Business is Growing for “The Cookie Lady”

April 18, 2017

What started out as a “side hustle” for a Columbia International University alumna has grown into a full-time business. Marcella Wilson, a 2011 CIU graduate, is now known as “The Cookie Lady” in the Columbia area, delivering her products to over 60 businesses each week, in addition to fulfilling call-in orders.

Wilson also says her business serves a higher purpose. She donates a portion of her profits to a ministry that assists low-income families.

And the Winner is... The House Cup awarded at The House Summit

April 11, 2017
The House of Dignitas celebrates.

By Michael A. Lanier

CIU Student Writer

Drama had been growing around the Columbia International University campus for weeks. It came to a crescendo at a “Summit” the weekend of April 7-9 when the winner of the inaugural House Cup was named. The trophy would go to the residence hall scoring the most points in a series of friendly competitions and displays of school spirit throughout the school year.   

Assistant Vice President for Student Financial Services

Financial Aid
40 hours/12 months
April 12, 2017


The Assistant Vice President for Student Financial Services leads financial aid administration and compliance and promotes excellent customer service.


  • Exercises forward-thinking, innovative, and dynamic leadership and oversight for all areas of financial aid administration and compliance.
  • Provides data-driven, efficient management of the university’s financial aid resources in order to support the university’s strategic enrollment plan and maximize net tuition revenue.
  • Promotes and facilitates strong customer service related to financial aid and billing.
  • Ensures compliance with federal and state financial aid regulations (e.g., Title IV, veteran benefits, etc.).
  • Assists with project management across all departments within the institution.


  • Master’s Degree
  • At least five years of progressively responsible experience in managing and leveraging a student financial aid function in higher education from a data-driven perspective in a way that maximizes net tuition revenue and meets long-term and short-term enrollment and retention goals.
  • Experience working with people from diverse populations
  • Proven technical skills in data management, data processing concepts, and computerized systems related to student financial aid as well as proficiency with analytical software
  • Demonstrated knowledge of best practices in the efficient use of resources
  • Demonstrated knowledge of all aspects of federal student financial aid processes and regulations including Title IV and veteran benefits
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze and interpret Federal and State regulations, professional and technical journals, financial reports and legal documents
  • Demonstrated ability to navigate and resolve financial aid compliance issues
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively prioritize and multi-task in a fast-paced environment
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with students and other stakeholders
  • Demonstrated leadership and team building skills
  • Strong and dynamic interpersonal communication skills
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Experience managing student accounts and financial aid
  • Jenzabar or related SIS experience
  • PowerFaids experience

Online Recruiter

40 hours/12 months
April 10, 2017


The Online Recruiter is responsible for recruiting students for Columbia International University’s undergraduate and graduate online programs by following up with leads and generating new leads.


  • Follow-up on leads
  • Generate leads by seeking referrals of prospects, applicants, and students
  • Carry prospective students from inquiry to registration
  • Follow-up with prospective students through phone calls and emails to meet enrollment goals
  • Track incoming applicant paperwork for each cohort start
  • Explain financial aid options and transfer credits
  • May work evening and weekend hours as needed
  • Complete daily and weekly reports
  • Engage in new initiatives that will help grow the online programs
  • Work with other departments to ensure applicants are registered for the upcoming cohorts


  • Bachelor’s Degree strongly preferred
  • Prior experience in higher education student recruitment preferred 
  • Excellent communication skills (including telephone and interpersonal) 
  • Evidence of “goal-oriented” performance
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks efficiently and effectively
  • Positive attitude and high energy
  • Customer focused

Marketing Coordinator

40 hours/12 months
April 10, 2017



The Marketing Coordinator works closely with the VP for Enrollment and Marketing and the university graphic designer to ensure that the placement of print, radio, TV and online media is done effectively with the aim of increasing CIU brand awareness and the lead volume for the traditional and online programs. The Marketing Coordinator also creates check requests for all advertising related spending and keeps track of all the invoices received and their status.



  • Obtains advertising proposals for radio, print, TV and submit for approval
  • Works with VP, Directors and graphic designer to create content for print, radio and TV ads
  • Submits final print, radio and TV ads to various providers
  • Keeps track of all marketing spend per quarter and updates the marketing spreadsheet
  • Participates in meetings
  • Works on special projects when needed (research new advertising opportunities etc.)
  • Creates check requests for all advertising related spending and records invoices received on spreadsheet


  • Bachelor’s Degree Required (preferred major: business, advertising, marketing, communications,  graphic design or related fields)
  • Prior experience in higher education marketing strongly preferred
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Attention to detail

Upper School Band Director

Ben Lippen School
10 months/ August - May
August 01, 2017


The Upper School Band Director is responsible for conducting the middle and high school band. The position is part time and has potential to become full time over the course of a few years based on growth and student interest. Applicants should be passionate about teaching, discipleship, spiritual development, directing musical ensembles, middle school and high school students, and community partnership. 


  • Build the foundation for a vibrant band program
  • Classroom teaching: Teach multiple sections of grades 6-8 band and possibly one section of high school band
  • Collaborate with other members of the fine arts department to continually revise and develop the band program at Ben Lippen School
  • Perform any other non-teaching duties as assigned by the principal
  • Promote the Fine Arts at Ben Lippen
  • Promote Ben Lippen in the community through the Fine Arts 
  • Teach 6-8th Grade band (3 sections) twice a week for 40 minutes. Times would revolve around alternating blocks. For example, during the 1st week 6-8th grade band would be Tuesday and Thursday. During the second week 6-8th grade band would be Wednesday and Friday at the same times.
  • Plan two concerts each year
  • Develop relationships with students and families
  • Be open to starting a band that meets after school
  • Recruit students for band


  • A bachelor's degree in music or music education
  • ACSI certification is required
  • ·State certification is preferred
  • Two or more years directing instrumental-ensembles, successful teaching experience in secondary education, and classroom management is preferred
  • Personal mastery and practice in instrumental performance


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