Class of 1985 Spring 2017 Letter

Spring 2017


Most, if not all, of us anticipate its welcome after the long, dark, cold days of winter. Some of us take advantage of winter’s snow-capped mountains to ski while others venture off to warmer climates in search of sun, warmth, and sandy beaches. I can say we stayed in Chicago and rode our bikes to work most days…sure it may have been cold here or there, but the lack of snow made for a pretty “easy” winter.

Isn’t it interesting how a word can evoke emotions—strong or meh—based on our personal experiences? Neither is more right than the other; however, we add our own color and story to create an impression or image associated with the word. Luther Bookshop, Norse Rugby, CFL, Paideia, Mabe’s, Corner Bar, Ronnie’s Rolls…and based on our interactions, we have a personal definition with each one of those words. Imagine, for a moment, a potential Luther student interviewing ten different alumni—all asked the same questions about their college experience. I would venture to say there would be ten different answers. Let’s hope the answers would be enough to convince the potential student to choose Luther over another college.

Luther experiences evolve over time. This spring students will be attending the Oneota Film Festival, airing a number of short films and documentaries; rocking to X Ambassadors (one of Jane’s favorite bands); enjoying a host of recitals from faculty and visiting artists; and cheering colleagues on at tennis matches, wrestling meets, and softball and baseball games. These are all new memories for the current student body, but these events conjure up great memories for us alums.

As alumni, we need to ensure those who choose Luther enjoy their college years as much as we did. Giving to Luther is one of the best ways to keep the college vibrant, strong, and a leader. A Luther education can take you anywhere. Among 2014 graduates, 97 percent went on to employment, graduate or professional school, or to volunteer positions within seven months.

Happy spring!

Charlie Hoven                and           Jane (Bakker) Theodore
[email protected]                  [email protected]


Trish (Esping) Koussis
is program manager in the Office of Computational Science in the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in College Park, Md.

Lynne Rothrock of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is an adjunct professor in applied voice at Coe College and an instructor for Theatre Cedar Rapids, where she teaches various levels of adult classes in cabaret singing, teaches a Cabaret for Teens camp, and also directs two fully produced cabaret shows in the TCR season. Lynne also performs as a member of Divapalooza and has produced Lynne Rothrock’s Christmas Cabaret in Cedar Rapids for 14 years.

Mark Schmidt is senior manager of process and development engineering at ON Semiconductor in South Portland, Me.

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.

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.

Krin Abraham
Nancy Ackerman Will
Eric Allen
Beverly (Stark) Anderson
Mark Anderson
Ronda Anderson-Sand
Heidi Annexstad
Karen (Vikdal) Askinas
Susan Aspenson Murray
Leesa (Tomlinson) Avila
Sheryl (Mosebach) Barker
Sara (Taylor) Bartholomew
Ann Bentdahl
Jennifer (Bolton) Bestul
Larry Bonney
Kimberly (Torrey) Boursier
Sara (Larson) Brana
Laura Brandt
Karen (Wilken) Braun
Hope Broman
Eric Brudos
Ginger (Felland) Brudos
Debra (Luethje) Bruene
Jean Bruess
John Brugge
Kari (Petersen) Bullard
Joe Bunn
Lisa Burke
Ann Burnham
Julie Burt
David Carlson
Michael Carney
Peggy (Ganske) Carr
James Casterton
Heidi (Schill) Clemmens
Julie (Melin) Cologne
Lois (Korsness) Darrington
John Devine
Michael Dorigan
Kevin Dotseth
Elizabeth Dykstra
Jane (Ellingson) Ehresmann
Peter Ellefsen
Deborah Fedge
Nancy Fincham
Kristine (Madson) Folsom
Janis (Weiher) Fox
Steven Gargrave
Deborah (Peterson) Green
David Gross
Julie (Gangstad) Grotnes
Paul Hanson
Jon Harkness
Linda (Rosholt) Hash
Bradley Haugstad
James Hazlett
Ruth (Meier) Hein
Todd Heinzeroth
Kristine (Hahn) Henderson
Paula Herring
Charles Hoven
Linda (Wattermann) Hovick
Sara Hulsether
Eric Isaacson
Gregory Iverson
Janet (Sandquist) Jans
Anne-Lise (Hustad) Johnson
Lee (Knoernschild) Johnson
Jonathan Joppa
Jay Kamin
Sue (Dokkestul) Kohnert
Ian Koontz
Michael Krueger
Brian Larson
Pamela (Martin) Larson
Robert Larson
Sheralee (Mudd) Leonard
Carol (Borgschatz) Lofquist
Kara (Krummel) Logsden
James Looft
Sonja (Smith) Meyer
Bradley Music
Cynthia Nelson
Mary (Reichley) Nelson
Mike Noll
Nancy Nygaard Johnson
Jeffrey Olinger
Dawn (Tobiason) Olsen
Eric Olson
Sally (Rolloff) Orr
Erik Peterson
Kent Peterson
Scott Phearman
Todd Pickett
Steven Reeves
Lisa Richmond
Jennifer Roslien
Sherry (Seeger) Russell
Kimberly (Kalvig) Sabow
Douglas Sand
Lauri (Schmidt) Schloz
Mark Schmidt
Jonathan Schoer
Joy Schroeder
Dawn (Aalgaard) Schweizer
Karen (Antons) Sindelar
Jean Solberg
Kent Stock
Diane (Reque) Storvick
Eric Storvick
Sarah Storvick
Mark Strand
Judith (Broadhead) Stromwall
Heidi Sundet
Jane (Bakker) Theodore
Kathy (Winter) Thomsen
Kari (Severson) Toft
Cynthia (Frieden) Torkelson
Derrick Torkelson
Lisa (Van Binsbergen) Van Horne
Pamela Ward Kuntz
Cassandra Warner
Julia Wharff Piermont
Lee Whitcher
Amy (Thompson) Wild

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].