Dear Class of 2014 Alumni,
Five years have come and gone and it was an honor to see all those who made it back to Luther for our five-year class reunion. Not only were many stories told of the good ol’ days, but relationships were rekindled after years apart. It is great to see alumni who continue to give back to the school we call 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 (youtube.com, then search “Luther College President Ward”) or in the fall issue of the Luther Magazine: luther.edu/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: @facebook.com/luthercollegealumni
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!
Continue to be great and hope to see everyone at the next reunion!
All the best - your 2014 Class Agents,
Logan (Hjerleid) Wall
506 E. Clay
Mt. Pleasant, IA. 52641
Taylor (Johnson) Ledvina
1521 Main Street
La Crosse, WI 54601
5302 Morningside Drive
Greendale WI 53129
Ingrid Baudler is associate attorney at BrownWinick law firm in Des Moines, Iowa.
Marissa (Dienst) andHans Becklin earned master’s degrees in divinity from Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago and are pastors in Lancaster County, Pa.; Marissa at Faith United Evangelical Lutheran Church, and Hans at Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church of Kissel Hill. The couple’s story was recently featured in Lancaster Online’s article, “One family, two churches: For a Midwestern pastoral couple, Lancaster County offers a chance to encourage Christian communities.”
Chloe Benjamin is speech language pathologist at ChildServe in Johnston, Iowa.
Nathan Converse earned a juris doctorate from the University of Iowa College of Law. He is a judicial law clerk for the U.S. District Courts in Des Moines, Iowa.
Benjamin Davidson is a positive behavior intervention and support paraprofessional for the St. Paul (Minn.) Public Schools.
Jolene De Souza earned a master’s degree in human resources management and services from St. Mary’s University. She is supervisor at Patina Stores and staffing coordinator at Excel Staffing in Minneapolis.
Peter Douglas earned a doctor of dental surgery degree from the University of Iowa College of Dentistry and is a resident in pediatric dentistry at the University of Washington in Seattle.
Peter Ecklund of Minneapolis is an archive cataloger for Minnesota Public Radio and a sales mercenary for Lagunitas Brewing Company.
Paul Esker is a juris doctor candidate at the University of Iowa College of Law in Iowa City, Iowa.
Jarid Groth is group lead at Hearth and Home Technologies in Lakeville, Minn.
Libby (Kropp) Hennessy is a physical therapist at Athletico Physical Therapy in Mason City, Iowa.
Catherine (Gehlsen) andGarrett Hillestad live in Windsor Heights, Iowa. She earned a master’s degree in healthcare administration from the University of Iowa and is an administrative fellow at MercyOnce Medical Center. He is divisional lead supervisor at Hormel Foods and an MBA graduate student at St. Mary’s University of Minnesota.
Logan Hjerleid teaches first grade at Harlan Elementary School in Mount Pleasant, Iowa.
Alex Kalal is operations analyst for Compass Airlines in the greater Minneapolis-St. Paul area.
Katie Krasky is a Chartered Financial Analyst and an associate at Goldman Sachs in New York City.
Madeline Lambert is associate project manager at Anderson, Niebuhr and Associates, Inc. in Minneapolis.
Jess Landgraf is project manager at HED Cycling Products, Inc. in Roseville, Minn.
Aimee Lenth is associate director at La Luz Hispana in Hampton, Iowa.
Rachel (Selvig) Lundeen is a media planner at Marketing Architects in Minneapolis.
Erik Linn-Molin teaches physics at Wellstone International High School in Minneapolis.
Lauren Maze earned a doctorate in physical therapy from the University of Iowa. She is a physical therapist at Mercy Rehabilitation Hospital in Clive, Iowa.
Kimberly Osberg is a composer in Dallas, Texas. Inspired by a hiking misadventure, Kimberly composed “Rocky Summer,” the world premiere piece the Dallas Chamber Symphony performed on March 23rd at the Moody Performance Hall in the Dallas Arts District.
Hannah (Lindblom) and Nick Pearch live in Decorah. Hannah is loan customer service at Viking State Bank in Decorah, and Nick is a certified athletic trainer with Winneshiek Medical Center.
Tristan Petsch-Horvath of Milwaukee is an estimator at Kelmann Restoration.
Seth Rumage is a pastor at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Chewelah, Wash.
Lora (Arens) and Isaac Skelton are owners of Not Your Mama’s Photography in Brownsdale, Minn.
Kathleen (Brandser) Standen earned a master’s of science in education degree from the University of Wisconsin-Stout. She is an elementary teacher for the Eau Claire (Wis.) Community School District.
Derek Sturtevant is choir director at Charles City (Iowa) High School.
Matthew Sullivan is a projects coordinator at the East-West Center in Washington, D.C.
Richard Vickers is director of advance for the Office of President Clinton in Washington, D.C.
Ben Wegner is director of vocal music at St. Edmond Catholic School in Fort Dodge, Iowa.
Donald Wolfgram is a human resources assistant at Associa: Desert Resort Management in Palm Desert, Calif.
ALYSSA BUHR and Nicholas George, Sept. 8, 2018
JAKE EVERTS and Bri Pruisner, May 19, 2018
LOGAN HJERLEID and David Wall, Dec. 15, 2018
CLARA LIND and ZACH ASCHIM, Sept. 15, 2018
CHARLES MARTIN-STANLEY and PAIGE JOHNSON '15, July 29, 2018
KATRINA OKERSTROM and Andrew Jezewski, Aug. 4, 2018
EMILY RAUCH and JON LANG '13, Aug. 5, 2017
RACHEL SELVIG and Wade Lundeen, Jan. 12, 2019
MARIA STREYLE and David Freitag, Oct. 6, 2018