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...

June 19, 2017
CIU summer soccer camp

The Columbia International University sports camp season is underway. The first camp included over two dozen high school men’s soccer prospects at the Residential ID Camp featuring small-...

June 13, 2017
CIU Coach Danny Reese and JV prospects.

Recruitment is underway for the first season of junior varsity men’s basketball at Columbia International University this fall.

Already 10 prospective players participated in a JV Preview Day on June 9 with another Preview Day scheduled for June 19. In addition to workouts in the...

June 12, 2017
Director of Business & Organizational Leadership Dr. Scott Adams

Dr. Scott Adams, the director of the Columbia International University’s Business &...

June 02, 2017
 Athletic Director James Whitaker, Men's Basketball Head Coach Marshall Tague, and Cross Country/Track & Field Head Coach Jud Brooker with the Sport Ministry trophy.

The Columbia International University Rams were honored for their efforts beyond the field of competition with the Sports Ministries Award from the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA).

The Sports Ministries Award recognizes member institutions for “having...

May 23, 2017
CIU alumnus Kenn Oke (2011)

How do you define and measure a “healthy church?” That’s a question tackled by Columbia International University alumnus Kenn Oke who serves as European director for Avant Ministries , which focuses on planting and developing the...

May 23, 2017

Fall marks several new beginnings for online degree programs at Columbia International University (CIU). Three entirely online business degrees will be offered in August, including a Master of Business Administration (MBA), the first graduate degree to be offered by the...

May 22, 2017
Paul Young, the founder of Drawing Others to Christ

Chalk art ministry has deep roots at CIU

By Paul Young (Class of 1970)

Editor’s Note: Paul Young is the founder of...

May 05, 2017
Robert Michaels

A Columbia International University alumnus has been recognized by the FBI for ministering to the needs of police, firefighters and other public safety workers.

Robert Michaels, a 1981 CIU graduate, is the founder of Serve & Protect, an international non-profit organization based in...

May 02, 2017
CIU Commencement celebration

By Janai Tedder

CIU Student Writer

Columbia International University sent off the 207 members of the Class of 2017 during two April 29 commencement ceremonies in Shortess Chapel. The graduates were awarded diplomas...

April 27, 2017
CIU softball field under construction

Columbia International University is adding women’s softball to its roster of intercollegiate sports. The first season for Rams softball is scheduled for the 2018-19 academic year


April 25, 2017
Dr. Bill Jones

Outgoing Columbia International University President Dr. Bill Jones will give the charge to the CIU graduates at an April 29 commencement, the final commencement over which he...

April 24, 2017
Dr. Bill Jones with grandchildren.

By Janai Tedder

CIU Student Writer

Applause thundered in Shortess Chapel on April 18, as students, faculty, friends and family gathered to honor and thank outgoing CIU...