2016 Thalassa Contest Announced

Thalassa 2014 winnerAwarded annually, Thalassa recognizes an Martin Luther College student or graduate who expresses clearly and beautifully, in image and word, a personal reflection on a ministry experience overseas.

MLC is celebrating the tenth anniversary of the Thalassa award in 2016 by doubling the award to $2,000.  The $2,000 prize will be divided equally between the winner ($1,000) and an international mission of the winner’s choice ($1,000).

Evangelism Day: “Your Kingdom Come”

Pastor Mark Jeske

“Evangelism Day is a day set aside so that the Spirit can fill the hearts of both faculty and students with excitement and gratitude,” says MLC President Mark Zarling.

“Excitement as we learn more about the amazing things the Lord Jesus is doing through the gospel. Gratitude as we think of almost 50 people who come to New Ulm and share with us the good news about the power of the Good News.”

The theme, “Your Kingdom Come,” echoed throughout the day in worship, workshops, and presentations, encouraging all our students.

“I liked hearing my professors talk about their ministries,” says first-year Bob Beaver (LPS / Holy Trinity-Okauchee WI). “They explained how our evangelism plans don’t always work out the way we think they will, but God always gets his work done.”

“When the presenters shared their personal evangelism stories it made me really excited to have similar experiences!” Jessica Friebe (MLS / St. Bartholomew-Kawkawlin MI) adds. “It really hit home with me that there are so many people out there who need to hear the gospel.”

“This day not only motivates us all,” President Zarling concludes, “but it keeps us grounded in our mission as a college and our connection to the Great Commission.”


84 MLC Student-Athletes Named Academic All-UMAC

UMACST. PAUL – The Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) released its academic honors from the fall semester, and 84 Martin Luther College student-athletes were named Academic All-UMAC. Those 84 honorees were the most of any school in the conference.

The Knights also finished with the highest team grade point average (GPA) in six of the eight fall sports. MLC finsihed with the highest GPA in:

  • Women’s Cross Country (3.746)
  • Football (3.023)
  • Men’s Golf (3.44)
  • Men’s Soccer (3.252)
  • Women’s Soccer (3.708)
  • Volleyball (3.596)

The 84 MLC student-athletes who received academic all-conference honors each finished with a GPA of 3.5 of better during the fall semester.

The conference set a new record with 466 academic honorees this fall. You can see the full release from the conference if you click here.

You can also see all of the individual award honorees if you click on this link.

MLC Day Planned for May 4, 2016

MLC DayMLC Day will be a day of celebration for our college and all who support our ministry. With an emphasis on communication through social media, MLC Day will allow supporters across the globe to follow our activities online, share our message with friends, pray for our work of service, and give to support that work. Pray, Share, Give will be the focus of our second annual event held on May 4. That focus will also be a part of messages shared with MLC online ambassadors—social media followers of MLC interested in spreading the good news of the gospel and the good news of MLC’s role in that proclamation. Watch for more information!

MLC’s Low Rates Nationally Recognized

Chapel SnowWith 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!

Enrollment Remains Stable

EnrollmentThe 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.

It’s a Wonderful Life at MLC

Jazzmin Sanchez, Hannah Heyer, and Anna Barkholtz share the spotlight.

Jazzmin Sanchez, Hannah Heyer, and Anna Barkholtz share the spotlight.

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.

Calls Issued

callsThe 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

MLC Administrative Council Highlight

auditoriumsAt 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.

International Education Week Comes to MLC

internationalsA 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.”