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...

Beach and Jessica Loveland cut the ribbon at the grand opening of their coffee cafe. (Photo by Aaron Russel)
Coffee café now a reality for CIU alumnus
By Bob Holmes  
Beach Loveland’s dreams for a coffee café in his hometown of Irmo, South Carolina first began to take shape in the classrooms of Columbia... Read More
By Bob Holmes
When LaToya Reed became the director of the South Carolina Youth ChalleNGe Academy in 2018, she was told there would be pushback.
The 2006 Columbia International University alumna, who... Read More
Karen Phillips with her family on graduation day (left to right) husband Rodney Phillips, daughters Shayla and Brittani, and son Jaylen.
Columbia International University alumna Karen Phillips is a pastor to the homeless. Phillips, who earned her Master of Divinity in Bible Exposition from CIU in 2019, is pastor at Christ Central... Read More
Columbia International Univesity Counseling Professor Dr. Seth Scott
Columbia International University Counseling Professor Dr. Seth Scott writes that in our culture today, we tend to think of the heart as the home of our emotions, sending chalky-tasting heart-shaped... Read More
CIU student Darren Scott reads "Twas the Night Before Christmas" in his Irish brogue.
By Joshua Ford and Bob Holmes
“Twas the week before Thanksgiving, and all through the campus,
The CIU students were all stirring, celebrating Christmas too early.”  
Despite Christmas being over a... Read More
Dr. Mark Smith, president of Columbia International University
The other driver suddenly veered across the center line and rammed into his car at a high rate of speed. He survived, but barely. Every day since that 1996 crash, debilitating pain has been his... Read More
A note to recipients offers a variety of community service by contacting (Photos by Johnathan Rabon
By Bob Holmes
Abby Carlson says she loves serving people. The sophomore Teacher Education major was among a large segment of the Columbia International University student body who bagged 40,000... Read More
Aynsley Vivian as Emma (Photos by Nathaniel Rabon, CIU Student Photographer)
By Alex Brickey
CIU Student Writer
Hot gossip, misunderstandings, deceit, and matchmaking shined on stage in the CIU Thespian’s presentation of the beloved Jane Austen novel, “Emma,” in Hoke... Read More
CIU New Testament Professor Dr. Mike Naylor
By Joshua Ford
CIU Student Writer
For Old Testament Professor Dr. John Crutchfield and New Testament Professor Dr. Michael Naylor, finding the material to present the Bible’s viewpoint of justice was... Read More
CIU ranks #10 for Best Value University in the South.
The U.S. News & World Report list of Best Colleges for 2020-2021 ranks Columbia International University in the top 10 for Best Value among Regional Universities in the South.
The calculation... Read More
CIU Alumnus of the Year Dr. Danny McCain (Photos by Kierston Smith)
By Alex Brickey and Joshua Ford
CIU Student Writers
Homecoming is about memories — especially those involving former professors.
“I got to put a pie into Dr. (Bryan) Beyer's face,” said Heather... Read More
Cana Hendley displayes a shoebox ready for shipping.
Christmas came a little early to the Columbia International University campus. Students gathered to pack shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child, the ministry of Samaritan’s Purse that sends the... Read More