Taking Business and Entrepreneurship Beyond the Classroom

Launch at the John R. Cook, Jr. Business and Entrepreneurship Center – is a cutting-edge collaboration between CIU and area businesses and ministries. Launch takes your entrepreneurship and vocational success beyond the classroom by fostering hands-on educational opportunities that equip you to become one of tomorrow’s Christian business leaders. 

The Incubator:  Got a new business or ministry idea? Here at Launch, faculty advisors, business leaders, and experts with experience establishing and operating successful businesses and ministries around the world will help you bring your idea to life!  

Internships: Learn how you can fit into the marketplace and develop your God-given passions and interests through a focused internship that lets you apply classroom learning on the job.

Resumes: An effective resume opens doors. Our Launch faculty resources have decades of experience recruiting and hiring interns and employees. We will help you craft a professional resume that gets results.

Interview Skills: Skype and online interviews are a part of today’s interviewing process. At Launch, our expert faculty resources and state-of-the-art, professional video interview facility will help you learn how to present yourself at your very best.

Launch Learning Seminars and Workshops: Designed as a hub for up-to-date and relevant information, Launch seminars and workshops will provide you with a wealth of practical business knowledge.

Collaborative Student Learning Teams and Organizations: Within the Launch facilities, the student-organized Fellowship of Christian Professionals (FCP) grows new businesses and equips aspiring entrepreneurs. At FCP it’s easy to get involved and start creating your professional network that will last a lifetime. 

Jonathan Reibsamen

Photo of Jonathan Reibsamen, Director of Philosophy at CIU
Associate Professor, Director of Philosophy

B.A., Columbia International University; M.A., Biola University; Ph.D, Saint Louis University

Jonathan was born in Peru, where his parents were missionaries. He grew up in Richmond, Virginia, and completed his undergraduate education at CIU in 1998. After working for a couple of years in Columbia as an audio/visual technician, and then in Austin, Texas, as a web application developer, he finally discovered his passion for teaching through involvement in local church ministry.

Jonathan received his MA in Philosophy from Biola University in 2006, and taught for a term at Scott Theological College (now Scott Christian University) in Machakos, Kenya, before beginning his doctoral studies at Saint Louis University in 2008. He completed his Ph.D. in 2015 and worked for SLU as a grant project manager until receiving the call to CIU in 2017.

Jonathan and his wife, Julie, were married in 2008, and have three children, Evalia, Ethan and Emmett. Jonathan enjoys going on family adventures, playing with his kids, reading good books, and having good conversations.

Jonathan's desire for himself and for his students is to learn to love God with all of our heart, soul, mind and strength, and to love our neighbors as ourselves, and so become true lovers of wisdom.

Alumni Couple Expand Coffee Business

The Hausers at Indah Coffee

Columbia International University alumni Nick and Stefanie Hauser have turned a weekend coffee stand into a busy coffee shop that is gaining popularity among the college crowd in Columbia.

Their business, Indah Coffee, started out as a kiosk at a weekly Main Street farmer’s market. Today the couple roasts their own coffee at their shop that seats 60 people in the historic Cottontown neighborhood of Columbia where redevelopment is taking place.

History: First Women’s Softball Coach Named at CIU

CIU welcomes first women's softball coach

The first women’s softball coach in the history of Columbia International University has a decade of NCAA coaching and playing experience.  

Coach Sara Allen comes to CIU from Montana State University Billings (NCAA II) where she served as assistant softball coach. She has also served as an assistant softball coach at Weber State University (NCAA I) in Ogden, Utah and the University of North Carolina at Pembroke (NCAA II).    

Junior Varsity Girls Soccer Coach

Ben Lippen School
15 hours wk
June 21, 2017


The junior varsity girls soccer coach will work directly with the Ben Lippen athletic department and the varsity girls soccer head coach.  He/she will coach the junior varsity girls soccer team and be directly responsible for the development of the girls on the JV level of the soccer program.



  • Must be a mature believer in Christ with a clear and persuasive personal testimony and demonstrate a lifestyle consistent with the teaching of Scripture.
  • Must accept the Statement of Faith of Ben Lippen School and its educational philosophy.
  • Must demonstrate initiative and organization in the performance of his/her duties.
  • Must have strong leadership skills as well as exhibit strong interpersonal skills.

CIU Summer Sports Camps are Underway

CIU summer soccer camp

The Columbia International University sports camp season is underway. The first camp included over two dozen high school men’s soccer prospects at the Residential ID Camp featuring small-sided games, futsal, team tournaments, as well as other techniques to improve skills. Devotionals were also a part of each day. The campers learned more about CIU, meeting with admissions counselors and taking a tour of campus.

CIU Adds JV Men’s Basketball

CIU Coach Danny Reese and JV prospects.

Recruitment is underway for the first season of junior varsity men’s basketball at Columbia International University this fall.

Already 10 prospective players participated in a JV Preview Day on June 9 with another Preview Day scheduled for June 19. In addition to workouts in the Moore Fitness Center, Preview Days include meeting with representatives of CIU Admissions, Financial Aid, Residence Life and professors. Prospects are also treated to lunch in the dining hall and tour campus.


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