Class of 1993 Spring 2019 Letter

Spring 2019

Dear Members of the Class of 1993:

Happy Spring!

We were blessed in October to return to Decorah for our 25th reunion at Luther. How exciting to see so many classmates who were able to attend! Those who were in absentia were truly missed and remembered—we hope you’ll be able to join us at our next gathering! To those who were attending Homecoming for the first time as an alumna, we hope the experience encourages you to return again.

Congratulations again to Eric Beguin and Anjie Shutts for their Distinguished Service Awards, to Barb (Wagamon) Aamodt and Maureen (Silberstein) Awtry for their inclusion to the LC Athletic Hall of Fame, and again to Anjie Shutts for her appointment to the Board of Regents—honors well-deserved. We’d also like to extend our sincere gratitude to Dave Schifsky and Joellyn (Killburn) Veninga for their years of service as class agents—we’re excited to take the helm!

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!

Best wishes for a happy spring,

Additional thanks to all of you who participated in Luther’s Annual Giving Day in March. If you were unable to donate at this time, we hope you’ll consider supporting Luther in the future. Every donation counts, big or small!

Have a wonderful spring and Easter season--Soli Deo Gloria!

Kris and Mitchell

Kris (Felsman) Freiling
1993 Class Agent
9407 Jasmine Avenue S.
Cottage Grove MN 55016
[email protected]

Mitchell J. Thompson
1993 Class Agent
5691 Camerata Way
St. Louis Park MN 55416
[email protected]


Peter Olson operates Fiat Lux LLC Window Cleaning Service based in Roseville, Minn.

Kevin West was named Iowa School Social Worker of the Year by the Midwest School Social Work Council. Kevin works for the Des Moines (Iowa) Public Schools, primarily with students and families at Hoyt and Weeks middle schools.

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]