With your support through congregational mission offerings, the establishment of endowments, estate designations, and many direct gifts, Martin Luther College is able to keep educational costs for our students to a reasonable level. In fact, the student costs at MLC are low enough to attract the attention of Money magazine, Washington Monthly, and most recently USA Today. USA Today reported: “. . . the costs of getting that [college] education increase every year, far surpassing the college savings of many families. . . . Martin Luther College keeps costs low, with the average yearly cost of the school being $18,000. [Our total cost this year is actually $18,920.] Students graduate in an average of 4.4 years bringing the total degree cost to $78,600. This makes Martin Luther College very underpriced when compared to schools of similar quality.” What USA Today doesn’t realize is that our ranking is only possible through the support of WELS and our faithful donors. Thank you!
The Lord has blessed MLC with stable opening enrollments over the last seven years. Our official fall opening enrollment for 2015-2016 was 723 students on campus. We are grateful for continued recruitment efforts, which brought over 500 high school students to our campus for the Focus on Ministry weekends and over 300 students for our third annual Tip-off Tournament. Our mid-year commencement service was held on December 17 where 22 students received degrees. From that pool of graduates, five temporary calls were issued: four education and one staff ministry. Our official second semester opening enrollment is 685 full-time students on campus.
The MLC Readers’ Theater cast takes the stage this weekend in the holiday radio play It’s a Wonderful Life. For many cast members, such as Joey Kasper, this is their first MLC theatrical production. Joey says, “I really liked meeting people during practices that I otherwise wouldn’t have seen on a regular basis.”
Forum (MLC’s drama club) veterans enjoy being part of Readers’ Theater as well. “I like the improv aspect of this show,” says junior Daniel Roemhildt. “It’s a Wonderful Life is also very family friendly, but it gets intense towards the end!”
It’s a Wonderful Life is one of four productions in the 2015-16 Forum season. The next show will be You Can’t Take it With You to be performed February 19-21.
The MLC governing board met Saturday, December 5 in teleconference, and guided by the Holy Spirit, issued three calls. Please ask the Good Shepherd to bless their prayerful deliberations for the overall good of his Kingdom.
- Mr. Craig Hirschmann, Milwaukee, WI – called as professor of music
- Mr. Todd Jahns, Cedarburg, WI – called as professor of physical education and men’s basketball coach
- Pastor David Scharf, Greenville, WI – called as professor of theology
At a recent Administrative Council meeting, President Zarling reported that the Synodical Council approved several requested ministry plan (budget) adjustments at MLC. The approval ratifies the use of college reserve funds designated by our board to call a physical education professor and to accelerate the auditorium renovation project.
A call for the new faculty position will be extended along with calls for two replacement positions—a music professor and a theology professor—on Saturday, December 5.
Phases three and four of a six phase renovation will continue in our auditorium during the Christmas break with the repainting of the floor and the repair and reupholstering of the seats at a combined cost of approximately $150,000.
A tea ceremony presented by Professor Tingting Schwartz was just one of many presentations and displays during International Education Week, informing students about other countries, study abroad options through International Studies Abroad, and global ministry opportunities through MLC Daylight International.
The week also featured an open house in the International Services Office, an international student poster fair, and delicious foods from China, the Caribbean, Korea, Canada, and Pakistan.
According to our director of international services, Professor Thomas Hunter, IEW is observed by colleges all over the world. “It promotes programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attracts future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the United States.”
MLC’s purpose for IEW is similar, but the primary goal is different. “Our goal is to thank our heavenly Father for bringing ministry students from other countries to study at MLC,” Professor Hunter says, “and to explore the opportunities he has presented to us for using our talents and mission-minded spirit around the world.”
During two Focus on Ministry weekends, about 300 high schoolers from all over the country were able to walk in MLC students’ shoes for a few days. They experienced campus life by going to classes, watching sports practices, staying in the dorms, and chatting with current students, faculty, and coaches.
“Going to chapel was cool,” said Mason Shambeau, “because you could definitely see how Christ-centered MLC is.” Josh Schoenfeld added, “I like the cafeteria!” Faith Otte said, “This whole weekend has been great, because it makes me so excited to go to school here!”
Some who made the trip are uncertain about their future schooling, but they still benefitted from the visit. “I’m indecisive about college right now,” said Jordyn Ulman. “But I’m definitely keeping MLC in mind. This trip has showed me MLC’s true purpose and how greatly future called workers here are motivated to spread the gospel.”
To learn more about MLC, or to set up a personal visit call 507-354-8221. We’d love for you to visit!
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