Class of 2003 Spring Letter

Spring 2012

Hello Classmates of 2003!

As another school year comes to an end, Luther will be celebrating the close of its 150th year and the whirlwind of events. From the Homecoming celebrations to the visit from the King and Queen of Norway and the plethora of alumni events across the country, this has been a remarkable year of celebrations. Hopefully everyone had a chance to join in the celebration in some way!

As if this year wasn’t full of enough excitement, President Torgerson announced his plans to end his tenure in the summer of 2013, after fourteen years at Luther.  It seems like just yesterday he was helping us move boxes into to our dorms on our first official day as Luther students (mere weeks after his official first day at Luther)!  It is amazing the changes we have all made in our lives since that day, and how far we have all come after being those bright-eyed freshmen.  That was the beginning of the next chapters in our lives, just as it was the beginning of the next chapter of the Luther College story.  President Torgerson has made that chapter interesting and led Luther through some major changes since his first days back in the fall of 1999. As a result of three major building projects and several renovations, the campus looks very different than it did back then. Because of President Torgerson’s efforts to make Luther a place where students are drawn to learn, they have an extraordinary environment to do that, which includes cutting-edge facilities and nation-leading initiatives in many fields, including sustainability (there’s a wind turbine on campus!). 

As we all move into the next chapters in our own stories, it is always fun to remember the chapter that we shared for the four great years at Luther.  Please continue to check out the alumni events happening around the country to continue those Luther connections, and stay up to date with what is going on back in Decorah by checking out the website.

Enjoy your spring and summer, Class of 2003!

Jessica (Romens) Schouten
2003 Class Agent
jessica.schouten@target.com

Joel Sommers
2003 Class Agent
sommers.joel@gmail.com

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 http://www.luther.edu/bookshop, or call 1-888-521-5039 or email bookshopweb@luther.edu to place your order.

Births
KELLY (WOODS) and MATT BIRKENHOLZ welcomed a daughter, Kya, in April 2011.   

MELISSA (STULL) and JASON BURGART welcomed a daughter, Emma, in June 2011.           

MARY (KVITRUD) and Jimmy Gosse welcomed a daughter, Eva, in Oct. 2010.  Eva joins brother Aaron.

LIZ (LANGKAMP) and DAN GULLICK '06 welcomed a daughter, Eleanor, in June 17, 2011.           

JENN (SMITH) '02 and PETE HOESING welcomed a son, James, in Dec. 2010.        

AMBER (BOWSER) and Daniel Kelter welcomed a daughter, Campbell, in March 2011.   

JEN (MURIE) and Tim Newman welcomed a daughter, Evy, in Jan. 2010.  Evy joins sister Greta.

MEREDITH (WELTON) '04 and NATHAN VOIGHT welcomed a daughter, Eden, in March 2011.  Eden joins brother Jackson.

Marriages
ALEX ANDERSON and EMILY MARTZ ʾ04, July 16, 2011
AMANDA BOEHMKE and Mark Mader, Aug. 13, 2011
ANGELA DEMMER and Derek Hietala, Aug. 6, 2011
HEATHER LEHMANN and Joseph Witts, Sept. 3, 2011
AMANDA RUTHERFORD and Ryan Smith, April 15, 2011

Class Notes
JON BENGTSON is a help desk technician at CompleWare Corp. in North Liberty, Iowa.

TOM BERG teaches in the Mat-Su Borough School District in Palmer, Alaska.

KYLE EASTMAN is a choral director in the Northfield (Minn.) Public Schools.

MARY (KVITRUD) GOSSE is a development specialist at Beckman Coulter in Chaska, Minn.

PETE HOESING earned a doctorate in musicology from Florida State University. He is a staff singer at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Tallahassee, Fla.

ERIKA (HEGLAND) JONES earned a master’s degree in public affairs from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is an independent contractor in Orfordville, Wis.

KURT KRUCKEBERG earned a juris doctorate from Seattle University School of Law. While studying there he was editor-in-chief of the Seattle University Law Review. He is an associate at Hillis Clark Martin &Peterson in Seattle.

AMANDA LINDBERG-AGANGA earned a juris doctorate from American University. She is a law clerk in the Maryland 6th Circuit Court in Frederick, Md. 

Melissa (Maas) Richardson serves as the graduate assistant conductor of the Westminster Symphonic Choir at Westminster Choir College in Lawrenceville, N.J.

JIM ROWE is pastor at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Kingston, N.Y.

SIDDHARTH SINGH is a risk management consultant at Capital One Bank in Plano, Texas.

ALEX SMITH is Luther’s head baseball coach.

ANDREA (DUNKER) TIWARI was awarded an Environmental Protection Agency Star Fellowship to support her doctoral research in environmental engineering at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va.

JENNIFER LYNN (ANDERSON) WILSON earned a doctorate in counseling psychology from the University of Akron. She is a personal counselor at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. 

HEATHER (LEHMANN) WITTS earned a master’s degree in engineering management from Old Dominion University. She is deputy chief of the directed energy branch of the U.S. Air Force in Santa Maria, Calif.


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 2002 total giving in 2011:  $13,889 from 19% of the class

Class of 2003 total giving in 2011:  $12,562 from 18% of the class

Class of 2004 total giving in 2011:  $8,866 from 18% of the class

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