Hello Fellow Norse, Class of 2010!
Over the past few months as I put on my coat, hat, gloves, scarf, and anything else I can to keep warm before I go out to brave the frozen tundra of Minnesota, I am reminded of the days on campus, bundling up and trekking across the snow-covered, beautiful landscape of northeast Iowa on my way to class, rehearsal, dinner, or just time with friends. I hope that while this winter has been one to chill your bones, taking a moment to remember those winter adventures on campus (anyone remember Caf tray sledding?) might bring warmth to your heart.
This December I had the fortunate opportunity to attend Christmas at Luther, The Tree of Life, My Soul Hath Seen. What a wonderful way to ring in the Christmas spirit and bring people together when we find ourselves in a world that seems to more easily divide than unite. I invite you to take a few moments in peace to view photos of the 2017 Christmas at Luther performance, and learn the dates for 2018 by visiting: luther.edu/christmas-at-luther/.
Our time at Luther provided us the foundation to go out into the world and make a difference. One of my most treasured parts of these letters is to call out some awesome things our classmates have been up to recently! Whether it’s completing emergency medicine residency (Abraham Campos), playing drums on Conan’s late-night show (Lars-Erik Larson), teaching instrumental music in Dubai (Jason Mott), developing and sustaining local business in Decorah [Brittany (Buczek) and Nathan Todd], supporting veterans in crisis [Diane (Balfany) Sitkowski], or developing the software of tomorrow [Jacob Bohlken, Megan (Hallberg) Bang] you are each making an incredible, unforgettable difference! Keep it up!
The ability to make such a difference in your community started first with your family and values that were then nurtured and developed at Luther. As many of us have relatives and friends who have since attended Luther (my nephew is a first-year nursing major!), I know that you understand the importance of supporting Luther’s educational mission to develop upstanding individuals who go out and make a difference! Please consider supporting Luther’s ongoing mission. Use the attached form and the reusable envelope or visit givenow.luther.edu to donate today!
One extra special program rolling out at Luther is the Alumni Ambassador Program. Each student that you refer to Luther will receive a $1,000 scholarship (in your name!) each year for four years! What a great legacy you can provide to the next Norse generation!
As we all continue to make a difference in the world, going down our own separate paths, let us not forget the starting point that we all departed from and let us not forget that we all must work together to better this world, include others, and go about each and every day with an attitude of positivity!
We hope you all are well! When planning your next trip to Decorah, don’t forget to consider Nordic Fest, the two new breweries, Pulpit Rock Brewing Company, and Toppling Goliath Brewing Company, a good ole’ Mabe’s pizza, or a walk past your favorite classroom!
All the best to all of you!
Soli Deo Gloria! GO NORSE!
2010 Class Agents:
Meghan (Mathison) Byrnes is an immigrant paralegal at Anderson and Anderson Law, LLC, in Minneapolis.
Sky Macklay of Chicago composed “Dissolving Bands,” an orchestra piece which won the Leo Kaplan Award from the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP). Her string quartet piece, “Many Many Cadences,” also received an ASCAP award.
Ben Schori is pastor at Nativity Lutheran Church in St. Anthony, Minn.
Meg (McCormick) Slindee is business development manager at LinkUp Job Search Engine in Minneapolis.
Robbie (Kjelland) Wanderman is resident physician of anesthesiology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.
Liz Winter is grant accountant and executive assistant to the CFO at Upper Iowa University in Fayette, Iowa. She is also a master’s stduent in business administration with an emphasis in organizational development at the university.
CARRIE ALBRECHT and Travis Tacheny, June 25, 2016
MALLORY MARLATT and Tim Hanson, Sept. 16, 2017
MEGHAN MATHISON and Patrick Byrnes, Sept. 17, 2016
MEG MCCORMICK and Luke Slindee, Oct. 14, 2017
ALLYSON NILSEN and Eric Smalley, Dec. 22, 2012
ANNA BULLARD and Stephen Kaufman welcomed a daughter, Ellie Beatrice, in November 2017.
LINDSEY (PALMER) and TIM LUND '04 welcomed a daughter, Ella Renee, in August 2017.
KRISTEN LINDHOLM and TAYLOR NELSON welcomed a son, Charles Eugene, in August 2017.