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TV Reporter Touched by CIU Prison Initiative


The commencement exercises of

the CIU Prison Initiative usually bring

local media attention, but the most

recent commencement in December

touched the heart of one reporter.

Shelli Adamczyk of WACH FOX 57 in

Columbia took to Facebook to report

to her social media followers:

I had never been inside the heart of

a prison before but after covering

this story it made me see a different

side to being behind bars. After

experiencing all the extreme security

getting into Kirkland Correctional

Institution, I had no idea what to expect, but the second I got in I was pleasantly

surprised and left feeling empowered.

Inmates getting a diploma from Columbia International University Friday. Most

of them are in the South Carolina Department of Corrections system serving life

sentences, but they’re changing the way they will spend that time - and it’s going

above and beyond to help others.

The most recent cohort of graduates included 12 student-inmates receiving

Associate of Arts degrees, and one, a bachelor’s degree. The graduates are

assigned as chaplain’s assistants throughout the South Carolina prison system,

making an impact among their fellow inmates.

“The Prison Initiative continues to have a very positive effect on many men and

women in our institutions,” said Bryan P. Stirling, the director of the South Carolina

Department of Corrections. “This collaboration with CIU is a vital part of our effort

to reduce recidivism and make our prisons safer.”

Since its inception, 136 men and women have graduated from the program, serving

in over 20 correctional institutions.

Reporter Shelli Adamczyk and other reporters

prepare to interview a CIU Prison Initiative


CIU President Dr. Bill Jones had the

privilege of swearing-in Richland County,

South Carolina Sheriff Leon Lott to a

new term in office during a ceremony

in January. Lott takes part in a weekly

Bible study group led by Jones who was

introduced as “a very close friend” and

“religious mentor” of the sheriff.


More Memories of

Robertson McQuilkin

Before I even applied to CIU, I read

Robertson McQuilkin’s book, “Living

by Vows,” about Dr. McQuilkin keeping

his wedding vows to Muriel. After

reading it, I thought, “Now that’s the

school I want to go to if they have

that kind of leadership.” I remember

him lecturing in Dr. Brad Mullen’s

Biblical Ethics class. He and Dr. Mullen

had updated his biblical ethics book

together. It is a great textbook filled

with Scripture. Dr. McQuilkin uttered

his famous saying, “It’s easy to go to

extremes, but you must stay in the

center of biblical tension.” Later I got a

chance to borrow from the book while

teaching an ethics Sunday school class

at the Chinese Church of Columbia.

Mark A. Peter, (‘96) M.A. TEFL/ICS

West Columbia, South Carolina

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Former CIU president Robertson McQuilkin

passed away last June.

Correction: On page 26 of the Fall 2016 edition of CIU Today, the professional titles of William T. Cassels Jr. and Tobin Cassels were incorrect.

William T. Cassels is the chairman of Southeastern Freight Lines. Tobin Cassels is the president.


CIU Today

Spring 2017