Class of 1977 Spring 2019 Letter

Spring 2019

Dear Classmate,

The Alumni Office is always a great resource of information regarding upcoming Luther events. In this letter I would like to pass along some of the more significant events happening as the current academic year rolls towards the finish line. 

This spring, Luther student musicians are playing and singing at full tilt. Collegiate Chorale and Cathedral Choir just returned from tours of the Midwest. The Jazz Orchestra sets out April 12 for a tour that includes South Dakota and Minnesota ( On top of that, Nordic Choir sings with the Des Moines Symphony April 27 and 28 (

2018-19 was a milestone year for the college’s Black Student Union ( Luther hosted a number of events to commemorate BSU’s 50th anniversary ( The events included visits from several alumni who were invited back to campus to speak throughout the year, including Christie Owens ’16, Maggie (Steinberg) Hagen ’15, Gaone Masire ’82, Emerald-Jane (Aggrey-Appiah) Hunter ’03, Kara (Skatrud) Baylor ’92, Lorenzo Creighton '75, Barbara Fuller '72, and Spruiell White ’67.  Maxie (Jones) Rockymore ’82 will deliver the Don Kemp Memorial Lecture on April 25.  The year-long celebration of the BSU kicked off at Homecoming and will culminate in an alumni reunion April 26–28.

The Class of 2019 and their loved ones will celebrate Commencement on Sunday, May 26 ( As graduation approaches, we’ll soon bid a fond farewell to President Paula Carlson, who plans to retire at the end of the 2018–19 academic year.  If you get the chance, please be sure to thank her for her leadership and years of dedicated service to the college.

After Commencement, Luther’s campus will start to buzz with summer visitors young and old.  Each June through August, Luther hosts thousands of elementary, middle, and high school students interested in everything from music ( to nature ( to sports ( to science ( This summer, the college will also offer its third annual Dance Camp (, an inclusive, empowering, fun, and inspiring week of movement and expression.

Luther has summer programming for adults, too. If you enjoy singing in fellowship, mark your calendars for the college’s second annual Dorian Choral Retreat for Adults (, June 28–30. Please note that you can host your own event ( on Luther’s campus.  Your alma mater would love to have you!

Best wishes for a happy spring,

Steve Pitzenberger
1977 Class Agent
901 Perkiomen Avenue
Lansdale, PA 19446
[email protected]

We are pleased to announce Dr. Jenifer K. Ward as the 11th president of Luther College! For more information about President-elect Ward, visit

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:

Many thanks!

If you have any questions please email Catherine Dyer, Brand and Marketing Director at [email protected]