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 stateoftheology.com. 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...

Joy Jones shares smiles with her jack-o-lantern. (Photos by Nathaniel Rabon, CIU Student Photographer)
By Alex Brickey
CIU Student Writer
Even though many of the leaves had yet to turn colors, Columbia International University celebrated the end of October with a Fall Festival. It included a pie... Read More
Brandon McClaine, president of the CIU African American Student Association
By Josh Ford
CIU Student Writer 
Conversations on race have been a growing topic, especially this year. 
That’s why the African American Student Association (AASA) offered a dialogue on how to ... Read More
CIU Admissions Counselors pose with Columbia firefighters including Chief Aubrey Jenkins (center).
The Columbia International University Online Admissions team commemorated National First Responders Day on Oct. 28 by delivering 200 Chick-Fil-A meals to the Columbia Fire Department and the Richland... Read More
IU student Wylliam Yougnia samples a taste of the World Christian Week international food cook-off.
By Joshua Ford
CIU Student Writer
During a global pandemic, Columbia International University took the time to celebrate something that has helped spread Good News across the globe for many years:... Read More
Dr. Johnathan Reibsamen, Philosophy program director
By Joshua Ford
CIU Student Writer
Plato said that justice has more to it than being honest and paying debts. There’s more to it than doing good to friends and harm to enemies, and there’s more to it... Read More
CIU Assistant Cross Country Coach Blaise Shields assists neighborhood representatives at Temple Zion Baptist Church. (Photos by CIU Student Photographer Johnathan Rabon)
Columbia International University students, faculty and staff blessed the community with 1,200 USDA-approved, fresh-produce boxes at two locations on Oct. 23. The boxes were secured through the... Read More
Dr. Mike Langston (Photo by Kierston Smith)
By Bob Holmes
As Columbia International University Chaplaincy Professor Dr. Mike Langston sat in the back of the meeting room, he thought it was rather strange that no one gave him an itinerary... Read More
Columbia International University Old Testment Professor Dr. Ben Noonan is taking a deeper look at Egypt in the Bible.
By Bob Holmes
A study leave that included a trip to Egypt has a Columbia International University professor considering a deeper look into the biblical importance of the ancient North African nation... Read More
CIU Prison Intitiative alumnus Ryan Chitwood chats with local pastors at a Prison Initiative luncheon.
Local pastors listen to testimonies over lunch
By Bob Holmes
When Ryan Chitwood was a student in the CIU Prison Initiative, he ministered daily to fellow inmates who struggled with mental health... Read More
CIU alumnus and current CIU Ph.D. student Phil Thompson
By Bob Holmes
Columbia International University alumnus Phil Thompson calls it “spiritual warfare on the web.”
Thompson manages digital strategy and development for The Gospel Coalition (... Read More
CIU students Bethany Spriggs, Kayla Wolfe and Katelyn Nichols. Nichols is the CIU Faith and Freedom student chapter president.
Columbia International University students attending the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s 2020 conference learned from pastors, nonprofit leaders, and elected officials from all across the world on how... Read More
Ken Blackwell speaks to CIU students in Shortess Chapel.
Ken Blackwell, a nationally-known figure with an extensive career in public service has been named to the Columbia International University Board of Trustees.
Blackwell has served as mayor of... Read More

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