Giving To Concordia

Celebrating Alumni Faculty & Staff

More than 100 alumni serve on Concordia University Chicago's faculty and staff. This spring we are celebrating significant anniversaries and retirements of a five such leaders.

Deb Herman

Deb Herman BA '77, MFA
Professor of Art
Retiring and Celebrating
Nearly 4
0 Years in Ministry
of the LC-MS

Vern KlotzVern Klotz BA '67, MS
Associate Professor of
Computer Science
Women's Tennis (2004-10) &
Men's Tennis (2005-07)
Retiring and Celebrating
50 Years in Ministry
of the LC-MS

Doris KnuthDoris Knuth BA '74, MA '06
Retiring as Director of
Early Childhood Education Center after 16 Years of Service at

Shirley Morgenthaler

BS '59, PhD
Distinguished Professor
of Curriculum,
Language and Literacy
Celebrating 50 Years in Ministry of the LC-MS

Lauren WellenLauren Wellen BA '69, EdD
Distinguished Professor
of Education
Celebrating 40 Years in Ministry of the LC-MS


 Please join us in congratulating them on job well done! Here are three suggestions for joining the party:

Celebrate in Worship

These faculty members, along with 18 other celebrants, will be honored at a special Chapel service on Friday, April 21. Please join us in person at 11 a.m. or via livestream to honor their contributions to Concordia, the Church and world.

Share a Word of Thanks and Good Wishes

Alumni from the respective programs (Art, Computer Science, Tennis and Early Childhood Education) are encouraged to share well wishes. Messages can be sent to or via mail through the Office of Alumni Relations at: Concordia University Chicago 7400 Augusta St River Forest IL 60305.

Give a Gift in Honor Their Service

Help continue their work through a gift to the Pillars Fund in support of their respective programs. Give online at Select "Other" in the drop down menu then indicate a specific program in the Comments field. You can also note "In Honor of" a specific Faculty or Staff member. Gifts via mail can be sent to the Office of Alumni Relations at: Concordia University Chicago 7400 Augusta St River Forest IL 60305. 

Interested in sharing a larger gift? Please contact the Office of Alumni Relations toll free at 888-258-6773.