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...

Graduates of the CIU Education program celebrate with professors.
Columbia International University scores high in multiple degree programs in new 2021 college rankings released by the Seattle-based research group The comprehensive guide is based... Read More
Jairo de Oliveira (photo provided)
A Columbia International University student is asking the question: How can we ignore the suffering of men, women, and children who are forcibly displaced worldwide? 
Jairo de Oliveira is an ordained... Read More
Pastor Alex Sanders (Photos by Kierston Smith)
The commemoration of Black History month is underway at Columbia International University with a challenge from a state denominational leader to “Do Hard Things.”
Pastor Alex Sanders, the first... Read More
Fellowship of the Ring: Coach Jud Brooker, Coach Rusty Shealy and John Hunter James (Photo by Kierston Smith)
Columbia International University’s first national athletics champion was recognized in a special athletics chapel service as he was presented with his NAIA championship ring.
As a freshman with the... Read More
Making a spiritual point: Bishop Dale Bronner dramatizes the breaking of a crayon, saying that even a broken crayon can still color.
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... Read More
Influential leadership expert Dr. John Maxwell
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... Read More
Patricia England receiving her Diploma in Women's Leadership from Provost Dr. James Lanpher
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... Read More
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... Read More
Dr. Ed Smither, CIU dean of Intercultural Studies
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... Read More
CIU President Dr. Mark Smith (center) meets with CIU African-American leaders 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... Read More
CIU Counseling Professor Dr. Seth Scott
The world seems more abrasive, rude, and disconnected than ever before. Many point to social media as being at the center of the problem — replacing civil, in-person discourse.
However, Columbia... Read More
Dr. David Croteau, Columbia International University professor of New Testament
Did the Apostle Paul write that “money is the root of all evil?”
Many Christians are quick to point out that 1 Timothy 6:10 actually reads,
For the love of money is the root of all evil …
Yes, but... Read More