Senior Letter

Spring 2017

Dear Parents of Luther Senior Students,

Bill and I are stunned at how quickly our time at Luther has flown! We hope you are enjoying the excitement of planning for graduation. Due to inclement weather in February, the Parents Council spring meeting didn’t happen. I think the weather service said “blizzard,” and Luther kindly cancelled the meeting so we were not driving through the storm. But, in lieu of the meeting, we received updates and are pleased to share them with you.

Earlier this year, Parents Council members were invited to take the StrengthsFinder Assessment, which has been offered to Luther students and staff in order to help them assess their personal strengths in leadership. This assessment was broken into 34 sections, and the top five skills were isolated as the strongest personal skills.  The idea is to encourage students to recognize their greatest gifts and use those skills when working with others.

Our meeting was also set to focus on Luther’s strategic planning process, which is underway. In February, surveys were sent to all parents and alumni seeking our input. Results are being compiled by the Strategic Planning Committee, and, after a series of meetings, workshops, and a May retreat, the plan is to present goals and priorities to Luther’s Board of Regents in October. For additional information, visit If you did not receive a survey, you may contact Terry Sparkes or Brad Chamberlain, who serve as co-chairs of the Strategic Planning Committee. Any ideas or comments that you would like the committee to consider as the college moves toward identifying goals and priorities for the next 3-5 years are welcomed. Brad's email is [email protected].  Terry's is [email protected].

News from Admissions:

  • At the time of the scheduled meeting in late February, Luther applications were running 11 percent ahead of last year based on an all-time high count of 4,051;
  • Paid deposits were standing at a four-percent year-on-year increase;
  • A new alumni recruitment program is scheduled to be rolled out in July.

Luther’s second annual Giving Day was held March 9, and it was a big success, raising more than $500,000. If you made a gift that day, perhaps in response to the Parents Council Challenge, thank you so much! A higher percentage of parent participation in giving could help the college attract additional foundation and corporate gifts, which are so necessary for maintaining and improving Luther.  If you didn’t make a gift on Giving Day, or during this academic year, please consider doing so now. A gift of any size to the Annual Fund will help to increase the percentage of parents who support the college. Your participation in giving is a vote of confidence in Luther and a further investment in your student’s education. Thank you!

More information regarding programs and parent information can be found on Luther’s website, www.luther.eduand the main parents page,, with links to academics, career development, admissions, sports schedules, calendars, the Parents Council, newsletters, social media, and more. Commencement information can be found here:

Have a wonderful spring season, and enjoy these last months of your student’s senior year. We are so blessed to have had this opportunity with our children. We will share our love of Luther College wherever we go, just like the parents before us.

Dates to Remember         

2017    Apr. 14-17                  Easter vacation
            May 15-18                  Final exams
            May 21                       Commencement

Best wishes,

William and Roberta Curtis  [email protected]

Maria (Spieker) ’89 and Todd Mickelson  [email protected]  

Robert ’86 and Peggy (Ganske) Carr ’85   [email protected]                                        

Lee ’84 and Linda (Rosholt) Hash ’85  [email protected]                                                            

Jim and Terry Morrill    [email protected]              

Todd and Michelle Wildenauer    [email protected]                                            

                                            ROOTS AND WINGS

“There are but two lasting bequests we can give our children.  One is roots, the other, wings.”

Roots and Wings—how often we think about these gifts as we guide and nurture our children through those first years. As parents, we have a special mission. The roots are planted as we help them establish a firm foundation for life, a definition of who they are and where they came from, the security of family and a sense of community. The wings emerge as we gradually let them go, allowing them the freedom to fly—to take what they have learned and soar to new heights, to reach beyond existing boundaries, to seek and find their place in this world.

You should have a sense of pride. Under your watchful eye, your child has grown into a young adult with dreams and unlimited potential for the future. And now, you are allowing those dreams to live, by encouraging the opportunity for new growth at Luther College, an institution with deep roots and caring people to assist students as they pursue their dreams and realize their potential.

Please give your child “roots and wings.” Support the Annual Fund through the Luther College Parents Association and enhance learning opportunities for all Luther students.