Concordia Announces Chief Transition Officer


Dr. James E. Lyons

The Concordia College Alabama Board of Regents is pleased to announce that

has been retained by the college to serve as Chief Transition Officer to provide leadership in guiding the college during the transitional period between presidents.

一道本不卡免费高清Dr. Lyons began his service on May 15, 2017 and will report directly to the Board of Regents.

“Dr. Lyons brings over 40 years of knowledge and practical experience as a college administrator, president, instructor, and working with accreditation and regulatory agencies,” said Lloyd R. Probasco, Chair of the Board of Regents.

“His breadth of experience will be instrumental as we move to the next phase of life of the College,” Probasco continued.

“Also, we are most grateful to Dexter Jackson for his leadership and service as Interim President while continuing his duties as Chief Financial Officer these past nine months,” Probasco concluded. “Mr. Jackson will continue to assist Dr. Lyon as Chief Operations Officer and Chief Financial Officer”.

Rosa J. Young Museum is Dedicated


Concordia College and Alabama Lutheran Academy alumni paid tribute to Concordia founder Rosa J. Young last Friday as they dedicated the new and improved Rosa J. Young Museum on the college’s Broad Street campus.

The museum had previously been located on the college’s Franklin Street campus. However, it was decided by the alumni association to relocate the museum to a newer, larger building on the college’s West Campus. After months of preparation and moving, the new location was finally dedicated on Friday, May 12 among alumni and friends alike.

一道本不卡免费高清Mrs. Gracie Hollins, museum director and alumnus of Alabama Lutheran Academy, worked tirelessly for months to achieve the remodel in order to pay proper tribute to the college’s honorable founder.

Students Shine at Commencement Banquet


Last Thursday was one for the record books as Concordia honored and celebrated its 2017 graduates at the annual Commencement Banquet. Graduates, their families, faculty and staff, alumni, the Board of Regents, and community members attended the joyous occasion where numerous awards were presented to both students and faculty/staff members.

Not only was each graduate recognized by his/her academic division chair, but several special awards were also given out, including graduates with academic honors, Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society students and distinguished baccalaureate degree graduates. Additionally awards were also presented to outstanding Quiz Bowl Team members, student-athletes and Student Government Association leaders.

The awards continued as students who participated in internships were recognized by the companies/organizations at which they interned. Concordia students did such exceptional work, in fact, that several were offered full time jobs on the spot by businesses such as the Lear Corporation, Wooten Law Firm, Selma Police Department, the City of Selma, and more.

一道本不卡免费高清Furthermore, Lear Corporation also proudly announced that 2016 Concordia graduate Yemsrach (Yemi) Hermano, who was offered full-time employment last year at Lear, has been promoted to work in their Finance Department.

It was also a proud night for several of our academic divisions, as the first-ever Nursing students graduated from the college’s brand new Health Sciences Division. The cohort of four nursing students dedicated the past year entirely to completing their Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing in record time, and were also commissioned as certified parish nurses in the process. The Division of Teacher Education also proudly declared that they have had 100% placement of their graduates into teaching jobs for the past four years.

Finally, the celebratory event concluded with faculty/staff of the year awards that were voted on by the student body. Winners included Department of the Year: Division of Educatuion; Department of Admissions; and the Department of STAARS. Faculty of the year winners were Mr. Steve Shoals, Assistant Professor of Mathmatices (1st place) and Dr. Chinwe Okeke, Associate Professor of Biology (2nd place). The Staff of the Year winners were Ms. Julia Irby, Housing Department (1st place) and Rev. Coley Chestnut, Director of Student Life (2nd place).

Ruben Studdard Music Camp to be Held at Concordia


Concordia College Alabama is excited to announce that it will be hosting the Ruben Studdard Music Camp this summer. Auditions for the camp will take place on June 3rd on the Concordia campus at 10:00 a.m. The camp will take place July 10th– July 21st on CCA’s campus with a special reception on July 9th and a finale performance at Selma High School on July 21st.

Auditions are open to all children between the ages of 12-18. Students wishing to audition should have a musical selection prepared, either vocal or instrumental. Fifty students will be selected to participate in the camp through the audition process and cost to attend the camp will be $250. Students will also have the opportunity to win a scholarship to attend the camp by posting a video of themselves performing a sixty second musical number (vocal or instrumental) and posting it to the Ruben Studdard Music Camp Facebook page. Participants will have until May 31st一道本不卡免费高清 to enter the scholarship contest and two winners will be selected.

About the Camp:

一道本不卡免费高清Since winning American Idol in 2003, Ruben Studdard’s love for music and his sincere desire to give back to his community lead to the creation of The Ruben Studdard Foundation for the Advancement of Children in the Music Arts. As a product of the Birmingham’s City School System, Ruben experienced first-hand the significance of how music education can impact a child’s life. With budget cuts threatening the elimination of thousands of music education programs in school systems across the nation, Ruben is impassioned about the students in Birmingham never having this scenario become a reality. The Ruben Studdard Music Camp began as an initiative set forth Ruben Studdard Foundation, which was started by Studdard in YEAR. Since YEAR OF FIRST CAMP, NUMBER OF STUDENTS have benefited from the camp.

Area Second Graders Enjoy Literacy Festival


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.

Concordia College Alabama welcomes new Executive Vice President of Global Academic Initiative


一道本不卡免费高清Dr. Jack Yang

Concordia College Alabama is excited to announce that Dr. Jack Yang will join the Concordia Family as the new Executive Vice President of Global Academic Initiative. In this integral role, he will oversee the global expansion of our admissions efforts, seeking out potential opportunities for international students to attend Concordia. As Concordia is always seeking ways to create a diverse, multicultural student experience, Dr. Yang’s expertise in education and international operations will no-doubt be hugely beneficial to the college.

Dr. Yang has served as an academic professor since the year of 2003. He holds a doctoral degree in adult and higher education from the University of South Dakota and three master’s degrees in both business and educational technology. Dr. Yang has diverse academic experience in teaching, research and administration. In terms of academic teaching, he works for institutions both in the United States and Taiwan; has taught courses such as Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Organizational Behavior/Leadership, International Business, and Marketing. Dr. Yang also teaches educational and cultural subjects such as Distance Education (e-learning), International Education, Cultural Creativity, and Digital Archive. He has published over 100 research papers in academic journals, international conferences, many patents (Invention/Utility), and 8 books (include APP). His research areas include international education, business, e-learning, and cultural creativity. Dr. Yang has also had exceptional performance in academic research projects/funding operations. He has received over one million US dollars for research funding from the National Research Council, Ministry of Education, as well as other government units over the past decade.

一道本不卡免费高清Dr. Yang also served as a department chair, journal associate editor, international conference chair, journal reviewer, and committee member in many international academic associations. He is a professional expert in international offshore program development/operation, marketing /recruitment and budgeting and has over 15 years of successful experience in practical international/offshore program operations.

Besides his academic ventures, he has twice been awarded National College Fencing Champion (in Taiwan) and Midwest Heartland Circuit Fencing Champion (USA). He also enjoys Horseback riding, saxophone and motorcycle riding in his spare time.

Dr. Jack Fei Yang
Full Professor & Executive Vice President
Phone: (334) 874-5700 Ext 19705
Cell/WeChat: 13521518649 (China)
Email: fyang@goleyciyiz.com

Honor Society Inducts Fifteen Students


一道本不卡免费高清Concordia’s chapter of the Alpha Kappa Mu National Honor Society recently welcomed fifteen new members at their induction ceremony on April 26, 2017.

Alpha Kappa Mu is a national scholarship honor society open to men and women in all academic areas who meet the requirements of the society. The purpose of Alpha Kappa Mu is to promote high scholarship, encourage sincere and zealous endeavor in all fields of knowledge and service, cultivate a high order of personal living, and develop an appreciation of scholarship and scholarly endeavor in others.

The establishment of the Concordia chapter comes after an extensive application process and review of Concordia’s curriculum and accreditation by the National Alpha Kappa Mu headquarters. The Concordia chapter was named Mu Tau and operates under the advising of Dr. Chinwe Okeke, assistant professor of Biology and honors program director. Students who were eligible to join the society were required to be at a junior or senior credit level, and meet a grade point average minimum of a 3.3 on a 4.0 scale.

New inductees include:

Quintisha Battle
Marla Moore
Krista Purdie Montgomery
Bre’Anna Weldon
Christie Sawyer
Charles Carol
Treyvond Moore
Meharu Negawo
Greta Dell Abernathy
Jeanette Nikia Caddell
Wadleste Merancin
Mikel Martineau
Karen A. Bailey
Keeshanda Tripp
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Student Speaks at Diversity Forum


Kieran Sturdivant has held many leadership positions as a student at Concordia, including the office of SGA President, Alabama Association of Independent Colleges and Universities State Ambassador, and Pathway Peer Counselor. As an influential student leader, he was invited to speak at Concordia University Nebraska’s Student Diversity and Inclusion Committee Discussion Forum on April 20th.

Sturdivant worked to advise and consult the Concordia Nebraska students on how to better serve their diverse student population.

一道本不卡免费高清“I [was able to] speak to and meet with students and administration in multiple venues over several days,” said Sturdivant.

一道本不卡免费高清Dr. Laurie Zum Hofe of CU Nebraska said of Sturdivant, “We value Kieran’s experience and his excellent ability to connect with a Midwestern audience. No one will forget how to step from his tutelage!”

一道本不卡免费高清According to Hofe, the forum felt more like a laid back family reunion than anything else.

一道本不卡免费高清“Since we had attended the Black Student Leadership Conference at Concordia Chicago, this reunion of sorts felt very much like a family gathering with good conversation, thoughtful questions and lots of laughter.”

Concordia Joins Forces with Community for Literacy Festival


The Concordia College Alabama Division of Education will hold 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. The event will take place Tuesday, May 2nd一道本不卡免费高清 from 9:00am – 1:30pm. The event is being conducted as a joint effort between Concordia and a number of community sponsors and organizations. An estimated 400-450 second graders are expected to attend.

Students participating in the festival will see a live theatrical performance of Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat as well as a literary dramatization of “Shades of Black,” both performed by CCA students. Free books will also be distributed to all participants as well as to the chaperoning teachers. The participants will also be fed a kid-friendly hotdog lunch and participate in recreational activities such as field games, a bounce house and train ride on CCA’s west campus lawn.

The festival is being 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.

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.

Annual Special Olympics


Students in CCA’s Division of Social and Behavioral Science recently lent a hand to the Cahaba Center for Mental Health at the Center’s annual Special Olympics.

The annual competition is one of the largest local competitions held in the state and is also one of the oldest. This event began in 1979 and has grown each year. Approximately 125 Special Olympic athletes participate locally with a team of 25 also traveling from Chatom, Alabama. Cahaba Center athletes go on to participate in the State competition every year, as well as some who advance to compete both nationally and internationally.

一道本不卡免费高清Concordia students enjoy participating in the event each year, where they are able to interact with the Cahaba patients and help encourage and cheer them on.