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November 2018

Dear Concordia Alumna/us,
This is the busiest time of year on campus. Mid-terms are over; athletes are either finishing seasons with some in playoff situations, or starting seasons; Boar's Head Festival preparation is in full swing; mission trips are full and students are planning to serve in January. This is Concordia life! Would you like to be part of the excitement? As you read this month's newsletter, make plans to join us. Let's continue to be a light to the world together!

In His Service,
Laura Thomas
Director of Donor and Alumni Relations
Concordia University Ann Arbor Continues Six-Year Enrollment Climb

For the sixth year in a row CUAA has broken a total enrollment record, with 1,197 students registered for under graduate, graduate, and online programs through CUAA, as of the fall 2018 official census. The total represents an 11 percent increase over last year and a 60 percent increase in overall enrollment since fall 2013, the year the institution merged with Concordia University Wisconsin. Click here to read more.
Concordia Presents the 41st Annual Boar's Head Festival
 30-December 2
Boar's Head

CUAA is pleased to, once again, usher in the Christmas season with the annual Boar's Head Festival with daily performances in the Chapel of the Holy Trinity from November 30 - December 2.  A beloved campus tradition for more than 40 years, the Boar's Head Festival will be performed for the first time without the original King Wenceslas. Dr. Neil Skov. Skov, a professor emeritus at CUAA, is passing on his royal robe to Jonathon Neuendorf, whose own participation in Boar's Head dates back to his childhood days. For more information, click here.

New Scholarships 
for Adult and Post-Traditional Learners

CUAA is pleased to announce an unprecedented level of financial support for adult and post-traditional learners who wish to further their education at one of the fastest-growing colleges in the Midwest.  Four new scholarship programs have been made available for the 2018-19 academic year. Earlier this fall,  Concordia announced the first of the opportunities, the Alumni Scholarship program , open to all alumni of Concordia University Ann Arbor and Wisconsin. To learn more, click here.
A Manor Christmas Returns to the CUAA Campus
November 30-December 2

CUAA has announced the return of A Manor Christmas, the popular Christmastime event that welcomed more than 4,000 people to campus in 2017. Festivities will take place on campus November 30 from 2 - 7 p.m.; December 1 from 12 - 7 p.m.; and December 2 from 12 - 4 p.m.  Voted as the second most popular place to be in Ann Arbor during that weekend last year, this new holiday tradition is hosted by the Concordia Guild and supports Concordia scholarships. At the center of the event is the transformation of the historic Earhart Manor on campus from an academic office back into an enchanting Christmas home. To learn more, click here.
Annual CIT to Take Place January on Campus
January 25-26

The longest running basketball tournament in the country will take place at CUAA January 25-26.  The Concordia Invitation Tournament (CIT) features both men's and women's basketball teams from the Concordias in Mequon, WI (Wisconsin), River Forest, IL (Chicago), and Seward, NE (Nebraska) along with the host team, CUAA.  The tournament rotates every year to a different Concordia location making it a highlight of the athletic year for not only the school that's hosting, but the other Concordia schools participating, and the fans who travel to support their teams. Watch future newsletters for more information.
Alumni Story: Ge Zhu, Class of 2017 

Ge Zhu ('17) struck up an interest in research during his artificial intelligence class and pharmacology class while working toward his  bachelor's degree in computer science at CUAA. Now Zhu is taking the next step in his educational journey and has his sights set on a career in biomedical engineering.  Zhu, who is currently studying biomedical informatics at Stanford School of Medicine in California, is combining the foundation he acquired from Concordia, the intellectually challenging environment of Stanford, and the entrepreneurial spirit of Silicon Valley to catapult himself toward his goals. Through the Stanford program, Zhu is working on a data science project in lung cancer care delivery. Read more about Zhu here.

New Thunder Sports Complex Creates 
Space  for Expanding Programs

On Thursday, October 25, 2018, Concordia University Ann Arbor dedicated it's new athletic facility, the Thunder Sports Complex.  Made possible by the generous support of Kay Thunder-Haab, a long-time friend of the university, the celebration included remarks from university leaders, the track's first relays, hot cider and donuts.  Kay Thunder-Haab also addressed the crowd, referencing a plaque in her office of 1 Timothy 1:2, "I thank Christ Jesus Our Lord who has given me str ength, that He consider me faithful appointing me to His service." Read more about the complex 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. Contact CUAA Director of Theatre Gerard Dzuiblinski at or (734)995-7382 for information or to make a reservation.
* Save the Date*

Veteran's Day Celebration
Monday, November 12
CUAA Campus

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
2 p.m. Commencement 
CUAA Campus

Concordia Invitational Tournament (CIT)
January 25-26, 2019


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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
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