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Election Year Assembly:

Former Louisiana Gov.

Bobby Jindal speaks at


There’s little doubt about it: former

Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal believes

in the American dream. It’s that belief

that led him to endorse Florida Senator

Marco Rubio in the 2016 presidential

election, and that brought him to speak

in an assembly at Columbia International

University two days before the South

Carolina Republican Presidential Primary.

Jindal described his parents’ immigration

to America from India, and how

their desire to work hard made them

successful in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

“They came halfway across the world,”

Jindal said of his parents. “They weren’t

coming to a place, they were coming to

an idea. They were coming to the idea of

freedom and opportunity.”

In addition to a political message,

Jindal also addressed the need for

spiritual revival in the United States,

and took time to answer questions

from his audience, which ranged from

immigration reform to the federal debt.

While some CIU students didn’t fully

agree with Jindal’s political opinions,

many appreciated that CIU brought

in a speaker to inform students about

political issues. Former Texas governor

Rick Perry also visited CIU in April 2015.

Graduate student David

Craft says that even

though some students are

uncomfortable with the

introduction of politically-

oriented assemblies, “It has

at the very least initiated a

plethora of conversation.”

“Either way, this ultimately

serves as an opportunity for

us to sharpen one another

and pour back into our

nation,” Craft added.



Celebrating Reconciliation through Theological


Columbia International University and Allen University in Columbia celebrated the lives

of two professors who worked toward reconciliation through theological education.

The February event on the CIU campus honored Dr. William “Bill” Larkin of CIU and Dr.

Gregory Grooms of Allen University. The revered professors touched countless lives in

their own spheres of influence, but also worked together for the good of the Kingdom

of God beyond their institutions and denominations. Larkin died in 2014 and Grooms

passed away in 2015. The widows of the two professors received plaques in honor of

their husbands’ ministries.

Allen University is a Christian liberal arts institution under the auspices of the African

Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church. CIU students and alumni who are AME Church

members joined with several CIU faculty members to plan the event.

The keynote speaker was former CIU Provost Dr. Junias Venugopal, who knew and

worked with both Larkin and Grooms. Today, Venugopal is provost and dean of

education at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. He challenged believers to carry on the

professors’ legacy and desire to see the church the way Jesus sees His Church: as one


CIU Alumni Couple Celebrates

101st Birthdays

Columbia International University alumni Will and

Colene Norton have reached milestones that few

can match. Not only has the couple been married

for 76 years, they are both turned 101 years old in


The Nortons met at CIU (then Columbia Bible College) in 1936. After

graduating from CIU and getting married in 1939, they began a long

career together of taking the gospel to the ends of the earth.

Gov. Bobby Jindal speaking

to a CIU Assembly.

The CIU Ambassador Choir

and the Allen University Choir

combine their talents at the event

held in CIU’s Hoke Auditorium.


CIU Today

Summer 2016