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Summer of Campus Improvements

New coffee shop, upgrades and


It was 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.”

Some of the work has been general maintenance such as

new roofs to the Student Center and Fisher Classroom

Building, improved landscaping including irrigation systems,

and resurfacing of some parking lots and the outdoor

basketball courts and tennis courts.

More noticeable

“Wow” improvements

include the lobby of the

Administration Building

where the university

receptionist greets visitors from a new front desk that faces the front door. In addition is a new

large CIU logo above the receptionist, new carpeting, furniture and chandelier. Two lobby walls

are lined with an updated timeline featuring highlights of CIU’s nearly 100-year history.

But probably the biggest “Wow” for students is the new coffee shop in the Student Center.

It’s operated by Grace Coffee Company founded by CIU alumni couple Matt and Brooke Beyer, both of whom graduated in 1999.

The Beyers have a long association with CIU. Matt’s father is Dr. Bryan Beyer, dean of the College of Arts & Sciences. Matt was in

the third grade in 1985 when his parents moved to Columbia and his father took a position as a CIU professor.

The Beyers headquarter their business out of mobile unit stationed along

Main Street in the north Columbia suburb of Blythewood. Matt Beyer says

the menu consists of brewed coffee, cold brew nitro coffee, lattes, espresso,

frappes, tea, and more. Want something else?

“Our baristas can serve just

about anything you can

dream up,” Beyer said.

There’s another CIU alumni

connection to Grace Coffee

Company. Their fair trade

organic coffee is locally

roasted on a weekly basis by

Beach Loveland, a 2009 CIU

graduate. Loveland operates

his own coffee kiosk in Irmo,

just northwest of Columbia.


Grace Coffee owner Matt Beyer


CIU Today

Fall 2017