Class of 1988 Fall 2019 Letter

Fall 2019

Dear 1988 Classmate,

We hope you have had a wonderful summer full of rejuvenating events and connections with family and friends. Now, fall is well underway, and the students at Luther are in full swing with their semester. The incoming Class of 2023 is experiencing all the new experiences of being a freshman, and the upcoming graduating Class of 2020 are taking in their last year. Does it bring back memories?

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 (, then search “Luther College President Ward”) or in the fall issue of the Luther 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:

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. Luther would be happy to see you there!

Beth (Hawkinson) Hampton
1988 Class Agent
805 Black Oak Avenue
Montevideo, MN 56265-1856
[email protected]

Karen B. Olson
1988 Class Agent
4324 43rd Avenue S.
Minneapolis, MN 55406-4049
[email protected]


Michael Flittie is chief information officer at Erin Baker’s Wholesome Baked Goods in Bellingham, Wash.

Darrel Gerber is technical manager at Common Securitization Solutions in Bethesda, Md.

Jamie (Boyer) Gurholt is executive assistant to the vice president of development and alumni relations at Beloit College in Beloit, Wis.

Paul Hanstedt is director of pedagogical innovation and John P. Fishwick professor of English at Roanoake College in Salem, Va. He was named founding director of the Center for Academic Resources and Pedagogical Excellence (CARPE) at Washington and Lee University. CARPE is a key initiative in the university’s strategic plan: a dedicated, state-of-the-art teaching and learning center that will provide comprehensive academic support services for students and professional development opportunities for faculty. (PHOTO)

Cathy (Guldberg) Kent is an accounting professional for Kingland Systems in Clear Lake, Iowa.

David Lietz is of counsel with Varnell and Warwick in Lady Lake, Fla.

Jolene (Melby) Link is an elementary school social worker at Walker Hackensack Akeley (Minn.) Public Schools.

Lori (Tigges) Ollendick is a therapist at Harbour Wellness and Counseling Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

Marco Raniolo is a shipping executive at Emirates Shipping Line in Hong Kong.


Linda S. (Joy) Schmidt of Geneseo, Ill., died Dec. 10, 2018, age 52.

The full obituary of the classmate listed above can be found on the Luther College website at:

If you would like a printout of the obituary listed above in its entirety mailed to you, please contact us at: [email protected], or 563-387-1509.