Fire Near CSP Campus Saturday Aug. 21

Colleagues:

Many blessings on this day the Lord has made. I pray your rest and worship have refreshed you this weekend.

Saturday night, as some of you may be aware, a three-alarm fire occurred just north of the Selby Avenue bridge immediately west of our Kohler Building (west of the baseball field. The blaze totally destroyed the building to our west. It was used as a storage facility for tires and a host of other items. The Kohler building was spare complete destruction. However, two new vehicles used by our Sodexo partners were destroyed as were some of the other contents. We do not yet have a full estimate of the damage. The Kohler building has been used by CSP for decades as the location of our building department’s shop.

The Fire Marshall has launched an investigation into the cause of the fire and our assessment and clean-up efforts begin in earnest tomorrow. We are grateful for the tremendous work done by St. Paul Fire and Rescue and Police Departments to battle the blaze, secure the area and divert onlookers from the fire. The blaze began about 6:00 pm last night. The crews worked through the night and Sunday morning one of the fire department “towers” was still pouring water onto the burn site. Saturday night there were 5 towers battling the blaze at one point. Overall there were 16 fire crews and a total of 86 emergency service personnel on-site.

The property destroyed is one that we have worked to acquire over the years without success. Perhaps the owner will now be more open to selling the property to us. Because it is adjacent to both the baseball and softball complex and Parking Lot D it would be an ideal location to acquire and would provide several options for expansion to the southwest side of the campus.

As additional information is available, I will communicate it with you. Our Critical Incident and Sodexo teams did a great job supporting the work of the fire department. Our RAs, who are on campus for training, also did an excellent job of helping to secure the area and to bring water to the firefighters.

God is so good and continues to bless CSP abundantly. His Guardian Angels attended many last evening.

God’s peace be with you,

Brian

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Instructions to Update Your CSP Email Signature

Email is our main form of communication in the information age and one of the easiest ways to communicate Concordia’s brand to others including current and prospective students, alumni, donors, vendors, and many others in our community. Because of this, CSP has taken the opportunity to update our email signature. We have created a few important guidelines to employ moving forward. Thank you for your help in delivering a consistent and unified message.

Please review the “do’s” and “don’ts” of your Concordia email signature. It’s important that the guidelines are followed closely to ensure that every email sent from a csp.edu email address presents our brand consistently.

Every csp.edu email signature must include the following:

  • Full Name
  • Title
  • Office Phone
  • Concordia Email Logo

Please follow these steps to update your email signature:

  • Enter all of your personal information into the format below (please do not change colors or fonts).
  • Your Name Here
    Concordia University, St. Paul
    Your Job Title Here
    Your Department or Office Goes Here
    P: 651.641.8888  |  C: 651.641.8888  |  F651.641.8888
  • Add text portion of signature to the email client of your choice.

Gmail:

  1. Open Gmail.
  2. In the top right corner, click the gear icon, then Settings.
  3. In the “Signature” section, paste the text portion of your signature in the box.
  4. Click the add picture button.
  5. Paste image URL in the window (https://www.csp.edu/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/EmailSignature.png
  6. ) and click select.
  7. Click the image and choose the “large” size.
  8. At the bottom of the page, click Save Changes.

Outlook:

  1. Open Outlook
  2. Go to File then Options. On the Mail tab, go to Signatures.
  3. In the “Signature” section, paste the text portion of your signature in the box.
  4. Click on the inserting picture icon.
  5. Paste image URL in the window (https://www.csp.edu/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/EmailSignature.png
  6. ) and click Insert. 

Acceptable Additions

  • Links to University-sponsored web page
    • All links must be attached to text; no links should be typed out.
  • Cell phone numbers
  • Fax number
  • Advancement related buttons, such as “Give Now”
  • Academic Department or Office 
  • Office location

 Unacceptable Additions

  • Links to any personal social media channels
  • Links to any personal websites, including blogs
  • Any images, including headshots, non-CSP logos, or photos of cats.
  • Personal quotes
  • Links to any websites not affiliated with Concordia St. Paul
  • Social media icons (they tend to break when viewed on different email platforms)
  • Non-standard fonts

Once complete, your signature should look like this:

CSP Email Signature

Cybersecurity Reminder – 2020 Data Breach Investigation Report Reveals 85% of Incidents Involve Human Element

People and behaviors are an important part of any data security program in an organization.  Your effort to protect your accounts and passwords is so important.  Recently, a report was generated on the public data breaches of 2020.  The report created by Verizon cited 85% of those data breaches had a human component to them.  They found most data breaches occur because of phishing, lost or stolen credentials, using insecure credentials, human error, misuse, and even malware that has to be clicked then downloaded.  We ask you as CSP community members to stay diligent in protecting our organization.  Here are a few reminders on ways to safely use technology:

  • Never share your passwords with anyone else
  • Make sure you are using different passwords for different sites
  • Always confirm the origin of the e-mails that you receive.
  • Never click on a link that looks suspicious.
  • Use Multifactor authentication whenever possible.

Your work is so important to the health of Concordia University, St. Paul.  Thank you for your work in protecting the data of CSP.

Orthopedic Injuries and Mental Health: What’s the Connection?

Summit physical therapist Joe Herdzina, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS, explores the connection between orthopedic injury and mental health struggles like depression and anxiety.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Although you may not think that mental health challenges like depression and anxiety are connected with orthopedics, for many people, the two are interlinked. At times, orthopedic issues can certainly cause these problems due to limited mobility, limited social interaction, inappropriate education, and outsized expectations for healing. Read on to learn about the connection between orthopedic problems and mental health struggles.

There is a significant connection between reduced mobility, chronic pain, and mental health challenges like depression. “The simplest way to think about the connection among these is that they all start in the brain,” said Summit physical therapist Joe Herdzina, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS. “People who have decreased mobility as a result of injury have an increased risk of developing a depressed mood. They also may be missing out on the hormone boost that active movement and exercise can provide. It’s a vicious cycle of negative thoughts, which feed on each other and increase the difficulty of starting to move again.”

In addition, 30 to 50 percent of people with chronic pain also have depression and anxiety. So if you are dealing with orthopedic injuries, surgeries, or conditions that are causing chronic pain, what can you do to avoid mental health challenges as well? Here are some tips.

Tip 1: Take a holistic approach

 When your physical pain and orthopedic symptoms are affecting your mood, it can be helpful to try things like mindfulness exercises and meditation. Both of these can reduce pain and boost mood. To get started, there are many great YouTube videos, smartphone apps, and other free or low‐cost resources. Another idea is to listen to music that gives you enjoyment — anything that can provide a mood boost.

Tip 2: Get moving to improve orthopedic symptoms and boost mental health

It may seem counterintuitive to recommend movement and exercise to a person struggling with limited movement ability and pain. But it can really help. Studies show that even walking 6,000 steps a day can reduce joint pain in as little as six weeks for arthritis sufferers.

You don’t have to start a complex new workout regimen. Instead, start small. A simple walk around your neighborhood is a great first step.

“The first step is always the hardest,” Herdzina said. “But the benefits are real, and they’re significant.”

Tip 3: Get support

Use your peer group — friends, family, associates — to help you break the cycle of reduced mobility, pain, and mental health challenges. It can also be helpful to take a team approach, combating the problem from many angles. For example, some people, Herdzina said, could benefit from working with a physical therapist, a pain specialist, and a mental health therapist.

“Working with a team can help you put together a plan to help you feel better, with concrete steps to take,” Herdzina said.

Tip 4: Be kind to yourself for good orthopedic and mental health

Practicing self‐compassion is an important way to break the grip of depression and anxiety caused by pain. There are a variety of stress‐reduction therapies that can give you the mental clarity and energy you need.

Finally, in some cases, your doctor may recommend medication to deal with symptoms of depression or anxiety. Don’t be afraid to get help. It may be worth it to help you feel better after an injury or surgery.

Board of Regents – April Meeting Summary

The CSP Board of Regents met for its regular quarterly meeting on April 30, 2021. During the meeting, the Board:

Received the President’s, Provost’s, and Vice President of Finance’s quarterly reports. The president’s report highlighted a successful academic year, the progress and work of the LCMS 7-03 Task Force, and the HR 5 (Equality Act) legislation. The Provost’s report focused on the progress made toward accomplishing each of CSP’s five strategic goals. The Vice President of Finance’s report reviewed the current budget status and the proposed FY2022 budget.

Received an in-depth overview of CSP’s academic enterprise from Drs. Kimberly Craig, Kevin Hall, and Eric LaMott. The overview included a review of the following items: the five gates through which an academic program must pass before being added to the curriculum; current and proposed academic programs; and standard operating procedures related to faculty hiring and advancement in rank.

Heard from Vice President of Advancement Mark Hill and Mark Marshall of BWF about progress toward developing and launching the comprehensive campaign. 

Took the following actions:

  • Elected Mr. Mark L’Heureux as Chair beginning August 2021
  • Approved meeting minutes from the February and March 2021 Board meetings and Academic, Advancement, Executive, and Finance Committee minutes
  • Approved one tenure track faculty contract
    • To Assistant Professor
      • Jennifer Zafke
  • Approved advancement in rank for a number of faculty members
    • To Associate Professor
      • Dr. Brenda Davies
      • Dr. Katie Fischer
      • Dr. Eric Grube
      • Dr. Shani Johnson 
      • Dr. Laura Wangsness Willemsen
    • To Full Professor
      • Dr. Jean Rock
      • Dr. Stephen Ross
  • Granted emeritus status for Drs. Nancy Harrower and Marilyn Reineck
  • Approved the proposed budget for FY2022
  • Approved the negotiation and acquisition of a piece of property to the west of campus on Concordia Ave.

The Board enjoyed lunch with outgoing and incoming student senate executive board members and heard a presentation from marketing student Skylar Mihajlov, who did a research project about CSP students’ knowledge and opinions of CSP Ministry. Regents also had the opportunity to attend the Service of Sending, Honorary Awards Dinner, and commencement ceremonies.

Brian L. Friedrich
President