Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Updates and Happenings

Ok people, it's go time. The weekend of Oct. 5-7 is quickly approaching, and we hope that you're all hauling out your Luther sweatshirts and Norwegian sweaters in anticipation of our 20th reunion celebration. To keep things compelling and interesting, here are a few updates and happenings:

C'mon 1992!
Have you heard? It's Oct. 5-7.
Our current reunion registration count is (drumroll): 36. Craig sent that number with the qualifier that it "includes guests." While we're turning handsprings that these 36 will be joining us, if memory serves, our class size was around 500. Let's do what we can do bring up the average - what do you say? P.S. - I'm trying to talk Craig into hosting a follow-up video. If you think that would help, you should tell him. He's shy.

Just sayin'.
The Alumni Magazine is out!
Coming soon to a mailbox near you - or if you simply can't wait to flip directly to the class notes to see who got a job, got married or had a baby, check out the online version. (And hey - there's a good interview with President Torgerson on the importance of Alumni Giving. Something about "it's not the amount - it's the fact that you gave." It also has a list of "like institutions" and their alumni giving percentages. We're ahead of Wartburg, but let's raise the bar, don't you think?)

Malta will be well represented
We are told three of the five Maltese who graduated with us in 1992 are coming for homecoming this October and are all looking forward to it. Those coming are: Andrew Mangion, Julian Mamo and Jonas Diamantino. Looking forward to seeing you, guys! (Note, this came as a legitimate news item, so it's not like I'm trying to use the lure of the smoldering good looks and melodic accents of our Maltese classmates to bump our numbers. Then again, it can't hurt).

Here is Malta. I included this because I remember asking Julian freshman year where Malta was.
He kindly told me it was south of Italy without flinching.
In my defense, I wanted to go to Europe on one of our family vacations, but I was usually overruled and ended up in places like the Black Hills. I can tell you where Wall is if you're interested.

We have classmates of distinction
Marjorie Opuni-Akuamoa will receive the college's Distinguished Service Award during homecoming. Marjorie is senior advisor of Evidence, Strategy and Results at the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), and recently presented at Luther's opening convocation.

Also receiving a Distinguished Service Award is Dr. Jennifer Weuve, who is currently epidemiologist and assistant professor of internal medicine at Rush University, as well as overall great gal. Marjorie and Jenni, we are proud of both of you! (BTW, Marjorie and Jenni will be at the reunion, so you will want to make sure you come so you can experience what makes them distinctive in person).

There's plenty going on and many ways you can connect with Luther, Decorah and the people you shared your life with for four years.
  • Find your friends in the Union
  • Hike to Dunning's Spring
  • Watch the homecoming parade
  • Eat at Mabe's
  • Shop at Vanberia
  • Take in football at Carlson Stadium
  • Pick up a new Luther sweatshirt
  • Get a Tornado at the Whippy Dip
  • Join us Saturday night at the Steyer Opera House for our reunion celebration
So, what are you waiting for? Get registered! See you in October ...