With our first big reunion recently in the books, and in the midst of my own next graduation, I find I’m contemplating change. Facebook flashbacks and Time Hops don’t help the nostalgia either. When we graduated from Luther, we could see how far we all had come from our high school selves, and now we have seen ourselves grow further still.
Be sure to send in updates to the Alumni Office so we can keep our 2012 section in the alumni newsletter nice and full! It is amazing to see all the good we are doing. We (your class agents) are also happy to share any memories or stories in these letters. For example, I had my Luther tote in a coffee shop - in Phoenix - and said “Go Hawkeyes!” to a man wearing an Iowa tee, as I usually do. He said he’d greet me happily, but went to Wartburg so couldn’t fully bond over our Iowa similarities.
Just thinking of all the good we are doing in the world makes me glad to be a part of the Luther community. Teachers, medical workers, leaders, and creators are among our fellow alumni who are contributing to their communities for the better. Can you imagine where you’d be without Luther? Did you know there are ways you can help and give back to Luther? In case you missed #luthergives18 (see below) you can always visit givenow.luther.edu to donate today. Another way I’m excited to help out is to connect prospective students with an easy scholarship through the Alumni Ambassador program (luther.edu/ambassadors). Every student you refer will receive a $1,000 scholarship (in your name!) each year, for four years, should they decide to enroll at Luther.
Also, as many of you know, Thursday, March 8, was Luther's third annual Giving Day! Thousands tuned in to an all-day livestream from Marty's and joined the fun through social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and more). Overall, a whopping $478,193 was raised for the Luther Fund - WOW! If you'd like to relive the fun (and see the 12-hour livestream), visit luther.edu/giving-day. THANK YOU to all who donated and made this day such a success!
We’re fortunate to have such great resources to stay in touch, and to have found ourselves spread around the world making good change happen. Stay happy and healthy!
2012 Class Agents:
Allison Alpers is a speech-language pathologist and voice specialist at Fairview Rehabilitation Services in Edina and Maple Grove, Minn.
Nick Barkve is a data reporting analyst at SPS Commerce in Minneapolis.
Amy Behrman is pricing and receiving coordinator at Walt Churchill’s Market in Maumee, Ohio.
Joe Berg earned a master’s degree in mathematics from University of Houston, and a master’s degree in physics from University of California Los Angeles. He works in R&D and S&E computer science at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, N.M.
Erin Brown is a school social worker at Osseo School District in Maple Grove, Minn.
Rachel Conway is a clinical psychology postdoctoral resident and fellow at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa.
Maggie (Michenfelder) Erikson is a senior associate consultant at Cerner Corporation in Kansas City.
Nicholas Fisher of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, won the International Business for a Better World Case Competition in Davos, Switzerland, (held alongside the World Economic Forum), with his team of three other Middlebury Institute MBA students, taking home $6,000 and a crystal trophy. Nicholas earned a master of business administration degree from Middlebury College in 2017.
Jonathan Grieder earned a master’s degree in political science from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas. He teaches social studies at Waterloo (Iowa) West High School.
Kelsey Hunerdosse earned a master of arts degree in education and an education specialist graduate degree from the University of Northern Iowa. She is a school psychologist at Heartland AEA in Johnston, Iowa.
Trevor Ketterling is a certified personal trainer at Lifetime Fitness in Fort Washington, Pa.
Meghan McCall is executive assistant to the president and policy advocate at Ploughshare Fun in Washington, D.C.
Kaitlin (Maas) and Sam Meyers live in Brooklyn Park, Minn. Kaitlin teaches special education in the St. Paul Public Schools. Sam earned a master’s degree in education—school counseling from University of Wisconsin—River Falls, and is a school counselor at Robbinsdale (Minn.) Middle School.
Therese (Thompson) Nelson is an abstracter at Home Title in Andover, Minn.
Andrew Ratekin is in the 3rd Battalion 4th Marines in the U.S. Military in Twentynine Palms, Calif.
Ryan Vinzant is football coach at La Crescent (Minn.) High School.
Jaci Wilkinson is an assistant professor and web services librarian at the University of Montana in Missoula.
ALLYSON BATIS and AARON SCHMALTZ, Aug. 16, 201
COURTNEY BERGEY and JAMES SWANSON, Oct. 21, 2017
MATTHEW CHRISTOFFERSEN and Rebekah Carlson, June 17, 2017
SETH DUIN and CATE ANDERSON '14, July 29, 2017
DANIELLE GIBBS and Drew Frees, Sept. 30, 2017
MAGGIE MICHENFELDER and CHRISTOPHER ERIKSON ’13, June 13, 2015
KATE SCHLETTY and Nik Barkve, Oct. 28, 2017
EMMA SPOON and SHANE STEELE, Sept. 3, 2017
ELISSA STEVENS and Zachary Edwards, June 17, 2017
HANNAH SWANSON and Matthew Booth, July 29, 2017
ABBY SWITZER and CHRIS REYNOLDS, Sept. 24, 2016
THERESE THOMPSON and Gradon Nelson, Aug. 19, 2017
MIKAELA (BELLAND) and NICK DEVINE welcomed a son, Quincy Thomas, in September, 2017.
HILARY (GARRINGER) and ALEX KLYN '14 welcomed a son, Griffin Alexander, in November 2017.
PAIGE (OFSTEDAHL) and ANDREW KNIGHT welcomed twins, a daughter, Page Munya, and a son, Andrew William, in March 2016.
ASHLIE (PATTEN) and CORY LEE '09 welcomed a son, Bode, in August 2016.
KAITLIN (MAAS) and SAMUEL MEYERS welcomed a son, Marc, in May 2015.