Class of 1988 Fall 2018 Letter

Fall 2018

Dear Classmate,

Have you registered for Homecoming yet? If not, please do – it would be great to see as many classmates as possible over the Homecoming Weekend, Oct. 26-28, 2018, as we celebrate our commencement 30 years ago! You should have received registration information in the mail, but you can also register online at

In other news, it’s the start of a new school year at Luther, one that promises to be as wonderfully action-packed as ever. In August, the college welcomed 575 new students to campus. Over the summer, they read a book that many Luther grads will remember from Paideia: The Odyssey. This year’s edition comes with a twist: it’s the first English translation by a woman, Emily Wilson, and by all accounts it’s a vivid, engaging, and sprightly retelling of the classic homecoming story. If you’re up for a return to your Paideia roots, you can join the fun through Luther’s reading guide to the book:

Speaking of homecomings, this year we’ll celebrate two important milestones during Luther’s Homecoming Weekend, October 26–28. First, the Black Student Union (BSU) commemorates its 50th anniversary this fall. There are several events planned during Homecoming and throughout the year to celebrate the founding of the organization—including forums, lectures, a brunch, and a BSU reunion—so mark your calendars. Luther’s Nursing Department also observes a birthday—its 40th—this fall. Homecoming Weekend, Kris Dreifuerst ’85 will lead a workshop for nursing educators and deliver the Ironside Distinguished (Alumni) Lecture in Nursing, which will be followed by an open house at Luther’s simulation lab.

In addition to Homecoming lecturers, Luther will welcome other notable speakers to campus this season. On October 23, social psychologist Jonathan Haidt will deliver the Farwell Distinguished Lecture, “The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure.” His book of the same name, published earlier this month, explores how the cultural climate of “safetyism” on college campuses across the U.S. interferes with the healthy development of students. He argues that recent social and cultural trends are setting children up to fail as healthy, autonomous, adaptable adults. If you don’t have time to read the book, you can get a snapshot through Haidt’s Atlantic article:

Finally, most have heard that President Paula Carlson will retire at the end of the 2018–19 academic year. During her time at Luther, President Carlson added several academic programs to the college, renewed outdoor facilities, expanded Luther’s Career Center services, developed and launched the “Next Steps for Sophomores” program, added a dean of institutional equity and inclusion to Luther’s staff, and achieved Luther’s goal of reducing its carbon footprint by 50 percent by the end of 2015, among other things. Luther’s Board of Regents is taking the necessary steps in the presidential search process with the hope of transitioning leadership over the course of next summer and having a new president in place for the 2019–20 academic year.

While changes are afoot at our alma mater, Luther also holds tight to its traditions, like keeping in touch with valued alumni. We hope you’ll let us know what’s new in your life too! Until then, best wishes for a fall that’s as beautiful as it is in the Oneota Valley.

See you in October?!

Soli Deo Gloria!

Beth (Hawkinson) Hampton
1988 Class Agent
805 Black Oak Avenue
Montevideo, MN 56265-1856
[email protected]

Karen B. Olson
1988 Class Agent
4324 43rd Avenue S.
Minneapolis, MN 55406-4049
[email protected]


Lisa Barth is owner and operator of Valhalla Barkery in Decorah. 

Chris Boudewyns photographs portraits of Broadway and theater performers. He recently had his first book cover published on Falling Upby Leslie Odom, Jr. 

Julie (Dereus) Henszey of Wauwatosa, Wis., is a corporate trainer, executive coach, and owner of Next Step Goals.

Linda Jordan is manager of advanced practice in the division of surgical services at Stanford Children’s Health in Palo Alto, Calif.

Connie (Foxworthy) Logeman received the 2018 Educator of the Year award for St. Cloud Technical and Community College from the Minnesota State Board of Trustees.

Tom Noonan is president/CEO of the Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau in Austin, Texas.

Kurt Radke earned a business degree from the College of St. Scholastica and is administrator of orthopedics at Essentia Health in Duluth, Minn.

Linda Baldwin (under the pen name Linda Malcolm) was selected to attend the New York State Summer Writers Institute at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. She is one of approximately 16 writers attending a two-week non-fiction workshop, “Memoir and Personal Essay,” taught by Phillip Lopate, who directs the non-fiction MFA program at Columbia University in New York City. Throughout the last nine years, Malcolm has been writing creative non-fiction. Ebbing and flowing between parent and writer, she writes short personal essays on subjects ranging from deep-sea fishing and canning tomatoes to death and laundry. “I have dutifully posted these 415 essays in my online storage unit,,” Malcolm said. “This year, I am stepping out of my small readership in search of a larger audience.” At the Writers Institute Malcolm will be working on a collection of essays to be published later this year in her first book.