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Celebrating 100 Years of Knowing Him and Making Him Known

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Highlights of the 100th Grand Finale Celebration!

Paul Tripp at CIU — How to be a Christian Without Losing Your Mind

CIU’s 100th Anniversary Celebration

CIU celebrated 100 years and 24,000 alumni working around the world

To Know Him and To Make Him Known

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Nov. 2–4
Grand Finale: 100th Celebration
Hosted by Alumni Relations and the College of Arts & Sciences
November 2–4, 2023

Dr. Paul Tripp says he and his wife Luella “love the atmosphere” of their alma mater, 51 years after they graduated from Columbia International University when it was known as Columbia Bible College. Tripp is one of CIU’s best-known alumni. The author of 30 books on the Christian life was the keynote speaker for CIU’s 100th anniversary Grand Finale Thursday through Saturday Nov. 2–4.

Read the article: What a Weekend! CIU Celebrates with 100th Anniversary Grand Finale.

Aug. 2–4
Distinctive Teaching and Learning (DTL) Virtual Conference
Hosted by the College of Education
August 2–4, 2023

Inviting educators, administrators, alumni, students, and friends to a virtual conference to grow and collaborate. Throughout the three-day conference the keynote speakers and breakout sessions were provided by College of Education faculty and graduates who have distinguished themselves as Christian educators in various settings across the U.S. and around the world.

Read the article: A passion to teach characterizes educators at CIU-sponsored virtual conference

May 14
Engaging the Culture for Christ Seminar
Hosted by the Seminary & School of Ministry and the Graduate Counseling Program
May 14, 2023

The Clinical Counseling program hosted the seminar featuring Brad Bright, president and CEO of Bright Media Foundation, and the son of Campus Crusade for Christ founder Bill Bright. At the event, the founder of CIU’s Clinical Counseling program, retired CIU professor Dr. Al McKechnie, was recognized with a scholarship named in his honor.

Read the article: Clinical Counseling: A week of on-campus residency equals intense learning, team building

May 6
100th Anniversary Commencement
Hosted by the Registrar
May 6, 2023

The Class of 2023 will have the privilege of walking the stage of Shortess Chapel a century after the founding of CIU as The Southern Bible Institute that held its first classes in a rented house near downtown Columbia.

At its founding, the institute was to be “evangelical, interdenominational and missionary” and its purpose was “the training of Christian men and women in the knowledge and practical use of the Bible for service at home and abroad.” Methods and platforms for ministry have changed over time, but in 100 years, CIU has not deviated from that foundation.

Read the article: Class of ’23 commencement filled with laughter, memories and a Christ-centered future

Mar. 21
John C. Maxwell Leadership Summit
Shortess Chapel
March 21, 2023

Gain insights to help hone your potential from leadership expert, John Maxwell.

Read the article: Expert Communicator John Maxwell shares 16 Laws on Communication.

Jan. 30–31
Church Refreshed Conference
Hosted by the Seminary & School of Ministry
January 30–31, 2023

How does the church reach people for Christ and disciple them to maturity despite decreases in church attendance, a pandemic, and rising secularism? Experts will share strategies and best practices for prayer, evangelism, discipleship, leadership and financial resources. This conference is developed for pastors, church planters and church staff members, assisting them in overcoming their fears, reigniting their faith and confidently focusing on the future. Join us for Church Refreshed and be refreshed!

Read the article: Focus on ministering victoriously: Church Refreshed 2023



Nov. 4–5
Homecoming 2022
Hosted by Alumni Relations
November 4–5, 2022

Attend the Future of Global Mission Conference, come hear Laura Story on Friday evening and stay for Homecoming 2022 on Saturday! Reunions will be followed by the President’s Luncheon featuring alumnus Rob Morgan.

Read the article: Singer/Songwriter Laura Story, Author Rob Morgan share memories at Homecoming ’22

Nov. 2–4
Future of Global Mission Conference
Hosted by the College of Intercultural Studies
November 2–4, 2022

Be a part of shaping 21st century mission by participating in the Future of Global Mission Conference. Mission leaders from around the world are coming to CIU’s campus to strategize and share on what the next 100 years of mission will look like. Grammy Award winning alumna, Laura Story, will provide music. Speakers will share from personal experience and biblical scholarship on topics from getting the gospel to the least reached, to medical missions and disaster relief.

Read the article: Huge Parade of World Flags Opens CIU’s 100th Anniversary, Global Mission Conference

Sep. 23–24
Athletics Hall of Fame & Parent Weekend
Hosted by the Athletics Department
September 23–24, 2022

Since the inception of intercollegiate athletics at CIU in 2012, the Athletics Department has had one mission: To be “a community of believers who exist to Glorify God by using sports as a platform to impact the nations with the message of Christ.” The Athletics Department will celebrate their first decade of athletes and coaches who have consistently and passionately lived up to that mission with the creation of the CIU Athletics Hall of Fame.

Read the article: CIU celebrates a Decade of Athletics with institution of Hall of Fame



A Century of God’s Faithfulness

A Century of God’s Faithfulness: Highlights from the History of Columbia International University


Order your copy of A Century of God's Faithfulness!

‘A century in seed form’, as Buck Hatch might say. And oh, how marvelous have been the decades of destiny flowing from those words — a centennial of God’s faithfulness involving nearly 24,000 alumni serving in over 168 nations!

For the 100th Anniversary celebration, CIU has released (or released) A Century of God’s Faithfulness: Highlights from the History of Columbia International University. This book focuses on our story from 1923 to 2023 and God’s faithfulness during those years.

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