Winter has me reminiscing on the beauty of Luther College’s January-Term. I remember hitting reset on my goals and aspirations during a January in Holden Village with Jim Martin-Schramm, and again during Scandinavian Fine Handcrafts with Harley Refsal. J-term offers the time and space to explore a new culture, dive deeper into a specific subject, and exchange ideas.
These opportunities continue for today’s Luther students. In J-Term 2017, 292 students and 34 program leaders participated in programs around the globe. You can read the J-Term course blogs at https://www.luther.edu/jtermblogs2017/. J-Term offerings are just one of many reasons why I support Luther College with financial gifts.
Speaking of which, make giving back to Luther a habit and join me in Luther’s Loyalty Society! The Society recognizes donors who have made gifts at any level for three or more consecutive years. For easy giving, you can sign up to make a monthly contribution of any amount at givenow.luther.edu.
Another way you can support Luther is by recruiting new students. Alumni play an integral role in advocacy and can even nominate prospective students who show promise. This summer, the Admissions Office will be rolling out a new book voucher program for prospective students. Stay tuned for details.
In addition to raving about Luther, I am a constant advocate for Decorah too! Seriously though, have you been to both Toppling Goliath and Pulpit Rock Brewery yet? Decorah also boasts three coffee shops–Impact Coffee (be sure to stop and say hi to Sean Brown ’13), Java John’s, and Magpie Coffeehouse. Maybe I’ll see you at one of these places (or walking Water Street) during Nordic Fest this year!
Your gifts and advocacy ensure Luther can continue offering high-quality education and inspiring meaningful vocations. Thank you, again, for continuing to support Luther’s mission. And please, reach out to Jessie or me with any tidbits you’d like included in our next letter.
Wishing you the best,
Devan Benjamin teaches fourth grade at Willard Elementary School in Des Moines, Iowa.
Stephanie Branchaud and three friends, who met as summer guides at Wilderness Canoe Base (WCB), completed a summer-long canoe trip in support of WCB, a camp in the Boundary Waters. Stephanie was first introduced to WCB while at Luther when taking Winter Biology, a J-term course. Their canoe trip, which the women dubbed “Journey 4 Renewal” began at WCB on Seagull Lake in the Boundary Waters and finished 1,239 miles (and 66-days) later at York Factory at Hudson Bay in Manitoba. Upon their return, the women found that they had raised $40,000, nearly reaching their $50,000 goal, which will be matched by a generous donor. More information and photos from the trip can be found at http://www.journey4renewal.org/
Clara Byom of Albuquerque, N.M., earned two master’s degrees from the University of New Mexico, one in clarinet performance and the other in musicology. She performs klezmer, English Country, contra dance, Scottish dance, and classical music on clarinet, bass clarinet, piano, and accordion. She is a founding member of Di Kavene Kapelye, Rusty Tap, and Duo Mozzafiato and co-founder/co-director of New Mexico Contemporary Ensemble. She also performs frequently with the Rebbe's Orkestra, the Thrifters, and New Music New Mexico.
Stephen Dahle is the choir director at New Richmond (Wis.) Middle School and assistant marching band director at Hudson (Wis.) High School.
Benjamin Feldkamp is a paramedic at Allina Hospitals and Clinics in Minneapolis.
Amanda (Wiger) Leisinger earned a master’s degree in teaching and learning from Saint Mary’s University. She teaches kindergarten for the Rochester (Minn.) Public Schools.
Mario Martinucci is consulting analyst at Cerner Corportation in Kansas City.
Quinn Meyer is a school psychologist at Intermediate District 287 in Plymouth, Minn.
Kelsey Moler is a child and family therapist at SummitStone Health Partners in Loveland, Colo.
David Pedrick is program manager for Earthcraft Communities in Atlanta.
Regina Preston is a financial assistant for the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.
Katie Schwartz of Stillwater, Minn., is a bank examiner for the Minnesota Department of Commerce.
Emily Streeper is a brand specialist at Amazon in Seattle.
Erin Underdahl of Bloomington, Minn., is a registered nurse at the University of Minnesota Medical Center.
Ashley Wright is a marketing and patron services manager at Civic Music Association in Des Moines, Iowa.
Jessie Zenchak is a graduate research assistant at Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant.
Elise (Allen) and Tyler Zinnecker ’12 live in Lee’s Summit, Mo. Elise is a senior accountant at Ernst & Young.
KURT BEARINGER and HANNAH BYGD '12, Sept. 24, 2016
HANNAH BUEHLER and DONALD LEE-BROWN '13, July 25, 2015
DREW HELLE and MALLORY BRODERICK '12, Oct. 29, 2016
EMILY STREEPER and SHANE WILSON, Sept. 3, 2016
TAYLOR (SPILDE) and MATT AMUNDSON '05 welcomed a son, Cason 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.
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.
Taylor (Spilde) Amundson
Sophia (Brown) Engelman
Leslie (Palmer) Harvey
Trinda (Phelon) Jevne
Sarah (McWilliams) Kaspryk
Kimberly (Cavanagh) Keeney
Rachel (Zimmerman) Linderman
Michelle (Gohman) Lursen
Kristina (Nienhaus) Mansheim
Kelsey (Rohs) Spohn
Colby (Engel) Supernaw
Jordan (Mortensen) Thompson
Isaac van Bruggen
Christina (Storlie) Weckwerth
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].