Class of 2002 Spring 2017 Letter

Spring 2017

Dear 2002 Classmate,

As light finally fills my windows earlier in the morning and later at night, I am looking forward to the upcoming season change, the renewal of bright colors, and the arrival of the spring birds and animals—I can do without the pesky bugs though. The light also reminds me to continue to shine onto others with kindness, love, and inclusion for those around me during this time of change.

Although I look forward to spring, I also fondly remember the winter season on campus. Sledding on cafe trays; slipping down the hill from Towers to the Regents Center; brisk morning walks to class; warming drinks at Marty’s; J-term trips to the Bahamas, Galapagos, Hawaii, etc.; and the extra time spent with friends. It is amazing to catch up with current student experiences and past student experiences through the Luther magazine, and see the beautiful pictures and read through the amazing fellowship, adventures, and giving of so many students past and present. You can find J-Term course blogs at and regular Luther student blogs at

Some other changes that have occurred within the Luther community:

Weston Noble ’43 died Dec. 21, 2016, at age 94. A visitation and prayer service was held Dec. 29 at First Lutheran Church in Decorah, and a private family graveside service was held Dec. 30 at Riverside Cemetery in Riceville, Iowa, with full military honors. A celebration of life for Weston will be held on the Luther campus at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 13, at the Center for Faith and Life, Main Hall. More information about Weston’s life can be found here:

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.

#luthergives17—Thursday, March 9, 2017, was Luther's second Giving Day! It was a fun day of sharing Luther love all over social media and raising money for the Annual Fund. Thank you to all who helped with this awesome day for Luther! Please consider joining Luther’s Loyalty Society, which recognizes donors who have made gifts at any level for 3 or more consecutive years. The best way to make sure a gift is made each year is to sign up for monthly giving. Visit for more details about the Loyalty Society. Regular giving to Luther is a great habit to cultivate!

Alumni tours—Luther’s Alumni Office coordinates and/or promotes a number of travel tours each year. Information can be found on the webpage: Upcoming tours in 2017 include a New England coastal cruise in September; Holocaust tour in Europe in July; and Vietnam and Cambodia adventure in November.

Alumni events—Many events are held throughout the region for alumni, parents, and friends of Luther College. Information can be found at (click on Alumni Events). Contact the Alumni Office at 563-387-1861 with questions about alumni events or tours.

News at Luther—Check out for links to lots of news and information: alumni profiles, comparisons and rankings, life after Luther, etc. The “connect” webpage,, also provides links to social media; streaming; news, blogs, and publications, and more.

Summer Paideia reading—The campus-wide summer reading for the 2016-17 academic year was We Are All
Completely Beside Ourselves
, by Karen Joy Fowler. Be on the lookout for the summer reading for the 2017-18 academic year, so you can relate to what students are learning at Luther. Check the following web page for more details:

Change is also on my mind as I look forward to our fifteen-year reunion. We will be working with the Alumni and Development Office through the intervening time to plan our reunion. If you have ideas for the celebration, or would like to help plan by being a member of the reunion committee, contact us using the information below. The Luther website has been given a new look and feel. Check it out, along with the Luther alumni resources at

We look forward to reconnecting with you this fall at our fifteen-year reunion on Saturday, October 7. Time flies! Please continue to share your adventures and stories. We look forward to connecting again with you this summer and fall!

Scott and Julia (Haugen) Peterson,              Devon Wendler Alvord
[email protected]                                    [email protected]


Monica (Mansholt) Benolkin is orchestra director at Rockford (Ill.) Lutheran School.

Brad Blackman of Wauwatosa, Wis., is a senior global supplier operations manager at Logitech, Inc.

Sara (Rink) Buis is intake specialist at Centralized Intake for the Iowa Department of Human Services in Newton.

Jenn (Smith) and Peter Hoesing ’03 live in Sioux Falls, S.D. Jenn is the executive director of the
Stockyards Ag Experience at Stockyards Plaza, Inc.

Lindsay Read Feinberg is a human services research analyst at Mathematica Policy Research in Chicago.

Ron Robinson is chief clinical director of Premier Wellness Chiropractic in Crystal Lake, Ill.

Aimee Sandy is a financial manager at Community Action Partnership of Ramsey and Washington counties in St. Paul, Minn.

Carrie (Schafhauser) Wittenberg is a Philips lighting specialist for Werner Electric in Cottage Grove, Minn.


LAURA COSTE BONETTI and Jose Medina, Oct. 18, 2015

KIERSTEN HANSON and Christer Persson, Oct. 5, 2016

LINDSAY READ and Jesse Feinberg, Aug. 29, 2015


LINDSAY (READ) and Jesse Feinberg welcomed a son, Karl, in June 2016.

SARAH (CLARK) and Jason Huffman welcomed a daughter, Harper Isla, in July 2016.

JOLENE (SCHIPP) and NATE THOMPSON '00 welcomed a daughter, Isla Jeannette, in July 2016. Isla joins brother Preston.

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.

Christopher Amundson
Erin Appel
Jennifer (Roberts) Bachman
Julie (Hendrickson) Barsness
Elizabeth (Rothlisberger) Batterson
Sarah (Root) Bengtson
Melissa (Bortz) Benisch
Monica (Mansholt) Benolkin
Kimberly (Carlson) Bonnet
Heidi (Murken) Borkenhagen
Ryan Boyd
Austin Budlong
Lauren Busey
Nathan Canton
Kate Cooper
Michael Dahly
Brendan Dolan
Marie Drews
Michael Elliott
Tyson Ester
Tana Field
Ryan Flynn
Joseph Gavle
Carl-Eric Gentes
Rachel (Wachter) Gentes
Kari (Koch) Gilbertson
Barrett Gipp
Jennifer (Kehoe) Goodkind
Amelia Goodwin
Nathan Guess
Erin Gullickson
Catherine (Ernste) Haugen
Joel Haugen
Rebecca (Brennan) Haymaker
Miriam (Bradway) Hermanson
Jacob Hildebrand
Joshua Hildebrand
Emily (Thomas) Hobgood
Beth (Huinker) Hoden
Jennifer Hohrmann
Mary House
William Hoyer
Ann (Jorstad) Huber
Melissa (Knott) Huff
Kyle Hustedt
Jared Illg
Joshua Jansen
Christian Jasper
Sarah (Moellers) Kach
Laura (Schwagmeyer) Kalkwarf
Tamara (Swenson) Kampfe
Zachary Kreger
Karen Kremer
Christina (Denny) Kruse
Angela (Oldenburg) Kueny
Angela (Slack) LaBelle
Michael LaBelle
Christin Larkin
Rebekah (Braun) Lennon
Andrea (Huls) Loger
Jon Lowery
Tina (Christiansen) Mabuce
William Mabuce
Jennifer Magee
Brianne Magel
Suzanne (Hallum) Mauer
Jami McLaren
Sarah (Strandjord) McLaren
Stacie Mickens
Nessa Miller
Nicolas Nelson
Rebecca (Hanson) Nelson
Scott Nelson
Hoa Nguyen
Jared Nichols
Marissa (Knehans) Nordschow
Jeremy Olsen
Katya Ouchakof
David Pendergast
Julia (Haugen) Peterson
Scott Peterson
Grant Pfeifer
Matthew Poock
Susan (Stockseth) Potvin
Molly (Krol) Sandgren
Steig Sandgren
Aimee Sandy
Jolene Schipp Thompson
Erik Schlicht
Kristin (Gerzema) Soland
Travis Soland
Jonathon Struve
Justin Swoboda
Angela (White) Swolfs
Adam Syverson
Megan Tasler
Thea Thies
Matthew Thompson
Katherine (Walker) Tofilon
Benjamin Totel
Christopher Van Gerpen
Audra (Burk) Vann
Jeremy Vann
Elizabeth (Campbell) Vial
Andrew Wagner
Andrea (Borneman) Weber
Christopher Weisgram
Erica (Dencer) Weisgram
Devon Wendler Alvord
Christopher Wenthold
Jane (McDermott) Wheeler
Melissa Willenborg
Lindsay Wolff
Betsy (Olsen) Yakes
Mary (Wilgenbusch) Yamoah
Laura Zamzow Lynch
Nicole Zeimis
Brandon Zembal

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].