CIU News

  • 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...

  • Meghann Miller and Josiah Anzenberger dress in '50s fashion.
    “In Step” "At the Hop”

    CIU students prepped for the annual winter formal with an evening of swing dance lessons and a little competition. To add to the fun, students dressed in “sock hop” fashion as if it were the 1950s. 

    The winning dance couple was Josiah Anzenberger and Meghann Miller.

    Anzenberger says he only learned to swing dance about a month ago and he says he “loved it...

  • 2014 CIU MAT graduate La Shonna Bookert
    Letting her Life Speak Jesus into her Students

    Meet CIU Alumna La Shonna Bookert

    La Shonna Bookert says Columbia International University thoroughly prepared her to be a successful teacher of young children. And it shows.

    Bookert is “Center Stage,” featured in an employee profile by the Richland One School District in Columbia, South Carolina. She graduated from CIU with a...

March 23, 2016
CIU students play Bubble-Ball.

By Michael A. Lanier

CIU Student Writer

It’s a rite of spring at Columbia International University. The ladies of the student body have the opportunity to ask the men to participate with them in an afternoon of...

March 22, 2016
Cassandra Frear presents a paper on Hebrews 6:1

By Bob Holmes

Columbia International University hosted the Southeast regional meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS) in March. ETS is a group of scholars, teachers, pastors, students, and others dedicated to the oral exchange and written expression of...

March 14, 2016
Ethelyn Watson

Columbia International University alumna Ethelyn Watson went to be with the Lord on March 5 leaving behind two distinctions. She lived to be 101 years old, and she was the first married woman with children to graduate from CIU — and did so cum laude, above average academic distinction....

March 02, 2016
The CIU Ambassador Choir joins with the Allen University Choir in Hoke Auditorium on the CIU campus

Columbia International University and Allen University in Columbia celebrated the lives of two professors who worked toward reconciliation through theological education.   

Dr. Gregory Grooms of Allen University, and Dr. William Larkin of CIU touched countless...

March 01, 2016
CIU Professor Cliff Bedell remembered

By Bob Holmes

Columbia International University President Emeritus Robertson McQuilkin once called Cliff Bedell, “a lover of students.”

Bedell, a CIU Bible professor for 36 years, was remembered at a...

March 01, 2016
CIU students meet mission reps at World Christian Week

CIU Celebrates World Christian Week

By Michael A. Lanier

CIU Student Writer

Columbia International University students were invited to become a part of God’s mission around the...

March 01, 2016
CIU professor Dr. Ed Smither sings U2.

By Melissa McCutchan

CIU Student Writer 

Don’t fault yourself if you can’t pronounce the name of Columbia International University’...

February 26, 2016

Graduate students studying Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Columbia International University are now enrolled in a program that carries “the gold standard” in...

February 24, 2016
Cliff Bedell taught at CIU for 36 years.

Long-time Columbia International University professor Cliff Bedell passed away on Feb. 24. He was 85 years old. Bedell served at CIU for 36 years before retiring in 2009.

Prior to coming to CIU, Bedell and his wife Pru were missionaries to the Philippines. He was a graduate of Wheaton and...

February 19, 2016
Former Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal speaking in a CIU Assembly Feb. 18

By Melissa McCutchan

CIU Student Writer

There’s little doubt about it: former Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal believes...

February 17, 2016
CIU alumni Will and Colene Norton in 1939

Columbia International University alumni Will and Colene Norton have reached milestones that few can match. Not only has the couple been married for 76 years, they are both turning 101 years old this month.  

The Nortons met at CIU (then Columbia Bible College) in 1936. After...

February 10, 2016
CIU students at Franklin Graham rally

By Melissa McCutchan, CIU Student Writer

“A little louder now, so we can hear it!” CIU student body president and junior Drew Lindman called out in a crowded church meeting room in downtown Columbia.  “God is good…”

“All the...

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