CIU News

  • CIU alumnus Dr. Jeff Baxter
    Evangelical Unity Week: Jesus loves the Church and so should we

    By Naomi Balk

    CIU Student Writer

    “There is nothing more important than knowing Jesus and loving the things that Jesus loves,” said CIU alumnus Dr. Jeff Baxter, the 2018 Evangelical Unity Week guest speaker.  

    Baxter earned his Master of Divinity degree from CIU in 2002 and today is lead pastor at...

  • CIU to host ABHE accreditation visit March 27-29

    Columbia International University (Columbia, SC) is hosting a comprehensive accreditation visit by a team of evaluators from the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE) March 27-29, 2018 to determine its compliance with the standards for accreditation. During the visit, representatives of the ABHE team will entertain comments from the public. Any members of the public...

  • Ottie Roberson with CIU President Mark Smith and wife Debbie Smith
    CIU President Celebrates with 107-Year-Old Alumna

    By Bob Holmes

    It’s not every day that you get to wish “Happy Birthday” to someone who just turned 107 years old. But that was the privilege of Columbia International University President Dr. Mark Smith and First Lady Debbie Smith when they congratulated CIU alumna Ottie Roberson at her...

  • 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...

September 08, 2011

On the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attack on America, The Zwemer Center for Muslim Studies at Columbia International University is calling on churches across the United States to pray for the salvation of Muslims. 

The 9/11 anniversary this year falls on a Sunday, making it an ideal...

September 08, 2011

By Abbey Le Roy

CIU Student Writer 

Young women are bombarded with deceptive messages that can leave them believing their self-worth is defined by a perfect body, name-brand clothes, cool friends, and a relationship with “Mr. Right.”


September 07, 2011

A 1954 graduate of Columbia International University is the focus of a lifestyle news story in The Suffolk News Herald of Suffolk, Va. 

Jeanne Banks is featured for being “a giver, a provider, someone who likes to get involved” according to the article.  Banks, who met her...

September 01, 2011

Columbia International University and Crossover Communications International are sponsoring “Impacto Global,” a conference to mobilize the Hispanic community in the United States to effectively reach all ethnic groups of the world with the gospel of Jesus Christ.

“Impacto Global” takes...

August 29, 2011

A 1999 graduate of Columbia International University is using the sport of wrestling to teach character and present biblical values. 

Scott Szalwinski has founded Mats 2 Men in Lexington, S.C.  The organization was recently highlighted in The...

August 26, 2011

The third cohort of the Columbia International University Prison Initiative graduated on Aug. 26.  The commencement speaker was a key figure in the development of the Initiative - former South Carolina Department of Corrections Director Jon Ozmint.

During his eight years as the...

August 22, 2011

Columbia International University upperclassmen are returning to Columbia for a new semester, and for many of them, a residence hall that doesn’t quite look like it did when they left in May. 

Construction crews were busy over the summer.  There was a “total makeover” of West...

August 19, 2011

Dr. Bryan Beyer has been named dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Columbia International University (CIU). 

Beyer has been a professor at CIU since 1985, and served as undergraduate dean from 1994-2001, and as dean of students from 2001-2004.  Most recently, Beyer served...

August 17, 2011

An editorial column in The State newspaper in Columbia featured perhaps one of Columbia International University’s most influential alumni in the world of sports.  Adrian Despres, a 1992 graduate of CIU Seminary & School of Ministry, serves as a guest chaplain for the University...

August 17, 2011

In these days of the Wii, Game Boy and other high tech entertainment, a Columbia International University alumnus has discovered creating new board games is a hit in Germany.  Jeff Allers, a 1999 graduate of CIU Seminary & School of Ministry is an architect by trade.  He uses his...

August 16, 2011

Some came in hatchbacks stuffed to the roof.  Some came with U-Hauls in tow.  Some came in a taxi from the airport.  But all have one thing in common.  Their first year at Columbia International University is about to begin. 

About 130 CIU freshmen and transfer...

August 05, 2011

By Abbey Le Roy

CIU Student Writer 

After spending the summer bicycling up the East Coast, the Columbia International University 1More Tour team was welcomed home by a group of proud fans.

A crowd of CIU students and faculty gathered in the...