Hello Class of 1994!!
It is a perfect summer day in Iowa today and a great day to write to all of you about what is going on at Luther. I have two daughters who are in high school, and the reality of them going to college is really setting in. I’m sure many of you are in the same boat. I hope they go to Luther but also understand they need to go on their own journey.
In Luther’s most recent newsletter, a visual communication major and a musical theatre minor were added to the 2019-20 academic lineup of more than 60 majors and pre-professional programs. Considered the fastest growing form of marketing communication, visual communication is expected to account for 84 percent of all marketing communication by the end of 2018. Musical theatre, a longtime staple of live entertainment, has recently recaptured the national spotlight, including at colleges and universities nationwide. Responding to this renewed interest, Luther College is finding the balance between traditional forms and new ones, diversifying the mediums in which musical theatre lives. It is very unique to have a minor in musical theatre in a smaller college like Luther.
This year, Homecoming is a little bit later than usual but I’m certain it will be just as much fun. This year we’ll celebrate two important milestones during Luther’sHomecoming Weekend, October 26–28. First, the Black Student Union (BSU) commemorates its 50th anniversary this fall. Nursing Department also observes a birthday—its 40th—this fall. On top of all of this you can still
· Find your friends in the Union
· Hike to Dunning's Spring
· Watch the parade
· Eat at Mabe's
· Shop in downtown Decorah
· Take in football at Carlson Stadium
· Pick up a new Luther sweatshirt
· Get a tornado at the Whippy Dip
Keep in mind our 25-year Reunion is next year (I can’t believe we are all that old to say 25 years ago) The dates have been set and you need to mark them on your calendar now - Friday, October 4 - Sunday, October 6, 2019. Konrad and I have been working with the Alumni/Development Office to make sure this is the best reunion yet.
Finally, some of you may have heard that President Paula Carlson will retire at the end of the 2018–19 academic year. During her time at Luther, President Carlson added several academic programs to the college, renewed outdoor facilities, expanded Luther’s Career Center services, developed and launched the “Next Steps for Sophomores” program, added a dean of institutional equity and inclusion to Luther’s staff, and achieved Luther’s goal of reducing its carbon footprint by 50 percent by the end of 2015, among other things. Luther’s Board of Regents is taking the necessary steps in the presidential search process with the hope of transitioning leadership over the course of next summer and having a new president in place for the 2019–20 academic year.
Have a great rest of the summer!! Please let us know what is going on in your lives! Don’t forget about homecoming Friday, October 4 - Sunday, October 6, 2019.
Kristin (Olson) Elerding
1994 Class Agents:
Kristin (Olson) Elerding
19851 Highway D15
Iowa Falls, IA 50126
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Fort Wayne, IN 46804
Sara (McMurry) Dady of Rockford, Ill., is an attorney at Dady and Hoffmann LLC. In November, she is the Democratic candidate for the 16th District congressional seat in Illinois.
Nicole (Hagel) Eisenmann teaches fourth grade for the Waconia (Minn.) Schools.
Heath Grimm is head wrestling coach at Upper Iowa University in Fayette, Iowa. In March, he was named the NWCA Division II National Tournament Coach of the year by the National Wrestling Coaches Association.
Kari (Thompson) and Dennis Heimdal ’93 live in Milford, Iowa. She is a SMART room interventionist at Okoboji Community Schools. He is an environmental lab technician at University of Iowa State Hygienic Laboratory.
Troy Musel is a commercial loan review specialist at Western Bank in St. Paul, Minn.
Christopher Shockey is director of human resources for Freeport (Ill.) School District #145.