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.

Coming Home for Homecoming

November began the start of festivities for Concordia as the school kicked off homecoming week.

“Homecoming is always a really festive time on campus,” said student Maddie Stressler. “Everybody really goes all out. The football game’s crowd is always huge and there’s always events going on somewhere on campus.”

Food, lawn games, and free t-shirts included the start of Freddy Fest.  With Concordia’s student-run radio station WCUW “The Talon” providing music for the event, students flocked to the Regents Courtyard to tailgate before the Falcon football team took to the field.

After an exciting first half, the homecoming court crowned their king and queen.  Seniors Erin Kline and Jonathon received the crown in front of the crowd. Halftime festivities continued as the 2006 Falcon Football team took center stage as they were honored for their accomplishments on the field.

“Seeing those guys get honored at halftime was really cool,” said Allison Neuberger. “Not only was it really awesome to see that alumni still appreciate Concordia, but it was also amazing to see one of the guys propose to his girlfriend. To be a part of that is pretty special.”

After the festivities of halftime ended, the Falcon football team took the field once more to battle against Rockford. Ultimately they won 49-46 in thrilling fashion after scoring a touchdown to take the lead with under a minute left to play.

To end homecoming weekend, Concordia students danced the night away at the River Club.

“The venue was really nice, as was the music,” said Tyler Martinkus. “To top it all off, the decorations really fit the theme of Once Upon a Time. Overall the whole thing was just an amazing time.”

As the night drew to an end, so did the week of festivities. And as the last guests strolled on out into the night, students anticipated next years’ activities.

CUW’s Bluff

CUW’s bluff one of the most beautiful attractions on campus. Students, faculty and individuals in the community enjoy the bluff and all it has to offer.

The bluff’s length is 2,700, overlooks Lake Michigan, and includes more than 200 steps. The path leads to the lake shoreline, including a walkway which is great for those who enjoy walking and running. In addition, a boardwalk and beach are located at the bottom of the bluff.

CUW students enjoy using the bluff during its prime season, summer time, when they can swim, make bonfires and hang out.

According to student Megan Stingle, the bluff includes plenty of things to do.

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“I love the bluff here on campus, as do many others. When the weather is nice, I like to take walks on the bluff, sit on the rocks, and sometimes will watch the sunset. It’s very therapeutic, and as a student we need all forms of therapy we can get. The scenery is absolutely stunning, you have the lake, the trees, and can observe wildlife,” Stingle said.

Also, the university has attempted to maintain the bluff during the last decade. The bluff was eroding, so the university completed a project to stop it. Safety is a concern for university administration, student and surrounding community.

The bluff is a natural beauty for students, faculty and the community. Contact campus safety for more information.

 

Lead Now! Speaker Series

Education. Entrepreneurship. Innovation. These emerging topics were the focus of the “Lead Now!” talks the university hosted on April 8.

The first of its kind on Concordia University Wisconsin’s campus, the talks were success with more than 190 Lutheran administrators and university faculty and students in attendance, according to the Lutheran Education Association (LEA).

The “Lead Now!” talks are an adaptation of the widely popular online TED Talks series, which features experts speaking in their areas of study on a wide variety of subjects. The series featured speakers from the university’s leadership team, including President Rev. Patrick T. Ferry, Ph.D., Dr. Bernard Bull. Dr. Michael Uden, Gretchen Jameson, and Dr. Dan Sem.

The Friday evening included presenters speaking for 18 minutes on leadership with emphasis on the emerging topics of education, entrepreneurship and innovation.

“We’re focused on the intersection of innovation and leadership, on what leadership looks like. Particularly on the context of 21st century learning and education. But even more significantly on why leadership at every level is an essential element to build truly excellent schools,” CUW Secondary Education Department Chair and event emcee Dr. Jim Pingel said.

The speakers shared advice, research, and personal stories to educate and inspire listeners in different techniques of and roles within leadership.

“Our goal is to build schools where students not only learn, but thrive and excel. And, of course, most importantly where our students come to recognize their unique purpose as children of the Heavenly Father and saints of their Savior Jesus Christ,” Dr. Pingel said.

The LEA organized the “Lead Now!” event. It served as the capstone event of the National Administrators Conference, which is offered to administrators and counselors from across the country to address emerging issues in education.

A recorded version of the conference is available online: follow the link to the coverage.

CUW campus transportation

Concordia University Wisconsin’s campus is located in a Mequon. This is an issue for most of the students who are live in Milwaukee and have no options with the transportation, because it is hard to find it.

“CUW has everything that any student need for studying or living except for the transportation,” Hassan Alshikh said.

This is an everyday problem for those students who live out said the campus.

“I have a car, so I just drive everywhere. There are taxis in the area and a nearby bus stop that goes to Milwaukee,” Hassan said.

There is some students who have cars, but some of them don’t, so they have to take the bus which is between one to two hours to the university, so this  wastes of time.

“Transportation is okay. I do not see the city buses very often but that is because I am not looking for them. I believe the buses only drive down towards Milwaukee though. They might drive to other nearby cities but I’m not sure. It is nice to have a car if you want to go get fast food, or visit someone’s house, or to go grocery shopping,” Hassan said.

Hassan said CUW does offer student transportation options.

“At the University, everything on campus is within walking distance. Getting off campus is possible by cars or riding with friends who have cars. There is a campus shuttle for off-campus activities,” Hassan said.

Some student has solved this issue by taking online classes, but this not solves the biggest problem.

CUW gave what the school could offer to the students, but they need more support from the state to help the students who came here to study at this beautiful campus, and those who cannot attend with other students who did not have the chance to study at the campus because of the transportation issue.

Finding more options and solutions for the students would come if the responsible of the transportation has heard to the student’s idea. Who would give solutions for the problem better than who suffer.

Power Cut Off to Dorms

The administration at Concordia University Wisconsin cut power to dorms on Good Friday, March 25. The power cut-off was announced via email.

“Essentially, we have a very large campus. As we grow and need to repair and replace things, we have to do a campus wide outage. And the times when we can do that are fairly limited,” Vice President of Student Life Steve Taylor said.

Taylor emphasized the challenges of scheduling a campus-wide power outage.

“You have to coordinate between our staff, electricians, third parties, and WE energies,” Taylor said, of the logistical difficulties of these scheduled power outages.

Some students felt that there was not adequate forewarning. Many students learned about the outage hours before, and by word of mouth.

“Honestly, I didn’t even know about it until I texted one of my roommates and he told me it would be out in the morning,” CUW student Aaron Lemke said.

Showering, charging electronics, and getting dressed were difficult or impossible because of the outage. “I had to do basically everything in the dark,” Lemke said.

In addition, Lemke decided not to try to shower in the dark however; he was concerned that it would be too great of a slipping hazard.

Taylor acknowledged that the power outage inconvenienced many students, but said that Good Friday was chosen by the administration because CUW was closed that day, and the number of on-campus students was very low.

“I would say, if you have to be on campus, try to find something you want to do that doesn’t require electricity,” Taylor said. “As some would say, that’s a great day to read a book.”

Lemke said some of his football teammates from Arizona wondered why the power outage hadn’t been scheduled to take place over spring break instead.

He also said more advance notification and setting up alternative activities could make power outages easier for these students.