Giving To Concordia

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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 have created these opportunities to extend her legacy at Concordia-Chicago. 

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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 $90,000 has been raised to fund scholarships for returning students who, like Katie, exemplifies the Concordia-Chicago experience. The goal is to raise another $30,000 to add additional scholarships for future students. The first scholarship was awarded to Teagan Dunning (pictured left) in April 2017, who like Katie:

- Lives out her 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 and select “Kloess Memorial Scholarship” from the drop down menu.

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5K 2020 – To Be Announced

Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, 
just as in Christ God forgave you. Eph 4:32

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. For the past three years, the Kindness 5K has helped to share life, love and light to individuals throughout Chicagoland, across the country and around the world. Funds from the run, walk, stroll to help continue this movement as well as to provide funding to grow the “Katie Scholarship.” Plans are in discussion for the future of this special event.

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Victory Lounge - Link Between Trusheim and Concordia 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.