There is much to consider these days. We lost a great man early last week, when Prof. Richard Dinda left this earth to gain his eternal reward. Prof. Dinda served this place faithfully for forty years and was beloved by students, faculty, staff, and friends of Concordia. He was a rare combination of intelligence, wit, charm, and warmth, and he will be greatly missed. I never had Prof. Dinda in the classroom, but was privileged to spend time with him on the phone and in person last spring when he was able to come to campus for the “Celebrate the Sixties” reunion. I have a treasured photo of him and other faculty emeriti and former presidents. When I took that photo, I couldn’t help thinking to myself: “This may never happen for us again.” We are praying for his wife Laura, his family, and the thousands of people he influenced. Rest easy, dear friend.
Had he been able, I believe Prof. Dinda would have been excited to participate in another couple of events here on campus – one forthcoming and one immediately past. On April 21 & 22, we will “Celebrate the Seventies” with graduates and former students from that decade. Reunions have become a highlight for me, personally, as a lover of Concordia history. It is interesting to stand back and watch the reconnections happen and learn the context behind the relationships. There’s nothing quite like the look in someone’s eye as she realizes she’s meeting an old roommate, classmate, or dorm mate. It seems to be a unique type of joy that must be experienced to be understood. To check out the schedule for this year’s reunion, please contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
By now, you may have seen pictures or heard about Concordia Crossing, which took place on February 23-26. The Homecoming portion of the weekend was on the 24th and 25th and was really meaningful. This was a celebration of Concordia’s 90th academic year and Dr. Don Zielke’s fifty years in our classrooms. The classes of 2007, 1992, and 1967 were honored and we also noted our grads from the 1950s at a dinner on Friday evening. Also noteworthy was the marking of the 60th anniversary of the first class of ladies at Concordia, as well as the 50th anniversary of the final high school class. I am not aware of another event with such a profound mixing of ages and experiences, all with the common interest in our alma mater. Many, many thanks to all who worked so hard to make it happen – particularly to Lauren Moore and Brittany Leiva, the two best event planners for which Concordia could ask! Mark your calendars for late February 2018….
Thanks for reading and may God continue to bless, guard, and protect you.