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  • A Time for Joy & Tears | Columbia International University
    2015 May Commencement at CIU A Time for Joy a Time for Tears By Melissa McCutchan For nearly 200 Columbia International University graduates May 16 was a day for celebration and bittersweet goodbyes As graduates crossed the stage in Shortess Chapel they celebrated both the fruit of their hard work and many said goodbye to the friends and professors who had made CIU feel like home I loved that I was able to celebrate with family and friends said Charron Conley who received a Master s of Arts degree in Bible Teaching The difficult part was knowing that graduation was the last weekend for a long time to be with such great friends CIU conducted two commencement ceremonies the first for seminary and graduate students and the second for undergraduates South Carolina State Senator Darrell Jackson a CIU alumnus who also pastors Bible Way Church of Atlas Road in Columbia addressed graduates in both ceremonies His message The Blessings of Knowing challenged graduates to take their biblical knowledge to those who need it Quite frankly over the years I ve learned that God isn t so impressed with degrees but He is impressed with what you do with those degrees Jackson said The undergraduate ceremony also included the tearful remembrance of Keturah Washington a beloved CIU undergraduate student who passed away in February The CIU faculty posthumously awarded her diploma for bachelor s degrees in Communication and Bible with Washington s parents receiving the diploma on her behalf As their gift to CIU the Class of 2015 also established an annual scholarship in Washington s name There are three things we know about Keturah she loved life she loved learning and she loved her Lord said Dr Dan DeLozier who was Washington s academic advisor With tassels turned and diplomas

    Original URL path: http://www.ciu.edu/newsstory/time-joy-tears (2016-01-26)
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  • Meet Coach Marshall Tague | Columbia International University
    image to view a larger version CIU Men s Basketball Head Coach Marshall Tague May 18 2015 A coach who led his team to a national championship this season will now head the men s basketball program at Columbia International University Marshall Tague pronounced TAYG comes to CIU from Lancaster Bible College in Lancaster Pennsylvania where he coached the Chargers to the 2015 National Christian College Athletic Association NCCAA Division 2 National Championship ending the regular season with a 28 3 record Tague took over the Lancaster basketball program in 2012 2013 with a record of 5 21 and over three years improved the overall record to 55 33 Tague s proven track record excites CIU Athletics Director Kim Abbott but she says he brings even more to the CIU program Marshall Tague s personal qualities and coaching skills will lend to a very successful and unified team Abbott said He has proven that he can create a positive culture and turn a team around by what he has done at other schools Tague played college basketball at Southwestern College now Arizona Christian University in Phoenix where he was on two NCCAA National Championship teams and personally received national and

    Original URL path: http://www.ciu.edu/newsstory/meet-coach-marshall-tague (2016-01-26)
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  • Coffee and Evangelism | Columbia International University
    Pineda who is enrolled part time in the Business Organizational Leadership program and her husband Hector operate The Northeast Coffee House in Columbia that combines local outreach with cappuccinos that have no set prices Laurie who has a background in real estate and is old enough to be the mother of her classmates says she absolutely loves taking classes at CIU and has gotten lots of ideas from her Operational

    Original URL path: http://www.ciu.edu/newsstory/coffee-and-evangelism (2016-01-26)
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  • Sprinter Fifth at Nationals | Columbia International University
    sprinter CJ Jones finished fifth in the 100 meter dash at the National Christian College Athletic Association NCCAA track championships on May 2 held at Shorter University This is the first season for track at CIU in the school s 92 year history Jones ran the 100 meters in under 11 seconds for the first time in his short career with his 10 91 performance He then came back an

    Original URL path: http://www.ciu.edu/newsstory/sprinter-fifth-nationals (2016-01-26)
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  • Race Relations: A Discussion | Columbia International University
    Gift A Z Index You are here Race Relations A Discussion Race Relations A Discussion Click image to view a larger version Dr Andre Rogers April 28 2015 With race relations at the forefront of the news these days Columbia International University president Dr Bill Jones and CIU professor Dr Andre Rogers an African American dedicated a recent CIU Chapel service to a biblical view on race relations Hear their

    Original URL path: http://www.ciu.edu/newsstory/race-relations-discussion (2016-01-26)
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  • April Thanks & Recognition | Columbia International University
    David Olshine right displays his award with CIU Provost Dr James Lanpher April 21 2015 April is a month for expressing thanks and recognition Columbia International University students expressed thanks to South Carolina state legislators for their support of the state s Tuition Grant program while a CIU professor has been recognized as an excellent teacher Both April events were orchestrated by South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities SCICU of which CIU is a member Over 100 students and staff members from 17 SCICU member colleges and universities visited the South Carolina Statehouse to personally thank the members of the General Assembly for their support of the Tuition Grant program Prior to meeting with their hometown representatives and senators the students attended a breakfast and heard from South Carolina Speaker of the House Jay Lucas who acknowledged the contributions that independent colleges and universities make in South Carolina Meanwhile CIU Youth Ministry professor Dr David Olshine received the annual Excellence in Teaching Award from SCICU The honor is given to a member of the faculty from each of the 20 SCICU member institutions according to rigorous guidelines Recipients are recognized at a special dinner and presented a 3 000 professional

    Original URL path: http://www.ciu.edu/newsstory/april-thanks-recognition (2016-01-26)
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  • Mockingbird:Relevant Message | Columbia International University
    town in Alabama as the CIU Players performed Harper Lee s To Kill a Mockingbird from April 17 19 To Kill a Mockingbird tells the story of small town life and racial tensions in fictional Maycomb Alabama primarily from the perspective of young Jean Louise Finch played by CIU freshman Anne Ateca Her father Atticus Finch junior Nik Ellison is a lawyer who is appointed to defend a young African American man Tom Robinson freshman Devyn Williams who is accused of attacking a white girl As the trial escalates before Jean Louise s eyes and racial tensions become more apparent she realizes that her small town isn t as perfect as it seems nor is her father as mild as she once thought While the CIU Players have stuck to more lighthearted plays and musicals in recent years junior Bethany Stewart and senior Jacob Calder who co directed the play wanted to try a play with more serious overtones We felt that To Kill a Mockingbird carried a message that was still relevant today both within the culture and within the church Stewart said As opening night approached the CIU Players had their work cut out from them From early morning rehearsals to late nights in Hoke Auditorium the cast worked hard to learn lines rehearse and build their set It s been such a fun ride working through scenes brainstorming through dialogue options and seeing the cast really get into the characters we imagined for them Calder said For many in the cast they felt that their characters had hidden depth and took the time to become their characters in order to communicate that depth to the audience In many ways Atticus is the embodiment of wisdom Ellison said I feel like in playing his role and memorizing his

    Original URL path: http://www.ciu.edu/newsstory/mockingbirdrelevant-message (2016-01-26)
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  • TV Weatherman to Graduate | Columbia International University
    time was also a student in CIU Seminary School of Ministry Oh who currently works as a TV meteorologist in Japan will graduate with a Master of Divinity degree In an email interview from Tokyo Oh says that juggling the TV career while also taking seminary level classes was far from easy especially considering he had to get up in the wee hours of the morning when he helped launch an early morning news show I had to shoe horn my studies in during the times when I was not at work Oh said I didn t really sleep very much because I was working and studying all the time Time management was extremely critical I had to be disciplined in order to make all of the deadlines and complete the work that lay ahead of me But Oh says he would not be graduating without employers who were flexible and encouragement from his parents natives of South Korea I am grateful to my parents who were of great support and comfort during the time when managing the work was quite difficult Oh s father is a CIU alumnus and serves as senior pastor of Sandol Presbyterian Church in Columbia Oh s last year of studies had to be completed through online courses when he moved to Tokyo to work for NHK World an international English broadcast channel produced by Japan s public broadcaster He also saw ministry opportunities I moved there knowing that there is a great need for sharing the gospel and I wanted to be there to be used by God Oh said I am in the process of licensure and ordination as a pastor and Lord willing I will be able to serve in a pastoral role in Tokyo in the coming years but I do

    Original URL path: http://www.ciu.edu/newsstory/tv-weatherman-graduate (2016-01-26)
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