Alumni

Concordia’s alumni family now numbers more than 20,000 throughout the country and across the globe. These servant leaders have touched the lives of thousands in their classrooms, offices, businesses, congregations and communities. Through their support in prayer, gifts and referrals of prospective students they keep Concordia a viable ministry for generations to come.

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Homecoming & Alumni Reunion Weekend is Oct. 3-5, 2014 and registration is now open. 

  • Posted by Concordia University, Nebraska Alumni · 5 hours ago

    Show your support for Lutheran Education! You have a chance to help a Concordia Alumni, Lynne Erger, ’76, and Trinity Lutheran School in Billings, Montana win $100,000 for their school. Lynne wrote a grant proposal for Trinity and it was selected as one of the top 15 proposals in the nation. The proposal is called Operation: FILL it up! F is for furnishings, I for iPads, L for laptops and L for literature. The school is adding a new addition and this would fill up the insides of the library!

    Vote for a $100,000 Proposal | Thank a Million Teachers

    www.thankamillionteachers.com

    Online contest for Lynne Erger, ’76, and Trinity Lutheran School in Billings, Montana to win $100,000 for their school. The contest will end May 2014.

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  • Posted by Concordia University, Nebraska Alumni · 1 days ago

    For their years of support and service, Concordia grants the Friends of Concordia Award to Donald ('70) and Cheryl (Kahle '70) Klein. He served until 1973 as librarian at Concordia and then taught at St. John Lutheran in Waco, Nebraska. The couple also spent a decade farming in Oklahoma until he reentered the education field. He received the Newkirk’s Teacher of the Year award in 1988 and helped found the Professional Oklahoma Educators. Cheryl has served as an elementary teacher, organist and Sunday School teacher in her schools and churches. The couple regularly attends Concordia events such as Homecoming and Christmas at Concordia and continues to pray for and faithfully support the university.

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  • Posted by Concordia University, Nebraska Alumni · 1 days ago

    NOW IS THE TIME! We are in need of your Alumnotes. If you got married, had a baby, got a new job, published a book, etc, etc. etc. Let us know!

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  • Posted by Concordia University, Nebraska Alumni · 2 days ago

    Duane and Doris Clatanoff’s years of support to Concordia makes Concordia proud to present them with the Honorary Alumni Award. Doris served as an English professor at Concordia from 1971 to 1985. She also led a study tour to England, founded the first chapter of Concordia’s Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society and chaired the Humanities Department. Duane served on the National Maritime Commission in Texas and was president of the Texas Navy League before retiring in 1998. The couple lives in Tucson, Arizona, and have three sons: Craig, Clark and the late Dwight Clatanoff for whom they named a scholarship endowment that continues to bless Concordia students today.

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  • Posted by Concordia University, Nebraska Alumni · 3 days ago

    Concordia honors Michael Held (CHS '62, CO '66) with the Church Worker Alumnus of the Year award for his years as a teacher, golf coach and dedicated church musician. He has served as a teacher and church musician playing organ, directing choirs of all ages and leading hand bell, instrumental ensembles. He is also a member of the Concordia University Nebraska Athletic Hall of Fame. Held has supported two of Concordia’s scholarship funds and supervises student teachers from Concordia. He also often helps support and schedule Concordia’s music groups as they go on tour. He continues to serve in his retirement as an organist and hand bell director at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Westfield, Texas. He also coaches JV golf at St. John’s High School in Houston. Held and his wife Jeanne live in Cypress, Texas, and have four children and nine grandchildren.

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  • Posted by Concordia University, Nebraska Alumni · 4 days ago

    Concordia presents the Lifetime Service Award to Luther ('68) and Nancy Klenke for their decades of service to Concordia, the church and the world. After graduation, he received a call to serve as the first director of campus center and student activities where he served until his retirement in 2001. Nancy served as president and treasurer for the Tower Guild for several years and helped found the Guild’s scholarship endowment. The couple is also active as members of St. John Lutheran Church in Seward. Luther has served as an elder, usher, communion assistant and reader while Nancy has been active in the Lutheran Women’s League and introduced Financial Peace University to the church. Luther was also a volunteer fire fighter in Seward and continues to work part time at Zabka Funeral Home and serve on the Seward Area Chamber of Commerce. The Klenkes have three children: Timothy, Nathan, and Annette Oliver, who serves as director of Concordia’s early childhood education program. The family has three generations of Concordia graduates including Luther, his brother Walther, his sister-in-law Shirley, his daughter Annette and her son Trevor.

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  • Posted by Concordia University, Nebraska Alumni · 5 days ago

    Richard ('62) and Mira (Roeder '69) Wiegmann are the recipients of the Lifetime Service Award because of their decades of service as Concordia professors in the art and theatre departments. Richard accepted Concordia’s call to be an art professor in 1964 and faithfully served the department for 41 years. Mira received the call to be Concordia’s drama director from 1986 to 2009. Her legacy includes building the black box theater and beginning the tradition of a fall musical. Mira has also led summer speech camps for Lutheran schools, presented at the Plum Creek Literacy Festival and currently teaches English as a Second Language with the Beaverton Literacy Council. Richard served as a liturgical art advisor to the Synod’s Art and Architecture Advisory Committee for 25 years, was an illustrator for Issues in Christian Education for 24 years and has commissioned artwork for dozens of churches, schools, museums and businesses. The couple lives in Portland, Oregon, and are both active members at Zion Lutheran Church. They have three children: Flora, Melina and Jacob.

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  • Posted by Concordia University, Nebraska Alumni · 5 days ago

    We're giving thanks for the 384 new students this school year and praying for them as they develop excellence in academics, music, theatre, art, and athletics. More importantly, as all of our students grow in faith in Christ and service towards others. Alumni, thank you for supporting Concordia's students. www.cune.edu/Giving.

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  • Posted by Concordia University, Nebraska Alumni · 6 days ago

    Chad Thies '00 has quickly gained success in the business world, but what sets him apart is the way he also passionately lives his faith. Concordia proudly granted him the Lay Worker of the Year award. He began his career as an admissions counselor at Concordia and quickly became the director. He went on to work in internal recruitment, wellness and community relations at Talent Plus in Lincoln and later at Union Bank and Trust where he became first vice president in just two years. He also serves as president of Zelle Human Resources Solutions and is a board member for the Nebraska Human Resources Institute. Thies has used his leadership skills to serve the church as a lay leader at Christ Lutheran Church in Lincoln, Nebraska. Thies’ support of Concordia has remained constant since he graduated. He has spoken at business classes and brought Union Bank to the Career and Graduate Fair. Thies and his wife Laura '02 live in Lincoln, Nebraska, with their two children, Oliver and Olivia.

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  • Posted by Concordia University, Nebraska Alumni · 6 days ago

    Last Saturday we dedicated the Vern R. Harnapp Family Fountain in our new plaza (to be dedicated and named Oct. 27). You can watch the ceremony here:

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  • Posted by Concordia University, Nebraska Alumni · 7 days ago

    As a musician, teacher and overseas missionary, Chara Sype ('99, '04) illuminates Christ’s love to all she encounters with true joy, as the name Chara means in Greek, making her a worthy recipient of this year’s Church Leadership in Outreach Award. Concordia continued to be present in Chara’s life as she came back to work as an admission counselor and later in the Student Life Office after teaching second grade in Wisconsin for two years. No matter what her job title was, she continued to work joyfully in mission work as a regular volunteer with Compassion International and People’s City Mission in Lincoln, Nebraska. Sype worked for three years as a preschool teacher at Christ Lutheran in Lincoln and shared her musical talent as a youth choir director. She has also served at Faith Lutheran in Lincoln in the youth choir and praise band. Last year, Chara followed God’s call to serve overseas as a second grade teacher at St. Peter’s Christian College in the township of Mhluzi, South Africa, where she continues to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with all those she meets.

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