50-year Reunion Schedule of Events

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50-Year Reunion Schedule: October 4-6, 2019

Friday, October 4

10:00 a.m.
Class of 1969 Golf Outing  |  Oneota Country Club

$45 for 18 holes with cart
   |   Hey, golfers! Reserve your tee time by calling the Oneota Country Club at 563-382-4407. Call Steve Jacobsen ’69 with other questions! 563-380-6540.

2:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
Class of 1969 Reception

Shirley Baker Commons, Baker Village  |   No cost  |    Join us at this informal reception to kick off the weekend! Light refreshments will be provided. If you want to see campus or Decorah, we will be offering optional tours by van and trolley!   Calling all Campus Players!  We will also be using this reception to gather and catch up—we hope you can join us!

6:00 p.m.
Alumni Reception & Dinner
Dining Hall, Dahl Centennial Union
Dinner at 6:30 p.m.  |   Cost: $30.00/person |    Featuring the Class of 1969 Reunion Gift Presentation, Presentation of the Spirit of Luther Award, Celebration of Distinguished Service   |    Distinguished Service Award Recipients: Karen (Wardell) Austad '64, Richard Staff '69, Steve Berry '74, Carl Stecker '79, Carol Tomer '79, Jennifer Clark Nelson '94, Mike Anderson '99

Saturday, October 5

9:00 a.m.–11:00 p.m. / David Ellingson '69 Book Signing
Luther Book Shop, Dahl Centennial Union
David Ellingson '69 will be signing copies of his books, Paddle Pilgrim: Kayaking the Fjords of Norway, Say What? A Fresh Look at Old Sayings, Paddle Pilgrim: Kayaking the Erie Canal and Hudson River to the Statue of Liberty, Paddle Pilgrim: An adventure of learning and spirit, kayaking the Mississippi River, and Biblical Wisdom for a Digital Age.

9:30 a.m. Class of 1969 Parade Viewing and Coffee (Parade starts at 10:00 a.m. downtown)
Front Porch, Loyalty Hall  |  No cost  |  Join classmates for coffee and rolls as the parade heads through campus! Then, be ready for a short walk to the Luther Bell to take a class photo!

11:00 a.m. Class of 1969
Class Photo

Union Deck, (Rain location: Addams Lounge, 2nd floor, Dahl Centennial Union)

11:00 a.m./11:30 a.m.  
Class of 1969 Reunion Reception (11 a.m.) and Luncheon (11:30 a.m.)

Peace Dining Room, 2nd floor, Dahl Centennial Union
No cost  |   Join us for a luncheon that begins at 11:30 a.m. with a program by the reunion committee. You may also stay and watch the football game right from Peace Dining Room!

1:00 p.m.
Football vs. Central College with half-time Class of 1969 Reunion gift presentation!
Carlson Stadium  |  All classmates are invited to meet at the bottom of the stadium stairs (north side) right before halftime to walk out on the 50-yard line to present our reunion gift.

1:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m.
Nordic Choir's First International Tour
—50th Anniversary Documentary, To This Day: Remembering Nordic Choir's First International Tour
Room 206, Valders Hall of Science (formerly Valders 117)

2:45 p.m.—3:45 p.m.
Class of 1969 Moderated Discussion: The Late '60s at Luther and Across the Nation

Room 206, Valders Hall of Science (formerly Valders 117)

4:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.

Coming Home: Kayaking the Fjords of Norway
, a documentary by David Ellingson '69

Room 206, Valders Hall of Science (formerly Valders 117)  |  This 25-minute video chronicles Dave’s month-long paddle adventure on the magnificent Sogne and Hardanger Fjords. Dave will also be participating in the Alumni Book Signings taking place throughout Homecoming weekend.

5:00 p.m.
Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, Noble Recital Hall, Jenson-Noble Hall of Music
Inductees: Dale Jensen '69, Jane (Greene) Hildebrand '74, Steve Corson '79, Jeff Wettach '79, Susan (Satre) Michael '94, Jami Severson '99, Alycia Ashburn '99

5:30 p.m.

Class of 1969 50-year Reunion Reception and
Creativity Showcase
Peace Dining Room  |   Classmates are invited to bring their art, writings, and creative works to display during the reception. Set up time will be from 3:00-5:00 p.m. Please sign up here!

6:30 p.m.

Class of 1969 50-year Reunion Dinner

Peace Dining Room  | $30/person  |   Join us for a memorable and fun evening planned by your reunion committee!

On Sunday, at 1:30 p.m., the Homecoming Concert will take place in the Main Hall, Center for Faith and Life. During this time, your classmate, John M. Broman '69 will be presented with the Weston H. Noble Award. 

(Note: events are subject to change.)

The Class of 1969 50-year reunion committee is excited to welcome you back!

Cathy (Elmer) Baldner, Rolf Blank, Aleta (Reckling) Chossek,  David Ellingson, Hollis Erdmann, Karen (Anderson) Forde, Randy Hinrichs,
Marjean (Gordon) Hoeg, Carolyn (Tolo) Houck, Dale Houck, Edie (Held) Jacobsen, Steve Jacobsen, Judy (Miller) Nelson Class Agent, Al Peckham, Karen (Anderson) Peckham, Betty Preus, Ruth (Gordon) Rollefson, Richard Staff  Class Agent, Don Tresemer, Jan (Storhoff) Weber 

For more information, please contact:

Rachel R. Vsetecka '09
Director of Reunion Giving
[email protected]

Annette Laitinen ’92
Administrative Assistant
[email protected]