Dear Bob, here are some photos of my life here on the campus of Concordia Seminary. I love kids, working with the grounds crew, swimming, playing with my dog friends, and especially my own family people.
We have the best students here at Concordia Seminary, they can and will do anything. Such a great work ethic. Yesterday 3 or 4 of them wrestled a huge cross they made out of timbers from campus trees which had been cut down and planed, into a deep hole they dug. They then secured the cross so that nothing will take it down.
While we were in Collinsville this weekend during the snow event, the door to our screened in porch at the seminary must have blown open. One of the least popular aspects of living on campus in the winter is the way heavy snow suddenly crashes down from the steeply pitched roofs. The snow piles up on the roofs, the heat from the house eventually warms the pile enough that it loosens and the roars down with a sound like a train. This happens to the faculty houses and the campus buildings. You don't want to be walking under the rooflines after a snow because this stuff is heavy and icy and could really hurt.
Anyway. At some point yesterday the roof snow crashed down in front of the porch door and landed in a huge icy pile in such a way that in order to get that door closed that snow has to be moved. There's no point in waiting for it to melt because history has shown that it may take a couple of weeks. So this is my job for today, hack away with various tools to get it away from the open door.
It took until February 16th to get some snow in these parts, unusual but rather nice after last year's Polar Vortex. The seminary took a snow day, cancelled classes, but that didn't mean no one was here. Students were out shoveling snow, the maintenance guys got in and were moving snow in all kinds of ways.
Students have a lot of energy and agility to get things cleared fast.
Dale and Ferdie stopped to watch.
Here's Kirt from environmental services using a leaf blower
Back to it.
The manager of the campus maintenance department, Nathan, talks it over with Dale.
All kinds of vehicles plowing
Dale did more than chat, he got busy clearing our sidewalks
It's a pretty change of pace kind of weather, but hopefully this will be the last of 2015's snow.
I have to share the dessert table our food service put out for the Board of Regents dinner last night. It almost made me wish I was a regent.
The rich flourless cake looked good by themselves but the little pots of salted caramel under chocolate creamy something, almost creamy fudge, was unbelievable. I was pretty thrilled when our chef heard me agonizing over the lushishness of those pots and set one aside for me. Dale brought it home and oh, man, so good.
Yesterday a number of students and staff at the seminary agreed to have their heads shaved to raise money for childhood cancer research. Dale participated for the 4th year in a row. Even better, our Board of Regents were here for their quarterly meeting and they were able to watch.
This is the before picture
And during the process everyone watched and cheered the students and Dale.
Here are some of the regents
And a few more of them
Me using my new Go Pro video
Astonishingly brave women staffers agreed to have their heads shaved.
And Faculty/director of the St Baldrick's effort, Bill Wrede explains the importance of what all this meant and told the crowd that in the past couple of years they've raised over 35,000 dollars. This is amazing for seminary students who have to make ever dollar count.
This was the weekend the seminary basketball team hosted their annual Preacher Classic tournament. Last evening the preachers beat their sister seminary (and arch rival) Concordia Seminary Fort Wayne. Teams from the St. Louis seminary have beaten Fort Wayne every year since 1984 and each year the pressure to keep the streak alive on the current team gets harder.
Hurray! Another year in the books. But not only that, but this year the Preachers won the tournament title beating Greenville College this afternoon in a fantastic game.
Last night's tip off
And the final score of the first round.
After every game whoever the seminary plays, join in a closing prayer at center court.
Team clapping the fans at the end
Special Preacher Classic Tournament balls provided by Concordia Publishing House as fan giveaways.
Christian's school has a project going on to raise money for the American Heart Association. They are jump roping for the heart as well as any other ways each student can come up with to raise money. Christian decided to sell cocoa to our seminary students and staff today. He was able to come over and do this because the kids are off school.
He started in the hallway of Sieck Hall, thinking students coming in for 8 o'clock classes might want some cocoa.
He did ok there, but the real test would be setting up outside the chapel to catch everyone leaving morning chapel.
Gayle tested the cocoa and found it grrrrreat.
Dan found it just fine as well.
A couple of women visiting the campus fell in love with Ferdie.
Then the crowd descended
The two women getting some cocoa are from Buffalo New York, here to interview students to be their pastor.
And on and on it went until everyone had to get to class. Then Ferdie's favorite guy, Bill, came along with a treat.