Greetings to all our friends near and far! As we write to you today, Luther students are nearing the end of the first half of the spring and are likely thinking about spring break, and a well-deserved change in routine. We’re sure you all remember the snow finally melting and Frisbees starting to fly on the library lawn!
You probably heard the news about our beloved Weston Noble ’43, who died Dec. 21, 2016. Many of you were fortunate to work under the direction of Weston at a Dorian Festival, and the rest remember the power and grace that he brought to collegiate choral music for nearly 60 years; a legacy that will live on in Jenson-Noble and throughout the Luther campus and community! 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. We hope that some of you may be fortunate enough to have the opportunity to attend.
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.
Our class has done some amazing things over the past year with new jobs, starting companies, new higher-education degrees, marriages, babies…the list goes on and on! A special shout-out goes to Sarah (Bousselot) Dopson on becoming a family nurse practitioner (keep saving lives, Sarah!); Mike Byrd, now an associate lawyer in London; Dustin Meriwether for earning a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology; and Reid Wilson on the formation of his adaptive outdoor opportunities company Second Shot in Iowa City, IA…just to name a few! Here are the updates:
Kelsey (Mans) Crusinberry is youth director at Trinity Lutheran Church in Stillwater, Minn.
Sarah (Bousselot) Dopson earned a master’s degree in nursing from San Francisco State University and family nurse practitioner certification. She is a nurse practitioner at VA Medical Center in Tomah, Wis.
Taylor Hammrich earned a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of Denver. She teaches science, technology, engineering, and math for the Denver Public Schools.
Jocelyn (Winter) McDonnell earned a master’s degree in early childhood education from Grand Canyon University; she teaches in the Inver Gove Heights (Minn.) School District.
Aaron Stenhaug is accounting manager at Perforce Software, Inc., in Minneapolis.
MAKALA JOHNSON and John Arce, June 4, 2016
JOCELYN WINTER and Josh McDonnell, June 25, 2016
REID WILSON and KELSEY ANDERSON '11, Aug. 27, 2016
KATE (HALLER) and JON AILABOUNI welcomed a daughter, Claire Elizabeth, in August 2016.
SOPHIE (GUYETTE) BOTTEMA welcomed a son, Tucker, in March 2016. Tucker joins sisters Brynlee, Hadlee, and Maizee.
BEKKY (WILLIS) '11 and BEN HARKINS welcomed a daughter, Kestrel Iris, in November 2015.
EMILY (LOOFT) and CHAD NELSON '09 welcomed a daughter, Eleanor May, in September 2016.
MELISSA (LARSON) '11 and BEN SCHORI welcomed a daughter, Johanna Noelle, in April 2016.
Luther’s education has taken our class far and it is to Luther that we owe this debt of gratitude. Attached to this letter is the list of all who made gifts to Luther in calendar year 2016. Thank you for your generosity! Please consider donating to the place that gave us so much and continues to provide for our futures each and every day! Let’s help make that a reality for the next wave of Luther Norse! Visit www.luther.edu/giving/recognition/loyalty/ for more details.
Please be sure to stay in touch! We’d love to hear what you’re up to and what amazing difference in this ever-changing world you are making each and every day!
Soli Deo Gloria! GO NORSE!
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.
WITH SINCERE GRATITUDE
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.
Elizabeth (Jorgenson) Alvarado
Krista (Morris) Blessing
Kelsey (Mans) Crusinberry
Laura (Dietmeyer) Ferree
Cassie (Tysland) Fouts
Stephanie (Sutton) Fromm
Clara (Bailey-Hugill) Kienitz
Erin Lunde Keenan
Kelsie (Allen) Mateski
Emily (Looft) Nelson
Eric St. Clair
Molly (Weber) St. Clair
Rebecca (Peter) Stolee
Anna (Grinde) Stoltenberg
Victoria (Blanco) Tapia
Megan (Harding) Thorsen
Pieter Ver Steeg
Vanessa (Oelrich) Wiest
Maria Woo Ching
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].