CIU News

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
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
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
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
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