CIU News

  • Coach Jud Brooker addresses students at the groundbreaking.
    CIU and Ben Lippen Break Ground on $1 Million Olympic-Style Mondotrack

    By Bob Holmes

    Athletes from Columbia International University and Ben Lippen School will soon be sharing a new eight-lane multicolored Mondotrack, a leading innovation in track and field surfacing. The new surface will make Ben Lippen the only...

  • The CIU Rapid Response Club in action in Marion County, South Carolina
    Exciting New Program Trains for Disaster Relief

    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...

  • Danny Reese, an assistant basketball coach at CIU.
    Elite High School Athletes Respond to Christ

    On Saturday, March 4, Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach Danny Reese, Women’s Basketball Coach Temple Elmore and CIU basketball players, Elijah Spalding and Jordan Spruell, had the opportunity to share their faith with a group of elite high school athletes at the annual South Carolina Independent Schools Association (SCISA) All-Star Basketball games in Sumter, SC.

    Twig Gray,...

  • I Love CIU Day

    While the students were away on spring break, the Columbia International University faculty and staff did a little spring cleaning on “I Love CIU Day” – a day of cleaning and camaraderie.

    The day began with a devotional from CIU’s CFO Rob Hartman and the story of the paralytic who was let down through the roof of a crowded house to gain access to Jesus so he could...

  • President Mark Smith Shares Exciting Vision for CIU with Business Leaders

    By Joseph Knight

    CIU Student Writer

    Nearly 100 business leaders from the Columbia area heard the Columbia International University president talk about leadership and CIU’s vision for the Columbia community. Dr. Mark Smith outlined CIU’s future plans at a luncheon of the...

  • Media with Impact: Communication Students Complete Pro-Life Video

    A dramatic pro-life video produced by students in the Digital Media and Cinema program of Columbia International University is now being used by a local crisis pregnancy center.

    Under the...

August 03, 2016
Paul Silva Gallery

Columbia International University alumnus Paul Silva is becoming popular in South Carolina’s Lowcountry as a “New Era” artist. That means he mixes traditional painting with computer technology and digital photography to create vivid yet soft pieces. 

Silva, who...

July 28, 2016
CIU Women's Head Soccer Coach Kara Farnsworth (far left) poses at the United World Games.

By Bob Holmes

Imagine you’re the coach of a soccer team that is about to compete in an international tournament. But you’ve never met your players. That’s the situation Columbia International University...

July 19, 2016
Damian Hurta, Columbia International University Rams

Damian Hurta Becomes Coach for a Week

By Bob Holmes

Damian Hurta now understands what he puts his basketball coach through when he doesn’t follow directions. The Columbia...

July 12, 2016
Christian school educators conduct an experiment at a session on "Teaching for Inquiry."

Dozens of Christian school educators from five nations are on the campus of Columbia International University this week for the annual International Institute for Christian School Educators (IISCE). Nations represented include the...

June 30, 2016
Alaska Commissioner of Education, Dr. Michael Johnson, a CIU alumnus

CIU alumnus takes top leadership role in Alaska

By Bob Holmes

Every child looks forward to a “snow day,” when school is cancelled because of heavy snowfall or a blizzard. But veteran Alaska educator and...

June 30, 2016
Robertson McQuilkin accepting the Lifetime of Service Award from Missio Nexus in 2010.

The “Occasional Bulletin,” a leading publication on missions, dedicated its most recent edition to the late Robertson McQuilkin. McQuilkin, a former Columbia International University president who passed away...

June 22, 2016
Dribbling the ball on the CIU soccer field

Record Number of Campers Learn About Soccer, Integrity

Columbia International University Men’s Soccer Coach James Whitaker blindfolded a grade-school age soccer camper named Hannah and one...

June 21, 2016
Dr. Michael Langston, IAOTP Top Religious Leader of the Year

Columbia International University professor of Chaplain Ministries, Dr. Michael Langston, has been named the 2016-2017 “Top Religious Leader...

June 21, 2016
CIU alumni Sherwood and Muriel Taylor have been married for 70 years.

Congratulations to CIU alumni Sherwood and Muriel Taylor. They’ve been married 70 years. Mr. Taylor graduated from CIU, then called Columbia Bible College, in 1945, and Mrs. Taylor graduated in 1946. They served as missionaries in Brazil for over 33 years.

They now live in Powder...

June 21, 2016
Dr. Micheal Johnson, Alaska Education Commissioner

Columbia International University alumnus Dr. Michael Johnson has been named Alaska’s new education commissioner. Johnson earned a bachelor’s degree from CIU in 1994, and a Master of Arts in Teaching from CIU in 1997.

Alaska Governor Bill Walker says that he is “pleased...

June 10, 2016
Peggie Johnson speaks to graduates of the CIU Prison Initiative

A group of 14 female South Carolina prison inmates were encouraged to “allow other inmates into their lives” so they can share with them “the gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”

The message came from Peggie Johnson, a long-time mentor and professor to the...

June 06, 2016
John Robertson McQuilkin

By Melissa McCutchan and Bob Holmes

In the last months of the life of Columbia International University President Emeritus Robertson McQuilkin, when his health was declining, his close friend and former CIU Vice President John Davidson would visit him and...