Hello, Classmate of ‘91,
One year following our incredible 25-year Luther College class reunion has me wishing we officially gathered at homecoming more often. Once every five years leaves me longing for more time catching up with many lifelong friends, walking around campus, and simply feeling full and rejuvenated from connecting with people in a place we all love.
While I wasn’t able to make it to Luther’s homecoming this year, I was fortunate to get back to Luther to tour campus this fall with my two daughters (a senior and junior in high school). It was fun seeing Luther through their eyes. What impressed me most was the energy on campus. Every building we entered was filled with students working or playing together. Every sidewalk we walked had smiling, friendly faces greeting us. The wooded areas on campus near the Luther bell and near the residence halls were dotted with colorful hammocks and kids reading or napping. Luther always feels warm and inviting, and you can’t beat the beauty of a fall day in Decorah. Times have changed, but that “Luther feeling” has not!
During our visit we were also able to enjoy a meal in “The Caf” (seems funny to have it officially named “The Caf” now). Meals on college campuses have greatly improved. Luther students now have so many incredible choices for each meal and throughout the day. I’m not sure if chili Fritos are cool enough for school now! While we ate, we gazed out at the Upper Iowa River valley and the new Luther blue football field. The new BLUE turf is certainly impressive. If you haven’t seen color pictures of the new field, you should check out Luther’s website or Facebook page, or better yet come and see it in person.
Another change this year is that the Luther College Annual Fund is now the LUTHER FUND. A fresh new look and name, but nothing else has changed! Donations to the Luther Fund have a hand in just about everything students need: scholarships and financial aid, field study trips, music tours, student organizations, volunteer opportunities in the community, college ministries, residence hall improvements, campus landscaping, building maintenance, intramural sports, student/faculty research and more. Your contributions are supporting students!
Annual giving and increased ALUMNI PARTICIPATION are critical. Gifts of all sizes make a difference and have an important impact on students at Luther College. Charitable foundations and corporations that support Luther consider our gifts a vote of confidence in our college. Our gifts encourage their gifts.
Thank you for your continued support of Luther College and its future!
Let’s keep in touch more often! Find and like the “Luther College Class of 1991” Facebook page for updates, to share and stay connected.
Soli Deo Gloria!
Janet (Wagamon) Lewis
1991 Class Agents:
Kory (Anderson) Graham
Janet (Wagamon) Lewis
Barb (Hughes) Anderson of Kohler, Wis., is a self-employed owner/licensed marital and family therapist.
Julie (Graham) Askelson is principal of Waterville (Iowa) Elementary School.
Jennifer (Spickerman) and Kyle Christiason ‘92 live in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Jennifer is a clinical RN staff member at Allen Women's Health; Kyle is a family physician for UnityPoint Clinic.
John Hatle of Jacksonville, Fla., is professor of biology at the University of North Florida. He was awarded the Terry Presidential Professorship by the university in recognition of his achievements as an outstanding professor.
Shannon (Fullerton) Leffler is vice president of human resources at GEODIS in Brentwood, Tenn.