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...

May 06, 2010

If a child in the womb could sing a song to mother what would it sound like? Columbia International University alumnus Bob Bernhardt of Green Bay, Wis. got to wondering that when his wife was pregnant with their youngest, and fifth child. So with a little imagination, the public school music...

May 06, 2010
Bill Supplee leads the choir and student body.

Between 1949 and 1989, G. William "Bill" Supplee exalted the Lord at Columbia International University by directing the Ambassador Choir and teaching music. Because of his devotion to CIU many assumed over those 40 years that he was a CIU alumnus. He wasn't then. But he is now.

Bill...

April 29, 2010
Librarians Helping Patrons: 1st Place. CIU Fleece library staff member helping a

The G. Allen Fleece Library at Columbia International University is a winner in a photo contest sponsored by the South Carolina State Library. The "Day in the Life of South Carolina Libraries" contest was in celebration of the Fourth Annual National Library Week April 11-17. During that week...

April 28, 2010
Kim Abbott and CIU President Bill Jones show off their arms.

Columbia International University's first Athletic Director Kim Abbott demonstrated proper pitching form - and she's not even on the job yet. Abbott was introduced to CIU students at a chapel service April 29, as she joined CIU President Bill Jones in throwing stress balls to the students just...

April 27, 2010
Commencement speaker The Rev. Robert J. Morgan

Commencement exercises for Columbia International University (CIU) will take place on Saturday, May 15. Exercises for the CIU Undergraduate School will begin at 8:30 a.m. and exercises for the CIU Graduate School and CIU Seminary & School of Missions will begin at 11:00 a.m. Both events will...

April 25, 2010
CIU alumna Laura Story with Alumni Ministries Director Roy King

By Abbey Shoemaker
CIU Student Writer

Christian singer/songwriter Laura Story, a 2003 graduate of Columbia International University, was awarded the university's first-ever Recent Alumni Recognition Award on April 25. Story was presented the honor during her participation in "Xpress...

April 21, 2010
Dr. Stephen Farra (left) with CIU Vice President for Educational Affairs, Junias

Dr. Stephen Farra, the director of the Psychology Program at Columbia International University is the recipient of the 2009-2010 Excellence in Teaching Award for Columbia International University. Farra was among 20 professors who were honored at an annual membership dinner of SCICU (South...

April 20, 2010
Gentlemen start your engines! CIU students Jon Shrack and Shelby Purvis get read

With deadlines for papers approaching and finals just a few weeks away, it was time for a break. Columbia International University students took advantage of a price break and got away for an evening at Frankie's Fun Park in Columbia. They took their dates for a spin around the race track,...

April 08, 2010
Dr. Harvey Payne

Columbia International University President Dr. Bill Jones has announced a number of administrative appointments, and the addition of three new colleges within the university.

The new College of Counseling will be led by associate dean, Dr. Harvey Payne, while Dr. Milt Uecker will lead the...

April 08, 2010
Alvin Bibbs

By Abbey Shoemaker
CIU Student Writer

The Rev. Alvin Bibbs, the executive director of multicultural church relations for the Willow Creek Association, was the featured chapel speaker for CIU's week-long emphasis on Evangelical Unity, a CIU core value.

Bibbs...

April 05, 2010
Dr. Warren Larson

What to do about Iran.

A number of Christian leaders in the United States are concerned about what a nuclear armed Iran would mean for the security of the world. Sanctions against Iran are being proposed, but what would that mean for the Christians who live in that nation? Dr. Warren...

April 05, 2010
Dr. David Olshine (left) "counsels" Terrace Crawford at the 2010 Youth Ministry

Youth ministers have an important role. But keeping up with teenagers is not easy. That's why graduates of the Columbia International University Youth Ministries Program are invited to take a break each year, retreat to their alma mater and chill out. Youth Ministries Program Director Dr. David...

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