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...

February 02, 2018
Pastor Darryl Gaddy speaks at CIU Black History Week

By Naomi Balk

CIU Student Writer

Church planter Darryl Gaddy, who describes himself as a pastor from the “hood of Detroit,” spoke to the CIU student body during Black History Week. He delivered a dynamic and...

February 01, 2018
Dr. Mark Smith and Gov. Henry McMaster

Columbia International University President Dr. Mark Smith continued his “Get Acquainted Leadership Tour” of South Carolina by spending 45 minutes with Gov. Henry...

January 30, 2018
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, CIU President  Mark Smith, Debbie Smith

By Bob Holmes

It’s not the kind of phone call you get every day.

Columbia International University President Dr. Mark Smith was sitting in his office one day in early January when...

January 30, 2018

Columbia International University is honoring our nation’s military personnel with a special offer on CIU’s fully online business programs for working adults. President Mark Smith said “Military personnel are our heroes and CIU will...

January 25, 2018
John Maxwell to hold Leadership Forum at CIU April 25.

Dr. John Maxwell, one of the most influential leadership experts in the world, is coming to Columbia International University for a Leadership Forum on April 25.

Maxwell is a #1 New York Times bestselling author, coach, and speaker who has sold...

January 25, 2018
CIU students March for Life in D.C.

By Bob Holmes

Two Columbia International University students made the nearly seven hour drive from Columbia to Washington, D.C. to participate in the 2018 March for Life on Jan. 19. Sarah Causey and Abby Reamsnyder were among the tens...

January 23, 2018
Scott Adams, director of the CIU School of Business and Professional Studies

The Director of CIU’s School of Business and Professional Studies says that because of the political climate we live in, there may be more government shutdowns in the future.

Dr. Scott Adams made the comments to Columbia TV station WACH FOX 57. Adams was interviewed at CIU’s...

January 23, 2018
Beech and Jessica Loveland

By Bob Holmes

Beach Loveland calls it an important part of his lifelong pursuit of being the best he can be at roasting coffee. Perhaps we should call him, “Master Beach.”

The Columbia International University alumnus is one of only 97 people in the world...

January 17, 2018

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-...

January 08, 2018

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...

December 15, 2017
A graduate of the CIU Prison Initiative receives his diploma and hugs Initiative Director Andre Melvin.

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,...

December 14, 2017
Ben Lippen business students welcome sheriff's deputies.

Ben Lippen High School students taking dual enrollment business classes at Columbia International University showed their appreciation to...