Class of 2016 Fall 2017 Letter

Hey, Classmate of 2016!

Can you believe it's been almost a year and a half since graduation?! Yeah, we can't believe it either. Quite a lot has happened since our spring letter, and we’re excited to update you. Giving Day 2017 was again a success for Luther, raising $504,991 thanks to alumni! Campus has been getting some more upgrades and those include a lot of blue! Carlson Stadium got a blue turf makeover and the tennis courts have been redone as well. This semester Luther is celebrating/honoring the 500th anniversary of the Reformation with various events on campus, and on October 29th and 30th. Tickets for Christmas at Luther 2017: The Tree of Life My Soul Hath Seen, are on sale, so make sure you grab a ticket while you still can!

Our class has been doing a whole lot of cool things, so we wanted to share some with you:

·         Zach Hendrikson is teaching 4th grade and was named the professional development coordinator for Woodbury Elementary; also, he is now the head coach for the Simley varsity baseball team.

·         Ethan Taylor is teaching an adult education class in English and makes kimchi...10 miles from the North Korean border.

·         Maggie Homeier teaches 6-8th-grade math in Albany, N.Y., and also volunteers regularly in a dementia unit for retired nuns.

·         Anna Jeide holds the communications and development coordinator position through Lutheran Volunteer Corps. in Washington, D.C., at La Cl'inica del Pueblo, a non-profit health clinic that services low-income and uninsured people, working daily with Latinos, immigrants, health care, and LGBTQ folks.

·         Jacy Mahoney is working for a German student-exchange website and climbed to Everest Base Camp in Nepal.

·         Alayna Nelson is in Napaskiak, Alaska, teaching 8th grade and high school robotics.

·         Moran Lonning is coaching women’s basketball at Simpson College.

·         Lindsay (Lovaas) Millea works for a social work agency called Bethany for Children and Families in a therapeutic program.

·         Brianna Shelly started her own private voice studio in both English and German in Berlin, Germany, and is also singing in a German choir.

·         Erik Ohlrogge is studying global health in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

·         Julia Reimann just finished up her Fulbright Scholarship teaching English in Alor Setar, Malaysia. She is an intern with Resettlement Case Aide for Refugee Services as part of the Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

·         Kurt Hellmann is working for the ELCA, communicating with people about its global work and raising funds for their many programs.

·         Erika Storvick finished up her year with YAGM in Madagascar and is now an education para at Mahtomedi Middle School.

·      Outside of her full time job as a business development representative for Groupon in Scottsdale, Ariz., Lydia Eager is a mentor through New Pathways for Youth in Phoenix, where she is influencing the life of a very lucky 16-year-old teen.

·       We are happy to see those who happened to be in Texas and Florida during the hurricanes and flooding and hope “y’all” are safe, and thank you, Peter Lillibridge, for volunteering your time for hurricane relief/clean-up in Houston.

·       And, finally, we think these two haven't gotten enough of Norwegian colleges: Erik Queoff is studying exercise physiology at Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim and Dan Herman is studying astronomy at the University of Oslo.

You may have continued onto grad school, gap year, into accounting busy season, into the busy holiday season... but whatever it may be, we are all stretching our pockets this time of year. Have no fear! Luther has a newly named fund for you to give to! The Luther College Annual Fund is now named the Luther Fund, so it's shorter and easier to write out a check to. This is the same fund that provided us scholarships, aided in teacher salaries, and went into improving Luther living.

We are sending you happy thoughts from our corners of the world and hope that you are well!

Until next time… !

Soli Deo Gloria,

Hailey Johnson
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Jacy Mahoney
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Laura Vestle
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Krista Anderson is a cardiothoracic transplant/cardiovascular surgery progressive care nurse at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

Greta Anetsberger is a trauma and surgical nurse at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Ill.

Erika Balk is the senior business analyst at Optum - UnitedHealth Group in Eden Prairie, Minn. 

Matt Boelter of Eau Claire, Wis., planned a 3,000-mile bicycle tour across the country from May 1 to Aug. 31, 2017. With his tour, “Thought For Food,” he hoped to raise $10,000 for the international aid foundation Save The Children. 

Tom Breen is an internal wholesaler at Voya Financial in Des Moines, Iowa.

Sarah Eckhert is associate technical analyst at TriTech Software Systems in Decorah.

Ryan Eppen is a para professional at Chatfield (Minn.) High School.

Wesley Frye has been an actively performing tenor in the Young Artists Program at Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre. His stage credits include having sung in the choruses for both Cavalleria rusticana and Pagliacci, as well as soloing in his most recent opera, Speed Dating. Wesley is a graduate student at the University of Minnesota this fall in the studio of internationally acclaimed tenor, John De Haan.

Shannon Gallagher of Lakewood, Colo., teaches English at Overland High School in the Cherry Creek School District.

Philip Hanson is activities coordinator for Foothills Gateway, Inc., in Fort Collins, Colo.

Maggie Helms is educational assistant at Seven Hills Preparatory Academy in Bloomington, Minn.

Hailey Johnson is a substitute teacher for the Littleton (Colo.) Public Schools and assistant varsity girls’ tennis coach for Heritage High School. 

Nicole Lussier is a development specialist at Minnesota Life College in Richfield.

Ian Macpherson is a certified athletic trainer at Savannah (Ga.) State University.

Lindsey Pielage is a physical therapy patient services representative at Twin Cities Orthopedics in Minneapolis.

Lexie Polk is real estate services coordinator for CBRE in Chicago.

Blaise Schaeffer is a health software and development engineer with IBM Watson in Durham, N.C.

Paul Schafer is an IT regulatory analyst at Pace Analytical Services in Minneapolis.

Clare Slagel of Dubuque, Iowa, was one of three finalists for the Johanna Olson IIAC Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year award.

Jacob Smith is studio coordinator at Judith B Salon & Academy in Elmhurst, Ill.

Megan (Sisson) Thiele of Hoyt Lakes, Minn., works for Natural Harvest Food Co-Op.


ANNA BALK '18 and DYLAN SMALLWOOD, June 3, 2017

SYDNEY GEHRT and ALEX HAIN '15, June 24, 2017

MEGAN SISSON and Eric Thiele, July 23, 2016