Class of 2009 Spring 2019 Letter

Spring 2019

Dear Members of the Class of 2009,

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,

2009 Class Agents:

Justin Madsen
1868 Munstoer Avenue
Saint Paul MN 55116
[email protected]

Julian Stanke
4056 13th Avenue S
Minneapolis MN 55407
[email protected]


Liz (Hansen) and Steve Cox ’07 live in Huntersville, N.C. She is a major gifts officer at Lenoir-Rhyne University. He is business development manager at HandCraft Services in Charlotte, N.C.

Thomas Ingram, Jr. earned the master’s degree in education from DePaul University. He is lead counselor at Theodore Roosevelt College and Career Academy in Gary, Ind.

Ashley Johnson is a fiduciary advisory specialist 2 at Wells Fargo in Minneapolis.

Andrew Paa is enrollment marketing associate at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City.

Lauren (Schauer) Ronning is a classified assistant at Lund Food Holdings, Inc. in Edina, Minn.

Carrie (Harris) Schmitz earned a master’s degree in literacy education from Hamline University in St. Paul. Minn.

Anthony Snitker is a police dispatcher for the San Marino Police Department in San Marino, Calif. Last June, he ran the San Diego 100 Mile Endurance Run, placing 8th overall, with 1st place honors in his age group, finishing the 100-mile race in 22:42:42.


KIRSTEN HANSEN and Jeremy Lindquist, June 29, 2018

ANTHONY SNITKER and Mark Herman, July 8, 2017


Amber and ROBBIE COE welcomed a daughter, Lyla Jean, in September 2018.

DANIKA (KLAUS) and JAMIE HANSEN welcomed a daughter, Rosalind, in October 2017.

Michelle and JERRY JAEGER welcomed a daughter, Maren Janice in November 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]