Concordia Prepares for New School Year

After wrapping up its highest enrolled summer term yet, Concordia College Alabama is preparing for a new school year, anticipating a significant increase in enrollment for the 2017 fall semester. The college has already more than doubled the amount applications received in previous years, and continues to enroll students on a daily basis.

Director of Recruitment, Norman Richards, led the admissions team in an aggressive recruiting strategy that resulted in significantly increasing the amount of applications received for the 2017-2018 academic year.  

“This year we took recruitment to another level by recruiting throughout the entire state of Alabama and adding six additional states [to our recruiting schedule],” said Richards. “We also became more visible in the community by forming better relationships with local schools as well as city and state officials. We are very excited for the upcoming school year and we look forward to a great turn out.” 

In addition to the expected increase in enrollment, the college has also added several new academic programs set to be available to students this fall. A new bachelor’s degree in Educational Studies and Recreational Sports has been added, as well as a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies.

Concordia will welcome new and returning students back to campus in August, with New Student Orientation beginning on August 6th and the fall semester officially beginning on August 14th. The semester will kick off with the annual Opening Convocation ceremony on Sunday, August 13th at 3:00 p.m. in the Jenkins Center Gymnasium. Early registration is currently taking place and students will be permitted to enroll/register through August 18th by visiting Concordia’s Office of Admissions. Students may also apply online by the college’s website at

Area Second Graders Enjoy Literacy Festival

一道本不卡免费高清The Concordia College Alabama Division of Education held a Literacy Festival, themed “The Magic of Literacy,” for all second grade students in the Selma City, Dallas County, Lowndes County, and Wilcox County school systems. More than 400 students attended the event, designed to encourage reading and promote the importance of literature.

Students who participated in the festival saw a live theatrical performance of Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat as well as a literary dramatization entitled “Shades of Black,” both performed by CCA students. The fun continued throughout the day as each student also received a free book, had a Disney sing-along with the Selma High School choir, enjoyed a refreshing slushy snack, played in bouncy houses, danced to music from the CCA marching band, and had a hotdog picnic lunch. The students were also visited by the lovable characters Mickey Mouse, Goofy, Big Bird, Elmo, Cookie Monster and The Cat in the Hat.

The festival was co-sponsored by International Paper, who provided partial funding for the event. Local Greek organizations, educational sororities, and honor societies also lent a hand by donating books and/or volunteering their time and resources to ensure the success of the event.

一道本不卡免费高清Those organizations include the Zeta Eta Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.; Zeta Delta chapter of the National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa; Delta Pi Lambda chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.; Selma chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.; Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.; Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.; Rho Eta chapter of Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Inc.; Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.; Alpha Theta Kappa chapter of Kappa Delta Pi International Education Honor Society.

Honor Society Promotes Literacy at Local Elementary School

Literacy was alive, exciting, and highly interactive at Byrd Early Learning Center in Selma, Alabama during the school system’s annual Dr. Seuss birthday celebration. On March 3rd, the Alpha Theta Kappa chapter of the Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society from Concordia College Alabama put on a theatrical performance of the much-loved Dr. Seuss story, The Cat in the Hat, to a group of Byrd kindergarteners.

As part of their KDP International Community Service Project, Literacy Alive!, the Seuss story was rewritten in play form and titled The Magic of the Cat in the Hat by Alpha Theta Kappa counselor, Dr. Jo Ann Summers. Quantisha Battle, president of CCA’s Kappa Delta Pi Chapter, portrayed the beloved Cat in the Hat and performed magic disappearing tricks, making streamers appear as if from out of nowhere, and wowed students with a magic coloring book whose blank pages changed with just a flip of the page.

Other characters were played by CCA students Wonder Spivey who played the role of Sally, Brittany Walton who portrayed Sally’s brother, and Shanquise Hamilton and Kayle Foster who played the mischievous Thing 1 and Thing 2.

“We are always looking for ways to connect and work with our P-12 partners,” said Ms. Tonya Chestnut, CCA’s Division of Education Chair.  “We believe that education works best when we all work together to make learning for children our first priority.”

一道本不卡免费高清CCA’s KDP also contributed to the literacy project by donating two sets of Dr. Seuss books to the Byrd library to encourage children to explore the wonderful world of reading.

Nursing Program Granted Accreditation

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Concordia’s RN-BSN nursing program has officially been granted full accreditation status by the National League for Nursing. The accreditation is effective immediately and will remain in effect for the next six years.

The program only just began last year and its first class of students will graduate this May from the twelve month program. Those eligible for the program are those students who have already earned their associate’s degree in nursing from an accredited institution, and are looking to further their education with a bachelor’s degree. Students who enter the program must also be registered nurses. The program currently has four students, all of whom earned their associate’s degrees in nursing from Wallace Community College Selma, and all will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Concordia at the end of the spring 2017 semester.

Dr. Constance Hendricks, an alumnus of Concordia, leads the CCA Nursing Department as the Chair of the Division of Health Sciences, and has been working towards this accreditation for the past two years.

“Research says the more educated your nurse, the better the care, so that’s why you need to come back and get your associate’s degree,” said Hendricks (credit: Selma Times Journal).

Photo Credit: Daniel Evans, Selma Times Journal

Concordia Quiz Bowl Team Headed to National Championship 4th Year in a Row

The Concordia College Alabama Quiz Bowl team has been selected as one of the “Great 48” teams to compete in the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge National Championship Tournament for the fourth year in a row. The tournament will take place on April 8-12 in Los Angeles, CA where 48 HBCU teams will compete for a $75,000 grand prize.

一道本不卡免费高清The Concordia team recently competed in the Dillard University National Qualifying Tournament in New Orleans, LA on February 4th where they made it to the quarter finals and finished in fourth place. It was announced on February 13th that the CCA team qualified for the National Tournament. The Selma City Council has shown their support for the team by sponsoring them, allowing them to purchase new team shirts.

Although the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge has been in existence for 28 years, Concordia only formed its first team four years ago. Despite the team’s lack of experience, it has qualified for the championship tournament every year since its formation in 2013.

一道本不卡免费高清“The team works very hard to prepare, practicing every single day, several times per day. We also hold scrimmage matches that help us get experience and prepare for the tournament,” said team advisor, Dr. Okeke.

Quiz Bowl Team Members: Marla Moore (Captain); Kenya McDowell; Tyornika Borwn; Javai Rhodes; Crystal Pettigrew; Catera Reese; Mark Arnold; and Meharu Megano (not pictured: Guichard Fuzeme; Alex McQueen; Victor Crowe).

Pictured: Selma City Council Members Samuel Randolph and Angela Benjamin present CCA Quiz Bowl Team with sponsorship check.

Student Nurses Association Supports Salvation Army

The CCA Student Nurses Association recently lent a helping hand to the Salvation Army by collecting donations for the organization’s annual “Red Kettle” campaign.

一道本不卡免费高清The students volunteered at the local Selma Walmart where they rang the giving bell to encourage patrons to donate to the cause. In just three hours, they were able to raise more than $200.

Students who participated were Reginald Broadnax, Tarshae Gaten, Malajah Briggs, Jamie Coates, Armani Porter, Shaunetta Smith, and Curtisha Durgin.

Pre-Service Teachers Benefit from Professional Learning Communities Forum

In an effort to prepare future educators and inform current ones, CCA recently held its inaugural Professional Learning Communities Forum. During the forum, practicing educators from Selma City and Dallas County School systems shared their teaching knowledge and expertise to students and faculty in Concordia’s Education Department.

Presenters at the event included Mrs. Candice Pettaway of the Dallas County School System and Mrs. DeDe Inge of the Alabama Department of Education. Pettaway highlighted the current changes being made to English/Language/Arts as it relates to the shift toward non-fiction and informational reading texts, and away from the previous curriculum which placed more emphasis on children’s literature.  This shift is in response to the rigor and complexity criteria set forth by Alabama’s College and Career Ready Standards (CCRS) framework.

DeDe Inge, Director of the Alabama Department of Education AMSTI Initiative (Alabama Math, Science and Technology Initiative), spoke about how the AMSTI initiative is positively impacting science and math learning in literacy-focused classrooms. Inge stressed the importance of designing and implementing engaging lessons that motivate students.

Through the forum, education students were able to gain firsthand knowledge from education experts to prepare them for their futures in the classroom. This is the first of many forums that will take place throughout the year at Concordia.

Concordia Adds New Music Degree Concentration

Concordia has once again expanded its academic reach by adding a new degree concentration to its growing list of academic programs. Students now have the option to study music with this new Associate of Arts degree with Music Concentration. The music program is the eighth new program added by the college in the past two years alone. Since 2014, CCA has added three business concentrations (Management, Management Information Systems, Organizational Leadership); three Associate of Arts programs (Nursing, Applied Management, Music); and three bachelor’s degrees (Social and Behavioral Science, Criminal Justice, Nursing (RN-BSN) ). The music concentration will be available to students starting this January.

Under the music program, students will be required to complete eighteen credit hours in music courses in addition to the forty-four core credit hours required to obtain an Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree. The program will be led by Mr. Steven Johnson, CCA’s band director and music instructor.

一道本不卡免费高清In addition to the music program, CCA’s Division of General Education has officially changed its name to the Division of Arts and Sciences.

“This brings Concordia in line with other four year degree granting institutions and positions the college for further growth,” said Dr. John Minney, Arts and Sciences Division Chair.

一道本不卡免费高清In an effort to continue its academic growth, CCA is also currently laying the groundwork to add a Bachelor of Liberal Arts program in the near future, pending approval from the college’s accrediting agency, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

These positive changes come off the heels of CCA’s new five-year strategic plan that was put into place this June. One of the main goals of the new plan is to create more opportunities for students, including adding new majors, academic programs, and extracurricular activities. A copy of the plan can be found here on the “About Us” section of the Concordia website (

Alpha Kappa Mu to Host American Red Cross Seminar

一道本不卡免费高清CCA’s Alpha Kappa Mu National Honor Society will be hosting an American Red Cross training seminar on Thursday, September 8 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. The event will be held in Concordia’s Wright Auditorium and is open to the public.

The seminar is being sponsored by the American Red Cross of Central Alabama with the goal of educating attendees on volunteerism and disaster preparedness. Refreshments will be served following the seminar.

For questions about this event please contact Dr. Chinwe Okeke (Honors Program Director) at 334-874-5700 ext. 19718;

Honors Program Seeks to Recognize Public Servants

The Concordia College Alabama Honors Program will be hosting a series of events to show appreciation for Selma/Dallas County public servants. The series, called “Plan to Plan T.A.G.S. a Public Servant,” will begin August 29 at 12:00 p.m. in CCA’s Wright Auditorium.

The CCA Honors Program students have created this initiative to help build bridges and promote better relations between the community and those working in public service occupations (i.e. firefighters, sheriffs, judges, police offers, military officials, elected officials, etc.). Each Monday during the fall 2016 semester, the Honors Program will invite a public servant to speak and answer questions so that the community may have a better understanding and appreciation for the work that they do. The acronym T.A.G.S. stands for Teamwork, Appreciation, Growth, and Synergy, all of which CCA hopes to promote through this series.

一道本不卡免费高清To show further appreciation, the Honors Program will “TAG” a public servant’s break room/lounge at work with doughnuts, coffee, orange juice and fruit as a token of appreciation for service to the community.  In addition, a Concordia College Alabama T.A.G.S. gift bag will be given to the public servant.

The events will be held every Monday in CCA’s Wright auditorium from 12:00-1:00 p.m. The entire Selma/Dallas County community is invited and encouraged to attend. The events are free and lunch will be served.

一道本不卡免费高清For more information, or for questions about this event, please contact:

Dr. Chinwe Okeke, Honors Program Coordinator
334-874-5700 ext. 19718