Aug 01, 2018
In two short years serving as the Chief Financial Officer for the city of Minneapolis, Concordia College alumnus Mark Ruff ’87, is already receiving praise and top honors for his ability to create consensus and ignite change and growth.
The Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal named Ruff the 2017 CFO of the Year for the government sector.
According to the business journal, this honor was earned in large part due to Ruff’s success in bringing elected bodies together toward…Alumni
Jun 20, 2018
Tyler Olson ’05 has been elevated to partner at Fox Rothschild.
Olson advises financial institutions, institutional investors, and real estate owners in a wide variety of commercial financing transactions, including construction, permanent, mezzanine and conduit loans across all asset classes.
May 22, 2018
Three Cobber alumni had the same idea to show support for their alma mater.
Breck School in Golden Valley, Minn., holds a College Decision Day party for its seniors each May and faculty take the opportunity to join in the fun.
Chris Ohm ’98, assistant director of Upper School, thought it would be a great way to show…Alumni
Apr 30, 2018
A prize-winning composition by Lyle Stutzman ’06 was at the center of a Wichita Chamber Chorale concert.
Stutzman’s “I Am the Lord” was the first-place winner of the 2017 Kansas Choral Composition Prize. The biannual competition, co-sponsored by Wichita Chamber Chorale and Senseney Music, awards a prize of $1,000.
Wichita Chamber Chorale performed…
Apr 16, 2018
When Heidi Farner ’99 married Nate Christen ’99 in December, it was a Cobber family affair.
Farner’s mom, Beverly (Richman) Farner, is a 1966 grad and Christen’s mom, the late Dorothy (Lindfors) Christen, was also a ’66 grad.
The photo of the bridal party includes (back row): Brent Pellinen, Melissa Denton, Kevin Christopherson, Solvei…
Apr 03, 2018
Heidi Marttila-Losure ’00 has published a book titled “Sky Theater: Essays on Rural Life and Community.”
The collection of essays invites readers to see new possibilities in rural communities. The book also includes photographs taken near her South Dakota farm near Frederick.
The title comes from one of the underappreciated aspects of rural living:…
Mar 19, 2018
Wright & Close LLP has changed its name to Wright Close & Barger LLP, adding the name of partner Jessica Zavadil Barger ’99 with the firm’s founders, Tom Wright and Howard Close.
“We are very happy to recognize Jessica’s legal talents and business acumen through this name change,” Wright said. “She has been an outstanding leader for this firm and an outstanding fighter for her clients. Renaming the firm to include her…
Mar 07, 2018
When gathered at the Minneapolis campus of Bethlehem Lutheran Church Twin Cities at the visitation for their beloved Pastor Christopher Nelson who passed away in June, four Cobbers connected for a group photo.
From top left: Gail (Haugen) Nylin ’83, immediate past president of the Bethlehem Church Council; Jessica Epple ’15, children, youth and family specialist at Bethlehem; Soren Poffenberger ’13, youth ministry specialist at Bethlehem; and Steve…
Feb 19, 2018
The Minneapolis law firm of Nilan Johnson Lewis has more than its fair share of Cobbers.
Eight of the firm’s 54 lawyers are Concordia grads, representing four different decades.
All share a common affection for Concordia and gratitude for the foundation it provided, leading each to success in his or her chosen field.
Feb 05, 2018
Julie Kaldor Grives ’93 (left) and Patty Kramer ’11 shared the role of the mother in “Amahl and the Night Visitors” at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where they are both pursuing their doctorates in voice.
Amahl” is a one-act opera by Gian Carlo Menotti.
Jan 22, 2018
Classmates and former business majors David Pederson ’64 (left) and O. Jeffry “Jeff” Olson ’64 (right) are pictured at a historic site in Geneva Old Town, Switzerland.
Pederson, a retired businessman and college donor from Dawson, Minn., and Olson, a former member of the Board of Regents and campaign volunteer leader from Spicer, Minn., along with senior gift planner John Pierce ’65, West Fargo, N.D., spent…
Jan 03, 2018
Dr. Margaret (Hayford) O’Leary ’73, Northfield, Minn., received the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit, Knight First Class, from King Harald V, Olso, Norway, in September.
O’Leary is the King Olav V Chair in Scandinavian-American Studies at St. Olaf College.
The Royal Norwegian Order of Merit was founded by King Olav V in 1985. It is conferred on foreign and Norwegian nationals as a reward for their outstanding…
Nov 28, 2017
Cobbers gathered in Albert Lea, Minn., at the Drommerhausens to reminisce and celebrate 40 years of wonderful friendships made at Concordia College.
They traveled from Kansas, California, Nebraska, Wisconsin, and Minnesota to Stand Up and Cheer!
Pictured (l-r): Ray Julson ’78, Palm Springs, Calif.; Pam (Wilson) Lynner ’77, Clarkfield, Minn.; Pat Lund-Moe ’78, Hortonville, Wis.; Dave Drommerhausen…
Nov 06, 2017
Doug Brekke ’80 and Kristi Bummer ’87 were married in June in Scobey, Mont., with nearly 30 Cobbers in attendance.
This was a first marriage for both. Doug had terminal cancer and passed away in October at age 59.
With so many from the Cobber family present, this was indeed a quality wedding! The group photo of Cobbers includes: Joel Westby ’79, Sidney…
Sep 29, 2017
Joan (Ubaniak) Wodiska ’96 was honored for her service as the vice president and member of the State Board of Education in the Commonwealth of Virginia from 2013-17.
Wodiska was subsequently appointed by the governor to represent Virginia on the Education Commission of the States. Wodiska is also a gubernatorial appointee to fight childhood hunger.
Previously, she was the president of the Virginia School…