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.

Building Community at Croptoberfest

Recently, Concordia held its third annual Croptoberfest, designed to celebrate autumn and build community across campus.

Many students look forward to Croptoberfest each year. The festivities change but several activities remain constant such as food, music, games and crafts.

This year, students were treated with s’mores, caramel apples, and donuts courtesy of the Chemnitz staff. Additionally, there was live music presented by Concordia student Ethan Danz and Concordia alum Hayden Michael Lukas which highlighted the activities. Those in attendance listened and sang along, adding to the positive mood of the evening.

Several students offered words of praise for the atmosphere of the event.

“I had such a good time! The food was great and I loved getting my picture taken with my friends at the photo booth and jamming out to the music,” one said.

According to Resident Director in charge of Croptoberfest Manda Kelly, the event originated as “Choptoberfest” at Spring Arbor University and she brought the tradition to the Wisconsin campus three years ago. Kelly is pleased about this year’s event and her staff’s ability to deal with poor weather.

“It went very well, considering the fact that it was inside as opposed to outside because of the rain. My staff had to really figure things out and bring it together and they did a great job with that,” Kelly said.

Kelly also said about 350 people were in attendance and there were positive reactions to the festivities, becoming a tradition that builds community and brings people together.

“I think making it that tradition piece is very important. We have a couple of events like Skit Night that there is a lot of hype for and people look forward to every year and that is what I want Croptoberfest to be. We have been seeing higher numbers because upperclassmen are telling freshmen what a great event it is each year,” Kelly said.

Croptoberfest will continue to be an annual October tradition which builds community next year.

Safety at its Finest

For Concordia students, seeing Campus Safety officers walking through the halls with guns on their belts can be intimidating.

However, the officers employed by the university go through extensive training to make campus as safe as it can be.

According to the security firm ADT, Concordia University Wisconsin has the safest campus in the state and the second safest in all the United States.

Director of Campus Safety Mario Valdes said the success of the department is due to the experience of the Campus Safety officers. The majority are former police officers from Ozaukee and Milwaukee County and they bring their professionalism to Concordia’s campus. The officers are friendly and approachable.

“We like to show them that we are concerned, we are friendly and no different then any other person, just have a different job to do.  A good reason why we are number one in Wisconsin is because we interact with the students, we talk to our students and convince them that they should contact Campus Safety when they see things that do not look right or suspicious. We like to mingle with the students and the staff and it works,” Valdes said.

Valdes also said interactions with Campus Safety officers can help prepare our students for the real world and interactions with other professionals.

Campus Safety officers do more than just patrol the halls. They present in classrooms, field questions from students and parents, deal with off-campus visitors and parking, help with special events and assist with problems students might have.

According to Valdes, although Campus Safety is equipped to deal with most situations that arise on campus, there are instances when they need to involve the police. Campus Safety officers have strong relationships with local law enforcement and work  with them to ensure the safety of everyone affiliated with Concordia University

Campus Safety have officers on duty 24/7 and will continue working to keep the Concordia community the safest in the state during the year.

New Beginnings at CUW

Two weeks ago, Concordia brimmed with activity as hundreds of freshman and transfer students moved onto campus to take part in the New Student Orientation.

Orientation is always an important factor in acclimating new students to campus resources and preparing them for the first week of classes. Although the orientation process changes from year to year, the goal remains the same: to make every student feel comfortable and at home on campus.

According to the Coordinator of Student Activities and Orientation Devan Lenz, about 500 students participated this year. This includes about 400 students at each activity throughout orientation weekend.

“We need to integrate students socially and academically. Our goal is to connect them with people on campus. We want to connect them with upperclassmen and to their fellow underclassmen as well as faculty,” Lenz said.

Lenz also said that orientation is structured to connect new students to campus resources such as Campus Safety, the Counseling Center, the Learning Resource Center and many more.

This year, orientation added new features to further connect students to the Concordia community. One feature consisted of putting new students into small groups led by a member of the orientation team. The leaders of these groups helped new students find their around campus and other tasks like teaching them how to do laundry.

“These small groups created such a strong sense of community. Not only did it increase our attendance at a lot of our events but it also made the new students feel like they were a part of a team,” Lenz said.

Orientation activities include informational gatherings and fun activities like Skit Night where students can learn more about the residence halls and staffs on campus.

New students will continue getting integrated to Concordia throughout the Fall Semester with periodical check ins with their orientation leaders and the upcoming “Falcon Frenzy.”