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...

March 15, 2017

St. Patrick’s Day celebrations seldom focus on the person known as St. Patrick. Beyond the wearin’ of the green and the Irish festivals, there was a British man who God called to bring the message of Christ to the unbelievers of Ireland.

The dean of the Columbia International...

March 09, 2017
CIU A.D. James Whitaker shares the gospel.

A.D. James Whitaker on leading CIU athletics

By Bob Holmes

The second athletics director in the history of Columbia International University learned a lot from the first one....

March 06, 2017
Kuala Lumpur

In February, a Protestant pastor was abducted on the street in a town near the capital of Malaysia. Columbia International University adjunct professor, Dr. Peter Riddell says the kidnapping comes against a background of pressure against non-Muslims in the Southeast Asian country.

Riddell...

March 06, 2017
Portrait of Robertson McQuilkin hangs in the entryway of the McQuilkin Building on the CIU campus.

By Bob Holmes

Like a lot of parents who hope their child will sit still in church, Judee Dickinson’s mom and dad used to let her draw pictures during the service. But instead of the doodles of a lot of children, Dickinson drew the faces of the people around her. It...

March 02, 2017
Erin Gobbi wins CIU's McQuilkin Scholarship

By Bob Holmes

Sometimes Erin Gobbi doesn’t answer her mobile phone when the incoming call reads “Unknown.” But this time she decided to answer. She’s glad she did. The caller introduced himself as Bill Jones,...

February 28, 2017
Simulation of a refugee experience on the CIU campus.

By Janai Tedder

 

The church’s response to the worldwide refugee crisis was the topic for Columbia International University’s annual World Christian Week, Feb. 20-23, emphasizing CIU’s core value of...

February 28, 2017
Will Norton and his wife Colene in 1939.

Christianity Today magazine described H. Wilbert Norton as the man whose leadership “brought a missions focus to Christian higher education.” The CIU alumnus passed away on Feb. 20. He was 102 years old.

Norton was a 1939 graduate of CIU. In 2012, he returned to his alma mater...

February 27, 2017
Honored CIU Alumna Elizabeth Sessions

An honored Columbia International University alumna and faithful CIU supporter has gone home to be with the Lord.

Elizabeth Rikard Sessions was ushered into glory on Feb. 24. She was 98 years old.

Mrs. Sessions graduated from CIU, then called Columbia Bible College, in 1943. She went...

February 15, 2017
Chaplain Larry Dabeck

CIU alumnus “taking care of those who take care of soldiers”

By Bob Holmes

Army Chaplain Larry Dabeck saw the Iraqi rocket fire whizz just over his head and hit the next group of U.S. soldiers beside him. As...

February 10, 2017

Two Columbia International University athletic squads are making the grade when it comes to the classroom. Women’s soccer and women’s cross country have been...

February 06, 2017
Pastor James Dixon of El-Bethel Baptist Church in Maryland

By Michael A. Lanier

CIU Student Writer

The Columbia International University students, faculty and staff began the month of February commemorating Black History Month with a series of Chapel messages demonstrating that God loves all people, and so...

February 06, 2017
Former CIU Athletics Director Kim Abbott

By Jenai Tedder

CIU Student Writer 

The legacy of CIU’s first athletics director, Kim Abbott, was honored by students, faculty and staff during men’s and women’s basketball games at the Moore Fitness...

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