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January 2019

Dear Concordia Alumna/us,
The new year brings new challenges and opportunities. As I move to a new position within the Church, I send my heartfelt thanks to you for your partnership and support in growing God's work at CUAA. I hope that you will welcome a new alumni director as warmly as you welcomed me into your emails, phone calls and Concordia hearts. God has some wonderful things in store for CUAA.
God bless you and God bless Concordia.
In His Service,
Laura Thomas
Former Director of Donor and Alumni Relations
Class of 1969 50th Reunion to Take Place in May; Volunteers Needed
May 18-19, 2019

Plans are underway to celebrate the CLJC Class of 1969 50-year anniversary during
CUAA's commencement weekend on campus May 18-19, 2019. We need your help to make the weekend a success.  It's  not too late to join your classmates to plan for this meaningful event.  Contact Linda Sproul at 734.995.7491 or l for all the fun details!
Join us for Annual CIT and Alumni Social on Campus
January 25-26

Join us for the 68th annual Concordia Invitational Tournament (CIT) January 25 to 26.  Men's and Women's basketball teams from four Concordias--Wisconsin, Ann Arbor, Chicago, and Nebraska--will converge on our campus to compete for the title of 2019 CIT champion.  Alumni from all four universities are invited to take a break from the basketball action to enjoy a complimentary drink, appetizers, and the company of old and new friends from 3:30 to 5:30 pm, January 26, at The Manor on the CUAA campus.  Even if you aren't interested in the tournament, you are still welcome to join us at the social. Register for the social hereFind all the tournament and ticket information here.
CUAA Alumnus Honored with $25,000 Milken Educator Award

Congratulations to 2008 alumnus Chad Downs for being the sole Michigan recipient of the $25,000 Milken Educator Award, hailed by Teacher Magazine as the "Oscars of Teaching." In addition to his classroom expertise, Chad is the Ann Arbor School District's co-curricular director of athletic and academic clubs, leads staff meetings and organizes school events including the popular Open School Conference, which brings together staff, retirees, parents, and former students for brainstorming and input from the broader community. To read more about this outstanding alumnus, click here.
Mark Your Calendar for the Hamlet Project 
February 8-17

Please join us for the Hamlet Project, a two-hour contemporary dress version of Hamlet, sponsored by the Kreft Arts Program in collaboration with the Experimental Performing Arts Association. Featuring professional actors together with advanced theatre students, it will run February 8-17, 2019. For tickets, click here.
Curt Gielow retires from CUAA; Rev. Dr. Ryan Peterson Promoted

Help us wish two members of the Concordian family a hearty congratulations. Curt Gielow, vice president of administration and campus executive of the CUAA campus, has announced his retirement. And Rev. Dr. Ryan Peterson has been promoted to vice president of administration and the chief liaison to the Office of the President, effective Jan. 1. Congratulations to them both! Click here to read more.
CUAA Wind Ensemble Receives National Recognition

Concordia recently received news from the College Band Directors National Association that its submitted recording of James Stephenson's "Luther in Canon"--a piece that CUAA commissioned for the 500th anniversary of the Reformation--has been selected for recognition at the 2019 CBDNA National Conference in Arizona in February. Read more about this incredible honor here
New Director to Ramp Up Academic Services for Student Success

Concordia University welcomes Dr. Tori Negash to the Ann Arbor campus as Director of the Academic Resource Center (ARC), the central hub of CUAA's academic accessibility services. Dr.  Negash, a licensed social worker, completed her master's in social work from Indiana University and went on to graduate from Ohio State University with a PhD from the College of Social Work in 2018. To learn more, read here
Have You Decided on Your New Year's Resolution?

Is one of your New Year's Resolutions to grow in your philanthropy? CUAA would be honored to help you connect with your alma mater to make a meaningful impact.  Contact our Advancement team at 734.995.7317 for more information. Already decided how you'll make a difference? Our convenient online Donate tab allows you to securely make a one-time or recurring gift using your credit card.

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2018-19 Academic Theme - More than Conquerors
.... No, 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 8:31-39
Laura Thomas, Director of Donor and Alumni Relations
4090 Geddes Rd, Ann Arbor, MI, 48105 | 734.995.7318