News & Recognition

News & Recognition

Stories of Impact

2019 Gala of Stars Reaches Record High

Shining metals fill John Gallegos chest on his Marine Corps Uniform.

Two-Time War Vet, First Time Student

By Magazine Editorial Team
Posted on 9/1/2019 - 5 minute read

Veteran student John Gallegos spent much of his life in the Marine Corps, including a stint as Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney’s personal bodyguard.

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Tags: Magazine, Fall 2019, Student Feature


Songs of worship and praise fill the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota for the 2019 National Youth Gathering.

Gathering for Impact

By Magazine Editorial Team
Posted on 9/1/2019 - 2 minute read

When 22,000 young people descended on Minneapolis as part of the 2019 National Youth Gathering, dozens, perhaps hundreds, of the event’s leaders and volunteers came from Concordia Irvine.

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Tags: Magazine, Fall 2019, Campus News


Sam Gelberger assists Concordia student Alexa Jorgenson as a part of the CUI Connect Mentor Program

Real (Estate) Mentoring

By Magazine Editorial Team
Posted on 9/1/2019 - 4 minute read

Sam Gelberger ’10, MCAA ’13 loves coaching people to their highest potential. That includes the swimmers and water polo players in the swim club she owns and operates. And this past year it also included Concordia student Alexa Jorgenson ’21 whose career in real estate Sam is helping to launch.

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Tags: Magazine, Fall 2019, Alumni Profile, CUI Connect Mentor Program


Songs of worship and praise fill the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota for the 2019 National Youth Gathering.

Gathering for Impact

By Magazine Editorial Team
Posted on 9/1/2019 - 2 minute read

When 22,000 young people descended on Minneapolis as part of the 2019 National Youth Gathering, dozens, perhaps hundreds, of the event’s leaders and volunteers came from Concordia Irvine.

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Tags: Magazine, Fall 2019, Campus News


Rooms in motion: A variety of furniture types and potential configurations open up new possibilities for teaching.

Flexing for the Future of Education

By Magazine Editorial Team
Posted on 9/1/2019 - 5 minute read

As education shifts toward student-centered classrooms, CUI is modeling best practices for its future teachers by transforming some classrooms into highly-mobile, tech-enabled learning spaces.

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Tags: Magazine, Fall 2019, Student Feature


Magnum enjoys surf breaks and mission trips with his family.

Value Expert

By Magazine Editorial Team
Posted on 9/1/2019 - 8 minute read

Associate professor Russell Mangum is also a full-time economist, giving expert testimony in high-profile cases of intellectual property infringement and anti-trust litigation for clients and companies as diverse as Microsoft, Monster Energy, Chipotle and Chicken of the Sea.

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Tags: Magazine, Fall 2019, Faculty Feature


Brandon Li leads the crowd in worship while playing his guitar.

A Gathering to Faith

By Magazine Editorial Team
Posted on 9/1/2019 - 3 minute read

I rarely get butterflies before singing in front of people, but standing below the platform at the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with a team of singers and musicians from Concordia Irvine and elsewhere, my stomach buzzed with nerves. Then, a voice came through our in-ear monitors. “Go! You guys are up.”

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Tags: Magazine, Fall 2019


Russell Mangum brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Concordia’s School of Business and Economics.

Value Expert

By Magazine Editorial Team
Posted on 9/1/2019 - 8 minute read

Associate professor Russell Mangum is also a full-time economist, giving expert testimony in high-profile cases of intellectual property infringement and anti-trust litigation for clients and companies as diverse as Microsoft, Monster Energy, Chipotle and Chicken of the Sea.

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Tags: Magazine, Fall 2019, Faculty Feature


Evelyn Joeckel

Wells of Generosity

By Magazine Editorial Team
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


Kaylie Housewright

Trafficking in Restoration

By Magazine Editorial Team
Posted on 7/1/2019 - 6 minute read

Kaylie Housewright joined the first Townsend Institute cohort while starting an international nonprofit to support women who are victims of sex trafficking. That meant waking up at 6 a.m. Thailand time for her “evening” class, and persevering through daily thunderstorms and iffy Internet connections.

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Tags: Summer 2019, Magazine


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