Synod schools are updating, improving, expanding

The installation of new stained glass windows in the chapel of Saint-Timothée et Saint-Titus on the campus of the Séminaire Concordia, Saint-Louis (CSL), is now complete. (CSL)

Individualized learning

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

Journeys, founded in 1958 by a group of parents seeking the best education for their children, offers a variety of individualized services to support student instruction. Small classrooms and personalized programs allow each student to work according to their own skills and abilities. Therapeutic activities in art and music are available as well as Christian counseling. Students receive religious instruction and participate in daily devotions and prayer. For more information, visit

Room to grow

On March 7, after months of work and planning, Racine Lutheran High School (RLHS), Racine, Wis., inaugurated an $8.2 million expansion and renovation project. The project will add new teaching space, including classrooms and an academic resource center; replace the old gymnasium with a new gymnasium offering accessible seating and updated court sizes; and adding a larger weight room and fitness center.

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

New Dean of Business

Dr. Matt Hurtienne has been named Dean of the Batterman and Haab Schools of Business and Executive Director of Strategic Planning at Concordia University Wisconsin and Ann Arbor (CUWAA). Hurtienne was previously vice-dean of business at CUWAA. He is the author of numerous scientific articles on leadership, employee engagement and online education.

CUWAA also recently announced its continuing education offerings for the fall. These short courses are offered in a variety of formats. Fall programming includes classes on entrepreneurship, personal and professional development, and beginning a congregational health ministry. Learn more or register at

Library awareness

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

The grant funds are intended to strengthen library operations and services, including expanding access to technology, developing collections, providing digital education, and expanding staff and reach. In the 2021-2022 academic year, 51% of CUC’s undergraduate students were first-generation students, defined as those whose parents did not graduate from a college or university in four years.

Perfect success rate

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

50th anniversary rebranding

As it approaches its 50th anniversary, Concordia Irvine University (CUI), Irvine, CA.launched a new university-wide branding designed to reflect its distinctive Lutheran identity.

“This rebranding is a significant milestone in the history of Concordia University at Irvine,” said CUI President Dr. Michael A. Thomas. “As we have grown into a comprehensive university that…prepares each of our students for all of life’s vocations, it has become clear that we need to tell this story more clearly, boldly and more broadly.”

In this rebranding campaign, a new color scheme of green and gold unites the college and sports brands, as well as a new logo. The university’s official seal and mascot have also been updated. Learn more about

Te Deum Laudamus

The new stained glass windows of the Saint-Timothée and Saint-Tite chapel on the campus of Concordia Seminary, Saint-Louis, are complete. The final pieces were installed in time for display during the opening service of the new academic year on August 26. and Neil S. Fincke Memorial Trust.

The installation of the new windows, whose theme is Te Deum Laudamus (“We praise you, O God”), began in 2020. The last pieces to be installed trace the praise of God through the history of his people, tell the story of the apostles and martyrs, and include a window of the feast of all nations that tells of the fellowship of Christ and his church now and in the life to come. Read more on

Organ Update

The main organ of the Kramer Chapel in Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, was recently updated by Stuart Weber and Michael Proulx of John-Paul Buzard Pipe Organ Builders. One of the results of the update is that the organ console can now be moved more easily around the balcony, which will better adapt to different musical groups and needs.

The organ, built by Herman Schlicker and Company of Buffalo, NY, 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 many other installations in Lutheran colleges and churches through the 1960s and 1970s.

Posted on October 17, 2022

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