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ATeachable Moment

Reflections on educating, learning, and understanding I had to plant corn last summer, even though it made no sense. I was late getting the seeds in the ground, so by the time my stalks would be knee-high, every farmer's market from Gresham to Hillsboro would have succulent ears priced at just five for a dollar. Still, irrational exuberance prevailed; I planted the seeds and enjoyed watching the stalks grow while praying for a warm October. As I was reflecting on the stories of Congressman Dave Reichert and Kim Petersen, I wondered if their ministries began with an impulse or a plan. How do we distinguish between a whim like planting corn under ridiculous circumstances and a calling? Certainly the stakes are higher with a call, but might the thought process and feelings be similar to the spark of a crazy idea? A call may be a whim that won't turn us loose. A call grows from inside to challenge our plans, our self-concepts, and the carefully constructed facades we present to the world. Accepting a call means putting something other than our selves at the center of our lives. A popular cliché gets at this experience, "put skin in the game." Initially coined as a reference to executives who invest their own money in the publicly-traded companies they manage, the phrase evokes a sense of belief that overcomes personal risk. It also sounds like an athletic metaphor describing a player, though bruised and bloodied, still giving his or her all. Like Jesus did. He of the divine and human natures showed us the way of life through his death. Jesus was God's way of putting skin in the game. Now that Jesus no longer has a human body, he asks us to put our skin on the line as the hands of compassion, the backbone of justice, and the swift feet of mercy. Greg Harris Editor


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Concordia alumni, like Dave Reichert (pictured above), devote their lives to bringing dangerous criminals to justice. Read more on page 8, "Fighting Evil Among Us."

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Winter 2005 Concordia Connection is published twice per year by Concordia University in Portland, Oregon. Please address all correspondence to: Concordia Connection Concordia University 2811 NE Holman Street Portland, Oregon 97211 or email: [email protected] Editor: Greg Harris Contributing Editor: Katy L. Spinks Art Director: Matt Erceg (The Younger) Cover Illustration: No Longer Hidden, Alice Bonham Telephone: 503.478.1203

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Alexis McCoy (left) and Ismaelite Saint-Felix are two of the nine guest students attending Concordia this semester. Both were starting their freshman year at Xavier University in New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina hit.

The personal stories of endurance by these students are both heartwarming and tragic. Some experienced first-hand the relief of an early evacuation, while others were trapped in the chaos of the Superdome or awaiting rescue by the Coast Guard in their dorm rooms. All had to leave their belongings behind and came to Concordia with little more than the clothes on their backs. Donations from staff, faculty, and the community, including local merchants, helped them initially take care of their basic needs. Despite upheaval and uncertainty, these nine students are thriving academically at Concordia. Some even plan to transfer here, while others will return to New Orleans in the spring. Concordia is grateful that God protected these students from harm and has given us the opportunity to provide for their immediate needs. The outpouring of support from the Concordia community and regional LCMS congregations has been generous and deeply appreciated.

tals, medical centers, and universities. Her experience ranges from St. Jude, Baylor University, and the Cardiopulmonary Research Science and Technology Institute, to most recently, Texas Women's University. Donna received her BSN from Arkansas State University and her MS and Ph.D. in nursing from Texas Women's University. She is the recipient of many state and national awards for Outstanding Patient Services, Professional Nurse Traineeship, and Outstanding Clinical Excellence. For the past 12 years, she has had many articles published in a variety of medical journals. Gary Blackton, Associate Professor of Marketing Gary Blackton brings a wealth of experience in qualitative and quantitative marketing research to Concordia's School of Management. Gary began teaching

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Shelter from the Storm

Two months after Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast region, nine students who began the year wondering if they'd even be attending college this semester are now immersed in final exams, on-campus jobs, and extracurricular activities at Concordia. Watching the devastation unfold, Concordia made the decision to offer free tuition and housing to five displaced college students late on Friday morning of Labor Day weekend. By early evening, three students were confirmed, and we were busy preparing dorm rooms and class schedules. By Saturday, the five open spots had been filled -- but the phones continued to ring, and we knew we had to do more. In the end, Concordia welcomed nine students from Tulane and Xavier Universities to campus.

Donna Bachand, Associate Professor of Medical/ Surgical Nursing Dr. Donna Bachand joins Concordia's Nursing faculty after many years as a

faculty member and consulting research scientist in a variety of research hospi-

marketing seminars for Concordia as an adjunct professor in 1988 and has continued to teach business classes, along with his own signature workshop, The Marketing Solution, which he wrote while serving as Director of the Business Resource Institute at Pacific University. Currently, Gary is president of Blackton & Company, Inc., a management consulting company specializing in new product development. Gary received his MBA in marketing


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at the prestigious Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Recent public speaking engagements include the European Financial Marketing Association in Paris, and community efforts include volunteer puppeteers for the Kids on the Block awareness program. He and his wife, Beverly, live in Portland and have five adult children. Reverend Phil Brandt, Associate Professor of Religion Rev. Phil Brandt served as pastor at Cross of Christ in Bountiful, UT, from

Anna Dzirkalis, Assistant Professor of English Anna Dzirkalis joins the College of Theology, Arts & Sciences as the newest member of the English faculty. She is teaching Honors English classes as well

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Each year, thousands of students inquire about Concordia, but only a few hundred can be admitted. Nearly 95% of Concordia freshmen require an average of $10,000 in grants and scholarships. Without assistance, these young people miss the opportunity to become teachers, executives, church workers, or scientists. And we lose one more potential leader to help create a world where justice, compassion, and integrity are never compromised.

1991-2000, and then at St. Paul in Roseburg, OR, from 2000 until he answered the call to join Concordia University in February of this year. Phil received his undergraduate degree from Concordia Teachers College in Seward, NE, and his MDiv from St. Louis Seminary. He also holds a master's degree from Washington University in St. Louis. Beyond service to his congregation, Phil has served as PELT/Colloquy instructor and site coordinator for Concordia Seward, chairman of the Board of Directors for Salt Lake Lutheran High School, and presenter at District Pastors' conferences, as well as overseeing the South Davis Food Bank with local ministerium. Phil and his wife, Stephanie, live near campus and have three young children -- Samuel, Lydia, and Lucas.

as traditional courses, and serves as director of the Writing Center. In addition, she serves as the faculty advisor of The Promethean, Concordia's literary arts journal. Anna earned her undergraduate degree in English from the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, her MA in English from St. Bonaventure University, and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. (ABD) in 19th-Century British Literature from Ohio University. She began teaching at the University of Pittsburgh, Bradford, and St. Bonaventure University in 1997 and then taught at Ohio University from 1998-2004. An experienced writer and editor, Anna is married to Concordia Professor JonDavid (JD) Wyneken. They live in Vancouver, WA. Michael Godsey, Assistant Professor of Chemistry Dr. Michael Godsey has come full circle as he begins his first year of teaching chemistry at Concordia. In 1991, he earned his BA degree from Concordia and began teaching 6th-8th grade science, math, social studies, physical edu-

For their sake and future, for your hopes and dreams, we invite you to support our students by returning your contribution to The Concordia Fund in the envelope enclosed within this magazine. Your gift to The Concordia Fund may be matched by your employer or Thrivent Financial, increasing the impact of your gift. Call 503.280.8505 for more details.

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cation, and religion. He went on to earn his MS in chemistry from the Institute of Molecular Biology at the University of Oregon in Eugene. From there, he completed his Ph.D. in Biochemistry and

with over 1,500 students, most taking classes at our Portland campus; others at one of our satellite campuses in Klamath Falls and Albany/Corvallis. Our enrollment will continue to grow through added programs such as nursing, online opportunities, and dual enrollment agreements like the ones forged with Portland, Tillamook Bay, and Columbia Gorge Community Colleges. More students are choosing Concordia for an education steeped in Lutheran values, and joining the ranks of alumni who have gone on to be blessings to their communities.

Lyceum Further Probes Shakespeare Debate

Molecular Biology at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) in Portland. While studying at OHSU, Michael returned several times to present his work to students at Concordia. Since 2002, Michael has held the title of Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics in the Arnon Lavie Laboratory at the University of Illinois in Chicago. During this time, he quickly demonstrated his talents in research and training students. Michael has had several works published and several more are in progress.

Concordia University continues to be the hub for scholarly debate about who really wrote the works traditionally attributed

Earl of Oxford, The Man Who Was Shakespeare, was published by Gotham Books and released in August. Concordia was one of the first stops along his national book tour. During his presentation (while proudly wearing a t-shirt proclaiming "de Vere, da Bard"), Anderson highlighted the striking parallels between the life of Edward de Vere and the events and characters in the Shakespeare canon. Anderson pointed out that there are connections to de Vere's life in nearly every chapter of Hamlet. For example, when de Vere was traveling through France at the age of 26, he encountered a Teutonic prince who paraded his troops before de Vere's eyes. Soon thereafter, de Vere boarded a ship that was overtaken by pirates, and he was stripped naked and left on the English shore. In Act 4 of Hamlet, Hamlet first witnesses the invading Prince Fortinbras's troops and then boards a ship that is overtaken by pirates, in an ordeal that leaves a humiliated Hamlet stripped naked on the Danish shore. This is just one of the numerous intriguing examples cited in Anderson's book. For more information, visit To learn more about Concordia's role in the ongoing authorship debate, visit

Record Enrollment Forecasts Bright Tomorrow

Dual Enrollment Opens More Doors for Transfers

Autumn is a beautiful time to be here. The ivy on Luther Hall turns crimson, the persimmons ripen outside Centennial Hall, and fallen leaves rustle along the walkways. Campus is bursting with activity, as new faces and old come together for another year of friendship, tradition, and academia. This semester, Concordia welcomed the largest student body ever in our hundred year history. The school year began

to William Shakespeare. In addition to hosting an annual Shakespeare Authorship Conference, Concordia recently welcomed journalist and author Mark Anderson, who has devoted more than a decade to researching the life of Edward de Vere, Earl of Oxford. Anderson's book, Shakespeare by Another Name: The Life of Edward de Vere,

In an effort to give more students the opportunity to earn a four-year degree, Concordia University signed dual enrollment and co-admission agreements with three Oregon community colleges -- Portland Community College (PCC), Columbia Gorge Community College, and Tillamook Bay Community College. An official signing was held between the four schools on September 12th at PCC, marking the first dual enrollment agreement in Oregon between a public and private higher educational institution. This type of unique agreement pro-


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vides more students with access to a college education because they save money by taking their general electives at community college. The agreement also guarantees transfer of those credits, so students will not lose the time or money they might lose transferring elsewhere. Other benefits include the ability for students to use the services at both institutions, and the streamlining of admissions, applications, and transcripts, which can save the student -- and the institutions -- hours of frustrating paperwork. Dr. Gary Andeen, executive director of the Oregon Independent Colleges Association, praised the agreement at the signing, saying, "Concordia is a school that knows how to do this right." He noted that Concordia currently enrolls more community college transfer students than any other college or university in Oregon. Britt Davis, president of the Oregon Independent College Foundation, also attended the event, adding, "Emotionally, for students coming into a community college, knowing this option is available with no hassles is remarkable. It's the students who are the winners -- Concordia just happens to be the facilitator." Through this unique partnership, Concordia is striving to make college more accessible, not only to the residents of Portland, but also for students in the communities of Tillamook and The Dalles.

ment also assures that the recipients will receive their training at Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland. About Marian Lee Mueller Marian Eleanor Lee was born on January 3, 1927 in Silverton, OR, as the youngest

Mueller Family Establishes Nursing Endowment

The Marian Lee Mueller Memorial Scholarship for Nursing has been established in her loving memory and honor by her husband, Dr. Martin C. Mueller, and their family. This endowment will annually supply scholarships to students who are enrolled at Concordia in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at the junior and senior levels. Qualified candidates will have made a commitment to enter the field of nursing, hold high academic standing, and demonstrate financial need. The endow-

of four children. Growing up, she enjoyed swimming in Silver Creek and singing at the Lutheran church and other venues in her town. After graduating high school, Marian entered Emanuel Hospital's School of Nursing. In 1947, she received her Diploma in Nursing, passed the State Board of Nursing exams, and became a registered nurse. She started work at Physicians & Surgeons Hospital (now closed) in Portland as surgery supervisor in the ear, nose, and throat unit. Marian then spent several years working in Hawaii, and eventually returned to Physicians & Surgeons, where she met her future husband -- house physician, Dr. Martin C. Mueller. They were married on August 9, 1952. Marian set her nursing career aside, focusing on raising her five children while Martin completed his specialization in orthopedics. The family moved several times, and Marian returned to nursing while they were living in Salt Lake City. Marian's love for nurturing and caring for people was evident in her

family, her neighborhood, her church, and the greater community. After settling back in northeast Portland with Martin and their family, she served in many capacities at Resurrection Lutheran Church, as well as on the Board of Directors for Lutheran Family Services. Marian began a tradition with the Portland Lutheran High School rummage sale, which quickly expanded into a fundraising thrift store in southeast Portland. She helped manage the store for Lutheran High. Marian's steadfast faith in God and her calling to love and serve others was always evident until her passing in February 2003. The entire Mueller family is honored and grateful for this opportunity to share the memory of devoted wife and loving mother with the Concordia community. We are confident that God will richly bless the Nursing program and Concordia University in the years to come. Soli Deo Gloria!

Service Celebrates Nursing Program

On Sunday, September 18th, over 200 members of the Concordia community attended a special dedication service at St. Michael's Lutheran Church to celebrate the first-ever class of Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) students.

The service began with opening remarks from President Chuck Schlimpert, Provost Mark Wahlers, and Dean Ann Widmer.

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Dr. Joyce Zerwekh, director of the BSN program, then led the students in reciting their nursing pledge, followed by a student performance by Denise Damian (pictured) and a candle-lighting ceremony with all nursing staff and faculty. After the service, guests proceeded to the new Nursing Skills Lab where President Schlimpert and Lynwood Swanson, a trustee with The M.J. Murdoch Charitable Trust, held an official ribbon-cutting ceremony. The M.J. Murdoch Charitable Trust donated $115,000 to Concordia for the Nursing Skills Lab. A reception was held in the Skills Lab, where guests watched a student-led demonstration of the Skills Lab's equipment and capabilities.

Children of all ages roamed the residence halls in search of goodies, while parents enjoyed cookies and cocoa in the lounge. Students got in the spirit by

CU Students to Teach English in Nicaragua

Next May, nine Concordia students are comprising an humanitarian team that will be sent by MOST Ministries, an LCMS short-term missions organization based at Concordia-Ann Arbor, to Nicaragua to teach English as a second language to the indigenous people there. The team will meet regularly over the next six months to learn the curriculum, make plans for the trip, worship together, and prepare their hearts and minds for the tremendous challenge to come. In addition to the considerable time commitment, each team member is responsible for raising $1,700 to cover expenses. They will be seeking prayer and financial support from friends, families, home churches, and the university community. For more information, contact Terry McGlasson at 503.493.6545 or via e-mail at [email protected]

decorating their dorms, hosting a haunted house in Weber Hall, and playing games with the visitors. Even Carlos the Cavalier made an appearance, highfiving kids and posing for pictures. Along with students, the faculty and staff donated candy so Concordia could take this opportunity to reach out to the community. By offering our facilities, we were able to provide a fun, festive, and safe place for families to enjoy the spirit of Halloween.

University spirit. Saturday, the visiting students participated in CU's version of "The Great Race," exploring downtown Portland including Pioneer Courthouse Square, Pioneer Place, and the Chinese Garden. This year, we also welcomed over 50 parents who were offered informational seminars on financial aid and preparing for their child's college experience. Parents met with Dr. Schlimpert, Dr. Wahlers, and the deans of each of the colleges at an informal welcome breakfast on Friday morning, and then met with faculty and staff at a special dinner in the dining hall that night. Saturday, parents had free time and were given suggestions for favorite day trips. Saturday evening, the prospective students and their parents met back at Concordia for a closing ceremony. All of our guests enjoyed their visit, so hopefully we will be seeing their faces here on campus next fall.

Record Attendance at Preview Weekend

Halloween Draws Community to Campus

For the seventh year in a row, Concordia held its annual Halloween Extravaganza, welcoming dozens of trick-or-treaters from the Concordia neighborhood to campus.

Just as enrollment has reached record highs, so has the number of prospective students interested in possibly attending Concordia. Over 100 high school students came to Preview Weekend in November, spending the night in the dorms, touring campus, and exploring the city of Portland. During their stay, the high school students attended classes and chapel, and participated in group activities with current students. Athletes had the opportunity to meet with coaches, and singers were offered audition times with the choir director. Friday evening, the group headed to the Rose Garden to watch the Portland Trail Blazers take on the Detroit Pistons. Joined by over 200 current CU students, faculty, and staff, the group packed the stands and displayed true Concordia

"The Great Race" brought prospective students into the heart of downtown Portland.


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Remembering Jarkko "The Finnish Flash" Tuominen

On Wednesday, September 28th, over 400 people attended a memorial service to celebrate the life of Jarkko Touminen, an alumnus who tragically passed away on September 23rd from a traumatic brain injury he sustained while camping with friends. Jarkko, a native of Helsinki, Finland, was engaged to Stephanie Jenness. He was the son of the late Jaakko Tuominen and is survived by his mother Kati Tuominen-Maki, brother Juha Tuominen, sister Kaisa Tuominen, step-father Mel Maki, step-brothers Erik and Shaun Maki, step-sister Liisa Maki, countless friends, co-workers, relatives, and his beloved dogs, Emma and Baggio. Jarkko was a stellar athlete who put the CU men's soccer program on the map. He was nicknamed by his coach and teammates "The Finnish Flash." Aptly, the service of remembrance was held on the soccer field, more commonly known as "The Yard." He graduated from CU in June 1994 with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration -- Accounting and Financial Management. Shortly after graduation, Jarkko began working for Nike Soccer. Recently, he relocated back to the Portland area after serving with Nike on the east coast for the past three years. Concordia University, together with the Tuominen family, is currently working on a plan to leave a lasting memory in Jarkko's honor. To share photos and memories, visit n

Remember How Working T ogether Made The Difference?

`Pitching in' has always meantmatter.atOur spirit ofWorking towards a lot Concordia. a common goal forges results that collaboration is

alive and well today. Join fellow alumni in assuring that the values you cherish are affirmed for future students. Our Lutheran approach to higher education has been wonderfully successful, but our growth has brought us to the limit of our capacity. We turn away too many students who need financial aid, and we scramble to schedule classes because of insufficient space. Help increase access to Concordia by naming us in your will. In doing so, you will become a member of The Luminary Society, and your legacy will light the path for generations to come. If you would like personal estate planning assistance, contact our expert staff toll-free at 800.752.4736 or locally at 503.280.8505. Or call to let us know that Concordia is already part of your estate, so we can add your name to the annals of The Luminary Society.

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by Katy L. Spinks

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King County Sheriff Dave Reichert examines bones found in September 2003 at a site along Hwy. 410 east of Enumclaw, WA. Dave, Class of 1970, spent over 20 years hunting down the notorious Green River Killer.


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an's first crime against humanity was that of murder. Genesis 4:8 says, "And it came about when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him." Tragically, crimes of murder, rape, abduction, and child abuse are all too common today. Who among us hasn't heard of Laci Peterson, the young mother-to-be who disappeared on Christmas Eve, or Chandra Levy, the aspiring Capitol Hill intern whose killer has yet to be caught? And perhaps the most notorious serial killer of modern times, Gary Ridgway, dubbed the Green River Killer, who was convicted of brutally murdering almost 50 young women in the Pacific Northwest? To the media-saturated masses, horrific crimes like these are 60-second spots seen on the 11 o'clock news, far removed from our day-to-day life. Sometimes, stories like Laci's and Chandra's break our hearts and haunt our thoughts, but really, what can we do? For most of us, the story simply fades from our minds. For two Concordia alumni, the story doesn't end there. Kim Petersen and Dave Reichert have dedicated their lives to serving justice and helping victims' families cope with the unthinkable. A Far Cry from Teaching Kim Petersen, class of 1985, was a third grade teacher when her calling came in 1999. Two friends had come to visit one weekend, but the women decided against visiting nearby Yosemite Park because a killer was on the loose. The week before, police had made a gruesome discovery of the bodies of Carole Sund and Silvina Pelosso in a rental car deserted in Yosemite. And a week later, they found the body of 15-year-old Juli Sund at Moccasin Point, near Lake Don Pedro -- a place where Kim had kept her boat for years. After discussing the case with her visitors, Kim knew in her heart that she had to do something. That Thursday, with a half day off because of parent-teacher conferences, Kim headed to the volunteer center set up by Carole Sund's family, the Carringtons. "I had to see if there was anything I could do to help, even though the bodies had already been found." When Kim walked in, she saw Mrs. Carrington sorting through items that concerned citizens had dropped off. "We can do that for you," offered Kim. Even after the volunteer center closed its doors, Kim continued writing thank you notes for all three victims' families. In the meantime, the Carringtons established the Carole Sund Carrington Foundation, which would offer reward money for information about missing persons or unsolved murders. Suddenly, Kim was faced with a life-altering decision. After all of her hard work, the Carringtons wanted Kim to run the foundation. The problem? Kim was a teacher, with a binding contract, in a state that was already suffering a teacher shortage. In addition, she had just completed her Master's degree and was selected to be a mentor teacher for the upcoming school year. Her school district was reluctant to let such a valuable teacher go, so Kim left her fate in God's hands. "If I was released

from my contract, then that was the direction the Lord chose for me. If I wasn't, I would still stay on as a volunteer for the Carringtons." However, the district agreed to release Kim from her contract. They even made a promise that if it didn't work out, she could have her job back. Six years later, the Carole Sund Carrington Foundation, under Kim's leadership, has worked alongside law enforcement on over 300 cases in over 41 states, posting over $2.3 million in reward money. Twenty-seven murder suspects, one attempted murder suspect, and one child molester/kidnapper have been apprehended. Even more satisfying is that, through the attention the reward money brings, nine missing persons have been located, some alive and, unfortunately, some deceased. "Law enforcement has realized what a tool this reward money can be to them," says Kim, whose organization raises funds for any family who doesn't have the resources to put up the reward money themselves. "This is a far cry from teaching eight-year-olds," she quips. In fact, her two hardest days were breaking the news to the family of Laci Peterson that the bodies of Laci and her unborn son Conner had been found, a year and a half after she was with the parents of Chandra Levy when they were notified that her remains had been found. "It's very intense work every single day. We are dealing with families in crisis, going through the worst thing any person could imagine. We are right along their side, crying with them, experiencing a lot of what they're going through, yet also leading them on what to do because they have no idea where to turn or what to do next." Show Me Who He Is That intensity is something that Dave Reichert, class of 1970, knows all too well. Elected as a U.S. Congressman just last year, Dave spent almost 20 years with the King County Sheriff's Office in Washington State chasing an elusive serial killer. Dave is one of those success stories you hear about every so often that makes you appreciate life's unexpected gifts. Growing up in a difficult home situation, there was little hope of him ever going to college. He was the oldest of seven children and was a self-described marginal student at best. His grandfather, a Lutheran minister, hoped Dave would follow in his footsteps. Money was tight, but Dave earned an athletic scholarship from Concordia. He worked nights in the music building, making just enough money to cover the cost of books, and he was elected chair of the Judiciary Committee. Some would say that was his first venture into law enforcement...making sure that no boys closed their doors when girls came to visit them in the dorms. At Concordia, Dave not only met his wife Julie (Mantie, class of 1970), but also discovered his innate gift for studying people -- how they think and how they interact with one another. He shifted his focus from becoming a Lutheran

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From Battle Ground to Common Ground

by Katy L. Spinks When great novelists penned classic works such as Absalom, Absalom! and East of Eden, they wrote with the assumption that readers would comprehend their Biblical references. However, many educators today say students lack the fundamental knowledge of the Bible needed to understand those references. Dr. Marie Wachlin, an adjunct professor and supervisor in Concordia's College of Education, served as the lead investigator on a national study released in May entitled What Do American Teens Need to Know and What Do They Know? According to the study, 95 percent of leading high school English teachers believe students who have a basic understanding of the Bible have a "distinct educational advantage" over those who do not. Through funding from the John Templeton Foundation, Dr. Wachlin teamed up with the Bible Literacy Project and the Gallup Organization to poll 41 topnotch high school English teachers across the country to determine what role basic knowledge of the Bible plays in academic success. They also polled slightly over 1,000 teenagers about what they actually do know about the Bible. The study asked teachers what their students need to know about the Bible in order to understand the literature they are studying. From a list of 253 Biblical items, the teachers checked which items should be taught in order to achieve a "good" education. Teachers were asked what barriers exist, if any, to teaching the stories of the Bible in their own schools. Dr. Wachlin says that one Chicago-

based public school teacher claimed the biggest gap in education today is lack of knowledge about the Bible. "American students have the inability to understand literature and to figure out the author's message by the way they use Biblical or non-Biblical allusions." Another teacher agreed, saying of students who don't have the Biblical knowledge, they are "really missing part of what the author has to say."

nor inhibit religion but become places where religion and religious conviction are treated with fairness and respect." The guidebook goes on to say, "Educators widely agree that study about religion, where appropriate, is an important part of a complete education... Knowledge of Biblical stories and concepts contributes to our understanding of literature, history, law, art, and contemporary society." Not Without Preparation So, if all of these groups agree that the Bible can be successfully taught, and English teachers agree that it's essential to be taught, what's the next step? Teachers need considerable preparation, and the full support of their school board, to teach the Bible in public schools without stepping over the proverbial line. Parental involvement is also critical, according to Wachlin. "Parents should be presented with the curriculum from the onset. Either at `Back to School Night' or through a complete course syllabus, parents need to be informed." Following her study, Dr. Wachlin taught a pilot course at Concordia to 30 public high school English and humanities educators who were interested in integrating the Bible into their curriculum. The teachers were from 18 school districts in three states. As a result, two of the teachers in the pilot class have already received permission to develop Bible Literature course electives. A television special on the pilot class is being produced by PBS and is expected to air sometime in 2006. The latest breakthrough in the quest for common ground was the September release of The Bible and Its Influence, the first student textbook published in over 30 years that examines the Bible in terms of literature and history. The textbook, reviewed by over 40 scholars, teachers, and literary academics from the Roman Catholic, Protestant Evangelical, Mainline Protestant, Eastern Orthodox, and Jewish traditions, includes 40 chapters

"Knowledgeof Biblicalstoriesand conceptscontributesto ourunderstanding ofliterature,history, law,art,and contemporarysociety."

Most of the teachers in the survey also said they did not teach or taught very little of the Bible in their curriculum. Of those interviewed, fear of legal repercussion, whether valid or not, was the number one reason teachers shy away from discussions of the Bible. Collaboration Yields Agreement Americans have been divided about the issue of religion in public schools since the 19th century. Bible Literacy Project, a non-profit organization founded by venture capitalist Chuck Stetson, was determined to turn this battle ground into common ground. In 1999, in conjunction with the First Amendment Center, Bible Literacy Project published a breakthrough guide, The Bible & Public Schools: A First Amendment Guide. Nineteen diversified organizations -- including the National Education Association, the Council on Islamic Education, and the American Jewish Congress, to name a few -- collaborated and ultimately endorsed the principles outlined in the guide. The First Amendment Guide proposes a new approach to teaching: "one in which public schools neither inculcate


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encompassed in 14 units -- seven units for Hebrew Scriptures and seven units for the New Testament. Bible Literacy Project says the textbook "presents a straightforward explanation of the narratives, themes, and characters of the Bible, written to respect, but not promote various faith perspectives. The course includes direct reading from the Bible. Students will use the translation of the Bible with which they are most comfortable." The textbook also includes sections on the Bible's influence in history and art, including features on Abraham Lincoln, Handel's Messiah, Emancipation, and Shakespeare. The First Amendment Guide says that colleges and universities should help prepare teachers by offering in-service workshops and summer institutes. In January 2006, Concordia will become the first university in the United States to offer a national online course on Bible Literacy designed specifically for public school English and humanities teachers. Concordia also plans to offer the class as an independent study and in smaller segments for teachers looking to concentrate on one particular segment of the Bible. For more information or to register, visit n

The Bible in Pop Culture

While Dr. Wachlin's study pinpoints Biblical references within literature and the humanities, the truth is, we can find Biblical intimations all around newspapers, magazines, on TV, even in comic strips, like this one taken from the August 18, 2003 issue of The New Yorker.

"You need two more gazelles."

How can you possibly "get" the joke, if you don't know the story of Noah? Would you understand this headline, "Apple Ready to Sling Out Dave & Goliath Laptops" (The New York Times, January 31, 2003), if you had never heard the story of David and Goliath? Indeed, even before Dr. Wachlin conducted her study, The Wall Street Journal posed this question in 1999 -- "How are we to expect our young people to live up to America's ideals if they are cut off from the stories, beliefs and metaphors that for hundreds of years gave those principles life?" The bottom line is, the Bible is still a centerpoint for American pop culture, and without educating our students about the characters and stories presented, they are missing out on much more than the religious teachings of the Bible.

Want to Know More?

View Dr. Wachlin's complete study, What Do American Teens Need to Know and What Do They Know, and the complete guidebook, The Bible & Public Schools: A First Amendment Guide, online at View information about Bible Literacy Project and the text book, The Bible and Its Influence, online at

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Mark Kluzek (CTAS `82) lives in New Mexico with his wife Donna and their three children. He is currently a vacancy pastor serving in Grants, NM, and will be teaching 3rd grade next year. Scott Aker (COE `84), boys basketball coach at Portland's Wilson High School, has been named athletic director at the school.

time teacher at Mt. Rainier Lutheran High School in Tacoma, WA.

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Angelina Allen-Mpyisi (SOM `00) is the Human Services Director with the City of Federal Way, WA. She resides in Auburn, WA. Cindy Gardner (SOM `00) married Sean Carney in March 2003. She is currently employed as a Centre Director for Jenny Craig and lives in Vancouver, WA. Beth Nickodemus (SOM `01) and her husband Dave are expecting their first child. Correne Schilke (COE `02) married Steven Constantino on July 17. They currently reside in Buena Park, CA. Jennifer Cooper (CTAS `03) works at a youth crisis shelter in Wasilla, AK. She is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Criminal Justice through the University of Cincinnati distance learning program. Celeste Frazier (COE `03) married Justin Krueger on July 8th at St. Michael's on the campus of Concordia. Celeste works in admissions for CU and lives in Gresham, OR. Rebecca Schwartz (COE `03) married Mike Stevens in Fall 2004. Kathleen Earley (CTAS `04) and Andrew Carlile (SOM `04) wed in St. Bernard's Parish in Billings, MT. Kathleen is currently a research assistant at Oregon Health & Science University and Andrew is a land surveyor for Minister & Glaeser Surveying in Vancouver, WA. Dana (Morse) Nation (CTAS `04) married her high school sweetheart Bryan in November 2004. Bryan is currently serving in Iraq. Upon his return, the couple plans to relocate to Tacoma, WA. Dan Myers (SOM `05) is currently in the Middle East training Iraqi firefighters.

1990 - 1999

Emily (Junken) House (SOM `95) lives in Portland, OR, with her husband Brian and daughter Abigail. She works at Catholic Charities in the adoption program and recently obtained her Master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. Cheryl (Young) Maitland (SOM `95) was recently named Administrator at the Oregon Veterans Home in The Dalles. Amy (Hollenbeck) Turpin (COE `95) was married in July 2004 and is now living in Mission Viejo, CA. She was recently promoted to lead Planner for Barbeques Galore in Lake Forest, CA, and plays handbells for Abiding Savior Lutheran Church in Lake Forest. Dustin (COE `96) & Janette Kunkel (COE `96) now live in Edinburgh, Scotland, where Dustin is doing post-graduate work at the University of Edinburgh. Visit to see what they are doing. Gerod Bass (COE `97) was named the minister of Youth and Music Worship at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church in Acton, MA. Jonathan N. Metzler (COE `98) is an instructor at the Jiann-Ping Hsu School of Public Health at Georgia Southern University. He also is a sports psycology consultant. Jen (Russell) Rondema (SOM `98) is pursuing her Master's degree in Social Work at Portland State University. Elizabeth (Rupp) Barton (CTAS `99) recently obtained a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA. She currently resides in Seattle, WA. Sebrina (Alberg) Nelson-Deal (SOM `99) was married in September, 2002 to Christopher. She has two sons, Tyler (8) and Carter (21 months), and works for the City of Portland's Bureau of Environmental Services. Paul Rondema (COE `99) currently teaches at Reynolds Middle School and is pursuing his Masters in Education at Concordia. Sarah (Bren) Syverson (COE `99) is a part-

Greetings CU Alumni I recently joined the Concordia community as the first Director of Alumni and Parent Relations, and I am so thrilled to be a part of such a dynamic, engaged community. While I have only been here since late August, it's clear that there is much work to be done to keep alumni connected to all that's happening at CU -- and to honor the more than 100 years of tradition here. We are working hard to develop programs and communication vehicles that do a better job of creating opportunities for you to re-connect with old friends and faculty members. If you have an idea about something you would like to see Concordia do, please let me know. In the coming weeks and months, you will see many changes (like this re-designed Connection) that we hope demonstrate our commitment to Concordia alumni. I have high expectations for what Concordia will do for you. I hope you will stay in touch and keep us informed about changes in your life. I look forward to hearing from you about your experiences at Concordia and how you would like to stay in touch and involved. I feel blessed to be a part of the Concordia community. Warmly, Jeanie-Marie Price Please keep me up-to-date by sending your news to [email protected]

Faculty and Staff Passages

Anna Branitsky, a cook in the 70s, passed away this past May at the age of 92. Lala Handorf, Dean of Women and the school nurse from 1954 to 1965, passed away in September at the age of 101.

Alumni Passages

Lorraine Sue Cavener (Oetting, CTAS `83) passed away in September from complications of cancer. She had been living in Paul, ID. Mike Cohagen (SOM `94) passed away in June. He lived in Battle Ground, WA and worked at Columbia Mental Health Services. n


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minister to sociology. After graduation and a stint in the Air Force, he joined the King County Sheriff's Office in 1972. With a supportive wife by his side, the young deputy went to work every day, doling out traffic tickets, nabbing petty thieves, and wrangling men who beat their wives. One day, at the age of 24, he was called to settle a domestic dispute. When he arrived, the man had a butcher knife to the women's throat. Dave managed to free the woman, but not before having his own throat slit. "I was in a fight for my life," he recalls. Luckily, he survived, but adds somewhat jokingly, "It looked like someone had ripped my head off and sewn it back on. I had about 40 stitches in my neck." Living through such an ordeal, some officers would turn in their badge for a less dangerous profession. Dave, however, knew that fighting crime was his calling. Little did he know, he was about to embark on a case that would send him hunting for one of the most horrific monsters the nation has ever seen. In the summer of 1982, children playing by the Green River near Kent, WA, found the body of a strangled teenage girl. A month later, four more bodies of young girls were found, and the police began to suspect that they had a serial killer on their hands. A task force was formed, and Dave played a vital role in moving the case forward. Because many of the victims were believed to be runaways and prostitutes, some victims' families felt neither political leaders nor the police were working as hard as they should be to solve the case. Dave specifically made it a point to maintain open communication with the families, offering genuine compassion and comfort to those hurting so badly. He even served as a pallbearer at the funeral of one of the victims. As the years wore on, the body count rose staggeringly to over 50 young women. Dave became increasingly frustrated, but knew in his heart that someday they would catch the killer. He spent

countless hours digging up remains, checking facts and comparing notes, collecting evidence, and questioning suspects. At one point, with the help of the FBI, he even traveled to Florida to interview serial killer Ted Bundy. He needed to step inside the mind of a monster to catch a monster. As one of the lead investigators, Dave often had to sacrifice precious moments with his family. Even when he was there physically, he says, "There were times when I mentally checked out. At family functions, when everyone else was socializing, I would sit alone in the corner and the wheels would be spinning: What are we doing wrong? Why can't we catch this guy?" He questioned God, "Why are you letting an evil man like this continue to kill? Show me who he is. Lead me in the right direction." In 2001, after almost 20 non-stop years of chasing the Green River Killer, Dave's prayers were finally answered. Investigators were able to use a new DNA process on a saliva sample they had preserved from a suspect they questioned more

than 10 years earlier -- a man named Gary Ridgway, a man they had released because he passed a polygraph test. Keeping the Faith Those closest to the case could begin to experience closure. The reality, though, is that for people like Kim and Dave, the nightmare never truly ends. "The things I have seen leave an impression in your mind that you can't forget. I can still close my eyes today and see how the bodies are laying, how I found them, what he did to them," says Dave. Kim agrees. "You can't help but take it home with you. We hear details of horrific crimes. It's difficult to prepare yourself for that." While not many people could walk a day in Kim or Dave's shoes, "God gives everyone special talents and gifts to face their challenges," says Dave. "He wanted me to catch this guy, and He has been with me every step of the way." Faith like that could keep all of us moving forward to accomplish whatever we are called upon to do. n

Kim Petersen, Class of 1985, addresses the media during a press conference with the Fresno Police Department. Kim was the Rocha family spokesperson in the Laci Peterson case.

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Men's Soccer

Region I Champs Advance to National Tournament The Concordia Cavaliers men's soccer team has let few things stand between them and success this year. After starting the season 2-3-1, the Cavaliers went on to defeat Simon Fraser University 3-1 to claim the NAIA Region I championship

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crown. The team advanced to the NAIA National Tournament for the first time since 1999. It is the second time Head Coach Dan Birkey has guided a squad to the national event. Coach Birkey credits their success to his players' continuing development and maturity. "They're a rare team in the sense that they have been a balance of cognitive play and an amazing contribution from effort," he said. "The boys just get it done; when things get tough, they buckle down, and they're happy to accomplish things." "There's a great deal of balance among the team -- the feeling of when one guy succeeds, we all succeed -- and that's rare. It's a great environment in the team room; if the guys can look each other in the eye, and say `Guys, this is what we're accountable to do, this is the amount of effort needed, and the things we have to get done,' then that's special -- because you have a team identifying what needs to be done, and that's a credit to this team." Unfortunately, the men's soccer team was defeated in game one of the NAIA National Tournament in November in Daytona Beach, FL.

Women Receive Bid to NAIA National Tournament The Concordia University women's soccer team, ranked #9 in the final NAIA national poll, has received an at-large berth to the 2005 NAIA National Tournament in Olathe, KS. "We're excited for the opportunity to showcase our team on the national stage once again," said Head Coach Grant Landy. "Hopefully, our loss at the Region I tournament (to Carroll College) will help us refocus and re-energize our efforts." This will mark the fifth consecutive trip to the national tournament for the women's soccer team. The Cavaliers have reached the final four for the last two years, and made it to the 2004 national championship game after receiving an at-large bid to the tournament. "It doesn't matter how you get in; once you are there, it's a level playing field," Landy noted. "I think we are prepared, given our past history, and the strength of the teams we have played against in Region I." Cavaliers Sweep Cascade Conference Post-Season Awards Concordia University midfielder Luis Garcia has been selected as the Cascade Conference Men's Soccer Player of the Year. Garcia, a senior from Klamath Falls, OR, who has embodied the "heart and soul" of Cavalier soccer, was one of four CU players to receive first-team AllConference honors. Joining Garcia on the squad were freshman goalkeeper Garrett Staples, senior defender Jeremy Wells, and freshman forward Mirzet Sacirovic. Four more Cavaliers received secondteam recognition: sophomore defender Joe Givens, senior midfielder Jorge Arreguin, sophomore forward Jon Peru, and junior forward Rigoberto Rivas. Coach Dan Birkey was selected as the league's Coach of the Year. On the women's side, Concordia midfielder Jennifer Hughes has been selected

as the 2005 Cascade Conference Women's Soccer Player of the Year. The junior from Orem, UT led the conference in goals and total points (17-6-40) during the regular season. Freshman midfielder Justine Pronovost, who finished second to Hughes in conference scoring (15-5-35), was named as the league's Newcomer of the Year. The Cavalier pair headed the AllConference first-team squad, with senior midfielder Katie Lind and freshman sweeper Jackie Pronovost also selected to the first team. Sophomore defenders Jamie Stuart and Kerry Lane were named to the All-Conference second team. Head Coach Grant Landy was named Co-Coach of the Year in the conference, sharing the honors with Albertson's Aisha Reed.


Cascade Conference Co-Libero of the Year Erin Blythe has been named the Cascade Conference Co-Libero/Defensive Specialist of the Year, sharing the honor with Becky Horn of Corban College.

The 5'3" senior from Gresham, OR, was also recently named the conference and regional libero of the week for her play against Oregon Tech and Southern Oregon. Blythe finished the regular season by setting a new CU match record for most digs in a game in an October 29th match


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against Oregon Tech. She also holds the Cavalier records for most digs in a season (eclipsing the single-season mark she set last year), career digs, and season digs per game, with a chance at also earning the career per-game mark. In addition, Krista Ekeberg of Vancouver, WA, and Bradey Wallenborn, of Camas, WA, have been named to the Cascade Conference first-team All-Conference volleyball squad in a vote of the league's coaches. Ekeberg led the Cavaliers in hitting percentage (.302), which was good enough for seventh in the conference, and her 0.81 blocks/game was eighth-best in the league. Wallenborn topped the Cavaliers in kills, averaging 2.90 kills/game. Star Athlete Amanda Larsen Honored by NAIA Former Concordia University volleyball standout Amanda Larsen was named the 2005 recipient of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Dr. Leroy Walker Champions of Character Award, one of the association's highest honors. The Walker Award was established to honor an NAIA student-athlete who best exemplifies the qualities of scholarship, character, and sportsmanship. The award is a tribute to Dr. Leroy Walker, who was past president of both the NAIA and the United States Olympic Committee. In June, Larsen was honored at the Citizenship Through Sports Alliance (CTSA) Awards dinner, where she represented the NAIA as one of 17 athletes and sports administrators to be honored for their sportsmanship, ethics in athletic competition, citizenship, and community service. Amanda shared the dais with sports stars such as former Seattle Mariner Edgar Martinez, P.J. Brown of the New Orleans Hornets, Minnesota Lynx star Teresa Edwards, St. Louis Blues all-star Doug Weight, and U.S. Olympic gymnast Paul Hamm. She will also be recognized at the 2006 NAIA National Convention in San Diego.

Cross Country

Cross-Country Teams Off to Strong Start The men's and women's Cross Country teams are off to a strong start in their first year as competitors. Under the direction of Head Coach Randy Dalzell,

several of the Cavalier runners have established personal records as the season has progressed. Junior Tim Badley capped the inaugural year of the Cavalier cross-country program by capturing the Cascade Conference individual title at the NAIA Region I/Cascade Conference meet. Badley's time of 25:51.40 on a wet, muddy 8k course was good enough for a third-place finish in the NAIA Region I meet, which was conducted jointly with the conference event. The Cavalier men nearly joined Badley at the NAIA National Championships, but finished sixth in the region, missing a team qualification by one place. "Tim ran a smart race, and beat some guys who have beaten him in the last month," said Coach Dalzell. "As far as the team, we didn't close the door on the back end, which cost us the last national qualifying spot as a team. Still, we finished in the top half of the conference, and to be on the verge of qualifying for nationals in the first year of the program is nice. We just need a little more experience and a little more depth, which is what another year of recruiting

will provide for us." Badley will compete in the NAIA National Championships in Louisville, KY. On the women's team, runners Cara Belikoff and Becky Scott earned All-Conference honors at the Cascade Conference/NAIA Region I Cross-Country meet. Belikoff finished in eighth place in the Cascade Conference race, and 22nd in the regional standings, as she covered the 5k course in 19:47.24. Scott was 11th in the conference standings and 28th regionally, in 20:00.01. The two competitions were held simultaneously. The Cavaliers finished fifth among Cascade Conference teams, and eighth in the region, missing out on a qualifying spot at the NAIA National Championships. "I was real pleased with the performance of our top two girls," said Coach Dalzell. "Cara was one spot out of qualifying for nationals. She missed an individual berth by just two seconds, so as a freshman, I thought that was a pretty good individual performance." "I'm pleased with all the girls' effort, and the way they came together as a team. We're looking forward to moving up in the conference and the region in future years." There won't be much time off for most of the runners either, as they'll start training for Concordia's first Track & Field season, which will open at the end of January at the UW Indoor.


The women's golf team will soon start preparing for the spring season with a top-ten ranking. They have been ranked tenth in the NAIA's Fall Golf ratings. As for the men, Coach Tom Meier says, "The men have shown a lot of improvement over the fall season, with several rounds under 300. Our goal is a 290 total in order to be competitive at the regional level. We're headed in the right direction, and I'm looking for even more improvement in the upcoming spring season." n To get the latest news on CU Athletics, visit

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Nailed tothe Door

Nailed to the Door provides Concordia staff, faculty, alumni, and students a forum for editorial comment. This month's guest writer is Gary Withers, Executive Vice President of Concordia University.

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Community Engagement: Common Sense -- Perfect Sense Across the country, colleges and universities are returning to the roots of American higher education: community engagement. Higher education at all levels -- large public research universities to small private liberal arts colleges -- are playing pivotal roles building community and igniting economic development. Whether you view these civic-minded endeavors as enlightened self-interest or simply doing the right thing, both the campus and the community are coming out on top. Our roots at Concordia University are firmly planted in the fertile soil of community engagement. We've been preparing teachers and preachers for over 100 years. This is a heritage we have in common with several of the most distinguished colleges and universities in the nation. In a nutshell, the idea of the university as an agent of service to society is both a longstanding tenet of higher education and a refreshing idea for the 21st century. Community engagement is a broad and abstract idea. Is there really sufficient return on the investment of time and money to move from the idea of a "community of scholars" to the notion of "scholars in the community?" Last year, several national leaders from "engaged institutions," including former Portland State University President Judith Ramaley, the visionary behind PSU's transformation into an "urban university," gathered to answer a related question: "Calling the Question: Is Higher Education Ready to Commit to Community Engagement?" Early in their "Statement," they answer our questions: "The rewards to commitment, however, are great: Better student learning, discovery connected to social need, enhanced institutional identity, new connections to resources and funding. Key constituencies that support higher education expect no less than active engagement appropriate to an institution's mission and capacity. The imperative is there. Is higher education ready to respond?"

Their statement outlines the six practices key to "institutionalize engagement": 1. Integrate engagement into mission 2. Forge partnerships as the overarching framework for engagement 3. Renew and redefine discovery and scholarship 4. Integrate engagement into teaching and learning 5. Recruit and support new champions 6. Create institutional change (The "Statement" uses the term "radical.") While I would suggest transformative change rather than radical, each of these "practices" is an essential element for successful community engagement. It's not a simple mixture but rather a complex compound of internal and external ingredients. And of course, leadership is the important catalyst to ignite this action. Now, Dr. Charles Schlimpert, Concordia's president, has issued the call for Concordia to reach toward the next level of community engagement, "we have moved into the position where this University can be a net contributor to our community." Over the months to come, we will articulate our progress on the six key practices, and while we already meet the mark on many measures, there are many new opportunities to serve the campus and the community -- in particular, fulfilling the dreams for our new Library/Learning Center. After serving the community for over 100 years, it's time to take a fresh look at community engagement. Now is the time for building community and spurring economic development -- they both make common sense and perfect sense for Concordia University. n


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Concordia University Centennial Celebration

On the last weekend in June, we welcomed over 500 alumni, family, and friends back to campus in celebration of Concordia's Centennial Anniversary. The three-day weekend was packed with activities for visitors of all ages, including a trip to the Oregon Zoo, a golf tournament, an alumni reunion, daycamp for kids, an awards ceremony, Athletic Hall of Fame inductions, a special Service of Thanksgiving & Remembrance, and workshops and presentations by honored guests. During the Centennial Celebration, the Sylwester family -- including Robert and Alfred, two sons of Concordia's first president, Dr. FWJ Sylwester -- even held their family reunion on campus. With 108 family members in attendance, the Sylwesters took up an entire residence hall by themselves! The pinnacle event of the weekend was Saturday night's Centennial Dinner, followed by a keynote address -- A Legacy of Faith, A Barometer for the Future -- presented by the Rever-

end Dr. Gerald B. Kieschnick, president of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS). Dr. Kieschnick was welcomed by Concordia University President Dr. Charles Schlimpert and LCMS Northwest District President, the Reverend Dr. Warren Schumacher, all of whom spoke about Concordia's successful history, our bright future, and our continued relationship with the LCMS. Dr. Kieschnick also led the Sunday morning Centennial Worship Service at St. Michael's Lutheran Church and stayed to greet visitors after the service. The Centennial Celebration was a wonderful weekend of friendship, family, and connection. For those who were unable to attend, we certainly missed your presence, and for those who were here, thank you for making the weekend so special. We invite everyone to view the online photo album at

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