Thursday, September 4, 2008
Dr. Orville Walz addresses the convocation assembly after receiving the Christo et Ecclesia Award
In a Robert Tegler Student Centre packed with students, faculty, and staff for the opening of the new academic year, Concordia University College’s president, Dr. Gerald Krispin presented the institution’s Christo et Ecclesia award to Rev. Dr. Orville Walz. The award recognized Dr. Walz’s commitment to Christ and the Church in not only years of service, but also significant contribution, and pervading influence.
Dr. Walz’s homily to the Opening Convocation, held Wednesday, September 3, was entitled Concordia Then and Now; You Now and Then. Impressed with CUCA’s growth and new facilities, Dr. Walz marvelled at how far Concordia has come since his tenure as president from 1981 to 1990. The former president acknowledged the fact that nothing is possible without God’s grace, and he wished Concordia faculty, students, and staff a blessed year.
Upon officially opening the 88th academic year, Dr. Gerald Krispin highlighted recent changes to the campus, including renovations to the cafeteria, and new furniture in public areas. Dr. Krispin also pointed out that the 56,000 sq. ft. Hole Academic Centre is complete, with final touches put in place just days before convocation.
Apart from the induction of new staff officers, Dr. Krispin also welcomed two new faculty members. Dr. Conrad van Dyk joins Concordia as assistant professor of English, while Dr. InHee Cho joins as assistant professor of Religious Studies.
Concordia University College of Alberta traces its history from its founding in 1921 as a preparation school for Lutheran ministerial students. It maintains its Lutheran roots as a Christian liberal arts university college, granting bachelor degrees in arts, science and education; specialized certifications; and offering master’s studies and degrees.