Dear Class of ’68;
Can it truly be that only one year ago we were making final plans for our 50-year reunion homecoming? The warm memories from that weekend one year ago have settled into our cache of stored good times, good friends, and renewed relationships with each other. But, we move forward, looking toward a new year and a new chapter in the stories of our lives. We wish the best for all the students, faculty, and staff who have returned for a new school year both at Luther, and at schools across the country, and around the world.
It promises to be an exciting year for Luther. In November, the college inaugurated its eleventh president, Dr. Jenifer K. Ward. President Ward joins the Luther community with more than three decades of experience as an educator, scholar, and academic leader after serving, most recently, as provost and dean of the college at Centenary College in Shreveport, Louisiana. Prior to joining Centenary, President Ward served in several leadership roles at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, Washington, including dean of the college, interim provost, and associate provost. She was also a faculty member at Gustavus Adolphus College, where she taught German.
In a message to the Luther community, President Ward said, “Our work together must be strategic, collaborative, creative, and—most importantly—must articulate what it means to be both grounded in Decorah, Iowa with a face to the world, and set goals for how we can adapt Luther’s past and present for a sustainable future.”
A self-described extrovert and lover of art, film, and literature, President Ward started her duties at Luther July 1, and her official inauguration took place November 1–3.
Learn more about President Ward—including her thoughts on food, art, Twitter, Decorah, and higher ed—on Luther’s YouTube channel (youtube.com, then search “Luther College President Ward”) or in the fall issue of the Luther Magazine: luther.edu/magazine.
Also, while you’re at it, use this checklist to up your Luther social media game:
❏ Follow Luther College on Twitter: @LutherCollege
❏ Follow Luther College on Instagram: @LutherCollege
❏ Follow the Luther College Alumni Facebook page: @facebook.com/luthercollegealumni
And, finally, keep in mind that Christmas at Luther takes place December 5–8. This year’s theme is Whom Angels Greet with Anthems Sweet. We have already ordered our tickets, and I encourage you to do the same. Luther would be happy to see you there!
As always, if you have news to share, questions to ask, or just want to chat, give me a call or send me a text or email, and I will try to help.
Soli Deo Gloria,
1968 Class Agent
516 Brown Street
Bettendorf, IA 52722-4623
Nancy (Smith) Haas of St. Cloud, Minn., is a retired volunteer teacher.
Darlene Carol (Stuewer) Davis of Flippin, Ark., died April 7, 2019, age 72.
Douglas J. Torgerson of Grove City, Minn., died March 1, 2019, age 72.
The full obituaries of classmates listed in this letter can be found on the Luther College website at: luther.edu/in-memoriam
If you would like a printout of the obituaries listed above in their entirety mailed to you, please contact us at: [email protected], or 563-387-1509.