Hi, 1990 Classmates!
Did you make it to campus for Homecoming this year? I wasn’t able to but understand that, in spite of the rain, it was a great weekend filled with re-connections, friendships, and a win on the brand-new, blue football field!
During our era, my work-study assignment was working in the Alumni Office. Preparing for Homecoming was a pretty big deal. I can recall sticking Avery mailing labels on thousands of #10 envelopes, sorting RSVP cards for reunion-year dinners, and preparing name tags for attendees, all while avoiding paper cuts. While the names printed off on a dot matrix printer didn’t mean much to me at the time, upon reflection, I know that each of these individual alums then and now have their own Luther journey and story. What’s yours?
Speaking of the Alumni (and Development) Office, moving forward, there are going to be some changes to the way these class agent letters are handled. This is a unique program and, according to the recent survey, Luther alumni find it worthwhile. The college will have the ability to personalize the letter and have personalized response forms attached to the letters, making it super-easy for you to update your information and to donate. Plus, staying with the sustainable mindset, there will be reusable envelopes! The Alumni Office will no longer be hand-stuffing the 30,000+ letters, freeing staff (including the work-study students) up to do new, innovative things.
The campus remains vibrant, diverse, and fun. I hope by now you have heard about the Alumni Ambassador Program, which allows you to play a direct role with the Admissions Office in recruiting the next generation of Luther students. All students 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. Here are some at-a-glance facts to know as you talk to potential new students:
Academics: 60+ majors, minors & programs
Students: 2,050 (90% live on campus)
Faculty: 175 (95% with terminal degree)
Student/Faculty Ratio: 11:1
Affordable: 98% receive financial aid
Alumni: 87% find their current job satisfying
Bottom line, it’s a great time to be a Norse!
Soli Deo Gloria,
Ann (Edwards) Lee
1990 Class Agents:
Ann (Edwards) Lee
Sarah (Peterson) Thomson
Bergetta (Berkland) Beardsley is director of donor relations at the Community Foundation of
Greater Des Moines in Des Moines, Iowa.
Michelle (Snitker) Bolhuis is the financial and budget analyst for dining services at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley.
Danette and Shawn Bristle work at Mohave Community College in Bullhead City, Ariz. She is an accreditation liaison/compliance officer and he is campus dean.
Julie (Lyng) Jass is strategic alliance manager at Plantronics in Minneapolis/St. Paul.