CIU News

  • CIU to host ABHE accreditation visit March 27-29

    Columbia International University (Columbia, SC) is hosting a comprehensive accreditation visit by a team of evaluators from the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE) March 27-29, 2018 to determine its compliance with the standards for accreditation. During the visit, representatives of the ABHE team will entertain comments from the public. Any members of the public...

  • Ottie Roberson with CIU President Mark Smith and wife Debbie Smith
    CIU President Celebrates with 107-Year-Old Alumna

    By Bob Holmes

    It’s not every day that you get to wish “Happy Birthday” to someone who just turned 107 years old. But that was the privilege of Columbia International University President Dr. Mark Smith and First Lady Debbie Smith when they congratulated CIU alumna Ottie Roberson at her...

  • 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,...

December 07, 2016
Rob Settle, executive director, Providence Home, Columbia, South Carolina

Columbia International University alumnus Rob Settle oversees a haven for men with shattered lives. He is the executive director of Providence Home for men in Columbia, South Carolina. The mission of the ministry is simple:

"To help...

December 05, 2016
Robertson McQuilkin

By Dr. Shirl Schiffman

CIU Professor of Ministry Studies

After the death of former CIU President Robertson McQuilkin on June 2, 2016, many of his friends and colleagues paid...

December 02, 2016
Chaplain Brian Bohlman is also a professor of chaplaincy at CIU.

Columbia International University Chaplaincy professor Brian Bohlman sends greetings from the South Pole. In addition to teaching in the CIU Seminary & School of Ministry, Bohlman is a chaplain...

December 02, 2016
CIU students pose in front of the campus Christmas tree.

By Michael A. Lanier

CIU Student Writer

Columbia International University students gathered on The Quad in front of the campus library on Nov. 29, to celebrate the beginning of the Christmas season. Through a night of festivities, the student body...

November 30, 2016
Sen. Darrell Jackson

There will be commencement celebrations on both sides of the Broad River on Dec. 9. The first will be on the Monticello Road main campus of Columbia International University at 10 a.m. Then, at 1:30 p.m., directly across the river from CIU, graduates of the CIU Prison Initiative will receive...

November 21, 2016
Ben Lippen School Falcons

Congratulations go out from Columbia International University to Ben Lippen School after the Falcons earned their first state title in football.

The Falcons beat the Porter-Gaud Cyclones from Charleston in overtime 27-21 in a Nov. 19 nail-biter that...

November 21, 2016

You’ve heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. How about #Giving Tuesday

Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the...

November 18, 2016
Ben Lippen Conference Center near Asheville, North Carolina

Cliff Barrows, longtime song leader, program director and friend of The Reverend Billy Graham, passed away on Nov. 15 at the age of 93. Many are unfamiliar with how the two met, and the Columbia International...

November 14, 2016
Mike and Kathy Langston

Columbia International University professor of Chaplain Ministries, Dr. Michael Langston understands those who struggle with post-traumatic...

November 10, 2016
CIU Alumnus of the Year Dr. Paul Tripp

By Janai Tedder

CIU Student Writer

Imagine driving through a tunnel of magnificent trees every morning on your way to work. At first, you look at the trunks, branches and leaves with wonder and awe. But after a while, they become old and familiar....

November 10, 2016
Crowder ends his American Prodigal Tour at Columbia International University

By Janai Tedder

CIU Student Writer


Generations of voices echoed in Shortess Chapel as Columbia International University’s alumni, students and faculty celebrated the opening of Homecoming 2016 on Nov. 4-5. Alumni...

November 09, 2016
"The Matchmaker" performed at Columbia International University

By Michael A. Lanier

CIU Student Writer

Hoke Auditorium was filled with laughter as two characters scrambled to hide from their grouchy boss, while at the same time tried to impress the ladies of New York City. This odd scenario occurred during the...