Throughout the trials and triumphs of 2021, God has been faithful to Concordia University Wisconsin. This year has produced myriad changes, perhaps most notably: a farewell to a beloved president.

As always, the Strategic Communications team took a moment to round up the Top 10 most-read stories of 2021. Here are the news stories Concordians read the most this past year.

10. Concordia alumna finds perfect fit at Lambeau Field

One-of-a-kind student opportunities in sport and hospitality business led young alumna to dream job at Lambeau Field.

While precious few fans of the Green Bay Packers have been allowed in Lambeau Field on game day this year due to COVID restrictions, superfan Anne Gierach ’19 hasn’t missed a home game in two full seasons.

Read about it here.

9. Father, colleague, and friend: Dads who work with their children at Concordia

Concordia is proud of its tight-knit community. Countless faculty and staff choose to work at CUW year after year because of the meaningful relationships they’re able to form with students and fellow colleagues alike.

But there are a few employees who can claim they’re promoting a familial atmosphere in a very literal way.

Read about it here.

8. The US’s fastest-growing occupations, and the CUW degree to go with them

This past fall, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics put out a list of 20 occupations with the highest percent change of employment between 2019-29.

In other words, if you’re looking for a field that is likely to yield a job, it’s wise to start with one of the professions listed here.

Most of the professions cited by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics require a college degree. Concordia University Wisconsin offers programs (or complementary degrees) for 11 out of the 20 on the list.

Read about it here.

7. Bethesda College welcomes largest cohort since college’s start

This year, Bethesda College welcomes the largest cohort the college has seen since its start in 2014.

Nearly 20 young adults traveled from all over the nation to kick off their collegiate experience this week at Concordia University Wisconsin.

Read about it here.

6. For these CUW sisters, nursing is in their DNA

What five pairs of sisters in the Concordia University Wisconsin School of Nursing have in common—and what makes them unique.

What is it that compels two sisters to pursue the same educational program at the same university? In honor of National Siblings Day, we decided to explore that question.

Read about it here.

CUW nursing sisters

5. The uncommon student-athlete who’s already ahead of the game

Meet Brenden Lewison (’21), a sport and entertainment business major who’s driven to succeed—on and off the court.

Athletes often speak of “drive.” It’s that inner passion that pushes them to train harder, to practice more, and to give all they have for victory. In competition, drive can lead to team championships and personal glory. In life, for one particularly driven CUW student-athlete, uncommon drive has led to graduating in just three years at Concordia—all while playing for the Falcon basketball team and working for the athletic department.

Read about it here.

Brenden Lewison

4. US News again ranks CUW among top tier of National Universities

Concordia University Wisconsin is in the top tier of nationally ranked universities, according to the latest U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges ranking.

Read about it here.

3. TMJ4: CUW honors its long-running president with ‘Final Run’

After 24 years, Concordia University Wisconsin’s long-enduring president is retiring. Rev. Patrick T. Ferry, Ph.D. is currently the most tenured college president in Wisconsin—also far-outpacing the average tenure of college presidents nationwide.

Read about it here.

2. CUW School of Pharmacy named 1 or 5 ‘Noteworthy Examples’ nationwide

The Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) has extended the accreditation of Concordia University Wisconsin’s School of Pharmacy for a full eight-year term and named CUW SOP one of only five “Noteworthy Examples” of exceptional achievement during its most recent accreditation review.

Read about it here.

CUW's School of Pharmacy exterior

1. ‘I’m so thankful for this journey He has me on’

It’s always reason to rejoice when a student comes to faith during their time at Concordia. That certainly was the case Monday morning when Kylie Nelson was reborn in the Spirit through Holy Baptism surrounded by friends, loved ones, and her Concordia faith family.

Read about it here.

— Madelyne Arrigoni is a senior studying English, Mass Communications, and Photography. She plans to graduate in 2022.

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