My fellow Concordians….
A recent short trip around Texas reminded me anew of the joy of this vocation. Perhaps the greatest joy of visiting with our fellow grads is the opportunity to learn and be reminded of how we’re all connected.
Certainly, we share the “connectedness” of our common college and some of our experiences at Concordia. In other ways we are related, literally by blood, and those ties are really neat to discover as well.
We held a breakfast in Plano, TX recently when such an “aha” moment occurred. Dixie, class of ’57 met Juli, class of ’99 and indicated that her son-in-law was the principal at a local Lutheran grade school. Juli is a teacher. You have probably already figured out the rest. Connection made! That kind of stuff happens really frequently, yet never fails to bring a smile. I believe that Concordia’s growth and diversification of programs will lead to similar instances in a variety of professional settings in the future.
I’m also proud to see the product of our graduates as they share the good that’s being done in our community. Two of our more recent grads, Nate and Oscar, shared a video about a friend (also an alumna) in the Pflugerville, TX school district who won a grant to provide additional technology in her grade school to help provide alternative and unique learning opportunities for her students. Their platform and voice are informing a lot of people that may not otherwise have access to her story.
On March 25th, the world lost a dedicated servant of Christ. Rev. Jack Faszholz gained his eternal reward after nearly 90 years here on earth. He had a distinguished educational and athletic career, first as a member of the Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals and later on as a pastor and teacher in Lutheran schools in Missouri. Jack taught and coached at Concordia from 1979-1990 and was well loved and respected. A memorial service was held for Jack here on the main campus on Tuesday, May 2 at 2 p.m.
For those of you currently enrolled in or interested in learning more about the Concordia MBA program, please check out the annual CTX MBA happy hour networking event which will be held June 8 at 5:30pm. This is a fun, casual event, and a good opportunity to network with other professionals. Come talk with current MBA students and ask questions about what the program is like. Food and drinks will be provided. Feel free to bring a friend, spouse or coworker. There will be a drawing for tuition scholarships and VISA gift cards! CTX alumni are eligible for a $1,000 tuition scholarship to the MBA program! For more information and to RSVP click here!
Finally, a plea to you to “save the date”. Plan to be here on campus on March 2-4, 2018 as we celebrate our Concordia family with our second Concordia Crossing. We welcomed over 500 people to campus in late February for our first event and would love to have you return next March for the next one. Alumni highlights will include a celebration dinner to mark the 50th anniversary of the class of ’68, a “Celebr8 the Eighties” reunion, an alumni lunch honoring the classes of ’93 and ’08, and so much more. Please mark your calendars!
Many blessings to you….hope to see you down the road.