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Stories of Impact

2019 Gala of Stars Reaches Record High

Paul and Cathy Schroeder waving

Eyes on the Prize

Posted on 11/8/2019 - 6 minute read

Paul Schroeder started his career as an engineer working on missiles and air-to-air systems. His wife Cathy found a side career as a line judge at the U.S. Open and other tennis tournaments. As longtime, generous supporters of Concordia, the Schroeders today co-chair the Forward in Faith campaign, serving in leadership at the university as they have since 1978.

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CUI Faculty & Staff and Friends Cutting Ribbon for BMC Opening

Concordia University Irvine Celebrates Grand Opening of Music, Worship & Theology Building

Posted on 10/5/2019 - 4 minute read

Nearly 800 people were in attendance to witness the final step to the completion of Concordia University Irvine’s (CUI) newest building, the Borland-Manske Center (BMC), home of the university’s Music Department and Christ College School of Theology and Church Vocations. On Sat., Oct. 5 students, faculty, and alumni gathered together to bless and dedicate the new building.

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Concordia’s newest building edition to campus, the Borland-Manske Center, offers new experiences and tools for CUI students.

Borland-Manske Center Opens New Chapter for Campus

Posted on 9/1/2019 - 8 minute read

The beautiful new Borland-Manske Center combines stunning architecture and high-tech classroom functionality, taking learning to a new level on CUI’s campus and making a grand statement about what’s ahead for the University.

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Evelyn Joeckel

Wells of Generosity

Posted on 7/1/2019 - 5 minute read

The Evelyn and Raymond Joeckel family has supported Concordia University Irvine and many Lutheran churches and ministries for nearly seven decades, even while raising a family of seven and moving frequently as part of the oil industry.

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Tags: Summer 2019, Magazine


CUI donors Bill and Audrey Dahlgren

Innovation and Generosity

Posted on 3/1/2019 - 4 minute read

Bill and Audrey Dahlgren, long-time CUI supporters, built an industry-leading company and family through a combination of innovation, risk-taking and prayer.

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Tags: Magazine, Spring 2019


Wooden cross in Good Shepherd Chapel

Significant Grants Establish Two New Centers

Posted on 9/25/2018 - 2 minute read

Two grants totaling more than half a million dollars will allow CUI to streamline and broaden students’ preparation for church leadership, and promote a broader understanding of vocation by exploring connections between faith, work, and economics.

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Chris and Katherine Pond

The Business of Giving Back

Posted on 7/1/2018 - 6 minute read

Chris ’04 and Katherine Pond ’05 came to Concordia Irvine intending to pursue pastoral ministry and school teaching, respectively, but both wound up excelling in the field of business. Though still in their mid-thirties, they have become strong supporters of Concordia Irvine in a variety of ways.

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A team of people working together to fix a damaged home

Above the Flood: Servant Leadership Award Recipient Chris Singer

Posted on 3/1/2018 - 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


Virginia Slusser is making a difference

Virginia Slusser: Making a Difference

Posted on 3/1/2018 - 5 minute read

Not many people outlive their life insurance policies. At 100 years old, CUI donor Virginia Hoffman Slusser just did.

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Tags: faith, development


The Eagles Nest overlooking the CU Arena

Longtime Supporter Helps Upgrade Eagles Nest

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


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