News & Recognition

News & Recognition

Stories of Impact

2019 Gala of Stars Reaches Record High

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Marine Lab Student Spotlight: Noah Kolander '19

Posted on 7/6/2018 - 4 minute read

Spending his summers on dairy farms and horse ranches, Noah envisioned a career as a large animal veterinarian. However, on his first day at Concordia, his plans changed. He credits the Marine Lab for igniting his passion for marine biology and directing him towards an unexpected and exciting career path.

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Tags: development, facilities, leadership, relationships


Tony Vezner and the poster for 10 Days in a Madhouse

Creating a Madhouse

By Magazine Editorial Team
Posted on 7/1/2018 - 7 minute read

A four-year creative journey brought an original play to campus in March. Ten Days in a
Madhouse, based on a 19th-century book by investigative reporter Nellie Bly, depicted
her pioneering efforts to expose abuses in a mental asylum of the day

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Tags: alumnus, arts, community, leadership


Scott and Ariana holding hands walking in front of Good Shepherd Chapel

Scott and Ariana: Of Love and Leadership

By Magazine Editorial Team
Posted on 7/1/2018 - 4 minute read

Scott Esswein ’15 and Ariana Sadeghipour ’17 not only met at CUI, but
both served as ASCUI president during their time as students. This
year they are getting married to make the political—er, personal
partnership permanent.

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Tags: leadership, relationships


Ramon walking through a neighborhood in Mexico

Ramon Contreras: Faith on the Border

By Magazine Editorial Team
Posted on 7/1/2018 - 7 minute read

Ramon Contreras, MA ’04, coordinator of Lutheran Border Concerns Ministries (LBCM) in San Diego, has established a unique partnership with his alma mater, hosting and training groups of CUI students annually as they build homes, serve at orphanages and worship in churches south of the border.

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Tags: community, development, faith, leadership


A team of people working together to fix a damaged home

Above the Flood: Servant Leadership Award Recipient Chris Singer

By Magazine Editorial Team
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


Matthew Hansen

Matthew Hansen: Distinguished Service Award

By Magazine Editorial Team
Posted on 3/1/2018 - 2 minute read

Matthew Hansen '84, mathematics teacher and dean of academics at Orange Lutheran High School, received this year’s Distinguished Service Award from CUI, honoring his more than thirty years of teaching and pioneering in the sciences.

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Tags: alumnus, leadership, sports


Great Commission Showcase

Great Commission Showcase

By Ann Ashmon
Posted on 3/17/2017 - 3 minute read

Taylor Holland (Kelso) '17, the 2016-2017 Great Commission Showcase winner, discovered her new life goals through an unexpected medical emergency.

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Tags: medical, development, leadership, community


Paula Weishoff with her star players

Paula Weishoff: A Habit of Winning

By Ann Ashmon
Posted on 3/1/2017 - 4 minute read

Paula Weishoff is one of the most decorated players in U.S. volleyball history, with three Olympic medals and two Olympic MVP awards.

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Tags: coaching, leadership, team, sports


Women's volleyball setting a winning legacy

Setting a Winning Legacy

By Taylor Dennison
Posted on 3/1/2017 - 3 minute read

I played softball for ten years and was being recruited by colleges when I was just fourteen. The pressure was intense—pitching lessons, hitting lessons, daily practice. Finally, I stopped enjoying the sport. When the high school volleyball coach invited me to try out, I gave it a shot and fell in love with it.

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Tags: sports, team, leadership


Soccer team lining up before a game

Culture Club

By Shaleek Blackburn
Posted on 9/30/2016 - 2 minute read

When creating a team culture, says Jim Kunau, Leadership and Administration and Sports Ethics assistant professor of the Masters of Coaching and Athletic Administration (MCAA) program at Concordia University Irvine, the coach’s perspective is the starting point.

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Tags: coaching, leadership, communication


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