CIU News

  • Dr. Charles Ware
    Black History Week: A New Perspective on “Grace Relations"

    By Naomi Balk

    CIU Student Writer

    CIU celebrated Black History Month with Dr. Charles Ware, executive director of Grace Relations at the College of Biblical Studies in Indianapolis. In a week of Chapel messages, Ware challenged students to allow “grace relations,” not just race relations...

  • Peter Spencer in CIU's Shortess Chapel in 2013
    Important figure in CIU history now with the Lord

    Jamaican Peter Spencer was first CIU student of African descent

    By Bob Homes

    When Peter Spencer enrolled at Columbia Bible College (CBC) in 1963, he made history. Spencer was black. His admission to CBC, now Columbia International University, made CIU the first institution of higher education in South Carolina to admit a black student voluntarily....

  • The scene soon after the 11 cars derailed along the Broad River at the edge of campus.
    CIU campus safe following train derailment

    The Columbia International University campus is safe following the derailment of a Norfolk Southern train at the edge of campus along the Broad River.

    Local media report that on Friday Feb. 7, a train struck a tree on the tracks causing three engines and eight other cars to derail. There were no injuries to the crew, and there is no danger to the campus as repair crews worked into...

  • Nandry Conrod and Brycen Holdman in competition.
    Ultimate Frisbee = Ultimate Fun and Community at CIU

    By Naomi Balk

    CIU Student Writer

    President Dr. Mark Smith made the ceremonial first pull of CIU’s Intermural Ultimate Frisbee season on a sunny afternoon in early February. Dr. Bryan Beyer, dean of the College of Arts & Sciences blew the shofar, and friends and staff gathered to cheer on the two...

  • Will Huff (right) and Student Body President Andrew McNeil react to Super Bowl.
    A Super Bowl Celebration: Food, Fellowship and Football

    By Naomi Balk

    CIU Student Writer

    Like millions across the nation, CIU students gathered around a plate of chicken wings to watch the Kansas City Chiefs defeat the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV.

    Student Body President Andrew McNeil said he is grateful for CIU President Dr. Mark Smith and The...

  • CIU Rams pitcher Noah Moody played high school baseball at Ben Lippen, a ministry of CIU.
    Play Ball! Rams play first baseball series in school history

    Columbia International University Athletics made history the weekend of Jan. 31-Feb. 1 when the Rams baseball team took the field for the first time. The Rams dropped two out of three games to #16 Webber International University in Babson Park, Florida.

    CIU Head Coach Jonathan Johnson was pleased with the way his team played over the weekend.

    “Not easy starting the season...

Peter Spencer in CIU's Shortess Chapel in 2013
Jamaican Peter Spencer was first CIU student of African descent
By Bob Homes
When Peter Spencer enrolled at Columbia Bible College (CBC) in 1963, he made history. Spencer was black. His admission to... Read More
Dr. Charles Ware
By Naomi Balk
CIU Student Writer
CIU celebrated Black History Month with Dr. Charles Ware, executive director of Grace Relations at the College of Biblical Studies in Indianapolis. In a week of... Read More
The scene soon after the 11 cars derailed along the Broad River at the edge of campus.
The Columbia International University campus is safe following the derailment of a Norfolk Southern train at the edge of campus along the Broad River.
Local media report that on Friday Feb. 7, a... Read More
Nandry Conrod and Brycen Holdman in competition.
By Naomi Balk
CIU Student Writer
President Dr. Mark Smith made the ceremonial first pull of CIU’s Intermural Ultimate Frisbee season on a sunny afternoon in early February. Dr. Bryan Beyer,... Read More
Will Huff (right) and Student Body President Andrew McNeil react to Super Bowl.
By Naomi Balk
CIU Student Writer
Like millions across the nation, CIU students gathered around a plate of chicken wings to watch the Kansas City Chiefs defeat the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl... Read More
CIU Rams pitcher Noah Moody played high school baseball at Ben Lippen, a ministry of CIU.
Columbia International University Athletics made history the weekend of Jan. 31-Feb. 1 when the Rams baseball team took the field for the first time. The Rams dropped two out of three games to #16... Read More
Fire demonstration on CIU campus.
Partnership with State Fire Marshal begins 
By Naomi Balk
CIU Student Writer
Seeing fire in a CIU parking lot is normally a cause for concern. But when two fires were intentionally set, it was a... Read More
CIU President Dr. Mark Smith (right) with Steve Forbes of Forbes Media at economic development luncheon.
As Columbia International University increases its community involvement, CIU President Dr. Mark Smith dialogues with key members of the state and other influencers.
In January, Smith joined over a... Read More
Columbia International University President Dr. Mark Smith with students.
Columbia International University is celebrating another great semester of enrollment. Total enrollment in the spring semester now stands at 1,718 students; that’s up 42% compared to a year ago... Read More
CIU Prison Initiative alumnus Ryan Chitwood
Jacob is in the final years of his prison term. In the meantime, the alumnus of the CIU Prison Initiative will continue to make an impact on his fellow inmates.
Jacob, (prison policy prohibits use of... Read More
Columbia International University Professor of Ministry Care Dr. Steven Johnson
Dr. Steven A. Johnson, CIU assistant professor of Ministry Care is the new president of The Albert Ellis Institute Board of Directors in New York City. The Institute promotes emotional and behavioral... Read More
Dr. Mark Smith accepts the Community Impact Award as Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin (left) and CIU Professor Andre Rogers look on. (Photos by Kierston Smith)
The North Columbia Business Association has recognized Columbia International University with the Community Impact Organization of the Year Award for the school’s work on improving the... Read More

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