Class of 1989 Fall Letter

Fall 2012

Season’s Greetings,

I’m referring to the season of Class Agent letters arriving! For many of us, this is a season of transitions.  Luther is also experiencing many transitions.

On October 5, I was privileged to attend the Alumni Council and Class Agent luncheon and meeting at Luther. I didn’t get to campus in time to attend chapel, however, some words shared at chapel made their way to our meeting. “Your calling comes from God – What about you?” What is your calling? Are you there? How about transitions in your life? How are they coming along? Remember that you can always draw upon your lifelong connectedness to Luther. To help with that connection, I visited the LC Bookstore and bought myself a new LC sweatshirt. It had been a few years since my last purchase, and my sweatshirt had gotten pretty worn.

Next time you have a chance to visit Luther, take a walk through the residence halls. They have all been renovated in the last decade. Some other new things you’ll see…a wind turbine on the bluff west of Hwy 52; the largest set-up of solar panels in Iowa; construction of a new pool that will be 25 yards wide, 30 meters long, and 8 lanes wide, which is regulation width, 14-foot deep diving area, which means that it will be deep enough for diving competition and practice (Did you know that any divers who have wanted to practice for the last 30 years have had to travel to Rochester for practiceL?!), seating for 250, and fully accessible.  This will be a great asset to the community. Besides its obvious asset to the Luther swimming and diving team, it will be used for regional swimming lessons, the Decorah High School swim team, adaptive PE classes, and community rehab and therapy. The former pool area will be used for something good … yet to be determined.  Feel free to share your ideas!

Once again, the Fall 2012 Luther Alumni Magazine is full of the latest happenings at Luther. Be sure to check it out.

Speaking of transitions, who will be the next president? Not for the U.S., but for our own Luther College! After a successful fourteen years at Luther, Richard Torgerson will end his tenure as president in the summer of 2013. Most of us spent one to five years at Luther … imagine the effect of leaving after fourteen years! The presidential search committee is actively pursuing the next president.  Along with searching for the next president, the Development Office has 58 years of experience retiring in December. They are looking for two gift planners and a reunion-giving planner.

Lastly, our Class of ’89 was at 25 percent participation for the Annual Fund in 2011. When you receive this letter, take the time to write a check or go online to take care of your annual giving. Most grants that Luther applies for take into consideration the overall percentage of participation … not the overall amount. Give early, give often! Maybe as a class we can strive to be like the Class of ’62 in giving! They are at 60 percent participation!

Soli Deo Gloria,

Kari Christen Richards
1989 Class Agent
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Maria (Spieker) Mickelson
1989 Class Agent
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Laura (Charlson) Frazier
1989 Class Agent
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Chris Hubbs
1989 Class Agent
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Do you sometimes feel like you don't count? Be sure to make your gift this year so Luther can count you! It’s easy to do; you can even arrange for automatic payments from your bank account or credit card.

And don’t miss out on matching gift opportunities.

Please note: Your Spring 2013 class agent letter will include a listing of your classmates who gave to Luther in 2012. Be sure to make your gift before December 31 to be included! 

Class Notes
LIBBY BECK is regional marketing leader for the Pacific West for Nationwide Insurance in Denver.

AL BOETTGER is director of career services at the University of Iowa in Iowa City.

TOD BOWMAN was named 2011 Legislator of the Year by the Associated General Contractors of Iowa. He is an Iowa legislator and part-time teacher in Maquoketa, Iowa.

JEAN DICKSON--an attorney and partner at Betty, Neuman, and McMahon in Davenport, Iowa--is president of the Iowa Association of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers.

KAREN HANSEN is associate professor of medicine with tenure at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

MICHELLE (NISSEN) HJELLE received a Professional Photographers of Iowa 2012 Non-Masters Top Ten Award. She is owner of Portraits by Michelle in Algona, Iowa.

JON JENSEN was named to the board of directors of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Education.  He is a professor of philosophy and department head at Luther.

AMY (LARSEN) and MICHAEL KRULL’87 live in Reston, Va. Amy is a speech pathologist at Fairfax County Public Schools.

KARLA (PRATT) and Shinji Sakamoto welcomed a son, Luca Haruto on Sept. 11, 2010.          

LYNDA (HEDRICK) and DAVE SATRE ’90 welcomed a son, Asher, in January 2012.  He joins seven brothers―Josh, Ben, Sam, Nate, Jake, Luke, and Levi―and two sisters―Sophia and Katie.

MARTIN GUNDERSON of Minneapolis died May 23, 2012, at age 44.  After graduation from Luther in 1990, Martin moved to California to work in the automobile business. He married Ansley Spencer on Sept. 16, 2000, and they made their home in St. Paul; Charlotte, N.C.; and Monrovia, Calif.  In 2006 Ansley tragically lost her life in an automobile accident. Following her death, Martin pursued his interests in travel, sailing, and scuba diving. He became a scuba diving instructor and his students found him to be an energetic, caring, and patient teacher. Martin took pride in his sobriety and attended AA.  He is survived by his mother, Connie; two brothers, Karl Gunderson and KONRAD GUNDERSON ’82; six nieces and nephews; former in-laws, Merlin and Jacqueline Spencer; aunts, uncles, and many other relatives and friends.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Ansley, and his father, Lloyd.  Martin will be remembered for his pursuit of quality and excellence, his ability to connect to everyone he met, his dogs, and his dedication to friends and family.

Lower campus with wind turbine