Des Moines Area Luncheon and Speaker Series

For the fourth year now, Luther College is hosting a luncheon and speaker series for all alumni, parents and friends of the college. Please join us for this great opportunity to network and socialize with others in the Des Moines area and learn from interesting and dynamic speakers.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Speakers: Connie and Carson Ode '63, authors

Celebrate IOWA
In researching Celebrate IOWA, Carson Ode attended as many festivals and events as he could over a two-year period, making it to 103 Iowa festivals/events. There is a range of sophistication covered, from world-class events to small towns celebrating their ethnic heritage.

IOWA-Spaces, Places, and Faces
This book describes the terrain, the four seasons, the people and the basic history of Iowa, as well as the experiences of Connie and Carson Ode as they spent the year 2008 exploring the state—county by county.

About the Authors
Carson and Connie Ode were born in Iowa at opposite ends of the state. Connie's birthplace was Mrs. Murphy's Nursing Home in Kingsley and Carson was born at his grandmother's farmhouse near Ossian. They each stayed in their respective area of the state for their college education. Connie graduated from Briar Cliff College in Sioux City and Carson from Luther College in Decorah. Their lives merged when they each obtained their first employment in Minneapolis. Connie was employed as a medical technologist at Mt. Sinai Hospital and Carson found work at an advertising art studio. They met, dated, married and moved to Owatonna, Minnesota, where Carson began a new job as a designer of Christmas and other greeting cards at Jostens, Incorporated. After he served two years as a Jostens branch plant art director in Porterville, California, they chose to move back to the Midwest. Carson secured a job as a graphic designer with Meredith Corporation in their Better Homes and Gardens
Special Interest Publications department. After two years in this position, he began freelancing with Connie by his side—doing everything but the artwork. They have made the south side of Des Moines their home and have raised five children in this environment. They love Iowa and won't be moving south anytime soon.

The schedule includes a buffet lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

11:30 a.m. Luncheon Buffet Begins
12:00 p.m. Presentation

1:00 p.m. Event Ends

$15.00 per person, please register online by noon, Thursday, September 11, 2014

Windsor Heights Community Center
6900 School Street, Colby Park
Windsor Heights, Iowa

The dates for the 2014-2015 academic year are:

Friday, September 12, 2014 - Carson '63 and Connie Ode, Authors, Celebrate Iowa and IOWA-Spaces, Places, and Faces
Friday, November 7, 2014 - Reynolds Cramer '91, CEO, Fareway Stores, Inc.
Friday, February 6, 2015 - Chuck Gipp '70, Director of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources
Friday, April 17, 2015 - TBA

Planning Committee:
Eric Carlson '89, Shannon (Miller) Duval '95, Kris Gregersen '82, Jerry Jaeger '09, Cara Kennedy-Ode '94, John Kenworthy '88, Suzanne (Roverud) Mineck '96, Becky (Linnevold) Shaw, '71, Anjie Shutts '93

Des Moines area Lunch Connection Event
Connie and Carson Ode '63