December 12, 2013
Music building atrium honors Reiso
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A happy homecoming. Curtis Reiso (‘54), left, receives congratulations at the reception on Dec. 7.
aquatics center. His funding to support upcoming
Staff Writer international music tours as well as developments
Students, faculty and alums gathered for a reception in the Jenson-Noble Hall of Music on Saturday, Dec. 7 to honor Luther College alum Curtis Reiso (‘54) and to dedicate the building’s atrium in his honor. Reiso worked for Luther College from 1954 to 1994 in the development office and as the music tour coordinator. “When I explain to alums who I am I just say I’m the new Curt Reiso,” Music Tour Manager Eric Ellingsen (‘99) said. “And then they instantly know exactly what I do.” In his time at Luther, Reiso participated in choir and served as choir president and tour manager his senior year. Reiso’s classmates -Curt and friends attended the dedication of the atrium to show their respect and acknowledge the work he has done for the college. “I met Curt my first year at Luther,” Lowell Gangstad (‘57) said. “We were in choir together, and he was the tour manager. I’ve had a long relationship with him since then and I’m so proud of him, and I must say he is a true Luther supporter.” In addition to supporting Luther and the music programs, Reiso has been donating to various programs to improve the college for many years, including a recent donation to fund the new
to Jenson-Noble were all factors in the decision to dedicate the atrium in his honor.
“There is a group in the fundraising department
that identifies and works with generous donors
to establish donor intent,” Music Department Head Gregory Peterson (‘83) said. “The college
engages with the donor in a dialogue about what
“The 86 tours I was a part of are deﬁnitely the highlights of my time at Luther.” Reiso (‘54)
aspects of Luther they wish to
see improved and what areas are in need.”
Reiso still lives in Decorah
himself with Luther College as much as possible, both through
financial donations and through continued support of Luther’s athletics and music.
“The 86 tours I was a part of are definitely the
highlights of my time at Luther,” Reiso said. “I have also loved seeing all of the new buildings over the years. It’s been fantastic to get to know the school like I did.”
The newly dedicated atrium is adorned by a
plaque bearing Reiso’s name in the entrance of Jenson-Noble.
“I’m glad to be honored,” Reiso said. “But I’m
a little embarrassed. It seems like a bit much.”
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