Concordia University, Seward

Concordia University, Seward

Concordia University, Nebraska's seal
Established 1894
Type Private University
Religious affiliation Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod
President Rev. Dr. Brian L. Friedrich
Provost Dr. Jenny Mueller-Roebke
Students 2,196 (2011)[1]

Seward, Nebraska, USA Coordinates: 40°54′51″N 97°05′27.35″W / 40.91417°N 97.0909306°W / 40.91417; -97.0909306

Campus Rural 85 acres (34 ha)
Colors Navy and White         
Mascot Bulldogs
Affiliations GPAC, NAIA

Concordia University, Nebraska is a private, coeducational university located in Seward, Nebraska, United States. It is affiliated with The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) and part of its ten member Concordia University System. Concordia offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in more than 50 academic programs in both on-campus and online formats.

Concordia Nebraska promises a Christ-centered, academically excellent community with caring faculty and staff. Concordia’s Christian perspective is woven into the student experience. The Concordia experience is provided in an environment—from the faculty to the hallmates on dorm floors—that richly supports the Christian growth of students. Concordia provides a tight-knit community where it’s impossible to get lost in the crowd. With over half of students coming from outside Nebraska, there are always friends around and plenty to do, even on the weekends. Concordia's faculty have chosen to teach in a place where they can truly get to know their students by name and guide each one through the process of discovery and preparation for a career. With more than 50 rigorous academic programs taught by highly qualified professors—not teaching assistants or graduate students—students receive an excellent education and the support to lead and serve even before they graduate.

Concordia University, Nebraska's mission is to be an excellent academic and Christ-centered community equipping men and women for lives of learning, service and leadership in the church and world.


Founded in 1894 as the Evangelische Lutherische Schulleherer Seminar, the university began as a preparatory teacher's school with its twelve students boarded, fed and taught in the same building by J. George Weller and his wife (currently Founders Hall).[2] The surrounding community was supportive of a school in their midst, and did much to help the students with extra foodstuffs, funding and housing. The school granted its first teaching degrees in 1907. During World War I, the school faced anti-German sentiment, which led to changing the language of instruction to English for the classes that were taught in German. The college worked alongside the community to show their patriotism by constructing a 100 ft (30 m) flagpole. Following the war, the school was accredited as a junior college, and women joined the student body in 1919.

The first bachelor's degrees were awarded in 1940, and the school became an accredited four-year institution in the late 1940s. In 1959, Concordia became the first of the LCMS schools to be accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), from which it continues to have an accreditation.

Additional educational and housing facilities were added as the university grew and expanded its programs, including science labs, a large library and multiple residence halls. Business, art, science and health-related programs were added to the teaching and pre-seminary courses. Graduate programs were added in 1968.

The college became part of the newly established Concordia University System in 1995, and became a university in 1998.

In 1995, the college hosted the first annual Plum Creek Children's Literacy Festival. The festival now brings nearly 10,000 school-aged students to campus. It has included famous authors such as Lois Lowry, John R. Erickson and John Archambault.[3]

New facilities, including the Thom Leadership Education Center and a track-and-field and stadium complex, have been added in recent years. The newest of its 11 residence halls opened in 2006. The newest building is the Walz Human Performance Complex, which was dedicated in 2010.

The current President of Concordia University, Nebraska is Rev. Dr. Brian L. Friedrich.[2]


Concordia University, Nebraska encompasses 85 acres (34 ha) in the town of Seward, Nebraska. The campus now has over 11 academic and administration buildings and 11 residence halls. The newest residence hall is an apartment-style-living facility, and all of the campus's residence halls include internet access and cable telecommunications connections. The university grounds are home to a portion of the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum as well as a number of university-commissioned and student-made sculptures.

  • Campus Map

  • Brommer Hall was originally built as a student center but was converted to become a center for the arts. The building now contains offices, studio space, classrooms and a computer lab.
  • Bulldog Stadium was constructed in 1997 and hosts the athletic events of Concordia's track, football, and soccer teams in addition to intramurals and Seward High School football and soccer games.
  • Founders Hall was originally built in 1894. As the original campus building, Founders supplied classrooms and living quarters for the first students, along with their (Rev. J. George Weller) teacher and his family. Currently, the Theatre Program's set-construction workshop operates in the basement.
  • Janzow Campus Center was recently renovated and is the hub of campus life. Janzow includes the dining hall and the Doghouse Grill, 10:31 Coffee House, John W. Cattle Conference Room, Student Success Center, game room and lounges, mail room, Student Activities Council Office (SAC) and the Bookstore.
  • Jesse Hall was originally built as a dormitory but now functions as office space for the business, communication, theology and social science departments. Several classrooms and a computer lab are also present in the building. The Marxhausen Gallery of Art is located in the building with art visiting, original and archival shows on display. Jesse Hall also is the location for several organization offices including The Sower student newspaper and the Center for Liturgical Art, an outreach program to creates original pieces of ecclesiastical artwork for churches, schools and religious organizations.
  • Link Library houses over 230,000 titles, as well as the Bartels Museum, the Instructional Technology Center and the Academic Resource Center and Writing Center.
  • Music Center is the home for many performing arts studies at Concordia. Offices for the music department are located here as well as a number of practice rooms equipped with pianos and organs. In 2008 a new Casavant Freres organ was installed in the recital hall, Heine Hall, along with a new Steinway piano. A computer lab provides music students with software for composition. A black box theater in the basement of the center serves as a venue for intimate theatrical performances throughout the year.
  • The Osten Observatory houses a Meade LX-200 16” telescope in a Sirius Observatories 10-foot fiberglass dome. Students and faculty host regular public viewing in the spring and fall, and use the Meade DSI CCD imager for photography and research.
  • Science Hall hosts many classes, and not just of the sciences. The building includes laboratories for physics, biology and chemistry with all of the necessary equipment. A cadaver lab for the study of human anatomy was recently added.
  • Thom Leadership Education Center (TLEC) includes many state of the art classrooms along with an auditorium, computer labs and the offices of the education department.
  • Walz Human Performance Complex and the Physical Education Building are home to athletics and the health and Human Performance department. Facilities include locker rooms, weight rooms, laundry and training facilities, a gymnasium and a 2,000 seat arena and a 200m indoor track and field house.
  • Weller Hall is the administrative center of campus as it houses the business, marketing, admissions, financial service and human resource departments. The offices of the provost and university president are also located in Weller. An auditorium hosts daily chapel services as well as theatrical productions. Weller also provides several classrooms for instruction.
Bulldog Stadium was constructed in 1997 and hosts the athletic events of Concordia's track, football, and soccer teams in addition to intramurals and Seward High School football and soccer games.


Concordia offers both graduate and undergraduate programs designed to prepare students not only to succeed in their chosen careers, but also to encourage responsible participation and leadership in a complex and diverse society. Concordia University, Nebraska is a fully accredited institution, accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The teacher education programs are accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE); music programs are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM); and the institution's business program is accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).


Concordia awards bachelor's degrees in more than 50 undergraduate programs. Concordia also awards the Lutheran Teacher Diploma, Christian Teacher Diploma, the Director of Christian Education, and Director of Parish Music certificates which allow holders of those credentials to serve as church workers in The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. Pre-seminary and pre-deaconess programs are also available, including the necessary language courses to attend the seminaries of the LCMS. List of majors:

  • Accountancy
  • Art Education
  • Arts Administration
  • Art Therapy
  • Behavioral Science
  • Biology (Cellular & Molecular, Conservation,

Environment, Forensic Science, Organismal)

  • Business Administration (Accounting, Agribusiness,

Communication, Finance, Information Systems, Marketing)

  • Business Communication
  • Chemistry
  • Christian Educational Leadership
  • Christian Teacher Diploma
  • Church Music (Organ, Voice)
  • Community Health
  • Communication Studies
  • Computer Science
  • Criminal Justice
  • Ecclesiastical Arts
  • Education (Early Childhood, Elementary,

Middle, Secondary, Special Education)

  • Ecclesiastical Art
  • English (and ELL)
  • Environmental Science (Biology, Chemistry,

Geography, Business & Marketing, Natural Resources)

  • Exercise Science
  • Fitness Studies
  • Geography
  • Gerontology and Aging Studies
  • Graphic Design
  • History
  • Interpersonal Communications
  • Journalism and Public Relations
  • Language and Rhetoric
  • Management Information Systems
  • Mathematics
  • Marketing
  • Music, Music Education
  • Natural Science
  • Physical Science
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Recreation & Sport Studies
  • Spanish
  • Studio Art
  • TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers
  • of Other Languages)
  • Theatre
  • Theology
  • World and Intercultural Studies
  • Worship Arts
  • Pre-Professional Studies:

Athletic Training, Chiropractic,

Clinical Laboratory Science, Clinical

Perfusion Science, Cytotechnology,

Dental, Dental Hygiene, Engineering,

Law, Medical, Nursing, Occupational

Therapy, Optometry, Osteopathic

Medicine, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy,

Physician Assistant, Radiation Science Tech,

Social Work, Veterinary.

  • Concordia Undergraduate Course Catalog


Concordia University offers several master's degrees. These programs offer a majority of their courses online. Most face-to-face classes meet in Lincoln, Neb.

  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Education, administration emphasis (online program)
  • Master of Education, curriculum and instruction emphasis (online program)
  • Master of Education, early childhood education emphasis (online program)
  • Master of Education, literacy emphasis (reading specialist & ESL) (online program)
  • Master of Arts in Gerontology and Aging Studies (online program)
  • Master of Human Services (online program)
  • Master of Public Health (online program)
  • Master of Science in Family Life (online program)

Concordia Graduate Catalog

Student Life

Residential Halls

There are currently 11 Residential Halls (dormitories) on the University's campus. These dorms are separated by gender, with the exclusion of Jonathan Hall. The following is a list of the current Residential Halls:

  • Philip Hall
  • Timothy Hall
  • Dorcas Hall
  • Esther Hall
  • Ruth (A,B,C) Hall
  • Schuelke Hall
  • Jonathan Apartments (genders separated)
  • David Hall
  • Strieter Hall

The dormitories are supervised by resident assistants (RAs) and resident coordinators (RCs) who are overseen by the Student Life Office (SLO).

Student government

The university has a Student Senate composed of one senator elected by their floor peers to represent their respective dorm floor, a proportionate number of senators are elected to represent students who live off campus, and a representative for the Student Activities Committee and Student Worship Committee. The president, vice president, secretary and treasurer are elected at-large from the entire student body. All official student groups also have a vote and their funding is tied to attendance at the weekly meetings.

Extracurricular activities

Over 30 clubs and organizations exist on campus for students to participate in, ranging from service-oriented groups to intramural teams to academic support groups to honorary societies. The Sower is the university's bi-weekly newspaper. The Tower is the title of the institution's yearbook. The "Curtain Club" provides students with a medium of expression through drama. The Student Activity Committee (SAC) organizes multiple events for the student body throughout the year, including concerts, comedy shows, free movies, bowling nights and the popular Spring Weekend.

  • Complete list of Organizations


Concordia hosts a number of traditions (institution organized and otherwise) throughout the year.

  • Christmas at Concordia is an annual worship service during the first weekend in December. University musical ensembles perform as well as joining the congregation of St. John Lutheran Church in Seward, where the event is held. Four services are held throughout the weekend and tickets are required, but free.
  • LAUNCH (formerly known as "Weekend of Welcome," or "WOW Weekend") is the orientation period for new students held in August. It features the "O-show", in which particulars of Concordia life are satirically portrayed.
  • The "Naked Man" Run is an annual tradition held on the first snow of the year or early winter, during which students gather in Dorcas Hall and run wearing minimal clothing to the Son of Man, Be Free sculpture, or "The Naked Man," at the center of campus. Once there, the students form snow angels before retreating.
  • Spring Weekend is the most prominent weekend at Concordia. The Student Activities Council organizes events in which teams compete. Historically, mud-volleyball and bed racing were part of the events but have since seen many changes. Popular events include the Lip-sync and sync-swim, in which students perform choreographed programs in child-sized pools.
  • The Winter JazzFest and The Spring JazzFest are annual concerts featuring the Jazz Ensemble and the Jazz Vocal Choir. Various styles from the twentieth century are featured in the concert, from 20s jazz to 70s funk.

Music, Theatre, and Art

The Concordia Department of Music is NASM (National Association for Schools of Music) accredited. Concordia has more than a dozen vocal and instrumental ensembles open to students,

  • The University A Cappella choir, directed by Dr. Kurt von Kampen, was founded in 1939. The 70+ member choir performs both sacred and secular pieces of music and regularly makes national and international tours.
  • Chamber Choir and Vocal Jazz Ensemble are 16 member choirs composed of students selected from the A Cappella choir. The choir regularly tours and sings a diverse array of music. It is directed by Dr. Kurt von Kampen.
  • University Symphonic Band is composed of wind and percussion students through audition. It performs multiple times a semester at schools, churches and performance halls. The group is directed by Professor Andrew Schultz.
  • Male Chorus is a male vocal ensemble directed by Dr. Kurt von Kampen. The group performs several times a semester at chapel and church services as well as a culminating concert ending each semester. The group does not require an audition for entrance but uses one for placement for TTBB pieces.
  • Women's Chorale, like the Male Chorus, performs throughout the semester both secular and sacred music and is directed by Dr. Jeffrey Blersch.
  • University Jazz Ensemble conducted by Professor Andrew Schultz is dedicated to the performance of instrumental jazz music. The group performs throughout the semester providing a winter and spring concert as well as swing music for the homecoming dance in October. Entrance is by audition.
  • Concordia Brass Ensemble rehearses several hours each week and is directed by Dr. Wendy Schultz.
  • Handbell choirs are directed by Jessica Kite and offer both Beginning and Advanced sections to students depending on experience and ability.
  • Chamber Orchestra directed by Dr. Christopher Nichols was restarted in 2011. The group is composed of strings, wind, brass and percussion students and community members desiring to play a classical repertoire.
  • University Praise Bands perform contemporary Christian music at chapel services and makes trips to various special events.
  • University/Community Concert Band is placed by audition and meets once a week. The group is composed of both students and interested members of the Seward County area.
  • Bulldog Band is the pep band ensemble. It performs at home football, basketball and spirit events as well as traveling for the annual Concordia Invitational Tournament. It has grown significantly in recent years and is directed by Professor Andrew Schultz.

The Theatre Program generally stages two full-length shows each year, in addition to one-act plays, readers' theater and student-directed productions. The University's theater division has been honored by inclusion in Playbill, the yearly publication of the Alpha Psi Omega dramatic honor society, for more than 20 years. The Theatre faculty and students are active in the Region V Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. Students have received recognition for playwriting, directing, lighting design, set design and acting at regional festivals.

Concordia's art students publicly exhibit their artwork at the on-campus Marxhausen Gallery of Art (named after the artist Reinhold Marxhausen) for both the Annual Student Art Exhibition and the Bachelor of Fine Art Thesis Exhibition. The Marxhausen Gallery also intermittently hosts visiting artists from around the country who give presentations and display their art. The university's permanent collection of more than 300 works, the Koenig Collection, contains screen prints, etchings, lithographs and other original prints by nationally and internationally recognized artists. The Center for Liturgical Art at Concordia seeks to encourage and assist the Church in its ministry through the visual arts by promoting its use in worship. Students work alongside faculty and visiting artists to create a variety of pieces. Concordia Nebraska also hosts the "Gathering of the Talents" festival for elementary and middle school students from across the nation to experience artistic workshops.


Concordia Nebraska athletics are known as the Bulldogs, and are part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), primarily competing in the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC). Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, tennis, track & field and wrestling; while women's sports include basketball, dance/cheer, cross country, dance, golf, softball, tennis, track & field and volleyball. The university also has many intramural sports.

Concordia Nebraska's teams use the newly constructed Walz Human Performance Complex, Bulldog Stadium and Plum Creek Park baseball and softball fields for competitions.

Concordia Invitational Tournament (CIT)

Since 1950, Concordia has competed in an annual men's basketball tournament against other LCMS universities. A women's tournament was added in 1965. Throughout the history of CIT, Concordia Nebraska holds the best aggregate record in both the men's and women's tournaments.[4] Since 2001 the teams are: Concordia University, Nebraska, Concordia University Wisconsin, Concordia University Chicago and Concordia University, Ann Arbor.

The school mascot is the Bulldog.


External links

  • Concordia University (Nebraska)
  • Concordia University (Nebraska) Athletics
  • Concordia University, Nebraska's Bookstore