Dear Alumni of Concordia University Wisconsin,

I am the (relatively) new Dean of Concordia University’s School of Business Administration, which also includes our Criminal Justice and Public Policy (JPP) program. I would like to introduce myself to all of you, our alumni. I come for the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries, and have been involved in starting and managing a number of companies; entrepreneurship is my passion. I spent 10 years in the biotech and startup world in California, before returning to my home state of Wisconsin. Here I spent 9 years as a Professor at Marquette University, and now 5 years at Concordia University Wisconsin. I am deeply committed to our Christian mission of service at CUW, and to training the next generation of ethical business leaders, and of Christian leaders within businesses. I view the business and the justice professions – operating with integrity on sound values like we teach at CUW –  as being a vital remedy to much of what we struggle with in society today. We train students for rewarding careers – rewarding on many levels, from financial to personal and spiritual. I am humbled and honored to help our school continue and grow our good work in this area, and I’d love to hear from you, how we can do it even better.

I am hoping to establish a more consistent line of communication with alumni, as we have some exciting changes in the works to share with you (e.g. our new 80,000 square foot building, with student startup/incubator space); and, I would love to hear your feedback about CUW – things you liked, and things you think we could do better. We will be sharing updates with you via this new School of Business Alumni Newsletter, which we are calling Business on the Bluff (highlighting our beautiful location on the bluff overlooking Lake Michigan). Besides providing you with interesting updates on our activities and notifying you of events you may be interested in attending, we’d also like to highlight achievements of alumni, like you. In that regard, please let us know what you have been up to, by emailing me personally, or at I see our alumni as being an inspiration to our current and future students, so I appreciate you taking the time to let us know what you have been doing. Plus, I want to celebrate your accomplishments, and hear your thoughts and insights!

We also have an alumni event at CUW on August 13th, 2016 for the School of Business (partnering with our School of Health Professions) at the Lakeshore Chinooks game. The ticket Package is $20 and includes a ticket to the game, all-you-can-eat through the 6th inning, and two drink tickets. I would love to connect with you at the game. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP @

Finally, we have a LinkedIn group for the School of Business in which you can connect with other school of business alumni. Please join the group at

I hope your careers are going well, that God has given you many blessings, and that you continue to live our mission of service to Christ in the Church and in the World, in whatever jobs and careers you have chosen to pursue. I would love to hear from you; and, I hope to see you on August 13th.

Yours in Christ,

Daniel Sem, PhD, MBA, JD

Dean, Concordia School of Business Administration

— This story is written by Kali Thiel, director of university communications for Concordia University Wisconsin and Ann Arbor. She may be reached at or 262-243-2149.

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