Luther College Students Receive Kuh and Krahn Family Awards

Jack Bell ’25 and Kaylee Martin ’23 received the Kuh Family “Positively Luther” Award and the Krahn Family Student Life Service Award, respectively, for their contributions to the Luther community and their participation in activities that embrace the spirit and mission of Luther College.

Kuh Family “Positively Luther” Award

Established in 2015 by George D. Kuh ’68, Warren R. Kuh ’74 and Kristian R. Kuh ’97, the “Positively Luther” award is given annually to a student whose character, leadership and participation in programs extracurricular and other educational activities improve the quality of life on campus. Jack Bell ’25 receives this award for his commitment to uplifting others while being a multi-sport athlete and excelling in his academics. It also works to improve mental health access and awareness on campus.

Bell is a member of the men’s soccer team, the men’s swimming and diving team, and is a member of the American Rivers Conference Student Athlete Advisory Council. Her swimming and diving coach, Aaron Zander, encouraged Bell to apply for the award.

“Jack is Luther, through and through. He is one of the most positive, passionate and caring people I have had the chance to coach,” says Zander. “He motivates his teammates and classmates in everything he’s a part of. Combine that with high results in the pool and in the classroom – Jack exemplifies what Luther stands for.

Bell, an exercise science student with a minor in leadership, said he was honored to receive this award. Because his studies and sports take up most of his time, he looks for ways to give back and encourage others in his daily life.

“I set out to find ways to be better. I found ways to help team chemistry and work in the Decorah community with classes,” Bell says. learn from everyone I can and hopefully it will serve as an example to others. Receiving the Positively Luther Award after a year here makes me believe that my efforts are worth it. It’s reassuring to know that the he school I chose for college believes in, recognizes and rewards many of my values.

Krahn Family Service to Student Life Award

The Krahn Family Student Life Service Award was established in 2013 by Roger A. ’68 and Laurie Krahn and recognizes a student who has a positive impact on student life. Kaylee Martin ’23, a social work major, was nominated by several faculty and staff for her commitment to helping others.

“Kaylee is a determined and self-reliant individual who actively contributes to the well-being of others. Her work with people with disabilities and as a mentor with Helping Services shows the value she places in serving others in the community,” says Heather Cote, Student Achievement Specialist.

“Kaylee has impressed her social work instructors with her tremendous drive and deep commitment to social justice and creating a safe campus for all and a place where everyone can grow and thrive,” said Andy Eastwood, professor social work assistant.

Martin build an impressive resume. On campus, she is vice president of the Luther College Social Work Association, vice president of Special Olympics at Luther College, vice president of Alpha Lambda Delta, and a peer leader for the TRIO Achievement Program. She has also served on the Honor Board and was one of the Student Senate Diversity Representatives for Gender and Sexuality. Outside of Luther, Martin serves as a one-day mentor through Aid Services, she is a student representative for the Iowa Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, and she is a skills trainer with Opportunity Homes Inc. .at Decorah.

“I am very grateful and thankful to receive this award. I work very hard in extracurricular activities and receiving this award makes me feel like I am making a difference through all my commitments,” says Martin. “It is important for me to contribute to campus life because I have been positively influenced by others at Luther and my goal is to continue this trend. Helping the Luther College community brings me a sense of happiness.

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