Class of 2016 Spring 2019 Letter

Spring 2019

Dear Members of the Class of 2016,

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,

2016 Class Agents:

Hailey Johnson
6219 E. Long Circle S
Centennial, CO 80112
[email protected]

Jacy Mahoney
13075 Bacardi Avenue
Rosemount, MN 55068-3002
[email protected]

Laura Vestle
110 W. Grant Street, Apt. 32A
Minneapolis, MN 55403
[email protected]


Ben Beaupre teaches vocal music for the Medford (Minn.) Public Schools. 

Makayla (Marinack) Dahleen is a pastoral intern at Abiding Hope Church in Littleton, Colo.

Alexander Erickson is a clinician-in-training at the Palo Alto VA Health Care System in Palo Alto, Calif., and a research assistant in the Interpersonal Relationships and Applied Methodologies Lab at Palo Alto University.

William Hatungimana is a teaching assistant at the University of Kansas in Lawrence. 

Margaret (Homeier) May teaches grades 6-8 math at All Saints Catholic Academy in Albany, N.Y.

Riley Samuelson is an education and outreach librarian at Hardin Library for the Health Sciences at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa.

Andy Todd teaches tenth grade U.S. history and seventh grade civics at Fillmore Central School District in Preston, Minn. He also serves as a football, basketball, and golf coach.

Lenny Ulloa Silva is a Spanish teacher and specialists co-lead teacher at DaVinci Academy of Arts and Science in Ham Lake, Minn.

Ellen Widerski is a software engineer for Google in Mountain View, Calif

Jane Wilson is an environmental educator at Deep Portage Learning Center in Hackensack, Minn.

Selam Woldemariam is a customer service officer at the British Council in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Andrea Woodberry earned a master’s degree in museum education from Tufts University and is co-editor of Tufts Museum Studies Blog; she is interim interpretive services coordinator at the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis.

Noorullah Zafari is a financial advisor at Tangerine Bank in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.


MAGGIE HOMEIER and Alex May, June 29, 2018


LINDSEY PIELAGE and Colin Scott, Aug. 4, 2018

CAROLINE PEDERSEN and Jacob Shearer, Aug. 31, 2018

DYLAN SMALLWOOD and ANNA BALK '18, June 3, 2017


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]