Class of 1990 Spring 2019 Letter

Spring 2019

Greetings Classmates of 1990,

Welcome to 2019 – Happy New Year and Happy Spring all at the same time. True confession: I get very sentimental writing this letter every year and I’m grateful for the opportunity. I thoroughly enjoy thinking back to my Luther decision and have realized it was made 33 years ago. Unbelievable! In this fast-paced life and times we live in, please take some time to cherish our beloved Luther College, the lifelong friendships, educational/career opportunities, and embrace the legacy. Campus is thriving and there is a long list of gatherings, concerts, celebrations, and reunions to enjoy.

As I 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 ( On top of that, Nordic Choir sings with the Des Moines Symphony April 27 and 28 (

This year, Luther hosted a number of events to commemorate the 50th anniversary ( of the college’s 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 ( 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 ( to nature ( to sports ( to science ( This summer, the college will also offer its third annual 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 (, June 28–30. And keep in mind that you can host your own event ( on Luther’s campus. Your alma mater would love to have you!

In closing, I want to wish you a Happy New Year and Happy Spring full of promise and rejuvenation. Stay in contact with us, join us at an event, reach out; there is always room at a Luther table. L-U-T-H-E-R, go Norse!

Sarah (Peterson) Thomson

1990 Class Agents:

Sarah Thomson
2712 Isle Royale Court
Burnsville, MN 55337-3424
[email protected]

Ann (Edwards) Lee
708 Ray Street
Lake Mills, WI 53551
[email protected]


Marshall Beckman is associate professor of surgery at Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee.

Jennifer (Angell) Green earned an innovative instructional leadership certificate from Winona State University. She is a high school teacher in the Byron (Minn.) Community School District.

Rachel (Kintzinger) Harpham of Redding, Calif., and her family published their first children’s book, 2 Years Old and 3 Feet High: A Toddler’s Take on Family, Fun, and Fowl.

Joan Meldahl Murnan of Bloomington, Minn., is reward solutions director at Thomson Reuters, Inc.

Paul Wenz is a biostatistician at Illumina in San Diego.

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

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:

Many thanks!

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