2014 - Volume 11, Issue 8
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- WASC Reaccreditation
- NCAA Division II
- Advice from Student Affairs
- Events Calendar
- Academic News
- Athletic News
- Career Opportunities
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Concordia University Irvine Earns Ten-Year WASC Reaccreditation
Concordia University Irvine has earned regional reaccreditation by the Senior College and University Commission of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) for a term of 10 years, the maximum length of time that it can be awarded.
WASC’s systematic review of the schools in the region provides quality control for all aspects of the university, and the commission’s decision was based on a thorough self-study report prepared by Concordia University Irvine, an off-site review of that report by a WASC evaluation team composed of faculty and administrators from peers in the region, and a three-day campus visit by that same team last March.
The WASC Commission commended Concordia University Irvine for its “remarkable” work on several new accreditation components and featured that work at this year’s Academic Resource Conference. Several of the new components Concordia University Irvine implemented were adopted by WASC as “best practices” and will serve as models for other institutions to follow. Read more about Concordia’s reaccreditation.
Concordia Accepted into the NCAA Division II Membership Process
“After thorough and well-planned consideration, we believe the Division II model falls directly in line with our Lutheran heritage, our core values, our approach to a whole person educational experience, and our mission of empowering students through the liberal arts and professional studies for lives of learning, service, and leadership,” said Dr. Kurt Krueger, President of Concordia University Irvine. “Concordia is poised to meet the qualifications and standards that define the NCAA Division II attributes of learning, service, balance, passion, resourcefulness, and sportsmanship. We are honored to be accepted by the NCAA Membership Committee to formally begin the membership process.” Read the rest of the article written by Sabrina Suarez, Echo Media Group, by clicking here.
Advice from Student Affairs
We know that a new school year can be mixed with many emotions and we would like to assure you that we are here to help support both you and your child.
As you have conversations with your student, here are a few things you might want to remember:
- Discuss fears and excitements
For students, knowing that they have a parent who is not afraid to talk about the things that are on their mind helps them to not feel alone in their emotions.
- Listen with an open mind.
Sometimes college life can be stressful and frustrating, even for the most studious and sociable students. Remember, college is the time for students to grow and learn from their own experiences. Give your student the freedom to make his/her own choices and hold them accountable.
- Encourage involvement.
College should be more than just going to classes and doing homework. Experience with extracurricular activities will be valued by future employers. Encourage your student to get involved throughout campus by joining different clubs and programs. These opportunities will allow your student to meet new people, develop leadership and social skills, and overall enhance their college experience.
- Help your child become independent.
It is very tempting to keep in constant touch with your child. No first-year college student wants to report back to their parents multiple times a day. This is a time for students to learn about themselves and become independent. Let your child know that you trust him/her by letting them make their own decisions.
In asking current students what they find the most helpful in their parents, the biggest response that I hear is that they know that they are loved, and they know that their parents believe that they are capable of overcoming the challenges that they face.
On behalf of First-Year Experience, we are enjoying getting to know your student and providing support for them at Concordia. We hope that your student's semester is off to a great start!
Fall Festival of Hymns
Sunday, October 05, 2014
$15 General Admission/$10 Seniors/Students Free
Raise your voice with The Concordia Choir, Master Chorale and Concordia's magnificent 3,290-pipe Casavant organ in soaring hymns of praise and thanksgiving. Guest organist and song leader Tom Trenney will guide us through a story that shares the fruits of the spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Come to celebrate the bountiful gifts of our faith as we raise a song of harvest home!
For tickets, visit www.cui.edu/thearts
25th Anniversary Eagle Golf Classic
Monday, October 13, 2014
Shotgun start at 11:00AM
Strawberry Farms Golf Club - Irvine, CA
The annual Eagle Golf Classic will be held on Monday, October 13, at the beautiful Strawberry Farms Golf Club-Irvine. Shot-gun start begins at 11:00 a.m. Your day includes breakfast, lunch and awards dinner and lots of fun activities-gift baskets to take home, live auction, and much more. If you are not a golfer, there are other ways you can participate:
- Volunteer at registration or one of the prize holes the day of the event
- Help secure items for the opportunity prize gift baskets (dinner gift certificates, hotel get-aways, golf foursome, golf items, etc.)
Please visit www.cui.edu/golf if would like to register or volunteer. For questions, contact Grace Saldaña at firstname.lastname@example.org or (949) 214-3185. All proceeds support the Student Scholarship Fund at Concordia University Irvine.
Fall Choral Concert
Friday, October 17, 2014
$10 General Admission/$8 Seniors/Students Free with ID
Join Concordia’s Donne di Canto and Men’s Chorus for an evening of dynamic, inspiring music Directed by Dr. Marin Jacobson. The concert will feature performances of American folk songs, spirituals, Mendelssohn's "Laudate Pueri," and inspirational Psalm settings.
For tickets, visit www.cui.edu/thearts
Women’s Faith and Friendship Brunch and Boutique
Saturday, November 1, 2014
9:00 AM-2:00 PM
Hilton Orange County/Costa Mesa
3050 Bristol Street
This year’s Brunch and Boutique will be held on Saturday, November 1, 2014 at the Hilton Orange County/Costa Mesa. The speaker is bestselling author, performer and motivational speaker, Nicole Johnson. Nicole communicates with humor, compassion and wisdom using her unique blend of drama and speaking skills. Over three million women at “Women of Faith” conferences have seen Nicole’s live portrayals of the challenges facing today’s mega-multi-tasking women, giving hope for their daily grind.
To register, visit www.cui.edu/faithandfriendship. For questions, contact Grace Saldaña at email@example.com or (949) 214-3185. All proceeds support the Student Scholarship Fund at Concordia University Irvine.
MCAA Information Night
Thursday, October 9, 2014
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Grimm Hall North, 3rd floor Conference Room
Please check in at the Grimm Hall Welcome Center upon arriving on campus.
Register here. If online RSVP has closed, please contact Admissions Events Team at (714) 795-0124.
The MCAA Information Nights are a "one stop shop" to answer any questions you may have. Also included, as available, are current students, alumni, and faculty who are present to answer any questions you may have. We encourage you to come to the event not only to get your questions answered, but to answer the questions you may not have thought to ask yet!
Apply to the program during the information session and have your $50 application fee waived!
Advice from Academic Advising
Your student may be feeling a bit overwhelmed by his/her classes, and he/she might be asking themselves, “Can I handle this? Will I devote the time needed to be successful?” If so, the academic advisors encourage students to map their semester with the syllabus for each class. In about an hour or so, they can fill their planner with every assignment, paper, test, and quiz for their courses. This helps them to answer those questions and keep organized.
Learn more about our academic advising department at www.cui.edu/advising.
The Student Success Center, located across from CU Arena, is growing again as a direct response to the Student Assessment Survey conducted last fall. Students reported both a desire and willingness to receive additional academic support. In response to this student need, the Student Success Center staff is pleased to welcome Sharon Walker, Director of Tutoring Services. Sharon is spent the summer coordinating and consolidating all tutoring services and providing a virtual platform on Blackboard for easy access to academic support. You can view Sharon’s web page at www.cui.edu/studentlife/tutoring and students can access CUI-TS Tutoring Services under ‘Courses’ on Blackboard.
English Language Program Reestablished
Concordia University Irvine has reestablished its English language program for international students. The new program is the Academic Intensive English Program (AIEP). We are excited to once again begin offering this vital service for international students.
If you know of any students who need help with their English but would otherwise be good candidates for studying at Concordia, please let them know about AIEP. Please visit the program page at www.cui.edu/aiep or contact the director, David Rath, Ph.D. at 949-214-3581 or email David.Rath@cui.edu.
Athletics – Eagles Soaring
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Concordia Eagles: Amy Haney Joins Concordia Full Time As Athletic Business Manager and Assistant Compliance Officer
Cross Country: Personal Best's Highlight Day At UCR
Men’s Soccer: Tough Overtime Loss Equals First L Of Season For #10 Eagles
Men’s Water Polo: (RV) Eagles Split Weekend At UCLA And Redlands Invites
Volleyball: #3 Eagles Pick Up Quick Three-Set Win In Santa Barbara
Women's Soccer: #5 Concordia vs. #15 CSU San Marcos, NAIA Match of the Week
For the latest athletics information and schedules, visit www.cuieagles.com.
CUI Employment Opportunities
Do you know someone with the skills and talents to help CUI reach its goals? Please help us spread the word and share our current staff employment openings. For a full listing and our fillable application form, please visit http://www.cui.edu/HR.
Full Time Positions:
Student Success Coach, Adult Degree Programs
Major Gifts Officer
Undergraduate Admissions Application Coordinator
Annual Giving Coordinator
Director of Communications
Director of University Services/Risk Management & EHS Officer
University Services Departmental Assistant
Assistant Coach, Track and Field/Cross Country
Administrative Assistant, MCAA Program
Executive Director of Development: Major and Principal Gifts
Part Time Positions:
English Language Instructor
Administrative Assistant, Office of Adult, Graduate, and Online Learning
Campus Safety Officer
Blessings to you and your family as you enjoy the beginning of the fall season!
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Concordia University Irvine
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Irvine, CA 92612-3299