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Abbott Honored for Character

CIU Athletics Director Kim Abbott

was recognized for her Christian

character by the National

Christian College Athletic

Association (NCCAA). Abbott was

awarded the Game Plan 4 LIFE

Female Athletic Staff Character

Award at the NCCAA Hall of Fame

Banquet held during the NCCAA’s

national convention in May. CIU is

a member of the NCCAA.

The Character Award goes to

student-athletes and athletics

staff “who epitomize the Christian

character qualities of love,

integrity, faith and excellence.”

Abbott says she is “humbled” to have been nominated for the

award by her staff of coaches.

“We are a team, we work well as a team, and we support each

other,” Abbott said. “I can’t tell you how much I appreciate that

they feel I am worthy to be nominated. And then on top of that,

the NCCAA selected me! What an honor!”

CIU Moves Up in U.S. News & World Report Rankings

Columbia International University climbed to #35 among Best Regional Universities in the South in the 2016 U.S. News & World

Report Best Colleges rankings. CIU ranked #37 in last year’s survey.

Many prospective students and their parents use the rankings as a guide to one of the most important investments they will ever

make. Among the criteria for the rankings are the freshman retention rate, the graduation rate, and the student to faculty ratio.

CIU also ranked high in the “Best Colleges for Veterans” category at #30 in the South. This ranking provides military veterans and

active-duty service members with data on which top-ranked schools offer benefits that can help them make pursuing a college

education more affordable.

CIU President Dr. Bill Jones says CIU has risen in the rankings in recent years due to small class sizes and faculty to student ratios,

as well as the expansion of professional majors such as Business & Organizational Leadership, Sports Management, and a five-

year Master of Divinity degree.

“At CIU we’re committed to raising up professional ministers, but also ministering professionals,” Jones said. “These are students

who want their lives to make a difference, so that when they graduate they are not just making an income, but an impact.”

The U.S. News & World Report rankings come on the heels of CIU scoring high in two other recent surveys. CIU is #3 on the

website The 50 Best Christian Colleges and Universities 2015 and for the second year in a row, CIU is ranked #6 in the Southeast in

the annual “Best Bang for the Buck” survey published by Washington Monthly magazine.

International Military Chaplains Visit CIU

Military chaplains from six nations visited Columbia

International University on Aug. 14 to learn about CIU’s

Chaplaincy program and to tour the campus. The chaplains

represented Suriname, Paraguay, Panama, Trinidad and

Tobago, Jamaica, and the Dominican Republic. The group

was in Columbia attending “Subject Matter Expert,” an event

at the U.S. Army Chaplain Center and School at Fort Jackson

that encourages intense and meaningful discussions about the

chaplain’s role in military operations.

CIU Chaplaincy professors Dr. Michael Langston and Lt. Col.

Brian Bohlman hosted the chaplains on campus. Langston is a

former U.S. Navy chaplain and Bohlman is a chaplain with the

U.S. Air National Guard.



CIU Athletics Director Kim

Abbott holds the Game Plan

4 LIFE Award.

International military chaplains pose at CIU.


CIU Today

Fall 2015