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Kindness For Katie

Life. Love. Light. That’s who God was for Katie L. Kloess BA ’09, MA ’11

This life carried Katie into eternity. This love spilled into every aspect of her life. This light of Jesus shined for and through her. The Concordia-Chicago community was shaken when Katie was called to heaven on December 15, 2016. She was killed while driving to coach her 7th & 8th grade basketball team from Zion Lutheran School in Marengo, IL. Katie’s friends and family wish to establish these memorials to extend her legacy at Concordia-Chicago. 

Kloess Family Alaska Trip

Kindness 5K – Sunday, August 27 at Willowbrook High School, Villa Park

Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth. 1 John 3:18

An award-winning student athlete, Katie lived a life of service to others. She did not take action for the acknowledgment. Rather she showed kindness from a tender heart formed in Christ. The “Kindness for Katie” movement has rapidly grown to share life, love and light to individuals throughout Chicagoland, across the country and around the world. Katie’s friends and family are hosting a 5K run, walk, stroll to help continue this movement as well as to provide funding to grow the “Katie Scholarship.”

Learn more and Register today at CUChicago.edu/Kindness5K

To help grow this effort, give online at CUChicago.edu/givenow and select “Kindness 5K Sponsorship” from the drop down menu.

Teagan Dunning Scholarship Winner

Katie L. Kloess Memorial Life. Love. Light. Scholarship Endowment

I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. John 16:33

More than $15,355 has been already shared to establish an annual $1,500 scholarship for a returning student who, like Katie, exemplifies the Concordia-Chicago experience. The goal is to raise $30,000 to endow the scholarship with the intent to add additional scholarships. 

The first scholarship was awarded to Teagan Dunning - Class of 2020 (pictured left) in April 2017, a student who like Katie:

- Lives out her individual Christian Faith by actively growing through Concordia’s Spiritual Life activities 
- Loves the pursuit of academic excellence and maintains at least a 3.25 GPA
- Lights the lives of others by sharing goodwill through ongoing service


To help grow this effort, give online at CUChicago.edu/givenow and select “Kloess Memorial Scholarship” from the drop down menu.


Victory Lounge

Victory Lounge - Link Between Trusheim and New Residence Halls

But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Cor. 15:57

A generous Trusheim Challenge donor was inspired by Katie’s dynamic legacy and has shared his naming opportunity with Katie's parents, Sue (Backsmeier) BA ’79, MA ’07 and Gary Kloess BA ’75, MA ’83, and sisters Katrina BA ’05 and Kristin BA ’05, MA ’10. The name “Victory Lounge” was chosen for the new 24-hour lounge that will link Concordia-Chicago’s new residence hall to Trusheim Hall. Just as Katie included friends and strangers alike, the lounge will connect every student whether a resident or commuter. The Victory Lounge will be decorated through lighting, art and layout to help share the hope that is our Victory in Jesus Christ.

To help grow this effort, give online at CUChicago.edu/givenow and select “Kloess Victory Lounge” from the drop down menu.