Concordia University College of Alberta

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Concordia University College of Alberta
Motto Initium Sapientiae Timor Domini (The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom)
Established 1921
Type Independent University
Chancellor Allan Wachowich
President Rev. Dr. Gerald Krispin
Students 1,600
Location 7128 Ada Blvd
, 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

Concordia University College of Alberta, is an independent publicly funded university in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Accredited under the Alberta Post-secondary Learning Act.[1] Concordia is primarily funded by the Government of Alberta, tuition, and private donations.


Concordia College was founded in 1921 by the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod to prepare young men for preaching and teaching in the Christian church. It introduced co-education in 1939, offering general study courses, and an accredited high school program. In 1967, Concordia began offering first-year university courses in affiliation with the University of Alberta. Affiliation for second-year courses began in 1975.[2]

The affiliation with the University of Alberta officially ended in 1991 by mutual agreement. Concordia College operated as a denominational college affiliated with the public sector until 1987; at which point, the Province of Alberta allowed Concordia to start operating as a private degree granting university college.[3] Concordia changed its name from Concordia College to Concordia University College of Alberta in 1995. The high school program that ran within Concordia since 1939 separated into an independent institution called Concordia High School in 2000. Both institutions shared the same campus until July 2011.[4] In 2014 the Alberta government announced that Concordia would be allowed to change its name; dropping the word college and allowing Concordia to Call itself a University.[5] On May 1 2015, Concordia University College of Alberta will be renaming to Concordia University of Edmonton.[6]


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.[citation needed]

Hole Academic Centre at Concordia University College.

Notable alumni[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.[citation needed]

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.


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  7. ^ "Masthead". Blue and White News. November 2003. 
  8. ^ Tales From the Visitor Class in Montreal. p. Ext. Retrieved July 7, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Nathan Fillion". Retrieved July 7, 2014. 
  10. ^ Brian Swane (October 9, 2010). "As awards pour in Lam remains Modest". Edmonton Examiner. Retrieved July 7, 2014. 

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