Sophomore letter

Spring 2015

Dear Parents of Luther Sophomore Students,

It was another beautiful day at Luther College when we arrived at the Parents Council meeting on a Saturday in early March. Even though it was still chilly, the sun was shining and we felt all the warmth the college, its students, faculty, and staff had to offer. It was exciting to be back on campus.

Dr. Paula J. Carlson, Luther’s new president, began our morning with updates and highlights of campus events including the success of the women’s basketball team, the Oneota Film Festival, and the March 27 performances of Handel’s Messiah on campus and on Palm Sunday in Minneapolis.  Luther has four Fulbright scholars who are teaching or conducting research abroad this year, and the college is in full recruitment mode to fill teaching vacancies left from recent retirements. There were nearly 400 applicants for a position in Luther’s Math Department, all interested in ensuring a high-quality education for our children. The college continues to be a place that attracts only the best in the field.

Luther’s website,, and the main parents page,, continue to be improved. It offers you links full of information on academics, career development, admissions, sports schedules, calendars, and newsletters.  A new career development feature highlights a four-year planning guide providing step-by-step help in planning your student’s time at Luther. Luther’s CareerConnection network links alumni and friends to current students for internship opportunities. Students are encouraged to establish a LinkedIn profile, which can help now and post-graduation, and another useful tool to help students discover their strengths is the Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment. Have your student check with the Career Center on this great well-being tool that will help them now and in the future.  

Luther is grateful to the parents who have made gifts to the college in the past and takes pride in the level of support provided to students who are now here. Participation is vital in being able to continue this tradition, and we hope you will consider making a gift of any size to help increase the percentage of parents who support the Annual Fund. Any donation, no matter the amount, is a vote of confidence in Luther and further investment in your student’s education. While tuition covers only a portion of the cost of a Luther education, the Annual Fund picks up where that leaves off. Thank you!

Along with our co-representatives, we are happy to serve on the Parents Council, as liaison between all parents and the college, and gladly provide communication in order to make Luther a better place for our students.  

We (Robert and Peg) spent a little time with our daughter while on campus—something most of us would like to do more of—and enjoyed listening to her “life at Luther” stories and recent activities.  We hope your students are experiencing the same during their four (short) years on campus.

2015 Dates to Remember

Apr. 3-6           Easter vacation
May 18-21        Final exams
May 24             Commencement
Sept. 2             Fall semester classes begin
Sept. 25-27      Family Weekend
Oct. 10-14        Fall break
Oct. 16-18        Homecoming
Dec. 3-6           Christmas at Luther

All our best to you,

Robert ’86 and Peggy (Ganske) Carr ’85
(641) 777-6770    

Jim and Terry Morrill
(847) 331-4852

William and Roberta Curtis

(636) 519-0403

Lee ’84 and Linda (Rosholt) Hash ’85
(920) 202-3382       

Maria (Spieker) ‘89 and Todd Mickelson
(507) 433-3933     

Todd and Michelle Wildenauer
(612) 840-3569  


“There are but two lasting bequests we can give our children.  One is roots, the other, wings.”

Roots and Wings—how often we think about these gifts as we guide and nurture our children through those first years. As parents, we have a special mission.

The roots are planted as we help them establish a firm foundation for life, a definition of who they are and where they came from, the security of family and a sense of community.

The wings emerge as we gradually let them go, allowing them the freedom to fly—to take what they have learned and soar to new heights, to reach beyond existing boundaries, to seek and find their place in this world.

You should have a sense of pride. Under your watchful eye, your child has grown into a young adult with dreams and unlimited potential for the future. And now, you are allowing those dreams to live, by encouraging the opportunity for new growth at Luther College, an institution with deep roots and caring people to assist students as they pursue their dreams and realize their potential.

Please give your child “roots and wings.” Support the Annual Fund through the Luther College Parents Association and enhance learning opportunities for all Luther students.