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News & Recognition

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The Eagles Nest overlooking the CU Arena

Longtime Supporter Helps Upgrade Eagles Nest

By Magazine Editorial Team
Posted on 11/1/2017 - 4 minute read

On a mezzanine overlooking the gym is a newly re-designed Eagles Nest, an attractive, glass-enclosed room where CUI hosts special receptions, athletics team meetings, and seating during games. The room’s upgrade came thanks to Phyllis Talmage, a generous donor since 1973.

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Tags: off the field


Borland and CUI music students

Supporting the Music

By Magazine Editorial Team
Posted on 7/1/2017 - 3 minute read

As the Music, Worship and Theology (MWT) building — the first major project in CUI’s master plan—moves closer to reality, the campus community will have many people to thank: the staff and faculty who are leading the efforts and informing the process; the students, whose eagerness and numbers show a continued, rising demand for a CUI education; and the many friends of Concordia for their faithful support.

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Tags: alumnus


CUI Eagle athletics timeline

CUI Enjoys New Athletic Hall of Fame

By Ann Ashmon
Posted on 3/1/2017 - 1 minute read

Eagle athletics alumni have a new reason to be proud: a new $50,000 Hall of Fame housed in the gymnasium to honor their achievements.

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Tags: sports


Elayne Lohr in front of multiple orange trees

Shared Blessings

By Ann Ashmon
Posted on 3/1/2017 - 3 minute read

Elayne and Paul Lohr experienced great blessing from their family’s egg business, which they helped grow from a small farm to a 60,000-bird ranch. That blessing has flowed down in their own family, and in thirty-five years of impact at CUI where their generosity has helped build the campus and support students through scholarships.

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Volunteers help with a Give Back T-shirt table

CU Giveback Raises $144,000

By Ann Ashmon
Posted on 3/1/2017 - 1 minute read

CUI held an innovative, one-day giving campaign that combined social media, campus events and “ambassadors” inviting donations for their favorite campus causes and needs.

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Tags: alumnus


Ryan and Lyndsay's framed music notes

"Mighty" Music Inspires Scholarship Support

By Ann Ashmon
Posted on 11/1/2015 - 5 minute read

Ryan ’97 and Lyndsay (Kahler ’96) Ermeling met in the choir at Concordia University Irvine. Two years after graduating, they started the Ein Feste Burg Choral Scholarship to support the choral department and students with financial need. In the years following, Ryan’s start-up business moved from his garage to an office building in Phoenix where he now has 20 employees and a business that has enjoyed double-digit growth for the past 12 years.

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Donald Lahn

Helping the Orphans

Posted on 3/1/2015 - 3 minute read

When Donald Lahn was 16 years old, his father was hit by a truck and killed while crossing the street in a small Colorado town. The loss left Lahn without support at a critical time.

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Kelly and Cheryl Keithly in the warehouse

Sowing Into the Future: Seeds of Faithfulness

By Ann Ashmon
Posted on 11/1/2014 - 5 minute read

In the 1970s, Kelly and Cheryl Keithly heard a pioneering educator named Charles Manske, Concordia’s founding president, speak at their church about the vision for a Lutheran university in Southern California. His presentation inspired the young couple.

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Faculty members pose in front of a telescope

Reaching for the Stars: Bringing the Stars to Campus

Posted on 11/1/2014 - 5 minute read

Soon, CUI students will study the rings of Saturn and the craters of the moon at a permanent astronomical observatory on campus. The observatory is being built with help from a $250,000 grant from the W. M. Keck Foundation of Los Angeles, a major funder of scientific educational and research projects.

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Alfred Neukuckatz talking to two female students outside the CU Center

Longtime Supporter Gives 500th Gift

Posted on 11/1/2013 - 3 minute read

This fall Alfred Neukukatz, a World War ll veteran and retired aerospace electrical engineer, gave his 500th gift to Concordia University Irvine — and he says it won’t be his last.

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