Happy Halloween CIC!

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Halloween Costume Contest

CIC staff and students embraced the Halloween spirit by dressing in costumes for the day!  Students were not afraid to show off their creativity with their costumes, as they bravely competed in the Halloween Contest.  Results will be posted by the student council next week.

Take a look at the pictures below to judge for yourself!  What was your favorite costume CIC?

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Model United Nations Conference

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A note from Steve Saunders (Principal, Columbia International College):

This past weekend (October 28), we hosted the first ever Columbia International College Model United Nations Conference.  We were very honoured to have The United Nations Association in Canada (UNAC) organize this conference exclusively for Columbia International College students.  This conference was an great opportunity for the Model United Nations Team to experience hands on learning and to further develop their situational skills.

The conference was very successful, the UNAC members had only positive words to say about Columbia International College and our students.
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Halloween Dance Photos!

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Halloween Dance: October 27

The annual CIC Halloween Dance hosted by Student Development, took place on Friday October 27th in the Ainsliewood Gym.  Students showed up in full costume to dance the night away!  This was a great opportunity for students to get in the Halloween spirit and make new friends in a fun environment.

Halloween Pictures from the Photo Booth are now Available!

CIC students proved to be extremely photogenic, taking full advantage of the free pictures and props provided by Mardi Gras Photo Booth.  Students are encouraged to find themselves in the pictures below!

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Pumpkin Carving Contest

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Pumpkins have arrived and are ready for pick up!

Pumpkins are now available for the homeroom classrooms interested in participating the pumpkin carving competition!  Pick up your pumpkin today at the main office.  Pumpkins are to be carved and ready for display at the Student Development office by Friday October 27th.   The top 3 homeroom classes will receive a prize for the best carved pumpkin!

Carving Creativity

Every year the Student Development department hosts the annual CIC Pumpkin Carving Contest.  It is completed school wide and is always labelled as a huge success from both staff and students alike.  Staff and students take this great opportunity to creatively come together and showcase their talents and cultures, as well as showing their appreciation for the fall season and Halloween.

Mama Africa Celebration at World Fusion

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Today (October 20), students and staff members alike gathered in World Fusion @ CIC to celebrate and delve into the African culture through African cuisine.

Thanks to the amazing Sodexo team at CIC, the dish options which ranged from country to country featured delicacies like the famous Jollof Rice, Spicy Lamb, African Curry Chicken, Nigerian Naiji Bean Yam, Fried Plantain, and more.

Check out photos of some of the lovely dishes served below!


University Tours for Students!

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University tours in October provided by Columbia!

The University Placement Office (UPO), will be offering University Tours to their students for the month of October.  The tours will be taking place at different University campuses every week.

Students will have the great opportunity to tour the following Universities this month:
  • University of Toronto (U of T) St. George Campus on Saturday October 21st (Deadline: October 13)
  • U of T Mississauga Campus on Sunday October 22nd (Deadline: October 13)
  • McMaster University on Saturday October 28th (Deadline: October 20)
What Programs do each University offer?
  • U of T St. George Campus: Faculty of Arts and Science
  • U of T Mississauga Campus: Faculty of Health Sciences
  • McMaster University: DeGroote School of Business, Engineering, Health Sciences, Humanities, Sciences, Social Sciences, Arts and Science, and the school of Graduate Studies.
Benefits of receiving a tour:

University tours are beneficial for all students because it is a great way to see what programs the students are interested in.  With these tours, students also envision their future as a post-secondary student in their preferred University.  While on tour. students are always encouraged to ask questions regarding any specific programs or curriculum requirements.

How to sign up for a tour:

All University Tours requires a 10 dollar fee to be paid to the UPO.  Students must also sign up for these tours before the appropriate deadline.  All tours are a first come first serve basis, so it is encouraged to sign up for tours as early as possible.

All students who find themselves to be interested in the above Universities and faculties are encouraged to attend the tours to seek more information.  Students are always welcome to visit the UPO for additional information or questions regarding future University placement.

Top universities visit CIC

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Mark your calendars!

The academic year is in full swing, and top Canadian universities are excited to meet CIC students! The country’s top schools are making a point of visiting Columbia International College, and university representatives will be hosting events to present key information and answer participant questions.

Here’s the who, where, and when for the month of September—we hope to see you at an event!

Universities visit CIC in September 2016


Top Things to Do in February

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Coffee House5Columbia International College is pleased to announce the events and initiatives for February.

Besides regular clubs and community service activities, the headlines also include highly –anticipated 30 Hour Famine and Spirit Week. Students are also invited to a traditional Chinese dinner to celebrate the Lunar New Year of 2016.

For more information, please visit S244 Student Development Office.


2nd the 5h Wave

3rd University Fair

4th Lunar New Year Dinner

4th – 5th 30 Hour Famine Registration

5th Pride and Prejudice and Zombie

6th Community Service at Galcom International

8th Ski and Snowboarding Trip

9th -12th Spirit Week

11th Valentine’s Dance

12th Valentine’s Day Movie

13th – 15th Community Service Hamilton Kids Fest

15th Family Day

19th Trivia Night

20th Mission Services / Residence Life Prefects Leadership Retreat

25th European International Cuisine Series Dinner

26th Mapleview Shopping Mall

27th Community Service at Wesley Urban Ministries / Trip to Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada

Columbia Varsity Played on NBA Arena

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ACCJan 26, 2016was an unforgettable day for Columbia International College students who participated in the basketball event at Canada Air Center in Toronto. They played basketball on the NBA court and watched a live game between the Toronto Raptors and Washington Wizards.

It’s the third consecutive year that the CIC Student Development Office organized such a memorable event.

The varsity basketball team and female basketball club members played on the same court as NBA stars such as Kyle Lowry, Stephen Curry and Lebron James. They were thrilled to slam dunk, shoot 3 pointers, and used the NBA scoreboard with light up backboards!

nba“This is so much fun. I love it!” Said wingman Naka ShiShei during one of the games she played throughout the afternoon.

“Our team members have shown commitment to each other and worked extremely hard over the last semester.”Said Josh Bowley,Columbia’s Senior Activity Instructor.“They represent our school in tournaments in the community and win or lose they always conduct themselves with class.

After playing on the court, the students watched the Raptors play the Wizards. The game was very close for three quarters but the Raptors picked it up in the fourth quarter and won the beat the Wizards 106-89.

“What an amazing experience! I loved playing on the NBA court. The Raptors game was amazing.” Said Varsity Guard Hassan Manjang.

Stepping Out of Comfort Zone at Bark Lake

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1Last weekend, while most people were enjoying the amenities of city life, a group of 40 Columbia students stepped into the primitive forest, awakening their desire for adventure.

The Columbia Executive Student Leadership Team was selected by the Student Development Office to spend an exciting weekend at our 700-acre Bark Lake Leadership Center, developing leadership skills and becoming a cohesive team through group games.

They participated in exhilarating activities such as low ropes, high ropes, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, team building and conflict resolution activities, campfire, stargazing and more.

barkW16While most of the programs are fun-packed, some activities were so challenging that the students had to push themselves to their limits. Brandon Lewis, Columbia’s Student Life Coordinator, shared the story of a girl named Natalie who exemplified exceptional courage to tackle a seemingly insurmountable obstacle – fear of heights.

“In the high ropes, she was suspended 30 feet up in the air. She had to bounce off the rope to hit a target, and then be harnessed down.” Brandon said: “She hesitated for 10 minutes and her eyes were watering, but finally she was inspired by the group, mustered up her courage and accomplished the seemingly impossible task.”

Freddy Velazquez has years of experience coaching Columbia’s leadership program. He describes the retreat as “a life changing experience for the CIC leaders and future global citizens.”

Freddy believes working in different groups allows students to become aware of their diversity and the need to find common ground in order to reach their goal.

About Bark Lake

Bark Lake Leadership Center is Columbia’s 700 acre private Leadership and Outdoor Education resort located in Irondale Ontario.

hp photosmart 720In Bark Lake’s natural environment, students acquire strong leadership skills and develop respect for nature, the environment, other creatures, and themselves.