Center for Hmong Studies Involved with TPT Documentary on Vietnam

TPT’s documentary, American’s Secret War: Minnesota Remembers Vietnam, a film based on the Hmong experience in Laos during the Vietnam War, featured a number of still images from CSP’s Center for Hmong Studies. Concordia alumnae Kaolee Vang (’11, M.A. ’15) who is employed by Twin Cities Public Television, was part of the production team for the film.

Students from CSP’s CHUSA Club (Concordia Hmong Unity Student Association) assisted with TPT’s special viewing and discussion event for the project Oct. 3. Lee Pao Xiong, Director of Hmong Studies at Concordia, served on the panel. Xiong said the Center for Hmong Studies involvement shows the importance of having this valuable resource to help share stories of the Hmong people.

“As the only Center for Hmong Studies in the world and with large archival collection of documents and photos about Hmong history, culture, and language, our expertise have always being sought by scholars, reporters, and researchers,” Xoing said. “The recent Secret War documentary film produced by TPT is just one of the many media outlets that utilized our knowledge, connections, and archival collections to enhance their productions.”

Xiong added TPT will air another documentary film in November titled Hmong Pioneers that prominently features CSP’s Center for Hmong Studies.

View the TPT documentary here.

Read more about the documentary here. (Star Tribune article)

Fall Enrollment at a Record Breaking 4,792 Students

Overall student headcount at Concordia University, St. Paul stands at 4,792 at the Fall 2017 census, marking the sixth consecutive year of record enrollment.  The total headcount, which includes full and part time students enrolled in traditional undergraduate, adult undergraduate and graduate programs, saw an increase of 5.6 percent (257 students) from a year ago.

“The continued enrollment surge is a significant accomplishment and should be celebrated given the current state of the higher education market,” said Provost and Chief Operating Officer Dr. Eric LaMott said. “It’s a compelling indicator that our competitive pricing strategy and willingness to add relevant academic programs has a positive effect on a student’s decision making process.”

Enrollment has increased 11 of the last 12 years overall and has surpassed 4,000 students for four consecutive years. A more comprehensive breakdown of CSP’s enrollment will be released next week.

External Internet Connectivity Issues – Aug. 29

CSP is currently experiencing internet connectivity issues across campus. All internal services, including printing, phones and the portal are working, however the issue affects all external internet services. Our internet provider has sent out a technician to further address the current outage. An update will be posted by 1 p.m. We apologize for this inconvenience.


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.

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.