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Academic Clubs

American Chemical Society Student Chapter

President: Lucas Senkbeil
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Lindsay Kane-Barnese

The objectives of this Chapter shall be to afford an opportunity for students of chemical sciences to become better acquainted, to secure the intellectual stimulation that arises from professional association, to obtain experience in preparing the presentation of technical material before chemical audiences, to foster a professional spirit among the members, to instill a professional pride in the chemical sciences, and to foster an awareness of the responsibilities and challenges of the modern chemist.

Membership Qualifications: Student members of the American Chemical Society. Students who are not ACS student members may be chapter members but may neither hold office nor have voting power.

Find out more about American Chemical Society Student Chapter.

Behavioral Science Club

President: Kya Bock
Faculty Advisor: Jennifer Cosgrove

The Behavioral Science Club observes God’s greatest creation through the lenses of psychology, sociology, and anthropology in order to better understand our fellow man.

Beta Beta Beta (TriBeta) Biological Honors Society

President: Savanna Winchel
Faculty Advisor: Sean Bignami

The purpose of Beta-Beta-Beta Biological Honor Society shall be to function as an honor and professional society for students of the biological sciences. Its activities shall be designed to stimulate interest, scholarly attainment, and investigation in the biological science, and to promote the dissemination of information and new interpretations among students of the life sciences.

Find out more about TriBeta Biological Honors Society.

COMM-unity

President: Caitlin Fulton
Faculty Advisor: Erin Nelson

COMM-unity connects peers, faculty, and industry professionals to enhance communication skills through learning, service, and leadership.

Delta Sigma Pi (Rho Phi) Business Fraternity

President: Erica Cogswell
Faculty Advisor: Carolyn Shiery

Delta Sigma Pi is a professional fraternity in the School of Business and Economics organized to foster the study of business in universities; to encourage scholarship, social activity and the association of students for their mutual advancement by research and practice; to promote closer affiliation between the commercial world and students of commerce; and to further a higher standard of commercial ethics and culture, and the civic and commercial welfare of the community.

Rho Phi was founded April 21, 2012, and is part of Delta Sigma Pi, a world renowned co-ed Fraternity. Over the past 100 years Rho Phi has encouraged, supported, and shaped the professional goals and personal aspirations of thousands of members across the country. The fraternity seeks to shape young students into young professional men and women.

Find out more about Delta Sigma Pi Business Fraternity.

Enactus

President: Hannah Callender
Faculty Advisor: Frederick Rogers

Enactus is a worldwide organization of 1,730 universities and 72,000 students committed to helping less fortunate people in the developing world through entrepreneurship activities. The Concordia Enactus Club is eight students strong and growing.

Our club project is to support aspiring entrepreneurs in the Philippines and soon in Costa Rica. Our team analyzes aspirant’s business plans, provide microfinance loans to the final contenders, and coach the recipients of the loans. In May a group of our students travels to the Philippines to meet the aspiring entrepreneurs, teach new candidates and experience the culture and business environment of the Philippines. In doing so, students have the opportunity to help people around the world while developing skills that the workplace values. The Enactus team is featured in the Summer 2018 CUI Magazine.

The Enactus Club is affiliated with the School of Business and Economics.

Find out more about Enactus.

History Society

President: Caleb Karges

Students seek to establish the History Society at Concordia to increase the interaction History students at Concordia have with students of other top-tier History Departments, and with other departments within the university. AS the students of Concordia University continue to add to ongoing conversations in the scholarly community, they will be able to respond to and participate in historical scholarship. This will increase the visibility of undergraduate scholarship of history students at Concordia University. History students seek to provide an ongoing platform where they can engage in scholarly conversations. Concordia currently lacks a place dedicated to the exchange of ideas outside of classes and would support the blooming intellectual community within the history department at Concordia. The History Society will serve their neighbor by engaging in conversations about policy informed by history, and mobilizing efforts to apply their knowledge of history to bettering the world around us through Christ.

International Business Club

President: Ghazal Pakbaten
Faculty Advisor: Kit Nagel

IBC is committed to providing tomorrow's business leaders with basic exposure and knowledge of foreign markets and business practices. We strive for ethical and honest behavior in a shrinking world, in hopes that we can better learn from and respect our brothers and sisters in Christ.

The International Business Club is affiliated with the School of Business and Economics.

Omicron Delta Kappa

President: Alec Leissring
Faculty Advisor: Michael Bergler

Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK) is the national leadership honor society, recognizing juniors and seniors for their leadership on and off campus in a variety of fields, including:

  • Scholarship
  • Athletics
  • Campus/ Community Service, Social/Religious Activities and Campus Government
  • Journalism, Speech and the Mass Media
  • Creative and Performing Arts

Juniors and seniors who are in the top 35% of their class academically will receive an invitation to apply for membership in January. Selections are made and new members are initiated in April.

As a campus organization, ODK promotes community service and leadership activities on/off campus, often co-sponsoring with other groups.

Find out more about Omicron Delta Kappa.

Phi Delta Epsilon

President: Ruthanna Belden
Faculty Advisor: Scott Gaines

Phi Delta Epsilon International Medical Fraternity creates physicians of integrity with a lifelong commitment to our guiding principles of philanthropy, deity and education through fellowship, service, mentoring and formal training in leadership, science and ethics.

Find out more about Phi Delta Epsilon.

Phi Epsilon Kappa

President: Nicole Lukinbeal
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Vance Tammen

Welcome to Concordia University's Phi Epsilon Kappa. The purpose of the club is to provide future health care professionals exposure and education in all fields of sports medicine. We strive to prepare future physicians, physical therapists, chiropractors, and athletic trainers with the ability to evaluate and rehabilitate athletic injuries. The students are encouraged to attend workshops and discussions lead by sport medicine professionals.

Membership is open to all Concordia University, Irvine students. All Athletic Training Students are required to be members. If you are interested in joining Phi Epsilon Kappa please contact any of the leaders!!

Find out more about Phi Epsilon Kappa.

Pi Mu Epsilon (Math Club)

President: Stacey St. Clair
Co-President: Abigail Large
Co-President: Rachel Holten
Faculty Advisor: Julie Melberg

The Math Club of Concordia University, in connection with Pi Mu Epsilon, provides service and encourages community for students of Concordia University and the greater area of Orange County, particularly in the areas of math awareness and education.

Find out more about Pi Mu Epsilon.

Sport Management Club

President: Madison Hergert
Faculty Advisor: Mark Francis

The Sport Management Club strives to focus on preparing the future generation of leaders in the sports business. We seek to cultivate an environment for the campus community that offers a positive involvement with the sports industry.

The Sport Management club is affiliated with our Sport Management emphasis within the Business Administration major (School of Business and Economics).

Find out more about Sport Management Club.

Cultural and Social Clubs

Black Student Union

President: Mauriama Moore
Faculty Adviser: Amanda Harris

Black Student Union strives to promote cultural diversity and development through its celebration of all students at Concordia University Irvine. Through community service, academics, and communication BSU aims to enrich the lives of students, faculty, and the campus community at large.

Find out more about Black Student Union.

CU Inclusion

President: Carissa Dahila
Faculty Advisor: Lori Siekmann

The mission of CUIC is to build a community for students of different backgrounds, experiences, and abilities by developing respect for one another through the development of appropriate dialogue on diversity and inclusion in order to cultivate students as wise and honorable citizens. The mission statement of CUIC is anchored in the LCMS faith and built on scripture found in Romans 12:10 with the purpose of honoring one another.

Global Citizens Club

President: Safiah Alamoundi
Faculty Advisor: Faith McKinney

CUI Global Citizens Club is a student club for both international and domestic students. It is designed to strengthen their relationship with peers, explore different values and characters of the world, integrate students with social activities, exchange cultural ideas and to engage students in the Concordia community.

Find out more about Global Citizens Club.

Nuestra Voz

President: Brenda Galicia
Faculty Advisor: Roberto Marquez

Nuestra Voz wishes to represent the unique cultures and perspectives of Latino, Hispanic, Chicano and indigenous students on Concordia University Irvine campus, to educate the campus and students about these unique cultures and perspectives, and to engage the campus community as a whole on issues relevant to us civically and culturally.

Step One

President: Rhean Riego De Dios
Staff Advisor: Jazlyn Ortuno

Our Priority as the Step One club is to befriend and support first generation students, as well as others who want to establish lasting, meaningful friendships with fellow students of Concordia. We also encourage learning more about opportunities educationally and around campus and Orange County, and to be educated on important subjects of life while growing and connecting with their peer. In a nutshell, Step One will be dedicated toward helping students feel at home in Irvine and Concordia.

Recreational Clubs

CU Green

President: Amanda Renfro
Faculty Advisor: Tyler Zarubin

The Purpose of CU Green is to promote awareness of the current state of our environment and to educate our community on how to be “greener”- meaning the famous 3 R’s, reduce, reuse, recycle.

CU Judo

President: Samuel Lee
Faculty Advisor: Nathan Meier

Seeking to help individuals develop moral character and discipline as part of CUI’s mission to produce wise, honorable, and cultivated students: CUI Judo team seeks to train our mind and body through the practice of Judo in ourselves and in our community following two main maxims: maximum efficiency with minimum effort, mutual welfare and benefit.

Find out more about CU Judo.

E-Sports Club

President: Conner Au
Faculty Advisor: Joel Stichler

To promote esports and video games as a hobby though competitive and enjoyable casual games. For friends and students to come together and play a variety of video games, regardless of skill level. The goal being to build friendship, promote good sportsmanship and teamwork, compete in tournaments representing Concordia University, and provide a place for members to relax, have fun, and get away from stress. All while maintaining Christian values (ex. Integrity, kindness, leadership, and compassion, humility, loyalty, faith, and moderation).

Find out more about E-Sports Club.

Heritage Garden

President: Matthew Tirapelli
Director: Tyler Zarubin

Established in 2013, this 5-acre garden aims to bless others by cultivating a space for students, faculty, staff, and community to lead, to learn, and to serve. We accomplish this mission by serving as a venue for Educational Outreach, Student and Faculty Research, Undergraduate Classes, and Community Service events. Harvested fruits and vegetables are donated to the University’s café.

Find out more about Heritage Garden.

Intramural Sports

CUI Intramurals provide students an opportunity to get involved with non-varsity athletic activities on campus in an environment of friendly competition and fun. They include seasons in volleyball, flag football, and basketball. In addition, LEAD Intramurals sponsor weekend tournaments throughout the year, including dodgeball and capture the flag.

Find out more about Intramural Sports.

Silver Screen Society

President: Timothy Stueve
Faculty Advisor: Tony Vezner

Show other people’s perspectives. Creating innovative ways of expression through collaboration, leadership and creative narratives. Leaders and members will have the opportunity to learn professional production crew and cast skills through volunteering efforts, guest speakers and collaborative projects with CUI students and faculty.

Surf Club

President: Lillian Riley
Faculty Advisor: Bert Berggren

To love and appreciate the ocean and the great opportunity it gives us. The ocean and surfing has given each and every one of the officers, much love and opportunity in life. This club strives to be able to show students God's great affections towards members through the power of the ocean.

Thinkers of Tomorrow

President: Daniel Maleski
Faculty Advisor: Ben Rosenhart

Guided by the principles of chess to forge a more empowered and balanced lifestyle through providing a different avenue for students to be wise honorable and cultivated.

Ultimate Frisbee Club

President: Kessler O’Brien
Faculty Advisor: Larry Rice

Mission Statement: To promote the sport of Ultimate Frisbee through competitive and enjoyable games. It's an opportunity for friends and students to get together and play Frisbee, regardless of skill level. Our goal is to build friendships, promote good sportsmanship, build character, grow in athletic skill, and offer a means to get away from school and homework; relieve stress; hold a higher standard of Christian living during the course of play (such as modesty and kindness of words and actions).

Find out more about Ultimate Frisbee Club.

Student Groups

Clearlight – Concordia’s Yearbook

Vanessa Bernzen, Editor-in-Chief
Carrie Donohoe, Faculty Advisor

The Clearlight is the student yearbook of Concordia University. The yearbook is published in April and is available for pick up the last week of classes in the spring semester. Through the use of journalistic, technologic, and life/workplace skills, students develop as critical thinkers and communicators. Each year, the editor and the staff work to produce a book that tells a story in a unified and compelling way.

Join our Staff now – we are looking for photographers, writers and layout designers.

Find out more about Clearlight - Concordia's Yearbook.

CUI Bono

The goal of CUI Bono is to promote deeper thinking about the ultimate questions that arise from lectures, texts, and conversations in and outside of the classroom. Students of all levels intermix and interact with faculty members from an array of departments.

Find out more about CUI Bono.

Forensics

Amanda Ozaki-Laughon, Director of Forensics

Since its founding in 2007, Concordia’s forensics team has become the premier full-service forensics team in the western United States. Our full-service forensics squad consistently places in the top 10 rankings nationwide in speech and debate events. Our talented coaching staff ensures you will receive one-on-one attention while thriving among your peers. While we love winning trophies, we are most concerned with teaching our students to become wise, honorable, and cultivated citizens after graduation.

Find out more about Forensics.

Music Ensembles

CUI Music Department Performance Groups

The Concordia Courier

The Concordia Courier is the student newspaper of Concordia University. Published approximately every two weeks, it includes news articles, feature stories and opinion pieces of interest to the University community.

Find out more about Concordia Courier.

Student Leadership

abbey west

abbey west is a movement of students on the campus of Concordia University Irvine who want to shed worn-out perceptions of what Christianity is all about. Returning again to the teachings of Jesus, our mission is quite simply to make disciples of a new generation.

Find out more about abbey west.

Leadership, Education, and Development (LEAD) Program

The goal of Leadership, Education, and Development (LEAD) Program focuses on the social integration of our students within the Concordia community. LEAD recognizes the value of student involvement on campus and its impact on a student’s overall college experience. Housed in the Center for Student Leadership & Development (CSLD), the LEAD Program plans and offers enriching experiences for the student body to participate in either on-campus or around the Orange County community. Students in turn will foster relationships with each other, invest in the University, and strengthen their awareness of themselves.

Find out more about LEAD.

Residential Education and Services (RES)

The Residential Education and Services department at Concordia University works within the mission of the university to meet the many needs of students living in our Residence Halls. We empower students to make the most of their educational experiences by supporting them and offering opportunities to engage in learning, service, and leadership.

Find out more about RES.

ASCUI/Senate

The Concordia University - Irvine Board of Regents and the faculty are committed to including students within the policy-making functions of the University. ASCUI Senate is the primary voice of students in policy-making activities. The Senate is comprised of elected representatives from residence halls and commuter students, and functions under the leadership of the Student Body Vice-President. The Senate also provides a communication link between students and student leadership.

Find out more about ASCUI/Senate.

PALs

PALs serve as the front line student ambassadors of CUI during SOAR, Spring Orientation and INT 100: Foundations.

Find out more about PALs.

International Student Ambassadors (ISA)

International Student Ambassadors (ISAs) are a team of globally engaged local or international student volunteers who are positioned to help new international students feel welcome and supported at Concordia. As a student leadership position, the ISA role can strengthen resumes, serve as a foundation for requesting references from International Center staff, and function as a preparation for future opportunities.

Find out more about ISAs.

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