We Are Concordia

Every graduate’s life – before, during and after Concordia – is a thread in the 125-year-old fabric of Concordia St. Paul. The lives of CSP graduates tell the story of Concordia, a story of faith, knowledge, perseverance, family, ingenuity and passion.

We Are Concordia is a project that catalogues the lives of Concordia alumni. It provides a glimpse into the experiences and values that define individuals and, ultimately, reflects on Concordia as a whole.

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Fred Lussky picture
As Concordia St. Paul’s oldest-known living alumnus, Fred Lussky, HS ‘38, JC ‘40 has been witness to the vast changes and growth that have marked CSP’s 126 years of existence. ...Read More
Jade Weller picture
"The faculty and my fellow students allowed me to be myself as well as push me to my full potential while trying to obtain the degree I was passionate about." ...Read More
Shelly Schwalm picture
"Finishing the MFA program was much more of the beginning of the story than the end and I'm much more equipped for the journey ahead for having spent two years learning the skills of writing development." ...Read More
Tyler Anderson picture
"Transferring schools is never easy, but I had plenty of faculty members make the transfer process less difficult. I quickly felt comfortable and like I belonged at CSP." ...Read More
Stephanie Winters picture
It has helped my confidence while leading and advising. It has helped me fine tune the knowledge and experiences I have, to adapt to different scenarios and feel at ease. It also increased my time management! ...Read More
Patrick Inouye picture
"My time in the history program made me a better scholar and historian, which gave me skills that I can pass on to countless students in my future classrooms." ...Read More
Bert Lee picture
"John DuFresne taught me everything I needed to know about graphic design and the importance of hard work, discipline, and craft. " ...Read More
Tanner Peterson picture
"The faculty at Concordia really shaped me and changed me from my freshman to senior years. People in every department are willing to make an impact on you." ...Read More
Jamal Baadani picture
“[My] knowledge and skills as a human resources expert help me gain the confidence of my clients and staff. My success is founded on my master’s degree from Concordia University, St. Paul.” ...Read More
Cornel Beard picture
"A huge part of our careers as designers is to present our work efficiently and [explain] why we made certain decisions. Showing my work and getting feedback really helped me to do that confidently in the work environment." ...Read More
Gina Sperry picture
"CSP set a precedent for the rest of my life now that I have found a niche that I love and am good at." ...Read More
Sarah Kivisto picture
"At Concordia, I gained a quality education that created the foundation of my science knowledge that I am now am able to build upon in PA school." ...Read More
Anika Whiting picture
"I think that your academic experience is always ultimately what you make it, but your professors can have a huge impact on it. I was so fortunate to be surrounded by a lot of people that cared a lot about my academic and personal journeys at Concordia." ...Read More
Vern Capelle picture
"The coursework provided a high-quality knowledge base and the internship provided practical experiences that I still rely on today. The CSP program is an excellent preparatory program for aspiring educational leaders and I highly recommend the program as often as I can." ...Read More
Kipp Graham picture
"The education I received at CSP made me a more informed and productive employee at my company." ...Read More
Taylor Steinbauer picture
"My relationships with faculty were of utmost importance to my success at Concordia. The willingness of the faculty to be involved in your success was astounding. ...Read More
Conor McDougall picture
"CSP gave me the life skills to interact on a professional level and developed problem-solving skills that I use every day as a pilot." ...Read More
Eryn Johnson picture
"Attending an urban and diverse university helped me realize that I don’t need to travel far to help those in need. Now, as a medical provider, I strive to provide the best care for my patients, which involves serving and improving the physical and emotional care of my community." ...Read More
Mishayla Jones picture
"I am forever grateful because I went to CSP as a young lady with hoop aspirations to a grown woman with a master’s degree. " ...Read More
Paul Reineck picture
" The learning environment at CSP - being a Lutheran school - is one that emphasizes that in all of your classes. Having that foundation at CSP, along with strong academics, has allowed me to face those challenges more readily." ...Read More
Brittany Larson picture
“The professors balanced the needs of individual learners with time, patience, and understanding." ...Read More
Katelyn Ell, CPO picture
"At CSP, I know there is a strong community of professionals, mentors, and professors who are just as accessible today as they were when I was a student." ...Read More
Tori Schultz picture
"The faculty at Concordia have been nothing but supportive of my choice to pursue dentistry. They believed in me even when I didn’t believe in myself." ...Read More
Britt Bickert picture
"I had awesome relationships with my professors and other faculty members. I still keep in touch with some of them today. They have written me letters of recommendation and have helped me pursue my current career." ...Read More
Colton Baumler picture
"While doing research at CSP, I was autonomous and I got to spend my time in the lab doing critical thinking and doing literature reviews. It was exactly what I thought research should be." ...Read More
Jade Ptacek picture
"Nancy Harrower gave me great advice: be focused. She meant that I should focus on what industries I want to work in and work toward those jobs. I believe it's what helped me land the job I currently have in the cycling industry." ...Read More
Jordan Gray picture
"I loved that communication studies was broad and allowed me to go into just about any field I wanted to go into. I knew my possibilities were endless." ...Read More
Sam Johnson picture
"The faculty, particularly those in the science department, truly care about you and your academic success. They pushed me to achieve and exceed my own expectations." ...Read More
Alahna Anderson picture
"Science is a difficult area of study, and the intimacy of CSP's biology program is what makes a lot of us successful, especially going into grad school." ...Read More
Maddy Swain picture
"Physical therapy classes at CSP are always hands-on and we are learning the most up-to-date skills for treating patients. The DPT program will continue to prepare me for my future as a clinician." ...Read More
Nick Francis picture
"A quality academic experience is created when students have a tangible, lasting work product to walk away with along with the opportunity to make lasting professional relationships. CSP gave me both of those and more." ...Read More
Andy Ellickson picture
"Concordia's program involved professional interaction with faculty that made me feel valued." ...Read More
Sarah May picture
"The culmination of my experiences at CSP have helped me solidify a cohesive worldview that has helped me grow in a fast-paced industry." ...Read More
Zach Rengel picture
"My research experience taught me about resilience and how to overcome barriers." ...Read More
Katherine Bisek picture
"My experience at Concordia gave me a community where I can continue to learn and collaborate with other leaders." ...Read More
Nic Rudolph picture
"Knowing that the professors I was working with on a daily basis were also experts in their field helped me to trust them and bounce ideas off of them as far as how to get where I wanted to go." ...Read More
Joseph Thompson picture
“My Concordia experience has benefited my future career as a PA by enabling me to develop deep connections with my professors and build a community of supporters of my education." ...Read More
Taylor Campione picture
“I had an extraordinary academic experience at CSP. I found my calling in veterinary medicine here and I don’t think I would’ve been able to accomplish my dreams without it.” ...Read More
Brianna Holtmeier picture
"The pharmacy schools I interviewed at really loved hearing about my research experience at CSP because it helped diversify my application." ...Read More
Keyton Wheelock picture
"I knew I could not walk away from the sport I loved so much, so being a college coach seemed to be the most logical step." ...Read More
Louis Perez picture
"CSP's professors have been helpful and understanding of the challenges that I encounter on a day-to-day basis." ...Read More
Sean Williams picture
"Managing time and priorities is a real-world challenge. CSP's program was a great training ground." ...Read More
Shaylee McComb picture
“Most of my professors were public school teachers themselves. They would open up about their own experiences, ideas, lesson plans, and issues. It made what we were learning about applicable in the ‘here and now.'" ...Read More
Kristin Loobeek picture
"I chose Concordia because of its strong athletic program, but stayed because of the small class sizes and amazing professors." ...Read More
Jeremy Randle picture
"Hearing other perspectives from different cultures at Concordia made conversations and topics interesting. It opened my eyes to many different experiences in and out of the classroom." ...Read More
Adam Hildebrandt picture
“The science professors truly care about all of their students’ success and they do everything in their power to help us achieve our goals." ...Read More
Mohammed Aldossary picture
"If you want to be successful, be open to other people. Everyone will help - especially at Concordia. They will not stop until they make you a successful person." ...Read More
Riley Hanson picture
"I've always tried to pride myself on living with a purpose unselfishly and Concordia has been a wonderful backdrop for that." ...Read More
Ariel Dolmos-Jones picture
"My favorite thing about Concordia is the diversity. You will see so many cultures all come together as one community." ...Read More
Mick Sawinski picture
"I was able to begin building a professional network while still in college." ...Read More
Jimmy Mireri picture
"I think it's important to have representation from all races in education." ...Read More
Jordyn Joens picture
"The real-life work of identifying a market opportunity and developing a solution to address it is an important lesson that I’ve been able to take with me from Concordia to Ovative.” ...Read More
Jasmin Ziegler picture
“Language will always be power. Finding value in my own voice is the best thing that came of my experience at Concordia.” ...Read More
Rex Johnson picture
“My Concordia education taught me hard work is the key to success. I think the biggest impact my professors had on me was motivating me ...Read More
Liz Hunt picture
“My plans are completely different than the track I thought I was supposed to be on. I know I’m meant to heal and I’ll be doing it in another capacity with my fitness center.” ...Read More
Emily Karlen picture
“It seems like every class I take, there’s something absolutely parallel in my work environment. For me, the richness comes in being able to ...Read More
Brooke Schwanz picture
“I am already experiencing the benefits of my decision to go to Concordia in the way I approach problems, analyze data, develop goals, and execute projects.” ...Read More
Ryan Curl picture
“Our cohort leader, Christine Kudelka, helped us navigate the bigger picture of how each class connected to each other and the bigger view of our industries.” ...Read More
Nhungoc Luong picture
“Concordia helped me figure out who I am and my values. The professors and staff were helpful in recognizing my strengths and weaknesses. The small and supportive community paved the way to where I am right now.” ...Read More
Jacklyn Milton picture
“It’s an honor to be able to make a unique difference in families’ lives.” ...Read More
Nasra Hussein picture
“In Somali culture, being a doctor is held in very high regard. My parents are proud of me. My dad goes around saying, ‘This is my daughter. She’s going to be a pediatrician.’" ...Read More
Amy Abrigo picture
“Everything I have done at CSP in one way or another has prepared me for my career.” ...Read More