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President Slettersept2012final PDF 67571

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Letter from the

President
What a Great Start to a New School Year
September 2012 Dear friend of CIU, Have you ever witnessed an historic event? I watched history unfold on the campus of Columbia International University on August 25, when for the first time in CIU’s 90 years, an intercollegiate athletic contest was played. And we won! The CIU Rams men’s soccer team defeated the Toccoa Falls Eagles 1-0 in an exciting match played on CIU’s new School spirit soccer field. The enthusiasm of the at CIU. CIU student body added to the electricity in the air, as they painted their faces in the school colors of gold and blue, and donned gold t-shirts with “Ram ‘em Rams” printed across the front. A sea of gold blanketed the bleachers. As I looked around at this beautiful venue for athletics, and at the hundreds people in attendance, thanksgiving overflowed from my heart to our God for making this event come to fruition after years of planning. Special congratulations go to Athletics Director Kim Abbott and Head Soccer Coach James Whitaker for Daniel Mallard celebrates getting the athletics program off to such a memorable after scoring the first goal in start. Recognition also goes to CIU vice presidents Keith Marion and Mike Blackwell who guided the athletics start- CIU history. up through many logistical hurdles in its infancy, and to the soccer field project manager, Don Taylor, who spent countless hours at the field guiding contractors and landscapers. over, please

Dr. Bill Jones
Undergraduate Graduate School Seminary & School of Missions Ben Lippen School 89.7 WMHK New Life 91.9 7435 Monticello Road P.O. Box 3122 Columbia, SC 29230-3122 803.754.4100 800.777.2227 803.786.4209 Fax www.ciu.edu

In today’s culture, athletes serve as some of the most effective evangelists.

And we’ve only just begun! The CIU men’s and women’s cross country teams led by Coach Jud Brooker run the scenic trails of our 400-acre campus in intercollegiate competition, as Coach Kyle Mendenhall organizes our men’s basketball program scheduled to begin play in the fall of 2013. Other sports in the five-year athletic plan include baseball, women’s basketball, women’s softball and women’s soccer. I am often asked, “why athletics at CIU?” Simply put, it fits our purpose of educating people from a biblical worldview to impact the nations with the message of Christ.

Imagine the outreach CIU athletes and coaches will have both at home and abroad. In today’s culture, athletes serve as some of the most effective evangelists. Additionally, our affiliation with the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) further undergirds our focus. The mission of the NCCAA uses athletic competition as an integral component of education, evangelism and encouragement.

Meanwhile in the classroom more history has been made. The Business & Organizational Leadership Program, which has been offered as a minor since 2007, has now become a major. This program prepares students for various roles in entrepreneurial, corporate and non-profit environments, as well as church and non-governmental organizational settings. The students study finance, accounting, economics, marketing, organizational development and international business. What makes a business major at CIU unique? Combined with a major in Bible, it provides an ethical perspective on business and the relational skills for serving others — a solid foundation for graduates of the program as they enter into the marketplace or the mission field. Dr. Benjamin Dean directs the Business & Organizational Leadership program. He comes to CIU with extensive organizational leadership experience with not-for-profit and for-profit organizations, as an attorney in the private and public sector, and in ministry. In the U.S. Army, Dean achieved the rank of lieutenant colonel where he was assigned to the Pentagon and a multinational NATO unit in Europe. Most recently, Dr. Dean served as an executive with PIONEERS International, focusing on international missions outreach and humanitarian projects. His interest in law and public policy has also taken him to the White House where he served President George H.W. Bush as assistant counsel to the president. On another note, more than a dozen new CIU students started the school Dr. Benjamin Dean year in prison. But don’t be alarmed! It means we have expanded our successful CIU Prison Initiative to female inmates in the South Carolina Department of Corrections. The CIU Prison Initiative trains inmates to live in accordance with biblical principles and equips them for the unique ministry opportunities they have behind the prison walls. Since its inception in 2007, the CIU Prison Initiative has graduated 45 male student-inmates who earned an accredited Associate of Arts degree from CIU, and now minister as chaplain’s assistants in correctional institutions throughout South Carolina. In many ways, history continues to be made at CIU as we explore new programs, offer more online options and consider new ways to educate people from a biblical worldview to impact the nations with the message of Christ. Your prayers and financial support remain crucial at this time of growth at CIU. Thank you for your support. Yours for His glory,

William H. Jones President

Undergraduate • Graduate School • Seminary & School of Missions • Ben Lippen School • 89.7 WMHK • New Life 91.9 7435 Monticello Road • P.O. Box 3122 • Columbia, SC 29230-3122 • 803.754.4100 • 800.777.2227 • 803.786.4209 Fax • www.ciu.edu

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