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...

August 31, 2016
CIU Dean of Students Rick Swift

CIU Night with the Columbia Fireflies

By Michael A. Lanier and Bob Holmes

The Columbia International University student body knows how to cheer loudly – even when the home team is not the CIU Rams.

This time the home team was the...

August 23, 2016
Dr. Bill Jones

CIU President Dr. Bill Jones among those concerned about threats to religious liberty

Concerned that federal and state actions could ultimately deny them the ability to fulfill their faith-based missions, seven evangelical Christian university...

August 19, 2016
CIU freshman move-in day.

The Journey Begins

By Michael A. Lanier

CIU Student Writer

The Class of 2020 has arrived at Columbia International University. The freshmen registered and moved in to their new home on Aug. 17 with the help the...

August 18, 2016
Dr. David Croteau, CIU professor of Greek and New Testament

Dr. David Croteau, professor of New Testament and Greek, traveled to Asia over the summer to train indigenous pastors in biblical interpretation. He made stops in Cambodia and Nepal in July teaching over 50 church leaders. Croteau’s...

August 16, 2016
Colene and Will Norton

A woman who held the distinction of being one of Columbia International University’s oldest alumni is now with the Lord. Colene Norton died on Aug. 10 at her home in Tahlequah, Oklahoma where she lived with her husband Will, also a CIU alumnus. Colene Norton was 102.

The Nortons met...

August 12, 2016
Roger Tilton

As co-workers gathered around Roger Tilton to wish him well in retirement, the venue was particularly meaningful. He stood in the middle of the Ram Shack, the popular student hang out that Tilton helped transform from a campus bookstore just a few years ago.

“We tried to develop this...

August 11, 2016
Jack Hair's youth group

CIU alumnus leads a flock he can’t see

By Dr. David Olshine

 Professor of...

August 09, 2016

Columbia International University President Dr. Bill Jones was among the signatories of a statement in defense of the religious freedom of private colleges and universities in California. The statement,...

August 03, 2016
Paul Silva Gallery

Columbia International University alumnus Paul Silva is becoming popular in South Carolina’s Lowcountry as a “New Era” artist. That means he mixes traditional painting with computer technology and digital photography to create vivid yet soft pieces. 

Silva, who...

July 28, 2016
CIU Women's Head Soccer Coach Kara Farnsworth (far left) poses at the United World Games.

By Bob Holmes

Imagine you’re the coach of a soccer team that is about to compete in an international tournament. But you’ve never met your players. That’s the situation Columbia International University...

July 19, 2016
Damian Hurta, Columbia International University Rams

Damian Hurta Becomes Coach for a Week

By Bob Holmes

Damian Hurta now understands what he puts his basketball coach through when he doesn’t follow directions. The Columbia...

July 12, 2016
Christian school educators conduct an experiment at a session on "Teaching for Inquiry."

Dozens of Christian school educators from five nations are on the campus of Columbia International University this week for the annual International Institute for Christian School Educators (IISCE). Nations represented include the...

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