Class of 2012 Fall 2017 Letter

Fall 2017

Hello, Class of 2012!

It was great to see the 80 or so folks who were able to make it back to our very first reunion this fall! I know it’s the not the easiest of trips for everyone to make, but it was fun to hear how the class has taken on advanced degrees, moved across the nation for jobs, offered their time in different volunteer positions, and…for a few…even taken on the challenge of parenthood! What different lives we lead even though we all launched from the same Luther start.

Of course, your class agents are hungry for feedback, sooo….

-          For those who came, what would you like to see at the 10 year? What were some favorite moments or highlights? What should we avoid next time?

-          For those who weren’t able to come, what could we do to help you attend next time? (Even if done remotely! We’re all ears!)

Dani and I also had the chance to attend the class agent luncheon while back on campus.  We got to hear some of the results from a recent alumni survey regarding Luther’s strategic planning process (perhaps you got it in your e-mail, too!). Although the presentation had several components, I wanted to share this piece with you about what survey participants saw as the top priorities the college should focus on:

                                         Top Priorities

Faculty Staff &
Administrators
Students  Alumni Parents Regents Emeriti
Enrollment & Financial
Sustainability
Enrollment & Financial
Sustainability

Diversity &

Inclusion

Affordability Affordability Financial
sustainability
Academic
Excellence.
Quality Faculty
Identity &
Reputation
Identity &
Reputation
Academic
Excellence.
quality faculty
Academic
Excellence.
quality faculty
Academic
Excellence.
quality faculty
Affordability

Enrollment,

Quality
Students

Academic
Excellence.
quality faculty
Student
Support
Affordability Preparation
for
careers
Preparation
for
careers
Relevance Sense of
Community
Affordability
& value
Academic
Excellence
Enrollment Enrollment Enrollment Reputation
for Academic
Excellence

Faculty-

Student
Engagement

Diversity &
Inclusion
Facilities Sense of
Community
Diversity &
Inclusion
Diversity &
inclusion
Athletic
Facilities
Affordability

Interesting, right!? What a mixed bag of opinions to be working with! It’s nice to see some commonalities all the way across the board, academic excellence being one of them. Do you match the alumni demographic? Do you identify with the other priorities? Your voice is a part of this, and your feedback is important as well.

You’ll notice another common theme across all the columns as well: Affordability. I know one item that got me past the “sticker shock” moment was knowing that the college could help, in part, due to donations from engaged alumni. We can’t fix all the miss-matches on that slide, but we can help with one. It’s doesn’t have to be a huge donation to have an impact.

I appreciate you sticking with me at this point, and truly, we would love to hear your feedback. If you have thoughts about the reunion, feedback, or responses to the top priorities, or really just any suggestions about how to stay connected, please let us know!

Hope to hear from you,

Katie Carnes

2012 Class Agents:

Katie Carnes
712-229-0843
[email protected]

Nick Devine
715-456-2095
[email protected]

Danielle Gibbs
319-981-2150
dan[email protected]

Mallory Heinzeroth
303-859-7861
[email protected]

CLASS NOTES

Bailey Aaland (formerly Cahlander) is marketing communications coordinator for the American Craft Council in Minneapolis.

Kelsey (Klimesh) Allendes teaches Pre-K to second-grade music at Stewart Elementary School in Washington, Iowa.

Alex Anderson-Kahl is an account executive at Agency 212 in Sioux Center, Iowa.

Aaron Burk is the founder of Foldid and a senior consultant for Object Partners, Inc., in Minneapolis.

Jeff Emerson is supervisor/associate scientist at Eurofins Scientific in Des Moines, Iowa.

Stephanie (Adix) Engebretson is a social worker at Southwest Middle School in the Albert Lea (Minn.) School District.

Sam Felt is a staffer for Representative Jeff Holdings in Madison, Wis.

Andrew Finanger is solar energy professional project coordinator for Independent Power Systems in Boulder, Colo.

Caitlin (Durnin) Fjerstad is staffing manager for Robert Half in Burnsville, Minn.

Karl Gesch earned a master’s degree in soil science from Iowa State University and is watershed coordinator for the Iowa Soybean Association in Ankeny.

Amanda (Dietel) and Nate Giannettino live in Royal Oak, Mich. She teaches third grade at Royal Oak Schools. He is a customer experience manager for General Motors Corporation.

Carah (Claflin) Hart is a vocal music specialist for Hopkins Public Schools in Minnetonka, Minn.

Josh Hoffman of Des Moines, Iowa, is area manager for U.S. Water Services.

Jeff Knutson is choir director at Iowa City (Iowa) West High School.

Danielle Koch is a tutor for Chegg, Inc., and communications and program coordinator for GIGS: Gaining Insight Growing Self in the greater Minneapolis-St. Paul area.

Lindsey (Getchell) and Andrew Kraabel ’11 live in Champlin, Minn. Lindsey is a registered nurse on the postpartum unit at Maple Grove Hospital; Andrew is a technician at Network Medics, Inc., in Minneapolis.

Krista Canoy Kreuger is a family advocate for North Iowa Community Action Organization in Mason City.

Annie Kuttler is an ER nurse at Children’s Hospital Colorado in Aurora.

Paige Lenoch is a business analyst associate for Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America in Minneapolis.

Erin Mykleby is assistant athletic director-marketing, promotions, and fundraising for Saint Leo (Fla.) University.

Brittinae (Dralle) Nelson earned a master’s degree in early childhood unified emphasis from Upper Iowa University. She teaches special education for the North Fayette Valley Community School District in Elgin, Iowa.

Mitchel Obey is an orthopedic surgery resident at Barnes-Jewish Hospital/Washington University/St. Louis Children’s Hospital Consortium in St. Louis.

Andrew Papke-Larson earned a master’s degree in landscape architecture from at the University of Minnesota and is a landscape architect with HKGi in Minneapolis.

Daniel Ridenour is assistant strength and conditioning coach for the University of Nebraska in Lincoln.

Aaron Schmaltz is a specialty team member at Whole Foods Market in Minneapolis.

Mikki Sodergren was named artistic director of the American Traditions Competition in Savannah, Ga. She is “crafting and implementing a new education outreach program that focuses on exposing students to different styles of music.” Based in New York, Sodergren travels throughout the year, often performing with the Savannah Philharmonic, and the Savannah Voice Festival.

Emma Spoon teaches science, health, and physical education at Sawtooth Elementary School and Cook County Middle School in Grand Marais, Minn.

Shane Steele is a tours and rentals coordinator for Stone Harbor Wilderness Supply and a paraprofessional at Sawtooth Elementary School in Grand Marais, Minn.

Xiao Xie is a quantitative management associate for Bank of America in Charlotte, N.C.

MARRIAGES

AMANDA DIETEL and NATHAN GIANNETTINO, Sept. 6, 2015

BRITTINAE DRALLE and Aaron Nelson, June 3, 2017

LINDSEY GETCHELL and ANDREW KRAABEL '11, Oct. 21, 2016

ERIN RUTHERFORD and Kingsford Brown-Dadzie, Dec. 23, 2016

SHANNON WILSON '13 and JEFF KNUTSON, Aug. 20, 2016

BIRTHS

KELSEY (KLIMESH) and Edward Allendes welcomed a daughter, Camila Alexandra, in January 2017.

TRICIA (GUNDERSON) and Bradley Crary welcomed a daughter, Teagan Lynn, in July 2017.

CARAH (CLAFLIN) and MICHAEL HART '11 welcomed a son, Charles Francis, in December. 2016.

PAIGE (OFSTEDAHL) and ANDREW KNIGHT welcomed twins—a daughter, Page Munya, and a son, Andrew William—in March 2016.

BRITTINAE (DRALLE) and Aaron Nelson welcomed a daughter, Bria Mae, in March 2017.

PAIGE (COMENTINO) and JAKE SEIBERT welcomed a daughter, Landrie Beverly in June 2016.

LORA (ARENS) and ISAAC SKELTON '14 welcomed a daughter, Lila Mae, in September 2015.