Class of 1995 Spring Letter

Spring 2012

Dear Classmates,

Happy Spring!  I can honestly say I missed winter this year.  I missed the beautiful pictures of snowfall so many of you post on Facebook.  I missed the complaining of sleet and ice I usually read about on Twitter.  I missed the opportunity to wear turtlenecks and sweaters.  Well, maybe not that last one…

Spring did come quickly it seems, and I wonder what that means for summer, especially for those of us living in the southern states!  Okay, okay, enough about the weather.  Has anyone been watching the eagles?  The Decorah Eagles?!  I try not to let watching these beautiful creatures take up too much of my time, but it is fascinating and they definitely have helped put Decorah “on the map!”  If you haven’t taken a look, I encourage you to at the live stream hosted by the Raptor Resource Project.  As soon as you put “Decorah” in a Google search, the top listing is the eagles! 

I know how much I enjoy hearing about the happenings at Luther and around Decorah and am so thankful for the Internet.  Although there are alumni events every once in awhile in my area, if it weren’t for the Internet, I wouldn’t feel as connected as those of you who still live close to the college.  I’m especially fond of Brian Juchems’ fall letters and the college groups found on various social networking sites.  In fact, the other day I was talking to someone about the benefit of a college education.  At times I’ve waivered in my belief that the “degree” was important.  What I’ve come to realize is the importance of the “experience” and the benefit of the network.  In other words, my gratitude to Luther goes way beyond the classroom.   

I cherish my Luther experience so much.  Don’t you?  I must admit, I haven’t been as faithful about giving back to the college in recent years, but I just donated to the Annual Fund online (www.givenow.luther.edu).  It was really easy and, regardless of amount, increased our class participation!  Won’t you join me?  And, if you already have, thank you! 

Fondly,

Joanna Foy
1995 Class Agent
iloveshorkies@hotmail.com                                                                 

Brian Juchems
1995 Class Agent
notmertz@yahoo.com  

PS.  It's not too late to purchase a copy of Transformed by the Journey: 150 Years of Luther College in Word and Image. Richly illustrated with more than 350 photographs, Transformed by the Journey was compiled and written by Wilfred Bunge '53, professor emeritus of religion and classics, with assistance from Mary Hull Mohr, professor emerita of English, and Dale Nimrod, professor emeritus of chemistry.  Contact the Luther Book Shop at http://www.luther.edu/bookshop, or call 1-888-521-5039 or email bookshopweb@luther.edu to place your order.

Birth
BETHANY (BIERMAN) and Jim Krepela welcomed a daughter, Kaija, in August 2011.

Marriage
JACLYN BALTRUKONIS and Jim Arabasz, July 30, 2011

Class Notes
KYLE JACKSON is intern pastor at Greenfield Lutheran Church in Harmony, Minn.

LARA MISEGADES earned a doctorate in epidemiology from the University of California at Berkeley.

CLINT SCHILD is a senior account executive at Enterprise Holdings in Tucson, Ariz.

CUNEYT SOYDAS is a unit manager at Credit Europe Bank N.V. in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.


Don't forget your Annual Fund giving! 
Each year nearly 10,000 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 reach our goal of 30% alumni giving.  Here’s how your class—and surrounding classes—did in 2011: 

Class of 1994 total giving in 2011:  $47,385 from 19% of the class

Class of 1995 total giving in 2011:  $21,916 from 20% of the class

Class of 1996 total giving in 2011:  $26,848 from 20% of the class

Your gift can boost the impact your class has on current students!  Pleaseuse the enclosed envelope or visit givenow.luther.edu to show your support.   Thank you!