May 15, 2014
Colleagues and former students honored a much-revered faculty member with a financial gift to help endow portions of the forensics program at Concordia.
Described as being “truly a scholarly gentleman,” Allwin Monson ’38 chaired the speech, communication and theatre art department and directed the successful forensics program from 1948 to 1957. Monson retired from the Concordia faculty in 1981…Alumni
Apr 23, 2014
Dr. Amy Kircher '97 is on the front line of defending our global food supply.
Americans today enjoy a greater variety and availability of foods – fresh fruits and vegetables in winter, for instance – thanks to a global food supply network.
It is 1997 graduate Amy (Schroeder) Kircher's job to see that this food supply…Alumni
Apr 21, 2014
Susie Ekberg Risher ‘82, Michelle (Hapka) Killoran ’01 and Andrea Wagner ’12 were awarded YWCA Cass Clay Women of the Year Awards at the organization’s annual fundraising event April 21.
Ekberg Risher, an author and supporter of the arts, received the award in the Arts and Communications category. Her books “Pink Stars and Angel Wings” and “The Trust Walk” are utilized in counseling centers, churches and clinics throughout the…Alumni
Apr 20, 2014
A global studies major can take you away from home – or back home, as in the case of Ethiopia native Dawit Endale Alemayehu ’11.
Alemayehu likes coffee, but it’s his passion for his work that motivates him to rise each morning and take to the streets of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
In addition to his coursework in global studies and business, Alemayehu sought out opportunities…Alumni Global
Apr 01, 2014
As a recent college graduate, Sudhir Selvaraj ’11 traveled back to his hometown of Bangalore, India, to start influencing the affairs of the world.
Update: A staged reading of "We All Live in Bhopal" will be at 8 p.m. Friday, April 4, in Barry Auditorium at Grant Center.
After studying political science and global studies at Concordia, Selvaraj interned with Visthar, a nonprofit organization…Alumni Global
Mar 25, 2014
Enterprise commercial features Erik Johnson '08, a former Cobber basketball player.
You weren’t imagining things if you heard “Cobbers” while watching an Enterprise Rent-A-Car commercial during the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournaments this past week.
The commercial features Johnson, an Enterprise employee who played Cobber basketball…Alumni Athletics
Mar 21, 2014
The top executive at Target Corp. says college students who are considering a business career must be grounded in uncompromising ethics.
“That’s the number one value in our business,” says CEO Gregg Steinhafel, speaking at the Offutt School Presents breakfast in Minneapolis on March 20. “Solid ethical behavior should be the core of who you are.”
Offutt School Presents is an…Alumni
Feb 25, 2014
An alumnus' passion takes him on an unexpected journey.
From Cobber to computer programmer to Oscar nominee, Eric Reynolds ’89 has followed a path that, though rewarding, has been anything but certain.
For the last seven years, Reynolds has worked as an animation supervisor for Weta Digital, the…Alumni
Feb 13, 2014
A recent graduate who worked on a research project with biology professor Dr. Ellen Aho is furthering that work as a sponsored researcher in the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology at the University of Oxford in England.
Corey Horien ’12 is continuing a study aimed at understanding bacteria associated with meningitis, the inflammation of the membranes that surround the brain, which is a serious problem in many parts of the world.
Aho says the combined Oxford-Concordia…Alumni
Feb 11, 2014
When Bruce and JoAnne Vieweg commissioned Paul Cravens ’12 to write a piece in memory of Dr. Pamela Jolicoeur, Concordia’s 10th president, Cravens asked himself how he would compose a piece of music about someone he didn't know very well.
Bruce Vieweg, Concordia’s CIO, says he admires Cravens’ work and wanted to commission a piece by him. “As we talked about it,” Vieweg said, “it started focusing more and more on Dr. Jolicoeur.”
Cravens struggled with the theme for a while,…Alumni Music
Feb 09, 2014
Two friends. Seven days. 155 miles. For Amanda “Chett” Matchett ’09 and Eric Wheeler ’09, this race is about more than mileage; it’s about honoring memories.
It’s OK to call Amanda “Chett” Matchett ’09 and Eric Wheeler ’09 a little crazy. Perhaps that is why they signed up for a seven-day, 155-mile trek across one of the world’s hottest deserts, part of the annual 4 Deserts race series through RacingThePlanet…Alumni Global
Jan 30, 2014
Dr. Peter Haberman, conductor of The Concordia Band, has a passion for creating and shaping a new band each year.
It’s a process that allows him to hone in on the musicians’ still-emerging musical skills to build an ensemble with the potential to give powerful performances.
It wasn’t that long ago that Haberman was a product of this process. A 1997 graduate…Music Alumni
Jan 22, 2014
Matt Hansen, a native Tennessean, found his perfect college fit at Concordia and then a career in the Fargo-Moorhead community.
Intrigued by the geographic area connected to his Scandinavian roots, Matt Hansen ’13 – a Tennessee native – started his college search on the Minnesota Private Colleges website. As he continued to explore his options, Concordia’s global focus…Alumni
Jan 21, 2014
Travel. Adventure. Passion. The Open Window Exchange is all about bypassing the big picture to celebrate the beauty in the little details.
For Stephanie Barnhart '13 and Zach Davis '13, traveling is less about the destination and all about the journey. Journeys to Argentina, Cambodia, Ireland, Rwanda, Scotland and Turkey – just to name a few.
But it’s not about the sightseeing…Alumni Global
Dec 17, 2013
Prompted by a religion class assignment, a 2006 alumnus' vision to establish the first library in Panyijiar is now a reality.
It’s one done but more to go for development in Panyijiar, an impoverished, war-ravaged village in South Sudan. The region was once home to many Lost Boys of Sudan who eventually found their way to Fargo-Moorhead and Concordia College.