Dear Fellow Member of the Class of 1989,
Another Luther Homecoming has come and gone, the 28th since we left Luther and went our individual ways, confident that the education and training we had during our four years had prepared us for the conversion from college into the next phase of our lives. All of us have and continue to experience transitions in our lives. Our family experienced one of those transitions as we watched our daughter, Mollie, walk across the stage in May as a Luther graduate. While our time as Luther parents has ended, I know I will continue to feel that same strong connection to Luther and to you!
Have you seen the new blue football field on campus? Carlson Stadium received a major upgrade this summer with the installation of a top-of-the-line synthetic turf and pad system by AstroTurf. Legacy Field, as it is now named, has the distinction of being the only blue turf field among NCAA Division III colleges and universities in the United States. Another summer renovation, of the outdoor tennis courts, marked the beginning of a new era for Luther College tennis. The college's 12 courts, also blue, were resurfaced using a state-of-the-art method resulting in a more durable, stable, and consistent playing surface. The campus is just bursting with blue! Visit Luther’s website and/or Facebook page to see some pictures.
You may have already heard about Luther’s Alumni Ambassador Program. This is your chance to play a direct role with the Admissions Office in recruiting the next generation of Luther students. Is there a prospective student you could refer? Every student you refer will receive a $1,000 scholarship (in your name) each year, for four years, should he/she decide to enroll at Luther. This means your participation in the program will have a direct financial impact on a student’s experience at Luther. Visit www.luther.edu/ambassadors to make a referral for any high school student, even one who won’t graduate from high school until 2021!
Luther has been involved in a year-long commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, an event that tradition tells us began on October 31, 1517, when Martin Luther posted his ninety-five theses on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany. This event in Western history gave the world a variety of concepts that are still deeply relevant today: plurality in society, freedom of conscience, toleration, individualism, freedom of religion, freedom of thought, the idea of the equality of all humans, institutionalized poor relief, literacy and universal education, and the importance of public discourse. Its impact on music and art find expression across Luther College’s choral and artistic traditions. For these reasons Luther has been exploring the Reformation for a whole year, its impact and legacy, and its continuing relevance today. Information on various events, performances, and exhibitions that make up Luther College’s Reformation commemoration can be found on Luther’s website www.luther.edu.
Luther’s Annual Fund is now the Luther Fund, with a fresh new look and name. But, I can assure you, your donation to the Luther Fund is still unrestricted and put to work as soon as it’s received. Donations support all the various needs of students. Your donation has a hand in just about everything students need: scholarships and financial aid, field study trips, music tours, student organizations, volunteer opportunities in the community, college ministries, residence hall improvements, campus landscaping, building maintenance, intramural sports, student/faculty research. I can’t overstate the importance of alumni participation! Annual giving and increased alumni participation are critical if we are to remain the best teaching and learning environment in the Midwest. Gifts of ALL sizes make a difference and have an important impact on Luther.
I hope that you continue to be nourished by the connections you have through Luther, both past and present. Know that I am grateful for your support of Luther, so thousands more may enjoy the kind of experience in higher education that Luther does so well.
Soli Deo Gloria!
1989 Class Agents:
Maria (Spieker) Mickelson
Bonnie Black is program manager, global sales support for Delta Air Lines in Atlanta.
Chris Hubbs is senior director, demand planning at Gander Mountain in the greater Minneapolis-St. Paul area.
Tim Jacobsen of Los Angeles, received the David L. Wolper Award for Outstanding Producer of Long-Form Television at the Producers Guild Awards for assisting in the production of The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.
Daniel Peterson is owner of Arrasmith Capital LLC and The Lodge at Steinthal in Kiel, Wis.
Tom Pietz is lead pastor at St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Rubicon, Wis.
Leisa (Mechling) Wyman is risk management and quality specialist with Adventists Health Central Valley Network in Hanford, Calif.