Class of 2018 Fall 2018 Letter

Fall 2018

Dear Classmate,

Congratulations! We are officially Luther College Alumni! Part of joining Luther’s alumni network means receiving a class letter from your Class of 2018 Agents twice a year. Your agents, as selected through an application process, are Katie Hendrikson, Grant Preheim, and Corinn Schmieg. Our responsibility is to update you on news and activities happening within the Luther Community, and we could not be more excited to kick things off!

This fall, Luther welcomed 575 new first years to campus. Over the summer, new students read The Odyssey in preparation for their first Paideia class. This version offers a twist as it is the first English translation done by a woman. Emily Wilson’s translation of The Odyssey vividly retells this classic homecoming story.

Speaking of homecomings, get ready to attend your very first Luther Homecoming celebration as an alum October 26-28! The weekend is full of celebrations including the Black Student Union’s (BSU) 50th anniversary as well as the 40th anniversary of the Nursing Department. The celebration will continue with various reunions, lectures, and forums throughout the weekend including special guest Kris Dreifuerst ‘85 who will lead a workshop for nursing educators and will also deliver the Ironside Distinguished (alumni) Lecture in Nursing. Other highlights include the Norse Football team taking on Simpson College Saturday, October 27 at 1:00 PM on Legacy Field in Carlson Stadium, and the Homecoming Concert featuring Symphony Orchestra, Concert Band, and Nordic Choir on Sunday, October 28 at 1:30 PM in the CFL. Full details on the Homecoming weekend festivities and news can be found here:

In addition to the various lectures throughout Homecoming weekend, Luther will welcome other notable speakers throughout the year. Delivering the Farwell Distinguished Lecture is Psychologist Jonathan Haidt; much like his book of the same name, his talk “The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure” will explore how the cultural climate of “safetyism” on college campuses across the U.S. interferes with the healthy development of students. We invite you to attend this lecture on October 23.

As you may have heard, President Paula J. Carlson will be retiring at the conclusion of the 2018-19 academic year. Throughout her time at Luther she reached a variety of achievements including the addition of various academic programs, renewing outdoor facilities, expanding Career Center services, added the position of Dean of Institutional Equity and Inclusion to the Luther staff, among other things. Luther’s Board of Regents is taking the appropriate steps to ensure a successful transition in leadership as they search for Luther’s 11th president, set to begin at the start of the 2019-20 academic year.

Now as alumni, there are a few things you can do to stay involved. First, we encourage you to read about what other alumni are doing across the globe. We also inspire you to be a part of the Alumni Ambassador Program. As an alumni ambassador, you can play a direct role with the Admissions Office in recruiting the the next generation of Luther students. Every student you refer will receive a $1,000 scholarship (in your name!) each year, for four years, should they decide to enroll at Luther.

Lastly, we ask that you give back. We all know how special of a place Luther is, and how the donations made by alumni positively impact current students. We definitely understand that all of us just graduated, but even just $5 can go a long way.

While changes are happening 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! You can also update your information on Luther's Alumni page.  Until next time, best wishes for a fall that’s as beautiful as it is in the Oneota Valley.

Go Norse!

Katie Hendrikson
2018 Class Agent
6930 Cleve Avenue E.
Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076-2122
[email protected]

Grant Preheim
2018 Class Agent
44469 281st Street
Marion, SD 57043-5815
[email protected]

Corinn Schmieg
2018 Class Agent
8230 Laketown Road
Waconia, MN 55387-9627
[email protected]


Geoffrey Dyck of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is a field organizer for NextGen America.

Olivia Hawkins is an application engineer at Mechdyne Corporation in Marshalltown, Iowa.

Annalise Johnson is a multimedia journalist for KIMT Television in Rochester, Minn.

Shannon Ziebol is a registered nurse at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, Minn.

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]