July 2020
Photo by Ryan Peterson
" Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  
- Philippians 4:6
Dear fellow alumni,
 
“Don’t worry about it!” That’s what my dad always said when things seemed to be spinning out of control. He had a certain peace about life that came from faith in Jesus Christ, and turning things over to our Lord in prayer.

Your prayers and support have been a real source of peace and encouragement. Thank you so much! We are additionally blessed by new and returning students who have enrolled for the fall semester. We anticipate welcoming even more students than last year!

With Christ first in everything, Concordia has been spending the summer developing plans to face COVID-19, racial justice, and more. As alumni, our voices, talents, prayers, and support are vital for the mission to continue at CUAA. Please send me an email or give me a call to volunteer, refer a potential student, make a gift, or share a prayer request.

Although our buildings are closed for the summer, our campus grounds are open for you to stop by, take a walk, and remember the great times and friendships of your college days. The beauty found here (just look at that cover photo!) brings peace in our hearts that only God can give. You are always welcome here.

Peace be with you!
Linda (Schramke) Sproul ‘92
Director of Donor and Alumni Relations
(734) 995-7491


P.S. For more peace and less worry, here are 18 Bible verses for you!
2020 Cardinal Golf Classic rescheduled
October 2
Mark your calendar for Friday, October 2 for the annual Cardinal Golf Classic in support of CUAA. Join fellow golfers at the Washtenaw Golf Club for an enjoyable day of golf and networking. To register and for more information, click here .
Preparing campus for an uncommon return
CUAA 's administration has teamed with members of the faculty, local public health leaders, and public health experts to develop the student plan for an Uncommon Return this fall. Watch a video of President Patrick Ferry and read the details here .
Thank you, donors!
You are changing lives
We are grateful for our Concordia family who support our mission and students. Because of their financial help, our students have an opportunity to develop in mind, body, and spirit for service to Christ in the Church and the world. Sean Sheppard, Class of 2021, is one of those students destined to make a difference in this world. Take a look at Sean's story here .
Meet Shanitra Cheff,
director of the Office of Multicultural Engagement
To meet more fully the needs of CUAA’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. Click here to learn more.

In the meantime, if you want some summer reading on racial justice , here are 22 ebooks from the University of Minnesota Press that are free to read until August 31.
'Why I put on my mask
with a smile'
"My glasses still fog, and my face still gets hot, but wearing my mask is an opportunity to protect the health of others and make them feel safe and comfortable. That’s something to smile about." - Rev. Theodore Hopkins, PhD, CUAA’s pre-seminary director

Take a look at this take on wearing a mask in public.
Have you named Concordia
in your will?
The long days of staying home have allowed many alumni to complete their estate planning. If you have included Concordia in your will, we would love to hear from you so we can properly document your gift intentions. Want to know more about how to remember Concordia in your estate? Please email Linda Sproul or give her a call (734) 995-7491.
Pastor continuing education credits available
 in online format
Pastors, are you in need of continuing education credits? Online continuing education is now available to pastors through courses designed by Concordia Seminary, St. Louis and Concordia University's Wisconsin campus. Click here to learn more.

We also offer pastors a free resource that comes right to your email box. The Clergy Connect is a monthly e-newsletter from Concordia's Strategic Communications team sharing news, updates, and campus happenings curated specifically for Concordia's clergy supporters. Click here to sign up.
CEAPsakes Corner
(Career Engagement Activation Programming)
The Office of Career Engagement & Industry Relations invites you to get connected with Handshake , our career development platform. Handshake is a one-stop-shop serving as our Career Engagement hub. Highlights include:
  • Relevant feed of job and internship opportunities
  • News feed containing the latest information from Career Engagement and employers
  • Resources specifically matching student and alumni interests
  • Event notification and registration
  • Full list of career resources
  • System for managing employers recruiting needs
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Thoughts from
Campus Pastor Randy Duncan
This month, we thought we would share Pastor Duncan's Fourth of July prayer:

“Heavenly Father, on this  Independence Day , we declare that we desperately live in dependence upon You. Our nation’s founding fathers acknowledged that in You, our Creator God, we all 'are created equal' and that You are the ultimate source of life, liberty, and happiness for all.

We too easily have forgotten these self-evident truths, forgotten You, and forgotten each other. In your mercy, look with compassion on our nation; remove our arrogance and hatred that poisons our hearts; demolish the walls that separate us; unite us in bonds of love and understanding; and work through our struggle and confusion to produce beauty from ashes.

We humble ourselves before you and ask that you forgive our sin and heal
our land for the sake of Your Son, Jesus, who has set us free indeed from the bondage of sin, death, and the power of the devil.

Bind us together, Lord, with cords of love and peace that cannot be broken. Give us courage and strength to be your people of light and reconciliation, so that our beloved nation might be for all and ever that land of the free and home of the brave.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”
Save the date
Due to the uncertainty brought to us by the coronavirus, please stay tuned to our event listing on the CUAA website for updates regarding upcoming events.