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Grace for Grace students


Concordia University, Nebraska (CUNE) in Seward is offering students at Grace University, Omaha, Neb., a credit-transfer guarantee and “generous” scholarship packages to enable the students to continue their education after Grace University closes this May. Find more information at

In other news, CUNE President Rev. Dr. Brian Friedrich begins this month a three-year term on the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) board of directors. Friedrich, Concordia president since 2004, joins 46 other college and university presidents from across the country serving NAICU, which speaks on behalf of more than 1,000 member institutions and associations as the “unified national voice of private nonprofit higher education” on policy issues with the federal government.

Introducing Impact U

Concordia College New York in Bronxville is launching this fall a two-year Certificate of Applied Learning program for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Developed in partnership with Bethesda Lutheran Communities, Impact U is modeled after Bethesda College, a post-secondary education program at Concordia University Wisconsin, Mequon.

Impact U is designed to prepare students for employment and improve their independent-living skills. For more information, visit

Top programmers

A team of students from Concordia University Chicago, River Forest, Ill., took first place in Chicago’s IEEEXtreme 24-Hour Programming Competition for the second time in three years. The students’ performance in the annual Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers contest placed them fifth in the greater Midwest, 40th in the United States and 600th in the world out of 3,350 teams.

The global challenge brings together students in undergraduate, master’s and doctoral programs to solve a set of programming problems in a 24-hour period.

Concordia’s team — undergraduates Nick Rittling, Simeon Dyankov and Karl Camp — competed against teams of mostly master’s and Ph.D. students.

Members of Concordia University Chicago’s two programming teams pose after the IEEEXtreme 24-Hour Programming Competition in Chicago with faculty mentor Dr. Victor Govindaswamy (second from right, back row). Winning first place were Nick Rittling (far right, back row), Simeon Dyankov and Karl Camp (from left, front row). CUC’s Team 2 members are (from left, back row) Daniel Yundt, Abel Limon and Dragana Antic. (Emily Adkins)

Students win court competition

Students at Concordia University Texas, Austin, took first place for the second year in a row at the 2017 Summit of the Americas’ Inter-American Court of Human Rights Moot Court competition. As one of 11 regional teams that submitted written briefs and gave oral arguments before a panel of judges, Concordia also was the smallest school to attend the annual contest of diplomacy, statecraft and courtroom advocacy.

Giving record set

Donors to Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, on “Giving Tuesday,” Nov. 28, set a record, topping the school’s one-day $20,000 goal and surpassing 2016 gifts by 162 percent. The 2017 total of $21,010 — kick-started by seminary President Rev. Dr. Dale A. Meyer and his wife, Diane, who gave $10,000 — will be used where needed most in the seminary’s ongoing mission to prepare future pastors, deaconesses, missionaries and teachers.

Posted Feb. 8, 2018

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