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.!


Zoey’s 5th Birthday and New Comfort Dog Initiative

CUW students love the on-campus comfort dog Zoey. As Zoey celebrates her 5th birthday, a second comfort dog will be a part of campus.

Bringing a canine friend for Zoey to campus is being headed up by CUW’s newly formed Comfort Dog Club. Samantha Stohlman is one of the club’s executive board members, and has been excited to work on fundraising for the expenses of the new dog.

“We’re getting the new comfort dog for the Health Sciences department. It’ll be different than Zoey’s role, she’s specifically designed to be here to help the students and work in the counseling center. The new one will be awesome for health majors, developing their program, and helping them get certified in comfort dog training, and use that in their practices,” said Stohlman.

The new comfort dog will work with the campus’ Health Sciences clinic, and fundraising has been successful.

“We did a crowdfunding site online, and people donated. We went to the Residence Halls on campus so that the different halls could compete to raise funds. Additionally, one of Zoey’s dog food providers doubled the money, so that if we reached $10,000, they’d give us $10,000 more. So, we already reached our goal, and will be using the extra for program development,” said Stohlman.

According to the CUW website, Zoey has done exciting work with CUW recently. Zoey traveled to Sandy Hook Elementary in late 2012 to aid victims of the school shooting and Orlando in June 2016 to comfort victims of the Pulse Nightclub shooting.

Although the club has reached the initial goal for the main fundraiser, they are still accepting donations. According to Stohlman, the club would love to send students along on trips with the dog, or expand the comfort dog program.

Donations can be made through an online platform called Crowdrise, with this link:

Challenges and Opportunities for Sodexo

Sodexo Inc. USA has been the primary food provider for CUW since 2004, and some students are not satisfied with the food service.

According to the conversations between the author and students, Sodexo is being criticized for lacking in improving their service at CUW for students. The author spoke with 15 students, and the results were unanimous. At one time, each student, expressed disappointment in Sodexo.

“I’ve been here for three years and Sodexo has only gotten worse. For example, the Nest used to be one of my favorite places to eat, but ever since they changed their menu, I can’t eat that food anymore,” student Connor Larson said.

Sodexo has also faced scrutiny from students for their service being inconsistent. Some students said the food quality fluctuated each day.

“I can’t tell you how many times I have gone to the cafeteria for lunch, and I get a nice meal, and the very next day I’ll go and my food will be dry and tough to eat. Same goes for the nest. I just feel like there isn’t any consistency when it comes to the food here,” student Jason Van Beek, said.

Sodexo General Manager, Angela Jensen sympathizes with the students.

“We understand that some students may not be satisfied with our service, and we want to make things better. We welcome any feedback you have, whether it’s through surveys, social media, emails, or face-to-face interactions, we appreciate it,” Jensen said.

Sodexo has a face-to-face opportunity for students to interact with Sodexo workers.

“We have the Dining Service Committee meeting on Monday November 13, and we invite students to come and share their thoughts and opinions,” Jensen said.