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  • Spirits High as Rams Win | Columbia International University
    Student Writer The residence halls at Columbia International University were buzzing with excitement on Sept 4 Students eagerly painted their faces donned their CIU T shirts and headed to the soccer field Soon the Rams would play their first home game of the season against the Toccoa Falls Eagles This was no ordinary game it was Battle of the Halls a spirit competition among the residence halls which was sponsored by the athletics department The hall judged to have the most spirit would win a trip to Outback Steakhouse with athletics director Kim Abbott Battle of the Halls helps support the soccer team and it builds community within the halls which I love Abbott said People have painted their faces they re loud they re excited Students prepared their halls decorations days in advance Some made T shirts and banners one of which featured the words Insert Spirited Phrase Here while others painted their faces and wore bright blue wigs One hall even purchased a live ram from an online provider and brought him to the game on a leash Since the residence halls do not provide ideal housing for a farm animal Ramsey will be given to a good home Spirits were high as the Rams began play against the Eagles The crowd went wild as the Rams scored their first goal within the first five minutes of play By halftime the Rams were winning 3 0 and the athletics department was ready to announce the winners of the Battle of the Halls While there were many strong candidates Walker Middle took home the prize for their creative T shirts energetic cheers and fun decorations We stayed up late working on our shirts and worked on them again after classes today Walker Middle resident and freshman Addie Allen said

    Original URL path: http://www.ciu.edu/newsstory/spirits-high-rams-win (2016-01-26)
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  • Welcome Class of 2018 | Columbia International University
    U Haul trailers With the help of family and volunteer upperclassmen the new students unloaded suitcases while others carried bags of groceries and beloved stuffed animals into the students new home away from home in the CIU residence halls Within a few hours most of the new students had settled in and made a few friends That afternoon they would begin Connect CIU an orientation program that assists freshmen adjusting to life at CIU Connect CIU was a lot of fun freshman Emily Greve said The staff are really creative with everything they do like a silent auction and a scavenger hunt Connect CIU continued for four days and included sessions on time management financial aid and spiritual formation along with some fun events Between sessions students had a chance to bond with their new classmates Everyone is friendly here freshman Jalisa Sheriod said I m already making lots of new friends Connect CIU closed with a session titled Are You Ready which included a panel of upperclassmen who shared wisdom regarding the first year at CIU This is going to be a crazy four years senior Lexi Woodward told the new students God is going to do a lot

    Original URL path: http://www.ciu.edu/newsstory/welcome-class-2018 (2016-01-26)
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  • Rankin and Castor Address EMS | Columbia International University
    version Jerry Rankin Director of the Zwemer Center for Muslim Studies at CIU Click image to view a larger version Trevor Castor Associate Director of the Zwemer Center for Muslim Studies at CIU August 22 2014 The director and associate director of the Zwemer Center for Muslim Studies at Columbia International University will address The 2014 North American Mission Leaders Conference sponsored by The Evangelical Missiological Society EMS and held in Atlanta Sept 25 27 EMS exists to advance the cause of world evangelization through study and evaluation of mission concepts and strategies from a biblical perspective Zwemer Director Jerry Rankin and Associate Director Trevor Castor will present papers on this year s topic Immigration and Migration Globalization Urbanization and Exploitation Rankin a former president of the Southern Baptist International Mission Board will speak on Organizing to Reach the Diaspora A Case Study in Changing Overseas Structure from Geographic Components to Global Affinity Groups Castor who is also a professor of Intercultural Studies at CIU will discuss Mapping the Diaspora with Facebook Castor says Facebook can be used as an efficient ethnographic and migration mapping tool that offers cultural insights as well as linguistic ethnic national and religious identifiers For

    Original URL path: http://www.ciu.edu/newsstory/rankin-and-castor-address-ems (2016-01-26)
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  • Tithing After the Cross | Columbia International University
    should you give to your church A tithe How much is that Is that only an Old Testament concept Does it apply to the church of the New Testament Those are just some of the questions that often cross the minds of believers when it comes to what goes into the offering plate on Sunday Dr David Croteau professor of New Testament and Greek at Columbia International University recently tackled

    Original URL path: http://www.ciu.edu/newsstory/tithing-after-cross (2016-01-26)
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  • Cashing in on Selfies | Columbia International University
    by submitting a selfie to the Textbook Scholarship Contest sponsored by Akademos Inc an education technology company offering bookstore services To participate in the contest students posed with their favorite book and submitted their self taken photos with a creative caption to Facebook After uploading their BookShelfie a play on the word bookshelf and the social media selfie trend students encouraged friends and family to vote for their entry The

    Original URL path: http://www.ciu.edu/newsstory/cashing-selfies (2016-01-26)
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  • Female Inmates Celebrate Graduation | Columbia International University
    class hugs a CIU Prison Initiative volunteer before commencement Click image to view a larger version The graduating class sings a choreographed version of the contemporary Christian song We Were Made to Thrive Names of inmates are witheld and faces not shown because of security concerns Click image to view a larger version The charge to the graduates was given by former Department of Corrections director Jon Ozmint Ozmint was instrumental in the establishment of the CIU Prison Initiative August 11 2014 The first 12 female inmates enrolled in Columbia International University s Prison Initiative are now being disbursed among South Carolina s female inmate population to minister as chaplain s assistants With tears of joy the cohort of women received Associate of Arts degrees from CIU on Aug 8 during commencement ceremonies held at the Camille Griffin Graham Correctional Institution directly across the Broad River from CIU s main campus The Prison Initiative began in 2007 in the South Carolina Department of Correction s male institutions Since the program began 63 inmate students have graduated and have been assigned to 22 male institutions across the state The first s women s graduation caught the attention of the South Carolina

    Original URL path: http://www.ciu.edu/newsstory/female-inmates-celebrate-graduation (2016-01-26)
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  • CIU Student Honored | Columbia International University
    award is presented annually by South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities SCICU to a student enrolled at a member school who meets high academic standards and demonstrates leadership and a commitment to community involvement SCICU represents 20 private institutions of higher education in South Carolina Harper who lives in Columbia South Carolina is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree with majors in Bible and Youth Ministry Family Culture He says he is honored but could hardly believe it when he found out he was the winner It blows my mind that I was chosen from among so many people who were probably just as qualified Harper said The Lord really is faithful to provide for those who love him In addition to his studies Harper balances two part time jobs he serves as a page for the South Carolina House of Representatives and as an usher at the Koger Center for the Arts Harper is also in his fifth year of involvement with Young Life a ministry to high school students He serves on the worship team at his church and in his free time enjoys playing Frisbee guitar and reading After college Harper plans to work for Young Life

    Original URL path: http://www.ciu.edu/newsstory/ciu-student-honored (2016-01-26)
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  • Summer School for Christian Educators | Columbia International University
    a presentation July 18 2014 Dozens of Christian school teachers and administrators from across the nation and around the globe were on the campus of Columbia International University July 13 17 for the International Institute for Christian School Educators IICSE The annual event is presented by the Lowrie Center for Christian School Education at CIU The Institute focuses on the philosophy of Christian school education and its implications for today

    Original URL path: http://www.ciu.edu/newsstory/summer-school-christian-educators (2016-01-26)
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