Class of 2003 Spring 2017 Letter

Spring 2017                                

Dear Members of the Class of 2003,

Greetings from Luther and happy spring semester! As we write to you today in late March, Luther students are enjoying the last few days of spring break. Earlier this month, the Development Office participated in Luther’s second annual Giving Day on March 9, which proved to be a fun day of sharing Luther love all over social media and raising money for the Annual Fund. More than $500,000 was raised that day; thank you to all who made gifts!

You probably heard the news about our beloved Weston Noble ’43, who died Dec. 21, 2016.  A celebration of his life will be held on campus at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 13, at the Center for Faith and Life, Main Hall.  More details about Weston’s life can be found in the Winter 2017 issue of the Luther Alumni Magazine and on Luther’s website.

While we’re on the subject of music, it was announced in January that Andrew Last ’97, assistant professor of music and conductor of Collegiate Chorale and Norsemen, has been appointed to the post of Nordic Choir conductor and director of choral activities at Luther. He will begin his new duties at the beginning of the 2017 fall semester.

You can read more about Andrew Last on Luther’s website, and you can find lots more as well, including students’ J-term course blogs and other course blogs, Alumni Office travel tours and events, links to alumni profiles, comparisons and rankings, life after Luther, etc. It’s easy to find web content that interests you at by clicking the search button next to the “info for” drop-down box at the top right of the page. Type in the word “news,” click on the search button, and you’ll get all of the Luther news, for your reading pleasure.

Attached to this letter is the list of all who made gifts to Luther in calendar year 2016. Thank you for your generosity! Did you know you can sign up for monthly giving to Luther? It’s a great way to ensure a gift is made each year. Those who make a gift at any level for three or more consecutive years become members of Luther’s Loyalty Society. Visit for more details. Regular giving to Luther is a great habit to cultivate!

Do you have memories of past Luther experiences you’d like to share? We’re sure our classmates would enjoy reading about them; send us your stories!

We’ll write again in the fall,

Jess (Romens) Schouten            and       Joel Sommers
[email protected]                   [email protected]


Jessica Aguilar is senior executive director of women’s, children’s, cancer, and Edith Sanford Breast Center Initiative at Sanford Health in Sioux Falls, S.D.

Nisse Christopherson is an account director at Unite Private Networks in Clive, Iowa.

Karen (Meyer) Goble is vice president operations manager at American AgCredit in Greeley, Colo.

Emily (Wenzel) Gutierrez
works in strategic sourcing at Boston Scientific in St. Paul, Minn.

Bronson Power is an operations administrator in the surgical services department of Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato, Minn.

Kurt Seamans teaches physical education at Knik Elementary School in Wasilla, Alaska.

Colleen Schmitt of Iowa City, Iowa, is an ELL coordinator and instructor at Kirkwood Community College.

Josh Shank of Austin, Texas, received a doctor of musical arts degree from the University of Texas.

Jason Trost is a senior facilitator at Wells Fargo Home Mortgage in West Des Moines, Iowa. He is also a certified safety judge with the U.S. All Star Federation for Cheer & Dance Teams and judges national competitive events around the country.


JOSH SHANK and Robert Ressler, June 26, 2016


ANDREA (OLIVER) and Michael Cammilleri welcomed a son, Ivan, in November 2015.

KAREN (MEYER) and Aaron Goble welcomed a son, Henry, in September 2014. Henry joins sister Haley.

JENNI (BOERGER) and Chris Sewell welcomed a daughter, Charlotte Claire, in February 2016. Charlotte joins brother Henry and sister Stella.

The Annual Fund – make your gift today:
Your gift. Put to work, right away, where it is needed most.

Last year more than 10,000 alumni, family, and friends supported Luther’s Annual Fund with gifts from $5 to $100,000. Your gift makes a difference for each and every student at Luther, and we are grateful for your support.


This list includes all gifts received January 1, 2016, to December 31, 2016. Making a gift each and every year is an investment in the lives of Luther students and a show of support for the Luther College community. Thank you for your support of Luther College through your giving.

Jesse Abing
Jessica Aguilar
Brett Alberty
Evan Almelien
Laura Beth (Reier) Anderson
Mark Anderson
Tanya (Leake) Anderson
Amanda Armstrong
Matthew Beatty
Molly (Vanderstoep) Beatty
Ryan Beeman Wieland
Jonathan Bengtson
Matthew Birkenholz
Kimberly Bohr
Susan (Gilbertson) Boxrud
Narren Brown
Jennifer Bruns
Jason Burgart
Daniel Burris
Ryan Conway
Carrie (Schroeder) Corlett
Charles Dahl
Peter Eliason
Andrew Ellingsen
Gina (Allen) Erickson
Emily (Larson) Forssberg
Abigail Frost
Marie (Zach) Fry
Karen (Meyer) Goble
Mary (Kvitrud) Gosse
Elizabeth Graham
Emily (Wenzel) Gutierrez
Kristin Haltinner
William Hanson
Kajsa (Sabatke) Harley
Jamie (Thoelke) Hay
Miranda Hilk Bohmbach
Thomas Houdek
Amber Ingalsbe
Richard Isaacson
Kelly (Have) Jansen
Gregory Jeneary
James Jespersen
Julia (Wangberg) Jespersen
Dan Johnson
Jeremiah Johnson
Jill Johnson
Andrew Jolivette
Joshua Klaetsch
Jana (Chmelar) Klauke
Jessica (Wrobel) Koenig
James Kowitz
Eliott Kranz
Kimberly (Huff) Kranz
Lisa (Highum) Kush
Matthew Landers
Andrea Leibold
Amanda Lindberg-Aganga
Amber (Kobler) Lynch
Krista Mahler
Caleb Mattoon
Stacey McKim
Joy (Gruettner) Mick
Neil Mick
Galen Miller
Alicia Mohn
Monica Morey
Adam Morrisey
Bethany (Schauder) Morrisey
Allan Nartey
Carrie (Walling) Nimrod
Amanda (Benedict) Obenauer
Janelle (Kime) Olson
Kristie (Lund) Palovcsik
Kelsey (Ress) Pappano
Anthony Pizer
Bronson Power
Bryan Pratt
William Reece
Kersten (Cook) Reich
Lindsay (Lehmann) Reiten
Daniel Riebe
Brooke Sanders
Heather Scheumann Landers
Jessica (Romens) Schouten
Jill (Waterman) Schultz
Amy (Potter) Seamans
Kurt Seamans
Joseph Sievers
Alexander Smith
Laura (Amundson) Smith
Sarah (Cooley) Solberg
Elayne (Brommelsiek) Sommers
Joel Sommers
Guinevere (Lykken) Strand
Scott Striegel
Melissa Stull
Erin (Indrelie) Swoboda
Lisa Thimjon
Claire (Martin) Thompson
Ryan Thompson
Rachel (Meinders) Totel
Jason Trost
Robert Veldman
Stephanie (Becker) Veldman
Nathan Voight
Karianne (Moucka) Wardell
Christine (Morse) Weeg
Heather (Lehmann) Witts
Kelly Woods Birkenholz

Every attempt has been made to ensure the accuracy of this list. If an error has been made, please accept our apology and contact the Luther Development Office at 800-225-8664, or email [email protected].