CIU News

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    Open Mic in the Ram Shack

    By Naomi Balk

    CIU Student Writer

    Open Mic in the CIU Ram Shack was a night of creativity and expression through singing, instrumentals, spoken word, rap, poetry, jokes, bagpipes and banjos and violins solos. The atmosphere buzzed during performances that were often spontaneous, raw and unpolished. 

    Freshman Joy Jones called the November...

  • South Carolina Congressman Visits CIU Business Class

    South Carolina U.S. House member Joe Wilson of Lexington County stopped by the Columbia International University campus to chat with business students as part of a tour of his home district and the surrounding area.

    Wilson spoke to a Managerial Economics class and noted...

  • CIU Thespians Present “The 39 Steps”

    A Review by Michael A. Lanier

    I walked into Hoke Auditorium, believing that I already knew what to expect from the CIU Thespians' newest production, The 39 Steps. I was already familiar with the story: the famous Alfred Hitchcock directed the film adaption of the popular novel back in the 1950s, and having seen the movie, I was ready for the suspenseful...

  • Meghann Miller and Josiah Anzenberger dress in '50s fashion.
    “In Step” "At the Hop”

    CIU students prepped for the annual winter formal with an evening of swing dance lessons and a little competition. To add to the fun, students dressed in “sock hop” fashion as if it were the 1950s. 

    The winning dance couple was Josiah Anzenberger and Meghann Miller.

    Anzenberger says he only learned to swing dance about a month ago and he says he “loved it...

  • 2014 CIU MAT graduate La Shonna Bookert
    Letting her Life Speak Jesus into her Students

    Meet CIU Alumna La Shonna Bookert

    La Shonna Bookert says Columbia International University thoroughly prepared her to be a successful teacher of young children. And it shows.

    Bookert is “Center Stage,” featured in an employee profile by the Richland One School District in Columbia, South Carolina. She graduated from CIU with a...

  • CIU President Dr. Mark Smith at inaugural reception
    Inauguration: Students, Alumni Excited About the Future of CIU

    By Michael A. Lanier, Naomi Balk and Bob Holmes

    Students, alumni and others expressed excitement about the future of Columbia International University as Dr. Mark Smith was ceremonially inaugurated as the seventh president of CIU. The Nov. 3 event was held as part of the...

May 19, 2016
Temple Elmore named women's head basketball coach at CIU

Temple Elmore is the new women’s head basketball coach at Columbia International University after serving as CIU assistant coach for the past two seasons.

Elmore played basketball at the College of Charleston where...

May 11, 2016
Former Lexington, SC mayor Randy Halfacre

Former Lexington, South Carolina mayor Randy Halfacre is the new community ambassador for Columbia International University. Halfacre served as mayor from 2004 to 2013 leading the town to become one of the fastest growing municipalities in South Carolina. He is also a former president and CEO of...

May 04, 2016
ONE - A Small Group Journey Toward Life-Changing Community

Two Columbia International University graduates have teamed up for a book designed to create meaningful community among believers.

One - A Small Group Journey Toward Life-Changing Community,” is...

May 02, 2016
CIU commencement speaker Dr. Jeff Philpott makes a point about being a servant during his commencement address.

CIU Graduates the Class of 2016

By Michael Lanier

CIU Student Writer

Shortess Chapel was full of family, friends, and loved ones on April 30, as Columbia International University celebrated its newest graduates, the class of 2016....

April 20, 2016
Joey Caldwell with WLTX TV news anchor Darci Strickland

Columbia International University graduate student Joey Caldwell was named the Teacher of the Week by Columbia TV station News 19 WLTX.

Caldwell is the drama teacher at Ben Lippen School, a Pre-K to 12th grade ministry of CIU. He is also a...

April 18, 2016
CIU Players Perform "Little Women"

CIU Players Perform “Little Women”

By Michael Lanier

CIU Student Writer

Hoke Auditorium was filled with laughter and emotion as the CIU Players presented their performance of “Little Women” in April. This...

April 11, 2016
CIU alumna Katie Duke, licensed professional counselor

Columbia International University alumna Katie Duke has a simple question:

Wouldn’t this world be a more peaceful/loving place if we could all challenge ourselves to extend kindness and compassion toward the people around us?

Duke graduated from CIU in 2010 with...

April 06, 2016
Sue Thomas speaks in CIU Chapel

Sue Thomas Speaks in CIU Chapel

By Michael A. Lanier

CIU Student Writer

A Columbia International University alumna who was the inspiration for a TV show, challenged CIU students to look beyond themselves and draw strength from God....

April 05, 2016
Evangelical Unity discussion at CIU.

CIU Celebrates Evangelical Unity Week

By Michael A. Lanier

CIU Student Writer

Columbia International University ended the month of March by focusing on its core value of Evangelical Unity with a series of Chapel messages, a pastors...

April 01, 2016
Dr. Ed Smither

Two new programs will be offered in the 2016-2017 school year at Columbia International University.

A bachelor’s degree in Philosophy has been added to the list of majors for undergraduate students while a Doctor of Philosophy in Intercultural Studies is now available at the graduate...

March 30, 2016
Scott Adams named director of Business & Organizational Leadership at CIU.

A Lexington, South Carolina businessman and attorney has been named the new director of the Business & Organizational Leadership program at Columbia International University...

March 23, 2016
CIU students play Bubble-Ball.

By Michael A. Lanier

CIU Student Writer

It’s a rite of spring at Columbia International University. The ladies of the student body have the opportunity to ask the men to participate with them in an afternoon of...

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