Class of 2001 Spring 2017 Letter

Spring 2017                                

Dear Members of the Class of 2001,

Greetings from Luther and happy spring semester! As we write to you today in late March, Luther students are enjoying the last few days of spring break. Earlier this month, the Development Office participated in Luther’s second annual Giving Day on March 9, which proved to be a fun day of sharing Luther love all over social media and raising money for the Annual Fund. More than $500,000 was raised that day; thank you to all who made gifts!

You probably heard the news about our beloved 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.

You can read more about Andrew Last on Luther’s website, and you can find lots more as well, including students’ J-term course blogs and other course blogs, Alumni Office travel tours and events, links to alumni profiles, comparisons and rankings, life after Luther, etc. It’s easy to find web content that interests you at by clicking the search button next to the “info for” drop-down box at the top right of the page. Type in the word “news,” click on the search button, and you’ll get all of the Luther news, for your reading pleasure.

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? We’re sure our classmates would enjoy reading about them; send us your stories!

We’ll write again in the fall,

Joy (Christian) Stevens,          Laura (Ahlstrand) Bunch,  and  Paul Hoyem
[email protected]            [email protected]             [email protected]


Grant Applehans is a senior pastor at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Wyoming, Minn.

Rachael Hall of Laveen, Ariz., is director of operations at Crater Group.

Sue (Buckheister) Hanson was promoted to distinguished lecturer in the Department of Health and Medicine at Carroll University in Waukesha, Wis. She is also the course coordinator for all undergraduate anatomy and physiology courses.

Melody Jordahl-Iafrato is assistant professor of family and community medicine in the clinical scholar track, and program director of family and community medicine at the University of Arizona in Tucson.

Emily (Bradbury) Knutson is a stay-at-home mom in Minot, S.D.

Sara (Radke) O’Connor is band director at Woodbury (Minn.) Middle School. The school’s band program was awarded a $2,000 St. Croix Valley Foundation Music Education Grant, which provided the opportunity for students to work with a composer-in-residence, Erik Sherburne. Through the grant, the Woodbury Middle School band program commissioned Sherburne to compose two new pieces of music, one for the jazz band and one for the eighth-grade band. Sara and Erik played in Concert Band and Symphony Orchestra together while at Luther.

Feliz Tovar is a financial services representative at MassMutual in Chesterfield, Mo.


EMILY (BRADBURY) and Kenneth Knutson welcomed Anna Marie in June 2016.

JENNIFER (KNAPP) and JOSHUA SEVERSON '06 welcomed a daughter, Sloan Elly Freyja, in November 2015. Sloan joins brother Fletcher.

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.

Kristi Aarsby-Kail
Devon Aganga
Amanda (Jack) Alwy
Moid Alwy
Betsy (Scheurer) Anderson
Phillip Assmus
Gail (Carpenter) Baggett
Zachary Bale
Emily Baltz-Gephart
Benjamin Barclay
Robyn (Martinson) Barclay
Laura (Riordan) Berardi
Catherine (Poetker) Bjork
Jacob Bjork
Elizabeth Brown Rechkemmer
Brooke (Hagen) Bulfer
Brian Bunch
Laura (Ahlstrand) Bunch
Susan Byerly
Andrew Carney
Jessica (Savre) Carney
Megan (Mattingly) Cox
Sarah (Bruegger) Cox
Tristan Cox
Anne (Mortensen) Crotty
Stephanie (Dicks) Diener
Lisa Dybvik
Mindy (Moore) Ebling
Tami Ehlers
Jay Eide
Katherine (Miller) Eide
Nathan Erickson
Erin Flater
Gregory Fosheim
Christopher Fry
Rebekah Gilmore
Alison Gipp
Nicole (Melberg) Grass
Laura (Caulum) Gratton
Suzanne (Cipra) Haag
Kelly (Hockert) Hansen
Stephanie Heishman
Valerie (Piersall) Herring
Lisa (Dettmann) Hildebrand
Jennifer (Lindemann) Hoefer
Leslie Hollingsworth
Lindsay (Weier) Hollingsworth
Maren (Loken) Hooper
Paul Hoyem
Benjamin Ingelson
Sonja (Siverson) Jacobsen
Dana (Forthun) Johnson
Joshua Kail
Mark Keiper
Laura Koenig
Jessica (Givens) Larson
Katie Larson Ode
Jessica (Young) Le Mon
Erin (Brown) Lindquist
Christian Loger
Stephanie Lord
Angela (Sweeny) Lowery
Christiana Lundholm
Yuliya Maksimova-Marcuson
Karen (Holtkamp) Mason
Kenneth Mattice
Rendina (Kubischta) McFadden
Colin McLain
Shaun Meinecke
Charles Metzig
Katherine Moody
Holly (Riebe) Morehead
Heather (Svoboda) Morris
Natalie (Stage) Muth
James Neal
Barry Nelson
Jacob Nimrod
Joshua Norris
Justin Obenauer
Michelle Olson
Russell Overholt
Summit Pahlas
Erin Pederson
Kristi Peterson
Elizabeth Pleuss
Mark Potvin
Andrea Preston
Steven Rippentrop
April Rowe Neal
Elizabeth (Jones) Runkle
Logan Runyan
Jennifer (Olson) Sanford
Michelle (Meyer) Schlicht
Sara Scholtes
Elizabeth (Youngquist) Selby
Erik Sherburne
Jessica Sime
Anita Smallin
Tara Smith
Sharran Srivatsaa
Sarah Stadler
Jessica (Turall) Stenz
Joy (Christian) Stevens
Brigit (Broghamer) Storhoff
Stacy Sundet
Jenarah Tekippe
Hilary Teslow
Siri Thompson
Terrence Tipton
Matthew Titus
Julie (Satre) Trytten
Gwen (Mowry) Van Gerpen
Rebekah (Rusch) Vogelsberg
Jennifer Wade
Aaron Wangberg
Robyn (Siedschlag) Wangberg
Abbey Weis
Sarah Wente
Amy (Mueller) Wrightsman
Peter Ziegler

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].