Class of 2005 Fall Letter

Fall 2012

Dear Classmates,

We hope this letter finds you well as we move through fall and towards the holiday season.

This year has been another busy one at Luther, with many changes taking place in personnel, as well as on the campus grounds.  On July 9, Corey Landstrom became a member of the Luther community as he assumed his duties as vice president and dean for student life.  Another big change involves the search for the tenth president of Luther College.  President Rick Torgerson will step down at the end of the academic year, after 14 years of service to Luther.  The presidential search committee is on track to provide recommendations on candidates to the Board of Regents by early next year.  One of the largest changes to Luther’s campus is the addition of the new aquatic center.  The facility will be a wonderful resource not only for Luther but for the surrounding area as well.  It will provide a home for Decorah High School swim team and a location for safety instruction, rehabilitation, and swim lessons for the community.

Luther also continues to be a leader in the field of environmental sustainability.  As of August 24, 2012, the solar energy field at Baker Village went online.  With the energy provided by the solar field, Baker will be the largest net-zero emissions facility in Iowa.  Further, 49 percent of the food served by SODEXO on campus was grown locally.  You can learn more about Luther’s environmental sustainability here.

We want to remind you to continue to update your classmates on the events of your lives by submitting information to [email protected].

We are thankful and appreciate your continued support of Luther and future students through your generous gifts!  If you would like to renew your giving or learn more about how to give for a specific use, please visit this site.

Best regards,

Jon Trullinger
2005 Class Agent
[email protected]                                                                                

Kate Ingber
2005 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 73 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
GABRIELLE ATWOOD is an e-learning education coordinator at Ottobock Healthcare, a German prosthetic, orthotic, and mobility company with its North American headquarters in Plymouth, Minn.

KEITH BECKER is a senior human resources specialist at the University of Iowa in Iowa City.

GRETA BERNATZ earned a master’s degree in geographic information science from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota. She is an instructor at St. Mary’s University in Winona, Minn.

LINDSAY BERNHAGEN is a doctoral intern at the Ohio State University Center for the Advancement of Teaching in Columbus.

DANIEL CARLSON is a graduate student at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, Calif.

MEGAN CLARK is the school programs coordinator for the Chicago History Museum.

GREG DAVIS earned a master’s degree in healthcare administration from the University of Minnesota. He is an EMR support and change coordinator in the Mayo Clinic Health System in Rochester, Minn.

ASHLEY (REIMAN) DODDRIDGE teaches sixth-grade math and sixth/seventh-grade language arts in the Spring Hill (Kan.) School District

ANA (MEYER) ELIASON is a career and internship specialist at Augsburg College in Minneapolis.

ANA ELIASON, JOHN STILL’06, and KATIE LANE’06 all graduated from St. Thomas University with master’s degrees in the Leadership Affairs (LAS) program.

JOHN FRETHAM teaches social studies at Northwest High School in Clarkesville, Tenn.

KELLY GIERLUS earned a doctorate in physical chemistry from the University of Iowa. She is assistant professor of chemistry at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa. 

HELEN (GRIESE) HANDLEY is a stay-at-home mom in Lake Zurich, Ill.

BRADLEY HARRIS is director of operations at Blue Stars Performing Arts for Youth in La Crosse, Wis.

ANNA HAUG earned a master’s degree in public administration from Drake University. She is a client account coordinator at Coopera Consulting in Des Moines, Iowa.

JON HOFFMAN is visiting lecturer of rhetoric at the University of Maryland in Adelphi.

KATIE (SCHAEFER) HOM is a graduate teaching assistant in choral pedagogy at the University of Kansas School of Music in Lawrence.

LINDSAY (MEYER) HUNKINS is a customer operations supervisor at SPS Commerce in Minneapolis.

SOHAIB KHAN is a copywriter at Ogilvy and Mather in Lahore, Pakistan.

LINDSAY KIMBALL is assistant program director at Minnesota Public Radio’s 89.3 The Current in St. Paul, Minn. 

ALISA (WHITE) MAGALLÓN is a regular chorister and teacher artist at the Houston Grand Opera. She also teaches “Once Upon an Opera,” a children’s introduction to opera course.

ALISON MEIER earned a master’s degree in information management and systems from University of California-Berkeley. She is an independent user experience strategist in San Francisco.

JEFF MILLER is manager at Wipfli, LLP, in Rhinelander, Wis.

THADDEAUS MORELOCK is the front house supervisor at Mei’s Kitchen in Chicago.

ERIK OLSON is a data strategist at Amundsen High School in Chicago.

MAUREEN ORSBORN is assistant director of annual giving at Winona (Minn.) State University.

JUSTIN PATNODE is a retail account specialist for Pernod Ricard USA in St. Paul, Minn.

ELISE (BIERI) and JEFF PATZKE live in Kasson, Minn. Elise earned a master’s degree in health and human services administration from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota. She is a transfusion medicine quality specialist at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. Jeff is the broadband care supervisor with Charter Communications.

KATIE PETTIGREW is a physical therapist at Peak Motion Physical Therapy in Albuquerque, N.M.

SUSIE PETTINGER is a para educator at Hastings (Minn.) Senior High School.

BRET POWELL is resident physician of family medicine at Duke University in Durham, N.C.

KIRSTEN RUSSEL earned a master’s degree in English from Washington College in Chestertown, Md. She is head women’s soccer coach at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa.

KRISTIN RICE of Kingsford, Mich., earned a master of divinity degree from Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago.

SARAH SAMUELSON is a senior insurance accountant at John Deere Financial in Johnston, Iowa.

BETHANY SCHIEFELBEIN and MATTHEW BURNS live in Monona, Iowa. Bethany is a registered nurse at Prairie du Chien (Wis.) Memorial Hospital. Matthew is a special agent for the Iowa Department of Public Safety.

KYLA (SCHULENBERG) SCHOENWETTER is a thoracic clinical nurse specialist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Hospitals and Clinics.

JORDAN STADHEIM is a revenue tax specialist at the Minnesota Department of Revenue in St. Paul.

DAIN TePoel is a graduate teaching associate at Ohio State University in Columbus. He presented “When Words Speak Loader than Actions: Women in Sports Broadcasting” at the 2011 North American Society for the Sociology of Sports Conference in Minneapolis last November.

JOSEPH THERING teaches music in the Des Moines (Iowa) Public Schools.

MEGAN (MINNIHAN) TORKELSON is program manager at Midwest Arts Conference in Minneapolis.

JON TRULLINGER earned a master’s degree in chemistry from the University of North Carolina. He is a senior chemist for TensTech in Charlotte, N.C.

BECCA TUMM earned a master’s degree in social work from the University of Minnesota. She is a volunteer coordinator at St. Stephen’s Human Services in Minneapolis.

MICHELLE WEBER is a nurse practitioner at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee.

STEPHANIE WHERRY is pastor at Seeds of Faith Lutheran Church is Lisbon, Iowa.

DAVID ZELINSKAS earned a doctorate in orthopedic medicine from Des Moines University. He is a resident in family medicine and a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy at Naval Hospital Bremerton (Wash.).

Alicia Beck and DANNY ADAMS welcomed a son, Dustin, in May 2011.     

RACHEL (WINWOOD) '06 and KEITH BECKER welcomed a son, Reid, in December 2011.  Reid joins brother Owen.

SARA (GOUDSCHAAL) '04 and TERRY BLESSING welcomed a daughter, Aria, in August 2011.         

KELLY (RIES) and CHRIS DAHL welcomed a son, Joshua, in July 2011.

Karen and MATT HIGGINS welcomed a son, Thomas, in June 2011.

MEG (WILLIAMS) '04 and DAIN TEPOEL welcomed a daughter, June, in December 2011.  June joins sister Lena.

BETHANY (SCHIEFELBEIN) and MATT BURNS welcomed a daughter, Cecelia, in March 2012.        

SAMANTHA (STEPHANY) and COREY COLBURN welcomed a daughter, Sofia, in June 2012.  Sofia joins brother Finnian.

HELEN (GRIESE) and Matt Handley welcomed a daughter, Beatrice, in September 2011.  Beatrice joins brother Matias and sister Violet.

ASHLEY (WIRTZ) '07 and MATT JOHNSON welcomed a daughter, Jordan, in April 2012.  Jordan joins brother Brenden.

KIRSTEN (SPARKS) ’04 and BRAD PAULSRUD welcomed a daughter, Anika, in March 2010.

ALEX (ELLISON) and ZACH RODASTI welcomed a son, Asher, in March 2012.  Asher joins brother Riley.

LINDSEY (RISLOW) and Jake Ruhland welcomed a daughter, Sylvia, in January 2012.           

KELSEY (SCHMIDT) and Matt Weiss welcomed a daughter, Lily, in October 2011.   

Sara and DAVID ZELINSKAS welcomed a daughter, Charley, in January 2012.          

STEPHANIE NOVAK and Rick Bond, April 14, 2012
DAN CARLSON and Valerie Taft, July 31, 2010
SHANNON JOHNSON and John Gravelle, June 30, 2012
LESLEY HIEBING and Brian Friedhoff, May 12, 2012
JON HOFFMAN and Patrick Woods, Oct. 1, 2010
MEGHAN KARELS and Kelsey Myron, June 30, 2012
SARAH KNUTH and Joaquin Juarez, July 9, 2011
ANNA KABE and Travis Kokal, Dec. 19, 2009
ALISA WHITE and Alejandro Magallón, Dec. 17, 2011
TIA TOSO and Micah Stinson, Oct. 2, 2011
DAVID ZELINSKAS and Sara Revell, May 22, 2010



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