Summer 2012 - "Education Perspectives" - Concordia University

Summer 2012 - "Education Perspectives" - Concordia University



P O R T L A N D, O R E G O N • S U M M E R 2 0 1 2



What would it take to change the lives of poor

children in a way that is replicable nationwide?

We must do whatever it takes.

Geoffrey Canada

President and Chief Executive Officer

of The Harlem Children’s Zone


Moment In

the next few years the need for change,

innovation, and renovation in public and private

education will take center stage in the public eye.

You may have heard of “Teach for America” and its

founder Wendy Kopp. Students from all disciplines,

including two recent Concordia graduates, are

selected through a highly competitive process to

participate in its teacher training program, followed

by a two-year commitment to teach in one of the

nation’s “at-risk” schools. Teach for America’s boot

camp now attracts far more applicants than can

be accepted: in 2010, 50,000 applied for only 4,500


Kopp has touched on an important nerve in

America, one very near and dear to my heart and to

the heart of every faculty, staff, and board member

at Concordia University. Concordia selects students

based on their potential to become servant leaders. As

a Christian institution it is our faith which motivates

us to produce graduates who choose to serve all

cultures, all people, and who will bring hope through

their transforming leadership.

Concordia students and graduates have

invested in their own higher education with the

hope of becoming professional educators and

transformational leaders. I’m thrilled that over 1,000

Concordia undergraduate and graduate students

each year choose Concordia to help them become the

very best teachers possible. And I’m equally thrilled

that our community and church partners believe and

support this important calling.

Concordia and its graduates are well positioned to

play a central role in leading the charge to continue

innovating and improving public and private

education. Stay tuned! �

» Dr. Charles E. Schlimpert, President

From the Editor:

The spark for this issue’s focus on “education

perspectives” is twofold: the local and national attention

on education issues, and Concordia’s role in preparing our

nation’s teachers. Our University’s commitment to serving

as a convener and leader on education issues took center

stage this past year with the inaugural Governor Victor

Atiyeh Leadership in Education Awards, Mayoral and City

Council debates hosted on campus, and more.

Our gratitude goes out to our many community

partners on these recent education events and to the

contributing writers featured in this issue, including our

own faculty, community leaders, and nonprofit leaders.

Their advocacy on education issues is awe-inspiring,

and we hope that every reader finds their own calling as

it relates to educational excellence – whether it is as

a teacher, reading coach, classroom volunteer, mentor,

administrator, public school advocate, or as a voter.

We welcome your thoughts and comments on this

issue of the Concordia Connection at

edu/vale. Please join in the discussion and take action

in your own respective communities to pursue education

excellence and innovation.

» Madeline Turnock, aPr

advisor to the President

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editorial Board:

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Campus Life. Concordia School

of Law opens in Boise; Concordia helps

middle school students prepare for

academic success in high school;

Dr. Ceiridwen Terrill publishes novel,

receiving national acclaim; Hilken

Community Stadium opens; and more.


Education Perspectives.

Contributing writers provide insights for

strengthening a nation and unlocking the

doors of opportunity through education.

Current Issues. The Harlem Children’s

Zone and Geoffrey Canada provide a model for

education innovation.



Alumni Notes.

Read the latest about life after Concordia straight

from alumni themselves; Learn about Erin McKee’s

experience as a Teach for America teacher in the

nation's capitol.

28 Navy & White. Behind the scenes on

Concordia’s Track & Field national championship;

Sports highlights; Student-athletes nominated for

prestigious Rhodes Scholarship; New student-athlete

leadership team takes shape.

37 Nailed to the Door. Dr. Joe Mannion,

Dean of the College of Education, urges everyone

to take their role in advocating for educational

excellence for all.

Summer 2012


Campus Life

Ribbon Cutting Officially Opens Concordia

Law Building in Boise

Concordia University School

of Law celebrated the completion

of its downtown Boise building

construction on Oct. 27, 2011 with

a ribbon cutting ceremony. The

ceremony was attended by Boise

Mayor David Bieter, University

officials, regional church leaders, and

more than 200 guests.

Boise philanthropist, business

leader, and University supporter

George R. White and his wife, Geri,

were recognized at the ceremony and

honored for their most recent $1

MAY 28 »

Concordia Women’s Track & Field won the 2011 NAIA National

Championship, with a total of 13 All-American performances.

Kayla Xavier gained the Cavs 20 of their 86 points, earning

her Cascade Collegiate Conference Athlete of the Year.

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million gift with the naming of the

George R. White Law Library.

“Our gratitude overflows for

the tremendous community

support Concordia Law received

in developing this unique, urban,

academic environment that will

prepare future legal, business, and

civic leaders with a passion for giving

back to their communities,” said

Concordia Law Dean Cathy Silak.

More than 45 companies, most

from the Boise and Treasure Valley

area, provided a wide range of

interior and exterior labor and

materials for the $10.2 million

renovation project, with Union

Corner Construction and Group

Mackenzie leading the charge.

Idaho Governor C.L. “Butch”

Otter commented, “Concordia

University School of Law is a great

new asset to the community. I hope it

will help meet the growing demand

and inspire the next generation of

leaders in the legal field and beyond

for years to come.”


FORE the Students Golf Tournament, the largest fundraiser for

the Concordia Athletic department, was sold out with just over

140 participants. The event helps raise money to attract and

retain Champions of Character student-athletes.

“Our gratitude overflows for the tremendous

community support Concordia Law received

in developing this unique, urban, academic

environment that will prepare future legal,

business, and civic leaders with a passion for

giving back to their communities.”

For coverage of the Concordia University School of

Law ribbon cutting ceremony, as well as a video of

George R. White, visit:

Concordia University closed

on its purchase of the 501 Front

Street building and property in

May 2010. Construction began in

June 2010 on the 17,000-squarefoot

LEED certified building and a

33,000-square-foot expansion.

Concordia University School

of Law is actively recruiting for its

inaugural class of students who will

begin in fall 2012.

JUNE 18 »

The 2nd Annual Black Parent Initiative

fundraising event, “Breaking the

Cycle, Releasing the Dream” raised

money for programs that help parents

encourage growth and success for their children.



Partners with

Local K-12


Concordia’s College of Education

faculty and students are working

with local K-12 schools to ensure

that young people’s academic

progress does not take a step back

during the summertime.

Research shows that the summer

between eighth and ninth grade

is among the highest risk time for

student academic success to slip,

making it a critical transition period

from middle to high school.

Campus Life

Recognizing and responding

to this critical community need,

Keylah Boyer Frazier ’97, Concordia

associate professor and director of

undergraduate studies, sprung into

action. For the past three years,

she coordinated the development

of summer programming

and curriculum that are now

being replicated, spearheading

partnerships with K-12 schools,

including De La Salle North Catholic

High School and Faubion School.

“These partnerships further

cradle to career goals, supporting

student success,” said Boyer Frazier,

“Partnerships, like the one with

Faubion, are opportunities to

create replicable models for student

academic achievement and also

best prepare Concordia’s next

generation of teachers graduating

with important hands-on, classroom


Success over the past two

summers with De La Salle’s Ninth

Grade Counts program sparked this

summer’s program with Faubion

School, helping its students prepare

for middle and high school.

What’s next? Stay tuned as

Concordia and Faubion continue

to expand their partnerships with

the help of a new grant from United

Way of the Columbia Willamette,

and a proposed Portland Public

Schools capital construction bond

measure slated for the November

2012 ballot.

Read The Oregonian’s story about Concordia’s involvement in

De La Salle’s summer program at


Partnering with Portland Summerfest, Concordia hosted Opera in

the Park on the campus green. The performance of “Carmen” by

Georges Bizet was presented in concert format with full orchestra

and lively narration.

Summer 2012


Campus Life

Concordia University Portland

Enrollment Grows

by Paula Ross

Concordia University Portland led

the pack in 2011 enrollment growth

among the Synod’s 10 colleges and

universities. Enrollment across the

Concordia University System (CUS)

continues to climb, hitting an all-time

high this year of 28,421 – an increase

of 967 graduate and undergraduate

students, or 3.5 percent.

This marks the 19th consecutive

year that CUS enrollment has grown,

according to its staff. Concordia

Portland gained 395 students, or 19

percent, for a total student body of


SEpTEMbEr 6 − 9 »

Annual Shakespeare Authorship Studies Conference included a guest

appearance by Hollywood Filmmaker Roland Emmerich and a debut

screening of Emmerich’s new film, Anonymous.

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The recent online Master of

Education degree program accounts

for the majority of the growth.

Although the program has been

offered on campus in Portland, at

satellite locations statewide, and also

online for a decade, the school only

recently began promoting it more

globally online.

School districts “ask for our

teachers, so they’re in high demand,”

Provost Mark Wahlers said, so the

thought is that we can “share this

really strong program of


with a broader market, and we

decided to take it global so that’s

exactly what we’re doing.”

Today the online M.Ed. program

has more than 900 students in the

U.S., Africa, Asia, Europe, South

America, and across the globe, says

Wahlers. The number of students

in the program doubled from 2010

to 2011, and he expects it to double

again in 2012.

Students work in small cohorts,

and can complete the program in a

year. One important characteristic,

notes Wahlers, is that the online

M.Ed. program includes a strong

faith component, just as all

Concordia programs do.

“We tell everybody that every

teacher who graduates from

Concordia is a Lutheran teacher,

whether they go on to teach in

Lutheran schools or not,” he said.

Both graduate and undergraduate

students study religion and are

expected to do community service.

“Most of our students can recite

our mission statement, at least the

primary components of it: that

Concordia is a Christian university

preparing leaders to transform


“We include faith and mission

in every class, it’s in every syllabus,”

Wahlers said. “It’s something that

we’re trying to truly live out in the


Reprinted courtesy of the LCMS

Reporter Online: �


Concordia hosted the

12th Annual Fall Mission

Conference presented by

Concordia’s Rev. Dr. Paul




Dr. Terrill



“Part Wild,” a novel by Concordia

professor Dr. Ceiridwen Terrill, was

released last October. Since then,

she has enjoyed recognition by The

New York Times and National Public

Radio, and has conducted more

than 30 interviews and speaking

engagements nationwide.

Terrill is professor of environmental

journalism and science writing. The

novel reflects on a woman’s journey

with an animal caught between the

worlds of wolves and dogs.

“I was driven to find the truths

behind my life with Inyo...I set out

to confront the reality of living with

a measure of wildness. The result is

‘Part Wild,’ a blend of memoir and

science journalism,” said Terrill.

Terrill tells of her experiences with

a creature whose heart is divided

between its bond to a woman and

its need to roam free. When Terrill


Residents of the Concordia Neighborhood and

NE Portland communities attended the

community forum to discuss, tour, and

give input for the Athletic complex.

adopts a wolfdog–part husky, part

gray wolf–named Inyo to be her

protector and fellow traveler, she is

drawn to Inyo’s spark of wildness;

compelled by the great responsibility

that accompanies the allure of

the wild; and transformed by the

extraordinary love she shares with

Inyo, who teaches Terrill how to carve

out a place for herself in the world.

The book’s release coincides with

the ongoing controversy between

Oregon wolf supporters and Oregon

Cattlemen’s Association about the

Imnaha Wolf Pack.

“Part Wild” is published by

Scribner and sold by Simon & Schuster,

$25, available at Powell’s Books,, and Barnes & Noble.

ISBN#9781451634815. �

“I set out to confront

the reality of living

with a measure of

wildness. The result

is ‘Part Wild,’ a

blend of memoir and

science journalism.”

Campus Life


from Concordia’s new Executive Director

of the Art & Carol Wahlers

Center for Applied Lutheran Leadership

New to the great Pacific Northwest and new

to my service as the Executive Director of the

recently formed Center for Applied Lutheran

Leadership (CALL), my learning curve is

steep. But the challenge of developing

this Center to prepare future leaders for

God’s mission – seeking and saving lost

people – is exciting. My wife, Joy, and I have

travelled the globe, served for 10+ years

as missionaries and Regional Directors for

the Lutheran Church’s mission efforts in

Africa, and continue to have a passion for

developing a missional DNA in the hearts

and lives of people and organizations,

Concordia University included. Hopefully

our paths will cross as we work together

to make Christ known. We would enjoy

sharing our mission vision with you in your

congregation. JOIN ME!

In His missionary service together,

Rev. Dr. Paul Mueller

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The inaugural games for the new athletic

complex took place as both the men’s and

women’s soccer team battled it out for the

conference championship. Over 1,000 fans attended

to watch both teams take the title.

Summer 2012


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More than 1,000 neighbors, friends, alumni, and

community leaders turned out for the Saturday,

Mar. 3, 2012 grand opening ceremonies for Concordia

University’s new Hilken Community Stadium.

“Thank you for making this dream of a community

stadium come true,” said Concordia University President

Charles Schlimpert during the opening ceremony.

The event marked the opening of a new shared

community space to play in Northeast Portland. At

least fifty percent of field time is dedicated for use by

community groups.

ESPN’s Neil Everett emceed the ceremony that

opened the $7.5 million complex. The program included

appearances by project supporters, including Portland

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City Commissioner Nick Fish; NIKE’s Tim Hershey and

Kathy Webb; Portland Timbers COO Mike Golub; as well

as Concordia student-athletes, alumni, and community

partners. Chad Doing of radio station 750AM The Game

broadcast live from the stadium.

The first 100 guests received a commemorative soccer

scarf, and the day’s free, public activities for fans included

a baseball doubleheader, a photo booth, complimentary

concessions, bouncy house, and more. Adding to the

festive atmosphere were music performances by the

Concordia Concert Choir; Concordia Brass Ensemble; the

De La Salle North Catholic High School Choir singing

the National Anthem; drumming by Concordia alumnus

Thomas Brown; and a traditional seventh inning stretch

“Take Me Out to the Ball Game” on a calliope.

MARCH 3, 2012

The honorary first pitch was thrown by former Concordia baseball coach and

professor emeritus of history, Dr. Dwaine Brandt, along with University friend and

benefactor, Dr. Robert Hilken. Dr. Robert and Mrs. Virginia Hilken contributed $1.5

million in support of the new stadium.

The Concordia baseball team split the doubleheader against Patten University,

dropping the first game 4-3 before winning the night cap 10-4. The following day,

Concordia wrapped up a series win against Patten with a 1-0 victory.

The Hilken Community Stadium, for baseball and soccer, spans four city

blocks and provides a well-lit, year-round NIKE Grind turf made with infill from

approximately six million recycled shoes. The stadium provides facilities for

student-athletes, alumni, local clubs, and youth camps. It is also the new home

field for Northeast United Soccer Club and Central Catholic baseball. Both

baseball and soccer fields have press boxes and stadium seating for more than

1,800 spectators. �

To see videos and photo galleries, read news, or to learn

more, please visit

Campus Life

Summer 2012



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Education unlocks the door to opportunity and much more. Now, with

greater urgency than ever before, our city, state, and country must unlock

that door and unleash our potential. Education is not simply an answer to

the challenges facing our rapidly changing nation – it’s the cornerstone of

our country’s economic strength and civic vitality. Education is America’s

issue and opportunity, and we invite you to join the discussion!


Summer 2012


Feature Story

Concordia University has prepared teachers since

its inception in 1905. Today, the University’s fine College of Education

prepares many of the Northwest’s best teachers; and while it’s among the

largest teacher preparation programs in the state, it is truly distinguished

by the relationships between faculty, students, and the community. You’ll

hear more about that in the articles that follow.

Leaders from across the community, including members of the

Concordia University leadership team, have engaged the nation’s education

“issue and opportunity” with gusto, focusing on closing the achievement

gap, promoting high school graduation, and advancing the power and

importance of early learning. From the work of the Portland Area Leader’s

Roundtable to the new Cradle to Career Partnership initiative led by

All Hands Raised (formerly Portland Schools Foundation), along with

the Children’s Institute’s “action/advocacy” for early learning, and the

innovative Dreamer School program of the “I Have a Dream” Foundation,

Concordia University is both at the table and in the community.

Today, Concordia University has many mature partnerships with a host

of schools. From our Service Corps programs serving a myriad of schools

throughout the Portland area, to our extensive multifaceted programs at

Faubion School immediately adjacent to our Portland campus, Concordia

is listening, learning, and changing young lives. Short and long-term

strategic planning, ongoing program collaboration, and shared facilities

between Concordia and Faubion are under development. Indeed, the

Faubion partnership is the perfect crucible for creating a national model

of collaboration – one where both organizations can learn so much

from each other while helping many students, from both Faubion and

Concordia, succeed in school and in life.

The inaugural Governor Victor Atiyeh Leadership in Education Awards

held on Feb. 9, 2012 was a call to action spotlighting how Concordia’s

commitment to education resonates throughout our community.

And it was only the beginning: Concordia’s role as a catalyst for action

continued on March 22 when the University and Northeast Coalition of

Neighborhoods hosted a forum, focused on education issues, with the

Portland Mayoral and City Council candidates, in the George R. White

Library & Learning Center on Concordia's campus.

In this issue you will hear many voices discussing education – some are

Concordia’s community partners and others are Concordia faculty and

administrators. Whether you join us online or in person at an upcoming

event, we urge you: “please stay involved; education will drive America’s


– Gary Withers, JD is Concordia University’s Executive Vice President

for External Affairs.



classrooms and

childcare facilities

exist in silos,


from the larger

education system.

� Swati Adarkar

Early Education is Key to Success

by: Swati Adarkar

Children begin learning from the moment

they are born. As a consequence – and as research

has shown us over and over – the achievement

gap for disadvantaged children in the United

States starts early and is hard to reverse. A

recent study by the Annie E. Casey Foundation,

for example, showed that children who both

live in poverty and read below grade level

by 3rd grade are three times as likely not to

graduate from high school than students who

don’t have the same risk factors.

In short, in order to truly reform public education we

need to reach children long before they start kindergarten.

But how do we create a system that does that?

Currently, preschool classrooms and childcare facilities

exist in silos, disconnected from the larger education

system. As a result, childcare providers, caregivers,

parents, and teachers are subject to a mishmash of

regulations and funding streams, often without training

or competitive pay. Here in Oregon, for example, only 29

percent of Head Start preschool teachers hold a bachelor’s

degree, and nationally that number is 38 percent. On

the whole, they are paid almost 40 percent less than

kindergarten teachers.

We need to build a system that allows for consistency and

continuity across the education spectrum. With that goal

in mind, we at the Children’s Institute have recently started

work on a demonstration project. Entitled “Early Works,”

the initiative is set in a high-need school in Southeast

Portland and seeks to align and integrate a comprehensive

early childhood education with the larger K-5 system.

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Next year, as one part of this project, we’re hoping to

see a preschool classroom open its door right alongside

a kindergarten and first grade class. The room will be

led by a teacher with specialized early education training

and drawn from the same staffing pool that supplies the

school’s other teachers. It will be funded with a variety of

blended and braided funding streams, and planned with

an eye towards sustainability. It is our hope to learn from

the trials and challenges we endure, and to make that

information available to policymakers and educators.

The path to success in this project is not always clear,

but the moment feels right to execute. Policymakers and

business leaders across the country are more eager than

ever before to see real reform in early education. It is our

hope that the lessons learned from our project and others

like it will give us the knowledge that we need to create

real, permanent improvement in early education – and for

early educators.

– Swati Adarkar is president & CEO of the Children’s

Institute, dedicated to improving the odds for Oregon’s

at-risk children by promoting investments in early childhood


Summer 2012


Feature Story

Crisis Calls for Better Teacher Preparation,

Technology in the Classroom by: Shawn Daley

Two years ago, I wrote an article lamenting how the

school district I was working for at the time had lopped a

week off their school calendar, bringing the total number

of school days down to the minimum requirement. This

unnerved me because in the course of our Oregon K-12

continuum we are offering students almost a year less of

schooling than their peers in my home state of New York,

and almost two full years less (in high school alone) than

foreign competitors in nations like South Korea.

Not much has improved since then. My former

colleagues are on the verge of striking because their

class sizes have mushroomed to over 40 students per

classroom, and the support they need to teach – from

educational assistants to textbooks and technology –

have been significantly reduced. From a teaching

standpoint, the system is no longer viable. We are

watching our children become less competitive in

the global marketplace, which should be a critical

concern as the recession lingers and traditional areas

of employment vanish.

Concordia University works to alleviate

these crises, in part, through its preparation

of high quality teachers. And, by leveraging

technology, using best practice evaluation

protocols and engaging students in the

ongoing policy conversations, we can

equip educators with the tools they need

to push our kids, so that they make up

some of the ground lost.

To that end, the College of Education

is training its students on how to

incorporate Apple iPads into their

everyday instruction.

We are also serving as one of four statewide pilot

sites for the new Stanford University national teacher

evaluation process, which promises to provide our

students with the most rigorous possible assessment

before they head into the job market.

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Concordia’s College of Education is also engaging

the greater educational community more frequently,

offering consistent opportunities for ongoing dialogue

on school reform, as evidenced by our conversation with

Representative Ben Cannon, Oregon Governor John

Kitzhaber’s Education Policy Advisor in November; the

new Governor Victor Atiyeh Leadership in Education

Awards in February; the Mayoral Debate on education

in March; and more

coming up.

This is a critical time

for the health of our

schools and, as an

institution of higher

education preparing educators, we recognize the pivotal

role we can and should play in revitalizing our schools

through high quality teachers.

– Shawn Daley is assistant professor of education in Concordia

University’s College of Education and has a passion for

education history, school reform, civic engagement and

technology integration.

In the course of our Oregon K-12 continuum we are

offering students almost a year less of schooling than

their peers in...New York, and almost two full years

less (in high school alone) than foreign competitors in

nations like South Korea.

Development of Coordinated Education

Board a First Step in the Right Direction

by: Todd Jones

Never has education been more important to the

lives and fortunes of Oregonians and our communities.

Yet we are moving in the wrong direction. Our current

generation of young adults – ages 25-34 – is less educated

than their parents’ generation, with fewer earning a

certificate or degree beyond high school. And almost a

third of our students are failing to graduate after even five

years in high school.

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These are troubling trends, made all the more

challenging by increasing rates of poverty among

households with children and persistent achievement gaps

for children of color. But there are encouraging signs of

progress throughout the state of Oregon. At every level

of education, leaders and teachers are pioneering new

practices, enabling students to achieve their potential as

lifelong learners and contributors to our economic and

civic life. Our challenge is to broaden these “centers of

excellence” to create a culture of excellence across the

education system.

Governor Kitzhaber and the 2011 Legislature addressed

this challenge head on, marshalling strong bipartisan

majorities to enact Senate Bill 253, which established the

most aggressive high school and college completion goals

of any state in the country, and Senate Bill 909, which calls

for the development of a coordinated, student-centered

system of public education from preschool through

graduate school to achieve the state’s education outcomes.

Senate Bill 909 creates the Oregon Education

Investment Board to direct this coordinated system. The

Board’s work will center on three strategies:

� alignment – The Board will coordinate education

services across the education continuum, with a focus

on better integration of capacities and smarter use of

resources to guide and support successful teaching

from pre-kindergarten to graduate school. A new

Early Learning Council will guide this effort for early

childhood programs.

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Feature Story

� investment – The

Board will define core

outcomes for our

education system, and

give educators the

flexibility and support

needed to deliver results.

A new longitudinal data

system will spotlight

program performance,

and over time the State’s funding system will evolve

from one based on student head-counts to one based

on outcome achievement.

� Support – The State will embrace a support role,

sharing best practices and connecting educators and

educational entities in intentional collaboration.

– Todd Jones, Policy Coordinator (and former West Linn

Civics Teacher) for the Oregon Education Investment Board.

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CLASS Looks to Educators to Design

Systems to Improve Education by: Sue Hildick

We all want our children to have every opportunity to

succeed in life and a strong education is essential to that

success. Right now, we know that every child is not getting

an equal opportunity to succeed and we know that we can

do better. We must act.

The Chalkboard Project is striving to meet this

challenge by empowering educators to examine teaching

and learning at the classroom level and providing the

resources and tools to implement change. Our project is

called Creative Leadership Achieves Student Success, or

“CLASS.” It is based on the premise that at the local level,

educators know best how to design systems that better

support their professional practice.

Providing educators with time to collaborate, mentor,

receive relevant feedback on their teaching, individualized

professional development, as well as recognition for

leadership and achievement are priorities for every

CLASS district and should be priorities for every Oregon

school district. It is the educator that has the most

significant impact on student learning in the classroom.

Strengthening our education system has to mean

supporting our educators to do their best work.

Increasing the time that teachers have to collaborate

with each other is one way to support excellent teaching,

but increasing the collaboration between teachers and

administrators is just as important. Many districts have

adopted a professional learning community (PLC)

model. During PLC time, teachers meet together, often

in grade-level groups or subject-specific groups, to

discuss their practices and

evaluate student work. Without

collaboration between teachers

and administrators in designing

and implementing a PLC

model however, the model can

often feel top-down, forced,

or irrelevant to a teacher’s

classroom. The same is true

with other “reforms” that come

from administrators with

no teacher buy-in. But when

teachers are empowered to

be instructional leaders and

develop models that really meet

classroom needs real change

that benefits teachers and

students is possible.

Chalkboard is committed to

seeing Oregon have one of the

best education systems in the

country and we look forward

to collaborating with educators

and helping educators

collaborate with each other to

make that vision a reality.

– Sue Hildick is president of

the Chalkboard Project and

Foundations for a Better Oregon,

seeking to make Oregon’s schools

among the best in the nation.

Crossing the Finish Line – Aligning Our

Community to Support Kids from Cradle

to Career by: Dan Ryan

Feature Story

In Portland and Multnomah County nearly half of our

youth are failing to graduate from high school – a statistic

that becomes even more shocking when broken down by

race, ethnicity, and income. Furthermore, many of those

who do make it to graduation are ill prepared to face the

rigor of college or a career. This challenge is only one of

the many indicators showing us that far too many of the

youth in our community,

from birth through career,

are not achieving their full


As I ruminate on the

opportunities we are

addressing for our kids, I

reflect on how challenging

my own life would have been

had I not finished school, an

achievement made possible

thanks to the support of

individuals beyond my

parents. Countless mentors,

teachers, coaches, and

employers provided me with

the functional adult structure

I needed to achieve my

potential – a web of support

that all kids need and deserve.

We are lucky in this

community – we have schools,

teachers, administrators,

counselors, non-profits, social

services, and many others

all delivering academic and

social supports to the children

and youth most in need. Too

often, however, there is not

a bridge between all of these

supports to connect and

entwine them in a way

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Feature Story

that strengthens the sum of the parts and there is not an

agreed upon set of data that aligns and grounds the work.

That is what the Cradle to Career Partnership does – in

the simplest of terms it rallies the entire community

around data rooted in the belief that all kids deserve

academic rigor and support inside and outside of school

to become healthy, independent adults.

Regardless of demographics, the investment we

make in every child today ensures a brighter future for

our entire region. Through the local Cradle to Career

Partnership, our community is taking bold action to

break down silos and create a system that supports all

children and youth. Clearly, our current system is not

working for nearly half of our kids. Today our community

is uniting to be innovative, strategic, and driven by

knowledge and data to create a better way. We are working

to a build a new system that uses resources better and

has us working together in strategic alignment for every

student in Portland and Multnomah County.

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The early investment in the Cradle to Career

Partnership by six urban superintendents, elected officials,

businesses, nonprofits, education and community leaders,

including Concordia University’s President Schlimpert,

and countless others provides hope. They have raised

their hands to be committed for however long it takes to

complete the hard work ahead. This social change we are

engaged in will be difficult and yet, every child reminds

us that it is worth the effort. Will you raise your hand and

more importantly, will you keep it raised? �

– Dan Ryan has served as

CEO of All Hands Raised

since 2008. Founded in

1995, All Hands Raised

has a mission to champion

education, equity, and

excellence from cradle to

career. To learn more visit

Helping students from a

young age – and giving

them ways to be creative

– are key to their success,

said leading children’s

advocate Geoffrey Canada

at Concordia’s inaugural

Governor Victor Atiyeh

Leadership in Education


Canada, president and CEO of

The Harlem Children’s Zone in New York City, delivered

his keynote address to a crowd of more than 400

people gathered at the Leftbank Annex in Portland,

Ore. Prior to the awards dinner, he also spoke to a full

house of Portland Public School parents, educators,

and community service providers gathered at Faubion

School (K-8), adjacent to Concordia’s campus.

The Governor Victor Atiyeh Leadership in Education

event raised $400,000 to benefit Concordia student

scholarships and 10 students were selected as the first

Governor Victor Atiyeh Scholars. Presenting sponsor

Urban Development Partners, along with many other

sponsors and a steering committee of community

leaders, provided support for the inaugural event.

Former Oregon Governor Victor Atiyeh attended

the event and accepted the inaugural award for his

life-long passion for education. The award will be given

annually and is designed to honor one or more leaders

whose professional, philanthropic, business, and civic

leadership and advocacy has profoundly changed the

odds for children to succeed in school and in life.

Start Early, Stay the Course

Feature Story

Concordia Hosts

Inaugural Governor Victor Atiyeh

Leadership In Education Event

Canada’s afternoon presentation at Faubion School

was sponsored by Concordia with support from

Portland Public Schools, the Oregon Alliance of Black

School Educators, and Self Enhancement, Inc. (SEI).

Tony Hopson, SEI CEO introduced his friend, Canada,

who spoke frankly about the needs of children –

especially those from low-income families.

“Our kids need something different from middle

class kids,” Canada said. “That’s why we [The Harlem

Children’s Zone] start early and stay with kids through

their entire childhood. We need to level the playing field.”

In addition to his work at The Harlem Children’s

Zone, Canada, 60, is the author of two books: “Fist Stick

Knife Gun: A Personal History of Violence in America,”

and “Reaching Up for Manhood: Transforming the Lives

of Boys in America.”

Canada’s experiences – both as the child of a single

mother growing up in the South Bronx and from his

years working with children – have convinced him that

in order to succeed, students need “extras” like music,

art, and sports in addition to reading, writing, and


He noted a student who committed himself to

earning good grades because he would be kicked off

the basketball team if he fell behind.

“That’s OK with me,” Canada said. “You don’t know

what’s going to save some kids. So you do whatever

it takes.” �

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Central Harlem Program Combines

Leadership, Commitment to

rebuild a community

team of fifth-grade chess players

A takes second place in a national


Videos produced by a group of

high-school students get screened

at the Tribeca Film Festival and win

awards at several others.

A bunch of teenagers brainstorm

together after school on how to make

a pile of money in the stock market.

Scenes from a suburb somewhere?

Far from it.

These kids, and many others

like them, are doing their thing in

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Geoffrey Canada with Harlem Children's Zone students.

by: Sam Fulwood III, Bob Paynter, and Sandra Livingston

Reprinted courtesy of the Cleveland Plain Dealer Reporters

Harlem, the long-troubled New York

City neighborhood where Geoffrey

Canada is tackling decades of decline

and poverty with a no-nonsense,

businesslike assault.

Canada’s brainchild – the Harlem

Children’s Zone Project – is built on

some simple but stark realities:

Distressed communities didn’t fall

apart overnight and won’t be repaired

in a day. Saving the next generation

of poor, inner-city children requires

rebuilding the communities around

them. Household by household.

Block by block. Child by child. In

Harlem, Mount Pleasant, or Hough.

The Children’s Zone started in

the late 1990s with a few densely

populated blocks. It has spread in

several block increments under

Canada’s determined hand to

encompass much of Central Harlem.

Today, the Zone is a network of

tightly connected initiatives designed

to restore hope and healthy values to

the community so that every child in

Harlem has the chance to grow up in

a nurturing environment.

It includes a panoply of programs

– from parenting and health classes,

medical services, and preschool, in

school and after-school activities to

college-preparatory counseling. None

is unique in itself.

What sets them apart is the

unifying vision Canada has imposed

– creating a single, womb-throughcollege

cocoon for thousands of poor

kids – and a fierce determination to

achieve measurable outcomes.

Canada grew up poor and brings

to his work an unwavering belief that

kids anywhere can succeed.

But he also brings a CEO’s

devotion to hard data and results.

Clients in the Zone are “customers.”

Outreach is “marketing.”

In the Zone, good intentions aren’t

good enough; quick fixes are pipe


“If you’re not prepared to be doing

this for 15 years,” Canada said bluntly,

“then don’t do it.”

His vision – and the mounting

results – are starting to turn heads a

long way from Harlem.

With poverty re-emerging as

an issue in presidential politics

for the first time in a generation,

[then] Illinois Sen. Barack Obama

paid special tribute to the Zone in

summer, noting that it is “literally

saving a generation of children in a

neighborhood where they were never

supposed to have a chance.”…There

is no reason, in Canada’s view, that a

Zonestyle program couldn’t be done

…any place else in America.

As a nation, “we haven’t cared

enough about poor children to do

it,” Canada said in a recent interview

in his office overlooking the bustling

Harlem streetscape.

“I doubt Cleveland is very different

from New York,” he said.

“You could absolutely pull this off,

if you got a group of folk who were

serious enough.”

Finding a Way to Change the odds

Geoffrey Canada grew up on the

streets of the South Bronx. His father

abandoned the family when Geoffrey

was 4, leaving a determined single

mother to raise four boys alone – with

low-paying work when she could find

it, welfare when she couldn’t.

Canada landed a scholarship

to Bowdoin College in Maine and

earned a master’s degree from

the Harvard Graduate School of

Education. He joined the Rheedlen

Centers for Children and Families

in Harlem in 1983, then became its

president and CEO in 1990.

At the time, according to a report

in the New York Times, the community

was awash in “crack cocaine, cheap

guns, and rampant homelessness.”

Canada’s primary job as head of

the nonprofit charity was to spend $3

million a year to keep kids in school

and out of trouble. He created afterschool

and anti-violence programs, all

of which helped a small number of kids.

But the waiting list of kids kept

growing, all facing long odds indeed.

And Canada couldn’t stomach

that he was leaving so many to face

those odds alone. Fueled by that

frustration, he and a new Rheedlen

board of directors took a different

tack in 1996, setting out to try to

change the odds – to save every single

child in the neighborhood.

Starting small, Canada carved out

a 24-block zone of Central Harlem,

home to some of the highest poverty

rates and poorest test scores in the city

and to some of its most entrenched

drug dealers.

Since then, his Children’s Zone

expanded first to 60 blocks, then to

almost 100, now covering virtually the

entire area known as Central Harlem.

a Four-Pronged attack to Save a


Stripped to its fundamentals,

Canada said, the Zone is built on

four pillars.

One: Rebuild the community by

creating a critical mass of leaders.

The key, Canada said, is to identify

and support caring individuals who

already live in the neighborhood.

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On the worst blocks, he said, most

people see only danger and anarchy.

But even in those places, a handful

of residents have been there long

enough to remember how good things

were – and to know how good they

could become again.

You don’t even need a majority,

Canada said. “Mostly we found that

to change a block, you had to get

between 10 and 20 percent of the

people engaged.”

As those people came out, cleaned

up around their homes and watched

out for one another, everyone else

tended to follow along.

Hope is contagious, Canada said.

As it started sprouting on blocks in the

Zone, the drug dealers – who thrive

on chaos – started moving elsewhere.

“People don’t realize that 20 percent

is a lot,” he said.

Two: Start early and never let up.

Classes for new parents and

caregivers, preventive health care,

childhood immunizations, solid

preschool training, and programs that

urge teens to aim high all have been

shown to improve the lives of children.

But such programs are mostly

unavailable to poor children, Canada

said, until after they’ve already failed

in school or found security in a

street gang.

“We think that best practice has

to start at birth and has to continue

until those children graduate from

college. Our theory is you never let

the kids get behind in the first place.”

Three: Think big.

To succeed, the initiative has to

embrace enough kids so that positive

The Harlem Children’s Zone is literally saving a generation of children in

a neighborhood where they were never supposed to have a chance.

» Barack Obama, President of the United States of America

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We think that best practice has to start at birth and has to continue until those children

graduate from college. Our theory is you never let the kids get behind in the first place.

influences in the neighborhood

overwhelm the negative. Many kids,

facing peer pressure to mimic a thug,

a gang banger, or dope dealer, assume

that’s what’s expected of them,

Canada said.

“If all the kids are drinking 40s

[40-ounce beers] and you’ve got a 14year-old,

it’s just natural and normal

for that kid to drink 40s,” Canada

said. “And no matter what you say as

a parent, that kid is going to believe

that is normal.”

But if kids grow up in a

community “where all the 15-yearolds

are working, well, they just think,

‘I’m 15. Everybody’s working. I need

to work.’ And that’s what kids do.”

Four: Evaluate ruthlessly.

Measure everything. Hold everyone

accountable, no exceptions.

“You’ve got to be prepared that

when people give you the money that

you’re going to deliver and not deliver

excuses,” Canada said.

So, somebody has to be in charge,

he said. In the Zone, that somebody is

clearly Canada.

He runs it like a business, not a

charity. All programs operate from

a 10-year business plan, with goals,

targets, and timetables.

All 1,300 full – and part-time

employees are held accountable for

predetermined results – and suffer if

they fall short. “We fire probably 15

to 20 people a year,” Canada said. “In

the end, if you took a salary to deliver

an outcome and you didn’t deliver an

outcome, you can’t stay here in the


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» Geoffrey Canada President and Chief Executive Officer, Harlem Children's Zone

Programs Reach Scores of Kids,


This year, the Harlem Children’s

Zone’s budget will approach $60

million – most of it coming from

wealthy board members, private

foundations and other nongovernmental

contributors. But it started

much smaller – about $6 million a

year a decade ago – and has been able

to keep growing because of its

rigorous approach to goals and results.

In its aggressive approach to

“marketing,” Zone recruiters go doorto-door

and stop passers-by on the

streets, cajoling, and begging them to

take advantage of free offerings.

In some cases, reluctant parents

are offered sweeteners such as prizes,

raffle tickets, gift cards, and free

groceries – anything to get them to

participate and to enroll their children.

This year, the Zone has touched

more than 7,400 children and

nearly 4,300 adults through various

programs, exceeding its annual goal

by 40 percent.

In October, the Zone’s Baby College

– a nine-week training program for

expectant parents – had 170 young

mothers and fathers enrolled, more

than in any previous class. To date,

the program has trained more than

1,500 parents or caregivers.

After a series of the sessions over

the past two years, 91 percent of

graduates reported reading to their

youngest child at least five times

a week – up from a little over half

before the training.

Nearly all the graduates of another

series had either brought their

children’s immunizations up to date

or scheduled appointments to do so.

As a result of other programs, the

Zone reports that:

� The number of kids missing

school or visiting the emergency

room because of asthma has declined


� The number of preschoolers

described as delayed or very delayed

was cut in half during one program’s

first year in operation.

� Two fifth-grade chess teams –

one all girls, the other co-ed – each

won second place in national chess

competitions in 2005.

� Students in grades sixth

through eighth at the Zone’s Promise

Academy charter school easily

outperformed students from the

surrounding school district last year

in math. And the eighth-graders

outperformed their counterparts

in English.

� Teens in an arts and multimedia

technology program reported a much

lower incidence of “at risk” behaviors

than teenagers nationally. Of slightly

more than 100 students surveyed,

about 17 percent said they had used

alcohol in the previous 30 days,

compared with 43 percent nationally.

And 3.8 percent had used marijuana,

compared with 20 percent nationally.

Two months ago, in the fourthfloor

conference room of a Harlem

church, a group of teens – some

wearing do-rags, baggy jeans, and

tattoos – convened to plot strategy.

They may have looked like

street toughs, but they were really

neophyte investors, studying the

stock market, and figuring how

to maximize their investment of

$20,000 in donated money.

Last school year, the group – one

of several teams participating in the

Investment Camp, jointly sponsored

by the Zone and Lehman Brothers –

managed a 16 percent return on its

investment and split up the profits.

Members have vowed to do even

better this year.

the Zone Plan can Work anywhere

Like Harlem, Cleveland has a long

list of kids who desperately need help

– in Mount Pleasant and many other


And like the Harlem Canada

describes before the Children’s Zone,

the anti-poverty forces here are split

into dozens of well-meaning but

disjointed, and sometimes competing,


Activists in Mount Pleasant report

that despite many programs to help

poor kids, there often is little collabora-

tion or communication among

groups and sometimes open hostility

and jealousy over limited funds.

If uncoordinated groups grapple

among themselves over grant money,

“that’s going to set up, by design,

some competition,” said Canada

admirer, Valerie Hicks, whose Mount

Pleasant-based KidzHealth 2020

openly borrowed some program ideas

from the Harlem Children’s Zone.

The challenge in starting a similar

zone in Mount Pleasant or elsewhere

in Cleveland is the same as it was

in Harlem, Canada said: Finding

the right leadership, following the

four principles, and marshalling the


“This won’t work with a collaborative

of equal partners,” he said, “which

is what people want to do.”

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The most difficult part of building

a zone, Canada said, is finding a leader

whom the community and contributors

are going to hold accountable

and giving that individual the

authority to hold others accountable.

And it’s not like the requisite

characteristics are unique to him.

The necessary skills are learnable,

Canada said, taught every day in

management schools where people

learn how to run a business.

“The success of the program

really has to do with whether you can

hire quality people, train them, and

supervise them,” Canada said.

“We manage by outcomes, and we

manage by data. And everybody knows

what it is they’re supposed to do.”

“It’s hard,” Canada said. “But it’s

not so hard that it shouldn’t be done

any place in America.”

“All that’s truly needed is the will

to make it happen.” �

It’s hard... But it’s not so hard that it shouldn’t

be done any place in America. » Geoffrey Canada

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e u n i o n




September 29, 2012

Mark your calendars now!

You are invited back to campus for a special day created for

alumni and friends. Cheer on the men's soccer team in the new

Hilken Community Stadium, enjoy a family-friendly picnic on the

Green, and reconnect with your classmates, faculty and staff.


for more information and to register today.



1 2


SEpT. 29

9:00 am Registration – George R. White Library & Learning

Center (GRWLLC) Lobby

Registration, soccer tickets, general information and

merchandise will be located in the library. Registration will

remain open until 7:00 pm. Complimentary breakfast will be

served until 11:00 am.

10:00 am Worship Service – St. Michaels Lutheran Church

11:00 am State of the School Address – GRWLLC, Room 108

11:45 am Picnic – Campus Green

The beginning of a new tradition! Enjoy a festive respite of

food, friends and fun. Reunion revelers and their guests will

gather under the Big Tent located on the campus green for

lunch. Plenty of amusements and activities await the younger

set of Concordians, too!

2:00 pm Faculty Presentation – GRWLLC, Room 108

4:00 pm Men’s Soccer vs. Warner Pac – Hilken Community Stadium

6:00 pm Alumni Awards Reception – GRWLLC (Room TBD)

SEpT. 30

10:00 am Worship Service – St. Michaels Lutheran Church

1:00 pm Alumni Baseball Game – Hilken Community Stadium

5:00 pm Baseball Alumni Reception - Concordia Ale House


SEpT. 20 Education Reunion Dinner with Education Technology

Presentation with Jane McGonigal

NOV. 1 Nursing Reunion Dinner

NOV. 2 MBA Reunion Dinner

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Julie (Schwarz) Bedard was recently

named the Southern District (LCMS)

Early Childhood Teacher of the Year. She

is the EC Director and Pre-K Teacher at

St. John Lutheran School in New Orleans.

Julie and her husband, Kelly Bedard ’82

were both sectional presenters at the 2011

LEA Convocation in Cincinnati. Kelly is

the pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church

on historic Algiers Point in New Orleans

and is the spiritual advocate at Concordia

Lutheran School in Marrero, La. He also

does life-coaching at two bars on The Point.


Janice Klundt-Rodenbeck has been

teaching for 15 years. She is married and

has four children. Janice also has one

adopted Ethiopian child.


Donna Cole graduated from the

Honeywell Space Academy for Educators

in Huntsville, Ala. She was selected

from over 1,000 applicants from over

43 countries to attend. She continues to

teach 6-8 grade science at Edison School

in Burlington, Wash.

Carolyn Bergren and her husband have

been married for 22 years and have four


After teaching biology

and chemistry for eight

years, Natalie Ratz is

currently the Associate

Principal at Evergreen

School District in

Vancouver, Wash. She

has one daughter who

is currently in 7th grade.

Natalie and her husband

are coming up

on their 18th wedding



David Eaton is currently a happy grandfather

to his grandson. His daughter, Courtney

(Eaton) Hulvey ’09 graduated from

Concordia University and is married to

another alumnus, Kirk Hulvey ’09.


After receiving her Master’s degree

at Concordia University, Katherine

Moon taught as an adjunct professor at

Concordia preparing secondary students

to teach visual arts in the classroom. She

then taught in the Vancouver School

District for many years and is now

teaching dance and art to elementary

students. Katherine was married this last

November and has two teenage boys and

three stepchildren.


Holly Hylton is in her 14th year of

teaching at Atonement Lutheran Church

in Seattle, Wash. She has been married for

12 years and has two children, ages ten

and three. Holly received her Masters at

Leslie University in 2001.


Brenda Eads, her husband Lance, and

their six children traveled to Concordia

University in St. Paul, Minn. where

Brenda participated in commencement

exercises and received her MA in

Family Life Education at the end of July

2011. She will begin an MS in School

Counseling program with Concordia-

Wisconsin in September 2011. That will

make three Concordia degrees!

Jon Muhly and his wife, Julie, were

blessed with two little baby girls on

February 1, 2012. Hannah Julianne

Muhly was born at 12:43 pm weighing

5 lbs., 9 oz. and she was 19.5 inches long.

Shortly thereafter came Rebecca Joanne

Muhly who weighed 5 lbs., 14 oz. and was

20 inches long.

00’s 2002

Leigh Ann (Stohl) Durham and her

husband, Justin Durham ’03, welcomed

their second child into this world on

January 13, 2011. Marshall Winfield Charles

Durham was 10 days early and weighed 8

lbs., 4 oz. and was 21 inches long.

Justin Krueger and Celeste (Frazier)

Krueger ’03 MBA ’08 are happy to

announce the birth of their daughter

Violet Krueger. Violet was born on April

9, 2011 and weighed 7 lbs. 5 oz. and was

21 inches long.

Robin Rhodes is teaching at a

Hutterite colony just north of Harlem,

Mont. in a one room K-8 school. In

August, Robin finished her Masters of

Education in Curriculum and Instruction

with an emphasis in reading through

Concordia’s online program.


Heather Bennett completed her MA in

Marriage and Family Therapy at Lewis

& Clark College and now works

with children as part of a crisis

intervention team at Morrison

Child and Family Services.

Karlia (Lindeke) Rogers and

her husband, Zac Rogers,

welcomed their daughter,

Adara Rogers into the world

on April 17, 2011.

Chris Canter has taken a

new position as Assistant

Principal for Spalding Drive

Charter Elementary School

in Sandy Springs, Ga.


A year of exciting news from

Kathleen Mixer-Cantrell.

She and her husband, Rodger, celebrated

their 25th wedding anniversary; and their

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son, Sam Cantrell ’12 announced

his candidacy for the Republican

nomination for House District

41, State Representative. Kathleen

continues her work as Reading

Specialist at Alliance Charter

Academy in Oregon City, Ore.

Nancy Uusitalo is teaching at

Heritage High School in Vancouver,

Wash. She has also completed her

National Board Certification.

Elizabeth Bier has been teaching

kindergarten in Vancouver, Wash. at

Marrion Elementary School since 2002.

This year she reached National Board


Cody Lail and his wife, Anna Lail ’04,

are pleased to announce the birth of their

second child, Max Emerson, born on July

5, 2011. Reid Lail is a happy big brother to

baby Max.


Tim Brown and Sara

Eustice-Brown ’07

welcomed Brendan

Liam Brown on

November 20, 2011.

He was 8 lbs. 4 oz.

and 21 inches long.

Their first son, Dylan,

is very excited to be a

big brother!

Summer 2012



Alumni Notes

Erin McKee: Teaching the Kids Who Need Her Most

Erin McKee, ’09, vividly remembers

the emotions that ran through

her head on her first day teaching on

her own in Washington D.C. as part

of Teach for America. A few months

earlier she was wrapping up her

education degree, with an emphasis

in early childhood education, at

Concordia Portland, and now she

was over 3,000 miles away in a D.C.,

second grade classroom with 22

expectant faces staring up at her.

“It’s one of those things you really

can’t understand until you’re put in

front of a classroom and you realize

you’re in charge of all these little

bodies,” she recalled.

Fortunately for McKee, her

education prepared her with a wealth

of resources and experiences that

most first-time teachers could only

imagine. Between her three years of

participation in Concordia’s Teacher

Corps, her student teaching and

practicum, and other volunteer efforts,

McKee amassed hundreds of classroom

hours that would prove invaluable over

the duration of her two years in D.C. at

Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary.

“It was really, really hard and really

challenging, but it was a tremendous

learning experience and reinforced the

value of my time at Concordia,” she said.

It’s a safe bet that McKee never

would have ended up in Teach for

America, or in D.C., if not for her time

at Concordia. A Vancouver, Wash.,

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“She told me, ‘I just feel a need for this

school, with fewer be there and to

be of service’...That is the kind of person Erin is.”

» Dr. Lynn Keyne-Michaels, Concordia Teacher Corps Coordinator

native, McKee figured she would get

her degree and stay in the Northwest

to teach the community in which she

grew. Teaching at Concordia opened

her eyes and her heart to the needs

of less privileged communities.

Professor Lynn Keyne-Michaels,

the coordinator of the Concordia

Teacher Corps, remembers McKee’s

emotional torment upon discovering

the disparity between the two schools

she taught at during her undergraduate

time. The two schools were in the

same district but one had plenty of

computers, parent volunteers, and

financial resources while the other

had next to nothing.

“She told me, ‘I just feel a need

for this school, with fewer resources

whose students have higher needs,

to be there and to be of service,’”

Keyne-Michaels said. “That is the

kind of person Erin is.”

McKee said her experiences in the

Teacher Corps inspired her to apply

to the prestigious Teach for America

program where she was selected

from among thousands of candidates.

According to Keyne-Michaels, the

Teacher Corps, which Concordia

started in 2006, was partially modeled

after Teach for America.

“So it was exciting and thrilling

to me that she was able to take what

she did here at Concordia, move into

Teach for America and then even

beyond that move into a position

where she’s serving kids right here in

our own area,” she said.

After completing her two-year stint

in Teach for America, McKee returned

home this past summer to teach

first grade at Mill Park Elementary in

southeast Portland. Over 90 percent

of the students at Mill Park receive

free or reduced cost lunch and the

school is located in one of the most

poverty-stricken areas in Portland.

Three years into her career, McKee

still turns to the binder on classroom

management from Concordia professor

Keylah Boyer Frazier’s class, and she

still calls and emails her Concordia

professor for ideas. �

Marielle Lopes was married to Loic

Fabricant on August 6, 2011 and started

medical school at Oregon Health &

Sciences University on August 15, 2011.


Angela Robison

married Brian

Jacob Guillory

on July 22,

2011. They

also welcomed

their son into

the world on

February 22,

2011. Odin

Bishop Guillory

was born at

11:37 pm

weighing 7 lbs., 11 oz., and was 21 inches


Laura Nestler recently received a

promotion with She has

relocated to Australia and is currently in

control of the entire country’s marketing

strategy and is responsible for building

out a team of local brand marketers for Down Under.


Marie Whitney is teaching kindergarten

at Burton Elementary School in

Vancouver, Wash.

Kim Tilton is currently working as a

licensed real estate agent in Wash.


Nicole Harrington is working in the

Vancouver School District teaching


Correction: Sarah Kenny recently

accepted a position as an assistant hall

director at the University of Portland. She

is currently pursuing a master of science

in management communication degree at

University of Portland.


Charles Thomas is working as Dean of

Students at Imhotep Institute Charter

High School in Philadelphia, Penn. He

and his wife have one child, a baby girl.

Katherine Regenhardt has been

substitute teaching in the Evergreen

School District, Vancouver, Wash. since


Scott Hagensen MAT is teaching 6th

grade at Tahoma Middle School, Wash.

Scott credits the MAT program for

preparing him for the classroom.

Benjamin Miller landed “the job of a

lifetime” and is currently teaching high

school English in South Korea. During

his time at Concordia, Benjamin was a

part of the wind ensemble directed by Dr.

William Kuhn. While in Korea, Benjamin

recently met another man who had Dr.

Kuhn as an instructor, but at Concordia

Nebraska. “The Concordia community

has great influence and reach!”

In Memoriam

Danielle Sue Heitz ’98 passed away on

April 3, 2011 at the age of 35. Dani played

softball for Concordia University before

finding her passion working with

troubled kids that had been abused

and neglected. She is survived by two

sets of parents and two sisters. �

Alumni Notes

July 21

Hawai’i Student Send-Off Party

August 11

SummerFest: Opera in the Park,

CU’s Campus Green

August 11

Alumni Men’s and Women’s

Soccer Game, CU’s Hilken

Community Stadium

August 18

Alumni Volleyball Game, CU’s Gym

September 20

An evening with author Dr. Jane

McGonigal discussing the power of

gaming and education

September 29-30

All Class Reunion

September 30

Alumni Baseball Game

October 20

Alumni Basketball game, CU’s Gym

October 25

Concordia University School of Law

Dedication, Boise, ID.

October 26–27

Nothing but Nets, Rev. Dr. John

Nunes lecture on Malaria

October 31/Halloween

Residence halls open to public for


December 6

3rd Annual Christmas Tree Lighting

December 7–9

62nd Annual Christmas Chorale

Stay in the loop and get details on above events & more at

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“Success Breeds Success.”

Those are the words head coach Randy Dalzell chose to explain it.

“It was all unreal.”

Those are the words thrower Kayla

Xavier chose to describe it.

Whatever can be said, the

undeniable fact remains that the

Concordia women’s track & field

team won the 2011 NAIA Outdoor

National Championship, the school’s

first-ever team title. Making the

title even more unreal to Xavier and

others was that it came in only the

program’s sixth year of competition.

The Cavaliers scored in 12

different event areas with a whopping

55 points earned from the four

different throwing disciplines: shot

put, discus, hammer, and javelin.

“Very few teams are able to score

in a balanced way like that,” Dalzell

said. “Most teams at the national

meet have really only one or two

areas that they excel in, but we’ve

gotten to the point where we have all

of our areas scoring.”

Not quite thinking about the

ultimate goal just yet, Aria Nojima

gave a hint of what’s to come as she

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opened the meet by nearly capturing

the individual title in the javelin

throw as her best effort of 150 feet,

2 inches fell a single inch shy of first

place. Meanwhile, the Cavs were

a perfect 4-for-4 in preliminary

qualifying rounds which set up future

point earnings on the track.

If the opening action was any

indicator of potential, Friday’s

competition was a defining moment

for the Cavs. In addition to scoring a

meet-high 38 points, Concordia had

six more entries on the track moving

on to finals on the final day.

Several athletes outperformed

their pre-meet rankings, especially

Xavier who followed up an individual

national title in the shot put on the

second day with a surprising title in

the discus on Saturday, an event in

which she came in ranked 15th.

From there the whispers of a

potential team crown started to grow

into an all-out buzz.

“The throwers had done an

amazing job on the second day and

were talking all the runners up to

boost our confidence,” said senior

Andria Scheese. “They were telling us

we could win the meet if we finished

above our rankings. They wrote notes

and taped them on our doors. It

really pumped us up and brought us

all so much closer together.”

The message was certainly

received as the Cavs gained three

huge performances on the final day

of action with Scheese grabbing silver

in the 1,500-meter run, while Junia

Limage and Catherine Sims took

third in the 800 and 400, respectively,

with all three finishing above their


All told, 15 different athletes

would score as individuals or

members of relays for Concordia,

while the team set six new school

records en route to earning 13 All-

American performances.

When asked where the sudden

across the board improvements

came from, both Dalzell and Xavier

Junia Limage, Mid-Distance Runner

Andria Scheese, Mid-Distance Runner

Kayla Xavier, Thrower

Randy Dalzell, Head Coach, Track & Field

pointed to Dalzell’s idea that “success

breeds success.”

“Everybody was clicking at

nationals and you just knew great

things were happening,” said Xavier.

“Everybody just came together as a

team and said ‘I did this today, but

let’s do something bigger tomorrow.

We’ll be there cheering for you. Now,

we want to see you do well.’”

Besides building performances off

one another within the meet itself,

though, Dalzell claims the program

and the athletes built off the successes

they have had at both the conference

and national levels in the past.

“We felt very much at home

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“Everybody was clicking at nationals and you

just knew great things were happening,”

at nationals last season because

a lot of our athletes were making

repeat appearances there and have

developed confidence through their

successes in the past,” said Dalzell. “As

coaches, we’ve also been able to keep

our athletes relaxed so they can enjoy

and anticipate performing well at the

meet, which is something you can’t

expect in year one.”

Having already surpassed the

highest point total in school history

with several events remaining, the

only thing halting Concordia from

hoisting the national championship

trophy was a lengthy weather delay

prior to the final event of the meet.

After waiting for nearly two hours

for a lightning storm to pass through

the area, the Cavaliers, already

assured of the title, took the track

for the 1,600-meter relay where the

Concordia contingent lined the oval

before the official coronation.

Having already scored in multiple

individual events, the quartet

comprised of Catherine Sims,

Junia Limage, Eunice Makinde, and

Stephanie Persaud nearly broke the

school record for the second straight

day despite the difficult conditions

and finished seventh overall for the

squad’s final two points of the meet.

That last tour around the track

» Kayla Xavier, CU Track & Field Thrower

might have signaled the end of the

meet for Concordia, but it has only

enhanced the talk of repeating their

performances as the Cavaliers sit

primed for future success in both

the men’s and women’s track & field


“The outdoor national

championship has just fueled the

fire for us,” said Xavier. “As a team

we’re really excited for next season

because we feel we have the chance

to accomplish this again during the

indoor season.”

And if success really breeds success,

what could possibly be next? �

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Concordia’s Sport Highlights


MEN: Setting four meet records

and capturing nine event titles, the

Cavaliers won their seventh straight

Cascade Collegiate Conference

(CCC) Championship, which was

held in Klamath Falls, Ore. After

earning CCC Coach of the Year

honors, Randy Dalzell led the men

to a 4th-place finish at the NAIA

National Championships where

Nate Moses (discus) and Eric

Whalen (shot put) captured national

championships in their respective

events. Additional All-American

honors included: Jesse Staub (3rd,

javelin); Jasen Brown (4th, 800),

Whalen (4th, javelin); Branko

Djuricic (5th, triple jump), Bo

Johnson (6th, hammer), Moses (7th, shot put), Ismael Osorio (7th, discus),

Tim Wyland (7th, javelin), and Jordan Reeher (8th, 400 hurdles). Finally,

joining Brown and Reeher on the men’s 1,600-meter relay team, Edgar

Vazquez and Andre Washington also earned All-America status.

TRACK & FIELD WOMEN: After winning the NAIA Outdoor

title last season (see article on page 28), the Concordia women nearly

defended their crown by placing second at nationals this year. Five Cavs

won national titles over the three-day

meet held in Marion, Ind. Sharayah

Kenady opened the meet with a win

in the hammer and was followed

by Kayla Xavier earning a repeat

in the shot put. On the final day,

Junia Limage (800), Gabriella

Dixson (discus) and Lauren Moran

(steeplechase) added championship

hardware for Concordia. Other

All-Americans for CU were: Dixson

(2nd, shot put), Xavier (2nd, discus),

NyEma Sims (3rd, 100; 5th, 200),

Aria Nojima (5th, javelin) and

Emily Painter (8th, 10,000) Prior to

nationals, the Cavs won their sixth

straight CCC crown where Sims was

named the Female Track Athlete of

the Meet.

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GOLF MEN: The Cavs won four

of the five conference tournaments on

the way to their fifth straight CCC title.

The Cavs won the title by 96 strokes over

Corban University and placed Jesse Heinly

and Jed Dalton on the All-CCC team,

including Player of the Year honors by

Heinly. Just the second men’s individual

in Cavalier history to qualify, Heinly

went on to represent Concordia at the

NAIA National Championships held at

Creekside Golf Course in Salem, Ore. and

was named Second Team All-American.

GOLF WOMEN: Like the men, the

Concordia women won four of the five

CCC tournaments and wrapped up their

fifth straight CCC title. Sara Molyneux

earned Player of the year honors while

teammates Sunny Powers and Holly Speer

were also named to the All-CCC team.

The Cavs went on to win their first ever

NAIA qualifying tournament and placed

12th at nationals which were held in

Greeneville, Tenn.

BASEBALL The Cavaliers

captured the final NAIA West

postseason tournament spot in the

final weekend and held their ground

with a 2-2 mark in postseason play

held at Hilken Community Stadium,

including a convincing 7-1 win over

No. 2-seeded British Columbia.

Overall, CU finished 25-28 on the

season and were led by All-NAIA

West selection Ben Talbot at catcher.

SOFTBALL Concordia

swept No. 17-ranked Corban

University in the final week of the

season to earn the No. 2 seed in the CCC Tournament. Finishing with a 24-21

overall record and a 15-9 record in conference play, the Cavs were rewarded

with All-CCC honors by catchers

Kyndell Andrews and Kate

Santos and second baseman Sam

Genskay. In addition, Laura Luther

was named honorable mention

all-conference at first base.


MEN: The Cavalier men’s cross

country team never finished below

second at any meet they ran until

the NAIA Championships. At

nationals, Concordia finished 19th

overall. Andrew Landstrom led

the Cavs at the meet with a 25th

place finish to become the fourth

All-American in school history.

Landstrom also earned All-CCC

honors along with teammate Ben

Foubert, while the team placed

second at the CCC meet.


WOMEN: In a season replete with

accomplishments, the women’s

cross country team saved the best

for last as they set a new school

record with 232 team points at the

NAIA National Championships. In

addition, Concordia qualified two

All-Americans in the same meet

for the first time in school history

in Gina Paletta and Junia Limage.

Paletta twice won individual titles

and was named National Runner of

the Week after her second win. Paletta

also helped the Cavs finish second at

the CCC meet and received All-CCC

honors along with teammates Lauren

Moran and Limage.

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Concordia men won their first eight

matches of the season and finished

16-2-1 overall and 11-1-1 in the

CCC on their way to CCC Regular

Season and Tournament titles. The

Cavs received the No. 11 seed in

the NAIA Tournament and hosted

an NAIA Opening Round match

against Great Falls University, but

lost 3-2. Individually, Facundo

Dipascuale repeated as the CCC

Player of the Year, while (continued)

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sophomore Tanner French was named Co-Defensive Player of the Year, and

Head Coach Dan Birkey was named Co-Coach of the Year. Besides Dipascuale

and French, Septi Danciu also made the All-CCC First Team, while Matt

Eronemo, Matt Caniglia, and Jared Brace made the Second Team and Evan

Denmark received an honorable mention. After the season, James Gaynor was

named an Academic All-American.


After winning CCC Regular

Season and Tournament titles

at 15-4-1 overall and 8-1-0 in

the CCC, the Concordia women

advanced to their 11th straight

NAIA Tournament. Once there,

the team went on a dream run

all the way to the championship

game. Along the way, Concordia

beat Westminster, Spring Arbor,

Lindsey Wilson, and Point

Loma Nazarene by a combined

score of 9-1. Unfortunately, the

Cavs lost 3-0 in the final to Lee

University. Still, the appearance

marked the school’s third time

in the title game. In addition,

Brittany Orr repeated as CCC

Defensive Player of the Year, while

eight others received All-CCC

honors. Orr also joined Jackie

Hendrickson and Alex Thomas as

Academic All-Americans, while

eight members of the team were

named Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-


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Cavalier volleyball team weathered an

unprecedented number of injuries to

tie for fourth in the CCC at 10-8 and

finish 15-10 overall. Unfortunately,

Concordia lost the tiebreaker with

Northwest University by the slimmest

of margins and got edged out of

the CCC Tournament. Individually,

senior Clair Thiel broke the career

blocks record at Concordia. In

addition, Lindsay Mangan was twice

named CCC Setter of the Week, while

Aubrie Concannon was twice named

CCC Libero of the Week. �

Through a collaboration of

Concordia Provost Mark Wahlers, the

Athletic Department, and the School

of Management, the University has

nominated four student-athletes

for the Rhodes Scholarship over

the last two academic years.

The Rhodes Scholarship

annually selects 83 well-rounded

students from around the world

to study at the world-renowned

Oxford University in Oxford,

England. The Rhodes Trust, who

selects the honorees each year, lists

“intellect, character, leadership,

and commitment to service” as its

guiding principles.

With those principles in mind, the

University began its push during the

2010-11 school year with then-senior,

Danielle Clauson, as the school’s first

nomination. After Clauson graduated,

Mike Dickman, Jackie Hendrickson,

and Kayla Vickaryous became the

next set of nominees.

“When I heard they wanted

to nominate me for the Rhodes

Scholarship, I said ‘wait a second.

Is this the same thing I think it is?’”

said Dickman. “Then, once I found it

was the actual Rhodes Scholarship in

Oxford, I quickly said yes.”

Hendrickson had a similar

reaction to the nomination, but also

found honor in standing next to her

fellow nominees.

“Knowing the type of student, the

type of athlete, and the type of person

Dani [Clauson] was, I was honored to

follow her,” said Hendrickson. “Then

to be nominated next to Mike and

Kayla really meant a lot.”

The initial honor aside, though,

both the school and the batch

of nominees had minimal to no

experience in the Rhodes application

process. In the end, that would mean

a great deal of work for both the

students and the faculty involved with

not a lot of time to do it.

The University first contacted

Dickman, Hendrickson, and

Vickaryous at the end of August with

the deadline for the application set on

October 5. In that time, the students

had to gather eight recommendations,

four of which had to be professors at

Concordia, and write a 1,000 word

personal statement.

“The whole application process felt

like another class on top of everything

else,” said Hendrickson, who was

also competing for the Concordia

women’s soccer team throughout the

application process.

Both Dickman and Hendrickson

agreed that the essay proved the

lengthiest part of the process.

“Each of us did maybe six to

ten revisions of our essays,” said

Dickman. “We had people outside of

the school looking at them and then

we’d meet every week or two with a

committee of professors and deans to

go over them again.”

Unfortunately, none of the four

nominees received the Rhodes

Scholarship, but everybody involved

at Concordia remains committed to

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Concordia University has set its sights on the

prestigious Rhodes Scholarship.

pursuing the Rhodes for deserving

candidates in the future.

“We absolutely have deserving

students,” said Associate Athletic

Director, Pat Sweeney, who sent out

“We absolutely have deserving students...

The challenge with the Rhodes Scholarship is

that only 32 students in the entire United States

receive one of the scholarships each year.”

» Pat Sweeney, Associate Athletic Director

the initial emails to the nominees.

“The challenge with the Rhodes

Scholarship is that only 32 students in

the entire United States receive one of

the scholarships each year.”

“However, the Rhodes Trust

frequently awards a scholarship to a

student from a school that has never

had a Rhodes Scholar before, so we

hope that eventually that will be us.”

In addition, having gone through

the process with four different

students now, the University knows a

lot more about what the Rhodes Trust

prioritizes in a candidate as well as the

process itself.

“This is an application process you

have to get way out in front of,” said

Sweeney. “Right now we’re working to

try and begin the process for worthy

candidates earlier so they’ll have more

time to prepare their applications.”

Consequently, when someone at

the school eventually does receive

the Rhodes Scholarship, they’ll have

Clauson, Dickman, Hendrickson, and

Vickaryous to thank for paving the

way for them. �

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New Student-Athlete Leadership Team Takes Shape


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What was once an occasional

meeting to field athlete

questions or concerns is now a new

leadership group. The Student-

Athlete Leadership Team (SALT)

underwent a dramatic face-lift this

past fall.

The group, made up of

representatives of every varsity sport

at Concordia, now meets once a week

as a for-credit class.

The change comes primarily as the

athletic department aims to support

leadership development of its athletes

on and off the field.

“A lot of coaches came

forward and said they were

struggling with captains, or

that their athletes didn’t have

the skills needed to become

leaders,” said SALT faculty

advisor and professor of the

class, Carrie Kosderka-Farrell.

“In order to address those

concerns, we came up with the

idea for the class.”

As part of the leadership

curriculum, Kosderka-

Farrell will typically have her

students work in partners

or small groups on issues

that might come up on their


For example, one class

session focused on conflict

resolution, an important

leadership quality. Students

were asked to act out

scenarios resembling potential

conflict among teammates and then

discuss how they would handle it.

Mike Dickman, a member of the

class and a captain on the baseball

team, has already seen a difference in

his own leadership skills.

Dickman said that reading Tony

Dungy’s book “Uncommon” in the

class made him think about his

leadership style and how he wants to

provide leadership on his team.

“One thing I can do is help

transition coach’s ideas to the players

because there’s often a bit of a

separation between how the coach

leads and how the players respect his

leadership,” said Dickman.

Dickman also threw himself

wholeheartedly into the service

aspect of the class. Required to do at

least one hour of service each week,

Dickman and other members of

SALT often did more.

Most students met the requirement

through providing structured recess

for neighboring Faubion School.

Dickman volunteered three days each

week during fall and estimates that at

least one Concordia student-athlete

volunteered daily for recess.

In addition to developing their

leadership skills, the class continues

to give student-athletes the chance

to voice questions, concerns, or

suggested improvements for any

part of the athletic department


Whereas before there was only

one meeting per semester to air

concerns and suggestions, now

Kosderka-Farrell opens up one class

each month for the student-athletes

to voice input and recommended


“I think this class gives the athletes

the chance to express complaints in a

healthy forum with active dialogue,”

said Kosderka-Farrell. “Before, when

we’d meet once a semester, they felt

like they had to rant and rave about

what’s going on for them to be heard,

but now we can sit down and really

discuss it.”

Finally, the SALT course also gives

the athletes the chance to be more of

a voice on campus.

“One of the problems in the past

is that some people felt a separation

between athletics and

campus,” said Kosderka-

Farrell. “The class, though,

has given us the opportunity

for our leadership to work

with other campus leadership

groups and get the athletes off

any perceived ‘island’.”

Already, Dickman and

the others have gone to a

university-wide leadership

meeting, which included

residence assistants, service

coordinators, and other

leaders across campus.

The first class had 15

students, and with current

participants playing a role

in recommending future

students, SALT plans

continued growth each semester. �

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“Reading Tony Dungy’s book “Uncommon” in the class has made me

think about my leadership style and how I want to provide leadership

on my team.” » Mike Dickman, Baseball Team Captain

Back row: Jimmy Sanchez, Mike Dickman, Gage Aker, Daniel Alevar, Nate Moses, Kevan West, Steven Gunn, Andrew Landstrom, Mariah Raudsepp, Jed Dalton.

Front row: Lauryn Helmers, Sara Molyneux, Courtney May, Tanner French, Riely Byrd, Allison Gunter, Kelsey Jager, Brittany Orr, Coach Carrie Kosderka-Farrell.

Not shown: Turner Bloom, Robin Gawlista, Jess Wingett, Kyndell Andrews.

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Nailed to the Door provides Concordia staff, faculty, alumni, and students a

forum for editorial comment. This issue’s guest writer is Joe Mannion, EdD,

Dean of the College of Education.

Concordia Prepares Teachers for Education Innovation

On Jan. 6, 1816, Thomas Jefferson said, “If a nation

expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it

expects what never was and never will be.”

Educated and free is our collective advantage as a

nation this year and beyond. So, continuing to strengthen

our educational system – for every child – is a societal

obligation that we all share.

Each of us – parents, neighbors, educators, voters,

legislators, business people – can contribute in our own

way toward that goal of educational excellence.

Concordia University enrolls and graduates among the

largest number of teachers in Oregon, and is committed

to delivering the best teacher preparation programs in the

Pacific Northwest and beyond.

We accomplish this through a program that emphasizes

the importance of relationships and connections. As

much attention is given to the affective, physical, and

spiritual development of teacher candidates as is given

to the cognitive domain. Learning theory is turned into

classroom reality through a best-practice curriculum,

vibrant instruction, the infusion of technology, and

accountability through continual program assessment.

Our constructivist, child-centered philosophy provides

teachers that are democratic, student-centered, and

concerned with educating the whole child. Classroom

experience and service learning – early and often

throughout our teacher preparation programs – produce

candidates that experiment with new and exciting ways

to help children learn. And, our open, collegial classroom

environment creates a forum where independence,

inquisitiveness, and critical thinking are guided and

encouraged through hands-on experiences, group

processes, teamwork, and project-based learning.


Outcomes of such a program mean Concordia

education students view teaching as an act of supreme

service to children and families. They model integrity,

openness, and fairness, and emerge reflective about their

continuing growth as teachers of high quality. Each

candidate ultimately understands what it means to be

continually “in process” throughout their careers, and

realize how Christ’s message to first love and serve others

plays itself out in the life of a teacher.

This year, Concordia celebrated this century-long

commitment to education by initiating the inaugural

Governor Victor Atiyeh Leadership in Education Awards.

The event gave the region new inspiration for education

innovation. The award itself was sparked by the former

Governor’s passion for education as well as our presenting

sponsor Urban Development Partners’ vision for healthy

communities in Portland’s urban core. At the inaugural

event, Oregonians heard one of this nations most

influential people speak about education, The Harlem

Children’s Zone president and CEO Geoffrey Canada.

Healthy communities and economic growth will result

from our collective efforts to provide an education that

looks to the future and prepares every child for success in

this new century.

- Joe Mannion, EdD

Dean, College of Education

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