Class of 2006 Spring 2017 Letter

Spring 2017

Dear Member of the Class of 2006,

Greetings from Luther and happy spring semester! As we 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 just finished Luther’s second Giving Day on March 9, which was another fun day of sharing Luther love all over social media while raising more than $500,000 for the Annual Fund! Many members of our class were a huge part of this success! Thank you!

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? I’m sure our classmates would enjoy reading about them; send me your stories!

We will write again in the fall,

Chris Bellinder             and              Jamie Sue (Schultz) Knight

[email protected]              [email protected]


Ryan Hulshizer is a financial advisor at Farm Bureau Financial Services in Northwood, Iowa.

Courtney Kupfer is programming and student affairs director at CenterPoint Massage and Shiatsu Therapy School and Clinic in Minneapolis.

Alex Lass is a controller at Service Payment Plan, Inc., in Chicago.

Ashley (Meyer) Sires of Parkersburg, Iowa, is a special education consultant at AEA 267.

Veronica (Alzalde) Wells is associate professor, coordinator of library academic support services, and music librarian at University of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif.


ADAM BOHACH and FLANNERY CERBIN ’09, Sept. 27, 2014

SETH KELLY and Erin Wright, July 23, 2016


KASSIE (PETERMANN) '07 and JEFF BECK welcomed a daughter, Ada Grace, in July 2016.

CRYSTAL (SCHMIERER) and Jeff HedmanJEFF HEDMAN welcomed a son, Henry Wallace, in June 2016.

JENNIFER (KNAPP) '01 and JOSHUA SEVERSON welcomed a daughter, Sloan Elly Freyja, in November 2015. Sloan joins brother Fletcher.

MAGGIE (JONES) and JAMES STANSFIELD '09 welcomed a son, Phillip Neale, in August 2016.

AMANDA (KAILHOFER) and JOE TIMMER welcomed a daughter, Amelia Kay, in December 2014.

BRIE (CORFMAN) and Nick TaralsonNICK TARALSON welcomed a daughter, Annabelle, in August 2016.

MARISA (RUEDA) and ADAM WILL welcomed a son, Jonas Alexander, in September 2015. Jonas joins brother James.

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.

Jacob Alsop
Clinton Ambroson
Ashley (Koop) Bader
Christopher Bellinder
Erin (Gallagher) Bellinder
Anna Bolz
Jill (Dinkla) Borrall
Kelsey Boyce
Katherine Brandt
Adam Burk
Jennifer (Graupmann) Campbell
Laura Chapin
Jacob Christopher
Kathryn (Recknagel) Cowdy
Jonathan Curry
Lyn Curry
Sarah (Olson) Cutcliffe
Elisabeth (Zant) Daniels
Cynthia (Beier) Daubendiek
James Daubendiek
Sarah (Schultz) Doyle
Stesha Dunker
Daniel Durbin
Justin Ellis
Andrew Engquist
Emily (Powers) Feldmann
Amanda Fenner
Jane Ferrell Robey
Kirsten (Madsen) Fields
Tyler Forsythe
John Fretham
Laura Fristad
Jill (Knutson) Gierok
Solomon Gould
Hans Gustaf
Ryan Hanke
Marissa (Brengman) Hansen
Elizabeth Harig
Sarah (Thimjon) Hauge
Matthew Hazelton
Jasmine (High) Heckman
Erilynn (Russo) Heinrichsen
Amanda (Oelrich) Heller
Jocelyn (Jansen) Herby
Marita Herkert-Oakland
Daniel Herman
Thomas Herring
Chelsey (Dempster) Holcomb
Ryan Hulshizer
Andrea (Craven) Ingalsbe
Larissa (Curtis) Iverson
Julia Johnson
Megan (Thompson) Johnson
Kara (Kulzer) Jordahl
Matthew Jordahl
Molly (Berkas) Jubert
David Keller
Lauren (Kraus) Keller
Adam Kellerhals
Kelli (Andre) Kellerhals
Megan (Finnegan) Kelley
Nicholas Kelley
Seth Kelly
Rachel (Kibler-Melby) Kibler
Allison Kimball
Jamie Sue (Schultz) Knight
Katherine (Young) Lane
Nicholas Lane
Jana Lelm
Laura (Nicklay) Lemke
Amanda Lynch
Laura (Gray) Mack
Tyler Mattison
Elizabeth Matzen
Nathan McCann
Torey McElroy
Sara (Barnes) Meisterling
Rachel (Swenson) Miller
Jenna Mockler-Gjerde
Michelle Monson Klisanich
Kelly Moore
Amy Morey
Seth Moucka
Amanda (Tryggestad) Nelson
Laura (Elliott) Nelson
Benjamin Nemec
Lonnie Norwood
Alex Nugent
Kevin Oppermann
Rachel (Miller) Palermo
Amanda Payne-Bramstedt
Marte Pohlmann
Abby (Ballain) Polich
Heather Pontasch
Erin Schaden
Laura Schnack
Kirsten (Boettner) Shanahan
Reese Shanahan
Kelsey (Eisenmann) Shook
John Sill
Margaret (Jones) Stansfield
Lindsay Stolen
Erika Strandjord
Karl Swenson
Dana (Strandjord) Talsness
Brianne (Corfman) Taralson
Alexander Thoreson
Kelly (Schema) Thoreson
Amanda (Kailhofer) Timmer
Joseph Timmer
Adam Tlougan
Mary Trimble
Amy (Ettestad) Untiedt
Tony Vanden Heuvel
Veronica (Alzalde) Wells
Lon Welsh
Kirsten (Plahn) White
Heather (Buckner) Wilensky
Eliot Williamson
Joshua Wilson
Jordan Winter
Elissa (Wiger) Yaw
Jennifer (Moon) Zeuli
Samantha Zumdahl

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].