Concordia University Ann Arbor Logo 
February 2018

Dear Concordia Alumna/us,
February presents an interesting collision of two starkly different events, although the heart of each one is love. On February 14th, many will be celebrating love with valentines, chocolate, flowers, and maybe a fancy dinner. We have a love that transcends earthly bounds that we will be celebrating in our churches that evening as Valentine's Day is also Ash Wednesday. As we enter the season of Lent this month, remember the One who loves you so much that He gave Himself for you.
In His Service,
Laura Thomas
Director of Donor and Alumni Relations

Men's Basketball Wins 67th Annual Concordia Invitational Tournament

It was a weekend that won't soon be forgotten for students and fans of the Concordia University Ann Arbor Cardinals.  On January 26-27, 2018, Concordia University Wisconsin hosted the 67 th  annual Concordia Invitational Tournament (CIT) in Mequon, Wisconsin, a beloved tradition for the men's and women's basketball teams of four Concordia University System schools rotating hosts each year among Ann Arbor, Wisconsin, Chicago, and Nebraska.

A weekend highlight, among many, was CUAA's men's basketball championship game victory over the Concordia Wisconsin Falcons, 82-77. This is the men's 4th CIT title since joining the tournament in 2002. Click here to read more.  
'Investigating Identity' theme for Conference 
on Spirituality and Arts & Sciences

The Tenth Annual Conference on Spirituality and the Arts & Sciences will be held on the Ann Arbor campus Thursday, April 5th, 2018. The conference is open to all alumni, students, faculty, and staff of Concordia University, Ann Arbor or Wisconsin. Alumni are invited to submit papers and presentations which explore any aspect of this year's theme, "Investigating Identity," with a 15-20 minute reading or delivery time (approximately 6-7 double-spaced pages in length). Please submit electronic copies of completed papers by Friday, February 23, 2018, or questions to one or more of the following email addresses:

Mark Looker ( )
Georgia Kreiger ( )
Neal Migan ( )

Beloved Pastor and CUAA Professor Emeritus Dies January 16

Dr. Jakob K. Heckert, 87, passed away peacefully at home with his family on January 16, 2018. He  was a pastor of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod and a former professor at Concordia University, where he taught biblical languages. He served as assistant to the pastor of Our Savior Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hartland, Michigan. In addition, he served monthly at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Toledo, Ohio. Dr. Heckert also preached German services several times a year at St. Lorenz Lutheran Church in Frankenmuth, Michigan, and Historic Trinity Lutheran Church in Detroit, Michigan. In addition, he was the Theological  Editor for Faith Family Reunion.

Dr. Heckert had been in the ministry for more than 50 years, and was ordained in 1963. He earned his Doctor of Theology from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri, later receiving an honorary Doctorate from Concordia University Chicago. During the period of 11 years, he pastored three LCMS congregations. After his time in the congregational ministry, he was called to teach at Concordia Seminary where he taught biblical interpretation (exegesis) and preaching (homiletics). Two years later he was called to Concordia College (Concordia University). During his time there he taught Greek, New  Testament and later Hebrew.

A memorial scholarship has been started in Dr. Heckert's name at Concordia. If you would like to donate in his honor, contact Jen Hackmann at
Concordia Wind & String Ensemble and Concordia Choir 
Tour Itineraries Set

We encourage you to attend one of the concerts on the tours of the Concordia Choir as well as the Wind & String Ensemble. Please see the schedule below. For more information, please contact Judy Wuckert at (734) 995-7438.

Concordia Choir:
  • March 8, 7 pm, Peace Lutheran Church, Tillsonburg, ON 
  • March 9, 7 pm, Calvary Lutheran Church, Waterloo, NY 
  • March 11, 10:30 am worship service, St. Luke Lutheran Church, Ottawa, ON 
  • March 12, 7 pm, Pilgrim Lutheran Church, Hamilton, ON 
  • March 13, 7 pm, Bethel Lutheran Church, Kitchener, ON 
  • March 14, 7 pm, First Evangelical Lutheran Church, Kingsville, ON 
  • March 25, 2 pm, Concordia University Ann Arbor

Concordia Wind & String Ensemble:
  • March 27, 8 pm, Concordia University Ann Arbor
  • March 28, TBD, Grand Rapids, MI
  • March 29, 7 pm, Immanuel Lutheran Church, Grand Rapids, MI 
  • March 30, 5 pm, St. Peter Lutheran Church, Arlington Heights, IL 
  • April 1, 8 pm, Symphony Center, Chicago,  IL 

Do You Know Any Future Concordians?

Do you know any potential students who would make good undergraduate or graduate students at Concordia University? If you want to share the Concordia experience with a friend, family member, or colleague, please click here to fill out a referral form. Our trained admissions counselors will help them explore their options. 
Class of 1968 ~ 50th Reunion update
May 19-20, 2018
IT'S COMING UP FAST!  Class of 1968 --  The 50th Reunion committee is reviewing the class list and will be making personal contact in February and March via phone, email, and regular mail to share information about the reunion. Weekend festivities begin Saturday early evening with campus tours followed by a special reunion chapel service and reminiscing. The night ends at the Earhart Manor with a wine and hors d'oeuvres reception. Sunday morning, classmates gather for a recognition breakfast featuring President Patrick Ferry and a class speaker and then proceed to the baccalaureate service. Complimentary lunch under the big tent with graduates and their families rounds out the weekend.  
For additional information or to volunteer, email CUAA Director of Donor and Alumni Relations Laura Thomas or call her at (734) 995-7318. 
* Save the Date*

Family Life Education Seminar on Biblical Parenting
Saturday, February 10, 2018, 9:30 am-4:30 pm, North Building
CUAA Campus

Cardinal Hall of Fame Gala

Thursday, May 31, 2018, 6 pm, Earhart Manor Tent
CUAA Campus

Athletic Cardinal Golf Outing
Friday, June 1, 2018
Location TBD

CUAA Alumni Facebook Page

Find us on Facebook at

Facebook Logo
And he who was seated on the throne said, "Behold, I am making all things new."  Also he said, "Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true."  Revelation 21:5
Laura Thomas, Director of Donor and Alumni Relations
4090 Geddes Rd, Ann Arbor, MI, 48105 | 734.995.7318