Hey 1974 Classmate,
Another winter is coming to an end and although it hasn’t been an especially brutal one, most people, including me, are always anxious to wave it good-bye.
As always, Decorah is a busy place and there are many events here that might interest you. The Oneota Film Festival is April 19-22. The annual Nordic Fest will be held July 26-28, and this year’s theme is “You had me at lefse.”
Back when we were in college, beer choices were limited. Remember Olympia beer on tap? Hamm’s or Pabst Blue Ribbon were also available in cans and strewn in the ditches in that pre-bottle bill era. Now the choices of beer are endless. Toppling Goliath Brewing Co. alone produces 30 beers, and they just opened a new facility east of Decorah near the airport. The taproom can seat 1,300 people – allowing a little more elbow room for raising the glasses than Its former location (remember Burger V?) which is now closed, so… if you are walking, you can step into Decorah’s other brewery, Pulpit Rock, which has also expanded, taking over the space of the adjoining laundromat. Pulpit Rock Brewing Co. is owned by proud Luther alumni.
Luther’s Alumni Office coordinates or promotes a number of travel tours each year; think about the Nordic Choir Companion Tour to Germany and Czechia in May and June of this year or how about Sicily and Malta in October? I personally would love to visit Malta, and the tour guides are Uwe Rudolph and Ruth Caldwell, my favorite professors at Luther. If you are interested, let me know!
Back in the 70s we called the month of January interim, but now it is called J-term. There are a variety of courses offered off campus during January and one this year was a stay in Tanzania. Eighteen students spent over three life-changing weeks in northern Tanzania. The students examined the tensions, which have developed among the Maasai people. The growth of national parks and wildlife management areas have impacted their way of life so they are no longer able to be nomadic, but must find more permanent homes and work to support themselves. Luther Junior Jimmy Conway wrote on the blog, "Here is a quick list of what we did: we told jokes, had great discussions, got sick, saw rocks and hawks and zebras and giraffes, built lasting relationships, and in one way or another we fell in love with this country."
You can help Luther students have similar experiences by referring prospective Luther students. These students will receive a $1,000 scholarship in your name each year for four years through the Alumni Ambassador Program. You can refer students to the Admissions Office and contact Alyssa Ritter, asst. director of admissions at 563-387-1438.
I will leave you with a quote by Kathy Calvin, CEO and President of the United Nations Foundation: “Giving is not just about making a donation. It is about making a difference.” A donation from you, no matter how small, can make a difference in the lives of Luther students. You can make a gift today by using the attached form and the reusable envelope or by visiting givenow.luther.edu.
Wishing you health and happiness,
1974 Class Agents:
Sue (Ness) Johnson
W.D. Foster-Graham of Mounds View, Minn., is retired.
Martha Preus is a project team leader for GFA consulting Group in Hamburg, Germany.
Carl Schultz of Fort Myers, Fla., is a retired emergency room physician. He works part time at an internal medicine clinic, is a licensed yacht captain and Commodore of St. Charles Yacht Club, and volunteers with the Admissions Department of the U.S. Naval Academy.