Dear fellow classmates,
Mike Voltmer and Barb Westre here - writing to you as your new Class Agents. We thank the 45-year reunion attendees for unanimously voting us in! Our first line of business is to thank Sue Ness Johnson and Julie Wall for their years of dedicated service as our former Class Agents. Job well done and very much appreciated!
Mike and Barb met on January 18, 2020, in Cozumel, Mexico. We are sorry none of you got the memo of the meeting. We discussed plans for our 50-year Luther reunion that will be here before we know it (October 2024 - SAVE THE DATE). Hopefully COVID-19 will be extinct by then!
Perspective from Mike, who lives in Decorah: Luther is a different place because of the nation's response to COVID-19. As you know, classes have been suspended and online distance learning is the new normal. The parking lots at the Field House and Preus Library are empty of cars, there are no spring sports to watch, and groups of students walking to the downtown during the spring warm weather are nowhere to be seen. That doesn't mean nothing is going on. Professors are busy working to find the best methods of distance learning, the facilities are being properly maintained, and the campus grounds have never looked better. Decorah is not the same without the students. It's not just the economic impact but the vibrancy it brings to the community that is sorely missed.
Perspective from Barb, who lives in St Louis: I reflect on 50 years ago...as most of us were celebrating our high school graduations. We were looking forward to starting our college days at Luther. And now, so many Luther students are not being able to experience those joyful days like we did. Our hearts go out to them as they experience a whole new way of Luther life.
As Luther alumni, we must continue to provide support to our alma mater. We hope you will consider making continued donations to Luther to keep LUTHER STRONG!
Mark your calendar for October 2024 so we can have the biggest 50-year Luther Reunion turnout in the history of Luther!!!