In this issue:
- Counseling Center Advice
- Marketing Team Wins
- Career Speaker Series
- Athletic News
- Events Calendar
- Academic News
- Recommended Links
Site of the month CUI MCAA Facebook
Master of Arts in Coaching and Athletic Administration
Commencement - This Weekend!
This year we will welcome 1,100 graduates into the alumni family! Commencement activities take place on Saturday, May 4th.
Baccalaureate Worship service for all graduates is at 10am at Concordia in the CU Center. This year’s preacher is Rev. Dr. Rod Rosenbladt.
Commencement will take place during two separate ceremonies both at the Bren Events Center at UCI. The Bachelor of Arts ceremony is at 1pm and the Masters Ceremony at 5:00pm. Alumni President-elect Christie Clark ’08 will speak at both ceremonies. No tickets are required for any of the Commencement events.
For more information click here.
Advice from the Counseling Center
Your college student just got home for the summer. They just spent the last week of school cramming for finals so they come home exhausted and ready for a much needed break. After their first week home, they begin to notice that they miss living around all their friends, have nothing to do (i.e. no classes to attend!!), and they begin to feel out of place. Here’s how to help:
- Allow time. First, parents should allow some time for their child to adjust to being home again. Students really do need some decompression time and tend to like to kick back a little after the frenzy of finals, and hopefully parents understand that.
- Help your child by having them establish some sort of routine. They had a full schedule at college and that provided your child with structure and something to do. Help them determine what they want to get of this summer by setting some goals.
- Encourage them to find a full or part-time job over the summer. Working over the summer can help build their resume, increase their income, and allow them to make some new friends.
- Have them reconnect with their old high school friends. At college all your friends are close-by so there is always someone to hang out with. Have them reach out to old friends using social networks like Facebook and Twitter to “get the old gang back together”.
Your child had a busy life and many friends at college, and leaving their friends behind for the summer is something that can be difficult for them to do. Once your child starts working and develops a routine, living back at home will be a little easier.
If your student needs counseling over the summer, our counselors and nurses are on-call. During summer term, the Wellness Center scales down to a skeleton crew. Their summer business hours are: Monday – Thursday 8:00am – 12:00 pm and 1:00pm - 4:30 pm and Friday 8:00 am – 12:00pm. Patients will be seen on an appointment basis only and appointments can be made by calling the front desk at 949-214-3102 or by walking in to speak with Jeanne Carreon, who is the main contact for the Wellness Center.
CUI Student Marketing Team Takes First a Second Time
For a second year, the team from Concordia University Irvine took the top honors in the Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) Marketing competition April 12, held at the LCMS International Center. The Irvine team included Angelina Ortiz, Meghan Jones, Melissa Merrill and Caitlin Zank. Their faculty advisor is Carolyn Shiery, assistant professor of marketing. The team presented a creative plan that included the tagline “Making a Difference through Stewardship.” Read more.
Career Speaker Series
Our next live webinar will be tonight, May 1st at 5-6 p.m. (PST). Natascha Saunders will discuss networking professionally with social networking sites. Topics include how to exploit social media, how to build your online image, and how to position yourself as a knowledge expert in your field. Listen to past webinar recordings or to register for our next live webinar at expertwebinarseries.com/concordiaalumni/Webinars.
Coming up on June 5th from 5-6 p.m. (PST) you can listen to Diane Darling’s live webinar discussing how to make your network work for you.
Athletics – Eagles Soaring
Baseball: #14 Eagles Split With Vanguard On Senior Day
Men's Basketball: Eagles Defined Their Season With Late Season Push In 2012-13
Women's Basketball: Former Eagle Jody Steliga Continues Success At Mendocino College
Track and Field: Concordia Tunes Up For GSAC Championship At APU Meet
Men's Soccer: Former Eagle Christian Ramirez named to USL PRO Team of the Week
Women's Soccer: Women's Soccer Announces 2013 Signees
Softball: #1 Concordia Wins Second Straight GSAC-Cal Pac Tournament Championship
Swimming & Diving: Concordia Swimmers Shine At Triathlon
Men's Tennis: #5 Warriors Eliminate #10 Concordia In GSAC Semifinals
Women's Tennis: #9 Eagles Upset By #12 Vanguard In Indian Wells
Men's Volleyball: Straight To The Top
Women's Water Polo: Eagles Fought Through Small Roster In 2013, Another Winning Season
For the latest athletics information and schedules, visit http://www.cuieagles.com
Gala of Stars – May 11
Saturday, May 11 at 5:00 pm
Concordia University, 1530 Concordia West, Irvine, CA
Grimm Student Union
Last year there was a sell-out crowd of 500 people and a record $550,000 was raised for our students—thanks to generous donors and dedicated volunteers! The silent auction begins at 5:00 p.m. in the Grimm Student Union and the dinner, live auction and music and video presentation by our talented students and alumni begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Arena that has been transformed into an elegant black tie setting. All proceeds from the 11th annual Gala of Stars go to the student aid fund.
There are many ways for you to participate. Sponsor a table or purchase tickets (remember that alumni who have graduated within the last 10 years receive a 10% discount!); volunteer to help that evening as a greeter, silent auction monitor, distribute items at end of evening and much more (a complimentary dinner will be provided); pray that God will bless this event that benefits our students.
For details, to volunteer, or to purchase tickets click here or contact LaVeda Carter (949-214-3183) or Grace Saldaña (949-214-3185).
Shakespeare’s As You Like It – May 25, 26, 27, June 1, 2
May 25, 26, 27, and June 1, 2 at 4:30 pm
Concordia University, 1530 Concordia West, Irvine, CA
CU Outdoor Amphitheatre
Concordia University Irvine’s professional theatre company Looseleaf Theatre Co. | Directed by Tony Vezner., invites you to join us for the theatre performance of William Shakespeare's As You Like It, in a gorgeous outdoor amphitheater.
Rosalind's father, the Duke, has been banished to the Forest of Arden and she has fallen in love with a young, honorable man named Orlando. When life gets too dangerous for her, she too runs away to the forest – but dressed as a man. By chance, her love Orlando also goes to the forest where he writes lavish – but bad – poetry to his love Rosalind. Can Rosalind – as a man – teach Orlando the true meaning of love and how to express himself?
Open to the Public
Faculty and Honors Students Assist California Technology and Schools in the Community
Several Concordia faculty and Honors students were asked to serve as judges for the “Employing Solar to Teach Persuasive Writing” essay contest. There were over 600 essays submitted by 7th-12th grade public school students who wrote persuasive essays about solar energy in their schools. Students and faculty judges did individual pre-reading and preparation, but the bulk of the judging work was completed in a nearly 11-hour session on Saturday, April 20.
The following CUI Honors students were chosen to participate:
- Seth Preuss ’13- History major, English and Global Studies strengths
- Grace Chong ’15-1st place in this year's President’s Academic Showcase on solar storage methods
- Jason Holte ’13- English major, Writing Center Consultant, Concordia Courier Sports Writer
- Emily Geske ’13- Math major, Editor in Chief of the Concordia Courier
Faculty and Friends of CUI who also participated in judging were:
- Susan Bachman- Professor of Rhetoric and Honors Director, tasked with selecting the judges for this contest
- Mary Loy- MA Theology, Friend of CUI and Middle School Home School teacher
- Sherilyn Schneekluth- MA and veteran large-scale writing judge; adjunct faculty member
- Emily Watson ’06- Adjunct Instructor in Rhetoric and Composition, MA San Francisco State
This effort reflects CUI's dedication both to the liberal arts values of good writing and research and to specific, tangible support of California professions in science and education.
President’s Academic Showcase
Congratulations to all of our student participants, whose hard work and creativity was evident during the presentations. Here are the results for Tier One:
- First Place - Grace Chong - faculty mentor Dr. John Kenney ($1500 prize)
- Solar Energy Storage II: Photoactivity of Earth-Abundant Transition Metal Oxides Using the Solar Energy Activity Lab (SEAL) with Dry Electrode Contacts
- Second Place - Miseker Abate - faculty mentors Dr. Young and Dr. Kane-Barnese ($1000 prize)
- Shedding New Light on Acne: The Effects of Photodynamic Therapy on Propionibacterium acnes
- Third Place - Joseph Laughon - faculty mentor Dr. Jeff Mallinson ($700 prize)
- From Geneva to Yorktown: Did Calvinist Resistance Theory Influence the American Revolution?
- Honorable Mention - Rebecca (Rierson) Lott - faculty mentor Dr. Daniel van Voorhis ($400 prize)
- Stranger in a Strange Land: The Story of John a Lasco, the Forgotten Reformer
- Honorable Mention - Megan Greidanus and Kirstin Tuccinardi - faculty mentor Dr. John Lu ($400 prize)
- Motivations for the Pursuit of an Undergraduate Education: A Comparison Between Students and Faculty
Academic Achievement Service
This year Concordia will be recognizing our student’s outstanding academic achievements in a service on May 3, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. in the CU Center. In years past, the ceremony has recognized both faculty for their years of service to the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod and/or to Concordia University as well as honored our students for their academic achievements; however, this year the events will be divided into two separate events and the service on May 3rd is to honor the exemplary academic achievements of Concordia’s outstanding graduating students. All faculty, staff, alumni, students, and families are welcome to attend and we hope to see you there! For more information contact Melinda Martinez at Melinda.email@example.com or 949.214.3136.
Many blessings as we continue to celebrate Christ’s resurrection this spring season!
Director of Alumni and Family Relations
Concordia University Irvine
1530 Concordia West
Irvine, CA 92612-3299