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2013 - Volume 10, Issue 11
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In This Issue...
- Finals Study Packs
- Family Weekend- Feb 7-9
- Events Calendar
- Academic News
- Athletic News
- Career Opportunities
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Finals Study Packs
Finals will be here before we know it! This is your friendly reminder that college students love to get care packages, especially near finals week. Give your student that extra boost to help them survive last minute papers and final exams.
To order a finals study pack from Care 2 Go, a college care package company that CUI has partnered with, visit our direct link http://www.care2go.biz/Concordia-Eagles_c9.htm and your package will be delivered free of shipping on December 4th.
Of course, if you prefer, you can always put together your own care package. Either way, all care packages should be addressed just as you would any other mail with your student’s name, 1530 Concordia West, Irvine, CA 92612.
Homecoming and Family Weekend
Join us for this special event on February 7-9, 2014! It’s a wonderful opportunity for your whole family. Enjoy Alumni Exhibition Games, Family Pops Concert, Family Friendly Carnival, Men's and Women's Basketball Games, the 2014 Alumni Awards of Distinction, Visit a Class and other exciting events. Be sure to mark these dates in your calendar.
(All events are located on campus at 1530 Concordia West, Irvine, CA unless otherwise noted)
Theatre Performance of Falling- November 14-16
November 14, 15, 16 at 7:30 PM
Concordia University Studio Theatre
$15 General/ $12 Senior/ $12 Student
Written by Deanna Jent
Directed by Dr. Peter Senkbeil
By the author of last season’s Till We Have Faces, this drama paints a portrait of a family struggling to raise a rowdy autistic teenager and takes an unflinching look at how we deal with someone who is difficult to love and the role faith plays in that situation. This powerful play was recently nominated for three Drama Desk awards and we're pleased to bring it to the Concordia stage. This probing drama will move your heart.
Concordia Handbell Invitational Concert Series- November 16
Saturday, November 16, at 4:30 PM in CU Center
All Concordia University Irvine Handbell Ensembles
Faith Lutheran Junior High and High Schools, Las Vegas
Glendale High School, Glendale
Redlands Seventh-Day Adventist Academy, Redlands
Concordia Alumni Handbells
Our 22nd Year! In each concert Concordia’s handbell ensembles—The Concert Handbells, Spirit Bells, Chapel Bells and Carillon Ringers—perform a richly varied program of the finest handbell repertoire with some of the best ensembles in Southern California’s universities, churches, and high schools. Each ensemble rings its own selections, and the concert culminates in a mass ring.
Concordia Christmas- December 5
Thursday, December 5, at 6:00 PM
ASCUI would like to invite all alumni and families to Concordia Christmas. Concordia Christmas this year will be on December 5th from 6:00pm-9:00pm. This event will include tamales, cookie decorating, photo-op with Santa and his crew, Concordia ACTS performances, 75ft sled run, carriage rides, and an Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest with a chance to win a Disneyland ticket. Hope to see you there!
Concordia Christmas Concert 2013- In the Bleak Midwinter- December 7-14
Saturday, December 7 at 7:30 PM
Sunday, December 8 at 3:00 PM
Friday, December 13 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, December 14 at 3:00 PM and 7:30 PM
Concordia University Center for Worship and Performing Arts
Reserved Seating $25/$20/$15
When the world seemed at its bleakest, God sent his Son to cast away earth’s wintry darkness and filled it instead with light and hope. Heaven could not contain his love, so he created heaven-on-earth through the birth of Jesus, the Babe of Bethlehem, our Savior and Redeemer. Concordia celebrates the season with the music of Christmas. Choirs, handbells, and instruments combine in a beautiful setting surrounded by lights, trees and garlands.
Tickets sell out quickly for this popular event. Reserve your seats early by visiting
Petal Pusher® volunteers are needed!- December 7-31
4,000 Petal Pusher® volunteers are needed! With gratitude for folks from all across the country, this is our 64th year of decorating Tournament of Roses Parade floats, including the Lutheran Hour Ministries float. The LHM float is entitled “Jesus Welcomes All.” Decorating starts on Saturday December 7th and continues through Tuesday December 31st 2013. Please help us get the message out and go here to sign up: http://www.petalpushers.org/res2/.
Our volunteers range in age from 13 to 96. Many "urban camp" on floors of local Lutheran Churches. Individuals, church groups, families, senior citizens and Girl Scout Troops are some of the people who join in the fun and assist in making the Rose Parade a time honored tradition for all.
Concordia’s Alumni Handbell Ensemble- December 20 & 22
Concordia Alumni Handbell Ensemble was founded in 2008 by Cyndi Tully and Katie Montgomery. The ensemble is involved in CUI outreach ministries, playing in local churches as well as university handbell gatherings and outside events. At the end of each season CAHE puts on a full concert and this season the group is directed by alumnus Christian Guebert.
Our fall season concert dates are:
Friday, December 20 at 7:00 PM in CU Center, Concordia Alumni Handbell Ensemble Christmas Concert
Sunday, December 22 at 7:00 PM. Christmas Concert, Immanuel Lutheran Orange
CUI Students Present at National Honors Conference
"Academic Rigor in the Freshman Seminar: But Ouch! Student Antipathy to E-Books” was presented Saturday, November 9, by nine CUI Honors students at this year’s National Collegiate Honors Council attended by over 7,000 professors and students in New Orleans.
Their research on e-reading emerges from a two-year investigative project affiliated with the honors sections of INT 100, the Freshman Seminar, and in collaboration with the CUI library. Their presentation was well received:
"I don't believe I have ever.....really ever....seen/heard a better use-analysis for a library as you students just gave: you MUST give this info to EBSCO." (Librarian at Eastern Kentucky University)
"They will not make changes if we librarians tell them, but your level of detail and examples are compelling." (another college librarian at the presentation)
The students returned home late Sunday night from New Orleans, and student Katie Jarnutowski summed up how the conference made her feel: "I know I take a lot for granted at CUI. These bigger schools don't have anywhere NEAR the interaction with professors and the range of amazing ways to get involved, like chances to get real feedback, to work in groups, go study somewhere else, as we do......I'm really proud to be from Concordia."
April Hall, Allistair Galindo, Katie Jarnutowski, Lianna Jordan, Gianna Kozel, Kierney Loucas, Cassidie Read, Danika Schmid, and Courtney Thornton will be sharing their findings, power-point and research paper with the CUI Library, the Office of the Provost, and this year's INT 100H freshmen.
For more information about the honors program, contact Susan Bachman, Honors Program Director, at email@example.com.
Congratulations to CUI’s Forensics Team
In early November, the Concordia Forensics Team (a.k.a., the Speech & Debate team) competed in the Pacific Meets the Delta Swing* tournaments, comprised of the Mustang Invitational (speech only tournament), hosted by San Joaquin Delta College and the Paul Winters Invitational (speech & debate tournament), hosted by the University of the Pacific. The Paul Winters is the largest (and arguably most difficult) tournament of the fall semester, drawing 45 colleges and universities from 9 states. Concordia earned Third Place School Sweepstakes honors at the Mustang Invitational, First Place at the Paul Winters and captured First Place for the entire Swing!
Of particular note were the performances of three students - Carrie Gendle, who won First Place Individual Events competitor. Carrie was the top speech competitor among more than 200 speech contestants entered at the tournament. The team of Richard Ewell and Chase Harrington won First Place Debate Team at the tournament. Richard and Chase were undefeated in preliminary rounds (6-0 record) and then won all five of their elimination round debates to capture the tournament championship (135 debate teams competed in the tournament).
This strong showing of the CUI Forensics team follows a 2nd Place finish at the Golden Gate Season Opener, hosted by San Francisco State University and a 1st Place finish at the Aztec Invitational, hosted by San Diego State University.
On the Move
As of Monday, Oct. 14 the School of Professional Studies - Adult Degree Programs (including ALA, BAL, OP, HCM majors), M.A. International Studies, and the Masters in Coaching and Athletic Administration (MCAA) offices will be relocated to a new site. We want you to be aware of this and invite you to stop in and visit us at our new location: 15420 Laguna Canyon Rd., Suite 150 – Irvine.
Classes will continue to be conducted at the main Irvine campus. Smaller meetings and gatherings may be held at our new offices. We are planning an open house - new neighbor mixer for Nov.15th from 2-5 pm and welcome you then, or anytime you are in the area to stop in and visit. Our office phone numbers will not change.
Tour Italy with Concordia’s Concert Choir
The deadline to register for this unique opportunity is rapidly approaching! This summer, the CUI concert Choir will be spending 12 days singing their way through the most beautiful venues in Italy. Join the tour and see Italy with them.
- Hear them in concert in Rome at Sant’Agnese in Agone
- Be a part of a service at St. Peter’s Basilica
- Travel to Assisi and visit a winery
- Follow the choir to Tuscany, Florence, La Spezia, Pisa and Lucca
- Finally, see Venice and have an authentic wine and food tasting experience!
Cost - $3995* (* $400 is tax deductible)
For more information or to register contact Faith McKinney at Faith.firstname.lastname@example.org or call 949-214-3471. Registration deadline is November 15th!
Athletics – Eagles Soaring
Click on the link to read more about your favorite Eagles Sport!
All Athletics: Concordia Athletic Training Volunteers At Rock And Roll Marathon
All Athletics: Eagles Practice In Halloween Costumes
Cross Country: Eagles Prep For GSAC Championships In West Coast Jamboree
Men’s Soccer: #16 Eagles Get Win Headed Into GSAC Tourney
Men’s Water Polo: #11 Eagles Continue Winning Ways Against Ivy Leaguers At Rodeo
Softball: Eagle Softball Participates In JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes
Swimming: Eagles Stack Leaderboard At Malibu Invite
Women’s Soccer: Jazmin Alvarez Earns Second GSAC Defensive Player Of The Week Honor
Women’s Volleyball: #2 Eagles Cruise Past Arizona Christian
For the latest athletics information and schedules, visit
Career Speaker Series
Don’t forget to take advantage of free career advice. Our Career Speaker Series in November featured Melissa Giovagnoli. She has a unique understanding about how to use Social Media to build powerful, dynamic networks and personal online brands.
To listen to Giovagnoli’s webinar recording or to register for the next live webinar on December 4th at 5-6 p.m. (PST) with Chris Westfall discussing the importance of having a clear, concise, and thought-provoking elevator pitch go to http://expertwebinarseries.com/concordiaalumni/Webinars.aspx.
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:
M.A. International Studies Recruiter & Program Coordinator
Academic Advisor - Student Success
Health Promotion Specialist
Executive Director of Campus Safety & Security
Part Time Positions:
English Language Instructor (part-time)
Campus Safety Officers (part-time)
Science Lab Technician & Chemical Stockroom Supervisor - School of Arts & Sciences
Customer Care Technician (ITS)
God bless you and your family during this Thanksgiving season,
Director of Alumni and Family Relations
Concordia University Irvine
1530 Concordia West
Irvine, CA 92612-3299