CIU News

  • Kaitlyn Thompson sorts clothes at the Salvation Army thrift shop. (Photos by Kierston Smith)

    CIU Students Serve the City

    By Bob Holmes

    Columbia International University athlete Josh Ford says he averages about 15,000 steps each day. But on the morning of CIU’s Serving Cola City project, he had already hit 10,000 steps by 10:30 as his 15-member clean-up team worked along Monticello Road, picking up litter and clearing...

  • Myquillyn Smith, "The Nester," signs books for CIU students. (Photos by Kierston Smith)

    Nationally-Known Home Styling Expert “The Nester” Visits CIU

    By Kierston Smith

    Social Media influencer Myquillyn Smith, visited Columbia International University to share her expertise on all things “Home.”

    Known online as “The Nester,” the New York Times bestselling author and home styling expert spoke to students in the...

  • Sarah Causey performs at Acousta 2021 (Photos by Renee Laine, CIU Student Photographer)

    Top-Notch Student Talent on Display at Acousta 2021

    By Alex Brickey

    CIU Student Writer

    The 2021 edition of Columbia International University’s annual AcoustaRockaRappaPaloozaStockFest, better known as Acouta, was a red carpet event featuring some of the finest talent on campus.

    With the student body dressed in formal and semi-formal wear, sparkling grape juice and popcorn in hand, the lights...

  • Making friends: Michelle and Rui Cao host the CIU President's Cabinet at M Grille.

    CIU Friendships Expanding in the Community

    Columbia International University’s community outreach has expanded as it develops friendships with many people in the Columbia area, including prominent business leaders.

    Michelle Cao and her husband Rui were the gracious hosts of CIU President Dr. Mark Smith, his cabinet, as well as CIU Board Chairman Hans Finzel at the Cao’s new restaurant M Grille on...

  • CIU's fifth president Dr. George W. Murray writes on the divinity of Jesus.

    A Biblical Defense on the Divinity of Jesus from a former CIU President

    The shocking news was first released by “Relevant” magazine in a September 2020 article titled: “Report: A Third of American Evangelicals Don't Believe Jesus Was God.”

    This news was based on a nationwide study from Ligonier Ministries in partnership with LifeWay Research published at Upon hearing this...

  • Dr. Johnny Miller celebrates after "ceremonial first pitch" at the dedication of the baseball and softball fields. (Photos by Kierston Smith)

    Baseball and Softball Fields Dedicated to Johnny and Jeanne Miller

    CIU will also soon “Turn on the Lights” for night baseball

    By Bob Holmes

    "Anybody got a radar gun?"

    That’s what Columbia International University Baseball Coach Jonathan Johnson joked as he assumed the catcher’s position and received a strike right down...

John Hunter James is flanked by Pole Vault Coach Rusty Shealy (left) and Head Coach Jud Brooker.
Columbia International University sophomore John Hunter James took first place in the men's pole vault at the NAIA Indoor Track & Field National Championships for the second consecutive year. He... Read More
Dr. David Croteau addresses the student body during Authority of Scripture Week
By Joshua Ford
CIU Student Writer
Students are hoping Columbia International University’s Authority of Scripture week won’t yield the same results as last year. That’s when they went on spring break... Read More
Gina Dickerson lends a hand at Temple Zion Baptist Church.
A Columbia International University Prayer Day ended with community service. The day was planned and hosted by the African American Student Association, and the food distribution coordinated by... Read More
Price Alexander readies for the dodgeball attack.
Students compete in the 2021 Shofar Cup
By Alex Brickey and Josh Ford
CIU Student Writers
Students bustled about Hoke Auditorium as they grabbed coffee, tea, and other snacks in preparation for... Read More
CIU alumnus Dr. Paul Copan speaks in CIU Chapel (Photos by Renee Laine, CIU student photographer)
By Alex Brickey
CIU Student Writer
Columbia International University alumnus Dr. Paul Copan, a well-known theologian, philosopher, and apologist, tackled a couple of timely, contemporary topics in a... Read More
The agony of defeat for Kaleb Howell during a round of Kahoot! (Photos by Renee Laine, CIU student photographer)
By Joshua Ford
CIU Student Writer
Despite heavy rain and wind, dozens of students braved their way into Hoke Auditorium on a cold night to play a classic game that every student has played since 2012... Read More
Laura Story
She reflects on her time at CIU, inspiration for "Blessings" and life during the pandemic
Grammy-award winning singer/songwriter Laura Story is a 2003 graduate of Columbia International University.... Read More
Two sports are being added this fall to the growing Columbia International University athletics program, including the increasingly popular Esports.
Esports is one of the fastest-growing... Read More
CIU students Bethany Smith, Morgan Giles and Katie Mayberry are joined by Director of Christian Service Learning, James McCall.
A trio of CIU students joined with a group of senior service businesses in the Columbia area to show seniors some love for Valentine’s Day. Roses were the order of the day as the flowers were... Read More
Danielle and Daron Fleming
The interlocking puzzle pieces they wear around their necks say it all. Columbia International University’s Women’s head basketball coach and her top assistant coach are inseparable. They are wife... Read More
Dr. Ben Noonan, author of "Advances in the Study of Biblical Hebrew and Aramaic"
Dr. Benjamin Noonan’s book “Advances in the Study of Biblical Hebrew and Aramaic,” is a finalist for best books in Old Testament Studies awarded by the Center for Biblical Studies Book Award. The... Read More
CIU alumna the Rev. Margo Wright Williams discusses her book, "Petty Pain" for Black History Month.
By Joshua Ford and Bob Holmes
Columbia International University sophomore Tavarres Berrian says CIU’s commemoration of Black History Month means to him a celebration of his culture and the trials and... Read More