Class of 2014 Spring 2019 Letter

Spring 2019

Dear Members of the Class of 2014,

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!

With all the changes and events at our alma mater we can help but think there are changes in your life too! Keep 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.

Best wishes for a happy spring!

All the best from your Class Agents,

Logan Hjerleid
2014 Class Agent
506 E. Clay
Mt. Pleasant, IA. 52641
[email protected]

Taylor (Johnson) Ledvina
2014 Class Agent
1122 S. 26th Street
La Crosse, WI 54601
[email protected]

Samuel Molzahn
2014 Class Agent
5302 Morningside Drive
Greendale WI 53129
[email protected]


Benjamin Anderson teaches math and science for the Willmar (Minn.) Public Schools.

Ingrid Baudler earned the juris doctorate from the University of Colorado Law School; she is an attorney at Redfern, Mason, Larsen, & Moore in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

Ellen Behrens is a research technologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

Jaimie (Rasmussen) Burk is senior account executive at Catapult Marketing in Minneapolis.

Del Ciucci earned a master’s degree in business administration from Bemidji State University; he is assistant athletic performance coach at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Mo.

Becca Dugdale is senior financial reporting analyst at SPS Commerce in Minneapolis.

Kelsey Gunderson is a digital marketing analyst at cj Advertising in Nashville, Tenn.

Jocelyn (Petersen) Kalal teaches first grade at College Prep Elementary School in St. Paul, Minn.

Hannah Lindblom is a teller at Viking State Bank and Trust in Decorah.

Alexandria (Bandy) Morgan is a Registered Nurse at Prairie River Home Care in Rochester, Minn.

Chris Norton of Port Saint Lucie, Fla., was a keynote speaker at Chosen Inc.’s Nov. 9, 2018, inaugural gala, “Open Hearts, Open Homes: A Celebration of Foster and Adoptive Families” in Wauwatosa, Wis.

Naomi Sandgren teaches fourth grade in the New Prague (Minn.) Area Schools.

Anna (Murray) Schwering was elected to the board of directors of Cooperative Performance Milwaukee, a professional performing arts company in Milwaukee.

Amanda Take of Forest City, Iowa, earned a master’s degree in curriculum design and instruction from Buena Vista University.



EVE CHRISTENSEN and Severin Mombauer, Oct. 4, 2018

JUDD LANDERS and BREANNE ROSONKE '15, Sept. 15, 2018

JESSICA LANDGRAF and Katrina Nichols, Nov. 25, 2017


AIMEE LENTH and Dan Hanson, Sept. 16, 2017


SARA NIKOLAI and Matt Moore, July 29, 2017

MARISSA SCHUH and Stanley Karas, Oct. 6, 2018



KATHERINE (OLLMAN) and ALEX GISLESON '11 welcomed a son, George Aarik, in August 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]