This year’s Homecoming Banquet not only left alumni with warm feelings of Cobber pride and nostalgia, but with a challenge. A call to RISE.
Amidst a crowd of more than 450 alumni attending with their reunion classes, family and friends, campaign co-chairs Rachel Hollstadt ’70 and James Senske ’75 announced the launch of the most aggressive fundraising campaign in the college’s history.
To date, $119 million has been raised toward the goal of $150 million by Dec. 31, 2019. The campaign is called “RISE,” signifying the intention to elevate the college and its mission through additional funding.
“It is such an honor to work with the loyal alumni and friend donors who support Concordia. We have great confidence that we will RISE together to raise at least $150 million for Concordia’s present and future learning initiatives,” said Teresa Harland, vice president for Advancement. “The dollars raised for the RISE campaign will position Concordia to thrive as a liberal arts institution well into the 21st Century.”
Responsibly Engaged in the World
The comprehensive campaign supports the college in mission to champion:
- INTEGRATIVE LEARNING so Concordia students can apply their classroom discoveries to the unscripted challenges of work and citizenship.
- INCLUSIVE LEARNING so Concordia students can flourish in the abundant diversity of people and cultures that we are called to serve.
- INNOVATIVE LEARNING so students of every age and stage of life can grow through the virtue and value of a Concordia education.
These funding priorities include raising resources for scholarships, programs, facilities and endowment.
Photos: W. Scott Olsen
Laura Caroon '06 is a content strategist at Concordia College.