Class of 1991 Spring 2019 Letter

Spring 2019

Greetings Class of 1991,

As I write this spring greeting to you, I’m staring out my window at a massive amount of snow and am recalling all the fun and joy that a new snowfall brought to campus. And even fonder memories of the smell of spring and the fresh energy we felt each year when the snow melted, the temps warmed up, and we were able to truly enjoy spring at Luther College.

I was able to visit campus last fall for Homecoming to celebrate my sister’s [Barb (Wagamon) Aamodt ’93] induction into the Athletic Hall of Fame. While I was extremely proud and honored to be there with her, I was also immensely proud of being a part of such a genuinely supportive community. I was amazed at how many current and former college administrators, professors, coaches, teammates, and friends who attended the ceremony. For my sister, it had been 25 years since graduation, yet she had many professors who have retired from teaching who were there for her. She had friends who didn’t even participate on her teams who were there for her. She had coaches who coached her and just as many who knew her but had never coached her.  She had new coaches who had never met her who were there to congratulate and greet her. I was overwhelmed by the amount of support for all the former Luther athletes from everyone who is, and has been, a part of the Luther community. This is not simply about athletics, it speaks to the entire Luther College community and how uniquely special it is!

The Luther community support resonates throughout the entire campus. As I write to you, Luther student musicians are playing and singing at full tilt. Collegiate Chorale and Cathedral Chorale just returned from tours of the Midwest, and Jazz Orchestra sets out April 12 for a tour 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-studentunion). 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 spring filled with joy,

Janet Wagamon Lewis

1991 Class Agents:

Janet (Wagamon) Lewis
1810 140th Lane NE
Andover, MN 55304-7650
763-792-3796
[email protected]

Kory (Andersen) Graham
607 13th Avenue NW
Dodge Center, MN 55927-7804
507-259-7825
[email protected]

Rachel Mueller
2316 Hillcrest Drive
Hudson, WI 54016|
612-250-0111
[email protected]

CLASS NOTES 

Steve McArthur was promoted to inspector in the United States Secret Service Uniformed Division assigned to the Rowley Training Center in Beltsville, Md.

OBITUARY

Anne (Ketelsen) Mullin of Goose Lake, Iowa, died Sept. 2, 2018, age 49.

The full obituary of the classmate listed in this letter can be found on the Luther College website at: luther.edu/in-memoriam.

If you would like a printout of the obituary listed above in its entirety mailed to you, please contact us at: [email protected], or 563-387-1509

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]