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Department & Program Sessions

Over the lunch break during COSS, some academic departments and programs offer their own sessions. Examples include honor society induction ceremonies, alumni presentations, panel discussions, and highlighted student presentations. These sessions occur between 12:15 and 1:45 pm.

Departments and Programs offering sessions at COSS 2019 are listed below. A complete list may also be downloaded using the link at the bottom of this page.

Cyrus M. Running Gallery – 2019 Senior Art Exhibition Opening and Awards Ceremony
Olin 207 – Conversations with Alum Jon Kamrath ‘03
Jon Kamrath graduated from Concordia in 2003 with a B.A. in Art (Art Education) and Psychology. He taught junior high school art in Fergus Falls before going on to earn his M.F.A. from Iowa State University. Since then he has taught more and is now working full time in his studio where he has been actively sculpting and doing commission work. He maintains an active exhibition schedule, has worked on commissioned public works, and is currently the Vice President for The Society of Minnesota Sculptors.

Offutt School of Business
Barry Auditorium – Research at the Offutt School of Business
“Feeds Deeds” – Nick Rebollo, Dustin Steedsman, Cody Weiland  
“Chief Accounting Officers of Fortune 500 Companies:  How Liberal Arts Schooling Measures Up”
Hannah Anderson, Marit Tverberg, Jaramey Johnson, Anthony Moritz, Mallory Rahebl
Barry Scholarship research – Marina Que, Skyler Stoner
Ethics and Leadership posters

Communication Studies and Theatre Arts
Lab Theatre – CSTA Honors Ceremony, Lambda Pi Eta Induction
The newest members of Lambda Pi Eta, the national communication honor society, will be inducted at the ceremony. We will also be presenting department awards for academic excellence, emerging scholarship and leadership through service to this year’s honorees. Invite your families and friends to share this day with us. Refreshments will be served.

Integrated Science Center 101 – Alumni Panel Discussion
Education alumni will share their stories of the field with current students.

Bishop Whipple 249 – English Showcase
The English Showcase will celebrate work from the literature and writing majors. Skye Spindler (’20), the 2018 English Summer Research Fellowship Scholar, will share results from her project. Prashansha Maharjan (’19) will discuss her growth as a writing major and will share excerpts from some of her favorite pieces. We will also recognize our 2019 English Honors students and announce the 2019 English Summer Research Fellowship Scholars.

Morrie Jones C/D – History Department Phi Alpha Theta Induction Ceremony, and Life and Work in Public History Discussion

KCC Centrum – Dustin White, ‘05, Global Head of Business Optimization and Analytics; Visa, Inc.
Analytics and payments are two of the most dynamic, technology-based industries in the world.  Working at the convergence of these two fields requires the utilization of increasingly innovative operational and analytical applications to solve business challenges at speed and scale.  In this session, Dustin White (Class of 2005) will give an overview of his journey from Concordia to leading a global analytics team at Visa.  Key topics will include current trends in payments, the continual evolution of analytics as an enabler of business and the increasing demand for quantitative skills and creativity to solve real-world problems that impact people’s day-to-day lives.

Integrated Science Center 201 – Nu Rho Psi Honor Society and Concordia Neuroscience Society membership and information session. Students in any major interested in neuroscience topics are welcome.

Integrated Science Center 252 – Sigma Pi Sigma Induction Ceremony
Integrated Science Center 249 – Presentation by Rebecca Hendrickson (‘15), Civil Engineer, Black & Veatch, Twin Cities

Integrated Science Center 106 – Psi Chi Induction and Alum Speaker
Eric Bailly (‘93), Licensed Professional Counselor in the states of ND and CO and is currently a Business Solutions Director at Anthem, Inc. Eric will be talking about how Concordia not only helped pave the way for his career, but has been a consistent theme in helping him to evolve and grow throughout his career.

Bishop Whipple 244 – Religion Department Senior Research Seminar Presentations
A celebration of graduating Religion majors, with summary presentations of research completed in the Religion department’s research seminar (Religion 410). All students, friends, faculty, family, and other supporters of students studying religion are welcome. A buffet lunch will be served.
“Christianity and Indigenous Peoples: A History of Pain and a Move Toward Reconciliation” – Alexis Huseby
In relation to the repudiation of the doctrine of discovery by the ELCA and other churches this paper discusses the history of Christian missions on Native American peoples and explores whether the ELCA’s understanding of mission as accompaniment, and the model of mission in reverse can be appropriate paths for reconciliation.  
“Christianity and Native Americans: Oppression or Liberation?” – Ben Dyrhaug
This paper discusses the role of Christianity in the colonization of North America and, in conversation with the work of Native American theologian George Tinker, explores the question what North American Christian theology should learn from Native peoples and Native spiritualities.

Social Work
Old Main 331 – Lessons from the Field for Social Work Students
Field placement and seminar are considered a PEAK and capstone experience for a social work major. The process of securing a placement and navigating the professional waters of an agency are both challenging and rewarding. This transformative semester offers great opportunity for growth professionally and personally. Senior Social Work students currently engaged in their field placement will present on lessons they learned through the process of placement exploration, the incorporation of the core curriculum in their agency setting, their personal and professional growth, as well as the transition from student to professional roles. Undergraduate social work majors are encouraged to attend to gain understanding of this capstone experience. Lunch will be served and an E-vite will be sent to all those who are currently listed as majors.

World Languages and Cultures
Morrie Jones A & B
All are welcome to the World Languages and Cultures department sessions. Students will present posters in Spanish and English. Conversation with visiting guest. Box lunches served.