January 2020
" Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise;
give thanks to Him and praise His name. "
- Psalm 100:4
Dear Concordia Alumna/us,
 
Happy New Year and Blessed Epiphany!
 
As we enter a new year and a new decade, consider the timeless words of the psalmist to “Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His name.” We are grateful for a new year of opportunities and pray God’s blessings on you and your loved ones.
 
You’ll notice a new format to our monthly alumni newsletters, which we hope will bring you the most accurate information that’s easy and fun to read. If you have suggestions for the newsletter, or updates to include in the Arbor Light, please contact alumni@cuaa.edu
 
One more new thing – to introduce myself as your Director of Alumni Relations. I loved my experience as a student here (1988-1992), and have enjoyed connecting with SO many of you from all decades! I consider it an honor to serve CUAA alongside you. 
 
January is a quieter season on campus as we make our way through Winterim, with our spring semester beginning on the 27 th . It’s always a beautiful time for a campus visit, so please let me know if you’d like to stop by.
 
God be with you,
Linda (Schramke) Sproul ‘92
Director of Donor and Alumni Relations
Don't miss CIT at
Concordia University Chicago
January 24-25
Join students, alumni, and fans to cheer on our team in River Forest, IL, at the 69th Annual Concordia Invitational Basketball Tournament January 24-25. Advanced tournament pricing is available until January 22. For tickets and more information, click here
Stepping into 2020
Whether you are a resolution maker or a resolution breaker, you will appreciate this reflection from our vice president of administration, Rev. Dr. Ryan Peterson, with three quick reminders for the new year. Click here to take a look.
Band tours Milwaukee and Chicago areas
January 21-26
The CUAA band will take a mini tour around the Milwaukee and Chicago areas, performing at local schools, churches, and the Concordia Invitational Basketball Tournament. If you are in the area, please join us for worship Wednesday, January 22 at St. John's Lutheran Church, 809 S. 6th Avenue, in West Bend, WI. They will play for the evening worship service at 6 pm, with a mini concert after church.
Year in Review: Take a look at the top read stories from 2019
2019 was a year of restoration and recognition for Concordia University Ann Arbor. We added a hand-crafted element to our chapel, made Cardinal apparel available online, and received one of the largest grants in university history. Click here to take a look at the most read stories of 2019. To see the top social media posts, click here .
CLJC Class of 1970:
Save the date for your reunion
May 16-17
Plans are underway to help you celebrate the Class of 1970 50th reunion, so mark your calendars for May 16 and 17. You should have already received a postcard in the mail with the details. You can also click here for more information about the events on those days as well as for details regarding the block of hotel rooms that have been set aside for alumni at a discounted rate.
Worship Arts Day
February 7-8
Concordia University Ann Arbor will host Worship Arts Day on February 7 and 8. This immersive experience will give interested high school students the opportunity to learn and apply skills in contemporary worship on their instrument and/or as vocalists. Breakout sessions will include specific instruction on voice, guitar, keyboard, and percussion, as well as songwriting and creative use of hymns. Click here to register and learn more. To learn more about our minor in Worship Arts Leadership, click here .
Adopt-a-Student
and make a difference
Interested in directly helping a student in financial need? Consider our Adopt-a-Student program! Your gift (minimum $1,000) goes a long way in providing help for those who need it most. Students must be in good academic standing to complete an application, and you may earmark your gift to support the major or program of your choice. Past recipients have shared that, without this program, they would not have been able to stay enrolled. You receive personal thank you notes and photos of your adopted student. For more information, contact Linda Sproul at 734-995-7491 or via email.  Thank you for your prayers and support for our students!
CEAPsakes Corner
The Career Engagement Team hopes you had a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. We are excited to kick-off 2020 with multiple large events. This Winterim we are hosting our second Athletics Leadership Summit on Tuesday, January 21. Plus, we will be sending 16 students to work various Live events surrounding the Super Bowl in Miami, all before school starts! Plus, don’t forget to mark your calendars as we kick off the year with a Soup with Substance, featuring guest speaker Weldon Long on February 11, 11am-12:30 pm in the Black Box Theater. 
Final thought from
Campus Pastor Randy Duncan
Each morning during the school year, our campus pastor, Randy Duncan, sends out an email full of inspirational thoughts, concepts to ponder, scripture, and prayer requests. We thought we would share some of his thoughts with you each month. Here is his final thought for us to contemplate.

Final Thought: When you replace “Why is this happening to me?” with “What do I need to learn from this?”, everything shifts.
Save the date
January 29
CUAA Campus  Kreft Recital Hall
February 7-8
CUAA Campus  Kreft Recital Hall

February 11
CUAA Campus , Black Box Theater
March 1
CUAA Campus , Chapel of the Holy Trinity
April 2-3
CUAA Campus , Black Box Theater