Includes “On Demand” sessions which are available for viewing at any time

Dr. Per Anderson, professor emeritus, Religion

Dr. Mark Krejci, professor, Psychology

ISC 260 (Repeated at 2:30 p.m.)

How does the Christian faith understand human work? Are humans meant to work? Can work be a spiritual practice? Does it participate in the presence of God in the world? Can humans find a life worth living in work? What roles should workers, employers, and society play in fostering good work? How can work today be improved? This concurrent session will encourage reflection on these and other questions by exploring the theology and ethics of work in the Catholic and Lutheran traditions. The session will address common convictions and distinctive teachings of these traditions. It will invite participants to share their questions and ideas about the meaning of human work.

Hanson Orchestral Rehearsal Hall – Hvidsten Hall of Music (Repeated at 2:30 p.m.)

Nat Dickey, professor/chair, Music

Making music, acting, dancing, painting, photography, ceramics, sculpture, composing, conducting, directing, writing stories, novels, films, or plays – for many of us, these are among the greatest sources of joy and fulfillment in life, especially when doing them with others who share our passion. Have you ever wondered how you can start or continue doing these things you love at college and beyond? We often feel pressure to focus on job and career skills to the exclusion of other things, but did you know that the ways of thinking, knowing, and doing inherent in the arts can lead to better employment opportunities AND help you lead a more fulfilling life? This panel, including examples from Concordia faculty, students, and alumni, will offer multiple perspectives on how participating in the arts can enrich their lives and opportunities now and into the future and give each participant an interactive, creative opportunity to explore how the arts can be a rewarding part of their life in a myriad of ways.

Birkeland Lounge (Repeated at 2:30 p.m.)

Susan Larson, Provost and Dean of the College; professor, Psychology

Sonja Wentling, professor, History; Program Director, Global Studies

Members of the Professional Growth Committee

In higher education, we talk regularly about what it means to be a student at a 21st-century college; about the ways the student experience has changed and how higher education is responding to external pressures. Much less time is spent in conversation about the impact these changes have on the role and work of faculty. Guided by our reflection on the goals and vision for “Concordia Leads: The Plan for 2030” and the changing landscape of higher education and its impact on small, private liberal arts colleges, Professional Growth Committee (PGC) has been holding listening sessions centered around the question of “what does it mean to be faculty at a 21st-century liberal arts college?” Members will share highlights from those conversations and facilitate discussion guided by five essential elements: promoting equity among academic appointments, protecting academic freedom, balance and flexibility, fostering professional growth, and promoting collegiality and a greater sense of community. They’ll discuss how these elements resonate with Concordia faculty, what else should be considered essential for faculty work, and how the job revolution may shape faculty work in the future.

OM 332 (Repeated at 2:30 p.m.)

Darrell Stolle, Chair Department of Education

Given how rapidly the labor market is changing, career indecision is not necessarily a bad thing.  In fact, it might even be desirable, especially if one is prepared for emergent circumstances.  This interactive presentation will explore strategies to position oneself to take advantage of unexpected, or chance events and turn them into opportunities for career/life enhancement.

This session is also available for viewing on zoom.

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Dr. Elna K. Solvang, Religion

Throughout the COVID crisis, individuals in various occupations have been designated as “essential workers.” Their skills and services – e.g., medical staff, grocery clerks, custodians and bus drivers – have been identified as critical for the safety of individuals and the ongoing functioning of society. Among the “essential workers” are some of society’s most vulnerable and marginalized persons. In addition to considering current realities that affect “making a living and making a life” the sacred writings of religious traditions can also yield wisdom and fruitful questions and insights. This session will explore representations of and considerations regarding “essential workers” in varied texts from the Bible. Participants will consider different views of work, different forms of work, different systems of work, and different values placed on work. This will be a discussion-based format, no particular religious identity or biblical knowledge is required. Everyone is invited to explore.

This session is also available for viewing on Zoom.

Olin 124


Aya Al-Shakarchi ’23

“When are we ever going to use this?” is a question we all asked ourselves throughout school during Algebra class. Our modern world and the education system instructs us to spend so much time inside classrooms talking about political theories, calculus equations, the poetry of John Keats and the exact stages of photosynthesis, but gives so little time for our emotional development that teaches us about our understanding of ourselves, our capacity to deal with our colleagues, our degrees of self-confidence, our handle on stress and self-compassion. In this session we will explore how school has missed out on teaching us the necessary emotional skills that causes us to pay a heavy price on our mental health in our adult profession.

Knutson Campus Center Centrum

Dr. Larry Papenfuss, director, Dovre Center for Faith and Learning; Major Gifts Office, Advancement
Deacon Jon Leiseth, Minister for Faith and Spirituality in Action; coordinator, PRIDEnetwork
Dr. Larry Papenfuss and Deacon Jon Leiseth join together in this concurrent session to tease out some of the ways in which meaningful work and a meaningful life are interwoven. Grounded in the Luther's theology of vocation, the intention of this session is to be practical and useful in daily living as we each balance a variety of obligations and seek sustainable and sustaining lives.

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Dr. Shontarius D. Aikens, assistant professor of management, Offutt School of Business

Dr. Meredith G. Wagner, associate professor/chair, Nutrition, Dietetics and Exercise Science; director, Combined Dietetic Internship and Master of Science in Nutrition

This session will feature an overview of five key principles involved in salary negotiations. Each principle will be explained in an easy-to-understand manner so as to be beneficial to all attendees, whether they have a background in business or have never worked for pay. In addition, we will provide real-world examples from different disciplines of how to apply each principle when negotiating salary.  At the conclusion of the presentation, attendees will be provided with a list of resources pertaining to salary negotiation for them to reference in the future.

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Bree Langemo, JD, director, Entrepreneurship Center; assistant professor, Law and Entrepreneurship

Heather McDougall ’06, CEO and co-founder of Bogobrush
Kara Lee ’20, founder of Kara Lee Creative Co.
Laura Caroon ’06, president and co-founder of Ladyboss Midwest

The world has changed in ways that now requires everyone to think and act like an entrepreneur. An entrepreneurial mindset shifts our perspective in a way that exposes opportunities, ignites ambition, and fosters innovation. And, in today's rapidly changing world, an entrepreneurial mindset is essential for individuals to adapt and thrive whether they work in an established organization, start something new, or work in the gig economy. A moderated discussion with some of Concordia’s most entrepreneurial graduates will include: understanding the new world of work and the need to be entrepreneurial no matter one’s chosen path; embracing entrepreneurship as a mindset that can empower all to be opportunity finders, problem solvers, and value creators; and learning how Concordia graduates create value by being entrepreneurial in the work they do.

Additional Resource: "The Artist Entrepreneur" Book Talk with Dr. Ron McCurdy