CIU News

  • Spotlight: Member of the Class of 2018 Headed for Japan

    David Thorsen is a member of the Class of 2018 graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Intercultural Studies (ICS). Originally from Stavanger, Norway, David has been appointed by the Norwegian Lutheran Mission with whom he interned last summer in Japan, to serve in Japan long term. Thorsen has ministered to Japanese immigrants in Columbia during his time at CIU. He talks about his future...

  • Dr. Steve Baarendse receives Excellence in Teaching Award
    Professor Steve Baarendse Honored for Excellence in Teaching

    A Columbia International University professor described as caring deeply about his students has been honored with an Excellence in Teaching Award.  Professor of English Dr. Steve Baarendse received the recognition at the annual awards dinner of the South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (SCICU) in April.

    The award is given to...

  • Getting "Ram Ready"
    Are You “Ram Ready?”

    Dozens of incoming CIU undergraduate students became “Ram Ready” the weekend of April 14.

    “Ram Ready” is an opportunity to hear from a variety of campus representatives, meet professors and begin to navigate the campus. You’ll make friends with your incoming class and current students, learn about your academic program, get a jump on finalizing your course...

  • Banner Day for CIU Athletics: CIU Approved as Member of NAIA

    Columbia International University is now a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). The announcement from the NAIA comes after the CIU Athletics Department completed a year-long process for NAIA membership as well as membership in the Appalachian Athletic...

  • CIU to Celebrate Two Commencements April 28

    Two commencement programs will take place April 28 on the campus of Columbia International University (CIU) as 193 students are recognized for academic achievements from certificates to bachelor degrees to doctoral degrees. The commencement exercises begin at 8:30 a.m. for seminary and graduate students and at 11:30 a.m. for undergraduate students. Both ceremonies will be held in Shortess...

  • The CIU Thespians perform “She Loves Me”

    A review by Joseph Knight

    CIU Student Writer

    Inclement weather caused the cancellation of the April 15 performance. An encore performance is scheduled for April 16 at 7 p.m. 

    I was excited as I settled into my chair in Hoke auditorium and waited for the stage lights to fade. I had come for an early...

February 15, 2017
Chaplain Larry Dabeck

CIU alumnus “taking care of those who take care of soldiers”

By Bob Holmes

Army Chaplain Larry Dabeck saw the Iraqi rocket fire whizz just over his head and hit the next group of U.S. soldiers beside him. As...

February 10, 2017

Two Columbia International University athletic squads are making the grade when it comes to the classroom. Women’s soccer and women’s cross country have been...

February 06, 2017
Pastor James Dixon of El-Bethel Baptist Church in Maryland

By Michael A. Lanier

CIU Student Writer

The Columbia International University students, faculty and staff began the month of February commemorating Black History Month with a series of Chapel messages demonstrating that God loves all people, and so...

February 06, 2017
Former CIU Athletics Director Kim Abbott

By Jenai Tedder

CIU Student Writer 

The legacy of CIU’s first athletics director, Kim Abbott, was honored by students, faculty and staff during men’s and women’s basketball games at the Moore Fitness...

February 03, 2017
Ryan Gibson scores 1,000 career points

Ryan Gibson is the first basketball player in Columbia International history to score 1,000 points. He achieved the milestone on Jan. 31 in a win against Warren Wilson College at Swannanoa, North Carolina. He would later be...

February 03, 2017
Marjorie Hobbs holding the Lead by Example Award

A Columbia International University alumna is the recipient of her employer’s “Lead by Example Award.”

Marjorie Hobbs, a manager for Palmetto Health Behavioral Care Day Treatment in Columbia,...

February 02, 2017

By Bob Holmes

An experienced and respected Christian higher education administrator has been named the seventh president of Columbia International University. The announcement was made following a vote by the CIU Board of Trustees on February 2 to confirm Dr....

January 30, 2017
CIU Improvisation Night

By Michael A. Lanier
CIU Student Writer

Columbia International University students received exciting news this week as Suessical the Musical was announced as the next production for the CIU Players in April. The anticipation of the production has been...

January 10, 2017
Coach Bill Brindley, CIU men's soccer

Columbia International University welcomes Bill Brindley as the new men’s head soccer coach.

Brindley comes to the CIU Rams from the Trinity Baptist College Eagles in Jacksonville, Florida where he built TBC’s soccer program from scratch in 2012 to consecutive regional...

January 09, 2017
Damian Hurta and Jordan Dillingham

By Bob Holmes

If the grimace on the face of CIU basketball player Damian Hurta was any indication, the new weight room equipment in CIU’s Moore Fitness Center is going to be an effective training tool...

January 02, 2017

Columbia International University students are connecting with international refugees resettling in the Columbia area. The students volunteer with “Bridges,” an ESL (English as a Second Language) program at Kilbourne Park Baptist Church. The program has reached people from 19 nations...

December 20, 2016
Some of the new study space in the G. Allen Fleece Library.

By Bob Holmes

Columbia International University students said they needed more space for quiet study. Library Director Cynthia Snell was listening. She responded with a comfortable, enlarged area for study in...

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