Sei sulla pagina 1di 25


the magazine of Concordia University, Nebraska winter 2013 volume 90 no. 1

Broadcaster Staff
Editor Andrew Swenson 08 Assistant Editor Jenny Hammond Contributing Designers Erin Hanna 13 Mary Masur 14 Michael Scheer 14 Contributing Writers Adam Hengeveld 09 Jacob Knabel Rebecca Monnier 14

fight the night 4 a career in care 8 share the dream 12
Concordia Scene 16 Athletics 34 Alumni 42
on the cover
As a part of Fight the Night (p. 4), students covered the Son of Man, Be Free statue with mosquito nets.

from the

presidents desk

President & CEO Rev. Dr. Brian L. Friedrich Provost Dr. Jenny Mueller-Roebke Executive Vice President, CFO & COO David Kumm Vice President for Enrollment Management, Student Life & Athletics Scott Seevers Vice President for Institutional Advancement Rev. Richard Maddox photo: Matt Wingert

University Administration

In Journey to the East Herman Hesse told the story of a mythical band of travelers led and served by one known to them as a servant and not as a leader. Only after Leo disappeared from their midst did travelers realize that their servant Leo had become their leader. In the Gospel of St. John a similar but true story is told. Jesus, the Son of God and Savior of all, dons the stance and wardrobe of a servant. On the night before he was put to death on a cross to pay for the sins of the whole world, he shared a final meal with his band of unlikely followers. During the meal he placed a towel around his waist and stooped to wash the feet of his disciples. If the demonstration was not clear enough, Jesus asked: Do you understand what I have done for you? You call me Teacher and rightly so, for that is what I am. Now that I, your Lord and teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one anothers feet. I have given you an example that you should do as I have done for you (John 13: 12-15). The intersection of service and leadership: some refer to it as servant leadership. In this edition of the Broadcaster you will find stories about students and alumni who live their lives each day in a space where service and leadership intersect. They do so, not because they must, but because of the faith given them and the power of the Holy Spirit within them. We spend a great deal of time working to ensure each and every student is blessed by the Concordia Experience. When doused and draped in that experience, God does amazing things in the lives

of students. Through the Concordia Experience, students learn and alumni realize that a life of service and leadership is the sweet spot where God would have His people live life abundantly wherever and whenever He calls them. Thank you for your gifts of prayer, partnership and financial provision that help make it possible, by Gods grace, for our students to grow in becoming servants and leaders redeemed by Christ, molded by Christ and empowered by Christ in order to explore, to interpret, to teach, to grow, to practice, to learn and to live as servants and leaders.

Dr. Dennis Brink, Lincoln, Neb. Mr. Robert Cooksey, Kirkwood, Mo. Dr. Lesa Covington Clarkson, Woodbury, Minn. Rev. Dr. Brian Friedrich, Seward, Neb. Rev. Eugene Gierke, Seward, Neb. Rev. Keith Grimm, Omaha, Neb. Mr. Barry D. Holst, Kansas City, Mo. Mr. James Knoepfel, Fremont, Neb. Mr. John Kuddes, Leawood, Kan. Mr. Lyle Middendorf, Lincoln, Neb. Mr. Timothy Moll, Seward, Neb. Mrs. Bonnie ONeill Meyer, Palatine, Ill. Mr. Paul Schudel, Lincoln, Neb. Mr. Timothy Schwan, Appleton, Wis. Rev. Dr. Russell Sommerfeld, Seward, Neb. Dr. Andrew Stadler, Columbus, Neb. Mr. Max Wake, Seward, Neb. Mrs. Jill Wild, Seward, Neb. General Information 800 535 5494 Athletics Bookstore Career services Center for Liturgical Art Marketing Office

Board of Regents

Brian L. Friedrich President

Alumni Relations Institutional Advancement Graduate Studies Undergraduate Admission & Campus Visits

The Broadcaster is published by Concordia University, Nebraska and distributed to 50,000 alumni, faculty, staff, pastors, businesses, parents and friends of the university in all 50 states and over 15 foreign countries. 2012 Concordia University, Nebraska

photo: Matt Wingert

fight the night

A fact-finding trip to Tanzania allowed two Concordia students to witness the daily life of people dealing with the constant threat and effects of malaria. Thanks to the efforts of the Lutheran Malaria Initiative, the fight against the disease is working, but it must continue. Now, those two studentsLouisa Mehl and Rebecca Monnierhave spearheaded a campaign to raise $25,000 and help end malaria deaths in Africa by 2015.

who forgives all our sins as well as heals all our diseases (Psalm 103:3). After witnessing first-hand the fruits of LMIs labor, Monnier and Mehl have brought that knowledge home to raise awareness and funds for the project. The pair is leading a campaign to raise $25,000 half from student efforts and the other half from alumni and other donors. After Concordia reaches its goal, Arne and Ruth Sorenson will match those funds to bring the total raised to $50,000. Three weeks into the fall semester, even before the kick-off event, Concordia students and faculty had already contributed $11,000. The positive response to this campaign and the success that weve had begins with the people in charge, explained Mehl. From the beginning, President Friedrich and the administration staff have been on board with such enthusiasm that our campus was the first of all of them to agree to do the campaign in the first place.

Admission to the event was $10, the cost to provide a bed net for one child in need. Malaria is a mosquito-borne disease caused by a parasite. Bed nets are the fastest way to prevent malaria infection because they create a protective barrier against mosquitoes at night, when the vast majority of transmissions occur. However, education on using bed nets, recognizing the signs and symptoms of malaria and seeking treatment is just as important and is a large part of the work LMI continues to do. It needs to be a behavioral change that becomes a part of the culture, Monnier said. Meanwhile, fundraising efforts on campus will continue through May 2013. Student groups and organizations plan to host events and collections with proceeds supporting the LMI donation goal.

The sparsely-equipped hospital in rural Tanzania doesnt look like much by Western standards. A card table serves as a check-in desk. A small delivery room houses a row of cots and one privacy screen. A scale to weigh newborns is the only noticeable piece of medical equipment.
Still, what the hospital lacks in modernity, it more than makes up for with its successful track record. The doctor there, a woman in her 40s, proudly yet matter-of-factly tells the group of American college students that no one has died from malaria in her hospital for at least a year, if not more. The efforts are working, she said. But they need to continue.

Two Concordia University, Nebraska students, Rebecca Monnier and Louisa Mehl, traveled to Tanzania as fellows for the Lutheran Malaria Initiative. The pair joined students from Concordia University, Portland, Concordia University, Irvine, and Valparaiso University on a fact-finding mission trip in July 2012.

... t h e L u t h e r a n Malaria Initiative gives Christians the opportunity to witness a God who forgives all our sins as well as heals all our diseases

The Lutheran Malaria Initiative is part of a global focus to help end malaria deaths in Africa by 2015. Malaria is preventable and treatable, but early diagnosis and treatment are crucial. Key elements in the fight against malaria include providing education and improving access to prevention tools, treatment facilities and medical supplies. The people they met fighting the disease in the field made a pronounced impression on both Monnier and Mehl, especially John Fulli, the director of Lutheran Malaria Initiative in Tanzania.

He embodies the meaning of working day in and day out for the Lord, Mehl explained. He understands that the Lutheran Malaria Initiative gives Christians the opportunity to witness a God
photo: Andrew Swenson

previous page photo and photo left courtesy Rebecca Monnier

you can help!

To make a donation to the Lutheran Malaria Initiative and Concordias fundraising goal, visit Every dollar raised goes directly to use in the field. $1 can help a child with malaria receive medicine. $10 can provide one family with a treated bed net and the proper education on its use. $50 can pay for the cost of malaria prevention messages on a local radio station in Africa. $100 can help train a health care worker to diagnose and treat malaria. $1,000 or more can provide microscopes and other medical equipment to rural health clinics.

An event called Fight the Night kicked off the campaign on campus. Students gave up the comfort of their beds to sleep outside and provide a bed net to someone at risk of contracting malaria.

left page: The fight against malaria is working thanks to LMIs collaboration with local health providers. below: Rebecca Monnier and Louisa Mehl share the mission of LMI at the Fight the Night event.

a career in care
When Doug Tieman, a 1977 graduate of Concordia, began as facility he was looking to advance his career. President and Chief Executive Officer for a major addiction treatment He had no idea that witnessing the miracle of recovery would life-changing mission. change his professional career move into a personal, lifesaving and

all photos courtesy Caron

Imagine this: Youre the executive vice president for the largest non-profit addiction treatment organization in the United States when youre offered a position leading a smaller treatment center thats not just struggling, its in an industry riddled with challenges. Would you take it?
you might expecthe looked for collaboration among Doug Tieman did. Just after his 40th birthday in 1995, Tieman his leadership team to develop solid strategic plans started as president and CEO of Caron Treatment Center, a major and engaged his board of directors. addiction treatment organization in He also made bold choices. Under Wernersville, Pa. Insurance companies ...people could take lifes Tieman, Caron became the first had changed how they funded devastation from addiction treatment center not to have a behavioral health services, and the with an insurance or business model under which almost and become an incredible contract care company, a move that managed all treatment organizations operated no longer worked. Between 1990 and gift to themselves, their astonished his colleagues at other 1995, half of all addiction treatment family and society through treatment centers. facilities closed for financial reasons. But even more than savvy leadership, this miracle of recovery Tieman counts a focus on Carons Fast forward 17 years and Caron mission to provide an enlightened, now stands as a premier addiction caring treatment community in treatment provider in the United which all those affected by alcoholism or other drug States and the world. With five treatment facilities and five regional offices, Caron is also the largest nonprofit. During Tiemans tenure, addiction may begin a new life as the primary reason for success. To accomplish that mission, Caron Carons revenue has grown ten-fold. strives for world-class treatment sustained by an So, what was different about Tiemans approach that made this aggressive approach to philanthropy. organization succeed when others were failing? If theres one thing Caron is known for, its passion First, Tieman pushed forward with fearless leadership. He did what for service, from hourly staff to the CEO. All of Carons employees (including Tieman when hes available) eat in the cafeteria with the patients. Tieman or another member of his management staff attends every Caron alumni reunion. And as you might expect, Tieman doesnt accept anything but the highest level of care from his staff. We make it really clear to every new hire what it takes to be a Caron employee: loving an addict at their absolute worst because youll see them at their worst. If you cant do that, thats okay. You just cant work here. You work here because you want to, not because you have to.

Above: Carons Ocean Drive facility in Boca Raton, Fla., is one of five residential addiction treatment facilities Caron operates.

Carons staff believes so strongly in their mission that nearly 100% participate in their annual employee fundraising campaign.

This has made me even more passionate about helping alcoholics and addicts.

Tieman works hard to foster a culture of compassion and care because it makes a significant difference in the lives of the people they serve. In a month people could take lifes devastation from addiction and become an incredible gift to themselves, their family and society through this miracle of recovery, he said. During the past year, Carons programs have changed the lives of thousands of people from 42 states and 20 foreign countries. When it comes to healthcare, people with choices dont care about geography, Tieman said. People go to where the expertise and care are the best.

Before, what I knew about addiction and recovery helped guide me in my job. Now, what I do in my recovery helps guide my life. Tieman also believes that his faith in God makes living out Carons mission more authentic. From his faith, he has always been driven to help people and to live his life of service.

And yet, following its mission of service and a tradition since its founding in 1957, Tieman believes that treatment should be available to those who need it even if they cant afford to pay. We serve some of the wealthiest and most influential people in the world, but philanthropy makes that same level of care available to individuals who dont have the financial means. We provide more charity care than the next three leading nonprofit treatment centers in the U.S. combined, he said. For Carons 2011-12 fiscal year, the value of that care was $14 million. As Tieman approaches 20 years at Caron, his passion for serving recovering addicts has only grown. Having seen the profound changes in Carons patients, he sought his own personal recovery at a partner treatment organization. Being in recovery has enhanced my connection to God, my relationship with my wife and kids, and most importantly, its given me serenity and balance in life.

In fact, when Tieman graduated from Concordia he started his career in a traditional church work profession. While God called him to a different vocational path, Being in reco ver y has he believes Concordia helped lay the foundation for a life of caring enhanced my connection to for people and showing the love God, my relationship with of Christ. In particular, Tieman was influenced by the dedication my wife and kids, and most of Concordias faculty and staff, importantly, its given me especially from professors like Dr. Jerrald Pfabe, Dr. Robert Fiala serenity and balance in life and Dr. Gerald Brunworth. In recognition of his efforts, Concordia conferred the honorary Doctor of Laws degree, which is granted for the prolonged demonstration of superior service and dedication to a field of study, to Tieman in 2003.


Above: Caron, Pa.s adolescent dining hall. Caron is a leader in treating addiction in young adults and adolescents.

Nevertheless, Tieman remains focused on continuing to serve and lead, not for his sake but for the sake of Carons mission. Caron has what money cant buy the spirit of the employees and the commitment to help others. I want to ensure the spirit never dies, despite what success we may have.

share the dream

Ask most people who attended Concordia and theyll tell you their time as a student was enriched by people who cared about them and wanted them to succeed. Now those alumni are giving back through a new effort called Share the Dream which will help give future students the opportunity to have their own Concordia experience.

Chris Loesel shifts in his chair, Concordia became my family for four years. I had professors who took a huge interest in me, not only in my academics but to see me grow, friends who I still talk to today. The relationships that I formed therea number of them I know are going to last a really long time.
Loesel, a 2008 Concordia graduate and teacher at Lutheran High School in Parker, Colo., shares a sentiment common to most Concordia alumni. Kira (Baldinger) Geiger, a 2004 graduate and graphic specialist at the Lied Center for Performing Arts in Lincoln, Neb., agrees. Concordia feels like a family because of the close-knit student body

The one small thing that I can do is try to help others. The scholarships Concordia grants that are funded primarily by contributions from alumni and friends are the Regents Scholarship and the Achievement Award, which are given to students for their academic accomplishments, and the Church Work Scholarship, which is offered to junior and senior students in church work programs. After graduation, of course, the dream meets reality and managing a paycheck and bills can seem overwhelming at first. Most graduates and recent alumni face monthly payments toward student loans. Chris explained, The difficult thing about being young alumni is that were still paying for college. Were still paying off our student loans. And so its difficult to think, How can I give back to Concordia when I am still paying them? Thats not the point. The point is that there are kids out there who need us. Even as young alumni, we can do something. Of course, Share the Dream isnt just about sharing C o n c o r d i a i t s a b o u t sharing the Gospel of Christ with students and with the world. Concordias mission is really important because the truth is, when you get outside of Concordia, you are out in the world, said Geiger. You may not be in a Christian workplace. You might be the only Christian in your work place. You might work in an organization where your faith is going to be shown through the way that you live and the way you are with your coworkers. Its really important for people to get that foundation in college because when they go out, theyre going to find that they have to live that daily. Thats something you learn at Concordia. Loesel also believes that his gift supports more than just individual students as he reflects on the Christian foundation students receive at Concordia.Thats going to further the Kingdom. Thats going to further the message of Christ. And thats why we as young alumni can do whatever we possibly can to help that mission. Loesel told a story of one of his students, Michelle, who told him she wants to go to Concordia but is unsure because of the cost. Loesel thinks of Michelle and others like her as he supports Concordia. If all I can give is $10, Ill do it. If I can give $5, Ill do it because I think of Michelle. I think of people like her who want to go but cant. Its not about paying back Concordia or still owing them something, its about entrusting Concordia with my money so that they can help those kids.

also in me as an individual. I had great friends who cared about me, who wanted

well from the anticipation of moving to Seward to graduating and starting their lives. Perhaps the dream was to have a classroom, start a business, earn another degree, move to a new place or receive a divine call to an office of the ministry. For that reason, alumni who have graduated since 1998 are coming together to Share the Dream of attending Concordia by making contributions in support of Concordias general scholarship fund. However, talking about giving to Concordia is a tough matter. And private. When asked about his support of Concordia, Loesel was a little uneasy. Giving isnt about meits about the people who need that money. Its about the people I teach on a daily basis who want to have a Christian education but cant afford it. Still, the alumni who are coming together to Share the Dream remember the importance of their own financial aid package. Scholarships played a big role in me attending Concordia, Geiger explained. Because of the scholarships I had, I was able to go an extra semester of school, and I didnt have to take out as many student loans.
Loesel was in the same position. I wouldnt be a Concordia graduate without scholarships. Both of my parents are Lutheran teachers. I had an older sister who was at a Concordia at the same time and two younger brothers who were going to a Lutheran high school. I cant thank those people enough who helped me. There were people who stepped up in my congregation. There were people who stepped up at Concordia. There were people I dont even know who helped me so that I could go to Concordia. Without them, I would not be able to teach on a daily basis. I am greatly indebted to those people. I cant thank them enough.

If all the alumni work together, we could really benefit people coming to Concordia.

Above: Kira (Baldinger) Geiger in front of the Lied Center for Performing Arts in Lincoln, Neb. where she is a graphic specialist.

Left page: Chris Loesel teaches his senior theology class at Lutheran High School in Parker, Colo.

and the relationships you have with the professorsyoure not just another student sitting in a chair, they actually get to know you as a person. I still have great relationships with some of the professors. Concordia is blessed with an alumni community full of people who deeply value their Concordia experience and who want to share it with future generations of students. In fact, about 70 percent of incoming students say they learned about Concordia from someone they knew, often an alum. Concordia strives to keep tuition reasonable and to be generous with scholarships for students. The reality is, however, some prospective students still must ask the question, Can my family afford for me to attend Concordia? Even as they face that question, those students have the dream of attending Concordia. Recent alumni remember that dream

share the dream

Concordia is blessed with a long-standing tradition of generous supporters who value the mission that drives Concordia and the experience of students. If youre interested in joining fellow alumni and sharing the dream of attending Concordia with a future student, vist Your helpfrom referring prospective students who you think might be a good fit for Concordia to your financial gifts are greatly appreciated and vital to ensuring Concordias mission continues.

Geiger realizes the power of community as well. If all the alumni work together, we could really benefit people coming to Concordia just through our support whether thats something small or something big.


do you speak ?
Concordia students can now immerse themselves in Chinese culture without leaving campus. This fall semester, Concordia began offering Mandarin language courses to provide students interested in languages, international business, international education, missions, global awareness, intercultural studies or communications an additional option for an enriching academic experience. Their teacher, Yu-San Lin, who goes by Susan, traded her island home of Taiwan for the wide-open prairies of Nebraska to teach her native language while pursuing her master of education degree through Concordias College of Graduate Studies and Adult Education. Although she is still settling in since arriving in August, shes already gotten a feel for the Midwest culture as she experienced a warm reception on campus and in the community. Shes also impressed with how motivated and prepared for class students are while taking this non-required course. Mandarin language classes will be offered through 2014.

Brian Albright, associate professor of mathematics, had two chapters on probability and statistics accepted for publication in the book Advanced Engineering Mathematics 5th edition by Dennis Zill and Warren Wright. Curt Beck, associate professor business administration, presented Antecedents of Servant Leadership: A Mixed Methods Study at the Midwest Academy of Management meeting in Chicago. Abstract paintings by James Bockelman, professor of art, were featured in a one-person exhibition titled 22X22 at the Norfolk Art Center. Ron Bork, dean of the college of education and professor of education, served as a member of the Board of Examiners on a National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) review team at Mississippi University for Women in Columbus, Miss. Jeffrey Blersch, professor of music, was published by Concordia Publishing House on his hymn concertato on Voices Raised to You We Offer, Introductions, Harmonizations, Accompaniments, Interpretations Volume 6, and Music Sacra. He also performed a hymn festival at Peace Lutheran Church in Cincinnati, Ohio. Matthew Buns, assistant professor of health and human performance, was published in Sports Technology with the article Convergent Validity Between a Sport Video Game and Real Sport Performance, in Athletics Weekly with the article Going the Distance: Performance Periodization for Distance Runners, in Track Coach with the article Peak Performance and the Vegetarian Athlete: Mortal Enemies or Peaceful Partners? and in Techniques with the article Psychological Factors Contributing to Injury. He also presented Environmental Support and Physical Education Teacher Self Efficacy at the Physical Education Teacher Education Conference in Las Vegas. Patrick Daberkow, football defensive coordinator, had an article on cornerback footwork published in American Football Quarterly. Molly Fitzke, assistant professor of nursing and director of the RN to BSN program, was recognized as a young nurse leader award winner at the Honoring Nurse Leadership: 40 under 40, sponsored by the Nebraska Action Coalition for her nursing expertise. She was selected by The Friendship Bridge Nurses Group from a national applicant pool for the opportunity to serve and teach in the first Vietnamese nursing graduate program in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Joseph Gubanyi, chair of natural sciences and professor of biology, led a group of students to Canada to study Arctic biology this summer. Nolan Harms, assistant professor of health and human performance, presented the sectional, Use of Video in PowerPoint and a Course Project in Exercise Science, at the University of Nebraska-Lincolns Tech Edge conference in August. Joel Helmer, associate professor of geography and social sciences department chair, wrote the article, Mapping Nebraskas Record Book Bucks, with student Levi Shinn which was published in NEBRASKAland magazine.

photo: Andrew Swenson

Joseph Herl, associate professor of music, presented at a conference on Worship, Music and Proclamation at Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Plano, Texas. He also presented his paper, Gregorian Chant in Sixteenthand Seventeenth-Century Lutheranism, at a conference on Lutheranism and the Classics at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Ind. His organ prelude on the hymn, Christ is Arisen, was published in volume two of Concordia Publishing Houses Hymn Prelude Library, and his prelude on Go to Dark Gethsemane was accepted for publication in volume four of the same series. His hymn tune KIRKWOOD appeared in Light of the World: 30 Contemporary Hymns.

presidential three-peat
Meet Preston Sunderman, an education major from Norfolk, Neb., and one of only a few three-term student body presidents in Concordias history. Hes patient, listens well and works hardoften far out of the public view and with few thanks. But the result of his work speaks for itself. During his tenure, Sunderman successfully led Student Senate in convincing Concordias administration to extend dorm visiting hours for the first time in decades. He helped implement a new laundry card payment system and served on the student advisory committee that oversaw the recent remodel of the Janzow Campus Center. And thats not allin addition to keeping regular office hours, he frequently meets with senior Concordia administrators and serves as the liaison between the student body and the faculty undergraduate council. As Sunderman reflects on the past three years, he does so with humility. Ive learned a number of lessons that will be helpful for my future, but thats not why I did it. I wanted to help communicate the student side of things to the university and vice versa. Like a true leader, Sunderman counts relationships as the most important part of his experience. Some of my favorite memories are the ice cream socials Senate hosted. Students would come and eat ice cream and I got to talk to them. Sometimes they had Senate stuff they wanted to talk about; other times we just talked. I am grateful for this opportunity, as it has been an essential part of my experience at Concordia. God has blessed me through it and I hope I have returned the blessing in some way. As for future plans, Sunderman starts student teaching in the spring, but he says, If I had it my way, eventually I would come back to Concordia and teach.
photo: Andrew Swenson

John Hink, assistant professor of history, successfully defended his dissertation, The Accident of Birth: Children, Birth Citizenship, and the Constitution, at Northern Illinois University. Jennifer Janousek, health and human performance department chair, and Molly Fitzke, assistant professor of nursing and director of RN to BSN program, led a medical mission trip to Guatemala. Jessica Kite, adjunct professor of music, successfully completed the Level II Orff Schulwerk Teacher Education Course at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Mark Meehl, professor of theology, led a study tour to the Holy Land, including visits to Galilee, Bethlehem, the Dead Sea and Jerusalem last summer. Kathy Miller, professor of sociology, coordinated efforts for Concordia to donate 150 mattresses to the Peoples City Mission in Lincoln, Neb. Bryan Moore, assistant professor of communication and theatre, led a theatre study trip to St. Paul, Chicago, Cedar Rapids and Omaha. Annette Oliver, director of the early childhood education program and associate professor of education, presented to early childhood educators at the Iowa Lutheran Teachers Conference. Oliver also presented a mega sectional on Faith Stories to the early childhood educators at the Southern Illinois/ Central Illinois Teachers Conference in Decatur, Ill. Kristy Plander, assistant professor of business administration and MBA program director, had an article accepted for publication in the Journal of Family Communications Special Issue on Communication and Privacy Management. She also presented at the National Communication Associations annual convention. Don Robson, art department chair and associate professor of art, presented Examining Creativity through Classrooms, Artists, Theorists and Advocacy at the Nebraska Art Teachers Association 2012 Fall Conference. His art was also exhibited at the Potter Fine Arts Gallery at Missouri Western State University, St. Joseph, Mo. Brent Royuk, dean of the college of arts and sciences, presented the sectional, Changing How You Organize: Saving on the Cloud, at the University of Nebraska-Lincolns Tech Edge conference in August. Andrew Schultz, assistant professor of music, directed the University Symphonic Band at the 2012 Nebraska Music Educators Associations Conference. He also presented a sectional at the University of Nebraska-Lincolns Tech Edge conference in August. Ed Siffring, registrar, presented two sessions of Tune in to FERPAUpdates on FERPA Regulations and their Applicability at the Administrative Staff Workshop sponsored by the Nebraska Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers held at Hastings College. Kurt von Kampen, professor of music and music department chair, was the Nebraska Choral Directors Associations Outstanding Choral Director of the Year 2012. He also directed 60 students in grades 5-8 from 12 different Nebraska churches as part of St. John Lutheran Churchs annual Day of Singing choral clinic. Thad Warren was appointed dean of Concordia University, Nebraskas College of Graduate Studies and Adult Learning. He also presented a featured sectional on Faith Stories to the early childhood educators at the Southern Illinois/Central Illinois Teachers Conference in Decatur, Ill.

acting out
Most teachers stop at nothing to provide the best education to their students inside and outside of the classroom. Two Concordia alums, however, took that a few stepsor rathera few states further. Despite a 500-mile journey through four states, Elaine Filter 09 and Zach Schnare 08 loaded up vans and drove their students from Illinois to experience a Concordia theatre workshop for themselves. Filter teaches at Faith Lutheran High School in Crystal Lake, Ill., and Schnare is an art teacher at Metro East Lutheran High School in Edwardsville, Ill. We both want to encourage high school students to consider the opportunities Concordia has to offer, Schnare said. They brought the first group in 2010. The workshop was led by theatre arts professor Bryan Moore, Concordia theatre students and members of a student improvisational acting troupe called the IMPROVables. The high school students were directed in a variety of improvisation activities as well as a 24-hour play project with performances to cap off the weekend. The trips have been worth the effort and have inspired the students to action. Schnare reports that their experience with improv was so popular his students requested to start a group at their school. Meanwhile, Filter and Schnare plan to bring their students back to campus in the fall of 2013 and are considering inviting other Lutheran high schools to participate in the workshop.

Karol Arguello, Wendy Boller, Alex Bowers, Kelsie Elder, Sydnee Kiesel, Evan Kucera, Nicole Mapes, Sharie Moen, Derek Neihardt, Jami Nekoliczak, Michael Tewes and Heidi Wilkinson traveled to Guatemala on a medical mission trip. Kayla Asche, Hannah Betten, Sarah Heins, Rebecca McCracken, Laura Ruskamp, Jena Schwalenberg, Theresa Staley, Morgan Stover and Blake Vajgrt were inducted as members of Phi Epsilon Kappa, a national health and human performance academic honor society. Dustin Atkinson, Ian Smith and Tyler Zander took a study tour to the Holy Land with visits to Galilee, Bethlehem, the Dead Sea and Jerusalem. Lauren Aufdembrink, Rachel Dahlke, Sarah Heins, Sarah Mack, Julie Marquardt, Audrey Mehl, Louisa Mehl, Lydia Pomerenke and Hannah Uden traveled to Hong Kong on a mission trip. and Caitlyn Schwehn took a theatre study tour to Minneapolis/St.Paul, Chicago, Cedar Rapids and Omaha. Ashlee Brown, John Chatwell and Brad Schick traveled to Canada to study Arctic biology and explore sea ice in Hudson Bay near the mouth of the Churchill River. Mallory Hicks won a poetry slam at the Mercury Cafe in Denver.

photo: Jenny Hammond

Kirsten Awe, Beth Brackmann, Nick Butcher, Sarah Dinger, Mallory Hicks, Marty Kois, Andrew Magnus, Heather Jo Niedfeldt, Heidi Niedfeldt, Josh Schultz

Ryan Baney, Garrett Golke, Angela Harsted, Lee Johanson, Steve Jostes, Ruth Krc, Lauren Root, Levi Shinn, Zack Warner, Matt Wingert and Kenny Zoeller were part of a national parks study tour visiting Death Valley, Sequoia, Kings Canyon and Yosemite parks. Rachel Brainard was accepted into medical school at the Oklahoma University Medical Center.

James Clausen, Elyssia Finch, Erin Kelley, Connie Kettner, Peter Klinge, Sarah Langness, Christa Lindeman, Jordan Miller, Sara Schultz, Andrew Van Velson, Luke Wohlgemuth and Blake Woodburn were selected to perform in the fall 2012 honor recital. Phil Friedrich completed an internship as a Northwestern Mutual Financial representative and received the College Top 10 award.

Daniel Gibson presented on graph theory for the math club and discussed his participation in a research experience for graduates (REU) program this summer. Lee Johanson was chosen for an internship with Midwest

Allison Mellick will intern at Blessed Redeemer Lutheran Church in Brandon, S.D. starting in January 2013. Anna Meyer displayed her Bachelor of Fine Art thesis in the Marxhausen Gallery of Art.

Louisa Mehl and Rebecca Monnier spent nine days in Tanzania visiting with and learning from pastors and parishes working with the Lutheran Malaria Initiative.

Christina Tomka and Ashley Willoughby were honored as Students of the Year by the Nebraska Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.



We are an excellent educational institution, and as such we offer opportunities for people to discuss ideas, to stimulate their thinking about whats important to the community because we are an integral part of the community, said Beck. Both Kerrey and Fischer took the time to talk individually with every student who wished to speak with them. Two weeks after the visits, Fischer emerged as the winner on election night.

The candidates were invited by Professor Tobin Beck, who wanted students to see the candidates in person and to help them understand that they can make a difference in their community and world if they choose to get involved.

In the days leading up to the election, Democrat Bob Kerrey and Republican Deb Fischer visited campus in separate events within a day of each other. They each spoke about why they chose to run and answered questions directly from students, faculty and the public.

Students witnessed the democratic process firsthand this fall as Concordia hosted two candidates vying for Nebraskas senate seat in one of the states highest profile races.

Even if we disagree, or maybe especially when we disagree, Beck explained, its important for us as a community, a state and a nation to discuss the differences and work through them.

photos: Dan Oetting


The dining experience at college is a major part of daily life and often the basis for great memoriesfrom placing unwanted food on top of a napkin holder to dishing salad out of a VW Beetle.


As todays students enjoy the addition of the new Dog House Grill, a look back at the history of dining at Concordia shows it wasnt always a smorgasbord of entre choices and comfortable booths.

enrolled, the Founders dining room was still in use and many students were forced to take their meals in the crammed kitchen. By the end of 1905, with funds provided by The Lutheran ChurchMissouri Synod, a refectory (later called Miessler Hall) was built just north of Founders and included living quarters for a steward who was hired to prepare meals.

When Concordia was founded in 1894 with 12 students, Founders Hall was the place to eat, sleep and attend class. The dining hall and kitchen were located in the basement. President Wellers wife, Louise, planned and prepared meals for the students and for her own 11 children.
Congregations were asked to supply the college with home-canned fruits and vegetables. Cows and chickens were kept in the campus barn which was situated northeast of Founders (near Brommer Hall today). These animals belonged to Weller, but he used them for the colleges benefit. After the turn of the twentieth century, with nearly 80 students

previous page photo and photo rignt courtesy Concordia Archive

In 1926 Brommer Hall was built, providing a spacious dining facility which would serve thousands of students for the next seven decades. Although women were allowed to enroll in the college beginning in 1919, they werent allowed to eat in the dining hall until 1932. It wasnt until 1941 that female students could live on campus.

From the schools founding until the late 1940s, meals were served family style with the food placed on the table in serving dishes from which students helped themselves. Even after cafeteria-style dining became the standard, students had only one choice of entre. If you didnt like what was served, you were out of luck. Students were also only allowed one plate of food, and nothing went to waste. Freshman would go from table to table gathering any unwanted food placed on top of napkin holders for members of the football team or other famished individuals to devour. Throughout the years a number of campus snack bars served students taste buds when the kitchen was closed. In the 1950s, the snack bar was housed in Founders basement. Later, ConTeCo (named using the first letters of the words Concordia Teachers College) was a popular hangout in the campus center. Students could pick up the phone installed in each booth and place an order with the kitchen. A snack bar called The Back Door was housed for a time near the back entrance of Brommer. As a main gathering place on campus, Brommer served as the scene of one of the more memorable pranks in Concordias history. One morning in 1981, kitchen staff arrived to find a Volkswagen Beetle parked in the dining room. Rather than disrupting service, however, a sheet draped over the cars hood storage compartment transformed the VW into a salad bar. After a dining room was built onto the Janzow Campus Center, dining services were moved

Left page: For seven decades Brommer Hall housed the dining room, serving as a social hub and, occasionally, the scene of pranks. Top: A student grabs a bite to eat and watches the news in the new Dog House Grill. Bottom: Students can select food from several dining stations, including made-to-order deli and pizza options.

out of Brommer in 1994, and Concordia underwent another major change in dining options. Instead of having one serving line with a single entre option, new food stations offered stir fry, pizza, deli, grill and several main entres. A new all-you-can-eat approach replaced the single-serving policy. The stations also alleviated the sometime 20-minute wait in the Brommer dinner line. One notable icon of Concordias past is missing from todays cafeteria. Trays were retired from use in 2009 to reduce the cafeterias environmental impact. Older students will remember dining trays were often snuck out of the cafeteria and used as sleds on the hills east of campus.

This past summer Concordia added the new Dog House Grill that serves fresh, never frozen burgers, hot wings and hand-dipped milkshakes. Both the name and the menu were selected by current students. So far, the venue has proven to be a popular hangout. While campus and clothing styles have changed greatly in the last 118 years, meal time remains an important social aspect of the college experience and a common bond among students from all eras of Concordias history.


Enno Klammer (left) and Jack Duensing, both high school students in 1949, staff the counter at the snack bar in the basement of Founders. Recently, Jack and his wife, Glendora, were the first guests of the new Dog House Grill (next page). Jack and Glennie celebrated by holding hands as they atesomething they werent allowed to do in the 1950s. Miessler Hall is set for dinner. Although dining was moved to Brommer in 1927, Miessler wasnt torn down until 1969. In the fall of 2012, students chose a menu of burgers and wings and named the new grill The Dog House.

1890s 1900s 1910s 1920s 1930s 1940s

Dining hall housed in basement of Founders Hall 1905 Dining Hall housed in Miessler Hall Animals on campus provided milk, eggs & meat; canned goods donated from congregations 1919 Women allowed to enroll, but are not allowed to eat with the men in the dining hall 1927 Dining hall moved from Miessler Hall to Brommer Hall 1932 Women are now allowed to eat in the dining hall Men no longer required to wear formal attire to dine

Students were assigned to sit at a different table every six weeks

1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s 2010s

1953 End of family-style dining as cafeteria style is introduced Snack Bar housed in Founders basement ConTeCo housed in campus center 1969 Miessler Hall torn down Unwanted food placed on napkin holders is fair game to take First food service provider contracted 1981 VW Beetle used as salad bar Women allowed to wear slacks on campus 1994 A new dining hall is constructed in the Janzow Campus Center 2009 Use of trays discontinued to reduce environmental impact

2012 The Dog House Grill opens in Janzow and dining hours are extended

photos courtesy Concordia Archive

Men pose after dinner in the basement of Founders Hall.

Miessler Hall housed quite an impressive stove.

Men and women (finally) dine together in Brommer in the 1960s.

This Bug appeared in 81. Lets hope they didnt mix up the dressing with the engine oil...

far from Seward

Guatemala Medical Mission Trip A team of students and professors completed a medical mission trip to Guatemala, where they held medical clinics in two cities, provided health assessments and medicine for the villagers, and taught children hand washing and other hygiene techniques. They also built stoves in seven homes with the aim of providing safer methods for cooking. Participants included Karol Arguello, Wendy Boller, Alex Bowers, Kelsie Elder, Sydnee Kiesel, Evan Kucera, Nicole Mapes, Sharie Moen, Derek Neihardt, Jami Nekoliczak, Michael Tewes and Heidi Wilkinson. Drs. Jennifer Janousek, Molly Fitzke and Sarah Matthias led the tour. Holy Land Study Tour Dustin Atkinson, Ryan Duerr, Ian Smith and Tyler Zander were part a group from Concordia taking a study tour to the Holy Land that included visits to Galilee, Bethlehem, the Dead Sea and Jerusalem. The tour highlighted important biblical sites and events in order to help students better understand and relate to both the Old and New Testaments. Dr. Mark Meehl led the tour. Tanzania Rebecca Monnier and Louisa Mehl, along with students from other colleges, spent nine days in Tanzania, Africa, visiting with and learning from pastors and parishes working with the Lutheran Malaria Initiative (LMI) to fight malaria, a disease carried by mosquitoes that attacks the liver and red blood cells. Theatre Tour Students took a theatre study tour to Minneapolis/St. Paul, Chicago, Cedar Rapids and Omaha to experience several venues first-hand and get a behind the scenes look at all aspects of theatrical production. Participants included Nick Butcher, Marty Kois, Josh Schultz, Andrew Magnus, Sarah Dinger, Heather Jo Niedfeldt, Mallory Hicks, Beth Brackmann, Caitlyn Schwehn, Heidi Niedfeldt, Kirsten Awe. Bryan Moore and Dr. Lisa Ashby led the tour.

What did you do last summer?
While some college students view summer as a break, many Concordia students see it as an opportunity to gain a broader perspective of the world around them. No matter where their travels take them or what their mission may be, the students and professors experience the wonders of Gods creation and share the love of Christ with every person they meet.

courtesy photos

Here are a few recent trips our students experienced:

Arctic Study Tour Ashlee Brown, John Chatwell and Brad Schick took an Arctic study tour in Canada to examine northern ecosystems, and study plants and animals of the region. They cruised the icy waters of the Hudson Bay in Zodiac boats among a school of beluga whales and icebergs, and studied tundra biology in northern Manitoba at Churchill Northern Studies Centre, a field station established for research and education of the arctic. Dr. Joseph Gubanyi led the tour.

National Parks Study Tour A class of geography students completed a tour of Death Valley, Sequoia, Kings Canyon and Yosemite national parks in California. Each student completed a digital journal of photos, writings and observations. The trip included a hike on the sand dunes and a visit to the Racetrack Playa in Death Valley, exploring the backcountry in Jeeps, viewing the worlds largest tree in Sequoia, and camping and hiking in Yosemite. Participants included Ryan Baney, Garrett Golke, Angela Harsted, Lee Johanson, Steve Jostes, Ruth Krc, Lauren Root, Levi Shinn, Zack Warner, Matt Wingert and Kenny Zoeller. Drs. Joel Helmer and Bruce Creed led the tour. Hong Kong Mission Trip Nine students took a mission trip to Hong Kong, China, traveling to churches and primary schools to teach Sunday School, lead assemblies, converse with students during recess times and participate in worship services. Participants included Lauren Aufdembrink, Rachel Dahlke, Sarah Heins, Sarah Mack, Julie Marquardt, Audrey Mehl, Louisa Mehl, Lydia Pomerenke and Hannah Uden.

Honorary Alumni



Lifetime Service
Theodore von Fange began his teaching career in 1935 after just one year of college at Concordia, at only 19 years old. He helped start Lutheran high schools in Cleveland, Mayer, Minn., and San Diego. He later moved to Winfield, Kan., serving as principal and teacher at St. Johns College. He served as dean of the department of education at Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kan., until his retirement in 1983. Von Fange was elected to the Kansas State Board of Education during which time he initiated certification and accreditation procedures approved by the board. After moving to Seward in 1991 with his wife, Verda, he chaired Concordias 1992-1993 annual fund, helping to raise $900,000.

Lifetime Service

The Concordia University, Nebraska Alumni Association honored eight individuals and two couples as part of its 2012 Homecoming and Alumni Reunion celebration. Awards are given annually to those who have made outstanding accomplishments in their careers, personal endeavors or in service to the university, church or world.

Jeffrey Craig-Meyer began service to the LCMS as the assistant director for the For the Sake of the Church campaign to increase attendance and funding for Concordia schools. He has served the LCMS Foundation, helped in the development of LCMS World Mission and managed the Fan into Flame campaign for global outreach. He was the director for campaigns and special programs for the Lutheran Malaria Initiative and is now the national executive director of development for Educational Enterprises, Inc. He is an active member on the board of directors for the Lutheran Foundation in St. Louis. Jeffrey and his wife, Justine, have two children.



Church Worker Alumnus of the Year

Partners in Mission & Ministry

Duane and Dr. Mary Hilgendorf both worked in elementary and secondary Lutheran schools settings before taking calls to a university setting. Duane has worked in advancement and development and is vice president of the Concordia University, Wisconsin Foundation. Mary served in the education department at Concordia Wisconsin. She now serves as an ambassador to the Womens Leadership Institute. The Hilgendorfs have been annual supporters of the church work scholarship and On A Mission campaign.


Lifetime Service


Dr. Charles Ore has served the Lutheran church for over 50 years, beginning as a teacher at Trinity Lutheran School in Lincoln, Neb., then as a professor of music in River Forest, Ill. In 1966 Ore came to Concordia Teachers College in Seward, serving as chair of the music department. His accomplishments include leading the department through the accreditation process with the National Association of Schools of Music. Ore retired in 2002, but continues to teach piano and organ part-time as faculty emeritus.

Ronald Royuk has served in Lutheran education for 43 years. He served as a youth director and organist before becoming a teacher, music director and football coach in Parma, Ohio. Royuk then served 20 years at First Lutheran Church and School in Knoxville, Tenn. He was principal of Lutheran high schools in Texas, Minnesota and Lousiana. He served as president of the Lutheran Education Association and continues to supervise secondary student teachers at Concordia. He and his wife, Elaine, are active members of St. John Lutheran Church in Seward and Concordias Alumni Council.

Dr. Leah Serck was one of the original off-campus cooperating teachers for Concordia Teachers College student teachers. In 1971 she became director of the early childhood education program. She has served on committees and led teacher workshops for the LCMS and LEA for more than 30 years. Serck helped initiate Concordias Early Childhood Conference and Plum Creek Literacy Festival, now both held annually. She also funds the education library for faculty and students in the Thom Leadership Education Center.

Young Alumnus of the Year

Kurt Jostes graduated from Concordia University, Nebraska in 2007 with a degree in business administration. In 2008, Jostes began serving as director of advancement with Recovery Assistance, Inc., which operates Camp Biloxi and Camp Restore. He and his wife, Rebecca, attend St. Paul Lutheran Church in New Orleans. He continues to work with mission teams from Concordia, most recently the senior members of the 2011 Bulldog football team.


Friend of Concordia


Lay Worker of the Year


Church Leadership in Outreach


Though not an alumnus, Fred Schmidt has generously supported Concordias two most recent capital projects, the Thom Leadership Education Center and the Walz Human Performance Complex, as well as athletic, music and drama events on campus. Schmidt is an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Hebron, Neb., and the Laymens League, and has served as a delegate to the LCMS Nebraska District and Synodical conventions. He is a member of Concordias Heritage Society.

Gerrod Lambrecht began work for Healthcare Services Group, Inc., and eventually advanced to the level of divisional vice president in 2005. He began work for Magnolia Health Systems in Indianapolis in 2008 and was promoted to chief operating officer in 2010. Since 2010, Lambrecht has sponsored two scholarships for Seward High School students attending Concordia. He and his wife, Sarah, have one son, Luke.

Jerold and Karen Markin are educators in ministry who have served in California, Iowa, Nebraska, Arizona, Hong Kong and Vietnam. Jerold has led youth groups to five LCMS National Youth Gatherings. He currently volunteers as a teacher and English tutor while coaching with LCMS missions and serving as a church council member of the Hanoi International Church. Karen teaches first grade at the Concordia International School in Hanoi. The Markins have four children and have been foster parents to 17 children.

2012 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees

class of 1956 class of 1991

Rachael (Geidel) Burger

Victor Peter

Victor Peter graduated from Concordia with a bachelors degree in education, and then earned his masters at Kearney State. He earned 11 varsity letters in football, baseball and track while at Concordia. He played halfback for the Bulldog football teams with a record of 20-4-1 between 1953 and 1955. The 1954 team finished 7-1, winning the Central Church College Conference championship. Peter earned All-CCCC and Concordia Male Athlete of the Year honors as the football teams co-captain and leading scorer his senior year. On the baseball team, Peter stole 19 bases in 15 games his final season, which included a 14-3 victory over Creighton University. In 1954, he led the track and field team to a CCCC championship and was named a track team Hall of Fame member. While at Concordia, Peter was a member of the A Cappella Choir. He worked at St. Luke Lutheran Church and School in St. Louis, Mo., from 1956 to 1958 before returning to Nebraska to teach at Trinity Lutheran Church and School in Grand Island. Peter is a member of the Lutheran Education Association and the American Guild of Organists.

Matthew List graduated from Concordia in 1991 with bachelors degrees in accounting and business management. He was a member of both the basketball and golf teams for four years. In basketball, List was a two-time First Team All-Nebraska Intercollegiate Athletic Conference player and First Team All-NAIA District 11 selection. He played in the 1990 All-NAIA District 11 All-Star game and earned first team honors from the Lincoln Journal Star and the Omaha WorldHerald for the 199091 season. He led the 199091 Bulldog squad to a 23-11 record, claimed the NAIA District 11 title and advanced to the schools firstever NAIA National Tournament. He averaged 16.5 points and 9.1 rebounds per game as a senior after posting 16.1 points and 8.8 rebounds per game as a junior. List earned the 1991 Concordia Invitational Tournament MVP award and was a member of four CIT championship teams. He currently ranks fifth in school history with 1,608 career points and first in rebounds with 929. He also earned NAIA ScholarAthlete honors as a junior and senior, and was on both the honor roll and deans list. He has worked for the accounting firm BKD, LLP in Kansas since December 2001. List serves the Kansas Society of Certified Public Accountants and Youth Entrepreneurs board. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Rachael (Geidel) Burger graduated from Concordia with a bachelors degree in biology and a minor in chemistry. She then earned her masters in physician assistant studies from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Running cross country for Concordia, Burger earned NAIA All-America honors for three years, and a sixth-place finish as a senior. In indoor track and field, she earned All-America honors twice as a member of the 4x800-meter relay team, including a 1999 national title, twice in the distance medley and once each in the one-mile and 5,000-meter runs. In outdoor track, she received All-America recognition three years in the 4x800-meter relay and twice in the 1,500-meter run. She holds school records in the 1,000-meter run (2:55.81), the one-mile run (5:00.21), the 3,000-meter run (10:14.42), the 5,000-meter run (17:41.76) and the distance medley (12:10.00). Burger was awarded Concordias 2000-01 Female Athlete of the Year award and led the Bulldogs to four top-10 team finishes at the NAIA National Championships. Burger was a member of the yearbook staff and pre-med club, and earned the Presidents Academic Scholarship. She currently enjoys her role as a homemaker and works as an independent contractor for Great Plains Radiology. She is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.

Jennifer (Davis) Schwartz

Matthew List

Jennifer (Davis) Schwartz graduated from Concordia with degrees in math and psychology before earning a Master of Science degree in statistics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She played both soccer and softball for the Bulldogs. As a senior striker on the 2005 soccer team, she earned honors as First Team All-Great Plains Athletic Conference, threetime GPAC Player of the Week, three-time NAIA Region III Player of the Week, Concordia Female Athlete of the Year, NAIA Honorable Mention AllAmerica and Female State College Athlete of the Year nominee by the Omaha World-Herald. She also earned First Team All-GPAC honors in 2003 and second team in 2004 and 2002, and was named the GPAC Co-Player of the Year in 2003, when she also earned the GPAC Player of the Week award twice and the NAIA Region IV Player of the Week award once. Schwartz was named a 2003 NAIA Honorable Mention All-American and Region IV First Team selection. Her school records in soccer include career goals (88) and points (206). In softball, Schwartz was recognized as a First Team All-GPAC honoree in 2006 and as an honorable mention choice in 2004 and 2005. The National Fastpitch Coaches Association named her Second Team All-Region and an All-American Scholar Athlete in 2005. Schwartz has worked as an accountant at Mutual of Omaha and as an accounts receivable manager at Meds Express, Inc.

Mens Basketball Team

class of 2006

class of 2001



Led by head coach Grant Schmidt, the 199192 Concordia mens basketball team set a then-school record for most wins in a season with 26. The team won the Nebraska Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championship the schools first-ever basketball conference title. The Bulldogs won the NAIA District 11 Championship and advanced to the national semifinals. The Bulldogs finished with a conference record of 102 and won the Concordia Invitational Tournament for the fourth consecutive season. The team led NAIA District 11 in both scoring defense, holding opponents to 72.7 points per game, and free throw percentage at 74.4 percent. Assisted by coaches Micah Parker and Tom Scott, the team included four seniors who each finished their careers with more than 1,000 points: John Puelz, Devin Smith, Mike Works and Eric Priebe. The team included four other seniors, one junior, six sophomores and seven freshmen. Stan Schlueter served as the teams athletic trainer and equipment manager, while Tom Ebel served as student manager. Puelz currently ranks second in school history with 1,955 career points, while Bulldog Hall of Fame member Smith holds the third all-time record with 1,659 points. Works, the teams point guard, won the Lincoln Journal Stars State College Player of the Year award. Works was joined by Puelz and Smith on both the all-district and all-conference squads. Puelz and Smith received NAIA Division II All-America Honorable Mention honors, while Puelz and Works made the Academic All-America team. Smith, who led the Bulldogs at the national tournament with 56 points and 25 rebounds, was selected to the all-tournament team at the NAIA Division II Championships. Smith, the 199192 Concordia College Athlete of the Year, also led the team in scoring on the season with 16.1 points per game, followed closely by Puelzs 16.0 average.

Derek Blessing:
a man of many happy returns
Derek Blessing had not returned a punt since his sophomore year as a prep at Ogallala High School in western Nebraska. So when head coach Vance Winter approached the junior before practice this spring about taking over the hazardous role as a returner, Blessing hesitated. Kickoff s great, but punt returns Im a little nervous about, Blessing told his coach. In that first punt return against Benedictine, I can honestly say that I was pretty scared back there. Ironically, it would be opposing special teams units that appeared nervous when No. 21 trotted deep to receive punts. By the sixth game of the season, Briar Cliff didnt seem to want any part of Blessing, repeatedly punting out of bounds for an average of 26.8 yards. Blessings reputation as a return threat started in the opening game of the season. He raced 71 yards for a punt return touchdown late in the fourth quarter to give the Bulldogs a chance against then-No. 13 Benedictine on Aug. 25. The once-reluctant Blessing went on to return punts for touchdowns of 56 yards versus Dordt on Sept. 22 and 50 yards in the upset of then-No. 11 Northwestern on Oct. 13. So, whats it like to break away and return a punt to the house? Its a feeling that I had never actually had in football before, Blessing said. Ive scored before, Ive had interceptions before, Ive had success in other places before, but returning a punt for a touchdown is a special feeling. When you get out in that open field and look and see no guys, or one or two guys in front of you and know that you have a chance, you get excited. Among all collegiate punt returners in the NAIA and at all levels of the NCAA, only NCAA Division III Mount Unions (Ohio) Chris Denton, who had four punt returns for touchdowns, took more punts to paydirt than Blessing. Blessing led the NAIA with 377 punt return yards on 19 attempts, giving him an eye-popping average of 19.8 yards per return. Blessings success even made it into an opposing head coachs game plan. We held Derek Blessing to just 56 yards on punt and kick returns, Nebraska Wesleyan head coach Brian Keller told the Lincoln Journal Star after the game. That was a very big thing for us, because we were not going to let him beat us. Blessing, a student of the game with aspirations of becoming a football coach and teacher, understands how to be patient, how to set up blocks and also the need to get north-south quickly. Combine these traits with his solid speed and tenacity with the football and you get the type of player that forces opponents to spend extra time prepping to stop him. Punt returning is not an easy thing to do, Concordia head football coach Vance Winter said. You have to have the right personality. Derek is fearless. He maybe had some hesitancy early on in the year, but I like the way he attacked things. He has a mindset of just going out and making a play. Hes a huge weapon for us. Winters statement was underscored in the seasons signature victory versus Northwestern on homecoming. Behind Blessing, Concordia piled up 175 return yards compared to just seven for the Red Raiders. Special teams coordinator Corby Osten simply wanted someone who would reliably secure punts.
photo: Dan Oetting

He has gotten that and a whole lot more from Blessing. Vision, Osten replied when asked what attributes make Blessing a standout returner. He sees the field. Hes physical and breaks a lot of arm tackles. You really have to square him up to tackle him. In the return against Northwestern he cut back across the field. He sees the field so well, he took an angle to help set up the blocks that allowed him to take it to the end zone. The transition to punt returner was not the only upheaval for Blessing during his career as a Bulldog. The coaching staff had also approached the former First Team All-State Nebraska high school star about a move from running back to cornerback. Blessing liked playing running back, but in his characteristic unselfish manner he agreed to make the change. Hes the epitome of an unselfish teammate, Winter said. Hes always putting team goals above individual goals. When we asked him to move he really saw how it was going to benefit the team. Derek is a class act all the way. Hes a great student, a great citizen off the field and just a really intense and tough football player. The two-time GPAC Special Teams Player of the Week has showcased a flair for making game-turning plays since high school. Blessing piled up 15 touchdowns as a senior and 15 interceptions for his career at Ogallala. With these credentials, Blessing had no shortage of potential college suitors. But one school quickly emerged above the rest. I came here, walked through the door and Coach Winter shook my hand. He knew me by name already. I felt it was a great place to go. It was definitely something that was in Gods plans for me, because I hadnt considered it [before the visit]. All of the sudden here it was on the table and I just fell in love with it.

Punt returning is not an easy thing to do. You have to have the right personality. Derek is fearless.

Outside of football, the secondary education major spends plenty of time studying and hanging out with friends. Just the normal stuff, Blessing says. Its on the football field that Blessing is far from normal. Opposing GPAC special teams units beware.


The 2012-13 season kicked off a new era in Bulldog Wrestling. First-year head coach Dana Vote began his implementation of a rigorous, high-energy practice philosophy inside the confines of a shiny, new facility. Located within the renovated P.E. Building, the freshly-minted wrestling room housed its first official practice this fall. This facility is huge for our program, Vote said following practice. Its a step in the right direction in going toward that national title that we always want to get. This is definitely the first step. It shows the commitment that the school has in the program. The guys are loving it. The addition of the wrestling room was part of the P.E. Building renovation project that began this past summer. The overhaul also saw the installation of an equipment room, athletic training room, weight room, offices and more classrooms. The wrestling room was created in the area that formerly housed Concordias swimming pool. On Oct. 1, the wrestling team got its first chance to use the new space, one of the finest wrestling practice facilities in the NAIA. I havent seen a nicer facility personally, senior wrestler Brandon Starkey said. Its a thousand times better than what we had last year. It was just a gym. Its nice having our own place every day. Fellow senior Jordan Fowlkes echoed Starkeys comments and added that the facility upgrades could give the Bulldogs a competitive advantage. It gives us a lot of opportunity to do more things than we could before, Fowlkes said. I feel more like a team now that were in our own spot, in a more enclosed area. I think its going to give us a good edge on our opponents this year, being able to be closer together. The Bulldogs celebrated their new digs with a practice that featured prolonged periods of intense grappling and conditioning, part of Votes plan to build champions on and off the mat. Vote, most recently the top assistant at Buena Vista University, strives for the championship lifestyle. We stress on a daily basis just doing the right things, living that championship lifestyle, Vote said.

I believe we can become a top-10 team. I think we can put ourselves near the top and be recognized as being one of the best in the nation.

That means doing the right things on the mat. Doing the right things in the classroom. Doing the right things in your social life and just making sure every day you are doing what you are supposed to do to get better and working toward that championship. In order to become champions, Vote believes that his team must be in better condition than the opposition. Starkey, an NAIA National Championships qualifier at 149 pounds last season, has noticed considerable change already. Im tired every day, Starkey said of the teams preseason workouts. He pushes us to the limit every day and if were not pushing as hard as we can, he knows it. Vote himself takes to the mat as needed to make a coaching point or to fill in as a practice partner. A native of Gilmore City, Iowa, he lettered twice as a wrestler at Buena Vista. Despite a roster that contains only 15 names, team members are striving for success on a national stage. I believe we can become a top-10 team, Fowlkes said. I know we have low numbers, but weve got some good depth. I think we can put ourselves near the top and be recognized as being one of the best in the nation.
photo: Dan Oetting

Vote believes starting practice inside the sparkling new wrestling room was simply the start of something big. These guys have heart here. Were fighting, Vote said. They know where we want to go and where the coaches want to go with the program and theyre buying in and theyre doing the right things. They havent had the success that they need to have yet, but were heading in that direction.


Fall Sports wrap-ups

photo: Dan Oetting

While the women narrowly missed a team at-large berth in the national championships after tying for second place at the conference meet, seniors Sarah Kortze and Jena Schwalenberg qualified individually. Kortze won the GPAC title on Nov. 3 and then finished 14th at nationals to earn AllAmerican status for the second straight year. She was also a three-time GPAC Runner of the Week and a NAIA National Runner of the Week winner. Schwalenberg, who joined Kortze as an all-conference honoree, just missed being an All-American as she finished 39th at the Nov. 17 national championships. Schwalenberg finished 34 seconds behind Kortze at the conference meet and gave the Bulldogs the top two individual finishers.

photo: Jacob Knabel

Concordias highly respected cross country programs completed another season ranked among the nations top 25 teams. The Bulldog men captured their second GPAC championship in four years and then finished 21st at the NAIA National Championships, marking the programs 14th top 25 national finish during head coach Kregg Einspahrs tenure. Senior Colin Morrissey earned GPAC Runner of the Year and all-conference with a time of 25:08 in the 8K at the conference championships, while junior Hayden Hohnholt and sophomore Ben Sievert also collected allconference honors. Sievert was twice named the GPAC Runner of the Week during the season and Hohnholt received the same award once. Einspahr was named the GPAC Coach of the Year on the mens side.

Blessing ranked as one of the top punt returners nationally with an NAIA best 388 punt return yards, while Zoeller was second in the nation with 15 made field goals. Blessing twice received GPAC Special Teams Player of the Week honors during the season, and Zoeller was named a 2012 American Football Coaches Association NAIA All-American. Sophomore quarterback Von Thomas (honorable mention all-GPAC) piled up 2,300 total yards and 20 total touchdowns on the season. Woods emerged as the Bulldogs top playmaker on defense with a teamleading five interceptions.

photo: Matt Wingert

Head coach Vance Winters squad was honored with the schools most GPAC all-conference recipients since 2007 with seven combined first or second team members. Punt returner Derek Blessing, safety Darnell Woods and kicker Kenny Zoeller each garnered first team recognition. Offensive lineman Adam Faulstich, linebacker Dylan Heithoff, receiver Colten Quinabo and defensive lineman Michael Voelker were placed on the second team.

six losses this season, five were by 10 points or less and three were by eight points or less.

Concordias best stretch of the season came from Sept. 15 22 when head coach Lisa Whites squad won three consecutive games, including a 3-2 conference victory over Dordt. The Bulldogs then fell by just a single goal, 2-1, to conference postseason champion Doane in the GPAC quarterfinals to close the season.

offensively while Flemings play in the middle of the field allowed the Bulldogs to maintain possession more consistently. She also led the team with six assists (third most in the GPAC). Donohoue started all 16 games and had five assists.

Douglas topped Concordia in goals for the second-consecutive season. The Winnipeg, Canada, native earned first team all-GPAC honors and now has 29 career goals in three seasons as a Bulldog. Joining Douglas with all-conference honors was freshman defender Sean Doran, a second team choice. The native of Dublin, Ireland, made a huge impact immediately as he was part of a defensive unit that was the third toughest to score upon in the GPAC. He also added five goals. Meanwhile, senior Aaron Skipworth garnered honorable mention status. Skipworth, who hails from Colorado Springs, Colo., ends his collegiate soccer career tied for the schools alltime career goals mark with 31 and atop the career assists chart with 17. Concordia extended its home winning streak to 10 games with its 3-1 win over York on Sept. 19. The streak, which was snapped by conference champion Hastings on Sept. 26, began with a 5-0 victory over William Penn (Iowa) on Aug. 27, 2011. Concordia is now 12-4 in its last 16 home contests.

Led by the 11 goals of junior Nathan Douglas, the Bulldogs mens soccer team went 11-8 overall and 4-6 in GPAC play. The 2012 campaign marked the second-straight season Concordia has won exactly 11 games, which is just one win short of the school record set by the 2001 team that featured current head coach Jason Weides as a player. The Bulldogs now have a 2213-3 mark over the past two seasons.

photo: Dan Oetting

The men enjoyed their best performance of the fall at the Doane Invite Sept. 17-18 when they finished in seventh place after shooting 344-322666 as a team. Rodehorst, a sophomore native of Kearney, Neb., carded his best round of the season with a 74 on day two of the Doane Invite, allowing him to finish in a tie for third overall. His 18-hole average of 77.25 through eight rounds tops the men. On the womens side, Deutschman was the top individual performer through the teams seven fall rounds. She also had her best performance on the second day of the Doane Invite on Sept. 25 when she carded an 82 at Wilderness Ridge in Lincoln, Neb. Her 18-hole average of 88.43 paced the Bulldog women.

photo: Dan Oetting

Concordias mens golf squad closed the fall season tied for 10th place (338-335673) after the first of two GPAC qualifier events that take place across the 2012-13 season. Meanwhile, the women ranked 11th (415-392807) in the conference at the conclusion of the fall. Individually, Shawn Rodehorst tops the men with a 30th place (8278160) GPAC standing after two rounds of conference qualifiers. On the womens side Makenzie Deutschman (96-95191) and Chelsea Peck (99-92191) both tied for 27th following 36 holes at the GPAC qualifiers.

In football, the Bulldogs wrapped up the 2012 season at 5-6 overall and 4-5 in GPAC play, giving the program its highest win total since 2004. Concordia captured its most memorable win on Oct. 13 when it capped a four-game winning streak with a 17-16 upset of then No. 11 Northwestern in front of a large homecoming crowd at Bulldog Stadium. Of Concordias

Mussell (first team) and teammates Emily Fleming (second team) and Jordan Donohoue (honorable mention) represented Concordia on the GPAC all-conference teams. Mussell served as the teams steadying force

Sophomore striker Rachel Mussell shined brightly throughout the 2012 season in which the Bulldog womens soccer team finished 6-9-1 overall and 4-5-1 in GPAC play. After scoring only two goals as a freshman midfielder in 2011, Mussell became a potent attacker this season while ranking second in the conference with 14 goals. She burst onto the scene early on in 2012 with a hat trick in a loss to visiting Nebraska-Kearney.


photo: Dan Oetting

Concordia leaned all season on senior outside hitter Amanda Kisker, a first team all-GPAC selection, and sophomore defensive specialist Carli Smith, a second team all-GPAC choice. Kisker, a Lincoln, Neb. native, finished her outstanding collegiate career with 1,111 kills and 784 digs and piled up a career best 378 kills this season. She ranked fourth in the conference with 3.3 kills per set and fourth in total kills. Sophomore Carli Smith of Temecula, Calif., also had a big season with 512 total digs the fourth most in the GPAC. Her 4.5 digs per set ranked third in the conference. Sophomores Amanda Abbott and Mariah Schamp received honorable mention.

Scott Mattera completed his first season as head volleyball coach in 2012. The Bulldogs completed the season with a mark of 10-21 overall and 4-12 in league play. While Concordia struggled at times, it faced one of the NAIAs most difficult schedules with matches against 10 nationally-ranked opponents. The Bulldogs often pushed highly-rated foes hard like when they took then No. 19 Doane to five sets on Oct. 24 in Crete.

well be calling...
Concordias Alumni Office is preparing to publish a new alumni directory. We know how much our alumni like to reconnect with old friends and find new contacts, but we dont want to publish a new directory without updated information. Weve partnered with Publishing Concepts Inc. (pci) to help contact all of our alumni, so please help by responding when they mail, email or call (this will be in addition to our annual phonathon). For more information about the alumni directory project email or call 800.535.5494, ext. 7408.

photo: Matt Wingert

youre invited!
CIT January 25-26, 2013, Seward Come home to Concordia when the Bulldogs host the annual Concordia Invitational Tournament. The All-Concordia Alumni Reception is Saturday, January 26, 3:30-5:30 p.m. in the Walz Field House. Lutheran Education National Administrators Conference February 7-9, Phoenix Meet Concordias representatives and learn about the online programming available for educators and administrators. LCMS Synodical Convention July 20-25, St. Louis Join your fellow alumni at the All-Concordia reception on Tuesday, July 23, at the Hilton Garden Inn before the evening Cardinals vs. Phillies game. Visit Concordias exhibit throughout the convention to reconnect with faculty and staff, our students and alumni. Spring 2013 Music Tours These concerts are the perfect opportunity to reconnect with alumni and friends and meet Concordias students, faculty and staff. Chamber Choir Tour January 31-February 4 Greater Tucson & Phoenix area

Photo by bunchesandbits on Flickr. Some rights reserved.

Share the

with fellow A Cappella Alumni in Spain

In the Spring of 2014, Dr. Kurt von Kampen will travel to Spain with a select 45-voice mixed choir comprised of alumni of the University A Cappella Choir. The two week, performance-based tour will focus on mission and outreach as the choir joins with the Spanish Evangelical Lutheran Church to share the Gospel message of salvation through Jesus Christ. All alumni who were members of the A Cappella Choir are encouraged to audition. Information about tour costs, the audition process, and music is available online at Find out more todayall auditions are due by May 10, 2013.


Check for specific concert details.

S y m p h o n i c B a n d To u r M a rc h 8 - 1 7 Northeast Iowa, Indiana, Michigan & Missouri A C a p p e l l a C h o i r To u r A p r i l 1 1 - 1 6 Nebraska, Minnesota, Wisconsin & Illinois

Golden Reunion of the CTC Class of 63 May 9-12 on Concordias campus during Commencement weekend Watch your mailboxes for registration materials in early March. For lodging options visit Golden Reunion of the Concordia High School Class of 63 October 11-13 on campus during Homecoming and Alumni Reunion Weekend Registration will be available online in late summer. Watch the summer issue of the Broadcaster magazine for all the details.

Reunions in 2013

2013 LCMS National Events This is a big year, and Concordia will be there!

LWML Convention June 27-30, Pittsburgh Visit the Concordia exhibit for your alumni gift and the latest news from Concordia. National Youth Gathering July 1-5, San Antonio Concordias Alumni Reception is Wednesday, July 3, at the Guadalajara Grill just across the street from the convention site. Visit the Concordia exhibit and snag the 2013 Kiss Me button!


Class Reunions for Class Years ending in 3s and 8s During Homecoming and Alumni Reunion Weekend, October 11-13, 2013 If your class will be celebrating its 10th, 25th, 30th or 40th year reunion, now is the time to reconnect with your classmates and friends. Email or call the alumni office, 800-535-5494, ext. 7341 to work with staff on your reunion.

1 2

| Dr. Peter Morkert 90 serves as principal of Madison Rose Lane School in Phoenix, Arizona. In August the school was identified as a Rewards School by State Superintendent of Public Instruction, John Huppenthal for being a High Performing and High Progress school. [9]

Dr. Ralph Reinke (President Emeritus) was invited by the U.S. Department of Defense to participate in a seminar on strategic planning at U.S. Armys War College, Gettysburg, Pa. He was also honored as a World War II veteran.

Barbara Brandt 50 has been competing in masters track and field since 1989. In August she won the javelin and discus at the Masters National outdoor meet. She holds the American javelin record for the 75-79 and 80-84 age groups. In 2011 she was second in the world rankings for 80-84 javelin.

Three Concordia University alumni are living within a few miles of each other in the NordrheinWestfalen region of Germany. MSgt Tammy Minderman 92 (United States Air Force) is stationed at Geilenkirchen nato Base in Geilenkirchen, as are MSgt Brian Coffman, husband of alum Michelle Meyer 97 Coffman and Chaplain (Capt.) Jeremy Gorline, husband of alum Gretchen Daubendiek 94 Goline. | Tim Horst 93 graduated from Concordia University Wisconsin, Mequon in 2011 with a Master of Church Music degree. He lives in Evansville, Ind., with his wife Kim Parker 92 Horst and their three children. He is director of music at St. Pauls Lutheran Church in Evansville. [10] | Lenor Hough 94 Wilkie and husband, Rev. Dana Wilkie, along with big brother Alan announce the birth of Mark Donovan Wilkie on Aug. 3, 2011. [11]

| Dr. Bill Niebergall 57 and his wife, Carol, served four years as co-presidents of the Concordia University, St. Paul Retired Faculty and Spouses Organization. They also celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary, having met as faculty of a Lutheran school in Chicago. [1] | Ron Kamprath 65, Alisha Bohnert 11, Ruth Pralle HS 33 CO 40 and Irene Beethe 76 attended Lectures in Church Music at Concordia University, Chicago. [2]
Dennis Berens CO 67 GR 72 received the Outstanding Rural Health Achievement Award from the Nebraska Rural Health Association for his work improving the states rural health care. Dennis Breidert 70 and Kathy Sohn 71 Breidert retired from the teaching ministry after 42 years at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Lakewood, Colo. Kathy and Denny praise the Lord for their time at Bethlehem and look forward to the next stage of life. Rev. Thomas Chopp 72 is the Chaplain Elect for Avera Marshall Regional Center in Marshall, Minn. He was installed in September as its first full-time clinical staff chaplain. He is a board certified member by the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy. | Dr. Richard Werling 72 was named the 2012 Kansas Health Champion by the Governors Council on Fitness. He was presented the award by Gov. Sam Brownback. Werling recently retired as superintendent of schools in Fort Scott, Kan., where he resides with his wife, Cathy Raguse 74 Werling. [3] | Rev. Linda Burse 73 Kraft, pastor of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Trumbull, Conn., received the Community Builders Award from the Council of Churches of Greater Bridgeport Connecticut for her service, including a term on its Board of Directors and ten years with the Councils Bridge Building Ministry. [4]



| Melissa McCrae 97 married Markus Meyer on March 31, 2012. The couple resides in Sioux Falls, S.D. Melissa received her M.A. in Human Resources from the University of Minnesota in 2008 and serves as a campus administrator for the Evangelical Good Samaritan Society. [12] Nathan Sprengel 97 graduated from medical school as a Doctor of Osteopathy in May 2012 from Kansas City University of Medical and Biological Sciences. His wife, Charise Pritzel 95 Sprengel, teaches 3rd grade at Christ Lutheran in Overland Park, Kan.The couple has three daughters Ryleigh,12, and twins Savanna and Brynn, 9. Denise Fahr 98 Pratt has accepted a job as the chief financial officer of the Omaha Childrens Museum. Tim Schermbeck 98 and Cassie Pfeiffer 99 Schermbeck and son Jacob, age 3, welcomed daughter and sister, Sydney Jo, to the world on January 6, 2012. They reside in Georgetown, Texas, where Cassie serves as dce at Faith Lutheran Church. | Jennifer Siemer 99 Bruening and husband, John, celebrated the birth of their son, Grayson Grant Bruening, on Oct. 8, 2012. He was welcomed home by his big sisters Kylie, Gracie, and Lily. [13]




| Emily Dumke 99 Fox and husband, Terry, announce the birth of Brady Tye Fox on Jan. 8, 2012. He joins big brother, Patrick. The family lives in Fort Collins, Colo. [14] Colleen McCulley 00 Oakes, wife of Pastor Ryan Oakes 02, published her first fictional novel, Elly in Bloom, this fall.

Marsha Junghans 73 Maurer has released her fourth book, Whatever is Lovely: Design for an Elegant Spirit. | Anita Kipp 77 now makes her home in China and is teaching preschool 4s at Concordia International School in Shanghai where she received a call in 2008. She fostered a child, Danielle, for 7 months until she was adopted by a family living in the U.S. She continues to be a foster mom for other babies awaiting adoption. [5] | Dr. Steven Christopher 79 has joined the faculty at Concordia University, Ann Arbor as Associate Professor of Family Life, and Associate Director of the Family Life program. He and his wife, Doris Deterding 79 Christopher, make their new home in South Lyon, Mich. [6] | Pastor Jay West 79 released the book Downloads from HeavenInstructions and Examples of Hearing from God. Jay also writes a weekly blog about Kingdom Encounters. He and his wife, Diane Steffen 82 West, have been married for 33 years. [7] Dr. Lesa M. Covington 80 Clarkson received the 2011 Josie R. Johnson Human Rights & Social Justice Award and was also appointed to the Minnesota Board of Teaching by Gov. Mark Dayton. In May 2012, she achieved tenure and was promoted to associate professor at the University of Minnesota. | Dr. Alan Runge 87 and wife, Sherri, announce the birth of a new baby boy, Elijah Paul Runge, born on July 11, 2012. [8]
17 15

| Kristy Waterman 00 Plander and husband, Tim, announce the birth of a daughter, Cora Jean Plander, on June 29, 2012. She joins big sister Megan. [15] Christian Boehlke 01 and his wife, Kristine, celebrated the birth of their fourth daughter, Evelyn Jeanne Boehlke, on Aug. 16, 2012. Evelyns sisters, Lillian Beatrice, Lydia Margaret, and Sophia Grace, were excited to welcome another sister into the world. Christian currently serves as principal and teacher at Faith Lutheran School in Plano, Texas. Dr. Gilbert Fugitt 01 has been selected as the new Dean of Students at Concordia University, Irvine, Calif. He began his new role on July 1, 2012. Prior to this, Fugitt served as Associate Dean of Students for the university. Before joining the staff at Concordia in 2007 as Service Leadership Coordinator, Fugitt served as Director of Christian Education for Our Savior Lutheran Church in Arcadia, Calif. | Andrew Benscoter CO 02 GR 05 married Sara Allen on July 28, 2012. Andrew is principal of Shepherd of the Desert Lutheran School in Scottsdale, Ariz. [16]


| Melissa Iehl 02 Merker and husband, Michael, announce the birth of their first child, Helen Grace, on April 5, 2012. Helen was baptized May 6, 2012 at Jordan Lutheran Church in Apex, N.C. [17]

| Catherine Roth CO 02 GR 07 Streuter, husband, Andrew, and big brother, Jonah, celebrated the birth of Micah Donald on Nov. 20, 2011. The family resides in Collinsville, Ill., where Catherine works as a tutor. [18]

| Janelle Schoenleber 02 Thomas and husband, Steve, celebrated the birth of Violet Paige on June 20, 2012. Violet was welcomed by big sister, Dahlia. Janelle teaches 2nd grade part time at Messiah Lutheran School in St. Charles, Mo. [19] | Ryan Burger 04 and Lisa Kirsch 04 Burger announce the birth of their first child, a daughter, Kylie Vera, born on Oct. 1, 2012. The Burgers reside in Lincoln, Neb. [20] | Joshua Dixon 04 and Jennifer Iehl 05 Dixon celebrate the birth of Emily Nicole born on March 28, 2012. She was welcomed by her big brother, Caleb. Joshua teaches at Lutheran High School in Springfield, Ill., while Jennifer stays at home with Caleb and Emily. [21] Nicole Theobald 04 Kinworthy and husband, Andrew, welcomed their second child on April 24, 2012. Samantha Grace was welcomed home by big sister, Alexandra. Amy Morton 04 Coopers article, Todays Technologies Enhance Writing in Mathematics, was recently published in the Clearing House journal. She received a masters degree in teaching from Saginaw Valley State University in May and continues to serve as teacher at Valley Lutheran High School in Saginaw, Mich., with her husband, Ben. | Margaret Ingerslew 05 Lange moved to Minot, N.D., (stationed at Minot afb) with her husband, Seth, and son, Andersen, in March 2012. She was promoted to Captain on June 18, 2012, and was deployed with the 69th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron to Andersen afb, Guam from July through October. [22] | Matthew Marty CO 05 GR 10 and Kayla Luehmann CO 05 GR 10 Marty announce the birth of Kaleb Howard born on June 16, 2012. He is welcomed by big brother, Micah. [23]
22 29 28

| Adam Hengeveld 09 and wife, Beth, announce the birth of their daughter, Charlotte Grace, on Oct. 3, 2012. [28] Ashley Myers 09 married Dylan Connolly on July 2, 2011. Emily Brennan 09 Tracy graduated with a masters in organizational leadership from College of Saint Mary, Omaha, Neb., in May. She currently works at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska. Kjersten Langewisch 09 Tucker earned a masters degree in architecture from Georgia Tech in May. She is employed at Niles Bolton Associates, in Atlanta, Ga. | Zachary Baedke 10 and Emilie Bourret 11 were united in marriage on Dec. 31, 2011, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Sidney, Neb. Emilie and Zach met while on the cross country and track team at Concordia. They reside in Omaha where both are employed with First National Bank. [29] | Blake Miller 12 and Hailey Moore 11 Miller were married June 9, 2012, near Idaho Falls, Idaho. The couple resides in New Braunfels, Texas, where Blake works at a local middle school and Hailey is the dce at Cross Lutheran Church. [30]
Correction: In the Summer 2012 edition of the Broadcaster, we inadvertently omitted a photo credit from the 1991 yearbook on pages 14 and 17. Those photos (a large crucifix and ugly shirt day) were originally taken by Rev. Todd A. Peperkorn who now serves at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Rocklin, Calif.





Ken Kahl, Jr. 05 received a Faculty of the Year award from Buena Vista University for the 2011 2012 school year. He has been an adjunct instructor for bvus campuses in Denison and Carroll, Iowa, teaching classes in English and communications since 2008. Martin McGoey 06 graduated in May with an M.A. in English from the University of Northern Iowa and gave the commencement speech at the graduate ceremony. | Kalika Peske 06 graduated with a masters degree in speech-language pathology from Minnesota State University Moorhead on May 12, 2012. She works as a speech-language pathologist at Sanford Hospital in Bemidji, Minn. [24] | Amanda Adams 07 was married to Kyle Worner on March 24, 2012. She is a registered nurse in Omaha, Neb., and is pursuing a masters degree in nursing for family nurse practitioner. [25] Nicole Koetter 07 authored a childrens book, If I Were an Animal, released in 2012. Robert Reuter 31 Dearle Schatz 41

Gertrude Gieselmann Bolton 30

in memorium
Gretchen Poe Sylwester 56 Roger Rappe 58 Phyllis Plager Schroeder 57 Gary Clayton 60 Elaine Mar Hughes HS 60 CO 64 William Kohlmeier 61 Richard McClary 61 Clarence Weiser 62 Janet Ebert Stavnes 62 William Allmen Jr. 63 Peter Manz 74

Thyra Lulow Burnes 67 Terrance Schmidt 67 Rose Kark Remer 70 Ronald Gesch 71 Karl Schmidt 73


Vendetta Ahrens Kragel 42

Eleanor Kolterman Heinicke 43 Margaret Bereuter Roth HS 46 LaVaughn Roth Fenster HS 48 52 Wayne Delventhal HS 48 CO 51 Mary Lou Becker Owen 50 Dick Hagemoser 51 Adrian Kelly 51 Alice Chelmo 52

Sandra Kanter Schenck 71

Wyoma Helms Christiansen 76 Steven Triebes 76 Rhoda Brand House 80 Joann Hladky GR 86 Duane Fahr 87 Kelly Smith 96


Timothy Shewmaker 07 has been named an Associate of the American Guild of Organists after passing a rigorous theoretical and practical examinationone of 13 successful candidates this year in the United States. Timothy is director of parish music at Our Redeemer Lutheran in Dallas, Texas. Bryan Merry 08 obtained his Certificate in Long Term Care Administration from Southeast Community College-Lincoln in September 2012 earning High Distinction status. Bryan is married to Carrie Schardt 08 Merry . | Brett Mertens 08 and LeighAnn Darneal 08 Mertens recently visited Matt Baller 09 and wife, Amy, in Alaska and made a trip to Seward, Alaska. [26] Jason Adams 09 and Amanda Knox 10 Adams have moved to Hamilton, Mont., where Amanda is serving Grace Lutheran in Youth and Childrens ministry. They are living in a house called the Outpost where they will be setting up an outreach ministry to the high school across the street.

Gwendolyn Maahs Dreyer 64 Laura Fiechtner Kehren 64 Earl Telschow 64 Walter Peters 66 Philip Rosel HS 64 CO 68

Marvin Erdman HS 53 CO 57 Emil Kriewaldt 55 Alice Ficken Sauder 56

Nancy Jackel Rosen 95 Brenda Schowalter Longman GR 11


About Alumnotes


| Sheila Cihal 09 Douglas and her husband, Ryan, announce the birth of a baby boy, Kale Ray, on Aug. 31, 2012. He is welcomed by siblings Kobe, 9, Jace, 7, Skylar, 4 and Reed, 1. They live in Salina, Kan. [27] Jesse Driller 09 graduated in May 2012 with a doctorate degree in physical therapy and started a new job in August in Odessa, Texas, at the hospital.


Address updates can also be made at

Photos are welcome, but will not be returned. For digital files, please submit the highest resolution image you have available.Please note that sending an image does not guarantee its publication. Please submit items for the Summer 2013 issue by May 1.

Submit Alumnotes by visiting and clicking the Submit an Alumni Note link on the right side of the page or by post: Concordia University, Nebraska Alumni News, 800 North Columbia Ave., Seward, NE 68434. All submitted items may be edited.

Concordia welcomes news of alumni accomplishments and other milestones in the lives of alumni. Alumni news must be submitted directly by the featured alum. When submitting a death notice, please send a copy of the obituary, if possible, and include the names and class years of any survivors who attended Concordia University, Nebraska.


800 North Columbia Avenue Seward, NE 68434




Visit for the most recent schedule and ticket information.
January Spring term begins ISMS: Concordias Permanent Collection in Context open through Feb. 15, Marxhausen Gallery Sleet and Snow Forensics Invitational Looking Beyond Speaker Series: Pastor James L. Brooks, Weller Auditorium, 10 a.m. Visit Day for prospective students, visit to register Concordia Invitational Tournament All-Concordia Alumni Reception, Fieldhouse, 3:30 p.m. Visit for more information ISMS: Concordias Permanent Collection in Context Gallery Reception in Marxhausen Gallery from 1 to 4 p.m. with exhibition talk at 2 p.m. in TLEC auditorium Chamber Choir Tour begins February Chamber Choir Tour (Arizona) IMPROVables Performance, Studio Theatre, Music Center, 7:30 & 9 p.m. Indoor Track GPAC Championships Mission IMPROVables, Weller Auditorium, 8 p.m. Wrestling NAIA Northern Qualifier Chamber Choir Concert, St. John Lutheran Church, 3 p.m. Biennial Faculty Exhibition open through April 5, Marxhausen Gallery Visit Day for prospective students, visit to register Career & Graduate Fair, JCC Cattle Conference Room, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Biennial Faculty Exhibition Gallery Reception in Marxhausen Gallery from 1 to 4 p.m. with gallery talk at 2 p.m. 28 Ralph Reinke Speaker Series: Dr. Tom Cedel, president of Concordia University Texas in Austin, Weller Auditorium, 10 a.m. A panel discussion will follow. Wrestling NAIA Championships begin, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Indoor Track NAIA Championships begin, Geneva, Ohio March Arsenic and Old Lace, Studio Theatre, Music Center, 7:30 p.m. Arsenic and Old Lace, Studio Theatre, Music Center, 2 p.m. Baseball home opener vs. York, 1 p.m. Symphonic Band Tour (Midwest) Spring Break Osten Observatory Open House, 8 to 9:30 p.m. Visit Day for prospective students, visit to register Juried High School Art Show, Brommer Art Center, 2 p.m. Experience Art Day, Brommer Art Center IMPROVables Performance 24 hour IMPROVathon, 7:30 p.m. Softball home opener vs. Dordt College, 1 p.m. Symphonic Band Concert, St. John Lutheran Church, 3 p.m. Easter Break (through April 1) April The Matchmaker, Weller Auditorium, 7:30 p.m. Gathering of the Talents The Matchmaker, Weller Auditorium, 2 p.m. Annual Student Art Exhibition open through April 19 at Marxhausen Gallery Annual Student Art Exhibition Opening Reception, Marxhausen Gallery, 1 to 4 p.m., Awards presentation at 2 p.m. 10-21 12-13 18-20 19 21 28 28 29 A Cappella Choir Tour (Upper Midwest) Outdoor Track Hosts Concordia Outdoor Invite One Act Play Festival, Studio Theatre, Music Center, 7:30 p.m. Visit Day for prospective students, visit to register A Cappella Concert, St. John Lutheran Church, 7 p.m. Bachelor of Fine Art Thesis Exhibition Opening Reception, Marxhausen Gallery, 1 to 4 p.m., Artist talk at 2 p.m. Male Chorus & Womens Chorale Concert, St. Gregory the Great Seminary, 4 p.m. University Concert Band Concert, Weller Auditorium, 7 p.m. May Softball GPAC Championships begin Baseball GPAC Championships begin Outdoor Track GPAC Championships, Seward, Neb. Spring JazzFest, Weller Auditorium, 7:30 p.m. IMPROVables Performance, Studio Theatre, Music Center 7:30 & 9 p.m. Handbell Concert, Recital Hall, Music Center, 3 p.m. Class of 63 Golden Reunion Osten Observatory Open House, 9 to 10:30 p.m. Outdoor Track Hosts Concordia Twilight Commencement, Arena, 10 a.m. A Cappella International Tour Outdoor Track NAIA Championships, Marion, Ohio Softball NAIA Championships begin, Columbus, Ga.

14 14 19-20 21 21 25-26 26 27

28 29

1-2 3 5 8-17 9-17 17-21 22 22 22-23 22-23 23 24 29 5-6 6 7 7 7

31 1-3 1 15-16 15 16 17 17 18 21 24

2 2 3-4 3 4 5 9-12 9 10 11 12-31 23-25 24

The Broadcaster is printed on 100% post-consumer recycled paper made by a clean tech paper mill that reduces energy consumption by 50%, water usage by 40% and greenhouse gas emissions by 35%.