Class of 1988 Spring 2017 Letter

Spring 2017                                

Dear Member of the Class of 1988,

Greetings from Luther and happy spring semester! As I write to you today in early March, Luther students are nearing the end of the first half of the current term and likely thinking about spring break and a well-deserved change in routine. Coming from a parent of a first-year student, the year is just flying by and summer plans for work are being looked at as well. If the next three years go by as quickly, our daughter will soon be graduating!

You probably heard the news about our beloved Weston Noble '43, who died Dec. 21, 2016. A celebration of his life will be held on campus at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 13, at the Center for Faith and Life, Main Hall. We were blessed with connecting with Dr. Noble both at Homecoming and Christmas at Luther, and are so thankful that he had the time to catch up after those concerts. For our family, Weston has been a mentor, friend, and an amazing example of what it is to be human. There is a wonderful article about Weston 's life that can be found in the Winter 2017 issue of the Luther Alumni Magazine and on Luther 's website.

While we're on the subject of music, it was announced in January that Andrew Last '97, assistant professor of music and conductor of Collegiate Chorale and Norsemen, has been appointed to the post of Nordic Choir conductor and director of choral activities at Luther. He will begin his new duties at the beginning of the 2017 fall semester. I am so excited to see what the future holds for Nordic, and Luther College, under the fine direction of Dr. Last.

You can read more about Andrew Last on Luther 's website, and you can find lots more as well, including students' J-term course blogs and other course blogs, Alumni Office travel tours and events, links to alumni profiles, comparisons and rankings, life after Luther, etc. It's easy to find web content that interests you at by clicking the search button next to the "info for" drop-down box at the top right of the page. Type in the word "news," click on the search button, and you 'll get all of the Luther news, for your reading pleasure.

Attached to this letter is the list of all who made gifts to Luther in calendar year 2016. Thank you for your generosity! Did you know you can sign up for monthly giving to Luther? It's a great way to ensure a gift is made each year. Those who make a gift at any level for three or more consecutive years become members of Luther 's Loyalty Society. Visit for more details. Regular giving to Luther is a great habit to cultivate!

And finally, I am happy to announce that our classmate, Karen Olson, has agreed to join me in the role of class agent. There will be more to come from Karen as we catch up with her life in the next edition of our class agent letter in the fall. I look forward to working with Karen again. She and I were Nordic Choir officers in 1988, so we have some experience in working together!

Do you have memories of past Luther experiences you'd like to share? I'm sure our classmates would enjoy reading about them; send me your stories!

Until next time,

Beth (Hawkinson) Hampton
[email protected]


Lisa (Wolfs) Farley of Monticello, Iowa, received the Governor’s Volunteer Award from Iowa Governor Terry Branstad for her 20 years of service mentoring at Helping Services for Northeast Iowa.

Jamie (Boyer) Gurholt is donor and volunteer engagement coordinator at Beloit (Wis.) College. Greg Larson of Brownsville, Texas, is a varsity football/softball coach at Brownsville Hanna High School.


SUE MORSE and Jim Eggerichs, June 24, 2016

The Annual Fund; make your gift today:
Your gift. Put to work, right away, where it is needed most.

Last year more than 10,000 alumni, family, and friends supported Luther's Annual Fund with gifts from $5 to $100,000. Your gift makes a difference for each and every student at Luther, and we are grateful for your support.

This list includes all gifts received January 1, 2016, to December 31, 2016. Making a gift each and every year is an investment in the lives of Luther students and a show of support for the Luther College community. Thank you for your support of Luther College through your giving.

Eugene Alberts
Suzanne (Wellman) Alberts
Katherine (Paetz) Andersen
Jennifer (Wallace) Anderson
Kay Anderson
Marilyn (Rosendahl) Anderson
Angela (Carlson) Arndt
Sally Bachman
Shane Bergo
Yvonne (Vikdal) Bintz
Susan (Ellingson) Blaisdell
Donna (Peterson) Boots
Nathan Brammer
Todd Bransky
Jeffrey Breitbach
Michael Bruess
Patricia (Green) Carey
Inge (Gottburgsen) Corlis
Janice (Marzen) Courneya
Paul Dahlberg
Bradley Dawson
Diane (Anderson) Dhillon
Pamela Doorenbos
Susan (Morse) Eggerichs
Beth (Cooper) Eide
Allison Eness
Laurel Erickson
John Evenstad
Diane (Johnson) Fisk
Michael Flittie
Karrin (Helgerson) Frost
William Fullerton
Michelle Gill Murray
Sara Gillespie
Callista (Bisek) Gingrich
Lawrence Greaves
Kristin (Sandquist) Guthrie
Deborah (Getsch) Haag
Elizabeth (Hawkinson) Hampton
Paul Hanstedt
Amy (Brunberg) Hellie
Joseph Hellie
Sarah (Glesne) Herath
James Holt
Janet (Voss) Holt
Elaine Hoversten
Kari (Berg) Huckels
Deb (Jacobsen) Rexroth
Dawn (DeJager) Johnson
Ruth (Berschet) Kauls
Eric Kelderman
Erica (Heath) Kennedy
Arthur Kenworthy
Laura (Squier) Kirkland
Tamara (Christianson) Koller
Timothy Kraabel
Paul Kratzke
Katherine (Gamble) Kust
Gregory Larson
Jene' (Gilbert) Leiner
David Lietz
Ann Link
Connie (Foxworthy) Logeman
Hollis Long-DeWolf
Joel Ludvigsen
Brian MacGregor
Kathy (Kelley) Mackey
Daniel Marlow
DeeAnne (Schultz) Marlow
Mary Masterson
James Meehan
James Mehltretter
Kari Melaas
Nathan Meyer
Lynne (Cleasby) Miller
Mary Moore
Maren (Smith) Nagorzanski
Susan Neill
Paul Ness
Jane (Floy) Nicholson
John Nielsen
Jennifer (Nelson) Nordgaard
Todd Oberg
Jeffery O'Connell
Kristen (Kollmorgen) Olejniczak
Lori (Tigges) Ollendick
Karen Olson
John Paulson
Sherry (Schmidt) Paulson
William Perpich
Marcus Peterson
Stacey (Gronbeck) Peterson
Scott Pierce
Kimberly (Henry) Pitzer
Ann (Glidden) Platt
Kristin (Ritland) Pressler
Kurt Radke
Alessandro Raniolo
Craig Rasmussen
Ann (Harder) Reid
Kristin (Jensen) Reimann
David Rexroth
John Rippley
Annette (Bigler) Rooney
David Rooney
Laura (Libbey) Sandness
Todd Sands
Joan (Schneider) Schatz
Kevin Schatz
Linda (Joy) Schmidt
Lynn (Pedersen) Schroeder
Lisa Small Steinbauer
Brian Solberg
Denise (Doyle) Solberg
Kristine (Deason) Stache
Julie Stephens-Watson
Julie Suhr
Anne (Lysne) Taylor
Victor Thonn
Patricia (Hanel) Torrens-Burton
Kari (Schneider) Vara
Judith (Johnson) Vijums
Leah Vriesman
Ruth Ward Schraeder
Jonathan Wee
Jennifer (Brunner) Weeding
Thomas Wolle
Thomas Wood
David Wrightsman

Every attempt has been made to ensure the accuracy of this list. If an error has been made, please accept our apology and contact the Luther Development Office at 800-225-8664, or email [email protected].

1988 Class Agent Beth (Hawkinson) Hampton