Class of 1979 Spring 2019 Letter

Spring 2019

Grace and peace to you, the Class of 1979!

My life since January has been tied up with Meredith Willson’s The Music Man. It is the second time I have been in the chorus for this show and my first performance on stage in almost 21 years. The last time on stage, I was Pharaoh in Joseph etc. It’s good after directing 12 shows during those years to be back on stage.

It has been good to be back on campus as well. Having a child there gets me to Decorah frequently; but as Class Agent, I can come to campus for myself. I hope you feel like doing something for yourself and that a Luther/Decorah visit can be a good experience for you. The one where I hope to see many of you is our 40-year class reunion on October 4th-6th. The Reunion Committee has been making headway and it will not be your average reunion if we can do anything about it! We keep ironing out details with the college staff; there is a good buzz in the air!

But there are other opportunities to come to Luther. The Black Student Union’s alumni reunion is April 26th-28th and will feature a speaker from the Class of 1982, Maxie Jones Rockymore. It will be a fantastic way to end the 50-year celebration for this organization. We all have benefited from the programs and influence of the BSU on campus life.

Some of you may be back to watch children graduate on Sunday, May 26th; I will experience Carlson Stadium in that way in 2020. Or maybe you are signing up for Adult Dorian on June 28th-30th. Registrations opened in early February; we had so much fun at the first one that I can’t wait for the second one! But don’t forget the many events to bring youth from your communities and churches during the summer “camps.”

The biggest news is the retirement of President Carlson and the start of a new presidency. At the time of my writing you this letter, a name has not been released; let’s hope it comes in time for the new president to start with the Class of 2023!

One of the programs highlighted at the Class Agent meeting last Homecoming was the Alumni Ambassador program. You let the Admissions staff know of young people who might be recruited by Luther. If you can do so by December 1st of their senior year, the student could be given a $1,000 scholarship for each of four years in your name if they enroll in Luther.  Check it out at: 

I received a hand-written thank you note from the young man who received the Class of 1979 Scholarship this past fall. Whether you give to the college in general or to a specific scholarship, such as the one established by our class, you are helping to grow the college and helping other young people get a solid academic start in life. For that, I thank you.

In service,

Richard Tiegs
5 Chad Court
Coralville, IA 52241-3228
[email protected]


Christopher Cudworth held a solo exhibition at Water Street Studios in Batavia, Ill., titled “Road Trip.” It featured a suite of paintings titled “Decorah Roads.” Portions of the show will be exhibited in the Center for Faith and Life during Homecoming 2019.

Ken Meyer of Cedar, Minn., is retired after teaching high school biology, English literature, creative writing, and biomedical research.

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]