I called a close friend from Luther to catch up last week. Once housemates, my friend and I are now separated by a three-hour drive on I-35 from Des Moines to St. Paul. Despite the distance, our conversations include reminders about how each other’s strengths can benefit our most passionate causes.
When we’re not talking vocation, we’re talking beer and food and biking. We both show some serious love for Pulpit Rock Brewing Co. and Toppling Goliath beer. We both love eating at Mabe’s, the Oneota Community Food Co-op, or Koreana. Taking a leisurely pedal around the Trout Run Trail continues to be a favorite.
Shouldn’t everyone get to experience these things!?
Refer Decorah (and Luther!) to someone else. You can recruit new students to Luther through the Alumni Ambassador program. Every student you refer will receive a $1,000 scholarship each year, for four years, should they enroll at Luther. Just contact Alyssa Ritter, asst. dir. of admissions, at 563-387-1438.
I love the idea of paying the Luther experience forward – not only by inviting young scholars to join the community in conversation – but by giving financially to Luther. That’s why I’m a member of Luther’s Loyalty Society, which recognizes donors who have made gifts at any level for three or more consecutive years.
Will you consider joining me in making a gift this year? Support from graduates like us is the foundation in helping tomorrow’s Luther students step out of their comfort zones to live, lead, and work with purpose. Need evidence? Check out the recent alumni magazine to learn about the transformations and discoveries of current students and alumni. Use the attached form and the reusable envelope or visit givenow.luther.edu to donate today!
Every time I talk to my Luther friend in St. Paul, I’m reminded of how our shared Luther experiences created a platform for the continued exchange of ideas and sustained confidence in each other. Luther friends like these continue to help me live my best life, carry out meaningful work, and connect in purposeful ways. Thank you, thank you, Luther!
All the best,
2013 Class Agents:
Emily Banitt is a psychometrist at Minneapolis Clinic of Neurology.
Tyler Hagy earned a master’s degree in choral conducting from the University of Cincinnati, College Conservatory of Music. He teaches vocal music at Linn-Mar High School in Marion, Iowa.
Leah Hanson earned a master’s degree in forensic psychology from the University of Denver and is a doctoral trainee in clinical psychology at the university.
Bridget (Rouse) Johnson of Decorah is a registered nurse for the Mayo Clinic Hospitals.
Kaylee (Helgemoe) and Trent Kerrigan live in Rochester, Minn., Kaylee is an RN at the Mayo Clinic Hospitals. Trent is a prosthetic and orthotic practitioner at Limb Lab.
Evin Lantz is a financial planner at Renovo Financial Partners in Rochester, Minn.
Kelsey (Brown) Legore is co-director of choirs at Cedar Rapids (Iowa) Prairie High School.
Jevita Poer is new business developer at Philips Research in the Netherlands.
Hannah Ranum is a customer relationship manager at Forte Research Systems in Madison, Wis.
Denise Richter earned a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Iowa. She is an internal auditor for Deere and Company in Moline, Ill.
Rachel (Jungwirth) Rigdon is account executive of Holmes Murphy and Associates in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Peter Sandstedt earned a master’s degree in communication from Northwestern University in Evanston Ill., and is a vendor project specialist at the University.
Katie (Schwartz) Vogel of Maplewood, Minn., is a staff accountant at Northern Tool + Equipment.
Isaac (van Bruggen) Warner is an assistant property manager at Zeller Realty Group in Minneapolis.
KARLA DIETMEYER and GAVIN COLAHAN, June 3, 2017
KAYLEE HELGEMOE and TRENT KERRIGAN, Aug. 12, 2017
GINNY MORRELL and Cody Miller, Sept. 2, 2017
BRIDGET ROUSE and Scott Johnson, May 24, 2014
ALYSSA SCHUTTER and JORDAN JACKSON, Aug. 19, 2017
KATIE SCHWARTZ and Ethan Vogel, July 22, 2017
CAITLIN SHOEMAKER and SIPHAMANDLA SIMELANE '14, July 8, 2017
ISAAC VAN BRUGGEN and Nate Warner, Sept. 10, 2017
McKenzee and ALEX BYOM welcomed a daughter, Larkyn Lee, in June 2017.
Trygve Butler of Fort Collins, Colo., died Sept. 13, 2017, age 26.
Full obituaries can be found on the Luther College website at: luther.edu/in-memoriam/
If you would like a printout of the full obituaries from your class mailed to you, please contact us at: [email protected], or 563-387-1509.