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November 2019

"Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever."
--  1 Chronicles 16:34
Dear Concordia Alumna/us,
Happy early Thanksgiving to you and yours! It seems like time speeds up the older we get and 2019 has been no exception. Final projects and exams are quickly approaching (do you remember those?), which means the holidays will be here in no time. There is such a whirlwind of activity near the end of the year that it can be easy to forget what is most important. 

Our motto has always been, "Christ first in everything," and continually remains of utmost importance. When Christ is first in our lives, He blesses us with an abundance of love for others. So, as we get busy with all of the events, parties, and festivities, let's remember that we love because HE first loved us, and we get to share this love and gratitude with family and friends.

We want YOU to know how important you are in our Concordia family. Our thanks to you for your support throughout the years. May you and your loved ones have a wonderful Thanksgiving full of joy, laughter, and of course LOVE. Blessings to you all. 
Join us for Veterans Day commemoration and other events
November 11

Concordia veterans
Concordia University plans to honor and commemorate our country's veterans November 11 with a variety of events, from a 5K run to a luncheon. All veterans, their families, community members, and friends of CUAA are invited to join us on campus for one or all of the events. Please click here to read more and to RSVP.
Attention all singers! We want you for Concordia vespers
November 17

Alumni and community members are invited to join choirs from Concordia and other area organizations to sing Concordia vespers at 5 pm, Sunday, November 17, at the Chapel of the Holy Trinity. Community singers may attend as many rehearsals as they would like, though they will need to commit to the dress rehearsal (11/15) and performance. If able, a $15 donation will allow the purchase of scores for the Concordia music library.  For more information and to sign up, please click here.

Shanitra Cheff to lead new Office of Multicultural Engagement

To meet more fully the needs of Concordia University Ann Arbor's growing number of students of color, the university created the Office of Multicultural Engagement and appointed a director who is a known name at Concordia.  Shanitra Cheff accepted the position of Director of the Office of Multicultural Engagement and will  oversee the formation of the office Cheff, who has been the assistant cheer coach for the co-ed and stunt teams since 2016, will coordinate programs that educate, engage, and embrace students of different ethnic and diverse backgrounds so that all students have a richer campus experience and are better prepared for service and leadership after graduation. To read more, click here.
Christmas is already in the air; tickets now on sale for annual festival
December 6-8

Tickets are now on sale for the annual Boar's Head Festival December 6-8. You've never heard of Boar's Head? Students, faculty, and staff come together to enact medieval Christmas traditions and the story of Christ's birth in this moving spectacle. Beginning in 1978, the Boar's Head Festival has become a treasured memory for many. It remains a vibrant and living tradition as it continues to profess the wonder of the Christmas miracle.  For more information, click here.
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Graduate students celebrate their graduation

Want to work for your alma mater? Take a look at the jobs listing by clicking here There is one open position that will enable you to work with our other alumni -- Director of Donor Relations at our Ann Arbor campus.
Mark your calendars for an international Day of Giving
December 3

Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.  Please consider a gift to your alma mater during this most wonderful time of the year! Find our giving site here.
Buy a pre-lit Christmas tree and help our students!

O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree .. .buy one to help our students! The Concordia Guild is selling Christmas trees from 2018 Manor Christmas. They are premium artificial, pre-lit, guaranteed to stay lit, measuring 4.5', 6.5', or 7.5'. Proceeds will support the Concordia Guild Student Scholarship fund, and provide initial funds to establish an endowment for maintenance and historical preservation of the Manor.  For more information, contact Elaine Bachman at or 734-572-7964
Concordia to receive one of the largest grants in university history

Concordia University recently learned from the U.S. Department of Education that we are a recipient of a Title III Strengthening Institutions grant totaling $2,685,992 to be distributed over the next five years.  This is one of the largest grants awarded to the university in the institution's history. To learn more about this grant, click here.
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