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...

CIU President Dr. Mark Smith gives the Convocation address.
“Praise the Lord for such a great start to the semester!” said Professor Dr. Andre Rogers, opening the annual Convocation signaling the 2020-2021 school year at CIU.

In the era of COVID-19, Rogers... Read More
CIU Counseling Professor Seth Scott
Do you feel like you are living in a world that is constantly on edge? With COVID-19 and racial tensions around us, how do followers of Christ recalibrate in the midst of the strain?

Columbia... Read More
A water slide in The Quad was refreshing with temperatures in the 90s.
By Alexander D. Brickey

CIU Student Writer

The Columbia International University Class of 2024 has begun to settled into their fall semester classes, but not before a Welcome Weekend of activities... Read More
Executive Director and CIU alumnus Rob Settle (right), prays with board member Henry Hennagan (left) and volunteer David Coleman at Providence Home. (Photo provided)
By Bob Holmes

There are probably few ministries in the Columbia area that have felt the positive, powerful impact of Columbia International University more than Providence Home, a... Read More
CIU alumnus Joe Bradford (right), co-owner of Fiasco, displays a COVID-19 shield. (Photo: Fiasco)
CIU alumnus Joe Bradford of New Zealand is drawing media attention in his home country for his business pivot when the COVID-19 pandemic hit. The business, Fiasco, lost 90 % of its usual business of... Read More
CIU mascot Rambo pitched in to help freshmen get settled in. (Photo by Kierston Smith)
By Alexander D. Brickey

CIU Student Writer

While the sky started out gloomy, the attitude around the CIU campus was bright. It was move-in day for the Class of 2024.

Upbeat music played as the... Read More
Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin addresses CIU faculty and staff
Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin advised Columbia International University faculty and staff that now is a good time to listen and learn.

Benjamin offered the guidance ahead of the 2020-2021... Read More
Bishop Henry Davenport earned a Doctor of Ministry degree.
By Bob Holmes

Columbia International University President Dr. Mark Smith told the Class of 2020 that when the decision was made to postpone the spring commencement in May, he “sat in his... Read More
CIU alumna Anne Lord Bailey in Fiji
A Columbia International University graduate took on the rugged terrain of Fiji and survived to talk about it. But she can’t tell you if she won a lot of money doing it. Anne Lord Bailey, a 2006... Read More
hancellor Dr. Bill Jones (left) and Crossover Global President Ken Katayama
For decades, Columbia International University Chancellor Dr. Bill Jones has been serving alongside and training young leaders in planting multiplying churches among the unreached.

Jones... Read More
CIU Student Body President Christina Brown wears her mask to set an example for others.
When Columbia International University Student Body President Christina Brown logged in to a Zoom meeting with other South Carolina student body presidents, it didn’t surprise her that the topic soon... Read More
Dr. Ed Smither, dean of the CIU College of Intercultural Studies
By Bob Holmes

The dean of the CIU School of Intercultural Studies calls his three-year term as president of the Evangelical Missiological Society (EMS) “a great experience.”

Dr... Read More