Class of 1988 Spring 2019 Letter

Spring 2019

Dear Members of the Class of 1988,

It was great to see many of you at our 30th Class Reunion this past Homecoming! If you haven’t been back in a while, please consider attending our next reunion in 2023. Yikes, just typing that date sounds a little scary.

As we write to you, Luther student musicians are playing and singing at full tilt. Collegiate Chorale and Cathedral Choir just returned from tours of the Midwest, and Jazz Orchestra sets out April 12 for a tout that includes South Dakota and Minnesota (luther.edu/music/jazz-orchestra). On top of that, Nordic Choir sings with the Des Moines Symphony April 27 and 28 (dmsymphony.org/events).

This year, Luther hosted a number of events to commemorate the 50th anniversary (luther.edu/alumni/events/bsu) of the college’s Black Student Union (luther.edu/black-student-union). The events included visits from several alumni who were invited back to campus to speak throughout the year, including Christie Owens ’16, Maggie (Steinberg) Hagen ’15, Gaone Masire ’82, Emerald-Jane (Aggrey-Appiah) Hunter ’03, Kara (Skatrud) Baylor ’92, Lorenzo Creighton '75, Barbara Fuller '72, Spruiell White ’67, and Maxie (Jones) Rockymore ’82, who will deliver the Don Kemp Memorial Lecture on April 25. The yearlong celebration of the BSU kicked off at Homecoming and will culminate in an alumni reunion April 26–28.

The Class of 2019 and their loved ones will celebrate Commencement on Sunday, May 26 (luther.edu/commencement/). It’s hard to believe, but that means we’ll soon bid a fond farewell to President Paula Carlson, who plans to retire at the end of the 2018–19 academic year.

After Commencement, Luther’s campus will start to buzz with summer visitors young and old. Each June through August, Luther hosts thousands of elementary, middle, and high school students interested in everything from music (luther.edu/music/dorian) to nature (luther.edu/environmental-outreach/discovery-camp) to sports (luther.edu/sports/camps) to science (luther.edu/diversity/programs/sumseminar). This summer, the college will also offer its third annual Dance Camp (luther.edu/dance-camp), an inclusive, empowering, fun, and inspiring week of movement and expression.

Luther has summer programming for adults, too. If you enjoy singing in fellowship, mark your calendars for the college’s second annual Dorian Choral Retreat for Adults (luther.edu/music/dorian/summer-camps/adult-dorian), June 28–30. And keep in mind that you can host your own event (luther.edu/conferences-events) on Luther’s campus. Your alma mater would love to have you!

Best wishes for a happy spring,

Soli Deo Gloria!

Beth (Hawkinson) Hampton
1988 Class Agent
805 Black Oak Avenue
Montevideo, MN 56265-1856
320-841-1802
[email protected]

Karen B. Olson
1988 Class Agent
4324 43rd Avenue S.
Minneapolis, MN 55406-4049
612-423-3902
[email protected]

CLASS NOTES

Brad Capener is superintendent for the Jefferson (Ore.) School District. He recently published a book titled Achieving Incredible Results for English Learners, available on Amazon.

DeeAnne (Schultz) Marlow is chief human resources officer at Albemarle Corporation in Charlotte, N.C.

Lynn (Everson) Tully is the athletics assistant at Viterbo University in La Crosse, Wis.

Leah Vriesman is director of the executive education programs in health policy management and associate adjunct professor of health policy and management at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. Leah was named the 2018 Faculty Member of the Year by the Association of University Programs in Health Administration for her accomplishments in academic leadership. 

We are pleased to announce Dr. Jenifer K. Ward as the 11th president of Luther College! For more information about President-elect Ward, visit luther.edu/headlines

As you may remember from your Fall 2018 Class Agent letter, Luther has recently completed an extensive brand strategy research process.

 

As a result of our research and in collaboration with members of the Luther community, we have developed several statements that will guide future communications.

We know that you, our alumni, are often asked about your alma mater. What you say to prospective students and their families about Luther College can have a huge impact on their decisions to visit campus, apply and, hopefully, enroll.

You know Luther well. You matter to us and we’re interested in hearing from you.

We invite you to take a few minutes to preview some of our new statements and share your thoughts. The example statements, as well as a response survey, are available online: luther.edu/alumni/brandsurvey

Many thanks!

If you have any questions please email Catherine Dyer, Brand and Marketing Director at [email protected]