Class of 1999 Spring Letter

Spring 2012

Dear Friends,

Happy Spring! It was such a mild winter here on the East Coast that it’s taken me longer than usual to fully appreciate the fact that the days when snow is likely are gone, and that the tulips and daffodils are here to stay.

With the warm winter, I found myself taking the arrival of spring for granted. It’s an apt metaphor for how I sometimes treat my ties to Luther College. In the 13 years since we graduated from Luther College, our alma mater has continued to consistently provide a superb education to all those who came after us, and has constantly made us feel valued and welcome as alumni.

So secure am I in my connection and commitment to Luther, that I often forget to give Luther as much thought as it deserves. Luther has always been great, is great now, and will be great in the future. That kind of consistent greatness is sometimes easy to take for granted.

Thankfully, many of us are able to give back to Luther. This past year 23 percent of our class gave to Luther College. I know that so many of us love Luther College—and giving back financially ensures that Luther continues to serve its students with excellent staff, faculty, programs, and facilities.

When I was a first-year student at Luther, I remember how fierce the first winter was for me—and how bone-chilling the walk from my dorm to the cafeteria was. When spring finally arrived, I felt such great relief and gratitude for the changing seasons.

This year, as you consider supporting Luther College, remember that, although it’s easy to take for granted, the fact that Luther is always creating the conditions that allow its students to flourish happens only because of support from its alumni. Please consider giving back this spring.


Sarah Tofte
1999 Class Agent
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Jennifer (Larsen) Newburg
1999 Class Agent
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PS.  It's not too late to purchase a copy of Transformed by the Journey: 150 Years of Luther College in Word and Image. Richly illustrated with more than 350 photographs, Transformed by the Journey was compiled and written by Wilfred Bunge '53, professor emeritus of religion and classics, with assistance from Mary Hull Mohr, professor emerita of English, and Dale Nimrod, professor emeritus of chemistry.  Contact the Luther Book Shop at, or call 1-888-521-5039 or email [email protected]du to place your order.

Emily and BOB ANDERSEN welcomed a son, Per, in March 2011.  Per joins sister Kai.

EMILY (PETIG) and MARC BARTELS '96 welcomed a son, Cale, in April 2010.  Cale joins brother Levi.

ERIKA (HOLEY) and Robert Burleson welcomed a son, Nicholas, in Aug. 2010.  Nicholas joins brother Benjamin.

KATE (BURNHAM) and PAUL McCREIGHT '98 welcomed a daughter, Addy, in Jan. 2011.  Addy joins brothers Noah and Finn.

HEATHER (JACKSON) and Adam Rogge welcomed a son, Ashton, in March 2011.  Ashton joins brothers Evan and Seth.

ANGIE (BENTLEY) and Mark Schwarze welcomed a daughter, Amelia, in Oct. 2009.  Amelia joins sister Abigail.

ERICA (ROBERSON) and TODD WOJCHIK '00 welcomed a daughter, Zoey, in July 2011.

STEVE SHEETZ and Kathleen Johnson, Sept. 4, 2010

Class Notes
ERIKA (HOLEY) BURLESON is a political scientist at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, Calif.

STEPHANIE (LARSON) GROVES is literacy coordinator for the Literacy Council in Rockford, Ill.

ROSS KNUTSON is founder and general manager at Plus Frontera in Lake Elmo, Minn.

KATE (BURNHAM) McCREIGHT is owner and chief fiber artist at Knits in Class Fiber Studio, an online-based fiber shop specializing in hand-dyed yarn, wool, and eco-friendly dye, in St. Paul, Minn.

JAY WARNER is a licensing specialist at New Horizon Center, Inc., in Milwaukee.

Don't forget your Annual Fund giving! 
Each year nearly 10,000 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 reach our goal of 30% alumni giving.  Here’s how your class—and surrounding classes—did in 2011: 

Class of 1998 total giving in 2011:  $21,631 from 19% of the class

Class of 1999 total giving in 2011:  $27,629 from 23% of the class

Class of 2000 total giving in 2011:  $18,503 from 22% of the class

Your gift can boost the impact your class has on current students!  Please use the enclosed envelope or visit to show your support.   Thank you!

Sarah Tofte