CIU News

  • 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...

March 08, 2012

A Columbia International University alumnus is offering financial advice to a company focused on stevia, the fastest growing product in the alternative sweetener sector.    

Art Carter, who graduated from CIU in 2007 with a master’s degree in Intercultural Studies, is an...

March 07, 2012

As a Columbia International University student, Ashley Chandler was known by her friends as the intellectual in the group.  They knew her as a deep thinker.  Chandler, who graduated from CIU in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Bible Teaching, went on to earn a Master...

March 05, 2012

At about 5:30 a.m. March 3, 2012, students at Columbia International University heard a roar.  It turned out to be a tornado that hit the Denny Terrace neighborhood just south of the CIU campus.  The National Weather Service said an F-0 tornado (minimal tornado) damaged trees and a...

March 05, 2012

Christian school educators from around the United States joined The Lowrie Center for Christian School Education at Columbia International University and the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) for an Early Education Conference via live Web streaming.  The March 3...

March 02, 2012

A Columbia-area businessman and church elder is the newest member of the Columbia International University Board of Trustees.  Marion Hill Davis of Chapin was elected to the board at its February meeting.  

Davis is the president of Bilt Rite Corporation Overhead Door...

March 01, 2012

Not every Columbia International University Chapel begins with 60 dozen doughnuts.  But the Chapel speaker on March 1 brought his work with him.  Students lined up to get a doughnut before heading in to Shortess Chapel to hear Krispy Kreme CEO Jim Morgan challenge them to pursue...

February 27, 2012

By Tim Caiello

CIU Student Writer

Columbia International University not only trains future leaders, but also equips current leaders.

That’s why the Youth Ministry, Family & Culture Department at CIU hosted a two-day Resource Conference for...

February 24, 2012

Today’s economic climate is making it difficult for businesses to stay focused on their mission while at the same handling the daily challenges. That’s why Columbia International University is hosting a luncheon with Jim Morgan, the Chairmanand CEO of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Inc. on March 1...

February 22, 2012

A Columbia International University Professor of Muslim Studies is advising a group hoping to revive the churches in East Africa.  Church leaders there are concerned about a growing threat of Islam in the region. 

Professor David Cashin is offering his knowledge and...

February 20, 2012

A former Columbia International University dean is still going strong at age 95. 

Peter Letchford has a long resume that includes missionary to Africa, church pastor, and dean of the Graduate School of Missions at Columbia Bible College, now CIU Seminary & School of...

February 16, 2012

The mayor of South Carolina’s capital city encouraged the student-inmates in the CIU Prison Initiative to share “the love of Jesus Christ,” which is “an awesome responsibility and opportunity.” 

Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin toured the facilities of...

February 15, 2012

“He may be one of the best preachers you’ll ever hear.” 

That’s what University of South Carolina Coach Steve Spurrier says about Adrian Despres, the guest chaplain of Spurrier’s Gamecocks football team.  Spurrier made a brief, surprise appearance at...

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