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Dominiak and McDonald Coltvet to Head New Office of Vocation, Admissions, and Financial Aid

Posted Aug 1, 2006

Ms. Dorothy C. Dominiak and the Rev. Joy L. McDonald Coltvet will co-direct the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago Office of Vocation, Admissions, and Financial Aid beginning September 1, 2006. Each will exercise responsibility for particular areas of work as well as some shared tasks of the newly-restructured office. They succeed the Rev. Brian Halverson, who has served as director of admissions and financial aid for six years.

McDonald Coltvet will represent LSTC on college campuses, in ELCA congregations and synods, at camps, and denominational events. She will guide and expand LSTC's recruitment initiatives, including engaging in vocational discernment with prospective students, supervising the director of the Youth in Mission program, and overseeing planning for the LSTC's Seminary Sampler and visits of prospective students.

Dominiak will oversee the daily operations of the office, including processing all admissions applications in consultation with the Admissions Committee, notifying applicants of decisions, maintaining contact with LSTC's prospective students, and overseeing financial aid for M.A. and M.Div. students.

McDonald Coltvet is a 2001 graduate of LSTC who has served as associate pastor of Galilee Lutheran Church in Pewaukee, Wisc., and as campus pastor at The Corner House: Lutheran Campus Ministry at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She served on the stewardship/mission interpretation committee and anti-racism team of the Greater Milwaukee Synod. McDonald Coltvet's writing has been published in The Word in Season, Sundays and Seasons 2007, and the online magazine Café: Stirring the Spirit Within.

Dominiak joined the LSTC Admissions Office in 1989 and became assistant director in 1996 and associate director in 1997. During that time she has guided every master's level student through the admissions process at LSTC. She has served as president of her former congregation, Ashburn Lutheran Church, Chicago, and is currently a member of New Life Lutheran Church in Bolingbrook, Ill.


Jan Boden
Director of Communications

The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago forms visionary leaders to bear witness to the good news of Jesus Christ. Its approximately 290 students come from all parts of the United States and from around the world to study in the masters level and advanced studies programs. Graduates become pastors, other church leaders, and university and seminary professors. LSTC is a seminary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and a member of the Association of Chicago Theological Schools, allowing students to cross-register among the 12 member seminaries and drawing on a wealth of ecumenical resources. LSTC enjoys a number of cooperative arrangements with the University of Chicago.

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