Student Life

Student life at Concordia is full of opportunities for the students to find and express themselves in their own way. Indeed, the whole educational venture is directed toward and dependent upon the individual student. What happens in the classroom, in the residence halls, and in the community is what a Concordia education is all about.

This may be accomplished in many ways. Students may elect to be a part of student leadership structure and serve on one of the student activity committees. They may decide to develop skills in the performing and creative arts and take part in some of the many dramatic, musical, artistic, and literary pursuits available on campus. They may want to participate in intercollegiate or intramural athletics, religious or service activities, and social programs.

The co-curricular program at Concordia is designed to help explore many avenues.

Christian Service and Worship

Concordia, in its Christian service and worship program, endeavors to give the students a real purpose in life, to believe more firmly in the redemption wrought by Jesus Christ, and to learn to live their lives more fully and more understandingly as constrained by the love of Jesus Christ.

Chapel services are held Monday through Friday, as well as a Sunday morning worship service. Staff, faculty and students participate in these services through songs and messages, chancel dramas and other special presentations, along with guest speakers who have broad backgrounds in Christian service.

Devotions are held in the residence halls and personal Bible study is encouraged. In the classroom environment, faculty members seek to conduct classes emphasizing Christian growth and maturity along with the attainment of academic goals.

Numerous opportunities exist on and off campus for students who seek to serve the University and its larger community.

A variety of Christian service opportunities help individuals to express service through such related activities as tutoring fellow students, sharing the problems of the aged in area rest homes or joining with local churches in evangelism outreaches.

Co-Curricular Activities

The co-curricular activities of the University are under the supervision of the Vice-President of Student Life. Faculty advisors and/or student leaders in the areas of Spiritual Life and Student Life do most of the planning for co-curricular activities.

Even though co-curricular activities are on a voluntary basis and no college credit is granted, except for specific music activities, students who do participate are afforded the opportunity to explore their leadership potential and learn basic skills of organization, planning, implementation, and evaluation.

Co-curricular activities include lectures, concerts, dances, exhibits, forums, and other social functions. Campus organizations and clubs include religious, music, dramatic, business, nursing and recreational.

Drama is an exciting area of campus life. Productions have included musicals, children’s theatre, one-act plays and a variety of other dramatic offerings.

The Concordia student has a wide range of musical activities to choose from. The student can audition for a role in a musical drama and participate in a full range of musical activity in choral, handbell, or instrumental ensembles.

Intramurals

A healthy balance between mental and physical activity is at the root of Concordia’s intramural offerings. Exercise and competition can also help men and women grow and mature, whether possessing many athletic talents or very few. The important result of participation will be fun.

To help make maximum use of leisure time, Concordia provides extensive intramural opportunities through a program of leagues, tournaments, and recreational free play.

Intercollegiate Athletics

Concordia University Wisconsin currently offers a variety of 21 sports on the intercollegiate level.

The Falcons compete in a several conferences and associations. Men’s Hockey competes in the Midwest Collegiate Hockey Association, the women compete in the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association, men’s lacrosse is a member of the Midwest Lacrosse conference, the women compete in the Midwest Women’s Lacrosse Conference, wrestling is a member of the Midwest Wrestling Association, and the remaining sports all participate in the Northern Athletics Conference.

Both the men and women’s teams have enjoyed success in their respective conferences. The Falcons have an excellent coaching staff and a rapidly growing, competitive athletic program.

The entire Concordia Athletic Department is governed by the NCAA Division III as of August 31, 1997.

Housing

Residence halls at Concordia are in a real sense living/learning centers. They are minicommunities largely directed and managed by students serving in the capacities of Resident Assistants. A Resident Director for each residence hall serves in a supervisory capacity and is responsible to the Director of Residence Life.

The University provides a desk, chair, wardrobe, bed, and micro-fridge. The resident must furnish his/her own desk lamp, blankets, linens, pillows, towels, and toilet articles. Students who desire to stay in University housing should obtain further information from the Office of Residence Life. Each resident must make application for housing and sign a housing contract before taking up residence.

Guidance and Counseling

At Concordia University every student receives personal consideration and attention. A Director of Counseling supervises the counseling activities on the campus. The director serves as a counselor for students desiring personal counseling. Students are referred to agencies in the community as individual need warrants.

Health Service

The University's concern for holistic growth and general well being of the campus community is further demonstrated through the maintenance of a health service. The professional services of a registered nurse, nurse practitioner, or medical assistant are contracted on a part-time basis.

The Health Service is operated at set hours for evaluation and treatment of minor illness, first aid, and consultation regarding health manners. A physician serves as a consultant and for referral. The Health Service instructs and supplies selected personnel with materials for dealing with minor problems. Serious illness and emergencies are referred to local professional health care agencies.

All Concordia students are encouraged to carry adequate health and accident insurance, either through the university or individual policies. Varsity athletes are required to show evidence of adequate coverage as a prerequisite for varsity participation. International students are also required to show evidence of adequate medical insurance coverage.

The Athletic Training Department works in conjunction with the Health Center for the health and well-being of Concordia's students, staff, and faculty. The Athletic Training Department is staffed by Board Certified Athletic Trainers, as well as student workers who are pursuing certification by the National Athletic Trainers' Association Board of Certification.

The Athletic Training Department offers first aid and rehabilitation care for soft tissue and bone injuries as well as after various orthopedic surgical procedures. Students, faculty, and staff can utilize this care by calling 243.4369 or stopping by the athletic training facility at the north end of the fieldhouse to make an appointment. Following a thorough evaluation of the injury or complaint, a plan for rehabilitation care will be provided. Modalities such as ultrasound, hydrocollators, and electric stimulation may be utilized to assist with the plan of care, along with specific exercises, flexibility, and functional assessment and correction.

Bookstore

The CUW Bookstore is located in the Student Union. Textbooks, supplies, greeting cards, clothing, gifts, and personal drug store items can be purchased in the CUW Bookstore. Also available for delivery are special order balloon and gift packages. Textbooks are available to purchase one week before classes begin each semester. Also, textbooks can be reserved on the bookstore web site approximately one month prior to the start of the fall and spring semester for undergraduate classes. Textbook buybacks take place twice each semester. One buy back takes place mid semester, and the other takes place during finals week at the end of each semester. An outside company performs textbook buybacks and also determines the price in which students receive for textbooks from each buyback.

For a listing of hours, questions, or additional information, contact the CUW Bookstore at 262-243-4349.

Computing Facilities

Concordia University Wisconsin has a number of student computer laboratories available for general usage. Computer lab and e-mail access is free to all CUW students who fill out the appropriate form and agree to abide by the university’s ethical use guidelines established for computer users. Laser printing is also free of charge. All of our computers are connected to the internet.

Over 200 current PC’s and Mac’s are available for student use in six labs and other specified locations on campus. Some labs are open to students 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Concordia’s labs provide a variety of popular software application packages.

Mail Services

Individual mailboxes, located on the lower level of Heidelberg Hall, are provided for all resident students at no charge. The student resident’s mailing address (different than the “administration” address) is:
(Student’s name)     MB # ______________________  700 W. Highland Rd. Mequon, WI 53092-3304

Stamp sales and other outbound mailing and shipping services are also available to the campus community in lower Stuenkel Hall.

Learning Resource Center (LRC)

The Learning Resource Center (LRC) offers both on-campus and online academic support for accelerated learning students. The Learning Resource Center is housed at the Mequon campus. Hours of operation are Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. For more information, please call 262-243-2623 or send an email to swlrc@cuw.edu.

The Writing Center

Accelerated learning students have two options to utilize in the Writing Center. They can make in-person appointments at the Mequon Campus and/or they can submit their work online through CUW's Online Writing Lab (OWL). The OWL is maintained by training Writing Center staff. Writing Consultants offer constructive comments about student projects. The OWL staff reviews essays and assists students with brainstorming, researching, formatting, and revising. To submit an essay to the OWL, visit www.cuw.edu/OWL. Accelerated learning students are also welcome to visit the Writing Center for in-person consultations. There are two locations on the Mequon Campus, one in the Learning Resource Center (Luther 200), and on in Rincker Memorial Library. Writing Center Consultants work with students at any stage of the writing process. To make an appointment for an in-person conultation, please visit tutortrac.cuw.edu or call 262-243-2623.

Math Drop-In Desk

Accelerated learning students are welcome to visit the Math Drop-In Desk located on the Mequon campus in the Learning Resource Center (Luther 200). The Math Drop-In Desk offers assistance with statistics, algebra, business math, and most other math-related questions. Tutoring takes place on a first-come first-served basis, in short 30-minute sessions. For more information about the Math Drop-In Desk or to request a schedule, contact the LRC at 262-243-2623.

Smarthinking

Smarthinking is a free online tutoring service staffed by trained online instructors who can tutor students in the general undergraduate subject areas of Mathematics (Algebra, Geometry, Tirgonometry, and Calculus), Science (General and Organic Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Anatomy, Physiology), Business (Introduction to Accounting, Economics, Statistics, Finance), Spanish, and Writing. Students may use Smarthinking services for up to 15 hours per semester. Please visit www.smarthinking.com to view the disciplines for which Smarthinking offers academic support.

Students may access the following Smarthinking tutoring options through the Blackboard component of your choice:

  • Real-time chat with online instructors who specialize in select disciplines
  • Pre-arranged chat appointments offered for a variety of subject areas
  • Submission of coursework-related questions to Smarthinking online instructors
  • Access to an electronic library of academic resources

For more information on Smarthinking, students can contact the Support Services Coordinator at (262) 243-4535.

Academic Skills Development

The LRC at CU offers assistance with developing proficiencies vital to a successful college career, such as time management, note-taking, reading comprehension, test-taking, and using and citing sources in research papers. Students who are off-site and unable to travel to the Mequon campus should contact the LRC to access online workshops and other academic skill resources. Students able to travel to the Mequon campus can schedule a meeting with an academic skills coach by calling (262) 243-2623 or emailing swlrc@CUW.edu.

Disability Support Services (DSS)

CU is committed to students with disabilities and ensuring academic accessibility needs. The LRC assists students with obtaining and implementing reasonable accommodations in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and relevant regulations and case law. Students with disabilities should contact the LRC upon enrolling for further information about securing accommodations. If you are a student with a documented disability and need accommodations for any course, please register with Disability Support Services. Contact the Director of the Learning Resource Center and Disability Support Services by calling 262-243-4299 and find out how to get started at www.cuw.edu/dss. Students with disabilities must disclose their disability with DSS and submit documentation from a licensed professional of his/her disability/impairment. For more information, or to request accommodations, please visit www.cuw.edu/dss or send an email to dss@cuw.edu.

Library Services

The Rincker Memorial Library has the primary goal of meeting the information needs of CUW students as they participate in the University’s programs of study in pursuit of Christian education at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The Library works together with the faculty and administration to select, acquire, and make available materials and resources consistent with fulfilling the University’s mission of providing excellence in Christian education.

Center for Academic Advising and Career Engagement

The Center for Academic Advising & Career Engagement bolsters the holistic development of Concordia students and alumni by providing comprehensive academic and career support toward the development, implementation, and fulfi llment of academic, career, and vocational goals.

The Center for Academic Advising & Career Engagement operates from a learning-centered paradigm; in essence, through your advising experience you will learn several skills which complement your academic and professional preparation. We recognize God created you on purpose, for purpose and thus strive to learn about your many talents, interests, and aspirations. Our goal is to help you develop an awareness of what makes you uncommon so you can harness those gifts to fully engage with meaningful learning opportunities in the classroom, in the community, and in the workforce. As with your academic experience, the ultimate responsibility is upon you – the learner – to fully engage in your educational and career pursuits. We will be with you every step of the way and simply ask that you keep us informed of questions, concerns, and changes to your plans as they arise, so we may best assist you along your journey.

Tools for Professional Development

  • Handshake is our Career Services online tool.  You can use this to find jobs, internships, and other career resources.  This innovative platform will help take you through college and into the first Handshake with your employer.
  • Career Document Series:  This is located on our cuw.edu/careers website.  Visit this for a complete list of information that will be helpful in prepar-ing your professional documents, interviewing, and other aspects of your career.
  • Focus v2 will help you find out more about yourself with its skills, personality, values, and work interest assessments.  Find out what you can do with your major and how to start down a path toward success.
  • CUWConnect is a tool that will allow you to connect with current alumni in your field.  Alumni can be an invaluable resource as you pursue your vocation.  Create an account and begin searching for mentors and connections in your interest area.

Responsibilities

Students are responsible for the development, implementation, and fulfillment of their vocational aspirations by:

  • Taking the initiative to seek advising – you should meet with your advisor twice a semester
  • Understanding and fulfi lling all program requirements – use your Academic Catalog
  • Staying apprised of curricular changes – you should read and respond to all emails from your support network (ie, Advisors, Faculty, Deans, etc.)
  • Utilizing campus and academic resources – you should use at your discretion and at the suggestion of advisors & instructors

Advisors are responsible for the development, implementation, and fulfillment of students’ vocational aspirations by:

  • Communicating regularly with each advisee – we will be responsive to phone calls and emails
  • Keeping students apprised of curricular policies and changes – we will be in constant communication with both your program faculty and you
  • Helping students evaluate their academic performance and vocational decisions – we will provide clear & honest feedback and will articulate options for decisions
  • Referring you to campus and academic resources as appropriate –these are intended to aid in your academic success

The University is responsible for the development, implementation, and fulfillment of students’ vocational aspirations by:

  • Communicating requirements and expectations for graduation – follow the Academic Catalog
  • Providing a structure to fulfi ll those expectations in a timely fashion – use the advice of advisors and faculty, course sequencing and offerings are very important
  • Providing appropriate access to academic and campus resources – we have a lot of people who want to see and help you succeed