Meet your Fall 2017 Orientation Team!

Hannah Creech

Hometown: Estherville, IA
Major: Lutheran Early Childhood Adaptive Education
Advice: The best use for your Falcon Points is Fried Friday's in the Nest. You can't argue with wings and cheese curds!


Jenny Gross

Hometown: Sheboygan, WI
Major: Hospitality and Event Management
Advice: Don't be afraid to try new things! You'll meet new people, become more involved in CUW's community, and potentially find a new passion!


Tyler Stewart

Hometown: Pekin, IL
Major: Biology / Pre-Pharmacy
Advice: Talk to everyone, no matter who they are. And always shoot for the stars, you can do anything if you set your mind to it.


Cecelia Milner

Hometown: Green Bay, WI
Major: Elementary Education
Advice: Go for it! Whatever it is that makes your heart skip a beat, what makes you come alive; there is no place better than Concordia to chase your passions.

Stephan Gieschen

Hometown: Fort Wayne, IN
Major: Music
Advice: Try to broaden your horizons and join a club wouldn't necessarily usually join. Try something different!

Jonah Eckels

Hometown: Evansville, IN
Major: Lutheran Secondary Education/Broad Field Social Studies
Advice: Keep your door open, you never know who might walk into your life!

Melanie Fischer

Hometown: West Bend, WI
Major: Exercise Physiology, Pre-Physical Therapy
Advice: Go in and meet with your professors outside of class time; they want to help you in all aspects of life and are full of good adcice.

Isaiah Kilgas

Hometown: Omro, WI
Major: Pharmaceutical Science, Pre-Pharmacy
Advice: Get involved in as much as you can in things like clubs, intramurals, and special events! You can always reprioritize commitments, but it is best to get your foot in the door right away!

Megan Wirtz

Hometown: Appleton, WI
Major: Rehabilitation Sciences, Pre-OT
Advice: Join clubs and attend sporting events! They are a great way to meet new people.

Alina Frias

Hometown: Milwaukee, WI
Major: Social Work, Spanish
Advice: Make sure to take time for yourself, take study breaks, and attend all the fun events on campus! You always deserve a break from school work!

Katie Windsor

Hometown: Burlington, Wisconsin
Major: Pharmacy, Minor: Spanish
Advice: You should definitely try walkie-talkie hide-and-seek with your friends, it’s a good time!!

Abbi Imlah

Hometown: Lombard, IL
Major: Lutheran Elementary Education with an ESL minor
Advice: Don't be afraid to go exploring off campus! There are so many awesome cities and things to do around CUW! If you don't have a car, my advice is to find a buddy who does. Also, take advantage of the off-campus activities that CAB or SGA does!

Kimberlyn Skibbe

Hometown: North Judson, IN
Major: Exercise Physiology, Pre-Physical Therapy
Advice: Step out of your comfort zone – try something new and introduce yourself to new people! College has so many opportunities that you’ll never get anywhere else. Take advantage of them to the fullest.


Christina Erdmann

Hometown: Chanhassen, MN
Major: Biomedical Sciences, Pre-Physician Assistant Studies
Advice: Get involved in any way you can: join a club, volunteer, study with new friends! Also, take advantage of the Highland House (free chips and dip right across the street!)


Tessa Pfortmiller

Hometown: Elgin, IL
Major: Rehabilitation Science, Pre-Occupational Therapy
Advice: Always desire to meet new people, they are going to be there for you when things get tough!

Colleen Gale

Hometown: Norridge, IL
Major: Rehabilitation Science/ Pre-Occupational Therapy (OT)
Advice: Do not be afraid to use all the perks that Concordia has to offer- from our great staff of professors to the Learning Resource Center, to the Math Drop- In Desk to Supplemental Instruction (SI) to the Writing Center, to individual tutoring the LRC. This can truly make a difference in your college years. Not only does the LRC assist those who are struggling, but they help all students, even those who are excelling, understand the material on a better level and write a paper that is eloquent to professors.


Rachel Oostdyk

Hometown: South Elgin, IL
Major: Nursing
Advice: While the tunnels are a great perk, don't forget to go outside! Taking a walk to the bluff or a stroll around the campus are great ways to get some fresh air.

Jackie DeWerff

Hometown: Hartland, WI
Program: Secondary Education and Mathematics
Advice: Homework is important but don't forget to have fun. The next period of your life if going to fly by so make as many memories as possible and smile every day!

Hannah Zahrte

Hometown: Excelsior, MN
Major: Lay Ministry
Advice: We have so many neat clubs and activities here on campus that are bound to spark your interest in some way! Try to attend the co-curricular fair because it's a great way to learn about these organizations and events as well as discovering how to get involved in them!

Austin Hribar

Hometown: Franklin, WI
Major: Biomedical Science, Minor: Photography
Advice: Don’t hesitate to meet new people, just remember that strangers are just best friends you haven’t met yet!

Abby Wietfeldt

Hometown: New Haven, IN
Major: Lutheran Elementary Education
Advice: Don't be afraid to get involved! College is a great time to join new clubs and organizations in which you may find new friends or discover something that you are really passionate

Kate Pennings

Hometown: Menasha, WI
Major: Actuarial Science and Spanish
Advice: Get involved! College is a time to discover who you are, so get out there and try new activities or clubs. You may find something you never knew you.

Chris Kornowski

Hometown: Hartland, WI
Major: Biomedical Sciences, Minor: Chemistry and Psychology, Pre-PA
Advice: Keep your room door open to meet new people! Also, wearing your lanyard around your neck is a tell-tale sign you're a freshman.


Lauren Gieschen

Hometown: Fort Wayne, IN
Program: Lutheran Elementary Education, Minor: English/Language Arts
Advice: Take full advantage of all the opportunities college presents you though different clubs and organizations. Don't be afraid to get involved!

Caitlin Henry

Hometown: Lansing, IL
Major: Exercise Physiology, Pre-Physical Therapy
Advice: Don’t forget to call home every once in a while. Your family misses you and will always love hearing from you!

Jane Hiller

Hometown: Ramsey, MN
Major: Occupational Therapy
Advice: You gotta try the cookies the size of your face in the Nest! 100% of the reason why the freshman 15 happened... but worth it!

Daisy Barron

Hometown: Racine, WI
Major: Biomedical Science, Pre-Pharmacy
Advice: Make friends with older students who already been through freshman year and can help make your first year easier!

Joe Dixon

Hometown: Royal Oak, MI
Major: Actuarial Science
Advice: Don't be afraid to get out of your comfort zone to branch out and meet people. The relationships you make will help define your experience here at Concordia.

Nathan Anderson

Hometown: Delafield, WI
Major: Business
Advice: Be organized. If not already organized, become so. It will ease the stress that can accumulate with messiness!

Kelly McGuinnes

Hometown: Lake Zurich, IL
Major: Art Education
Advice: Let yourself be welcomed into the CUW community and don't be afraid to meet new people or try new things. Embrace this exciting new chapter in your life!

Kelsey Charron

Hometown: Winona, MN
Major: Elementary Education with minors in English and Youth Ministry
Advice for incoming students: Get involved with things that you are passionate about, and don’t be afraid to try new things!

Join the Orientation Team!

Interested in becoming part of the Orientation Team for Fall 2017? Contact Devan Lenz or call 262-243-3287.