February 2020
"Let all that you do be done in love ."
- 1 Corinthians 16:14
Dear Concordia Alumna/us,
 
February seems to burst with themes of love, chocolate, and lots of hearts! As alumni, our hearts are united in our love for CUAA, and the lifelong friendships we have because of this special place. “Christ first in everything” is what makes us Concordia , which is the Latin word for "harmony” – literally, "with one heart." We love because He first loved us!

What did you love most about your time at Concordia? Personally, I loved going on choir tour, intramurals, and living in Esther dorm. Good times!

We hope you’ll share your CUAA love stories with us – it’s always great to hear from you! alumni@cuaa.edu
 
God bless you with His everlasting love,
Linda (Schramke) Sproul ‘92
Director of Donor and Alumni Relations
CIT recap: 3-peat for cheer
Students, parents, alumni, and other members of the Concordia community cheered on the Cardinals last weekend during the Concordia Invitational Tournament held on the Concordia University Chicago campus. For the third consecutive year, our cheer team took home first place. Read the story here. To learn how our teams did, click on the following:
Concordia's healthcare programs are expanding
With the addition of two new department heads in recent weeks, Concordia University Ann Arbor’s fifth academic school—a School of Health Professions—continues its positive momentum and development toward an exciting future in preparing the next generation of health care professionals. To read all of the details, click here .
Mark your calendar:
Visual Ventures summer camp
July 20-24
Do you have a child or grandchild who loves to post on Instagram, play Fortnite, create web pages, and/or make videos? Then the Visual Ventures summer camp is for them! Visual Ventures is a STEAM summer camp that will be offered on the CUAA campus, designed specifically for middle and high school students interested in the digital arts, social media, and gaming. Participants will learn how to code, use social media platforms to effectively and appropriately communicate with an audience, and use strategies for playing video games. The goal of the camp is to equip students with tools and experiences to prepare them for the global classroom and workforce. The camp is scheduled for July 20–24, 9 am to 3 pm. The cost is $200 and includes all supplies, lunch each day, snacks, and a t-shirt. For more information, please contact Erin Laverick.
Professor perspective: A peek into five academic programs
Take a look at some Concordia professors' perspectives as they share a bit about what is currently happening in their programs and in their academic discipline as a whole . Click here to read more.
CLJC Class of 1970:
Save the date for your reunion
May 16-17
Hello, CLJC Class of 1970 – It’s your special year! Your committee has already been hard at work planning the details. Committee members include Ron and Jean (Oelrich) Weidler, Ruth (Gerstenschlager) Curtice, Tom and Pam (Saville) Schroeder, Harry Werner, and Ed Scott. Click here for more information about the events as well as hotel reservation details. We can’t wait to see you!
Sing with us for
Concordia Vespers
March 1
You are invited to sing with us for our next Concordia Vespers on Sunday, March 1, at 5 p.m. Dr. John Boonenberg will be conducting The Holy Spirit Mass, by Kim André Arnesen. This work was commissioned by the National Lutheran Choir in 2017 as part of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation; our performance will mark a Michigan premiere. Please complete this form to sign up for rehearsal time slots and to be on the list for future choir opportunities. For more information, contact Dr. Brian Altevogt at 734.995.7483 or via email .
Help our nursing students impact others through supply drive
The CUAA School of Nursing is preparing for its third summer of sending students around the globe! In their mission work they will also complete their Pediatrics and Community Health clinical credits. A total of 39 junior and senior level students and trip leaders will be traveling to Belize, Romania, Kenya, and Uganda. How can you help? They have a wish list of goods! Some of the items will be used in the clinical setting as they teach locals how to brush teeth and make women hygiene products. Some of the items are given out to the children and caregivers that they meet. Help them fill suitcases of items! 
New certificate in Contemporary Church
Music offered
CUAA is pleased to announce a new certificate in Contemporary Church Music. Geared toward working church musicians looking for additional training in worship arts leadership and modern worship styles, the certificate includes 12 credits of on-campus course work over the span of a two-year cycle. Topics include songwriting and arranging, applying worship arts leadership, worship theology, and the opportunity to participate in the worship arts ensembles on campus. This certificate program is an excellent opportunity for church musicians to broaden their skill set and grow with a church looking to expand its worship offerings. Enrollment is open now! For more information, contact John Boonenberg at 734.995.7482   or via email .
Courses:

MUS 344 Song Writing and Arranging-3 credits

MUS 430 Applying Worship Arts Leadership-3 credits

MUS 440 Worship Theology and Practice-3 credits

MUS 462 Music in Worship-3 credits

MUS 208 Worship Arts Ensemble-0 credits (optional)
Teachers! Your photo could be in the next Arbor Light
Are you a teacher? The strategic communications team is writing a story for the 2020 spring/summer edition of the Arbor Light magazine about students that have gone into the field of education, taking on the inspiring profession of TEACHING. As a part of the story, we are including school photos of our alumni who are teachers from around the country. Please take two minutes to fill out this form and submit your school photo. (For teachers only.) Thank you!
CEAPsakes Corner
( Career Engagement Activation Programming )
Executive Director Joey Bialkowski, Director of Career Engagement Lisa Johnson, and coordinator Alisha Anderson are currently traveling with more than 15 students to Super Bowl LIV. This is an experiential learning opportunity, where students will have the chance to network and meet with professionals from all over. Recently, Career Engagement successfully held the 2020 Athletics Leadership Summit. Athletes were able to listen and ask questions to professionals in all areas of expertise.
Do you have a heart for Concordia?
As you know, we are a mission-driven university that seeks to provide an experience that shapes our students into servant leaders. But we cannot do it alone. Please prayerfully consider sending a financial gift to support our work here. Tuition only covers a portion of the actual cost to educate each student at Concordia. When you support Concordia, you are helping us offset the remaining expenses and provide an exceptional education rooted in Christ. Please click here to give. Thank you!
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: God’s plan will always be more beautiful than your disappointments. Be patient and trust God.
Save the date
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