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Alumni Homecoming

Thursday, January 28 - Saturday, January 30

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2021 Alumni Homecoming

Alumni Homecoming 2021 was an unprecedented experience as fellow alumni virtually gathered from across the globe. Registered participants received a special "Participation Packet" complete with popcorn, games, and access to exclusive content. All alumni were invited to join in special events like the launch of CONCORDIAservesMeet the President, live-streamed Basketball and Volleyball games, FamilyFirst: Estate Planning Seminar, an All Alumni (Online) Gathering, and a moving Alumni Award Ceremony. Relive the engagement through the links below! 

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POPS 2021


The family POPS concert is an annual tradition at Concordia, treasured for great music, exceptional engagement with kids, and lots of laughs. Covid-19 has prevented the orchestra from gathering, but some musicians kept the POPS tradition going by creating a virtual trip on Quarantine Airlines to visit some prominent composers and see some soloists playing their music. Kids can collect passport stamps to unlock coloring pages while listening to music and meeting the composers, all voiced by perennial POPS favorite and the 2021 G.O.L.D. Achievement Award winner, Brock Powell '11.

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Experience more great content, anytime!

Home...stead: Take a virtual tour of CUI's campus.
Home...gym: Join in live or watch recorded HIIT workouts.
Home...stretch: Ready to stretch yourself academically? Learn more about CUI's Doctorate and Master's programs. Learn something new or brush up on old topics with special lectures from CUI Professors. Coffee & Bread Making from CUI Alumni!
Home...made: Direct links to CUI Alumni musicians' spotify playlists, plus at-home crafts with kids.

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students participating at Concordia Serves 2021


Thursday, January 28th

We invite you to join the CUI community for CONCORDIAserves! A portion of this year's project will focus on creating care packages for healthcare workers and first responders which will include gift cards to local restaurants. We are asking for the support of our CUI alumni, faculty, and staff to assist with donations that will fund these gift cards. 

Last year, over 1,000 members of our CUI family stepped into the community on one day with a calling to give to others from the abundance they have been given. The 2nd Annual CONCORDIAserves which launches January 28th and culminates with an on campus serve day on February 9th, will engage alumni, students, faculty, staff, parents, donors, and friends around the world to serve where they are and in the way that they can. We hope you will join us!

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Dr. Michael Thomas

Meet the President

Thursday, January 28th at 11:00 am - 12:00 pm PST

CUI’s new President, Dr. Michael Thomas, will be celebrating his first year with Concordia and he wants to meet you! Join him for a live Zoom meeting to learn more about him, hear updates about CUI’s present & future, and ask any questions you’d like.

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Watch Live Streamed Home Events

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Family First: Estate Planning Seminar

Friday, January 29th at 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm PST

You're invited to join us for a FREE hour-long Family First workshop via Zoom to educate you further on the importance of setting up your will or Living Trust. Jonathan Howard '04, Associate Director of Development, and special guest, Laura Crawford ’05, Estate Planning Attorney, will be in attendance to share the risks of not having your estate plan in place including probate court and why we want to avoid it.

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All Alumni (Online) Gathering

Friday, January 29th at 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm PST

Calling all alumni! Whether you are near or far, associate with Christ College Irvine or Concordia University Irvine, the hallowed halls we've walked bring us together as an Alumni Association. Let's have some fun gathering online as a group! Join us from your desktop/ laptop/ phone/ iPad - whatever you have to log into the fun. You will have a chance to WIN BIG and connect with fellow alums. "See" you there!

Congratulations Mary Dahlia '92, Jenni Forsstrom '07, Lanette Francovich '94, Vaughn Marxhausen '90, Liz Pimentel '10, Mark Pircher '11, Michael Schulteis '95, MA '98, Christina Shourds '08, and Paul Zeigler '07 for winning Virtual BINGO and your awesome "happy dance" moves! Special thanks to the "BINGO Master" Eron Jacobson '94 for leading the fun!

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Alumni Award Reception

Saturday, January 30 at 11:00 am PST

Since 2002, Concordia University Irvine has recognized outstanding alumni with Alumni of the Year awards for Professional Achievement and Distinguished Service. In 2020, a new category was added to highlight G.O.L.D. Alumni - alumni who have graduated within the last ten years. Selected by the CUI Alumni Board of Directors with a goal to pay tribute to alumni and recognize their outstanding achievements and service to Concordia, their community, and/or their professions.

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Nominate an Alumnus for 2022

Congratulations 2021 Alumni of the Year Award Recipients

Evan Neidholdt

Professional Achievement Award
Evan Neidholdt '05
Lead Specialist, Project Management, at KBR and contractor for NASA Johnson SpaceCenter

Evan earned his undergraduate degree with high distinction at Concordia with majors in chemistry and mathematics, then completed a Ph.D. in physical chemistry at Caltech.

He was employed at NASA JPL as a staff technologist immediately after completing his Ph.D., then moved to Texas to take a job in private industry where he now invests his talents as Lead Specialist, Project Management, at KBR and contractor for NASA Johnson Space Center.

He is a leading scientist/technologist in his field.  Among other endeavors, he designs instruments for deployment on space mission probes. Learn more about Evan's time at Concordia HERE.

The requirements for this award include an individual who is respected as an exceptional contributor and authority in his or her professional discipline and who has demonstrated outstanding qualities of character and leadership.  

Melinda Schulteis

Distinguished Service Award
Dr. Melinda Schulteis '95
Professor of Mathematics - Concordia University Irvine

Melinda has served Concordia ever since graduating in 1995, investing her time and talents first into Admissions and then as a professor, where she serves now. She has volunteered for alumni events, been an onstage host for the CUI Gala multiple times, has coordinated the President's Showcase for Undergraduate Research growing it from a small event to one that hands out over $5000 in prize money and had 50+ students participating. Melinda is a regular speaker at Math conferences and has taken many students to conferences as well.

Melinda coordinated the CUI Beikoku Kenshu sister school program with Urawa Lutheran School, Japan for around 8 years building our relationship with the pacific rim. She is known as someone on campus that can be counted on to do the small things and get them done right without acknowledgement. She’s done all of this while still volunteering in the community leading cub scouts, MOPS, volunteering at the local Little League, and co-leading confirmation groups at her church.

The requirements for this award include an individual based on significant contributions through service to his or her community, church, school, and/or alma mater. 

Brock Powell

G.O.L.D. Achievement Award
Brock Powell '11
Voice Actor at Dean Panaro Talent

Brock Powell is known for his work on Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice (2019), Hotel Transylvania 3: Monsters Overboard (2018) and Milo Murphy's Law (2016). Brock is also known as "The Kool-Aid Man" and after graduating, Powell got a job at Disneyland doing a voice in the live show, Turtle Talk with Crush, then became a plaid-vested tour guide. He then took a risk and contacted Bill Farmer, the voice of Goofy, one of Powell’s favorite characters. He has also participated in numerous shows and concerts at Concordia, most recently at the 2020 POPS Concert during Homecoming. Learn more about Brock Powell HERE.

The requirements for this award include an individual who has graduated within the last ten years (2008-2018) and has excelled in his or her chosen profession and/or demonstrated a continued commitment to living a life reflective of Concordia Irvine’s mission & values.

View Past Award Recipients & Inductees Here

Alumni Homecoming Registration

Special Events

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ATW Alumni Reunion

Thursday, January 28th at 5:00 pm PST

Join your fellow 'rounders in a virtual reunion to catch up with each other, share updates, and reminisce about your experience.

Homecoming 2020 brunch

Class of 1981: 40th Reunion Virtual Coffee

Friday, January 29th at 7:30 am PST

Celebrate with fellow CCI Alumni at a special Class of 1981 Reunion Virtual Coffee gathering. Special "coffee talk" presentation from the owner of Naysayer Coffee. All registered graduates from 1981 will receive a free coffee mug and complimentary Naysayer coffee! All guests are welcome to join in this coffee talk and fellowship.

Join us for Chapel Thursday and Friday at 10:30 am PST

Above All - Matthew 6:33 - Join us at Chapel

Participate for Prizes

Homecoming wouldn't be complete without the chance to WIN BIG! Earn points for registering, sharing, posting, and participating. View info below and check your Participation Packet (mailed the week of January 18) for more details. Top 20 point earners will each win a $10 Amazon Gift Card.* All point earners will be entered to win one of three ALUMNI HydroFlasks and the GRAND PRIZE: Apple AirPods Pro.**

Alumni Hydro Flask


How to Play

Early Bird Registration

1. Early Bird Registration

Register before 11:59 pm PST on January 14, 2021 and earn two points! Plus, if you’d like any Alumni Spirit gear, use code EARLYBIRD to save $2 off your purchase.

Alumni Homecoming Registration


2. Register

Did you miss Early Bird Registration? That’s okay! Register between January 15 - 20th to earn one point. You only need to register once. We’ll count your earliest registration.

Traveling Marty

3. Traveling Marty

Whether you’re hanging out at home or exploring exciting destinations, Traveling Marty is ready to join in your adventures! Once you receive your registration packet, cut Marty out, snap a few selfies with him, and earn points! You can earn up to three points for posting your “Marty & Me” pic on social media.

President Earns You Points

4. President Earns You Points

We all think Dr. Thomas is pretty great and we want you to meet him, too! Log in for the “Meet the President” Zoom meeting on Thursday, January 28th at 11:00 am PST and earn a point!

Celebrate Alumni Award Recipient

5. Celebrate Alumni Award Recipients

On Saturday, January 30th, at 11:00 am PST, some very well-deserving alumni will be receiving distinguished awards. Celebrate with your fellow alumni by logging in and earn one point.

Alumni-Weds may register together but will be considered as separate entrants for point earners. Only the earliest registration will be counted for points. *If more than 20 participants have the same point total, all tied top participants will be entered into a raffle where 20 winners will be chosen at random. **Only one winner will be chosen at random for Apple AirPods Pro.

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