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From the Editor

I’ll have to admit that when “CIU Today” designer Seth Berry told me late last year that he

entered the premier edition of this magazine in the Collegiate Advertising Awards contest, I was

doubtful we would win anything. In recent months, Seth and I reviewed a number of collegiate

magazines and I was impressed with both the content of the articles and the graphic design of

each publication. I knew that the “CIU Today” staff had put their best into that first October 2013

edition of the magazine, and we were pleased with the results — but could it win an award?

Then, in late January, Seth was beaming as he walked down

the hallway to my office with the news that we had won

“Gold” in the single magazine category for Faith-Based

Colleges and Universities. Wow! And this is no small thing.

The Collegiate Advertising Awards recognize marketing

professionals for outstanding excellence in all forms of

advertising, marketing and promotion specific to higher

education products and services. Entries are reviewed by

a panel of experienced design and education marketing

professionals, and are judged on: Creativity, Layout/Design,

Typography, Production, Quality & Overall Effectiveness.

So kudos go out to those who work hard to make this

magazine happen. That of course includes Seth Berry, as well

as Alumni Editor Peggy Lee Manoogian who keeps up with

what’s going on among our 18,000 alumni in 150 countries. And as I have mentioned in the past,

I have a great staff of students who assist me, including writers Melissa McCutchan and Brittany

Bradley and photographers Christine Benz and Emily Regan. All four of them strive to contribute

professional-level work.

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that “CIU Today” is the brainchild of former CIU Marketing

Director Polly Shoemaker who saw the possibilities of a quality magazine representing CIU that

combines two former CIU publications: the in-depth features of “Connection” and the alumni

updates of “Upward.” Polly now shares her leadership skills as director of advancement at her

high school alma mater, Worthington Christian Schools in Ohio. Thank you, Polly for guiding us

toward this award.

But most of all, this award is about Who we ultimately serve. I’m reminded of 1 Cor. 10:31.

Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the

glory of God


May we all live to that end.

Your comments and suggestions are welcome.

Bob Holmes

CIU Today



Bob Holmes, Editor-in-Chief

Letters to the Editor are welcome.

Correspondence must include

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of letters for publication and to

edit for clarity and length. There

is no guarantee your letter will

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CIU Today

Summer 2015