CIU News

  • MIchael Lanier
    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...

September 10, 2015
Ben McLochlin follows through for the CIU Rams

The Columbia International University athletics program grew by one more sport this fall with men’s golf.

At the Cutter Creek Invitational hosted by Barton College in Wilson, North Carolina, CIU freshman Ben McLochlin carded a +12 with a pair of 78s to tie for 16th place, 11 strokes...

September 09, 2015
Columbia International University

Columbia International University climbed to #35 among Best Regional Universities in the South in the 2016 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings. CIU ranked #37 in last year’s survey.

Many prospective students and their parents use...

September 05, 2015
2015 Palmetto State Cross Country Festival

Powered by a pair of top ten finishes, the Columbia International University men finished third as a team to mark their best result ever in a home-campus race. The Rams trailed the champion of the Palmetto State Cross Country Festival, Bob Jones University, by only 12 points.

Meanwhile,...

August 31, 2015
Lady Rams celebrate goal

By Melissa McCutchan

CIU Student Writer

Players, coaches, and fans were full of energy on Aug. 29, as the Columbia International University women’s soccer team played their first home game in the program’s history, defeating Wake Technical...

August 27, 2015
CIU women's soccer team wins first ever match

Aug. 26, 2015 is an historic day in the history of Columbia International University athletics. 

The Columbia International University women's soccer team prevailed in its first-ever contest, notching the game's only goal in the 85th minute to defeat Toccoa Falls College in a...

August 27, 2015
"Perspectives on the World Christian Movement" offered for college credit through CIU

A course designed to broaden a believers “perspective” on what God is doing around the world is being offered for college credit through Columbia International University.  

“Perspectives on the World Christian Movement” has been around since the 1970s, but has...

August 24, 2015
CIU is #6 on the annual survey

For the second year in a row, Columbia International University is ranked #6 in the Southeast in the annual “Best Bang for the Buck” survey published by...

August 21, 2015
CIU students at the home of the Rams

The website Christianuniversitiesonline.org (CUO) ranked Columbia International University #3 in their survey of “...

August 20, 2015
Women's soccer players Meghan Esquinaldo (left) and Taylor Endicott share a laugh as they wait to seal another bag of lentil casserole.

It was only their second day of orientation, but already CIU freshmen and transfer students were engaging in Christian community service. They joined early-arriving CIU athletes on an “assembly line” set up on the Rams home basketball court, to package 15,000 lentil casseroles for...

August 20, 2015
International military chaplains pose at CIU.

Military chaplains from six nations visited Columbia International University on Aug. 14 to learn about CIU’s Chaplaincy program and to tour the campus. The chaplains represented...

August 14, 2015
Parker Thornton Fellowship of Christian Athletes FCA

One of the newest staff members of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) in the Carolina’s region is Columbia International University alumnus Parker Thornton. Thornton graduated from CIU with a bachelor’s degree in...

August 12, 2015
George Bryan

Columbia International University Golf Coach George Bryan remembers what it was like playing in the pairing behind Vijay Singh and just ahead of the Tiger Woods/Tom Watson group at the 1999 PGA Championship.

Bryan, who is a well-known teaching pro around the Columbia area, is gearing up to...

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