Class of 2004 Spring Letter

Spring 2012

Dear Classmate,

Hanging on my dad’s filing cabinet while I was growing up was a quote, “Attitude is Everything,” by Charles Swindoll.  It is the motto my dad lives by each and every day. Many of us have a favorite saying, motto, quote, and even personal mission statement hung on our bedroom wall, in our office, or written in a journal. Whether it’s a simple piece of advice, a friendly reminder, or a purpose in life, these words give us inspiration and guidance.

Luther College is also guided by a mission statement. The carefully chosen words are what make Luther unique and whether or not we are aware, this philosophy is the reason many of us chose Luther College a place to call home. I have included a portion of Luther’s mission statement below.

“As a residential college, Luther is a place of intersection. Founded where river, woodland, and prairie meet, we practice joyful stewardship of the resources that surround us, and we strive to be a community where students, faculty, and staff are enlivened and transformed by encounters with one another, by the exchange of ideas, and by the life of faith and learning.”

Luther is a special place where many unforgettable memories and friendships were made. I encourage you to join us in contributing to Luther’s Annual Fund this spring, to perpetuate the Norse experience.


Lindsay (Hagen) Riebe
2004 Class Agent
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Berit Griffin
2004 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] to place your order.

KENDRA (MCGILL) and Nacy Evans welcomed a son, Cole, in July 2010.  Cole joins brother Nacy and sister Lakin.

KINDRA (KRUSE) and Steven Fritz welcomed a son, Cayden, in June 2011.  Cayden joins brother Hunter.

LESLEY (HORAN) and Andrew Olswing welcomed a daughter, Madeline, in March 2011.   

MELISSA (GARBRECHT) '05 and JUSTIN PIEPER welcomed a daughter, Kate, in Aug. 2011.           

EMILY (LUKASEK) and Philip Strong welcomed a son, Liam, in Aug. 2011.         

KAREN (ELLIOTT) and Nathan Thompson welcomed a son, Noah, in Feb. 2011.    

MEREDITH (WELTON) and NATHAN VOIGHT '03 welcomed a daughter, Eden, in March 2011.  Eden joins brother Jackson.

AMBER DOLPHIN and Steve Moechnig, June 4, 2011
JENNY JEPSEN and Mike Trushenski, July 23, 2011
LAURA LENIUS and Steve Nelson, June 11, 2011
EMILY MARTZ and ALEX ANDERSON '03, July 16, 2011

Class Notes
EMILY (MARTZ) ANDERSON earned a master’s degree in art integration from Lesley University. She teaches kindergarten in the Poudre School District―where she was the September Rotary “Teacher of the Month”― in Fort Collins, Colo.

BRIDGET BOEHMER-CAMPBELL became a licensed independent social worker. She is an outpatient counselor at Area Substance Abuse Council in Maquoketa, Iowa.

SARAH BRAUN is marketing program coordinator at Proto Labs in Maple Plain, Minn., where she manages the Cool Idea! Award program.

LEAH CAMPBELL earned a doctorate in molecular, cellular, and developmental biology from Yale University. She is a postdoctoral researcher at University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

KIM CHRISTENSEN is founder of the Minneapolis Swappers, a group that organizes events where people trade homemade canned goods and food. She and the group were the focus of an article in the August 2011 edition of Minnesota Monthly.

ELLIE DOLAN is account director at Code and Theory in New York.

HEIDI (JOHNSON) FELTZ is e-communications coordinator at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa.

BRANDON FIELDS is a sergeant with the Northeastern Illinois University Police Department in Chicago.

ANNA HANSEN BONARO earned a master of divinity degree from Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary.

BECCA HOEL is a clinical pharmacist and associate professor at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.

REBEKAH JOHNSON works for the Ethiopian Community Development Council in Washington, D.C.

RACHEL MILLER-BLEICH is operations and governance manager for the Society for Neuroscience in Washington, D.C.

BERGEN (PAPKA) and JAKE TORGERSON ‘05 live in St. Paul, Minn. Bergen works for Target Corp. as a RedRx coordinator.

SALAHUDDIN YUSUF is a first officer ATR 42-500 for Pakistan International Airlines at the Islamabad (Pakistan) International Airport.

ELISSA ZOERB is a congregational resource representative at Augsburg Fortress Publishing in Minneapolis.

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 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

Class of 2005 total giving in 2011:  $7,670 from 19% 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!