CIU welcomes the Class of 2022

August 23, 2018

Move-In day: A new home

By Naomi Balk

CIU Student Writer

The Class of 2022 and transfer students moved into the Columbia International University residence halls on Aug. 22 with no shortages of firsts: the first time meeting the faces of CIU, the first time making CIU a homey place to stay, the first time exploring campus, the first time taking a picture with new roommates, the first time to saying goodbye to parents for an extended period.

Outside the residence halls student leaders and athletes gathered to make the move as smooth as possible for the over 170 new students. Music energized the atmosphere and positive attitudes did not wilt under the hot sun.

Freshman Michael Kennedy called the move in awesome, adding, “I didn’t carry one thing.” Transfer student Tiffany Wolff referred to her move-in experience as “Really amazing!”

As freshman Camille Cruz was unpacking her suitcase, Mom was busy getting the drawers and closet organized. For Cruz, moving into CIU is also a cultural change. She has lived in Turkey for much of her life.

“I’m excited about starting a new phase of my life and being in a community of people who are after God’s own heart," Cruz said. “It’s been really great. (CIU) has really made it welcoming. I like how people come by (the room) and everyone’s really nice.”

Visitors dropping by included a number of upperclassmen and a couple of CIU’s deans: Dr. Bryan Beyer, dean of the College of Arts & Sciences and Donna Thompson, a women’s ministry dean.

“I’ve (already) felt really at home,” transfer student Joanna Railey said about her experience.  

Welcome Week activities are planned for the new students including a reception with CIU President Dr. Mark Smith, a cookout, a tie dye party and Tie Dye Night at the men’s and women’s soccer matches. Classes begin Aug. 27.

CIU is experiencing growth in enrollment and has announced $25 million in expansion plans for the campus. More information on enrollment is available here or call (800) 777-2227, ext. 5024.