WINTER 2012 - Concordia University

WINTER 2012 - Concordia University

Academic News

Christmas @ Concordia: Concert

The University Choir performed a Service of Lessons and Carols featuring guest artist Joseph Martin and directed by Assistant Professor Joshua Chai.

The University Choir performed two concerts this holiday

season: Christmas with the Choirs at Hope Presbyterian

Church in Austin featuring The University Choir and The

Concordia Singers along with a Festival Orchestra performing

J.S. Bach’s Magnificat in D, BWV 243, and A Service of Lessons

and Carols in the campus Chapel Auditorium featuring The

University Choir and guest artist Joseph Martin. Assistant

Professor Joshua Chai directed both productions.

Practical experience enhances

learning for special education majors

Education majors, both traditional

undergraduate students and adults in the

master of education and superintendent

certification programs, comprise a large

percentage of Concordia’s enrollment.

And one thing that Concordia seems

to do very well is give these future

educators many opportunities to learn

from practical experience.

“God is on our campus. It’s

evident in all that happens


-Joel Schildwachter

For special education students,

opportunities abound. Concordia

partners with Leander Independent

School District (LISD) to host the SELF

30 program aimed at providing special

needs students ages 18-22 from LISD with

a chance to attend school in a college

setting and hone skills they need to be

successful in life.

“SELF 30 students are a part of CTX,”

said Sharon Whightsil, a Concordia

student and education major. “SELF kids

learn what it’s like to be in college but

also learn independence.”

Education majors are required to do

five hours of field work with the SELF30

program, but many volunteer for much

more. In fact, that experience is what

prompted Whightsil to pursue a career in

special education.

“These kids are not sheltered from

reality,” said Whightsil, on having the

SELF 30 program on Concordia’s campus.

“They attend classes, chapel, and interact

with students daily. Aline (the SELF 30

director) was the catalyst for me joining

the special education program.”

Special education majors also benefit

from travel courses. In May, a group of

five students traveled to California and

Nevada with Professor Cari Chittick to

observe special education programs in

Lutheran schools. It was an especially

interesting experience for students

pursing a Lutheran Teaching Diploma

to become a rostered teacher in the

Lutheran school system.

“It’s our goal to be able to start something

like that here,” said Joel Schildwachter, a

student studying special education.

Chittick says these opportunities happen

from networking and getting involved

in the community. And they have been

blessed with many opportunities to

use classroom education in practical


“You never know how God is going to

call and use you,” said Kendall Ainsley, a

student in Chittick’s class.

To learn more about these programs, visit

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