And They're Off! CIU Begins House Collective with Kickoff Event

The House of Sapientia performs.

By Michael A. Lanier

CIU Student Writer

The second year of CIU's new House Collective competition got underway in early September with a time of food, fellowship and fun at the House Kickoff. The main event at the Kickoff was the Throwdown as the six houses performed skits, songs, choreography, and anything else that might win them the most house points from a panel of faculty judges.  

Women’s Volleyball Coach

12 months (could become Full-Time)
September 13, 2017


The Head Women’s Volleyball Coach is responsible to supervise, coordinate, and manage all aspects of the women’s intercollegiate volleyball program.  This includes but is not limited to planning and directing the recruitment, conditioning, training, and performance of student athletes; managing the fiscal, academic, and spiritual aspects of the program; and providing visionary leadership and a strategic plan for the start-up and future of the volleyball program.  The coach will recruit CIU’s first volleyball team to begin competition in Fall 2018.


  • Directs all student-athletes and assistant coaches in the overall planning and execution of the intercollegiate volleyball program.
  • Embraces all aspects of developing, managing and running a women’s intercollegiate volleyball program, working independently and cooperatively with all CIU athletics and institutional staff.
  • Recruits quality prospective student-athletes that fit the mission and culture of CIU and ensures timely submission of their academic records for admissions.
  • Monitors academic progress and status of team members, implementing action plans through appropriate staff when needed.
  • Monitors and maintains the discipline and conduct of student athletes to support the image and reputation of the athletics program and the university.
  • Plans all coaching and practice sessions in accordance with association regulations, including all preparation of facilities and equipment for practice.
  • Coaches team members individually and in groups, and demonstrates game techniques.
  • Develops and implements game strategy and position assignments.
  • Oversees the strength and conditioning programs for student athletes.
  • Manages all operational, fiscal, and administrative activities for the volleyball program.  
  • Promotes and markets the athletic department and volleyball program in the community.
  • Ensures adherence to all Association, Conference, and University rules by athletes and supporting staff.
  • Manages all aspects team travel.
  • The Volleyball Coach will be supervised by the Athletics Director.


  • Ability to teach and coach the game of volleyball
  • An understanding of the role and challenges of the student-athlete.
  • Ability to successfully motivate a team.
  • Ability to work independently in all aspects of recruiting and management of the program.
  • Demonstration of Christian leadership and professional demeanor at all times.
  • Ability to utilize current technology and social media as it relates to the communication and promotion of CIU, the athletic department, and the volleyball program.
  • Ability to work together with other coaches within the athletic department and with other departments on campus.
  • Ability to work within budget parameters set by the Athletics Director.
  • Minimum of Bachelor’s Degree.
  • Successful volleyball coaching experience required – college coaching experience preferred.
  • Demonstrated Christian ministry experiences, directly or indirectly involving volleyball.


A Postcard Home: What we did during Hurricane Irma

Cleaning up after Hurricane Irma

What do you do on a college campus when the outer bands of a large hurricane have enough strength to turn off the lights and cancel classes? You pray and then you make the best of it. 

CIU was closed on Monday and Tuesday Sept. 11 and 12 as the “fingers” of Hurricane Irma knocked out power with a top wind gust of 51 miles per hour.

The decision was made by the administration on the preceding Thursday to close the following Monday so students could make arrangements to be with family if need be. Power outages brought a second day off.

Melina Rabon

Professor of Church Ministry
Professor of Church Ministry

B.A., Columbia International University; M.A., Columbia International University: currently pursuing a DEdMin., Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Kansas City, MO

Melina Rabon joined the CIU faculty in 2015. She oversees internships for Columbia Biblical Seminary and the Seminary & School of Ministry. Melina teaches Church Ministry courses in the Seminary & School of Ministry.

Before coming to Columbia, she served as Children’s Director in Pennsylvania. Melina has ministered cross-culturally in Belgium and Mexico. She is currently serving as the Children’s Pastor at her church.


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