Synod’s schools update, improve, expand

The installation of new stained glass windows in the Chapel of St. Timothy and St. Titus on the campus of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis (CSL) is now complete. (CSL)

Individualized Learning

Journeys Lutheran School, Hales Corners, Wis., works with students with unique learning challenges to maximize their God-given spiritual, academic, physical, emotional, and social potential. More than 80 students from the Milwaukee area attend the school, which accepts students from third grade through high school.

Founded in 1958 by a group of parents seeking the best education for their children, Journeys offers a variety of personalized services to support student learning. Small classroom sizes and tailored curriculum allow each student to work within their own abilities and skills. Therapeutic activities in art and music are offered along with Christian counseling. Students receive religious instruction and participate in daily devotions and prayers. Visit for more information.

room to grow

On March 7th, after months of work and planning, Racine Lutheran High School (RLHS), Racine, Wis., broke ground on an $8.2 million expansion and renovation project. The project will add new classrooms, including classrooms and an academic resource center; Replace the old gym with a new gym with accessible seating and updated seat sizes. and add a larger weight room and fitness facility.

“We provide some of the best educational opportunities available and prepare prospective students to benefit from the Christ-centered education at Racine Lutheran High School,” said Dave Burgess, RLHS executive director and principal. “We will soon be able to meet the demand for increasing enrollment and we look forward to serving the next generation of students.”

New Dean of Economics

dr Matt Hurtienne has been appointed Dean of the Batterman and Haab Schools of Business and Executive Director of Strategic Planning Concordia University Wisconsin and Ann Arbor (CUWAA). Hurtienne was previously Associate Dean of Economics at CUWAA. He is the author of numerous academic articles on leadership, employee engagement and online education.

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CUWAA also recently announced its continuing education offerings for the fall. These short-term courses are offered in various formats. Fall offerings include classes in entrepreneurship, personal and professional development, and the start of a community health service. Learn more or register at

reach of the library

The Klinck Memorial Library Concordia University Chicago (CUC), River Forest, Illinois., received a $20,000 grant from the American Library Association (ALA) COVID Library Relief Fund to support first-generation students. CUC is one of only 77 libraries in the United States to receive the ALA grant with the support of Acton Family Giving.

Grant funding is intended to strengthen library operations and services, including expanding technology access, developing collections, delivering digital instruction, and expanding staff and outreach. In the 2021-2022 academic year, 51% of CUC students were first-generation students, defined as those whose parents did not graduate from a four-year college or university.

Perfect pass rate

Concordia University, St. Paul (CSP), St. Paul, Minn., proudly recognizes the members of its 2022 Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) graduating class, all 31 of whom passed their board exams. Their 100% pass rate is well above the national average of 89%. Graduates of the DPT program will strive to embody lifelong learning and to be leaders in education, scholarship and Christian service in their communities.

50th Anniversary Rebranding

Just before its 50th anniversary Concordia University Irvine (CUI), Irvine, California.has launched a university-wide rebranding to reflect its distinctive, Lutheran identity.

“This renaming is an important step in the history of Concordia University Irvine,” said CUI President Dr. Michael A Thomas. “As we matured into a comprehensive university that … prepares each of our students for all of life’s careers, it became clear that we needed to tell this story more clearly, boldly and comprehensively.”

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As part of this rebranding campaign, a new color palette of green and gold brings together the university and sports brands, as well as a fresh new logo. The official university seal and mascot have also been updated. Learn more at

Te Deum Laudamus

The new stained glass windows in the Chapel of St. Timothy and St. Titus on the campus of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, are complete. The final pieces were installed in time to be displayed for the opening service of the new academic year on August 26th. The windows seen in the chancel, transept, nave and narthex are a gift from the Eugene E. and Neil S. Fincke Memorial Trust.

The installation of the new windows, which have the Te Deum Laudamus (“We praise you, O God”) as their theme, began in 2020. The final pieces to be installed trace the praise of God through the history of his people, telling the story of the Apostles and Martyrs and contain a window to the Feast of All Nations, which tells of the communion of Christ and his Church now and in the life to come. Read more at

organ update

The main organ in the Kramerkapelle Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, recently updated by Stuart Weber and Michael Proulx of John-Paul Buzard Pipe Organ Builders. A result of the update is that the organ console is now easier to move around the balcony, better accommodating different music groups and needs.

Built by Herman Schlicker and Company of Buffalo, NY, the organ was installed in 1958. It was Schlicker’s first major installation in the United States and established his reputation as an organ builder, leading to many more installations in Lutheran colleges and churches in the 1960s and 1970s.

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Posted on October 17, 2022

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