Class of 2017 Spring 2019 Letter

Spring 2019

Hello Class of 2017,

We hope you are all doing well and living your best life outside of the Luther bubble! Some major things have been happening on campus and we wanted to keep you in the loop.

As the class of 2019 celebrates Commencement on May 26, Luther will also bid farewell to President Paula Carlson - the tenth in the College’s history. Under her leadership, new programs were added in data science, neuroscience, visual communication and musical theatre; outdoor athletic facilities were renewed, including the baseball and softball stadiums, tennis courts and football field; and a new position was added for a Dean for Institutional Equity and Inclusion.

Luther Athletics has been celebrating victories both on and off the field lately. Retired Track and Field Coach, Jeff Wettach ’79, was named the recipient of the Bob Frederick Sportsmanship Award, the highest recognition of sportsmanship awarded by the NCAA. The football team also completed another season on the new blue turf! They won their first home game on October 13 against Buena Vista. Go Norse!

Despite some snowy weather and slippery roads, Christmas at Luther kicked off the holiday season on November 29 to December 2 and brought hundreds of visitors and alumni back to campus. All choirs were outfitted with new robes, and Aurora and Norsemen changed from their former black dresses and tuxes respectively to black robes. Collegiate Chorale and Cathedral Choir have just returned from tours of the Midwest, and Jazz Orchestra sets out April 12 for a tour that includes South Dakota and Minnesota. On top of that, Nordic Choir will sing with the Des Moines Symphony on April 27 and 28. If you are in the area, this will definitely be an event you won’t want to miss.

As summer approaches, don’t forget to mark your calendars for Nordic Fest on July 25-27. It will be another fun event full of Scandinavian heritage, lefse, and maybe even a trip to the Sugar Bowl or Whippy Dip!

We hope you are able to make it back to Decorah soon to embrace the Luther love that encompasses our campus. Your alma mater would love to have you!

Until next time,

Stephanie and Sam

2017 Class Agents:

Stephanie Duregger
2614 Westview Lane NW
Rochester, MN 55901-2362
[email protected]

Samantha Phillips
8010 White Cliff Road
Egg Harbor, WI 54209
[email protected]

Luigi Enriquez
321 Camden Road
Iowa City, IA 52245
[email protected]

Solveig Nelson
16580 Wild Plum Circle
Morrison, CO 80465
[email protected]


Penelope Barbour is a consultant at SPS Commerce in Minneapolis.

Kristen Carlson was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and is an English teaching assistant at Jazeps Vitols Latvian Music Academy and Riga Teika Secondary School in Riga, Latvia.

Noah Casterton is assistant property manager at Bigos Properties in St. Louis Park, Minn.

Emily Kuhn is a TOPS coordinator for the Boys & Girls Club of Dane County in Madison, Wis.

Mollie Mickelson is an elementary music specialist for the Albert Lea (Minn.) Area Schools.

Greta Schmitt is an attendance and behavioral interventionist at Chaska (Minn.) High School.

Jacob Schwartz is a data analyst for Mortarr, an online inspiration and networking platform for commercial construction and design in Albert Lea, Minn.


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]