Class of 1988 Spring 2018 Letter

Spring 2018

Dear Class of 1988 Classmate,

Holy Where-Does-Time-Go Batman! We graduated from Luther 30 years ago this spring! Which, of course, means we have a reunion next fall. Luther’s Homecoming Weekend is October 26-28, 2018. Please save the date and note that it’s later than usual. Watch for more details about our reunion this summer.

In looking ahead to our getting together, consider any or all of the following:

· Reach out to a Luther friend you haven’t connected with for a long time – send a text, an email, an old fashioned letter or heck, give them a call. Make a plan to meet in Decorah for a cup of coffee or a beer at one of two breweries in town during Homecoming.

· Share what you’ve been up to lately! Send a note to the Alumni Office and/or send an email to us directly so we can include it in the next letter.

· The Class of 1988 has several children attending Luther right now. But did you also know that you can help provide financial assistance for future students? The Alumni Ambassador program ( is designed to connect Luther alumni with prospective students. Alumni Ambassadors play a direct role 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, assistant director of admissions at 563-387-1438.

· Crack out your yearbook and take a walk down memory lane.

· Go to one of any number of Luther Alumni events around the country. Check them out here: 

So, as we look back to remember how Luther formed us, it’s also good to take stock in the here and now. Are you doing what you thought you’d be doing? What has surprised you in the last 30 years? What life lesson that you learned at Luther has served you well over the years? We’d love to hear your stories if you’d like to share your musings!

Life is short,
And we do not have much time
to gladden the hearts of those who
make the journey with us.
So… be swift to love,
and make haste to be kind.
And the blessing of God,
who made us,
who loves us,
and who travels with us
be with us now and forever.

-Henri-Frèdèric Amiel

Soli Deo Gloria!

Beth (Hawkinson) Hampton
1988 Class Agent
[email protected]

Karen B. Olson
1988 Class Agent
[email protected]


DeeAnne (Schultz) Marlow of Dublin, Ohio, is senior vice president in the Chief Human Resources Office at Greif, Inc. She had the opportunity to ring the bell on the New York Stock Exchange in June 2017 in honor of Greif’s 140th anniversary.