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  • New Experiences, New Friends, a New School Year | Columbia International University
    a hurry during Welcome Week using a speed dating method of conversation August 19 2013 By Melissa McCutchan CIU Student Writer August 11 2013 was no ordinary morning for Rachel Somerville As the incoming CIU freshman packed her belongings into the back of her brother s pickup truck she had to pray that the old vehicle could make the drive from North Carolina to her new home on Monticello Road Thankfully the truck made the trip and Somerville joined over 160 new students for Connect CIU an orientation designed to acquaint new students with their classmates CIU and the Columbia area Students kept busy their first days at CIU registering for classes attending sessions about time management and study skills and socializing at activities This transition looks different for everybody Dean of Students Rick Swift said to students in a Tuesday night welcoming session Some of you moved in last night and have 73 new Facebook friends But for some of you this is really really hard Connect CIU was hosted by the Connect Crew 10 returning CIU students who organized social events for the new students and assisted them in their move into the residence halls With events hosted by the Connect Crew squeezed in around informational sessions the freshmen didn t have much time to miss home You may feel like you ve been drinking from a fire hose the past few days Associate Provost Dr Bryan Beyer said to students in a Thursday night commissioning service Thursday night brought the official end of Connect CIU though activities were far from over Welcome Week began on Friday morning complete with surveys and social events On Saturday morning new students took part in service projects Some students cleared debris from the wooded trails on the CIU campus Others took

    Original URL path: http://www.ciu.edu/newsstory/new-experiences-new-friends-new-school-year (2016-01-26)
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  • Youth Ministry: What’s Gone Wrong? | Columbia International University
    image to view a larger version Dr David Olshine teaches Click image to view a larger version The new book by Dr David Olshine August 12 2013 Youth Ministry specialists are noticing that as technology accelerates spiritual apathy among young people is increasing Many teens are biblically illiterate bored and find the church to be irrelevant Parents are frustrated Youth leaders are burned out And high school and college students if they ever attended are leaving the church by the droves What on earth has gone wrong Dr David Olshine director of the Youth Ministry Family and Culture program at Columbia International University explores what needs to change and offers practical advice to youth ministry leaders in his new book Youth Ministry What s Gone Wrong Olshine is the author and co author of 19 books and is a regular contributor to Youth Worker Journal He is ordained in the United Methodist Church and has served for over 30 years as a youth pastor and lead pastor of a college town church He is also the co founder of Youth Ministry Coaches an organization that helps the church strategize for youth ministry youthmincoaches com Youth Ministry What s Gone Wrong

    Original URL path: http://www.ciu.edu/newsstory/youth-ministry-what%E2%80%99s-gone-wrong (2016-01-26)
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  • CIU Alumnus Made Big Impact on Small Town | Columbia International University
    his death in April But it was at his memorial service in July that his impact on the town of nearly 20 000 people may have been best measured The pews at Calvary Baptist filled up quickly as the late comers sat on folding chairs Gibson was a 1964 graduate of Columbia International University then called Columbia Bible College After serving at churches in Queens N Y and his native

    Original URL path: http://www.ciu.edu/newsstory/ciu-alumnus-made-big-impact-small-town (2016-01-26)
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  • CIU Newlyweds Showered with Love after Fire Destroys Home | Columbia International University
    office to come home The thunderstorm that passed over the Brooker s house was not the first storm in the life of these newlyweds Jud was already limping around campus in an orthopedic boot because of a foot injury a debilitating event for a cross country coach and had recently had his appendix removed But the through the storms Jud says they have come to realize that they have amazing friends at CIU After the fire a unit was made available to them at CIU s Pine View Apartments and the Admissions Department bought them houseshold and personal essentials and moved them in But that was only the beginning of the love shown to them by the CIU family Even the evening of the fire the entire Athletic Department came to the house to support us and CIU President Dr Bill Jones even came to pray with us and make sure we were OK Jud said Dr Jones called every day for a little over a week just to check up on us which really showed the character and love he and other administrators have for CIU We were showered with gifts and prayer that really helped us get back on our feet and know that God is good Jud continued Our marriage has really grown from this and we have learned to lean on God and each other for our joy and not the things we have Nicole concurs that God has used the storms to bring her and Jud closer to each other Walking with Jud through each trial after we got married has been challenging Nicole said These challenges have taught me more about being a loving and caring wife and about the importance of family They have helped me to truly commit my family into the

    Original URL path: http://www.ciu.edu/newsstory/ciu-newlyweds-showered-love-after-fire-destroys-home (2016-01-26)
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  • CIU Students Join Professor on Sabbatical Trip | Columbia International University
    leads courses on cultures and worldviews and Introduction to Islam which includes a visit to a local mosque Below is a blog post from Cashin as he ponders Japan s deepest need Jesus Christ ADMIRAL PERRY CHURCH PLANTING AND HIKIKOMORI I have been reading a fascinating book on Japan and its faltering economy and culture entitled Shutting out the Sun by Zielenziger It describes the various ways Japanese culture seems to be failing economically and sociologically The economic growth rate on average has been under one percent for 15 years Japan s birthrate is the lowest in the industrialized world and the population has been shrinking since 2005 Japan suffers one of the highest suicide rates in the world and one to two million mostly young men have become recluses in their own homes called the hikikomori or withdrawn ones In 1853 the American Admiral Perry forced the hermit kingdom into the modern world For 47 years after this opening Protestant missionaries worked in Japan with considerable success An average of 5 000 people were baptized every year But Japan remained a very mono ethnic and intensively group oriented society Then in 1890 new laws were promulgated that enshrined Shinto in a new political structure Political and religious unity became synonymous and the group culture became even more intense Baptisms dropped immediately to about 1 000 per year and have never recovered This intense group orientation continued after World War II and led to a lack of diversity both ethnically and in the arena of ideas This led to the stifling of creativity and the crushing of individuals Bullying is normal not only in schools but in the workplace Those who do not conform are frozen out of the society in a blanket of silence and shame And the system

    Original URL path: http://www.ciu.edu/newsstory/ciu-students-join-professor-sabbatical-trip (2016-01-26)
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  • CIU Wraps-Up Summer Athletics Camps with Cross Country | Columbia International University
    a larger version CIU Rams cross country runner Jack Lewis right leads a group of campers on a trail around the CIU Lake Click image to view a larger version CIU Rams cross country runner Caleb Tindle in blue leads in prayer following a Bible study with cross country campers Click image to view a larger version Elite Distance Coach Scott Brooker leads a session with coaches July 25 2013 Dozens of middle and high school runners from the Columbia area took to the steep hills deep valleys and wooded trails that wind their way through the 400 acre campus of Columbia International University at the first CIU Cross Country Camp July 22 24 The camp was led by CIU Cross Country Coach Jud Brooker who was assisted by award winning runners Scott and Jane Brooker Jud s parents Scott Brooker is an Elite Distance Coach and former U S Women s Cross Country Nationals Race Director Jane Brooker is a three time Olympic trials qualifier In addition to long runs through the CIU campus campers learned about biomechanics nutrition proper running shoes and goal setting Each day was also interspersed with Bible devotions and fun activities including a bonfire

    Original URL path: http://www.ciu.edu/newsstory/ciu-wraps-summer-athletics-camps-cross-country (2016-01-26)
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  • Memorial Tree Planted in Honor of Beloved CIU Vice President | Columbia International University
    Kallgren memorial tree and stone are near the CIU soccer field and Pine View Apartments Click image to view a larger version Bob Kallgren July 18 2013 Don Jones the director of human resources at Columbia International University remembers Bob Kallgren as a godly man filled with wisdom grace and gentleness who had a major impact on CIU and the Columbia community That s why Jones and his wife Marty have planted a memorial tree on the CIU campus in honor of Kallgren who served CIU for 39 years until his death in 2011 Looking past position class status and race Bob knew no strangers and was loving to all Jones said He saw men and women made in the image of God with a great potential for the Kingdom of God Jones remembers Kallgren as a wise counselor with a jovial disposition who many sought out for advice not only on the CIU campus but also within higher education in the United States and around Columbia where Kallgren was involved in the community Bob knew when to rebuke exhort pray comfort cry and laugh Jones said Because of his godly impact on my life and Marty s life CIU

    Original URL path: http://www.ciu.edu/newsstory/memorial-tree-planted-honor-beloved-ciu-vice-president (2016-01-26)
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  • CIU Alumnus to Lead International Nonprofit | Columbia International University
    2013 Columbia International University alumnus David Emerson is the new president of Enactus an international nonprofit organization with headquarters in Springfield Mo Enactus brings together student academic and business leaders who are committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to improve the quality of life and standard of living for people in need Emerson who earned a master s degree in Missions from CIU in 2000 has over 20

    Original URL path: http://www.ciu.edu/newsstory/ciu-alumnus-lead-international-nonprofit (2016-01-26)
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