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Scott and Ariana gaze at each other

Scott and Ariana: Of Love and Leadership

Posted on 7/26/2018 by CUI Magazine - 4 minute read

Scott Esswein ’15 and Ariana Sadeghipour ’17 not only met at CUI, but
both served as ASCUI president during their time as students. This
year they are getting married to make the political—er, personal
partnership permanent.

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Tags: leadership, relationships

Tony Vezner sitting on stage in spotlight

Creating a Madhouse

Posted on 7/24/2018 by CUI Magazine - 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

Noah Kolander smiling

Marine Lab Student Spotlight: Noah Kolander '19

Posted on 7/6/2018 by Unknown - 4 minute read

Spending his summers on dairy farms and horse ranches, Noah envisioned a career as a large animal veterinarian. However, on his first day at Concordia, his plans changed. He credits the Marine Lab for igniting his passion for marine biology and directing him towards an unexpected and exciting career path.

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Tags: development, facilities, leadership, relationships

Matthew Hansen

Matthew Hansen: Distinguished Service Award

Posted on 3/22/2018 by CUI Magazine - 2 minute read

Matthew Hansen '84, mathematics teacher and dean of academics at Orange Lutheran High School, received this year’s Distinguished Service Award from CUI, honoring his more than thirty years of teaching and pioneering in the sciences.

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Tags: alumnus, leadership, sports

President Krueger with his grandchildren

Leaving on a high note: President Krueger announces his retirement

Posted on 3/13/2018 by CUI Magazine - 9 minute read

Kurt Krueger, president of Concordia University Irvine since 2010—and CUI English professor and provost before that—will retire in July, leaving the university in perhaps the strongest state academically, missionally and financially in its history.

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Tags: faith, leadership

Chris Singer

Above the Flood: Servant Leadership Award Recipient Chris Singer

Posted on 3/12/2018 by CUI Magazine - 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

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Great Commission Showcase

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

Taylor Kelso, this academic year’s Great Commission Showcase winner, discovered her new life goals through an unexpected medical emergency.

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Tags: medical, development, leadership, community

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Paula Weishoff: A Habit of Winning

Posted on 3/17/2017 by Ann Ashmon - 4 minute read

Paula Weishoff is one of the most decorated players in U.S. volleyball history, with three Olympic medals and two Olympic MVP awards.

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Tags: coaching, leadership, team, sports

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Setting a Winning Legacy

Posted on 3/17/2017 by Taylor Dennison - 3 minute read

I played softball for ten years and was being recruited by colleges when I was just fourteen. The pressure was intense—pitching lessons, hitting lessons, daily practice. Finally, I stopped enjoying the sport. When the high school volleyball coach invited me to try out, I gave it a shot and fell in love with it.

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Tags: sports, team, leadership

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Culture Club

Posted on 9/30/2016 by Shaleek Blackburn - 2 minute read

When creating a team culture, says Jim Kunau, Leadership and Administration and Sports Ethics assistant professor of the Masters of Coaching and Athletic Administration (MCAA) program at Concordia University Irvine, the coach’s perspective is the starting point.

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Tags: coaching, leadership, communication