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Student Art Invitational exhibit opens Feb. 27 at Concordia-Chicago


The Ferguson Art Gallery at Concordia University Chicago presents the Student Invitational and Graduating Art Minors’ Show from Feb. 27 to April 2. The exhibition is free and open to the public, and will feature a special faculty-selected eclectic array of two- and three- dimensional art works created in Fall and Spring semester art classes.

Performances of Pulitzer-winning "Crimes of the Heart" begin Feb. 17


The Collective theater company at Concordia University Chicago presents Beth Henley’s “Crimes of the Heart,” winner of the 1981 Pulitzer Prize for drama and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award. The play, directed by Stephanie Stroud, will run Feb. 17, 18, 24 and 25 at 7:30 p.m., and Feb. 19 and 26 at 2 p.m. at the Madison Street Theatre, 1010 Madison St., Oak Park, IL.

Concordia-Chicago faculty member awarded for exemplary research in education finance


Dr. Craig Schilling, Concordia University Chicago associate professor of leadership, has been named a National Education Finance Academy (NEFA) Distinguished Fellow. The award is extended to five individuals every year who have gained national visibility for exemplary research or practice in the field of public education finance, at the elementary and secondary level as well as in higher education.

Center for Language and Literacy announces expanded leadership team, spacious new campus location


The Center for Language and Literacy at Concordia University Chicago has moved to a new location in the Christopher Center on the University’s River Forest campus. The transfer of resources from the Center’s prior, smaller location began in August 2016, and is expected to be fully accomplished in early 2017. Since its founding three years ago as an initiative spearheaded by Dr. Thomas Jandris, then dean of the College of Graduate and Innovative Programs, the Center has expanded at an unexpected pace. In anticipation of future growth, an expansion was deemed necessary in order to accommodate the needs of both teachers and learners.

Bridgeport Art Center curator to show work at Concordia-Chicago Ferguson Gallery


The Ferguson Art Gallery at Concordia University Chicago presents “Shadows, Fires and Thresholds: Imaginary Landscapes by Lelde Kalmite” from Jan. 9 to Feb. 19. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Concordia-Chicago programming teams improve national and world rankings


Two teams of Concordia University Chicago undergraduate students have finished second and third place in Chicago, and second and fourth place in Illinois in the IEEEXtreme 24-Hour Programming Competition. The students’ performance in the annual Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) contest placed them 52nd in the U.S., an improvement of 51 positions over last year. They finished 661st in the world out of about 2,200 teams. The competition is a global challenge where computer science and engineering students at the undergraduate, master’s and doctoral levels compete against each other in an intense 24-hour period to solve a set of programming problems.

New research by Concordia-Chicago faculty shows association between the arts and aging


Older adults who frequently attended live performances of a concert, play or musical showed slower cognitive decline compared to those who never attended any performing arts, according to a study by Dr. Rekha S. Rajan, visiting associate professor of research at Concordia University Chicago. The study was conducted in collaboration with Dr. Kumar Bharat Rajan, associate professor of internal medicine at Rush University Medical Center, and is funded by a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) grant through 2017. The results will be published in an upcoming edition of the Journal of Aging and Health.

Dr. Robert Wilhite appointed College of Graduate Studies dean at Concordia-Chicago


Concordia University Chicago is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Robert Wilhite as dean of the College of Graduate Studies.

Speakers announced for 7th annual International Conference on Ageing and Spirituality


Concordia University Chicago will bring together international researchers and scholars with expertise in aging, religion and spirituality, as well as practitioners, policy-makers, clergy, laypeople and care partners to explore how aging presents us with opportunities to navigate transitions over the life course. The International Conference on Ageing and Spirituality (ICAS) will take place June 4-7, 2017. Registration opens Dec. 1 at

Concordia-Chicago appoints Dr. Thomas Jandris as Chief Innovation Officer


Dr. Thomas Jandris has been appointed Chief Innovation Officer and dean of the newly formed College of Innovation and Professional Programs at Concordia University Chicago.

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