CIU News

  • 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...

  • 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...

August 12, 2015
George Bryan

Columbia International University Golf Coach George Bryan remembers what it was like playing in the pairing behind Vijay Singh and just ahead of the Tiger Woods/Tom Watson group at the 1999 PGA Championship.

Bryan, who is a well-known teaching pro around the Columbia area, is gearing up to...

August 11, 2015

Columbia International University is saddened to announce the sudden passing of Dr. Mike Barnett, professor of Intercultural and Historical Studies and former dean of CIU’s College of Intercultural Studies. He was rushed to the hospital by paramedics early in the morning on Aug. 10 and...

August 10, 2015
Adrian Depres USC football chaplain

Columbia International University alumnus Adrian Despres is back on the sidelines as the guest chaplain for the University of South Carolina football team after surgery in which a stent was placed to alleviate two blockages in the same artery. The blockage was discovered in a series of medical...

August 10, 2015
Urban Legends of the New Testament by David Croteau

Was Jesus born in a stable? Was the “Eye of a Needle” a gate in Jerusalem? Did Jesus sweat drops of blood?

Dr. David Croteau, CIU professor of New Testament and Greek surveys 40 of the most commonly misinterpreted...

August 07, 2015
Glen Schultz

Most of the student body may have been away after classes ended in mid-May, but there was still a great deal of activity on the campus of Columbia International University over the summer. In addition to summer school classes, first at the undergraduate level, then at the graduate and seminary...

June 19, 2015

Columbia International University began the morning of June 18 with a heavy heart. As our flags were raised to half-staff in unison with the South Carolina governor, we joined other South Carolinians in mourning the deaths of nine people murdered at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston the night...

June 15, 2015

Muslims around the world will begin observing Ramadan, the Muslim month of fasting on June 18 this year. Why should Christians care?

Dr. Jerry Rankin, the director of the Zwemer Center for Muslims Studies at Columbia International University, who is also a former missionary to Indonesia,...

June 12, 2015

Columbia International University is reaching out to Clearwater Christian College (CCC) following the closing of the Central Florida school earlier this month.

In a letter posted on the CIU website, CIU President Dr. Bill Jones says he is “saddened to hear of the decision” to...

June 11, 2015

Columbia International University is adding an undergraduate bachelor’s degree in Sports Management this fall. The program will blend an academically challenging curriculum with valuable practical experience, preparing students to serve in professional sports, collegiate athletics, sports...

June 10, 2015

This story was written by Clark Newsom, Internal Communications Director, South Carolina Department of Corrections (SCDC) under the title “BRCI Concert Band Holds First Concert” and was re-printed from SCDC’s...

May 29, 2015

Columbia International University Athletics Director Kim Abbott has been recognized for her Christian character by the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA). Abbott was...

May 19, 2015

May Commencement at CIU

A Time for Joy, a Time for Tears

By Melissa McCutchan

For nearly 200 Columbia International...