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Spring 2012


Fulfilling God’s command for service in simple ways

Concordia University, St. Paul

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Office of University Advancement Editor and Writer

Melissa Wolf Design and Layout

Jennifer Stricker Photography

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In this Issue:

About Us

2 Cover Story: Simply Serving

Concordia University, St. Paul is a member of the Concordia University System, a national network of 10 colleges and universities of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. Concordia University, St. Paul admits students of any race, color and national or ethnic origin.

11 60s Flashback to Honor Bartling 17 Bode Family Legacy 18 Faculty News 20 Class Notes 25 Fifth NCAA Title for Golden Bears


The mission of Concordia University, St. Paul, a university of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, is to prepare students for thoughtful and informed living, for dedicated service to God and humanity and for the enlightened care of God’s creation, all within the context of the Christian Gospel.

Editor’s Note: Forget the Super Bowl, my favorite commercials the past few years are the ones that have a “pay it forward” type of message. I’m always drawn in by the chain reaction of people who choose to take small steps to help others. And the music tends to be really good, of course. When Jesus instructed us to “Love each other in the same way that I have loved you,” we were tasked to use our talents to serve others. In actions big and small, we are able to build our relationship with the Lord and show God’s love to those around us. In this edition of Concordia St. Paul, we look at the simple ways that three Concordia students and graduates are serving others. By taking action, putting love first and thinking innovatively, they have been able to make a difference in the lives of others.

© 2012 Concordia University St. Paul


Melissa Wolf Editor


from the President

Concordia University promises to help its students discover and engage their purpose for life, career and service. Each person is created by God for a purpose and there is no greater joy than discovering a purpose, vigorously taking hold of it, and rediscovering it again and again as God opens new doors for service throughout one’s lifetime. Not long ago I received a letter from a Mr. Charles W. Fox of Boone, North Carolina. Dear Rev. Ries: Recently I returned from a mission trip to Candelaria, Nicaragua to serve at New Song Mission Nicaragua. I was part of a group of 10 Baptists from North Carolina making this trip. … On our second day at New Song Mission we were joined by a group of 10 young people from Concordia University, St. Paul. We worked side by side for 5 days and I don’t know that I have ever been around young folks who worked as hard as the Concordia students and had a great time and attitude while doing it. … I was really impressed with the strong call to ministry that many of these kids seem to be experiencing in their lives and their willingness to live out their Christian Faith in their daily lives. I hope to keep up with many of them to see how they will continue to grow and where their faith takes them over the coming months and years. … In my first year as President of Concordia, I have received many such letters, emails, telephone calls, news clippings, and personal accounts of Concordia students actively involved in service to their God and their fellow human beings. I have even had the privilege of working side-by-side with some of them myself in such acts of service. No wonder we value Concordia and other Christian universities so highly. The treasure is in our students. This edition of Concordia St. Paul is, in fact, devoted to service. It will give you a glimpse into a Concordia that empowers students to discover and engage through service and take those lessons into their daily lives after graduation. It’s part of the Concordia Promise that we strive to live out every day.

Rev. Tom Ries, President Concordia University, St. Paul



Serving We are called to serve others. In our daily lives, however, we create lists of reasons to shrug off the responsibility. Not enough resources. Costs too much. Don’t know where to start. Won’t have a big enough impact. Lack of time. Someone else will do it. Three Concordia University, St. Paul students and graduates are fulfilling God’s command for service in simple ways. By putting ideas into action, finding new ways to love their neighbors, and being innovative, they are redefining the complexity of service.




A simple idea has an impact only if it is put into action.


risty Molter is changing lives with something as simple as a toothbrush. As the founder of Toothbrushes for Toddlers, Cristy doesn’t get a paycheck for helping others. She works full-time and makes a modest income while earning her bachelor’s degree at Concordia. In 2009, Cristy decided to act on a simple idea that has impacted the lives of thousands of orphaned children. “I believe that every person can make a difference if you just do what you can, even if it’s small,” Cristy said. “There is nothing particularly unique about how I’ve been able to grow this project, I’m just actually doing it and following through with it.”

Identifying with the Children Cristy grew up in an urban neighborhood near Los Angeles. As one of a few Caucasians, she admits that it was rough being picked on and teased. Her feelings of isolation grew as she reached adolescence and struggled to find her place. Cristy’s relationship with her parents collapsed and she began to feel like she was completely on her own. Her grades were poor and she ran away from home several times. The family’s move to the Twin Cities promised Cristy a fresh start, but she remained unable to connect emotionally with friends or family. “I am fair-skinned and other students would call me an albino,” she remembers. “I felt insecure, like an outcast, and I think that’s why I rebelled.” It is no coincidence that Cristy went on to serve children labeled as ‘others,’ orphans who may grow up feeling an emotional void.


Creating an Idea

Taking Action

Cristy was well into her adult years when she made the decision to change her life. Tired of uninspired days at work and the feeling that there was no purpose to her day-to-day activities, she started classes for an associate’s degree in criminal justice. Cristy felt that the criminal justice field would allow her to use her career to help others, specifically children. Her passion grew as she changed the circumstances of her own life while preparing to give back to the world around her.

The crucial point of Cristy’s story of service is in her decision to act on the idea that she had generated. Unlike so many intentions that form and then fizzle out due to daily stresses, responsibilities and the shadow of the unknown, Cristy took the next step.

Two years later, in 2009, Cristy discovered Concordia and was drawn to its Christian foundation and focus on service. She enrolled in CSP’s adult undergraduate Human Resource Management program, a decision that had potential to derail her vision of helping children by way of career. Instead of putting the goal aside to focus on her job and education, she figured out a new way to give back. Cristy explains how she came up with the idea of Toothbrushes for Toddlers, and it seems almost too simplistic. One evening she sat down on her couch and brainstormed. It wasn’t long before a humble concept dawned: orphaned and disadvantaged children might not have a toothbrush. The concept was small. It was simple. And she was right. “In a way, I think I sort of identify with the kids,” Cristy said. “They don’t have parents and, through my experiences growing up, I can imagine what it feels like to be alone. That’s why this idea came to me.”


She did some online research and emailed an orphanage in Mexico to see if there was a need for toothbrushes. The orphanage immediately responded and said that, while they regularly receive donations to help feed and clothe the children, areas like dental care are consistently overlooked and are of particular need. With a goal now in mind, Cristy started gathering the toothbrushes. Toothbrushes for Toddlers was created from, and continues to operate under, the most elementary of resources: Cristy and a computer. Still working and taking classes full-time, Cristy spends her evenings emailing local businesses. She does not have access to marketing or email lists, so she uses strong communication and people skills to draft endless donation requests. The clock often surprises the engrossed 35-year-old when it chimes at 2 a.m. on a work night. In return for her gifts, the orphanages send photos showing young faces beaming excitedly at the camera, the toothbrushes sent from Minnesota now wrapped excitedly in their tiny hands. It is more rewarding than she imagined it would be. “It’s a special thing to be so passionate about something you don’t get paid for,” Cristy remarked. “Everybody deserves a little kindness.”

Cristy’s greatest success story resulted from her pitch to UnitedHealth Group, which garnered 5,000 toothbrushes from an internal donation drive. The company also paid for the postage and allowed Toothbrushes for Toddlers to have a more immediate impact on children in need. Toothbrushes for Toddlers has reached more than 7,000 children on four continents and in 13 different countries. The project started in Third World countries where Cristy saw the greatest need, but now includes the United States as well, from North Carolina to California. Cristy has personally reached out to each of the orphanages to identify their needs, has procured all of the donations without asking for a single penny, and assembles the packages in her living room before dropping them off at the post office, where she pays for the shipping from her own wallet. Simply deciding to act has led to recognition on Oprah’s Angel Network, has mended Cristy’s relationship with her parents, and most importantly, has shown parentless children that they are not forgotten. The letters that Cristy regularly receives from the orphanages best describe the impact that her simple service has on the lives of children.

“You are there for the children, and the children are there for you. They do not have material wealth but they are rich in spiritual gifts – please know that you are in their prayers each night when they form a prayer circle and thank God for their benefactors, for the people who have allowed them to come off the streets and find a place of hope we call Amigos de Jesus.” —Dennis JW O’Donnell, President, Amigos de Jesus (Recipient of the first donation package from Toothbrushes for Toddlers, Honduras)

To learn more about Toothbrushes for Toddlers or to make a donation, visit or email


Unconventional Outreach


t’s not that Jordan Ray (’11) thinks soup dinners, clothing drives and community gardens organized by churches aren’t without good intentions, the Concordia alumnus simply believes that church handouts have little effect over time in building neighborhoods. Jordan’s approach to Christian outreach does more than build congregations, it transforms communities. Jordan serves as a catalyst for change that integrates the church’s responsibility to “love thy neighbor” with community development. Under his guidance, local churches have been able to create holistic relationships within diverse communities, loving their neighbors in simple and practical ways. “I’ve learned that the most effective way to show God’s love is to take a relational approach,” Jordan explained. “To be a church in a community means to have a stake in that community, to get to know the residents, businesses and local leaders.” Jordan heads a program called Neighborhood Connections at Lutheran Inter-City Network Coalition – Twin Cities (LINC). He helps build communities by partnering the


church in the good that can be done. Rather than create their own ideas of what people need, local churches, under Jordan’s guidance, form connections within their neighborhoods to determine what actual needs are present. The church can then serve its community in more meaningful and productive ways while sharing the message of the Lord. Bringing non-believers to live in the love of Christ is an end goal, but an important byproduct of the process is the formation of strong relationships between the church and the community. “We start the conversation within the community to identify its assets, strengths and capacity for development, as well as the felt needs of their neighbors,” Jordan said of his work. “We uncover what is really going on and build relationships into partnerships.” The process starts with Jordan and a group of church members going into the community and engaging residents and local leaders in conversation. They canvas the area, identifying the church they are from and asking for input on how to improve the community. Residents and businesses have responded positively to the questioning, seeing it as their opportunity to share opinions about the things that matter to them. Once the findings are presented at a community gathering, the neighborhood and church work cooperatively to build a list of actions that can

produce positive change within the neighborhood. In working with a South Minneapolis church, for example, Jordan and his team discovered a key challenge was the influence of big box companies on small businesses, the lifeblood of the community. They also learned of the real needs that were present for residents at a personal level, such as warm winter clothing. As a result of the process, a business association was formed and local commerce has strengthened. With the businesses now actively involved in the community-building process, they responded overwhelmingly to a jacket drive, gathering many more coats than the church would have been able to find on its own and further strengthening community ties. The Neighborhood Connections process helps communities see that the church’s outreach work is a genuine display of Christ’s love.

“We share the Good News of Christ through our actions, by just loving people. When we establish trust between the church and the community, we are able to truly serve the neighborhood.” Jordan’s educational experiences prior to college ran the spectrum from a Lutheran primary school in California, a culturally diverse West Coast public high school, and a senior year spent in an isolated Lutheran boarding school in rural Wisconsin. Jordan knew early on that he wanted to enter the field of Christian Outreach, and the varying lessons that he learned from these institutions were powerful learning opportunities. These experiences allowed him to see Christianity from many different vantage points. It wasn’t until he reached Concordia that his vision of church outreach and community building developed in earnest. “Concordia’s professors helped me begin to see beyond the ‘here’s what others believe and why it’s wrong’ mentality,” Jordan said. “I learned about other people’s perspectives and how they affect their view of Christianity and the world around them.” Concordia’s urban, multicultural location and program requirements, such as internships and fieldwork, put Jordan in touch with the “real world” and enabled him to see the amazing opportunity for mission and outreach right on his own doorstep. For example, a day trip opened Jordan’s eyes to the diversity of people living next to each other in the Twin Cities: a green fabric indicating a Muslim home, a Buddhist church founded by Asian Americans, a witch coven in the building down the street, and a Halal market serving the whole community. Through it all, Jordan never stopped seeing how much people needed to know God’s love. Professors and advisors at Concordia helped Jordan see how Christian outreach can bond an entire community and how Christ’s message works in coordination with community development efforts. An important mentor, Rev. David Seabaugh, encouraged Jordan to see the world around him in a way he hadn’t before, to love people above all else and to challenge the traditional ways of reaching out to people. It was the final lesson that drove Jordan to begin bonding communities in the name of Christ through Neighborhood Connections. “The gospel of Jesus Christ is at the center of everything I do. I help Christians be disciples in their community through the simple act of talking to their neighbors. It’s living the love of Christ.”


Innovating Education


ll of the chairs have been pitched out of the classroom and students stand upright as they toil through lessons of variables and coefficients. No, this is not a middle school teacher’s punishment for disorderly preteens, it is the most recent technique that Seth Brown has installed to better reach his students. Innovative ideas and personal relationships are elemental to how the Concordia graduate student views his responsibility as an educator. By constantly learning and trying new things, Seth sets an example for his math students and in October 2011, he won the national Milken Educator Award (see sidebar).

Behind all of the classroom changes is an underlying concern about the well-being of each student. Seth works to create personal relationships with each student in order to build a platform of trust. “I think it’s important that students bring who they are into the classroom and share that not only with me, but with the rest of the class,” Seth said. “Their background and life experiences bring different perspectives to the class and allows me to connect with them and build that relationship.”

“No two students are the same and, in order to reach them all, I have to try new strategies,” Seth explained. “Professional development and continued education have taught me the truth that all students can learn; we need to see things from their perspective in order to truly help them do so.”

Successfully serving students in a modern era means adapting classroom ideology. Seth understands that kids actually learn differently than they did in the past. Accordingly, he worked to secure a middle school grant in 2010 that handed out iPod Touch devices to the students. The iPods help teachers track data on how each individual student is progressing. They can then enrich or mediate the student experience based on the information they receive. Students can also get varying perspectives on subjects they are studying through lectures from other teachers, using the technology to pause or rewind based on their learning pace.


Wayzata Public Schools

The rationale behind his “standing” policy is that, in addition to channeling youthful energy, standing tables with wheels allow him to easily reconfigure the room for group work or class discussions.

Seth Brown was one of 34 teachers in the nation to be recognized with the Milken Educator Award in 2011. The recognition heralds education professionals in early- to mid-career for their achievements and for the promise of what they will accomplish in the future. Recipients receive a $25,000 award, which Seth indicates he will use toward his Concordia Master’s degree and to support the Parent Teacher Association, a supporter of the school’s iPod project.

Innovation can come with risks, however. Seth readily admits that sometimes his ideas just don’t work and other times he faces resistance from both students and parents. By developing open lines of communication and trusting his intentions, however, this educator is showing perseverance in changing the status quo in order to best serve his students. “I explain why I’m doing certain things and reassure them that the reason I do what I do is to help them learn,” Seth said. “We won’t know if it works until we try.” Now in his tenth year teaching math at Wayzata Middle School, Seth maintains his quest for professional development as a graduate student in Concordia’s Educational Leadership program, bringing new ideas to his classroom as he himself continues to learn.

“I honestly don’t know why I was chosen. There are plenty of teachers at my school alone that deserve it,” Seth said after receiving the award. “I am humbled and honored to be chosen, it is truly a blessing.”

Bartling teaching ministry honored at Fredstock celebrated Dr. Fred Bartling’s 50 years of service to Concordia and raised funds for The Bartling Scholarship. Find out more at

Photos from Fredstock event, held October 28, 2011.

Announcing: Bartling Lecture Series The Bartling History Lecture Series was successfully launched on November 2, 2011 with an inspiring speech by Dr. Fred Bartling himself. In front of a packed house, Dr. Bartling recounted his experiences as a pastor in the Deep South during the early days of the Civil Rights era. Dr. Bartling’s presentation was the first in what promises to be a long and successful history lecture series honoring the former Concordia professor. The annual lecture series, slated to return in the late fall, will feature topics that were of interest to Dr. Bartling in his career as a teacher, such as civil rights, women’s issues, human rights, and history and learning.


Concordia Universit y, St. Paul

118 years of empowering students to discover their purpose for life.

Endowments: Supporting generations of Concordia learners Gifts That Keep On Giving

Building for the Future

Endowments represent a permanent legacy that supports Concordia’s mission in serving current and future generations of students. These long-term investments use earned income for scholarships and other targeted purposes. The balance of the original endowment fund is never depleted, making endowments “gifts that keep on giving.” Healthy endowments grow through reinvestment and continued contributions, providing ‘generational equity’ to support future generations with the same impact as today.

It is increasingly important for endowment funds to grow in order to keep Concordia a successful, long-lived university that educates students in a faith-based environment. A strong endowment enables Concordia to: • Successfully compete to attract and retain “the right” students • Successfully compete to attract and retain the best faculty • Remain solvent during times of economic challenge • Fulfill our mission by having financial independence • Free up funds for strategic initiatives

Creating a Legacy

Donors give to Concordia with the peace of mind that their endowed contributions will serve the institution’s mission for generations to come. The opportunity for growth ensures sustainability and allows the supported area to see increased benefits with time. Concordia’s endowments grew to a record high of more than $25 million in 2011, with an increase in market value that signifies reliability even during troubled economic times.

25-Year Endowment Growth

Dollars, In Millions

Concordia has nearly 200 endowment funds that support many areas of the university. They include merit- or needbased scholarship funds that support promising students, assets for faculty chairs that attract top-caliber educators and targeted funds that power programs that reflect the benefactor’s passion.

Distribution of Endowment Earnings in 2010-11 1.3% 28.8%

For more information on establishing an endowment, please contact Rusty Seltz, Vice President of Advancement at 651-641-8225 or




Endowments in Action “Before receiving endowed scholarships, I had begun cutting out everything from my Concordia experience except classes so that I could overload on credits and hope to graduate early for financial reasons. I quickly found that the path was neither healthy nor very fruitful. Endowed scholarships have allowed me to once again engage in the holistic education a university like Concordia has to offer.” Kyle Sorkness Senior, Theology

“As a response to how much God blesses us, we should strive to be a blessing to others. Our world needs individuals who are educated in a Christian environment, no matter what field they choose. No one should be denied an opportunity for a Christ-centered education.” Karen (Henschen, ’86) and Kirk (’85) Lee CSP Alumni

“I started by contributing $15 from every paycheck. As time went on, the amount increased to $20 a paycheck, which I still make today. I have a love for earth sciences and want to help prepare students for the many careers related to this field.” Dr. Dale Trapp Chair of Department of Natural Sciences

“I am grateful that the Hoffmann Institute has scholarships available to graduate students. Both my husband and I were full-time CSP students and we have a family to support. I thank God for CSP supporters!”

Fun FAct: The position Martin Luther held at Wittenberg University is still funded by the endowment that supported Luther as a faculty member.

Endowment growth and earnings provided nearly $500,000 of support at Concordia in 2010-11.

Sue Xiong ‘10 M.A. in Christian Outreach


Campus News

Lessons in Global Business College of Business Trips to China Trips to Shanghai and Beijing provide graduate students in Concordia’s College of Business and Organizational Leadership with first-hand global business experience. The 10-day exploration embeds students within multinational industry leaders of manufacturing, logistics, marketing and more. Students witness the full length of the supply chain, from local Chinese businesses to Target Corporation manufacturing to Yangshan Port, the busiest container port in the world. Time is also provided to take in the culture and sights of Shanghai and Beijing including visits to the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square and the Great Wall of China. School of Business trips to China are held twice each year in the spring and fall. Trips are currently being planned for April and October 2012.

Travel to the Holy Land and Petra February 6-19, 2013 Join former President Robert (’54) and Lynne Holst as they host Concordia alumni and friends on a memorable, in-depth tour of Holy Land and Petra. Highlights include: • Fellowship of traveling in a community of CSP alumni and friends under the leadership of Dr. Robert and Lynne Holst. • Customized tour itinerary including visits to Caesarea, Megiddo, Sea of Galilee, Nazareth, Sepphoris, Caesarea Philippi, Mount of Beatitudes, Capernaum, Bet Shean, Dead Sea, Jerusalem and Bethlehem. • Two-night excursion into Jordan to visit Madaba, Mt. Nebo and the ancient city of Petra, which was the capital that the Nabataeans carved into stone. • Accommodations in combination of select first-class hotels and guest houses in addition to 23 included meals. • Private, deluxe, air-conditioned motor coaches for transfers and touring, including luggage handling of one piece per tour member in/out of hotels. Learn more about this opportunity at our upcoming information session:

Sunday, April 22, 2012 - 2 p.m. Concordia’s Library Technology Center, Room 217 To RSVP for the information session contact Sally Cordes (’55) at 651-738-6075 or, or register online at


• Services of a professional, licensed Christian Palestinian tour guide throughout Israel and Bethlehem and a professional, licensed Jordanian tour guide for travel within Jordan.

GRaduate Enrollment hits 5-year high Cohort-delivered programs are the fastest growing degree areas at Concordia, with graduate enrollment swelling from 633 to 1,108 in the past five years. Graduate students now make up half of Concordia’s overall student makeup, transcending the traditional campus experience with online delivery and manageable scheduling.

Graduate Programs MBA MBA – Health Care Management emphasis Christian Outreach Leadership Classroom Instruction w/ K-12 Reading Endorsement Criminal Justice Leadership Differentiated Instruction Early Childhood Education Educational Leadership Educational Technology Family Life Education Human Resource Management Leadership and Management Special Education Sport Management Strategic Communication Management

Concordia Contributes to Successful MCAD Exhibit traditional hierarchies and set studio practices, a perfect fit for Stephanie Hunder, Concordia’s Chair of Visual Arts, Beth Jacobson (’07) and Sara Downing (’12), who are accustomed to Concordia’s trademark pedagogy of mentorship and intimate faculty interaction with students.

Photograph courtesy Nathan Lewis, MCAD Gallery

Concordia art hounds were key contributors to the highly reviewed Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) exhibit, “Intersections: Women, Leadership, and the Power of Collaboration.” Intersections engaged female department chairs with students and alumni in projects that challenge


Campus News

A good theme is a terrible thing to waste

Share your creative ideas and win free admission to Homecoming 2012. Alumni, students, fans and CSP supporters are invited to participate in a contest that will determine the look of Homecoming 2012. Send us your best idea for a theme and you could win four free wristbands for admission to Comet’s Carnival and Homecoming athletic events! Remember, a good theme is catchy, fun and inclusive of all of the week’s events.

Schedule: Friday, October 5, 2012 5:30 p.m. Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet ALL EVENTS AND TIMES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE

Saturday, October 6, 2012 10 a.m. Breakfast Tailgate Noon Football Game 2-5 p.m. Comet’s Carnival 4-6 p.m. Alumni Art Show 5 p.m. Volleyball Match

Entries will be accepted until May 1. Send your ideas to Rhonda Behm at



Who’s next in the hall of fame? Nominations are now being accepted for the 2012 Athletic Hall of Fame. The Concordia Athletic Hall of Fame is established to pay tribute and give recognition to former athletic letter winners, coaches and others who have made exceptional contributions to the athletic programs of Concordia St. Paul, including graduates of Concordia Academy prior to 1967.

Criteria: Membership shall consist of participants in varsity athletic programs, coaches and others.

Athletes 1. Must have a minimum of

two varsity athletic letters as documented in college records.

2. Must be a graduate of Concordia St. Paul. 3. Considerations for selection shall be: athletic achievements while at Concordia, academic achievements, extra-curricular activities, campus leadership and post-graduate activities.

4. There must be a 10-year lapse since the candidate last participated in athletics at Concordia St. Paul.

5. Alumni athletes serving on the Hall of Fame selection committee may not be considered for induction.

Coaches 1. Considerations for selections shall be: recognition as an authority/leader in the sport area involved, ability to motivate players, and length and quality of the coaching tenure.

2. There must be a five-year lapse since the candidate last coached at Concordia St. Paul.


 oaches serving on the Hall of C Fame selection committee may not be considered for induction.

Others 1.Consideration for selection will be based on unique contributions to the Concordia St. Paul Athletic Program.

Nomination deadline is July 6, 2012. Visit or contact Tom Rubbelke (651-641-8700, for nomination forms.

Concordia in their Blood Five generations of Bodes at Concordia The Bode family has a legacy at Concordia St. Paul that spans more than 100 years. Five consecutive generations have attended Concordia on their way to careers in LCMS church-related work, starting in 1893 with Concordia’s inaugural class. Rev. David Bode (3rd generation) admits that every generation followed in the footsteps of those before them, but each was free to pursue education anywhere they chose. “That’s just the way things worked out, we didn’t plan it this way,” David explains. “By the grace of God and as sinful as we are, we were chosen to do the Lord’s work through Concordia.” Henry Carl Bode was a member of the 1893 inaugural class at Concordia College. He received the first-ever diploma handed out in 1896, graduating with his brother, Fred. Henry completed his teaching education at Mankato State and spent his career as a Lutheran classroom teacher. He served as the church organist and gave lessons in piano, organ and violin. Henry (1878-1942) retired in New Ulm, Minn., with his wife, Maria, after many decades of service. The parents of 12 children, the couple’s large home was later used by Martin Luther College as a dormitory named Bode Hall. Henry’s son, Reinhold Ludwig, was the second Bode to attend Concordia. The future pastor graduated from Concordia Academy and received his junior college degree in 1925. Reinhold (1903-1987) shared many of the Concordia traditions enjoyed by his father and was said to have shared a room with Willy Poehler, who later became Concordia’s third president. Reinhold served the bulk of his career in outstate Minnesota parishes

Concordia’s First Years The college life Henry experienced in the 1890s was vastly different than the college life of his descendants. Henry’s days started with a bell at 6 a.m. and concluded with a 10 p.m. enforced bedtime. The young man followed a pre-teaching tract and took mandatory Latin, Greek and German language classes each year. Classroom instruction was given in German, which was also the language spoken in the dorms.

and oversaw the purchase of the Lutheran Island Camp near Battle Lake, Minn. He finished his career as a two-term District President of the Minnesota North District of the LCMS. David Bode, son of Reinhold, largely followed the path blazed by his father. He came to Concordia Academy as a sophomore and graduated with his associate’s degree in 1957. David met his wife, Evonne, at Concordia while studying to become a pastor. David traveled throughout Minnesota in pastoral callings and served two terms as the District President of the Minnesota North District of the LCMS. Now retired, David and Evonne live in Perham, Minn. The fourth generation of the family legacy is Timothy Bode, who graduated in 1984 as a Director of Christian Outreach. Although he originally planned to become an architect, an evangelist’s message touched his heart and the family story at CSP continued. Timothy met his wife, Mary, at Concordia. He has worked as a church planter in Ohio and Michigan and is now the Director of Music for a Michigan congregation. Timothy’s son, Josiah, maintains the long history of the Bode family at Concordia. Originally a Concordia Ann Arbor student, Josiah transferred to Concordia St. Paul in 2010. As with the previous four generations, Josiah met his wife, Andrea, while studying at a Concordia institution (Ann Arbor). Andrea is currently working toward her Master’s degree at Concordia. The couple lives in St. Paul.

The last three generations of Concordia Bodes with their spouses (L-R): Rev. David and Evonne, Josiah and Andrea (holding daughter, Jessamyn), Tim and Mary.

If the past is any indication of the future, another generation of Bodes is already waiting in Concordia’s wings. Josiah’s young daughter, and Henry’s great-great-great-granddaughter, could arrive on campus around 2030.


Faculty News

Rev. Dr. Robert Holst Receives Metro Lutheran’s Gold Pen Award Retired Concordia University, St. Paul President Rev. Dr. Robert Holst (’54) was presented with Metro Lutheran’s Gold Pen Award, recognizing distinguished service to Christ and the church through public communication. The award was presented at Metro Lutheran’s annual dinner on October 23, 2011.

Dr. Mark Schuler Plans Return Trip To Israel Dr. Mark Schuler will return to Israel in June for his 12th consecutive year of archaeological excavations with the Northeast Insula Project at Hippos. Dr. Schuler has brought 10 teams of Concordia students, alumni and supporters throughout the years, giving them the rare opportunity to be a part of an excavation team. He will also be presenting at the 2012 Tel Hai Conference the week before the onemonth excavation resumes.

Dr. Michael Walcheski Selected for Thrivent Fellows Program Dr. Michael Walcheski (’81), Dean of the School of Graduate Studies, was selected as a 2011-12 Thrivent Fellow. Designed to further develop leaders in the broader Lutheran higher education community, Walcheski will receive training and attend leadership retreats and conferences in the upcoming year. Rhoda Schuler Selected to Calvin Summer Seminar Rhoda Schuler, term professor in the Department of Religion and Theology, was selected to participate in the 2011 Calvin Summer Seminar “From Worldview to Worship: The Liturgical Turn in Cultural Theory.” Shellie Kieke Secures Medtronic Grant Science Research Institute co-director and CSP Biology professor Dr. Shellie Kieke secured a two-year $45,000 grant from the Medtronic Foundation. The Science Research Institute engages high school students of color in college-level science and math research. Concordia undergraduates are part of a group that serves as mentors in the year-long program. Lee Pao Xiong and Center for Hmong Studies Featured in Publications The Center for Hmong Studies and its director, Lee Pao Xiong, were featured in a number of print and online publications in 2011. Xiong contributed content and comments to several publications, while the Center was highlighted for its contribution to Hmong cultural education and diversity on Concordia’s campus.

Keith Williams Appointed to Executive Committee for KOCEF Professor Keith Williams was appointed as a member of the GIC Biennale Executive Committee for the Korea Ceramic Foundation (KOCEF). In an appointment that concluded in November 2011, Williams contributed guidance for the exhibition and helped the committee shape the direction of KOCEF for the future. Dr. Bruce Corrie Provides Expertise on Cultural Topics Dr. Bruce Corrie provided expertise in a series of articles during 2011 on cultural tourism and ethnic capital. Corrie is professor of Economics and Dean of the College of Business and Organizational Leadership.

Jeff Burkart Named Christus Magister Recipient Emeritus faculty member Dr. Jeff Burkart was named the 2012 recipient of the Christus Magister (Teacher of Christ) award, given annually by the Lutheran Education Association (LEA). The award is given to someone “who has made outstanding and significant contributions to Lutheran education at the local, regional, or national level in one or more of the following areas: classroom teaching, administration, supervision, parish education, research, publications, educational leadership.”


Council of Black Minnesotans Recognizes Dr. Cheryl Chatman The Council of Black Minnesotans used the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration as an opportunity to honor Dr. Cheryl Chatman, Concordia’s Executive Vice President and Dean of Diversity. Dr. Chatman is a 10-year appointee to the Governor’s Commission and works through Concordia to spread God’s love, mercy and justice to all of God’s people.

College of Arts and Sciences Appoints Dean Theology professor Rev. Dr. David Lumpp has been appointed as the fifth Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Concordia. Lumpp is a nationally recognized scholar and educator who has served at Concordia since 1990, including his role as Dean of the College of Vocation and Ministry since 2007.

Shellie Kieke and Concordia Senior Present at LifeScience Conference Dr. Shellie Kieke and senior biology major Hassan Masroujeh presented at the 2011 LifeScience Alley Conference and Exposition in December 2011. Hassan produced a research project in Dr. Kieke’s cell biology course titled Effects of Iron and Nitric Oxide on Hemoglobin Levels in the Blood.

Richard Carter Lectures in Central Europe The Rev. Dr. Richard Carter and his wife, Miriam, spent time in Central Europe providing marriage workshops and lectures during the summer and fall of 2011.

Published Faculty “Vikings in the Attic: In Search of Nordic America” Associate professor Eric Dregni released his latest book “Vikings in the Attic” on April 7, 2011. A Chicago Tribune review gave nod to Dregni’s book, which gives playful yet serious Scandinavian insights on food, Vikings, politics, festivals and portraits of notable Nordics. “Reflections on Job Insecurity,” NADCE Quarterly The National Association of Directors of Christian Education (NADCE) published Concordia Assistant Professor Kevin Hall (’83). “Reflections on Job Insecurity,” which discusses the challenges and responses of DCEs during these uncertain times. Children and Young Adult Readings Dr. Jeff Burkart had a number of works published in 2011 and early 2012. Many of the works are available on Amazon and include: “Once Upon a Clear Dark Night” “The Hidden Prince” “Ezekiel and the Dry Bones”

“Educational Change or Actual Improvement,” Prairie Fire Dr. George Guidera, a Concordia Emeritus Professor of Education, published an article in Prairie Fire newspaper in November 2011. The article investigates how the “No Child Left Behind” law is failing to achieve its stated purpose and suggests solutions. Prairie Fire is a bipartisan newspaper on public policy. Read the article at “Intentional Learning at its Best: Engaged Learning Strategies in Higher Education” Concordia’s Dr. Kris Bransford and Dr. Angela Nippert joined with former CSP professor Dr. Karen Moroz to write “Intentional Learning at its Best: Engaged Learning Strategies in Higher Education.” Their book offers a unique perspective on intentional teaching in higher education with the goal of increasing instructors’ skills that enhance student engagement, comprehension and motivation; and serves as a practical instructor-focused resource. The book is available through various online merchants and


Class Notes 1950s

1930s Trio of Academy (‘28) and Junior College (‘30) graduates reach 100 years old.




Edgar Eifert (H.S. ’28, J.C. ’30) celebrated his 100th birthday on July 8, 2011. Congratulations on this incredible milestone. Rev. Fred M. Miller (H.S. ’28, J.C. ’30) celebrated his 100th birthday by preaching at two churches that were instrumental in his life. He preached the Sunday before his birthday at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Edina, Minn., where he was ordained into the holy ministry on June 2, 1935. The day following his century milestone, Rev. Miller spoke at Trinity First Lutheran Church in Minneapolis, which is where he was baptized and confirmed. Rev. Miller continues to teach Bible classes, conduct devotionals, preaches two sermons a year in German and prepares religious activities in the care suites in which he lives. He is currently in good health and is looking forward to his transfer to his heavenly home.

Roger Lillemo (H.S. ’51, J.C. ’53) retired at the age of 74. Roger spent the bulk of his career, 44 years, working as a landscape designer. He taught landscape design at Hennepin Technical College for five years and started his career off with a year teaching at Immanuel School in Lewiston, Minn. following his graduation. Roger plans to travel to Lewiston again this summer to celebrate the town’s 150th anniversary. Marilyn (Ziemann, ’57) Stuckwisch has completed a term as Chairman of the Christian Life Committee and coordinated the production of three LWML prayer books for women (“A Woman’s Praying Heart,” “A Single Woman’s Praying Heart,” and “A Seasoned Woman’s Praying Heart,” which may be ordered from the LWML office in St. Louis). Marilyn has been a member of the LWML Christian Life Committee and Chairman of the LWML Christian Resources Editor’s Committee. She currently leads her retirement community’s women’s Bible study group, Spice of Life.

1960s Lynette (Kutzke, ’66) Templin retired after teaching in Minnesota Lutheran schools for 45 years. Lynette taught in Gibbon, Glencoe and Faribault. Rev. Dr. Warren H. Davis (’69), pastor at Jehovah Lutheran in Pensacola, Fla., was awarded the Doctor of Ministry Degree from Concordia Theological Seminary in May 2010. His dissertation was on developing congregational leadership. He and his wife, LaJewel of Springfield, Ill., celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary in May of 2011.


Clarence Pauling (H.S. ’28, J.C. ’30) celebrated 101 years on July 18, 2011. He celebrated this milestone along with two fellow classmates, Edgar Eifert and Fred Miller.




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More than 250 family and friends surprised Rev. Bill Pieper (’73) with a party to celebrate his 35th year in the ministry on his 60th birthday on Nov. 6, 2011. Held at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Elk River, Minn., friends and past congregants from the four congregations that Bill has served submitted memories, greetings and photographs for a special memory video. Bill and Nancy (Kuehne, ’74) were humbled and overjoyed by the outpouring of love and appreciation.

In September 2011, Rev. Craig A. Patterson (’74) began serving as the Intentional Interim Pastor at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in Yakima, Wash., where he will serve for one year. This is Rev. Patterson’s fifth intentional interim ministry. Rev. Dr. Paul W. Mueller (’77) has answered the call to serve as the first executive director of the Art & Carol Wahlers Center for Applied Lutheran Leadership (CALL) at Concordia University, Portland. Concordia University, Portland Provost Mark Wahlers commented, “Dr. Mueller will help lead the discussion of what it means to be Lutheran in the 21st century.”


Paulette (Turner, ‘78) Saatzer received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. She spent a week in Washington, DC and had the pleasure of meeting President Barack Obama. Paulette currently resides in Minnesota.


Matthew Weiss (’98) serves as a prison chaplain in St. Louis, Mo. Along with his ministry, Matthew is a musician who’s newest CD release, “Honkytonk Gospel,” is being publicized on KDHX in St. Louis. His CD is available on his website, Sara (Hoff, ’99) Sorenson gave an organ recital at Trinity Lutheran Church in Rochester, Minn. on July 24, 2011. Sara is a graduate of Concordia’s Director of Parish Music program.

2000s Andrew Fleischman (’01) is the head coach for the Edgerton/ Ellsworth football program. His team won the 2011 9-man Minnesota State High School League Football Championship. Lisa Jensen (’02) accepted a position at Lender Processing Services in Mendota Heights, Minn. She will be joining the Corporate Training Department and will be conducting leadership and employee development training for their 9,000 employees. April (Clausen, ’05) Beckman gave two recitals in 2011, at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Rochester, Minn. and at Concordia University Wisconsin. April is currently working toward her Master’s degree in Church Music at Concordia University Wisconsin. Nicholas Rice (’05) has been working at JobDig for seven years. He and his wife of nearly five years, Brytten, expanded their family in 2010 with a son, Theodore.

Mark Spitzack (’85) was named organist and choirmaster at Saint Paul Episcopal Church on-the-Hill. Mark graduated from Concordia with a degree in church music. In 2008, Mark earned the Master of Sacred Music Degree from Luther Seminary. Mark has served Lutheran parishes in California, Colorado and Minnesota, most recently at Mount Olive Lutheran Church in Minneapolis.

Tiffini (Flynn, ’08) Forslund is enrolled in Metro State’s Urban Teaching Program for Secondary Education in Social Studies. Enthralled with America’s history, Tiffini wants to inspire children to make positive change for the future. She plans to “become the only cool history teacher out there!”

Dean Gratz (’88) has been promoted to Vice President at TKDA, a 100% employee-owned engineering, architectural and planning firm based in St. Paul. Dean has been with TKDA since 2005. He is an active participant in professional and community organizations, having served as Vice Chair of the ACED/MN Finance Committee and headed the Minnesota Deltek Vision User’s Group. Dean currently serves on the Concordia University Business and Organizational Leadership Advisory Board.



Sandra (Bata, ’83) Green completed her Master of Science in Counseling from the University of Phoenix.

Jason Wolter (’95) has been named Offensive Coordinator for the Nebraska Lawdawgs, a semi-pro football team in Norfolk, Neb. He also serves as the team’s offensive line coach.


Engagements &


Adoptions &




Becky Meyer (’91) and Daniel Lanzito were married on November 12, 2011, in Gurnee, Ill. Becky currently teaches fifth grade math and science at Woodland Intermediate School in Gurnee, Ill.

Tracy (Maas, ’96) and Jason (’95) Wolter had their third child in February 2012.


Jennifer (Dahlinger, ’99) and her husband Thomas Newkirk are pleased to introduce Eliana Rae Newkirk. She was born on June 11, 2011, at 1:55 a.m., weighing 8 lbs. 1 oz. and 19.25 inches long.

Melissa Buntjer (’08) and Jake Kramer were married on July 10, 2011.

We celebrate with Lynn Peterson-Huber (’99) as she welcomes a new baby girl to her life. Kylie Irene was born in June 2011.

Laura Schrupp (‘08) was married on June 4, 2011, to Joel Stender. The couple resides in Norwood Young America, Minn. Laura continues to teach second grade at St. John’s Lutheran School

Amy (Kohrs, ’99) and Kjellgren (’01) Alkire are proud to announce the birth of a son, Atticus Kohrs. Atticus was born on July 7, 2011, at 9:56 a.m. at 7 lbs. 11 oz. Big sister Ada is happier than words can describe!

(Schrupp) Stender

Krista Hillyer (‘01) and Danielle Bye were engaged on October 2, 2011.

Jennifer (Hoberg, ’99) Nordick is celebrating the arrival of her new baby boy. Wolfgang Charles Nordick was born 7 lbs. 12 oz. on May 16, 2011.

in Chaska, Minn.

2000s Keri (Shephard, ’00) and David Galchutt (’01) welcomed daughter Averi Joy to their family. Jake Hollatz (’00) and his wife, Brooke, welcomed their first child into the world on November 1, 2011. Eden Catherine Hollatz was born 6 lbs 5 oz. at St. David’s North Austin Medical Center in Austin, Texas. Eden was brought to the waters of Holy Baptism on Christmas Day, 2011.

Zimmerman & Spangler

Calvin Zimmerman (’10, ’11) and Kaytie Spangler (’11) are engaged to be married on September 28, 2012.



Joshua Pehl (’09) and Diana Woodruff (’10) were married on July 29, 2011.

Maximilian (’00) and Amanda (Romba, ’00) Knoell celebrate the birth of Violette Elise, born November 21, 2011. Violette joins sister Olivia and brothers Nathan and Spencer. Joshua (’02) and Sarah (Loewe, ’02) Legband are proud to announce the birth of their son, Caleb. Matthew (’00) and Julie (’02) Maas welcomed baby Ezra into their family in 2011. Ezra came in at 8 lbs. 7 oz. and 20.5 inches long.

Anthony LeMay (’02) and his wife, Jessie, proudly announce the birth of their son, Luke, born July 5, 2011. Luke weighed 7 lbs. 4 oz.

Nicholas Rice (’05) and his wife, Brytten, had their first child, Theodore Charles Rice, on September 1, 2010. Jessica (Woller, ’06) and Zachary Lewis announce the arrival of Zoey Jayne Lewis, born on October 23, 2011.


Andy (’07) and Katherine (Bessinger, ’07) Herzberg welcomed Elizabeth Evelyn Herzberg into the world at 9:31 p.m. on July 17, 2011. Elizabeth weighed 6 lbs. 15 oz. and was 20 inches long.


William (Will) Theodore Gehrke was born on August 13, 2011, to Emily and Seth Naumann (’04). He weighed 7 lbs. 5 oz. and measured 20.5 inches. The family resides in Modesto, Calif. where Seth is the Contemporary Worship Director and Music Teacher for Grace Lutheran Church and School. Emily runs her own graphic design business ( from home and is working to balance her duties as a full-time mom, as well.

Krista and James McNear (’07) are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Cora Elizabeth. Cora was born on July 11, 2011, and joins siblings James IV, Taylor and Logan in the McNear family.

Amber (Radabaugh, ’08) and Justin Gehring joyfully welcomed their first child, Lincoln Xavier Gehring, born on July 20, 2011.


Isaiah Hoffman was born on March 14, 2011, to parents Joshua (’08) and Rebecca. His family thinks he is an amazing little boy and his parents are very glad to call him theirs.

Sarah (Helland, ’10) and Caleb Larson announce the birth of their daughter, Kaylen Audrey Larson. Kaylen was born in June 2011 and weighed 6 lbs. 14 oz.



Tootie Martin (’04) and Yordanos Kiflu-Martin (’04) are the proud parents of Zephaniah Tootie Kiflu Martin. Born on July 28, 2011, Zephaniah weighed 7 lbs. 2 oz. and was 20 inches long.



Mike (’06) and Sara (Schweer, ’06) Mulso are the proud parents of Cameron Laverne Mulso. Born on December 27, 2011, Cameron weighed 7 lbs. 13 oz. and was 22 inches long.


In Memory 1940s Rev. Edwin W. Eifert (’44) passed away on August 20, 2011. Rev. Harold Klawitter (H.S. ’43, J.C. ’45) passed away on August 7, 2011. A memorial service was held for Pastor Klawitter on August 13. Herbert Henschen (H.S. ’48) passed away on June 1, 2011, at his home in Norwood, Minn. after a year-long battle with cancer. During his life, Herbert was able to build a successful business, Henschen Cabinet and Woodworking. He retired in 1992 but continued to share his gifts with school children and various churches. He is survived by his wife, Carol, two sons and several grandchildren.

1950s Rev. Gerhard (Gary) Carl Galchutt (H.S. ’51, J.C. ’53) went home to be with Jesus, his Savior, on July 5, 2011. God gifted Gary with a deep love of sharing the gospel, which he did in serving congregations and hospitals in Illinois and Minnesota. Gary was known for his interest in travel, cinema, photography, and church and family history.

1960s Rev. Joseph Koranda (H.S. ’62, J.C. ’64) passed away on September 21, 2011. Lanny Nerlien (H.S. ’65) passed away on July 5, 2011. His funeral was held July 9 in Champaign, Ill. After graduating from the Academy, Lanny served in the United States Air Force from 1966-69. He is also a graduate of the University of Illinois. Lanny is survived by his mother, Judy, daughter Kari (James) May, son Matthew Nierlien, two brothers and four grandchildren. Larry Ziebart (H.S. ’67) passed away on June 10, 2011, in Watertown, S.D. His funeral was held June 14 in Watertown.

1970s Rev. Michael Fox (H.S. ’68, J.C. ’70) passed away suddenly at his home on September 11, 2011. Pastor Fox was presently serving Grace Lutheran Church (ELCA) in Sturgis, S.D. He served God for 34 years as a Lutheran pastor and dearly loved parish ministry. Pastor Fox is survived by his wife, Rev. Susan Villmow Fox, and the families of their five children.

1980s Russel Steinwagner (‘85) passed away on March 30, 2011. Russ spent the last 15 years working as a Certified Medication Assistant at the House of the Dove Hospice Center in Marshfield, Wis. He left a lasting impression on countless patients and their family members.

1990s Marian (Luker, ’97) Edelen passed away on September 11, 2011. Marian was a former Director of Alumni & Parent Relations at Concordia University, St. Paul. She loved her family and her Lord. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister and friend. Marian and her husband, Charles, had three children. Jennifer (Swanson, ’98) Maurer died unexpectedly at her home on December 7, 2011. Jennifer was united in marriage to William Maurer in 1999. The couple renewed their vows on a romantic cruise on the St. Croix River a year later. Jennifer had two sons, Alexander and Ethan, whom she adored. She was active in her church, where she used her musical talents and was involved in the Sunday school program and church productions. She enjoyed reading and playing with her dog, Rex, but most of all, she loved her family. Rev. Travis (’98) and Stephanie (Gruhn, ’01) Pittock grieve over the loss of their precious daughter, Samantha Renee. Born on March 10, 2011, Samantha Renee went to the healing arms of Jesus on July 10, 2011. She was baptized at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Houston, Texas on April 21, 2011. Samantha’s short life blessed many and helped to share the love of Jesus around the world.

Larry is survived by his wife, Judy, and their three sons.

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Spring 2012 Calendar Alumni Events

A Women in Leadership Event March 24, 9 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. Buenger Education Center

Alumni and Friends Travel Meeting April 22, 2 p.m. Library Technology Center 217

Golden Reunion 2012: Junior College Class of ‘62, Academy ‘60 May 10-11 Concordia University, St. Paul campus


Juried Student Exhibition April 19 – May 3 Opening Reception and Awards Thursday, April 19, 5-7 p.m. Concordia Art Gallery

High School Honors Exhibition May 10-23 Opening Reception and Awards Thursday, May 10, 5-7 p.m. Concordia Art Gallery


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The 7th Annual Choral Arts Finale


Sunday, April 15, 7:30 p.m. Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis

April 26, 27, 28, 7:30 p.m. April 29, 2 p.m. E.M. Pearson Theatre

Jubilate Easter Vespers Thursday, April 19, 7:30pm Graebner Memorial Chapel

Percussion Ensemble

May 6, 5 p.m. E.M. Pearson Theatre

Monday, April 30, 7:30 p.m. Buetow Music Center Auditorium

Commencement Week

Christus Chorus Concert

Thursday, May 10, 7:40 p.m. Graebner Memorial Chapel

Wednesday, May 2, 3:30 p.m. Graebner Memorial Chapel

Vox 9 & Jazz Ensemble Friday, May 4, 7:30 p.m. Buetow Music Center Auditorium

Handbell Ensemble Saturday, May 5, 7:30 p.m. Graebner Memorial Chapel

Baccalaureate Choral Service Thursday, May 10, 7:30 p.m. Graebner Memorial Chapel

Spring Fine Arts Instrumental Concert Friday, May 11, 3:30 p.m. Buetow Music Center Auditorium



Tickets for theatre productions can be purchased through OvationTix at 866-811-4111,

Friday, March 30, 7:30 p.m. Buetow Music Center Auditorium

Student Directed Production

Instrumental Ensembles Concert

Christus Chorus Friday, April 13, 7:30 p.m. Graebner Memorial Chapel

Spring Student Showcase

March 22, 23, 24, 7:30 p.m. March 25, 2 p.m. E.M. Pearson Arts Center, Westlund Theatre

Baccalaureate Service

Ceremony 1: Friday, May 11, 7:30 p.m. Associate of Arts degree recipients and Bachelor’s degree recipients in the traditional/ day programs Gangelhoff Center

Ceremony 2: Saturday, May 12, 10 a.m. Bachelor’s degree recipients in the cohort/ evening programs Gangelhoff Center

Ceremony 3: Saturday, May 12, 2 p.m. All Master’s degree recipients Gangelhoff Center

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