Class of 1994 Spring 2017 Letter

Spring 2017  

Dear Class of 1994,                          

Greetings from Luther and happy spring semester! As I (Kristin) write to you today in early March, Luther students are nearing the end of the first half of the current term and likely thinking about spring break and a well-deserved change in routine. The Development Office is gearing up for Luther’s second Giving Day on March 9, which will be another fun day of sharing Luther love all over social media and raising money for the Annual Fund.  By the time you get this letter, Giving Day will have passed, but I hope you didn’t pass over a donation to our Alma Mater!  Remember, every dollar and every donation counts!  Big or small, it doesn’t matter.  Luther just needs your support.  

You probably heard the news about Weston Noble ’43, who died Dec. 21, 2016.  A celebration of his life will be held on campus at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 13, at the Center for Faith and Life, Main Hall.  More details about Weston’s life can be found in the Winter 2017 issue of the Luther Alumni Magazine and on Luther’s website.

While we’re on the subject of music, it was announced in January that Andrew Last ’97, assistant professor of music and conductor of Collegiate Chorale and Norsemen, has been appointed to the post of Nordic Choir conductor and director of choral activities at Luther. He will begin his new duties at the beginning of the 2017 fall semester.

Have you had a chance to check out Luther’s website? I’ve spent some time on it recently to get some creative ideas for this letter and I was amazed how much I found out!  There are a ton of social clubs available on a bunch of different topics and interests.  Our sport programs and academics are something to be proud of!  Be sure to check out the site at

Attached to this letter is the list of all who made gifts to Luther in calendar year 2016. Thank you for your generosity! Did you know you can sign up for monthly giving to Luther? It’s a great way to ensure a gift is made each year. Those who make a gift at any level for three or more consecutive years become members of Luther’s Loyalty Society. Visit for more details. Regular giving to Luther is a great habit to cultivate!

Do you have memories of past Luther experiences you’d like to share? I’m sure our classmates would enjoy reading about them; send me your stories! And think spring!

Hello classmates; Konrad here. I hope this letter finds my classmates from the class of 1994 well, and happy that we again have moved into spring and more pleasant weather. I hope many of you were aware of the second annual Luther Giving Day (#luthergives17) on March 9 and the numerous social media posts and pictures shared by a wide spectrum of Luther alumni. Those of you who were involved in any way with musical organizations while at Luther may have received the email during the #luthergives17 event that referenced Weston Noble, the beloved former professor who conducted Nordic Choir and was the embodiment of the music program up until his death in December.

When I received that e-mail, my thoughts were that he was probably the most fitting representative to exemplify the theme of #luthergives17. As you know, an important element in foundations and other entities contributing funds to a school has to do with the percentage of giving by alumni. Financial gifts of any size are valuable and gifts of any amount help Luther in numerous ways. In addition to financial contributions, you can give to Luther in other ways and that directs me back to Weston Noble. As many of you know, he supported his beloved Luther generously financially, but he also contributed by acts small and large, ranging from picking up trash around the campus to tirelessly recruiting students to Luther all the way up until the end. He was truly one of Luther’s best goodwill ambassadors.

Like Mr. Noble, you too can play numerous roles to assist Luther. Giving financially is one way, but giving of your time and talents is another. Give Luther a plug to a potential student; share posts on Twitter or Facebook. We can all do things small and large to help our Alma Mater. Luther Gives may have just completed its second year, however Luther has given all of us skills, memories, and friendships to last a lifetime, and will continue to do so.

Go Norse!

Kristin (Olson) Elerding             and          Konrad Urberg
[email protected]                        [email protected]


Mike Bergan of Decorah was elected to the Iowa House of Representatives for District 55.

Kari (Dokken) Lyle is managing director at Deloitte in Minneapolis.

Peter Strube is assistant professor at Rosalind Franklin University in North Chicago, Ill.


JON ZIMMERMAN and Amy Planz, Sept. 16, 2016

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.

Lynn (Whiteman) Alcock
Laura (Spannaus) Allard
Allison (Walker) Allen
Jessica Ambroz Hahn
Ryan Ashland
Kirsten Bansen Weigle
Neil Blackmore
Karla (Sylling) Bloem
Trisha (Hanson) Boese
Kirsten (Stumme) Bohmer
Mary (Bergsgaard) Buenger
Robert Carlson
Jennifer (Becker) Carpenter
Brenda Case
Kimberly Christianson
Heather Clefisch
Tammy (Mojzis) Condon
Constanza (Rakela) Dahlberg
Angela (Grecian) Daoud
Jay Dreyer
Nicole (Hagel) Eisenmann
Kristin (Olson) Elerding
Nicole Engdahl
David Eskelson
Mari (Scheetz) Eyestone
Shawn Eyestone
Michele (Duwa) Fank
Scott Fitzgerald
Matthew Frick
Robb Gardner
Carola (Webern) Gloyd
Sarah (Quamme) Haenel
Corey Haugen
Pepper (Kerr) Henyon
Kristen (Frank) Herbst
William Hoekstra
Nicole Holt
Dongi (Holz) Huss
Amy Johnson
Stacey Johnson-Dichter
Rebecca Jones
Cara Kennedy-Ode
Garrett Klein
Cynthia (Mitchell) Lacey
Kathryn (Burton) Larson
Heidi Larson-David
Jean (Clem) Latzke
Tamra (Takle) Lewis
Paige (Sebbert) Livingston
Amy (Nelson) Loewe
Matthew Lovely
Heather (Roberson) Ludwig
Kari (Dokken) Lyle
Mark Manness
Susan (Satre) Michael
Andrew Moorcroft
Andrew Mork
Melissa (Van Rooyen) Neymeyer
Sarah Pavelka
Cara (Okleshen) Peters
Beth (Johnson) Peterson
Allen Pofahl
Eric Prigge
Rochell (Lundy) Prigge
Cynthia (Olson) Reichhardt
Nicole (Bullerman) Remington
Amy (Bigler) Robinson
David Rosenberger
Edwin Rundell
Sonja Rye
Mitra Sadeghpour
Scott Searl
Ellie (Stack) Shaw
Bradley Shidler
Susan (Terwilliger) Shisler
Christopher Shockey
Sara (Crisman) Shockey
Kathryn Sime
Nicole (Brekke) Sisk
Sarah (Ruble) Sladek
Gretchen (Morris) Sprague
Daniel Stout
Jody (Schneider) Sturmer
Jenny (Olson) Thiery
Rick Thiery
Kristin Thompson Ashland
Anne (Miller) Topf
Ronald Trouten
Geoffrey Trullinger
Konrad Urberg
Tamara Urich
John Vaaler
Brent Veninga
Susan (Kreager) Wallager
Astri Wee
Marc Weigle
Michael Whalen
Doranne Willis
William Wisgerhof
Freddie Wong
Enwei Xie
Erin (Lamberg) Yoemans

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].