Zoey’s 5th Birthday and New Comfort Dog Initiative

CUW students love the on-campus comfort dog Zoey. As Zoey celebrates her 5th birthday, a second comfort dog will be a part of campus.

Bringing a canine friend for Zoey to campus is being headed up by CUW’s newly formed Comfort Dog Club. Samantha Stohlman is one of the club’s executive board members, and has been excited to work on fundraising for the expenses of the new dog.

“We’re getting the new comfort dog for the Health Sciences department. It’ll be different than Zoey’s role, she’s specifically designed to be here to help the students and work in the counseling center. The new one will be awesome for health majors, developing their program, and helping them get certified in comfort dog training, and use that in their practices,” said Stohlman.

The new comfort dog will work with the campus’ Health Sciences clinic, and fundraising has been successful.

“We did a crowdfunding site online, and people donated. We went to the Residence Halls on campus so that the different halls could compete to raise funds. Additionally, one of Zoey’s dog food providers doubled the money, so that if we reached $10,000, they’d give us $10,000 more. So, we already reached our goal, and will be using the extra for program development,” said Stohlman.

According to the CUW website, Zoey has done exciting work with CUW recently. Zoey traveled to Sandy Hook Elementary in late 2012 to aid victims of the school shooting and Orlando in June 2016 to comfort victims of the Pulse Nightclub shooting.

Although the club has reached the initial goal for the main fundraiser, they are still accepting donations. According to Stohlman, the club would love to send students along on trips with the dog, or expand the comfort dog program.

Donations can be made through an online platform called Crowdrise, with this link: https://www.crowdrise.com/cuw-comfort-dog

Challenges and Opportunities for Sodexo

Sodexo Inc. USA has been the primary food provider for CUW since 2004, and some students are not satisfied with the food service.

According to the conversations between the author and students, Sodexo is being criticized for lacking in improving their service at CUW for students. The author spoke with 15 students, and the results were unanimous. At one time, each student, expressed disappointment in Sodexo.

“I’ve been here for three years and Sodexo has only gotten worse. For example, the Nest used to be one of my favorite places to eat, but ever since they changed their menu, I can’t eat that food anymore,” student Connor Larson said.

Sodexo has also faced scrutiny from students for their service being inconsistent. Some students said the food quality fluctuated each day.

“I can’t tell you how many times I have gone to the cafeteria for lunch, and I get a nice meal, and the very next day I’ll go and my food will be dry and tough to eat. Same goes for the nest. I just feel like there isn’t any consistency when it comes to the food here,” student Jason Van Beek, said.

Sodexo General Manager, Angela Jensen sympathizes with the students.

“We understand that some students may not be satisfied with our service, and we want to make things better. We welcome any feedback you have, whether it’s through surveys, social media, emails, or face-to-face interactions, we appreciate it,” Jensen said.

Sodexo has a face-to-face opportunity for students to interact with Sodexo workers.

“We have the Dining Service Committee meeting on Monday November 13, and we invite students to come and share their thoughts and opinions,” Jensen said.



Spotlight: Dr. Sarah Holtan

Dr. Sarah Holtan is the Department Chair of Communication and an Associate Professor of Communication at CUW. She did not expect to be holding either of those positions when she started out.

Dr. Holtan has her PhD from Marquette University in Journalism Education, an M.S. in Education from CUW, and she double majored in Mass Communication and Political Science at Augsburg College.

Since a young age Dr. Holtan had been enthralled by the news. Influenced by her parents who always read the paper and had the news on TV, she would conduct her own newscasts to supplement the newscast already on TV, much to her parent’s annoyance.

“I grew up with seeing that being valued,  knowing what’s going on in your community, being a citizen and being aware,” Dr. Holtan said.

After graduating from high school, she wanted to work in the broadcast news industry. Then graduating from college, she was able to get her start at WISN Channel 12 in Milwaukee as the teleprompter operator.

From humble beginnings at this position, Dr. Holtan advanced to the station producer position. After holding that position at Channel 12 for four years she felt as though it was time for change.

“It came to me in prayer that teaching would be an amazing way to give back and to share what I’ve learned,” said Dr. Holtan.

After receiving her master’s from CUW, she taught as an adjunct professor here. Eventually she became full-time staff at CUW.

In the classroom, Dr. Holtan recognizes that there is a variety of students that attend CUW. She uses different teaching strategies and techniques to reach as many students as possible.

“I have to try my best to meet [students] where they are,” she said.

Dr. Holtan creates interactions in her classes, including lecture, role-playing exercises, or an in-class debate.. She hopes that at least a few of the different strategies work for students.

Working with fellow faculty members, Dr. Holtan is expanding the Communication Department with two new minors and a new major currently developing. Dr. Holtan wants to improve the department’s visibility to get more students interested in the program.

Dr. Holtan said communication students should get involved in experiences and programs that prepare them for the professional world and to build their resumes.

Two Degrees, Four Years

For students in the Business Scholars program at Concordia University Wisconsin (CUW), one degree just wasn’t enough. In this accelerated dual degree program within the School of Business Administration at CUW, a select group of students are earning their undergrad degrees in Business Administration as they simultaneously earn their MBA.

Students in the program complete both degrees in four years, which means many students graduate with a Master’s degree at age 21. For most seniors in college, finishing one undergrad degree is a major challenge, but these Business Scholars go above and beyond bearing the usual college workload.

Students are taught by business industry professionals who are “dedicated to leading others in their field of expertise. (In CUW’s MBA program) you will receive the benefit of worldwide practitioner instructors, individualized programs that start at your convenience, and unique perspectives from a diverse student body,” according to CUW’s website.

Scholars can add to their educational toolbox by studying topics from real estate investment to securities analysis and risk management, and become prepared for many positions within the business sector.

Highly qualified incoming freshmen are admitted by the School of Business administration into the Business Scholars program, and are full graduate students throughout their junior and senior years as they begin graduate course work starting in their third year. Business Scholars are required to maintain a 3.5 GPA, and complete internships related to both their undergrad and graduate degrees, according to the CUW academic catalog.  By taking a heavy load of credits every semester (at least 18) some Business Scholars don’t even need to take summer or interim classes.

Seniors in the program like Micah Wheeler are seeing their hard work pay off.

“It’s so exciting to have almost completed the Business Scholars program at CUW. I can’t wait to enter the workforce and put the knowledge gained from my MBA classes to work,” Wheeler said.


Music Man at CUW

Each year Concordia puts on several plays and will host its highly-anticipated fall play, The Music Man this week.

 The story is about a man who comes to a small Iowa town and swindles people into buying instruments and music lessons from him. He plans to skip town before the townspeople catch on to him but reconsiders when he starts to catch feelings for a local woman.

According to the CUW website, Professor Lori Woodall-Schaufler is producing the popular play written by Meredith Wilson. Milwaukee area actress, Teresa Drews is joining Woodall to direct.

The site said Woodall is extremely impressed with how strong the cast is and that auditioning numbers have tripled since Woodall started 10 years ago.

The cast includes current students from across campus and Concordia alumnus, Colin Murdy will be playing the lead role of Harold Hill. There are students helping with the cast, make-up, and technology who have been hard at work for the last several months in preparation for the performances this week.

“We started on-book for the first couple weeks. But then we gradually began to progress to moving off-book and now these last couple weeks we have been doing full rehearsal with costumes,” Concordia student Collin Stiener said.

According to Stiener, the thing he loves the most about the process is collaboration with others and the musical aspect of the performance.

“I think that it is going to be a really successful show. People will have a fun time if they decide to come. I really appreciate Meredith Wilson’s lyrical and musical writing abilities and I think the audience will too. There is also a lot of quick-witted humor that the audience should enjoy” Stiener said.

Anyone interested in attending one of the showings can call the ticket hotline at 262-243-4444. If no one answers, press “0” to leave a reservation. For more information, please contact the theatre department or reference one of the posters hanging around campus.

A Day To Reflect

For some students, Wednesday, October 25, 2017 was simply a day off from classes on the campus of Concordia University Wisconsin. But for some students, like senior Max Fischer, the day offered a rare opportunity to participate in the school’s Reformation 500 Symposium.

“I attended the keynote speech by Dr. Benne and the sectional on nursing during the Reformation by Dr. Mobley.” said Fischer “I found the nursing sectional even more interesting because I wasn’t aware of just how impactful the role the Reformation played on the healthcare field.”

In addition to the nursing sectional, the Symposium offered presentations on other subjects such as, Arts and Sciences, Business, Education, Health Professions, and Pharmacy. Each individual section offered its own take on the events of the Reformation and how it impacted each individual field.

The keynote address was delivered by Dr. Robert Benne and was titled “On Vocation”.
“Dr. Benne’s keynote really gave us a lot of insight into the different vocations that God calls us to do each and every day.” said Fischer. “It really opened my eyes to the idea that God doesn’t simply call us to live out one singular vocation, but instead take on many roles each and every day in order to best fulfill the plan God has laid out for us.”

The events of October 25 may have been different for each Concordia student, but the opportunities to learn about the impact of the Reformation on multiple industries was a chance that few people will have again.

Introducing Photography Club

Concordia University of Wisconsin is now offering a photography club, The Click, as an extracurricular.

“Photography club will consist of a variety of things. The main thing is just to get people who have never taken pictures before or people who are avid photographers, get them both together and open up ideas about photography,” club founder and president Austin Hribar said.

The goal of this club is to help beginning photographers build connections with professional photographers and give them a chance to go to places including Milwaukee rooftops and downtown Chicago for photo opportunities.

Club meetings will involve taking and editing pictures, discussing job and internship opportunities, and inviting guest speakers.

“We’d get some actual photographers and photo journalists out here to speak so we can hear about what they actually do,” Hribar said.

Anyone is allowed to join, even if they do not own a camera. CUW’s art department has extra cameras to loan to students, and funding for more cameras and tripods is underway.

In addition to creating opportunities for more students to become involved in photography, the club can also help students take their skills to the next level.

The Click will positively impact CUW. “This club will benefit CUW by bringing together the creative community, not only to grow in skills, but to expand ideas and make a difference in each other’s careers and in the local community,” Hribrar said.

Posters will be around campus and social media accounts will be created by Hribar to advertise for the club. Anyone interested should contact Austin Hribar.