Class of 1984 Fall 2017 Letter

Fall 2017

Dear 1984 Classmate,

“Have a great reunion!” That’s what I heard as I left work to travel to Decorah for Homecoming.  No, you didn’t miss a reunion year event; I went to Luther on a non-reunion year and what a great time I had!  There were more than 65 events Homecoming weekend and 2,500 people were expected. 

I especially enjoyed going to the Alumni Council and class agent luncheon on Friday of Homecoming weekend.  It is part “old home” week and part meeting new friends and faculty.  I heard about Development Office news, met new Luther cabinet members, got a strategic planning update, and learned more about the Alumni Ambassador Program.

A couple of highlights:

·         Luther has a blue AstroTurf football field and it’s pretty cool – Legacy Field was dedicated in September.

·         The softball and baseball fields look great and were dedicated in April.  I’d like to do a shout-out to the Luther softball coaching staff for hosting the softball alumni social. I attended it with Kelly Huxford Sutton ’84, who actually did play softball.  As I walked in, I announced, “I didn’t play!” and that was okay. I was made to feel so welcome. Thanks, coach and AD Renae Hartl, Teri Olson, Miranda McCay, Kristen Winter, and everyone else who attended. 

·         Our gorgeous new tennis courts were dedicated in September and more than 50 alumni came back for a tennis meet versus current teams. 

·         $504,991 dollars were raised during Luther’s second Giving Day on March 9, 2017.  Wow! 209 brand new donors supported the Luther Fund (f/k/a the Annual Fund), 194 faculty and staff lent their support along with 145 alumni volunteers.  A total of 5,240 people tuned into the live stream throughout the day, and there were 19,933 unique page views on the Giving Day website. 

Speaking of engaged alumni, have you heard of the new Luther Alumni Ambassador Program?  All alumni are invited to refer prospective high school students to Luther, either by filling out a handy paper card or by filling out a short form online. If that student enrolls at Luther, the student receives a $1,000 scholarship (in the alum’s name) for each year, for four years.  Want more information?  Please check out www.luther.edu/ambassadors.

Can’t make it to Decorah each year?  You can still stay connected.  Please check out www.luther.edu/connect/ for links to Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google +, Instagram, LinkedIn, and more. Want campus news? Please check out luther.edu/headlines/ for what’s happening on campus and in the Decorah community.  Feel free to promote Luther’s Career Network on LinkedIn, a great way to help current students succeed; go to luther.edu/career/. Don’t forget about the Alumni Directory, luther.edu/alumni/directory/.  Have you heard about Tuesday? It’s at luther.edu/tuesday/

Prefer to go old school? Check out Luther College Archives Digital Resources at luther.edu/archives/research/resources.  You can browse digitally archived copies of

·         The College Chips, the school newspaper (1884 – 2015)

·         The Pioneer, the annual yearbook (1911 – 2015)

·         The Agora, the faculty journal (1988 – 2015).

Another way to connect with Luther is by making a donation.  If you haven’t made your gift to Luther, please consider doing so now.  Once again the class of 1984 has been a generous group, and we also made the Class Agent Honor Roll, last year, ranking 9th in total number of donors (124). 

Remember, annual giving and increased alumni participation are critical if we are to remain the best teaching and learning environment in the Midwest. All gifts, large or small, make a difference and have an important impact on Luther. Charitable foundations and corporations that support Luther consider your annual gift a vote of confidence in your college. Your gift encourages their gifts.

Soli Deo Gloria!  Luther! Luther! Luther!

Michele Minske