Hello, Classmate of 2012!
As the distance from graduation increases in years, I find the distance between Luther memories, moments, and friends gets smaller each day. Can you believe we graduated almost five years ago? The time flew by, yet, the learning, laughing, and growing at Luther feels like just yesterday.
I had a Luther moment the other day, sitting in a coffee shop in Madison, discussing current events with some friends—there have certainly been many for us to discuss lately. A Luther Norse emblem caught my eye on a girl’s jacket, as the wearer stood at the counter ordering coffee. I said hi, and turns out she’s a 2014 grad in the Madison area as well. She joined our group for a coffee and some laughs. Reflecting on that small interaction, I can’t help but feel connected to the entire Luther community and to our days in Decorah, even though miles from our college time. It’s a community that I love—a community that fosters difference, respects opinions, challenges the status quo, introduced me to life-long friends, and continues to encourage learning each day. What Luther moments have you had lately?
I was reminded of one evening sitting in Oneota with some wonderful friends during senior year, wishing that we could somehow all end up living together again, after life adventures that have taken us to different cities, countries, and professions. We’ve decided on a reverse cul-de-sac, but until then, the small moments I find of Luther each day suffice perfectly. Recently I heard a quote from A Little Life, “In college, friends are often united by their aspirations. In adulthood, separated by their professional realities.” Thankfully, the Luther community breaks down the walls of adulthood, and provides all of us alumni a chance to be united by our ongoing aspirations.
We may be further from our years on campus, but I find that Luther is just next door. Consider donating to the Annual Fund this spring to support the Luther community as it continues to flourish and provide new students the opportunity for healthy debate, learning, and wonderful chance encounters in a Madison coffee shop.
To a 2017 of strong Luther community!
Hannah (Bygd) Bearinger is senior innovation fellow at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.
Bailey Cahlander is the lead communications coordinator for public art and placemaking initiatives for the Hennepin Theatre Trust. Among other activities, she manages marketing and digital content for the Made Here initiative and WeDo Cultural District. She also led the implementation of video production at the Trust and designed a mosaic mural installed on Hennepin Theatre Trust’s new building in Minneapolis.
Seth Duin is senior external relations manager for College Possible in St. Paul, Minn. He also produces audio and video, and records soundtracks and edits video for short-form documentaries. He co-produced Saving Creativity, a short-length film documentary on the importance of arts programs in public schools. It won first place among student films at the Oneota Film Festival and was nominated for the 2013 Midwest Emmy Award. He also performs regularly with the Minneapolis band General B and the Wiz.
Melissa Erickson is a multi-platform producer at WBIR TV-10 in Knoxville, Tenn.
Daniel Flucke is pastor at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Greene, Iowa.
Brett Finch is a software engineer at Workiva in Ames, Iowa.
Molly (Ternus) Hackman earned a master’s degree in speech language pathology from the University of Iowa. She is a speech language pathologist at Heartland AEA in Johnston, Iowa.
Aaron Hoffland is a DevOps programmer at IBM Corporation in Rochester, Minn.
William Hoffman is operations analyst at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.
Elias Johnson is an academic adviser at DREAM Technical Academy in Willmar, Minn.
Dione Miller was ordained to the Ministry of Word and Sacrament in the ELCA last May and is associate pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church in Waupaca, Wis. She is also a graduate student in the Master of Divinity program at the Lutheran School of Theology-Chicago, concentrating on global Christianity and mission studies.
Meghan Pedersen is a research analyst at Delta Air Lines in Minneapolis.
Amy Sandager is a goldsmith at Zoe Chicco Fine Jewelry in Los Angeles.
Amy Wilson is a registered nurse in the neonatal ICU of Children’s Hospital of Georgia in Augusta.
Jake Wittman is an advisor at DREAM Technical Academy in Waldorf, Minn.
Cassie (Molski) Wolfgram is a preschool aftercare teacher at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Iowa City, Iowa.
KELSEY BAUSCH and BRETT FINCH, Nov. 12, 2016
MALLORY BRODERICK and DREW HELLE '13, Oct. 29, 2016
HANNAH BYGD and KURT BEARINGER '13, Sept. 24, 2016
ALYSE EGGEBRECHT and Curtis Simondet, Sept. 10, 2016
EMILIE HANUS and CARL LOTTMAN '11, July 9, 2016
AARON HOFFLAND and Megan Zibrowski, Oct. 29, 2016
JIMMY MARTY and KATIE CAMPBELL '11, Aug. 12, 2016
ALLAN SWEET and Kalee Blair, Sept. 24, 2016
KRISTI WIETECHA and Michael Muston, Nov. 19, 2016
The Annual Fund – make your gift today:
Your gift. Put to work, right away, where it is needed most.
Last year more than 10,000 alumni, family, and friends supported Luther’s Annual Fund with gifts from $5 to $100,000. Your gift makes a difference for each and every student at Luther, and we are grateful for your support.
WITH SINCERE GRATITUDE
This list includes all gifts received January 1, 2016, to December 31, 2016. Making a gift each and every year is an investment in the lives of Luther students and a show of support for the Luther College community. Thank you for your support of Luther College through your giving.
Alison (Scheevel) Anderson-Kahl
Hannah (Bygd) Bearinger
Cassandra (Bormann) Belay
Emily (Gillaspey) Blain
Krista Canoy Krueger
Louise (Vivant) Corley
Katherine (Block) Denlinger
Anna (Looft) Fett
Carly (Blazing) Frei
Ashley (Matthys) Gibson
Molly (Ternus) Hackman
Kathryn (Hasher) Hagan
Emily (Lynn) Harlynn
Carah (Claflin) Hart
Erin (McWilliams) Hart
Julie (Shiely) Huebner
Paige (Ofstedahl) Knight
Katelyn (Bottem) Marschall
Britta (Pederson) Meyer
Kaitlin (Maas) Meyers
Amanda (Couture) Moran
Allison (Croat) Roe
Paige (Comentino) Seibert
Katherine (Etter) Sheets
Alyse (Eggebrecht) Simondet
Jessica (Mallams) Streeter
Molly (McHenry) Sullivan
Every attempt has been made to ensure the accuracy of this list. If an error has been made, please accept our apology and contact the Luther Development Office at 800-225-8664, or email [email protected].