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December 2019

"Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Emmanuel."
-- Isaiah 7:14
Dear Concordia Alumna/us,
As we enter this season of Advent and prepare for the coming of the Lord, we reflect upon all of the blessings in our lives, including our family, friends, and you, our esteemed alumni. Thank you for your support throughout the year in so many ways, from volunteering at our events and providing monetary gifts, to keeping CUAA and the entire Concordia family in your prayers. 

Following is a beautiful poem written by 1984 alumnus Rev. Dr. John Sproul. He wrote this verse for the lighting of the Advent wreath. It can be sung to the tune for "See, Amid the Winter's Snow." We hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

Wick ablaze now sharing flame
Dawning of the Light proclaim;
Messenger of Advent, shine
Lead us to the child divine.
Christ, rekindle light in us;
In that shining rapturous,
Those in shadow lead to day
To the lost reveal the way.

From all of us at Concordia, may you and your family have a wonderful Christmas filled with the light, beauty, and love of our Lord Jesus.
Mark your calendars for CIT, hosted by Concordia University Chicago
January 24-25
Join students, alumni, and fans to cheer on your team in River Forest at the 69th Annual Concordia Invitational Basketball Tournament Friday and Saturday, January 24 - 25, 2020. Advanced tournament pricing is available until Wednesday, January 22. For tickets, click hereNote: Groups of 10+ should contact the CUC Office of Alumni Relations for further assistance at or 888-285-6773.
An Uncommon Advent: Written by members of the Concordia family

As we begin this season of Advent, our one university with two campuses has come together to present an Advent devotional. We invite you to read and reflect on these daily devotions written by members of both campuses. Click here, and feel free to bookmark for this Advent season. Please note that you can also order a hard copy of these devotions to be shared with friends and family members.
Easy way to give back to Concordia during this Christmas season

During this Christmas season, there is an easy way to give to Concordia. Simply shop and order your gifts on  Amazon Smile and Amazon will give back to your favorite organization. Choose Concordia University for an easy way to give back to your alma mater. Click here to shop. You can also shop on Amazon Smile to help provide snacks for our students who utilize the here.
New director of enrollment brings more than 20 years of experience 

Concordia University Ann Arbor's new director of enrollment, Jesús Hernández, brings more than 20 years of higher education experience to his new role as the leader of CUAA's enrollment department.  Hernández earned his bachelor's degree in Spanish language and literature just down the road from Concordia at Eastern Michigan University ('95). He then went on to earn a master of arts in higher education administration from Bowling Green State University ('97). He's been working in higher education ever since. Click here to read more.
Join us in welcoming the newest cohort of CUAA alumni
December 15

Sixty-eight graduates will receive diplomas during the December commencement at Concordia University Ann Arbor on Sunday, December 15 at 2 p.m. in The Chapel of the Holy Trinity.  Those graduating from our School of Nursing will participate in a pinning ceremony on December 14, also in the Chapel. For those who cannot attend but would like to watch the graduation, please click here for a live feed.
Students use time, talents, resources to give back to the community

We love to see students and alumni live out our mission. Recently,  CUAA  students tied 149 fleece blankets and put together 42 Operation Christmas Child boxes, spreading joy to children around the world and down the road this holiday season. The blankets were donated to a local children's hospital, and the Operation Christmas Child boxes are shipped to children in need around the world. To learn more, click here.
ARC director selected to advocate for Concordia on Capitol Hill

Concordia's Dr. Tori Negash has received a sought-after opportunity to engage with federal elected representatives in Washington, D.C. on behalf of Concordia University Ann Arbor and Wisconsin.  Negash is among the 75 individuals selected from a nationwide pool of applicants to participate in the  National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) Hill Days  program. She will receive hands-on, practical engagement in national public policy advocacy and have the chance to participate in exclusive briefings with Hill staff and higher education policy experts. To read more, click here.

Concordia campus lit with the beauty of this Christmas season

During Advent, one of the highlights is lighting our campus Christmas tree. While you are always welcomed back on campus to see the beautiful decorations -- or at anytime for any reason! -- we thought we would include a photo of the tree in your alumni newsletter. Hopefully it will remind you of the light of this season and of all things beautiful, including our Lord Jesus. (Photo courtesy of Rev.  Randy Scott Duncan, campus pastor .) 
Cardinal CEAPsakes (Career Engagement Activation Programming)
Explore. Engage. Experience

The Career Engagement Industry Relations department will include a regular column in our monthly alumni newsletter to keep you updated on some of the many events they plan for students, alumni, and community. Please read on for the group's very first column:

The Career Engagement and Industry Relations Studio would like to wish you all a very blessed and Merry Christmas! As we enter this winter break and holiday season we pray you all have safe travels and moments to relax. We have many things to be thankful for this past year, but all of our successes would not have happened if it was not for all of the wonderful people that believe in us and utilize the tools we have available, so thank you! See you in the New Year!

Upon returning from break, we have a very special event we would love for you to attend. Our next Soup with Substance will be featuring Weldon Long! He is a successful entrepreneur, sales expert, and New York Times best selling author. He will be joining us on campus February 11 in the Black Box to share his inspiring story of how he turned his life around despite the circumstances. 

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December 13
CUAA Campus, Chapel of the Holy Trinity

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December 15
CUAA Campus

January 24-25
Concordia University Chicago

Soup with Substance
February 11
CUAA Campus, Black Box Theater
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