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  • CIU Grads Thank Professors | Columbia International University
    graduate degrees during commencement ceremonies May 17 After exiting the chapel doors to sunshine and blue skies of a mild spring day one of the first things many of them did was thank a professor often with a hug or a handshake Jacob Tedder who will be a youth pastor in Rock Hill S C says he needed guidance to see his way through to his academic and spiritual goals so during his sophomore year he sought out Youth Ministry professor Dr David Olshine as a mentor I can say that without his influence in my life over the past three years I would not be the person I am today Tedder said Through all of our Olshine walks and hard questions I can say that he has become a great friend who has shaped me in more ways than I ever could have imagined and I am incredibly grateful for him Meanwhile a graduate of the CIU Seminary School of Ministry who preferred not to be identified because he may be ministering in areas hostile to the gospel credited a number of his professors for helping his earn his Master of Divinity degree including the late Dr Bill Larkin who passed away at the beginning of the year Dr Larkin modeled excellence along with humility as a disciple of Jesus Christ the student said Dr David Cashin and Dr Chris Little challenged me the most to present the gospel faithfully and relevantly for the glory of God The commencement speaker was Dr John Stumbo the president of the Christian Missionary Alliance C MA and a 1985 CIU graduate He said the message to CIU graduates should be different than many educational institutions because CIU graduates are followers of Christ We don t want to do life on our own

    Original URL path: http://www.ciu.edu/newsstory/ciu-grads-thank-professors (2016-01-26)
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  • Philip Yancey Returns to CIU | Columbia International University
    during his time at CIU Yancey returned to CIU on May 1 and 2 to meet with students and to celebrate the school s 90th anniversary with a banquet at Brookland Baptist Church in West Columbia The banquet was held in conjunction with Forward in Faith a 36 million fundraising campaign for the development of CIU There were more than 350 people in attendance including CIU students faculty and alumni as well as members of the general public Yancey is known for writing openly about difficult topics in the Christian faith He has authored more than 20 books including What s So Amazing About Grace and Where s God When It Hurts His message at the banquet which he introduced as Seasons of the Soul addressed a few of these difficult questions He encouraged his audience to pursue God in every season and circumstance The springtime of the soul is the new life in Christ which we ve all tasted he explained I had that as a student at CIU Yancey went on to speak of the summers of life when ministry is fruitful and the world is in bloom the autumns when it s hard to hang onto hope and the winters which hold the most difficult life circumstances If you re upset with the evil on this planet I assure you God is far more upset he said If you re grieved by the hurt on this planet I can assure you God is far more grieved and He s going to do something about it Throughout the banquet Yancey also praised CIU for preparing students who impact the nations with the gospel of Jesus Christ Wherever I go I see the effects of this school he said recounting his interactions with CIU alumni who minister around the

    Original URL path: http://www.ciu.edu/newsstory/philip-yancey-returns-ciu (2016-01-26)
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  • Spring Fun at CIU | Columbia International University
    Katie Varwig as Peter Pan and Tinker Bell at the Disney Formal Photo by CIU student photographer Timothy Wolff Click image to view a larger version Getting ready for laser tag Photo by Christine Benz May 06 2014 Columbia International University students took a break from late semester papers and projects to take part in spring activities some traditional some new The guys found a tie and the ladies dressed

    Original URL path: http://www.ciu.edu/newsstory/spring-fun-ciu (2016-01-26)
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  • Joy in the “Mourning” | Columbia International University
    is for anyone who has experienced any kind of life changing loss It could be the death of a loved one the loss of a limb or even the loss of a pet Gill who graduated from CIU with a counseling degree in 2003 says the ministry is inspired by Psalm 30 5 which reads Weeping may last for the night But a shout of joy comes in the morning

    Original URL path: http://www.ciu.edu/newsstory/joy-mourning (2016-01-26)
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  • On Gender and Sexuality | Columbia International University
    by the Exchange a student organization for those interested in the humanities and the fine arts Ahead of the Chapel The Exchange invited students to submit their questions regarding gender and sexuality The questions were answered by Theology professors Michael Naylor and Michael Galdame z Psychology professor Carrie Caudill and Music professor Rod Lewis in a panel discussion moderated by Exchange president Frank Brazell The questions covered a variety of issues from gender differences in the church to the biblical nature of marriage Roles and responsibilities differ in the context of marriage but there is a high calling for both husband and wife to live out their faith to love and submit to one another Naylor said Questions also addressed the issue of homosexuality how are Christians to lovingly confront this issue since it changes the biblical institution of marriage Here s this institution God has given us for the good of society and it s breaking down Galdamez said What should we be doing about it as Christians We have to speak about it and we can t be silent The panel also addressed the need for the church to lovingly speak truth into this area We Christians tend

    Original URL path: http://www.ciu.edu/newsstory/gender-and-sexuality (2016-01-26)
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  • Sadie Hawkins Throwdown | Columbia International University
    finding paint in my hair This can only mean one thing the annual Sadie Hawkins Throwdown a unique and high energy competition hosted by the CIU Student Union The zany and energetic event begins with a pair of female students asking a pair of male students to join them as a team These groups of four don silly costumes white T shirts and head to the recreation field for a series of diverse and creative games One of my friends called it a colorful Hunger Games This year s games were fun and competitive and included jousting with paint covered pool noodles an enormous game of Jenga and a surprisingly competitive game of musical chairs At the end of each station the leaders of the station threw colored powder on the competitors which quickly turned both the field and the competitors into a colorful mess Still I found myself running and laughing as I competed alongside three good friends None of us were very competitive but we managed to pop a few balloons cover our opponents in paint and take home third place in an intense round of tug of war When the time came for the championship round only

    Original URL path: http://www.ciu.edu/newsstory/sadie-hawkins-throwdown (2016-01-26)
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  • Senate Honors Hulbert, Larkin | Columbia International University
    Larkin from the podium of the S C Senate Click image to view a larger version Dr Bill Larkin April 10 2014 The South Carolina Senate honored two Columbia International University professors who passed away in February In resolutions offered by Richland County Senator Darrell Jackson a CIU alumnus Dr Terry Hulbert and Dr Bill Larkin were remembered for nearly eight decades of impact on students and evangelical scholarship Read

    Original URL path: http://www.ciu.edu/newsstory/senate-honors-hulbert-larkin (2016-01-26)
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  • Bye Bye Birdie a Hit | Columbia International University
    McCutchan CIU Student Writer Columbia International University students took a trip back to the year 1958 as the CIU Players presented the lighthearted 1960 Broadway musical Bye Bye Birdie Bye Bye Birdie tells the story of struggling music agent Albert Peterson Chris Kyles When the United States Army drafts his prominent client rock and roll singer and teenage heartthrob Conrad Birdie William Bitterman Peterson becomes desperate for a last publicity stunt to save his career His sweetheart and secretary Rosie Alvarez Emily Calder comes up with the master plan that will save Birdie s career and she hopes will convince Peterson to leave the music business Birdie and his two agents travel to Sweet Apple Ohio where he will perform his new song One Last Kiss and give his last kiss to one lucky fangirl 15 year old Kim MacAfee Courtney Reasoner However as romantic interests become entangled the publicity stunt turns into a disaster that threatens to turn Sweet Apple upside down While the plot of Bye Bye Birdie is amusingly chaotic the CIU Players also faced some chaos as they prepared for the show They had only six weeks to build sets find costumes and learn lines and music The cast put in 10 12 hours per week of singing acting and dancing director and senior Patti Donovan said I couldn t have asked for a more committed cast It s safe to say that the cast enjoyed their time on stage From overprotective father Harry MacAfee Jeremy Reasoner to glamorous showgirl Gloria Rasputin Christine Benz the CIU Players embraced their roles in a way that was both humorous and convincing I enjoyed playing Rosie because she is strong confident and determined Calder said It was fun to play her because she went through so many different emotions

    Original URL path: http://www.ciu.edu/newsstory/bye-bye-birdie-hit (2016-01-26)
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