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Three Luther College faculty members appointed to endowed professorships or endowed chairs

Posted: Sun, Oct 11, 2020 12:56 PM

Luther College is announcing the appointments of three faculty members to either an endowed professorships or an endowed chair.

Luther College professor of dance Jane Hawley will serve as the next Nena Amundson Distinguished Professor.  The Nena Amundson Distinguished Professorship honors the late Nena Amundson, a 1956 graduate of Luther College who taught physical education and coached women's athletics for more than 40 years.

Hawley says, "Receiving the Nena Amundson Distinguished Professorship offers an exciting opportunity to highlight body/mind integrated learning and becoming."  Hawley's Amundson project launched in September and involved more than 20 students. It will continue both on and off campus over the next two years.

Luther Director of Choral Activities Andrew Last will serve as the next Weston Noble Endowed Chair in Music. For more than 50 years, Weston Noble '43, professor emeritus of music, taught, directed and conducted at Luther, influencing thousands of students, including Last.  "Few teachers have had more of an impact on my teaching career than Weston Noble," said Last. "Each and every day that I stand before Nordic Choir, I feel his spirit in the choir room. It is my hope that through this endowment, Weston's passion for community, excellence and inclusion will be shared through educational and creative opportunities."

Luther College associate professor of Nordic Studies Maren Johnson will serve as the first Tomson Family Endowed Chair in Norwegian Language and Modern Nordic Culture. This position serves as the academic foundation of the Richard L. and Judith Torgerson Center for Nordic Studies, providing oversight for academic and co-curricular programs, preserving existing partnerships and creating new collaborative initiatives with educational institutions and scholars in Norway.