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  • Alum Leads 175-Mile River Trip | Columbia International University
    Vietnam veteran led a weeklong 175 mile river trip from Columbia to Charleston South Carolina in an effort to bond with and help 22 veterans who are dealing with issues related to combat and stress Farmer who graduated from CIU in 1990 with a bachelor s degree in Biblical Studies leads a combat veterans support group at his Columbia area church He says that military veterans who deal with post

    Original URL path: http://www.ciu.edu/newsstory/alum-leads-175-mile-river-trip (2016-01-26)
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  • Marketplace Mentors | Columbia International University
    CIU Intercultural Studies professor Dr Mike Barnett says the Marketplace Mentors Dinner held once each semester is part of larger initiative called Connexus designed to connect our students with real world Christ followers who live work and serve in the marketplace The participating students are majoring in Global Business Development International Community Development or Global Media Communication Also attending the dinner were CIU Business Organizational Leadership Program Director Dr Benjamin Dean and CIU Chief Financial Officer Keith Stokeld Barnett says the challenge to provide mentors from the marketplace came from Bill Short a prominent attorney in downtown Columbia and an active member of a downtown businessmen Bible study that was co founded by CIU President Dr Bill Jones Short who attended the April dinner meeting says there is an abundance of downtown believing professionals with a wide variety of ministries who can share their experiences with the students We passed along our experiences on being relational on how to share your faith on how to approach leading others to Christ on how to live an abundant Christian life in your workplace Short said These efforts are mostly non denominational and thus strengthen the local churches and ministries That resonated with

    Original URL path: http://www.ciu.edu/newsstory/marketplace-mentors (2016-01-26)
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  • Sadie Hawkins, CIU-Style | Columbia International University
    2015 By Brittany Bradley CIU Student Writer Sadie Hawkins at CIU isn t the stereotypical dance scene Instead the annual spring event features the women asking the men to join their team for an afternoon of zany competition Organizing the event has been pretty crazy but I think everyone has come together during crunch time sophomore Emily Calder said It s cool to see how everyone worked together to pull it off Twenty five teams each composed of two men and two women competed against the clock and one another at a myriad of stations testing their speed teamwork intellect and creativity It s like a college field day on steroids sophomore Jacob Moore said The 12 stations were manned by student and alumni volunteers who facilitated traditional games including three legged races and hot potato but also unique games such as guess that baby food and a hair washing station yes teams worked together to lather condition and rinse a female teammate s hair For each station teams competed against one or two other teams and were awarded points accordingly three points to first place two points to second and one point to third After all the stations were complete points were totaled and the top two teams advanced to a relay race finale In an unprecedented turn of events three teams tied for second place The three way tie was settled by a 100 yard foot race and Team 7 self proclaimed Blue Bruisers Katy Swift Jared Collins Hailey Williamson Antwon Burgess advanced to the finale The Blue Bruisers competed against Team 1 Brandon Eaves Jeremy Gilbert Katie Varwig Hannah Panos in the final round of competition a relay race The relay included a dizzy bat race hula hooping contest tractor tire roll soccer dribbling drill and finished

    Original URL path: http://www.ciu.edu/newsstory/sadie-hawkins-ciu-style (2016-01-26)
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  • What to do when SLAMDD | Columbia International University
    CIU Student Writer Sometimes the subjects seem taboo But through the transparency of seven Columbia International University professors the topics of S exual theology L oneliness A ddictions D epression and D ebt or SLAMDD were addressed in a series of spring Chapel messages The series began with Brion Burns associate dean for student life and student development sharing a message titled Is Christ Enough discussing a personal struggle he had faced and how he found himself asking the question is Christ enough for me A school wide Prayer Day followed which featured the topics of loneliness and depression Psychology professor Dr Carrie Caudill and professor of Church Ministry Dr Terry Powell talked about personal experiences and practical ways for students to overcome their loneliness and depression I think that it is really important that our school took a day to focus on these two topics freshman Gabrielle Dover said These two issues are things that I think everyone has dealt with at some point in their life some more than others but it is nice that as a university we are striving to overcome and work alongside students who might be struggling with these two things The series continued with Philosophy professor Dr Glenn Gentry and a frank discussion about doubt especially doubting God I don t suppose there are many things that I have thought about more struggled with more over the past 30 years than doubt Gentry said I have no good answers but I can offer to walk with you That was followed by practical advice about finances from Business Organizational Leadership professor Amy DuBois who warned against the dangers of debt and how it can and does affect students Throughout the series the student body was amazed at how open professors were about their experiences

    Original URL path: http://www.ciu.edu/newsstory/what-do-when-slamdd (2016-01-26)
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  • Gov. Rick Perry Visits CIU | Columbia International University
    laugh just tell him your plans right he joked Perry described how his training in the Air Force led him to pursue a career as a missionary aviator with Wycliffe Bible Translators When God closed the door on that ministry Perry admitted he felt a deep brokenness God dealt with me then and he dealt with me in a pretty harsh way Perry said God dealt with me by wadding me up into a really uncomfortable ball and blowing that chaff away and asking me if I was really ready to follow Him That started a journey for me Through a series of other events he pursued a career in politics which led to his becoming the governor of Texas a position which he held for 15 years making him the longest serving governor in Texas history God meant for me to have a ministry he said I just never knew it was going to be as big as it is Don t ever limit in any way what God is going to do in your life Perry challenged CIU students to help other people get a second chance in life As a personal example he noted his support of Texas legislation that he says rehabilitates nonviolent drug offenders instead of sentencing them to long term prison sentences which has led to the closing of three prisons in Texas CIU students were encouraged by the message and challenged in their own ministries It was cool thinking that someone who could become the president cared enough to come to our college freshman Addie Allen said It seemed pretty significant that he was here Perry also met with several CIU student leaders before he gave his message He was very relational with each person he met and he showed a lot of

    Original URL path: http://www.ciu.edu/newsstory/gov-rick-perry-visits-ciu (2016-01-26)
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  • Controversies in Mission | Columbia International University
    Columbia International University March 28 for the annual meeting of the Evangelical Missiological Society Southeast Region Among those who made presentations were CIU professors of Intercultural Studies Dr David Cashin and Dr Ed Smither Cashin spoke on Seven Types of Insider Movements What is an Insider Movement For example in the Muslim context it means that you can still call yourself a Muslim even though you believe in Jesus as Lord and Savior Cashin notes that there are also Insider Movements in Hinduism Buddhism African tribal religions and probably any religion He has discovered seven types of Insider Movements in Christian history Read Cashin s paper on the topic at http www ciumissionofgod org uploads 5 6 4 6 564614 seven types of insider movements pdf Dr Ed Smither spoke on St Patrick Bishop Missionary Monk or All of the Above Smither writes There is probably no figure from the early church so well know to the modern world especially in the West as Patrick of Ireland and at the same time no leader with so many legends associated with this name It may come as a shock to some that Patrick was not actually Irish rather he was most

    Original URL path: http://www.ciu.edu/newsstory/controversies-mission (2016-01-26)
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  • CIU’s Got Talent:Acousta 2015 | Columbia International University
    the incredible talent of the 28 students who on March 28 graced Shortess Chapel with their riveting performances The annual event is hosted by the Student Union a student led organization that plans campus events Before the show even began the hosts and hostesses made grand entrances Lexi Woodward knocked out Steven McCain in a comical boxing match Katy Perry and Emily Regan swaggered in with camel puppets and secret agents Jacob Moore and Shane Sieweke greeted the crowd with water guns It was such a fun event to take part in I ve been going since I was a freshman and having the opportunity to host with Steven McCain was a perfect way to end our senior year Woodward said This will always be my favorite student union event Some students performed original pieces like vocalist guitarist Alyssa Stewart accompanied by Kinsey Philips on the dulcimer Others performed comedy acts including Abbie Montgomery who impersonated YouTube sensation Miranda Sings in a humorous monologue I thought it was a wonderful and well put together show with great acts junior Allie Wynn said I most enjoyed Abbie Montgomery s Miranda Sings A day in the life of Mini Mitch Gebel had the audience rolling with a humorous performance Caleb Hamilton displayed his mad skills with Mad Libs Piano where he used audience participation to create a preposterous musical story and Timothy Wolfe and Jacob Calder offered theatrical talent with a Shakespearean interpretation of a football game For me personally it was so gratifying to perform after all my hard work and hear the audience respond Wolfe said Performers were introduced in a variety of fun ways ranging from knock knock jokes to impromptu animal sound effects Some performers were even asked to share other hidden talents Jonathan Shuffler blew the audience

    Original URL path: http://www.ciu.edu/newsstory/ciu-s-got-talentacousta-2015 (2016-01-26)
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  • Why Are Teens Leaving Church? | Columbia International University
    view a larger version Dr David Olshine discusses youth ministry with Terrace Crawford during a retreat for youth ministers March 19 2015 Why are so many teens walking away from the church once they get out of high school That s the topic explored by CIU Youth Ministries professor Dr David Olshine on the podcast This Week in Youth Ministry hosted by CIU alumnus Terrace Crawford Olshine is the author

    Original URL path: http://www.ciu.edu/newsstory/why-are-teens-leaving-church (2016-01-26)
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