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Vision 2025

Concordia University Irvine

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Concordia University Irvine has been truly blessed to see such significant growth since we first opened our doors nearly 50 years ago. From one building and an inaugural class of 36 students, to a current alumni population of over 25,000 wise, honorable, and cultivated citizens, we have remained faithful to our original mission while also preparing for a bold and exciting new future.

This can be seen through the recent completion of the Borland-Manske Center that allows us to continue to develop future church workers while simultaneously serving as the most technologically advanced music education facility in the nation. While this new facility continues to attract a new generation of students here at Concordia, we have no plans to slow down on how we serve them, as well as the communities that surround our campus both near and far.

To that end, we are pleased to share with you our vision of what Concordia will look like in just a few short years. As we move forward, Vision 2025 will impact three major areas across campus.

These improvements and additions will allow us to continue to serve our students in ways we could have never imagined just a few short years ago.

Today, we ask you to consider how you might see yourself involved in these efforts to support our students today and well into the future. It has been and always will be through the prayers and generosity of our friends that we are able to prepare our students for their future vocations and callings in life.

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CU Center for Worship and the Arts

The CU Center is both the spiritual and physical heart of our university. Built in the mid 1980’s, it has faithfully served as our primary center for worship and the venue for the majority of our musical performances. However, with a current seating capacity of only 517 seats and outdated acoustics, we have been truly blessed to outgrow this iconic campus landmark. Today you will find standing room only for many of our chapel services, and the space no longer meets the needs of the majority of our on-campus performances.

Vision 2025 seeks to reengineer the CU Center and expand our seating capacity to just over 800 guests. This will have a significant impact on multiple programs. From chapel services to annual performances by the Music Department, we will be able to far better serve our internal and external audiences. Upgrades will also include new acoustical features that will serve the ever evolving needs of our campus musicians and vocalists, all while retaining the iconic profile of this beloved building.

Today, we ask you to consider how your support can help to transform this campus landmark to serve the needs of our students today and of those for generations to come.

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The Nelson Amphitheatre

The Nelson Amphitheatre, Concordia’s largest outdoor performance venue, serves as a primary location for many of our cherished traditions here at Concordia. From student orientation, A Night of Hope, Rock the Amp, and countless theater performances, this space has faithfully served our needs for well over 30 years.

However, “The Amp” has truly begun to show its age. Antiquated electrical services limit our ability to properly light the facility for evening performances. The lack of a permanent audio / visual system causes challenges on multiple fronts. Seating is uncomfortable and no longer ADA compliant. And if you’ve been to a performance here in the sweltering late afternoon, you know all too well that there is a substantial need for shade structures.

As we move forward, upgrades to the amphitheatre will include the installation of a permanent, yet adjustable sound and lighting system to meet a variety of performance needs. Seating will be reconfigured to be more flexible and accessible for both our students and guests. Shade structures will provide a much more comfortable guest experience. Finally, a new stage and band shell will serve as the focal point of the amphitheatre.

As we look to the future, these major renovations will allow us to do even more to serve both our internal and external communities here at Concordia. Imagine how this amazing new venue will help us bring thousands of new friends from across Southern California to our campus for outdoor concerts, recitals, and theater performances. Imagine how this space will help us to share the message of Good News with our students and our surrounding communities, and you will understand how the Nelson Amphitheatre will literally “set the stage” for where we are headed in the years to come.

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Eagle Athletics Initiative

For over 40 years, excellence has been a driving theme in all that we do across the Athletics program at Concordia University Irvine. On the field, in the classroom, and throughout our communities, our Eagles are held to a standard that is second to none. From the earliest days of the university to our transition into the NCAA, a commitment to excellence has been, and always will be, at the core of everything we do.

As we look to the future, we are now preparing for the next major initiative to support our student athletes here at Concordia: The Eagle Athletics Initiative. Through these efforts, we are continuing our promise to provide our student-athletes with new facilities and resources that match their level of commitment to excellence.

At the center of our efforts will be the new Eagle Athletics Complex. This facility will provide a desperately needed new strength and conditioning center, team rooms for our players, and new grandstands for our fans. The softball field will undergo a major renovation, sand volleyball courts will finally make their way to campus, air conditioning will be added to the CU Arena, and a new outdoor turf training field will serve all of our teams.

We are committed to providing our student-athletes with new facilities and resources that will ensure they have a Christ-centered environment that supports them both on and off the field. And we are committed to you: our loyal fans, friends, and family members who have supported us for over four decades. The results of this initiative will impact not only our current students and fans, but generations to come.

Learn more about the Eagle Athletics Initiative »

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Total Goal: $32M


Connect with Us

To learn more about giving or naming opportunities for Vision 2025, please contact us directly.

Tim Jaeger

Tim Jaeger

Vice President for University Advancement, Marketing and Communications

(949) 214-3179
[email protected]

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