Many thanks to those of you who were on campus to celebrate our 20th class reunion during Homecoming Weekend. For those of you who were unable to attend, know that you were missed and that you missed a great weekend! Over 60 gathered informally on Friday evening in the T-Bocks basement. It was great to see so many familiar faces and to make some new acquaintances as well. Many thanks to Dominque (Eells) Bockman for making the space available to us and for being such a gracious host! I felt like I was in college again after a late night at the bar, followed by “after-bar” conversation with friends at home.
Over 150 were in attendance at the formal reunion gathering on Saturday evening. I was unable to attend due to a previous commitment, but my conversations with many classmates revealed that the food was great, the beverage line moved quickly, and the conversation was excellent! The ballroom at Hotel Winneshiek served as a wonderful setting for the evening’s events. I extend copious thanks to Karen (Titus) Trewin “KT” and Troy Whitehill for serving as emcees for the evening! Further thanks to KT for her invaluable assistance in planning and marketing the event. Trust me, accounting professors are not creative enough to come up with videos or Facebook sites! See some pictures here.
The biggest physical change on campus this fall is a giant hole in the ground between Dieseth and the Regents Center. Construction on the new Aquatic Center is well underway and will be completed next summer. You can search for “Luther Aquatic Center” on YouTube to learn more. Miller was renovated during the summer of 2011 and Dieseth and Brunsdale Lounge were finished this past summer. I recently had an opportunity to tour the new space; it looks fabulous – nothing like the 1st Dieseth I lived on for two years! The other significant change to the physical plant is a solar array, the largest in the state of Iowa, which supplies energy for Baker Village and brings Luther closer to its goal of carbon neutrality.
The other big news on campus is the search for Luther’s next president. Sadly, after 14 years, President and Mrs. Torgerson’s leadership on campus will come to an end this summer. A celebration to formally thank the Torgersons for their faithful service is scheduled for April. The search process is well underway with plans to name Luther’s 10th president in February 2013.
As always, attached are some updates regarding many of our classmates. If your name hasn’t appeared in these pages recently, please provide me or the Alumni Office with a brief update. Your classmates and I are eager to learn what’s happening in your life! As always, I hope you might consider a year-end gift in support of the continuing work of the college!
I hope this letter finds you happy and healthy; I wish you all a blessed holiday season!
1992 Class Agent
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 1992 TOTAL GIVING: $18,047.78 FROM 15% OF THE CLASS*
Have you made your 2012 gift to Luther? Only 65 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
KATHI (KLINK) and MIKE ANDERSON live in Iowa City, Iowa. Kathi is a physical therapist in the NICU at the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital. Mike is an associate professor in the physiology, ophthalmology, and genetics departments at the University of Iowa.
KIMBERLY (RANDALL) ’93 and JOEL BOULANGER live in New Prague, Minn. Joel is director of client services at Kroll Ontrack.
AMY (BRUMM) BJORKLUND is a nuclear medicine technologist at St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay, Wis.
DIRK BUETTNER is team manager at Bank of America in Westlake Village, Calif.
JANNELLE (JOHNSON) BUISKER is a registered nurse for Rockford (Ill.) Health Systems.
KARL BURKUM is a senior business analyst at Agile Frameworks in St. Paul, Minn.
MARK DAVIS works at First LeRoy Agency, Inc., in LeRoy, Minn.
DOUG DELAHANTY of Uniontown, Ohio, is professor of psychology and director of the Initiative for Clinical and Translational Research at Kent State University.
LAURA (SMITH) GENTRY presented the lecture "A Healthy Dose of Laughter Medicine" at the Jerusalem (Israel) International Conference on Integrative Medicine held in May 2012.
SPRING HALLAND is assistant professor of large animal internal medicine at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, Calif.
VAL HANSEN is operations supervisor at Waste Management and Madison (Wis.) Recycling Center.
DAVID JORDE is a family physician at the Essentia Health Lakewalk Clinic in Duluth, Minn.
STACY KABELE is owner and attorney at Kabele Law Firm in Eden Prairie, Minn.
KEVIN KIRKEBY is a software engineer at Preventice in Rochester, Minn.
JEFF MARKWARDT is a financial analyst at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.
ERIC MONSON’s voal group, Metro, recently released a music video for their song "Love is Suspected (愛是懷疑 )." It was featured, along with nine other Cantonese and Mandarin tunes, in the group’s new album, "No Borders," and released in Hong Kong last February under Sony Music.
DEBORAH (JOHNSON) RODDA is a postpartum nurse at Sky Ridge Medical Center in Lone Tree, Colo.
SHARI (JULSON) SEIDL is a business analyst in output production at the Neilson Company in Green Bay, Wis.
AMY (COLLIGAN) TANK is a registered nurse at the Good Samaritan Society in Stillwater, Minn.
ANNE (NESSET) WOGEN is a cataloguing librarian at the University of Auckland in Auckland, New Zealand.
MIKE and KATHI (LINK) ANDERSON welcomed a son, Mateo, born in May 2010, adopted in March 2012. Mateo joins sister Samantha and brother Garth.
BRIDGET (BENSON) and Walter Berry welcomed a daughter, Kensley, in January 2011. Kensley joins brother Kael and sister Kaia.
Pam and DIRK BUETTNER welcomed a son, Caleb, in October 2010. Caleb joins sisters Megan and Katarina.
CORA (GRIFFIN) and Jim Dillin welcomed a son, Andrew, in January 2011. Andrew joins brother Russell.
MELISA (DOKKEN) and Eric Gesick welcomed a daughter, Catherine, in October 2010. Catherine joins sister Greta and brother Thomas.
Fabiana and TOM HUTTON welcomed a son, Julian, in November 2011. Julian joins brother Aaron.
Lindsey and KEVIN KIRKEBY welcomed a son, Kellen, in February 2011. Kellen joins sisters Kaia and Siri.
Charity and CHRIS TYLER welcomed a daughter, Samantha, in January 2012. Samantha joins sister Callista.