It seems like a long time since Concordia volunteered on the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition project in Smithville. In fact, it was a year ago this month. But on Monday, December 3, that episode finally aired on national television to an estimated audience of more than four million viewers.
The show featured the Zdroj family of Smithville who received a new home courtesy of the ABC reality show after losing theirs in the September 2011 wildfires. During the show, Concordia University Texas president Dr. Tom Cedel presented three full college scholarships to the children of the Zdroj family.
Whitney Neimann, the eldest of the Zdroj children, has decided to put her full Concordia scholarship to use and will begin classes through Concordia’s Accelerated Degree Program (ADP) in January. The University’s Accelerated Degree Program offers a flexible schedule with classes meeting one night per week.
In addition to presenting the children with scholarships, more than 120 Concordia volunteers served more than 750 hours working on the around-the-clock home building project during the week of filming in December 2011.
“Our mission is based on servant leadership,” Dr. Tom Cedel, president of Concordia University Texas, said. “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition gave this deserving family a home, and we were proud to have our students, faculty and staff take part in the effort. We are also thrilled to welcome Whitney Niemann into our Concordia family as she begins classes in January.”
Not including the hours spent volunteering on the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition project, since September 2011, Concordia volunteers have served more than 1,400 hours cleaning home sites in Bastrop County, distributing clothing at shelter locations and collecting funds to aid families in wildfire recovery efforts.
If you missed the show, you can view it online ABC’s website at: http://abc.go.com/shows/extreme-makeover-home-edition/video. Concordia is featured at 38:48 of the episode labeled ‘Zdroj Family- Part 2’.
Commercials for the University also aired in the Austin and San Antonio markets and are part of a web campaign at www.concordia.edu/texas. Two 15-second spots were aired during each hour of the show.