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...

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....

July 05, 2017
Dr. Mark Smith became CIU's seventh president on July 1

By Bob Holmes

The month of July always has a bit of a different feel on the campus of Columbia International University. There are intensive summer classes, sports camps and a variety of Christian organizations utilize campus facilities for seminars and...

June 29, 2017
CIU welcomes first women's softball coach

The first women’s softball coach in the history of Columbia International University has a decade of NCAA coaching and playing experience.  

Coach Sara Allen comes to CIU from Montana State University Billings (NCAA II) where she served as assistant softball coach. She has also...