Center for Inclusive Child Care Awarded State Grant

The Center for Inclusive Child Care (CICC) at Concordia University, St. Paul has been awarded a $1.4 million grant from The Minnesota Department of Human Services, Child Development Services unit for a new Health and Safety Pilot Initiative. This new initiative will provide voluntary supports focused on health and safety best practices to licensed child care programs throughout Minnesota.

“This new program will enable us to provide coaching so child care will have better tools to provide safe and healthy environments,” Director of the Center for Inclusive Child CareCindy Croft said. “We (CICC) already provide statewide inclusion coaching to help children with special needs be successfully included in child care programs, so this grant will help us expand those efforts.”

Health and Safety Specialist’s will work one-on-one with new or existing child care programs interested in enhancing their quality of care provided to children and families. Relationship-based coaching services will be available in the areas of child and adult safety; health promotion; disease prevention and culturally responsive care. The award is $1.4 million for 30 months beginning February 2017.

The CICC is housed in the College of Education and is a state-funded organization.

Spring Enrollment Trends Up for 11th Straight Year

Spring enrollment at Concordia University, St. Paul has grown for the 11th consecutive year, with significant increases recorded in traditional undergraduate, adult undergraduate, and graduate student numbers.

The 4,466 students enrolled (full and part time) represent an increase of 237 students (5.6 percent) from the 2016 spring semester. Broken down by student type, Concordia enrolls 1,354 traditional undergraduates, 1,212 adult undergraduates and 1,900 graduate students (includes doctoral programs).

“We are humbled at the increasing number of students pursuing their education at our university and enormously proud of their accomplishments,” said CSP President Dr. Tom Ries. “I am happy to say that students are also graduating in record numbers.”

The largest growth area came from Concordia’s graduate programs, as enrollment grew by a robust 126 students (7.1 percent). Many of these programs are offered fully online.

Solid enrollment growth was also record for both the traditional undergraduate and adult undergraduate student types, with traditional programs gaining 55 students (4.2 percent) and adult programs gaining 56 (4.8 percent).

In just five years CSP’s spring enrollment has grown by an astonishing 1,621 students, a nearly 57 percent increase from January 2012. Overall, Concordia students reside from 49 states and 23 foreign countries.

CSP Introduces Plan for Athletic Performance Center

Concordia University administration and the athletics department have announced plans for an aggressive fundraising campaign aimed at constructing an Athletic Performance Center on campus.
The university’s plans call for a $1.5 million construction project with various naming opportunities to fund the project. University administration has indicated a pledge to proceed with the project based on early fundraising success.

“Due to the growing number of athletic programs on campus as well as the competitive landscape within Division II, Concordia University has made it a priority to provide our ever-increasing population of student-athletes with a state-of-the-art, multi-purpose training facility that rivals any in our conference,” Director of Athletics Mark McKenzie said.

Located to the west of the current weight room with entry off of Marshall Avenue, the facility will contain a 5,320 square foot weight room with new equipment, a considerable upgrade from the under 3,000 square foot weight room in the current location.

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Reformation Heritage Lecture: Remaking the World with Law and Gospel

Dr. Sarah Hinlicky Wilson, an Adjunct Professor of the Institute for Ecumenical Research, is the featured speaker at the annual Reformation Heritage Lecture, Tuesday, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m., at the Graebner Memorial Chapel. The title of her presentation is “Remaking the World with Law and Gospel.”

“Remaking the World with Law and Gospel” God speaks in two ways—both good, both divine, but not the same. These two words of God, each in their own way, create out of nothing, thwart sin, sculpt the future, and turn our lives upside-down. Martin Luther (with a little help from lecturer Sarah Hinlicky Wilson) guides us into this spiritual encounter with the living Word.

This event is free and open to the public.

About the Speaker:

  • Adjunct Professor with the Institute for Ecumenical Research in Strasbourg, France
  • Editor of the independent theological quarterly Lutheran Forum
  • Lecturer in Ethiopia, Madagascar, Taiwan, Europe & the United States

Concordia Art Gallery Hosts “Latino, Art Migration” Exhibit, Jan. 30-Feb. 24

The Concordia Gallery will showcase 15 Minnesota artists at the upcoming “Latino, Art Migration” exhibit Jan. 30-Feb. 24. Working in different media, the collection of local artists will explore the unsettled emotions and mindsets of the immigrant experience. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, Feb. 2, from 5-7 p.m.

The exhibit has the promotional support of The Film Society of Minneapolis- St. Paul and its Cine Latino program, with special thanks to Michael McColl and Alex Poepping for graphic and installation support, and to the Consulado de México, Minnesota.

The artists in the exhibition include: Alonso Sierralta, Ana Laura Juarez, Andy Richter, Douglas Padilla, Cecilia Cornejo, Gustavo Torres, Guillermo Cuellar, Jonathan Herrera, Luis Fitch, Maria Cristina Tavera, Miguel Gonzalez, Robert Everest, Rubén Urrutia, Selma Fernández Richter and Xavier Tavera.