CIU News

  • 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...

  • Meghann Miller and Josiah Anzenberger dress in '50s fashion.
    “In Step” "At the Hop”

    CIU students prepped for the annual winter formal with an evening of swing dance lessons and a little competition. To add to the fun, students dressed in “sock hop” fashion as if it were the 1950s. 

    The winning dance couple was Josiah Anzenberger and Meghann Miller.

    Anzenberger says he only learned to swing dance about a month ago and he says he “loved it...

  • 2014 CIU MAT graduate La Shonna Bookert
    Letting her Life Speak Jesus into her Students

    Meet CIU Alumna La Shonna Bookert

    La Shonna Bookert says Columbia International University thoroughly prepared her to be a successful teacher of young children. And it shows.

    Bookert is “Center Stage,” featured in an employee profile by the Richland One School District in Columbia, South Carolina. She graduated from CIU with a...

  • CIU President Dr. Mark Smith at inaugural reception
    Inauguration: Students, Alumni Excited About the Future of CIU

    By Michael A. Lanier, Naomi Balk and Bob Holmes

    Students, alumni and others expressed excitement about the future of Columbia International University as Dr. Mark Smith was ceremonially inaugurated as the seventh president of CIU. The Nov. 3 event was held as part of the...

  • Artwork on display at CIU.
    CIU: A Place for Poets, Painters and other Artists

    By Naomi Balk

    CIU Student Writer

    In a dimmed atmosphere of fairy lights, a blazing hearth fire, and the aroma of coffee, Columbia International University students shared an evening of art and poetry at an October exposition co-hosted by ...

  • Business Professor Scott Adams, J.D.
    Coming Soon - School of Business and Professional Studies

    Preparations are underway at Columbia International University to open a School of Business and Professional Studies led by Scott Adams, J.D., professor and current director of CIU’s Business & Organizational Leadership program.

    The School of Business and Professional Studies will house a...

February 18, 2011

Being a teenage girl can be tough in this day and age.  That’s why Columbia International University is a sponsor of “Girls of Grace.”   It’s a one-day event for girls ages 12-17 that focuses on common age-related issues, but offers a positive Christian message. 

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February 17, 2011

By Abbey Shoemaker

CIU Student Writer

Columbia International University commemorated Black History Month with a week of chapels that focused on “healing the racial divide,” and featured pastors from the Columbia area....

February 17, 2011

About two dozen alumni of the Youth Ministries program at Columbia International University returned to their alma mater for the third annual CIU Youth Worker Retreat Feb. 7-9.  The time of renewal, rest and refreshment was led by Program Director Dr. David Olshine, and Youth Ministry...

December 22, 2010
Dr. James E. Lanpher

Dr. James E. Lanpher is the new provost at Columbia International University. Lanpher comes to CIU from Trinity College of Florida where he has served as vice president for academic affairs since 1999.

Lanpher holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Notre Dame, a Master...

December 17, 2010

Columbia International University 1988 Alumnus of the Year, The Rev. P. T. Chandapilla went to be with the Lord on Dec. 7 after a long illness. He was 84 years old.

Chandapilla, a 1955 graduate of CIU, then called Columbia Bible College, was a missionary pioneer and theological educator in...

December 17, 2010
Philip Yancey

Best-selling Christian author Philip Yancey and Lexington, S.C. businesswoman Elizabeth Rickard Sessions received The Doctor of Humane Letters at the December commencement exercises of Columbia International University. Both are alumni of CIU. Yancey also gave the charge to the graduates at the...

December 07, 2010
Laura Paisley

A high school senior from Ohio whose professional goal is to teach English as a second language overseas is the winner of the 2010 R.C. McQuilkin Scholarship at Columbia International University.

Laura Paisley of Hudson, Ohio was awarded the full scholarship following a weekend of intense...

December 06, 2010

Columbia International University has received reaffirmation of its accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). The SACS decision came during the SACS Annual Meeting in Louisville, Ky., Dec. 5-7. The accreditation is good for 10 years.

To obtain...

December 05, 2010
CIU President Dr. Bill Jones

Columbia International University President, Dr. William H. (Bill) Jones will join the board of directors of the largest independent Coca-Cola bottler in the United States. Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated located in Charlotte, N.C. made the announcement on Dec. 3. Jones will officially...

November 29, 2010
Virginia Bendetti

She was quite possibly the oldest living person to graduate from Columbia International University. Virginia White Bendetti, a 1930 graduate of CIU, passed away on Nov. 28 in California. She was 99 years old.

In 1928, Bendetti made the cross-country trip from her home in Los Angeles to...

November 29, 2010
CIU freshman Jessie Mae Hodsdon at a book signing in Bangor, Maine.

Things for a college student to do over Thanksgiving break: Eat turkey, hug grandma, catch up on sleep, and oh yes - hold a book signing.

Jessie Mae Hodsdon, an 18-year-old CIU freshman, is studying Bible and business. But she is also an author and a publisher. As a matter of fact, she...

November 28, 2010


Are you truly thankful this holiday season - or for that matter, any time of year? In the November edition of "Christianity Today" magazine online, Columbia International University alumnus Stan Guthrie tackles the question: why Jesus commands us to be thankful. The article, "The...

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