Dave Coulier Event a Major Success at CUW

Over 550 CUW students, faculty, and staff enjoyed a blast from TV past Oct. 3, when comedian and actor Dave Coulier visited campus.

The beat the expectations held by the organizers of the event, CUW’s Campus Activities Board (CAB). The crowd packed the Todd Wehr Auditorium on the CUW campus, and laughs could be heard pouring out of the room. In addition to a hilarious comedy routine, Coulier held a Q&A session including funny questions, and questions about his career.

“When we got in contact with Dave’s agent over the summer, we were nervous and hesitant, but so excited for this new opportunity to bring such a big name on campus.

Seeing the excitement since the beginning of the school year was huge for us. To have people waiting outside four hours before the event even started proved itself how successful the event was. It was such a fun night to see over 550 people – both faculty and staff – coming together for a good laugh!” CAB’s Kimberlyn Skibbe said. CAB staff members, who are all undergrad students, planned and staffed the events.

According to Skibbe, it was exciting for CUW to be able to invite a high-profile individual like Coulier, who starred for many years as Uncle Joey on the hit sitcom “Full House,” the Netflix reboot of the hit, “Fuller House,” voiced many cartoon characters, and even hosted his own series on Nickelodeon.

In addition to inviting comedians and performing acts, CAB plans other events for CUW students. CAB plans CUW’s Homecoming celebration, hosts trivia challenges, movie nights, and many off-campus day trips.

CAB also invite students to become members of the board, allowing them to plan or contribute ideas for campus events. CAB said they were encouraged by the excellent turnout to the comedy act, and hopes to capitalize on its success to build momentum for the year of events ahead.

 

 

Growing Pains

New faces on campus share their tips on how to adapt to life on campus.
Moving away from home marks an important milestone in life. With the new change of scenery comes a new set of responsibilities, benefits and challenges. Whether forcing yourself not to hit the snooze button on your 8 a.m. alarm, or relying on friends to keep their minds off of home, the students new to Concordia’s campus have each found their own ways to adapt to life on campus.
For freshman Austin Evers life on campus can literally feel like a maze at times.
“The tunnel system was really confusing at first, there’s so many different routes you can take or little shortcuts that you just don’t know about during your first few days on campus,” he said “But after a couple weeks and with a little help from some of the older students on campus you start to pick up on where everything is and how to get there the quickest way possible.”
Although some students may be focused on finding their way to class, struggle with dealing with homesickness. Freshman Christian Mesa came to Concordia from La Quinta, Calif. Living over 2,000 miles away from home can have its drawbacks.
“I think the hardest part about being away from home is not seeing my brother all the time. He and I are really close so it’s hard to go from seeing him all the time to hardly ever seeing him,” said Mesa. “I think the thing that’s helped me the most is making a lot of close friends fairly quickly. One of my friends in particular, Adam Taylor, is an out of state student and we’ve become really close so it helps to have someone else who’s going through the same things that I am. It’s almost like he’s become my second brother.”
Although some students fill time with friends, others invest that time into being a part of a sports team. Freshman Nathan Hunt is involved in the football program.
“For me, like a lot of kids, the hardest thing about moving away is missing all the friends and the people you have back home. But being involved with football has let me keep my mind off of that because of how busy our schedule is and how much my teammates have really embraced me as part of their family. We’ve got a lot of guys on the team who have gone through the same things that us younger guys are going through right now and having them around really helps because we act as a support system for each other,” said Hunt.
As the semester continues, the new faces on campus will continue to grow, manage, and adapt to their new lives of Concordia students in different ways.

 

Indoor Baseball Facility Construction

      Construction of an indoor baseball facility is underway at Concordia University of Wisconsin.  If the weather allows for construction to stay on track, the building will be ready to use in early November, in time for the colder winter months.

      The facility will be 6,000 square feet and include 3-4 batting cages, turf, heaters, and a Driveline wall for pitchers. Head baseball coach Edmund Morgan said that the facility will hopefully add more equipment, such as high-speed cameras.

      CUW’s goal is to be one of the better baseball programs in the country in player development. The addition of this facility will aid that goal.

      “It’s going to help a lot of people. It’s going to allow an opportunity for softball and baseball players especially, to be able to get in there and get their individual work done, which will hopefully relate to success on the field,” Morgan said.

      The facility will help many CUW athletic teams by providing a place for conditioning, practicing, and possible athletic training classrooms.

      The facility will decrease space taken up in the field house, with teams no longer fighting to find separate times to practice in winter months.

      “A number of teams will be able to practice here when the weather isn’t the greatest,” Morgan said.

      Coach Morgan also said the facility will help recruit higher quality athletes.

      “It’s an opportunity to show players that our player development is supported by the institution,” Morgan said.

Revitalizing Residence Life

CUW’s Residence Life has strived to make on campus living a great experience for students, and this year they have taken their goal to another level.

Residence Life has implemented new protocols that they feel will make students across campus more comfortable. These improvements include, better roommate agreements, safety checks, and making staff more relational, rather than administrative.

One of the biggest improvements are the updated roommate agreements.

“This year we wanted to make sure that our residents took the roommate agreement more seriously, and treated it like a contract. We added things such as scheduled hang out times, quiet hour times, and roommate expectations, that we feel will help the roommates become acclimated with each other faster, and possibly become friends,” said Resident Director Manda Kelly.

The next protocol is actually new to Residence Life as a whole. This new protocol is called safety checks.  The idea of safety checks, allows RAs to get into their residents’ rooms to check for any maintenance concerns that need to be addressed immediately. Safety checks also allow RAs to talk with their residents and build relationships.

“The main goal of safety checks is, for the RAs to address maintenance concerns and to build relationships with their residents by getting a chance to talk to them. We feel that it is important for students to build relationships with each other, and safety checks allow for the RA and their residents to connect,” said Kelly.

The last change Residence Life made to improve student life is with their staff.

“Often times in the past, we feel that the students think we are here to police them or manage them, and that is not the case. This year we have trained our RAs to be more relational and friendly with their residents, rather than administrative. We have instructed our RAs to build relationships with their residents, and to leave policing to Campus Safety or the Conduct Board,” said Kelly.

CUW Residence Life feels these improvements will make student life better as whole, but they also recognize that they still have room to improve.

Introducing the Faith Associate

With a new school year starting at CUW, so to has a new position. The Faith Associate is a student-held position within the residence hall of Wittenberg that provides spiritual resources for new students.

“The Faith Associate is a bridge between Campus Ministry and Residence Life”, said Campus Ministry Faculty advisor, Nichole Haas.

Faith Associates in Wittenberg enable new students with a fellow student who they can seek out when they need help with getting acclimated with college or someone to talk to.

In addition, Faith Associates will have monthly critical conversations where they will answer difficult questions students might have for them.

“Faith Associates work closely with RAs. Their main focus is creating and supporting a Christian atmosphere among the hall”, Haas said.

The Faith Associate position is because of combined efforts of both Campus Ministry and Residence Life. During the Fall semester of 2016, a survey asked students  about spiritual life on campus. The surveys showed that most students on campus go to their peers when they have questions regarding faith. This resulted in the Faith Associate position.

The position  is a pilot program on campus and only available in Wittenberg. Placing the first Faith Associates in Wittenberg allows the university to evaluate in an environment that is majority composed of freshman.  Depending on the degree of success, Faith Associates could expand to other campus residence halls, which would allow more students to utilize the resources.

Haas also oversees the hiring process of the Faith Associates and anyone interested in becoming a faith associate can get more information by contacting the CMLT office or stopping by in upper Albrecht in the CMLT office.

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.”

Writing History One Spike at a Time

It took only a few words for junior captain Lauren Nevinski to sum up the 2016-17 Concordia Volleyball season. For the first time in school history the Falcons clinched an automatic bid into the NCAA National Championship Tournament.

“It’s an unreal feeling,” Nevinski said.

The Falcons finished with the best record in school history, with a record of 22 wins, 8 losses. Nevinski, a middle hitter, led the team in solo blocks with 9.

“I’d say the best part of the season for me was beating Aurora to win the conference. No other team in Concordia history has done that so it was incredibly special to be a part of,” Nevinski said.

After winning the NACC conference championship 3-1 over Aurora, the Falcons left for Saint Paul, Minn., where they would eventually lose to No. 2 ranked Cal Lutheran, the reigning national champions.

“I think being able to go and compete against one of the best teams in the country was huge for us as far as mentality goes. This season proved to everyone involved in the program that we have the potential to go further into the NCAA tournament and play at an extremely high level,” Nevinski said.

And as the spring semester ends, the volleyball program continues to take steps forward to improve for next season.

“I think winning conference was really an eye opener for a lot of us. I’ve never been on a team that has made it to a big tournament like that so I think it’s just made us raise the bar on our expectations and our preparation,” said Nevinski. “We’re trying to keep making history.”