2021 Spring Commencement– April 30 and May 1

CSP is preparing for three or more in-person commencement ceremonies that will take place on April 30, 2021, and May 1, 2021.

During the week of March 29, student RSVPs will help the commencement team determine ceremony breakdowns and times, which will also be live-streamed. Students will also be able to invite up to two guests. In order to adhere to venue capacity guidelines and to optimize space for graduates and their guests, faculty will not process and the ticketed ceremonies will not be open to the CSP community. Staff and faculty are, however, encouraged to volunteer and remain on-site during the ceremonies to celebrate our graduates’ accomplishments.

More information on volunteer opportunities will follow next week. Please direct students to the Commencement Website for additional information.

Annual Increase in Phishing in Spring

For the last six years, Concordia St. Paul has been tracking the number of phishing emails the university receives. Annually the university has seen an increase in phishing emails from March 1 through April 15. Here are a few tips on handling phishing emails.

  1. Check the email address from which the email is coming. There will be times you might receive what looks like an email from a CSP colleague, yet the “from” address is not a csp.edu email address.
  2. Stay clear of unsolicited attachments. If the email contains an attachment that you didn’t request, think twice before opening that attachment.
  3. Never reply to an email asking for PII (personally identifiable information) or asking you to provide money/gift cards.
  4. Check the signature line. If the email is from a CSP employee, you should notice the approved CSP signature line.
  5. If you see anything suspicious, let the IT department know so they can investigate the e-mail and the number of people who might have received the e-mail.
Following these simple reminders will help reduce the risk to CSP and to you. You are an important part of the university’s cybersecurity efforts.

Updates to CSP’s Student Information Management Process

We’re excited to announce that CSP is introducing an easier way to manage and share your student information. The CSP Community and Family Portal is a platform that specializes in communicating relevant information regarding campus news and approved student information to your designated support person. Once signed up, your family member or support person can request information, keep up with your academic progress, financial aid, and even make a payment – all from The CSP Community and Family Portal.

If your parent or supporter submits a request, be on the lookout for an email requesting access. You can always determine the level of access given.

To learn more please visit the Student Resources on CSP Connect.

Next Week: Hamline Women’s History Month Series Events

Women’s History Month Series

Julia B to Kamala D: From Woman Suffrage to Equal Rights

Hamline University and Mitchell Hamline School of Law present “Julia B to Kamala D: From Woman Suffrage to Equal Rights” an online, free series of five events that are open to the public. Registration link for all the events:http://bit.ly/ERAandSuffrage.

Screening and discussion of the documentary Citizen

Monday, March 22, 2021 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Watch a film that chronicles Minnesotans’ role in achieving the 19th Amendment and also suggests that the 70+ years of activism was itself an important badge of change and true democracy. The screening followed by discussion and Q&A with producer Daniel Bergin and production assistant Anne Guttridge. Co-sponsored with Twin Cities Public Television.

Woman Suffrage and Women’s Rights: Minnesota’s History

Tuesday, March 23, 5:00-7:00 p.m.

This author roundtable features contributors to the groundbreaking Fall 2020 issue of Minnesota History focused on new histories of woman suffrage and women’s rights. Audience members are encouraged to read the Fall 2020 issue of Minnesota History prior to the program (it is available online or for purchase) and to view the Votes for Women online exhibit at the Minnesota Historical Society. Co-sponsored with the Minnesota Historical Society.

Speakers include:

Annette Atkins, professor emerita of history, Saint John’s University/College of Saint Benedict.

Kristin Mapel Bloomberg, professor of women’s and gender studies, legal studies faculty affiliate, and Hamline University Endowed Chair in the Humanities.

Jacqueline deVries, professor of history, Augsburg University.

Elizabeth Dillenburg, assistant professor of history, Ohio State University at Newark.

Hannah Dyson, Augsburg University, class of 2020.

Sara Egge, Claude D. Pottinger Associate Professor of History, Centre College, Kentucky.

William D. Green, professor of history and M. Anita Gay Hawthorne Professor of Critical Race and Ethnic Studies, Augsburg University.

Frederick L. Johnson, independent scholar; Minnesota regional history author.

Lori Ann Lahlum, professor of history, Minnesota State University Mankato.

Kate Roberts, Senior Exhibit Developer, Minnesota Historical Society.

Laura Weber, Editor, Minnesota History, Minnesota Historical Society.

J.D. Zahniser, independent scholar; co-author, Alice Paul: Claiming Power (Oxford, 2014/2019).

The Next Step for the ERA: SCOTUS, Congress, or Starting Over?

Wednesday, March 24, 4:30-5:30 p.m. 

This presentation features Danaya Wright, the Clarence J. TeSelle Endowed Professor at the University of Florida, Levin College of Law; and Joanna Woolman, Associate Professor of Law and the Director of the Institute for Children, Families, and Communities at Mitchell Hamline School of Law.  They will explore the legal issues and political landscape for what could be our Twenty-Eighth Amendment.

Voting Rights Act:  Past, Present, Future 

Thursday, March 25, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 

Mitchell Hamline Law Professor Raleigh Levine’s presentation will examine the Voting Rights Act, describe its history, and consider where it stands today and what might be next. President of the Mitchell Hamline Black Law Student Association (BLSA) Aretha Haynes will moderate a discussion following Professor Levine’s talk. Co-sponsored with MHSL Black Law Student Association.

State Equal Rights Amendments: How the Language of the Law Affects Women’s Rights

Friday, March 26, 12:45-1:45 p.m. 

Hamline University alumna Madeline Thieschafer ‘20 and Hamline University Distinguished Professor David Schultz discuss Equal Rights Amendment initiatives in states across the U.S.  Learn about the outcomes of cases brought under these amendments and whether the United States courtrooms are on the side of progress. By the end of this presentation with Madeline Thieschafer ’20 and Professor David Schultz, audience members will be equipped with knowledge that will allow them to advocate for women’s rights more effectively, understand which methods of advocacy have proven to be a lost cause, and speak knowledgeably about the role that courtrooms play in advancing gender equality.

A Poem to Celebrate Women’s History Month


Made on purpose, for a purpose
Like poetry
Knit together like each word of each line
Chosen for each rhyme
Chosen to be Just. Right.
Is who you are.

God doesn’t make trash,
Didn’t you know?
He made you good and whole
And the world and sin crumpled your soul
And told you you’re so far from beautiful
You may live with a gash,
But God doesn’t make trash.

You were made like poetry,
Breathed into life by the Spirit.
Given a rhythm and a reason,
This life for a season.
And it’s yours to dream
With the Maker, what all could be.
What’s your hidden meaning?

What’s your shape on the page?
The sound you make?
Long and funny, short and deep,
One that is more sad or more sweet?
What is plucked from the stacks and tucked just right into you?
Your dimples, your style,
The way your eyes just can’t lie.
The chuckle under your breathe,
Or the way you just can’t stop talking about how good the weather is no matter what it is.

Dear poiema,
What is your theme?
What do you wish to tell the world?
To tell me?
No matter the message,
you’ve added to beauty.
So I’ll try not to rush by you,
But take your goodness in slowly.
Because that’s what poetry is for:
Deep delight.
I’m so glad you were written.
And wow, can God write.

(based off Ephesians 2:10)
Shelly Schwalm, 2021