward at yourself to figure out what you want to do.

✓ PSAT: Take the PSAT, which preps you for the ACT or SAT and may earn you big scholarship money.

✓ TAKE 5: Which five colleges most interest you? Google them. ✓ SKIP CLASS: Go talk to admissions counselors when they visit your school. Don’t know what to ask? That’s okay. They’ll guide the conversation.

✓ TABLE TALK: Keep your family in the loop. They know you better than anyone else. Ask what they think.

✓ NEXT SUMMER: Find a job related to a career that interests you. Sign up for a class. Ask to shadow a professional in a field you’re considering.

✓ GO TO THE FAIR: The college fairs, that is. And the financial aid nights too. ✓ REGISTER: Sign up for the ACT or SAT. Decide which colleges you want to receive your scores. Director of Admissions Ronald Brutlag will retire at the end of the 2010-2011 school year.


Hey, did your parents receive KnightWatch Parents’ Edition?



It’s full of ideas and information for them—and for you! Be sure to take a look at this very special edition of KnightWatch! NON-PR OFIT U.S. POSTAG E PAID NA MN 55060 PERMIT #110


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On our cover: MLC grad Aaron Schultz poses with new friends in Southeast Asia, where he's teaching English this year.



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

Me? A Pastor?

By Andrew Gerlach (WISCO)

As a first-year student at MLC, standing in an empty dorm room with luggage at my feet, questions filled my head. What am I doing? Isn’t New Ulm kind of small? Will it be boring here? Who am I to become a pastor? Doubts soon faded, and MLC turned out to be much better than I expected. People’s friendliness, delicious cafeteria food (it really is!), and dorm freedom made me simply love it, and it quickly became home. And that last question—“Who am I to become a pastor?” In 1st hour Greek, Professor Wessel gave the answer—xaris and pistos, grace and peace. By myself, I could never be a pastor. It’s only possible through God’s saving grace and the peace he gives. What a privilege—the almighty God, creator of heaven and earth, deigns to use us as his servants. This pastor thing is for all types. After class, as friends hurry off to football, musical, or Student Senate, or later that night as they gather for Halo tournaments, jazz band, or pick-up basketball, I realize that all kinds of guys can become pastors. And MLC’s a great place for this training, because of interested professors, awesome chapel services, great classes, and because of the little things—late night McDonald’s, ping-pong in the Round Table Room, “steak night” in the caf, midnight sledding, pick-up football, jogging in Flandrau, ultimate Frisbee, or just lounging around the dorms.

Where Two or Three Come Together . . . A Word on Worship at MLC By Andrew Gerlach (WISCO) With heads bowed in meditation and hearts lifted in prayer, students sit quietly in the Chapel of the Christ awaiting the evening Compline service. The only sounds are the last few worshipers filtering in and the baptismal font’s quiet flow. Setting aside stress and worry, students come to praise their Lord, and they depart refreshed by the gospel. Whether in Compline’s plaintive melodies, a festival service’s resounding brass, or voices joined in praise on a Tuesday morning, the music always refreshes the spirit. Whether in the triptych’s paintings, the altar set in stone, or the risen Jesus on the croce dipinta, the symbolism always takes the breath away. Yes, worship at MLC is truly a blessing, and it’s easy to see why alumni often miss it the most. And above all, the Word is there—in the creed’s conviction, the liturgy’s timelessness, and the sermon’s reassurance. Only in these truths do the music and symbolism take on their beauty as they edify and glorify. There, united in Christ and focused on “the one thing needful,” the MLC family raises their hearts and voices to their Savior-King.

So, to all you guys out there considering it . . . How’s MLC life? It’s a blast. And to that big question, “Who are you to be a pastor?” Well, xaris and pistos. In his preseminary program, Andrew Gerlach focuses heavily on Spanish. Here he is in Ecuador, where he did an immersion experience. He has also taught English and led Bible class for a year in Mexico.

Paying it forward: I want to have the same impact on my future students that my teachers had on me. Missing Molly: I still get homesick once in a while. What I miss is a nice home-cooked meal, seeing my parents, my dog, Molly, and also my bed. The cure for homesickness is to pray and be with your friends. Your friends here are your new family. Definitely worth it: It is worth coming here. The friendships are awesome, and everyone knows everyone. The atmosphere is not like any other college. Everyone shares the same faith, and it is strong and growing. The faculty, coaches, and friends will make you realize that you will never regret coming to MLC.

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Football, Baseball, Intramurals, Intramural Board

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Tyler 3 (Shoreland LHS) Dorn

in their own words

We Just Upped Our Merit Awards! Every year, dozens of students win MLC scholarships based on their grades and/or ACT scores. That’s old news. Here’s what’s new: These scholarships just got bigger! MLC is now giving away $200,000 more dollars every year in merit awards. Remember, “merit award” means an award you earn. It’s not based on needs; it’s based on deeds—specifically, how well you do in the classroom. National Merit Finalist Scholarship: $3000 $4000 awarded to each National Merit Finalist; renewable based on maintenance of a GPA of 3.75. Presidential Scholarship: $2500 $3000 awarded to each high school valedictorian; renewable based on maintenance of a GPA of 3.50.

Y o u r Q ue s t i o n Why isn’t MLC ranked in the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges? Good question! US News & World Report doesn’t rank “special focus institutions” like MLC—or the seminary, for that matter. You’ll find liberal arts colleges there (like WLC and BLC), but you won’t find schools that limit their focus to one area of study such as art and design, business, engineering, or theology.

Messenger Scholarship: $1500 $2000 awarded to each first-year student with a high school GPA of 3.75-4.00 or an ACT score of 30 or above; renewable based on maintenance of a GPA of 3.50. Witness Scholarship: $1000 $1500 awarded to each first-year student with a high school GPA of 3.50-3.74 or an ACT score of 27 or above; renewable based on maintenance of a GPA of 3.25-3.49.

How Does MLC compare? 2010-11 Cost Comparison

UW-Eau Claire MSU-Mankato Martin Luther College Wisconsin (Madison) Minnesota (Twin Cities) Michigan State Michigan Bethany WLC Concordia-St. Paul Valparaiso These high school valedictorians won the Presidential Scholarship this year. If they keep their grades up, they’ll receive that award every year they’re here at MLC: Sarah Sherod (California LHS), Kimberly Schmill and Emily Eckley (Manitowoc LHS), Ryan Klatt (West LHS), Megan Wohlrabe (Peyton HS-Colorado Springs), and Nathaniel Solofra (Northland LHS).


Linda 4 (Michigan LHS) Kenyon

in their own words

Tuition Room & Fees & Board Total $7364 $5770 $13,134 $6724 $6730 $13,454 $10,990 $4260 $15,250 $9050 $8490 $17,540 $11,800 $7576 $19,376 $11,948 $8420 $20,368 $11,840 $9192 $21,032 $21,080 $6500 $27,580 $21,960 $7880 $29,840 $27,400 $7500 $34,900 $29,582 $8330 $37,912

*All numbers are based on in-state tuition for incoming freshmen. Students’ final costs will vary, depending on the financial aid packages they receive.

No way! Honestly, in high school people would tell me I’d make a great teacher, but I was always like, “No way. That is definitely not for me.” But I ended up visiting campus and shadowing some friends, and something about it just seemed right. Still not sure: I still don’t know if I want to be a teacher, but I figured I’d never know unless I tried it out, and so far it has been a wonderful decision! It’s about growing: I definitely feel like my faith is so much stronger. It’s really cool to be surrounded by people who all have the same faith and are all working toward the same goal. It’s nice to hear the profs speak their faith too. Every class has God’s Word applied in some way, and I think it’s really cool.

First-Year, Elementary Ed / Secondary Phy Ed Soccer, Women’s Choir, Track

How about a Master’s Degree? We know, we know. Most of you are still trying to decide where to go to college for your basic bachelor’s degree. How can you possibly contemplate a master’s degree? But some of you already know that you won’t be satisfied with a bachelor’s. You’ll want more— more training, more know-how, more development of the gifts God has given you. That’s where MLC can be exactly the place you’re looking for.

Graduate Studies

“At MLC,” says Director of Graduate Studies John Meyer, “you can immediately get your Master of Science in Education if you want, with an emphasis in educational technology, instruction, special education, or leadership. A bachelor’s degree prepares teachers for entry into the profession. A master’s degree can help them hone their skills, turning novices to experts.”

Early Childhood


ducators With early child hood educatio n growing by leap need more teac s and bounds, hers. Might you we be one of them ? MLC’s four-yea r program will train you in th development, e intricacies of infant and todd child ler educare, re movement, pr ading readines eprimary math, s, arts & children’s literat need to teach ure—everything kids 0-8. you

Student teache r Andrea Zage r (MLS) tends to the studen ts in her care at the MLC Early Childhood Ed ucation Center .

Take senior Greg Holzhueter (MVL). He graduated in December with a bachelor’s degree in secondary (grade 5-12) math education, and he’ll start his graduate studies on campus in January 2011. Right now, he plans to accept a call in May and, because the master’s program is online, he can finish it while he’s teaching if he desires. “Taking master’s classes now will be a blessing to my ministry,” he says. “The MLC Master of Science in Education program offers me the great opportunity to get a head start on getting my master’s as I wrap up my college experience and prepare for a call.” To read more about MLC’s MS Ed program—and meet some of the students too—go to

Far from sure: I was very hesitant to come to MLC. Did I really want to be that far away from my home, friends, and girlfriend? I found every sad excuse I could as to why I shouldn’t go to MLC. But something in me kept bringing me back. I don’t know what that was, but I’m glad the Lord put it there. My time here at MLC has been spectacular. He got schooled: A number of times my freshman year, I put off my studying or projects until the last minute. Boy, did I learn fast that you just can’t do that in college. Getting his passport: I can see myself teaching in another country. I’d like to be thrown out of the normal life in the United States and experience something entirely different. To bring God’s Word to a different country would be exhilarating.

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Joe (Fox Valley LHS) Blum5

in their own words

F orum Presents... MLC’s drama club, Forum, presented their November 5-7 musical, Oklahoma!, to the delight of more than 2000 spectators.

Laurey Williams played by Alexa Liermann (Manitowoc) and Curly McLain played by Lucas Proeber (MLS)

In the more experimental readers’ theater production of The War of the Worlds, director Darin Warnecke (LPS) and producer Josh Jensen (LPS) used a split stage to view two scenes from 1938: the radio station where Orson Welles was broadcasting an adaptation of H. G. Wells’s novel The War of the Worlds and a New York apartment where a young couple was listening to the radio broadcast and believing that the world really was being invaded by aliens. Here are the upcoming Forum productions this year: Winter Play: The Curious Savage, February 18-20 Children’s Theater: Mr. Toad’s Mad Adventures, April 14-16 Outdoor Classical Theater: Antigone, May 6-8 Next year, maybe we’ll see you on the MLC stage!

Cast of The War of the Worlds: Sam Panning (Guyer High—Denton TX), Andy Buschkopf (WISCO), Kurtis Wetzel (Kewaskum High-WI), Andrew Gerlach (WISCO), Lauren Loescher (St. Croix), Cale Mead (LPS), Nate Wordell (West), Caleb Schmiege (Lakeside), Paul Krueger (MLS), Julius Buelow (MLS)

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This would be Katelynn Steinke’s (KML) hand holding a monarch butterfly that she, Laura Carter (WLA), and Carina Rahn (MVL) tagged in Flandrau State Park in September. The little stickers supplied by Monarch Watch allowed Professor Rich Ash’s ecology class to help research butterflies’ migratory patterns. “I really hope we’ll find out if our monarchs make it to their warm vacation destinations,” said Steinke.

Joanna Wordell (West LHS)

in their own words

It gives her shivers: Chapel is one of my favorite things. Hearing the preseminary guys preach every night is awesome, and when everyone sings, knowing that we’re all praising the same almighty God, I get shivers! Profs rock: The profs at MLC are some of the kindest people you’ll ever meet. Not only are they funny and personable, but they’re also genuinely concerned about every individual student. A number of them gave us their home phone numbers and instructed us to call if we had any questions! They’re always willing to help with a problem, whether it pertains to their class or not. Down the road: Someday I’d really like to work with inner-city children. Some of them are growing up in tough conditions, and I’d be very happy to tell them that their heavenly Father loves them more than they can imagine.

First-Year, Elementary Ed / social studies minor Musical, Intramurals, College Chorale, Wind Symphony, Track, Jesus Cares

A Call for the Tall MLC grad Aaron Schultz ’10 is a bit of a celeb in Southeast Asia, where he’s teaching English this year. At 6’9”, this former center on the Knights basketball team gets stopped regularly on the streets for photo ops. Classmate Jonathan Weber ’10 has also made friends in Southeast Asia, as pictured. Jonathan and Aaron are two of 15 grads from the class of 2010 teaching in Southeast Asia this year. Spin the globe and you’ll find about 50 MLC grads teaching in international venues. If you’re interested in seeing the world, New Ulm, Minnesota, is a great place to start!

Erica Hoversten had her first early field experience last spring break. This year’s freshmen will have the same great experience in a few weeks!

MLC Students on Spring Break While college students all over the country hit the beach, many MLC students dive into ministry. Take a glimpse at their vacation plans: College Choir Tour: The 58 College Choir members will share the gospel in song in Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota, with a special stop at Shoreland on February 28. Early Field Experience: All first-year education majors will spend the first week of break on campus for Early Field Experience: listening to guest speakers, discussing educational topics, and teaching real lessons to real kids. Students say EFE—both exhausting and exhilarating— helps firm up their decision to be a teacher. Meanwhile, all sophomore and junior education majors spend one week of their spring break in a school, observing, assisting, and teaching. Student Teaching: Some seniors jump into student teaching February 28. Call it Early Field Experience on steroids. It’s far more exciting than a few days at the beach!

Aaron Schultz

Jonathan Weber

Just in time! I’d always wanted to go to the University of Nebraska and get a degree in business finance. Then I attended the 2008 National Worship Conference and was a part of the High School Honor Choir. After that experience, it was all clear. I enrolled at MLC two weeks before school started. We call it the caf: With the hours being 7 in the morning to midnight, the cafeteria blows all other college campus eating facilities out of the water!           Really? The thing that was the most surprising to me (and my parents) was that attending MLC was cheaper for me than going to a public university! God willing: Being a choral music major, I would love to have a high school choir of my own. But, of course, I am thrilled to serve wherever God wants me to be! His knowledge far surpasses mine!

Sophomore, Preseminary Studies / Spanish minor Baseball, Hockey, Intramurals

Daylight USA: About 80 students, preseminary and education, will do a week of volunteer assistance at congregations from California to Texas to New York, many of the trips funded by WELS Kingdom Workers. In groups of four, students will canvass neighborhoods, invite people to Easter and VBS programs, teach teen Bible class, assist with worship— whatever kind of ministry the congregations need. More than spring break, Daylight USA is spring training!


Tyler (Nebraska LHS) Weinrich

in their own words

Great Plains LHS

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If you’ve been to one, you know. Focus on Ministry is a great time to . . . • reconnect with your old friends now at MLC • meet new people from other high schools • get a taste of dorm life

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• visualize yourself at MLC • listen to profs, pastors, and teachers • get the real deal from students

• eat at our cafeteria (it rocks)

• pray about your gifts and your future

• worship in our new chapel


Kettle Moraine LHS

Fox Valley

Luther High

Winnebago Lutheran Academy

Illinois LHS

Huron Valley LHS

Lakeside LHS


Focus on Ministry We LOVED Seeing You Here Thanks to all the students, teachers, and chaperones who make the yearly trip to New Ulm for “Focus on Ministry.� Here are several of the groups that visited us this fall!


ased on the photos on these pages, you might not guess that these MLC students are doing service projects. But they are. Through a new club on campus called Anchor, students are taking their heart for service to a whole new level.

This fall, enthusiasm ran high as 62 people showed up at the September meeting and started signing up for the service projects. Those projects are the heart of the club. Aaron gives us some highlights:

Anchor got off the ground last year when a small group of students led by Marc Shambeau (Manitowoc LHS), Greg Holzhueter (MVL), and Aaron Duve (Heritage HS-Saginaw MI) organized a “Black Tie Affair,” a casino night complete with formal dress, dancing, games, and prizes at the historic Turner Hall. When more than a quarter of the student body attended (200+ students) and more than $1,300 was raised for Haiti hurricane relief, the students knew that something new and special was happening.

’40s & ’50s Night at Oak Hills Living Center: “We came to

A constitution and Student Senate approval gave Anchor official club status on campus. “We are anchored in Christ,” explains 2010-2011 President Aaron Duve. “Our symbol, the anchor, has a crosspiece and two hooks, which represent our service to school and community.”

the nursing home in period costume,” Aaron explains, “played and sang music from that era, did some of the dances, and gave a trivia quiz on the times.”

Blooming Bulbs at Oak Hills Living Center: Last May,

Anchor members painted pots and planted bulbs in them so that the Oak Hills residents would remember them while they were gone over the summer. “The residents started crying,” Aaron says. “Some even said, ‘We might not be here when you get back Anchor member Matt Augustine (Manitowoc LHS) helps a resident frost some music notes cookies.

Anchored Anchor members Marc Shambeau (Manitowoc LHS) and Julie Boggs (LPS) demonstrate some 1940s dance steps to nursing home residents.

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Casino-style games helped Anchor net $1,300 for Haiti hurricane relief.

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in the fall.’ Then we started crying. We hadn’t really expected that it would be so emotional.” When the students first went back this fall, many residents had their pots, and the bulbs had bloomed, as hoped. Anchor members continue to go to Oak Hills every other week, to visit, sing, do projects, and—at the request of residents— lead devotions.

Harvest Hoedown 2010: Last fall, Anchor raised $550 for

breast cancer at the Harvest Hoedown. At the farm of a local family, the Krohns, 165 MLC students carved pumpkins, made caramel apples, played autumn games, had archery contests, gave prizes for best costumes, warmed themselves at the bonfires, and enjoyed some line dancing in the barn.

Minnesota Historical Society Documentary: The

society asked Anchor members to help shoot a documentary on the history of New Ulm music and dancing since WWII. “We went downtown four consecutive Mondays to learn the dances—waltz, tango, polka, and foxtrot,” Aaron says. “Then we interviewed people of that generation about music and dancing. They told us that they didn’t have Facebook then, of course. Their social life included dancing at George’s Ballroom, the Gibbon Ballroom, places like that.

Some of them met their spouses at these things.” The documentary is available for viewing at the public library.

Hermann Park Cleanup: Garbage pickup and a picnic after. Glow-in-the-Dark Kickball Tournament: Seventy MLC students played from 10 pm to midnight.

School Supplies for South America: They took a collection of used school supplies from New Ulm private and public schools to send to Colombia.

Duve says the project ideas keep coming in, some from students and many from the community, thanks to recent press in the New Ulm Journal. The spring calendar includes a 5K Run-Walk for Alzheimer’s, a Beach Bash, and another Casino Night. But the club isn’t only about reaching out. It’s also about gathering in. “This is a club that brings a lot of different people together,” Aaron says. “Coming to this school, we have a common mission, and this club magnifies that mission. Through Anchor, different kinds of people work together and have fun together doing it. It doesn’t matter if you’re friends going in. You’re definitely friends going out.”

in Christ

Ready to Serve

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Could You Sing in the MLC College Choir? (adapted from KnightWatch Weekly, Hosanna Rasmussen, student editor)

Ever wondered what it’s like to share the gospel in song with MLC’s top choir, the College Choir? How elusive is wearing one of the black robes? Lucas Proeber (MLS) says, “Getting in is a pretty big thing! It’s basically how well you can blend with other singers.” Jon Kulhanek (Northland) says to have no fear of the “challenging guidelines” as long as “you really love singing and are willing to practice and develop your voice.” Alexa Liermann (Manitowoc), who used her voice as the lead in this fall’s musical, explains: “You prepare a piece and go through the audition. The director chooses those he feels sound best together, to create one sound out of the choir, rather than 50 individual voices.” Auditions can be scary, but as Aimee Ulm (LPS) says,

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Jacob Steinmetz (Great Plains LHS)

“I remember being really nervous! I was a little intimidated to try out, but I’m glad that I did!” The official word comes from the director, Dr. Kermit Moldenhauer: “The College Choir is open to all students at MLC. The audition process involves singing a solo song, checking vocal range, vocal memory, and sight reading skills. Usually, about 60 students audition in the spring of the year to fill some 20 open spots in the choir. In the following fall, freshmen may audition for the choir to fill a remaining two or three open spots. “The College Choir is a very special choir,” he continues. “Students who participate are very dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in choral ensemble. They work hard at tone, blend, pitch, dynamics, and diction. Most of all, they are delighted to proclaim Christ to those who come to hear the gospel in song when the choir sings on campus or around the synod.”

Gotta take your own journey: Everyone has to go through that process and decide for themselves, “How can I best use my talents to serve God?” Personally, I could see my talents being utilized best in the teaching ministry. What’s your sleep number? One of the biggest adjustments was learning to survive off of less sleep at night and naps during the day. Friendship chain: You start by talking to people you know. The people you know know people, who you then know. It just kind of happens. When Call Day comes: I can see myself teaching in an elementary school just as much as teaching high school math. It’s really a toss-up. But it’s really not up to me. I feel I’m being sufficiently prepared to teach wherever God sees fit.

in their own words

Junior, Elementary Ed M / Secondary a r t i n LMath u t h e r C o ll e g e Track, Intramurals, Meet Math

College Choir 2010-2011 Alexa Liermann is one of those delighted members: “I love being in College Choir. It definitely is a time commitment, but the time we spend is well worth the effort. Choir on this campus is different from other colleges, because you know that everyone here believes the sacred pieces.” “The experience is almost indescribable when you stand up in front of hundreds of people and proclaim Christ through song,” adds Aimee Ulm. “Joining choir was one of the best decisions I could have made at MLC.”

Want to sing at MLC? Try one of our four choirs. Audition for the musical. Take voice lessons. And sing, sing, sing your heart out at twice-daily chapel!

College Choir Mixed choir; members chosen by audition; performs on campus and throughout synod; tours a region of North America annually (2006: California / 2008: Mexico) College Chorale Mixed choir; members placed according to voice; performs on campus and in New Ulm area Men’s Choir Members placed according to voice; performs on campus and in New Ulm area Women’s Choir Members placed according to voice; performs on campus and in New Ulm area

If there’s one thing you do: Intramurals are fantastic! It’s a great way to get out of the dorms and have fun with your friends on the court. I think everyone should go out and try them! Monday night worship: I love having Compline every Monday night. It’s a great way to wind down from the weekend and relax in a very peaceful setting. It really helps strengthen my faith and draw me closer to Jesus as my Savior! It was a peach: One of the highlights of my experience at MLC was a spring break Daylight USA trip to Covington, Georgia. It was such an exciting experience and a great opportunity to put my faith into action by going door to door and witnessing about God! What a blessing!

w w w . m l c - wSophomore, e l s . e d u Elementary Ed / English minor Intramurals, Piano, Anchor

Amanda Burk (Minnesota Valley LHS) Stepfanie Berg (WLA) Carla Carmichael (St. Croix LHS) Rebecca Flad (Luther) Kimberly Lehninger (WISCO) Andrea Dorn (Luther) Claire Czaplewski (KMLHS) Abigail Horn (LPS) Cassandra Grys (Rhinelander HS, WI) Alexa Liermann (Manitowoc LHS) Lindsay Hahn (Minnesota Valley LHS) Samantha Hussman (Fox Valley LHS) Emily Lai (LPS) Rachel Rupnow (Minnesota Valley LHS) Meredith Koltz (LPS) Carolyn Mayes (Northland LHS) Calista Lee (Shoreland LHS) Rachel Rosenow (LPS) Rachel Niemi (Luther) Jodi Selin (Luther) Karina Luthra (LPS) Katherine Ross (Fox Valley LHS) Jillian Neumann (Jacksonville HS, NC) Rachel Wendland (LPS) Jessica Moore (Lakeside LHS) Anne Zietlow (Great Plains LHS) Rachel Steinbrenner (LPS) Charissa Scharf (LPS) Aimee Ulm (LPS) Molly Timm (Luther)

Julius Buelow (MLS) Samuel Jeske (WISCO) Timothy Babler (Evergreen LHS) Brian Hildebrandt (Fox Valley LHS) Andrew Buschkopf (WISCO) Daniel Rick (Wonewoc Center HS, WI) Paul Elmquist (Evergreen LHS) Peter Janke (LPS) Micah Foelske (Manitowoc LHS) Caleb Schmiege (Lakeside LHS) Andrew Gerlach (WISCO) Paul Krueger (MLS) Peter Schlicht (LPS) Aaron Stuedemann (Fox Valley LHS) Aaron Jensen (LPS) Jon Kulhanek (Northland LHS) Gregory Sitzman (Homeschool) Mark Swanson (Evergreen LHS) Nathan Loersch (LPS) Douglas Peavy (WISCO) Eric Stein (KMLHS) David Wendland (LPS) Derek Rabbers (Michigan LHS) Lucas Proeber (MLS) Scott Zietlow (Luther) Tyler Weinrich (Nebraska LHS) Christopher Schallert (Lakeside LHS) Paul Wilde (LPS)


Alyssa 13 (Minnesota Valley LHS) Siverly

in their own words


Knights at a Glance

Rebecca Engelbrecht

Athletes in MLC’s eight fall sports competed in an exciting season in 2010, with competition spilling into November. Volleyball finished fourth in the conference to advance to the conference tournament, and finished the season 18-13. Emily Boldt (LPS) received all-conference honors, while Rebecca Engelbrecht (Shoreland) was named Rookie of the Year.

Bethany Schultz

Panning (John H Guyer HS-Texas) finished ninth on the men’s side, while Lauren Grove (Century HS-Rochester MN) took tenth in the women’s event.

Women’s soccer improved its win total by six games with an 8-11-1 season, with a group of young players led by conference Rookie of the Year Bethany Schultz (LPS) to finish sixth in the UMAC. The men’s soccer program finished its season 7-10-2, a four-win improvement over the ’09 season. The men also had a young group, with first-team allconference performer Kaleb Buch (Manitowoc LHS) leading the way.

Kaleb Buch

In football, the Knights finished 5-4 in a third-place tie in the UMAC. The Knights lost three of those games by seven points or less, and finished with four First Team All-UMAC performers, including #74, Bill Fuerstenau (KMLHS). The men’s cross country team finished fifth at the UMAC Championships, while the women finished seventh. Nathan Loersch (LPS) finished tenth at the meet to win all-conference honors for the third time. MLC’s golf program saw the men and women finish fourth at the Postseason Tournament. Sam

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in their own words

Nathan Loersch Sam Panning

Fall All-Conference Athletes HM-Honorable Mention Football

Aaron Voss (MLS) Chuqee Fletcher (WISCO) Bill Fuerstenau (KMLHS) Matt Rothe (LPS) Ben Zuberbier HM (WLA) Taylor Bentz HM (FVL) Benjamin Olson HM (MVL)

Women’s Soccer

Bethany Schultz* (LPS) Hannah Mattek HM (WISCO) Kadie Drake HM (Madison HS - Adrian MI) Allison Snyder HM (LPS)

*Schultz also named UMAC Rookie of the Year!

Living with strangers: One of the biggest adjustments I had was the dorm life. It was interesting living next to complete strangers, but those strangers have become some of my closest friends. Always game day: When my friends and I aren’t busy doing homework, we find ourselves outside playing Ultimate Frisbee or inside the gym playing speedball or a pickup game of basketball. It’s okay to come and go: For those of you who aren’t sure what to do, I would suggest coming to MLC. If you later find out it’s not for you, that’s ok, because in the time you were here you will have grown in your faith and witnessed God’s gift of the ministry in a new light.

Junior, Early Childhood M aEdr /tElementary i n L u t hEde r C o ll e g e Track, Cross Country, Men’s Choir, Intramurals

By MLC Sports Information Director Mike Gibbons

Stay connected! Knight Vision: Watch live streams and recorded streams of Knight football, volleyball, and basketball: Knights on YouTube: Catch interviews with athletes and coaches. Go to OR and type “YouTube” in the search box. MLC Sports Update: A weekly e-newsletter with the latest in Knights competition. It comes to your Lutheran high school every week. Twitter: Instant Alerts: Sports Information Director Mike Gibbons will send you game results by text or email. Contact him at and give him your phone number and/or email address, and he’ll put you on the list.

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

The Hidden Arrow As it turns out, there is an arrow enveloped within the FedEx logo. I was told this time and time again, and each time I casually blew it off as some kind of urban legend. I never bothered to look for it. I can specifically remember the day when I saw, clear as day, a big bold arrow within the logo, right between the E and the X. As all such monumental discoveries do, this revelation blew my mind, much like when I discovered that the curly swirly bit on the Disney logo was, in fact, the letter D. At this point, it’s probably unsafe for me to drive when FedEx trucks are on the road; the arrow easily diverts my attention. Have you seen the arrow in your logo? I’m sure you’ve been told that it’s in there somewhere. Maybe you’ve blown it off as some kind of urban legend. Maybe you’ve never bothered to look for it. Maybe you’re looking in all the wrong places. You’ll know it when you see it. It will blow your mind. There is hope for your future (Jeremiah 31:17). Paul Hoversten just finished a year of early ministry in Edna, Texas, where he taught English as a second language and led Bible study. He’s now back at MLC finishing his education degree.

Men’s Soccer

Kaleb Buch (Manitowoc LHS) Andrew Danner (St. Croix LHS) Ross Chartrand HM (LPS)


Emily Boldt (LPS) Renee Peters HM (FVL) Rebecca Engelbrecht** HM (Shoreland LHS)

Cross Country

Nathan Loersch (LPS) **Engelbrecht also named UMAC Rookie of the Year!

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Family Open House

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Experience campus and dorm life from Thursday to Saturday.

Learn about programs, cost, financial aid, housing, co-curriculars.

Meet MLC students who faced the same questions and choices you face today.

Tour campus and take in a college activity.

Talk to athletic coaches, music directors, and professors. Discuss your future with admissions counselors. February 10-12, 2011 March 24-26, 2011

February 12, 2011 (Winter Carnival, Men’s & Women’s Basketball) April 15, 2011 (Children’s Theater)

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Choose a day that works for you. Experience campus and dorm life with your personal MLC student host. Visit classes and enjoy co-curriculars. For more information, call 877.MLC.1995 or visit

KnightWatch January 2011  

MLC Recruitment Magazine