CIU President Celebrates with 107-Year-Old Alumna

Ottie Roberson with CIU President Mark Smith and wife Debbie Smith

By Bob Holmes

It’s not every day that you get to wish “Happy Birthday” to someone who just turned 107 years old. But that was the privilege of Columbia International University President Dr. Mark Smith and First Lady Debbie Smith when they congratulated CIU alumna Ottie Roberson at her home near Columbia. She graduated from CIU in 1932 when the school was called Columbia Bible College (CBC) and was located in downtown Columbia.

Adjunct Faculty for Dual Enrollment Spanish

Ben Lippen Upper School
5 months/varies
August 01, 2018


The Ben Lippen Spanish adjunct faculty member is responsible to teach one section of college-level Spanish I to high school students interested in seeking dual enrollment credit for the course.  


  • Establish a strong academic, social and cognitive presence
  • Communicate regularly with students
  • Grade student work with rubrics and provide appropriate feedback offered in a timely manner
  • Offer suggestions for course improvements


  • A strong Christian worldview and ability to cultivate that worldview in the lives of the students.
  • A demonstrated ability and interest to innovatively and appropriately bring technologies (including the iPad) into the classroom in order to support student learning.
  • A clear desire and ability to teach in a student-centered, problem-based learning environment.
  • A demonstrated ability to lead students toward collaboration, creativity, communication, and critical thinking.
  • Strong conversational and written ability in Spanish, fluency preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience working in a diverse international community and strong cross-cultural skills.
  • Master's degree required with minimum 18 hours of credit in subject field, doctorate preferred.


Applicants interested in this position must complete a Ben Lippen employment application (link available on the Employment page) and send to:

Office of the Headmaster, Ben Lippen School, PO Box 3999, Columbia, SC 29230


CIU Women Enjoy “Canvas and Conversation”

The women on the campus of Columbia International University are never without a friend when they attend the monthly gathering of the Wives Fellowship. The theme for the month of March was “Canvas and Conversation.”

CIU First Lady Debbie Smith stirred conversation among the women with a devotional on the creativity of God after which the women discussed the ways they enjoy being creative such as painting, baking, sewing, crafts and writing. 

Exciting New Program Trains for Disaster Relief

The CIU Rapid Response Club in action in Marion County, South Carolina

When a disaster strikes, who will be on the scene to assist those in need? How about a team of students from Columbia International University?

The new Disaster Relief and Management program at CIU develops the knowledge and skills necessary to respond to natural disasters and crises while demonstrating Christian compassion, service and witness. It will be offered as a concentration within the International Community Development (ICD) major and as a minor beginning with the 2018-2019 school year.


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