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CIU Upward Winter 09

CIU Upward Winter 09

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I
t was a “chili”night for football.And we'renot talking about the weather. The 2008Columbia International University Young Alumni Reunion Day (YARD) featured a chilicook-off and the annual CIU Bowl footballgames.Alumni,current students,faculty andstaff stirred up 14 pots of chili for the competi-tion. The winner was CIU junior Charley Scruggs and his Caribbean Chili.Cindy Rife, wife of faculty member Ken Rife,took secondplace. Faculty member Joe LeTexier was third.
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CIU YARDKentucky Style
CIU and Ben Lippen Schoolalumni who attend SouthernSeminary met for their secondannual YARD in Louisville, Ky.
Seated from left to right: 
Rachel(Bedell-BLS '02) and Rusty (CIU '06) McKie; Emily, daughter Leah, son Elijah, and Ryan(CIU '06) Perz; Lee (BLS '01, CIU '05) and Charity (McKillop-BLS '02, CIU '06) Myers.
Young Alumni Reunite at CIU for Chili and Football 
Alumni enjoyed the second annual chili cook-off! There were 14 pots of chili in the contest.Associate Director of AlumniMinistries, Morgan Jones (left) andAlumni Ministries Director, Roy King
Say Chili! 
Jenita Pace (‘01)and Venice Inabinet (‘02)CIU students Peach Taylor, Emily Hall,Ana Peterson, Joe Ingolia and ColinKiser enjoying the evening together.
Friends Reconnecting at YARD! 
Left to Right: 
DebraDolph (‘01, ‘03, ‘08),Aaron Pazarena (‘05),Ali Campbell (‘02),Christina Pazarena (‘02),Suzanne Foster (‘02),Heather Peeler (‘02),Amanda Mann (‘02),Brad Mann (‘04)
YARD continued on page 2.
 
INSIDE:
Tear-Out Prayer Card 
 
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 Alumni AssociationColumbia International University Volume IV, No. 2,Winter 2009
Upward 
is published as a service to CIU alumni by the AlumniMinistries Office of Columbia International University.
Editor:
Peggy Lee Manoogian;
Editing Consultant:
Bob Holmes;
Copy Editor:
Karyn Campbell;
Designer:
 Tonya Daugherty 
Direct all inquiries to:
 The
Upward 
magazine, Alumni Ministries,P.O. Box 3122, Columbia, S.C. 29230-3122(803) 807-5503 alumni@ciu.eduVisit our website www.ciu.edu/alumni
Columbia International University admits students of any race, color, and national or ethnic origin.
 AlumniMinistriesis here for you
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hich of these experiences are true of CIU alumni –RIGHT NOW?
K
Expecting twins!
K
Struggling with depression — and washospitalized for treatment
K
Fighting cancer — weary from over a year of chemo, surgeries and radiation
K
Launching a new church
K
Closing a declining church
K
Leaving for the mission field
K
 Waiting and working to raise supportfor more than two years
K
Buried a parent
K
Celebrated with parents on their50
th
 wedding anniversary 
K
Rejoicing at their child’s wedding
K
Grieving a “prodigalchild who ismaking choices that break the heart
 All of these stories and many more come to our AlumniMinistries team. We are praying for each request,and con-fident God's powerful love,grace and truth are a very realrefuge. We also pray that each alumnus will have at leastthree people he or she can call at 3 a.m.with ANY need,knowing a caring response will follow. We’re here to listenand care,as well as connect you to support and encourage-ment. We rejoice with those who rejoice and weep withthose who weep — one day at a time.
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he CIU Bowl is a tradition that dates back to the1930s.The Bowl features two flag football games,one for men and one for women.The teams are dividedby region. Students and alumni from the North take onthe students and alumni from the South.This year theNorth prevailed as the winner in both contests.Thegames were played in the Weeber-Hathaway FootballStadium at Ben Lippen School on the CIU campus.
Justin Ferren (‘98/Faculty) and daughterIsabelle enjoying the football game!
“Daddy,Can I be a football player when I grow up?” 
CIUBowlguysCIUBowlgirls
YARD Continued from page 1.
 
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I
f you know me, you know I enjoy mostmeetings like I enjoy a visit to the den-tist. But when Dr.Bill Jones became CIU’ssixth president about 18 months ago, heformed The President’s Cabinet (TPC)and asked me to serve on it.He wanted meto represent our alumni at the highest levelof the school and also be close to the actionsoIcouldbealumni eyesandears”intotheheart of the school.And I’m glad to do it. After all,a school is really not buildings orcurriculum – it is the people;the students,faculty and staff that really ARE CIU. The TPC identified three major concernsfor 2009; President Jones calls them“storms”that God is leading us through.Iam writing to ask you to pray – really pray – and pray not just when you read this let-ter, but to keep this letter in your prayer journal or Bible and lift us up often.Storm #1 –
Economic Context 
– No oneknows how deep or wide (hey, that wouldmake a chorus for a good song!) ournations economic struggle will be. Not only does itimpact the capacity of ourdonors to give,it creates hun-dreds of financial ripples thatmake it difficult for studentsto come and study with us. Additionally, CIU faculty andstaffmembershavetakena voluntary pay cut oapproximately four percent(one day per month) for thenext 18 months. And all of our department heads are making budgetcuts. Many faculty and staff members areextending responsibilities and workload tocoverforvacantpositionsthatarenotbeingfilled at present.Storm#2
EnrollmentCapacity 
Forfive years we experienced slow declines inenrollment. In Fall ‘08 we had a smallincrease. We were very encouraged thatGod had helped us reverse the slide and toenjoy training even more students from abiblical world view to impact the nations with the message of Christ. Now with theeconomic storm we are concerned that cur-rentstudentsberetainedandcontinuetheirstudies, and that new students enroll forthis coming fall.
Ourgreatestneedrightnowis to be able to operate at full capacity – everybed,everyseatinaclassroombeingused 
.Storm #3 –
SACS Warning 
– CIU hasthree accrediting agencies helping us be thebest we can be. In 2007 and 2008 we wentthrough our reaffirmation process to con-tinue over 30 years of relationship withthese bodies. The Association for BiblicalHigher Education (ABHE) and The Association of Theological Schools (ATS)provide institutional and professionalaccreditation.The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)is our regional accreditingbody. In December SACSplaced us on “Warning.” Thisin no way changes our accredi-tation, but we must respond totheir concerns so that the warning can be removed by December 2009.It should alsobenotedthatfollow-upreportsof this type are not uncommonduring the accreditation reaf-firmation cycle.
Let me make it clear. By CIU being placed on “Warning” by SACS, our stu-dents’ credits and financial aid have not been impacted in any way.
In the SACS report there are only six areasthat need to be addressed.We see no prob-lem in addressing four of the areas dealing with our Quality Enhancement Plan(QEP) and Faculty and Administrativeissues. We know, however, that two of theconcerns are connected to finances andenrollment.It is in the area of finances thatall three storms converge and are related. We will be addressing changes that SACShas determined need attention, and submita report to them in August.SACS will senda visiting team to discuss our report inSeptember and then we are praying theCommission will agree that we haveaddressed their concerns and the warning willberemovedattheirDecembermeeting. As you pray for us – picture the CIU fam-ily in the boat. Jesus is in the boat with usand storms are NO problem for Him. Pray  we will be known to Him for our faith andnot our fear. Pray we will trust Him tobring us through the storms for His glory and the fulfillment of His purposes.Feel free to direct questions to alumni@ciu.edu and we will put you in touch withthe person on campus who can give anaccurate answer.Roy King
Director of   Alumni Ministries
Praying  Throughthe Storms
(With Jesus in the Boat)
 Jesus is inthe boat with us and storms are NO problem  for Him.

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