Editor's note: This story first appeared in the winter 2020 issue of the Hearts Together, a special joint campus magazine publication of Concordia University Wisconsin and Ann Arbor.

Bad news never did have good timing.

But for many Concordians this past year’s timing couldn’t have been worse. For Drs. Jan Heinitz (CUW, assistant director of graduate counseling) and Mark Looker (CUAA, professor of English), it meant a rather unceremonious end to their teaching tenures after multiple decades each on their respective campuses. For senior athletes, it meant the unrealized promise of a winning season to capstone their collegiate-level careers. For May and December graduates, it meant the relinquishment of much of the pomp and circumstance that accompanies an in-person commencement celebration.

Related: A time for new services

However, even in the midst of the inconvenient, anxiety-provoking, or straight-up heartbreaking events of 2020, countless Concordians have also taken the opportunity to take timing to task. With visions set on things above, Concordians forged forward this year firm in the knowledge of their heavenly victory and undaunted by life’s temporal troubles.

Related: A time for personal growth

Over the past several months, new programs have been developed, hobbies begun, and priorities refocused—all with renewed resolve thanks to the mercies daily offered through Christ’s sacrifice. Follow the links to learn just a few of the ways Concordians seized the day and the opportunity to do better in the midst of the COVID-19 global pandemic.

Related: A time to take action

The winter 2020 Hearts Together magazine hit mailboxes in mid-November. View a PDF version of the magazine here. If you are not on our mailing list, but are interested in receiving a free copy, email Jennifer.Hackmann@cuaa.edu.

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