Dear 2002 Classmate,
Hope that you all enjoyed this wonderfully warm summer and start to fall after the long winter we had. The warm weather also reminds me of the adventures had while trying to move into dorm rooms with limited air conditioning. This makes me think of the new and returning students heading back to campus this year. In August, the college welcomed 575 new students to campus. Over the summer, they read a book that many Luther grads will remember from Paideia: The Odyssey. This year’s edition comes with a twist: it’s the first English translation by a woman, Emily Wilson, and by all accounts it’s a vivid, engaging, and sprightly retelling of the classic homecoming story. If you’re up for a return to your Paideia roots, you can join the fun through Luther’s reading guide to the book: luther.edu/paideia/program/summer-reading/the-odyssey.
Speaking of homecomings, this year we’ll celebrate two important milestones during Luther’s Homecoming Weekend, October 26–28. First, the Black Student Union (BSU) commemorates its 50th anniversary this fall. There are several events planned during Homecoming and throughout the year to celebrate the founding of the organization—including forums, lectures, a brunch, and a BSU reunion—so mark your calendars. Luther’s Nursing Department also observes a birthday—its 40th—this fall. Homecoming Weekend, Kris Dreifuerst ’85 will lead a workshop for nursing educators and deliver the Ironside Distinguished (Alumni) Lecture in Nursing, which will be followed by an open house at Luther’s simulation lab.
In addition to Homecoming lecturers, Luther will welcome other notable speakers to campus this season. On October 23, social psychologist Jonathan Haidt will deliver the Farwell Distinguished Lecture, “The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure.” His book of the same name, published earlier this month, explores how the cultural climate of “safetyism” on college campuses across the U.S. interferes with the healthy development of students. He argues that recent social and cultural trends are setting children up to fail as healthy, autonomous, adaptable adults. If you don’t have time to read the book, you can get a snapshot through Haidt’s Atlantic article: theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2015/09/the-coddling-of-the-american-mind/399356.
Finally, most 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.
There is always something going on at Luther! Visit luther.edu/news to see what you could highlight in your letter. What’s interesting to you is most likely going to be interesting to your classmates!
Using social media is another way to stay connected with Luther’s campus. Go to luther.edu/connect for links to Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google+, Instagram, LinkedIn, etc.
Luther’s Career Network
Feel free to utilize Luther’s Career Network on LinkedIn, a great way to help current students succeed. Go to luther.edu/career for more information.
While changes are afoot at our alma mater, Luther also holds tight to its traditions, like keeping in touch with valued alumni. We hope you’ll let us know what’s new in your life too! Until then, best wishes for a fall that’s as beautiful as it is in the Oneota Valley.
Scott and Julia (Haugen) Peterson, ‘02
2002 Class Agents:
Scott and Julia (Haugen) Peterson
9681 211th Street
Lakeville, MN 55044
Devon Wendler Alvord
3955 Macbride Place NE
Solon, IA 52333
Heidi (Helling) Barr of Lindstrom, Minn., is a wellness coach with Noom, Inc. She recently published, Prairie Grown: Stories and Recipes from a South Dakota Hillside Avenida Books), and Woodland Manitou: To Be on Earth (Homebound Publications). Both books are available on Amazon.
Mary Goodwin is production stage manager of “OKLAHOMA!” for Gulf Coast Symphony in Fort Myers, Fla.
Anne-Marie Hanson is assistant professor at University of Illinois in Springfield, Ill.
Joan Hernandez Lindeman is a reading specialist for the Rochester (Minn.) Public Schools and an adjunct instructor for the St. Mary’s University K-12 Reading Teacher Program and Culturally Responsive Teaching Program.
Kyle Hustedt is corporate design specialist at Flowers for Dreams in Chicago.
Tina (Christiansen) and William Mabuce live in West Des Moines, Iowa. Tina is a substitute teacher and music librarian for the Arrow Academy of Music. William is a licensed professional engineer and a certified water distribution and water treatment operator. He was elected associate director of the Iowa Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers.
Bryan Rieck is developer at LightEdge Solutions in Des Moines, Iowa.
Jennifer (McAllister) Rose is pastor at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Hartland, Wis.
Alexander Schwarzhoff is a project engineer at Interstate Engineering, Inc. in Fergus Falls, Minn.
Robb Sellmeyer is a portfolio underwriter at Western National Insurance in Minneapolis.
Carrie (Schafhauser) Wittenberg is a lighting designer at Werner Electric in Cottage Grove, Minn.
Ryan Elizabeth (Meyer) Wuertz is operation specialist for education at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.
ALEX SCHWARZHOFF and Becky Boyd, March 10, 2018
SARA (RINK) and Daniel Buis welcomed a daughter, Natalie Joy, born in March 2012, adopted in December 2017 and a son, Zackary Edward, born in September 2013, adopted in December 2017.
TAMMY (SWENSON) and KEVIN KAMPFE '00 welcomed a son, Eli Evin, in May 2016.
ANGELA (RICHARDS) and Aaron Tatone welcomed a daughter, Adelaide Marie, in October, 2016.