Class of 2010 Spring 2017 Letter

Spring 2017                                

Dear Classmate,

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 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!

Bobby Anderson,                           Mark and Kelsie (Allen) Mateski
[email protected]                    [email protected]; [email protected]

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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.

Andrews Allen
Elizabeth (Jorgenson) Alvarado
Diane Balfany
Krista (Morris) Blessing
Maggie Boland
Abraham Campos
Carson Christen
Stephanie Conant
Kelsey (Mans) Crusinberry
Michael Crusinberry
Culynn Curtis
Alysa Davis
Ryan Egan
Elin Erickson
Laura (Dietmeyer) Ferree
Bradley Foresman
Chase Forkenbrock
Cassie (Tysland) Fouts
Stephanie (Sutton) Fromm
Laura Fuller
Alma Gast
Kristina Golling
Linnea Graffunder-Bartels
Erin Green
Rebekah Haug
Jeremy Henning
Heather Hoffman
Cody Hyland
Benjamin Jackson
Clara (Bailey-Hugill) Kienitz
Amanda Kloser
Sarah Knoploh
Mark Knowles
Jeanine Link
Sarah Luloff
Erin Lunde Keenan
Sky Macklay
Scott Martin
Kelsie (Allen) Mateski
Mark Mateski
Sarah May
River Needham
Emily (Looft) Nelson
Sarah Palm
Grayson Pangburn
Adam Pyzdrowski
Joshua Qualley
Brandon Reed
Jacob Reitz
Spencer Robbins
Jeremy Roets
Peter Russella
Michelle Sawyer
Paul Scholtz
Benjamin Schori
Nora Shaffer
Aaron Shatzer
Eric Sievers
Leah Sobotta
Eric St. Clair
Molly (Weber) St. Clair
Aaron Stenhaug
Rebecca (Peter) Stolee
Anna (Grinde) Stoltenberg
Victoria (Blanco) Tapia
Aaron Taylor
Austin Tegels
Megan (Harding) Thorsen
Jacob Vaith
Pieter Ver Steeg
Vanessa (Oelrich) Wiest
Maria Woo Ching
Robert Zacek
Benjamin Zamora-Weiss
Aaron Zander
Sara Zanussi

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].