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Wind Symphony to perform home concert after Midwest tour


The Wind Symphony of Concordia University Chicago will perform their home concert on Friday, March 17 at 8 p.m., following a tour of Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan and New York. The free concert will take place in the University’s Chapel of Our Lord.

Concordia-Chicago ranked fifth among best value small Christian colleges


Concordia University Chicago has been recognized as one of the nation’s “20 Best Value Small Colleges for a Christian Studies Degree” in 2017 by Best Value Schools. The University was commended for its innovative Theology and Languages department and for its Deaconess Studies major, the only undergraduate program leading to deaconess certification in the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS).

Symposium at Concordia-Chicago to host discussions on Protestant Reformation


In recognition of the Reformation’s 500th anniversary, Concordia University Chicago will host nationally known experts in the fields of history, theology, politics, the fine arts and education for informed discussions about the Reformation’s impact and ongoing legacy. The symposium will take place March 20 at 7 p.m. in a public forum in the University’s Chapel of Our Lord.

Student Art Invitational exhibit opens Feb. 27 at Concordia-Chicago


The Ferguson Art Gallery at Concordia University Chicago presents the Student Invitational and Graduating Art Minors’ Show from Feb. 27 to April 2. The exhibition is free and open to the public, and will feature a special faculty-selected eclectic array of two- and three- dimensional art works created in Fall and Spring semester art classes.

Performances of Pulitzer-winning "Crimes of the Heart" begin Feb. 17


The Collective theater company at Concordia University Chicago presents Beth Henley’s “Crimes of the Heart,” winner of the 1981 Pulitzer Prize for drama and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award. The play, directed by Stephanie Stroud, will run Feb. 17, 18, 24 and 25 at 7:30 p.m., and Feb. 19 and 26 at 2 p.m. at the Madison Street Theatre, 1010 Madison St., Oak Park, IL.

Concordia-Chicago faculty member awarded for exemplary research in education finance


Dr. Craig Schilling, Concordia University Chicago associate professor of leadership, has been named a National Education Finance Academy (NEFA) Distinguished Fellow. The award is extended to five individuals every year who have gained national visibility for exemplary research or practice in the field of public education finance, at the elementary and secondary level as well as in higher education.

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.

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