A Rare Privilege

On Saturday, August 9th I had the privilege of speaking at the funeral of an old, dear friend, Earl Nolte. The service was held at St. Michael’s Lutheran Church, Bloomington, MN. Concordia alumna Jane (Kriel) Horn (`73) masterfully played the organ and led St. Michael’s choir and orchestra. Concordia alumnus

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Enrollment Going Up

Fall enrollment figures are beginning to firm up. Beth Peter, Director of Administrative Computing and Director of Institutional Research, recently reported traditional undergraduate headcount for fall 2014 at 1,275, up 16% from the same time last year, and a whopping 34% from the same time two years ago. Non-traditional undergraduate

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Taking Stock

It is important to periodically evaluate progress on our strategic plan. While we are entering the second year of our formal plan, which spans July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2018, it is appropriate to look back over the last three years to see what kind of momentum we are building.

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At Last, A Terminal Degree

That’s me on the scoreboard at Mariucci Arena “getting hooded” as I was awarded my PhD from the University of Minnesota’s College of Education and Human Development last month.  It is often said that no one earns a PhD alone, and that was certainly true in my case. First, I have to

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The Power In Resurrection

In his letter to the Christians at Corinth the Apostle Paul wrote: “If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile . . . but in fact Christ has been raised from the dead” (1 Corinthians 15:17, 20). The simple truth that Christ has been raised from the dead

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The Saint John’s Bible

While there are still many weeks remaining in the spring semester of our current academic year, we are also busy planning for next year.  In 2014-15, the Saint John’s Bible will provide a unifying context for our theme of the year, book of the year, convocation series, and other aspects

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Goal 4: Grow Net Assets

A few months ago Michael Dorner, Vice-President for Finance, reported that for the most recent year data has been collected, Concordia University St. Paul will be receiving a score of 2.9 out of a possible 3.0 on the U. S. Department of Education’s (DOE) test of financial strength. The rating

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When Goals and Promise Converge Redux

Several months ago I posted about how important it is that our strategic goals and Promise values are integrated.  In fact the foundation of our strategic plan is our five Promise Statement values – empowering, multicultural, urban, Christ honoring/all welcoming, and Lutheran.  I’m learning that living out those Promise values

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“The Socks Went Over Big”

Several days ago I got a telephone call from my wife who said simply: “The socks went over big.” Like most people, Susie and I are touched by the sight of individuals standing on street corners in insufferably cold weather, pleading for donations.  Usually they hold hand-lettered cardboard signs with

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Spring 2014: Enrollment Remains Strong

As we formally begin the spring 2014 semester today we are blessed with the news that enrollment is strong in all three categories of our core educational business. As of January 6, total enrollment of traditional undergraduate students is 1155.  That number compares favorably to spring semester 2013, which began

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