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...

December 06, 2010

Columbia International University has received reaffirmation of its accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). The SACS decision came during the SACS Annual Meeting in Louisville, Ky., Dec. 5-7. The accreditation is good for 10 years.

To obtain...

December 05, 2010
CIU President Dr. Bill Jones

Columbia International University President, Dr. William H. (Bill) Jones will join the board of directors of the largest independent Coca-Cola bottler in the United States. Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated located in Charlotte, N.C. made the announcement on Dec. 3. Jones will officially...

November 29, 2010
Virginia Bendetti

She was quite possibly the oldest living person to graduate from Columbia International University. Virginia White Bendetti, a 1930 graduate of CIU, passed away on Nov. 28 in California. She was 99 years old.

In 1928, Bendetti made the cross-country trip from her home in Los Angeles to...

November 29, 2010
CIU freshman Jessie Mae Hodsdon at a book signing in Bangor, Maine.

Things for a college student to do over Thanksgiving break: Eat turkey, hug grandma, catch up on sleep, and oh yes - hold a book signing.

Jessie Mae Hodsdon, an 18-year-old CIU freshman, is studying Bible and business. But she is also an author and a publisher. As a matter of fact, she...

November 28, 2010


Are you truly thankful this holiday season - or for that matter, any time of year? In the November edition of "Christianity Today" magazine online, Columbia International University alumnus Stan Guthrie tackles the question: why Jesus commands us to be thankful. The article, "The...

November 21, 2010

A new alignment of the Undergraduate School, Graduate School and Seminary & School of Missions at Columbia International University will give students an advantage as they seek to further their education through advanced degrees.

The establishment of five colleges within CIU is a "...

November 18, 2010
Jessica Hodsdon

Things for a college student to do over Thanksgiving break: Eat turkey, hug grandma, catch up on sleep, and oh yes - hold a book signing.

Jessie Mae Hodsdon, an 18-year-old CIU freshman, is studying Bible and business. But she is also an author and a publisher. As a matter of fact, she's...

November 18, 2010
Peter and Gracie Rosenberger address a CIU Chapel Nov. 18.

By Abbey Shoemaker

CIU Student Writer

Peter and Gracie Rosenberger used humor and song to communicate with CIU students what God has taught them about human suffering and His sovereignty. It was 27 years ago to the day that Gracie was in a traumatic...

November 17, 2010

A 2007 graduate of Columbia International University Seminary & School of Missions is the new manager of Clemson University's Musser Fruit Research Center. Jeff Hopkins, who grew up on a farm in North Carolina, also has extensive experience in agricultural research in Ethiopia. Clemson...

November 15, 2010
Lights will shine on the familiar relief sculpture of the Bible in a new glass-e

"Nothing you can imagine could surpass God's plan for you."

The quote was on the desk of CIU Library Director Jo Ann Rhodes. It was dated Friday, May 7, 2010, the day before an intense fire caused over $2.5 million in damages to the G. Allen Fleece Library. She read it as she surveyed the...

November 12, 2010

The founder of a worldwide ministry to amputees will be the guest speaker at the Columbia International University chapel this Thursday, Nov. 18. Gracie Rosenberger founded the ministry "Standing With Hope" along with her husband Peter Rosenberger, a 1983 graduate of CIU.

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November 10, 2010
Kelly Monroe Kullberg

By Lenae Simpson
CIU Student Writer

I met Kelly Grecian at the entrance of Shortess Chapel. She was one of 25 or so college and campus ministers who had traveled from all over the Southeast to attend a luncheon at CIU. Grecian told me she dreamed about a luncheon like...

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