CIU Athlete Spotlight - Kayla Swails

Posted by Scott McCain on Oct 22, 2015 4:30:00 AM


A native of Lexington, South Carolina, Kayla Swails began her studies at CIU in 2012 in the teacher education program. She was a standout for White Knoll High School where was captain for two years, leading the team into regional play twice.

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Maturity Rarely Happens Solo

Posted by Dr. David Olshine on Oct 20, 2015 9:30:00 AM


By: Dr. David Olshine


As a young Christian attending seminary, I once heard a sermon in chapel that explained God’s goal for us is to become mature. The message was good, but the messenger never explained what maturity is and how one achieves it. Who are the spiritually mature?


Are they the people who possess a deep knowledge of the Bible and have memorized all the key passages? Are those who preach effective sermons spiritually mature? What about people who always think and talk about heaven or those who talk and act super spiritually? Does maturity come from following rules, such as the folks who don’t smoke, chew or run with those who do? Is maturity confirmed by those who chant, “I love Jesus, yes I do! I love Jesus; how ‘bout you”?


God tells us through His Word how we are to achieve spiritual maturity.

“I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. All of us who are mature should take such a view of things; and if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you. Only let us live up to what we have already attained” (Philippians 3:14-16).

What is maturity? The text defines it: Maturity is living up to God’s calling (Philippians 3:16). Each one of us is dysfunctional on some level, and each one of us has some strengths and sweet spots. We each are a mixture of maturity and immaturity, but the goal is set high: Live up to what Jesus calls us to be and do. Nobody has it totally together. The apostle Paul even admitted that about himself: “Not that I have already obtained…” (Philippians 3:12).

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The Best Study Playlist of All Time

Posted by Columbia International University on Oct 16, 2015 10:27:38 AM

Uh oh! It's late into the semester and those project deadlines are looming. You've got papers, books, and sticky notes strewn across your dorm room and your computer lovingly just erased three paragraphs worth of work. 


But look! It's THE BEST STUDY PLAYLIST OF ALL TIME to the rescue! We traveled to the ends of the Internet to find tunes that soothe your budding anxiety; then deliver a determined energy that's ready to get work done.

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CIU Athlete Spotlight - Emory Rowland

Posted by Scott McCain on Oct 12, 2015 1:28:41 PM

Emory is in his first semester at Columbia International after transferring from Hagerstown Community College. He has already made a mark in just a few weeks. In the season-opening 5K on campus, he made up serious ground in the last half-mile, improving his position from outside the top ten all
 the way to sixth place.

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The Heart of the Matter

Posted by Dr. David Olshine on Oct 12, 2015 9:43:58 AM


During one of my son’s Christmas parties, my chest started to hurt. It lasted all day. Then while watching a college football game on TV that evening, my chest started to tighten. And it wasn’t because my team was losing.


My wife is smart enough to know that you don’t mess with heart stuff, so she sent me to one of those urgent-care hospitals. I waited and waited. As I sat, the area surrounding my heart was feeling heavier and heavier, and I kept thinking, “I could die here, and I’d still have to wait my turn!”


Finally the nurse called me name, and after an hour and a half of blood work and EKG tests, I was sent home with good news. I do have a heart, and it’s in good shape. Turned out lifting weights during the last few days had torn a muscle.

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If I were a Christian College Freshman Again... 3 Things I'd Do Differently

Posted by Dr. Terry Powell on Sep 29, 2015 8:17:23 AM

I began my freshman year of college in the Jurassic era, 48 years ago this month. What if I could start all over, knowing what I know now about life and relationships?
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9 Top Apps for College Students

Posted by Columbia International University on Sep 23, 2015 1:43:21 PM

Apps are everywhere. Whether you play for Team iPhone or Team Android, I know you have a roster of go-to apps. College students can use apps to improve their higher education experience. Here, we compiled a list of our top apps for college students.


Check these out, download them today, and make life easier!


Top Apps Just For You!

  • iStudiez Lite – Staying organized while in college is an absolute must. An overwhelming amount of studying mixed with lots of extracurricular activities makes this very difficult. iStudiez Lite is an app that helps students stay focused and organized. This free app will aid in managing your whole semester. It can deal with 5 courses, 15 class/exams per course, 15 assignments, 5 instructors, and sets alarms for everything!
  • Exam Vocabulary Builder – We’ve all experienced it before. While writing
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Curve Balls, Gut Punches and Heartaches

Posted by Dr. David Olshine on Sep 15, 2015 1:41:06 PM


The last day of 1999, we had a curve ball thrown at us: We were going to have a baby. Medical specialists had told us years before that we'd probably never have any more kids after our first and only child, Rachel.

On Aug. 9, 2000, Andrew Olshine came into the world. It was a glorious time for all of us. Then 12 hours later, the doctor came into the birthing room fumbling around with the unexpected words "Andrew might have Down's syndrome."

We fell apart. Hit to the gut!

Two years later, my wife had thyroid cancer. Punch!

The hits kept on coming. First, my dad died. Then my step-dad. Then my aunt and uncle. What does one do when life seems cruel?

These heartaches can come at us fast and furious, usually without warning. We think, "It is so unfair. Why is God allowing this? Why me? How am I going to respond to this life-shaking event?''

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College Checklist | What to Bring, What to Leave At Home

Posted by Columbia International University on Sep 14, 2015 2:00:00 PM

The big day is almost here. Move-in day! Mom has taught you well enough to include your toothbrush and fresh sheets. So this college checklist skips the obvious and hits on the essentials not all college freshmen know to pack; plus, thoughts on what should be left behind.

What to Bring

☑ Catchphrase & Group Games

If a game requires a group of people and encourages high energy put it on the list.

☑ Spikeball

Find a patch of green on your campus to play Spikeball, throw frisbee, or

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Freshman Survival Guide: Choosing a College Major

Posted by Columbia International University on Sep 14, 2015 9:21:00 AM

Have A Plan

Enter college with a plan. Even if that plan does not involve deciding on a major.

Wait, what? In our culture, going to college is an assumed next step for your average 18 year old graduate. So you just go. Not much of plan. Choosing your major deserves a lot of thought and will probably require some real world experience.  Just heading off into the future with no direction is unacceptable. Weigh your options before you hit campus. Or, choose to start off undecided with a plan to explore your options on campus.

Keep reading for more ways to think this through and create a plan!

Be Ready to Challenge Yourself

When choosing a major, it’s easy to feel limited by too little life experience or giftedness in an area. How will you become an engineer without a math background and a few summers working in an auto shop? Or is business really the world for you if you can’t yet tie a tie? The reason you came to college was to

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Welcome to Blue & Gold: a mixture of advice for incoming freshmen, student life highlights, and professors' insights into living with a biblical worldview. In short, everything a CIU student needs to know or a place to inform yourself before you apply!



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