by Kyle Hagens
As a Christian attending Concordia University of Edmonton, I appreciate how the Crest symbolizes my purpose and focus. I believe whole-heartedly in our motto: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” and in the recognition the symbols give to God. Concordia acts as a means toward more meaningful life by providing students with the opportunities and abilities to succeed in their fields of study. Although Concordia is no longer a faith-based institution, its official Crest is nevertheless very important to me. Through its symbols, our Crest reminds me of the purpose behind my educational pursuit– to excel in my chosen field and glorify God.
The symbols each recognize an important aspect of Concordia. The cross seen in the centre of the Crest represents the universities’ founding doctrine, or set of beliefs. Concordia was established with the intent of educating students in a Christian context, represented by the Bible pictured as the foundation of the Crest. An alpha and omega are found on the pages of the Bible and symbolize Christ as the beginning and end of Concordia’s life. Behind these symbols is a maple leaf, honouring the Canadian context of the university. Together, these symbols depict Concordia’s original context and focus.
When I think of Concordia’s Crest, I am reminded of some of the original purposes and motives behind the university, which help to focus me in my educational pursuit.
I am a 20-year-old second-year student at Concordia, majoring in philosophy and intent on getting my elementary education after-degree. Most of my non-academic time is spent working at Active Kidz Academy Preschools or Sportball. And I take every day off I can get to fish, watch The Office, or convince myself I’d make a good NBA general manager.
Concordia’s CUE 100 committee is very excited to feature the written work of several students and alumni as part of its centenary celebrations. As these celebrations continue, you can look forward to reading short articles by these writers on interesting aspects of Concordia’s history over the past century. Writers were given access to archival documents on particular topics which they were asked to summarize and personally respond to. You’ll be able to discover much about Concordia’s history and how it still resonates among us today. We hope you find these articles both informative and entertaining. Happy 100, Concordians!