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.


Spotlight: Dr. Sarah Holtan

Dr. Sarah Holtan is the Department Chair of Communication and an Associate Professor of Communication at CUW. She did not expect to be holding either of those positions when she started out.

Dr. Holtan has her PhD from Marquette University in Journalism Education, an M.S. in Education from CUW, and she double majored in Mass Communication and Political Science at Augsburg College.

Since a young age Dr. Holtan had been enthralled by the news. Influenced by her parents who always read the paper and had the news on TV, she would conduct her own newscasts to supplement the newscast already on TV, much to her parent’s annoyance.

“I grew up with seeing that being valued,  knowing what’s going on in your community, being a citizen and being aware,” Dr. Holtan said.

After graduating from high school, she wanted to work in the broadcast news industry. Then graduating from college, she was able to get her start at WISN Channel 12 in Milwaukee as the teleprompter operator.

From humble beginnings at this position, Dr. Holtan advanced to the station producer position. After holding that position at Channel 12 for four years she felt as though it was time for change.

“It came to me in prayer that teaching would be an amazing way to give back and to share what I’ve learned,” said Dr. Holtan.

After receiving her master’s from CUW, she taught as an adjunct professor here. Eventually she became full-time staff at CUW.

In the classroom, Dr. Holtan recognizes that there is a variety of students that attend CUW. She uses different teaching strategies and techniques to reach as many students as possible.

“I have to try my best to meet [students] where they are,” she said.

Dr. Holtan creates interactions in her classes, including lecture, role-playing exercises, or an in-class debate.. She hopes that at least a few of the different strategies work for students.

Working with fellow faculty members, Dr. Holtan is expanding the Communication Department with two new minors and a new major currently developing. Dr. Holtan wants to improve the department’s visibility to get more students interested in the program.

Dr. Holtan said communication students should get involved in experiences and programs that prepare them for the professional world and to build their resumes.

Two Degrees, Four Years

For students in the Business Scholars program at Concordia University Wisconsin (CUW), one degree just wasn’t enough. In this accelerated dual degree program within the School of Business Administration at CUW, a select group of students are earning their undergrad degrees in Business Administration as they simultaneously earn their MBA.

Students in the program complete both degrees in four years, which means many students graduate with a Master’s degree at age 21. For most seniors in college, finishing one undergrad degree is a major challenge, but these Business Scholars go above and beyond bearing the usual college workload.

Students are taught by business industry professionals who are “dedicated to leading others in their field of expertise. (In CUW’s MBA program) you will receive the benefit of worldwide practitioner instructors, individualized programs that start at your convenience, and unique perspectives from a diverse student body,” according to CUW’s website.

Scholars can add to their educational toolbox by studying topics from real estate investment to securities analysis and risk management, and become prepared for many positions within the business sector.

Highly qualified incoming freshmen are admitted by the School of Business administration into the Business Scholars program, and are full graduate students throughout their junior and senior years as they begin graduate course work starting in their third year. Business Scholars are required to maintain a 3.5 GPA, and complete internships related to both their undergrad and graduate degrees, according to the CUW academic catalog.  By taking a heavy load of credits every semester (at least 18) some Business Scholars don’t even need to take summer or interim classes.

Seniors in the program like Micah Wheeler are seeing their hard work pay off.

“It’s so exciting to have almost completed the Business Scholars program at CUW. I can’t wait to enter the workforce and put the knowledge gained from my MBA classes to work,” Wheeler said.


Farewell Deaconess Kim

Former Director of Campus Ministry Deaconess Kim Bueltmann has been called to her next ministry in Germany as a career missionary.

While serving as a missionary in Germany Bueltmann will be coordinating  outreach among refugees. She will be based out of Leipzig, Germany helping the congregation of a partner church there. Bueltmann will also be overseeing missionary groups from the organization Globally Engaged in Outreach (GEO) who will be serving there for two years at a time.

Bueltmann, who speaks German and English, is also learning Farsi, one of the languages used in Iran and Afghanistan. She will be using it to teach refugees from those countries who arrive in Germany the German language, the Christian faith and the Bible said Bueltmann.

“At CUW, I was working with students who left home to study, and in Germany I will work with refugees who had to flee their homes and are starting over from scratch in a new land,” said Bueltmann.

As Director of Campus Ministry, Bueltmann seeked to empower students to take part in the various ministries around campus. Now that she will be in Germany, Bueltmann will be working mostly with new Christians and non-Christians, whereas at CUW most of the student leaders were strong Christians already.

Bueltmann was called to CUW as a deaconess after Pastor Steve Smith and a CUW student convinced her to apply for the position. While serving at CUW.

Bueltmann helped coordinate mission trips for students and other trips to conferences for students to attend. She also oversaw The Haven and helped make it one of the largest student-led ministries.

Bueltmann was also closely connected with CHAT, a ministry that connects international students with american students to create relationships. Working with CHAT, Bueltmann was able to gain a lot of experience interacting with people of other cultures and religious backgrounds. Bueltmann also led missions classes with Dr. Thomas Feiertag to the country of Peru where the class would shadow missionaries in the field said Bueltmann.

Those experiences helped her learn more about missions and gained experience that will help with her new mission in Germany.

I pray that students and others were able to see Christ in me, and that through my ministry at CUW they were drawn closer to Him,” said Bueltmann. 

Introducing: Dr. Ferguson

Dr. Ferguson is the Director of Christian Service and an Associate Professor of Communication. He has been with CUW since 1991 and has had of different positions, Chair of the Communications department and was also elected as the President of Faculty.

As Associate Professor of Communication, Dr. Ferguson teaches interpersonal communication, group dynamics, servant leadership, public speaking, and conflict management.

“Living my faith – displaying the love of Jesus in words and actions” said Dr. Ferguson about serving others as a Christian.

The Director of Christian service was a new position when Dr. Ferguson assumed that role. This position deals with volunteering and campus service activities.

Dr. Ferguson also works with non-profit organizations and connects students with those organizations. If students groups are looking for service projects, Dr. Ferguson is able to help them find one.

Working with faculty, Dr. Ferguson is improving service learning in CUW. A Christian Service Learning & Leadership minor is currently being worked on.

He educates the CUW community about why service is important, tracks service hours during the week, and posts volunteer opportunities online.

The benefits coming from student service include increased awareness of social issues, discovering new opportunities for vocations and non-profit careers, and growth in one’s faith with a better understanding of what it means to serve, said Dr. Ferguson.

Last year 11,000 service hours were reported. Dr. Randall Ferguson can help get students and faculty involved in service in the CMLT Office.