"In all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.
For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come,
nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us
from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord."  -- Romans 8:37-39 
(The 2018-19 academic year theme " Love: Unconquered & Uncommon")
Dear Alumnus,
  
One thing that really brings me joy is meeting all of you and the excitement you have for seeing each other. This year we had several events where alumni had the opportunity to see classmates that they have not seen in years. The common bond of being a Concordian never changes and it is our uncommonness that brings us together and keeps us connected. Our academic theme for this year, "Love: Unconquered & Uncommon," carries throughout our lives as we can connect with each other, whether it is another alumnus, student, parent, or friend-in-need. Alumnus Mike Patch captured what it means to be a Concordian in the last article of this newsletter.
 
Please review the articles, updates and events below to learn of the many ways to stay connected. Please contact me if you have any suggestions.

Wishing us all God's continued guidance and blessings, 

Michelle "Mickie" Wagner '96
Big News From Green Bay's Lambeau Field

Freddy had to stop by Lambeau Field to make it official: Concordia's MBA program, the largest in the state, is now the preferred educational partner of the Green Bay Packers! Sorry, no discount on tickets available. Visit  cuw.edu/mba  to learn more about our 15 MBA concentration options.
Let's Watch Some Ball at the Fort Wayne TinCaps
August 30 - RSVP Deadline August 14th              

The 2nd annual TinCaps Night with Alumni and Friends in Ft. Wayne, sponsored by Thrivent Financial and David  Herman, promises to be another fun gathering with barbecue, baseball, and the best of Concordia. Your alumni director will be there to share campus news and hear your updates. Click here to register.
Join us for an Alumni Twilight Hike and Gathering
September 27

CUW alumni and their families are invited to gather at the Mequon Nature Preserve (MNP) for a night of adventure, discovery, and connection with nature, as well as each other. There will be a delicious BBQ dinner, followed by a guided twilight hike through the beautiful grounds of the preserve. Enjoy music and s'mores by a fire before you say good night. Cost is  $5 for adults and FREE for children. To register, click here.
CUW Announces New Education Doctorate Program

This fall, Concordia University Wisconsin will launch its first education doctorate degree, a one-of-a-kind program designed for leaders, innovators, and "doers" in an array of professional vocations.  The university recently received the final requisite accreditation approval for the Doctorate of Education of Leadership in Innovation and Continuous Improvement (EdD LICI).  The 60-credit, three-year program is an online degree with two residency requirements. It comprises three core areas: leadership, research, and improvement science and innovation. Read more here.
Women's Leadership Institute National Conference Addresses Vocation, Conflict 
September 22

Designed for both male and female Christian professionals and college students, Pressure Points will tackle topics where workplace expectations and responsibilities can create pressure points. Experienced speakers, including alumni, Kris Best and Celeste Cuffie, share their personal journeys of being a Christian professional in corporate and public life and share tips for navigating the grey areas when Christian values and workplace expectations don't always reconcile. To learn more and register, click here.
African American Students get a Taste of College

About 140 young men recently took part in the fourth annual African American Male Initiative (AAMI) Summer Institute at CUW. Teens from 26 school districts throughout the state were selected to stay overnight on campus to engage in learning and personal growth activities over the course of four days. The intent is to expose them to positive African American role models and peers, and encourage them in their pursuit of higher education. Read more here.

This was the inaugural year for the African American Female Initiative (AAFI) on campus. About 55 girls from more than two dozen schools in the Greater Milwaukee a rea stayed overnight in residence halls and engaged in goal-setting, team building, and college and career readiness exercises.  Read more about their experience here.
CUW Has New Program Director in Business

Concordia University Wisconsin welcomes Dr. Brian Curry as the new MBA program director within the Batterman School of Business.  In his position, Curry will oversee the entirety of the university's MBA operations, including online, international, at centers, and at both campuses in Wisconsin and Ann Arbor. He succeeds Dr. Carrie Buri, who has retired after 16 years with the university.  Read more here .
Entrepreneur In You Conference Offers 
Discount for Concordia Alumni
October 6

The Entrepreneur In You Conference is designed to motivate and inspire entrepreneurs and business professionals to take a proactive and innovative role in their own success.   This will be accomplished through networking, teaching, and sharing of best practices during the event. For more information and to register, click here.  The discount code for Concordia alumni is Concordia.
CE Discounted for Health Professions Alumni
November 17-18

Alumni are invited to enroll in a two-day continuing education course called Evaluation and Treatment of Temporomandibular Disorders and Craniofacial Pain. This will be of particular interest to our PT, OT, and AT grads. For more information and to register, click hereAlumni and current students can use the code CUWSTUDENT to get a 15% reduction in price.  
You Are Invited to Become a Member of the Concordia Civic Chorale       

CUW alumni and community singers from throughout the area are invited to join the Concordia Civic Chorale. Singers in all voice parts are needed and welcome. There is no audition to participate. Music selections include classical choral masterworks, traditional and contemporary favorites, lighter inspirational works, as well as collaborations with other musicians and ensembles.  Rehearsals are held on most Mondays beginning Sept. 10, 7 to 9 p.m. in the Choir Room (Rincker 106) at Concordia.  Special Welcome Nights to check out the group before committing to join are Mondays, Sept. 10, 17, and 24. Please contact Prof. Mark Bloedow, mark.bloedow@cuw.edu or 262-243-4240 with questions. RSVPs appreciated, but not required. All are welcome!
Freddy Fest
Mark Your Calendar for Homecoming!
October 26-28

Celebrate Concordia's Homecoming from October 26 to 28! Alumni are invited to join in one or all of the activities from the Pops concert, fireworks, football game, Freddy Fest "Tailgate," fifth quarter social at the Highland House, and Reformation service with President Ferry.
Concordia Offers New 'Pathway' 
for Classically Inclined Learners

Concordia University Wisconsin will launch this fall the Great Texts Pathway (GTP), a new program that puts primary texts and thought-provoking conversation first. It is geared toward undergraduate students and consists of courses from diverse disciplines that are united by the emphasis on close reading and vigorous discussion of primary texts. The pathway is open to students from any discipline. Those who complete 21 credits of GTP-designated courses and apply for admission to the pathway will receive a certificate of completion and a GTP designation on their transcript. To read more, click here.
Congratulations, Concordia Hall of Famers!
Make Sure to Nominate the Next Hall of Famer.

Congratulations to Stephanie Boehm ('11 volleyball); Muriel McIntyre ('12 golf); Tom Weber (tennis coach); Mark Kretzmann ('64 basketball); and Samantha Gries ('11 cross county & track field), who were inducted into the CUW Athletic Hall of Fame last month. We are currently taking nominations for next year's inductees. Click here for more information and to nominate an athlete.
 
CUW Seeks Comments for Evaluation by Accrediting Agency

Concordia seeks comments from the public about the university in preparation for its periodic evaluation by its regional accrediting agency. The university will host a visit on  March 25-26, 2019, from a team of peer reviewers representing the Higher Learning Commission. The team will review the institution's ongoing ability to meet HLC's Criteria for Accreditation. CUW is currently accredited with the HLC. Comments must be in writing and must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution or its academic programs. Submit comments to HLC at  hlcommission.org/comment or mail them to the address below. All comments must be received by  February 25, 2019.
 
Public Comment on Concordia University Wisconsin
Higher Learning Commission
Chicago, IL 60604-1411
1990s Decade Reunion a Blast from the Past

Enjoy these photos from a weekend full of friends, fun, joy, and blessings. For more photos, check out the photo album on the CUW alumni page on Facebook and check out the 90s CUW Reunion Facebook group. 

Mike Patch (BS '97 and MS-IT '09) is not only a CUW alumnus but also the assistant director of the Master's of Science Information Technology program. He could not attend the reunion, but shared these heart-felt words that capture the essence of being a Concordian for all of us.




 


Opportunities to P articipate!   
Click on the links for more information on the events.