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Volume 112, Number 1, Fall 2015


Faculty, staff, alumni and students participate! Pg. 18


Record number of students receive diplomas Pg. 5


Join us in celebrating Homecoming 2015! Pg. 38

Volume 112, Number 1 Fall 2015 The Waldorf Magazine, a combined effort of the Waldorf Lutheran College Foundation and Waldorf College, is published for alumni and friends of Waldorf College. Founded in 1903, Waldorf College is a private, four-year liberal arts institution. Please help us keep track of you by notifying the Foundation if you get married, move or change your email address. Contact Janet Berhow at or 641.585.8140. Please notify the Waldorf admissions office if you would like to refer a prospective student by calling 1.800.292.1903 Waldorf College 106 South 6th Street Forest City, Iowa 50436 641.585.2450 or 1.800.292.1903


Feature film, Rise of The Sea Urchins, features Waldorf alumni, staff & students as part of the cast and crew Contributors Dr. Robert Alsop Ray Beebe Janet Berhow Dave Damm ’73

GREETINGS! To be honest, I haven’t always been a big fan of change. I prefer being comfortable and knowing what to expect next. On the other hand, I have a true sense of adventure and have never regretted going off the beaten path for a while. In fact, many of my adventures have pushed me to grow and learn more about myself, resulting in some of my most cherished memories. It seems my life is bit of a dichotomy, but I suspect many of you can say the same. That’s a bit how I see Waldorf College. Some things haven’t changed, like our commitment to our students, heritage, academic excellence, campus ministry, and the Waldorf College Alma Mater (celebrating 100 years and the focus of our homecoming theme, “All Hail to Thee, O Waldorf ”), and more. However, new adventures abound as we continue to grow and learn more about ourselves as a residential and online college in 2015. In many instances we are forging new ground. Read more in the pages ahead. This issue includes the honor roll of donors, recognizing those who made a gift to the Waldorf Foundation this past fiscal year (June 1, 2014-May 31, 2015). Thank you so very much for your support! We could not carry on our work without you. Our students have benefitted greatly from your generosity as you have helped make their adventure at Waldorf possible. See photos of student scholarship recipients with their donors on page 26. Yes, adventure is good for the soul once in a while, and that’s exactly what my husband, Mark ’79 (assistant director of financial aid/online), and I have decided to embark on. After 48 years of service between us at Waldorf College, it is time to see what else life has in store. Although we will certainly miss the people and this place that has been such a major part of our lives for so long, we look forward to what the future holds for us as empty nesters in a new community. I have accepted a position as funds development manager at the beautiful Reiman Gardens located on the campus of Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. I begin my duties on August 3, before this magazine is published. It has been a real privilege to serve as your alumni director for the past nine years and editor of this publication for the past five. I have enjoyed my varied roles at Waldorf, but none as much as the opportunity to get to know some of the greatest folks in the world! I have formed dear relationships with many of you and will carry part of you and Waldorf College with me wherever I go. I wish Waldorf College and the Waldorf Lutheran College Foundation continued growth and success. Stay tuned; exciting things are happening! I hope you come back for homecoming and see them for yourself. It has been an honor to be on this thrilling ride with so many wonderful people. I will continue to cheer them and the college on from the sidelines. Thank you again for all you do for Waldorf College, and all you have done for me, personally, to make my job easier and so rewarding over the years. I wish you the very best and hope to run into you again. Until then, may God continue to hold you in His ever loving care.


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Above: Alumni Board President, Andy Buffington ’90, during the red carpet event for Rise of the Sea Urchins.


A MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT ROBERT ALSOP The confluence of past associations with new opportunities reminded me of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin’s remark, “for everything that rises must converge.” It was as if Waldorf ’s past was rising with its present to converge in a new future. With this partnership, Waldorf College will be the exclusive provider of online classes for Virtues Campus, and the students enrolled in Virtues Campus will receive their degree from Waldorf College. In addition to their online coursework, Virtues Campus students will come to a local church three mornings a week for small group devotion and Bible study as well as advising and mentorship under the guidance of an academic pastor. Virtues Campus is a two-year program, so for most students, they will complete their associates degree during this time. Students who have completed the Campus Virtues program will receive a special scholarship to complete the baccalaureate degree on Waldorf ’s campus. Virtues Campus is initiating the program with two church campuses this fall: one located in Coon Rapids, Minn. and the other in North Minneapolis, Minn. Organizations and businesses in these communities have also partnered with Virtues Campus to provide service learning and internship opportunities. When Waldorf College began offering online programs in 2010, I know many wondered how such programs could align with Waldorf ’s historic mission. This partnership with Virtues Campus demonstrates just one way that our online programs have allowed us to deliver Waldorf ’s historic mission to more and more students. Teaming up with Virtues Campus is not the only partnership Waldorf College is excited about. From military branches to governmental agencies to both large and small businesses to other educational institutions, these partnerships reflect and proclaim our drive to serve others in a way that makes our communities a better place.

Dear Alumni and Friends, “For everything that rises must converge” Pierre Teilhard de Chardin I regularly receive emails from other organizations requesting a meeting to discuss how by simply partnering with [fill in the blank] Waldorf can increase its [fill in another blank] and become better at [fill in the last blank]. I generally pass over these emails; however, a partnership opportunity caught my eye last March. What gave me pause was that the author of the email, the Reverend Dave Glesne, identified himself as a fellow Concordia College alumnus (my second favorite school after Waldorf) and a fellow English major. This can’t be all that bad, I thought. Rev. Glesne was establishing a new educational organization titled Virtues Campus. The mission of Virtues Campus is to reestablish the church as an educational center of the community. They do so by providing Bible study, mentoring, and internship opportunities to students in a church environment while the students work on their college degree online. Rev. Glesne was looking to Waldorf to provide the online education. I was intrigued by the concept and further interested when the next day I received a follow up email on Virtues Campus by their board chair, former pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Forest City, Steve Dornbush, who also served on the Waldorf ’s Board of Regents in the 1980s and 1990s. After a series of meetings, Waldorf College and Virtues Campus entered into partnership.

Sincerely, Robert Alsop, Ph.D. Waldorf College President




aldorf College commencement ceremonies were held Saturday, May 9, at the John K. & Luise Hanson Fieldhouse. The 2015 class was the largest class in history to graduate from Waldorf College! Along with the 104 residential students, 264 online students received their degrees. Thirty online students were present to walk across the stage and receive their diplomas. For many of these students, who travelled from places as far away as California and Florida or as near as Mason City and Marshalltown, this was their first time on campus. Alumna Denise Lenning Hill ’90, JD delivered the commencement address. In her speech, “A note to my former self,” she encouraged students to build on the past, live in the present and plan for the future. She also suggested students find a mentor to help them in their new career. Hill is director of the Health Law program and a visiting associate professor at Drake University Law School in Des Moines, Iowa. She also maintains her of counsel attorney/mediator designation at Whitfield & Eddy Law Firm. She was selected as a Harry S. Truman Congressional Scholar, a national, highly competitive and prestigious honor, while a student at Waldorf. Hill is the daughter of Dr. Oscar ’61 and Lorene Lenning and is married to Jeremy Hill ’90. During commencement, the President’s Award was presented to seniors Marisa Donnelly and Victoria Mens. Top: Commencement speaker, Denise Lenning Hill ’90. Bottom Left: Graduating student Thomas Cardwell ’15 with members of student life. Bottom Right: President's Award winners Marisa Donnelly ’15 and Victoria Mens ’15.

Video from graduation is available online!



n March 4, more than 440 students, faculty, staff and members of the community flocked to the Waldorf College Atrium to package a record 71,750 meals for the hungry in just five hours. This was the ninth annual Stop Hunger food-packaging event sponsored by Waldorf College and Immanuel Lutheran Church in Forest City. Volunteers ranged in age from five to ninety.

Nearly 54,000 meals of rice and vegetables were packaged to send abroad to feed the hungry. For every box of food packaged and donated, 216 children received meals distributed by Outreach Inc. However, not only did people abroad benefit from the event, but also those closer to home as 18,000 meals of macaroni and cheese were packaged to feed those in need in the North Iowa area. The meals were given to local food shelves, churches and schools to pass along to families in need. Stop Hunger is a charity founded by the Waldorf College Committee on Vocation and Service and Immanuel Lutheran Church. Throughout the 2014-2015 academic year the committee raised nearly $18,000 through various fundraising events, such as bake sales, to pay for food to feed the hungry.

Faculty, staff, students and community members come together to pack meals.




students which makes me better at what I do. I also get to teach students from all over the world,” she added. Ryan first came to Waldorf as a student from Denver, Iowa, in 2000. He played baseball for the Warriors, helped out in admissions, gave campus tours and was a member of the Wellness Club. After receiving his Associate of Arts degree from Waldorf in 2002, he transferred to the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls where he attended one year before returning to Waldorf to complete his bachelor’s degree in 2006. He earned his master’s degree in Sport Management from Columbia Southern University (CSU) in 2014. An opportunity to work in the admissions office and pursue his love for coaching baseball are two things that drew Ryan back to work at his alma mater. But, “the opportunity to have direct involvement with the students, to help Waldorf continue to be successful, and to give back to a place that has given so much to me are what keeps me here,” he said. The Flickingers are both volunteer coaches for Forest City High School; Ryan has been an assistant coach for Forest City baseball (under former classmate and teammate, head coach Jeff Jerome ’02) for four years, and Heather has volunteered as an assistant coach for Forest City track for the last seven years. They also tirelessly serve behind the scenes to help make the biggest annual event ever held in Forest City, a success! The Tree Town Music Festival began in 2014 as the brain child of Heather’s father and brother, Dave and Gary DeWaard. The DeWaards are part of a group management team that has executed two successful festivals held in Forest City over Memorial Day weekend. The first Tree Town Festival in 2014 featured such well-known country artists as Brantley Gilbert, Scotty McCreery, Chris Young, Brad Paisley and Toby Keith, and this year’s headliners included Blake Shelton, Rascal Flatts and Dierks Bentley. Many different musicians performed on a mega stage at Heritage Park for four days, appealing to country western fans of all ages, from all walks of life and from all parts of the country. One of headliners at the 2016 Tree Town Festival will be Tim McGraw. The names of the other country artists will be released progressively throughout the year. For more information on the Tree Town Festival, visit This past year, Ryan and Heather were responsible for securing more than 20 volunteers to work the VIP tent/executive suites and make sure everything ran smoothly. As family, of course they also helped out wherever and whenever they were needed before, during, and after the colossal event. An average of 14,000 people daily attended the Tree Town Music Festival in Forest City this past May, and Ryan and Heather Flickinger helped to make it a success. Forest City and Waldorf College are better off because of the Flickinger's hard work ethic and dedication to making their community a better place to live and work.


Ryan ’06 and Heather Flickinger


you attend any Waldorf or Forest City High School home athletic event, chances are you will see Ryan ’06 and Heather Flickinger in the crowd. These two wellness-conscious employees actively support Waldorf College and their community in several ways. Ryan has served Waldorf in various capacities over the past eight years including admissions counselor and assistant baseball coach, director of international recruitment, head baseball coach, and currently, associate director of admissions and director of athletic recruiting. Heather, a Forest City native, has been involved with the development and teaching of the Wellness online course at Waldorf from the beginning. She attended the University of Northern Iowa and received her bachelor’s degree in Movement & Exercise Science in 2006 and her master’s degree in the Scientific Basis of Physical Education in 2008. As a full-time instructor of Wellness and Exercise Science at North Iowa Community College (NIACC) in Mason City, she has brought a wealth of experience and a different prospective to the online Wellness team at Waldorf. She teaches Concepts of Wellness and Warrior Seminar at Waldorf and notices a bit of a difference from teaching at NIACC. “I enjoy my experience at Waldorf very much,” she said. “Waldorf offers me an opportunity to teach non-traditional



FACULTY & STAFF HONORED AT SPRING EMPLOYEE RECOGNITION EVENT The following were recognized and honored for various awards and years of service at the annual Waldorf employee recognition event held May 8, 2015 in the Atrium: 40 years Julienne Friday ’68, faculty 35 years John Robinson, faculty 30 years

Bev Tweed Retland ’77 (AA) ’09 (BA) business office 5 years Travis Beck, music staff Dr. Mitchell Berger, faculty Denny Gilbertson ’81, softball coach Richard Campney, facilities/driver Tina Perrault, Waldorf South staff Linda Harms ’09, business office Darlene Miles, facilities office staff Dr. Gary Coombs, faculty Casey Curoe, women’s soccer coach 20 years Melissa Knudtson, adjunct faculty Dr. Suzanne Falck-Yi, faculty Dr. LeAnn Nash, faculty Duane Polsdofer, financial aid Lynn Osterkamp, facilities/driver John Staley, facilities Sabrina DeBoe Parcher ’10, 15 years AACE staff Janet Berhow, advancement office Dr. Cynthia Ryder, faculty Chad Brown, faculty Marilyn Schachel, bowling coach Jennifer Edwards, dean’s office Tim Severson, facilities Rev. Steve Smith, faculty Michael Tjaden, facilities 10 years Deborah Waldrop, Waldorf Dr. Kristi Leonard, faculty South staff David Mull, facilities Tony Wical ’04, online academic affairs Tiffany Olson ’98, faculty Board of Trustees Outstanding Faculty Award–Dr. Larry Hill ’74, assistant professor of education Holmen Professional Excellence Award–Duane Polsdofer, director of financial aid Holmen Community Service Award–Dawn Ramaker, director of human resources The Holmen Awards are funded by Dr. Kenneth and Linda Holmen in honor of his parents, Dr. Holger ((Hap) Holmen and Sylvia Coltvet Holmen ’39. The late Hap Holmen served Waldorf as a faculty member in the industrial technology department from 1949-1970 and was named Emeritus Professor of Industrial Education. Dr. Ken Holmen is a former member of the Waldorf College Board of Regents. Kristin Picket, associate professor of criminal justice, was named Professor of the Year by Alpha Chi at Honors Day, held a couple weeks earlier.



aldorf College recently launched Start Point, a program that allows high school students to get a jump start on their college experience. Start Point is the perfect opportunity for high school students to get a head start on their continued academic journey before graduation. Waldorf College offers programs so high school students can begin the navigation process of choosing their future careers. Life after high school can be scary, even for those who already know their potential occupation. Start Point allows students to enroll in Waldorf classes before graduation and attend online courses with other Waldorf students. While peers are taking basic curriculum, our students may choose courses that match career goals and personal interests. Waldorf College offers students a leap into their college education with online courses. This program is offered so students aren’t limited only to programs offered through their high school. Participants of Start Point are able to discover a career path while in high school, earn college credits and transfer those credits easily to Waldorf ’s degree programs. At Waldorf, we are committed to allowing high school students the same experience and level of instruction, resources and rigor that our traditional student body receives. Through Start Point, students will become prepared for campus life and the level of academic study that college provides. Visit for more information about this exciting new program.

LEFT: (Left to Right:) Cindy Carter, Mason Harms, President Alsop, Dawn Ramaker and Jason Ramaker ready to deliver the news at the employee recognition dinner. RIGHT: (Left to Right) Cassie Christianson, Tara Kingland ’15, and Dawn Ramaker read the "WaldorfNews"



Cassidy Atchison ’15, Phil Detrick ’16, Kelsey Sollish ’15 and Haley Rubin ’16 during the 2015 performance of the musical "9-to-5".

The Waldorf Theatre will be performing “Camping with Women,” an original production by theatre director, Dr. Robert E. AuFrance, during this year’s theatre season. “It’s a light hearted comedy and is just in time for Valentine’s Day,” Dr. AuFrance said. “Camping with Women” depicts a lead character who decides he is not happy in his marriage and sets off to spend some time in the woods near his childhood home to figure out his feelings; however, his much-needed reflection is interrupted by some rambunctious childhood friends and the surprise arrival of their spouses. “By watching these dysfunctional characters interact, you get a sense of the importance of finding out who you are and the true meaning of love,” Dr. AuFrance said. “Some people find they can work out their differences, while others realize they might just be better off alone.” Dr. AuFrance’s favorite aspect of performing an original play is that it is easier to focus on the students and their learning experience, through providing opportunity for students to help develop the show. “There are always re-writes with original work, many of them reactions to what happens in rehearsals,” he said. He also enjoys watching the audiences react to what’s happening on stage. “Gauging what the audience actually picks up on versus what you wanted them to is always interesting,” said Dr. AuFrance. “It’s a different show every night and it’s exciting knowing that the show is building to something hilarious, or dramatic, and you can see the audience following you along to that point.” Dr. AuFrance has written nearly 30

original plays, "Camping with Women" being the ninth to be performed on the Waldorf College campus. Dr. Marla Britton Johnson was named the new assistant professor of theatre and will be directing "Tempest" and "Urinetown" during this year’s theatre season. The complete 2015-16 Waldorf Theatre season: “You Can’t Take it With You” September 23-26, 2015 This Pulitzer Prize winning comedy looks at the power of love and life as two very different families are brought together for one unforgettable night. “The Tempest” November 18-21, 2015 One of Shakespeare’s last plays which incorporates magic, shipwrecks and family intrigue to craft a tale about the nature of man. “Camping with Women” February 10-13, 2016 Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the World Premiere of Dr. AuFrance’s latest comedy to explore life, love and hunting. “Urinetown” April 6-9, 2016 The Tony Award winning musical comically satirizes everything from the legal system to the right to “go.” Ticket prices Individual shows Adults: $10 Seniors and Students (non-Waldorf): $8 Waldorf Students: $2 Season Tickets Adult: $35 Seniors and Students: $27 Waldorf Students: $8 Box Office opens at 7:00 p.m. each production night, with performances beginning at 7:30 p.m. You may reserve tickets at the Waldorf College Theatre Box Office by calling 641.585.8585, or contacting Dr. Robert E. AuFrance, director of theatre, for season ticket information at 641.585.8288 or aufrancer@



Members of the 2015 band show their excitement.

Waldorf College hired C. David Rutt, of Forest City, Iowa, as interim director of instrumental activities and assistant professor of music in April. Rutt recently retired from teaching after concluding a successful 35-year career directing instrumental music ensembles in Iowa, 24 of those as director of bands at Forest City High School (FCHS). During his time at FCHS, the high school marching band maintained a strong tradition of excellence, receiving division I ratings each year and setting a school record of 33 consecutive years as division I recipients. “We feel very fortunate that we have Dave Rutt to lead the instrumental program through this period of revitalization,” President Alsop said. “His reputation for excellence is unparalleled.” While teaching at FCHS, Rutt worked together with Waldorf College to promote instrumental music and create opportunities for shared advancements. “We supported each other throughout the years,” Rutt said. “I’m excited for the challenge to help grow the Waldorf College band back to the level I feel it needs to be.” Rutt is on the road promoting his new ensembles. “I’m excited to get out there and represent Waldorf to friends and colleagues around northern Iowa.” Rutt has two major goals for his future Waldorf students: to have fun and to be successful. “I hope people will see new energy in the performance ensembles,” Rutt said. “And I hope to be the spark to ignite that energy.” What persuaded Rutt most to leave retirement and return to teaching was “the kids.” Visit rutt for more information on Rutt’s past experience and accomplishments.




Members of the Waldorf Choir pose during their 2015 summer tour.

An art piece made by printmaker Lori Biwer-Stewart. You can see more of her work in the Waldorf Art Gallery from August 24-October 2, 2015.

The Waldorf Choir toured several states in the Southwest during the 2015 Summer Tour, including stops in Arizona, Texas and Missouri. Many of the pieces performed during the tour had a similar concept: light. They opened with an arrangement of Thomas Tallis’ tune “All Praise to Thee, My God,” “This Night,” where the Waldorf Choir sang praise for God’s blessing of the light, followed by a musical setting of Sara Teasdale’s poem “Stars by the Latvian” composer, Ēriks Ešenvalds. The choir then paid homage to Waldorf ’s Lutheran choral tradition with Olaf Christiansen’s “Light Everlasting,” finishing with Mendelssohn’s powerful motet, “Richte mich, Gott.” Mendelssohn’s setting of the Psalm 43 text powerfully draws the listener’s attention to the phrase “Sende dein Licht,” or “send forth your light.” For the second set director Brett Robison primarily selected movements from Bradley Ellingboe’s Requiem. This modern Requiem ends with the Elegy movement that asks that “lux aeterna,” or “light eternal,” shine on loved ones lost, and to finish the set, the choir sang the gospel piece ,“True Light,” that asks us to shine our “little lights.” Christmas with Waldorf: at Immanuel Lutheran Church “And a Little Child Shall Lead Them” December 5, 7 p.m.

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The Waldorf Art Gallery will host Osage-based printmaker Lori BiwerStewart as the premier gallery show this fall. Showing dates are August 24-October 2, 2015 with the artist reception on August 28 from 6-8 p.m. Printmaking is the art or technique of creating images through engraving or etching designs into materials that are typically covered with ink and “stamped” onto a medium such as paper or cloth. Biwer-Stewart is best known for her hand-colored linoleum prints that incorporate symbolic images such as birds, keys and doors. Her prints tend to reflect themes based on dreams, beliefs and observations of her and others. Though she has no formal training in printmaking, Biwer-Stewart has been invited to display her artwork in galleries across Iowa and the Midwest, including the Iowa Artisans Gallery (Iowa City) and Macnider Art Museum (Clear Lake.) For more information about BiwerStewart and printmaking, visit www. The Waldorf Art Gallery hours are 8 a.m.-10 p.m. when Waldorf classes are in session. The gallery is free and open to the public. Band/Choir Schedule of performances: August 21 Opening Convocation October 10 Homecoming/Fall Concert December 5-6 Christmas With Waldorf March 3 Choir Concert March 17 Mid-Winter Band Concert April 24 Spring Band Concert April 26 Choir Concert May 7 Commencement May 8-17 Choir Tour For more information on times and locations visit


Forest City has been selected as the Iowa community to participate in the 2015-17 cycle of Arts Midwest World Fest. Arts Midwest is based in Minneapolis, Minn., and is one of six World Fest regional organizations in the United States dedicated to connecting American communities with international cultures through professional music ensembles. “We’re absolutely thrilled to have been selected as a 2015-17 Arts Midwest World Fest partner community,” says committee chairman Darwin Lehmann. “Our community has a rich cultural life already, but we can’t often arrange to bring in international ensembles of the caliber this program affords. Many of us can’t travel worldwide, so Forest City, Waldorf College, and Forest City Schools have partnered together to bring this international experience to our doorstep.” Through this two-year partnership, Arts Midwest will bring four international music ensembles to Forest City. Each ensemble will spend a week in the Forest City community, during which the ensemble will share its unique culture and music through workshops in schools, in community locations, and through a public concert celebration at the end of the week. The idea behind the program is to give Midwestern communities, especially smaller and mid-size communities, an opportunity to experience music, language, and culture they may not be exposed to otherwise. “I think it’s going to be interesting and fun on so many levels,” said Waldorf College president Dr. Bob Alsop. “And very generous program sponsors, like the National Endowment for the Arts and 3M, cover all but local expenses so we’re getting an amazing, rich experience we can afford.” Three of four ensembles have already been selected as World Fest artists. Waldorf College will host the ensemble concerts as part of their Waldorf Community Artist Series. More information on tickets and events will be available at WCAS. More information on Arts Midwest World Fest can be found at





ix students and History Professor James Scarry traveled to Montana over spring break, following the path of the Native Americans during the Great Sioux War and stopping at various battlefields along the way. Their journey took them to Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park, North Dakota; Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, South Dakota (site of the Wounded Knee Massacre); Custer, South Dakota; and Little Big Horn Battlefield National Monument, Montana. Not only was the trip educational, but it allowed students to have fun while learning the perspectives of Native Americans.


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eturning Warrior, Rebecca Roethler from Lake Mills, Iowa, will graduate May ’16 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in banking and finance and business management. This summer Roethler was part of the Waldorf business office staff as their summer intern. Roethler married her high school sweetheart shortly after she graduated from Lake Mills in 2011. Roethler then attended Waldorf with a goal of earning a degree in Wellness and then continuing on to nursing school. After a year those plans changed and she transferred to North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) in Mason City, Iowa, to start their nursing program. While at NIACC, Roethler took a few accounting classes and loved them but preferred different teaching methods so after two years she transferred back to Waldorf. “I liked the atmosphere at Waldorf so much better,” Roethler said. “Waldorf has an excellent business program and I just love it here!” Roethler has been a cheerleader for over seven years and was part of the Warrior cheer squad before transferring to NIACC. Although Roethler is no longer part of the cheerleading program at Waldorf, she is still involved in cheerleading, currently serving as the high school football, basketball and competition cheer coach in Lake Mills. Roethler remains active on campus. She is currently a member of the Honors College and Phi Beta Lambda. Her favorite memory as a Warrior was her freshman year bonfire during homecoming week. “All of us cheerleaders started chanting, ‘We are WC!’” Roethler said. After graduation, Roethler hopes to find a job that she loves and never wants to leave that deals with accounts, either student or medical, possibly at Waldorf or Mercy Medical Center in Mason City, Iowa.



aldorf College students presented projects at the three-day Student Inquirere event held Tuesday, April 28, through Thursday, April 30, 2015. The event is held annually and is composed of a schedule of academic presentations based upon a major project students have been working on throughout the year. “For some it is a time to present their Honors Thesis; for others, it might be a senior thesis or capstone project in their major,” said Dr. Suzanne Falck-Yi, director of the Honors College. “Most of the presenters will have worked on this project for several months,” she said. Tuesday, April 28 6:30 Antoine Cummins (Brooklyn, NY)–“Education: Balancing the Transformation of the World with the Renewing of One’s Mind” 7:00 Kaytlin Elisabeth Workman (Mahomet, Ill.)–“From Psychoanalysis to the Stage: Directing Wait Until Dark” 7:30 Cassidy Lane Atchison (Parker, TX)–“Design on a Dime: How to Get the Look You Want With the Budget You Don't Have” Wednesday, April 29 6:30 Audrey J. Sparks (Mason City, Iowa)–“Rubbernecking Writer--Looking Back Brought Me Forward” 7:00 Molly Marie Maschka (Austin, Minn.)–“The Adventures of Dennis and Molly” 7:30 Marisa Rae Donnelly (Naperville, Ill.) and Joy M. Newcom (Forest City, Iowa)–“Memoir's Necessary Revelations—Writing Difficult Memories of Loved Ones” 8:00 Kaylin S. Tlam (Dunnell, Minn.)–“Europe in Color: A Study of Art and Architecture in Rome, Venice, Paris, and London” Thursday, April 30 6:00 Ryan Michael Sheehy, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Iowa–Keynote Address: “Schweinfurthins: Mysterious Cancer Drugs from Africa” 6:30 Kaylee Vitale (Las Vegas, NV)–“Identifying Possible Iron-Dependent Enzymes that Positively Regulate Canonical Wnt Signaling” 7:00 Alyse Tiffany DeVries (Lake Mills, Iowa)–“Patterns of Movement and Habitat Use in Tiger Salamanders among Restored Wetlands in Winnebago County, IA” 7:30 Jeffrey Isadore Ferstein (Vernon Hills, Ill.)–“The Effectiveness of FMS Testing and Body Mapping in Determining Injury Risk Factors in Throwers” 8:00 Madisen L. Haines (Ontario, Calif.)–“Developing an Assay in a Chick Embryo Model for Discovery of Pharmacological Angiogenesis Effectors”



SPORTS UPDATE Women’s Wrestling The Waldorf College women’s wrestling team continues to build on its success each year. During the 2014-15 season, the Warriors made a strong showing in their home invitational in January and ended the season with eight wrestlers competing in the Women’s Collegiate Wrestling Association (WCWA) National Championships at St. Louis. Waldorf ’s Gabrielle Lord-Klein earned All-American honors for the second straight year, securing sixth place at 136 pounds in the national tournament. Lord-Klein won three of six matches in the two-day tournament. The senior from Stevens Point, Wis. finished the season with a 25-11 record and a No. 7 ranking in the WCWA poll. Maciel Ramirez (109 pounds) posted a 2-2 national tournament record for the Warriors. Sonya Legate (191), Dayana Ramirez-Brambila (116) and Sara Sanchez (130) each won one of three bouts. Marisa Hopwood (109), Bailey McLaughlin (136) and Andrea Torres (143) also represented Waldorf in the tournament. Lord-Klein and Ali Schulte were named Academic All-Americans. With six freshmen making their national tournament debuts, it helps set the tone for the Warriors as they prepare for the upcoming season.

Men’s Wrestling The Waldorf College men’s wrestling team received strong representation from Bo Bettinson, D’Monte Aursby and Angel Gomez in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Championships this past season. Bettinson (125 pounds) led the Warriors, entering the national tournament ranked No. 10 in the final NAIA poll. The four-time national qualifier from Reno, Nev. won two of four matches to reach the Round of 12 and finish one win away from All-American honors for the third consecutive season. Bettinson’s national tournament run included an upset win as he claimed an 8-7 decision to knock off the University of Great Falls’ second-ranked Luke Schlosser in a third-round consolation match. Ending his career on a national stage at Topeka, Kan., Bettinson finished the year with a 17-9 record. Facing tough competition, Aursby (165) and Gomez (285) battled for Waldorf while finishing with 0-2 tournament records. Making his first national tournament appearance, Aursby closed out the season with a 15-11 record. Gomez, a two-time national qualifier, went 18-12 on the year.

Women’s Basketball

After a tough start to the season, the Waldorf College women’s basketball team stepped up and showed competitiveness. Seven games were decided by single digits for the Warriors, who began to play with an edge under first-year coach Katie Schutjer. Waldorf, which joins the North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) this year, wrapped up its final season in the Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference (MCAC) with a 4-26 record and a 2-12 league mark. The Warriors finished the season battling in the MCAC North Tournament semifinals and giving No. 18 College of St. Mary all it could handle. Mackenzie Gott and Kellie Schmit earned All-MCAC Honorable Mention recognition for their performances on the hardwood. Jennifer Nelsen, Jenna Quina and Mikaela Vega were named MCAC Scholar-Athletes.

Men’s Basketball Set to join the North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) this year, the Waldorf College men’s basketball team made its presence known in its final Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference (MCAC) season. Turning it on down the stretch, the Warriors won 12 of their final 18 games during the 2014-15 campaign. Waldorf put together a 15-15 record and finished one game out of first place in the MCAC standings with a 10-4 conference mark. The Warriors, who knocked off three teams ranked in the top four of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Division II poll, ended the season in the MCAC North Tournament championship game. Jordan Nelson, Trey Scott and Erik Brewer capped the year as All-MCAC Team selections. Nelson was named the MCAC Player of the Year while Scott was tabbed as the MCAC Defensive Player of the Year. Michael Morgan and Nelson earned MCAC Scholar-Athlete recognition. Nelson was also an NAIA Scholar-Athlete. Nelson and Scott made school history, becoming the first All-American players since Waldorf transitioned to a four-year college. A second-team All-American, Nelson led the Warriors in scoring and rebounding, averaging 19.1 points and 7.1 boards a game. The 6-foot-6 senior center from Neenah, Wis. shot 61 percent (240-of-394) from the field, which ranked 10th among Division II players. Nelson was efficient from 3-point range, finishing 14-of-32 (44 percent) on the year. He also went 79 percent at the free-throw line as he knocked down 99-of-126 attempts. Nelson closed out his career as Waldorf's all-time leading scorer with 1,325 career points. He also tops the school record books


with 598 rebounds and 92 blocks in his fouryear career. Scott earned All-American honorable mention recognition as he averaged 18.8 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.7 steals and 2.7 assists while shooting 131-of-299 (44 percent) from the floor for Waldorf. He amassed 51 steals in just 19 games this season. Scott, a 5-foot-10 senior guard from Fridley, Minn., ranks first in school history with 122 steals and is fifth on the alltime scoring list with 732 points in two seasons.

Softball After a tough nonconference schedule, the Waldorf College softball team showed continuous improvement throughout its final Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference (MCAC) season this past spring. The Warriors wrapped up the year with a 15-26 record and placed sixth in the MCAC standings with a 6-12 league mark. Waldorf scored its signature win of the season, claiming a 10-7 victory over conference champion Bellevue University on April 22 at Al Buckley Field. Carla Smith, Danyielle Barger, Hattie Hupke and Kaitlin Murphy earned honors from the MCAC following their on-field performances. Smith was named to the AllMCAC Second Team while Barger, Hupke and Murphy received all-conference honorable mention recognition. Smith finished the season with a .329 batting average, connecting for two home runs and 19 RBIs. The senior catcher and outfielder from Greenfield collected 28 hits, including eight doubles. Smith scored 13 runs and ended the year with a .412 on-base percentage and a .494 slugging percentage. Ashley Brandt, Marisa Donnelly, Courtney Palmer, Maggie Eden and Maggie Hawley were honored as MCAC ScholarAthletes. Brandt, Donnelly, Eden and Palmer also garnered Scholar-Athlete recognition from the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). The 2015 campaign marked the final season for coach Denny Gilbertson. Gilbertson concluded his 20th season at Waldorf with a 738-275 career record, which ranks fifth among NAIA coaches.

Baseball Facing a challenging schedule, the Waldorf College baseball team displayed a competitive edge and simply wouldn’t back down against topnotch competition this past spring. The Warriors nearly doubled their season win total from a year ago, finishing the 2015 campaign with a 13-30 record. In the final year of Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference (MCAC) play, Waldorf went 4-20 in league play to place sixth in the MCAC standings.

CAMPUS NEWS Playing 10 games against opponents ranked in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) poll, the Warriors refused to go down without a battle and picked up two upset wins on their home field. They brought down perennial power Morningside College with a 4-3 win in nine innings on April 6 and scored a 5-3 victory over No. 8 Oklahoma Wesleyan University on April 17. Kendrick White led Waldorf with a .300 batting average, collecting a team-high 39 hits. White hit 11 doubles, three home runs and finished with 16 RBIs. Dillon Schulz batted .295 with 38 hits, including 10 doubles and two homers. Schulz knocked in 12 runs and Ryan Villarreal, who hit .286, added a pair of homers. Lucas McKeon struck out a teamhigh 34 batters and Michael Keeran notched 32 strikeouts. Reid Gilbertson and Casey Smith were honored as NAIA Scholar-Athletes.

Men & Women’s Bowling The Waldorf College men’s and women’s bowling teams raised the bar this past winter, putting together some of the top performances in program history. The Warriors traveled to highly-competitive tournaments throughout the Midwest and also participated in two tournaments in Las Vegas during the 2014-15 season. Both Waldorf teams turned in the best finishes in school history during the 2nd Annual Crusader Open, hosted by Clarke University in Dubuque in February. The men’s team claimed third place while the women’s team earned fourth. Jeremia Bostrom led the charge for the Warriors in the Crusader Open, rolling a six-game total of 1,328 to lock up third place. Bostrom recorded a 221.33 average in the twoday tournament that featured 11 teams. The Waldorf men’s team ended the Crusader Open with a score of 8,745. The Warriors posted a 5,764 team score and added 2,981 in baker play. Waldorf advanced to match play, qualifying fifth in the team standings. The Warriors defeated Viterbo University in a best-of-three baker game match. They then lost to Ashford University, falling short late in the third baker game against the Saints. Keri Ladigo guided the Waldorf women’s team, securing fourth place with a six-game score of 1,203 in the Crusader Open. Ladigo averaged 200.5 while Tammy Bernaek earned 22nd behind a 1,010 (168.3 average). The Warriors qualified for match play, turning in a 5,106 team score and a 2,841 baker total to finish with 7,497 in the six-team tournament.

Women’s Golf

Solid performances throughout the lineup paved the way for the Waldorf

College women's golf team in a runner-up finish during the Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference (MCAC) Championships in April. All four Warrior players, who were freshmen, made their presence known in their conference tournament debuts. Fernanda Valdes led Waldorf, earning seventh with a 36-hole score of 169 in the twoday tournament at Mozingo Lake Golf Course in Maryville, Mo. Valdes earned All-MCAC First Team honors and was named MCAC Freshman of the Year. During her first year of collegiate competition, the Morelia, Mexico native collected two tournament victories and placed in the top 10 in each of the 11 tournaments. Trinity Hill, Kailee Ward and Hannah Ohm secured All-MCAC Second Team recognition while helping lead the charge for the Warriors. Hill and Ward tied for ninth with 182-stroke totals. Ohm shot a 187 to place 13th. During the fall campaign, Waldorf won the Warrior Fall Invitational. The Warriors continued to progress in the spring, winning the Tiger Classic and earning a dual-meet victory over NCAA Division III’s Iowa Wesleyan College.

Men’s Golf

Rick Young, Juan Roa and Hugo Becerra led the way for the Waldorf College men’s golf team during a fourth-place finish in the Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference (MCAC) Championships in April. Young claimed fourth, shooting a 7-over par score of 223 in the two-day, 54-hole tournament held at Mozingo Lake Golf Course in Maryville, Mo. Roa tied for sixth, carding a 227-stroke performance. Becerra tied for ninth with a 228. Young and Roa capped the year with AllMCAC First Team honors while Becerra was named to the All-MCAC Second Team. Cody Rozales placed 20th for the Warriors, turning in a 239. Austin Heeren tied for 25th with a 250-stroke total. Waldorf won two tournaments during the fall season, including the NIACC Fall Classic and Warrior Fall Invitational. The Warriors recorded runner-up finishes in two of their five spring tournaments. Heeren and Young earned ScholarAthlete honors from the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).

Men & Women's Track & Field

The Waldorf College men’s and women’s track and field teams made an impact in what marked the first-ever year of competition for the Warriors. Both teams showed progress during the indoor season this past winter, competing in six meets that were held in Iowa and


Minnesota. Waldorf continued to shine in an outdoor season that culminated with the Warriors bringing home three titles from the Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference (MCAC) Championships held at Lawrence, Kan. in April. Korey Beaman won the MCAC crown in the 400-meter hurdles, winning the event behind a lifetime-best performance of 58.24 seconds. The junior from Mount Ayr also won the conference championship in the 110 high hurdles. Danielle Holt chased down the 100 hurdles title in the MCAC Championships as the freshman from New London charged to a season-best time of 17.08 seconds. Holt, Abby Buehler and Cody Clark recorded second-place finishes in the MCAC Championships to earn all-conference honorable mention recognition. Holt matched her all-time best in the 400 hurdles, Buehler locked up the runner-up spot in the long jump with a mark of 5.17 meters and also earned second (13.58) in the 100. Clark ran a lifetimebest of 17:30.84 in the 5,000. Caleb Gilbertson, Adam Brinkman, Buehler and Clark were honored as MCAC Scholar-Athletes. Buehler and Clark were named NAIA Scholar-Athletes.


aldorf College Coach Kent Anderson was recently named to the German Football League (GFL) Hall of Fame. Anderson has made his presence known on the sidelines of the GFL by winning a combined eight national championships with three different teams in a 15-year span, which helped solidify a legacy. In 1994, Anderson arrived in Germany on a three-month contract as assistant coach of the Braunschweig Lions. He planned to stay for the summer, but after being offered and accepting a position as head coach, Anderson remained in Germany until 2009. During that first season Anderson made GFL history by being the first to take a team to the playoffs as a first-year coach. As a coach in the GFL, Anderson compiled a 182-62-5 record and was a six-time National Coach of the Year. Anderson’s goal was to return to the United States once he established himself as a coach and made an impact in the GFL. He is in his fourth season as head football coach at Waldorf.



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aldorf College men’s wrestling coach Brad Stockton knows as well as anyone what it takes to be successful in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). Stockton, a four-time NAIA All-American at Waldorf, was the 149-pound national champion as a senior in 2007. “Wresting in the NAIA isn’t unlike wrestling in any other division,” Stockton said. “Throughout the year, every division meets up with one another and every athlete that wants to be successful is doing the right things on and off the mat. If you are putting in the work and setting your goals weekly, monthly and a top-tier goal, you will be successful.” Although it took a tremendous individual effort for Stockton to cap his career with a national title, his teammates also played a significant role. “Everyone rallied behind everyone and we all kept each other in check throughout the season,” Stockton said. “Everyone had many different goals throughout the season, but everyone’s ultimate goal was very similar.” Set to begin his third season leading the Warriors, Stockton is aiming to instill the same culture to help the program continue its presence in the NAIA National Championships. The 2014-15 campaign culminated with Bo Bettinson (125 pounds), D’Monte Aursby (165) and Angel Gomez (285) representing Waldorf in the NAIA National Championships at Topeka, Kan. Bettinson ended his senior season with a 17-9 record. He won two of four matches in the national tournament to reach the Round of 12 and finish one win shy of All-American honors for the third consecutive year. Aursby turned in a 15-11 record while making his national tournament debut. Gomez, a two-time national qualifier, finished with an 18-12 mark. The two returning seniors are expected to set the tone for the Warriors. “Like everyone else, we will always need leaders on the

team,” Stockton said. “I expect our returners to get back to the national tournament and reach the podium.” Waldorf has been on the brink of having a wrestler earn All-American recognition the past three seasons. It’s no easy feat, but Stockton believes Aursby and Gomez are up to the task while working alongside their returning teammates and a new crop of talent. “I expect them to push, motivate and mentor the incoming class,” Stockton said. “The individuals that have been at the national tournament know what it is about. They know there are ups and downs and anything can happen at any given moment.” Stockton said everyone puts pressure on themselves to perform when they reach the national tournament. Though it’s the ultimate destination for any NAIA grappler, he said the key is treating it like any other tournament. “When you break it all down, it is just another tournament,” Stockton said. “You still have to show up and compete like you would any other day. If you do that, then everything will fall into place.” The Warriors competed in the NAIA North National Qualifier last season, which proved to be a tough region full of great teams and individuals. Realignment shifts Waldorf to the Central Region, which now serves as the team’s path to Topeka. “The Central Region is just as competitive as the North, if not more than previous years,” Stockton said. Twelve is the maximum number of entries a team can have in a regional qualifier. Eight of the 11 wrestlers who competed for the Warriors in last year’s regional tournament return with promising postseason experience to help the program ramp up success on a national stage. “There are many goals which will change throughout the season based on where we are as a team at any given point,” Stockton said. “The ultimate goal is 12 national champs at 10 different weight classes.”





aldorf College’s Jordan Nelson and Courtney Palmer were named the Honor Athlete Award winners while Reid Gilbertson and Airenne Curry were recognized with the Forest City Lions Club Sportsmanship Award during the annual Student-Athlete Recognition Ceremony held in April at Hanson Fieldhouse. Nelson, a senior men's basketball player from Neenah, Wis., earned All-American honors from the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) while leading the Warriors in scoring and rebounding with 19.1 points and 7.1 boards a game during the 2014-15 season. He capped the season with All-Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference (MCAC) Team honors and was named the MCAC Player of the Year. A two-time NAIA and MCAC Scholar-Athlete, Nelson finished his career as Waldorf's all-time leading scorer with 1,325 points and also tops the school record books with 598 rebounds and 92 blocks. Palmer, a member of Waldorf's volleyball and softball teams, has been a dedicated and superb athlete during her four-year career with the Warriors. The senior from Rochester, Minn. posted .360 career batting average. As a four-year starter on the volleyball team, Palmer recorded more than 1,100 kills and 1,800 digs. She served as a team captain and recorded career-bests with 353 kills and 586 digs this past season. Palmer is a two-time NAIA Scholar-Athlete and three-time MCAC Scholar-Athlete in both sports. She earned second-team all-conference honors in volleyball the past two seasons. During her career, Palmer helped the Warriors to 73 victories in volleyball and more than 100 wins in softball. Gilbertson, a senior baseball player from Forest City, was very active in the Waldorf Community throughout his career. He spent the last four years assisting Waldorf's Sports Information department in numerous capacities by working at basketball, volleyball, soccer and football games. Gilbertson has also been an asset to the college's Financial Aid Office during his four-year career with the Warriors. Off the field, he is a standup individual and a two-time NAIA Scholar-Athlete and a three-time MCAC Scholar-Athlete. Curry, a senior forward on the women's soccer team, embodied the qualities of citizenship, sportsmanship and community service. The Manteca, Calif. native served as the Executive Youth Director at Immanuel Lutheran Church, the leader of middle school teens at Immanuel Lutheran, a peer minister at Waldorf and was involved in an organization called Ambassadors in Sports that completes missionary work in other countries. Curry mentored girls at Forest City High School, was a leader of a TBQ group at the high school and also worked in Waldorf's Cafeteria and Campus Center while achieving success in the classroom. She was an MCAC Scholar-Athlete this past season. Curry helped freshman soccer players transition to college academics and athletics by implementing the Senior and Freshman Buddy System.

LEFT: Waldorf College’s Angel Gomez (top) competes at 285 pounds in the NAIA National Championships in March at Topeka, Kan. ABOVE: Waldorf College men’s wrestling coach Brad Stockton ’07 encourages one of his grapplers during the NAIA National Championships held in March at Topeka, Kan. while fellow athlete Ray McQueen ’14 looks on.

Nelson, Palmer named Waldorf Honor Athletes.


Curry, Gilbertson earn Lions Club Sportsmanship Award





fter more than 700 wins, Softball Coach Denny Gilbertson ’81 is pursuing a new direction in his career path. Gilbertson, who spent three decades at the college and completed his 20th season with the Warriors last spring, announced his resignation in May. “Denny has provided a steady, consistent presence in the athletic department,” said Bart Gray, Waldorf director of athletics. “His achievement of 700 career wins speaks directly to his excellence as a coach and his ability to identify and develop talented young women for our softball program.” During Gilbertson’s tenure at Waldorf, he guided the Warriors to 11 regularseason conference championships and six conference titles. He led Waldorf to a thirdplace finish in the 2000 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) national tournament and helped the college transition to a four-year institution while joining the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) during the

2003-04 academic year. “I cherish the time spent at Waldorf,” Gilbertson said. “I have had the opportunity to work with some very good people who I consider close friends.” Gilbertson owns a .729 win percentage and leaves Waldorf with a 738-275 career record, which ranks fifth among NAIA coaches. Working alongside knowledgeable coaches, along with recruiting and developing talented student-athletes have been Gilbertson’s secrets to success. Over the course of his career, he’s strived to provide his student-athletes with the resources and support to be productive on and off the field. “As I have said many times, the successes we have enjoyed over the years are a direct result of the quality athletes and coaches who have spent time in the program,” Gilbertson added. In two decades as coach, Gilbertson established a program built on a tradition of success and academic excellence.


“I cherish the time spent at Waldorf. I have had the opportunity to work with some very good people who I consider close friends.”

Denny Gilbertson ’81 The 1999 team was named the NJCAA Academic Team of the Year. Pushing his players to excel both on and off the field, Gilbertson coached 14 All-Americans and 54 Academic AllAmericans during his career. Gilbertson, who concluded his duties at Waldorf on May 31, accepted a position outside of higher education in Des Moines. He and his wife, Beth, relocated to Des Moines where they are closer to family.




e all have dreams and aspirations to become something meaningful in life. Often inspired by others, including our parents, family, friends and even strangers, we learn from one another. Sometimes that motivation begins with someone who has overcome his or her own personal obstacles in order to achieve success. Waldorf student, Natalee Righetti, is that inspiration and success story. Righetti is finishing her final year of college online at Waldorf College. Born with Cerebral Palsy, she has faced obstacles her entire life. Even though Righetti is only able to use one side of her body, she has never let her disability get in the way of realizing her dreams. Righetti has accepted challenges that others said she would never be able to achieve, like playing sports. Born the daughter of Dave Righetti, a former professional baseball pitcher and current pitching coach for the San Francisco Giants, athletics have always been a lifelong passion. Her father has always motivated and encouraged her to stick with playing sports even though she had

to learn to play differently and practice more. She wants to provide that same inspiration to others. Because it has always been important to Righetti to encourage those in her life, she has written a book entitled “Beautifully Different: Living a Grand Slam Life Despite My Disability.” She recalls the importance of helping others discover their own capabilities despite the challenges they may face, as the motivation to write about her story, her life and everything she has overcome. “Life is a roller coaster ride and encouragement, whether it comes from a family member, friend, coach, teacher or a person with a similar story can make the tiniest bit of difference,” expresses Righetti. Life can be difficult and regardless of what one may be going through, she wants to help. Writing about her family’s story as well as her own is one way to encourage people facing diverse challenges and help them through experiences similar to her own. Righetti says there will always be challenges to overcome when trying to meet a goal, but if you want to succeed, you must persevere and give it your all. Righetti’s parents and siblings have always been the driving force behind her passion. She values her father’s loyalty and commitment and tries to also provide the same support to those in her life. She says, “I think it’s the strength in my parents' relationship and the love and support they both give me that motivates me in achieving my ambitions.” Righetti believes that mental strength is equally as important as physical strength, and when it comes to achieving goals, no matter how difficult, you must always tell yourself that you can do it. She knows that

you are the only person who can make your dreams a reality. Leadership is in her blood, and she continues to showcase that skill to those around her. She displays compassion and support to her classmates and friends. “Leading by example is also a value of mine. It’s amazing how much better someone can do in school when they feel like someone believes in them. As a family member, girlfriend, and friend I want to always be supportive and show excitement for whatever my loved ones are involved in. If you own who you are and your actions match the values you hold, people will see that and be affected by it. I’d like to think that my loved ones are more inspired when they know they have my love and support.” Righetti will complete her degree program in Organization Leadership/ Leadership Communication at Waldorf College in October. Taking online classes her last year of college has required a lot of discipline and self-motivation, but Righetti has welcomed the challenge. Waldorf‘s online classes cater to her learning style, and she has been pleased with the progress of finalizing her degree. She plans to pursue a job in the medical field in Human Resources or Public Relations. Her motivation to complete her degree is the realization that only once she graduates can she fulfill even greater dreams. “Although there are days when I don’t feel motivated or capable enough, I keep going because I know I’m the only one who can make my dream of getting my degree happen,” says Righetti. Whitney Fike is the owner of public relations and marketing agency, Sparkplug Social in Pensacola, Fla. She is a regular contributor to The Warrior, Waldorf's blog.


Waldorf senior Timothy Brown Jr. died during a personal trip on Saturday, April 11 to Torkelson Pits, south of Forest City. Brown's water recreation vessel overturned, resulting in his accidental death. Tim came to Waldorf College five years ago to study criminal justice and to play football. A memorial was held in honor of Brown in the Ballroom in Salveson Hall on Monday, May 8 where students, friends and family gathered together to fellowship, share stories and honor him. Brown was expected to graduate last May and his step-father and fiance accepted his diploma on his behalf.








fter almost one year of hard work, the feature film, “Rise of the Sea Urchins” (ROTSU), was released on June 12, 2015. This film has a cast and crew that includes numerous Waldorf alumni, faculty, staff and students. “Rise of the Sea Urchins” is about an insecure teen (Ted Biddles played by Raymond McQueen ’14) from an overprotective, sports-averse family, and his dreams of acceptance and water polo glory. But he and the unimpressive Sunnyville Sea Urchins will lose their aquatic center if they don’t pull it together and win, and their offbalance coach, Max Dungal played by Troy Thompson ’95, will lose his job. Rise of the Sea Urchins is a heart-warming comedy that will have you laughing out loud. The process of creating ROTSU began in the fall of 2013 when Executive Producer Leslie Nelson pitched the idea of the film to Mark Newcom, associate professor of communications and director of electronic media communications. Together they talked to then Waldorf seniors Carlos Ruiz ’14 and Philip Koolhoven ’14 about being involved. The following February, after finishing the work on their own short-films, Ruiz and Koolhoven got more involved and began working with Nelson and Newcom. They had hands-on experience with casting, scouting locations, filming and editing. While they were originally brought in for other positions, roughly 5-6 weeks before cameras started rolling they were moved to co-directors.

“It was an amazing experience to work on this film,” said Ruiz. “I have plenty of experience with short films (8 Short Films) and this was my first feature film so it was a completely different and much larger experience, but a great one. It was overwhelming at times, especially being one of the directors, but it was a great learning experience, both personally and professionally.” “My experience working on this film was amazing,” said Koolhoven. “I was given a great opportunity that most people don't get ‘til they've acquired years of experience. It was very challenging but required my best work.” On the night of the premiere, ROTSU was shown in six different theatres with a red carpet event in both Forest City and Charles City. The premiere night in Forest City started at 5 p.m. when the doors opened for a private showing for cast and crew. After the meet and greet the cast and crew were escorted to Salveson Ballroom at Waldorf College where they were loaded into limos to head to the red carpet event with a public showing that started at 8:30 p.m. After the public showing there was a private party for cast and crew at the Pizza Ranch in Garner, Iowa. The turnout of the red carpet event was above and beyond what Ruiz and Koolhoven expected. “The nights attendance for ROTSU was crazy,” Koolhoven said. “It blew Carlos and my expectations out of the water.” This was not the first red carpet event for some. For Ruiz and Koolhoven this was their second. Last year both of them participated in the 1st Annual North Iowa Film Festival (NIFF) red carpet event, an event that both Ruiz and Koolhoven helped establish. Ruiz, vice president/marketing director, and Koolhoven, president, started NIFF as a way to help students from all over the country have a place to submit their short-films. While this year the focus was on the premier of ROTSU the goal is to make NIFF an annual event. Both Ruiz and Koolhoven have big dreams for their future in filmmaking. Ruiz wants to continue working as a director/ producer and continue working with sound in the post production realm. “I have established a sound production company, Mountainside Studios that it specifically intended to work on sound with film/TV,”

LEFT: Cast and crew of the feature film "Rise of the Sea Urchins" as they walk the red carpet. Pictured are (left to right)– Front row: Phillip Koolhoven ’14, Elijah Alsop, Carlos Ruiz ’14, Mark Newcom. Background: Bo Bettinson ’15, Cody Clark ’16, Raymond McQueen ’14, Courtney Chaffee ’16, Derrick Willcut ’14, President Bob Alsop, Brian Keeley, Stross Newcom ’17, and Andy Buffington ’90. ABOVE: Coach Dungal, played by Troy Thompson ’95, shares his bag of chips with fans.


Ruiz said. “My dream is to work on large scale films backed by a studio and work with big time actors, studios, etc. The ultimate dream is to win an oscar and show people that with hard work, dreams do indeed come true.” “Thank you!” Ruiz said. “On behalf of the cast and crew, thank you everyone for your endless love and support throughout the filming process from beginning to end. It was an incredible journey that we will never forget and we couldn’t have done it without the support of the college, community, loved ones and fans of “Rise Of The Sea Urchins”. Seriously, THANK YOU!” To find out more about the film or to order a DVD you can visit

RISE OF THE SEA URCHINS SHOWN IN NINE THEATRES OPENING NIGHT: Forest City, Iowa* Clear Lake, Iowa Lake Mills, Iowa Garner, Iowa Cresco, Iowa Charles City, Iowa*

*locations held a red carpet event

ADDITIONAL SHOWINGS: South Padre Island Lanesboro, Minn. Spring Grove, Minn.



Q & A WITH KRISTIN PICKETT Kristin Pickett, online and residential professor of criminal justice, was the 2015 Residential Professor of the Year and has been featured in Elite American Educators, International Women’s Leadership Association’s Women of Excellence magazine and the Women of Distinction Magazine. • How long have you been at Waldorf ? I am starting my second year at Waldorf College. • What is one of your most memorable moments at Waldorf ? One of my most memorable moments at Waldorf is also one of my most memorable in my ten years of teaching. In April, I received the Professor of the Year Award. Just being nominated was an honor and I was shocked when I won. My students have really made me feel welcome and reminded me why I began teaching in the first place. • What’s your favorite thing about working with online students/programs? My favorite aspect of working with the online students is seeing the diversity in my courses. My students are of various ages and in different stages of their careers. I have found that, in those courses, the students teach each other a lot, as they share stories from their careers. I love to watch that interaction. As far as working with the online program, as program director, I really enjoy the ability to help shape our curriculum and ensure our students are getting the best criminal justice education that they can get! One that prepares them to continue their careers or possibly start an entirely new career. Overall, I just love sharing my passion and love of my field with others. • If you weren’t working in education, what would you be doing. If I wasn't working in education, I would be working as a criminologist or analyst, likely in some part of federal law enforcement. I have a background in psychology, as well was criminal justice. Before I started teaching I worked in a juvenile psychological detention unit, and I love the interplay between the two fields. • What do you consider your biggest achievement (personal or professional) My biggest personal achievement was being the first in my family to graduate college with a Master of Arts of Public Administration with Criminal Justice and Criminology concentrate from Ball State University. My grandparents, who raised me, always pushed me to work hard and going to college wasn't an option. When I got my master's degree, I know I made them proud, because I went above and beyond what they thought I would do.


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CAMPUS UPDATES Housing upgrades include new kitchens, added A/C and new laundry machines!

Housing on campus upgraded some of the amenities in the residence halls over the summer in response to student feedback. “We are continuing the trend to air-condition J&L by adding 20 additional a/c units to rooms in the building. Students once again will have the option to choose an air conditioned residence hall room for an additional charge,” according to Dean of Students Jason Ramaker. Over 60 students last year selected the a/c option and it was a welcome addition to comfortable living for students during the warmer months.” In addition, Waldorf re-signed a new contract with BDS Laundry to continue laundry services in the residence halls on campus. “We are excited to offer new and upgraded options this fall as we have replaced all washer and dryers in the halls with new more modern machines that are card activated,” according to Ramaker. The college has added 16 new machines including front loader machines that provide a larger capacity for larger loads of laundry. The new card system will eliminate the need and hassle of coin operated machines. Students will be able to add money to the laundry card on-line or with a debit card using the PayFlex machine in the Campus Center. In response to student requests, the college has budgeted to add two kitchenettes to J&L and Ormseth Hall. “We have a lot of international and other students that stay on campus during breaks that like to cook their own meals when dining service is limited. This new option will provide flexibility and a community enhancement factor that can be enjoyed by all students of the hall,” according to Alyssa Braun, international coordinator who initiated the project.

Tanner Hall re-opens for fall semester

Tanner Hall will re-open in the fall of 2015, announced Student Life Administrative Coordinator Anna Moklestad. “We have filled J&L, Breen, Timberland, Theme Houses and now it looks like we will have two floors open to students beginning in August.” Moklestad works on placing and assigning students to rooms on campus. The Facilities Department has been working hard deep cleaning rooms and getting the lounge, lobby and restrooms ready to go. “There is a lot to do when you re-open a residence hall. It’s an exciting challenge making sure we have all the right furnishings; cable is up and running and the laundry machines still work,” commented Ramaker. “We also have to make sure we add staff and staff time for security, cleaning and RA positions. It’s a good problem to have.”

Waldorf College Conferences and Dining Services offer more culinary flexibility

Summer Orientation Shatters Record!

The Waldorf College Conference and Dining Services department, formerly employed by and titled as ARAMARK Food Services, is now a Waldorf-owned department. The department move took effect on Monday, May 11, 2015. “We can’t be more thrilled to welcome the Conference & Dining Services Department,” Vice President of Business Affairs Mason Harms said. “Combined, this team has over 135 years of experience of service on the Waldorf Campus. The move makes perfect sense.”

English Department updates

At the end of the spring semester we bid a fond farewell to Dr. Kyle Torke, who moved to take a new position in Colorado. The faculty is excited to announce the addition of Ms. Rebecca McKanna. Ms. McKanna completed her Master of Fine Arts-Fiction at Purdue University in May and she comes to us excited about the upcoming fall semester and the Creative Writing Program here at Waldorf. She will be actively engaged with our First-year Composition Program, as well as the Creative Writing Program and the new Creative Writing Affinity Group. In addition, the English/Humanities Suite on 2nd floor Thorson got a facelift this summer making it more open and welcoming for students to gather with friends or just hang out while studying. Al Eggebraaten and the facilities crew worked hard to help remake the suite into a perfect space for great conversations.


Summer Orientation this year for new students and their families included over 250 people on campus July 10. Parents and students had the opportunity to meet faculty members, meet current students, see Forest City, attend informational and resource sessions and prepare for arrival to campus in August. Nearly 100 families attended from nine different states for the one day event that ended with a fair in the Atrium that featured campus clubs, campus tours, sign ups/registration for classes, parking and housing requests. Students could also receive their Walorf student ID. Warrick the Warrior was also in attendance for some quick selfies with the Mascot. This orientation marks the largest July Orientation on record, reflective of increased enrollment in the fall.


FACULTY/STAFF NEWS Tim Bascom, director of creative writing and assistant professor of English, had his memoir “Running to the Fire”, which is about living through a year in the Marxist revolution in Ethiopia, published by the University of Iowa Press in April 2015. He has read from the book at the Des Moines Arts Center, Central College, Prairie Lights Bookstore in Iowa City, and the International Festival at Heritage Park, Forest City. To learn more about his book, or to order a copy, visit his website: https:// Bascom also organized the second annual Northern Iowa High School Creative Writing Contest, bringing 30 high school writers to Waldorf campus on April 24 for a one-day writing festival and awards ceremony. Denny Jerome ’70, former Waldorf College women's basketball coach, was named to the 2015 Class of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Women's Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Jerome, who has served as Waldorf's associate athletic director since 2012, retired from coaching in July 2014 with a career record of 786-439. He averaged 19 wins a season after leading the Warriors for 42 years. At the conclusion of his career at the two-year level, Jerome owned a 632-256 record, which ranks 10th for the most coaching wins in NJCAA history. Jerome received the Region XI Coach of the Year honors seven times. Dr. Kristi Leonard, associate professor of wellness and department chair, presented her research, “QuasiExperimental Evaluation of Undergraduate Learning in a Multi-dimensional Wellness Course,” at the Society of Health and Physical Educators National Convention held in Seattle, Wash. in March 2015. Michelle Schutter ’14, served as interim softball coach of the Warriors while a national search was conducted to find the team's next coach. Schutter

New Hires since January 2015

spent the 2015 season as an assistant coach at Waldorf. A 2010 graduate of W-CL-T High School in Crystal Lake, Schutter continued her softball career and education at Waldorf. She graduated in 2014 with Bachelor of Arts degree in Business and Criminal Justice. Charles Williams, adjunct professor of sciences, presented two papers at conferences during April 2015: “Hunting with Gist: wild game provisioning during the 1750 expedition of Christopher Gist to the Ohio Country” at the 86th Annual Meeting of the Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology and “Tanneries, wood chemicals, and paper pulp: early industrial history and environment along Pennsylvania’s Clarion River” at the Pennsylvania Archaeological Council Symposium–The Industries of Pennsylvania: An Archaeological Perspective. In July he also gave a presentation titled “Freshwater mussels making a comeback on the Clarion River” at Cook Forest State Park in Cooksburg, Pa. Tina Wixom, assistant professor of business, attended the Midwest Educators Forum on Entrepreneurship in Mason City, Iowa, June 24-26. The forum was designed to bring college and university educators together with entrepreneurial leaders and community champions to share best practices and tips on how to educate students and business in the entrepreneurial ecosystem. Topics included introducing the Gallup Entrepreneurial Strengths Finder and sessions by The New York Times bestselling author Diana Kander on her book “All In Startup: Launching a New Idea When Everything is on the Line.” The work of Saras Sarasvathy was also discussed in a one day Mastery Class on Effectuation: The Entrepreneurial Mindset. Professor Wixom is excited about all of the tools and resources that were shared at the forum and is looking forward to working closely with the incoming Entrepreneur Cooley Scholars this fall.



Mariah Benesh Marla Britton-Johnson Tora Buffington Kenneth Chukwuba Traci Francis Andrea Blanchard Signe Johnson Brett Robison Charles Rutt Bryan Stanley Alyse DeVreis Lauren Schryver ’15 Kristi White


Andrew Jermeland ’13


Bo Bettinson Corey Bins Lexy Detterman Aaron Schneider Ryan Thompson Carly Wehling Michael Wilson Ashley Conway Derrick Crumpton



Heidi Aitchison Michelle Archer Cristen Hall Ali Schulte ’15


Tara Kingland ’15


Jimmie Flores Ryan Johnson Elwin Jones Alan Joos Debra Lindh Pamela McLauglin Edward Sherbert Christina Spoons Ruth Tweto Lauren Armstrong Ashley Brewton Peri Ann Edwards Brianna Girdner Tracy Games Kara Mund Deanna Peterson Jeffrey Pilz Jeannie Smith Tommy Spotts Kayla Cooper




Amanda Aberle


Eliza Slanker Jamie Smith Britany Graham


FORMER FACULTY / STAFF AND REGENT NEWS: Ruth Tweeten Holtan ’43 died March 27 at the Good Samaritan Care Center in Forest City at the age of 90. Ruth served on the Waldorf College Board of Regents from 1984– 2000 and received the Waldorf Alumni Distinguished Award for Service in 1993. She and her late husband Stanford ’42 were lifelong supporters of the college in many ways. They had eight children and seven of them attended Waldorf. Ruth was proud of her Norwegian heritage and compiled and wrote several books on family history. She and Stanford were instrumental in establishing Heritage Park in Forest City. They moved there in 2001 to continue developing museums, finding volunteers and giving tours. Ruth was chosen as Iowa Mother of the Year in 1977 and was twice appointed by Gov. Branstad to the Commission on the Status of Women. Her list of community involvement is long as she had a passion to serve. More information can be found on page 51. Survivors include children Jerry Holtan ’67, Audrey Holtan Olmstead ’68, Keith Holtan ’69, Phil Holtan ’70, Steve Holtan ’73, John Holtan ’75, and Ron Holtan ’77; 20 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and siblings Jim, Stanley, Maynard, and Luther Tweeten ’52. An article about the career and family of Dr. Adrian Johnson (AJ) was featured in the July 2015 issue of generations of TODAY magazine, published out of Red Wing, Minn. The article, “Respected and Beloved Mentor,” focused on Adrian’s career at Waldorf College as director of the Waldorf Choir for two decades. His wife, Eleanor Johnson, was also mentioned as his supportive wife and the mother of their two children, Donn ’72 and Andrea ’73 Johnson. Eleanor accompanied Adrian on choir tours and taught in the education department at Waldorf for many years. The Johnsons live in Faribault, Minn.

Harvey Johnson of Forest City, Iowa, died July 12. Harvey taught biology and coached basketball and golf at Waldorf College from 1963–1982. Over the years, he led the men's golf team to four National Golf Tournaments in the NJCAA. He was inducted into the Waldorf College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2011 as a coach, and again along with the 1977-78 men’s golf team in 2014. After he left Waldorf, Harvey continued his career in radon testing and mitigation, retiring in 1994. Harvey’s faith in God became a driving force in his life. As a member of Gideons International, he served on the State Cabinet, and loved sharing his faith nearly every place he went. He enjoyed traveling with his wife, Barb, and meeting new people. He was always coming up with clever inventions, and it seemed that there was nothing that he could not fix or improve. Survivors include his loving wife, Barbara, of Forest City; daughters Julie Johnson ’80 and Jennifer Johnson ’82 and son Eric; three granddaughters; and two sisters. Dr. Matt Plowman, former associate professor of history at Waldorf, was promoted to full professor at Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa, effective this fall. He served Waldorf from 2000-2009. Dr. Timothy Schmidt, music professor emeritus, was approved to receive a guide dog by Guide Dogs for the Blind and traveled to California in June to receive and train with his new best friend, “Petey.” Tim has served Waldorf College for more than 40 years as a member of the music faculty, an accomplished pianist and accompanist. He has performed all over the United States, Asia and Europe and was appointed a cultural ambassador by the Governor of Iowa. He also served on the Iowa Arts Council. Tim suffers from an inherited condition called


Choroideremia, which causes gradual blindness. He has been legally blind for more than 20 years. “I feel honored and humbled to be selected by Guide Dogs for the Blind to receive such a wonderful companion to assist me with my mobility needs,” Tim said. “The organization is one of the most giving organizations I have ever encountered. Their care of the animals and training was truly life changing. Petey and I look forward to being on campus in the fall. Do they make Waldorf sweaters for big dogs for football games?”


ormer bowling c o a c h , Marilyn L. Schachel of Rockwell, Iowa passed away on July 21, 2015 at MuseNorris Hospice Inpatient Unit in Mason City after a courageous battle with cancer. A memorial service was held Saturday, August 1, 2015, at Hogan-Bremer-Moore. Marilyn graduated from Ottumwa High School in 1975 and went on to graduate from the University of Northern Iowa in 1979 with a bachelor degree in Music Education. During her first marriage she moved to Houston TX where she lived for over 25 years. In 1995 Marilyn married the love of her life, John F Schachel. Marilyn’s life changed completely when she and John moved to the Mason City area. In 2005 they purchased Mystic Lanes bowling center and this is where her life was changed forever. Marilyn rediscovered her passion for teaching and combined it with her love of the sport of bowling. Marilyn became the first coach for the Mason City High School bowling teams and in just a few short years moved this team from being just beginners to State qualifying contenders. Marilyn was recognized and presented with the Iowa NAIA Outstanding Coach of the Year. Marilyn then took it a step further and also became the head coach for Waldorf Collage. Marilyn loved to coach and encourage all of her “kids” to do their best and to strive to be something more. Never quit, never give up, always do your best. Marilyn’s caring and dedication to her family, friends and her bowling kids was what she lived for.


A LETTER FROM THE FOUNDATION CHAIR Dear Friends, Fall is an exciting time of the year for Waldorf College as a new academic year begins. And this year is particularly exciting because, as you will read elsewhere in this issue, the college has a record number of entering freshmen and transfer students. As the “Waldorf story” continues to spread, more and more prospective students are signing on for that all-important “Waldorf experience.” As you know from my prior letters, I am convinced from my interaction with many Waldorf students over the years that Waldorf College truly does change lives “one life at a time.” The students receive a solid academic education but they also learn how to live a meaningful life and “make a difference.” The many new faces on campus mean that more and more young people will benefit from the “Waldorf experience” but they also symbolize the growing success of the college in an ever challenging private college market place. It was exciting for Joan and me to award the first Raymond M. and Joan P. Beebe Scholarship at the 2015 Honors Day. The recipient of this fouryear full tuition scholarship was Jimmy Blankenship, a 2015 graduate of Forest City High School. This was doubly exciting to me since I also chair the Forest City Education Foundation. Jimmy is a very deserving and delightful young man, and we look forward to watching his “Waldorf experience” unfold. I want to publicly express my gratitude to Rita Gilbertson who resigned from her position as director of alumni relations for Waldorf College and gift officer for the Waldorf Foundation effective July 15, 2015. Rita has served both the college and the foundation with distinction over many years and for many alumni she became “the face of Waldorf.” I enjoyed a wonderful working relationship with her. I extend to her every good wish as she begins her new job with Reiman Campus Outreach Gardens on the Coordinator, Antoine Iowa State campus. Cummins ’15.

I am also excited to advise you of the appointment of Antoine Cummins, a 2015 graduate of Waldorf College, to the new position of campus outreach coordinator. This appointment is made possible as a joint venture of the Waldorf Lutheran College Foundation, Immanuel Lutheran Church and Waldorf College. Antoine’s salary will be funded by Immanuel and the Waldorf Foundation while Waldorf College will provide Antoine with free room and board and a health plan. I think this new framework provides for a long-term workable partnership among Immanuel, the foundation and the college. You will recall that campus ministry is one of the three priorities of the Waldorf Foundation. While other duties are assigned by Immanuel and Waldorf College, Antoine will assist with Like Fire (a Monday night Lutheran service), help the campus ministry coordinator, assist with the annual mission trip, and participate in regular ministry leadership meetings. He will develop and cultivate relationships with current students and encourage them to attend campus ministry activities as well as help develop creative ways to increase student and student group involvements in ministry and spiritual life on campus. I know Antoine personally and can attest he is a natural for this new position. He was one of five finalists for the coveted President's Award given at the graduation ceremonies in May. He has previously served as a peer minister at Immanuel where he also assisted with confirmation and many other areas of Immanuel's ministry. He is a very committed Christian and wants to bring others to Christ. He will have a "leg up" because he already knows many Waldorf students and is well connected at both Waldorf College and Immanuel. In another exciting development a new meeting space is now available for our Waldorf alumni. A generous bequest given to the Waldorf Foundation for capital improvements by the late Roy Homann has allowed the Waldorf Foundation to enter into a Funding Agreement with the Forest City Community School District whereby the foundation provided part of the funding for a multi-purpose space in the newly constructed concession stand by Bolstorff Field and Beebe Track.


Ray Beebe

The Waldorf Foundation and Waldorf alumni will have access to and the use of this room prior to, during and after all Waldorf events. I want to offer my sincere thanks to all of you for your contributions to the Waldorf Lutheran College Foundation over the past fiscal year. I urge you to continue supporting the foundation so that through scholarships, campus ministry programs and other activities, more young people can have that lifechanging “Waldorf experience.” Sincerely, Raymond M. Beebe

Chair, Waldorf Lutheran College Foundation

Retired Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary Winnebago Industries, Inc. (1974-2012)

Waldorf College and Forest City Community Schools officially dedicated “Beebe Track,” on April 17, 2015 in honor of Ray and Joan Beebe for their dedication to education in Forest City. Read more about the Beebe’s and their work in the Forest City community in the last issue (Spring 2015) of the Waldorf Magazine. Photo courtesy of Rae Yost, Forest City Summit: Center, Ray and Joan Beebe cut the ribbon during the dedication ceremony at Beebe Track located at Bolstorff Field as President Alsop looks on.



ixteen Waldorf College students, faculty and staff travelled to Belize City, Belize, last March, to serve others as part of the annual campus ministry mission trip spring break. “I think mission trips, in general, are a good opportunity for students to go out into a community and serve them in some way,” said Anne Marie Werthmann, campus ministry coordinator. “This was a chance for some students to travel out of the country and experience a new culture, but most of all, to have the chance to build relationships with other students and to strengthen their relationship with God.” The theme of the trip was “Love your #Selfie: Appreciating God’s Masterpiece in the Mirror.” The group worked with church youth groups in various settings. On Tuesday morning, they led devotions for the Nazarene High School youth. It was a spiritfilled time of worship and prayer, allowing them to share how God has worked in the lives of the team. Waldorf students also worked with the youth of the host church to put on a talent show! Over the course of the week, they shared meals with church members of King’s Park Church of the Nazarene and led worship, Bible studies, Sunday school, and fun activities such as sack races and spoon relays. In addition, they helped with service projects such as scraping paint off the bathroom walls of the church and painting them. Students raised funds for the trip by selling Krispy Kreme doughnuts, serving a pancake breakfast at Immanuel Lutheran

Church, hosting an online Pampered Chef event and selling circle vests and scarves made by Sheila Willms, assistant professor of education. The Waldorf College Student Senate and the Waldorf Lutheran College Foundation also helped fund the trip. Waldorf College campus ministry organized this trip through Praying Pelican Missions. STUDENTS WHO WENT ON THE MISSION TRIP WERE: Antoine Cummins – Brooklyn, NY Delroy Nichols – Rosedale, NY Shaye Sutherland – Chaska, Minn Katie Wilcox – Mantorville, Minn Sami Holman – St. Paul, Minn La Wanda Garrett – Waterloo, Iowa Taylor Cullen – Taylor Ridge, Ill Karissa Vetsch – South Minneapolis, Minn Kellie Schmit – Britt, Iowa Jaci Olson – Pomeroy, Iowa FACULTY, STAFF AND CHAPERONES WERE: Anne Marie Werthmann – campus ministry coordinator LeeAnn Smith – Aramark Food Service employee Jennifer Steinford – librarian Kristen Paul – assistant professor of education Sheila Willms –assistant professor of education Rob Willms – spouse of Sheila Willms


Two hundred and twentytwo scholarships were presented at this year’s event with additional scholarships awarded to incoming freshmen.



O Ray and Joan Beebe presented the “Raymond M. and Joan P. Beebe Scholarship” to Jimmy Blankenship ’19.

n April 8, there was a buzz of excitement in Waldorf ’s Atrium as scholarships were presented to student recipients at the annual Honors Day event. For those fortunate students with scholarship donors present, they had an opportunity to get acquainted and learn the history of their scholarships. Two hundred and twenty-two scholarships were presented at this year’s event with additional scholarships awarded to incoming freshmen. A combination of both Waldorf College and Waldorf Lutheran College Foundation scholarships were awarded. This year’s featured speaker was Ray Beebe, who currently serves as the Chair of the Waldorf Lutheran College Foundation. Ray spoke about the importance of scholarships to students and how he has personally witnessed the transformation of students at Waldorf. Ray and his wife, Joan, recently established an endowed scholarship at Waldorf, and they presented it to their first recipient, Jimmy Blankenship, an incoming freshman from Leland, Iowa.

New Scholarships for 2015 Special recognition was given to five scholarships awarded for the first time. They include:

Wayne Johns presented the “Karen and Wayne Johns Mathematics Scholarship” to Diana Novikova ’17.

The Raymond M. and Joan P. Beebe Scholarship The Raymond M. and Joan P. Beebe Scholarship was established in 2014 and is a fouryear full tuition scholarship. Criteria for such scholarship includes academic excellence, participation in extra-curricular activities, leadership ability and a demonstrated desire to "give back" and help others. Priority will be given to a graduate of Forest City High School who is otherwise qualified. Karen and Wayne Johns Mathematics Scholarship The Karen and Wayne Johns Mathematics Scholarship was established in 2014 and is awarded to a student majoring in mathematics or mathematics education. Kathryn Johannesen Kuginsie ’58 Memorial Scholarship This scholarship was established by Larry Johannesen ’62 in loving memory of his sister and in appreciation of Waldorf ’s mission. This scholarship shall be awarded to a Lutheran student from Iowa majoring in education who demonstrates exemplary Christian character and financial need.

Larry ’62 and Jane Johannesen presented the “Kathryn Johannesen Kuginsie ’58 Memorial Scholarship” to Ryan Moretz ’16 and Rebecca Collins ’16.

Arvid and Adeline Myhrwold Scholarship The Rev. Arvid and Adeline Myhrwold Scholarship was established in 2014 by Don ’72 and Kris Myhrwold ’75 Meyer in honor of Kris’s parents. This annually-funded scholarship is awarded to a student who is active in campus ministry in a meaningful way.



The Faculty Recognition of Academic Excellence Award.

New scholarships continued: Lester and Darlene Swenson Annual Scholarship The Lester and Darlene Swenson Annual Scholarship was established in 2014 and is awarded to one student based on financial need.

Bob ’54 and Ruth Hatteberg Johnson ’55 presented the “O. J. Johnson Scholarship” to Talon Welk ’18.

Dr. Suzanne Falck-Yi pictured with the “Alpha Chi Sophomore Award” recipient, Taylor Reeves ’17.

Professor Kristin Pickett receives the “Alpha Chi Professor of the Year award” at Honors Day.

Dr. Cynthia Ryder ’14 presented the “Mary Ella Wiese Scholarship” to Destiny Childs ’17.

James and Norma Adams presented the “Maevis Adams Memorial Scholarship” to Julia Brunner ’16, Rochelle Dirks ’17 and Rebecca Roethler ’16.

Kevin Scharper ’78 presented the “Class of 1978 Scholarship” to Bailey McLaughlin ’18.

Austin Heeren ’16, Thomas Cardwell ’15, Victoria Mens ’15 and Jason Ramaker presented the “Student Senate Scholarship” to Munkhtushig Narandalai ’18.

David ’53 and Esther Alfseike Rasmussen ’53 presented the “Rasmussen Encouragement Award” to Jess Engquist ’16.

Gerald ’57 and Judy Anderson presented the “Roger C. Anderson Memorial Scholarship” to Rebecca Roethler ’16

Mark ’79 and Rita Ullestad Gilbertson ’79 presented the “Gayle Hempstead Waylander Memorial Scholarship” to Hailey Kofron ’17.



Andy Buffington ’90 presented the “Alumni Board Scholarship” to Drew Soderberg ’18.

Ardelle Brosdahl Osnes ’48 presented the “Class of 1948 Scholarship” to Alexander Tastad ’18.

Ardelle Brosdahl Osnes ’48 presented “The Osnes Family Scholarship” to Hannah Woolery ’18.

Janice Shurson Anderson ’72 presented the “Anderson Music Scholarship” to Marcus Walton ’16.

Anna Marie Mitchell ’44 presented the “Anna Marie Mitchell Scholarship” to Kaylie Brindley ’18.

Beverly Peterson Page ’57, Carol Peterson Edwards ’55 and Virgil Peterson ’59 presented the “Stella L. Peterson Memorial Scholarship” to Rebecca Collins ’16.

Ken and Joan Hansen presented the “Ken and Joan Hansen Scholarship” to Jessica Dolan ’18.

Owen Solomonson ’59 presented the “Carol Solomonson Palm Memorial Scholarship” to Karsen Houck ’17 and the “John and Opal Solomonson Memorial Scholarship” to Isaiah Lufkin ’16.

Audrey Holtan Olmstead ’68 and Dr. Ron ’77 and Pam Carlson Holtan ’77 presented the “Stanford and Ruth Holtan Endowed Scholarship Fund” to Rachael Jordahl ’16.

Dr. Bill Hamm presented the “Bill Hamm Scholarship” to Gabriel Antonio ’18.

Dr. Cynthia Ryder ’14, Dawn Borgschatz Johnson ’80 and John Robinson presented the “Business and Economics Department Scholarship” to Abigail Buehler ’16.

Gail Boock and Milly Rosdail Ozinga presented the “Leanne Rosdail Memorial Scholarship” to Daniel Hernandez-Lopez ’18.



Becky Hermanson Fjeld ’77, Ruth Hermanson and Nancy Bergland Olson ’75 presented the “Walter and Evelyn Bergland Memorial Scholarship” to Brook Groe ’18 and the “Bergland Family Memorial Scholarship” to Brian Shariffi ’16.

Dr. Becky Steffensen Hill ’73 and Sheila Willms presented the “Outstanding Future Educator Fund” to Ashley Carmichael ’16.

Ruth Grenetzke and Karen Gustafson presented the “Bartleson Family Endowed Scholarship” to Matthew Truman ’17.

Jane Sansgaard-Ward ’71 presented the “Alan Sansgaard Memorial Scholarship” to Anthony Blomme ’16.

Jonathan ’63 and Jill Nelson presented the “Everett and Clara Nelson Endowed Scholarship” to Shaye Sutherland ’16.

Harvey and Connie Nilssen Nyhus ’58 presented the “M. O. Nilssen Scholarship Fund” to Courtney Smith ’16.

Roberta Shaw ’70, Carmen Shaw ’65 and Rev. Carlton Shaw ’61 (with other family members), presented the “Shaw Family Scholarship” to Sarah Vlodek ’16.

Dean, Mary Ann and Mike Stegen presented the “Pastor Daniel Stegen Memorial Scholarship” to Spencer Johnson ’17.

Mary Beth Kamish Wooldridge ’65 presented the “Seth Wooldridge Endowed Memorial Scholarship” to Anton Kudej ’18.

Nancy Farndale presented the “Ruth and Jacob Lee Scholarship” to Emily Anderson ’16 and Kristen Wilke ’16.

Dr. Suzanne Falck-Yi presented the “English Department Scholarship” to Molly Maschka ’16.

Mike ’73 and Molly Mackrill ’74 Stensland presented the “Stensland Family Scholarship” to Kiya Meinecke ’18.


F O U N D AT I O N N E W S The Waldorf Society was established in 1988 and honors donors providing annual and long-term support to the College and to the Waldorf Lutheran College Foundation. The Waldorf Society encompasses several groups. Members of the Cumulative Giving and Founder’s Circle are listed on the following pages. Members of the Heritage Club and Endowment Society are listed on the Foundation’s website at www.

WITH DEEP APPRECIATION The Waldorf Lutheran College Foundation is extremely grateful for the gifts received during the fiscal year which ended May 31, 2015. We had another successful year, and we are deeply appreciative of your help in reaching our financial goals. Included in this magazine is an Honor Roll of donors comprised of anyone who gave an annual gift of $100 or more or who reached a significant level in their lifetime giving. The Waldorf Foundation affirms the mission of Waldorf College and is committed to providing financial resources to enrich learning and spiritual opportunities for current and future generations of Waldorf College students. Your partnership and generosity of resources are key factors in helping educate students on the importance of their faith and service to others. Thank you! As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, all gifts to the Foundation are taxdeductible, and as a reminder, we fund three priorities: student scholarships, campus ministry, and alumni relations. We invite you to consider a gift to the Foundation this fiscal year. Please keep us informed of any contact information changes or newsworthy updates to share with others. For additional information, please contact Nancy Olson at 641.585.8147, (

HOW TO DONATE To make a gift by mail, please send a check to: Waldorf Lutheran College Foundation 106 South 6th Street Forest City, IA 50436 To make a gift by credit card, please call 641.585.8140, or give online at When making a gift to the Foundation, please designate on your check or online form if you would like to apply it to a certain priority. You may even want to consider funding your own scholarship. “If interested in funding a scholarship, please contact Nancy Olson at 641.585.8147, for more details.


Cumulative Giving recognizes donors who have reached significant levels of lifetime giving to Waldorf College and/or the Waldorf Lutheran College Foundation with their gifts in the 2014-2015 fiscal year.


Swenson, Lester and Darlene


Horner, Harry and Cecilia


Beebe, Raymond and Joan Coppeler, Duane and Cheryl Dunkelberg, Leone


Anonymous Current, Brian and Lorae Day, Marilyn Evans, Jodene Finstad, Travis and Madaly Luepke, Michael and Gwen Nyhus, Harvey and Constance Schechter, Joseph and Ferne


The following annual donors are recognized in six distinct club levels for their gifts made during the last fiscal year, June 1, 2014 – May 31, 2015

Regent’s Club Cumulative Giving Significant levels of lifetime giving achieved from June 1, 2014 – May 31, 2015. Founder’s Circle Gifts from June 1, 2014 – May 31, 2015. (Includes Regent’s Club, President’s Club, Dean’s Club, Warrior’s Club, Builder’s Club, and Century Club) Heritage Club Documented planned or estate gifts. Waldorf Endowment Society Significant gifts to endowment.


Anonymous Beebe, Raymond & Joan Boman, Gerald & Mary Jo Edmisten, Emalie Edward Sovik Estate General Mills Foundation Hansen, Kenneth & Joan Hermanson Family Charitable Foundation Ihle, Herbert & Catherine Johannesen, Lawrence & Jane Roy E. Homann Trust Rozella Tressler Estate Sam Koehnk Memorial Swenson, Lester & Darlene Thrivent Financial for Lutherans


President’s Club


Christian, Timothy Coppeler, Duane & Cheryl Finstad, Travis & Madaly John K. & Luise V. Hanson Foundation Horner, Harry & Cecilia Lenning, Timothy & Lisa Moore, Walter & Virginia Olson, Hans & Grace Trust Olson, Norman & Claris Pfizer Foundation Sansgaard, Brian & Melody Zion Lutheran Church, Clear Lake

Dean’s Club


Anonymous Aagaard, James & Norlene Emerson Alsop, Robert & June Anderson, Bradbury & Janet Anderson, Clark & Betty Arndt, David & Arlene Beard, Ella & Paul Bergland, Thomas & Olga Budyonny, Leonid Churness, Paul & Margit Clark, Gary & Diane Corcoran, Richard & DeAnn Current, Brian & Lorae Damm, David & Sandra Davis, Deborah & Jeffrey Gruber Day, Marilyn Dunkelberg, Leone Espe, Roger & Nancy Evans, Jodene First Lutheran Church, Milford Frances Berg Estate Hall, Irving & Lois Holmen, Kenneth & Linda Immanuel Lutheran Church, Forest City Johns, Karen & Wayne Johnson, Robert & Ruth Jorde, Travis & Shirley Juhl, Lynn & Rosalie Knutson, Lois & Caleb Larson, Delores Larson, Jeanette Lee, Phillip & Jane Lee, Ruth Lenning, Oscar & Lorene Mork, Paul & Delores N. Christine Veeder Estate Olson, Charles & Sharon

Olson, Steven & Nancy Rasmussen, David & Esther Rosdail-Aegerter, Jan & Roger Shaw, Carlton Sime, Ronald & Nancy Snieder, Carrie & Kelly Stensland, Michael & Molly Strand, Theodore & Sherryl Trinity Lutheran Church, Mason City Unknown Donor Weber, David & Susan Willms, Sheila & Robert

Warrior’s Club


Anderson, Quentin & Janice Aubey, Linda & Michael Bartels, Ruth Behling, David & Karen Bohn, Fay & David Brown, Marian & Phillip Carlson, Solveig & George Carson, Caroll & Janell Classen, Mark & Debra Coombs, Betty Druhan, Lois First Lutheran Church, Northwood Frisk, Michael & Melanie Gilbertson, Rita & Mark Gimberline, Donald & Karen Gopher Sport Grace Lutheran Church, Hanlontown Hagen, Paul & Linda Hamm, William Hamre, James & Corrine Hansen, Vivien Haugen, Justin & Kimberly Heebink, Shirley Hernes, Janet & Selmer Hinds, Ardis

Immanuel Ev. Lutheran Church, Story City

Johnson, Karel Jolivette, Thomas & Julie Jorde, Arlene Jorth, Jeffrey & Kari Lenning, David & Dianne Luepke, Michael & Gwen Mehl, Raymond Meyer, Donald & Kristine Monsanto Fund Monson, Kevin & Julie Ness, Paul & Lori Nyhus, Constance & Harvey Oppedahl, Phillip & Karen Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Osage Pierce, Scott & Shawn Poole, Cynthia


Principal Financial Group Foundation Rain and Hail Ace American Rockwell Collins Rosdail, Mildred Sansgaard, Delores Stegen, Dean & Mary Ann Thompson, Mimi & Pete Trefz, Rocky Daniels & Deborah Twedt, Solvay & Loren USG Foundation, Inc. Valle, Georgette W Iowa Synod ELCA, Storm Lake Waldorf College Wells Fargo Foundation

Builder’s Club


Alsop, Robert & Natalie Anderson, Bruce Anderson, David Anderson, Dean & Daphne Anderson, Gerald & Judith Anderson, Tamara Bank of America Foundation Bartleson, Eric Becks Corporation Beenken, Leroy Bethany Lutheran Church, Thompson Blume, Margaret & Darwin Bolstad, H. Lowell Brennan, Jean & Jon Buffington, Andrew James Clark, Marleen & Roger Craig, William Dahl, David & Janet Elim Lutheran Church, Randall Farndale, Michael & Nancy First Lutheran Church, Britt Gangestad, Joan & Charles Gertenrich, John Jr. Gilbertson, James & Karen Gilmore-Stensrud Post No. 552 Gollnik, Betty Halverson, Craig & Louise Herrlinger, Mary Holtan, Keith & Jacalyn Humlie, Erik Kivell, Alyce & Wayne Klinsing, Helen Koltvet, Eugene & Carleen Lenning, Leota Lewer, Craig & LuAnn Liebenow, Rachel McKean, John & Marcia Murry, Chuck Nash, LeAnn Nelson, Amanda & Chris

F O U N D AT I O N N E W S Newcom, Mark & Joy Petersen, Stanley & Darleen Peterson, John Promotions 2000, Inc. Ryder, Cynthia & Guy Safe, Dean Sansgaard, Richard & Ann Schechter, Ferne & Joseph Seifert, Aaron & Jamie Shaw, Carmen Solomonson, Sonia Sorum, Ordell & Bonnie Sweetman, Nancy & Charles Syverson, Henry & Marlene Teig, David & Dixie Titman, David & Shirley Urevig, Thomas & Katherine

Xcel Energy Foundation Matching Program

Yahnke, Opal & Ronald

Century Club


Aamodt, Donald & Faye Abele, Brian & Barbara Adams, James & Norma Allstate Foundation, The American Office Systems Minnesota Andersen, Dean & Marlys Anderson, Marvin & Elaine Anonymous Appelhons, Dennis & Lois Askeland, Gerald & Jane Bang, Harlan & Ardis Banwart, Debra & Brian Barth, Helen & Gerald Beckermann, Peter Beenken, Jean & Orville Benson, Edward & Judy Benson, Steven & Nancy Berhow, Janet & Douglas Bethany Lutheran Church, Kensett

Bethany Lutheran Church, Windom, Minn.

Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Manly Beulke, Mary Biehl, Richard & Gladys Bigler Financial Services Inc. Blaser, Nicole & Jason Bleckwehl, Mary & William Boettcher, Edith Bollard, Betty & Jeff Borgschatz, Lyle & Jean Boyd, Neil & Leah Boyken, Allan & Joy Braathun, Donald & Cathy Bricelyn Insurance Agency

Bricelyn Lutheran Church, Bricelyn, Minn.

Brodland, Gene & Evie

Bromeland, Duane & Alice Bruland, Marjorie Bruns, Velida Burnham, Francis Campbell, Mark & Sarah Carter, Cynthia Chelsvig, Richard Christianson, J. Gordon Cibula, Brian Clabaugh, Karen & Larry Claude, Karilyn & Tom Dahl, Eric & Shelly Damm, Julie Davis, Daniel & Sheila Dettman, Jane & William Dixon Golf, Inc. Doden, Vanessa & Tyler Dorow, Edgar Dorow, Martha Dosen, Ruth Dulas Excavating Inc. Duncan, Marcia & David Dyer, Karen Edge, Elain Edwards, Carol & Allen Egemo, Carroll Egertson, Kenneth & Gloria Eisch, Daniel & Connie Emmons, LaVonne English, Michelle & Mark Erickson, David & Marilyn Erickson, Marion & Richard Erickson, Ronald & Janis First Lutheran Church Women, Clarion Foslien, Juanita & Timothy Fretham, David & Darlene Fretham, John & Stephanie Gatlin, Beth & Morris Gillespie, Heidi & Jared Ginder, Ruth & Clarence Globstad, Irving & Suzanne Goche, Shannon & Ed Grothe, Leslie Hagger-Moore, Lori & John Hall, Kent & Cynthia Smoldt-Hall Hallstrom, Elaine Hamilton, James & Mary Hansen, Thomas & Robyn Hansen, Wayne & Lois Hanson, Daniel & Elaine Hanson, Rhys & Kathleen Happel, Ronald & Kristen Hash, Orlando & Herdis Hauge, Robert Hemmingson, Iris & Leslie Hendrikson, Merle Hendrikson, Ronald & Nancy Hermanson, Alan & Karen Herre, Kathryn & Patrick Hill, Dennis & Linda


Hill, Larry & Rebecca Hodgdon, Sharon & Al Hoeg, Robert & Muriel Hoffmeister, Judith & Donald Holm, Gerald & Orpha Holm, Richard & Ramona Holmen, Grace Holmes Ev. Lutheran Church, Clarion Holtan, Boyd Holte, Esther Husbyn, Roger & Judy InFaith Community Foundation Ingebritson, Steven Jacobusse, Jake & Jackie Jefson, Julie & Kirk Johnson, DeWayne & Donna Johnson, Harvey & Barbara Johnson, Marian & Gene Johnson, Thomas & Debra Johnson, William & Mary Jones, Alice Kellenberger, Marie Kjesbu, Marcia & Erik Klocke, Joel Kostka, Dori & James Kreitlow, Douglas & Diana Kropf, Carol & Duane Kuphal, Robert & Grace Lande, Mary Langsev, Ryan & Leslie Lee, Cynthia & Myron II Lee, Gladys & Howard Lee, Wayne & Ann Lemme, Rita Lett, Sharon & Raymond Letterly, Janet & Dennis Lewis, Riley & Kristine Lindbloom, Lois Loonan Insurance Agency, Inc. Loushin, Susan Loyer, Linda & E.C. Lura, Charles & Mary Mankato Ford, Inc. Marlette, Loren Martinson, Dale & Adoline McIntosh, Mary & Lonnie McKean, Richard & Diane Meyer, Nickolas & Blanche Milbrandt, Ruth Ann & David Miller, Charles & Lesley Miller, Robert Musich, Joan & Rodney Nelson, Constance Newgord, Noel & Donna Nielsen, Donald Noren, Carol Norland, Selmer Norris, Merlin & Marietta Olson, Arlie & Joan Olson, Bradley & Graciela

F O U N D AT I O N N E W S Olson, Virgil & Joyce Opdahl, Violet Osthus, Barbara & Michael Drager

Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, Humboldt

Ouverson, Jerry & Donna Pals, Danel & Kristopher Patchin, George & Mary Jane Paulsen, Corlyn & Janice Pedersen, Henry & Pamela Pedersen, Keith & Miriam Perry, James & Diane Peterson, Irving Phelps, Robert Pierson, Dwight & Karen Piller, Linda & Keith Pitcher, Kathy Ploegstra, Adrian & Shirley Preus, Marilyn Priem, Donald Prudential Foundation Matching Gifts Reimers, Glennyce & Paul Reindal, Shirley & Harold Reitz, Miriam & Armin Richter, Beverly & Paul Rittgers, Brian & Patricia Rogers, Patrick Ronning, Joanne Rosdail, Jon & Kelli Ross, Vincent & Armon Roufs, Frederick Rovang, Diane Royer, Helen & Kevin Rstom, Michael Runaas, Jane & William Jr. Rustvold-Ihle, Rowena & Nilus Ihle Ryan, Patricia & Lawrence Sahr, Rick & Stephanie Satre, Doug & Renae Satre, Marlene & Gene Savre, Avis & Robert Schabacker, Beverly Schadewald, Paul Schmalle, Bonnie & Verdell Schranck, Barnet & Barbara Schuck, Helen Schutte, Christopher Score, Beatrice & Severt Senne, Helen Sevold, Jane Sigurdson, Elaine Silver Lake Lutheran Church, Northwood

Singelstad, Robert & DeLoris Skaar, Donald & Elaine Skadburg, Beverly & Arnold Smeby, Waldo Smith, David & Margaret Smith, Samuel Smith, Steven Springer, John St. John Lutheran Church, Pomeroy

St. Olaf Ev. Lutheran Church Women, Bode

Stavnheim, Arlan & Sharon Stedje, Davon Stensland, W. Bradley & Carolyn Stucky, Kendall & Mary Sucher, Phyllis Sunde, Carl & Barbara Svaren, Helen Tantow, Larry & Janet Thompsen, Geraldine Thomsen, Barbara & Richard Toutges, Joanne Truong, Phuoc & Nga Van Auken, Michael & Inghild Varnes, Louise Vik, Janice & H. Allen Vincent, Darlene & Dean Walkinshaw, Linda & James Walters, Dean Weismann, Jennifer Wensinger, Catherine White, Wayne & Joan Winter, Ole & Naomi Wogen, Wendell Woo, Kar Workman, Ryan Worthington, Sharon Wubbena, Shirley & Beryl Yahnke, Jean & Harold

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We invite you to consider joining other Heritage Club members who have established a planned gift for Waldorf. The Heritage Club recognizes donors who have established planned gifts such as a will, insurance policy, gift annuity, trust or other vehicle, and the Waldorf Endowment Society recognizes donors who have established an endowed scholarship and/or contributed significant gifts to Waldorf’s endowment. If you have already provided a future gift for the foundation and haven’t informed us yet, please do. We would like to personally thank you and include you in our Heritage Club listing.

WALDORF LUTHERAN ASSOCIATION OF CONGREGATIONS TO HOLD ANNUAL MEETING The Waldorf Lutheran Association of Congregations will convene in the Waldorf Ballroom on Thursday, October 1, 2015 for their sixth annual meeting. Registration and refreshments will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Salveson Lobby, followed by the Call to Order at 10:00 by President Rev. Matthew Griggs of Central Freeborn Lutheran Church in Albert Lea, Minn. The Association continues to play a vital role in the prayer support of Waldorf College and the financial support of the Waldorf Lutheran College Foundation. The following ELCA or LCMC Lutheran Congregations are currently members of the Association: Bethany Lutheran–Kensett Bethany Lutheran–Thompson Bethel Evangelical Lutheran Church– Kiester, Minn. Bethlehem Lutheran–Manly Bricelyn Lutheran–Bricelyn, Minn. Central Freeborn–Albert Lea, Minn. Elk Creek Lutheran–Kensett Faith Lutheran–Griswold First Lutheran–Britt First Lutheran–Clarion First Lutheran–Northwood First Lutheran–Milford Fjeldberg Lutheran–Huxley Grace Lutheran–Hanlontown Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran–Story City Immanuel Lutheran–Forest City Immanuel Lutheran–Titonka Our Savior’s Lutheran–Leland Our Savior’s Lutheran–Osage St. John Lutheran–Cylinder St. John Lutheran–Pomeroy Salem Lutheran–Lake Mills Trinity Lutheran–Kiester, Minn. Trinity Lutheran–Mason City West Prairie Lutheran–Leland Zion Lutheran–Clear Lake If you are interested in learning more about the Association or would like to propose your congregation for membership, contact Nancy Olson at or 641.585.8147; or, attend the annual meeting as our guest. However, please RSVP so we know to expect you.



DeWayne Varnes Varnes, Louise

Complimentary memorial and honor packets are available from the Waldorf Lutheran College Foundation office by contacting Janet Berhow at or 641.585.8140. Packets include: • Tribute or sympathy card to send to honoree or loved ones of the deceased specifying that you have made a tribute or memorial gift to the Waldorf Foundation in someone’s honor. • Tribute or memorial card and return envelope.

Andrew Lerohl Yahnke, Jean & Harold

Dick Olson Hendrikson, Merle

Angelene Meling Lovik, Mavis

Donna Rayhons Farndale, Michael & Nancy

Arlin Sheldahl Farndale, Michael & Nancy Lee, Ruth

Complete and return with check to the Foundation office.

Aryanna Wiebke Hill, Larry & Rebecca

Dorcas Dorow Cooper, Steven & Susanne Dorow, Winton & Tavita Druhan, Lois Farndale, Michael & Nancy Gilbertson, Rita & Mark Goos, David & Jayne Griffith, Karl & Lynn Grube, Eunice Hamm, William Hansen, Kenneth & Joan Jennings, Francis & Mildred Lewison, Alice Olson, Steven & Nancy Phelps, Robert Scholten, Warren & Karen Unknown Donor Wohlers, William & Marilu

HONOR GIFTS The following gifts were given in honor of those listed in bold by the donors listed below from June 1, 2014–May 31, 2015: Rita Ullestad Gilbertson Rosdail, Jon & Kelli Oscar and Renie Lenning 50th Wedding Anniversary Lenning, Leota Ruth Holtan's 90th Birthday Sucher, Phyllis

MEMORIAL GIFTS The following gifts were given in memory of those listed in bold by the donors listed below from June 1, 2014–May 31, 2015: In Memory of: Agnes Sherman Farndale, Michael & Nancy Alan Sansgaard Sansgaard, Delores Albertha Siahneh Nyenpu Tokpa Gilbertson, Rita & Mark Hamm, William Hansen, Kenneth & Joan Alfred Singelstad Solomonson, Owen Alta Wildman Hendrikson, Merle Alton Flatness Hendrikson, Merle Alvira Kloster Solomonson, Owen

Armond Oetken Hendrikson, Merle Arthur Lund Miller, Robert

Averill Monson Dorow, Edgar Bernice Engebretson Solomonson, Owen Beryl Haugebak-Heltne Nelson, Charlotte Bill Flugum Schuck, Helen Blanche Benson Farndale, Michael & Nancy Carol Carlson Johnson, William & Mary Miller, Timothy & Barbara Carole Anderson Gilbertson, Rita & Mark Scharper, Kevin & Jill Catherine Bartleson Hendrikson, Merle Pedersen, Keith & Miriam Charlotte Nelson Gilbertson, Rita & Mark Olson, Steven & Nancy Clarice Felland Crockett, Cheryl & Larry Solomonson, Owen Solomonson, Sonia Dallas Davids Hill, Larry & Rebecca Devra Hanson Ronken, Leif & Jennifer


Duane Reese Farndale, Michael & Nancy Elsie Mechem Lee, Ruth Esther Larson Dorow, Edgar Esther Trail Anerino, Ruth & Greg Broek, Lisa Hamre, Laurie Johnson, Barbara Johnstad, Mary Ellen Kreft, Rita Lett, Sharon & Raymond Lindbloom, Lois McGraw, Ronald & Rosemary Olson, Steven & Nancy Schadewald, Paul Scott, Dorothy Stevens, Daniel & Jonelle Westbrook, Thomas & Jill Ethel Norland Hendrikson, Merle Everett Shaw Farndale, Michael & Nancy Gilbertson, Rita & Mark Hernes, Janet & Selmer Kingland, David & Sue

F O U N D AT I O N N E W S Olson, Steven & Nancy Shaw, Carlton Solomonson, Owen

Marvin Movick Hendrikson, Merle

Farndale, Michael & Nancy

Franklin and Erlene Schutter Eden, Anita & Steven

Mary Ann Schonhorst Farndale, Michael & Nancy Lee, Ruth

Griffin Shaw Farndale, Michael & Nancy

Melvin Berkland Silrum, Marie

Herbert Lund Miller, Robert

Melvin Sucher Carlson, Donald & V. Jean Carlson, Robert Craig, William Gilbertson, Rita & Mark Grant, Robert & Denise Hatlevig, Douglas & Mary Larsen, Craig Loushin, Susan Meyer, Donald & Kristine Olson, Steven & Nancy Siglin, Rita & Mike Singelstad, Robert & DeLoris Wold, Ruth

Hugh and Ida Edwards Lovin Edwards, Carol & Allen Ivan Johnson Farndale, Michael & Nancy Ingebritson, Elaine Jackie Forcelle Hendrikson, Merle James Meyer Fredriksen, Arnold Jean Flatness Hendrikson, Merle Hendrikson, Ronald & Nancy Oulman, Charlotte & Dick

Mildred Nelson Thoresen, David & Mary N. Christine Veeder Albus, Stacy

Jerry Tweeten Farndale, Michael & Nancy

Neal Sadler Hendrikson, Merle

Joseph Hornaday Hendrikson, Merle

Ordean Grant Calgaard, Mary Jane & Robert Clark, Marleen & Roger Nielsen, Donald Oftedahl, Evelyn Rude, Margaret School District of the Menomonie Area Solomonson, Owen West, Howard & Gloria

Julie Holtan Farndale, Michael & Nancy Kevin Twedt Schonhorst, Mary Anne Lane W. Noren Noren, Carol Larry Lenning Lenning, Leota Lila Hobbs Yahnke, Jean & Harold Lois Erickson Schonhorst, Mary Anne Manuella Alaniz Johnson, Marian & Gene Marian Ness Swenson, Jerrold & Kay Mark Feroe Feroe, Elaine

Paddy Solberg Silrum, Marie Paul Holtan Andersen, Dean & Marlys Randall Holland Andersen, Dean & Marlys Kettwick, Carole & Michael Robert Clawson Lee, Ruth Schonhorst, Mary Anne Robert Kruger Solomonson, Owen Robert Schmidt


Roger Herrlinger Birkelo, Gerhard & Genevieve Lewison, Alice Rolfe Holtan Heyerdahl, Betty Ronald Johnstad Sunde, Carl & Barbara Ruth Holtan Andersen, Dean & Marlys Anderson, Gerald & Judith Beebe, Raymond & Joan Calgaard, Mary Jane & Robert Carter, Cynthia Draper, Dianne Ellwood, Ardis Farndale, Michael & Nancy Gilbertson, Donna Gilbertson, James & Karen Gilbertson, Rita & Mark Haaland, Dorothy & Clifford Hamm, William Hansen, Kenneth & Joan Heyerdahl, Betty Holtan, Sharon Lewison, Alice Luepke, Michael & Gwen Miller, Bonnie & James Nyhus, Constance & Harvey Olson, Steven & Nancy Retland, Beverly Rollefson, Shirley Solomonson, Owen Sucher, Phyllis Sherman Friesenborg Hill, Larry & Rebecca Shirley Haes Hill, Larry & Rebecca Thora Phelps Anderson, David Dorow, Edgar Dorow, Martha Gilbertson, Rita & Mark Hamilton, James & Mary Herrlinger, Mary Johnson, DeWayne & Donna Kivell, Alyce & Wayne Lee, Ruth Vernon Gudmonson Solomonson, Owen Wayland Blake Farndale, Michael & Nancy


ALUMNI EVENTS Des Moines, Iowa

(Left) Approximately 35 people gathered at West End Salvage in Des Moines, Iowa on April 9 to mingle, meet with classmates, share Waldorf stories and hear an update on the college by President Bob Alsop. This has become a popular annual event enjoyed by alumni of all ages.

Chaska, Minn.

(Right) Alumni met for a BBQ at the home of Jeff ’85 and Tanya Pierce in Chaska, Minn. on July 19. President Bob Alsop and his wife, Natalie, mingled with guests and gave an update on the college.


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ALUMNI NEWS On Sunday, April 15, Nicole Robertson ’06 Van Every was the lead soloist at a memorial concert for the 20th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing. The concert took two years to plan and coordinate with 33 different churches. Twenty years to the hour after a homemade bomb gutted Oklahoma City’s federal office building, killing 168 people and a nation’s complacency about terrorism, former President Bill Clinton was among the leaders who spoke at the ceremony. Also participating in the event was a choir made up of 168 voices.


You can watch the concert at FMqBFF_7H8o?t=13m58s. Van Every enters at the 13:55 mark.

Waldorf College Cookbook for Sale!

The legendary Waldorf Auxiliary Cookbook has been reprinted and is available for sale. The book contains delicious recipes from past and present Waldorf faculty, staff, alumni and friends. It also features classic Waldorf photos that span several decades! Cost: $15 (includes tax, shipping and handling.) To order, please contact Janet Berhow at 641.585.8140. Proceeds from the cookbook will go to the Waldorf Lutheran College Foundation to help fund student scholarships, honoring the intent of the Waldorf College Auxiliary when they published the original cookbook approximately 30 years ago. Please note the cookbook has simply been photo-copied and bound, not digitally re-typed, enhanced or re-formatted in any way. It has a laminated cover for easy care. The Waldorf Cookbook makes a wonderful gift for family and friends. Call for your copy today!

Have you ever wondered who is pictured on the front of the Waldorf College Cookbook? Many of you recognize the familiar face of Tillie Rasmusson, who served faithfully as long-time director of the college’s food service. Tillie was especially famous for her delicious cinnamon rolls and freshly baked breads. It is truly fitting that she be pictured on the college’s cookbook. But that isn’t the only recognition Tillie has received. Sixty years ago a new dormitory was named “Tillie Rasmusson Hall” by the Board of Regents as a tribute to Tillie. At the same meeting it was voted to give the designation “C. S. Salveson Hall” to the Main building and to call the Industrial Arts building the “M. O. Nilssen Hall.” The first catalog to use those names for the buildings was the one issued in 1955. All buildings continue to play a major role on campus.


Alumni board member, Keith Holtan ’69 (right) visits with students at the event

Members of the Waldorf College Alumni Board met with current students during a special career/networking event held on campus, Saturday, April 11. Board member Jeff Pierce ’85, wealth strategist with JPierce Financial Services, presented a 20 minute session on “Professionalism in the Workplace” and Mike Gremmer ’89, former alumni board member and regional vice president for Robert Half International, presented a session on “How to Get a Job.” After the sessions, additional alumni board members introduced themselves


to the students and had an opportunity to visit with them one-on-one in a round table format, make connections and offer career advice. Alumni board members contributed gift cards totaling more than $200 toward the purchase of new interview/work attire. A prize drawing was held and Tara Kingland ’15 was the lucky winner! She will use the gift cards to purchase clothing for her new job as graphic designer for Waldorf College! This annual event is a combined effort of the career planning and alumni offices.


Dear Alumni and Friends, One hundred years ago, the College Song was composed by a committee of students from the Class of 1915: Marie Malmin, John Amundson and Carl Grouskou, with music by teacher Alice Heiberg. A century later, the song is lovingly referred to as the Waldorf College Alma Mater. We honor these alumni and the song that has become a beloved hallmark of our college, with the 2015 Homecoming theme: “All Hail to Thee, O Waldorf !” You are an integral part of Waldorf ’s personality and history, and we invite you back to campus to help us celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Alma Mater and all that Waldorf College means to you. Come cheer on the Warrior football team as they take on Mayville State University; wave to the Grand Marshalls, longtime faculty members Michael and Nancy Farndale, of the Homecoming Parade as they pass by; support faculty, staff and alumni vendors by attending our popular homecoming art and craft fair; and help us recognize and honor some outstanding alumni: Athletic Hall of Fame inductees–Bob Backlund ’70, Brian Grunzke ’77, Nicole Veldhouse Volk ’95 and Craig Volk ’95 (presented at the Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet, Fri. night) Alumni Distinguished Service Award recipients–Marion Helland ’46 and Mike Stensland ’73 (presented at the Taste of Waldorf dinner, Sat. night) 2015 Salveson Award recipients–Gerald ’55 and Mary Jo Hanson Boman ’57 (presented at the Taste of Waldorf dinner, Sat. night) We also invite you home to meet up with classmates, faculty and staff; to retrace your steps across campus, perhaps discovering some new buildings and additions along the way; to reflect on the ways Waldorf College has influenced your life; and to mingle with our current students at several events. Please consider coming home, for you are Waldorf College! All are welcome. We hope to see you there.

Rita Gilbertson Former Director of Alumni Relations

REGISTER ONLINE: AREA LODGING: Meal reservations are due by Oct. 1! Events and times are preliminary and may be subject to change. Contact the Alumni Office for further information.

ater M a A lm All Hail to Thee, O Waldorf Homecoming 2015


Friday, October 9 7 a.m. – 9 p.m. Warrior Crossing Open (Atrium)

Waldorf Athletic Hall of Fame: Bob Backlund ’70, Brian Grunzke ’77, Nicole Veldhouse Volk ’95 and Craig Volk ’95. Advance tickets needed. (Salveson Ballroom)

8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Luise V. Hanson Library and Archives OpenView items from Waldorf’s history on display in the Archives. (Second Floor).

9 p.m. Candidate Review & Coronation-Meet the homecoming candidates. Students will vote for the king and queen. (Fieldhouse)

9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Waldorf Bookstore Open (Voss Hall)

9:45 p.m. Warrior Bonfire/Pep Fest-Join athletic teams, cheerleaders, and students at this non-alcoholic event as they fire up for homecoming games. (Fieldhouse South Parking Lot)

4 p.m. – 6 p.m. Registration-Pick up your tickets! (Atrium) 5:30 p.m. Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Banquet-Reception begins at 5 p.m. Join us as we induct the following alumni into the

Saturday, October 10 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Art and Craft Fair-Enjoy works of art for sale by alumni, Waldorf faculty/staff, and friends. If you are interested in having a booth to display your work, please contact the alumni office at 641.585.8148 or (Salveson Lobby)

8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Registration-Pick up your tickets! (Atrium) 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Waldorf Bookstore Open (Voss Hall) 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Luise V. Hanson Library and Archives OpenTour the Luise V. Hanson Library and view items from Waldorf’s history and help identify photos in the Archives. (Second Floor)

2 p.m. – 3 p.m. Alumni Board Meeting (Atrium Conference Room) 3 p.m. Afternoon Tea & Goodies-Enjoy some complimentary tea and goodies in the Library Lounge, then head upstairs to the Archives and reminisce while viewing mementos and photos of the past. (Luise V. Hanson Library)

10 a.m. Homecoming Parade-Grand Marshalls: Michael and Nancy Farndale, long-time Waldorf employees. Reunion classes and special groups are encouraged to have an entry in the parade. If interested in participating, please call 641.585.8726.

3:15 p.m. Campus Tour-Take a student guided tour of campus. (Departs from Salveson Lobby)

11 a.m. Luncheon for Reunion Classes and All Returning Alumni-Classes 1945, 1950, 1955, 1960, 1970, 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005 and 2010 will celebrate their class reunion, however, all alumni are welcome to attend the luncheon. There will be tables for non-reunion classes and current and former faculty/staff. All alumni lunches will be held in the Atrium with classrooms available later for conversation if preferred. Advance tickets needed. (Atrium)

3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Alumni Choir Sing-a-Long-Whether you join the current choir and fellow alumni in singing some familiar songs of Waldorf’s past or just enjoy the beautiful music, all are welcome to attend this favorite event. (Recital Hall) 5 p.m. Taste of Waldorf!-Join us for dinner at this special event as we hear from President Bob Alsop and recognize the 2015 Alumni Distinguished Service Award honorees: Marion Helland ’46 and Mike Stensland ’73, and the 2015 Salveson Award recipients: Gerald ’55 and Mary Jo Hanson Boman ’57 (Atrium-advance tickets needed)

11 a.m. Special 50th Class Reunion Lunch: Class of 1965 – (Salveson Ballroom) 11:15 a.m. Comm. BBQ (Atrium front entrance) 1 p.m. Homecoming Football Game-Cheer on the Warriors as they take on Mayville State University and enjoy some half-time entertainment including recognition of the newest members of the Waldorf College Athletic Hall of Fame! (Bolstorff Field)

7:30 p.m. Waldorf Homecoming Music Concert-The Waldorf Choir and Wind Symphony present their homecoming concert. (Immanuel Lutheran Church)

Sunday, October 11 9:15 a.m. Homecoming Worship Service at Immanuel Lutheran Church-Join other Waldorf alumni and members of Immanuel for worship and song. All are welcome. (Immanuel)

1 p.m. Musical Theatre Showcase-Join the Theatre Department as they showcase the musical talents of our students in a special performance! (Smith Theatre)

11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Brunch for Students and Guests-On your own (Dining Hall or Area Restaurants) Events and times are preliminary and may be subject to change. Please call the alumni office at 641.585.8148 for further information, or email





s an institution grows in age, there spring up about it a group of traditions which somehow become a part of its very life. Waldorf College has not yet passed through many cycles of time, yet it already possesses a heritage of traditions which are dear to its every friend. Some of these, it seems to me, have found crystallized expression in our College Song.

“ALL HAIL TO THEE, O WALDORF!” That we apostrophize the institution indicates that we think of our school as possessing personality – a conscious, sensitive, living being. And so it is. The school does not consist essentially of bricks and mortar. The lives and personalities of founders and supporters, teachers and students past and present, all combine to make up the personality to which we bring our tribute of well wishings. “THY PRAISES WE WILL SING” There is much about Waldorf that is worthy of praise. And the singing of her praises has meant much for her growth and prosperity. To be sure nothing human is perfect. Neither is Waldorf. But he who loves his school will not search for faults to criticize but excellencies to exalt. “THROUGH THY BELOVED LOBBY THE ECHOING ANTHEMS RING.” Mere mention of the lobby liberates a host of pleasant memories. The daily mingling here of students and teachers, the many delightful hours before the fireplace, and the happy social gatherings all endear the lobby to the heart of every Waldorfite. Through its ample space let ring the anthems of praise. “WE SING OF PRECEPTS NOBLE, OF LOYALTY AND TRUTH, OF LOVE AND LABOR BLENDING TO GUIDE THE STEPS OF YOUTH” Ours are the noblest and the truest precepts, for they are divine. With the Good Book, the Spirit comes daily to teach us at the devotional hour and to lead our steps in paths that are straight. And loyalty we prize—loyalty to the heritage of the fathers, loyalty to home, country, church, and God. And unswerving loyalty to the institution whose name we are privileged to bear. Truth is the precious pearl of our seeking – truth in nature, truth in history, but above all the Truth which the Father has revealed to us in his Son. The truth that opens the eyes, that relieves the conscience of its burden of guilt, that sets men free, and fires the soul with holy ambition to serve humanity. No human being is perfect without love – that subtle power which controls the relationship of the parent and child, friend and friend, God and man. It should govern too the relation of school and student. We are here to labor. There is much work to be done. And only by hard and persistent application to our tasks can we hope to win the victory over ignorance, inefficiency, and indolence. Let our standard be raised on high. Let none ever be led to believe that conquest can come except by honest toil. By a happy blending of work and play, under the guidance of divine precepts, the steps of youth are guided in the safe paths of truth. “WE LOVE OUR WALDORF COLLEGE THE SCHOOL OF VIKINGS BOLD” We have sung thy praises, we now declare our affection. Thou art our Waldorf, the school of our people and our church, and ours in a special sense who as students and teachers are permitted to enjoy thy offerings. We should not forget our origin. We have received from the fathers a heritage of physical and cultural excellence. It is ours to have and to hold and to cherish. Not as of old, do we haress the nations with deeds of war, but with the untarnished strength and the spirit of Vikings bold we win our share of trophies in peaceful combat. We prize the gymnasium and the arena, for still and always is physical endurance a part of strong men’s creed. “WE LOVE HER ROYAL COLORS, THE PURPLE AND THE GOLD.” Gold is the king of metals. Of it crowns are made and scepters. And purple bands adorn the cloak of royalty. These colors that we love suggest a claim to royalty, and well they may, for by right of adoption we are sons and daughters of the King of Kings. “THEN HAIL, ALL HAIL TO WALDORF, OUR ALMA MATER DEAR;” Let everyone join in the glad refrain. Let not a soul be traitor who Waldorf ’s name has honored. She is our fostering mother. When hearts were sore with fear and steps were tottering, our Mother took us by the hand and gave us strength and cheer. And over us she watched with a mother’s careful love. She chastises us when we are in the wrong and praises us when we do the right, and thus she leads us on to a higher and nobler plane. Therefore we love her and we wish her health. “MAY HEAVEN’S RICHEST BLESSINGS CROWN EVERY PASSING YEAR.” We recognize the giver of every good and perfect gift. We know that no true success can come except by His will. Therefore we turn to Him, who gives and governs, with a prayer for blessings to crown each passing year. And we pray for His richest blessings. They are those which enable us to do His will most perfectly. That Waldorf College may be instrumental in His hands for great and lasting good is the unified prayer of her daughters and her sons. May there come into her halls the strength of noble youth, and from her doors may there go forth bands of inspired men and women to help lead our people to the higher levels.



GROWING UP AT WALDORF COLLEGE “Growing up a few blocks from the Waldorf campus and being a part of that community was an integral part of my childhood. My memories of that time are numerous and always evoke a smile. Having had both a dad and a grandfather who worked and taught at Waldorf, I heard many stories throughout the years. They were stories about people and events that led me to believe from an early age that Waldorf was a pretty special place. I remember basketball games at the Civic Auditorium–sitting by the pep band on the stage and cheering with the cheerleaders. I never questioned that it was what I wanted to be a part of as a student. I remember visiting John Nellermoe in the Waldorf art department and being able to create a piece of artwork out of clay on a Sunday afternoon. The Saturday football games at Bolstorff Field were a routine part of our fall afternoons as a family. Then attending chapel and thinking how cool it was to have a coach and a chaplain all rolled into one!

Kris Johnson Happel ’83

Homecoming was always something to look forward to. The parade was a highlight, but watching the alumni return and meet with treasured friends they made during their years here was fun to watch. I remember a highlight of my kindergarten year was being able to leave school early to attend the dedication of Johnson-London dormitory–a residence hall named after my grandfather. Sitting in my orange top and plaid skirt (funny how some things stick in your mind) I remember what a momentous day it was. As I look back now, as an alumna of Waldorf, it’s the people I remember most. It is truly a special place–a place made that way by its people.”

–Kris Johnson Happel ’83, daughter of Bob ’54 and Ruth Hatteberg Johnson ’55 Kris and her husband Ron Happel ’83 have three children: Jon, Dan and Sarri. Kris teaches 4th grade at the Forest City Elementary School. Her father, Bob Johnson ’54, served Waldorf in various capacities in the advancement office and as college architect for more than two decades. Her mother, Ruth Hatteberg Johnson ’55, served as secretary for two Waldorf presidents in the 1970s-mid 80s. Kris’s grandfather, O. J. Johnson, served as dean of the college and instructor in physics and mathematics from 1932-1936, then rejoined the faculty from 1941-1967. “Growing up, going to Waldorf basketball and football practices/games were part of my regular everyday life. Being part of those events instilled a huge sense of pride in me–given all the great coaches and players who have been at Waldorf. Becoming a Warrior was something I always dreamed about as a kid, and I will never forget when it finally happened. By far, my favorite memories stem from all the rival basketball and football games. I still remember the incredible energy at those games and how it made me want to play college sports.” –Jeff Jerome ’02, son of Denny ’70 and Kathy Hennessy Jerome ’76 Jeff was a stand-out pitcher for the Warriors from 2000 to 2002. He currently serves as a physical education teacher and head baseball coach at Forest City High School. He and his wife, Lacy, have three children: Jaden, Avery and Kane. Jeff ’s father, Denny Jerome ’70, was a long-time girls basketball coach and athletic director at Waldorf. He continues to serve as associate athletic director.

Jeff Jerome ’02

“Both of my parents have worked at Waldorf since before I was born. Mom often brought me along to work with her while I was growing up. While she played the organ for chapel, I sat in the front row with my coloring books. Sometimes, I would stand up front and sing “Jesus loves me” for special music. My brother, Matthew, and I always liked it when Dad had an athlete in one of his classes because he would take us to watch their games. The Christmas concert at Waldorf was always an important part of our holiday tradition. My grandparents came up for the lutefisk dinner, but I always stuck with the Swedish meatballs! As a student at Waldorf, I enjoyed taking my dad’s physics class. He always asked me at the supper table if I had done my physics homework yet... the answer was usually “No!” I now live in Mason City with my loving husband Randy Sougstad ’04 and our beautiful baby Evelyn. We enjoy living close enough to home to continue our family traditions at Waldorf!” –Dr. Sarah Farndale Sougstad ’08, daughter of Michael and Nancy Farndale

Sarah Farndale Sougstad ’08 and daughter Evelynn

Sarah is a pharmacist at Mercy Medical Center in Mason City, Iowa. Her father, Michael Farndale, is a long-time associate professor of physics and mathematics at Waldorf, and her mother, Nancy Farndale serves as instructor of music lessons, organist and composer in residence.




odi Evans ’82 likes “stuff,” which is one reason why her position as registrar at the State Historical Society of Iowa is such a good fit for her. She is a storyteller; researching and uncovering the story of the objects in her care and making them relevant and accessible to the public. Jodi Evans ’82 stands in front of sand art by That is no small task Andrew Clemons, a 19th century artist from as the State Historical McGregor, Iowa, created by using crushed sandstone Museum of Iowa has from the banks of the Mississippi River. been collecting since 1892 and has approximately 95,000 objects on record! Evans has served as guardian and gatekeeper to the enormous collection that includes everything from a can of Spam and a log cabin, to a square grand piano since the museum opened in 1988. She is accountable for the physical, intellectual and legal control of the permanent collection that has become more than just objects to her. “The objects we collect, preserve and interpret bring the past to life in ways the printed word cannot,” she said. “Every museum employee can tell stories about families who encounter great-grandmother’s quilt or granddad’s uniform for the first time. Every museum has its iconic objects, displays and themes that become touchstones for generations of museum visitors,” she added. Shortly after the museum first opened, Evans escorted her own grandmother through the new galleries. Taking in all the great stuff on exhibit, she stopped short in front of a display. “I have one of those,” she said, pointing to an object. “How can it be in a museum when I’m still using it?!” “Objects connect who we are with who we were,” Evans said. “These every-day, ordinary disposable items, collected and preserved by the State Historical Museum of Iowa, capture a snapshot of human nature that is relevant across generations. People gravitate to objects as a lesson in history they can relate to. History is made up of ordinary people living their lives. It’s my honor and really a pleasure to document those lives through the things people use,” she continued. To Evans, the most interesting thing in the collection is the sand art of Andrew Clemens. Mr. Clemens was an artist living in

McGregor, Iowa, in the late 19th century and he created the most amazing artwork using crushed sandstone from the banks of the Mississippi River. The most bizarre collection, according to Evans, includes two oak shadow boxes with glass fronts. Each box holds more than 100 two-inch square glassine envelopes. Within each envelope is an object–bottle caps, coins, pins, needles, safety pins both open and closed, seeds, earrings, and enough bones to construct an entire chicken! It’s a collection of materials extracted from the throats of the patients of Dr. James A. Downing, a pediatric Otolaryngology or ENT specialist in Des Moines. Dr. Downing removed the objects between 1929 and 1956, choosing to display them in his office ostensibly as a warning for children and adults alike to be careful what they put in their mouths. In reality, it was a cabinet of morbid curiosity. Museum staff lovingly refer to the display as “things people gagged on.” Even though the cases were removed from display many years ago (due to the fragility of the contents), it remains one of the most asked about exhibits in the museum. The museum and Evans have seen a few celebrities over the years. In 2007, National Public Radio hosted a debate between the Democratic presidential hopefuls. Evans was posted to the candidate’s entrance and shook the hand of every Democratic candidate. During Caucus season it’s not unusual to get on an elevator full of reporters from any of the major television networks. In 2014, the museum opened the exhibit “Hollywood in the Heartland” celebrating Iowans in the movies. Iowa natives Tom Arnold and Brandon Routh appeared for public Q & A forums. Legendary television writer and producer Norman Lear told stories about filming “Cold Turkey” in Greenfield, Iowa, and Cloris Leachman graciously loaned the Academy Award she won in 1974 for “The Last Picture Show.” There are so many objects and so many stories to tell, enhancing our learning and understanding of Iowa history. Evans says her greatest reward is balancing who she is with what she does. “I like stuff, and I like history,” she says. “Every day I use both avocations to open up the world of Iowa’s past.” Evans lives in Des Moines, Iowa, and serves as a member of the Des Moines Choral Society and vice president of the Iowa Museum Association. She served as state team leader for the American Association for State and Local History from 2009-2013, and served two terms on the Waldorf College Alumni Board of Directors. Evans received her Associate of Arts degree from Waldorf, her bachelor’s degree in political science from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, and her Master’s Degree in United States History from the University of Iowa in Iowa City. For more on the State Historical Society of Iowa visit

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS The Waldorf College Alumni Board is always looking for nominations for Alumni Distinguished Service Award and Recent Alumni Award for Service candidates. For more information, including award criteria and a link to the nomination form, go to If you would like a nomination form mailed to you, please contact the alumni office. If you would like to nominate an alumna/alumnus, please complete and return your nomination form anytime to: DSA Alumni Board Selection Committee, Alumni Office, 106. S. 6th

Street, Forest City, IA 50436. Nominations received by March 1 will be considered for the following fall. The athletic office also welcomes nominations for Athletic Hall of Fame honorees. Complete the appropriate nomination form on the same page as listed above and return to: Athletic Hall of Fame Selection Committee, Waldorf College Athletic Department, 106 S. 6th Street, Forest City, IA 50436. Thank you for your help in identifying worthy alums for these esteemed awards.



ALUMNI BOARD NOMINATION/ APPLICATION FORM To apply for a position on the Waldorf College Alumni Board of Directors or to nominate a fellow Warrior to serve, please complete and return this form to the alumni office. Nominations will be reviewed by the nominating committee while taking into consideration the number of vacancies to fill on the board. The nominating committee will then make a recommendation of their suggested candidates to the full alumni board for approval. Alumni Board Mission: To encourage and cultivate lifelong Waldorf relationships that provide mutual benefit to alumni, students, and the college through: active involvement, meaningful communications, and enthusiastic commitment to Waldorf’s mission and vision. Qualifications: 1. Must have attended one full academic year at Waldorf College as either a junior college or as a bachelor degree granting institution. 2. Must believe in the alumni board’s mission (stated above), have an active interest in the college and be willing to promote and support alumni activities. 3. Must be able to attend majority of quarterly meetings held on campus (Saturdays). Nominee’s Name ___________________________________________________ (Maiden) ____________________________________ Email Address _________________________________________________________________________________________________ Phone (Home) ______________________________________________ (Business) __________________________________________ Waldorf Class Year _______________ Degree __________________ Major ________________________________________________ Degree(s) from other institutions __________________________________________________________________________________ Current Position / Title ______________________________________________________________________________________ _____ Company Name ________________________________________________________________________________________________ Current and/or past involvement with Waldorf College since graduation: ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Why would this person make a good alumni board member? ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Thank you for your nomination! Please complete this form and email to the alumni office at or print and mail to: Alumni Office, Waldorf College, 106 S. 6th Street, Forest City, IA 50436.

NEWS TO SHARE WITH YOUR CLASSMATES? MOVING? PLEASE LET US KNOW! Send to Alumni Office, 106 S. 6th St., Forest City, IA, 50436 Online Option: Full Name (include maiden):___________________________________________________________________ Class Year:________________________ Name of Spouse:___________________________________________ Is spouse an alumnus/alumna? Yes__________ No___________ If Yes, what class?__________________________ Address:_____________________________ City:______________ State:________ Zip:____________________ Phone:____________________Cell:___________________ Email:____________________________________ May we share your name, city and state, email, and class news in the Waldorf Magazine? (Yes or No) May we share that same information on your class blog? (Yes or No) Today’s Date: ______________ Please include news regarding your occupation/organization, special honors and/or promotions, volunteer efforts, newly earned degrees, family, other:_____________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________________ 43

A NEW FAMILY GUY This profile includes edited excerpts of an article written by Tim Paluch that appeared in the May/June issue of dsm magazine, published by Business Publications Corp. Inc. in Des Moines. Reprinted with permission.


had Kammin ’80 is a single, well-traveled teacher for Winterset High School and an adjunct professor for both Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) and Upper Iowa University—Des Moines campus. On a return trip to India in 2013, to the city of Rishikesh, his life changed forever. Kammin was visiting Mother Miracle School, a private school for the poor, when the founder asked he if knew anyone in the United States who might be able to sponsor a gifted student, Vikrant Sharma, an extremely bright teenager who had dreams of becoming a brain surgeon. Otherwise, Sharma’s future appeared quite dismal as he lived with his mother, sister, and abusive, alcoholic father in slum conditions. When Kammin first met Sharma he instantly felt a connection with him. He had hosted international students for decades, but this was different. He pictured Sharma in his life and actually becoming a father to him. “I believe we are here to be the best we can be, and also to help others do the same,” Kammin said. “I’m still single with no kids of my own—what else should I be doing?” he added. After corresponding via Facebook for a year, Kammin became Sharma’s legal guardian in America and worked with the administrator of Sharma’s school to obtain a passport and student visa. Kammin enrolled Sharma at Roosevelt High School in Des Moines when he was 17. Learning continued to come easy for Sharma and he graduated from high school with honors this past May. Currently, Sharma is attending Drake University in Des Moines, putting him one step closer to medical school. He would like to return to his mother and sister in Rishikesh as a successful

physician some day. Until then, he visits with them weekly via skype. His abusive, biological father died while preparations were being made for Sharma to come to America, and it was Sharma who cared for him during the last month of his life. Kammin’s role model for fatherhood was his own dad who passed away in 2011. DeWayne Kammin had a good sense of humor and strong sense of family. He was always bigger on love, guidance and support than he was on rules and curfews. Perhaps that was due, in part, to Chad’s growing up on a farm near Story City, Iowa, and giving his parents little to worry about. The Kammin family is still very close. Chad meets his mother, Donna Jacobson Kammin ’52 and sisters, Cathy Kammin Braathun ’75 and Cindy Kammin Blomberg ’77, every Sunday in Story City for church and lunch. They all adore Sharma! Even Donna, who is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, lights up when she sees him. Sharma is adjusting well. The two have become comfortable in their father/son role and Kammin is grateful for the opportunity to finally be a father—or at least his own unique version of one. Sharma even calls Kammin “Dad,” which was emotional for him the first time he heard it. Kammin’s travels led him to India and to the Mother Miracle School at the right time for him to meet Sharma; and as a result, their lives will never be the same. And one day, due in part to Kammin’s generosity and compassion, Sharma’s work as a surgeon will save and impact the lives of countless others for many years to come. Chad Kammin and Vikrant Sharma live in Des Moines, Iowa. Kammin may be reached at





es Aasheim ’57 has been so involved in promoting and improving the City of Clive, Iowa, over the years that one might even say he’s become a permanent fixture of the Des Moines suburb. As a matter of fact, he has! Aasheim Plaza, located at NW 86th St. and University in Clive, not only bears his name, but a cast bronze plaque with his sculpted portrait and an impressive tribute to him. After serving on the Clive City Council from 1986-1997 and 2000-2001, Aasheim was elected mayor (2001–2009). He led the charge to revitalize the busy NW 86th Street Corridor which, among other things, included widening NW 86th Street and University, providing access to a nature trail system, adding new street lamps, artwork, planters, and a beautiful new outdoor commons area. The redevelopment allowed for improved traffic circulation and accessibility necessary to remain a commercial link to the Greater Des Moines Metro Area. Aasheim had no idea the stunning new plaza that graced the corner of NW 86th and University would be named after him. On a cloudy day in June of 2010, Aasheim was across the street volunteering at the Clive Historical Society when the president of the society reminded him it was time to get to the new plaza dedication. Aasheim noticed there was a large blank banner obstructing the handsome stone work and suggested that it be removed before the dedication. Just then, he noticed his kids from out of town standing in the background and wondered why they were there. City council members proceeded to take down the banner revealing the name, Aasheim Plaza. He was shocked and humbled beyond words. It took him completely by surprise, as he had been retired as mayor for six months at that time. The plaza features stone, exotic grasses and flowers, artistic metal sculptures, benches, and picnic tables as well as functional, ambient lighting. It is seen by more than 30,000 people every day as they drive north or south on NW 86th Street. The city offers “Lunch on the Plaza” the last Friday of the month during the summers. Lunch is complimentary and local musicians provide free entertainment. The event provides a welcomed opportunity for people to get outside and enjoy some fresh air and the charm of the courtyard. Aasheim Plaza has also become a popular spot for photos. As an effective leader, Aasheim has served as chair of the Metro Advisory Council, Des Moines Convention and Visitor’s Bureau and Mid-Iowa Association of Local Governments. In addition, he has been a member of the Metropolitan Planning Organization, the Des Moines Metropolitan Transit Authority, the Metro Solid Waste Agency, Clive Civil Service Commission, Clive Parks and Recreation Committee, the Clive Development Association, and the Design and Building Committee at Windsor Lutheran Church. He has been a member of the Clive Lions Club for more than 30 years and is currently the president of the Clive Historical Society. Prior to serving as mayor of Clive, Aasheim enjoyed an impressive career in education as a teacher, coach and junior high principal. This local celebrity enjoys fly fishing, hiking, traveling, biking, spending time with his grandchildren, and visiting Aasheim Plaza whenever he can. Les and his wife, Sharon, reside in Clive.



Looking back 60 years to when I first enrolled at Waldorf College in 1955 really deserves some perspective. It was a different era and those of us who graduated from high school that spring were full of optimism and positive about our future. I came from a small farming community in central Iowa and we were not necessarily exposed to all of the sophistication of the big city or different cultures. However, we were well-read and stayed informed through listening to the radio (TV was in its infant stages) and engaging in discussions at school and church. We did know what was going on elsewhere. It was that our community was fairly homogeneous and compact. We all knew each other and we all helped each other. Enrolling at Waldorf was an enlightening experience for me. I met people from lots of different places, yet we all seemed to have somewhat the same cultural experiences along with sharing the same religious spirit. But, the thing that impressed and impacted me the most was the caring attitude of the faculty and staff at Waldorf. They all took a personal interest in us as students and as an individual. It seemed like they knew us almost before we got there. They emphasized the importance of us as a student body living and studying in a community. It was embracing and loving. We were there as students with giants of the time: Tillie Rasmussen, Jacob Tanner, Ingeborg Coltvet, Helen Asp, Gladys Ormseth, Dar Roa, Rolf Lund, Odvin and Muggie Hagen, Sydney Rand and many other great teachers and staff members (I know I have not included all). What the Waldorf experience provided me along with many other things, was the feeling of community and family. I believe that really formed the basis for my civic service serving as mayor and as a city council member along with a number of volunteer activities during my adult life. Underlying all of that is the deep spiritual foundation provided through instruction, chapel, social activities and personal witness. All of us have stories that need to be heard about our life both in and out of the classroom at Waldorf College. You are invited to share them with us. Please submit your stories / memories (350 words or less) to or Alumni Office, 106 S. 6th Street, Forest City, IA 50436.

Please submit your stories / memories (300 words or less) to or Alumni Office 106 S. 6th Street, Forest City, IA 50436


ALUMNI NEWS Note: The alumni office receives class news from a variety of sources including web page updates, emails, and automatic Google alerts. We apologize in advance if some news is no longer current or accurate. If you have information about yourself or other alumni, please contact the alumni office at 641.585.8148 or email us at alumni@waldorf. edu.

1940s Betty Carpenter Hill ’45 lives in Urbana, Ill. and has two children and two grandchildren. Her husband, Lowell, is a retired professor. Doris Matson McGrew ’45 volunteers at Billings Clinic Tuesday mornings, and attends Calvary Chapel in Billings, Mont.

1950s Ruth Larson Jacobson ’50 still lives in her home in Humboldt, Iowa. She is retired from the nursing profession, but still remains active in Hospice and in her church. Her husband, Ralph, died in 2009. She has four children, 13 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren. Patricia Vaughn Miller ’50 and her husband, Arthur, are retired. They have three daughters and five grandchildren. Marilyn Anderson Peters ’50 and her husband, Phil, live at Good Samaritan Assisted Living in Albert Lea, Minn. Robert ’50 and DeLoris Christian Singelstad ’50 celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on June 11, 2015. Clare Ann Cole Stubbs ’50 and her husband, Jerry, moved to Bella Vista, Ark., to be near their children. Phyllis Boland Lundberg ’51 and her husband, Douglas, are retired and live in Humboldt, Iowa. Gene Brodland ’55 is trying to figure out what the criteria for retirement is, so he is still working full-time in his private practice as a psychotherapist. He has been to Europe five times with their choral society and has sung in some beautiful cathedrals.

Corwin Jacobson ’55 was an engineer at Honeywell Military Products Division in Hopkins, near Minneapolis, Minn. from 1957 to 1977. It was there he married Sharol Ploster and bought his first house. They had two sons. After Sharol earned her doctorate at the University of Minnesota, they went to San Antonio for five years. While waiting to sell their house in Minnetonka, Corwin wrote a book “Zero Car Depreciation.” In San Antonio, Corwin went into real estate until he found an engineering job. They later moved to Oklahoma City where they lived for 18 years. He was on the AWACS aircraft program–reliability, safety, human factors– and wrote policy and procedure manuals, etc. He also designed a round slide rule for probability and confidence levels. Cars were always a hobby for Corwin. He has owned 99 (only four were new). He and Sharol currently live in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Arlys Farland Krause ’55 and her husband, Jerry, have been married 58 years, and have lived in Clear Lake, Iowa, since 1968. They have two children and five grandchildren, and are enjoying retirement. Janice Teigland Smith ’55 enjoys winters in Arizona after teaching 28 years in Lake Mills, Iowa. Hildegarde Everson Vallevand ’55 lives at Oak Park Assisted Living in Albert Lea, Minn. She is active in First Lutheran Church, civic music, community theatre, and book club. Allen ’59 and W. Nadine Sime Suby ’60 moved to Ankeny, Iowa, in 1968 and have three children. Allen taught industrial arts for seven years in Belmond, Iowa. He retired as a college administrator after 34 years. Nadine taught third grade at Thompson, Iowa, following her Waldorf graduation.

1960s Sherill Carlson Bright ’60 taught for LA Unified for 16 years. She met her husband, Richard, while working on her master’s degree. She received her master’s from California Family Study Center in 1986. They moved to Texas in 2005 when she retired. Carol Thompson Kleveland ’60 retired from teaching. She volunteers at the school and nursing home and gives


Bible studies. She has five children, 16 grandchildren and one great grandchild. She loves to visit family in Montana, Washington, and Idaho. Marilyn Courrier Malmanger ’60 taught elementary for 40 years in Win-EMac district through all the consolidations of Winger, Ersking, and McIntosh. She retired in 2005. Ethyl Mae Boettcher Nelson ’60 became rostered in 2002 in the ELCA as an A.I.M. (Associate in Ministry) and served as a parish assistant for six years. From 2009–2014 she served as pastor of a 3-point parish in western N. D. during which time she took classes through the T.E.E.M. program through Wartburg Seminary, and was ordained in October of 2013. She has now returned to her home in Washington and is enjoying a life of retirement. Myra Hanson Peterson ’60 is happily retired and enjoys sewing quilts, gardening and preserving garden produce. She loves the time she spends with her grandsons and family. Marilyn Logemann Ringleb ’60 continued her education at Luther College after Waldorf, majoring in social work and minoring in music/art. She worked in Waverly, Iowa, at Bremwood Children’s Home, which started as an orphanage. She is now retired. She was married to her husband, Harold, for 36 years until he passed away in 2001. Beverly RoJohn Sautter ’60 is retired and living in the Sumter National Forest in S. C. She and her husband, Leon, have four children, four grandchildren and one great grandchild. Elizabeth Larson Skov ’60 is retired and the proud grandma of three grandchildren. Both her children, Lance ’91 and Leann ’93, and her son-in-law, Kevin Rivers ’93, graduated from Waldorf. Menkir Esayas ’62 has been selected to be the provost of the International Leadership Institute in Ethiopia, which operates the same as a university and offers a variety of diplomas, well on its way to offering a doctoral program.

Duane Coppeler ’65 retired in 2014, moved to West End, N.C., and has started RV’ing. Martha Gjelten Dobratz ’65 and her husband, David, are retired and live in Minneapolis, Minn. Dan ’65 and Carol Benson Edmondson ’74 reside in Decorah, Iowa, and have three sons and two grandchildren. Dan is the controller for Minnowa Construction, Inc., a bridge construction company located in Harmony, Minn. Carol attended Waldorf for one year and later received her dental hygiene degree at the University of Minnesota. She is still working part-time. Michael ’65 and Beverly Nerby Gross ’64 enjoy life in central Wisconsin, near their daughter and her family. Mike is a semi-retired professor from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. He and a colleague have a planning and consulting business that takes them throughout the U.S. and abroad. Their current work is the development of interpretive master plans for all ten of Iowa’s scenic byways. Julie Sunde Markle ’65 lives in Thompson, Iowa, is retired and enjoys traveling. She has five grandchildren. David McNeal ’65 retired after 43 years as a landscape architect in private practice. He and his wife, Judy, are parents to a son and daughter, and two grandsons. They enjoy living in Seattle and make frequent trips to San Francisco where their children and grandchildren reside. Susan Nitschke Rainey ’65 retired after 31 years of teaching, and now works part-time as a floral designer. She has five grandchildren. Carmen Hansen Schacherer ’65 retired in Sept. 2011. Her husband passed away in 2013. She has six children and seven grandchildren who keep her busy. She enjoys gardening, crocheting and reading. David Smith ’65 graduated from Rio Grande University in 1969 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education. He taught sixth grade for two years at Gahanna Jefferson, managed a Bob Evans Restaurant for two years, managed a food and beverage purchasing and receiving department for Marriott Hotels for nine

(L to R:)Warriors John Kroeger ’79, Phil Enstad ’68 and Norm Kroeger ’68 swapped Waldorf stories at John’s lake home near Crosslake, Minn. last summer. Phil was visiting his Waldorf classmate, Norm, who’s lake home is next door to his brother John’s.

years, and taught at Hocking College for 28 years (the last 26, teaching in prisons for Hocking College). He married Peggy Harris in 1975 and they have one daughter who is an occupational therapist and one son who is a campus coordinator with Navigators, currently at the University of Central Florida. He and Peggy have five grandchildren. David and Peggy are retired and living in Canal Winchester, Ohio. Sandra Gullord Walter ’65 is living in Colorado and has two daughters and five grandchildren. She and her daughter run a family insurance business. Neal Wensinger ’65 considers his years at Waldorf as two of the best years of his young adult life. He has wonderful memories of caring professors, excellent and fun students, and friendly residents and business owners of Forest City. He’s always been proud to be a Waldorf Warrior and always will be. Dennis Will ’65 retired in 2002 from the Principal Financial Group. He is married to Bonnie and they enjoy spending time with their five grandchildren. They live in Greer, S. C.

1970s Marilyn Severidt Bergloff ’70 and her husband, Douglas, are retired and live in Cambridge, Minn. Beverly Nielsen Brix ’70 lost her husband, Larry, due to heart problems at the age of 66 after 43 years of marriage.


Linda Carpenter Brown ’70 is retired after 27 years as a finance professor at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa. Michael Cole ’70 retired in December of 2014 to their lake home. He’s been married for 42 years to his wife, Dawn. He enjoys traveling, golfing, biking and fishing. He also follows the Indy Car Racing League. Nancy Lackore Kaduce ’70 retired in 2011 from teaching elementary music for 30 years; seven years in Clear Lake, Iowa, and 23 years in Rockford, Iowa. She and her husband, Rick, have two children and three grandchildren. They enjoy vacationing out East as well as down South. They presently live on an acreage east of Rockford and enjoy country life. James Knudson ’70 serves as pastor of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Waterloo, Iowa, and will be retiring in the fall of 2015. He and his wife, Debra, have two sons. Faye Stientjes Lourenso ’70 is professor of graphic design and academic chair at Suffolk County Community College. Sara “Jeanne” Cordes Lueders ’70 is a retired activity director and piano instructor. Her husband, John, is a retired engineer. They were married in 1973, and have two sons and four grandchildren. They live in Waterloo, Iowa. Lance Manson ’70 has retired from law enforcement after nearly 40 years. He lives in Ocoee, Fla., a suburb of Orlando.


Alumni Spotlight: Phil Anderson ’73


hil Anderson ’73 feels you’re never too old to take on a new challenge. In 2002, when he was 49 years old, he began participating in IRONMAN races because someone dared him. It was eight months until the event. He began training, not in hopes of completing the course quickly, but just to cross the finish line before the midnight cut-off time. IRONMAN competitions involve three distinct events, one immediately Phil Anderson ’73 and daughter, Jordan Gleason at following the other, which ultimately the 2014 Coeur d’Alene IRONMAN in Idaho. cover a total of 140 miles. The first event is a 2.4 mile swim, followed by a 112 mile bike ride, and then a full marathon (26.2 miles). The competitions begin at 7 a.m. Anderson has participated in eight IRONMAN races across the country, the most recent in Houston last May with his 33-year-old daughter, Jordan. Living in Winona, Minn., Anderson manages his own financial planning business. He feels he has inspired a few others to do the IRONMAN, as Frank Farrar has inspired him. Farrar, former Governor of South Dakota, overcame a diagnosis of terminal cancer at age 63. Given two months to live, he decided to try something he’d never done before—triathlons. Now at age 86, he is still participating in triathlon events. Anderson aspires to do the same. Training and competing at age 62 is not without its challenges—mostly injuries. Anderson had his knee rebuilt in 1990 and endured a significant groin injury in 2001. He has learned how to manage the injuries and knows he can’t be too competitive because that would invite further damage. He participates at his own pace and is totally comfortable with that. Finding hours for IRONMAN training requires a certain amount of time management. The training is more about the lifestyle rather than preparing for a competition. Approximately six months prior to an event he trains six hours a week, increasing to 15 hours a week for the last two months. If you are considering a more active lifestyle, Anderson says to “start slow and do what you can. Putting an event on the calendar can help keep you focused,” he said. Aside from some prior injuries, Anderson enjoys good health. He stretches, keeps active and is starting to understand that nutrition is a big factor. When asked why he chooses to participate in these challenging events, he answered, “With all the training I do, I have a lot of time to think. Over the years, I’ve developed a theory I call the Quadruple ‘E’ Factor. At age 30 we have energy and enthusiasm, but no experience. By the time we’re 55 we’ve gained all the experience, but lost the energy and enthusiasm. The fourth ‘E’, endurance athletics (and focused training), brings back the energy and enthusiasm.” Anderson met his wife, Hope Gordanier Anderson ’73, at Waldorf. They have been married 40 years. Although she doesn’t share her husband’s passion for vigorous training and competitions, she never discourages him. “She is very supportive. She’s amazing, really,” Anderson said. Next up for Anderson is a cross-country bike ride from California to Boston in the spring which involves biking approximately 115 miles a day for 33 straight days. Why? Why not? Anderson is one of six siblings from Rushford, Minn., who all attended Waldorf College. Siblings include Barbara Anderson Thompson ’69, Bradley Anderson ’70, Dr. Clark Anderson ’72, Scott Anderson ’77 and Carolyn Anderson Lillehaugen ’81.


John ’70 and Judy Egan Quitne ’70 celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary. Their first granddaughter was born in New York City on the Fourth of July. Joan Danielson Walker ’70 retired in May 2014 after teaching elementary school for 42 years. Laurie Anderson Wittmayer-O’Neill ’70 is a retired special education teacher and currently a partner in a digital publishing business with her husband, Terry O’ Neill. After 32 years of marriage, her first husband, Rae Wittmayer, died from lung cancer. God has greatly blessed her life with Terry. Also, her son, Dan, and his wife, Kelly, have two beautiful children that Laurie and Terry are honored to care for two days a week. Mary Evanson Bleckwehl ’75 still teaches and she is a published children’s book author. She gives over 100 author presentations a year in schools and at writing conferences. Visit her website at www. She and her husband, Bill, have lived in Northfield, Minn. over 26 years. They have three gainfully employed children and one granddaughter. Stuart Ellison ’75 lives in Bennington, Neb. with his wife, Marcia. They have three adult children and are expecting their first grandchild in September 2015. Stu retired from Federated Insurance after 34 years in 2011. He enjoys about five part-time jobs now that include commercial driving, farming, and street and park maintenance. He also enjoys hunting trips with some Waldorf classmates that include Gary Pederson, Dan Tiedman, Greg Nelson and Rod Olson. Additional classmates are encouraged to join them as Stu says new stories are badly needed! Dan ’75 and Elaine Docken Hanson ’75 have two married children; Heather is a physical therapist in Chicago and Abby is an occupational therapist in Nebraska. Erik Humlie ’75 graduated from Carthage College in Kenosha, Wis. in 1977. He retired following 35 years of state service with Wisconsin’s Bureau of Petroleum and Tanks working on product quality, environmental storage tank regulations and consumer protection. Gina Sundry Laaveg ’75 has two sons; Philip and his wife, Nadia, live and work

ALUMNI NEWS in Los Angeles, and Dan is earning his master’s degree in organ performance at the University of Iowa. Gina still enjoys working in the IMC at Forest City Elementary school. Kim Wright Miller ’75 and her husband, John, live on a farm outside of Britt, Iowa. They have a son, a daughter, and a grandson. Kim received her bachelor’s degree in accounting from Buena Vista College in 1994, passed the CPA exam in 1995 and has been employed at Erpelding, Voigt & Co., LLP, a CPA firm in Algona, Iowa, since 1996. Rick ’75 and Susanne Unbehaun Twedt ’75 have four children, all educators, and eight grandchildren. Rick retired from teaching high school agri science/FFA at North Winneshiek (2 yrs) and Decorah High School (34 yrs) in May of 2014. He is now substitute teaching and hobby farming. Susanne is in her 25th year of teaching general music, piano and voice lessons at CFS Catholic School, near Decorah, Iowa. David Weiss ’75 and his wife, Kathy, reside in Trimont, Minn. and have two children. David keeps busy at their church, farming and school bus driving on the side. Kathryn Willinger ’75 married Michael Anderson on Oct. 16, 2010. She has two wonderful step children and two wonderful granddaughters. Kathy lives in Sparta, Wis. and has worked for Vermeer-Wisconsin, Inc. for 35+ years as a corporate secretary. Robert (Bob) Schryver ’79 still enjoys playing the tuba. He recently sat in with a small orchestra for the Passion Play which ran the entire week before Easter (2015). Passion Play Ministries puts on the play in about 30 or 40 locations throughout the world. Oddly, the only place in the U.S. that performs the play that uses live instrumentation is in Farmington, N. M., where Bob lives. He was in the very first performances a couple of years ago when it was first orchestrated. He also played with the San Juan College band on April 20, 2015. The group was joined by the Ballistic Brass, a brass group from a detachment of an Army National Guard unit in New Mexico that tours giving concerts and other performances.

1980s Beverly Poppe Haeflinger ’80 is employed at Theisen’s Home, Farm & Auto in Charles City, Iowa. Her husband, Jim, is retired from farming. They have seven grandchildren. Terry “Dutch” ’80 and Kristin Leppert Heiderscheit ’80 have been married for 30 years. Dutch is a teacher and coach at John Marshall High School in Rochester, Minn. and Kristi is an RN at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. They have three daughters and one grandchild. They are blessed with wonderful family, friends and good health. Kirsten Sorgaard Lake ’80 serves at Life Action Ministries in Buchanan, Mich., with her husband, Wayne. Betty Opdahl Weeks ’80 and her husband, Harold, are empty-nesters. She and Harold have been married for 34 years. He retired from fire-fighting and is now driving truck. Betty is enjoying hospice work as the volunteer /bereavement coordinator for SJRMC Family Hospice, using her social work skills. Betty and Harold live in Lenore, Idaho. Zoe Dau ’85 is an early childhood special education teacher. She received her master’s degree through South Minnesota State University in May of 2014.

1990s Jennifer Harsh Dailey ’90 is the superintendent of operations for the Cellular Connection/Reason Wireless, a premium Verizon Wireless and Direct TV retailer. She maintains four stores, three in Minnesota and her home based store in LeMars, Iowa. She and her husband, Corey, celebrated their five year anniversary in May and enjoy spending time with Jennifer’s children, Austin and Nate. They have also been blessed by two grandsons. Rich McCardle ’90 was named head football coach at Newman Catholic High School in Mason City, Iowa, in April of 2015. He replaces long-time coach, Mike Dirksen. Rich played football at Waldorf from 1988-90 as a defensive back and kicker. He went on to play at Northwest Missouri State in 1991. Rich was an assistant at Waldorf from 2007-


2009 where he served as wide receiver and kicking coach. From 2010-12, Rich was a board member and coach of YSF football in Mason City. The past two seasons he was a member of Dirksen’s staff, coaching linebackers, running backs and kickers. Lois Behrens Rasgorshek ’90 is a teacher at Westside Middle School in Omaha, Neb. Her husband, Stephen, is an investigator with Nebraska State Patrol. Kalli Kamrath Reingeimer ’90 married her husband, Chris, in 2006. Chris has four children from his previous marriage and together they have one child, Lucas, born in 2010. Kalli holds a master’s degree in social work from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and has been the director of the Nexday Brain Injury Rehab Center since 2003. She and her family reside in Oak Creek, Wis. Lynda “Georgee” Tysver ’90 is engaged to a wonderful man, Troy Gray, after five years. She will be jumping into a family with teenagers with his 16 year old son and 14 year daughter. She has been growing a business and hopes to one day make it her full-time career, TD’s Happy Faces. For over six years now, she has been face painting smiles across Minnesota, Wisconsin and South Dakota. Check her out on Facebook or her website at She loves her work. Waldorf classmate Melonie AllynSchwerin and her daughter are two of her best artists. They are hoping to grow and expand into Iowa in the near future. Georgee lives in Brooklyn Center, Minn. Brian Stinar ’91 played the leading role of Frederic in the Wartburg Artist Series production of “Pirates of Penzance.” He is currently artist-in-residence at the Denver School of the Arts. Julie Wright ’91 was ordained as a pastor of the ELCA on March 1, 2015 and installed as associate pastor at Amazing Grace Lutheran Church in Inver Grove Heights, Minn. She is excited to be starting her new career and looking forward to all God has in store for her and the congregations she serves. Lonnie ’95 and Laura Satre Friesenborg ’95 reside in Forest City, Iowa, and have twin sons, Brennan and Mitchell, who are high school freshmen. Lonnie is a bill of materials coordinator

ALUMNI NEWS with Winnebago Industries, and Laura is a higher education consultant with Paul T. Bucci and Associates of Washington, D.C. Kimberly Rollefson Harris ’95 is an advanced registered nurse practitioner and is married to Brenton Harris. They reside in Marion, Iowa, and are the proud parents of one son and twin daughters. Michele Clements Morales ’97 is a development coordinator for the Iowa State University Foundation. Her husband, Carlos, is an operations manager. They have one son. Lois Tiedemann Koffi ’99 is a P90X/ Insanity Certified studio owner based in Edina, Minn., that serves people worldwide. She is also an endurance/run coach specialist and independent team beach body coach/virtual fitness coach that covers the globe working with both individuals and groups to achieve their fitness goals.

2000s Zach Raulie ’00 has been promoted to western area sales manager by Winnebago Industries, Inc. He is responsible for motor home sales activities in the western portion of the U.S. and Canada and oversees personnel there. Zach is an 11-year veteran of Winnebago, having most recently served as district sales manager in the Northwest portion of the U.S. and Canada. Rhiannon Zrostlik Lillquist ’01 is a business education teacher in Manly, Iowa. Her husband, Michael, is a police sergeant for the Mason City Police Department. They welcomed son Jonathan Michael, born August 20, 2014. He joins sister Josette and brother Caleb. Amy Bahr ’03 married Seth Thorson on June 6, 2015 at Lutheran Church of Hope, Des Moines Iowa. Amy is employed by the Principal Financial Group in Des Moines and Seth is a teacher in the Johnston Community School District. They currently reside in Urbandale. See photo of Waldorf alumni present at their reception.

Nicole Robertson Van Every ’06 was a soloist at the Oklahoma City memorial concert in the spring of 2015. Rachel Anderson ’08 trained volunteers from around the country at Houston, Texas, for the Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Organization (HOBY) last August. The training focused on ways to encourage high school sophomores to attend their state's HOBY seminar next summer. Kara Knisley Berhow ’08 is the marketing manager for Choice Genetics and her husband, Marcus, is the assistant superintendent at Jester Park Golf Course. Daisy Wallace ’08 is the assistant to the associate dean of the Labovitz School of Business & Economics at the University of Minnesota Duluth. Tasha Cummings Graham ’09 is a family advocate at Families First of Minnesota. Her husband, Christopher, is a teacher.

2010s Mary Dickman ’10 married Nick Fiel on June 13, 2015. Mary is a student at Luther Seminary and Nick is an assistant manager. Kelley Rouchka ’10 married Chase Felchle on October 18, 2014. Kelley is the chief deputy city clerk for the City of Evansdale, and Chase is a financial advisor. They live in Waterloo, Iowa. Wendy Cobb ’11 married Austin Meints on October 18, 2014. Wendy is a coach and special education associate at BelmondKlemme schools in Belmond, Iowa.

Former Alumni Board President Amy Bahr ’03 and Seth Thorson were married June 6, 2015 at Lutheran Church of Hope, Des Moines Iowa. Amy is employed by the Principal Financial Group in Des Moines and Seth is a teacher in the Johnston Community School District. They currently reside in Urbandale. At their reception, Amy and Seth had all Waldorf alumni in attendance pose for a photo. Alumni included, from left to right: FRONT ROW: Alex Bahr ’13, Tim Bahr ’68, Ron Fleming ’64, Ben Wogsland ’03, Seth Thorson, Amy Bahr Thorson ’03, Hannah Hermanson ’02, Amanda Anderson Braun ’04, Rochelle Hinderaker Goodhue ’04, Ashley Young Schryver ’06, Allison Cox ’03. BACK ROW: Gene Niewoehner ’74, Steve Dummett ’75, Dan Tiedman ’75, Sharon Fleming Bahr ’68, Jack Johnson ’02, Stephanie Boyken Anderson ’03, Jonathan Anenson ’04, Tiffany Weir Anenson ’06, Andy Braun ’04, Nathan Anenson ’02, Andy Schryver ’06, LeRoy Holt ’68.


Yolanda “Loni” Warner Dirksen ’11 has joined Bergland & Cram Architects in Mason City, Iowa as a graphic designer and marketing assistant. Samantha Kohner ’11 married Travis Beck on June 6th, 2015. Samantha is employed in the business office at Waldorf College and Travis is the music & worship director at Immanuel Lutheran Church. He also directs Sangkor at Waldorf. Shaun McGuire ’12 and wife, Andrea, welcomed son, Winston Kurt, born May 17, 2015. Shaun is the assistant baseball coach/JV head coach at Waldorf.

ALUMNI NEWS George Watson ’12 is an accountant for the State of Illinois. Cameron Curoe ’13 and wife, Casey, welcomed daughter, Penelope Rose, born July 3, 2015. Casey is the head women’s soccer coach at Waldorf. Katherine Frush ’13 is a student at Wartburg Theological Seminary.

Deaths Some of the information below is received by family members or friends of the deceased. Information is also obtained from newspapers and online searches. If you would like to report a death of an alumnus, notify the advancement office at berhowj@waldorf. edu or 641.585.8140. Elaine Thompson Vergeront ’37 died March 15, 2015. Elaine was a long time Riverside, Calif. resident and worked for the local school system for many years, first as a teacher and later as a speech therapist. Survivors include a son and two brothers. Beryl Ramsey Sand ’39 died April 15, 2015 in Lake Mills, Iowa. Beryl taught country school for two years before graduating from the Swedish Hospital School of Nursing. After graduating, she was accepted by the Gunderson Mission to go to Cameroon to work, where she met her husband, Rev. Lloyd Sand. During their missionary career, the Sands moved from one station to another several times. Wherever they lived, Beryl set up a dispensary where she treated hundreds of patients. During their stay at Baboua, RCA, she put out many study guides for students at the Bible School and taught classes. She also assisted Lloyd in the translation of the Bible into the Gbaya language. Returning to Iowa, Beryl worked as a nurse for many years. She also wrote a book: “Singing I Go!” Survivors include three daughters and son, Mark Sand ’80, and a sister. Ruth Tweeten Holtan ’43 died March 27, 2015 in Forest City, Iowa. Ruth married her Waldorf sweetheart Stanford Holtan ’42 in 1944. After the war they bought a farm just north of Forest City. She loved spending time with family; making lefse, mashed potatoes and apple pie; planning fun activities and having kittens, puppies and bunnies for family. She made as many as 40 quilts a year for needy children

around the world and also made wheel rugs, teaching others how to make them as well. Ruth served many organizations over the years including Immanuel Lutheran Church, Winnebago Farm Women, Sons of Norway, state and national Republican Party and more! They traveled to Norway, other places in Europe, Russia and China, as well as North America. They hosted the first AFS foreign exchange student in Forest City. Survivors include their children: Jerry Holtan ’67, Audrey Holtan Olmstead ’68, Keith Holtan ’69, Phil Holtan ’70, Steve Holtan ’73, John Holtan ’75, and Ron Holtan ’77; and siblings: Jim, Stanley, Maynard, and Luther Tweeten ’52. See Former Faculty/Staff/Regent News for more information. Bonnie Carpenter Cook ’45 died June 5, 2015 in Belmond, Iowa. Bonnie taught school for many years in Alexander and at Belmond Middle School. She and her husband, Elba, then followed their dreams and purchased a fishing resort on the Gullrock Lake Chain (Cook’s Camp) near Red Lake, Ontario, which they ran for 14 years. After retiring, they purchased a private cabin next to a resort they loved and enjoyed many summers together. They would return to Iowa for a month before leaving for Mesa, Ariz. where they spent the winter months. She loved fishing, reading, crocheting and talking to her many friends. Survivors include two daughters, and her sister, Betty Carpenter Hill ’45. Valborg Charleson Helland ’45 died Jan. 7, 1999. Avis Ellingston Fjetland Hopkey ’45 died May 29, 2014 in Belmond, Iowa. Avis taught country schools west of Belmond, at Kanawha and Garner. She married Loren Fjetland on August 3, 1944. Avis enjoyed being a homemaker and taking care of her family and after her family was grown, she worked as a CNA at the Belmond Hospital and Belmond Care Center. Avis and Marvin Hopkey were married in 1987 and enjoyed winters in Florida. Survivors include her sons, Ron Fjetland ’67 and Dennis, and one brother. Marjorie Tjaden Rand ’45 died April 5, 2011. Marlin Rygh ’45 of Stillwater, Minn., died June 9, 2013. Marlin worked as an


entrepreneur, teacher, realtor and land developer. He loved Jesus, his family and hard work. He was a true preservationist, planting thousands of trees in Washington County. Survivors include his wife, Leona; three children; and two sisters. Ruth Anderson Perkins ’46 died July 1, 2015 in Iowa City, Iowa. After Waldorf, Ruth graduated with a degree in nursing from the Iowa Lutheran Hospital in Des Moines. She worked for the Army Hospital at Ft. Meade and the Iowa Lutheran Hospital. From 1953–1986, Ruth and her husband, Jack, owned and operated Barbara’s Bake Shop in Iowa City. Ruth was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Iowa City and a member of 4-H. She enjoyed sewing, cooking, refinishing antique furniture, traveling and golfing. Survivors include her husband, a daughter, and sister, Mary Anderson Mueller ’57. Rosabelle Kirk Hermann ’47 of Eagan, Minn., died Dec. 29, 2014. Rose was a teacher who touched many students’ lives throughout the years in the classroom, teaching Sunday school, and directing choirs. She loved playing the organ for services and was a true partner in her husband Dave’s ministry. After retirement they enjoyed leading Christian tours across the world. Her greatest joys were spending time with her grandchildren and serving her Lord. Survivors include her daughter, three grandchildren and one great granddaughter. N. Christine ‘Chris’ Halvorsen Veeder ’47 died April 18, 2015 in Boone, Iowa. Chris married Daniel Veeder in 1950 and they lived in Belmond, Iowa, until 1953 when they moved to Boone. After holding various part-time jobs when her children were small, Chris became the first full-time church secretary at Augustana Lutheran Church. She was then executive secretary of United Fund of Boone before becoming the first woman named Boone County assessor in 1976, a post she held until her retirement in 1987. She served on the Augustana church council as its first female member. She was involved in the Augustana women’s group, Church Women United, Soroptimists, and the United Way. Chris was the first to log over 10,000 volunteer hours with the Boone County Hospital Auxiliary, in which she held nearly every office and served in

ALUMNI NEWS nearly every branch, also serving as editor for its semi-annual publication The Voice. She loved having friends over, baking cookies for her Christmas tea, traveling, needlepoint and reading. She researched and typed a complete genealogy for both the Veeder and Halvorsen families. Survivors include her husband, Dan; two sons and daughter, Corrine Veeder Anderson ’71; and her brother, Howard Halvorsen ’51. Ronald Ashland ’48 died July 9, 2015 in Blair, Neb. While at Waldorf, Ron was elected student body president, played football, and was instrumental in forming the Golden Gloves Boxing team. He was employed with Farmers national Company and managed farms in the Midwest. Ron was an American Legion member, avid reader of history and westerns, and noted public speaker. He could repair almost anything mechanical and was known for being the bike repairman in Blair. A devoted father and grandfather, he enjoyed spending much of his time involved in family activities. Survivors include two brothers, four grandchildren, and three great granddaughters. Leslie Ausen ’48 died April 4, 2015 in Osage, Iowa. In 1949, Les and his wife, Arlene, moved to Rockford, Iowa, where he taught vocational agriculture at Rudd, Rockford and Marble Rock (RRMR) schools for 36 years until he retired in 1985. Les loved teaching both students and adult continuing education classes in (RRMR) communities. He was an active member of Zion Lutheran Church and served on several church committees. He was also a member of the Retired Teachers Assoc., American Legion in Rockford and Osage, and a charter member of the Rockford Lions Club. He enjoyed fishing trips to Canada, golfing, reading, and wintering in Florida. Above all, Les enjoyed spending time with his family. Survivors include four children, and brother, Robert Ausen ’48. Leland Johnson ’48 died April 27, 2015 in Appleton, Wis. Leland was a State Farm Insurance agent in Iola, Wis. for over 47 years. He enjoyed the outdoors; fishing, hunting, camping, golfing, and ice fishing were some of his favorites. He was a member of the Iola Lions Club, a charter member of the Iola Musky Club, Iola Community Golf Club and served on the Iola Village Board for nearly 50 years.

Leland enjoyed traveling to Norway, Israel, Europe, Mexico and in the United States. He also found much joy in watching his children and grandchildren participate in sporting events. Survivors include his wife, Ruth, three children, and a sister. Erwin Beenken ’50 died March 10, 2011 in Denison, Iowa. Erwin served his country in the U. S. Army stationed in Germany during the Korean War. Erwin’s 36 year teaching and administrator career included: Rockford Elementary School principal, Thompson Public School principal and teacher, Laurens Public School Science and driver education teacher, and Ft. Dodge Senior High School coordinator of driver education, retiring in 1987. In his spare time, he enjoyed working all types of puzzles and riddles and playing checkers. He and his wife, Violet, greatly enjoyed their membership in the Wesley Methodist Church in Sulphur Springs, Texas. Survivors include four children and a brother. Robert Bender ’50 died June 21, 2015 in Spearfish, S.D. Robert served in the U. S. Navy during the Korean War. He went to work at Lutheran Social Services in Des Moines, Iowa, and then the Department of Veterans Affairs. It was during his time with the VA that the Bender family moved to Ft. Meade, S.D. After his retirement from the VA, Bob and Marilyn moved to Sturgis. Bob loved God, his family, his country and his horses. He was a loving husband and father, showing his love in many ways each day: from building tree forts and swings, to helping with their high school productions and scout troops. He was active in community theater, both in Sturgis and Rapid City, community concerts, the Ft. Meade horse club, and the local 4-Wheelers club. Survivors include his wife, Marilyn Graeber Bender ’50, three children, and two brothers. Ronald Hunter ’50 died Nov. 6, 2014. In 1953, Ron was a member of the threeperson team which won the National Moot Court Championship against Georgetown in New York City. In 1955, he graduated first in his class from the University of Nebraska Law School and was editorin-chief of the Law Review. From 195457, he served as a special agent with the U.S. Army Counter-Intelligence Corps in Baltimore and San Francisco. From ’57-’61 he practiced tax law in Des Moines, Iowa,


with Swift & Brown. From ’61-’64 he was an attorney for Swanson Enterprises of Omaha. In 1975, Ron became president of the Western Heritage Society, fought to save Union Station from demolition and spearheaded the opening of Western Heritage Museum, now known as Durham Museum. Ron served as president of the museum for more than a decade. He retired from practicing law in 2013. He was a member of many organizations, served on multiple boards and authored books on the first 10 years of the Western Heritage Museum, the 1964 Omaha corruption scandal, sunken steamboats of the Missouri River, and Colonel Nelson Miles. Survivors include five children, and one sister. Phyllis Skram Erickson Knudtson ’50 died April 22, 2013 in Northwood, Iowa. Phyllis married LuVerne “Bud” Erickson in 1950, in Kensett, Iowa. She attended and graduated from Drake University with a bachelor’s degree in 1966. She was preceded in death by Bud in 1995. She married Truman Knudtson in 1998 and he passed away in 2007. Phyllis was the organist at Bethany Lutheran Church in Kensett for more than 55 years and was also a long-time choir director. She retired in 1993, after 32 years of teaching in the Northwood-Kensett Community Schools. She was actively involved in the Kensett Variety Show and played for many weddings and funerals. She also loved to travel, spend time with her grandchildren, and attend their school activities. Survivors include daughters, LuAnne and JoAnne Erickson Millard ’80. Harvey Myli ’50 died Jan. 12, 2015 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Harvey served in the U. S. Army, earning the rank of Tech 4. He was employed at John Deere in the Quad Cities and Waterloo, retiring in 1985 after 34 years of service. He was a member of First Lutheran Church, where he served as a council member. Active with the Boy Scouts, Harvey was an assistant scout master in the Quad Cities and Waterloo. Survivors include his wife, Shirley; seven children, including Melody Myli Fuller ’89; and a brother. Raymond Nelson ’50 died Dec. 14, 2014. Survivors include his wife, Iva, four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

ALUMNI NEWS Robert Nelson ’50 died March 15, 2015 in Rockwell, Iowa. After Waldorf, Bob was drafted into the U.S. Army and honorably discharged in 1953. He went on to attend Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, graduating in 1955 with a bachelor’s degree in physical education and natural sciences. He taught school for 36 years and coached basketball and baseball for many years, retiring in 1991. He drove school bus for Clear Lake and Northwood-Kensett for several years during his retirement. He married Dorthy Donisi in 1984 and they made their home on an acreage west of Kensett, Iowa, for 19 years, then moved back to Rock Falls in 2009. Bob was a member of his church for 57 years where he served as Sunday school superintendent for nine years and was active on other church boards. He and Dorthy loved to travel to see family and friends. He enjoyed the outdoors, gardening, hiking, biking and playing golf. He also officiated softball and baseball games for many years. Survivors include his wife, two children, three stepchildren, and one brother. Mary Anne Racek Schonhorst ’50 died March 4, 2015. Mary Anne married Donald Schonhorst in March 1951, and they had three children. Survivors include her children, Mary Schonhorst Cheddie ’77, Rosemary Schonhorst Ambroson ’81, and Roger; her sister, Ruth Racek Lee ’45; and a step-brother. Virginia ‘Ginny’ Ewing Buland ’51 died March 24, 2015 in Mason City, Iowa. Ginny married Lester Buland and they had three sons and one daughter. Ginny worked various jobs and owned the Crafty Little Corner craft shop in Mason City where she enjoyed teaching and painting nature scenes on wooden home decor. Survivors include three children; and sisters, Dorothy Ewing Ruiter ’51, Mildred Ewing Verlo ’53, and Barb Ewing Thompson. Naomi Erickson Reisetter ’51 died June 27, 2015 in Story City, Iowa. Naomi met her husband, Howard, at Waldorf College. She taught second grade at Ellsworth Community School until they were married in December 1951 while Howard was on leave from the U.S. Navy. After he was discharged, they made their home in Story City. In the late 60s she began working with elder services in Story County, working for Mid-Iowa

Community Action (MICA), writing the grants that would establish the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and other programs including Meals on Wheels and senior luncheons in Story County. She established programs in Story City, Zearing, and Nevada. Naomi pursued a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Iowa State University, graduating in 1979 and immediately started on a master’s degree at Iowa State University and graduated with a degree in family therapy in 1986. She was a member of the psychology National Honor Society, Psi Chi. She worked as a family therapist for Lutheran Social Services in Ames and then Quakerdale in New Providence, retiring in 1995. Naomi and Howard enjoyed traveling, visiting Norway, Sweden, Finland, Canada, Mexico, and all of the 48 contiguous states. She also enjoyed swimming, hiking, gardening, sewing, and reading. Survivors include her husband, Howard Reisetter ’51; sons, Larry Reisetter ’73, Wayne Reisetter ’75, and Steve; daughters, Carolyn Reisetter Pflibsen ’83, Kathryn Reisetter Houck ’86, and Mari; sister, Lois Erickson Knutson ’47; and brothers, Richard Erickson ’53 and Jim Erickson ’55. Paul Baarson ’52 died May 4, 2013. Paul was a true advocate of educating youth. He touched many lives when he taught in Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota and served as a principal in Prior Lake and St. Louis Park. He spent 18 years in Apple Valley, Minn., where he finished his career as a principal in Parkview Elementary. Paul enjoyed camping, fishing and reading. He also enjoyed traveling throughout the U.S. and Europe. Many summers were spent at the family cabin on Rush Lake. Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Marie; three children; and sister, Sylvia Baarson Langlie ’43. Robert Monson ’54 died March 7, 2013 in Duluth, Minn. Bob served in the 82nd Airborne Infantry Regiment, Medical Company in Fort Benning, Georgia. The family lived in Austin, Minn., and moved to Duluth in 1961. He taught science at Ordean Junior High until he took early retirement to care for his wife, LaVonne. He loved fishing and boating on Lake Superior with his sons and friends. He also enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Survivors include his four sons; six


grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a brother and sister. Lenore Anderson ’55 died Jan. 3, 2015. After Waldorf, Lenore graduated from Concordia College in 1957 and received her master’s degree in social work from Washington University. She worked as a social worker with U.C.C. for over 20 years, most recently as a counselor for Psych Care Consultants. Evelyn Cody Baker ’55 died Feb. 7, 2015 in Emmetsburg, Iowa. After earning her two-year teaching degree at Waldorf in 1955, Evelyn later earned her bachelor’s degree at Drake University in 1973. She taught one year in Ringsted, Iowa, and 29 years in Rolfe, Iowa. She married Harvey Baker in 1956 and to this union four children were born. Evelyn and Harvey loved to travel and took their family on annual summer vacations to visit family and many points of interest in different states. They also traveled to Hawaii and Norway. In their later years, they wintered in Mission, Texas, for 16 years. Evelyn loved to read and passed along that hobby with her gift of books to many children over the years. She was an avid game and card player and was a member of the same card club for 30 years. Her family, church and friends were very important to her. Survivors include four children, and four siblings. Bruce Kingland ’55 died Sept. 1, 2014 in Friday Harbor, Wash. He lived in to the Pacific Northwest for 57 years. He enjoyed skiing, hiking, climbing, cutting fire wood and more. He met his wife, Mary, at White Pass Ski Resort. In their 53 years of marriage, they raised two children, Scott and Jennifer. He and his brother helicopter skied in Canada and Washington many times, and also completed many great climbs of Mt. Rainier and other mountains in the state. Bruce and his buddies hiked and skied the back country at Crystal Mountain Resort and were the first to discover many great powder bowls and runs at Crystal. Bruce’s Bowl, one of the best runs at Crystal, is named for him. He was in the finance business for the next 25 years and turned to real estate appraising until he retired in 1994. Bruce and Mary moved to the San Juan Islands, in 1995. There he continued to ski, play golf, and fish off the waters of the Puget Sound. Survivors include his wife, two children, and a brother.

ALUMNI NEWS Virgil Roznos ’55 died May 21, 2014 in Garden Grove, Calif. After Waldorf, Virgil graduated from Iowa State University. One week later he married Karen in Boone, Iowa, then headed west to California to pursue his career as an aeronautical engineer. Their early years together took them first to San Diego, then back to the Midwest, to Nebraska to work in ICBM missile silos, then back west again in 1962 to Garden Grove, Calif. to the home they have lived in for more than 50 years. Virgil had a long career at Rockwell International in Downey, Calif. where he was very proud to have been a part of the Apollo and Space Shuttle programs. In 1994, he retired and devoted his time to traveling the world with Karen and spending time with his grandchildren, sons and loving daughters-in-law. Survivors include his wife; four sons; and brothers, Harlan Roznos ’56 and Don Roznos ’58.

the summer of 1967. Once his military obligations were fulfilled, he embarked on chromosome research at the National Children’s Hospital in Washington, D.C. on a March of Dimes grant. For the next ten years, he worked at National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Md., where he co-authored many scientific papers on potential carcinogens, the effects of certain chemicals on chromosomes and the potential therapeutic use of Methotrexate in the treatment of cancer. After moving to Minnesota, Dick continued to pursue his research at the University of Minnesota. In his free time he enjoyed photography, making pizzas and soups from scratch, gardening, and working on DIY home projects. He also liked to spend time boating, fishing and riding his bike at the family lake cabin in northwest Wisconsin. He retired to Florida in 2010. Survivors include his wife and two children.

LaVelle Kauffman Swenson ’55 died March 8, 2015 in Hubbard, Iowa. LaVelle taught fourth grade for two years in Buffalo Center, Iowa, before marrying her husband, Larry Swenson, in 1957. After they were married, she taught in Radcliffe, Iowa, until 1959, when her first son, Terry was born. In 1960, their second son was born and LaVelle took some time off from teaching to raise her sons. She was very involved in their activities but still continued to work as a substitute teacher for the Radcliffe Community School for 20 years. In her later years, she worked for Reisetter Electric of Radcliffe, retiring in 2006. She served on various committees and was an active member of different clubs and organizations. She loved the outdoors: gardening, bird-watching and golfing. She was also quite a seamstress: sewing dresses, gowns, outfits for her grandchildren, cloth books, and quilts. She also enjoyed cooking and baking, watching sports, teaching her grandkids biblical stories and songs, and day trips with her dear friends. Survivors include her husband, Larry Swenson ’56, two sons, and four siblings.

Karna Weber DeHart ’59 died May 2, 2015 in Des Moines, Iowa. Karna worked for over 30 years for the Des Moines Register from where she retired. She was a member of Tops and the East Side Library Book Club. She was an avid reader and enjoyed volunteering at the Animal Rescue League and spending time with her family. Survivors include her husband, Terry, and a daughter.

Richard Nelson ’58 died Feb. 5, 2015. Richard served in the U. S. Army assigned to Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington D.C. where he began his scientific career, focusing on the effects of radiation. He met his wife, Nancy, at a young people’s church group while he was still in the Army and she was a student nurse. They married in

Joan Stebner Flemming ’59 died Feb. 19, 2015 in Milwaukee, Wis. Joan retired from Equifax after years of service. She enjoyed spending her time volunteering with various groups. Survivors include her son, David.

Reese American Legion Post #391 in Storden; the Storden Saddle Club, Storden Township Treasure and a foster parent to disabled adults and children for 13 years. He enjoyed woodworking, horse shows, fishing, hunting, trap shooting and spending time with his family and friends. Survivors include his wife, Judy; three children, and three siblings. Sofus Urberg ’60 died March 29, 2014 in New Ulm, Minn. Sofus married Sherri Carlson in 1961 and they later divorced. He was united in marriage to Harriet in 1980 and they lived in rural Hanska, Minn. for a number of years before moving to New Ulm in 1989. Sofus worked for St. Louis County Social Services as a case manager in Duluth, Minn., for the State of Minnesota as a vocational rehabilitation counselor in St. Paul, and for many years as an employment counselor in Mankato and New Ulm. He later worked as a truck driver for Decker Trucking out of Ft. Dodge, Iowa, and McKimm Trucking in Hutchinson, Minn. He retired in 2006. Sofus enjoyed fishing, boating, vacationing at the lake up north, working on his yard and traveling to visit family. He also enjoyed wood working, tinkering with electric motors, and playing music on his electric guitar. He was a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in New Ulm, Turner Hall, and the Brown County Historical Society. Survivors include his wife, three daughters, his mother, and four siblings.

Diana Robson Guttormson ’60 died April 18, 2012 in Ephrata, Wash. Diana was successful teaching in the public school system and was active in the Lutheran Church teaching Sunday school classes and directing Christmas Pageants. She enjoyed cooking and baking specialty cookies and reading. Survivors include her husband, David Guttormson ’60 and two children.

Jerry Hestness ’61 died April 11, 2015 in Mason City, Iowa. Jerry married Dorothy Zrostlik in 1960. Jerry worked for Max Boyd Business Machines until he started his own business, Jerry’s Business Machines in 1973, which he operated until retirement in 1999. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, dancing, reading, listening to 50’s music and watching NASCAR as well as other sports. He was a member of Epiphany Parish and a life member of Mason City V.F.W. Survivors include his wife; four children; and four siblings including Adrian Hestness ’54.

Larry Schauer ’60 died April 21, 2015 in Sioux Falls, S.D. Larry farmed through the years and worked at the Storden Builders Supply. He also hauled cars all over the United States. and Canada. Larry was a member of the Bethany Lutheran Church in Storden, Minn. and was active in his community as a member of the Herbert-

John Dixon ’65 died Sept. 15, 2014 in St. Cloud, Minn. John enjoyed being a member of the college band and singing in both the Waldorf and Wartburg college choirs. He began his career in Clarissa, Minn., working with his father in the Harlan Dixon Agency. After two years he returned to college to receive a


ALUMNI NEWS degree in business education. John began his teaching career in St. Cloud, Minn., at Tech High School in 1970. In 1971, he took a position teaching typing to all eighth graders at the new Fergus Falls Junior High School. He also coached Jr. High football and tennis. Later he taught business subjects, primarily accounting, business law, and computers at the Fergus Falls High School until his retirement in 2000. John operated a tax accounting business from his home for over 45 years. He loved fishing, hunting, camping, crosscountry skiing and wood carving. Traveling filled much of his time, especially in his retirement years. John had a love of music and sang in choirs and quartets, played the trombone and was a member of the community band. His years spent being a member of the building committee and witnessing the construction of his new church was a highlight of his retirement years. He married Jane Schmidt in 1967. In 1976, their daughter arrived from Seoul, South Korea. Survivors include his wife, Jane Schmidt Dixon ’65, one daughter, and three brothers. John Gambell ’65 died April 6, 2012. John was a longtime businessman in Lakeville, Minn. and former owner of Imperial Plastics Inc. Survivors include his wife, Janet Beck Gambell ’65; two children; and three siblings including Kay Gambell Sorensen ’67, and Charles Gambell ’69. Mary Emch Krempin ’65 died April 6, 2014 in Westminster, Md. Before retiring, she worked at Solomon Lutheran Day School as an elementary teacher. She also worked as a make-up artist for Estee Lauder. She owned and operated The Coffee Grinder with her husband at the Pennsylvania Dutch Farmers Market. Survivors include her husband, Kenneth Krempin ’65, a daughter, and two brothers. Gary Nicholson ’65 died Oct. 30, 2012. Gary will be remembered as a caring husband, amazing father, giving grandpa and a man who made you laugh. Survivors include two daughters, two sisters, and his brother, Greg Nicholson ’74. Mark Feroe ’68 died Nov. 4, 2013 in St. Paul, Minn. Over the years, Mark lived in various communities in Minn. and northern Iowa, most recently in South St. Paul. He enjoyed polka music and his cat,

“Miss Kitty.” Survivors include his mother and four siblings. Lonna Field ’68 died March 16, 2015 in Hanlontown, Iowa. Lonna taught in New Mexico before returning home to North Iowa. She worked a short time at Winnebago Industries and later became a wonderful caregiver to her parents. She was an avid walker and very faithful Iowa Hawkeye and Minnesota Twins fan. She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Hanlontown. Survivors include her cousin, Joan Olson Kloster ’60. Debbra Morris ’71 died May 31, 2015. Debbra had a big, kind heart always wanting to help others. She was also an avid animal lover. During football season you would always find her rooting for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Survivors include three children, and three siblings including James Morris ’61 and Roger Morris ’63. Thomas Cool ’80 died Nov. 3, 2014 in Bagdad, Ariz. Tom began his professional career as a landscaper in Phoenix. After a short period of time, he returned home to help his parents operate their business, Pancoast Furniture Co., Inc. After the family business closed in the late ’90s, he continued to work in the furniture industry for a few years before returning to his love of the desert and warmer weather in Arizona. Tom worked as a salesman and then in the service department at Bromm’s Motor’s in Wickenburg, Ariz., until that business closed. He then began working for Freeport McMoRan in 2011 at their Silver City, N. M. mine as a mining maintenance supervisor, commuting back and forth from Arizona to New Mexico. In order to spend more time with his mom, he accepted a transfer to Freeport’s Bagdad, Ariz. mine where he worked most recently. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Wickenburg. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, as well as being outdoors to appreciate nature and wildlife. Survivors include his mother and six siblings. Luetta Ellefson Hostager ’80 died June 11, 2013. Luetta was married to Rev. Harris Hostager for 56 years. They served in five different communities in Iowa over the years. They also lived in LaCrosse, Wis. while her husband served as assistant to the


Bishop of the Lacrosse Area Synod. They raised four sons and she was very active in all the congregations Harris served. She loved her Bible, Bible studies, and worship. She kept a very long prayer list. Once her children were old enough, Luetta worked part-time as a nurse in nursing homes until the children finished college. She loved cooking, serving others, socializing with friends, bridge, and traveling. Survivors include her husband, and two sons. Keith Lee ’80 died May 15, 2011. Matthew Walbaum ’92 died February 25, 2015 in New Jersey. Matt moved to southern California to begin teaching in the San Bernadino school district. He married Lauren Mullen in 2005 and they had two boys. Matt and Lauren became active members of the Calvary Chapel of Kearny. Matt was not only a teacher by trade, but also by the way he lived his life-by example and practice. He was genuine and well-liked by all who knew him. Survivors include his wife, two sons, his parents, and one sister. Willis Gertner ’51 died June 12, 2015. Willis was ordained in 1958 and was called to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Detroit, Michigan. In 1965, he was called to Eau Claire, Wis., to serve as the first Lutheran campus pastor at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. His work there led to the formation of the Ecumenical Religious Center and the Department of Religious Studies. In 1990, the UWEC faculty honored him with the Distinguished Service Award, and in 1993 he was presented the Distinguished Alumni Service Award by Waldorf College. In his community, he directed the Annual Biblical Seminar, Chippewa Valley Communiversity, and the Summer Institute for Clergy. In 1994, after 27 years at UWEC, he retired and continued to serve the community by leading the Adult Lutherans Organized for Action (ALOA) Lutherhostels. He enjoyed driving and tinkering with vehicles of all kinds, and traveling with his wife. Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Betty; three children; and siblings, Darwin Gertner ’54, Elroy Gertner ’56, Arlo Gertner ’57, Mardella Gertner Olson ’63, and Corly



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