CIU News

  • Spotlight: Member of the Class of 2018 Headed for Japan

    David Thorsen is a member of the Class of 2018 graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Intercultural Studies (ICS). Originally from Stavanger, Norway, David has been appointed by the Norwegian Lutheran Mission with whom he interned last summer in Japan, to serve in Japan long term. Thorsen has ministered to Japanese immigrants in Columbia during his time at CIU. He talks about his future...

  • Dr. Steve Baarendse receives Excellence in Teaching Award
    Professor Steve Baarendse Honored for Excellence in Teaching

    A Columbia International University professor described as caring deeply about his students has been honored with an Excellence in Teaching Award.  Professor of English Dr. Steve Baarendse received the recognition at the annual awards dinner of the South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (SCICU) in April.

    The award is given to...

  • Getting "Ram Ready"
    Are You “Ram Ready?”

    Dozens of incoming CIU undergraduate students became “Ram Ready” the weekend of April 14.

    “Ram Ready” is an opportunity to hear from a variety of campus representatives, meet professors and begin to navigate the campus. You’ll make friends with your incoming class and current students, learn about your academic program, get a jump on finalizing your course...

  • Banner Day for CIU Athletics: CIU Approved as Member of NAIA

    Columbia International University is now a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). The announcement from the NAIA comes after the CIU Athletics Department completed a year-long process for NAIA membership as well as membership in the Appalachian Athletic...

  • CIU to Celebrate Two Commencements April 28

    Two commencement programs will take place April 28 on the campus of Columbia International University (CIU) as 193 students are recognized for academic achievements from certificates to bachelor degrees to doctoral degrees. The commencement exercises begin at 8:30 a.m. for seminary and graduate students and at 11:30 a.m. for undergraduate students. Both ceremonies will be held in Shortess...

  • The CIU Thespians perform “She Loves Me”

    A review by Joseph Knight

    CIU Student Writer

    Inclement weather caused the cancellation of the April 15 performance. An encore performance is scheduled for April 16 at 7 p.m. 

    I was excited as I settled into my chair in Hoke auditorium and waited for the stage lights to fade. I had come for an early...

October 24, 2012

The leadership of a Colorado-based missions agency is being transferred from one Columbia International University alumnus to another. 

WorldVenture has announced that Dr. Jeff Denlinger is replacing Hans Finzel as its president effective Nov. 1, 2012.  Denlinger graduated from...

October 22, 2012

Columbia International University was a host site for the largest gathering of Christian education professionals ever assembled.  Over 11,200 educators in 81 locations participated in the ACSI NEXUS Conference simulcast on Oct. 18 and 19.  ACSI NEXUS is the new model of professional...

October 19, 2012

Columbia International University alumni from around the world will come together as one from Nov. 1-3 for Homecoming 2012 under the theme “The Power of One.”  It’s a celebration of God’s power to weave together unique personalities, generations, backgrounds and cultures into one body....

October 12, 2012

Since the 1950s, the Harding family of Charlotte, N.C. has been spreading the gospel and leading humanitarian efforts in Africa; from building schools and orphanages to AIDS treatment and prevention to the introduction of clean water.  For at least a dozen members of the Harding family or...

October 11, 2012

What would you do to get 25 bonus points added to your grade?  How about surfing YouTube to find videos that complement your professor’s syllabus?    

That’s what Professors Ed Smither and Trevor Castor are offering students in their Mission of God class this...

September 26, 2012

Columbia International University professors are among the scholars, church leaders and missionaries who contributed to a new book that challenges believers to identify where they fit in the mission of God.

“Discovering the Mission of God – Best Missional Practices for the 21...

September 25, 2012

Columbia International University continues to expand its new athletics program with the hiring of veteran women’s basketball coach Tammy Holder.  Holder, who has over 25 years of basketball coaching experience, comes to CIU from the College of Charleston where she served the NCAA Division...

September 25, 2012

Virginia Catherine Patterson, who served for 27 years as the president and chief executive officer of Pioneer Clubs, an international Christian ministry to children, died Sept. 12 at the age of 81.  Patterson was a 1956 graduate of Columbia International University where she earned her...

September 22, 2012

More athletic history was made at Columbia International University on Sept. 22 as CIU hosted the first CIU Cross Country Invitational. 

Seven teams participated, with the CIU women's team finishing second behind Limestone College.  The top runner for CIU's women...

September 21, 2012

The annual Christian Life Conference at Columbia International University this year featured CIU President Emeritus Robertson McQuilkin.  McQuilkin, who served as the third president of CIU from 1968-1990, delivered four messages on the CIU core value of Victorious Christian Living – the...

September 21, 2012

The late Bob Kallgren was honored by his peers in South Carolina education.  South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (SCICU) announced the establishment of the Robert C. Kallgren Memorial Chair during a lunch at CIU on Sept. 21.  Kallgren, who served at CIU for 39...

September 13, 2012

CIU Prison Initiative Expands

By Bob Holmes

Amy Roberts realized from the first day that working with female inmates would be different from working with male inmates. 

Roberts is the administrative assistant...

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