It was great to see so many people at Homecoming! Our Luther College 35th Class Reunion was awesome. Huge thanks to Bill and Kris Osterbur whose program of stories, multimedia, and even prizes will indeed be hard to beat. We are currently a class of 395 alumni; seeing the many photos from our years at Luther brought back heartfelt memories. (See Homecoming photos here.)
Luther beats with excitement! New enrolled students total 681 and come from throughout the U.S. and 25 other countries. Construction on the new Aquatic Center is well underway and will be completed in the summer (Google “Luther Aquatic Center” and check out the YouTube video). A stunning solar array, the largest in the state of Iowa, now supplies energy for Baker Village and spurs Luther even closer to its carbon reduction goals. The Howard Hughes Medical Institute selected Luther to receive a $1.5M grant for its science education, Preparing Future K-12 Teachers program. Just think, Luther is now ranked among the top 100 liberal arts colleges in the U.S.
Such outstanding accomplishments are the result of incredible leadership and quality faculty and staff. We had the privilege of hearing President Richard Torgerson reflect on his 14 years of leadership at Luther. He spoke about the importance of the Luther community amid a TGIF world (i.e., Twitter, Google, iPhone, and Facebook). He emphasized the importance of linking every student’s passion with a corresponding need in the world, of giving every student a “larger world view,” and of being intentional about our “Lutheranness” while welcoming all. He shared that “One’s vocation is a calling from God,” and that he and Judy have indeed been transformed by the journey.
As you know, President Torgerson has announced that he will end his service as president this coming summer, and a celebration to honor both his and Judy’s leadership is set for sometime in April. The search for the next president is well underway, and information is available at Luther’s web site.
How did Luther College transform your life? On what points of pride do you most reflect? For us, well, we met at Luther. We continue our love and support of music and sports. We were blessed to gain a “larger world view” and think critically about our world, our work, and how to best give to help others. We continued to see first hand the impact of a Luther education as we watched our son, Seth, attend and then graduate from Luther this past spring. We are convinced and convicted; Luther College is second to none.
As your new class agents, we learned that 24 percent of our class of 1977 remembered to give to Luther College sometime during 2011. In recognition of this our 35th reunion year, please consider giving before the end of 2012. Please do what you can to increase our percentage, but more importantly, to ensure that students continue to receive outstanding teaching and support.
Once again we thank Kris and Bill for serving as class agents for eight years. They did an outstanding job of keeping us in touch with Luther and in touch with each other.
Please contact us to let us know how you’re doing, to share about children and grandchildren, and to ask about Luther College and the great work underway. Be sure to use the Online Alumni Directory to get in touch with classmates.
Doug Hill and Ann Hill Duin
1977 Class Agents
Don’t forget your Annual Fund giving!
Each year nearly 9,500 alumni, parents, and friends support the Annual Fund with gifts from $5 to $50,000. Strong support from alumni helps Luther secure additional funds from foundations and corporations, and your gift each year helps us to reach our goal of 27% alumni giving to the Annual Fund. Here’s how your class is doing so far this year:
CLASS OF 1977 TOTAL GIVING: $14,751.70 FROM 15% OF THE CLASS*
Have you made your 2012 gift to Luther? Only 47 more gifts are needed to reach 27% for your class. Please visit www.givenow.luther.edu to make a difference for Luther students. Thank you!
Please note: Your Spring 2013 class agent letter will include a listing of your classmates who gave to Luther during 2012. Be sure to make your gift before December 31 to be included.
*as of October 18, 2012
JULIE (LARSON) BINDEL is parish secretary at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Grimes, Iowa.
GREGORY FRIEDRICH is interim pastor at Luther Memorial Church in Des Moines.
STEVEN JOHNSON is operations manager at Merchant Support System in Burlingame, Calif.
GARY LOGING is an accountant for the County of Milwaukee in Milwaukee.
ANDREW WARD is an insurance specialist and business analyst at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in Baltimore.
BECKY WHITE of Iowa City, Iowa, is a physician assistant with Mercy Care.