Class of 1996 Spring 2018 Letter

Spring 2018

Dear Classmate,

Spring is a time of change and regrowth. We all look forward to longer days, filled with sun and outdoor activities. Dreams of kayaks and days spent at a lake fill my head, when visions of salty roads and brown vegetation fill my eyes. I trust the spring finds you all in great anticipation for warmer weather and the waking up of the earth, for those of you in warmer climates, I hope you know the blessing of a warm day in February.

Change and evolution happen to us all, and Luther College is no different. Our world is in a state of change, and Luther is striving to evolve to meet the needs of its students and faculty.  A large change you will notice is the Luther College Annual Fund is now known as the Luther Fund. The goal and purpose of the fund has not changed, it still directly support the needs and goals of students while attending Luther. Things such as: scholarships, intramural sports, and volunteer activities benefit from the Luther Fund. Rest assured, the name has changed, but the good works and direct benefit to the students has not.

The guiding narrative of Luther is to guide students to be inspired, empowered, and engaged – prepared to serve and to thrive in an ever changing world. To help prepare students for a more diverse and complex world, we as alumni play an integral part. We have spent time in this world and have skills, abilities, and talents that can provide a vital growth opportunity to current Luther students. I’ve found myself saying many times “…if I only knew this 10 years ago, it would have made such a huge difference in my life…” A lot of these utterances were after I learned a life lesson the hard way. As alumni, I urge you to consider becoming part of the Luther Alumni Ambassador program ( If you refer a student to Luther, and they enroll, they will be offered a $1,000 a year scholarship, each year for four years!

A prominent author, C. JoyBell C. said, “The only way that we can live, is if we grow. The only way that we can grow is if we change. The only way that we can change is if we learn. The only way we can learn is if we are exposed. And the only way that we can become exposed is if we throw ourselves out into the open. Do it. Throw yourself.”  

In closing, I hope you'll consider supporting current Luther students with a donation to the Luther Fund. Use the enclosed form and reusable envelope to mail in your gift or visit today! Thank you!

Enjoy the spring and the new life.


Andy Sassaman

1996 Class Agents:

Ami (Shoup) Hall
[email protected]

Jessica (Kettles) Pearson
[email protected]

Andy Sassaman
[email protected]


Kari (Gjerde) Kempf is a behavior consultant at Grant Wood Area Education Agency in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Derek Lee is owner of Bear Creek Archeology, Inc., in Cresco, Iowa.