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    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...

  • 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...

December 15, 2015
CIU Prison Initiative graduates

Billy earned a bachelor’s degree from Columbia International University. That may not seem like a big deal until you consider Billy is an inmate in the South Carolina Department of Corrections. He was one of 14 student-inmates to receive his college degree at the CIU Prison Initiative...

December 14, 2015
CIU College of Education Graduates

Before heading out into the world with their degrees, Columbia International University December graduates were warned about a world filled with self-absorption.

The warning came from commencement speaker Crawford Loritts...

December 09, 2015
Admissions feeds CIU Students

By Bob Holmes

Staying up late to study for finals is hard enough. But when your stomach starts growling, then what do you do?

The CIU Admissions Department to the rescue!

On Dec. 7, the admissions counselors served 200 hungry students eggs, bacon,...

December 09, 2015
CIU Chaplaincy Professor Dr. Michael Langston honored by University of Louisiana at Lafayette

A Columbia International University professor of Chaplain Ministries has been recognized by his alma mater for his professional and personal achievements. Dr. Michael Langston was given the Outstanding...

December 08, 2015
CIU students sing carols as the Christmas tree is lit.

CIU Family Christmas Event Celebrates the Christmas Season

By Michael A. Lanier

CIU Student Writer

The center of Columbia International University's campus was alive with the...

December 03, 2015
CIU students ringing Salvation Army bells at Wal-Mart

It’s not unusual to encounter a lone Salvation Army bell ringer outside your local Wal-Mart this time of the year. But that was not the case for the shoppers at the Bush River Road Wal-Mart in Columbia on Dec. 1. Instead, entire groups of Columbia International University students gathered...

November 27, 2015

The annual Christmas pageant and the manger scene under the Christmas tree this season may not be biblically accurate. The Christmas pageant often includes an inn keeper who has no rooms to offer, directing Joseph and Mary to a stable out back. Meanwhile, under the tree, the figurines show Jesus...

November 19, 2015
The Rev. Grover DeVault

Columbia International University alumnus, The Rev. Grover DeVault, has been honored for a lifetime of chaplaincy service.

DeVault is a 1953 graduate of CIU and was named Alumnus of the Year in 2008 for his work as a chaplain, including a tour of duty with the U.S. Army during the Viet Nam...

November 18, 2015
Esther Mallard, R.C. McQuilkin Scholarship Winner

By Bob Holmes

Esther Mallard was in the local Barnes & Noble in her town of Greensboro, North Carolina doing homework when her cell phone showed an incoming call from the 803 area code that includes Columbia, South Carolina. She figured she better take the call.

...

November 10, 2015
Dr. David Chow receives CIU Alumni of the Year Award

By Melissa McCutchan

CIU student writer

November is a busy time at Columbia International University: exams are looming, the...

November 10, 2015
CIU Players perform "Alice in Wonderland"

By Michael A. Lanier

CIU Student Writer

Laughter filled Hoke Auditorium Homecoming Weekend as the CIU Players treated the school's alumni to a trip down the rabbit hole and into a magical realm through their performance of the famous classic “...

November 03, 2015

Sheriffs discuss integration of their vocation and faith  

By Michael A. Lanier

CIU Student Writer

Two men whose professional lives are very public, joined Columbia International University...

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