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Center for Language and Literacy announces expanded leadership team, spacious new campus location


The Center for Language and Literacy at Concordia University Chicago has moved to a new location in the Christopher Center on the University’s River Forest campus. The transfer of resources from the Center’s prior, smaller location began in August 2016, and is expected to be fully accomplished in early 2017. Since its founding three years ago as an initiative spearheaded by Dr. Thomas Jandris, then dean of the College of Graduate and Innovative Programs, the Center has expanded at an unexpected pace. In anticipation of future growth, an expansion was deemed necessary in order to accommodate the needs of both teachers and learners.

Bridgeport Art Center curator to show work at Concordia-Chicago Ferguson Gallery


The Ferguson Art Gallery at Concordia University Chicago presents “Shadows, Fires and Thresholds: Imaginary Landscapes by Lelde Kalmite” from Jan. 9 to Feb. 19. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Concordia-Chicago programming teams improve national and world rankings


Two teams of Concordia University Chicago undergraduate students have finished second and third place in Chicago, and second and fourth place in Illinois in the IEEEXtreme 24-Hour Programming Competition. The students’ performance in the annual Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) contest placed them 52nd in the U.S., an improvement of 51 positions over last year. They finished 661st in the world out of about 2,200 teams. The competition is a global challenge where computer science and engineering students at the undergraduate, master’s and doctoral levels compete against each other in an intense 24-hour period to solve a set of programming problems.

New research by Concordia-Chicago faculty shows association between the arts and aging


Older adults who frequently attended live performances of a concert, play or musical showed slower cognitive decline compared to those who never attended any performing arts, according to a study by Dr. Rekha S. Rajan, visiting associate professor of research at Concordia University Chicago. The study was conducted in collaboration with Dr. Kumar Bharat Rajan, associate professor of internal medicine at Rush University Medical Center, and is funded by a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) grant through 2017. The results will be published in an upcoming edition of the Journal of Aging and Health.

Dr. Robert Wilhite appointed College of Graduate Studies dean at Concordia-Chicago


Concordia University Chicago is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Robert Wilhite as dean of the College of Graduate Studies.

Speakers announced for 7th annual International Conference on Ageing and Spirituality


Concordia University Chicago will bring together international researchers and scholars with expertise in aging, religion and spirituality, as well as practitioners, policy-makers, clergy, laypeople and care partners to explore how aging presents us with opportunities to navigate transitions over the life course. The International Conference on Ageing and Spirituality (ICAS) will take place June 4-7, 2017. Registration opens Dec. 1 at

Concordia-Chicago University Band to host Christmas concert


The University Band of Concordia University Chicago will perform its annual Christmas concert on Friday, Dec. 2 at 8 p.m. in the Chapel of Our Lord on campus. Admission is free.

Fine art meets graphic design in upcoming exhibit at Concordia-Chicago


The Ferguson Art Gallery at Concordia University Chicago presents a new exhibition, “The Best of Both Worlds: Graphic Design Meets Fine Art,” running Nov. 21 to Dec. 27. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Performances of "The Death and Life of John Smith" begin Nov. 11


The Collective, the theater production company of Concordia University Chicago, in association with Chicago Dramatists, presents “The Death and Life of John Smith” by Will Dunne. The play, directed by Rachel Edwards Harvith, will run Nov. 11, 12, 18 and 19 at 7:30 p.m., and Nov. 13 and 20 at 2 p.m. at the Madison Street Theatre, 1010 Madison St., Oak Park, IL.

ESL faculty at Concordia-Chicago receive national recognition


The ESL (English as a second language) faculty, within the Department of Teaching, Learning & Diversity at Concordia University Chicago, has received national recognition from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). The department, led by Dr. Carolyn Theard-Griggs, associate professor of curriculum and instruction, demonstrated that it meets the standards set by CAEP as well as TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages), the academic organization responsible for setting standards for the ESL discipline.

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