CIU News

  • A graduate of the CIU Prison Initiative receives his diploma and hugs Initiative Director Andre Melvin.
    Some CIU Graduates Receive their Diploma in Prison

    By Bob Holmes

    Norm fought back tears of joy as the candidates for graduation formed the line that would lead to “the walk” when a Columbia International University student becomes an alumnus. But for Norm and the nine others who would receive their diploma, “the walk” would not be across a chapel stage, but a walk across “The Yard”...

  • Ben Lippen business students welcome sheriff's deputies.
    High School Students in Dual Enrollment Business Class Show Holiday Appreciation to Law Enforcement

    Ben Lippen High School students taking dual enrollment business classes at Columbia International University showed their appreciation to law enforcement officers and first responders this Christmas season. The students handed out 150...

  • Lexi Evans and Andrew Hampshire
    “Celebrating Couples” at December Commencement

    By Bob Holmes

    The casual observer at the Columbia International University commencement may have just thought it coincidence when two people with the same last name crossed the stage of Shortess Chapel one right after the other. But Malcolm Campbell and Patricia Campbell are married, and both received their bachelor degrees at CIU’s December commencement; Malcolm...

  • 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...

November 09, 2010
Chili waiting to be sampled.

The annual CIU President's Bowl football games (formerly the North-South Games) is beginning to be upstaged by a new annual pregame activity - the Chili Cook-Off.

This was the fourth annual Chili Cook-Off at CIU. Each year there has been a wide variety of chili's entered in the contest....

November 09, 2010
CIU students and members of the community gathered in CIU's Pamplin Auditorium t

By Lenae Simpson
CIU Student Writer

I got chills as I read Columbia International University's blog on the third Lausanne Conference on World Evangelization. CIU Chancellor George Murray wrote about the many people he met at the conference who have a connection to CIU...

November 01, 2010
Sea worthy.

Playing off the Columbia International University mascot - the Cougar, CIU students used ingenuity and teamwork to do some unique boating on the CIU Lake in the first ever "Cougar Cruise." But this was certainly not a cruise on a luxury ocean liner.

The Cougar Cruise was a contest, of men...

October 31, 2010
Dr. John Harvey

By Abbey Shoemaker
CIU Student Writer

CIU emphasized the Authority of Scripture - one of the school's five core values - with a week-long series of chapel messages delivered by selected faculty members.

The week began by recognizing CIU President Emeritus...

October 27, 2010
Some of CIU ladies at "Pieces."

By Lenae Simpson
CIU Student Writer

I was not in the mood to celebrate my femininity on a recent Tuesday night, but I had already agreed to go to "Pieces," Student Union's night of encouragement for on-campus women. Begrudgingly I resigned myself to dressing up and...

October 18, 2010
Philip Yancey

Popular Christian author and Columbia International University alumnus Philip Yancey will be the speaker at CIU's December commencement exercises.

Yancey is the author of 20 books that explore the questions faced by most Christians and include "Where Is God When It Hurts," "Disappointment...

October 10, 2010
Pine View Apartments

By Abbey Shoemaker
CIU Student Writer

In a celebration of God's guidance and provision, members of the Columbia International University family gathered to dedicate the school's new Pine View Apartments to the glory of God.

Expressing the heart of those involved...

October 03, 2010

The famous father of a 1977 Columbia International University graduate discouraged his daughter from attending CIU. Ironically, the father would later in life become a CIU graduate himself, be named alumnus of the year in 2001, and after his death, his memorial service was held at CIU.

The...

October 03, 2010
Rita Hayworth - She maintains her innocence in the murder of Jerry Oilman.

Below is a first-hand account of Columbia International University's 2011 Senior Class Murder Mystery Party - an annual event planned by the students. This year each student played the role of a famous person of the past.

My name is Rita Hayworth, and for those of you who don't...

September 30, 2010
CIU Chancellor George Murray will be in South Africa for Lausanne.

Two Columbia International University educators will be among the 4,000 evangelical leaders from more than 200 countries participating in a major conference on world evangelization this month in Cape Town, South Africa.

CIU Chancellor Dr. George Murray and Professor Dr. Bill Larkin of CIU...

September 29, 2010
Dr. David Olshine

Dr. David Olshine, the director of the Youth Ministry program at Columbia International University will be a featured speaker at the National Youth Workers Convention in Nashville, Tenn., Nov. 19-22. He'll speak on the topic of "Counseling Youth and Families." Olshine's seminar will equip teens...

September 27, 2010
Taking the CIU Tour.

By Lenae Simpson
CIU Student Writer

Preview Days at Columbia International University provide an opportunity for prospective students to experience a bit of CIU culture. Students and parents can attend a "Majors Fair," take a campus tour, worship in chapel,...

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