CIU News

  • Chaplain Nick LoPresto graduated from CIU in 2007.
    CIU Chaplaincy Students Visit Shaw Air Force Base

    A Close-Up Look at a Future in Military Chaplaincy

    By Bob Holmes

    Out on the flight line of Shaw Air Force Base in Sumter, South Carolina, it is really noisy. As maintenance crews scurry among rows of F-16s, more of the jets land nearby, causing a thumping sensation against the chest of even those standing at a...

  • Columbia International University Announces $22 Million in Expansions

    Columbia International University is announcing $22 million in facility expansions with the largest portion dedicated to a $15-20 million Business and IT Global Initiative Center.

    The Center will provide enhanced hands-on business and IT training for CIU students as well as students of Ben Lippen School, CIU’s Pre-K to 12th grade Christian...

  • Debbie Smith shares her thoughts at the Wives Fellowship.
    Getting to know the First Lady of CIU

    Wives Fellowship Welcomes Debbie Smith

    By Naomi Balk, CIU Student Writer


    Debbie Smith says if she could teach one class at Columbia International University it would be “Hospitality.”

    Smith, the wife of CIU President Dr. Mark Smith, was...

  • Cutting the ribbon at the John R. Cook Jr. Business and Entrepreneurship Center
    Ribbon Cut on Business and Entrepreneurship Center

    By Bob Holmes and Naomi Balk

    The Business & Organizational Leadership program at Columbia International University got a big boost on Oct. 6 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new ...

  • Musical basketball chairs.
    “Hooping” and Hollering

    Basketball Teams Hold School-Wide Athletic Event

    By Michael A. Lanier

    The 2017-2018 CIU men’s and women’s basketball teams were introduced with a little madness —Moore Madness — a fun October event for students, faculty and staff in the Moore Fitness Center.    

    It was a night of food and fun competitions...

  • CIU flags at half staff
    Praying for Las Vegas

    How are you praying for those affected by the mass shooting in Las Vegas? In a statement, President Donald Trump said, “To the families of the victims: We are praying for you and we are here for you, and we ask God to help see you through this very dark period.”

    So, what are you praying? Columbia International University professors were asked about their prayers for Las Vegas...

December 01, 2014

Columbia International University professor of Systematic Theology, Dr. Larry Dixon discovered just how practical theology really can be when he went to prison. That is, he volunteered to teach CIU student-...

November 24, 2014

Columbia International University Men’s Head Soccer Coach James Whitaker has been named National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) South Region Coach of the Year. The award is determined by the votes of the coaches within the region.  

Whitaker is in his third year...

November 21, 2014

Columbia International University alumnus Justin Griffin walks by faith and not by sight – spiritually and physically. Griffin, who graduated from CIU Seminary & School of Ministry in 2003 is blind, but it has not kept him from the ministry. Griffin pastors Memorial Presbyterian Church...

November 21, 2014

Columbia International University (CIU) is the recipient of a gift of $1 million from a life insurance policy funded by Harry S. Dent Jr. and the late Harry and Betty Dent.  

Harry and Betty Dent were respected members of the Columbia area known for their involvement in civic...

November 18, 2014

By Brittany Bradley

CIU Student Writer

The CIU Players captivated the Columbia International University community with three riveting performances of “Fiddler on the Roof.”

Set in the pale of imperial Russia, the musical is based on the...

November 12, 2014

Betty Dent, a former member of the Columbia International University Board of Trustees and a longtime supporter of CIU, passed away in West Columbia, South Carolina on Nov. 10. She was 82.

Betty supported her husband, the late Harry Dent Sr. as he served in numerous leadership positions in...

November 11, 2014

Chris Causey and Jason Hodges used to dream about planting a church together. Now, the former Columbia International University classmates are about to do just that in one of the most influential cities in America: Boston.

Causey and Hodges, who graduated from CIU Seminary & School of...

November 03, 2014

By Melissa McCutchan

CIU Student Writer

Columbia International University alumni, students, faculty, and staff gathered to celebrate another year of God’s faithfulness during Homecoming weekend, Oct. 30-Nov. 1.  Campus was a blend of past and...

October 31, 2014

A 1992 alumnus of Columbia International University found himself shaking hands with President Barak Obama recently when he was congratulated as a recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics. Don Sarazen, who graduated from CIU with a master’s degree in Teaching and a...

October 28, 2014

Longtime Columbia International University music director George William “Bill” Supplee died peacefully on Oct. 30 in Camden, South Carolina. He was 90 years old.

Supplee was born on July 9, 1924, in Assam, India, to George Washington Supplee and Ruth Lamberton Supplee. He...

October 28, 2014

By Melissa McCutchan

CIU Student Writer

Columbia International University students donned their blue jeans and cowboy boots for a night of foot-stomping, partner-swinging fun at CIU’s outdoor pavilion.  On Oct. 18, CIU’s Sophomore Class...

October 28, 2014

By Brittany Bradley

CIU Student Writer

Before the symphony, before the melody, before the grandeur, there is the painstakingly tedious task of the composer: to...