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2019 Gala of Stars Reaches Record High

Evelyn Joeckel

Wells of Generosity

Posted on 8/14/2019 - 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 4/3/2019 - 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


Chris and Katherine Pond

The Business of Giving Back

Posted on 9/25/2018 - 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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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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Virginia Slusser is making a difference

Virginia Slusser: Making a Difference

Posted on 3/22/2018 - 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


A team of people working together to fix a damaged home

Above the Flood: Servant Leadership Award Recipient Chris Singer

Posted on 3/12/2018 - 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


The Eagles Nest overlooking the CU Arena

Longtime Supporter Helps Upgrade Eagles Nest

Posted on 1/12/2018 - 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

Posted on 8/25/2017 - 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

Posted on 3/17/2017 - 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

Posted on 3/17/2017 - 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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