Class of 1989 Spring 2017 Letter

Spring 2017

Dear 1989 Classmate,

Two weeks ago we brought our Luther senior, Mollie, to the airport to embark on what will be the final semester of her Luther College education. Thirty hours and three flights later, she landed safely in Singapore to begin student teaching at Singapore American School. While this means we had the blissful feeling of writing that final tuition check, it also means our time as Luther parents is coming to an end. It is an ending, and yet I believe Mollie will always feel a connection to that beautiful corner of Iowa, just as we all do. We were ALL transformed by our own journeys at Luther, and it remains a part of us! As I write this spring letter, I think of our class and the all memories we share. I hope, as you read this, you do the same.

For many of us, Weston Noble ’43 was a part of our transformation at Luther. You may have already heard the news of his passing on December 21, at age 94. A visitation and prayer service was held December 29 at First Lutheran Church in Decorah, and a private family graveside service was held December 30 at Riverside Cemetery in Riceville, Iowa, with full military honors. A celebration of life for Weston will be held on the Luther campus at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 13, at the Center for Faith and Life, Main Hall. I hope some of you can get back to campus for this celebration of his incredible life.

You may be interested to know 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.
Decorah is a busy place! Maybe you can come back for a visit soon. Check your 2017 calendars and consider making plans to attend these upcoming events:

    •    Oneota Film Festival, March 9-12,

    •    Nordic Fest, July 27-29,

    •    Women’s Weekend Out, March 31-April 2,

Also, did you know there are two breweries in Decorah? Toppling Goliath and Pulpit Rock have each helped to put Decorah on the beer map. The town also boasts three coffee shops—Java John’s, Magpie Coffeehouse, Impact Coffee—and a new burrito place, B.A. Burrito.

Want to get together with other Luther alums? Luther’s Alumni Office coordinates and/or promotes a number of travel tours each year. Information can be found on the webpage, Upcoming tours in 2017 include a New England coastal cruise in September; Holocaust tour in Europe in July; and a Vietnam and Cambodia adventure in November. Many events are held throughout the region for alumni, parents, and friends of Luther College. Information can be found at (click on Alumni Events). Contact the Alumni Office at (563) 387-1861 with questions about alumni events or tours.

The Admissions Office knows that alumni play an integral role in recruiting new students to the college. I have personally nominated several students who have ended up at Luther! This summer the Admissions Office will roll out a new scholarship program. Stay tuned for more details.

Opening convocation for Luther’s 2017 spring semester was held on Thursday, February 2, when the college began its commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Elizabeth Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, was the honored speaker. Luther will spend 2017 exploring the Reformation, its impact and legacy, and its continuing relevance today. Information on various events, performances, and exhibitions related to this can be found on Luther’s website.

Looking for a good read? The campus-wide summer Paideia reading for the 2016-17 academic year was We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, by Karen Joy Fowler. Be on the lookout for the summer reading for the 2017-18 academic year, so you can relate to what students are learning at Luther. Check the following web page for more details:

Our classmate updates are included at the end of this letter. Getting to read your specific updates twice a year is a way to stay connected. If you want to be included, simply send your update to the Alumni Office at We also have a Luther College Class of 1989 Facebook page. If you use Facebook and have not joined our group, please do so! If you would like to contribute to future class agent letters, feel free to send me some of your memories. Stories of past Luther experiences are always fun to read about and your classmates will appreciate it.

Let’s strive to make giving to Luther a habit for the class of 1989! Luther’s Loyalty Society recognizes donors who have made gifts at any level for 3 or more consecutive years. The best way to make sure a gift is made each year is to sign up for monthly giving. Visit for more details about the Loyalty Society. Regular giving to Luther is a great habit to cultivate!

I hope all of you have some time this spring for renewal. Whether at home or work, or any other area of life. Have a great spring!

Soli Deo Gloria!

Maria Mickelson           and                                Chris Hubbs
[email protected]                  [email protected]


David DenHartog is chief learning officer for Athlos Academies in Boise, Idaho.

Edward Grima Baldacchino is an intellectual property attaché at Permanent Mission of Malta to the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland.

Paul Reimann is sales and customer service supervisor at J&P Cycles in Anamosa, Iowa.

The Annual Fund – make your gift today:
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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.

Marc Al
Mary (Lowe) Alger
David Allen
Richard Anderson
Jeffrey Arndt
Sarah (Molldrem) Bachmeier
Brent Benrud
Jeffrey Bigler
Marnie (Kleven) Bigler
Bonnie Black
D. Allan Boettger
Julie (Barkema) Brammer
Brian Brown
Rick Buchan
Alan Buss
Nancy (Mcgivern) Buss
Eric Carlson
Karrie (Knutson) Craig
Cari (Halling) Cummins
Jean Dickson
Andrea Doeden
Thomas Dumbaugh
Kristin (Bostrom) Ellenson
Christina (Zuber) Engelby
Bryan Ensrud
Karla (Luzum) Erdman
Todd Fogdall
Lois Forde-Kohler
Laura (Charlson) Frazier
Larry Geno
Trudi (Sands) Greaves
Sarah Grow
Douglas Guenther
Mark Gustafson
Jeffrey Guthrie
Jill Hallenberger
Kristin (Fretheim) Hanneman
Mary Hanson-Busch
Lori Happel-Jarratt
Pamela (Brown) Haugen
Tiffany (Seymour) Hauptman
Ellen (Ryan) Heggen
Staci (Dullum) Heimsoth
Leann (Hovden) Herman
Alan Hjelle
Michelle (Nissen) Hjelle
Mark Hoper
Christopher Hubbs
Timothy Jacobsen
Jennifer (Volbrecht) Jaimez
Elisabeth Johnson
Gregory Johnson
Michael Kinsel
Beth (Womeldorf) Kregel
Eugene Kreiter
Amy (Larsen) Krull
Stephen LaMaster
John Laughlin
Tamra (Anderson) Leif
Stacey (Gill) Lindahl
Susan (Gause) Long
Miriam (Pitcher) Mackey
Christopher Manke
Dawn Mathson
Noelle (Natte) Mehltretter
Rochelle (Sullivan) Meyer
Steven Meyer
Maria (Spieker) Mickelson
Ramona (Henriksen) Mitchell
Jonette (Ross) Moore
David Morgan
Daniel Nolan
Tanya Oberg
Tamara (Stelling) Olson
Dan Owens
Theresa (Anderson) Owens
Laura (Beckman) Palmer
Sharon Prestemon
James Putman
Jill (Schroeder) Putman
Paul Reimann
Kari (Christen) Richards
Kari (Palm) Roskens
Jean Ryan
Jennifer (Munn) Saner
Ryan Sather
Sonia (Albertson) Sather
Diana Schmidt
Deborah (Savage) Schunder
Lane Schwarz
Kiersten (Rovang) Scooler
Barbara (Gibbs) Scott
Kim (MacVey) Sidwell-Frame
Bryant Siefken
Jami (Dueland) Siefken
David Smith
Scott Stevens
Ann Streufert
Timothy Suski
Karen Swenson
Adrian Ting
Eric Tvedt
Eunice (Sersland) Veeder
Jill (Voss) Wachholz
Michael Waschevski
Vicki Weidenbacher-Hoper
Beth (Ray) Westlund
Angeline (Wise) Wilson
Susan (Ellefson) Wolle

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].