Still basking in the afterglow of some really neat recent events involving our fellow alum….
Concordia Crossing came and went in early March. A real highlight for me was the 50th Anniversary celebration of the class of 1968. This group really came together early on with the planning & promoting of the gathering and also the contacting & inviting of their classmates. I thought it was a great turnout – rarely do you have a scene that includes tears of joy, tears of sadness, and uproarious laughter in such a short span of time. They embraced one another after all these years and remembered classmates that have gone to heaven, a few during college in a fateful car trip and others since that time. As I understand, the party kept going for much of the weekend, but that’s only hearsay on my part! Many thanks to Goeke, Linebrink, Noack, and Short for their great work rallying the troops and all that came to campus to make it such a memorable event.
Another couple of memorable instances involved Dr. Ray Martens, President of Concordia from 1973 to 1993. On Saturday afternoon, Dr. Martens and a group of retired (and semi-retired) faculty engaged us graduates in great stories and conversation during a “where are they now” session. It was cool to meet some of the ‘80s era grads and listen as they questioned and engaged with some of our favorite profs like Frahm, Meissner, Rutz, Zielke, and Zoch. That evening, Dr. Martens was honored with the George Beto Leadership Award for his many years of dedicated Christian service to the Church and to Concordia. Also honored that evening was Ava Baird Darnell with the Emerging Leader Award, for her work to help poverty-stricken women in the Kibera slum section of Kenya. Ava’s company, Slumlove Sweater Co., offers these people a helping hand as they earn money making sweaters.
I hope you’ll mark your calendars now for March 1-3, 2019, our 3rd Annual Concordia Crossing event. For those who haven’t been, it is truly a collaboration of all departments, constituents, and friends of Concordia. You never know who you’ll see there!
Another get-together of note is our new Fall season event we’re calling “10.26.” This is a nod to our heritage and emphasizes the special place the number 26 carries in our university’s history. As an astute observer of all-things Concordia, you’ll remember that our first day of class was on the 26th day of the tenth month with 26 men in the year 1926. It’s a special number and we’ll honor that heritage with a slate of activities designed to bring in the nostalgia with a sense of purpose moving forward. Please stay tuned.
Finally, a few notes on some alumni gatherings scheduled for later this spring and early summer. On May 17th, we’ll bring back “Third Thursday” to the Park at the Domain in north Austin from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Some years ago, we got into the habit of meeting together monthly for food, beverages, and fellowship, and we’ll do that again a few times over the summer with Third Thursday. For our friends joining in the activity of this June’s LCMS Texas District Convention in Irving, we’ll be there and will hold a couple of informal alumni gatherings on site at the end of each day. We’ll plan to do the same in July for those attending “Glory Bound,” the triennial Texas District Youth Gathering, also in Irving.
That’s it for now. Hope to see you down the road….