I recently had the pleasure of attending a Southwest Florida alumni event—a rich opportunity to once again reconnect and meet new friends. Prime example: I had met Bill Wickum ‘71 a couple years ago at a similar event. We realized how close he and his wife live to Steve and me and how we all really enjoy boating to fun restaurants on the water. So, we are in the process of finding a rendezvous date. I also had a chance to bid President Carlson farewell as she gets ready to embark on a new retirement adventure at the close of this school year. Two realizations were ascertained from that gathering—the realization of how many other Luther snowbirds are actually in this area😉 and knowledge about the 2018-2023 Strategic Plan.
The mantra for this plan is INSPIRED, EMPOWERED, ENGAGED. These powerful words came to life as I read an excerpt written by Anna Jeide-Detweiler ‘16 in the recent Luther News. Anna, along with a handful of other students from the elementary school where I was principal, are accomplished Luther grads (go Gleason Lake students)! In her article, Anna, who is currently Development and Communications Coordinator at La Clinica Pueblo, a community health center focused on serving the Latino immigrant community, in Washington, D.C., talks about how grateful she is for the education she received at Luther, having majored in Spanish and English, but goes on to say that she feels her “greatest education has come after commencement.” She finds herself in the midst of helping people move through the quagmire of voter registration, housing, healthcare, and the like. This is exactly how it should be! Anna exemplifies Luther’s commitment to “help each student develop the habits of mind and heart, as well as the skills and perspective needed to thrive and serve in an ever-changing world”.
This strong mantra will help guide Luther College in the upcoming years as the college determines HOW it will continue to build on its principles of excellence, community, human dignity, justice, freedom, and service and yet, continue to be, as Martin Luther says, “always reforming” (semper reformanda). It is critical to inspire students with rich, unparalleled experiences so that they feel empowered with competent skills and creative thought processes and can go out into the world and be engaged and committed to making a difference.
If you read the Winter 2019 edition of the Luther Alumni Magazine, you probably noticed that this year marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Black Student Union, organized in the fall of 1968, just as we all arrived on campus for our freshman year. The commemoration of the BSU has been going on since last fall and will culminate with some great events on the weekend of April 25-28, 2019. Our classmate, Dr. Barbara Fuller, will be delivering the Biology Colloquium lecture, "A Calling to Serve," at 9:40 AM on Thursday 4/25. In the magazine article, Barb and five other African-
American alumni provide some fascinating perspectives on what the BSU meant for them during their various times on the Luther campus -- and what their hopes are for current and future students of color at Luther College. Definitely worth reading! Organizers are hoping for an excellent turnout at this celebratory weekend and emphasize that the events are for ALL alumni who are interested in exploring the history (and future) of race relations at Luther. A more detailed list of events can be found at luther.edu/alumni/events/bsu.
As I write to you about this, please know that there are numerous activities going on at Luther and around the country. Check out the websites for more info..
or diversity seminars or numerous summer camps and the list goes on.
There is always something for everyone!!
To those of you in the brutal north, I wish you warmth, an early spring, and an invitation to travel south! To all of you I wish you peace, comfort, and joy in knowing that there is always a Luther brother or sister out there with whom you can make a renewed connection!
Soli Deo Gloria!
Bev (Ulstad) Borgstrom
1972 Class Agent
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Marilyn (Fritz) Shardlow
1972 Class Agent
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Frank Andersen is clinical education director of OB/GYN at Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine at Washington State University in Spokane, Wash.
Brian Martens of Forestville, Calif., is a full time poet and creative consultant. His first book of poetry and haiku came out in Dec. 2018, entitled Three Raven Gate.
|We are pleased to announce Dr. Jenifer K. Ward as the 11th president of Luther College! For more information about President-elect Ward, visit luther.edu/headlines|
As you may remember from your Fall 2018 Class Agent letter, Luther has recently completed an extensive brand strategy research process.
As a result of our research and in collaboration with members of the Luther community, we have developed several statements that will guide future communications.
We know that you, our alumni, are often asked about your alma mater. What you say to prospective students and their families about Luther College can have a huge impact on their decisions to visit campus, apply and, hopefully, enroll.
You know Luther well. You matter to us and we’re interested in hearing from you.
We invite you to take a few minutes to preview some of our new statements and share your thoughts. The example statements, as well as a response survey, are available online: luther.edu/alumni/brandsurvey
If you have any questions please email Catherine Dyer, Brand and Marketing Director at [email protected]