CIU News

  • Gina Dickerson lends a hand at Temple Zion Baptist Church.

    Putting feet to Prayer Day with community service

    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 Temple Zion Baptist Church, just a mile from the CIU campus. The church is pastored by...

  • Price Alexander readies for the dodgeball attack.

    A Feud, Food, and a lot of Fun!

    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 Columbia International University’s first Shofar Cup event, the Coffee House.

    Residents of the CIU Houses, Sapientia, Aequitas,...

  • CIU alumnus Dr. Paul Copan speaks in CIU Chapel (Photos by Renee Laine, CIU student photographer)

    Well-Known Christian apologist Paul Copan returns to his alma mater

    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 one-day visit to his alma mater.

    Copan, who graduated from CIU in 1984 with a Bachelor of Arts in...

  • The agony of defeat for Kaleb Howell during a round of Kahoot! (Photos by Renee Laine, CIU student photographer)

    Great campus fun on Kahoot.it night

    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: Kahoot!

    The class of 2022 presented a “Kahoot.it” night with six rounds and prizes for the top spot in each category: History, Disney, Sports,...

  • Laura Story

    Catching up with CIU Alumna 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. She won the Grammy in 2012 for her song “Blessings.”

    These days Story is the worship leader at Perimeter...

  • The excitement of Esports and Men’s Volleyball Begins this Fall at CIU

    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 intercollegiate sports in the country. The Rams will compete in the National Association of Collegiate Esports (NACE). The association has over 170 member schools...

CIU Rams pitcher Noah Moody played high school baseball at Ben Lippen, a ministry of CIU.
Columbia International University Athletics made history the weekend of Jan. 31-Feb. 1 when the Rams baseball team took the field for the first time. The Rams dropped two out of three games to #16... Read More
Will Huff (right) and Student Body President Andrew McNeil react to Super Bowl.
By Naomi Balk
CIU Student Writer
Like millions across the nation, CIU students gathered around a plate of chicken wings to watch the Kansas City Chiefs defeat the San Francisco 49ers in... Read More
CIU President Dr. Mark Smith (right) with Steve Forbes of Forbes Media at economic development luncheon.
As Columbia International University increases its community involvement, CIU President Dr. Mark Smith dialogues with key members of the state and other influencers.
In January, Smith joined... Read More
Fire demonstration on CIU campus.
Partnership with State Fire Marshal begins 
By Naomi Balk
CIU Student Writer
Seeing fire in a CIU parking lot is normally a cause for concern. But when two fires were intentionally set... Read More
Columbia International University President Dr. Mark Smith with students.
Columbia International University is celebrating another great semester of enrollment. Total enrollment in the spring semester now stands at 1,718 students; that’s up 42% compared to a year ago. More... Read More
CIU Prison Initiative alumnus Ryan Chitwood
Jacob is in the final years of his prison term. In the meantime, the alumnus of the CIU Prison Initiative will continue to make an impact on his fellow inmates.
Jacob, (prison policy prohibits... Read More
Columbia International University Professor of Ministry Care Dr. Steven Johnson
Dr. Steven A. Johnson, CIU assistant professor of Ministry Care is the new president of The Albert Ellis Institute Board of Directors in New York City. The Institute promotes emotional and behavioral... Read More
Dr. Mark Smith accepts the Community Impact Award as Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin (left) and CIU Professor Andre Rogers look on. (Photos by Kierston Smith)
The North Columbia Business Association has recognized Columbia International University with the Community Impact Organization of the Year Award for the school’s work on improving the Monticello... Read More
Dr. David Croteau, author of "Urban Legends of the Old Testament
A new book by Columbia International University Professor Dr. David Croteau surveys 40 of the most commonly misinterpreted passages in the Old Testament. “Urban Legends of the Old Testament” is... Read More
Pastor Paul Ontunya Oyagi of Kenya with Bibles in his native language
By Bob Holmes
Call it a divine appointment.
It all started in September when a pastor in a remote area of Western Kenya inquired about enrollment at Columbia International University. ... Read More
Mitch Townley performs in Knoxville, Tennessee.
When Mitch Townley was in seminary at Columbia International University, he enrolled in a Christian songwriting class. The instructor was impressed with his lyrics, but added, “These are lyrics... Read More
CIU Men's Golf Coach Tucker MacDonald comes with credentials as instructor and player.
The new men’s golf coach at Columbia International University is a South Carolina native with a wealth of experience as a player and golf instructor.
Tucker MacDonald, who grew up in Greer and played... Read More

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