Class of 1990 Fall Letter

Fall 2012

Dear Classmates of 1990,

Reconnect. Revisit. Reminisce. These three Rs were the ongoing theme of Homecoming 2012. First, let’s reconnect: it sounds easy since our new normal is a T.G.I.F world – Twitter, Google, iPhone, Facebook―according to President Torgerson. In the 1980s, I knew I was making lifelong friendships with people from all walks of life. Did you know that one of the most common things that two alumni can talk about is Paideia? Whenever or wherever you come across fellow Luther alumni you can always talk about Paideia (or the course that preceded it). Have you found that to be true over the last 22 years? I encourage you to stay connected – use the T.G.I.F. world to your advantage.

Second, let’s revisit: there are countless success stories from the campus of Luther College. One of the most significant right now is the Aquatic Center.  Luther will be the first college in the Midwest to have a Myrtha Pool.  Not only will the new pool serve Luther, but the entire Decorah community. The high school swim team, community members, and students will special needs will be using the Aquatic Center. Luther will be able to host more swimming competitions with Olympic-quality pool, diving boards, and facilities.  Construction is underway, scheduled to be completed in the summer.  There remains $650,000 left to be raised.

Let’s reminisce: remember moving in and out of your tiny dorm room? Remember how cold the walk was between the residence halls and the Union for supper in December? Remember taking a J-term course that was off the beaten path of your major? Remember Dante’s? Recall the feeling of finishing finals or your senior paper?

Whether your Luther world was made up of music, sports, various social clubs, or organizations (and of course the academic life), we need to recognize our “residential education.” The Luther campus was our home for study, socializing, and living. Are you still engaged at Luther? How can you stay engaged?

I have one simple answer with two parts: pass on your experience – encourage a young person to visit Luther, and support the Annual Fund. The Luther traditions will continue to grow and nurture a new class every year. Help the young people around you understand the richness and quality of those traditions; their transformational journey begins with your help.  Luther College is a good steward of your Annual Fund gifts. Every dollar you give is hard at work: $.36 goes toward scholarships, $.34 toward teaching and learning, and $.30 toward living expenses.  Let’s increase our class percentage. Keep in mind it’s the number of people giving to the Annual Fund rather than the amount of your gift. Higher percentages of participation from alumni help Luther College receive grants and funding from corporations, which in turn enriches the entire Luther community.

I hope this letter finds you and your family healthy and happy. Touch base some time and update the college, Ann or me about your life’s journey. Continue to reconnect, revisit, and reminisce…

Soli Deo Gloria,

Sarah (Peterson) Thomson
1990 Class Agent
[email protected]        

Ann (Edwards) Lee
1990 Class Agent
[email protected]

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:


Have you made your 2012 gift to Luther?  Only 67 more gifts are needed to reach 27% for your class.  Please visit 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

Class Notes
BRENT ASPLIN is president of Fairview Medical Group in Minneapolis.

RICHARD BRUXVOORT-COLLIGAN of Strawberry Point, Iowa, was the sound engineer for the CD Yule Laugh, by LAURA (SMITH) GENTRY ’92. He is a producer, musician, and composer at the River’s Voice Music.

VANESSA (GRIMA BALDACCHINO) FRAZIER has moved to Brussels to be the Ambassador of Malta to the Kingdom of Belgium, Luxembourg, and NATO.

JAMES HEATON was promoted to the rank of professor in the Department of Communications Sciences and Disorders at MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston.

STACY JAYCOX is director of IS PMO, Change Management, QA/Testing, and Compliance/ Audit in Fayetteville, Ark.

KARA (COGSWELL) NOAH is a booking coordinator at Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center in Madison, Wis.

DAVID SORENSON is senior pastor at the Decorah Lutheran Church.

ELAYNE (STOEN) WERGES of Wellsburg, Iowa, is diaconal minister at Bethany Lutheran and St. Paul Lutheran churches.

BERGETTA (BERKLAND) and John Beardsley welcomed a daughter, Elise, in September 2010.  Elise joins sister Adrienne and brother Tate.

KELLY (BJUGAN) and JJ Hudson welcomed a daughter, Annika, in June 2010.           

LYNDA (HEDRICK) ’89 and DAVE SATRE welcomed a son, Asher, in January 2012.  He joins brothers, Josh, Ben, Sam, Nate, Jake, Luke, and Levi, and sisters, Sophia and Katie.

Carole and SOREN SPICKERMAN welcomed a son, Reed, in March 2011.  Reed joins brothers Arnold and Drake.


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