Junior Letter

Fall 2019

Dear Parents and Guardians of Luther Juniors,

My name is Jennifer Lembezeder and my husband John and I are on the Parent’s Council at Luther College. Our youngest son is a junior biology/Latin major enjoying all Luther has to offer! At our fall meeting, we learned a lot about what’s happening at Luther and we were especially happy to meet the new President of the college, Dr. Jenifer Ward, and hear from her how and why she came to Luther. We were all very impressed after our conversation with her, and are excited for Luther’s future under her leadership. It was also very interesting to hear from Meg Hammes, Director of Counseling Service at Luther about the increased need for counseling services at colleges across the nation and specifically Luther’s response. 

As a Decorah native, I’m probably a little biased, but we want you to know Decorah is a great destination for family visits! With all the AirBnBs and VRBOs in town, it’s easy to visit for a weekend. We love all the beautiful parks in Decorah, as well as the fantastic restaurants and breweries in town. Decorah tourism has a great site: visitdecorah.com.

There is also so much going on campus at Luther all the time. For example, in one week alone, you could attend a men’s/women’s basketball game, a wrestling meet, as well as a Jazz Band, Symphony, Opera or Theater performance and more. Check out luther.edu/events for all the details when you plan your next weekend visit. 

We encourage you to join the “Luther College Parents” and the “Luther College Parents Network” Facebook groups and to follow @LutherCollege on Twitter and Instagram if you haven’t already done so. It’s a great way to keep up on everything that’s going on at Luther!

We’d like to invite you to reach out to us with any questions or concerns you may have. If we can’t answer your question, we’ll make sure to get you in touch with someone who can.


John and Jen Lembezeder

P.S. Please know, lists for each class letter are generated by the number of credit hours a student has earned, not by senior, junior, etc. status. If you would like to receive a different class letter, please contact Annette Laitinen at 800-225-8664 or [email protected].


Junior Class Parents Council Members

Steve Abernethy and Janeen Haller-Abernethy
Arvada, CO
[email protected] (Janeen)
[email protected] (Steve)

Doug and Bonnie Hanggi
Lake Elmo, MN
[email protected] (Doug and Bonnie)

Jen (Carlson) '86 and John Lembezeder
Peosta, IA
[email protected] (Jen)
[email protected]

John and Rachel Vanderploeg
Aurora, IL
[email protected] (John and Rachel)


Nov. 27- Dec. 1         Thanksgiving vacation
Dec. 5-8                    Christmas at Luther
Dec. 16-19                Final Exams
Jan. 6-29                   January Term
Feb. 5                       
Spring semester begins
March 21–29            
Spring Vacation
April 10–13               Easter Vacation
May 18–21                Final Exams
May 24                      Commencement