Will Hoyer (‘02) was one of the first students to graduate from Luther with an individualized major in Environmental Studies. He is currently a research associate for the Iowa Policy Project, a non-profit research organization based in Iowa City. He is focused on water quality, especially the impact that agriculture has on the state's waters, as well energy efficiency and renewable energy. His work is aimed at improving policies at the state and local level.
Ver Steeg (’10) graduated from Luther with both Environmental Studies (Geoscience concentration) and Biology majors. Upon graduation, Pieter enrolled in the Professional Science Masters in Ecosystem Management (PSM-EM) program at the University of Northern Iowa. The culmination of the program is a summer internship, which Pieter will spend with the Nature Conservancy at its Minnesota Regional Office in Minneapolis. As their Conservation Areas Planning Intern, he will be using GIS and working with many other staff members to update management plans for nature preserves in Minnesota. The position will involve both office and field work, which he says, “is perfect for me!”
Long-Term Volunteer Corps
Emily Odland (’10) spent the year after her graduation with the Lutheran Volunteer Corps. She worked as a an online communications and fundraising assistant for the East Bay Alliance for Sustainable Economy (EBASE) in Oakland, CA. In this position she engaged a dynamic network of supporters in campaigns for worker justice by managing an on-line database, updating the EBASE website, sending e-mail blasts, blogging, and updating a Facebook page with hundreds of fans.
Peace Corps volunteer in Mali, West Africa, from 2001-2003. He served in a small rural village of about 4,000 people working on small business development. As the initial Peace Corps volunteer in the village he focused on building relationships with the community. He also started a mobile savings bank for the village and a community radio program.