September 22, 2014  •   Vol. XXXVIII, Issue 15



Mon.: Stuffed peppers, buttered corn and a salad

Tues.: Deli buffet

Wed.: Soup and salad

Thurs.: TBA

Fri.: TBA


Sept. 24: Senior Approval Panels; Sexual Abuse Prevention Workshop; No classes

Sept. 26: Music, Gettysburg!: Kim & Reggie Harris (7pm)

Oct. 1: January Term registration opens

Oct. 14-15: Board of Directors meeting

Oct. 27-31: Fall Academy Week; Luther Colloquy; no classes


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From your LTSG Admissions Team

We looked through the entire dictionary and couldn’t find a single word to describe how incredible the community was for #TheWeekend14. Your witness was one of radical hospitality, defined this way by Angela Zimmann in her GETT Talk on Saturday: “This is my home. Be assured that this is your home. Because first and foremost this is God’s home.” That’s what you said to those who gathered to discern their call here on Seminary Ridge this past weekend. That’s good preachin’. Thank you! 
Lauren, Julie, Susie, and Allison

Monday parking lot closure
In order to move a high efficiency boiler into the basement of Valentine Hall, part of the parking area on the north end of the Valentine parking lot will be closed today. Best bet is to park in the red areas behind the library and avoid a tangle.

Common Ground
Common Ground will be held Sept. 26-28, on Seminary Ridge! There will be great concerts, music workshops, and more, that will look at war and the Church, civil rights, veterans, and the underground railroad. Plus, you can sing and jam with the string band, sing in the Common Ground Gospel Choir and learn about 19th century cooking. A variety of presenters and artists will share their stories and knowledge, including Kim & Reggie Harris, Dr. Maria Erling, the Martin Family Band, Walt Michael, Jill Titus, and more. Friday night will feature a Music, Gettysburg! concert followed by a dance led by Drs. Briant and Karin Bohleke and Dearest Home. Saturday night will feature “Songs and Stories of a Civil War Hospital” at Christ Lutheran (Gettysburg). All events are free for seminary students and faculty, while families may register with the group rate. To register, visit

Residency opportunity
Rev. Peter Marty from St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Davenport, IA will be visiting to talk to interested seniors regarding a pastoral residency program.  Please contact Ms. Tammy Hermanson to schedule a time on Monday afternoon or Tuesday morning at to meet in Valentine 312.  Brochures are also available on the Field Ed. table outside of Katie Dodd's office.  

Seminary student essay contest
The Eric W. Gritsch Memorial Fund invites students to participate in a 700-1,000 word essay contest. The essay should address the question, “In our world today which is filled with self-help books and gurus, preaching the benefits of “mindfulness,”  how would Luther advise us regarding our frantic search for meaning and peace in our stressful live?” The prize for first place is $750! This opportunity is open to any student in an ELCA seminary. Gritsch was Gettysburg Seminary's Emeritus Professor of Church History. Submissions must be postmarked by midnight, October 5, 2014. For details, see the flyer on the Valentine Hall Kiosk or visit

Navy chaplain on campus
Navy Chaplain and JAG Program Director, LT. Brian Allen, will be in the coffee shop on Oct. 8, from 8:30am-4pm. He will have information on being a Navy Chaplain and more. To make an appointment please contact him directly at In addition, the Field Ed. office seeks a student host to take LT Allen to chapel and lunch (free lunch for both). If interested, please see Katie in the Field Ed. office.

Go directly to jail!
A group of about 15 students will be able to spend part of Oct. 27 at the state correctional institution at Camp Hill, PA.  Hosted by the chaplains of that institution, they'll get a tour of the facility and an idea of the ministries that are possible there.  While anyone might be interested in such a trip, it would be particularly interesting to those who might want to explore fulfilling the multi-cultural requirement there.  For more information, talk with Dr. Oldenburg, or if you're already interested in taking part, simply send him an email with your name, address, and social security number (  There's some time constraints: we'll need to start working on getting security clearance for visitors next Monday, so please submit your interest by Friday, Sept 26.

Refund checks
Refund checks from Federal Student Loans were distributed to campus mail boxes on Friday, Sept. 19. Refund checks resulting from Fall 2014 scholarships will be distributed to campus mail boxes by Friday, Sept. 26. Questions may be directed to Financial Services.

Scheduled internet and TV outage

There will be an internet and cable TV outage the Wednesday morning between midnight and  5:30am. This outage is to repair damage to our incoming fiber line from Comcast. Updates will be posted to our twitter feed at . Questions or concerns can be  sent to

Keep a sweater at hand in Valentine
The boiler has been taken off line temporarily (two weeks expected) in Valentine Hall for repairs and alterations that will make the system more efficient and durable.  The new design and additional high efficiency furnace will also guard against future breakdowns of the boiler in winter months.  Normally, we are not yet in heating season, but cool nights might make the building a little cooler than usual.

Sexual Abuse Prevention Education Workshop
The Sexual Abuse Prevention Education workshop will be on Wednesday, from 9am-6pm.  All candidates preparing for rostered ministry within the ELCA will be required to complete the one-day workshop prior to graduation.  The cost of the workshop is $50.  Please email Julie Ritter ( to register for the workshop.

Horizon International internship
Students who are planning to go on internship in 2015-16 and are interested in Horizon International internships are invited to stop by the Field Ed. office (Val. 123) to receive information.

14th Annual Tachmindji Event
Joseph Montville, from George Mason University, will lead a presentation on “Christian Jewish Reconciliation: The Unfinished Business” for the 14th Annual Tachmindji Event on Oct. 26, at 5:30-8:30pm. The event will take place at American University School of International Service (4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, DC). Please RSVP by emailing .

January term registration
January term registration materials are posted on the Registrar’s page of the seminary web site. Registration will open Oct. 1.

Rides to Christ Church for a seminarian
Beth Smaligo, second-year student, is in need of transport to Christ Lutheran Church here in Gettysburg on Sundays for 8:15am. This is a one-way trip for teaching parish. She will need transport each Sunday of the semester until Dec. 7, except the Sundays before and after Thanksgiving. If you are able to help out, please email as soon as possible. Beth thanks you very much in advance!