Class of 2001 Spring 2018 Letter

Spring 2018 

Dear Luther Classmate, 

I am writing this letter while the Winter Olympics are on the TV in the background, with snow on the ground and cold temps here in Minnesota. It is hard to imagine that spring will come, but it always does! 

While surfing through Luther’s website and hearing some of the updates from campus, I was reminded of this time in 2000 when I had just returned from my J-term study abroad. My study abroad experience was one of my most amazing experiences from my time at Luther, and I am forever grateful for that opportunity to travel abroad and see the world from a different perspective. I often recall my other J-Term experiences on campus with a class I took in finance, and my senior year being a part of the human dissection class. All of these courses have influenced so much of my time since Luther. Did you know that Luther sent 286 students and 29 leaders for a total of 17 courses around the world for J-Term study abroad this year? How exciting to be a part of shaping these students lives by supporting Luther as an alumni.     

These experiences are just a glimpse of the part that Luther has played in where we have been, what we are doing now, and in shaping our future. I feel blessed to have been a part of a college committed to teaching students in so many ways and I hope you do too! 

The Alumni Ambassador program is another wonderful way to stay connected to Luther and make a difference for future students. You can be an Alumni Ambassador by connecting a prospective student with the Admissions Office. The student referred will receive a scholarship of $1,000 per year for four years if they attend Luther! What a difference you can make. See the website for more information. 

To keep up-to-date with what is going on or around campus please remember to check out Also, did you know that Decorah continues to change and has many exciting options for a visit back near campus? Go to for more information on places to stay and things to do. 

Remember any gift that you can make to Luther is appreciated. The more alumni we have from our class who are able to give back, the more we can support the next generation of Luther students! Thank you to everyone who has been able to donate in whatever way possible. Use the attached form and the reusable envelope or visit to donate today! 

If you have any updates or have memories you would like us to share in future letters please contact any of us as we would love to hear from you!

Thank you,

Laura (Ahlstrand) Bunch
2001 Class Agent
[email protected]

Paul Hoyem
2001 Class Agent
[email protected]

Joy (Christian) Stevens
2001 Class Agent
[email protected]


Shelly (Harried) Barness is regional planner for Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission in Decorah.

Kim Eversman is an instructional coach at Rochester (Minn.) Public Schools.

Rebekah Gilmore is director of the Cathedral Choir School in Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral in Seattle.

Jenny (Lindemann) Hoefer is senior organization development and learning consultant at Children’s Minnesota in Minneapolis.

Tara Kuckkan is payroll coordinator at Staffco in Minneapolis. 

Meghann Ovre-Kriesel is a senior contract analyst for Medtronic, Inc., in St. Paul, Minn.

Heather (Mills) Palermo of Zimmerman, Minn., is a case management assistant for Hennepin County Child Protection.

Mark Potvin is visiting instructor of music at Luther. He is conductor of Norsemen and Cathedral Choir.

Sara Scholtes is chair of Krannert School of Physical Therapy at the University of Indianapolis.

Mike Speck is loading dock coordinator at Winona (Minn.) Volunteer Services.


REBEKAH GILMORE and Tyler Morse, Oct. 7, 2017