CIU News

  • 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...

  • 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...

May 06, 2015

A Columbia International University student has found a unique way to combine business with ministry. Laurie Pineda, who is enrolled part time in the Business & Organizational Leadership program, and her husband Hector operate The Northeast Coffee House in Columbia that combines local...

May 05, 2015

Columbia International University Rams sprinter CJ Jones finished fifth in the 100 meter dash at the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) track championships on May 2 held at Shorter University. This is the first season for track at CIU in the school’s 92-year history....

April 28, 2015

With race relations at the forefront of the news these days, Columbia International University president Dr. Bill Jones and CIU professor Dr. Andre Rogers, an African-American, dedicated a recent CIU Chapel...

April 21, 2015

By Melissa McCutchan

CIU Student Writer

The stage in Columbia International University’s Hoke Auditorium was transformed into a 1935 small town in Alabama as the CIU Players performed Harper Lee’s “To...

April 21, 2015

April is a month for expressing thanks and recognition.

Columbia International University students expressed thanks to South Carolina state legislators for their support of the state’s Tuition Grant program, while a CIU professor has been recognized as an excellent teacher. Both...

April 20, 2015

A former Columbia TV meteorologist is returning to South Carolina for his graduation from Columbia International University on May 16.  

Jonathan Oh, who grew up in the Columbia area, was a weatherman for three TV stations (WIS, WACH and WOLO) over a seven-year period, and during...

April 17, 2015

Columbia International University alumnus Bobby Farmer, a Vietnam veteran, led a weeklong 175-mile river trip from Columbia to Charleston, South Carolina in an effort to bond with, and help 22 veterans who are dealing with issues...

April 13, 2015

By Brittany Bradley

CIU Student Writer

Sadie Hawkins at CIU isn’t the stereotypical dance scene. Instead, the annual spring event features the women asking the men to join their team for an afternoon of zany competition.


April 07, 2015

By Melissa McCutchan

CIU Student Writer

Former Texas governor Rick Perry paid a visit to Columbia International University on April 7 to address students, faculty, and staff in a special assembly. Perry was in South...

April 01, 2015

“Controversies in Mission” was the theme as dozens of missiologists, theologians, professors and students from around the Southeast gathered on the campus of Columbia International University March 28 for the annual meeting of the Evangelical...

March 30, 2015

By Brittany Bradley

CIU Student Writer

AcoustaRockaRappaPaloozaStockfest 2015 — a title so grand so as to be rivaled only by the incredible talent of the 28 students who, on March 28, graced Shortess Chapel with...

March 19, 2015

Why are so many teens walking away from the church once they get out of high school? That’s the topic explored by CIU Youth Ministries professor Dr. David Olshine on the podcast, “This Week in Youth...