CIU News

  • Spotlight: Member of the Class of 2018 Headed for Japan

    David Thorsen is a member of the Class of 2018 graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Intercultural Studies (ICS). Originally from Stavanger, Norway, David has been appointed by the Norwegian Lutheran Mission with whom he interned last summer in Japan, to serve in Japan long term. Thorsen has ministered to Japanese immigrants in Columbia during his time at CIU. He talks about his future...

  • Dr. Steve Baarendse receives Excellence in Teaching Award
    Professor Steve Baarendse Honored for Excellence in Teaching

    A Columbia International University professor described as caring deeply about his students has been honored with an Excellence in Teaching Award.  Professor of English Dr. Steve Baarendse received the recognition at the annual awards dinner of the South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (SCICU) in April.

    The award is given to...

  • Getting "Ram Ready"
    Are You “Ram Ready?”

    Dozens of incoming CIU undergraduate students became “Ram Ready” the weekend of April 14.

    “Ram Ready” is an opportunity to hear from a variety of campus representatives, meet professors and begin to navigate the campus. You’ll make friends with your incoming class and current students, learn about your academic program, get a jump on finalizing your course...

  • Banner Day for CIU Athletics: CIU Approved as Member of NAIA

    Columbia International University is now a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). The announcement from the NAIA comes after the CIU Athletics Department completed a year-long process for NAIA membership as well as membership in the Appalachian Athletic...

  • CIU to Celebrate Two Commencements April 28

    Two commencement programs will take place April 28 on the campus of Columbia International University (CIU) as 193 students are recognized for academic achievements from certificates to bachelor degrees to doctoral degrees. The commencement exercises begin at 8:30 a.m. for seminary and graduate students and at 11:30 a.m. for undergraduate students. Both ceremonies will be held in Shortess...

  • The CIU Thespians perform “She Loves Me”

    A review by Joseph Knight

    CIU Student Writer

    Inclement weather caused the cancellation of the April 15 performance. An encore performance is scheduled for April 16 at 7 p.m. 

    I was excited as I settled into my chair in Hoke auditorium and waited for the stage lights to fade. I had come for an early...

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...

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...

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