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...

September 19, 2016
Chris Thomas, International Director of Torchbearers

By Janai Tedder

Etched in stone across the Columbia International University campus are CIU’s five foundational core values: Authority of Scripture, Victorious Christian Living, World...

September 16, 2016
Abbott Steps Down as AD at CIU

Kim Abbott is stepping down as athletics director of Columbia International University in December to give more attention and care to her elderly parents in Oklahoma.

Abbott made CIU history in 2010 when she became the school...

September 12, 2016
The House Dignitas at Columbia International University

By Janai Tedder

Columbia International University’s Residence Life Office kicked off its new “House Collective” concept by hosting the first annual House...

September 09, 2016
Beach Loveland of Loveland Coffee

CIU alumnus opens roastery

By Bob Holmes

Look up the word roastery in the dictionary, and you won’t find it. It’s too new. That puts Columbia International University alumnus Beach Loveland on the cutting edge of the coffee...

September 09, 2016

By Bob Holmes

The Columbia International University men’s residence hall that faces west has never had a real name – except West. But that changed on Sept. 8 when it was announced at the end of a Chapel service that the hall is now named Cassels Residence Hall in...

September 07, 2016
Ed Shipman was the founder of Happy Hill Farm and North Central Texas Academy

People in North Central Texas are mourning the loss of the founder of a local ministry to disadvantaged and at-risk children, who was also the 1995 CIU Alumnus of the Year.

Ed Shipman, the founder of Happy Hill Farm near the town of Glen Rose, died on Aug. 22 at age 83. He was a 1956...

September 07, 2016
Senior Luke Brooks, CIU Rams, Athlete of the Week

Senior Luke Brooks, the goalkeeper for the CIU Rams men’s soccer team has been named Division I Men’s Defensive Student-Athlete of the Week (9/5/16) by the...

August 31, 2016
CIU Dean of Students Rick Swift

CIU Night with the Columbia Fireflies

By Michael A. Lanier and Bob Holmes

The Columbia International University student body knows how to cheer loudly – even when the home team is not the CIU Rams.

This time the home team was the...

August 23, 2016
Dr. Bill Jones

CIU President Dr. Bill Jones among those concerned about threats to religious liberty

Concerned that federal and state actions could ultimately deny them the ability to fulfill their faith-based missions, seven evangelical Christian university...

August 19, 2016
CIU freshman move-in day.

The Journey Begins

By Michael A. Lanier

CIU Student Writer

The Class of 2020 has arrived at Columbia International University. The freshmen registered and moved in to their new home on Aug. 17 with the help the...

August 18, 2016
Dr. David Croteau, CIU professor of Greek and New Testament

Dr. David Croteau, professor of New Testament and Greek, traveled to Asia over the summer to train indigenous pastors in biblical interpretation. He made stops in Cambodia and Nepal in July teaching over 50 church leaders. Croteau’s...

August 16, 2016
Colene and Will Norton

A woman who held the distinction of being one of Columbia International University’s oldest alumni is now with the Lord. Colene Norton died on Aug. 10 at her home in Tahlequah, Oklahoma where she lived with her husband Will, also a CIU alumnus. Colene Norton was 102.

The Nortons met...

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