Thanks for your service!

As the school year comes to a close, the following individuals conclude their service to the college:

  • Professor Joyce Diels enters retirement after serving the Mathematics-Science Division of the college since 2008. She plans to move to West Bend, WI, early this summer.
  • Dr. James Grunwald will retire after 19 years of service as director of academic computing at the college. He and his wife Karen will continue to make their home in New Ulm.
  • Prof. Earl Heidtke will retire as a member of the History-Social Sciences Division, having served the college since 1992. Recent service also included a role as academic dean for Educational Studies. He and his wife Pam will also continue to reside in New Ulm.
  • Dr. Kermit Moldenhauer is retiring after service in our Music Division since the inception of Martin Luther College in 1995. He and his wife Laura will move to rural Waupaca, WI, in the near future (see below for details).
  • Dr. Kenneth “Chip” Rupnow has served as a member of our Mathematics-Science Division since 2000. He and his wife Judy will retire to North Carolina with the exact location to be determined as their search for a new home progresses.
  • Mrs. Tarah Beduze has served the past year as a lead teacher at our Early Childhood Learning Center. She and her husband Jarred will move to the Wausau, WI, area where she will teach at Key of Life Christian Childcare and Community Center, Weston, WI, and Jarred will teach Spanish at Northland Lutheran High School of Kronenwetter, WI.
  • Tutor Isaac Crass has served the college as a dormitory supervisor and instructor for the past two years. Isaac returns to the Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary assignment committee for reassignment this week and will marry Sarah Frost later this summer.
  • Mr. David Roekle has served MLC the past two years as an admissions counselor. He and his wife Hannah will move to the Downers Grove, IL, area where he was recently assigned to serve as teacher of grades 7-8 and principal apprentice at Good Shepherd Lutheran School.
  • Seminarian Julius Buelow served as instructor of Hebrew this past school year. Julius, his wife Nicole, and newborn daughter Eliana return to Mequon where he will attend Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary for his senior year.
  • Director of Women’s Service Wendy Ristow has retired after 9 years at the college and is moving out of Augustana Hall. She will continue to reside in the New Ulm area.
  • George Schimmele will retire on June 30 after 37 years in our Environmental Services department, serving as its director for most of the past 10 years. He will continue in a part time, advisory role through the end of December. George and his wife Margaret will continue to make their home in New Ulm.

A grateful campus family joins to say “thank you” for the faithful service of these valued colleagues. May God richly bless them as they move on to the next phase of their lives.

2017 WELS Call Service

On Saturday, May 13, 2017 at the WELS Call Service at Martin Luther College, 117 teacher candidates were assigned to every level, from preschool to high school. Some of these assignments were one-year assignments; others were previous one-year assignments made permanent. From the pool of candidates who could be assigned anywhere, 56 of those assigned were current 2017 graduates and 35 were previous graduates. In addition, 26 candidates who requested placement in a specific region were assigned. (10 current graduates, 16 previous graduates. More than 40 requests for teacher assignments remain in the field. To view the call list, visit our website at

2017 Commencement Service

Now Live-Streaming Evening Chapel

We’ve been streaming morning chapel (10:15 Monday-Friday) for several years. Now we are also live-streaming evening chapel, where young men like senior education major Benjamin Olson (Beautiful Savior-Spooner WI, pictured) lead worship for the student body.
Worship with the students, and pray for these young men as they share the gospel and improve their speaking skills here at MLC—another step in their ministry training.

Evening worship is 7:15 pm Monday-Friday with an additional Compline service Monday nights at 10 pm. Services are also archived.
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MLC Blogs


MLC’s online blog presents provocative issues in education. Read. Be inspired. Add to the discussion.

Here’s a sample of recent blogs. Read the full articles and the discussions that ensue at

  • Lutheran Principals Can Strengthen Schools by Listening by Eric Ziel
  • The Principal’s Critical Role with New School Families by Allen Labitzky
  • Words Printed on a . . . Screen? by Andrea Van Sice
  • Do You Value Physical Education? by Professor Dan Gawrisch
  • Improving Instructional Coaching and Evaluation by Seth Fitzsimmons
  • Assisting Disruptive Students in Our Classrooms by Dr. Tracey Enser
  • The Benefits of Digital Badges by Angela Hanson

Cultural Minority Week

Join the Service and Cross Cultural Learning Committee (SCCLC) as they celebrate U.S. minorities by sharing different home mission fields, minority perspectives, and ethnic foods on campus.

Click here for the full week schedule and videos!

New Series Brings World-Class Chamber Music to the Hill

Bekesh Trio, composed of Grammy-winning violist, Kenneth Freed; Mankato Symphony Orchestra principal cellist, Sharon Mautner-Rodgers; and Martin Luther College faculty member, pianist Dr. Bethel Balge (pictured) will be performing February 4, 7:30 pm in the Chapel of The Christ.

The series is the brainchild of two MLC professors, Dr. Bethel Balge and Professor Grace Hennig DMLC ’89, who wanted to bring world-class chamber music to southern Minnesota. Concerts are held in the architecturally beautiful and acoustically vibrant Chapel of the Christ, and tickets are economically priced.

Two more concerts will fill out the first year of the series:
• February 4: Bekesh Trio playing Haydn, Schumann,
• Joaquin Turina, and Astor Piazolla
• March 26: Peter McGuire and Friends playing Schubert

The hope is that the series will not only become a regular feature of southern Minnesota’s musical culture, but will also enhance the music education of the student body through high-level live music experiences.

Call for Thalassa Submissions

11th Annual Thalassa Prize: Martin Luther College has now begun accepting submissions for the 11th annual Thalassa Prize. This $1000 award is given to the best photo-and-essay submission from an MLC student or graduate who has served in an international ministry.

More than 100 entries have been submitted during the last decade, with the Thalassa Prize awarded to these ten: Kristina Wessel, Dominican Republic (2007); Rachel Kionka, Malawi (2008); Rachel Meyer, Southeast Asia (2009); Gretchen Schmiege, Southeast Asia (2010); Amber Schlomer, Southeast Asia (2011); Paul Kelm, Czech Republic (2012); Maria Reese, Malawi (2013); Chris Pluger, Zambia (2014); Sara Schmeling, Russia (2015); and Johannah Crass, Antigua (2016).

Might you be the winner for 2017?

Submission guidelines:
Deadline: April 30, 2017


See all the winning entries plus additional photos in the special anniversary publication, Martin Luther College Thalassa Prize 2007-2016, at

World of Martin Luther Aulic Presentation

This presentation by Prof. Em. Arnold Koelpin will provide an overview of the Martin Luther: Art and the Reformation exhibit at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. It also aims to assist in understanding the world of Martin Luther, his boyhood and training, his struggle as a monk with church reform, and his main contributions to […]

Ladies’ Auxiliary Pledge Support


The MLC Ladies’ Auxiliary held their annual fall meeting October 15. This year they pledged more than $30,000 for two dozen projects—in addition to their standing projects:
MLC scholarships, Daylight USA, and the MLC library.

To learn more about this active organization, visit