CIU News

  • 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...

  • Media with Impact: Communication Students Complete Pro-Life Video

    A dramatic pro-life video produced by students in the Digital Media and Cinema program of Columbia International University is now being used by a local crisis pregnancy center.

    Under the...

October 19, 2017
Chaplain Nick LoPresto graduated from CIU in 2007.

A Close-Up Look at a Future in Military Chaplaincy

By Bob Holmes

Out on the flight line of Shaw Air Force Base in Sumter, South Carolina, it is really noisy. As maintenance crews scurry among rows of F-16s, more of...

October 17, 2017

A Columbia International University donor has committed to giving $12 million toward a Business and IT Global Initiative Center at CIU, part of a $22 million facility expansion plan for the campus.

The Center will provide enhanced hands-on business and IT training for CIU students as well...

October 12, 2017
Debbie Smith shares her thoughts at the Wives Fellowship.

Wives Fellowship Welcomes Debbie Smith

By Naomi Balk, CIU Student Writer


Debbie Smith says if she could teach one class at Columbia International University it would be “Hospitality.”

Smith, the wife of...

October 06, 2017
Cutting the ribbon at the John R. Cook Jr. Business and Entrepreneurship Center

By Bob Holmes and Naomi Balk

The Business & Organizational Leadership program at Columbia International University got a big boost on Oct. 6 with a...

October 06, 2017
Musical basketball chairs.

Basketball Teams Hold School-Wide Athletic Event

By Michael A. Lanier

The 2017-2018 CIU men’s and women’s basketball teams were introduced with a little madness —Moore Madness — a fun October event for students, faculty and staff...

October 03, 2017
CIU flags at half staff

How are you praying for those affected by the mass shooting in Las Vegas? In a statement, President Donald Trump said, “To the families of the victims: We are praying for you and we are here for you, and we ask God to help see you through this very dark period.”

So, what are...

September 28, 2017
James Morgan

James Morgan to help celebrate the opening of the new John R. Cook Jr. Business and Entrepreneurship Center

The “Hot Now” sign will be bright on the campus of Columbia International University (CIU) when former Krispy Kreme executive James...

September 28, 2017
Dr. Bryan Beyer with Ingrid Peterson.

By Michael A. Lanier

CIU Student Writer

The annual American Red Cross blood donation day at Columbia International University was record-...

September 20, 2017
Entrepreneurs at a CIU Launch event.

The outreach of the Columbia International University Business & Organizational Leadership Program is getting the attention of the business community in the Columbia area....

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...