Christmas at Concordia 2017

The annual Christmas at Concordia concert is always a popular event for students; this year was no different.

For the third year in row, Christmas at Concordia sold out of tickets in a few days. Seeing a huge crowd in attendance was satisfying for CUW choir member Jonathon Gideon.

“It is really cool too see all of the support from the students and faculty here at Concordia. It really does make of all us feel special and worthwhile,” Gideon said.

All the Christmas at Concordia participants practiced a lot to prepare for the concert.

“We spent pretty the entire semester practicing and preparing for the concert. I for one am glad that it is over, but it was definitely nice to hear that standing ovation at the end of the concert, and to see all of the happy faces,” band member Collin Steiner said.

From the student perspective, Christmas at Concordia was a fun show to see and a must see for next year.

“Christmas at Concordia was amazing, and awesome. I loved all of it and it really helped me get into the Christmas spirit. The performers sounded great, and it was cool to see the culmination of all of their work,” Wong said.

Christmas at Concordia 2017 was once again a success, and people are looking forward to the concert in 2018.


New Campus Associate Pastor

Pastor Bender is now serving as the new associate pastor on campus at Concordia University of Wisconsin.

Douglas Bender, who graduated from CUW seven years ago, has followed God’s path for him by returning to his alma mater.

Pastor Bender spoke to God for guidance and put aside his own wants.

“It was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do in my life,” Pastor Bender said.

Pastor Bender will be working with Pastor Smith, helping to take on some campus ministry responsibilities.

“Having someone specifically devoted to campus ministry to work with me is fabulous. It helps to fill out our team,” Pastor Smith said.

Although the two do not read over the other’s sermons, they work as partners to come up with new ideas.

“We have the opportunity to bounce ideas off each other all the time,” Pastor Smith said.

While Pastor Smith handles anything that falls under campus ministry, Pastor Bender has taken responsibility for Haven, mission trips, Students for Life, and men’s ministry.

“It’s important to keep growing with the students because we have more students and a bigger variety,” Pastor Smith said.

The Lutheran denomination and students’ backgrounds have evolved. Pastor Smith said he hopes that the addition of a younger pastor will help to connect with students.

“I relish the chance to be back with this team and work with people that I’ve learned so much from,” Pastor Bender said.

Pastor Bender said his main goal is to help show students what faith in Christ looks like, while continuing to grow the campus ministry program.

“I am looking forward to the influence we will have on each other and on Concordia,” Pastor Smith said.

Q&A with SGA Treasurer Noah Voss

Q: What does SGA stand for?

A: SGA stands for Student Government Association. It’s a way for students to use their voice within CUW.

Q: What does SGA do?

A: SGA is in charge of all the clubs and organizations for students around campus…example A Cappella club.

Q: Where does the money come from?

A: Each student pays a SGA fee, which goes to the SGA yearly budget. This budget is used for events, university changes, clubs under SGA, and much more.

Q: How is SGA comprised?

A: An Executive Board consisting of the President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Chief Academic Officer, Chief Student Officer, and Chief Organizational Officer. All other members of SGA are considered the senate. The senate consists of students who serve as resident, academic, and organization senators.

Q: What is your role in SGA?

A: I am the Treasurer. I’m the money man.

Q: What does the Treasurer actually do?

A: I control the budget for the whole year! I make sure each club is using their money $1000 accordingly. I also sign off reimbursements.

Q: What do you say to those asking where the money actually end up?

A: Money goes to the clubs…$1000 each. We also use the money toward improving the school, like furniture and stuff like that, and events like Dancing Through the Decades.

Q: How can students learn more about SGA?

A: If they want to learn more about SGA, they are welcome to come shadow a senate meeting which we hold every Monday night at 9:30p.m.!


CUW Wrestling Season Preview:

With the 2017-18 Wrestling Season officially underway, there is a lot of speculation as to how the Concordia Wrestling team will fare amidst a major transitional period. Here’s what you can expect this season from your CUW Falcons:

The Falcons return eight wrestlers from last season’s team. Led by seniors Mack Braylock and Mitchell Slatton, the team is looking to rebuild after two of the most successful wrestlers in school history, Mason Bumgardner and Mason Mergener graduated last year. Both Bumgardner and Mergener qualified for the NCAA National Tournament last season and helped to elevate the Falcons overall team performance.

“Obviously it’s hard to replace guys like that. They don’t come around all that often and it’s been really fun to have gotten a chance to be teammates with those guys. But we’ve got a lot of hardworking, tough guys on the team right now and those are the guys we’re focused on going forward with.” said senior Mack Braylock. “We’ve got a lot of room for improvement but I won’t be shocked when we’re performing really well down the stretch with the group of guys we have right now.”

The team is also transitioning between coaches replacing, head coach Corey Van Groll. New head coach Kevin Koch has spent most of his time with the team getting them to buy in to his philosophy and coaching style.

“I think a lot of our guys have responded really well to Coach Koch. It is a little different than what we’re used to but at the same time the game doesn’t drastically change. We’re still being taught the same things, just in a slightly different method. And I think our guys are doing a really good job of buying in. And I think it’s going to pay off for us in the long run.” Braylock said.

The Falcons will continue their season on December 2nd taking part in the 13th Annual MSOE Invitational.