CIU News

  • 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...

  • Meghann Miller and Josiah Anzenberger dress in '50s fashion.
    “In Step” "At the Hop”

    CIU students prepped for the annual winter formal with an evening of swing dance lessons and a little competition. To add to the fun, students dressed in “sock hop” fashion as if it were the 1950s. 

    The winning dance couple was Josiah Anzenberger and Meghann Miller.

    Anzenberger says he only learned to swing dance about a month ago and he says he “loved it...

  • 2014 CIU MAT graduate La Shonna Bookert
    Letting her Life Speak Jesus into her Students

    Meet CIU Alumna La Shonna Bookert

    La Shonna Bookert says Columbia International University thoroughly prepared her to be a successful teacher of young children. And it shows.

    Bookert is “Center Stage,” featured in an employee profile by the Richland One School District in Columbia, South Carolina. She graduated from CIU with a...

  • CIU President Dr. Mark Smith at inaugural reception
    Inauguration: Students, Alumni Excited About the Future of CIU

    By Michael A. Lanier, Naomi Balk and Bob Holmes

    Students, alumni and others expressed excitement about the future of Columbia International University as Dr. Mark Smith was ceremonially inaugurated as the seventh president of CIU. The Nov. 3 event was held as part of the...

  • Artwork on display at CIU.
    CIU: A Place for Poets, Painters and other Artists

    By Naomi Balk

    CIU Student Writer

    In a dimmed atmosphere of fairy lights, a blazing hearth fire, and the aroma of coffee, Columbia International University students shared an evening of art and poetry at an October exposition co-hosted by ...

July 28, 2016
CIU Women's Head Soccer Coach Kara Farnsworth (far left) poses at the United World Games.

By Bob Holmes

Imagine you’re the coach of a soccer team that is about to compete in an international tournament. But you’ve never met your players. That’s the situation Columbia International University...

July 19, 2016
Damian Hurta, Columbia International University Rams

Damian Hurta Becomes Coach for a Week

By Bob Holmes

Damian Hurta now understands what he puts his basketball coach through when he doesn’t follow directions. The Columbia...

July 12, 2016
Christian school educators conduct an experiment at a session on "Teaching for Inquiry."

Dozens of Christian school educators from five nations are on the campus of Columbia International University this week for the annual International Institute for Christian School Educators (IISCE). Nations represented include the...

June 30, 2016
Alaska Commissioner of Education, Dr. Michael Johnson, a CIU alumnus

CIU alumnus takes top leadership role in Alaska

By Bob Holmes

Every child looks forward to a “snow day,” when school is cancelled because of heavy snowfall or a blizzard. But veteran Alaska educator and...

June 30, 2016
Robertson McQuilkin accepting the Lifetime of Service Award from Missio Nexus in 2010.

The “Occasional Bulletin,” a leading publication on missions, dedicated its most recent edition to the late Robertson McQuilkin. McQuilkin, a former Columbia International University president who passed away...

June 22, 2016
Dribbling the ball on the CIU soccer field

Record Number of Campers Learn About Soccer, Integrity

Columbia International University Men’s Soccer Coach James Whitaker blindfolded a grade-school age soccer camper named Hannah and one...

June 21, 2016
Dr. Michael Langston, IAOTP Top Religious Leader of the Year

Columbia International University professor of Chaplain Ministries, Dr. Michael Langston, has been named the 2016-2017 “Top Religious Leader...

June 21, 2016
CIU alumni Sherwood and Muriel Taylor have been married for 70 years.

Congratulations to CIU alumni Sherwood and Muriel Taylor. They’ve been married 70 years. Mr. Taylor graduated from CIU, then called Columbia Bible College, in 1945, and Mrs. Taylor graduated in 1946. They served as missionaries in Brazil for over 33 years.

They now live in Powder...

June 21, 2016
Dr. Micheal Johnson, Alaska Education Commissioner

Columbia International University alumnus Dr. Michael Johnson has been named Alaska’s new education commissioner. Johnson earned a bachelor’s degree from CIU in 1994, and a Master of Arts in Teaching from CIU in 1997.

Alaska Governor Bill Walker says that he is “pleased...

June 10, 2016
Peggie Johnson speaks to graduates of the CIU Prison Initiative

A group of 14 female South Carolina prison inmates were encouraged to “allow other inmates into their lives” so they can share with them “the gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”

The message came from Peggie Johnson, a long-time mentor and professor to the...

June 06, 2016
John Robertson McQuilkin

By Melissa McCutchan and Bob Holmes

In the last months of the life of Columbia International University President Emeritus Robertson McQuilkin, when his health was declining, his close friend and former CIU Vice President John Davidson would visit him and...

May 19, 2016
Temple Elmore named women's head basketball coach at CIU

Temple Elmore is the new women’s head basketball coach at Columbia International University after serving as CIU assistant coach for the past two seasons.

Elmore played basketball at the College of Charleston where...

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