September 2012Dear friend of CIU,Have you ever witnessed anhistoric event? I watched historyunfold on the campus of Columbia InternationalUniversity onAugust 25, whenfor the first time in CIU’s 90years, an intercollegiateathletic contest was played.And we won!The CIU Rams men’s soccerteam defeated the ToccoaFalls Eagles 1-0 in an excitingmatch played on CIU’s newsoccer field. The enthusiasm of theCIU student body added to theelectricity in the air, as theypainted their faces in the school colors of gold and blue, and donned gold t-shirts with “Ram ‘emRams” printed across the front.Asea of gold blan-keted the bleachers.As I looked around at this beautiful venue for athlet-ics, and at the hundreds people in attendance,thanksgiving overflowed from my heart to our God formaking this event come to fruition after years of plan-ning. Special congratulations go toAthletics DirectorKimAbbott and Head Soccer Coach James Whitaker forgetting the athletics program off to such a memorablestart. Recognition also goes to CIU vice presidents KeithMarion and Mike Blackwell who guided the athletics start-up through many logistical hurdles in its infancy, and tothe soccer field project manager, Don Taylor, who spent countless hours at the field guid-ing contractors and landscapers.
Dr. Bill Jones
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School spiritat CIU.Daniel Mallard celebratesafter scoring the first goal inCIU history.
What a Great Start to aNew School Year