Class of 2007 Spring 2019 Letter

Spring 2019

Dear Members of the Class of 2007,

As you receive this letter, Luther student musicians are playing and singing at full tilt. Collegiate Chorale and Cathedral Choir just returned from tours of the Midwest, and Jazz Orchestra sets out April 12 for a tout that includes South Dakota and Minnesota ( On top of that, Nordic Choir sings with the Des Moines Symphony April 27 and 28 (

This year, Luther hosted a number of events to commemorate the 50th anniversary ( of the college’s Black Student Untion ( The events included visits from several alumni who were invited back to campus to speak throughout the year, including Christie Owens ’16, Maggie (Steinberg) Hagen ’15, Gaone Masire ’82, Emerald-Jane (Aggrey-Appiah) Hunter ’03, Kara (Skatrud) Baylor ’92, Lorenzo Creighton '75, Barbara Fuller '72, Spruiell White ’67, and Maxie (Jones) Rockymore ’82, who will deliver the Don Kemp Memorial Lecture on April 25. The yearlong celebration of the BSU kicked off at Homecoming and will culminate in an alumni reunion April 26–28.

The Class of 2019 and their loved ones will celebrate Commencement on Sunday, May 26 ( It’s hard to believe, but that means we’ll soon bid a fond farewell to President Paula Carlson, who plans to retire at the end of the 2018–19 academic year.

After Commencement, Luther’s campus will start to buzz with summer visitors young and old. Each June through August, Luther hosts thousands of elementary, middle, and high school students interested in everything from music ( to nature ( to sports ( to science ( This summer, the college will also offer its third annual Dance Camp (, an inclusive, empowering, fun, and inspiring week of movement and expression.

Luther has summer programming for adults, too. If you enjoy singing in fellowship, mark your calendars for the college’s second annual Dorian Choral Retreat for Adults (, June 28–30. And keep in mind that you can host your own event ( on Luther’s campus. Your alma mater would love to have you!

Best wishes for a happy spring,

Daniel Le Guen-Schmidt


2007 class agents:

Daniel Le Guen-Schmidt
5544 34th Avenue South
Minneapolis MN 55417
[email protected]

Megan (St. Clair) Nelson
2624 E. Hill Road
Beloit WI 53511-2152
[email protected]

Sarah (Quick) Olejniczak
N27W22538 Burningwood Lane
Waukesha WI 53186
[email protected]


Duffey Ainsworth, Jr. is IT project manager at Cummins, Inc. in Nashville, Tenn. 

Kelsey (Mackereth) Blinn of Mounds View, Minn., is a certified occupational therapy assistant for Encore Rehabilitation Services.

Kurt Gulsvig works for Movement Talent Agency in North Hollywood, Calif.

Katie (Treichel) Hallum is the lead speech-language pathologist at Adventist Health Bakersfield Medical Center in Bakersfield, Calif.

Amber Hill is owner and mediator at Hilltop Mediation, LLC in Denver.

Mark Jensen is vice president and commercial/agricultural loan office manager at CUSB Bank in Cresco, Iowa. In Nov. he was re-elected as a commissioner for the Winneshiek County Soil and Water District.

Amy (Schmeidel) Klein is a palliative care physician and clinical assistant professor of medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, and Banner University Medical Center in Tucson, Ariz.

Nelli (Salwolke) Logan is a project specialist at Midwestern BioAg in Blue Mounds, Wis.

Karin Maxey is a visiting lecturer at the World Languages Center at Northeastern University in Boston.

Carissa Sojka is assistant professor at Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Ore.

Morgan (Waterstraat) Woods is associate doctor at Erickson Chiropractic in Faribault, Minn.


JEN MCCRARY and Matthew Braaksma, Sept. 22, 2018

JON ROSBOROUGH and Katlyn Niederee, Sept. 15, 2018

JUD TAYLOR and KAL LEDEL '08, Aug. 11, 2018

KATHERINE TREICHEL and John Hallum, Feb. 25, 2017


KATIE (TREICHEL) and John Hallum welcomed a daughter, Stella Rose, in December 2017.

NELLI (SALWOLKE) and R.J. Logan welcomed a daughter, Dorothy Jane, in October 2017.

Heather and PAUL STELLMACHER welcomed a son, Luke, in December 2017.

SARAH (PUTNAM) and Sean Windt welcomed a son, Leland, in July 2018.

MORGAN (WATERSTRAAT) and Devon Woods welcomed a daughter, Onnika Lauren, in June 2018.

We are pleased to announce Dr. Jenifer K. Ward as the 11th president of Luther College! For more information about President-elect Ward, visit

As you may remember from your Fall 2018 Class Agent letter, Luther has recently completed an extensive brand strategy research process.


As a result of our research and in collaboration with members of the Luther community, we have developed several statements that will guide future communications.

We know that you, our alumni, are often asked about your alma mater. What you say to prospective students and their families about Luther College can have a huge impact on their decisions to visit campus, apply and, hopefully, enroll.

You know Luther well. You matter to us and we’re interested in hearing from you.

We invite you to take a few minutes to preview some of our new statements and share your thoughts. The example statements, as well as a response survey, are available online:

Many thanks!

If you have any questions please email Catherine Dyer, Brand and Marketing Director at [email protected]