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...

August 17, 2011

An editorial column in The State newspaper in Columbia featured perhaps one of Columbia International University’s most influential alumni in the world of sports.  Adrian Despres, a 1992 graduate of CIU Seminary & School of Ministry, serves as a guest chaplain for the University...

August 16, 2011

Some came in hatchbacks stuffed to the roof.  Some came with U-Hauls in tow.  Some came in a taxi from the airport.  But all have one thing in common.  Their first year at Columbia International University is about to begin. 

About 130 CIU freshmen and transfer...

August 05, 2011

By Abbey Le Roy

CIU Student Writer 

After spending the summer bicycling up the East Coast, the Columbia International University 1More Tour team was welcomed home by a group of proud fans.

A crowd of CIU students and faculty gathered in the...

July 22, 2011

Students step out of comfort zone on short-term mission trip

By Chanhyung Martin Choi

I had never thought about going to Africa before. I had learned and heard about Africa from some of my African friends, but it was just their story,...

July 19, 2011

The first semi truck load of books returned home on July 19 to the G. Allen Fleece Library at Columbia International University, from their temporary housing in Atlanta.  The books were cleaned and restored in Georgia following a May 2010 fire at the library. 

As the books are...

July 18, 2011

Columbia International University Professor Dr. Larry Dixon has an answer to Pastor Rob Bell’s controversial book, “Love Wins.”  It’s “Jesus Redeems!”  

“Love Wins” has caused a stir in the evangelical community.  Its...

July 15, 2011

To meet the growing need for chaplains in the United States, Columbia International University is now offering master’s degrees in chaplaincy.  Beginning in the fall semester, students can begin working toward a Master of Divinity (Chaplaincy) or a Master of Arts in Chaplaincy in CIU...

July 15, 2011

Delegates representing 16 countries and 20 states gathered on the campus of Columbia International University July 10-15 for the 41st annual International Institute for Christian School Educators (IICSE).

Each year Christian school administrators and teachers meet at "The...

July 12, 2011

Dr. Bill Jones, the president of Columbia International University was in Africa on July 9 to celebrate the birth of a nation - the Republic of South Sudan. 

The country was carved out of a 2005 peace deal between the Muslims to the north who govern Sudan, and the Christians who...

July 11, 2011

Dr. Bryan Beyer has guided CIU students on 12 trips to the land of the Bible.  But this summer, as Beyer led the students to the Cliffs of Arbel overlooking the Sea of Galilee, love was in the air.  There, clinical counseling student Casey Lee proposed to seminary student Bonnie Batson...

July 08, 2011

Sometimes when you least expect it – life knocks you down.  It could be the loss of a job.  The loss of a home.  The loss of a loved one. 

You’re suddenly flat on your back.  How do you get up?  Should you even bother to get up?   

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July 07, 2011

In a move that better clarifies its purpose, the seminary at Columbia International University (CIU) has changed its name from Seminary & School of Missions to Seminary & School of Ministry (SSM).  The new name highlights the seminary’s historic focus on preparing men and women for...

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