Dear Classmate of 1991,
As I sit at my laptop writing this letter, my three-year-old is happily playing in the bathtub next to me. I smile when I think of the life she has ahead of her and gasp when I think about nearing closer to my fiftieth birthday. It’s crazy to realize that my Luther College experience started 30 years ago in 1987, when some days it feels like only yesterday I was meeting friends at “the caf” and walking to class with frozen eyelashes. We all have memories that pop into our minds of our days at Luther.
At graduation, we had big dreams and grand plans for our lives; we were embarking on new careers and venturing to new destinations. Some were continuing their education and some were marrying and starting families. Life takes us on many journeys, some expected and some unexpected, Plan As and Plan Bs, births and losses, and years of experiences, some tragic and some life-altering. So many unknown paths. I never imagined I would have adopted a daughter as a single mom in my mid-forties. I never imagined that my first teaching job would be my lifelong career, now in my 27th year in the same school district. But among all the unknowns that life’s path takes us on, I am certain that attending Luther College was one of the best decisions I ever made for my life.
My liberal arts education provided me with a broad knowledge of the world and prepared me for my elementary education career. I had strong bonds with my professors, and my experiences with Luther’s choirs and singing Messiah with Weston Noble were unforgettable. My January Term class in Eastern Europe and my Navajo Reservation teaching experience in Arizona opened my eyes to other cultures and provided me with memories for a lifetime. My Luther College friends are still among my closest friends, and we are already planning our 50th birthday vacations! My visits to Decorah post-graduation have brought memories flooding back to me of some of the most influential years of my life. Seeing some of my former second and third grade students now at Luther fills my heart with joy. Perhaps someday my three-year-old bathing beauty will be walking past the Luther Library lawn with frozen eyelashes.
Serving as a class agent is one way I can say thank you and give back to my alma mater. Attending Luther alumni events and contributing to the Luther Fund bring me pleasure and pride. Wearing my Luther Class of ‘91 ring is my daily reminder of the long-lasting impression those four years had on me. I hope you can make visits to Decorah and Luther College, connect with and see Luther friends, attend alumni events, and consider contributing to your alma mater. Here is additional information from Luther to help you give back!
Decorah is a busy place! Check your 2018 calendars and consider making plans to attend these upcoming events:
• Oneota Film Festival, April 19-22 (oneotafilmfestival.org)
• Nordic Fest, July 26-28 (nordicfest.com)
Also, did you know there are two breweries in Decorah? Toppling Goliath Brewing Co. (tgbrews.com) and Pulpit Rock Brewing Co. (pulpitrockbrewing.net/) have made Decorah a beer tourism destination. Be sure to check out visitdecorah.com for area hotels, B&Bs, coffee shops, restaurants and shopping. Downtown Decorah is abuzz with activity!
Alumni Ambassador Program: The Alumni Ambassador program (luther.edu/ambassadors) is designed to connect Luther alumni with prospective students. As an Alumni Ambassador, you can play a direct role in recruiting the next generation of Luther students by referring students to the Admissions Office. Every student you refer will receive a $1,000 scholarship (in your name!) each year, for four years, should they decide to enroll at Luther. Your participation in our program will have a direct financial impact on a student’s experience at Luther. For more information, contact Alyssa Ritter, asst. dir. of admissions at 563-387-1438.
Many events are held throughout the region for alumni, parents, and friends of Luther College. Information can be found at luther.edu/alumni/events. Contact the Alumni Office at 563-387-1861 with questions about alumni events or tours.
Join Luther’s Loyalty Society, which recognizes donors who have made gifts at any level for three or more consecutive years. The best way to make sure a gift is made each year is to sign up for monthly giving. Visit luther.edu/giving/recognition/loyalty for more details about the Loyalty Society. Regular giving to Luther is a great habit to cultivate! Use the attached form and the reusable envelope or visit givenow.luther.edu to donate today!
Soli Deo Gloria!
1991 Class Agents:
Kory (Anderson) Graham
Janet (Wagamon) Lewis
Reynolds Cramer was presented the Iowa Egg Council Partner Award. He is chief executive officer of Fareway Stores, Inc., in Ames, Iowa.
Carolyn Koester of West Union, Iowa, died Nov. 4, 2017, age 70.
Full obituaries can be found on the Luther College website at: luther.edu/in-memoriam
If you would like a printout of the full obituaries from your class mailed to you, please contact us at: [email protected], or 563-387-1509.