September 2020
Alumna Alisha Anderson ('18 and '19) prepares for an uncommon return in her role as the student events and career engagement coordinator at CUAA.
"'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the LORD, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.'”
- Jeremiah 29:11
Dear fellow alumni,
 
Are you ready?

That’s a question full of anticipation.

After months of careful planning and safeguard measures in place, Concordia IS ready, and I’m happy to share that our first two weeks have been a success! Our students are back on campus learning through a combination of face-to-face with social distancing, and online through synchronous and asynchronous instruction. Masks, sanitizer, directional arrows, daily health screenings – CHECK! Even with these rigorous and necessary precautions, our Cardinal spirit is soaring high.

This month’s verse from Jeremiah 29 is a well-loved and often quoted passage. The LORD has declared that He has plans for us. And the plans are good! Are you ready to follow Him? Let’s join together as alumni and lift up this new academic year in prayer as we encourage each other to rely on the LORD’s plans and seek Him with all our heart.

Hearts together in Christ,
Linda (Schramke) Sproul ‘92
Director of Donor and Alumni Relations
(734) 995-7491



P.S. Visit our website for the latest plans! See our sports schedules and events. Also check out our Concordia Newsroom for stories to inspire and encourage.
Dr. Looker gets a look at your well wishes made into book
Last spring, we asked alumni, students, and friends of Concordia to share memories and well-wishes with CUAA's longest tenured professor, Dr. Mark Looker, upon his retirement. Your many kind words were put in a book and shared with Dr. Looker to add to his personal (and impressive) library. Read the notes to Dr. Looker here. You might ask why Dr. Looker is on campus? He's still teaching a class twice a week. For those who know his love for teaching, this is no surprise.
Traditional CIT cancelled
due to COVID-19
For the first time since 1975-76, the Concordia Invitational Tournament (CIT) has been canceled. In a joint decision made by the presidents of the competing institutions, one of the nation's longest running basketball tournaments will not be taking place in order to diminish as much exposure to COVID-19 as possible. Concordia University, Nebraska, was scheduled to host what would have been the 70th annual CIT on Jan. 29-30, 2021. Instead, Concordia Nebraska will serve as the host in 2022. To read more, click here.
You don't have to miss it!
Daily Chapel. Do you miss it? You don't have to anymore. It is being live streamed daily, Monday through Friday, at 10:30 am EST. Tune in by clicking here.
Discounted alumni tee available through Sept. 20
You are a proud alum so why not show the world in your very own Concordia University Alma Mater apparel! Through our partnership with Underground Printing we have made a special limited edition design for t-shirts and sweatshirts that will be available through September 20th. Order your alumni apparel here! Being a Concordia alum never looked so good!
Dozens of CUAA alumni authors share their works
CUAA alumni go on to work in a myriad of professional positions. Many of them, from pastors to teachers, have also published works to share their research and expertise. We have compiled a list of titles as submitted by our alumni. Take a look here to see which alumni are authors.
A unique (and painless) way to support CUAA
Thrivent Choice® can have a tremendous impact on an organization.
If you are an eligible Thrivent Financial member, you can show your appreciation for your alma mater by directing Choice Dollars. The individual recommendations you make through Choice Dollars directions can make a profound impact. Click here to learn more. It's easy and painless.

  • In the “GET STARTED” section on the right, click Direct Thrivent Choice Dollars®.
  • Log in by entering your user ID and password. (If you haven’t yet registered on Thrivent.com, click “Register for account access.”)
  • Choose “Concordia University Ann Arbor”
  • Choose “Direct All” or enter a specific number and click “Direct Now.” Follow the prompts on the confirmation page to direct Choice Dollars.
To direct dollars by phone, call 800-847-4836 and when prompted, say “Thrivent Choice.”
Alumnus shares insight
on discouragement
"Discouragement is a demon. It sits on your shoulder. It bores into your brain. It steals your energy." -- Rev. Dave Davis

Rev. Dave Davis, 1979 alumnus, recently wrote a blog post for the Michigan District of the LCMS. This three-minute read talks about discouragement and how to handle it. Take a look here. Read more from Dave on his blog site, Toward Significance, or check out his book, Toward Significance: A Guide for Pastoring Well.
From us to you!
For your relaxation
and creativity
Recently, we celebrated National Coloring Book Day. In honor of this day, we share with you our very own CUAA coloring sheet. Click here to print it. It was designed and created by Sandy Barrette, a staff member in our Office of Advancement and 2004 alumna of our campus in Wisconsin. So, print it out, pull out your crayons and pencils, and get coloring! Would love to see you post them on our Facebook page.
Blessings on our alumni educators!
We are so incredibly proud of our #CUAA alumni educators! Thank you for your tireless work of adapting, innovating, pivoting, and flexing your creative muscles to keep your COVID classrooms humming. Blessings on another 'new normal' semester!
Thank you for keeping us safe
Thank you for helping us keep the Concordia community SAFE and HEALTHY. At the time of this writing, you (our generous donors) have covered the cost of more than 500 masks. Your support in these remarkable uncommon times is greatly appreciated. You can still get a Concordia mask and show your school pride by making a donation here. We are all in this together. Stay Safe. Stay Healthy. God bless.
CEAPsakes Corner
(Career Engagement Activation Programming)
Career Engagement is excited to be on campus interacting with students mask-to-mask and via Zoom. This next month we plan to host several events including guest speaker Randy Dean, an Outlook management expert; Take 20: Workforce Development and Career Readiness featuring Dr. Joey-Lynn Bialkowski; and more. Looking to next month in lieu of homecoming week we are planning a spirit week and featuring several alumni from each of the five programs offered at Concordia.
Alumni are invited to tune in October 5-9 to hear their fellow alumni share their transition experience from student to employee. More details to come soon! To stay up to date with upcoming events follow us on social media @CuaaEngage. 
Thoughts from
Campus Pastor Randy Duncan
Each morning during the school year, our campus pastor, Randy Duncan, sends out an email full of inspirational thoughts, concepts to ponder, scripture, and prayer requests. We thought we would share some of his thoughts with you each month for us to contemplate. This time, we share an entire prayer.

Prayer: God of heaven and earth, God who carries our lives and the lives of our CUAA community in Your hands, be with us in the journey of this day. Help us to release our anxieties and fears into those same caring hands, knowing in faith that Your will for us is life and everlasting good. Send Your holy angels to watch over us and guard us. May they spread their holy wings to give us shelter against the storm. For You alone, O God, are all good, all life, all love, and that love is for us; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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October 2
Washtenaw Golf Club