CIU News

  • Student Encouraging “Right Words @ CIU”

    By Bob Holmes

    Amidst a pandemic, racial and political tension and disunity in our country, a Columbia International University freshman is heading a new initiative called “Right Words @ CIU,” an opportunity for students, faculty and staff to communicate written messages of appreciation, assurance and encouragement to one another.

    Aynsley Vivian, an American who...

  • Dr. Ed Smither, CIU dean of Intercultural Studies

    Smither's Dynamic book challenges the church to practice hospitality

    God is a missionary God. God is also hospitable in his nature. He makes His enemies friends and invites them to intimate communion.

    That’s the basis for a new book by CIU dean of Intercultural Studies Dr. Ed Smither.

    Smither challenges the church to participate in God’s mission today by...

  • CIU President Dr. Mark Smith (center) meets with CIU African-American leaders at retreat.

    CIU President and African American Leaders “Go Deeper” at Retreat

    In anticipation of a new year, Columbia International University Chief Diversity Officer Dr. Andre Rogers asked CIU President Dr. Mark Smith to “go deeper” with some of CIU’s African American leaders at an early January leadership retreat.

    Smith graciously...

  • CIU Counseling Professor Dr. Seth Scott

    Dr. Seth Scott: Why Does James Say No Human Can Tame the Tongue?

    The world seems more abrasive, rude, and disconnected than ever before. Many point to social media as being at the center of the problem — replacing civil, in-person discourse.

    However, Columbia International University professor of counseling...

  • Dr. David Croteau, Columbia International University professor of New Testament

    Dr. David Croteau: “Is Money the Root of All Evil?”

    Did the Apostle Paul write that “money is the root of all evil?”

    Many Christians are quick to point out that 1 Timothy 6:10 actually reads,

    For the love of money is the root of all evil …

    Yes, but Columbia International University professor of New Testament, Dr. David Croteau, says that...

  • Beach and Jessica Loveland cut the ribbon at the grand opening of their coffee cafe. (Photo by Aaron Russel)

    The CIU classroom: Where dreams begin

    Coffee café now a reality for CIU alumnus

    By Bob Holmes  

    Beach Loveland’s dreams for a coffee café in his hometown of Irmo, South Carolina first began to take shape in the classrooms of Columbia International University. In November, that dream became reality with the café’s grand opening.

    “I actually built my class load around key interests...

Aynsley Vivian as Emma (Photos by Nathaniel Rabon, CIU Student Photographer)
By Alex Brickey
CIU Student Writer
Hot gossip, misunderstandings, deceit, and matchmaking shined on stage in the CIU Thespian’s presentation of the beloved Jane Austen novel, “Emma,” in Hoke... Read More
CIU New Testament Professor Dr. Mike Naylor
By Joshua Ford
CIU Student Writer
For Old Testament Professor Dr. John Crutchfield and New Testament Professor Dr. Michael Naylor, finding the material to present the Bible’s viewpoint of justice was... Read More
CIU ranks #10 for Best Value University in the South.
The U.S. News & World Report list of Best Colleges for 2020-2021 ranks Columbia International University in the top 10 for Best Value among Regional Universities in the South.
The calculation... Read More
CIU Alumnus of the Year Dr. Danny McCain (Photos by Kierston Smith)
By Alex Brickey and Joshua Ford
CIU Student Writers
Homecoming is about memories — especially those involving former professors.
“I got to put a pie into Dr. (Bryan) Beyer's face,” said Heather... Read More
Cana Hendley displayes a shoebox ready for shipping.
Christmas came a little early to the Columbia International University campus. Students gathered to pack shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child, the ministry of Samaritan’s Purse that sends the... Read More
Joy Jones shares smiles with her jack-o-lantern. (Photos by Nathaniel Rabon, CIU Student Photographer)
By Alex Brickey
CIU Student Writer
Even though many of the leaves had yet to turn colors, Columbia International University celebrated the end of October with a Fall Festival. It included a pie... Read More
Brandon McClaine, president of the CIU African American Student Association
By Josh Ford
CIU Student Writer 
Conversations on race have been a growing topic, especially this year. 
That’s why the African American Student Association (AASA) offered a dialogue on how to ... Read More
CIU Admissions Counselors pose with Columbia firefighters including Chief Aubrey Jenkins (center).
The Columbia International University Online Admissions team commemorated National First Responders Day on Oct. 28 by delivering 200 Chick-Fil-A meals to the Columbia Fire Department and the Richland... Read More
IU student Wylliam Yougnia samples a taste of the World Christian Week international food cook-off.
By Joshua Ford
CIU Student Writer
During a global pandemic, Columbia International University took the time to celebrate something that has helped spread Good News across the globe for many years:... Read More
Dr. Johnathan Reibsamen, Philosophy program director
By Joshua Ford
CIU Student Writer
Plato said that justice has more to it than being honest and paying debts. There’s more to it than doing good to friends and harm to enemies, and there’s more to it... Read More
CIU Assistant Cross Country Coach Blaise Shields assists neighborhood representatives at Temple Zion Baptist Church. (Photos by CIU Student Photographer Johnathan Rabon)
Columbia International University students, faculty and staff blessed the community with 1,200 USDA-approved, fresh-produce boxes at two locations on Oct. 23. The boxes were secured through the... Read More
Dr. Mike Langston (Photo by Kierston Smith)
By Bob Holmes
As Columbia International University Chaplaincy Professor Dr. Mike Langston sat in the back of the meeting room, he thought it was rather strange that no one gave him an itinerary... Read More