May 8 Campus Update

Published by Concordia University, Nebraska 8 months ago on Fri, May 8, 2020 4:20 PM


Financial Options for Students

CARES Act Funding for Impacted Students

This week, the student financial services team created an application for our students to apply for reimbursement of expenses related to the transition from face-to-face to online classes. Our goal is to make this available to all eligible students. Find out more at

Professional Judgment

We know some students have been financially impacted because of major changes in family income due to employment changes. The student financial services team is available for these students to work through a process called professional judgment which allows for changes in the student's FAFSA filing. These changes could result in increased financial aid offerings to help them through their challenges. 

Student Calling Campaign 

Thank you to the 35 partners in ministry who worked together to personally call each of our undergraduate students to connect with them and let them know we’re here for them and to answer any questions they or their families had.

Reopening Task Force 

We're thrilled to announce that Dr. Nancy Elwell has agreed to lead our Campus Reopening Task Force. Dr. Elwell will provide outstanding leadership to identify, evaluate and make recommendations concerning the various aspects and necessary actions for conducting face-to-face operations for faculty, staff, students, campus service partners and the public on our Seward and Lincoln campuses while Directed Health Measures, issued by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, are in effect. This Task Force will also identify, evaluate and make recommendations for a plan for safe operations in the event a new outbreak of COVID-19 would occur. 

Task Force Member Primary Role
Dr. Nancy Elwell  Leader
Andreea Baker Health Information/Service
Rev. Ryan Matthias Spiritual Life
Kirby Klappenback  General Counsel
Dr. Lisa Ashby Academics
Dr. Kent Einspahr Information Technology
Philip Hendrickson Library Services
Jeremy Geidel Enrollment & Retention
Louise Kroft & Lori Read Finance
Shawn Zook Human Resources
Kathleen von Kampen Student Life
Angela Muller Athletics
Chris Read Custodial
Ron Down Security
Jen Furr & Briianne Imig Events
Amy Jurgens Advancement
Seth Meranda Communications

Should any of these members contact you for assistance with this important task, please consider your assistance a top priority.

Commencement and Graduation Celebration

On Saturday, May 9 at 10 a.m., the University will be releasing a Graduation Celebration video compiled of video clips submitted by many of the graduating class on Facebook and YouTube. We encourage all partners in ministry to watch live and share comments of congratulations for our graduating students.

We are planning an in-person commencement on campus August 1. A survey of students has indicated many would like to return to campus for this event. Dr. Preuss is leading the commencement committee to determine all the logistics to ensure the safety of all graduates, their families and guests are top priority. A link for registration is available on our Commencement web page, and more information about the day will be posted there once it becomes available.