Concordia University College of Alberta

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Concordia University College of Alberta
Concordia-college-edmonton.jpg
Motto Initium Sapientiae Timor Domini (The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom)
Established 1921 Concordia College. Subsequently named, Concordia University College of Alberta 1995
Type Independent University
Chancellor Allan Wachowich
President Rev. Dr. Gerald Krispin
Students 1,600
Location 7128 Ada Blvd
Edmonton
, Alberta, Canada
53°33′32″N 113°26′38″W / 53.559°N 113.444°W / 53.559; -113.444Coordinates: 53°33′32″N 113°26′38″W / 53.559°N 113.444°W / 53.559; -113.444
Campus Residential Area
Colours blue      and gold     
Mascot Thunder
Affiliations Lutheran Church - Canada
Website http://www.concordia.ab.ca

Concordia University College of Alberta, now known as Concordia University of Alberta, is an independent publicly funded university in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The enabling legislation is the Post-secondary Learning Act.[1]

History[edit]

Concordia was founded in 1921 by the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod to prepare young men for preaching and teaching Christian ministries. It introduced co-education in 1939, offering general courses of study, and an accredited high school program. In 1967, Concordia began offering first-year university courses in affiliation with the University of Alberta. Concordia College is a denominational college previously affiliated with the public sector. The Province of Alberta allowed Concordia College to operate as a private degree-granting university in the 1987.[2]

The affiliation with the University of Alberta officially ended in 1991 by mutual agreement. In order to better reflect what Concordia offers, in 1995 Concordia was renamed from Concordia College to Concordia University College of Alberta.

Throughout its history, Concordia has remained grounded in the belief that the Christian faith gives purpose to life and that success depends upon spiritual maturity. Concordia fosters a Christian lifestyle on campus and encourages a dual commitment to academic excellence and religious vitality.

Concordia's crest was designed in 1921 and was in constant use as a logo until 1991, when it was updated to remove the word "college" from the title. In 2010 the crest was retired as the visual identity of Concordia. It remains in use on legal documents as a seal, and on degree diplomas. A new logo was adopted in 2010. This logo was designed by Michelle McBride of Edmonton, Alberta. It reflects Concordia's front entrance of the historical Schwermann Hall, built in 1926, which also mirrors the castle church door in Wittenberg, Germany, on which Dr. Martin Luther nailed the 95 theses, sparking the reformation. Further, the logo's curved lines represents the shore and waters of the North Saskatchewan River, which lies directly below Concordia, in the Highlands neighborhood of Edmonton.

Concordia is an independent institution. Anyone from the public may attend. It is funded primarily by the Government of Alberta, by tuition, and private donations.

Timeline:

1921 - Concordia College is founded by the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod to prepare young men for preaching and teaching ministries

1939- The college expands to include women and to offer general courses of study and an accredited high school program

1967- Concordia begins offering first-year university courses in affiliation with the University of Alberta

1975- Affiliation with the University of Alberta begins for second-year university courses

1987 - Concordia becomes a degree-granting institution

1991 - Formal affiliation with the University of Alberta ends by mutual agreement

1995 - Concordia College changes its renamed Concordia University College of Alberta to reflect its status as a degree-granting institution.

2007 - Concordia offers its first master's degree: "Master of Information Systems Security Management" (MISSM)

2009 - Concordia begins offering a Master of Arts (MA) degree

2011 - Concordia is approved to offer a third master's degree: Master of Information Systems Assurance Management (MISAM)

Today - Concordia University College of Alberta program offerings include undergraduate and graduate degree programs. In addition to its degree programs, Concordia continues to offer church work programs as well as diploma and certificate programs in Career Development and academic upgrading programs.

Programs[edit]

Hole Academic Centre at Concordia University College.

Undergraduate Programs:

Bachelor of Arts (3 or 4 year)

Bachelor of Management

Bachelor of Science (3 or 4 year)

Bachelor of Education (After Degree)

Bachelor of Environmental Health (After Degree)

Graduate Programs:

Master of Arts in Biblical and Christian Studies

Master of Information Systems Security Program (MISSM)

Master of Information Systems Assurance Management (MISAM)

Other Programs:

Diploma and certificate programs in Career Development and Church Work professions

Notable alumni[edit]

Athletics[edit]

The Concordia Thunder compete in the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (Provincial Level) and the Canadian Colleges Athletic Association (National Level). Team sports include: badminton, basketball, curling, golf, hockey, soccer, cross country running, and volleyball. Each sport includes participation by both men and women on separate teams with the exception of Hockey which only has a men's team. Thunder alumni include: Andrew Parker, who is a well known basketball player who competes for the Edmonton Energy of the International Basketball League. Another notable Concordia alumni, Daniel Veenstra, has recently taken the diving world by storm placing a spot on the 2012 Canadian Olympic team. Jennifer Clayton, currently in her fourth year with the women's volleyball team has made a name for herself finishing last year as the ACAL leader in digs and kills.

Championship History

2008-2009

ACAC Medalists

Men's Soccer-Gold, Women's Soccer-Silver, Men's Basketball-Silver, Badminton-Silver

CCAA Medalists

Men's Soccer-Bronze, Badminton Men's and Women's Doubles-Silver

2007-2008

ACAC Medalists

Men's Hockey-Bronze, Women's Soccer-Silver, Badminton-Gold, Women's Basketball-Gold

CCAA Medalists

Badminton Men's and Women's Doubles-Silver

2006-2007

ACAC Medalists

Mens Soccer-Bronze, Women's Soccer-Bronze, Badminton-Gold

CCAA Medalists

Badminton - Men's and Women's Doubles Silver Medalists

2005-2006

ACAC Medalists

Golf-Bronze, Men's Basketball-Bronze, Men's Soccer-Silver, Women's Soccer-Silver, Women's Basketball-Silver, Badminton-Gold

CCAA Medalists

Badminton - Silver

2004-2005

ACAC Medalists

Swimming-Bronze, Men's Basketball-Bronze

Women's Soccer-Bronze, Men's Soccer-Silver, Badminton-Silver, Women's Basketball-Gold

CCAA Medalists

Women's Basketball-Gold

See also[edit]

Grams, Grant W. “A.M. Rehwinkel, Advocate of the German-Canadian Culture in Alberta”, in Hugh A. Dempsey (ed.), Alberta History, 2006.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.qp.alberta.ca/574.cfm?page=p19p5.cfm&leg_type=Acts&isbncln=9780779737932 Post-secondary Learning Act
  2. ^ http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.com/index.cfm?PgNm=TCE&Params=A1ARTA0008242
  3. ^ "Masthead". Blue and White News. November 2003. 
  4. ^ Tales From the Visitor Class in Montreal. p. Ext. Retrieved July 7, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Nathan Fillion". Retrieved July 7, 2014. 
  6. ^ Brian Swane (October 9, 2010). "As awards pour in Lam remains Modest". Edmonton Examiner. Retrieved July 7, 2014. 

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