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2017-18 ALUMNI

EVENTS & PROGRAMS Alumni Relations |

The purpose of Concordia College is to influence the affairs of the world by sending into society thoughtful and informed men and women dedicated to the Christian life.

Greetings from Concordia Join us in welcoming the Class of 2017 into the Alumni Association, as we send them forth to influence the affairs of the world. And know that you, too, are a key part of this 125-year old community that spans the globe. Whether you love Corn Feeds, want to spend time with students, make annual pilgrimages to Homecoming, enjoy global travel opportunities, or support a scholarship, there is a place for you connect, engage, support and share as a Cobber. Are you connected? Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn and watch for alumni events at Stay tuned for your class letter in the next few months and nominate exceptional Cobbers that you feel deserve to be recognized by our alumni awards.

Our alumni are our

BEST RECRUITERS What can you do? Share your Concordia experience with future Cobber students and refer them at

We hope that you enjoy reuniting with fellow Cobbers, wherever this message finds you. Have a wonderful summer. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Katie (Corwin) Hasbargen ’95 President, Alumni Board

National Alumni Board The Concordia College Alumni Association sustains and advances Concordia’s mission by strengthening the relationship between the college and its alumni, and alumni and students, through active engagement and supporting enrollment, giving and career initiatives. Board members serve a four-year term, with the exception of officers, and are recommended by peers at Officers President: Katie (Corwin) Hasbargen ’95 Vice President: Ted Horan ’96 Alumni Board Members Ann Beck '80 Levi Andrist ’07 Kayla Axtman ’09 Casey Bartz ’04 Jan Bilden ’73 Doug Brekke ’80 Deborah (Root) Buchholz ’71 Sharon (Muir) Buhr ’68 Members Elect Aimee (Agre) Anderson ’66 Tim Bye ’79 Karl Carlson ’93

Secretary: Rodney Hanson ’82

Jeff Cadwell ’89 Elizabeth Cheney ’03 Alexandre Cyusa ’15 Michelle (Lee) Haaland ’86 Chris Holland-Mehlhaff ’90 Kristi (Ehlers) Huber ’98 Max Kringen ’11 Daniel Leingang ’92 Ryan McAdam ’12

Kara Fleharty Schultz ’96 Mary (Moe) Johnson ’73 Treavor Peterson ’03

Emily McGarvey ’02 Karen (Pfaff) Paul ’84 Rolf Pederson ’93 Lee Skavanger ’67 Ronald Struxness ’63 Shellie Simonson Ulven ’93 Eric Warren ’74

Karen (Lattu) Polzin ’77 Steve Rohr ’92 Kristine (Lomis) Simon ’79

Why Concordia?

The Concordia Commitment



More than 93 percent of Cobbers continue their education or have jobs within nine months of graduation.

Working toward long-term career goals begins the moment you step on campus.



Generous financial aid awards bring the average cost of attendance to just $21,953.

More than 99 percent of Concordia students are awarded financial aid, with an average of $29,000 assistance.

FOUR-YEAR GUARANTEE Current Cobbers are ready for what’s next in four years. Guaranteed.



The Fargo-Moorhead metro area has a booming economy with an emphasis on entrepreneurship. Its unemployment rate is 2.7 percent compared to the national rate of 4.3 percent.

Signature integrative learning opportunities (PEAKs) give an edge in future academic and occupational endeavors.


WHAT DOES A LIFELONG COBBER LOOK LIKE? Being a part of the Cobber Alumni Network is about staying involved and giving back to future students, feeling connected and proudly sharing it with those around you.

Worldwide Cobber Network With 32,000 alumni across the nation and globe, the Cobber community extends well beyond the borders of our campus. Cobbers worldwide connect to network, socialize, learn and support each other and the college.

Host an event in your area for Cobbers and Alumni Relations will help promote it and reimburse you up to $200 per year for expenses. The event can be social, networking, service-oriented or anything else you’re interested in. Currently, we have a multitude of alumni Corn Feed hosts around the country, and Twin Cities and Fargo-Moorhead committees focused on connecting alumni in those communities. To find out more about hosting an event or joining a local committee, contact Alumni Relations at or 218.299.3734.


Provide meaningful experiences for students and participate in alumni events, programs and teams.

get involved


Give to student scholarships and campus projects to ensure educational enrichment for current and future Cobbers.

make an impact


Interact on social media using #cordmn, show off your alma mater swag and tell future Cobbers about your Concordia experience.

U.S. Alumni: Kansas City: 104 Los Angeles: 325 New York City: 128 Omaha: 117 Phoenix: 437 Portland: 229

San Diego: 139 San Francisco: 183 Seattle: 540 St. Louis: 59 Twin Cities: 7,774 Washington, D.C.: 300

When you do something in all four of these categories, let us know and we’ll send you an exclusive Loyal Cobber gift.

International Alumni: Australia: 13 Canada: 160 China: 34 France: 19 Germany: 66

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Alumni World Map Atlanta: 102 Billings: 252 Chicago: 374 Dallas-Fort Worth: 153 Denver: 478 Fargo-Moorhead: 3,813

Update your information online or by phone to know what’s happening among alumni and with the college.

Local Alumni Events


Ghana: 31 Japan: 32 Mexico: 14 Nepal: 11 Nigeria: 23


Norway: 138 Saudi Arabia: 22 Sweden: 13 Tanzania: 19 United Kingdom: 21

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Whether it’s been a few years or a few decades since you’ve been on campus, you’re still a huge part of the Concordia community. Stay connected by updating your contact info. at

By sharing your ideas, time or resources, you make immense contributions to past, current and future Cobbers. If you’d like to participate or have your own thoughts on how to engage, contact Alumni Relations at 218.299.3734 or visit

Mentor/Professional Guide



With the core focus of connecting alumni and students, SALT emphasizes lifelong Cobber participation in the vitality of the college by developing class affinity, facilitating career networking, teaching students a lifestyle of philanthropy, enhancing existing Concordia traditions and providing opportunities for students to learn and grow as leaders.

Get to know a Concordia student who’s interested in your occupation or area of study, answer questions about your career path and/or invite a student to visit your workplace. Post job opportunities for young Cobbers at

Learn more about this new student group, dedicated to building relationships between alumni and students, at

Assist your class agent in bringing your class together for memorable celebrations and raising awareness of the class fundraising goal. Reconnect with classmates prior to the reunion and invite them back, share college news and encourage them to give back to the college in honor of the important milestone.

Class Agent

Write the annual summer class letter, with updates on your classmates, and work with the reunion planning committee during your reunion years.

Reunion Team

Twin Cities or Fargo-Moorhead Cord Committee

Electronic Class Letters

Receive an annual electronic letter from your class agent with stories of classmates and a campus update. Letters will no longer be mailed, but are available online at Highlight your marriage, new job, children/ grandchildren, travel or any life events for your class letter at classnotes. Many notes are also printed in the Concordia Magazine.

Career Services

We’ve still got your back in job hunting and career transition. Discover your ideal vocation with the help of the Concordia Career Center: 218.299.3020 or Schedule an appointment with a career advisor, view job openings or mentor and provide career opportunities for students at, the online Concordia networking platform.

On-Campus Access and Worship

Use the Concordia pool, track, library and other spaces open to students, staff and alumni. Remain part of the Cobber faith community by attending chapel at 9:50 a.m. Monday-Thursday during the academic year.

News & Media News & Notes

Know what’s happening by subscribing to the electronic Concordia newsletter at (weekly emails September-May; biweekly June-August).

Plan social, educational, networking and service activities for 9,000+ alumni in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area or 4,000+ alumni in Fargo/West Fargo/Moorhead.

Corn Feed Host

Gather alumni in your area to strengthen relationships between alumni, parents, prospective students and friends of Concordia. The college will promote your event and reimburse costs up to $200.

Twin Cities Concordia Women Connect Committee

Organize speaker events (often with brunch) twice a year, designed for Concordia alumnae and friends of all ages to connect, network and engage in interpreting world topics.

Parents Council

Serve as ambassadors for Concordia College by promoting parental involvement and support for the college.

National Alumni Board (NAB)

Provide valuable feedback and assistance to increase general awareness among alumni, recruit new students and faculty, encourage giving, support career readiness endeavors and recognize outstanding alumni contributions.

Alumni Sustainability Network

Encourage a lifestyle of sustainability among students and build a foundation of sustainability in your community.

Regional Alumni Volunteer

Concordia Magazine

Read campus highlights, class notes and Concordia stories by mail and online in the fall.


Engage alumni in your local community through social, mentoring, educational or volunteer activities.



Share Refer a Future Cobber

“My experiences at Concordia shaped my life. Its mission statement to 'influence the affairs of the world' permeates the college and caused me to think about how I can make a difference to others. I want to help Concordia provide this comprehensive, quality education to others.” – Jan Bilden ’73

Help build the next generation of Cobbers! Tell the young people in your life about your Concordia experience and refer potential students to the Admission office at

Social Media

Join Concordia conversations and help spread the word on college happenings through Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other social media channels. Be sure to use #cordmn. See all the social communities available at

Concordia Class Ring

The official Cobber ring is the recognized symbol of Concordia College, signifying its tradition and creating bonds between alumni worldwide. Repair and purchase info is provided online at

“As a young alum, one of the last things people have is extra cash lying around. Yet for me, seizing small opportunities to make an impact on other Cobbers while thinking about all the doors that were opened for me while I was at Concordia is important. Coming together to support our own – you can't pass that up.” – Levi Bachmeier ’14 The Concordia Annual Fund allows the college to meet emerging needs, explore new opportunities and respond to unexpected challenges. The gift you give today supports work of the college immediately, funding areas of scholarships and financial aid, academic programs, institutional operations and student resources and services. You can choose to make your gift in a multitude of ways, in whatever way best fits your ability and passion.

Little Niblet T-shirt

Concordia celebrates the birth of future Cobbers! If you have a new addition (ages 0-2) to your alumni family, the Office of Alumni Relations will send you a free “Little Niblet” 18-month T-shirt. To request one, fill out the class notes form at classnotes.

License Plate

Want to show your Cobber pride around town? Purchase a vanity plate that displays the Cobber “C” throughout the state of Minnesota. Search for “collegiate license plates” at

Cobber Bookstore

Update your Kernel swag at


This pioneering annual fund program began more than 60 years ago as a way to raise money for major projects. Today, members uphold the mission of the college through annual giving at more than $1,250 annually.

GOLD Givers Society

GIVERS Launched in fall 2016, the GOLD (Givers of the Last Decade) Society is a young alumni leadership giving group focused on monthly recurring gifts. Alumni who make a monthly contribution at a set level receive certain perks: a welcome gift, bookstore discounts, event invites, and special messages from the president.


Scholarship gifts have a direct impact on today’s students and their ability to afford a Concordia education. Scholarships may be endowed or given as a one-time Legacy Scholarship.

Science Renovations The Integrated Science Center will open for the start of classes in fall 2017. Faculty and staff will move into their new spaces later this summer. Finish work is already underway in many parts of the complex, with about 150 workers on site each day. | 800.699.9896 or 218.299.3442 6


Dates to Remember

Concordia College Executive Education

For details, registration and additional events, visit Concordia

View upcoming course dates at ConcordiaCollege. edu/execed.

Alumni Golf Tournaments Finn/Carol Grinaker Golf Tournament 11 a.m. July 10 The Meadows Golf Course Moorhead

Concordia Baseball Golf Scramble 9:30 a.m. July 31 Greystone Golf Club Sauk Centre

Concordia Football Golf Tournament 10:30 a.m. Aug. 4 Moorhead Country Club

Clay Nagel Wrestling Golf Tournament 11:30 a.m. Aug. 11 The Meadows Golf Course Moorhead

Concordia’s Executive Education program combines prominent industry and academic talent to provide mid-career managers with practical, real-world skills required for advancement to senior leadership levels. Based on regional chief executive interviews and critical workforce development needs, these twoor three-day courses are focused on skill-building techniques that can be readily implemented to advance select mid-level managers to senior leadership levels. Built-in action plans and one-on-one coaching ensure transformational outcomes for participants and organizations. Choose one or more courses that best fit your professional development needs.

More Alumni Events Concordia Languages Villages International Days 1-5 p.m. July 7 and Aug. 11 Waldsee, German Language Village Bemidji CobbersServe and Young Alumni Night 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m, July 13 6:30 p.m. Emergency Food Pantry, Fargo 8 p.m. Mick's Office, Moorhead Cobber Night at the Redhawks 7 p.m. Aug. 2 Newman Outdoor Field, Fargo Cobber Night at the Twins 7 p.m. Aug. 3 Target Field, Minneapolis Twin Cities Corn Feed 6 p.m. Aug. 13 Wabun Shelter C, Minnehaha Park, Minneapolis Moorhead Corn Feed 5:30 p.m. Aug. 23 Near Prexy’s Pond, Concordia Concordia at Minnesota State Fair Aug. 24-Sept. 4 (Aug 26: Young Alumni Day. Stop by for a special gift!) Move-In Day 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 27 Welcome students and help them move in. Gather after for brunch and fellowship. Lorentzen Luncheons Sept. 8, Oct. 6, Nov. 10, Feb. 9, March 9 and April 13 Moorhead

History and Heritage: Celebrating 125th Years of Concordia College Exhibit Sept. 11-24 (6-8 p.m. Sept. 12 Opening reception) Norway House, Minneapolis Every Cobber Counts Challenge Nov. 14-16 Support student scholarships

Concordia Christmas Concerts 7 p.m. Dec. 1, 2 | 2 p.m Dec 3 (with President's Dinner Dec. 2) Moorhead Concordia Christmas Concerts 6 and 8:30 p.m. Dec. 9 (President's Reception prior to both concerts) Minneapolis

Family Weekend Sept. 15-17 The Concordia Band Tour February 2018 North Dakota, Montana Homecoming Details at: Sept. 25-Oct. 1 The Concordia Choir Tour Offutt School Presents Details at: 7:30-9 a.m. Oct. 12 Featuring Inge Thulin, CEO, President and Chairman of 3M National Book Awards at Millennium Hotel, Minneapolis Concordia March 15 Performance of Musical Score to Original 1931 "Frankenstein" Oct. 17 Fargo Theatre The Concordia Orchestra Tour Late Oct./Early Nov. Minnesota, Iowa Details at: Twin Cities Concordia Women's Connect Nov. 11


Celebration of Student Scholarship April 11 The Concordia Orchestra International Tour May 2018 Greece Commencement Weekend May 4-6 (11:30 a.m. May 6 Legacy Luncheon)

Corn Feeds The Corn Feed tradition began in 1974 with events in the Twin Cities and Moorhead. Do-It-Yourself Corn Feeds continue to be a hit among Concordia family and friends, as alumni host them in their local areas. This year, we have Corn Feeds planned across the country and warmly invite current and potential students to gather with alumni at the one nearest to their home. Each event is personalized by the event hosts, but rest assured that there will always be corn and Cobber community! Want to plan your own Corn Feed, or similar event? Check out the Corn Feed Guidebook online. Concordia reimburses up to $200 of your expenses. Plans are in progress for Corn Feeds in the following cities, with more areas to follow. Details and additional locations will be posted online, as they are confirmed, at

Area Corn Feeds Phoenix Thousand Oaks, Calif. Colorado Springs, Colo. Denver Boise, Idaho Alexandria, Minn. Brainerd/Baxter, Minn. Grand Rapids, Minn. Litchfield, Minn.

Minneapolis Moorhead Pelican Rapids, Minn. Omaha, Neb. Bismark, N.D. Portland, Ore. Talent, Ore. Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas Milwaukee, Wis.


Friday, Sept. 29 8 A.M. 50th Reunion Breakfast with Professors Emeriti* Trinity Lutheran Church, Christian Life Center, 210 7th St. S, Moorhead; cost is $15 Coffee available at 7:30 A.M. Professor Emeriti Recognition and Panel comparing academic culture of the 60s to present 9:50 A.M. Homecoming Chapel – Centrum, Knutson Campus Center Hear a message from the 2017 Homecoming Committe Chair.

*Requires preregistration, an RSVP and/or a fee. See insert for reunion details and a registration form.

Wednesday, Sept. 27 8 P.M. Student Production of "Wittenberg" – Frances Frazier Comstock Theatre (also 8 p.m. Friday, and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday) Box office opens Sept. 13. Call .218.299.3314 for tickets. Historical fact meets literary fiction in "Wittenberg," a satire by David Davalos, which tells the story of Wittenberg professors Dr. Martin Luther and Dr. John Faustus, as they vie for the spiritual salvation of their star student Prince Hamlet of Denmark. This production is co-sponsored by the Trinity Lutheran Church Foundation.

Thursday, Sept. 28 9:50 A.M. Chapel – Centrum, Knutson Campus Center 10 A.M. 50th Reunion Golf Scramble* – Check-in and coffee at 9 A.M. Edgewood Golf Course, 19 Golf Course Avenue N., Fargo – all skill levels welcome *9 holes: $28 | 18 holes: $38.25 5 P.M.-9 P.M. 50th Reunion Celebration Reception, Art Show and Registration* Registration required; cost is $15 Heritage Hjemkomst Center, 202 1st Ave N, Moorhead 7 P.M. Frosh Frolics – Olson Forum

10:30 A.M.-5 P.M. Alumni Hospitality – Atrium Alcove, Knutson Campus Center Enjoy refreshments, have a campus tour, pick up your weekend program, get your questions answered, mingle with classmates and find out who’s attending your reunion. (Registration does not take place here, but valuable info is provided.) Pay and/or pick up your registration materials (nametag/T-shirt) at your first event of the weekend, whether that be Homecoming Banquet, your Reunion Breakfast, etc. 12:30 P.M. 50th Reunion Luncheon with President William Craft* Centrum, Knutson Campus Center; cost is $17 Hear a message from President Craft on the strategic direction of Concordia: "Building on the First 25 Years." Tours of campus will be available prior to lunch. 3-4:30 P.M. 50th Reunion Faith in Life Panel Discussion Centrum, Knutson Campus Center Hear from classmates and current students about how they've been living out the mission of the college. 2-4 P.M. Offutt School of Business Tours – Grant Center (also on Saturday after the parade) The Offutt School of Business welcomes you to tour the Grant Center. If interested, meet up with the tour guides outside of The Brew coffee shop. If you have any questions, please contact Carol Hedberg at or .218.299.3305. 4:30 P.M. 50th Reunion Social* – Usher's House, 700 1st Ave. N., Moorhead; cost is $8 Casual time to visit with classmates 5:30 P.M. Homecoming Reception* (Pre-Banquet/Gala reception) – Memorial Auditorium 6:30 P.M. Homecoming Banquet* – Memorial Auditorium Registration required; cost is $40 The Homecoming Banquet kicks off the Concordia College comprehensive campaign and recognizes four distinguished grads with the presentation of the Alumni Achievement Award. Join us as we honor Karan Armstrong-Friedrich ’63, Dr. Philip Noss ’61, Mary (Sorenson) Ranum ’78 and Dr. Allan Carlson ’61. 7 P.M.-12 A.M. All-Reunion Gathering (for all class years) Courtyard by Mariott, Moorhead

8:45 P.M. Bonfire and Fireworks Jake Christiansen Stadium 10

2017 homecoming tshirt

*Requires preregistration, an RSVP and/or a fee. See insert for reunion details and a registration form.


Saturday, Sept. 30 7:30-8:30 A.M. Registration for Cobber 5K Fun Run & Kids' Niblet 1 Mile* 9 A.M. Niblet Kids’ 1 Mile* (12 and under) 9:20 A.M. Cobber 5K* (all ages welcome) Memorial Auditorium, south side of basketball arena Register at ($20 before Sept. 21; $25 after Sept. 21) Lace up your shoes for this annual 5K race. Kids 12 and under may race in the Kids’ 1 Mile. Registration is required separately from overall Homecoming registration and includes a T-shirt. Contact Garrick Larson with questions at, 218.790.2306. 8 OR 9 A.M. Reunion Breakfasts* Spend time with your classmates during these special class breakfasts. You can check in and receive your registration materials at your breakfast. See insert for times, locations and prices for all reunion-year breakfasts. 8:30 AND 9:15 A.M. Admission Presentations and Tours – Welcome Center Alumni and families with prospective students are invited to register for a campus tour: 9-11 A.M. Breakfast for Classes 2014-15 – Mick’s Office, Moorhead Registration; pancakes and beverages available for purchase. Contact Matthew Dymoke at 953.797.2154 or Lindsay Jacobs at 763.226.3383 with questions. Class of 2016-17 reunion events: stay tuned for details. 10 A.M. Academic Open House – Atrium, Knutson Campus Center Meet with current professors and students to find out what’s going on in your former department. 10-11 A.M. Education Department Alumni Reception – 2nd Fl., Old Main The Education Club invites current and former education majors to gather for refreshments and conversation. 10-11 A.M. Library Reunion* First Floor Reference Room, Carl B. Ylvisaker Library All former library employees and alumni who work in libraries or archives are invited to gather and catch up on what’s happening at the Carl B. Light refreshments provided. Please RSVP by contacting Dawn Swenson at or 218.299.4640, indicating your class year and what years you worked in the library, if applicable. 11 A.M. Homecoming Parade – Eighth Street, Moorhead Route starts from Townsite Center near McDonald’s and ends at the Jake Christiansen Stadium.


NOON Cobber Wrestling Tailgate – Behind third baseline dugout All wrestling alumni, family and friends are invited for hot dogs, snacks and beverages before the football game. No RSVP required NOON General Tailgating – Jake Christiansen Stadium 1 P.M. Football vs. Gustavus Adolphus* Jake Christiansen Stadium Tickets are available at the gate. During halftime, the 2017 Athletic Hall of Fame inductees will be recognized. 2 P.M. Student Production of "Wittenberg" Frances Frazier Comstock Theatre (Also 2 P.M. Sunday) Box office opens Sept. 13. Call 218.299.3314 for tickets. 2-4 P.M. Lambda Delta Sigma Alumni Tea* Birkeland Alumni Lounge, Offutt Concourse The ladies of LDS invite all LDS alumni to enjoy treats and share their experiences and memories of Lambda Delta Sigma. RSVP to Kat Nicholson, communications coordinator, at or 301.395.2046. 5 P.M. Athletic Hall of Fame Reception* Barry Auditorium, Grant Center Registration is required; hors d'oeuvres will be served. Cost is $15 We will honor 2017 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees Shana Letnes Erickson '01, swimming and diving; Tory Langemo '98, football; Brandi (Myers) Rostad '02, women's basketball; and Jim Cella, former Men's Soccer coach and current Sports Information Director. 6:30 P.M. Homecoming Concert – Memorial Auditorium Free; arrive early to get a good seat. 7 P.M. Track & Field and Cross Country Social Dave's Southside Tap, Moorhead Track & field and cross country alumni and their families/significant others are invited to Dave's Southside Tap. No need to know anyone else coming; stop by! 8:30 P.M. Reunion Gatherings* See insert for times, locations and prices for all reunion-year gatherings.

Sunday, Oct. 1 10:30 A.M. All-Campus Worship – Memorial Auditorium POST-WORSHIP Integrated Science Center Dedication – Jones and Ivers Halls During Homecoming weekend, attendees will also have an opportunity to tour the new Integrated Science facility. 13

Concordia Language Villages

Global Travel

International Day July 7 and Aug. 11, 2017

Vietnam and Cambodia Feb. 21-March 5, 2018

Everyone is welcome at International Day! International Day is a gathering of roughly 2,000 villagers, staff, parents and guests. It is also a day that we welcome back former villagers and staff and invite them to “renew their passports” by reliving some of their favorite memories. International Day will be held from 1-5 p.m. at Waldsee, the German Language Village (8659 Thorsonveien NE, Bemidji, Minn.), and is open to the public. For more information, visit

Let Dr. Polly Kloster, associate professor of nursing, and Dr. Gay Rawson, professor of French, lead you on this mixed adventure of city and country life as you tour Vietnamese temples, archaeological sites and the Cambodian countryside. Relax at a spa and by boat on the Mekong Delta. Try coconut candies, bubble tea and tropical fruits. Ride a xe loi (motor cart) amid the bustling streets of Saigon or sampan (wooden boat) through the canals of Cai Be’s colorful floating market, on your way to museums and French colonial palaces.

Celebrating 40 Years of Salolampi and 30 Years of Les Voyageurs Concordia Language Villages is celebrating 40 years of language and culture at Salolampi, the Finnish Language Villages. The official celebration will be held prior to International Day on July 7 and will also recognize the 100th year of Finland’s independence. The event will feature a greeting from a representative from the Finnish Embassy. On Aug. 11, a special luncheon will be held to celebrate 30 years of Les Voyageurs, a French wilderness camping experience based on the history of the French Canadian fur trade.

Tanzania Feb. 24-March 9, 2018

Adult, Educator, and Customized Training Programs Did you know that Concordia Language Villages offers programs for families, adults, and educators? Upcoming programs include: Nordic Holiday Workshop: Dec. 8-10 Norwegian Adult Week: Sept. 24-30 Norwegian Family Fun Weekend: Oct. 6-8 Spanish Adult Week: Sept. 3-9 and Oct. 8-14 Spanish Family Fun Weekend: Oct. 19-22 Swedish Adult Week: Oct. 22-28

Finnish Adult Week: Oct. 1-7 Finnish Cultural Weekend Retreat: Nov. 3-5 French Adult Week: Sept. 17-23 French Family Fun Weekend: Oct. 19-22 German Adult Week: Sept. 24-30 German Family Fun Weekend: Oct. 19-22 Italian Adult Week: Aug. 21-26 Japanese Adult and Family Fun Weekend: Oct. 19-22 14

Drive through the Serengeti Plains and to Tarangire National Park with Dr. James Aageson, retired dean of Arts and Sciences, and visit a variety of Lutheran missionary projects. See diverse African wildlife, while visiting Lake Manyara National Park, the Great Rift Valley and the Ngorongoro Crater. Witness the missionary work of David '51 and Eunice (Nordby) '52 Simonson at Maasai Girls Lutheran Secondary School, which has a close relationship with Concordia College. France 2018 Join Dr. Roy Hammering, professor of religion, and Josh Hammerling on "The Spirituality of Wine" tour. Stay tuned for further details.


Honoring our Alumni

Alumni Achievement Award Recipients

The National Alumni Board recognizes alumni who are notably carrying out the mission of the college and who have distinguished themselves in their careers and service to others by conferring upon them the Alumni Achievement Award (alumni of more than 20 years) and the Sent Forth Award (alumni of less than 20 years). We also honor alumni of any age who are devoted to local community service with the Called to Serve Award.

Mary (Sorenson) Ranum ’78 is chair of the board at Fredrikson & Byron, P.A. Ranum joined the Minneapolis law firm in 1984 becoming a partner in 1990, chairing the firm’s real estate practice group. Ranum became the first board chairwoman in 2010, making her one of few female law firm leaders nationally. She served on the board of directors of The Advocates for Human Rights and assists OneVillage Partners, a nonprofit in Sierra Leone, West Africa. As a member of the Concordia College Board of Regents, she recently co-chaired a task force exploring new ventures for Concordia. She has also been noted as an industry leader and volunteer of the year.

Nominate an outstanding alumnus for one of these awards and learn more about the awards at Sent Forth Award Recipients Dr. Meelad Dawlaty ’04 is the youngest faculty member in the department of genetics at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, where he teaches graduate school curriculum and mentors doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows. He leads a research program concentrated on understanding the epigenetics of stem cells and cancer with a focus on enzymes that modify DNA and regulate gene expression to define cell fate during development. His work has been published in multiple scholarly journals. Dr. Susan Webb Yackee ’97 is a tenured professor of public affairs and political science and the director of the La Follette School of Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. In 2015, the university named Yackee a Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor in honor of her exceptional research contributions. An award-winning expert on policymaking, regulation and bureaucratic politics, Yackee’s work is published in many academic journals.

Concordia Remains “Rooted and Open” Larry Papenfuss, Co-Director, Dovre Center for Faith and Learning

Concordia College is both rooted in the Lutheran theological tradition and open to students from a variety of backgrounds, joining us in a common educational mission that ultimately seeks to serve our neighbor in love. An ELCA task force has drafted a mission identity statement for the 26 ELCA colleges. President Craft has charged a campus committee to review their work and our own mission identity. Ultimately, summer efforts will seek to provide a coherent narrative of all the faith expressions active at Concordia such as Campus Ministry; Dovre Center for Faith and Learning; Forum for Faith and Life; Lorentzsen Center for Faith and Work; and the Faith and Leadership concentration.


Dr. Philip Noss ’61 served more than 40 years in Bible translation with the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Cameroon (ELCC), the Eugene A. Nida Institute for Biblical Scholarship of the American Bible Society, and the United Bible Societies with Bible translation projects in 34 African nations in 200 languages. He earned a doctorate in African languages and literature from the University of WisconsinMadison and taught in that department, the first of its kind in the world. Noss founded the Gbaya Translation Center, serving as its translation exegete, and established programs in African languages and literature at the University of Calabar, Nigeria. Dr. Allan Carlson ’61 is widely recognized at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the U.S. Department of Energy and the world as a leading expert in neutron cross section data development and evaluation. As the foremost U.S. physicist for the standards on the effective cross sectional area of the nucleus of an atom, his work is vital for understanding the performance of nuclear power reactors, nuclear defense systems and nuclear medicine applications. Carlson worked for Gulf General Atomic, the General Atomic Division of General Dynamics, as a research assistant in physics at the University of Wisconsin and the Argonne National Laboratory. Karan Armstrong-Friedrich ’63 trained under operatic experts Lotte Lehmann, Fritz Zweig and Tilly de Garmo. She made her debut at the San Francisco Opera and built her repertoire at the New York City Opera and in many opera houses across the U.S. In 1974, she made her European debut and in 1986, she and her director husband, Götz Friedrich, co-founded The American Berlin Opera Foundation, Inc., which awards scholarships to American singers wishing to study at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. Armstrong is also recognized as a champion of early 20th century opera. She gives master classes and most recently performed at the Komische Oper Berlin.


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