CIU News

  • Columbia International University roommates Emily Hernandez (left) and Emily Wood discuss room arrangements.
    Welcome Class of 2021!

    By Bob Holmes

    The only thing higher than the humidity on CIU registration and move-in day were the spirits of the Class of 2021. With the assistance of smiling upperclassmen volunteers, the freshmen and their families carried boxes, bedding and even a couple bass guitars to into the residence halls of CIU. Officially, the high temperature in Columbia on Aug.16 was 98...

  • The Byars brothers with their CIU coaches (l-r) Cross Country and Track Coach Jud Brooker, Braydon Byars, Dominik Byars and Men's Soccer Coach Bill Brindley
    Brothers Sign CIU Athletic Scholarships — Together

    Brothers Dominik and Braydon Byars were on different paths after high school. But the brothers will be much closer to each other again after signing athletic scholarships the same day at Columbia International University. They’ll even room together.

    Their stepfather, Winn Fitzgerald says, “It was like God stepped in for this to happen.”

    The Byars brothers played...

  • Summer of Campus Improvements

    New coffee shop, upgrades and beautifications

    It’s a busy summer for landscapers and construction crews on the Columbia International University campus with upgrades and beautification projects bringing more of what new CIU President Dr. Mark Smith calls “the wow factor....

  • Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin, CIU Chancellor Dr. Bill Jones and his wife Debby Jones
    CIU Chancellor, Dr. Bill Jones, Honored with Key to the City

    “Gracious Father, may it unlock new doors,” Pastor Andre Rogers prayed after Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin presented CIU Chancellor Dr. Bill Jones the Key to the City of Columbia.

    Friends, family, and colleagues filled City Council Chambers Friday morning, July 14, 2017, to show their continued support and appreciation for a man many called a mentor, friend, teammate, and an...

  • The Hausers at Indah Coffee
    Alumni Couple Expand Coffee Business

    Columbia International University alumni Nick and Stefanie Hauser have turned a weekend coffee stand into a busy coffee shop that is gaining popularity among the college crowd in Columbia.

    Their business, Indah Coffee, started out as a kiosk at a weekly Main Street farmer’s market. Today the couple roasts their own coffee at their shop that seats 60 people in the historic...

  • Dr. Mark Smith became CIU's seventh president on July 1
    CIU Welcomes President Dr. Mark A. Smith

    By Bob Holmes

    The month of July always has a bit of a different feel on the campus of Columbia International University. There are intensive summer classes, sports camps and a variety of Christian organizations utilize campus facilities for seminars and training.

    But this July there is also a quiet, but significant transition taking place. On July 1...

March 22, 2010
CIU President Bill Jones (right) presents Tony Dungy with a CIU athletic jersey.

Super Bowl champion coach Tony Dungy challenged over 500 people gathered in CIU's Moore Fitness Center gym March 16 to consider if they may represent the older son in Jesus' Parable of the Prodigal Son.

Dungy, who led the Indianapolis Colts to a 2007 Super Bowl win, was at CIU speaking at...

March 15, 2010
CIU Athletic Director Kim Abbott

Former University of South Carolina Women's Golf Coach and Assistant Athletic Director Kim Abbott has been named the first athletic director at Columbia International University (CIU). The announcement is a major step toward an intercollegiate athletics program for the 87-year-old school....

March 11, 2010
Katie Venugopal

A 2007 graduate of Columbia International University has received first place honors in an art exhibit at the University of South Carolina. Katie Venugopal, who earned a Bachelor's Degree in Humanities at CIU, won first place in the Graduate division at the 54th Annual USC Student Art...

March 09, 2010
Dr. David Garrison

There are 1.3 billion people in the world who have never heard the gospel. God calls all believers to go and make disciples, baptizing them in His name (Matthew 28:19-20), but reaching so many seems overwhelming. World Christian Week at Columbia International University is a time...

March 02, 2010
Dr. Bruce Shelley in 1987.

Dr. Bruce Shelley, a Columbia International University alumnus who went on to serve for 50 years as a professor at Denver Seminary, passed away on Feb. 20. He was 82 years old. Shelley graduated from CIU in 1954, and was named CIU Alumnus of the Year in 1987. He was probably best known by...

March 02, 2010
Aimee Elisabeth Powell

In January, Columbia International University mourned the loss of a 25-year-old alumna. Aimee Elisabeth Powell, class of 2007, died from injuries she suffered in a traffic accident in the Charotte, N.C. area. She was on her way to teach her fourth grade class at SouthLake Christian Academy in...

March 02, 2010
Construction crews pour concrete at 4 a.m.

It was Feb. 26, 4 a.m. The students of Columbia International University, even the ones who had stayed up late cramming for the next day's assignments, were fast asleep in the residence halls. But within the hour some of them may have picked their heads up off the pillow, if only for a...

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