Kaia Sand '15
Music and English (writing track)
Most of Kaia’s days are filled with music—literally. Whether it’s a class for her major or she’s rehearsing with one of the music ensembles, most of her day focuses on music. And she wouldn’t have it any other way.
Michael Crowe '13
English (writing track)
Michael claims he's one of many generations in his family who has attended Luther. "Both of my parents graduated from here along with some of my aunts and uncles, my little brother, and the list really goes on and on," he says with a laugh.
Christina Storlie ‘13
“I love anything that involves problem solving or number crunching,” says Christina. “I also like that the academic paths at Luther allow students to branch out a bit.”
Marissa Schuh '14
English and Biology
Marissa admits that Luther wasn’t on her radar for the majority of her college search even though she started visiting schools during her sophomore year.
Kelsey Engbrecht '14
Not every student finds that their work-study position ultimately helps them decide on a career path. But that’s what happened for Kelsey.
Tyler Wedemeier '13
Tyler claims that many factors pointed him in Luther’s direction when it came time to choose a college. “But the main reason I considered Luther is because I was being recruited to play basketball here,” he says.
Lindsey Weaver '12
Lindsey recently took a January Term class in South Africa called “New Hope: Developing a Sense of Vocation.”
Obi Ukabiala ‘13
“With my experience in football and interest in sports medicine, I feel that becoming an orthopedic surgeon makes perfect sense,” he says.
Paige Ofstedahl ’12
Apple Valley, Minn.
“Seeing first-hand communities and countries where poverty and inequality are more prevalent really makes me want to use my skills to help people who haven’t been as fortunate,” Paige says
Elizabeth Knutson ’12
Biology and psychology
“I first looked at Luther because my parents and grandparents went to college here,” she says.
Samantha Stykel '12
Biology and math
Although Samantha hasn’t decided on a specific career path, she’s definitely discovering more about herself by keeping things she’s passionate about in her life and learning from new opportunities.
Ashley Matthys '12
Red Wing, Minn.
Communication studies and management
Ashley feels that her recent journalism course in China was a defining experience for her.
Greg Siems '12
North Liberty, Iowa
Russian studies and political science
When Greg first came to Luther, he knew he needed to fulfill a language requirement.
Sam Simataa '13
Sam grew up in Namibia but attended his final two years of high school at the United World College (UWC) in India.
Sarah Czechowicz '12
Combining a biology major with minors in religion and environmental studies strikes a good balance for Sarah.
Mallory Heinzeroth '12
Premedicine and management
Mallory believes that traveling offers some of the most valuable learning opportunities. In high school, she ventured to South Africa with her mom to work in a school that provided services for children with autism.
Jon Koch '12
Jon admits there are pros and cons to homeschooling. He believes it makes a person more self-reliant and allows a parent and child to be more focused.
Matt Stump '12
Music education and music performance
Where he'd like to study abroad: Germany or another European country to learn more about the history of music.
Lifetime wellness director
His view on sustainability: "It's really more than motion lights," says Greg. "It's about making changes in our behaviors."
Andi Beckendorf '93
Associate professor of library and information studies, research and instruction librarian
Loves bass instruments: Andi started playing the double bass when she was nine years old.
Associate professor of social work and program director
"It's one thing to teach social work, and it's quite another to do it," Craig says.
Head softball coach and instructor in health and physical education
A fierce competitor since her own college days, Renae admits she breathes softball sometimes to the brink of hyperventilation.
Professor of political science
John Moeller is a classic facilitator. "I don't tell people things so much as I try to get discussions going," he says.
Associate professor of music
A North Dakota native, Eric Kutz knows what it's like to make big choices about college and vocation.
Scott Fjelstul '83
Head men's golf coach
Scott never tires of talking about Luther. "The college is a passion of mine," the management grad says. "It's given me lots of opportunities that I want others to know about."
Professor of theatre/dance
"Sure doesn't seem like 42 years," Bob says, chuckling as he recaps his tenure at Luther. "The true joy of this job is that you get to know young men and women in the midst of their academic and personal journeys."
Associate professor of biology
It's perhaps a little unusual that Scott wound up at Luther--his academic career seemed oriented toward intensive research buried in a behemoth department at a research institution.
Professor of classics and Orlando W. Qualley Chair of Classical Languages
Though Philip leads a neatly organized scholarly life, his approach to the study of classical history is fairly free-form.
Jeff Wettach '79
Assistant professor of health and physical education, and head track and field coach for men and women
Known as "Coach Dubs" to many students, Jeff is never far from cracking his signature broad smile.
Lori Stanley '80
Professor of anthropology and associate dean
As odd as it may seem for a decorated academic, Lori is known for ducking notoriety.
Professor emeritus of Scandinavian folk art
In many ways, Harley hasn't really left the farm he grew up on in west-central Minnesota. For one thing, he's still fluent in the Norwegian his family spoke.
Professor emeritus of accounting and management
After 10 minutes of conversation with Uwe (OOH-veh), it's obvious that his life and living have not been linear.
Associate head coach for women's cross country and assistant distance track coach
For Yarrow, no job proposition is really too far afield.
Professor of religion
Wanda's favorite part of teaching is talking with students in what she calls her Brazilian-South Dakotan accent.
Head men's cross country coach, assistant distance track coach, and skills instructor in orienteering and rock climbing
For Steve, coaching is more an adventure than a paycheck. You can't put your finger on any one thing that makes a program successful, he says.
Associate professor of economics
"Being a lawyer seemed a natural step for me at the time, but I realized after seven years that it wasn't my gig," Steve explains with a smile.
Associate professor of Spanish
The big events in Rita's life tend to come in pairs. For starters, her daughters are a year apart.
Rick might joke about having imperfect hearing, but it's clear there's one sound he never misses--opportunity knocking.
Mona Nelson '75
Professor of accounting and management
Don't be deceived by her title--Mona is as quick with words as with numbers.
Juan Tony Guzman '90
Associate professor of music and education
To Tony (as he prefers to be called), music isn't as much a profession as a way of life.
Jon Jensen '89
Associate professor of philosophy and environmental studies
Since Jon arrived back at Luther, campuswide awareness of environmental issues has grown rather organically--no pun intended.
Associate professor of biology
Jodi's dealings in biology range from microbial biofilms (the layer formed when bacteria attach to and grow on surfaces) to agriculture (she and her husband operate a small farm).
Professor of music
In her work as a professional voice coach and accompanist, Jessica illuminates the relationship between soloist and supporting instrumentalists.
Associate professor of physics
Jeff counts almost everything. He even keeps track of the number of trick-or-treaters who visit his house--in 15-minute intervals so he can build a histogram.
Jayme Nelson '87
Associate professor of nursing
Soft-spoken and unassuming, Jayme doesn't at first appear the kind of person who is everywhere at once.
Jane Hawley '87
Associate professor of dance
Mention "Jane" in conversation virtually anywhere on Luther's campus, and you're likely to see a glimmer of recognition.
Head wrestling coach and instructor in mathematics
You could say that Dave likes to keep things in the family--the Luther family, that is.
Associate professor of chemistry
By most counts, Brad is the quintessential science geek. He has molecule models on his desk.
Brad Miller '86
Associate professor of computer science
A few years ago, Brad was a frenzied entrepreneurial executive who traveled nationally and internationally two or three days a week and lived via his laptop. "I was that guy clutching his cell phone in airports, conducting two meetings at once," he explains.
Locksmith and preventive maintenance mechanic
A biodiesel distiller: One of Kevin's job responsibilities includes converting the cafeteria's waste fryer oil into biodiesel fuel so it can be used in Luther's lawn and maintenance vehicles.
Production manager, Luther's dining services
Local-food favorites: Diane believes that buying local foods makes it easier to offer more made-from-scratch cooking.