Jun 20, 2018
Emily Combs ’17 climbed 2,619 feet up to the top of a mountain in the Caribbean.
Combs, a Peace Corps volunteer in St. Lucia, climbed to the top of Gros Piton along with nine other volunteers. A spectacular landmark of St. Lucia that’s visible for miles, the Pitons – Petit Piton and Gros Piton – are twin volcanic plugs majestically…
May 11, 2018
It’s definitely about connections and “the places you’ll go” for Tom Mayer ’94, who just published a German grammar book.
Mayer’s book, “Get Your Deutsch On! Basic German in Two Weeks,” is designed be a fun way to introduce some basic principles of German.
Learning the basics of another language asks that you become a child again, and that’s really where the book…Alumni
Mar 21, 2018
Viola (Kringler) Braa ’32, one of Concordia’s oldest alumni, died Feb. 24.
Braa was born in 1909 in Buffalo, N.D., and grew up on a farm. As a child, she was often sick and missed so much school that she had to repeat the first grade and never imagined she would live to be 108 years old.
To put it into perspective…
Mar 07, 2018
For Breck Cogswell ’18, this tour of The Concordia Choir means coming full circle. It’s back to Fort Smith, Ark., where she first heard the choir sing on a previous tour and it means performing in her home church.
“It’s my favorite place to sing,” she says. “I’m very excited to be performing for my family, my friends and my church family.”
She especially enjoys singing “Stars” by Ēriks Ešenvalds. Cogswell, who is double majoring in religion and …Music
Feb 26, 2018
Zoe Mischtian ’19, Temple, Texas, says her favorite piece on this tour of The Concordia Choir is “O Magnum Mysterium,” a setting of the familiar Christmas text by composer and conductor Dr. René Clausen.
“I’m so glad we get to sing it,” she says. “It’s so beautiful and it blossoms into this huge sound that expresses everything we can do. It’s very moving and emotional, and I love being able to share it.”
Mischtian is also happy to be performing…Music
Jan 22, 2018
More than 500 high school students gathered for the Choral Festival at Concordia last weekend.
“Way to go, sopranos!” Dr. René Clausen’s amplified voice boomed through Memorial Auditorium.
Keeping a choir of 500 on track may sound difficult, but during this rehearsal all eyes were riveted.
“In the choral worlds, [Clausen] is an incredible…Music
Jan 04, 2018
Dr. Nat Dickey is kicking off the new year with a solo trombone recital in Fergus Falls, Minn.
Dickey, associate professor of low brass at Concordia College and principal trombonist of the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony, will be accompanied by Andrew Steinberg. The program, titled “The Trombone Troubadour,” has the sounds of the familiar as…Music
Dec 05, 2017
Dr. Hilda Koster’s new book, “Planetary Solidarity: Global Women’s Voices on Christian Doctrine and Climate Justice,” was celebrated with a book panel at the annual conference of the American Academy of Religion, held in Boston at the end of November.
Karenna Gore, director of the Center for Earth Ethics at Union Theological Seminary in New York, and Dr. Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza, Krister Stendahl Professor of Divinity at Harvard Divinity School of Harvard University, responded to the…
Nov 07, 2017
Celebrated composer, conductor and educator Dr. René Clausen, conductor of The Concordia Choir for the past 31 years, received the Alumni Achievement Award from his alma mater, St. Olaf College, this fall.
Clausen, a 1974 graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in choral music education, is also the artistic director of the Emmy Award-winning Concordia Christmas Concerts, which have been featured on PBS across the nation.
Long before Clausen…
Sep 01, 2017
Dr. Stephanie Ahlfeldt, associate dean of the college, told a sold-out audience that leadership and potential start with understanding who you are.
She spoke at a Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce women’s event focusing on how women need to empower themselves.
“In some situations, we are the ones holding ourselves back,” she said. “We think there is too much of a risk. Our…
Jun 29, 2017
Ellen Hopkins Elementary's Nature Play Day event went off without a hitch with help from interns Peri Lapp '18 and Jenna Januschka '17.
In order to create a Nature Play Park, a place where kids can play and learn in nature, the Parent Teacher Advisory Council of Ellen Hopkins Elementary School in Moorhead developed Nature Play Day as an event to inspire children to use nature…
Jun 12, 2017
Jessica Rieniets '04 has recently been named Teacher of the Year at Ellen Hopkins Elementary School in Moorhead.
After receiving a bachelor's degree in elementary education and Spanish, Rieniets went on to earn her master's degree in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis in reading. She has been a Spanish immersion teacher with Moorhead Area Public…
May 05, 2017
Corinne Burrell ’18 spent a semester using the pieces of the past at the Smithsonian museums to create events for the present.
Working with rare and priceless artifacts is key for museum studies majors, but Burrell got to create opportunities for the future of museums by interning for the world’s largest museum, education and research complex.
As an intern in the Office…
May 01, 2017
Kassondra Ptak '17 received a Japan Exchange and Teaching program scholarship and will be working in Japan for the 2017-18 academic year.
The JET program seeks to advance or enhance the English language education of Japanese students by hiring (most often) native English speakers to assist an English teacher in the classroom. Ptak, an art and global studies major with minors in…
Jan 04, 2017
Allison Cassell ’17 sits hunched in the attic of an old farmhouse, poring over items from days gone by.
It is warm. It is dirty. And it’s well worth it. She’s choosing pieces that will best fit the mission of the Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County, where she interned during the summer.
The internship is part of Cassell’s heritage…