Class of 1982 Spring 2018 Letter

Spring 2018

Hello Fellow Classmate:

What a year it has been! I cannot believe that six months have already passed since we were together celebrating our 35-year class reunion in Decorah! It was so wonderful to see those of you who were able to attend. Even though I helped plan it, I have to say it sure was a fun time. 

So, six months ago, I officially resigned as your class agent, and yet, hmmmm, here I am writing to you as your class agent still. J That is because no one in our amazing class has come forward to take on this important task yet. I do hope that you will consider becoming our class agent. I will not step aside until the position is filled and I have loved being your class agent and staying in touch with all of you. I really do believe that it is time for someone else to get the chance to do this. I promise to help you in any way I can. I can offer some helpful suggestions to make the task easier, and you get lots of great information and support from the Alumni Office. If you are thinking of doing it but don’t want to do it alone, talk to your Class of 1982 friends. Lots of Luther classes have multiple class agents who share the tasks, which is a great idea. Please contact me via email or give me a call if you want to ask questions. I am happy to chat!

Even though our big reunion is done and we won’t get together again until our 40-year reunion, we still want to keep in touch so be sure to check out our “Class of 1982 Facebook page” and “like” us so you can post great pictures that you find or keep up with breaking news about the reunion. Go to:

Here is some additional Luther news:

-If you have the itch to travel, you might consider one of the Luther travel tours coordinated by the Alumni Office. Upcoming tours in 2018 include Nordic Choir Companion Tour to Germany and Czechia (May-June 2018) and Sicily and Malta (October 2018).  Also, many alumni events are held throughout the region for alumni, parents, and friends of Luther College. Contact the Alumni Office at 563-387-1861 with questions about alumni events or tours. Read more at: Click on Alumni Events.

-The Alumni Ambassador program ( is designed to connect Luther alumni with prospective students. Alumni Ambassadors play a direct role with the Admissions Office in recruiting the next generation of Luther students by referring students to the Admissions Office. Every student you refer will receive a $1,000 scholarship (in your name!) each year, for four years, should they decide to enroll at Luther. Your participation in our program will have a direct financial impact on a student’s experience at Luther. For more information, contact Alyssa Ritter, Asst. Dir. of Admissions at 563-387-1438.

-Remember Paideia and that we all read The Odyssey the summer before we started at Luther? This year’s first-year students read There Was and There Was Not: A Journey Through Hate and Possibility in Turkey, Armenia, and Beyond by Meline Toumani. If you read it and want excellent questions to consider about the book for you or a book club to use, check out this page for more details:

-If you want to plan a fun Decorah vacation, consider making plans to attend these upcoming events: the Oneota Film Festival, April 19-22 ( and Nordic Fest, July 26-28, ( Also, did you know there are two breweries in Decorah? Toppling Goliath ( and Pulpit Rock Brewing Co. ( have made Decorah a beer tourism destination! If you haven’t been to Decorah recently, be sure to check out for area hotels, B&Bs, coffee shops, restaurants and shopping. 

When you get this letter, please consider taking a moment to send a contribution to Luther. Use the attached form and the reusable envelope or visit to donate today! A few years ago Dave and I decided to set up a monthly payroll deduction to Luther to make our giving easier and make it less likely for us to forget to do it. I know some of you also do a payroll deduction. Some of you give once a year. Regardless of how you give or how much you give, thank you! Did you know that Luther has a Loyalty Society, which recognizes donors who have made gifts at any level for three or more consecutive years? (For more information, visit  Whether we give $5 or $50 or $500, each gift is important and the percentage of alumni giving is extremely important. Last year, 31% of our class donated a total of $70,548.09 to the future of Luther. Way to go! Our financial gifts fund scholarships and excellent programming for all Luther students, so thanks again.

I have only heard from a few people in our class since my fall letter, so here is the news about our friends:

Pam Helgerson-Dome of La Crosse, Wis., is retired. Congratulations, Pam! 

Julie (Jensen) McGowan is a manager of compliance and audit at Michael Coglianese CPA in Bloomingdale, Ill.

That’s it for now. I hope that you have a happy spring and once again, please consider becoming the Class of 1982 class agent. Email or call and we can chat about it.

Take good care,

Katie Hanson
1982 Class Agent
[email protected]