Senior Hannah Boelman (l) and junior Kari Slattum carry the label of “legacy” to the extreme. Not only are they second-generation students, but also second-generation roommates.
Unlike their mothers Tami (Ward ’83, M.S. ’87) Boelman and June (Lovlang ’83, T.C. ’87) Slattum, who first met while moving into their dorm room and have been friends ever since, Hannah and Kari met and became friends while working at summer camp.
“We recognized each other from the Christmas cards we got every year,” Hannah said. After talking to their moms and making the connection, the girls began calling themselves “destined friends.”
“It was destiny,” jokes Kari’s father, Kevin Slattum ’81, T.C. ’90. “We live near the school, all my brothers and sisters went there, my dad taught there, I’ve been around this school since I was a little kid.”
“CLU is kind of like a long lost relative,” Kari agrees, “somehow incorporated into every story.”
So what is it about CLU?
Tami and Scott Boelman ’81 answer at the same time, “We made lifelong friends at CLU.”
“Even though we don’t live near most of the friends we went to college with,” said June, “it seems all our closest friends are CLU grads.”
“I was introduced to CLU when I was in high school,” Tami said, connecting more dots, “at a summer beach camp (the same camp where Hannah and Kari met). Two of the counselors were students at CLU and told me how much they loved it there. Then, moving into the freshman dorm, that first afternoon, after our parents left, I knew that June and I would be great friends. We had so much fun together.”
“I fell in love with the atmosphere when we moved my brother Brad (Boelman ’12) in,” says Hannah. “My parents were the first of eight people to attend and graduate from CLU.”
Will there be more?
Hannah gets the last word…for now: “Kari and I both have little brothers!”