Class of 1995 Fall Letter

Fall 2012

Dear Class of 1995,

It’s been a terrific fall semester at Luther! New enrolled students total 681 and come from throughout the U.S. and 25 other countries. Construction on the new Aquatic Center is well underway and will be completed in the summer (you can search on the Internet for “Luther Aquatic Center” and check out the YouTube video). A stunning solar array, the largest in the state of Iowa, now supplies energy for Baker Village and propels Luther even closer to its carbon reduction goals. The Howard Hughes Medical Institute selected Luther to receive a $1.5M grant for its science education Preparing Future K-12 Teachers program—an amazing accolade for the college, and Luther is now ranked among the top 100 liberal arts colleges in the U.S. 

But if you put any stock in the adage all good things must end, you won’t be surprised that President Torgerson will end his service as Luther’s president this summer.  The college is incredibly fortunate to have had his and Mrs. Torgerson’s leadership since 1999, and a celebration to honor the Torgersons is set for sometime in April.  The search for Luther’s next president is in progress, with plans to name the college’s new leader, its 10th president, in February 2013.

Another great honor for Luther was announced recently, when senior Georgianna "Annie" Whiteley of Wayzata, Minn., was named a Rhodes Scholar.  Annie was selected from a pool of 838 candidates nominated by their colleges and universities. She was the only student from an Iowa school selected for the honor. We are especially thrilled with Annie’s selection, as it affirms the type of education Luther offers—one that moves students beyond immediate interests and present knowledge into a larger world. Rhodes Scholarships provide all expenses for two or three years of study at the University of Oxford in England, and may allow funding in some instances for four years. One of 32 outstanding scholars selected, Annie will begin studies at Oxford in October 2013. She has maintained a 3.988 GPA while majoring in chemistry and pursuing a minor in biology at Luther. Annie is Luther’s 8th Rhodes Scholar.

Please stay in touch with Luther. If your name hasn’t been on the classmate updates list in awhile, let the Alumni Office know where you are and what you’re doing these days. Your classmates would like to know!

Thank you for your past support to Luther students,

Brian Juchems
1995 Class Agent
[email protected]     

Joanna Foy
1995 Class Agent
[email protected]

Don’t forget your Annual Fund giving!

Each year nearly 9,500 alumni, parents, and friends support the Annual Fund with gifts from $5 to $50,000.  Strong support from alumni helps Luther secure additional funds from foundations and corporations, and your gift each year helps us to reach our goal of 27% alumni giving to the Annual Fund.  Here’s how your class is doing so far this year:


Have you made your 2012 gift to Luther?  Only 74 more gifts are needed to reach 27% for your class.  Please visit to make a difference for Luther students.  Thank you!

Please note: Your Spring 2013 class agent letter will include a listing of your classmates who gave to Luther during 2012.  Be sure to make your gift before December 31 to be included. 

*as of October 18, 2012

Class Notes
SHANNON (MILLER) DUVAL was named one of the “Forty under 40” by Des Moines Business Record magazine. She is president of Mercy Foundation in Des Moines, Iowa.

JENNIFER GHELF earned a master’s degree in music education from Boston University. She is the 6th and 7th grade choral director in the Waukee (Iowa) Community Schools.

DAVID HEATON is head of history and social studies at InterAmerican Academy in Guayaquil, Ecuador.

JENNIFER (JENKINS) HUBBS is the account manager at Thomson Reuters in Eagan, Minn.

BETHANY (BIERMAN) KREPELA of Minneapolis was awarded the Chapter Leader of the Year Award at the 2012 Association of Lutheran Development Executives’ International Conference in Minneapolis. The award honors an ALDE chapter member for exhibiting extraordinary effort in—and providing an exemplary model of—chapter leadership. Bethany is a leadership gift officer at Luther.

DEREK PENDERGAST is the director of development-major gifts at the University of Iowa Foundation in Iowa City.

STEPHANIE ROLLIE RODRIGUEZ is assistant professor of communication at Texas A&M- Corpus Christi.

STEVE SMITH serves as an adjunct professor at Luther.

JENNIFER (STRUVE) STORER earned a master’s degree in nursing from Walden University. She is assistant professor of nursing at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

SUZETTE (LAMOREAUX) TWEET is an accountant at the Insurance Center, Inc., in Onalaska, Wis.

GREG WAGONER is a network and telecom administrator at Atterro Human Capital Group in Minneapolis.

JANA (WINCH) and Carl Damcke welcomed a daughter, Siri, in October 2011.  Siri joins sister Ayli.

ELISABETH MOTLONG and Mark Goetcheus welcomed a son, Seeger, in November 2011.          

KIRSTEN (HOFFSTEDT) and Michael Keefe welcomed a daughter, Hannah, in December 2011.  Hannah joins sisters Kathleen and Caroline.

STEPHANIE ROLLIE RODRIGUEZ and John Rodriguez welcomed a daughter, Zoey, in February 2012.           

AMANDA (GRELL) '96 and CLINT SCHNEKLOTH welcomed a son, Ezra, in January 2011.  Ezra joins brother Samuel and sister Miriam.

JON PLOETZ and Amy May, March 26, 2011
STEPHANIE ROLLIE and John Rodriguez, Oct. 29, 2011

Joanna Foy