Class of 2014 Fall 2017 Letter

Fall 2017

Dear Classmate,

Greetings from Luther! Can you believe that our third Homecoming as alumni has just passed? It is crazy how fast time flies! We hope most of you were able to make it back to our beautiful campus to enjoy all of the festivities Luther has to offer. What we miss the most about Homecoming and Luther is seeing all of you on a daily basis.

The Luther Fund - Supporting Students

Luther’s Annual Fund has a new name and look, but nothing else has changed. We’re still driven by these key facts:

  1. Our students are diverse.
  2. They come to Luther with needs as individuals as they are.
  3. Donations to the Luther Fund support these students (and their varied needs).

Donations to the Luther Fund have a hand in just about everything students need: scholarships and financial aid, field study trips, music tours, student organizations, volunteer opportunities in the community, college ministries, residence hall improvements, campus landscaping, building maintenance, intramural sports, student/faculty research (you get it, the list goes on and on).

You’re supporting students, It’s that simple!

The Importance of Alumni Participation

Annual giving and increased alumni participation are critical if we are to remain the best teaching and learning environment in the Midwest. Gifts of all sizes make a difference and have an important impact on Luther. Charitable foundations and corporations that support Luther, such as the Kresge

Foundation, consider your annual gift a vote of confidence in your college. Your gift encourages their gifts.

Christmas at Luther

It is almost that time of year... Christmas at Luther. The most amazing event of the year! If you are able to make it back to the transformed campus of Luther over the first week in December, get your tickets for Christmas at Luther! We promise you it is worth it!

Finally, please stay in touch with everything that is going on by liking the Luther College Facebook page,, and following Luther on Twitter, And if you have a new job, earned a new degree, tied the knot, or have another life update, send it to [email protected], and it will be included in future letters and the Luther Alumni magazine.

All the best from your class agents,

Logan Hjerleid
[email protected]

Taylor (Johnson) Ledvina
[email protected]

Samuel Molzahn
[email protected]


Jessa Anderson-Reitz is a programs and services intake coordinator at Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity in Minneapolis.

Caitlin Auer is a training coordinator/professional dog trainer for Stone Mountain Pet Lodge in Grimes, Iowa.

Hannah Axt of Arlington, Va., earned a master’s degree in library and information science from the University of Illinois.

James Ayer is an assistant men’s and women’s tennis coach for Colby-Sawyer College in New London, N.H.

Hans Becklin is a seminarian at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. He was named the winner of the 2016 A.R. Wentz Prize in American Lutheran History by the Lutheran Historical Society of the Mid-Atlantic.

Tallie Berkvam teaches kindergarten in the Lakeville (Minn.) Public Schools.

Katie Berner is store manager at Birds & Words—a Home Boutique in Tyler, Texas.

Dylan Essing is an engineer for Target Corporation in Brooklyn Park, Minn.

Aaron Ford is customer account manager at Epicor Software in Minneapolis.

Hannah Glesne of Oshkosh, Wis., works for Lane Bryant.

Ashley (Urspringer) Guillou is a farmer and cheesemaker at the Ferme d’Enez Raden in Saint-Evarzec, France.

Kaitlin Heikkinen is a client technology specialist at Securian Financial Group, Inc., in St. Paul, Minn.

Sarah Christopherson and Matt Hoffman live in Rochester, Minn. Sarah is a full time student at the University of South Dakota School of Law (Juris Doctor) and Vermont School of Law (Master of Environmental Law and Policy). She is also a graduate assistant at USD School of Law. In May 2017 she began work as law clerk for Chief Justice Mike McGrath of the Montana Supreme Court. Matt is a staff nurse in the Medical/Surgical/Transplant ICU at Mayo Clinic Hospital.

Carolyn Juergens is the communications coordinator at Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative (OBRC) in Portland, Ore.

Alexander Kalal of South Saint Paul, Minn., is a reliability analyst for Compass Airlines.

Tobias Kohl of Minneapolis is a financial services office-assurance senior at EY in Chicago.

Megan Kresse is account executive at Otto Design and Marketing in Norfolk, Va.

Nick Krasky is an analyst at Goldman Sachs in New York City.

Hannah (Wilson) Loewen teaches third grade at TEAM Academy in Waseca, Minn.

Sarah Loberg teaches seventh grade math and coaches boys’ and girls’ basketball for Trail Ridge Middle School in Longmont, Colo.

Callie Mabry is communications director for Faith in Place in Chicago.

Samuel Matheson is the North American language and culture assistant for the Ministry of Education, Culture, and Sport of Spain in Logroño.

Aubrey McElmeel is a policy owner service representative for National Guardian Life Insurance in Madison, Wis.

Katherine (Tangen) Mumm of Burnsville, Minn., is account manager for Life Time Fitness.

Chris Norton and his father, Terry Norton, of Port Saint Lucie, Fla., published a book, The Power of Faith When Tragedy Strikes: A Father-Son Memoir.

Mitch Patrikus is a branch manager for Enterprise Rent-a-Car at the Owatonna and Northfield, Minn., locations.

Andrew Peter of Decorah won the New Ulm (Minn.) Invitational Golf Tournament at the New Ulm Country Club last summer. He is a development officer at Luther College.

Blake Potthoff is executive director at the Fairmont (Minn.) Opera House.

Jaimie Rasmussen is account executive at Catapult Marketing in Minneapolis.

Sara (Pecinovsky) Richert is the grades 5-12 band director for the Cochrane-Fountain City (Wis.) School District.

Alexandra Robinson earned a master’s degree in music at the University of Oklahoma. She is orchestra manager at the Aspen (Colo.) Music Festival.

Erik Sand is youth director at UCC of Missoula (Montana).

Alex Sievers is a tax senior at Deloitte Tax, LLP, in Minneapolis.

Lora (Arens) and Isaac Skelton live in Austin, Minn. Lora is owner and photographer for Not Your Mama’s Photography; Isaac is a digital analyst for Mayo Clinic.

Kelsey Smith earned an M.M. degree in cello performance from the University of North Texas. She teaches orchestra for the Lamar and Downing Middle Schools and Lewisville Independent School District in Flower Mound, Texas.

Michelle Strafelda earned a master’s degree in counseling psychology from the University of St. Thomas. She also completed a nine-month practicum working as a therapist at Park Avenue Center, a drug treatment center in South Minneapolis, Minn.

Melissa Tholen is a proxy analyst at Columbia Threadneedle Investments in Minneapolis.          

Leah (Loesel) Toppen teaches instrumental music for the Eastern Carver School District in Chaska, Minn.





LEAH LOESEL and Marcus Toppen, Aug. 8, 2015


SARA PECINOVSKY and Nicholas Richert, June 20, 2015



KATHERINE TANGEN and John Mumm, April 29, 2017

LUCY VENS and LOUIS MAZZETTA '13, Sept. 10, 2016

HANNAH WILSON and Steve Loewen, July 30, 2016


ASHLEY (URSPRINGER) and Fanch Guillou welcomed a son, Lewis Jean-Yves, in March 2017.

MEGAN (NADING) and Mike Stewig welcomed a daughter, Brooklyn, in June 2017.