I met Doug Werth a few years ago when my family and I visited Hong Kong. Doug sent this note after finishing Faith in the Freshman last week. Read the rest of this entry »
Now in my fourteenth year as the president of Concordia University Wisconsin, I have enough retrospect to be able to reflect on a few things with particular appreciation. Among the many blessings I have enjoyed has been the opportunity to interact with my colleagues who are presidents across the Concordia University System. One of them, Bob Holst, from Concordia-St. Paul, has announced his plan to retire at the end of this school year. I will miss him a lot. Read the rest of this entry »
We christened the launch last night. The toast, however, was not so much in celebration of the book finally being published and available as it was my way of thanking the Faith in the Freshman team. So many people have done so much to support, encourage, and enable. I wanted to take a moment to express my appreciation to some of them and hand out a few copies of the book. Our evening included desserts marvelously served by my wife, Tammy; a visit to our amazing web designer, Chris Johnson, in California via iChat; an iChat update with freshman turned sophomore, Andrew Ferry, in Florida; and a champagne toast—to each of my guests. It could not have happened without them.
I’ll admit, having the book in hand is a rush. For me, though, I already gained everything out of the experience that I might have hoped for months ago by just writing the story. The chance to interact with my sainted mother through letters exchanged three decades past, and the opportunity to explore in more depth my relationship with my son through more recent journal entries was poignant and moving. Naturally, I hope others will read and relate, enjoy and be engaged by the book. I’m eager for interaction about the themes at the center of the story. Whatever happens from here, however, is frosting on the dessert and champagne celebration! Read the rest of this entry »