Concordia Prepares for New School Year

After wrapping up its highest enrolled summer term yet, Concordia College Alabama is preparing for a new school year, anticipating a significant increase in enrollment for the 2017 fall semester. The college has already more than doubled the amount applications received in previous years, and continues to enroll students on a daily basis.

一道本不卡免费高清Director of Recruitment, Norman Richards, led the admissions team in an aggressive recruiting strategy that resulted in significantly increasing the amount of applications received for the 2017-2018 academic year.  

一道本不卡免费高清“This year we took recruitment to another level by recruiting throughout the entire state of Alabama and adding six additional states [to our recruiting schedule],” said Richards. “We also became more visible in the community by forming better relationships with local schools as well as city and state officials. We are very excited for the upcoming school year and we look forward to a great turn out.” 

In addition to the expected increase in enrollment, the college has also added several new academic programs set to be available to students this fall. A new bachelor’s degree in Educational Studies and Recreational Sports has been added, as well as a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies.

Concordia will welcome new and returning students back to campus in August, with New Student Orientation beginning on August 6th and the fall semester officially beginning on August 14th. The semester will kick off with the annual Opening Convocation ceremony on Sunday, August 13th at 3:00 p.m. in the Jenkins Center Gymnasium. Early registration is currently taking place and students will be permitted to enroll/register through August 18th by visiting Concordia’s Office of Admissions. Students may also apply online by the college’s website at

Rosa J. Young Museum is Dedicated

Concordia College and Alabama Lutheran Academy alumni paid tribute to Concordia founder Rosa J. Young last Friday as they dedicated the new and improved Rosa J. Young Museum on the college’s Broad Street campus.

一道本不卡免费高清The museum had previously been located on the college’s Franklin Street campus. However, it was decided by the alumni association to relocate the museum to a newer, larger building on the college’s West Campus. After months of preparation and moving, the new location was finally dedicated on Friday, May 12 among alumni and friends alike.

Mrs. Gracie Hollins, museum director and alumnus of Alabama Lutheran Academy, worked tirelessly for months to achieve the remodel in order to pay proper tribute to the college’s honorable founder.

Students Shine at Commencement Banquet

Last Thursday was one for the record books as Concordia honored and celebrated its 2017 graduates at the annual Commencement Banquet. Graduates, their families, faculty and staff, alumni, the Board of Regents, and community members attended the joyous occasion where numerous awards were presented to both students and faculty/staff members.

一道本不卡免费高清Not only was each graduate recognized by his/her academic division chair, but several special awards were also given out, including graduates with academic honors, Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society students and distinguished baccalaureate degree graduates. Additionally awards were also presented to outstanding Quiz Bowl Team members, student-athletes and Student Government Association leaders.

一道本不卡免费高清The awards continued as students who participated in internships were recognized by the companies/organizations at which they interned. Concordia students did such exceptional work, in fact, that several were offered full time jobs on the spot by businesses such as the Lear Corporation, Wooten Law Firm, Selma Police Department, the City of Selma, and more.

一道本不卡免费高清Furthermore, Lear Corporation also proudly announced that 2016 Concordia graduate Yemsrach (Yemi) Hermano, who was offered full-time employment last year at Lear, has been promoted to work in their Finance Department.

It was also a proud night for several of our academic divisions, as the first-ever Nursing students graduated from the college’s brand new Health Sciences Division. The cohort of four nursing students dedicated the past year entirely to completing their Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing in record time, and were also commissioned as certified parish nurses in the process. The Division of Teacher Education also proudly declared that they have had 100% placement of their graduates into teaching jobs for the past four years.

Finally, the celebratory event concluded with faculty/staff of the year awards that were voted on by the student body. Winners included Department of the Year: Division of Educatuion; Department of Admissions; and the Department of STAARS. Faculty of the year winners were Mr. Steve Shoals, Assistant Professor of Mathmatices (1st place) and Dr. Chinwe Okeke, Associate Professor of Biology (2nd place). The Staff of the Year winners were Ms. Julia Irby, Housing Department (1st place) and Rev. Coley Chestnut, Director of Student Life (2nd place).

Honor Society Inducts Fifteen Students

一道本不卡免费高清Concordia’s chapter of the Alpha Kappa Mu National Honor Society recently welcomed fifteen new members at their induction ceremony on April 26, 2017.

一道本不卡免费高清Alpha Kappa Mu is a national scholarship honor society open to men and women in all academic areas who meet the requirements of the society. The purpose of Alpha Kappa Mu is to promote high scholarship, encourage sincere and zealous endeavor in all fields of knowledge and service, cultivate a high order of personal living, and develop an appreciation of scholarship and scholarly endeavor in others.

The establishment of the Concordia chapter comes after an extensive application process and review of Concordia’s curriculum and accreditation by the National Alpha Kappa Mu headquarters. The Concordia chapter was named Mu Tau and operates under the advising of Dr. Chinwe Okeke, assistant professor of Biology and honors program director. Students who were eligible to join the society were required to be at a junior or senior credit level, and meet a grade point average minimum of a 3.3 on a 4.0 scale.

New inductees include:

Quintisha Battle
Marla Moore
Krista Purdie Montgomery
Bre’Anna Weldon
Christie Sawyer
Charles Carol
Treyvond Moore
Meharu Negawo
Greta Dell Abernathy
Jeanette Nikia Caddell
Wadleste Merancin
Mikel Martineau
Karen A. Bailey
Keeshanda Tripp
Wentry Troby

Student Speaks at Diversity Forum

Kieran Sturdivant has held many leadership positions as a student at Concordia, including the office of SGA President, Alabama Association of Independent Colleges and Universities State Ambassador, and Pathway Peer Counselor. As an influential student leader, he was invited to speak at Concordia University Nebraska’s Student Diversity and Inclusion Committee Discussion Forum on April 20th.

Sturdivant worked to advise and consult the Concordia Nebraska students on how to better serve their diverse student population.

一道本不卡免费高清“I [was able to] speak to and meet with students and administration in multiple venues over several days,” said Sturdivant.

Dr. Laurie Zum Hofe of CU Nebraska said of Sturdivant, “We value Kieran’s experience and his excellent ability to connect with a Midwestern audience. No one will forget how to step from his tutelage!”

According to Hofe, the forum felt more like a laid back family reunion than anything else.

一道本不卡免费高清“Since we had attended the Black Student Leadership Conference at Concordia Chicago, this reunion of sorts felt very much like a family gathering with good conversation, thoughtful questions and lots of laughter.”

Concordia Joins Forces with Community for Literacy Festival

The Concordia College Alabama Division of Education will hold a Literacy Festival, themed “The Magic of Literacy,” for all second grade students in the Selma City, Dallas County, Lowndes County, and Wilcox County school systems. The event will take place Tuesday, May 2nd from 9:00am – 1:30pm. The event is being conducted as a joint effort between Concordia and a number of community sponsors and organizations. An estimated 400-450 second graders are expected to attend.

Students participating in the festival will see a live theatrical performance of Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat 一道本不卡免费高清as well as a literary dramatization of “Shades of Black,” both performed by CCA students. Free books will also be distributed to all participants as well as to the chaperoning teachers. The participants will also be fed a kid-friendly hotdog lunch and participate in recreational activities such as field games, a bounce house and train ride on CCA’s west campus lawn.

The festival is being co-sponsored by International Paper, who provided partial funding for the event. Local Greek organizations, educational sororities, and honor societies also lent a hand by donating books and/or volunteering their time and resources to ensure the success of the event.

一道本不卡免费高清Those organizations include the Zeta Eta Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.; Zeta Delta chapter of the National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa; Delta Pi Lambda chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.; Selma chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.; Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.; Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.; Rho Eta chapter of Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Inc.; Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.; Alpha Theta Kappa chapter of Kappa Delta Pi International Education Honor Society.

Celebrity Judge to Speak at 2017 Commencement

一道本不卡免费高清Our 2017 commencement ceremony is quickly approaching, and graduating seniors are starting to feel the excitement. Their excitement has been brought to an even higher level now that it has been announced that national celebrity judge, the Honorable Greg Mathis, will serve as the keynote speaker at this year’s ceremony on May 13, 2017.

Mathis is widely known for his reality-based court show that airs across major TV networks nationwide. He is also known for his humanitarian efforts with his non-profit agency, Young Adults Asserting Themselves (Y.A.A.T.), an agency that provides career, business start-up and job opportunities, as well as job training and college enrollment assistance to youths. With Mathis’s national celebrity and many noteworthy accomplishments, graduates and attendees are sure to be inspired by his keynote address.

Concordia’s commencement ceremony will take place at 10:00 a.m. on May 13th in the college’s Julius and Mary Jenkins Center gymnasium, where an expected 64 students will receive diplomas in the areas of Education, Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Social & Behavioral Sciences, General Studies and Nursing.

一道本不卡免费高清Several special awards will also be presented during the ceremony, including an Honorary Doctor of Laws awarded to Judge Mathis, and an Honorary Doctor of Letters to be awarded to Mr. Mark Edward Stevens. Additionally, the Concordia class of 1967 (previously called Alabama Lutheran Academy and College) will be recognized for reaching their fiftieth year milestone. The college will also continue its annual Presidential Scholars of the Future program, a tradition of honoring local elementary and high school students in grades 6-12 who have demonstrated academic excellence for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Annual Special Olympics

Students in CCA’s Division of Social and Behavioral Science recently lent a hand to the Cahaba Center for Mental Health at the Center’s annual Special Olympics.

一道本不卡免费高清The annual competition is one of the largest local competitions held in the state and is also one of the oldest. This event began in 1979 and has grown each year. Approximately 125 Special Olympic athletes participate locally with a team of 25 also traveling from Chatom, Alabama. Cahaba Center athletes go on to participate in the State competition every year, as well as some who advance to compete both nationally and internationally.

一道本不卡免费高清Concordia students enjoy participating in the event each year, where they are able to interact with the Cahaba patients and help encourage and cheer them on.

Students Plant Community Garden

A group of Concordia students recently assisted in the planting of a community garden. Selma City Councilwomen Angela Benjamin, an active CCA supporter, called on the students to participate in the project, and they jumped at the opportunity to help better the Selma Community.

The garden, which will grow various types of vegetables and herbs, was planted directly behind Concordia where students will have the opportunity to nurture it and watch it grow.

Concordia College Alabama Attends Inaugural Summit

Concordia College Alabama was represented at the first ever Black Student Leadership Summit held on the campus of Concordia University Chicago in River Forrest, Illinois on February 24-26.

一道本不卡免费高清The conference highlighted the importance of addressing the unique needs of African-American students on college campuses across the nation. Representing CCA were students Jamesha Thompson, Shanquise Hamilton, Isaiah Nance, Kieran Sturdivant, Trevond Moore and faculty/staff representatives Glen King, Jr. and Coley C. Chestnut, Sr.