Happy Spring-time, fellow 2005 Luther Alum!
Jon, Brian, and I hope you’re all doing well and finding joy in the spring’s bright and warm days. Aahhh, ‘tis the season in Decorah for students to study outside under the oak trees, for ultimate frisbee to return to the library lawn, and the re-opening of the Whippy Dip.
It was a very busy winter at Luther: a $200,000 grant was awarded to Luther for its brand new neuroscience major; 286 students studied away from campus for J-Term (you can read about their adventures at luther.edu/jtermblogs2018); as well as all the normal concerts, lectures, recitals, and overall-amazingness that makes Luther so phenomenal. You can find many more headlines and stories at luther.edu.
This winter the wider world has had its share of rough moments. Still, Luther continues to respond to the world with grace. Most recently (at the time of writing this letter), Luther is encouraging dialogue in regards to the Parkland, Florida school shooting and gun-control debate. The College posted on Facebook: Luther applauds students’ expression of their beliefs and supports active citizenship. We want to assure students that participating in peaceful protest does not jeopardize your admission to Luther, even if you are disciplined or suspended. Our socially conscious community is fully committed to developing whole persons who are equipped to understand and confront a changing society. I hope you feel proud to be a part of this socially conscious community!
No doubt that some of you are planning to visit during this summer’s Nordic Fest, July 26-28. Decorah keeps winning awards for being a sweet town, so enjoy all of the things that definitely warrant those awards. And while you’re there, say hello to the new mayor, Lorraine Borowski ’70. She is Decorah’s first female mayor and while she’s responsible for some amazing things, none is more noteworthy here than the fact that she is our very own Beth Borowski’s ’05 mom!
I’d love to hear some of your best Luther memories and maybe even feature them in upcoming letters. Just send them to [email protected]. And always, thank you for any financial gifts you’ve made to Luther in the last year. If you’re looking for ways to share your wealth, check out givenow.luther.edu.
Thank you and Soli Deo Gloria!
2005 Class Agent
Ross Kurth is general manager of ARCH Motorcycle in Los Angeles.
Megan (Hillesland) andPaul Mackie ’06 live in Chicago. Megan is author of The Finder of the Lucky Devil and Paul is a senior business consultant at John Galt Solutions.
Danielle Schmidt is a recover resolution consultant at Optum in Eden Prairie, Minn.
Cara Stone is an instruction librarian at Iowa State University in Ames.
MAREN HADLEY and Dylan Kioga, July 7, 2017
ELLIE VALETA and Nicholas Wiltgen, Oct. 7, 2017
ERIN WALDING and Russell Heitman, Oct. 15, 2016
SARA (GOUDSCHAAL) '04 and TERRY BLESSING welcomed twin daughters, Ada Marilyn and Edith Jean, in March 2017.
KELLY (RIES) and CHRIS DAHL welcomed a son, Eli Joseph, in October 2015.
ERIN (RADKE) and MIKE FLAHERTY welcomed a son, Silas Timothy, in May 2017.
LAUREN MAYFIELD and Mitch Gerads welcomed a son, West, in September 2017.
BRENDA (RIHA) and Jason Mueterthies welcomed a son, Walker Bradley, in June 2017.