Dear Alumnus,
What are you thankful for - something small, something big or something you have just taken for granted? We are so often barraged by negative news and posts that we forget about all the wonderful blessings we have each and every day. I am thankful for the people in my life, from family and friends to colleagues and volunteers. All of us at CUW are thankful for you, our wonderful and inspiring alumni who are paving the way for our students. Most of all we are thankful that we have an awesome God that is in our lives every single second of the day, regardless if we are thinking about Him or not. Click here to view a video of students, faculty, and staff stating what they are thankful for at CUW.

Have a blessed Thanksgiving,

Michelle "Mickie" Wagner '96
Save the Date: 
Dr. Maschke Retirement Party
January 12

Our resident Luther scholar, Rev. Dr. Timothy Maschke, will retire at the end of 
this semester. In honor of this momentous occasion and Martin Luther's theses, 
he recently received 95 well wishes on post-it notes from colleagues, friends, and students. Click here for more information about his retirement celebration scheduled  for January 12.  I n the meantime, we are collecting photos, stories, and well wishes to Dr. Maschke for a  memory book that will be presented to him. Please email these to  by January 1. If you have any questions, please call 262-243-4410.
Meet Alumna Kristin Gies, New Foundation Board Member

Meet Kristin Gies, a double Concordia alumna who earned the first Master of Science in Environmental Education awarded at CUW. She is our featured alumna, and has a great story to share. Read more about Kristin and her journey here.
Because of You...
Pre-Sem Student Scholarships Increased by $17,000
CUW to Receive Second Comfort Dog

A big THANK YOU to all of the individuals and organizations who donated to our recent campaigns. Because of you, we r eached our fundraising goals. We will be getting a second comfort dog, who will help us carry out our mission in the  CUW School of Health  Professions . In addition, CUW has taken steps to respond to the Lutheran Church's pastor shortage by easing the financial burden for pre-seminary students and actively encouraging more teens to explore the pastoral ministry by increasing scholarships  by $17,000.
International Pre-Sem Student
to spread God's Word in the World

CUW's only international pre-seminary student,   Solomona John Rakotonirina , is preparing for service to the Church with an entire community behind him. Solomona's father, Rev. Dr. David Rakotonirina, is the presiding bishop/president of the Malagasy Lutheran Church, which currently has nearly 4 million members. Read more here. 
Alumni Day at the Bucks
Sunday, February 25th

Come see Bucks MVP Candidate Giannis Antetokounmpo take on two of the best big men in the NBA in Anthony Davis and DeMarcus CousinsJoin fellow alumni for a pre-game social from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Buck Bradley's, sponsored by alumnus Pat Horne ('77) and his wife Melissa. Then walk over to the Bradley Center to watch the Milwaukee Bucks take on the New Orleans Pelicans for a 2 p.m. game. Reduced price tickets are available for 200 and 400 levels. Click  here for more information and to register.
Volunteering Opps: We need Your Help
Sunday, December 10th and  Saturday, December 16th

We are thankful for the support and help you provide throughout the year. As the semester begins to wind down, we are in need of volunteers for two events, both of which are on campus. Please email  or call 262-243-2008 for more information.
1. Late night finals breakfast servers; December 10, 9:30 p.m. (setup) to midnight (clean up) - various shifts
2. Pre-graduation staging; December 16, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Class of 1968 - Save the Date!

It's almost time to celebrate your 50th class reunion. Plans are underway to celebrate the Class of 1968, so mark your calendars for May 18 and 19, 2018. Please watch for more information in a future email from your reunion committee or indicate your willingness to help make this a success by clicking here to complete the 1968 class 50th reunion survey. 
Concordia Moves to Provost Model

Concordia moves to a provost model, naming Dr. William Cario as its first provost and chief academic officer. Please join us in congratulating him and our new vice provosts, including CUW alumni Dr.  Bernard Bull , Dr.  Michael Uden  and CUW parent Dr. Leah Dvorak.

Claim Your Alumni Benefits

As an alumna or alumnus from CUW, we encourage you to take advantage of your online community, CUW Connect ,  if you have not done so already. By activating your profile and indicating your program, graduation year and activities in which you belonged in college (ie: accounting, education, baseball, theater, etc.), you can find alumni with similar interests or that you knew and connect with them. The site is also a great place to stay informed and mentor students and new alumni. Another benefit of being a CUW alumnus is having a community who will pray for you.  Pastor Smith sends out daily prayers requests and you are invited to send in your special petitions so the Concordia family can pray for you. Please send your petitions to
Opportunities to P articipate!   
Click on the links for more information on the events.
  • Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony:
    January 27
  • 25th Anniversary of SAP-HE Master's Degree: April 4
  • Waterpark Weekend: May 4-6; room blocks open in January