Class of 2002 Fall 2019 Letter

Fall 2019

Dear Class of 2002 Alumni,

The fall always seems to be a fun season of change around our house and outside.  We move from lazy summer routines back into the exciting and fast-paced school routines as we watch the daylight hours fade away and the bright green grasses and prairie colors fade into the golds, oranges, and reds of the fall.  How have you been able to spend your time this summer? Have you been able to spend some time with friends and family? Have you been able to take advantage of some of the Luther Alumni experiences or do you have some upcoming events planned?  We’ve been lucky to get a couple of trips back to Decorah to enjoy hikes, pizza, and, of course, Whippy Dip ice cream. It’s also been fun to share these experiences with not only our children but now the children of our friends and co-workers who are calling Luther home.

It promises to be an exciting year for Luther. In November, the college inaugurated its eleventh president, Dr, Jenifer K. Ward. President Ward joins the Luther community with more than three decades of experience as an educator, scholar, and academic leader after serving, most recently, as provost and dean of the college at Centenary College in Shreveport, Louisiana. Prior to joining Centenary, President Ward served in several leadership roles at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, Washington, including dean of the college, interim provost, and associate provost. She was also a faculty member at Gustavus Adolphus College, where she taught German.  

In a message to the Luther community, President Ward said, “Our work together must be strategic, collaborative, creative, and—most importantly—must articulate what it means to be both grounded in Decorah, Iowa with a face to the world, and set goals for how we can adapt Luther’s past and present for a sustainable future.”

A self-described extrovert and lover of art, film, and literature, President Ward started her duties at Luther July 1, and her official inauguration took place November 1–3.

Learn more about President Ward—including her thoughts on food, art, Twitter, Decorah, and higher ed—on Luther’s YouTube channel (, then search “Luther College President Ward”) or in the fall issue of the Luther Magazine:

Also, while you’re at it, use this checklist to up your Luther social media game:

❏     Follow Luther College on Twitter: @LutherCollege
     Follow Luther College on Instagram: @LutherCollege
     Follow the Luther College Alumni Facebook page:

Alumni Ambassador Program

Luther alumni can play a direct roll with the Admissions Office in recruiting the next generation of Luther students. Every student referred receives a $1,000 scholarship each year, for four years, should they decide to enroll at Luther. Participation in this program has a direct financial impact on a student’s experience at Luther. Visit to learn more.

Social Media

Using social media is another way to stay connected with Luther’s campus. Go to for links to Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google+, Instagram, LinkedIn, etc.

Campus News
Check out for information on what’s happening on campus and in the Decorah community.


Check out the alumni profiles and additional pages at and the alumni spotlights at; feel free to share these stories with your classmates. Faculty stories are great to share too, at, as are student blogs:

Luther’s Career Network

Feel free to promote Luther’s Career Network on LinkedIn, a great way to help current students succeed. Go to for more information.

Alumni Directory

Encourage classmates to make use of the alumni directory resource. You can find information about the directory at If you haven’t used it yourself, please contact Luther’s Technology Help Desk for assistance in logging on to the site.


The most recent edition of Tuesday is available for viewing on the Luther College Web site via the office of public information home page. The address for viewing Tuesday is If you would prefer to subscribe to Tuesday as a weekly email, send a two-line message to [email protected], which says, Subscribe End

And, finally, keep in mind that Christmas at Luther takes place December 5–8. This year’s theme is Whom Angels Greet with Anthems Sweet. Luther would be happy to see you there!

Thank you for your continued support!

Scott and Julia (Haugen) Peterson, ‘02


2002 Class Agents:

Scott and Julia (Haugen) Peterson
9681 211th Street
Lakeville, MN 55044
[email protected]

Devon Wendler Alvord
3967 Hendricks Lane NE
Solon IA 52333
[email protected]


Brian Borcherding is an IT systems officer at First National Bank in Hampton, Iowa.

Libby Caulum is director of marketing and public affairs at MNsure in St. Paul, Minn. 

Barry Campbell is alliance reseller executive at Deloitte and Touche, LLP in Minneapolis. 

Nicole Deaderick earned a master’s degree in public administration, criminal justice/law enforcement administration from Golden Gate University and currently works as a prison rape elimination act administrator for Bernalillo County in Albuquerque, N.M. 

Damian-Eachan Dilley is senior regulatory affairs specialist at Jubilant HollisterStier in Spokane, Wash.

Angie (Kruse) and Matt Fitzgerald ‘03 live in Shakopee, Minn. He is director of business development at InComm Healthcare and Affinity. She is director of strategic accounts at the American Cancer Society.

Peter Knutson is K-12 science curriculum coordinator at Eleanor Roosevelt Middle School in Dubuque, Iowa.

Dane Lundahl is vice president of business development at Auction Harmony in Harmony, Minn.

Ghion Roache of Nassau, Bahamas, works at the National Insurance Board of the Bahamas.

Michele (Ingwersen) Stanley of Arlington, Va., is vice president of government and regulatory affairs at The National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association.

Andy Wagner is vice president, operational risk manager at Wells Fargo in Minneapolis.

Devon Wendler Alvord is a financial advisor at State Farm in Iowa City, Iowa.

Sarah (Sawyer) Zahradnik is elementary instructional leader for the Clayton Ridge Schools in Guttenberg, Iowa.


JEFF JULSON and Sarah Wright, Oct. 31, 2018


Nikki and ALLAN HULS welcomed a daughter, Haley, in December 2018