CIU News

  • Influential leadership expert Dr. John Maxwell

    Get Ready for Another Exciting John Maxwell Leadership Forum

    Influential leadership expert Dr. John Maxwell returns to Columbia International University on March 23 for his fourth Leadership Forum in the Midlands of South Carolina. The event takes place from 1-3 p.m. in Shortess Chapel on the campus of CIU.

    Maxwell is a #1 New York Times bestselling author, coach, and speaker who has sold more than 26...

  • Making a spiritual point: Bishop Dale Bronner dramatizes the breaking of a crayon, saying that even a broken crayon can still color.

    CIU brings encouragement to church leaders

    First “Church Refreshed” conference hosted on campus

    By Bob Holmes

    As leaders of two different Columbia-area churches stood outside the doors of Shortess Chapel, they excitedly chatted about what they had just experienced inside at Columbia International University’s first “Church Refreshed” conference.  

    Malcolm Walls of...

  • Patricia England receiving her Diploma in Women's Leadership from Provost Dr. James Lanpher

    Ministry to the hopeless began in a CIU class

    Graduate of Diploma in Women’s Leadership ministers to women in jail

    By Bob Holmes

    Patricia England says the Columbia International University Diploma in Women’s Leadership “takes you to another level.”

    England is among those who graduated from the program’s inaugural class in 2019 and...

  • Student Encouraging “Right Words @ CIU”

    By Bob Holmes

    Amidst a pandemic, racial and political tension and disunity in our country, a Columbia International University freshman is heading a new initiative called “Right Words @ CIU,” an opportunity for students, faculty and staff to communicate written messages of appreciation, assurance and encouragement to one another.

    Aynsley Vivian, an American who...

  • Dr. Ed Smither, CIU dean of Intercultural Studies

    Smither's Dynamic book challenges the church to practice hospitality

    God is a missionary God. God is also hospitable in his nature. He makes His enemies friends and invites them to intimate communion.

    That’s the basis for a new book by CIU dean of Intercultural Studies Dr. Ed Smither.

    Smither challenges the church to participate in God’s mission today by...

  • CIU President Dr. Mark Smith (center) meets with CIU African-American leaders at retreat.

    CIU President and African American Leaders “Go Deeper” at Retreat

    In anticipation of a new year, Columbia International University Chief Diversity Officer Dr. Andre Rogers asked CIU President Dr. Mark Smith to “go deeper” with some of CIU’s African American leaders at an early January leadership retreat.

    Smith graciously...

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... Read More
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... Read More
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... Read More
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... Read More
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... Read More
Scene from "The Mousetrap" performed at Columbia International University
By Ireland KostCIU Student WriterThere’s a mystery to solve in Hoke Auditorium!Written by Agatha Christie, the CIU Thespians’ production of “The Mousetrap” sends chills through the audience with its... Read More
Mondotrack surface at Ben Lippen School
They’re rolling out the Mondo Track. Literally.With months of ground preparation behind them, crews are rolling the Mondo surface on the track around the Ben Lippen School football field. It’s the... Read More
CIU student Katie Mayberry
By Naomi Balk
CIU Student Writer
“Is this for real? You sure this is free?”
This was the response of a Monticello Road resident who received one of 266 bags of groceries from CIU’s... Read More

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