CIU News

  • Columbia International University roommates Emily Hernandez (left) and Emily Wood discuss room arrangements.
    Welcome Class of 2021!

    By Bob Holmes

    The only thing higher than the humidity on CIU registration and move-in day were the spirits of the Class of 2021. With the assistance of smiling upperclassmen volunteers, the freshmen and their families carried boxes, bedding and even a couple bass guitars to into the residence halls of CIU. Officially, the high temperature in Columbia on Aug.16 was 98...

  • The Byars brothers with their CIU coaches (l-r) Cross Country and Track Coach Jud Brooker, Braydon Byars, Dominik Byars and Men's Soccer Coach Bill Brindley
    Brothers Sign CIU Athletic Scholarships — Together

    Brothers Dominik and Braydon Byars were on different paths after high school. But the brothers will be much closer to each other again after signing athletic scholarships the same day at Columbia International University. They’ll even room together.

    Their stepfather, Winn Fitzgerald says, “It was like God stepped in for this to happen.”

    The Byars brothers played...

  • Summer of Campus Improvements

    New coffee shop, upgrades and beautifications

    It’s a busy summer for landscapers and construction crews on the Columbia International University campus with upgrades and beautification projects bringing more of what new CIU President Dr. Mark Smith calls “the wow factor....

  • Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin, CIU Chancellor Dr. Bill Jones and his wife Debby Jones
    CIU Chancellor, Dr. Bill Jones, Honored with Key to the City

    “Gracious Father, may it unlock new doors,” Pastor Andre Rogers prayed after Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin presented CIU Chancellor Dr. Bill Jones the Key to the City of Columbia.

    Friends, family, and colleagues filled City Council Chambers Friday morning, July 14, 2017, to show their continued support and appreciation for a man many called a mentor, friend, teammate, and an...

  • The Hausers at Indah Coffee
    Alumni Couple Expand Coffee Business

    Columbia International University alumni Nick and Stefanie Hauser have turned a weekend coffee stand into a busy coffee shop that is gaining popularity among the college crowd in Columbia.

    Their business, Indah Coffee, started out as a kiosk at a weekly Main Street farmer’s market. Today the couple roasts their own coffee at their shop that seats 60 people in the historic...

  • Dr. Mark Smith became CIU's seventh president on July 1
    CIU Welcomes President Dr. Mark A. Smith

    By Bob Holmes

    The month of July always has a bit of a different feel on the campus of Columbia International University. There are intensive summer classes, sports camps and a variety of Christian organizations utilize campus facilities for seminars and training.

    But this July there is also a quiet, but significant transition taking place. On July 1...

December 20, 2016
Some of the new study space in the G. Allen Fleece Library.

By Bob Holmes

Columbia International University students said they needed more space for quiet study. Library Director Cynthia Snell was listening. She responded with a comfortable, enlarged area for study in...

December 13, 2016
Timothy Wolff celebrates after earning his master's degree in Teaching English as a Foreign Language/Intercultural Studies

“It is time for us as faith-walkers, now more than ever, to let our lights shine in a dark world – and especially this place we call home, The United States of America.”

That was the charge to the December graduates on the main campus of Columbia International University...

December 08, 2016
CIU Athletics Director Kim Abbott

Kim Abbott made her mark in the history of Columbia International University. And now CIU has said its goodbyes to the school’s first athletics director.

Abbott is leaving at the end of the Fall semester to give more...

December 07, 2016
Rob Settle, executive director, Providence Home, Columbia, South Carolina

Columbia International University alumnus Rob Settle oversees a haven for men with shattered lives. He is the executive director of Providence Home for men in Columbia, South Carolina. The mission of the ministry is simple:

"To help...

December 07, 2016
Dr. Johnny Miller, professor emeritus, CIU Seminary & School of Ministry

Is your church sensitive to the physically disabled within the congregation? That’s a question raised by Dr. Johnny V. Miller, professor emeritus in the CIU Seminary...

December 07, 2016
CIU alumna Vanessa Torres, winner of a Milken Education Award is a Spanish Teacher at Nursery Road Elementary in Columbia, South Carolina.

Columbia International University alumna Vanessa Torres is a 2016 winner of The Milken Educator Award, called the “Oscars of Teaching” by Teacher...

December 05, 2016
Robertson McQuilkin

By Dr. Shirl Schiffman

CIU Professor of Ministry Studies

After the death of former CIU President Robertson McQuilkin on June 2, 2016, many of his friends and colleagues paid...

December 02, 2016
Chaplain Brian Bohlman is also a professor of chaplaincy at CIU.

Columbia International University Chaplaincy professor Brian Bohlman sends greetings from the South Pole. In addition to teaching in the CIU Seminary & School of Ministry, Bohlman is a chaplain...

December 02, 2016
CIU students pose in front of the campus Christmas tree.

By Michael A. Lanier

CIU Student Writer

Columbia International University students gathered on The Quad in front of the campus library on Nov. 29, to celebrate the beginning of the Christmas season. Through a night of festivities, the student body...

November 30, 2016
Sen. Darrell Jackson

There will be commencement celebrations on both sides of the Broad River on Dec. 9. The first will be on the Monticello Road main campus of Columbia International University at 10 a.m. Then, at 1:30 p.m., directly across the river from CIU, graduates of the CIU Prison Initiative will receive...

November 21, 2016

You’ve heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. How about #Giving Tuesday

Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the...

November 21, 2016
Ben Lippen School Falcons

Congratulations go out from Columbia International University to Ben Lippen School after the Falcons earned their first state title in football.

The Falcons beat the Porter-Gaud Cyclones from Charleston in overtime 27-21 in a Nov. 19 nail-biter that...

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