CIU News

  • Ministering to “the Foreigner Residing Among You”

    CIU Student Refugee Ministry in Columbia

    By Jairo de Oliveira

    CIU Graduate Student

    In August 2016 I moved to Columbia, South Carolina, with my family (wife and son) to study at Columbia International University. Few months after our arrival we got an invitation to visit the ...

  • CIU Education Graduates take on Leadership Positions

    Two graduates of the Columbia International University's College of Education have recently taken on leadership positions.

    Emir Ruiz Esparza has been hired as Dean of Student Life, Learning and Formation at Tabor College in Hillsboro, Kansas. He will oversee resident educators, student activities and organizations. He previously served as head of school at...

  • The sign announcing the construction of the William H. Jones Global Business & IT Center
    An Exciting Summer of Construction and Renovation is Underway

    It may get a bit dusty at times around the CIU campus this summer, but by the time students return in late August, there will be some very noticeable changes. It’s known around campus as “The Wow Factor.”

    One of the most recognizable activities this summer is seen as soon as you enter campus – the construction of the $20 million...

  • CIU Professor of Church Ministry Dr. Andre Rogers
    Dr. Andre Rogers Named Special Assistant to the President; Popular longtime CIU professor has served under presidents Smith and Jones

    By Bob Holmes

    Columbia International University professor of Church Ministry, Dr. Andre Rogers has an additional role outside the classroom. CIU President Dr. Mark Smith has named Rogers special assistant to the president...

  • Dr. Mike Langston
    Wartime chaplain building CIU’s chaplaincy program

    By Thomas S. Mullikin

    In the wake of a marked rise in both mental health and spiritual well-being issues – and a dearth of Christian outreach programs to deal with the same – there is said to be a ‘resurgence of need.’ This need is for new and ever-effective chaplaincy programs, and an enabling of those programs to train new chaplains,...

  • Enrollment Growth Continues at CIU

    On-campus and online student enrollment continues to grow at Columbia International University.

    The 2018 Spring semester brought nine percent overall enrollment growth compared to Spring 2017 for a total of 1,085 undergraduate, graduate and seminary students now attending CIU.

    Meanwhile, the number of students taking advantage of CIU’s ...

October 06, 2017
Cutting the ribbon at the John R. Cook Jr. Business and Entrepreneurship Center

By Bob Holmes and Naomi Balk

The Business & Organizational Leadership program at Columbia International University got a big boost on Oct. 6 with a...

October 03, 2017
CIU flags at half staff

How are you praying for those affected by the mass shooting in Las Vegas? In a statement, President Donald Trump said, “To the families of the victims: We are praying for you and we are here for you, and we ask God to help see you through this very dark period.”

So, what are...

September 28, 2017
Dr. Bryan Beyer with Ingrid Peterson.

By Michael A. Lanier

CIU Student Writer

The annual American Red Cross blood donation day at Columbia International University was record-...

September 28, 2017
James Morgan

James Morgan to help celebrate the opening of the new John R. Cook Jr. Business and Entrepreneurship Center

The “Hot Now” sign will be bright on the campus of Columbia International University (CIU) when former Krispy Kreme executive James...

September 20, 2017
Entrepreneurs at a CIU Launch event.

The outreach of the Columbia International University Business & Organizational Leadership Program is getting the attention of the business community in the Columbia area....

September 18, 2017
Pastor James Womack

Michael A. Lanier and Bob Holmes

Columbia International University’s annual Christian Life Conference was cut short this year by Hurricane Irma. But students were still impacted by the heartfelt prayers of new...

September 14, 2017
The House of Sapientia performs.

By Michael A. Lanier

CIU Student Writer

The second year of CIU's new House Collective competition got underway in early September with a time of food, fellowship and fun at the House...

September 13, 2017
Cleaning up after Hurricane Irma

What do you do on a college campus when the outer bands of a large hurricane have enough strength to turn off the lights and cancel classes? You pray and then you make the best of it. 

CIU was closed on Monday and Tuesday Sept. 11 and 12 as the “fingers” of Hurricane Irma...

August 30, 2017
CIU students at Spirit Communications Park.

CIU Night with the Columbia Fireflies

By Michael A. Lanier and Bob Holmes

For the second year in a row, the Columbia International University family enjoyed an August night out at Spirit Communications Park to watch the...

August 28, 2017
Grace coffee brings together friends in the Rossi Student Center

By Michael A. Lanier

CIU Student Writer

Columbia International University celebrated the grand opening of a new addition to the campus community: the Grace Coffee Company bar. Dozens gathered at Grace...

August 25, 2017
CIU President Dr. Mark Smith

CIU President Dr. Mark Smith Convenes New School Year

By Michael A. Lanier

CIU Student Writer

The new school year has officially “convened” at Columbia International University. The annual Convocation ceremony Aug. 24,...

August 22, 2017
CIU students are joined by the Rams mascot on Sessions Field. (Photo by Seth Berry)

By Michael A. Lanier

CIU Student Writer

The beginning of the new school year at Columbia International University was marked like no other in the nearly 100-year history of the school. The first day of classes were moved back one day so the CIU family...

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