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  • 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...

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...

March 18, 2015

Columbia International University is ranked #6 in the Southeast for the best value for your money.

The rankings are in the new book, “The Other College Guide: A Roadmap for the Right School for You” published by...

March 17, 2015

Students who sense a call to the role of senior or solo pastor can now enroll in a Master of Divinity program that equips them for ministry in just five years.

The program being launched this summer by Columbia International University Seminary & School of Ministry (SSM) is designed...

March 16, 2015

St. Patrick’s Day celebrations seldom focus on the person known as St. Patrick. Beyond the wearin’ of the green and the festivals, there was a British man who God called to bring the message of Christ to the unbelievers of Ireland.

Columbia International University professor of...

March 16, 2015

Even if you have health insurance it doesn’t always pay for everything, especially expensive chronic illnesses. And then there are those premiums and copayments. What if you can’t afford those? 

CIU alumnus Dr. Dana A. Kuhn understands those problems. That’s why in...

March 16, 2015

Columbia International University was the site for a recent conference on a biblical perspective on immigration. The keynote speaker was Matthew Soerens of Evangelical Immigration Table. The conference drew the attention of Columbia TV station WLTX. See their report, which includes comments from...

March 05, 2015

Former Columbia International University student Sue Thomas says that when it comes to the joys and pains of life, she has “seen it all.” Thomas lost her hearing at 18 months old. But as an adult, her ability to read lips made her a valuable agent with the FBI, and the basis for the...

February 27, 2015

By Melissa McCutchan

CIU Student Writer

At Columbia International University, the lunch hour is usually a time for students to catch up with friends, meet with professors, or finish last-minute homework for afternoon classes.  However, during...

February 27, 2015

By Melissa McCutchan

CIU Student Writer

Columbia International University students, faculty, and staff were encouraged to find their unique place in God’s mission during World Christian Week, Feb. 23-26.  The week featured special chapel...

February 23, 2015

Columbia International University’s new magazine “CIU Today” is a “Gold” winner in the 2014 Collegiate Advertising Awards, sponsored by Creative Images Incorporated of Sylva, North Carolina. “CIU Today”...

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