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 18, 2017
Pastor James Womack

Michael A. Lanier and Bob Holmes

Columbia International University’s annual Christian Life Conference was cut short this year by Hurricane Irma. But students were still impacted by the heartfelt prayers of new...

September 14, 2017
The House of Sapientia performs.

By Michael A. Lanier

CIU Student Writer

The second year of CIU's new House Collective competition got underway in early September with a time of food, fellowship and fun at the House...

September 13, 2017
Cleaning up after Hurricane Irma

What do you do on a college campus when the outer bands of a large hurricane have enough strength to turn off the lights and cancel classes? You pray and then you make the best of it. 

CIU was closed on Monday and Tuesday Sept. 11 and 12 as the “fingers” of Hurricane Irma...

August 30, 2017
CIU students at Spirit Communications Park.

CIU Night with the Columbia Fireflies

By Michael A. Lanier and Bob Holmes

For the second year in a row, the Columbia International University family enjoyed an August night out at Spirit Communications Park to watch the...

August 28, 2017
Grace coffee brings together friends in the Rossi Student Center

By Michael A. Lanier

CIU Student Writer

Columbia International University celebrated the grand opening of a new addition to the campus community: the Grace Coffee Company bar. Dozens gathered at Grace...

August 25, 2017
CIU President Dr. Mark Smith

CIU President Dr. Mark Smith Convenes New School Year

By Michael A. Lanier

CIU Student Writer

The new school year has officially “convened” at Columbia International University. The annual Convocation ceremony Aug. 24,...

August 22, 2017
CIU students are joined by the Rams mascot on Sessions Field. (Photo by Seth Berry)

By Michael A. Lanier

CIU Student Writer

The beginning of the new school year at Columbia International University was marked like no other in the nearly 100-year history of the school. The first day of classes were moved back one day so the CIU family...

August 17, 2017
Columbia International University roommates Emily Hernandez (left) and Emily Wood discuss room arrangements.

By Bob Holmes

The only thing higher than the humidity on CIU registration and move-in day were the spirits of the Class of 2021. With the assistance of smiling upperclassmen volunteers, the freshmen and their families carried boxes, bedding and even a couple bass guitars to...

August 10, 2017
The Byars brothers with their CIU coaches (l-r) Cross Country and Track Coach Jud Brooker, Braydon Byars, Dominik Byars and Men's Soccer Coach Bill Brindley

Brothers Dominik and Braydon Byars were on different paths after high school. But the brothers will be much closer to each other again after signing athletic scholarships the same day at Columbia International University. They’ll even room together.

Their stepfather, Winn Fitzgerald...

August 03, 2017

New coffee shop, upgrades and beautifications

It’s a busy summer for landscapers and construction crews on the Columbia International University campus with upgrades and beautification projects bringing more of what new CIU...

July 17, 2017
Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin, CIU Chancellor Dr. Bill Jones and his wife Debby Jones

“Gracious Father, may it unlock new doors,” Pastor Andre Rogers prayed after Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin presented CIU Chancellor Dr. Bill Jones the Key to the City of Columbia.

Friends, family, and colleagues filled City Council Chambers Friday morning, July 14, 2017, to...

July 06, 2017
The Hausers at Indah Coffee

Columbia International University alumni Nick and Stefanie Hauser have turned a weekend coffee stand into a busy coffee shop that is gaining popularity among the college crowd in Columbia.

Their business, Indah Coffee, started out as a kiosk at a weekly Main Street farmer’s market....

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