Class of 2014 Spring 2018 Letter

Spring 2018

Dear Classmate,

As winter comes to a close and spring starts, we begin to think about what we were doing four years ago at the beautiful campus of Luther College as seniors! Some of us were stressing about our senior papers, others were starting a final season of a sport, and some were even relaxing a little bit because they knew what the future entailed. Whatever you were doing four years ago, Luther was the common theme.

As time passes, we can all still be involved with our favorite place, Luther College. We have provided you with lots of information below to keep you updated on Luther and the fun things happening in Decorah!

#luthergives18

As many of you know, Thursday, March 8, was Luther's third annual Giving Day! Thousands tuned in to an all-day livestream from Marty's and joined the fun through social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and more). Overall, a whopping $478,193 was raised for the Luther Fund - WOW! If you'd like to relive the fun (and see the 12-hour livestream), visit luther.edu/giving-day. THANK YOU to all who donated and made this day such a success!

Upcoming Decorah events

Decorah is a busy place! Check your 2018 calendars and consider making plans to attend these upcoming events:

• Oneota Film Festival, April 19-22 (oneotafilmfestival.org)

• Nordic Fest, July 26-28 (nordicfest.com)

Also, did you know there are two breweries in Decorah? Toppling Goliath (tgbrews.com) and Pulpit Rock Brewing Co. (pulpitrockbrewing.net) have made Decorah a beer tourism destination!

Be sure to check out visitdecorah.com for area hotels, B&Bs, coffee shops, restaurants and shopping. Downtown Decorah is abuzz with activity!

Alumni tours

Luther’s Alumni Office coordinates and/or promotes a number of travel tours each year. (luther.edu/alumni/tours). Upcoming tours in 2018 include Nordic Choir Companion Tour to Germany and Czechia (May-June 2018) and Sicily and Malta (October 2018).

Alumni events

Many events are held throughout the country for alumni, parents, and friends of Luther College. Information can be found at luther.edu/alumni/events. Contact the Alumni Office at 563-387-1861 with questions about alumni events or tours.

Alumni Ambassador Program

The Alumni Ambassador program (luther.edu/ambassadors) is designed to connect Luther alumni with prospective students. Alumni Ambassadors play a direct role in recruiting the next generation of Luther students by referring students to the Admissions Office. Every student you refer will receive a $1,000 scholarship (in your name!) each year, for four years, should they enroll at Luther. Your participation in our program will have a direct financial impact on a student’s experience at Luther. For more information, contact Alyssa Ritter, asst. dir. of admissions at 563-387-1438.

January Term

During J-Term 2018, 286 students and 29 program leaders participated in one of Luther's 17 courses around the globe. You can find J-Term course blogs at luther.edu/jtermblogs2018 and regular Luther student blogs at luther.edu/admissions/student-blogs. Although it's impossible to keep up with everyone, these blogs are designed to provide glimpses into our students' adventures.

Luther’s Loyalty Society

Are you a part of Luther’s Loyalty Society? Well, it's easy!  Luther’s Loyalty Society recognizes donors who have made gifts at any level for three or more consecutive years. The best way to make sure a gift is made each year is to sign up for monthly giving. Visit luther.edu/giving/recognition/loyalty for more details about the Loyalty Society. Let’s keep the Luther tradition going!

Have a favorite Luther memory?

We want your favorite Luther memory! Send an email to any of the class agents below with your favorite Luther memory and it could be in future class agent letters. Stories of past Luther experiences are always fun to read about!

Finally, please stay in touch with everything that is going on by liking the Luther College Facebook page,facebook.com/luthercollege, and following Luther on Twitter,twitter.com/luthercollege. And if you have a new job, earned a new degree, tied the knot, or have another life update, send it to [email protected], and it will be included in future letters and the Luther Alumni magazine.

All the best from your class agents,

Logan Hjerleid
2014 Class Agent
[email protected]

Taylor (Johnson) Ledvina
2014 Class Agent
608-385-9328
[email protected]

Samuel Molzahn
2014 Class Agent
414-405-2210
[email protected]

CLASS NOTES

David Baxter is associate vocal music director at Pleasant Valley High School in Bettendorf, Iowa.

Kelsey Bies teaches fourth grade for the Waverly-Shell Rock (Iowa) Community School District.

Skylar (Carney) Bohr is a reading resource teacher for grades 4-6 at Notre Dame Elementary in Cresco, Iowa.

Lauren (Meintsma) Dosland is a communications associate at Jones Lang LaSalle in Minneapolis.

Marisa (Johnson) Faas teaches K-3 special education at Westside Elementary School in the Reedsburg (Wis.) School District.

William Foley is a substitute teacher in the Dallas-Center Grimes School District and Johnston School District in the Des Moines, Iowa, area. He also works at the Waukee YMCA and is an assistant site supervisor at After School Care.

Logan Hjerleid teaches kindergarten for the Solon (Iowa) Community School District.

Jordan Jensen is director of retreat ministries at Rainbow Trail Lutheran Bible Camp in Hillside, Colo.

Jess Landgraf is assistant service manager at Erik’s Bike Shop, Inc., in Roseville, Minn.

Brittney Leemon earned a master’s degree in arts management and nonprofit management at the University of Oregon, and is marketing and development manager of the National Lutheran Choir in Minneapolis.

John Melzarek is senior accountant at CliftonLarsonAllen in Minneapolis.

Aaron Mertzenich is a web user experience designer and developer at Promega in Madison, Wis.

Samuel Molzahn earned a master’s degree in library and information science from the University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee. He is an adult reference librarian at the North Shore Public Library in Glendale, Wis.

Brita Moore is public relations director of Minnesota Farmers Union in St. Paul, Minn.

Kayla Nelson teaches multi-categorical special education at Washington High School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Ty Pharaoh earned a master’s degree in K-12 special education and teaching from the University of St. Thomas, and is a student teacher and SUTR resident at SPPS in Minneapolis.

Chase Racek teaches first grade at the American School of Kuwait in Hawalli, Kuwait.

Sara (Pecinovsky) Richert is the 5-12 band director for the Cochrane-Fountain City (Wis.) Schools.

Becca Rudquist teaches high school English for the Dover-Eyota (Minn.) Public Schools.

Seth Rumage is an intern pastor at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Spokane, Wash.

Anna Showers teaches second grade for the Faribault (Minn.) Public School District.

Cydney (Roelandt) Weitzel is employed by Circa 21 Dinner Playhouse in the Rock Island, Ill.

Emily Wilson teaches fourth grade for the Muskego-Norway (Wis.) School District.

 

MARRIAGES

CATE ANDERSON and SETH DUIN '12, July 29, 2017

SAMANTHA CUVELIER and Brett Van Sloten, May 28, 2016

MEGGIE DeJONG and Ben Bjertness, Sept. 2, 2017

HANNAH DELZER and PAUL CHRISTENSON, July 13, 2016

BLANE MAHER and HAYLEY PIRSIG '15, July 29, 2016

ERICA MANSKE and Josh Toquam, July 11, 2015

RACHEL ROE and Joshua Stevens, June 23, 2017

LIZ SANKEY and ANDY RUUD, Oct. 9, 2017

ELEANOR SCHUMAN and AARON MERTZENICH, June 23, 2017

SIPHAMANDLA SIMELANE and CAITLIN SHOEMAKER '13, July 8, 2017

KIERSTEN SWENSON and Cory Kralovetz, June 24, 2017

 

BIRTHS

HILARY (GARRINGER) '12 and ALEX KLYN welcomed a son, Griffin Alexander, in November 2017.