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...

February 13, 2012

Christian singer/songwriter Laura Story, a 2003 graduate of Columbia International University, earned a Grammy for her song “Blessings,” which she wrote and recorded.  Story received the award in the Best Contemporary Christian Song category during the afternoon ceremonies at...

February 08, 2012

The First Annual Discover CIU 5K & Fun Run brought together students, faculty, and staff from Columbia International University and Ben Lippen School, as well as members of the community.  The Feb. 4 event was hosted by CIU Rams Athletics and organized by CIU Cross Country Coach Jud...

February 06, 2012

For the first time in 89 years, a high school athlete has committed to play a sport at Columbia International University.  Soccer stand out Daniel Mallard of Greensboro, N.C. becomes the first intercollegiate athlete to commit to the CIU Rams, as the school fields its first teams in...

January 31, 2012

Construction of Phase II of Pine View Apartments at Columbia International University is underway.  Workers and heavy equipment are now on site leveling the ground for approximately 100 more apartment homes featuring one-bedroom efficiencies, one- and two-bedroom apartments and a Community...

January 31, 2012

Every four years, South Carolina makes national headlines as it hosts the First in the South, Republican Presidential Primary.  News reporters from around the world converge on The Palmetto State to cover the candidates and find out what South Carolina voters...

January 27, 2012

Columbia International University alumnus Garry James is the head of a new minority outreach program at the South Carolina Small Business Development Centers.  James, who earned a Master of Divinity degree from CIU in 2001, credits his education at CIU and two other...

January 25, 2012

By Jacob Given

CIU Student Writer

Just before graduation day in May 2010, CIU President Dr. Bill Jones prayed with the board of trustees that God would “strike a fire” under the graduates.  The next morning he got a phone call that CIU...

January 19, 2012

Columbia International University will dedicate the renovated G. Allen Fleece Library with a special ceremony on Jan. 24 at 11:30 a.m.

A devastating electrical fire on May 8, 2010 caused over $2.5 million in damages, mostly to the interior of the library,...

January 18, 2012

A 1996 graduate of Columbia International University is in the business of helping businesses succeed. 

Jody Deming, who lives in the Upstate of South Carolina, founded Bottlecap Creative House with Kevin Keigley.  Together they find ways for local businesses to...

January 17, 2012

You’ve heard of “Occupy Wall Street.”  But you’ve probably never heard of “Occupy Fleece.” 

It was more of a party, than a protest. 

On Jan. 17, the G. Allen Fleece Library at Columbia International University opened for the first time since a devastating...

January 13, 2012

Columbia International University has announced the appointment of Jennifer L. Booth as university registrar.  She begins her duties Feb. 1.

Booth comes to CIU from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (SEBTS) in Wake Forest, N.C., where she served as assistant director of...

January 13, 2012

You’ve heard of “Occupy Wall Street.”  But you’ve probably never heard of “Occupy Fleece.” 

It’s more of a party, than a protest. 

On Jan. 17, the G. Allen Fleece Library at Columbia International University will open for the first time since a devastating fire in May...

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