CIU News

  • 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...

  • Danny Reese, an assistant basketball coach at CIU.
    Elite High School Athletes Respond to Christ

    On Saturday, March 4, Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach Danny Reese, Women’s Basketball Coach Temple Elmore and CIU basketball players, Elijah Spalding and Jordan Spruell, had the opportunity to share their faith with a group of elite high school athletes at the annual South Carolina Independent Schools Association (SCISA) All-Star Basketball games in Sumter, SC.

    Twig Gray,...

  • I Love CIU Day

    While the students were away on spring break, the Columbia International University faculty and staff did a little spring cleaning on “I Love CIU Day” – a day of cleaning and camaraderie.

    The day began with a devotional from CIU’s CFO Rob Hartman and the story of the paralytic who was let down through the roof of a crowded house to gain access to Jesus so he could...

  • President Mark Smith Shares Exciting Vision for CIU with Business Leaders

    By Joseph Knight

    CIU Student Writer

    Nearly 100 business leaders from the Columbia area heard the Columbia International University president talk about leadership and CIU’s vision for the Columbia community. Dr. Mark Smith outlined CIU’s future plans at a luncheon of the...

November 01, 2016
2016 CIU Hoedown

CIU Students Gather for a Night of Fun at the Hoedown

By Michael A. Lanier

CIU Student Writer

Columbia International University students gathered for one of the most anticipated social events of the year: The Hoedown. It’s a...

October 31, 2016

By Janai Tedder

CIU Student Writer

Engraved on stones on the campus of Columbia International University are the school’s foundational five core values: Authority of...

October 24, 2016
CIU Alumnus of the Year, Dr. Paul Tripp will speak at Homecoming 2016

Tripp named Alumnus of the Year

By Bob Holmes

Dr. Paul Tripp says when he was a student at Columbia International University (then Columbia Bible College - CBC), he was a rabble-rouser who often found himself in the...

October 20, 2016
Dr. Igou Hodges

While Oct. 31 has become associated with the ghosts and goblins of Halloween, it is an important day in the history of the church.

It was on Oct. 31, 1517 that a priest named Martin Luther nailed to the church door in Wittenberg, Germany, a list of questions and propositions for...

October 11, 2016
Author and Pastor Robert J. Morgan

Robert J. Morgan says that on the first night in his Columbia International University dormitory, “my roommate challenged me and got in my face about really committing my life to the cause of Christ.” He says it was “as though the Lord switched on a surge of adrenaline that is...

October 10, 2016
Agustin Arce-Ruiz (center) with NYCFC Director of Team Operations Sam Pugsley, (left) and Team Coordinator Nick True-Palmer

Combining a passion for soccer with his chosen major made for an exciting internship for a Columbia International University senior. Agustin Arce-Ruiz, a member of the CIU...

October 04, 2016

Award-winning Christian recording artist David Crowder will be performing Nov. 4 at 7:30 p.m. in Shortess Chapel at Columbia International University as CIU celebrates Homecoming 2016. Crowder’s stop in Columbia is part of his nationwide American...

September 28, 2016
Carolina Cougars President Johnny Ray Noble, Alonzo Green, Carolina Cougars Coach Marcus Reese.

By Mitchell Strauser

CIU Sports Information Director

Less than a year ago Alonzo Green was playing in his last game as a CIU Ram, but that game would not be the end of his basketball career.

Green signed a contract...

September 27, 2016
Courtney Reasoner as Ariel, and her brother Jeremy Resaoner as Sabastian.

By Janai Tedder

CIU Student Writer 

To beat the heat over the summer, Columbia International University alumna Courtney Reasoner went under the sea, hooking the lead role of Ariel in the Disney musical “The...

September 26, 2016
The House of Virtus with their rendition of ESPN College Game Day

The Battle of the Houses brings out the creativity at CIU

By Michael A. Lanier and Bob Holmes

The popular TV show ESPN College Game Day broadcast live from the Columbia International University soccer field on Sept. 24 – well, sort of.


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...