CIU News

  • CIU Enrollment Increases

    The spring semester at Columbia International University is in full swing with more students in the classroom and more students studying online.

    CIU Vice President for Enrollment and Marketing, Silvia Lucaschi-Decker, reports a Spring enrollment increase of over four percent from the 2016-2017 academic year to the 2017-18 academic year.

    The total number of undergraduate and...

  • CIU and Midlands Technical College Formalize Articulation Agreement for Business Students

    Columbia International University and Midlands Techical College (MTC) have formalized an agreement that will allow a seamless transition into CIU for MTC students who are pursuing a degree in business management.

    Midlands Technical College President Dr. Ronald L. Rhames and...

  • A graduate of the CIU Prison Initiative receives his diploma and hugs Initiative Director Andre Melvin.
    CIU Prison Initiative Graduates 10

    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...

June 21, 2016
Dr. Michael Langston, IAOTP Top Religious Leader of the Year

Columbia International University professor of Chaplain Ministries, Dr. Michael Langston, has been named the 2016-2017 “Top Religious Leader...

June 21, 2016
CIU alumni Sherwood and Muriel Taylor have been married for 70 years.

Congratulations to CIU alumni Sherwood and Muriel Taylor. They’ve been married 70 years. Mr. Taylor graduated from CIU, then called Columbia Bible College, in 1945, and Mrs. Taylor graduated in 1946. They served as missionaries in Brazil for over 33 years.

They now live in Powder...

June 21, 2016
Dr. Micheal Johnson, Alaska Education Commissioner

Columbia International University alumnus Dr. Michael Johnson has been named Alaska’s new education commissioner. Johnson earned a bachelor’s degree from CIU in 1994, and a Master of Arts in Teaching from CIU in 1997.

Alaska Governor Bill Walker says that he is “pleased...

June 10, 2016
Peggie Johnson speaks to graduates of the CIU Prison Initiative

A group of 14 female South Carolina prison inmates were encouraged to “allow other inmates into their lives” so they can share with them “the gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”

The message came from Peggie Johnson, a long-time mentor and professor to the...

June 06, 2016
John Robertson McQuilkin

By Melissa McCutchan and Bob Holmes

In the last months of the life of Columbia International University President Emeritus Robertson McQuilkin, when his health was declining, his close friend and former CIU Vice President John Davidson would visit him and...

May 19, 2016
Temple Elmore named women's head basketball coach at CIU

Temple Elmore is the new women’s head basketball coach at Columbia International University after serving as CIU assistant coach for the past two seasons.

Elmore played basketball at the College of Charleston where...

May 11, 2016
Former Lexington, SC mayor Randy Halfacre

Former Lexington, South Carolina mayor Randy Halfacre is the new community ambassador for Columbia International University. Halfacre served as mayor from 2004 to 2013 leading the town to become one of the fastest growing municipalities in South Carolina. He is also a former president and CEO of...

May 04, 2016
ONE - A Small Group Journey Toward Life-Changing Community

Two Columbia International University graduates have teamed up for a book designed to create meaningful community among believers.

One - A Small Group Journey Toward Life-Changing Community,” is...

May 02, 2016
CIU commencement speaker Dr. Jeff Philpott makes a point about being a servant during his commencement address.

CIU Graduates the Class of 2016

By Michael Lanier

CIU Student Writer

Shortess Chapel was full of family, friends, and loved ones on April 30, as Columbia International University celebrated its newest graduates, the class of 2016....

April 20, 2016
Joey Caldwell with WLTX TV news anchor Darci Strickland

Columbia International University graduate student Joey Caldwell was named the Teacher of the Week by Columbia TV station News 19 WLTX.

Caldwell is the drama teacher at Ben Lippen School, a Pre-K to 12th grade ministry of CIU. He is also a...

April 18, 2016
CIU Players Perform "Little Women"

CIU Players Perform “Little Women”

By Michael Lanier

CIU Student Writer

Hoke Auditorium was filled with laughter and emotion as the CIU Players presented their performance of “Little Women” in April. This...

April 11, 2016
CIU alumna Katie Duke, licensed professional counselor

Columbia International University alumna Katie Duke has a simple question:

Wouldn’t this world be a more peaceful/loving place if we could all challenge ourselves to extend kindness and compassion toward the people around us?

Duke graduated from CIU in 2010 with...

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