Class of 2011 Spring 2017 Letter

Spring 2017                                

Dear Members of the Class of 2011,

Greetings from Luther and happy spring semester! As we write to you today in late March, Luther students are enjoying the last few days of spring break. Earlier this month, the Development Office participated in Luther’s second annual Giving Day on March 9, which proved to be a fun day of sharing Luther love all over social media and raising money for the Annual Fund. More than $500,000 was raised that day; thank you to all who made gifts!

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? We’re sure our classmates would enjoy reading about them; send us your stories!

We’ll write again in the fall,

Kelsey Wauters,                    Kelsey Leppert,         and      Alex Ulfers
[email protected]       [email protected]            [email protected]


Dustin Balsley is co-founder and COO of Performance Livestock Analytics. The company moved from Osage, Iowa, and has established itself at the Iowa State University Research Park in Ames as part of the Ag Startup Engine and ISU Startup Factory. The business helps livestock producers become more sustainable and profitable through a precision agricultural application. By combining cloud-based technology with on-farm information, the company’s software helps livestock producers efficiently measure and manage activities and inventories. Dustin and his business partner, Dane Kuper, were named one of the semi-finalist teams in the American Farm Bureau’s 2017 Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge. The pair was also awarded the top prize of $25,000 in the 2016 Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Venture Competition and the $25,000 Proof of Commercial Relevance Grant from the Iowa Economic Development Authority.

Ryan Bouslog is a physical therapist at the VA Medical Center in Minneapolis.

Alyse Carlson earned a medical doctorate from the University of Iowa. She is a pediatric resident at Walter Reed Hospital in Bethesda, Md.

Kate (Trigger) Duffert is a graduate student at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary in the master of divinity program. She was elected as a student representative to the board of trustees and Seminary Council.

James Feinstein of Washington, D.C., is a presidential appointee in the Obama administration serving at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, the U.S. government’s development finance institution.

Rebekka (Willis) Harkins is camp director at the Greenway Foundation in Denver.

Courtney (Grutz) Konetski is a product costing analyst at Cargill, Inc., in Wayzata, Minn.

Kelsey Leppert is associate attorney at Grefe and Sidney, PLC, in Pella, Iowa.

Aidha Majdhy is sales coordinator at St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort in Vommuli, Maldives.

Sarah (Allyn) Mobley is a registered nurse at Allina in St. Paul, Minn.

Tyler McCubbin teaches eleventh-grade history at Colegio Americana de Torreon in Torreon Coahuila, Mexico.

Nicole (Olson) Payne is an English language and phonics teacher at Engage Minds Learning Center in Brunei Darussalam.

Winda (Rompas) Roets works at Thrivent Financial in Minneapolis.

Emily Sharp
earned a nurse practitioner’s degree from Allen College. She is a nurse practitioner at Valley View Health Center in Chehalis, Wash.

Mari (Henderson) and Josh Sharpe live in Minneapolis. Mari is a senior marketer at Thomson Reuters, Inc. Josh is a claims representative at Western National Insurance.

Vaughn Tackmann earned a graduate certificate in environmental education from Hamline University. He is assistant track and field coach at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa.

Tobin Thomas of Tacoma, Wash., is a behavioral researcher for the U.S. Army.

Alex Ulfers is an obstetrics and gynecology resident at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital in Far Rockaway, N.Y.

Julia Walk earned a Ph.D. degree in mathematical and computational sciences from the University of Iowa. She is assistant professor of mathematics at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn.

Allison Wathen is service coordinator for early intervention at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.

Greg Woodin teaches at Westside High School in Omaha, Neb.


KELSEY ANDERSON and REID WILSON '10, Aug. 27, 2016

HANNAH BERLIN-BURNS and Mickaël Makaya, Aug. 13, 2016

KATIE CAMPBELL and JIMMY MARTY '12, Aug. 12, 2016

COURTNEY GRUTZ and Zack Konetski, Nov. 14, 2015

KIA JOHNSON and ANDREW WHITE, Sept. 10, 2016

CARL LOTTMAN and EMILIE HANUS '12, July 9, 2016

PETER MAGNUSON and Joelle Taknint, Aug. 28, 2016

MEGAN MEYER and Stephen Eskro, July 12, 2013

ALICIA WOODHOUSE and Alex DeFrance, Aug. 6, 2016


BEKKY (WILLIS) and BEN HARKINS '10 welcomed a daughter, Kestrel Iris, in November 2015.

KATE (PATTERSON) and REID MASON '08 welcomed a daughter, Madelyn Alyse, in September 2016.

MELISSA (LARSON) and BEN SCHORI '10 welcomed a daughter, Johanna Noelle, in April 2016.

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.

Molly Andersen
Alex Anderson
Hannah (Wiles) Anderson
Sean Anderson
Steven Andrukaitis
Jennifer Arbuckle
Sabrina (Hawkinson) Arredondo
Sarah Baeverstad
Ross Bansen
Rachel Barclay
Marcus Barlow
Bradley Broge
Jesse Bunge
Alyse Carlson
Addison Choi
Mara Christianson
Laura (Davis) Dahlke
Mary Dalman
Daniel Daly
Laura (Forst) Daly
Erin Daubert
Katie Deaver
Alicia (Woodhouse) DeFrance
Hannah DeFranco
Mitchell Demers
Caitlin (Fisher) Dietz
Mitchell Dietz
Aida Dominguez Ortiz
Britta Dosland
Katherine (Althouse) Drinkall
Kathryn (Trigger) Duffert
Emily Ellson
Alexandra (Johnson) Engelken
Brett Epperson
Gretchen Falk
James Feinstein
Sara (Walston) Feldkamp
Leah Forsberg
Katherine (Schaefer) Gerhardinger
Haley Gibbons
Karl Gilbertson
Nicole (Wilson) Goetzl
Elizabeth Gonia
Christopher Graffunder-Bartels
Erik Halvorson
Douglas Hamilton
Lisa Harney
Elizabeth Harrell
Michael Hart
Abigail Herman
Michaela Hill
Jaye Hobart
Eloise Hoegh
Richard Holleque
Kelsey (Olson) Holmberg
Amanda (Eckhardt) Hyland
Kirsten Indrelie
Samantha Jewell
Erik Johnson
Madeline Jungbauer
Anna Kenyon
Emily Kilgore
Allison Kirkvold
Emily Kittleson
Emily Koch
Zachary Kotz
William Layton
Bethany (Wichman) Lehman
Kelsey Leppert
James Lewis
Carl Lottman
Jonathan Lueck
Peter Magnuson
Kate (Campbell) Marty
Katie (Patterson) Mason
Tyler McCubbin
Anne McKay
Camille (Stenhaug) McVenes
Alexis Meade
Keagan Meyer
Brian Nowosatka
Ellyn Phearman
Claire Philpott
Angela Pidde
Amanda (Parrish) Prince
Melissa Record
Melanie (Massnick) Reitz
Alyssa Ritter
Katherine Roberts
Winda (Rompas) Roets
Katrina (Sikkink) Sand
Wyatt Sandberg
Julia Schiefelbein-Egan
Caitlin (Steinberg) Schlabach
Melissa (Larson) Schori
Emily Sharp
Mari (Henderson) Sharpe
Elizabeth Smith
Sarah Stadie
John Stoltenberg
Karl Streufert
Vaughn Tackmann
Steven Thai
Alexander Ulfers
Kelsey (Vaaler) Vaith
Julia Walk
Kelsey Wauters
Camille Welter
Andrew White
Kia (Johnson) White
Samuel White
Gary Wiest
Megan Wobschall
Gregory Woodin
Jordan (Meyer) Zahrte
Brynne Zinnecker

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].