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June 2018

Dear Concordia Alumna/us,
Oh, the month of May. What a joy it was to watch our 2018 graduates cross the stage and hear their names announced as new alumni!  During the same weekend, we welcomed experienced alumni who celebrated and reminisced on their 50th anniversary of graduation from what was then Concordia Lutheran Junior College. At the end of the month, we acknowledged the accomplishments of notable Concordia athletes who are now Hall of Fame inductees. God continues to show me the value of Christian education and fellowship that powerfully defines the future for new and seasoned alumni. What a privilege and honor to serve you as you serve Him!

   In His Service,
Laura Thomas
Director of Donor and Alumni Relations
Summer Time Fun: Concordia Alumni and Friends Invited to Baseball Events
West Michigan Whitecaps, July 25
Fort Wayne TinCaps, August 30

Get ready for some summer fun at two baseball events!  Alumni and their family and friends are invited.  Our night at the West Michigan Whitecaps is a joint alumni and friends event with our sister campus in Wisconsin at the Fifth Third Ballpark in Comstock Park, Michigan. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for children. There will be an all-you-can-eat barbecue and exclusive seating for Concordia fans.  Click here to register.  Please watch emails for more information on the Fort Wayne TinCaps game. 
Concordia's Outstanding Alumnus: Dr. Michael Kramer
Dr. Michael Kramer, a prolific research scholar and publisher of six books and 60 journal articles, recently received Concordia's Outstanding Alumnus Award, presented each year to an alumnus/alumna who has rendered notable service to the university and to the Church, and to recognize faithful stewardship of his or her talents. He is on the University of Oklahoma faculty, after previously teaching at the University of Missouri. The 1974 Concordia Ann Arbor graduate has served as department chair at both universities for a combined 15 years.
Dean of Arts and Sciences Retires this Month

Dr. Robert McCormick, who has served at CUAA as a faculty member and dean of the School of Arts and Sciences since 2001, recently announced his retirement at the end of June. Some of Dr. McCormick's notable achievements and memories include: expansion of a number of programs such as the Marching Band and the Athletic Training and Education Program; the renovations of the Kreft Center for the Arts and the science facility; and service as the chairman of the Self Study for North Central Association Accreditation in 2011, which was critical in entering into the strategic partnership with Concordia University Wisconsin . Please keep Dr. McCormick in your prayers as he enters this next phase of his life. B est wishes in retirement!

Class of 1968 ~ 50th Reunion a Success!
It was a whirlwind weekend, full of joy and special memories. Despite the torrential rains preceding the reunion weekend--even as little as an hour and half before--we had a perfect two days to celebrate the memories and lives of the members of the Class of 1968. The Manor livened on Saturday between 5 and 6 p.m. as classmates arrived and 50 years of separation were peeled away. The Cardinal Bus, our branded travel bus, arrived to transport guests to the North Building where the group toured through the CUAA nursing school, the athletic training program facilities, and the courtroom. Upon return, everyone headed to the chapel for the Service of Thanksgiving and Praise led by Terry Cripe (liturgist), Tim Maschke (preacher) and Barbara Seddelmeyer Johnson (organist). And that was just one of the two days! To see more photos from the weekend, click here
Alumni Service Day at the Cardy Awards

Several alumni helped to roll out the red carpet (great color!) at the annual Cardy's on Friday night, May 11. We served the student body by volunteering as greeters and ushers and handing out CUAA Alumni branded "swag boxes" after the event. Alumni Dean Pate and Matthew Zehnder (both '87) presented the Team Highest GPA award. Alumni Service Day is a great way to connect with fellow alumni-look for more opportunities soon. I BIG thanks to  Matthew Zehnder  and  Stephanie Miles Zehnder  ('87),  Dean A. Pate  ('87),  Travis Grulke  ('01) and Lori Grulke ('99),  Hannah Geluso ('16), and Sam Wilson ('16).
Alumni Athletes Inducted into Hall of Fame

Recently, CUAA hosted its 2nd annual Cardinal Hall of Fame Gala. In tandem with the Cardinal Golf Classic, Concordia's athletic department has been inducting Hall of Fame classes since 2010. This year's gala featured Jack Harbaugh as the keynote speaker and was the second hall of fame induction to be held the evening prior to the Cardinal Golf Classic.  This year's hall of fame inductees include men and women whose efforts and achievements have been documented on the playing field, classroom, and in the community: 
  • Jayne (Kregel) Diroff ('85) - Three-sport athlete competing in track and basketball all four years and volleyball for three. Currently holds the fastest time in two women's outdoor track events. 
  • Jay Biesenthal ('87) - Baseball - Biesenthal played for 2017 inductee Chuck Boerger and ranks among the top 5 in several single-season and career records. Currently holds the single-season on-base percentage of .545
  • Stephanie Malik ('99) - Soccer/Softball - Malik was a two-sport athlete and exceled at both. Malik ranks in the top 5 in 9 single-season and career records for soccer and 1 for softball. She was also named WHAC and NCCAA scholar athlete for both sports. 
  • Zachary Johnston ('10) - Baseball - Recognized by the WHAC and NAIA as scholar-athlete 3 times and named WHAC Honorable mention 3 times. In 2009, Johnston received the WHAC Gold Glove. Johnston ranks in the top 5 in 15 single-season and career records including1st all-time in career singles (165) and outfield assists (42).
To read more, click here.

Have You Lost Your Wedding Ring on Campus?

If you lost a wedding ring  in a CUAA women's bathroom  in or around 1997-1999 and can  describe the article, please call  734-995-7373 immediately.

1969 Yearbook Needed

As we prepare for the Class of 1969 50th reunion, we are searching for a 1969 Concordia yearbook. If you have one you are willing to give or lend to us, please contact Laura Thomas, director of Donor & Alumni Relations, at 734-995-7318 or via email at Thank you!

* Save the Date*

District Conventions on Campus
  • English District, June 19-21
  • Michigan District, June 24-27
  • Ohio District, June 28-29
CUAA Campus

Summer Institute Workshops
Begin Monday, July 30 and run through Friday, August 10, 2018
CUAA Campus, Krieger Hall
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Opening Service for 2018-19 Academic Year
Monday, August 27
CUAA Campus, Chapel of the Holy Trinity

Manor Christmas and Boar's Head Festival
Friday, November 30 through Sunday, December 2
CUAA Campus
Graduate students celebrate their graduation
Fall Commencement
Sunday, December 9
11 a.m. Baccalaureate; 2 p.m. Commencement 
CUAA Campus

Concordia Invitational Tournament (CIT)
January 2019


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2017-18 Academic Theme - All Things New
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
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