CIU News

  • CIU alumnus Dr. Jeff Baxter
    Evangelical Unity Week: Jesus loves the Church and so should we

    By Naomi Balk

    CIU Student Writer

    “There is nothing more important than knowing Jesus and loving the things that Jesus loves,” said CIU alumnus Dr. Jeff Baxter, the 2018 Evangelical Unity Week guest speaker.  

    Baxter earned his Master of Divinity degree from CIU in 2002 and today is lead pastor at...

  • CIU to host ABHE accreditation visit March 27-29

    Columbia International University (Columbia, SC) is hosting a comprehensive accreditation visit by a team of evaluators from the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE) March 27-29, 2018 to determine its compliance with the standards for accreditation. During the visit, representatives of the ABHE team will entertain comments from the public. Any members of the public...

  • Ottie Roberson with CIU President Mark Smith and wife Debbie Smith
    CIU President Celebrates with 107-Year-Old Alumna

    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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

April 08, 2011

The director of Columbia International University’s Communication program is one of 20 professors from South Carolina’s private colleges to be honored with an Excellence in Teaching Award. 

Dr. Dan DeLozier was recognized for his dedication to teaching and learning at the...

April 08, 2011

By Abbey Shoemaker

CIU Student Writer

The book “Love Wins” is causing a stir in the evangelical community.  It’s written by The Rev. Rob Bell, the founding pastor of Mars Hill, a rapidly growing mega-church located in Grandville, Mich. near Grand...

April 07, 2011

Dr. Bill Larkin was used to borrowing a colleague’s desk lamp on the days he taught his New Testament class in Pamplin Auditorium.  But when that colleague took time off for a medical procedure, Larkin found himself showing PowerPoints with the lights off and not being able to see his notes...

April 01, 2011

The legacy of a young, Columbia International University alumna, who died in a traffic accident last year, is being honored by the students who were touched by her short life. 

Aimee Powell was a 26-year-old teacher when she died in a head-on collision on her way to work at Southlake...

March 30, 2011

NFL Super Bowl Coach and NASCAR team owner Joe Gibbs says life is like a game – the biggest game of all – and you want to be on the winning side.

That was Gibbs’ message to nearly 500 people at a lunch in the Moore Fitness Center on the campus of Columbia International...

March 28, 2011

By Lenae Simpson,

CIU Student Writer

Columbia International University hosted 51 prospective students – the school’s largest-ever Seminary and Graduate School Preview Day – on March 25.       

Guests toured the...

March 28, 2011

By Abbey Shoemaker,

CIU Student Writer

Calling it “a celebration of God’s goodness,” the Columbia International University family came together to glorify God for all He has done on behalf of the school over the past few years, and revel in His creation....

March 25, 2011

Columbia International University Seminary & School of Missions has won approval from its accrediting agency for a strategic initiative.     

The Association of Theological Schools (ATS) has approved the school’s request to expand course offerings at its...

March 24, 2011

The Columbia International University mascot was unveiled to the student body during a Chapel service on March 24, as CIU prepares to play intercollegiate athletics beginning with the fall 2012 semester.         

CIU President Dr. Bill...

March 23, 2011

Mrs. Robin Temples, MA, LMFT(S), director of Lexington Baptist Counseling Center, will lead a one-day workshop on PREPARE/ENRICH on the campus of Columbia International University on Thursday, March 31 in CIU’s Alumni Center. 

PREPARE/ENRICH is one of the most widely used inventories...

March 23, 2011

The Distance Education and Media Development (DEMD) department of Columbia International University is the winner of two national awards for innovative online learning. 

The Course-of-the-Year Awards are sponsored by ACCESS, the Christian Distance Education Association, and...

March 10, 2011

By Abbey Shoemaker

CIU Student Writer

“God’s Plan, Your Part” was the theme of this year’s World Christian Week, an annual conference emphasizing CIU’s core value of World Evangelization.  Chancellor George Murray was...