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Donor Appreciation Luncheon Sets Record

The 2017 Columbia International University Donor Appreciation Luncheon that brought together CIU scholarship donors and

student recipients was the largest in CIU history with 180 people in attendance. The April event gave CIU students the opportunity

to meet the people who are helping to make their education possible.

Dozens of CIU students lined up at a microphone to

thank the donors.

The scholarship donors said they are impressed with

the students they are assisting. Among the donors were

The Rev. Rick Trott and his wife Joyce who made the

trip to the luncheon from Charlotte, North Carolina.

Both are CIU graduates from the 1960s.

“I think it’s exciting to see the outcome of what the

Lord is doing with the students — their energy and

excitement about going forward to minister the Word

and to share what they have learned and bring others

along,” said Mrs. Trott.

Find out how you can become a CIU scholarship donor


Contact the CIU

Development Office at

or call

(803) 807-5500.

Student Joseph Knight (right) introduces himself to scholarship donor

Dick Franklin (‘97) of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.

Horton Hears a Who in Hoke Auditorium

Columbia International University’s Hoke Auditorium was transformed into the world of Dr. Seuss as the CIU players performed

“Seussical the Musical.” The spring performance brought to life favorite Seuss characters including Horton the Elephant, The Cat

in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, lazy Mayzie and the Whos of Whoville.

Directed by Henslee Chastain and Jordan Hobbs, The Cat in the Hat tells the imaginative story of Horton, an elephant, who

discovers a speck of dust containing the Whos. One particular Who, Jojo, is sent off to military school for thinking too many

“thinks.” While Horton is trying to save the Whos, he is also left with the protection of Mayzie’s egg. Despite ridicule, kidnapping

and a trial, Horton’s neighbor, Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him.

“We really hope we were able to make the imaginative world of Dr. Seuss come alive for our audience,” Hobbs said.

The cast of “Seussical the Musical.”



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