CIU News

  • Columbia International University roommates Emily Hernandez (left) and Emily Wood discuss room arrangements.
    Welcome Class of 2021!

    By Bob Holmes

    The only thing higher than the humidity on CIU registration and move-in day were the spirits of the Class of 2021. With the assistance of smiling upperclassmen volunteers, the freshmen and their families carried boxes, bedding and even a couple bass guitars to into the residence halls of CIU. Officially, the high temperature in Columbia on Aug.16 was 98...

  • 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 Sign CIU Athletic Scholarships — Together

    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 says, “It was like God stepped in for this to happen.”

    The Byars brothers played...

  • Summer of Campus Improvements

    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 President Dr. Mark Smith calls “the wow factor....

  • Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin, CIU Chancellor Dr. Bill Jones and his wife Debby Jones
    CIU Chancellor, Dr. Bill Jones, Honored with Key to the City

    “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 show their continued support and appreciation for a man many called a mentor, friend, teammate, and an...

  • The Hausers at Indah Coffee
    Alumni Couple Expand Coffee Business

    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. Today the couple roasts their own coffee at their shop that seats 60 people in the historic...

  • Dr. Mark Smith became CIU's seventh president on July 1
    CIU Welcomes President Dr. Mark A. Smith

    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 training.

    But this July there is also a quiet, but significant transition taking place. On July 1...

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

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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...

April 18, 2017

Applying classroom training to realistic environments  

Chaplain (Maj.) Andrew K. Arrington is concerned that new Army chaplains are ready to minister to the troops beginning with their first assignment. That’s why the CIU alumnus has developed the...

April 18, 2017

What started out as a “side hustle” for a Columbia International University alumna has grown into a full-time business. Marcella Wilson, a 2011 CIU graduate, is now known as “The Cookie Lady” in the Columbia area, delivering her products to over 60 businesses each week,...

April 17, 2017
Haley and Noah Allen, left, and Wyatt and Amy Bardi together recently in Charlotte. (Photo by Diedra Laird/The Charlotte Observer)

Why would you consider donating a kidney to someone you didn’t really know? That was the question pondered by Columbia International University alumnus Wyatt Bardi when he learned that the husband of an acquaintance of his wife Amy, was in desperate need of a new kidney.

Bardi...

April 11, 2017
The House of Dignitas celebrates.

By Michael A. Lanier

CIU Student Writer

Drama had been growing around the Columbia International University campus for weeks. It came to a crescendo at a “Summit” the weekend of April 7-9 when the winner of the inaugural House Cup was named....

April 10, 2017
Joseph Knight (right) and Dick Franklin

By Bob Holmes

The 2017 Columbia International University Donor Appreciation Luncheon that brought together CIU scholarship donors and student recipients was the largest in CIU history with 180 people in attendance. The April event gave CIU students the opportunity to meet...

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