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empty highway image by Emma Dau

The Road Less Traveled: Part 1

Posted on 2/26/2019 by Tim Brooks, Rich Montgomery and Robert Miller - 6 minute read

Think of your day as a school personnel administrator. Break it down. As a Human
Resources leader, where are you spending the majority of your minutes, hours and days?
Hopping from one meeting to the next; responding to a plethora of email requests; constantly navigating difficult conversations; investigating this; negotiating that… all the while, making literally a thousand decisions before 5:00pm.

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Tags: community


Ramon walking through a neighborhood in Mexico

Ramon Contreras: Faith on the Border

Posted on 7/26/2018 by Magazine Editorial Team - 7 minute read

Ramon Contreras, MA ’04, coordinator of Lutheran Border Concerns Ministries (LBCM) in San Diego, has established a unique partnership with his alma mater, hosting and training groups of CUI students annually as they build homes, serve at orphanages and worship in churches south of the border.

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Tags: community, development, faith, leadership


Tony Vezner and the poster for 10 Days in a Madhouse

Creating a Madhouse

Posted on 7/24/2018 by Magazine Editorial Team - 7 minute read

A four-year creative journey brought an original play to campus in March. Ten Days in a
Madhouse, based on a 19th-century book by investigative reporter Nellie Bly, depicted
her pioneering efforts to expose abuses in a mental asylum of the day

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Tags: alumnus, arts, community, leadership


Cafe Employee Gets National Recognition

Posted on 4/23/2018 by Magazine Editorial Team - 1 minute read

A food service employee well known on CUI’s campus won a national award for excellence which included an expenses-paid trip to Orlando from food service partner Bon Appetit.

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Tags: business, community


A team of people working together to fix a damaged home

Above the Flood: Servant Leadership Award Recipient Chris Singer

Posted on 3/12/2018 by Magazine Editorial Team - 5 minute read

Rev. Chris Singer ’91, MA ’03, is the recipient of the 2018 Servant Leadership Award, which he will receive at Concordia’s annual Gala of Stars in April 2018.

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Tags: leadership, faith, community


Athletes enter the gym surrounded by cheer leaders and team members

Concordia is ‘home away from home’ for international student athletes

Posted on 3/21/2017 by Freda Freeman - 4 minute read

What Australian student Anderson Clarke likes most about playing men’s basketball at Concordia University Irvine is the support system he has—on and off the court.

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Tags: sports, relationships, community


Dr. Xa Xiong: Alumnus of the Year

Dr. Xa Xiong: Alumnus of the Year

Posted on 3/17/2017 by Ann Ashmon - 3 minute read

Xa Xiong ’91, CUI’s alumnus of the year for 2017, came to the U.S. from Laos as a refugee, learned English rapidly and graduated from Christ College (now Concordia University Irvine) to become a medical doctor.

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Tags: alumnus, community, medical


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