Synodal schools engage in mission, service, study

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The Servant Leader Institute at Concordia University Irvine (CUI), in Irvine, California, offered its first Educational Leadership Academy in May 2022. (CUI)

Serving rural communities

Concordia University Ann Arbor (CUAA), Ann Arbor, Mich., received a $1.48 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for its Physician Assistant Masters Program. The grant will support students who choose to participate in rural clinical experiences. CUAA is one of seven universities in the country to receive this grant.

Meet Daniel Shonnard, one of the scholarship recipients.

Christina Janetzke (BSN, 2008), a nursing graduate from Concordia University of Wisconsin (CUW), works as a Heart Transplant Nurse Coordinator at Froedert Hospital in Milwaukee. The CUW nursing program celebrates 40 years. (CUW)

40 years of nursing education

The school of nursing Concordia University Wisconsin (CUW), Mequon, Wis., turned 40 this year. It is the oldest nursing program in the Concordia university system. Additionally, CUW’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree, launched in 2007, was Wisconsin’s first DNP. Read more.

new music teacher

Music was part of Concordia Texas University (CTX), Austin, TX, for many years. As CTX continues its legacy of music education, it welcomes the Reverend Dr. James Marriott as Music Department Coordinator and Assistant Professor of Music.

“I am honored to join the world-class faculty and staff at Concordia University in Texas,” Marriott said.

Provost selected for the institute

Dr. Erik Ankerberg, Provost of Concordia University of Chicago (CUC), River Forest, Illinois., was selected to participate in the Institute of the Association of Universities and Colleges Governing Boards (AGB). Ankerberg is one of 25 leaders who will participate in the institute’s specialized program of symposia, workshops and one-on-one mentoring.

The AGB Institute is designed for small groups of selected participants and focuses on developing a greater number of qualified leaders to meet the demands of the higher education sector. Participants from institutions across the country will begin their experience with an in-person symposium in Washington, DC, in September. The institute has more than 30 higher education experts serving as presenters.

servant leaders

The new Servant Leader Institute (SLI) in Concordia Irvine University (CUI), Irvine, CA., offered its first Educator Leadership Academy in May, attracting educators from across California. The intensive three-day weekend consisted of eight seminars on topics such as building a positive school culture and building confidence as a leader. The learning will continue over the next 10 months as each participant works towards a specific goal with a leadership coach. In January, participants will return to campus for more seminars and will have the opportunity to share their progress with other participants.

The academy was made possible through the support of the Kern Family Foundation.

Dominican missionary trip

Eight students from Concordia University, Nebraska (CUNE), Seward, Neb., traveled to the Dominican Republic for an eight-day experiential mission trip led by CUNE Assistant Professor of Theology Rev. Dr. Brian Gauthier and Director of Student Development Rebekah Freed, in cooperation with the Office of International Mission of the LCMS. Students served in the community, in local churches and in a group home. As they watched the missionaries in the field, they wondered if God was calling them to long-term overseas missions.

To study abroad

Four students at Concordia University, St. Paul (CSP), St. Paul, Minn., have been awarded the Benjamin A. Gilman International Fellowship by the U.S. Department of State for 2022. Alison Thao, an ESL major with a Spanish minor, will complete a summer internship in Ecuador; Kacie Duncan, a double major in Criminal Justice and English, will study abroad in Ireland; Philip Lee, a double major in music and computer science, is going to study in Japan; and Kao Nou Yang, a communications major with a marketing minor, will study in South Korea.

Seminar News

Summer learning

It’s not too late to attend a faculty-led summer workshop at “Prof Insights” Series Offered by Concordia Seminary, Saint-Louis (CSL). The series offers an in-depth study of contemporary topics that influence the practice of ministry and worship. Workshops are planned across the country on topics such as Proverbs, Job, Jeremiah, the Scientific Age, Bible Interpretation, Adult Faith Formation and Soul Care. Each three-day workshop costs $140.

early spring

May 20, Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne (CTSFW)celebrated the end of the 2022 spring semester with a full day of events, including bachelor’s matinees, an organ recital by CTSFW Kantor Kevin Hildebrand, a community reception, and an opening ceremony with a speech graduation ceremony delivered by Reverend Dr. Juhana M. Pohjola, Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Missionary Diocese of Finland.

CTSFW Assistant Vice President for Advancement Michael Ritzman summed up the thoughts of many on the day saying, “For me, the best part of graduation day is seeing the families who attend the ‘event. Throughout the training process, we only see the individual; but on graduation day, we see the families who supported their loved ones the entire time.

Posted on July 19, 2022

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