CSP Strengthens International Programs Partnership During Trip to India

Two Concordia University, St. Paul staff members recently visited India as part of the university-wide initiative to strengthen its global presence through international student enrollment. Director of International Student Services Tiffanie Loeb Schneider and International Recruiter and Partnership Manager Veronica Mashek spent the second week of September promoting CSP’s graduate and undergraduate offerings.

The first portion of the trip included the chance to visit local schools and participate in a college fair. CSP staff took advantage of opportunities to meet prospective students and showcase CSP’s increasingly popular MS in Information Technology Management and MS in Data Analytics, as well as its strong undergraduate catalog. These face-to-face interactions with future international students and their parents were invaluable to generating interest in programs and easing any fears about studying abroad.

The second leg of their visit centered on continuing CSP’s highly-regarded relationship with its international admissions partner. That flourishing partnership has resulted in a massive influx of international students enrolling at CSP, particularly in graduate programs.

“Since then, the partnership has changed and grown, with our largest student population now being graduate students from India,” said Loeb Schneider. “This growth is expected to continue in the future, so this is a valuable partnership for CSP.”

The international admissions partnership has been marked by success with the university welcoming a record number of international students in spring 2022, and being featured in Forbes India, published earlier this year. In total, CSP currently enrolls 577 international students as of fall 2022. The spring enrollment milestone was simply the first step in CSP’s long-term global outlook as both sides continue toward further growth.

“It was such a great experience being able to meet our partners. I am very optimistic about our relationship moving forward,” added Mashek.

Beyond building in-person relationships, Loeb Schneider and Mashek also made local TV news appearances as featured guests presenting CSP’s degree programs. Watch their full segments on YouTube below:

Tiffanie Loeb Schneider on TV5 News

Veronica Mashek on NTV Live

 

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Common Pickleball Injuries and How to Recover – Summit Orthopedics Post

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Common Pickleball Injuries and How to Recover

Summit Orthopedics hand therapist Shannon Evenson, OTR/L, CHT, shares some common pickleball injuries — and what you can do to get back out on the court quickly.

Have you heard about pickleball? It’s a sport that combines elements of tennis, badminton, and ping-pong into a fun and accessible game that almost anyone can enjoy. But like other racquet sports, pickleball can also result in sports injuries, particularly to the upper body. Summit Orthopedics hand therapist Shannon Evenson, OTR/L, CHT, shares some common pickleball injuries — and what you can do to get back out on the court quickly.

“I am an avid tennis player, so I underestimated how challenging pickleball can be the first time I played,” Evenson said. “The court is smaller, and the racket is smaller, but when you’re getting started with pickleball, remember that it can be more of a workout than you might expect.”

Most common pickleball injuries

The most common pickleball injuries are in the elbow. They include:

  • Golfer’s elbow — medial epicondylitis, or “golfer’s elbow,” is an inflammation of the tendons that attach your forearm muscles to the inside of the bone at your elbow.
  • Tennis elbow — lateral epicondylitis, or “tennis elbow,” is an inflammation of the tendons that join the forearm muscles on the outside of the elbow.

Both of these conditions are overuse injuries that can happen as a result of forceful gripping of the racket or repetitive wrist motions.

Wrist and hand injuries can also happen in pickleball. Specific issues can include:

  • Tendinitis in the wrist
  • Flare-up of arthritis or tendon pain in the hand, both arthritis in the base of the thumb and trigger fingers, a form of tendinitis in the hand

In some cases, pickleball players could see shoulder impingement or aggravation of past impingement or bursitis in the shoulder. It’s especially common to reaggravate old injuries, causing symptoms to flare up. “But of all of these upper-body areas, it’s most common to injure the elbow,” Evenson said.

How to recover from common pickleball injuries

“When you first experience an injury, you always want to start with ice,” Evenson said. Icing the affected area for 20 minutes two to four times a day will help with soreness.

Massaging the area, followed by some gentle stretching, will also help promote circulation and ease irritation. After about a week, Evenson recommends switching to heat. “Gentle heat opens up the vasculature of the body. It helps healthy circulation reach the involved joints and tendons,” Evenson said. “It can make massaging and stretching easier as well.”

The best medicine, Evenson said, is always prevention. “Making sure you do a good warmup before you hit the court or field can prevent overuse injuries in the first place,” she said. Doing some simple wrist circles, bending and straightening the elbows, circling the arms, and then doing some gentle volleying for five to 10 minutes is a good basic warmup.

Finally, if your pickleball injury is not improving after a week of self-treatment, it’s a good idea to have an orthopedic specialist check it out. “You may think it’s nothing serious, but what if you’re wrong? The longer you wait, the harder it can be to get it under control,” Evenson said. “We want to prevent something more serious, so when in doubt, check it out.”

Board of Regents Summary – July 28, 2022

The Board of Regents met for its quarterly meeting on July 28. At the meeting, the Board received a report from President Brian Friedrich detailing a number of items, including a review of the theme for the 2022-23 academic year (“God so Loved the World”), a recap and discussion about the Kanahoma project, and updates on the work of the LCMS 7-03 Task Force and Concordia University System institutions.

President Friedrich, along with Drs. Eric LaMott and Michael Dorner, presented the findings from the Higher Learning Commission assurance process, which demonstrated CSP’s strengths as an institution. Dr. LaMott was joined by Ann Voda of Bentz Thompson Rietow, Inc. for a presentation on CSP’s master facility plan for the St. Paul campus.

Chief Diversity Officer Mychal Thom shared about the work he has done during his first year at CSP and how CSP seeks to fulfill its mission and live out its promise through the diversity strategic plan.

The Board received updates from the Executive, Academic, Advancement, and Finance Committees. Finally, the Board took the following actions:

  • Approved Jacob Trippel as a tenure track faculty and chair of MBA program
  • Reappointed Dr. David Bell as a Regent (2022-2025)
  • Disbanded the Advancement Committee
  • Established a Governance Committee
  • Endorsed the revised President’s Advisory Council Charter (which will carry the functions of the Advancement Committee moving forward)

The Board meets again on September 30, 2022.

So, You Overdid It. Here’s What to Do Next

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Summit Orthopedics hand therapist Shannon Evenson, OTR/L, CHT, explains what to do if you’ve overdone your summer activities and are having soreness.

Hand holding blue icepack over elbow

In Minnesota, summer is a glorious season, when we can enjoy getting out into our state’s natural beauty after a long, cold winter. In the summer months, people flock outside to garden and do yard work; play sports like golf, tennis, or pickleball; do spring cleaning; or go hiking, cycling, or swimming. With all of these options at our fingertips, it’s easy to overdo it.

“Getting active is good, but if you overdo it, you might find yourself having aches and pains in joints and tendons, or even numbness or tingling of fingers,” said Shannon Evenson, OTR/L, CHT, one of Summit’s team of certified hand therapists.

What to do if you overdo it

  1. Ice is best in the first few hours or days after an overuse injury — 20 minutes two to four times a day is good.
  2. Gentle massage and stretching is also helpful. Ice can make the area feel stiff, so ease into massage and stretching after ice.
  3. If the pain persists, heat might be more helpful in the days to follow. “Heat can be especially helpful if you suspect any arthritis pain could be contributing to your situation,” Evenson said.

How to avoid overdoing it next time

Evenson is a big proponent of prevention. “A few simple steps can prevent overuse injuries from happening in the first place,” she said.

Here are some quick prevention tips:

  • Don’t skimp on the warmup — five to 10 minutes of dynamic warmups, that is, gently going through the motions you’ll be using during the activity itself, will help warm up the muscles and lubricate the joints, getting them ready for the full activity.
  • Take breaks periodically — doing a half hour each day is better than doing four hours in one day.
  • Use good ergonomic tools and good body mechanics during the activity.
  • Start slowly — pickleball may be your new favorite sport, but you’ll want to cut your play sessions short at first to avoid injuries.
  • Stretch after the activity — static stretching for up to 30 seconds can help with flexibility.
  • Know — and heed! — your limits.
  • Stay hydrated — good hydration will help prevent injury.

If your discomfort and irritation have lingered for more than a week after overdoing it, even with at-home treatment, it’s time to make an appointment with your primary care provider or orthopedic specialist. “People say all the time, ‘I wish I hadn’t waited so long to come in.’ If you haven’t seen improvement after a week, come in and get it checked out,” Evenson said.

CSP Strategic Plan: Progress Update, June 2022

Even though we’re just beginning to feel the first heat waves of summer, CSP continues its daily focus on our near- and long-term strategic plans. We want to provide an early summer high level update about the ongoing work.

Early indicators for Fall enrollment at CSP continue to show overall positive signs. Our growth in recent years has happened largely in our online and graduate programming, which comes out of regional and national demographic trends in higher education. CSP sees growth potential, despite the fact we face the same types of headwinds confronting virtually all higher education institutions today. Many of our counterparts at other private universities and state colleges and universities are not as fortunate, as they face continued staggering declines.

CSP is never immune to these challenges. However, by holding to our strategic plans, providing valuable career-relevant academic offerings, and maintaining our standing as the most affordable private university in the state, we continue to attract a strong pool of prospective and committed students across our academic tracks, including traditional, non-traditional undergraduate, and our graduate programming.

Toward the end of the 2021-22 traditional academic year, we shared updates regarding long-term plans to solidify and maintain enrollment levels in our traditional programming while setting aggressive growth goals for our non-traditional and graduate programming. These plans include augmented branding of the CSP online programs, combined with adjustments to organizational structures to best support our colleges and program offerings.

Teams continue working through the summer months specifically focusing on areas such as:
Brand identity for CSP’s non-traditional offerings;
Better understanding of the structural realignments and operational efficiencies that will be required for long-term success, which led to the formation of operational readiness work teams;
Alignment of academic programs, affirming clear pedagogical best practices to support those programs, and early budget planning

Internally, we’ve shared the branding/naming construct of “CSP Global” to encompass the higher growth non-traditional online and graduate programming. Our internal CSP marketing and enrollment teams are working closely with trusted and highly credible third parties to develop the final recommendations on naming conventions, branding, public rollout, and many other aspects of this essential growth strategy.

Exact timing and the details are still being worked out, and those leading the process will be tapping expertise and insight from members of the CSP community across our six colleges. We anticipate launching these initiatives more formally at some point in the coming academic year, but much work remains to be done before we finalize timelines.

CSP is blessed to be in a position to be talking about growth – at a time when so many institutions are trying to ease rapid declines in enrollment. The opportunities that lie ahead are a testament to the hard work and dedication of the entire CSP family. The pathway to serving more and more students over the past decade has required a lot of hard work across our faculty and staff, which ultimately led to greater value for CSP students of all types. The real career value we provide is essential to our growth.

Meanwhile, the internal planning and process improvements underway will serve to put CSP in an even stronger position as we gain greater momentum and relevance in the higher education landscape.

We’ll continue to share updates as these projects progress in the weeks ahead prior to the Fall term. Please also remember that discussions about the CSP Global concept are still in early stages and not yet public. So we ask that everyone keeps this information private within CSP.

In the meantime, we all wish you a blessed summer.