Greetings, ’97 Alum!
This year’s Homecoming weekend was extra special as Friday, October 10, 2014, marked another important moment in Luther’s history, the inauguration of Luther’s tenth president, Dr. Paula J. Carlson. I was not able to attend in person and in lieu, I have visited the Luther website to see the many photos, blogs, and videos of the weekend. In Dr. Carlson’s inaugural speech she referenced the Luther College mission of offering students “an engaging, rigorous liberal arts education in a vibrant residential community.” Although it seems so much has changed since we graduated, this statement reminded me of what has not changed. Tradition is still strong – Christmas at Luther, students active on campus, athletic teams (this year marks 50 years of women’s athletics on campus!), and even the friendly squirrels. For me personally, so much has changed and yet many things remain the same. I have changed jobs, gotten married, had a child, and I still become nostalgic when I receive the Luther magazine or see pictures of campus. The beauty of the Oneota Valley, the Luther bell, and students engaging with each other and faculty: They all stir up memories of a time when I was living on campus, when I was there learning the Luther traditions. President Carlson wrapped up her inaugural speech by saying, “We are called to build strength on strength as together we live Luther’s mission in our time.” I cannot wait to see what will change in “our time” and I know that with that change, tradition and mission will remain at the core of the Luther experience for many students to come.