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.  

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.

Business (100% online)

Why study Business at CIU?

Earning a Bachelor of Science in Business develops the skills you’ll need to effectively manage a business and build high-performance teams and organizations in the United States and abroad.

And you’re not just earning a degree in business, you’re also learning from a Christ-centered curriculum that helps you understand and use a biblical worldview in business.

You’ll never have to come to campus to take classes because this program is offered completely online.

Master of Business Administration

The online Master of Business Administration program at CIU is perfect for you if you already work in the marketplace and need flexible hours to complete your degree.

You’ll study the principles and best practices of effective and ethical leadership and management. Taught from a biblical worldview, the MBA program prepares you for success as an entrepreneur, business professional and organizational leader in for-profit and nonprofit settings where skills in management, economics, finance, and other business-related disciplines are needed.


  • Senior-level positions in fields such as accounting, finance, marketing and management
  • Business-focused positions in church and parachurch organizations
  • College and university teaching positions; academic research and Ph.D. work

Review our course requirements and begin the application process.


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