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...

September 07, 2016
Ed Shipman was the founder of Happy Hill Farm and North Central Texas Academy

People in North Central Texas are mourning the loss of the founder of a local ministry to disadvantaged and at-risk children, who was also the 1995 CIU Alumnus of the Year.

Ed Shipman, the founder of Happy Hill Farm near the town of Glen Rose, died on Aug. 22 at age 83. He was a 1956...

September 07, 2016
Senior Luke Brooks, CIU Rams, Athlete of the Week

Senior Luke Brooks, the goalkeeper for the CIU Rams men’s soccer team has been named Division I Men’s Defensive Student-Athlete of the Week (9/5/16) by the...

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...

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