CIU News

  • A graduate of the CIU Prison Initiative receives his diploma and hugs Initiative Director Andre Melvin.
    Some CIU Graduates Receive their Diploma in Prison

    By Bob Holmes

    Norm fought back tears of joy as the candidates for graduation formed the line that would lead to “the walk” when a Columbia International University student becomes an alumnus. But for Norm and the nine others who would receive their diploma, “the walk” would not be across a chapel stage, but a walk across “The Yard”...

  • Ben Lippen business students welcome sheriff's deputies.
    High School Students in Dual Enrollment Business Class Show Holiday Appreciation to Law Enforcement

    Ben Lippen High School students taking dual enrollment business classes at Columbia International University showed their appreciation to law enforcement officers and first responders this Christmas season. The students handed out 150...

  • Lexi Evans and Andrew Hampshire
    “Celebrating Couples” at December Commencement

    By Bob Holmes

    The casual observer at the Columbia International University commencement may have just thought it coincidence when two people with the same last name crossed the stage of Shortess Chapel one right after the other. But Malcolm Campbell and Patricia Campbell are married, and both received their bachelor degrees at CIU’s December commencement; Malcolm...

  • MIchael Lanier
    Open Mic in the Ram Shack

    By Naomi Balk

    CIU Student Writer

    Open Mic in the CIU Ram Shack was a night of creativity and expression through singing, instrumentals, spoken word, rap, poetry, jokes, bagpipes and banjos and violins solos. The atmosphere buzzed during performances that were often spontaneous, raw and unpolished. 

    Freshman Joy Jones called the November...

  • 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...

February 17, 2016
CIU alumni Will and Colene Norton in 1939

Columbia International University alumni Will and Colene Norton have reached milestones that few can match. Not only has the couple been married for 76 years, they are both turning 101 years old this month.  

The Nortons met at CIU (then Columbia Bible College) in 1936. After...

February 10, 2016
CIU students at Franklin Graham rally

By Melissa McCutchan, CIU Student Writer

“A little louder now, so we can hear it!” CIU student body president and junior Drew Lindman called out in a crowded church meeting room in downtown Columbia.  “God is good…”

“All the...

February 08, 2016
Dr. Carl Ellis, Black History Month Speaker at CIU

By Michael A. Lanier

CIU Student Writer

The students, faculty and staff of Columbia International University came together to celebrate diversity in the church in conjunction with Black History Month. Through a four-day...

February 05, 2016
Youth Ministry, Family & Culture is a popular major at CIU

Two Columbia International University students majoring in Youth Ministry, Family, & Culture authored articles that are featured on the website of ...

February 03, 2016

Assistant basketball coach shepherding the “flock”

By Bob Holmes

Danny Reese wants the young men entrusted to him to walk in biblical manhood. That’s a high calling for an...

February 03, 2016
CIU alumnus Doug Langhals, head of school at Hilton Head Christian Academy

A 2001 alumnus of Columbia International University is the new head of school at Hilton Head Christian Academy in South Carolina.

Doug Langhals graduated from CIU in 2001 with a bachelor’s degree in...

February 01, 2016
CIU Assistant Professor of Hebrew and Old Testament Dr. Brian P. Gault

Columbia International University professor Dr. Brian Gault says the Bible’s Song of Songs shows us that human love and sexuality are good gifts from God. Gault, an assistant professor of Hebrew and Old...

January 28, 2016
Dr. Matthew Haste and wife Cheyenne. Dr. Haste is author of "Held in Honor"

Columbia International University professor Dr. Matthew Haste points us to the early church fathers who wrote about the honorable nature of marriage and its importance to the culture. Haste is the co-author of...

January 22, 2016
CIU Professor of Theology Dr. Zhiqiu Xu

China’s church has unique strengths for evangelism, especially in the Middle East. That’s the assessment of Columbia International University Professor of Theology Dr. Zhiqiu Xu. Xu weighed in on...

January 19, 2016
Women's basketball transfers from Clearwater Christian College to CIU

After Clearwater Christian College in Florida closed its doors last year, some talented athletes were left without a school to continue their college sports careers. But for three former Clearwater women’s basketball players, the basketball program at CIU is just the right fit.


January 05, 2016

The Columbia International University women’s soccer team is one of only eight teams across all divisions of intercollegiate competition to be recognized for the highest level of ethics and sportsmanship. The Lady Rams received the Platinum Award on Dec. 29 from the...