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THE WORLD
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the magazine of Concordia University, Nebraska
summer 2014 • volume 91 • no. 2
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• Vicar Ben and Amy Riley who warmly welcomed three
Concordia staf members and me to Shenzhen, one of the
largest cities in China where Ben led a worship service and
preached the Gospel at the Meilin Church.
And there are many more examples!
Nearly 2,000 years ago, Jesus said as He ascended into heaven:
“You will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and
Samaria, and to the end of the earth” (Acts 1:8b; ESV). For
2,000 years God has sent the promised Holy Spirit to fulfll
that command through his people. It happened in the Book
of Acts, it is happening today and it will continue to happen
in the future.
As Concordia’s 121st academic year soon begins please pray
with me that our gracious God will continue to “equip [us]
with everything good that [we] may do his will” (Hebrews
13:20-21; ESV) as we equip students to learn, serve and lead
in church and world!
Brian L. Friedrich
President
“You shall be my witnesses!”
Martin Luther said, “After we have become Christians …
then each one, according to his calling and position, obtains
the right and the power of teaching and confessing before
others this Word which we have obtained from Him.” (LW
13:333) Te need for Christian witness has no limits or
borders. In recent days I was inspired by the witness of:
• Students who traveled to Ghana and Belize to serve the
poorest of the poor.
• Students who traveled to Hong Kong and Shenzhen,
China, to teach English.
• Professors and staf members who spent countless hours
cleaning communities of Beaver Crossing and Cordova,
Nebraska, after they experienced decimation from E-4
tornadoes.
• Te baccalaureate sermon of the Rev. Dr. Scott Murray
who reminded our graduates “you are salt.”
• Alumni who promised to give above and beyond their
usual gifts to help us fund “fve little capital improvement
projects.”
• Notes of appreciation from missionaries Rev. Bob and Rita
Flohrs and Rev. David and Lois Mahsman following their
spring visits to campus.
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SAVIOR, MAY YOUR
VOICE BE HEARD
Tought about a career as a missionary? Rev.
John Mehl, director of mission partnerships
and church relations at Concordia, shares
from his experiences.
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ACTING LESSONS
Teater professor Bryan Moore defends the
“black sheep of the arts” and explains why
everyone, even you, should participate in
theater at least once in your life.
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Concordia Scene 18
Athletics 28
Alumnotes 43
tell the good
news in song
For 75 years, thousands of voices have
proclaimed the Gospel as part of the
University A Cappella Choir.
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for such a time
as this
Recent graduate Hannah Kroonblawd writes
about teaching in China as a Christian.
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contents
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story: D. Luebbe illustrations: L. Wohlgemuth
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n September of 1993, Rev. John Mehl, his wife, Susan, and their two daughters,
ages 4 and 1, journeyed from their cozy Kansas home to Novosibirsk, in the heart
of Siberia. They were there to complete four months of Russian language training
before their contracted mission work began.
It was cold. Temperatures of 40 degrees below zero were not uncommon. People wore
fur hats, even indoors.
John and Susan expected that they would live near their fellow missionary families,
with meals and laundry taken care of so they could focus on studying Russian. Tey
SAVIOR, may your
VOICE BE HEARD
Rev. John Mehl, director of mission partnerships and
church relations at Concordia, shares from his experiences
as a career missionary.
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with family and friends in the U.S. and how elderly parents
are going to fare,” Mehl says.
“When we frst went overseas, my father was in his late 80s,
and we said our goodbyes as though we would not see one
another again this side of heaven, though God blessed us
with many more meetings on earth before he died.”
So how can you know if you’re being called to be a missionary?
Short-term missions, some lasting just one to six months, may
ofer the most practical way. If you’re looking for something
a little longer, missionaries “globally engaged in outreach”
serve one- or two-year terms, at least initially. Tose who
think they might be interested in missionary service can use
these types of experiences to see if God
is calling them to do mission work for a
longer term.
“God opens doors for us to serve in
diferent vocations or stations in life,”
Mehl advises. “But opportunity is only
one facet of the answer. Tere must be
a heartfelt commitment to following
God’s lead … and this means being out
of control and doing things that you
didn’t expect or don’t like.”
Mehl warns against becoming a missionary because of an
itch to travel or other personal reasons. “You can’t decide
to be a missionary in Russia because your ancestors were
Volga German and you want to learn more about them. One
needs to be committed to being used as God’s tool for the
enlargement of His kingdom.”
Te most important thing to prepare spiritually and
emotionally to be a missionary is humility. Mehl says, “In
some way or another, a missionary needs to be able to be
humbled in order to be led. You can start down a strategy,
but you can’t be so stubborn and stuck on your plan that you
miss the real opportunities that God will reveal. Spiritually,
this means trusting in God to lead. Emotionally, this means
letting go of your own need to justify your existence by
accomplishing your plan. Missiology of the cross is what
God needs, not a missiology of glory.”
Tose who decide to pursue long-term missions beneft from
experiences that many others will not have the opportunity
to encounter so strongly in their lives. One is developing
deep relationships with fellow missionaries and people of
diferent backgrounds and experiences.
In 1993, after two days in their Novosibirsk apartment,
sufering from lack of sleep and with a bathtub full of
dirty diapers, the doorbell rang. Two missionaries from the
Wisconsin Synod mission, who John and Susan had met on
the fight over from the United States, were on the doorstep
with baby wipes and disposable diapers, donated by a mission
family returning to the U.S.
“Before leaving for Russia, people sometimes wondered
aloud how we could take our two little girls away from the
comforts and conveniences of the U.S. By God’s grace, we
were able to reply that, as much as we love our children, He
loves them more. We were assured of that, and the ‘diaper
miracle’ seemed to seal that belief.”
Another beneft is understanding and adapting to a diferent
culture, which takes time. “Te Gospel is totally translatable
across all cultures, but missionaries have to learn what
barriers need to be lowered so that the Spirit can have
free course,” says Mehl. Learning the language is the most
helpful way to overcome boundaries. “Luther was a fan of the
Scriptures in the vernacular, and so he translated the Bible
into German. While missionaries may not need to translate
the Bible, they will need to be able to communicate clearly.
Te more missionaries learn about the world view and values
of a people, the better the Gospel can be proclaimed.”
Te Mehls lived in Russia for 11 years and faced many
difcult moments, from traveling over an hour by subway to
get to work to bombings during the Chechen Wars. Even
with the complications and worries, Mehl wouldn’t trade
his experiences as a missionary. “Te wonderful times far
outnumbered the scary times.”
After Moscow, Mehl moved to Germany as the regional
director for LCMS mission work in Eurasia and then in
Hong Kong as the regional director for Asia. In both places,
he provided support of the regional mission teams and
individual missionaries throughout the regions. Now he’s
the director of mission partnerships and church relations
at Concordia, working to build new mission partnerships
and strengthen existing ones while teaching classes about
missiology.
“Teaching is only a part of what I do at Concordia, but I think
it will be a fun part for me,” says Mehl. “I have seen a lot of
what works and doesn’t work as Christians strive to proclaim
Christ cross-culturally. I have a few stories that I hope will
be interesting to students as they consider the fact that God
has called each baptized Christian to be a witness. I’d like to
help them sort that all out.”
expected to fnd many of the same services they had access to
in the United States, like supermarkets and working elevators.
“Reality was diferent,” Mehl remembers.
Te missionaries lived in apartments several blocks from
each other. Tey needed to buy and cook their own food and
do laundry in the bathtub. Te laundry detergent they had
packed disappeared from suitcases somewhere during the
journey. Having a baby in diapers was especially challenging,
says Mehl.
“Louisa was just 18 months old. No disposable diapers were
available for purchase. We had brought a package with us,
and a supply of cloth diapers, but had
not planned on washing them in the
bathtub with bar soap and a toothbrush!”
Mehl frst became interested in mission
work as a seminary student and signed
up to do a vicarage overseas. He was
sent to Canada. Later, while serving a
congregation in Kansas, he was asked to
go along on a mission trip to Latvia.
“Being open to go must have put me on
some list in St. Louis,” Mehl says, “because about a year later
I received a phone call from the missions department asking
me if Susan and I’d fll out some papers for them. Harmless,
right?” A few months later, Mehl accepted a call to serve
in Moscow. “About three months after that, I found myself
studying Russian in Siberia.”
Mehl served in Moscow as a church planter, establishing
new Lutheran churches. Te main goal of a church planter
is to create churches that can function without the help of
missionaries, training people from the area to successfully
lead the church and grow the congregation.
REALITIES AND REWARDS
“Mission work is hard and expensive,” says Mehl. “It may
even take a toll on relationships back home, but you will gain
deep relationships overseas. In mission work, we represent
Christ, but it is also incarnational. Tat is why Jesus came to
earth to walk with us. We need to be where the people are.”
And sometimes that means moving away from home and
staying away for a long time. It means missing out on things
that happen while you’re gone and leaving behind friends
and family.
Family health and fnding education for their children are two
concerns missionaries have to address when they are overseas.
“Other things that concern missionaries are communication
“Tere must be a heartfelt
commitment to following
God’s lead … and this
means being out of control
and doing things that you
didn’t expect or don’t like.”
Te Mehl family—Susan, Teodore, Katrina, Louisa and John—poses
for a photo in Moscow in 1995, two years into their stay in Russia.
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How does being involved in theater help students?
Te skills that you learn in theater can be applicable to any
career. You’re learning public speaking skills, how to use
stage fright, presenting or performing in front of others,
which is helpful for meetings and things like that. Body
language and gestures, facial expressions. Memorization.
Articulation of words. Projection. Teater is just using a lot
of communication skills that are important to be able to
interact with each other, in any setting. How to connect with
emotions, how to use your energy, how to create relationships,
not only as characters on stage, but also of-stage. If I could
have everyone try theater, even once, I would.
Why is college a good place to participate in theater?
Te academic environment is a perfect place to explore
theater and drama, reading it or watching it, because it’s an
educational atmosphere to be able to talk about tough issues.
If you’re going to challenge yourself to look at things, it’s a
great place to be because the venue ofers the opportunity
for dialogue. I sometimes call theater the black sheep of the
arts, because I think, even more so than the others, it always
seems like it challenges the way that we think, especially as
Christians. Even Christian drama has confict because we’re
supposed to learn from the story.
Why is theater important?
Teater provides a venue to look at the good and bad in
our world. We can talk about social and cultural issues that
impact all of us in some way. I always emphasize that theater
involves confict. You have to have confict to have good
theater. Confict deals with looking at our simple human
world and how characters interact in that world. And it’s
our goal, our responsibility to observe those relationships
and those conficts and learn from them. I want people to
not be afraid of trying theater, whether it’s as a participant
or an audience member. Even as an audience member,
it’s not a scary deal. We can’t be afraid to think, which is
what I think people are afraid of. Teater is not just about
entertainment—it provides lessons. It will challenge the
way that you look at our world. And it’s not always an
ideal world.
Being a Christian in the theater world can be interesting.
Teater needs confict, and confict usually stems from
sin. How does a Christian actor handle that?
Te actor must maintain focus on the story’s message,
even if it requires portraying challenging characters. All
characters in the play are important to the story, and each
actor must fully commit to presenting his or her character
in order to allow the play to share its intended message.
Ideally, these characters and this message give our audience
something constructive or encouraging to consider as we
face the challenges of our sinful, human world.
I am sure that being a Lutheran, and more generally a
Christian, school infuences our theater at Concordia. It is
not just because of the shows that we choose or not choose
to produce, but it infuences the collaborative process as well.
I work with great, talented students who respect each other
through the process, and who want to create and present
the best possible theater every time. Teir Christian faith
shines through their commitment, perseverance through
tough moments and willingness to maintain spiritual
morale, in addition to physical and mental, with each other,
which can be equally important in theater.
ACTING lessons
Teater professor Bryan Moore makes the case for stepping on stage
interview: D. Luebbe and N. Kuddes photos: D. Oetting
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B
etween the spring breezes blowing off the South China Sea and an awareness of spring
break a few days ahead, I was not the most focused of teachers.
Grading had piled up. Unit plans were half-fnished. My plane tickets for vacation were
sitting in my backpack.
And then Janet knocked on my door.
My conversation with Janet is the reason I live in China.
I’m going to call her Janet, though it’s not her real name. We have to be careful with names,
especially when conversations are coupled with a religious topic.
Janet has two daughters studying at our international school, a school that caters mainly to
Chinese families whose children were born overseas. Janet’s family recently moved to Shenzhen
from Shanghai, and her daughter Judy is one of my students.
Like many of the parents at our school, Janet’s husband often travels overseas for his job. He
had been living in Shenzhen for two years, with the girls coming down to visit every so often.
On weekends, on holidays. Judy’s father is still gone a lot on business trips, but they are sharing
the same home again. Living in the same city has been wonderful for their family.
“I came to pick up Judy’s computer,” Janet said. Like a lot of ffth graders, Judy is often forgetful.
“And any homework?”
For such a time
AS THIS
story: H. Kroonblawd illustration: L. Wohlgemuth
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Janet is one of the most competent English speakers I know,
especially among the parents at our school. It’s always nice
for me to be able to have a real conversation with her, rather
than needing to rely on a translator as I do for most parent-
teacher conferences. We made small talk about holiday plans
and the weather as I found the things she needed.
I was about to say goodbye when Janet turned to me, pausing
in the doorway.
“And I’m worried about Judy.”
Oh.
Judy is one of the brightest students in my ffth grade class.
She’s responsible and respectful, and she loves to read. I didn’t
know what could be worrying Janet.
“When I was a student,” Janet continued, “our teachers would
tell us that there is no religion. No god. At frst, I listened.
But then, when I was older, I began to ask questions. If there
is no …” She trailed of, gesturing out with her arms, almost
in a plea. Supreme power. Creator. God. “Ten there would
be no point.”
“No point to life?” I asked. We moved out into the hallway,
the sun shining brightly on the yellow walls of the school.
I squinted my eyes to look into Janet’s face. She looked
concerned, worry lines etched around her eyes.
“Yes. I asked so many questions that my teachers labeled me
a troublemaker. But they did not have any answers for me.
Tey just continued to tell me that there was nothing more,
that when we die, we die.”
Doing the math in my head, Janet would have been in middle
school around 1985. Tis would be about 20 years after the
Cultural Revolution, Mao Zedong’s movement to enforce
Communism on a widespread scale.
“I lost hope. My teachers, my parents—they grew worried. I
would lie on my bed and stare at nothing. I would not do my
homework.” She laughed a little. “And I was one of the best
students!”
During the Cultural Revolution, religion was banned in
China, missionaries were forced to leave and most Chinese
Christians resorted to worshiping in “underground” house
churches. 1979 brought back the government-sanctioned
Christian church. House churches are still illegal. Chinese
Christians have two choices: register with the government
and worship legally or worship in a house church illegally.
Many choose the latter simply because they do not want the
government to know that they are Christian.
Janet grew up in a country where leaders discouraged faith.
By asking her teachers about God, she was questioning
the very orthodoxy of Communist Party ideals. I could
understand why she didn’t know where to go for answers,
why she would lie on her bed, helplessly staring at nothing. I
could understand her uncertainty.
At the same time, my own childhood couldn’t be farther
removed from Janet’s experience. My parents raised me in
the Christian faith. I attended parochial schools from pre-
school through university, and I now have a Lutheran Teacher
Diploma. My entire life—family, friends, education—has
been centered around spiritual growth.
It was preparing me for life in China and for this conversation
with Janet.
“So I’m worried about Judy,” Janet continued. “She is at the
same point now where I was then.” She laughed a little. “Not
that she has lost hope. But she has so many questions, and I
don’t know how to answer her.”
Aha. Tere it is.
“She says that you talk about things like this in class sometimes,
but I don’t know what to say to her at home.”
Tings like this.
One of the greatest joys I have in teaching middle schoolers
is the questioning. So many questions. My students ask
questions about the next king or queen of England, about
the color of the snowshoe hare, about the rules of curling in
the Olympics.
Tey ask about bad things that happen to good people. Tey
ask about what happens after someone dies. Tey ask about
sin. Tey ask about Jesus.
My school is not a Christian school. I cannot teach salvation
as truth. I don’t teach religion classes or lead chapels or do
daily devotions. But what I can do is respond to questions. I
can tell them that I believe that Jesus is the Savior and that
He came to save us all.
When they ask me a question, I jump at the opportunity.
Sometimes they laugh at my answers—when I tell them that
I believe the story of Moses is real or when I tell them that I
believe Jesus really did come back to life. I struggled with the
laughter a lot during my frst year teaching. I had never been
laughed at because of my faith, and here were my students
laughing. Once I had to turn away from them because tears
were welling up in my eyes.
I came to understand that the laughter doesn’t always come
from ridicule. It comes from uncertainty and curiosity, and
maybe a bit of hope.
Sometimes the questions lead to more questions. A simple
question about St. Patrick’s Day can lead to talking about the
Trinity, missionaries and visions. I have to tell them that if
they want to talk about it more, they can come to me during
lunch or after school.
“What does she ask you about?” I said to Janet.
“Oh, so many things. About Jesus, what he was like. About
God. About heaven and hell. About dying.” Janet turned to
look out over the balcony, down towards the courtyard where,
on a school day, children would be running and shouting and
playing tag. Today it is quiet and peaceful in Shenzhen, as
if this city of 17 million found a way to pause together. “I
want to have the words to tell her. I have a Bible, but I only
understand a little.”
And, in that instant, I knew what was supposed to happen next.
“Do you want to meet, to talk about this more?” I asked. Janet
lives just two blocks away from me. “You could bring your
Bible, and we could go through some of your questions. I
don’t have all of the answers, but maybe we can work through
things together.”
“Really?” Her face lit up. For the frst time that morning she
didn’t look worried. “You mean for cofee?”
I smiled. “Cofee would be great. It would be what we call a
Bible study.”
“Because we’d be studying the Bible? Could we meet soon?
After the holiday?” Her voice had so much hope.
I nodded. “Soon.”
Janet waved goodbye as she headed down the stairs. From
where she stood, I don’t think she could see the tears in my
eyes. But I’m sure that she could tell that my smile was just
about as big as her own.
Janet and I are going to study the Bible.
Te best part about this conversation is that I wouldn’t have
had to move to Shenzhen, China, for it to have happened. I
could have a similar encounter in a classroom in Amarillo,
Texas, or Bellingham, Washington, or Fort Wayne, Indiana.
It could have happened in line at the bank or the grocery store.
It could happen anywhere.
It could happen to you.
Life as an international educator might seem glamorous
to some, but daily life as a teacher in China isn’t all that
much diferent than life as a teacher in the States. I wake up
early, go to school, teach children about Ancient India and
comparative essay writing, grade papers and then go home.
Life in Asia, though, is unlike anything else. Tere are days
when I cannot wait to walk around the corner to eat noodles
and dumplings and steaming bowls of rice, days when I
show of my chopstick skills and hunt for bargains at the
market. I love to wave at my Chinese grandmothers who sit
on long benches on the plaza of my apartment complex and
who worry about what I’m going to eat for dinner. I love to
wear my rain boots during the typhoon days, jumping across
puddles as I make a mad dash for the nearest metro entrance.
Tere are other types of days, too. Days when I am cranky,
days when I am homesick, days when I dread leaving my
apartment so I order McDonald’s delivery. Life in the city
can be exhausting; the smog from thousands of factories can
be stifing. Living in a place where I barely understand the
language can wear me down to nothing.
And yet in all of those moments, I am not alone. I have
been blessed by a wonderful community of fellow teachers,
missionaries and others who care about the people of China.
And, through the help of the Holy Spirit, I am constantly
living out my salvation. China is not the only nation desperate
for the hope of the Gospel, but China is my home, so I will
serve Christ here while I can.
My parents, friends and mentors often remind me that I am
in Shenzhen for a reason. Tey point me towards the story of
Esther, a girl living far from her people’s homeland. Esther’s
vocation as queen may not have been quite the same as mine
as middle school teacher, but God placed both of us in very
specifc locations for a very specifc reason, for such a time as
this (Esther 14:4).
Here in Shenzhen there are 15 middle school students I get
to laugh with and learn with and pray for every day. Tere is
a school full of teachers and students, an apartment building
full of neighbors, a plaza full of grandmothers. Tere is a
writing group on Tursdays and a Sunday school class in
Hong Kong. Tere are friends in the Philippines, Cambodia,
Suriname, France and the United States—people all around
the world waiting to be flled with the light of salvation.
And one of my students’ mothers who was waiting, here in
Shenzhen, for the chance to have a conversation about faith
and hope in Christ.
Hannah Kroonblawd ’12 taught for
two years in Shenzhen, China. She
will begin a Master of Fine Arts
in creative writing at Oregon State
University this fall.
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TELL theGood News
IN SONG
University A Cappella Choir celebrates
75th anniversary
story: J. Suggitt photos: D. Oetting
Dr. Kurt E. von Kampen, fourth director of the University A Cappella
Choir, leads the group in its 75th anniversary concert on March 23.
At the conclusion of the University A Cappella Choir’s 2009 European
tour, choir members and tour leaders rose early to catch a 4 a.m. boat
ride out of Venice to start their journey home. Exhausted after three
weeks in Spain, Austria and Italy, they rushed on foot with bags in tow
through San Marco Square in the dark of night—until their conductor,
Dr. Kurt E. von Kampen, abruptly stopped them.
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“As time passes I think more about that moment,” said von
Kampen. “It’s a reminder to me that while the A Cappella
Choir will be a completely diferent group
of people every four years, the same God
will continue to use us, protect us and hold
us close to Him. Tat’s something that will
bind this group together from generation
to generation.”
And it has. For 75 years the A Cappella
Choir has proclaimed the Gospel through
music.
Since its founding in 1939, the choir has represented
Concordia in 42 states and 25 foreign countries, including
Under von Kampen’s direction, they gathered together,
surrounded by thousand-year-old stone walls, decorative
arches and marble decoration. Normally
the busiest part of the city, the square was
still and quiet as hands slipped together
and the group formed a circle on the
ancient stones.
Together they sang a simple song: “May
the road rise to meet you. May the wind
be always at your back. May the sun shine
warm upon your face and the rain fall soft
upon your felds. And until we meet again, may God hold you
in the palm of His hand.” It was a song, the “Irish Blessing,”
that they often sang for each other after concerts.
Germany, Switzerland, Greece, France, Egypt, Israel,
Lebanon, India, Tailand, Hong Kong and Japan.
“We’re told by God to ‘tell the story,’ and so we try, in our
imperfect way, to do that,” said von Kampen. “In rehearsals
and on tour, we often talk about the hope we have as unworthy
vessels to sing with our lips what we believe in our hearts. We
trust in the promise that our message will have the power of
the Holy Spirit behind it, and we leave it up to God to take
care of the heart-touching business.”
With that trust as the foundation for the choir’s approach to
music, it has continued its tradition of excellence throughout
the decades, moving the hearts of concert goers and changing
the lives of the students who are members of the choir.
Julie Marquardt Klenz, a 2014 graduate with an elementary
vocal teaching degree, experienced frsthand the choir’s
impact on the world—and herself—by spreading the Gospel
through song. “Being a part of the choir was always bigger
than just my experience. It was always and will always be
about serving others. God has called us to love one another
and spread the Gospel message. Music is a language, and the
Holy Spirit has reached many hearts using this language and
using the A Cappella Choir.”
“Being a part of the choir
was always bigger than just
my experience. It was
always and will always
be about serving others. ”
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OFFICE HOURS WITH
Te Drs. Jurchen
Dr. Kristy Jurchen’s ofce, a former chemistry
lab, comes equipped with a fume hood, an old
atomic absorption spectrophotometer, a lab
benchtop and, for many hours of the day, her
husband, Dr. John Jurchen ’97.
Sharing an ofce has been a productive
formula for the pair of University of California,
Berkeley-educated chemistry professors since
they joined the faculty in 2005.
“Our frst couple of years at Concordia, when
we were spending nearly every waking hour
getting ready for classes, we would often see
each other more at work than we did at home,”
said Dr. Kristy. “We enjoy being on the
same team, teaching and advising the same
students. We each have diferent strengths
that we bring to the job, so we don’t step on
each other’s toes too much. Plus, we enjoy
each other’s company.”
Te scientists feel blessed to teach at a
Christian university, especially one so dear to
their hearts.
“John always dreamed of coming back to
teach here,” said Kristy. “We love being at a
Christian school where, unlike in a public
school, we do not have to worry about whether
it is appropriate to speak about our faith.”
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students
Sarah Bowe, Collin Christiansen, Andrew Malan and Jessy Sweet
represented Concordia Nebraska in St. Louis at the 2014 LCEF National
Student Marketing Competition for the Concordia University System.
Abigail Connick, a junior, led a group of seven students to Jeferson, Pa.,
in 2014 to work for the Greene County Habitat for Humanity afliate.
Other group members were freshman Elizabeth Holle and sophomores
Joel Marquardt, Maria Sasieta, Lauren Troester, Kendra Vanness and Chris
Wilson. Te group helped renovate a home by demolishing, reconstructing
and painting.
Senior Jami Fowler was hired by Gothenburg Public School to teach K–6 art.
Junior Jenelle Hallaert mentors a young student once a week to create
art. Te two paint, draw and create collages and portraits. Hallaert strives
to teach skills like multi-tasking, focus, listening, quick decision-making
and respect while providing a safe and enjoyable outlet for her student’s
thoughts and emotions.
Nehemiah Langness was selected for a computer science internship at
Concordia Plan Services.
Brianna Loeck, Jessie McCarty, Shannon Mikrut and Sandra Pena went
on a mission trip to Guatemala in 2013.
Sydney Olsen is publishing “Te Curse of the Fates,” a children’s book, in
2014 based on a fction piece she wrote for Dr. Gabriel Haley’s intermediate
writing class. She plans to use the book to raise awareness about alopecia, a
rare type of hair loss.
Sandra Pena, a Master of Public Health student, traveled to Cuba for a
student mission trip.
Senior Stephanie Rippstein organized student volunteers for the three-day
Plum Creek Children’s Literacy Festival.
Junior Alison Schuerman works as a graphic design intern for the
Nebraska Sports Council in Lincoln. She is designing projects for the
2014 Cornhusker State Games and the 2015 State Games of America.
Senior Jessica Wagner was a fnalist for her photography in the Best of
College and High School Photography Contest sponsored by Nikon and
will be published in Photographer’s Forum magazine. Junior Leah Eklof
received honorable mention in the contest.
faculty
Dr. Lisa Ashby led a workshop on animal therapy and emotional/
spiritual care at the Nebraska Disaster Response and Recovery Summit,
sponsored by Interchurch Ministries of Nebraska. She serves as the
executive secretary of the Nebraska Volunteer Agencies Active in
Disaster. Ashby also served on a two-week mission with Bethesda
Lutheran Communities in Hong Kong and Macau in 2013.
Curt Beck published, “Antecedents of Servant Leadership: A Mixed
Methods Study” in the Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies.
Dr. Jefrey Blersch published three new arrangements with Concordia
Publishing House: “Feast After Feast,” organ hymns for Holy
Communion, “Tis is the Feast of Victory” for organ, brass quartet,
percussion, choir and congregation and “Ride On!” for choir and piano.
Blersch was commissioned for “Sing to the Lord” by Zion Lutheran
Church in Wausau, Wis., “How Brightly Shines the Morning Star” by
the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod and “Name of All Majesty”
by Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in San Antonio, Texas.
Blersch was also the guest organist for the 100th anniversary Hymn
Festival at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Saginaw, Mich., and led the
Hymn Festival and workshop at the National Association of Pastoral
Musicians convention.
Dr. Ron Bork served on the Board of Examiners on two National
Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education teams. He also
served as co-chair of the Scholar Awards Committee for the Association
of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges for Teacher Education national
convention in March.
student & faculty
achievements
You wouldn’t think that stripping away the words would do
much for any theatrical production, much less a theatrical
production of the Gospel. A Weller Hall audience this year
might disagree. Teir shared tears and laughter showed that
even without words, the Gospel can be proclaimed.
Chris Pladsen, the student director of this Holy Week
production, describes it as “Te Gospel Mime.” Music helped
set the tone, but few props and zero dialogue left the cast
dependent on facial expressions and dramatic movement to
tell the story.
“We always hear the Gospel, but we don’t always see it,” said
Rev. Ryan Matthias, campus chaplain. “Sometimes Jesus spoke
the Gospel without words. He had that gift to look into the
eyes of children and draw them to himself. Even the centurion
below the cross fgured out He was the Christ after seeing
Jesus on the cross.”
To help the audience identify the characters, the followers of
Jesus wore white face paint, and those following Satan’s lead
wore red and black paint.
Near the end of the show, God’s grace was clear as the
resurrected Jesus welcomed a repentant sinner and, with His
own hands, gave her white face paint and embraced her in
loving arms of forgiveness.
Audience members were invited at that point to receive a
white cross of paint on their own face as a reminder that Jesus’
sacrifce was for each of us, and we have all been redeemed.
Pladsen, a freshman art education student, stated how grateful
he was for the audience’s reception of the show, and he was
encouraged to bring the production back to the Weller stage
during Holy Week in 2015.
Wordless witness
Holy Week production brings Gospel message to stage
Collin Christiansen as Jesus and Grace Stange as Satan portray a temptation scene in “Te Gospel Mime.”
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Dr. Bork, Kevin Kromminga and Beth Pester began a series of
presentations titled, “Concordia University, Nebraska’s Program Parade”
at Lutheran high schools in an efort to increase the number of Lutheran
church workers.
Amanda Geidel presented “Pre-Referral Planning and Intervention
Strategies” at the national Lutheran Education Association Convocation
in Milwaukee last October.
Dr. Gabriel Haley published an article, “Charles d’Orléans as Vernacular
Teologian,” in Cahiers de recherches médiévales et humanists.
Dr. Erica Lamm serves as editor of the journal Listening Education and
led a workshop at the International Listening Association convention in
March.
Dr. Joel Helmer started a collegiate trap and skeet team at Concordia
with a $10,000 grant from the National Shooting Sports Foundation.
Dr. Joseph Herl began serving on the editorial board for CrossAccent,
the journal of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians. Herl’s
organ setting of “Go to Dark Gethsemane” was published in the Hymn
Prelude Library, and his articles, “Jochen Klepper” and “Stephen P. Starke”
were published in the Canterbury Dictionary of Hymnology. “Evening
Shade New,” “Guinevere,” “Healing Christ,” “Kirkwood Long” and
“Olden Time” appeared in “In Melody and Song: Hymns from the Psalm
Versions of Isaac Watts.”
Dr. Timothy Huntington conducted four forensic entomology workshops
in the course of the year. Te training covered how to recognize and
collect insect evidence from death scenes and other crime scenes, and
it was given to approximately 200 investigators from around the region.
Huntington published the article “Insect Repellent for Police Snipers”
in the winter issue of Sniper. Huntington testifed as an expert witness
for the prosecution in a homicide case for Jeferson County, Colorado,
in March. It was one of seven cases from three states on which he was
consulted in the past year.
Dr. Jen Janousek and Dr. Kelly Wheeler led four students and two
alumni on a mission trip to Guatemala in 2013.
Michael Keelan was a featured recitalist and section leader for the 82nd
annual Bach Festival at Baldwin Wallace University in Cleveland. Keelan
also hosted the weekly segment “Nebraska Concerts” on NET Radio,
featuring classical music from Nebraska performers.
Dr. Bernadette McCrory co-authored six articles including, “Ergonomic
Comparison of Laparoscopic Hand Instruments in a Single Site
Surgery Simulator with Novices” in Minimally Invasive Terapy &
Allied Technologies; “Comparative Kinematic and Electromyographic
Assessment of Clinician- and Device-Assisted Sit-to-stand Transfers
in Patients with Stroke” in Physical Terapy; “Quality and Safety of
Minimally Invasive Surgery: Past, Present and Future” in Biomedical
Engineering and Computational Biology; “Comparative Usability
Testing of Conventional and Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery
Devices” in Human Factors; “Single-Site Laparoscopic Nephrectomy:
Is It Cost-efective?” in Medical & Surgical Urology and “Task
Analysis Method for Procedural Training Curriculum Development” in
Perspectives on Medical Education.
Bryan Moore coordinated and hosted the “University Caucus Hot Topics”
session at the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas
conference last June in Vancouver, British Columbia. Moore critiqued
national and regional dramaturgy submissions at the Kennedy Center/
American College Teater Festival Region V Conference.
Beth Pester presented, “Maximizing the Student Teacher Experience”
and “Wordpress: Online Portfolios and Classroom Websites” at the
national Lutheran Education Association Convocation in Milwaukee
last October.
Dr. Matthew Phillips presented, “Te Typology of the Cross in Crusade
Preaching” at the third International Crusade Symposium at St. Louis
University in March.
Don Robson served on the board of directors for the Nebraska Art
Teachers Association. Robson also served as a counselor for art merit
badges for Boy Scouts of America troops in Nebraska.
Lynn Soloway was the guest juror for the 2014 Ernestine Quick
Competitive Exhibition at the Columbus Art Gallery in January.
Soloway’s Oberon adornments were selected as artisan works for sale at
the Sheldon Museum of Art’s Museum Store in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Dr. Daniel Turber presented, “Te Brooding, Agitated Consciousness
in Modern Novels: Tracing Dostoevsky’s Raskolnikov” at the 11th
International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities, held
in June in Budapest, Hungary. Turber led his 21st Annual London
and Europe Study Tour over winter break. Participants studied major
historical, literary and cultural sights in London, Vienna, Prague, Brussels
and Bruges.
Dr. Rebecca Toland authored, “Reduction of Risky Sexual Behavior
in Adolescents through Behavioral Base Modifcation Curriculum,”
published by ProQuest and “Facebook as a Learning Tool” in the Journal
on Perspectives in Education.
Under the direction of Dr. Kurt von Kampen, the University A Cappella
Choir was invited to perform for the Nebraska Music Educators
Association Choral Hour in the fall of 2013.
TESOL program provides
new opportunities at home
and abroad
Be thankful, dear reader, if your native tongue is English.
You wouldn’t want to have to learn it. How is it, for example,
that there is no egg in eggplant, and a pineapple contains
neither pine nor apple? What’s this about pronouncing the
same word diferently depending on its meaning? “I wound a
wound with a bandage.” Hardly fair. Or, to add to the trick-
ery of English, how is it that so many words with the same
pronunciation can be spelled diferently: there, their, they’re.
Millions of people around the world are happy to take on
the challenge of English, of course, and Concordia is helping
meet that need.
“Te English language is spreading rapidly throughout Asia,
South America and around the world,” explains Vicki An-
derson, director of ELL/ESL programs at Concordia. “In
many countries, speaking English has become a factor in
university placement and being hired in the workplace.”
Concordia’s English as a second language program has been
a part of teacher education oferings for years, and the uni-
versity recently added new bachelor’s level and master’s level
programs for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Lan-
guages that non-education majors can also take.
A degree in TESOL prepares professionals to work inside as
well as outside the traditional American classroom, such as
internationally teaching English to the people of that country
or teaching in adult English as a Second Language programs,
including those provided to refugees who come to America.
Te demand within the U.S. is also increasing, giving these
teachers even more options on where they can teach. Accord-
ing to the Educational Testing Service, in Nebraska alone,
the number of students who speak English as a second lan-
guage increased more than 300 percent in just 10 years.
“English language teachers, like other teachers, also have re-
warding careers,” said Anderson. “Tey have an opportunity
to make a lasting impact on individuals’ day-to-day lives.”
Students role play ESL lesson plans in an English as a Second Language Instruction course in April.
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Pan Yang, a graduate student at Nantong
University in eastern China, visited
Concordia in April with a group of fellow
students and educators from Jiangsu.
She presented President Friedrich with a
personally hand-painted Chinese opera
mask as a token of thanks and friendship.
Yang included a phoenix symbol above
the face to represent new life, suggestive
of the opportunities for growth between
China and the U.S.
Since 2010, four diferent groups of students and
college professors from Nantong University in
Jiangsu, China, have come to Concordia to learn
more about America’s educational system and
various teaching methods. Trough partnerships
with additional Chinese educational institutions,
more students and educators from China are visiting
campus than ever before.
For its part, Concordia has sent 56 students to study,
student teach and complete mission trips in China
during the last fve academic years—18 during the
2013-14 academic year alone.
“Our world gets smaller and smaller,” said Concordia
President Brian Friedrich. “As we live our faith in
Jesus and build relationships with our friends from
China and other nations, we know God is at work.”
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Welcome to
Concordia
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C
oncordia awarded more than 240 degrees
during its 2014 commencement ceremony on
Saturday, May 10.
Te president and chief executive ofcer of Marriott
International Inc., Arne M. Sorenson, gave the com-
mencement address. “My advice, quite simply, is to act.
Lead according to the great education and training
you received here, with a strong bias for action,” said
Sorenson. “Don’t let life happen to you. Grab it with
both hands and embrace it. By acting, you not only
can achieve more, but you will enjoy more, and by act-
ing, you can change the world.”
Outstanding Teaching Award
Don Robson, chair of the art depart-
ment at Concordia, was presented
with the 2014 Outstanding Teaching
Award. Te honor is given to a full-
time faculty member who has been
nominated by students and selected
by a committee of students and facul-
ty members who have previously re-
ceived the award. Te recipient’s name is not revealed
until it is called during commencement.
“Te only reason I’m up here and at this university is
because of the students,” said Robson. “I feel like I’m
at home.” Robson began teaching at Concordia Ne-
braska in the fall of 2009.
photos: D. Oetting
commencement
2014
Top row, left: Rev. Dr. Scott Murray preaches at the baccalaureate
service at St. John reminding students that they are the salt of
the earth. Center: Sarah Kortze waits with her classmates for the
baccalaureate processional. Right: “Three-time Degree Champ” James
Landers catches the attention of friends in Walz arena.
Middle row, left: Beau Billings celebrates his achievements with
his family. Center: Darnell Woods is congratulated by President
Friedrich while receiving his degree. Right: The president and chief
executive off icer of Marriott International Inc., Arne M. Sorenson,
addresses the graduates.
Bottom row, left: The Golden Reunion Class of ’64 is recognized.
Right: Lindsea Vaudt and her sister Chelsea Vaudt ’12 Schleicher
share a celebratory moment as Concordia graduates.
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I
n the seven years preceding the 2013-14 season, the
Concordia University men’s track and field program
watched as rival Doane College captured all seven GPAC
indoor titles and six conference outdoor championships.
Te only thing sweeter for the 2014 Bulldogs than to win
their frst-ever men’s league title would be to do it on Doane’s
home turf.
And that’s just what the Bulldogs did—twice. Head coach
Kregg Einspahr’s squad seized a GPAC indoor championship
in Crete on Feb. 22 and the outdoor title in Crete on May 3.
“We’ve been in the top three on an annual basis and knocking
on the door (of a title),” Einspahr said. “I don’t think we’ve
ever been in a position to convincingly win the conference
championship like we were this year. It really came together
for us at the indoor conference meet. Tose are milestones.
It’s kind of a hump to get over.”
Senior John Cartier knew exactly what it was like to come up
agonizingly short of that elusive title. Te Bulldogs fnished
runner up at the indoor meet four straight years from 2009
to 2012. Te 2011 indoor championships appeared to be
Concordia’s for the taking until a late miscue doomed it.
With 196 points to Doane’s 172 at this year’s indoor
championships, the Bulldogs could exhale. It was fnally
their time.
“Last year I promised prematurely that we were going to get
the GPAC title, but I’m glad we could make up for it this year,
especially at Doane’s home track,” Cartier said shortly after
the meet. “Tey ran a great meet here, but I’m just glad we
did get the W. It’s been four years in the making. ”
Tat’s not to say the frst title in school history came without
some tense moments. Doane maneuvered itself into position
for a few extra points here and there, making for a clear
two-horse race. Concordia did not clinch the meet until the
3,000-meter run that Saturday evening.
A little over two months later, Concordia returned to Doane
for the outdoor championships. Tis time it would not be
close. Behind performer of the meet Zach Lurz, the Bulldogs
piled up 216 points to the Tigers’ 140.5.
It was a dominant outing not duplicated in the proud history
of the program.
“We started with a gravel track when I got here 22 years ago,”
said Einspahr. “We would take a couple vanloads of kids to
meets. Now we take at least two charter buses and sometimes
a couple charters and a couple vans. We have some wonderful
facilities now, and our coaching staf is tremendous.”
Tat staf includes Concordia track and feld alumni Mark
Samuels ’04 (sprints, hurdles, jumps), Ed McLaughlin ’98
(throws), Jason Berry ’94 (pole vault) and Nick Mann ’12
(jumps)—all with an intimate knowledge of what it took to
rise to the top.
Along with Einspahr, a Concordia and NAIA Hall of
Famer, the Bulldog staf put together a squad that broke
the stranglehold of Doane and Nebraska Wesleyan. “We’re
complimented on a regular basis by other head coaches
with regard to the quality of our assistant coaches. Tey’re
outstanding,” Einspahr said. “Tey know how to work with
kids. A lot comes back to recruiting though, and that’s a
continual battle.”
In a track and feld conference that may be the best in the
U.S. at the small college level, there’s no time to rest on the
laurels of the 2013-14 season. But now in the middle of the
ofseason, it’s hard not to refect back on a special year.
“Doane had won the last six championships in a row, so
that’s the team we’ve been battling with to try to win the
conference,” Einspahr said. “Clearly it’s meaningful to do
that. Tey’re a great program with a great coaching staf, and
when you can match up with them on a regular basis, you
feel very good about where your program is at and where
it’s going.”
CHAMPS
Men’s track cracks the code for conference wins
Dr. Kregg Einspahr, head coach for Concordia track and feld, celebrates the 2014 men’s indoor conference title with the team.
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WHY NOT US?
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W
hen Todd LaVelle first greeted his team as the
new Concordia University head softball coach, he
did not see a seventh-place squad, their lowly spot
in conference preseason rankings.
“I wanted to raise the bar higher than it was,” LaVelle said.
“If you’re going to do something, do it right. It started with
the coaching staf. I put high expectations on myself and the
coaches and then the players. Let’s do the little things right.
Te wins will follow.”
Te group of 24 young women
responded. Tey blazed through
fall ball and quickly developed
a confdence that one normally
wouldn’t associate with a team
coming of a 14-25 season.
In the season opener on March 10,
the Bulldogs put that confdence
to good use, toppling then No. 10
Olivet Nazarene (Ill.). Tey followed
that victory with eight more wins,
becoming the frst Concordia softball
team in program history to start 9-0.
It was a stretch that included several
improbable rallies and walk-of wins,
providing a confdence boost that
made every game seem winnable no matter the circumstance.
Tere were some bumps in the road in the middle of the
season, but with a 32-16 fnal overall record, a GPAC
tournament runner-up fnish and the program’s frst-
ever national tournament appearance, the 2014 squad far
surpassed expectations. Tey did so with a “Why not us?”
motto challenging them.
“We started it after the Super Bowl,” said Amber Topil of the
team’s new battle cry. “[Seattle Seahawks quarterback] Russell
Wilson’s dad always told him, ‘Why not you?’ With our team,
since we were at the bottom of the pack, we thought, ‘Why
not us? Why not prove that we can be pretty good?’”
Te Bulldogs soared back up the league standings through
confdent coaching, senior leadership and quick adaptation
from a talented class of newcomers.
Senior pitcher Amanda Beeson was of the
charts, particularly down the stretch, and new
faces like junior college transfer and third
baseman Rebecca Walker were mainstays
in the starting lineup. Topil, senior catcher,
averaged .308 for the season and had the
honor of securing the team’s spot in the
national tournament when she crushed a
two-run, walk-of home run in the GPAC
tournament.
Topil cited the team’s chemistry as another
factor in its success, saying this squad was
closer than any that she’d been part of in her
years at Concordia. LaVelle has made certain
that his student-athletes bond beyond the
softball diamond. He also stresses the need
for a team that plays the game loosely.
“I think what this team has done well is they have brought the
fun back into the game,” LaVelle said late in the season. “It’s
not a job. Tey’re not just here on scholarship. Tey’re here to
have fun, and softball’s a fun game.”
Confdent, fun-loving approach takes Bulldog softball to national tournament
Amanda Beeson, senior pitcher, confers with frst-year head coach Todd LaVelle.
“Seattle Seahawks quar-
terback Russell Wilson’s
dad always told him,
‘Why not you?’ With
our team, since we were
at the bottom of the
pack, we thought, ‘Why
not us? Why not prove
that we can be pretty
good?’”
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sports summaries
winter & spring
Men’s Basketball
Led by senior and tournament MVP Adam Vogt, the men’s
basketball program captured its record 25th Concordia Invitational
Tournament title, defeating Concordia Wisconsin on Jan. 25
to highlight year one under head coach Ben Limback. A young
Bulldog squad with Vogt serving as the lone senior fnished 8-21
overall. Despite the growing pains, there were moments of promise
such as the 85-76 win over then No. 13 Oklahoma Wesleyan on
Nov. 9. An early-season injury to the blossoming 6-foot-9 Max
Wegener limited the team’s depth. Freshman Chandler Folkerts, a
CIT all-tournament selection, looks to have a bright future after a
solid frst season.
Vogt represented Concordia with second team all-conference
honors. Both sophomore Robby Tomas and Folkerts received
honorable mention. Tomas and Folkerts are expected to be a big
part of a much-improved 2014-15 squad.
Women’s Basketball
Bulldog women’s basketball followed GPAC player of the year
Bailey Morris’ lead to the program’s sixth national tournament
appearance over the past seven seasons. Eighth-year head coach
Drew Olson and company did a commendable job of overcoming
injuries to key players such as two-time All-American Kristen
Conahan and Jericca Pearson to tie for the GPAC title. Concordia
concluded the season at 25-8 overall and 16-4 in league play. Te
campaign came to an end with an upset loss to Olivet Nazarene
University in the frst round of the national tournament.
Morris ended up raking in postseason honors, picking up frst team
All-America, frst team all-conference and Omaha World-Herald
NAIA honorary captain recognition in addition to being named
conference player of the year. Junior Tracy Peitz had a breakout
season and joined Morris on the GPAC’s frst team. She was also
named conference defensive player of the year and a third team
All-American. Te following four players were named honorable
mention: Conahan, junior Kelsey Hizer, freshman Becky Mueller
and Pearson.
Adam Vogt Bailey Morris
Women’s Track and Field
Sophomore Liz King shattered school and GPAC meet records
and then won a national title in the javelin to highlight another
fne season for Concordia women’s track and feld. Te dominant
eforts of King and the impressive work of Kim Wood on the track
(combined three GPAC titles) allowed the Bulldogs to claim two
conference runner-up fnishes. On the national stage, head coach
Kregg Einspahr’s team acquitted itself well with 11th-place indoor
and ninth-place outdoor fnishes. Wood just missed out on All-
America honors at the outdoor meet despite setting a new school
record in the 800-meter race.
Te Bulldogs had nine All-Americans at the indoor championships
and another seven at outdoor nationals. Senior Jamie Crouse closed
her career by winning the GPAC title in the hammer throw and
then collecting the sixth All-America honor of her career at the
outdoor national championships.
Liz King
Wrestling
Te 2013-14 Bulldogs underwent a massive turnaround in the
second year under head coach Dana Vote. Just one season after
placing sixth in the GPAC, coming in last at the NAIA North
Qualifer and failing to send a qualifer to nationals, Concordia
moved to runner up in both the GPAC and the North and put
six wrestlers in the national championships. Junior college transfer
Emilio Rivera (133) rolled through the conference undefeated,
Seward High product Austin Fehlhafer (174) burst onto the
collegiate scene with 19 pins and senior Austin Mogg (125) saved
his best for last. Mogg placed ffth at the national championships
to earn All-America honors.
Rivera and Fehlhafer both collected frst team all-conference
accolades for a Bulldog team that posted dual records of 9-8 overall
and 5-2 in conference action. Honorable mention went to junior
Enrique Barajas, freshman Ken Burkhardt Jr. and Mogg.
Emilio Rivera
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Baseball
Fine individual performances by the likes of senior center felder
Camaren Gause, junior third baseman Andrew Yerrell and
junior right felder Daniel Wilkerson stood out in the midst of
a season that concluded with a ninth-place GPAC fnish. Head
coach Jeremy Geidel’s squad (16-30 overall) remained alive for
a conference tournament berth until the fnal day of the season
before a doubleheader split with Nebraska Wesleyan. Gause did
his part with an impressive 12-game hitting streak (21-for-45, fve
home runs) in the middle of the season. Yerrell enjoyed a huge fnal
fve games in which he went 11-for-16 with six extra base hits.
Both Gause and Yerrell were named to the GPAC’s second team.
Four players garnered honorable mention: outfelders Taylor
Dudley and Daniel Wilkerson and pitchers Will Holbrook and
Jordan Stirtz.
Daniel Wilkerson
Golf
Head coach Brett Muller’s men’s and women’s golf programs
improved their GPAC standing compared to the previous season.
Te biggest rise was made by the Concordia women, which moved
from 11th last season to sixth in 2013-14 with their four-round
conference qualifer total of 366-374-383-359–1,482. Meanwhile,
the men climbed two spots to eighth in the GPAC with a
cumulative score of 317-345-326-325–1,313.
Te Concordia women were led throughout the season by freshmen
Amy Ahlers and Kayla Krueger. Ahlers won three diferent meets,
claimed nine top-20 fnishes and was twice the GPAC golfer of
the week. Junior Shawn Rodehorst again topped the men with the
team’s lowest season average. He posted three top-fve fnishes.
Ahlers placed fourth in the GPAC to automatically garner all-
conference recognition. Krueger fnished 16th in the conference
and received honorable mention. On the men’s side, Rodehorst got
an at-large nod for his second-straight all-conference honor.
Amy Ahlers
TOP DOG
Concordia becomes the frst university to
surpass 1,000 all-time scholar-athletes
Te 2013-14 school year was unparalleled for student
athletes at Concordia University, Nebraska. A record
101 Bulldogs won honors as Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-
Athletes, pushing Concordia’s all-time scholar-athlete
total to 1,020—more than any other current or former
member of the National Association of Intercollegiate
Athletics.
“We are celebrating the hard work of not only our 2013-14
scholar-athletes, but the many great students throughout
our history who have successfully balanced the demands
of academics and their respective sports,” Director of
Athletics Devin Smith said. “We are extremely proud to
be able to claim the most scholar-athletes all-time and to
hit such a signifcant milestone. All Concordia student-
athletes, faculty, staf and coaches deserve to take pride in
this moment.”
Concordia student-athletes excelled in the classroom
across the spectrum of athletic teams in 2013-14. Both
track and feld squads as well as the women’s soccer and
volleyball programs led the nation in scholar-athletes for
their respective sports.
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story: J. Suggitt courtesy photo: Micky Marohn ’51 Beikmann
N
ine vibrant young women began their
college careers at Concordia in 1947, quickly
becoming friends.
Tey began writing each other letters as they moved on
from Concordia and scattered across the country. Tey
quickly realized that each would be writing numerous
letters—repeating the same stories again and again.
Te group decided there was a better way. To save time,
one wrote a letter and sent it to the next friend on the
list. Each new recipient would add her own letter and
send the group of letters onto the next friend. Round
and round the letters went, each woman having eight
letters to read and respond to with just one of their
own. Te letters shortly gained a nickname inspired by
the round-robin style of the exchange.
“Hello, my long-lost, fne-feathered friends!” began one
letter. “What a nice surprise to fnd Te Robin had
landed in my mailbox!”
Sixty-four years later, they are on round 122.
Te handwritten letters have fown through 20 states
and four countries, usually cycling throughout the
group within three to nine months.
“God blessed me ever so richly through the friends I
made at Concordia,”said Micky Marohn ’51 Beikmann.
“Te Robin encouraged and strengthened those bonds
and the blessings inherent in them. Our common faith
bound us together as tightly as family.”
Over the years, Te Robin has deepened the women’s
friendships as they revealed personal stories about
themselves and the lives of their families, often
supporting each other with passion and love during
times of both joy and sorrow. Tey shared prayers.
They celebrated marriages and births, announced
accomplishments, complained of illnesses and
everyday nuisances and even dipped into a heated
discussion or two about social issues. Trough it all,
the fock stuck together.
After about 40 years of Te Robin, six women were
fnally able to come together in 1991. Tey reunited at
Concordia, back in Seward where it had all begun.
Although three of the original Robins have died, and
six remain, seven are now on the send-to list. When
Alice Krueger passed, her widower Rev. Bill Reinhardt
asked the group if he could remain in the loop and
contribute to Te Robin in her place.
He knew of the letters. He had often heard the news they
carried, and occasionally he even added his own note.
“It is a comfort zone. You can talk openly. Tey know
your past, your history,” he explained.
And with that comfort of dear friends, the writing
continues to keep them connected. Updates on
children, grandchildren and their gardens still come by
way of envelopes and frst class mail, despite Facebook
and email as alternatives. Tey honor the long-held
commitment to keep things going.
Tey share their faith in Christ and long mutual
friendships—friendships bound by a common belief:
No matter how far apart they are now, there will be a
full reunion someday in heaven.
“May God continue to bless us until the last one fies
home,” writes one of Te Robins.
Members of Te Robin pose on the front steps of Weller Hall in the late ’40s. Top row: Carol Pierce Cook, Micky Marohn Beikmann, Ruth
Meyer Gastler and Marie Menke Martin. Bottom row: Lydia Wenzel Beikmann, Lois Schoech and Alice Krueger Reinhardt. Not pictured,
Oleta “Sue” Bartels Popp and Sara Schnute Lochhaas.
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New outdoor space refects
the heart of Concordia
By Homecoming and Alumni Reunion Weekend in early
October 2014, Concordia’s campus will have a new focal
point and gathering place. Te area between Janzow Campus
Center and Tom Leadership Education Center will be
transformed into a plaza that is uniquely Concordia.
Architect Dennis Scheer, a Concordia Foundation director
and father of a 2014 graduate, led the plaza design eforts.
“Embedded into the design are elements refecting the Lord’s
presence at Concordia, His infuence on its values and
mission, and His leading and joining of people together here
according to His purposes,” Scheer explained.
Blessed to be a Blessing
Te plaza is the latest project on campus made possible by
donations to the university’s Blessed to be a Blessing campaign.
Other projects include renovation of Janzow Campus Center,
updates to David Hall and the renovation of the Physical
Education building. Next summer will see the renovation of
the Weller Hall chapel and auditorium.
According to Scheer, building on Concordia’s legacy of
glorifying God and faithful stewardship, the campaign isn’t
providing “new kinds of legacy; it’s adding to the legacy,
supporting and supplementing the legacy that’s already built
as Concordia continues to grow,” he explained.
Te $38 million Blessed to be a Blessing campaign, which
concludes Dec. 31, 2014, is built around three principles: to
invest in future generations of students through endowment
growth; to improve the student experience by transforming
the spaces where they learn, live and worship; and to provide
students with the best possible Concordia experience through
institutional aid and operational support.
‘Meet me at the plaza!’
courtesy image: The Clark Enersen Partners
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homecoming &
alumni reunion
Join us for Concordia’s 2014
Te theatrical gifts and talents of decades of alumni will be a highlight for Homecoming and Alumni
Reunion Weekend Oct. 3-5, 2014. Join fellow alumni and current students for a special theater arts and
drama reunion. Trough the years of plays, musicals and one act festivals, Concordia’s students have
exhibited their abilities—so come celebrate the theater arts in 2014!
Te weekend will include activities for alumni who have participated in Concordia theater and drama in
any way. Te apex of the weekend will be a production highlighting the theatrical talents of Concordia
alumni. Tis performance is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 4, at 7:30 p.m. in Weller Hall. An open invitation
and casting call has been extended to all alumni who have contributed to the dramatic arts at Concordia.
Come participate in the Teater Reunion Alumni Show!
Alumni interested in performing in the show are asked to complete an interest form online at the address
below so preparations for the show can begin. Space is limited.
REGISTRATION
All registration, reservation and payment information is available online
at cune.edu/Homecoming.
Contact the alumni ofce at 402-643-7408 with registration questions.
Friday, Oct. 3
8 a.m. Visit Day Registration for prospective students – TLEC Mainstreet
(register online at cune.edu/VisitDay)
8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Visit Day
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Homecoming & Reunion Registration – Janzow Campus Center main lobby
10:55 to 11:30 a.m. Chapel – Weller auditorium
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Gold and Great Reunion Luncheon with special guests CHS Class of ’64 –
Walz Track Viewing Suite (reservations required; complimentary for current
and former Golden Reunion alumni)
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Teater Reunion Luncheon – Te Dog House – Janzow Campus Center
Lower Level (reservations required)
1 p.m. Teater Reunion Marxhausen Gallery Open House – Jesse Hall
1:30 p.m. Teater Reunion Faculty Presentation – Jesse Hall
1:30 to 4 p.m. Campus Open House
Center for Liturgical Art – Jesse Hall lower level
Bartels Museum – Link Library lower level
Marxhausen Gallery – Jesse Hall
All other open campus buildings
2:30 to 4 p.m. Teater Reunion Alumni Show Dress Rehearsal – Weller auditorium
4 to 5 p.m. Teater Reunion Improv Workshop – TLEC auditorium
5 to 6 p.m. Welcome Home Social Hour – Janzow Campus Center main lobby
(reservations requested)
6 p.m. Gold and Great: CHS ’64 Golden Reunion Dinner – Seward Country Club
(reservations required)
Class Reunion Group Photo
6 p.m. Teater Reunion: Reunion Dinner – Cobblestone Inn & Suites
(reservations required)
Teater Reunion Group Photo
6 to 7 p.m. Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet – Janzow Campus Center,
Cattle Conference Room (CCR; reservations required)
7 p.m. Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Program – Janzow Campus Center, CCR
9 p.m. Pep Rally – Walz Arena
10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Mini IMPROVathon – Janzow Campus Center main lobby
Saturday, Oct. 4
8 a.m. Breakfast with the President – Janzow Campus Center, CCR
(reservations required)
9 to 10:30 a.m. Alumni Awards Presentation – Janzow Campus Center, CCR
10:30 a.m. New Plaza Dedication – Campus Plaza west end
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Homecoming Fair – Brommer Drive
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pre-game BBQ Tailgate – Campus Plaza east end (reservations required)
12 to 1 p.m. Honored Year Reunion Group Photos – Campus Plaza east end
1 p.m. Bulldog Football Game vs. Dordt – Bulldog Stadium
1 p.m. Gold and Great Reunion Gathering – Walz 002
3 p.m. and 4 p.m. Bulldog Volleyball Games – JV and Varsity – Walz arena
5 p.m. Honored Class Reunion Gatherings – Area restaurants/class member homes
7:30 p.m. Teater Reunion Alumni Show – Weller auditorium
9 p.m. to 12 a.m. Homecoming Dance – Janzow Campus Center, CCR
Sunday, Oct. 5
8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Worship at St. John – CHS ’64 reserved seating at the 8:30 a.m. service
HOMECOMING & ALUMNI REUNION SCHEDULE
Concordia Nebraska
2014 Alumni Award
Recipients
Church Worker of the Year
Michael Held CHS ’62, CO ’66
Lay Worker of the Year
Chad Ties ’00
Young Alumna of the Year
Sarah Trinklein ’07 Salzberg
Lifetime Service Award
Luther ’68 & Nancy Klenke
Richard ’62 & Mira Roeder
’69 Wiegmann
Partners in Mission &
Ministry Award
Martin ’00 & Christin Maxson
’00 Senechal
Church Leadership
in Outreach Award
Chara Sype CO ’99 GR ’04
Friends of Concordia
Award
Donald ’70 & Cheryl Kahle ’70
Klein
Honorary Alumni Award
Duane & Doris Clatanof
Honored Year Reunion
Guests
Golden Reunion CHS
Class of 1964
65th Reunion, Class of 1949*
60th Reunion, Class of 1954*
55th Reunion, Class of 1959*
40th Reunion, Class of 1974
30th Reunion, Class of 1984
25th Reunion, Class of 1989
10th Reunion, Class of 2004
*College and High School
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Dr. Jerome Brownlee ’73 is now an adjunct instructor at Unity Institute
and Seminary in the Kansas City, Missouri, area. He retired from full-
time parish ministry in 2008.
Matthew Beisel ’92 accepted a call to Valley Lutheran High School in
Phoenix, Arizona, to teach science and coach.
Trudy Folkerts ’92 Meyer was appointed vice president and continuing
professional education director of the Nebraska Society of Certifed
Public Accountants. Meyer is a licensed CPA and has been with the
Lincoln frm of BMG Certifed Public Accountants, LLP for more
than 10 years. She recently served as the frm’s tax manager and also as
a CFO of an international human resources consulting frm. 1
Ed Duello ’94 and Stacie Sponsel ’94 Duello welcomed daughter
Aryanna Grace on Aug. 19, 2013. 2
Rev. Dr. Paul Philp ’95 has accepted a call to serve the Concordia
University System as the director of institutional research and integrity
at Te Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod International Center in St.
Louis, Missouri.
April Fett CO ’99 GR ’06 Reed announced the birth of Kristin Jane,
born on April 3, 2014. She is welcomed home by her twin brothers
Tyler and Nicholas. April works in St. Paul Public Schools as a special
education teacher. 3
Stacie Schultze ’99 will marry Todd Boynton on Sept. 15, 2014.
Jered Sprecher’s ’99 painting “Hall of Mirrors (2010-2013)” was on
view at the Espai d’art contemporani de Castelló in Spain as part of
“5x5Castelló2013.” Te selectors for this exhibition were Luis Camnitzer,
Jimmie Durham, Dan Graham, Santiago Sierra and Rosemarie
Trockel. Another painting was included in the exhibition “Genesis
Forward Battery,” which ran from Jan. 11–Feb. 9, 2014, at Underdonk
in Ridgewood, New York. A solo exhibition at Steven Zevitas Gallery
in Boston ran mid-March through April. It included work completed
during Sprecher’s residency in Marfa, Texas, at the Chinati Foundation.
Additionally, Te University of Tennessee at Chattanooga invited him
to give a talk as a visiting artist on Jan. 14, 2014.
Alumnotes
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Hengeveld takes on role as alumni
and university relations director
If you graduated from Concordia, Adam Hengeveld ’09 wants
to get to know you. Chances are, even if you didn’t graduate
from Concordia, Hengeveld, the new director of alumni and
university relations, would still like to get to know you. He’s
just that kind of guy.
“For me, the narthex at church is one of the happiest places on
earth,” Hengeveld said. “It gives me a chance to meet people.
Likewise for any alumni gathering.”
Alumni gatherings, in particular, give him the chance to hear
what paths Concordia alumni have taken.
“Hearing the unique ways that God has used them through
their lives is incredibly rewarding. Tese are people who
refect God’s love,” said Hengeveld. “It’s exciting and
gratifying work that I get to do.”
One of Hengeveld’s favorite words in alumni relations is
camaraderie. “Tat is the essence of extending our Concordia
experience,” said Hengeveld. “Whether we graduated in
1954 or 2014, we have camaraderie within the Concordia
community our entire lives.”
Phonathon surpasses goal
Te annual Phonathon reached nearly $134,000 in gifts,
$9,000 more than the initial goal, thanks to more than 1,500
alumni who responded to calls from current students.
Phonathon donations go to the Concordia Fund, providing
student scholarships and giving fnancial support to
Concordia.
“What a joy to see so many alumni come together to support
current students,” said Katherine Stefen, senior director of
advancement. “Trough the tradition of giving during the
Phonathon, generations of graduates who have received
fnancial support in the past carry on that legacy, equipping
future generations to learn, serve and lead in the church and
world. Tanks be to God!”
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Christian Boehlke ’01 was installed in April as the director of
missionary services for Te Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod,
where he will oversee the training, care and support of the LCMS
missionaries and their families. Most recently, he served as principal
of Faith Lutheran School in Plano, Texas.
Tanya Merezko ’03 Griego and husband Raul welcomed son Sebastian
into the world on Jan. 10, 2014. He was baptized on Jan. 26.
He joins sister Alaina. 4
Michael Kipp ’05 and wife Andrea welcomed their frst baby, Audrey
Lillian, on May 18, 2013.
Morgan Grillot ’06 and Sarah Peters ’06 Grillot rejoice in the birth
of their son, Jack Gabriel, born on Dec. 4, 2013. Te family resides in
Collinsville, Illinois, where Morgan is a ffth grade teacher and the
athletic director at Good Shepherd Lutheran School, and Sarah is a
stay-at-home mom. 5
Kara Repenning ’06 will marry David Malone on Aug. 2, 2014. Kara
has her own business called Pure Romance. David is an electrical
groundsman for the City of Wake Forest. Kara and David will reside
in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Peter Nord ’09 is now serving as the director of advancement and
recruitment for the Lutheran High School of Sioux Falls, South
Dakota.
Michelle Repenning ’10 was married to Chris Toene on June 8, 2013,
at First Trinity Lutheran Church in Bloomfeld, Nebraska. Michelle
is a kindergarten teacher in Osmond, Nebraska, and Chris works for
Syngenta Seeds. 6
Justin Groth ’11 was married on July 20, 2013, to Abigail Joy Lange.
Groth has been accepted into Cranbrook Academy of Art for a Master
of Fine Arts in ceramics starting in the fall of 2014.
Tyler Carter ’12 and Natalie Jeppesen ’12 were married on June 1,
2013, in Seward, Nebraska, at St. John Lutheran Church. Tyler is a
student at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, and Natalie works for a
company in St. Louis called Huvepharma.
Josh Holden ’12 and Kimberlee Swenson ’12 were married June 9,
2013, in Lincoln, Nebraska. Te couple now reside in Grand Island,
Nebraska. Josh teaches high school social sciences and coaches
football at Heartland Lutheran High School. Kimberlee teaches
English Language Learners at Grand Island Public Schools. 7
Ryan Sanft ’13 and Rebecca McCracken ’13 were united in marriage
on Nov. 2, 2013, in St. Louis, Missouri. Ryan is in the Doctorate
of Physical Terapy program at the University of Saint Mary
(Leavenworth, Kansas). Rebecca started a career in public relations
for Centene Corporation and is working on her master’s degree in
public relations at Webster University. 8
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Faith under fre
Chaplain’s service leads to Purple Heart
When Rev. Michael Frese graduated from Concordia
University, Nebraska in 1997, he did not expect that 14
years later he would be halfway around the world serving
with the Army in Afghanistan.
Although he had always been enamored with the military,
Frese didn’t believe military service was the right path for
him until after he had completed two master’s degrees
and accepted a call to a parish. Ten, with the support
of his wife, he volunteered for active duty as an Army
chaplain, and he went to chaplain school in 2006.
Tat decision led to a January 2011 to January 2012
deployment with an infantry unit near Pakistan in
southeast Afghanistan. In his non-combatant role as an
Army chaplain who provided religious support to the
units, Frese was not often directly in harm’s way. But one
day in May 2011, he found himself in the line of enemy fre.
Frese was wounded when an 82mm rocket exploded
15 feet from where he was sitting. Tough not hit by
shrapnel, he sustained a concussion, short-term memory
loss, ringing in his ears and other on-going medical issues
due to the explosion.
For the wounds he received in battle, Frese was awarded
the Purple Heart. “I am honored to be counted in this
group of tens of thousands of American war veterans
wounded in combat,” Frese said.
Frese currently serves as associate pastor at Redeemer
Lutheran Church in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Rev. David
Petersen, senior pastor at Redeemer Lutheran Church,
said, “He was willing to face death himself in order to
be there with the Good News of Christ’s saving love for
those who were facing death according to their vocation.”
Fulflling his own vocation wasn’t easy for Frese. When
he was deployed to Afghanistan, the role of personal
devotions and prayer kept him at peace. He says, “My
reading of Scripture and morning devotions showed me
it was only by God’s grace that I was able to make it
through a very tough situation.”
Frese currently serves in the Air National Guard, and he
continues praying for fellow soldiers to “strengthen their
faith through the Word and Sacrament. Nothing can
prepare you better for physical or mental trauma than a
strong faith.”
story: J. Suggitt photo: Rachel Von, The (Fort Wayne, Ind.) Journal Gazette, Feb. 23, 2014
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Edwin Wergin ’32
Wanda Erford ’41 Miers
Arthur Banger ’42
Robert Nieting ’42
Rose Wittwer ’43 Detlof
A. Groteluschen ’43 Mueller
Ruth Walker ’43 Romig
Ernst Eulert ’44
Evelyn Bartling ’46 Schwier
Teodore Heinicke ’47
Ray Morlock ’47
Myra Peterson ’48 Gibeson
Arthur Fuchs ’49
Rev. Eugene Vetter ’50
John Bunge Jr. ’51
Loretta Slama ’52 Hotovy
Norma Schmid ’52 Schroeder
Marlin Zobel ’52
Reese Abbe ’53
Ivadelle Horst ’53 Repschlaeger
Alice Meyer ’53 Vogt
Mary Meukel ’55 Hanewinckel
Delyla Riekenberg ’55 Moore
Lois Mueller ’55 Nielsen
Erich Bredehoeft ’56
David Fasholz ’56
Joseph Hennig ’56
Norman Erber ’57
Erlen Schroeder ’57
Carl Steinbrueck ’57
Dr. Daniel Heibel ’58
Elizabeth Schott ’60 Fischer
Irene Kurz ’60
Mr. Gary Smith ’60
John Geisler ’61
Rudolph Schiferdecker ’61
Anette Bargsten ’63 Fehlhafer
Karen Tradup ’63 Russell
Lloyd Luehmann ’64
William Battermann ’66
Susan Klein ’66 Grueber
Barbara Jones ’66 Strong
Gordon Krause ’67
Lloyd Miller ’67
Carl Moody ’68
Richard Weniger ’69
Gary Childs ’71
Carla Wolkwitz ’71 Van Pelt
Susan Kerstein ’72 Bahm
Michael Heinz ’72
Laureen Wudy ’72
Linda Kasten ’73 Laubenstein
Vangy Weidler ’74 Eifert
Rev. Steven Herfkens ’74
Memoriam
in
In memoriam: Rev. Dr. Paul Zimmerman
Former president of Concordia, Rev. Dr. Paul A. Zimmerman of Traverse City, Michigan, died
on Jan. 28, 2014, after a brief illness. He was 95.
Zimmerman served as president in Seward, Nebraska, from 1954-1961. Initially, he came to
Concordia in 1953 as assistant professor of physical sciences, primarily teaching chemistry.
After a year, he took the position of president and oversaw a thriving campus that more than
doubled in enrollment—from 329 to 691 students—by the end of his presidency. While
president at Concordia, Timothy, Ruth A and Philip dorms were all completed and the Weller
Hall chapel organ was installed.
Zimmerman left Concordia to establish Concordia Lutheran Junior College (now University)
in Ann Arbor, Michigan. During his seven years of service to Concordia Nebraska and more
than 40 years of service to Te Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, Zimmerman advocated
for missions, adhered to the Word of God and remained steadfast in the Lutheran faith, setting
a positive example for students, faculty and other leaders of Concordia for years to come.
As a Concordia University, Nebraska alumna and a Lutheran school teacher for 35 years, Isabel Jones
’62 Stuewe has experienced frsthand the light in the eyes of children who are learning about Jesus—
and she continues to hear from former students whose lives she has touched.
Her fnancial gifts to Concordia ensure other students—in any line of work—can create that same kind
of impact. Isabel credits her career as a teacher to the generosity of donors who made her Concordia
experience possible, and she is committed to paying that generosity forward.
“I needed help with scholarships—any help I could get,” said Isabel. “Te legacy I would like to leave is that
I have helped a student, as many as possible, to continue their work for the Lord.”
Making a gift to the Concordia Fund ensures that students can aford the Christ-centered, academically
excellent higher education that Concordia provides—one that equips them to lead and serve in the
church and world.
“It’s hard to describe my feelings when I see the gifts in action,” says Isabel. “It makes me feel in my
heart that I’ve done the right thing and that this is what God wants me to do. Tis is what is very
important. It makes me feel wonderful.”
Sharing a legacy of love
“Te legacy I would like to leave
is that I have helped a student,
as many as possible, to continue
their work for the Lord.”
Hear Isabel’s story by watching
her video at cune.edu/giving

Join Isabel in equipping students to learn, serve and lead in the church and world
Visit cune.edu/giving or call 402-643-7408
Judy Knight ’74 Seiler
Rev. Daniel Weise ’75
Jane Titze’78 Cusson
Rev. Kim Kanitz ’79
Jane Collins’88 Ehlers
Dana Oleson ’94 Beck
Doris Gottschalk ’94 Blunck
Jayne Koenig ’94 Stohs
Ann Youngberg ’96 McFall
Drew Ekart ’00
James McMaster Jr. ’02

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visit cune.edu/events for the most recent schedule and ticket information
August
21 Women’s soccer home opener vs. Wayne
State College, 7 p.m.
22–24 LAUNCH Weekend for new students
24 Opening Service – St. John Lutheran
Church, 7 p.m.
25 Fall Term begins
29 Men’s soccer home opener vs. Bethany
College, 7:30 p.m.
September
4 Osten Observatory Open House, Osten
Observatory, 8:30 to 10 p.m.
6 Cross Country: TBA/Blue White Alumni
13 Volleyball home opener Tri-Match, 11 a.m.
14 Faculty Showcase, Recital Hall, Music
Center, 3 p.m.
17 Community Blood Bank Blood Drive,
Janzow Campus Center Cattle Conference
Room, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
20 Football home opener vs. Midland
University, 1 p.m. (Fan Appreciation
Tailgate 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.)
25–27 Plum Creek Children’s Literacy Festival
26 Plum Creek Children’s Play, Studio Teater,
Music Center, 7 p.m.
October
2 Osten Observatory Open House, Osten
Observatory, 8 to 9:30 p.m.
3 Athletic Hall of Fame Induction, Janzow
Campus Center Cattle Conference Room, 9
to 9:30 p.m.
3 Visit Day for prospective students (register
online at cune.edu/VisitDay)
3–4 Homecoming & Alumni Reunion Weekend
(see pgs. 40-41)
4 Plaza Dedication, 10:30 a.m.
10 Symphonic Band and Concert Band
Concert, St. John Lutheran Church, 7 p.m.
11 IMPROVables Performance, Studio Teater,
Music Center, 7:30 p.m. and 9 p.m.
16–19 Fall Break
26 Project Pumpkin, David Hall, 6 to 8 p.m.
November
2 Chamber Music Recital, Recital Hall, Music
Center, 3 p.m.
6 Osten Observatory Open House, Osten
Observatory, 8 to 9:30 p.m.
7 Visit Day for prospective students (register
at cune.edu/VisitDay)
7 Women’s basketball home opener vs. St.
Xavier (Cattle Classic Tournament), Walz
Arena, 6 p.m.
7 Musical Arts Day Concert, PE gym, 7 p.m.
7 Men’s basketball home opener vs. Grace
(Cattle Classic Tournament), Walz Arena,
8 p.m.
8–9 Musical Teater – “Phantom of the Opera,”
Weller auditorium, 7:30 p.m. and 2 p.m.
14–16 Musical Teater – “Phantom of the Opera,”
Weller auditorium 7:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and
2 p.m.
18 Concert Band and Brass Ensemble Concert,
St. John Lutheran Church, 7 p.m.
18 Founders Day Chapel, Weller auditorium
22–30 Tanksgiving Break
December
5 Visit Day for prospective students (register
at cune.edu/VisitDay)
5–7 Christmas at Concordia concert, St. John
Lutheran Church, 7 p.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.
and 3 p.m., respectively
7 Scholarship Parade of Homes, Seward
Community, 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
11 Chamber Orchestra Concert, Music Center
recital hall, 7 p.m.
12 Winter JazzFest, Weller auditorium, 7:30 p.m.
12 Indoor Track & Field: Blue White Track &
Field Intrasquad, Bulldog Stadium
13 Handbell Concert, Recital Hall, Music
Center, 3 p.m.
13 IMPROVables Performance, Studio Teater,
Music Center, 7:30 p.m. and 9 p.m.
18 Christmas Break begins
calendar of events