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“Contending for the Faith”

A Columbia International University alumnus is shepherding a growing congregation that is “earnestly contending for the faith.”

Wayne Edwards, who graduated from CIU in 1980, pastors Heritage Baptist Church in Perry, Georgia near Macon. Edwards and his church, which he says stands on “the authority and sufficiency of Scripture,” recently got the attention of The...

Certificate Programs Added

Columbia International University has added two certificate programs designed to enhance the ministry of people serving in cross-cultural environments and can be earned completely online. The Intercultural Studies Certificate and the Muslim Studies Certificate can also be used as building blocks toward completing a Master of Arts degree.

The Intercultural Studies Certificate provides...

Benefactor Walks 98 Miles

A 71-year-old retired pastor who attended Columbia International University in the 1960s, walked 98 miles in seven days to raise funds and greet CIU students who are benefitting from his ministry.

Ron Jackson, who attended CIU from 1965-1967, is the founder of Parson’s Pantry that provides financial assistance to needy pastors, widows of...

Dr. David Osterlund Honored

Retired Columbia International University Professor Dr. David Osterlund is being inducted into the Music Hall of Recognition at University of Northwestern in St. Paul, Minnesota. Osterlund served as chairman of the division...

Defending Religious Liberty

This past spring, Columbia International University alumnus Daniel Blomberg found himself in the middle of one of the most important and closely watched Supreme Court cases in the history of the United States: Hobby Lobby v. Burwell, better known as the Hobby Lobby case. The Christian family that owns Hobby Lobby, a nationwide chain of craft stores, wanted to protect its religious pro...

Blood Drive Big Success

By Emily Regan

CIU Student Writer

Columbia International University students came through in a big way for the American Red Cross and the community. A goal of 31 donors was set for a September 15 blood drive. That goal was exponentially exceeded an hour before the drive ever ended.  

The student center...

October 14, 2014

A Columbia International University alumnus is shepherding a growing congregation that is “earnestly contending for the faith.”

Wayne Edwards, who graduated from CIU in 1980, pastors Heritage Baptist Church in Perry, Georgia near Macon. Edwards and his church, which he says...

October 14, 2014

A 71-year-old retired pastor who attended Columbia International University in the 1960s, walked 98 miles in seven days to raise funds and greet CIU students who are benefitting from his ministry.

Ron Jackson, who attended CIU from 1965-1967, is the founder of...

October 14, 2014

Columbia International University has added two certificate programs designed to enhance the ministry of people serving in cross-cultural environments and can be earned completely online. The Intercultural Studies Certificate and the Muslim Studies Certificate can also be used as building blocks...

October 13, 2014

Retired Columbia International University Professor Dr. David Osterlund is being inducted into the Music Hall of Recognition at...

September 22, 2014

This past spring, Columbia International University alumnus Daniel Blomberg found himself in the middle of one of the most important and closely watched Supreme Court cases in the history of the United States: Hobby Lobby v. Burwell, better known as the Hobby Lobby case. The Christian...

September 17, 2014

By Emily Regan

CIU Student Writer

Columbia International University students came through in a big way for the American Red Cross and the community. A goal of 31 donors was set for a September 15 blood drive. That goal...

September 16, 2014

Columbia International University students, faculty, and staff were challenged to live by the power of the Holy Spirit during the annual Christian Life Conference, Sept. 8-11.  The Christian Life Conference focuses on one of CIU’s core values, Victorious Christian Living. 

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September 11, 2014

Columbia International University rose 18 positions in the annual U.S. News & World Report college rankings. CIU is number 37 among regional universities in the South. The 2014 rankings take into account factors such as class size, freshmen test scores...

September 05, 2014

By Melissa McCutchan

CIU Student Writer

While students were away for the summer, the campus store at Columbia International University underwent a major upgrade: new lights and floors, new clothing and food options, and even a new name.  As of Aug....

September 05, 2014

By Melissa McCutchan

CIU Student Writer

The residence halls at Columbia International University were buzzing with excitement on Sept. 4.  Students eagerly painted their faces, donned their CIU T-shirts, and headed to the soccer field.  Soon,...

August 22, 2014

How much money should you give to your church? A tithe?  How much is that? Is that only an Old Testament concept? Does it apply to the church of the New Testament?

Those are just some of the questions that often cross the minds of believers when it comes to what goes into the offering...

August 22, 2014

The director and associate director of the Zwemer Center for Muslim Studies at Columbia International University will address The 2014 North American Mission Leaders Conference sponsored by The Evangelical Missiological Society (EMS) and held in Atlanta, Sept. 25-27.  

EMS exists to...

August 22, 2014

By Melissa McCutchan

CIU Student Writer

Representing a record number of first-time freshmen, Columbia International University’s Class of 2018 arrived with their personal belongings crammed in cars, mini-vans, and U-Haul trailers.  With the...

August 22, 2014

Two Columbia International University students know how to make a selfie pay off. Katie Perry and Joy Law each earned a $25 textbook scholarship by submitting a selfie to the Textbook Scholarship Contest sponsored by Akademos, Inc., an education technology company offering bookstore services....

August 11, 2014

The first 12 female inmates enrolled in Columbia International University’s Prison Initiative are now being disbursed among South Carolina’s female inmate population to minister as chaplain’s assistants. With tears of joy, the cohort of women received Associate of Arts degrees...

July 23, 2014

Cole Harper, a junior at Columbia International University, is the Sterling L. Smith Scholarship recipient for 2014.

The $1,000 award is presented annually by South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (SCICU) to a student enrolled at a member...

July 18, 2014

Dozens of Christian school teachers and administrators from across the nation and around the globe were on the campus of Columbia International University July 13-17 for the International Institute for Christian School Educators (IICSE). The annual event is presented by the Lowrie...

July 16, 2014

For 12-year-old Neil Blank, the CIU soccer camp was a great place to learn better ball control skills, new moves and as he puts it, “Most importantly, I’ve been having fun.”

Blank was among 50 campers at the mid-June soccer camp, the first of the 2014 CIU summer sports...

July 01, 2014

Columbia International University (CIU) is adding women’s soccer to its roster of intercollegiate sports beginning in fall 2015. In preparation, CIU has announced the hiring of Kara Farnsworth as head coach who will begin to organize the program July 15.    

Farnsworth...

July 01, 2014

Columbia International University alumnus, Capt. James D. Murray IV says he leads a “blessed life” as an army chaplain, but doesn’t mince words about the challenges.

Murray and his wife Ashley are both 2009 graduates of CIU Seminary & School of Ministry where they...

June 30, 2014

Recent turmoil in the Middle East and Asia centers on conflicts between the two major sects of Islam, Shi’ite and Sunni. You may wonder about the differences between the two groups and why they hold animosity toward one another. You may also consider how best you can pray for them during...

June 27, 2014

Not every working married couple gets to have lunch together every day. But Larry and Jane Huss have been able to do just that quite often over the years. The Huss’ are retiring from Columbia International University after a combined 55 years of service.

Larry has been at CIU for 35...

June 02, 2014

Want to reach Muslims with the gospel, but just are not sure how? Maybe you’ve already been on the “frontlines,” ministering to Muslim and just need to have a few questions answered. The Zwemer Center for Muslims Studies at Columbia...

May 28, 2014

By Dr. George Murray

CIU Chancellor 

I have just returned from a conference in southern Greece where I met with a very special group of missionaries I call...

May 21, 2014

The outgoing president of Midlands Technical College in Columbia has been named to the Columbia International Board of Trustees. Dr. Marshall (Sonny) White Jr. is the fifth president of Midlands Tech and is a native of South Carolina. He is retiring from his position in January after eight years...

May 19, 2014

Over 200 Columbia International University students crossed the stage of Shortess Chapel to receive undergraduate and graduate degrees during commencement ceremonies May 17. After exiting the chapel doors to sunshine and blue skies of a mild spring day, one of the first things many of them did...

May 07, 2014

By Melissa McCutchan

CIU Student Writer

Best-selling author and 1970 Columbia International University alumnus Philip Yancey often recounts tales of his time at CIU: how he met his wife, Janet; how his fellow...

May 06, 2014

Columbia International University students took a break from late semester papers and projects to take part in spring activities; some traditional, some new. 

The guys found a tie and the ladies dressed in their finest for the annual Spring Formal. On a less traditional note, was a...

May 01, 2014

Columbia International University alumna Linda Gill says her grief care ministry is unique. “Joy in the Mourning Center for Life Losses” is for anyone who has experienced any kind of life-changing loss. It could be the death of a loved...

April 23, 2014

By Melissa McCutchan

CIU Student Writer

Four highly respected Columbia International University professors took to the Chapel stage to address a sensitive topic in today’s culture: gender and sexuality. The panel discussion was hosted by the...

April 14, 2014

By Melissa McCutchan

CIU Student Writer

I was in the middle of chaos, covered in blue paint and green powder, some of which had crept into my mouth. That was Saturday. Three days later, I’m still finding paint in my hair. 

This can only...

April 10, 2014

The South Carolina Senate honored two Columbia International University professors who passed away in February. In resolutions offered by Richland County Senator Darrell Jackson, a CIU alumnus, Dr. Terry Hulbert and Dr. Bill Larkin were remembered for nearly eight decades of impact on students...

April 08, 2014

By Melissa McCutchan

CIU Student Writer

Columbia International University students took a trip back to the year 1958 as the CIU Players presented the lighthearted 1960 Broadway musical “Bye Bye Birdie.”

“...

April 07, 2014

Columbia International University student Kelly Richardson has no cell phone or Internet access. She lives isolated from the developed world, learning sustainable agriculture, primary health, nutrition and food technology — and spiritual formation. And she says, “I love it here....

April 07, 2014

As Christians celebrate Holy Week, many outside the church may wonder what the events commemorating the life of Jesus this week are all about. Dr. David Croteau, professor of New Testament and Greek at Columbia International University...

April 07, 2014

By Melissa McCutchan

CIU Student Writer

Two Columbia International University alumni who pastor two Columbia area churches were featured as CIU celebrated its annual Evangelical Unity Week March 31-April 3. Evangelical Unity is a core value of CIU.

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April 03, 2014

A 2006 graduate of Columbia International University has been named assistant vice president for international education at a private military college. David Clubb, who holds a Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies from CIU, is the first person to hold the newly-created position at Norwich...

April 02, 2014

Much of the world’s attention is focused on the border of Russia and Ukraine after Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine in March. Meanwhile, NATO is concerned that Russian forces on Ukraine's border could carry out an "incursion" into the country. What is it like to live and...

April 02, 2014

By Melissa McCutchan

CIU Student Writer

Columbia International University students set aside their textbooks and picked up their musical instruments for Acoustarockarappapaloozastockfest, CIU’s annual talent show.

Performances in this dynamic...

April 02, 2014

CIU’s Athletics Department celebrated a season of growth and recognized student-athletes for their achievements this school year at an athletics banquet on March 31. The CIU Rams are in their second season of intercollegiate athletics.

Athletics Director Kim Abbott says she is...

March 31, 2014

Columbia International University alumni and professors weighed in on some of the latest thinking in missions strategies at the The Evangelical Missiological Society’s 2014 Southeast Regional Conference held on the CIU campus on March 29...

March 26, 2014

The humanitarian ministry World Vision caused a great stir among biblical Christians when its president announced the ministry’s American branch would no longer require employees to restrict their sexual activity to marriage between one man and one woman. World Vision has since returned to...

March 26, 2014

The leadership of a Columbia ministry for men, who are overcoming drug and alcohol addiction, has been handed off from one Columbia International University alumnus to another.

Rob Settle, who has both an undergraduate (1982) and seminary degree (2000) from CIU took the reigns as executive...

March 25, 2014

By Bob Holmes

For many years Bobby Farmer denied that he was suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). But the Viet Nam veteran and CIU alumnus says, “The many holes in my wall would probably tell you something else.”  

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March 24, 2014

Columbia International University associate professor of English and Humanities, Steve Baarendse, says it’s important for all high school students to study English literature. Baarendse is responding to recent comments by South Carolina’s Education Superintendent Mick Zais who is...

March 11, 2014

Columbia International University alumnus the Rev. Benard Ondiek is an ambitious man. Ondiek, who graduated from CIU in 2005, is the co-founder of a seminary and operates day schools for orphans, both located in his home country of Kenya. He also wants to build high schools for the orphans.

...
March 11, 2014

By Melissa McCutchan

CIU Student Writer

Columbia International University students were challenged to finish the task of making disciples of all nations during World Christian Week, Feb. 24-27.

The week featured chapel messages from keynote...

March 11, 2014

By Melissa McCutchan

CIU Student Writer

More than 100 elementary school students got a glimpse of what it’s like to go to college when they visited Columbia International University on Feb. 28. They were from the Carolina School for Inquiry (CSI);...

March 08, 2014

When Robertson McQuilkin became president of Columbia Bible College in 1968 (now Columbia International University), his vision was to expand the school’s Graduate School of Missions with an emphasis on increasing the number of graduates who would become missionaries. But he needed a solid...

February 28, 2014

Keith Stokeld has been appointed the first chief financial officer at Columbia International University. Stokeld has been at CIU since 2009 overseeing budgeting and financial reporting. In his new role as CFO Stokeld will assess the financial aspects of plans...

February 28, 2014

A Columbia International University professor likes the idea of a new website designed to help missionaries find a spouse with a similar calling to their own. But Professor Rhonda Pruitt, who specializes in...

February 28, 2014

On Feb. 22, the day the CIU family gathered at The First Presbyterian in Columbia to remember Dr. Bill Larkin’s 38 years of service in the classroom, we learned that Dr. Terry Hulbert passed away. Hulbert served at CIU for 40 years as an administrator and professor. Between them were...

February 24, 2014

Students called him “The Crusher” for his tough instructional style. Yet he had the heart of a shepherd. That’s how CIU Seminary & School of Ministry Dean, Dr. John Harvey eulogized his colleague and friend...

February 22, 2014

CIU Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Dr. Terry Hulbert passed away on Feb. 22, 2014. He was 89 years old.

Dr. Hulbert came to CIU in 1972 as dean of the seminary, a position he held for ...

February 19, 2014

The Columbia International University Rams soccer team conducted a free soccer clinic in early February for over 100 young people ages 3-17 who are getting ready for the spring season with SOAR, an athletic program hosted by Cornerstone Presbyterian...

February 17, 2014

Undergraduate students at CIU have three new majors to choose from that will prepare them for life, work and ministry in a culturally diverse world.

  • Global Business Development 
  • Global Media Communications
  • International Community Development

...

February 17, 2014

Columbia International University alumna Sue Thomas just had to respond. When former deaf pastor-turned-atheist Justin Vollmar publicly renounced Jesus, Thomas wanted to make sure the deaf community understands that God is real.

Thomas, who was a CIU student in 1984, has been deaf since...

February 10, 2014

A Columbia International University alumnus has been recognized for his achievements in the field of engineering. Vaughn Walston was honored during the 28th Black Engineer of the Year Award STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Global Competitiveness Conference in...

February 10, 2014

By Melissa McCutchan

CIU Student Writer

 

Columbia International University celebrated Black History Month with a week of special Chapel services Feb. 3-6, hosted by the African American Student...

February 07, 2014

The Columbia International University Rams men’s and women’s cross country teams have been named fall 2013 Scholar Teams by the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA).

There were a total of 35 NCCAA teams who met the criteria for the academic award which is a...

February 04, 2014

Columbia International University alumni and professors will be making presentations at the The Evangelical Missiological Society’s 2014 Southeast Regional Conference being held on the CIU campus on March 29 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  

The...

January 30, 2014

By Melissa McCutchan

CIU Student Writer

As a moderate snowfall blanketed the campus of Columbia International University on Jan. 28, students donned their heaviest clothing and raced to the snow-covered field in front of G....

January 24, 2014

By Melissa McCutchan

CIU Student Writer

The Columbia International University bookstore is undergoing a major change this spring semester. Books are out, while coffee and conversation are in. 

Until recently...

January 13, 2014

The new international director of the Christian nonprofit organization Christar is a Columbia International University graduate who will focus on bringing the gospel to people who have had little or no exposure to Christianity.

Brent McHugh, who...

January 02, 2014

Tammy Holder’s hometown newspaper has taken notice of the veteran basketball coach’s current position as head coach of the Columbia International University Rams...

January 02, 2014

The Rev. Peter Letchford, who helped establish the Graduate School of Missions at Columbia Bible College (now Columbia International University Seminary & School of Ministry), passed away on Dec. 17, 2013 in Augusta, Ga. following a fruitful life of ministry. He was 96 years old.

...

January 02, 2014

A 1992 alumnus of Columbia International University is a recipient of the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Don...

December 16, 2013

 

By Bob Holmes

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December 06, 2013

The Columbia International University Rams are excelling on the field and in the classroom. The CIU intercollegiate athletics program is just over two years old, but already 13 athletes are being recognized by the ...

December 06, 2013

By Melissa McCutchan

CIU Student Writer

Columbia International University students gathered at the end of the semester to celebrate God’s faithfulness in their various off-campus ministries. Student Mission Connection (SMC) hosted a Christmas...

December 04, 2013

A Columbia International University alumnus is ministering in the aftermath of one of the worst weather-related disasters in modern times. Brooks Wadsworth, a 2002 graduate of CIU’s Intercultural Studies program, is a part of the North Carolina Baptist Disaster Relief team in the...

December 03, 2013

Columbia International University alumnus Jeremy Kingsley draws four lessons on leadership from one of the biggest movies of our time. Kingsley, a best-selling author and motivational speaker, says that despite the dystopian theme of “Catching Fire,” the second installment of the...

November 19, 2013

The winner of the 2013 R.C. McQuilkin Leadership Scholarship from Columbia International University is a leader at his church, high school and in his community. Andrew Hampshire of Orlando, Fla. receives the full-tuition scholarship from CIU following a weekend of competition on the CIU campus,...

November 15, 2013

CIU alumnus David Emerson is the new chief executive officer of The American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter located in Phoenix. It is the fifth largest Red Cross chapter in the United States, serving more than five million people in Arizona. It has 30 staff members, 500 adult volunteers and 400...

November 11, 2013

By Melissa McCutchan,

CIU Student Writer

With fall semester coming to a close, CIU students took a break from their studies and donned their silliest clothes for Student Union’s Spirit Week, held Nov. 4-9. The week featured dress-up days, and a...

November 05, 2013

Columbia International University celebrated its 90th anniversary by making CIU history. For the first time, the CIU Rams entered intercollegiate men’s and women’s basketball with games against the Johnson University Royals of Knoxville, Tenn. on Nov. 2. The games capped...

November 05, 2013

Over 900 Columbia International University alumni “came home” to celebrate their alma mater’s 90th birthday—a record attendance for homecoming. From Oct. 31-Nov. 2, alumni celebrated the rich history of CIU, got acquainted with current students, and looked...

October 29, 2013

Columbia International University undergraduate students got into the spirit of autumn with an ol’ fashioned hoedown under the picnic pavilion at the CIU Lake. Students put on their cowboy hats and pulled on their boots for square dancing, a wood chopin’ contest and a pie eating...

October 25, 2013

By Melissa McCutchan

CIU Student Writer

Thursday, Oct. 24, was a night of introductions at Columbia International University. Students, faculty, and staff crowded into Moore Fitness Center for “Ram Jam,” a fun-filled introduction of the...

October 23, 2013

By Melissa McCutchan

CIU Student Writer

CIU students, faculty, and staff gathered around a navy blue tent from 8 a.m. to midnight each day the week of Oct.21. They had a clear goal in mind: to take turns reading God’s Word aloud,...

October 07, 2013

For the second time this season a member of the Columbia International University Rams soccer team has been named Athlete of the Week by the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA).

Freshman goalkeeper Luke...

October 04, 2013

The city of Columbia memorialized Columbia International University alumnus Pete Cannon with the dedication of a city center parking deck in his honor.

Cannon, who passed away in 2010, graduated from ...

October 04, 2013

A prayer of dedication for a Myrtle Beach, S.C. resort hotel in 2009 recently caught the attention of Christianity Today blogger Ed Stetzer. Stetzer is the president of Lifeway Research and is a well-known author and...

October 03, 2013

“The Glorious Unfolding Tour” featuring Grammy Award winners Steven Curtis Chapman and Columbia International University alumna Laura Story is coming to Shandon Baptist Church...

October 03, 2013

Columbia International University students rolled up their sleeves for a blood drive and hosted a picnic in the park as they demonstrated the love of Christ by getting involved in the Columbia area community.

Blood drives have been a regular occurrence through the years and the South...

September 23, 2013

By Clark Newsom,

Communications Director,

South Carolina Department of Corrections

(Originally Published in “The Rap Sheet”)

Each Tuesday and Thursday...

September 18, 2013

Hispanic Churches from around South Carolina will discuss the strategic impact they have on global missions when they gather at Columbia International University for “Impacto Global.”

The one-day conference, organized by CIU, will be held in Shortess Chapel on Sept. 28 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m...

September 16, 2013

By Melissa McCutchan

CIU Student Writer

For a few minutes, the only sounds in Shortess Chapel were CIU students lifting their praises to God.

“Thank you, Lord, for indwelling us.” “Thank you for giving us your Spirit.” “Thank you that you do not...

September 04, 2013

Columbia International University sophomore Daniel Mallard was named the Student Athlete of the Week by the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) for offense in Division 1...

September 03, 2013

For hundreds of years churches from the West have been sending missionaries to Africa. But could one African nation become a major missionary sender in the near future? That’s the question explored by CIU Seminary & School of Ministry student Jessie Udall in her master’s thesis which she...

September 03, 2013

By Dr. George Murray

Columbia International University Chancellor

Jesus said, "I will build my church," and Nov. 4, 2001 was a significant day in church history, because of what happened on that date in India. In that...

August 30, 2013

CIU Alumna Recounts the Impact of Richard Wurmbrand on her Life

At a Columbia International University Chapel in 1994, freshman Ioana Achim introduced Richard Wurmbrand and his wife...

August 23, 2013

By Benjamin P. Dean, Ph.D.

Director, Business and Organizational Leadership Program 

Labor Day officially recognizes the contributions workers make in building our nation's economy. The day also recognizes the significance of work itself in creating...

August 22, 2013

Dr. Jerry Rankin, the director of the Zwemer Center for Muslim Studies at Columbia International University (CIU), will be honored for his decades of work in Christian missions. Rankin will receive the 2013 Lifetime of Service award from...

August 22, 2013

When Pastor Steve Jones and his congregation open their new church on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, visitors will be welcomed with a free plate of barbeque. That may not seem too unusual to the community. The church is meeting in a former barbeque restaurant.  

Jones, who graduated from...

August 21, 2013

“The Glorious Unfolding Tour” featuring Grammy Award winner and Columbia International University alumna Laura Story comes to Shandon Baptist Church in Columbia on Nov. 1. Headlining the concert is Grammy winner...

August 20, 2013

It served its original purpose and more. The building most recently known as The Distance Ed Building came crashing down in a matter of hours, as a demolition crew that could be heard across campus smashed the ceilings and the walls bit by bit, being careful not to damage Shortess Chapel right...

August 19, 2013

By Melissa McCutchan

CIU Student Writer

August 11, 2013 was no ordinary morning for Rachel Somerville.  As the incoming CIU freshman packed her belongings into the back of her brother’s pickup truck, she had to pray that the old vehicle could make...

August 12, 2013

Youth Ministry specialists are noticing that as technology accelerates, spiritual apathy among young people is increasing. Many teens are biblically illiterate, bored, and find the church to be irrelevant. Parents are frustrated. Youth leaders are burned out. And high school and college students...

August 08, 2013

 

He was described as the “heart of Darien in the heart of Darien.” For 36 years, Tony Gibson was pastor of Calvary Baptist...

August 01, 2013

By Bob Holmes

It was a typical South Carolina summer afternoon. Hot, humid and scattered late afternoon thunderstorms were developing over the Columbia area. Columbia International University cross country coach...

July 31, 2013

Even though Dr. David Cashin is on sabbatical, the Columbia International University professor of Intercultural Studies keeps on teaching. Three CIU students have joined Cashin on a trip to Japan where they are meeting the Japanese people and studying the culture. Cashin is also lecturing at a...

July 25, 2013

Dozens of middle and high school runners from the Columbia area took to the steep hills, deep valleys and wooded trails that wind their way through the 400- acre campus of Columbia International University at the first CIU Cross Country Camp, July 22-24.

The camp was led by CIU Cross...

July 18, 2013

Columbia International University alumnus David Emerson is the new president of Enactus, an international nonprofit organization with headquarters in Springfield, Mo. Enactus brings together student, academic and business leaders who are committed to using the...

July 18, 2013

Don Jones, the director of human resources at Columbia International University, remembers Bob Kallgren as “a godly man filled with wisdom, grace and gentleness” who had a major impact on CIU and the Columbia community.  

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July 16, 2013

Columbia International University alumnus The Rev. Gerald Watford says he likes to teach kids to become self-disciplined and in control of themselves. Watford, who graduated from CIU with a bachelor’s degree in 1992, is family ministries pastor at Northeast United Methodist Church in Columbia....

July 09, 2013

Jo Ann Rhodes takes it as a confirmation from God that “I did not waste my energies trying to be a good librarian.”

Rhodes, CIU’s former library director, is referring to the Lifetime Achievement Award presented to her by the Association of Christian Librarians (ACL) at the group’s annual...

June 26, 2013

In anticipation of the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 26th rulings on two cases involving homosexuality, two Columbia International University professors considered the implications for biblical Christians. In his essay, “The Hammer and the Anvil,” professor of Intercultural Studies, Dr....

June 20, 2013

The new president of The Christian & Missionary Alliance (C&MA) is a graduate of Columbia International University. Dr. John Stumbo, who earned a Master of Arts degree in Missions from CIU in 1985, was...

June 19, 2013

Since the 1950s, the Harding family of Charlotte, N.C. has been spreading the gospel and leading humanitarian efforts in Africa; from building schools and orphanages to AIDS treatment and prevention to the introduction of clean water. For at least a dozen members of the Harding family or...

June 19, 2013

For the seventh time in his life, 52-year-old Bill Haselden went for a little swim in Florida – the annual 12.5 mile Swim Around Key West on June 8. But this time, Haselden, a student in CIU Seminary &...

June 18, 2013

A 2012 graduate of the Columbia International University Psychology program has been named to oversee a second office for Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands (STSM), a nonprofit that meets the...

June 17, 2013

A new handbook on the Apostle Paul’s letters written by the dean of Columbia International Seminary & School of Ministry is getting good reviews. “Interpreting the Pauline Letters” by...

June 17, 2013

A 1982 graduate of Columbia International University is charged with raising nearly $1.5 in annual non-governmental funding at an emergency center in Pennsylvania. Linda Wasilchick, who earned a Master of Arts in Biblical Studies from CIU, is the new vice president of resource and business...

June 13, 2013

Aimee Lambie McQuilkin, the daughter of the first president of Columbia International University, Robert C. McQuilkin, died on June 11 in Penny Farms, Fla. She was 97 years old.

Aimee McQuilkin was a 1940 graduate of Columbia International University, then called Columbia Bible College....

June 05, 2013

It reminds you of activity on an ant hill. Construction equipment scurries here and there, carrying dirt, dumping dirt, digging holes, filling holes, in a synchronized choreography that will lead to a new parking lot along the north side of Columbia International University’s entrance –...

May 31, 2013

Great fun, good competition and personalized instruction are the focus of three sports camps this summer at Columbia International University.

CIU Soccer Coach James Whitaker hosted the first-ever CIU Boys Soccer...

May 21, 2013

At age 52, Bill Haselden has lived a lot of life. After earning an MBA from the University of South Carolina, he went on to develop a successful business career, first with Fortune 500 manufacturer Rockwell International, and then founding Pet Lover’s Warehouse, a chain of pet supply stores,...

May 20, 2013

At two May 18 commencement exercises, 214 members of the Columbia International University Class of 2013 receive degrees from bachelor’s to doctoral. The ceremonies took place in Shortess Chapel on the campus of CIU.

Dr. Jerry A. Rankin, president emeritus of the Southern Baptist...

May 13, 2013

“Beauty is not a thing, but a Person. We can’t analyze beauty; it is Someone we come to know.”

Those are the words of Columbia International University professor Steve Baarendse who has been contemplating beauty and its origins – from a biblical perspective. Baarendse, a professor of...

May 13, 2013

Translating the Bible into the languages of people in Muslim cultures has been a controversial endeavor, especially when it comes to explaining the familial relationship between the divine Son and His Father. New guidelines recommended by the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) are designed to...

May 06, 2013

By Melissa McCutchan

CIU Student Writer

As far as we know, Cinderella got home before midnight and was in class on Monday. So was Goofy and every other Disney character that ventured off campus for a Friday night of fun at the Disney Extravaganza held at...

May 02, 2013

The new executive director of the Lausanne Movement, Michael Oh, who was the featured speaker at CIU’s recent World Christian Week, has released a video on the subject of “What is the Gospel?” His...

April 26, 2013

The morning of May 18 will be full of celebration on the campus of Columbia International University (CIU) as 214 students receive diplomas recognizing degrees from bachelor’s to doctoral during two commencement exercises. The commencement exercises begin...

April 25, 2013

University of South Carolina football standout Dylan Thompson addressed a Columbia International University Chapel service, sharing his Christian testimony and encouraging CIU students to join him in a Web-based Bible reading project.   

Thompson, a quarterback for the Gamecocks...

April 23, 2013

April events include a formal and a bath in syrup

A little Friday night stress relief from studies at Columbia International University includes guys in ties and ladies in long flowing formals. It also includes a bath in a kiddie pool filled with chocolate syrup. ...

April 17, 2013

By Melissa McCutchan

CIU Student Writer

Columbia International University’s Student Mission Connection (SMC) hosted a week of prayer for the nations, April 15-19. 

SMC erected a makeshift prayer tent outside of the G. Allen Fleece...

April 16, 2013

By Melissa McCutchan

CIU Student Writer

Columbia International University students were challenged to redeem the media for Christ in a Chapel message from media critic Dr. Ted Baehr. 

Baehr is the chairman of the Christian Film and Television...

April 12, 2013

Distinguished Faculty/Staff, Professor Emeritus titles conferred; Lee Morris Sr. retires after a half century of service    

By Melissa McCutchan

CIU Student Writer

Columbia International University students,...

April 11, 2013

Columbia International University Grounds Superintendent Norm Stewart has been named a Certified Grounds Manager. At first, that may not sound like a big deal – until you consider that  Stewart is one of only 143 people to achieve the status from the Professional Grounds Management Society...

April 10, 2013

Students enrolling at Columbia International University now have five new academic programs to choose from. Four of the programs are available to undergraduate students and a new master’s program is being offered to students enrolled in CIU Seminary & School of Ministry.   ...

April 08, 2013

CIU Talent in the Spotlight

A Review by

Melissa McCutchan

CIU Student Writer

Pronouncing the name of Columbia International University’s annual talent show is a challenge: Acoustarockarappapaloozastockfest. The...

April 03, 2013

    By Melissa McCutchan

CIU Student Writer

Three times...

March 22, 2013

James Whitaker believes you should have a philosophy for what you do. And that includes soccer. That’s why Whitaker, the Columbia International University men’s soccer coach, has used the off-season to brainstorm with his team and develop a Pyramid of Success – building blocks of character...

March 19, 2013

A graduate of Columbia International University's Doctor of Education program has been named headmaster of Oklahoma Christian School in Edmond, Okla. Dr. Al King received his...

March 18, 2013

A new book by Columbia International University alumnus Jeremy Kingsley is getting the attention of the business world. The book, "Inspired People Produce Results" offers motivation and insight into effective leadership based on passion, purpose, patience, loyalty, understanding,...

March 18, 2013

Stephanie Solomon decided to become a librarian – while using the library to decide what to become. Solomon, who has been named the new library director at Columbia International University’s G. Allen Fleece Library, was doing research on careers in a...

March 18, 2013

By Melissa McCutchan

CIU Student Writer

Some of Christianity’s top missiologists, mission administrators and teachers gathered at Columbia International University for the annual Southeast regional meeting of the Evangelical Missiological Society (EMS)...

March 07, 2013

Dr. Ralph Enlow knows something about leadership. Enlow, a 1980 graduate of Columbia International University, held a variety of leadership positions as an administrator at CIU for 28 years, including dean, provost and senior vice president. Today he serves as...

March 07, 2013

Will and Colene Norton are news. That's because they've been married for 73 years.

The couple met at Columba International University (then Columbia Bible College) in 1936. After graduating from CIU and getting married in 1939, they began a long career together of...

March 04, 2013

By Melissa McCutchan

CIU Student Writer

Columbia International University students were challenged to be nobodies for God during the 2013 World Christian Week at CIU Feb. 26-March 1.  

The keynote...

February 25, 2013

Columbia International University will focus on the second half of its motto, “To know Him and to make Him known” during the annual World Christian Week, Feb. 26-March 1.  

The week, which is planned and run by a committee of students, is designed to highlight the...

February 08, 2013

By Bob Holmes  

When Peter Spencer enrolled at Columbia Bible College (CBC) in 1963, he made history. Spencer is black. His admission to CBC, now Columbia International University (CIU), made CIU the first institution of higher education in South...

February 08, 2013

Some of Christianity’s top missiologists, mission administrators and teachers will gather at Columbia International University (CIU) for the annual Southeast regional meeting of the Evangelical Missiological Society (EMS) March 8-9, 2013.

The EMS exists to advance the cause of world...

February 06, 2013

CIU Youth Ministry Alumni Retreat to Alma Mater

“Restoring Your Passion” was the theme of the annual retreat of Columbia International University alumni who serve in youth ministry. It’s hosted by the CIU...

February 05, 2013

In February 1950, evangelist Billy Graham was at the height of his ministry. America’s eyes were focused on the young, fiery preacher as he traveled coast to coast preaching the gospel at packed out auditoriums and sports facilities. One of his stops that year was Columbia, S.C., home of...

February 04, 2013

The wooded hills of Columbia International University make for a demanding run. But dozens of athletes from around South Carolina were up to the challenge on a cold Ground Hog’s Day 2013, as they took part in CIU’s Second Annual Discover Run that included a 5k and 10k race.

CIU men’s cross...

January 29, 2013

Columbia International University is hosting its second trails race on Feb. 2 beginning at 9 a.m. The Discover CIU 5k/10k trail race is open to the community.

Last year, CIU cross country coach Jud Brooker directed a 5k...

January 28, 2013

When Peter Spencer enrolled at Columbia Bible College (CBC) in 1963, he made history. Spencer is black. His admission to CBC, now Columbia International University (CIU), made CIU the first institution of higher education in South Carolina to voluntarily admit a black student. Spencer, who...

January 17, 2013

Athletics history continues to be made at Columbia International University (CIU), as Georgia high school basketball standout KaRa (CAR-ah) Thompson became CIU’s first women’s basketball signee. CIU women’s and men’s basketball programs are scheduled to begin play this fall.   ...

January 15, 2013

By Bob Holmes

Columbia International University seminary student Phoebe Liu had just arrived on campus in 2010 when she read a fellow student’s post on Facebook: "I'm sitting with a world-class scholar and reading one of his books in the library." Liu later...

January 04, 2013

A book in honor of the life and work of Columbia International University President Emeritus Robertson McQuilkin is being written. Organized and edited by CIU professor Dr. Christopher R. Little, the book will include chapters by such well-known figures as Ralph Enlow president of the...

January 04, 2013

Grover DeVault ministered following Amish schoolhouse shooting in 2006

The December school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut was not the first time a gunman targeted children while in class. People in Lancaster County Pennsylvania remember 2006 when...

January 02, 2013

Dr. Edwin “Jack” Frizen, a 1992 Columbia International University Distinguished Alumnus and missionary statesman passed into the presence of the Lord on Dec. 22, 2012. He was 87 years old.

Known to many as “Uncle Jack,” Frizen graduated from CIU in 1950 with a Master of Arts degree.

...

December 20, 2012

Columbia International University Library Director Jo Ann Rhodes never wanted to work at CIU. Not that she did not like CIU. Her goal after graduating from Nyack College was to serve the Lord overseas. And while she did plant churches and disciple women in the Middle East, the Lord eventually...

December 19, 2012

Americans have long had a fascination with angels. From Della Reese in the TV show "Touched by an Angel" to Michael Landon in "Highway to Heaven," which you can still see on one of those retro TV networks.

But are those shows a biblical portrayal of angels? CIU professor Dr. Larry Dixon...

December 17, 2012

The Columbia International University December graduating class of 2012 celebrated twice on Dec. 14 – but the celebrations were a river apart.

Two commencement exercises marked graduation day. In the morning, degrees were conferred on nearly 125 students on CIU’s main campus. In the...

December 12, 2012

In 2009, the pastor of a church near the campus of Columbia International University approached a CIU student with a vision for an after school tutoring program for children in the Denny Terrace neighborhood adjacent to the CIU campus. Pastor John Bookert of Arise Christian Center said if CIU...

December 11, 2012

Residents of Pine View Apartments at Columbia International University now have a place to gather for social events, group studies, or a game of table tennis.

A new community center at the apartments includes club rooms with conversational seating areas, large-screen televisions, a coffee...

December 05, 2012

By Bob Holmes

Imagine getting a call on your cellphone from the president of a university. He tells you that you’ve been awarded a full-tuition scholarship to his school. Then you lose the cellphone signal.

If you are like Drew Lindman of Farmington, Mich., you say, “I...

November 30, 2012

Columbia International University is a winner in the 2012 Columbia Choice Awards recognizing landscaping and beautification. 

The awards are presented by Columbia Green and the city of Columbia’s Tree & Appearance Commission. Columbia Green is a non-profit organization promoting...

November 30, 2012

Columbia International University will have two commencements on Dec. 14, one on each side of the Broad River.

The first begins at 10 a.m. in Shortess Chapel on CIU’s main campus. The second begins at 1:30 p.m. at Kirkland Correctional Institution just across the Broad River from CIU where...

November 29, 2012

Columbia International University student Baron O’Neal has been named “Volunteer of the Quarter” by Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands (STSM) in Columbia, S.C. O’Neal is a senior majoring in Psychology.

As a volunteer, O’Neal provides service to survivors of sexual assault during...

November 28, 2012

The historic Robert Mills House in downtown Columbia is featured on the official 2012 city of Columbia Christmas ornament. Columbia International University, then called Columbia Bible College, was housed in the Mills House from the late 1930s until 1960. Robert Mills, an architect who is most...

November 27, 2012

Study tours at Columbia International University prepare students to share God’s heart for the world. These credit-bearing courses expose students to the sights, sounds and practices of other cultures as they see God at work in a variety of contexts.    

Some examples...

November 12, 2012
Dr. Ed Smither teaches.

The Brazilian evangelical church has gone from receiving missionaries in the 19th and 20th centuries to becoming a church that sends out more missionaries around the world than the churches of England or Canada. That shift is the subject of a new book by CIU Professor of...

November 07, 2012

The Columbia International University Board of Trustees added two members with diverse backgrounds in ministry.  They are The Rev. James Dixon, the president of the National African American Fellowship of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) and Chikong Shue...

November 07, 2012

By Melissa McCutchan

CIU Student Writer

“When you’re 18, you don’t think you’ll be 60 someday,” alumna Dana Brown Lederer (’72) fondly imparted at CIU’s annual homecoming banquet. “Now, it’s so nice to come back to this...

November 01, 2012

Oh, say, can you see, by the dawn's early light …

By the dawn’s early light, on a near-freezing morning in November, seven military veterans, most of them CIU students, filed out of the Columbia International University administration building and with resolution in their step,...

November 01, 2012

A collaboration between church and city that led to some frantic fundraising has saved an historic church in Charleston, S.C. Redeemer Presbyterian Church, pastored by Columbia International University alumnus The Rev. Craig Bailey, narrowly made the deadline to raise $1.6 million to purchase...

October 29, 2012

The Sophomore Class of Columbia International University celebrated autumn by sponsoring an ol’- fashioned country hoedown. CIU students met at the Pavilion near the CIU Lake to take part in traditional harvest time celebration activities, and a few not-so-traditional activities. There was line...

October 26, 2012

By Abbey LeRoy

CIU Student Writer

Columbia International University concluded its annual Authority of Scripture Week by hearing from pastor, author and professor Dr. Sinclair Ferguson. Ferguson is senior minister of the historic First Presbyterian Church...

October 25, 2012

A new course scheduled for January’s intensive Winterim studies at Columbia International University focuses on how to minister to children whose learning ability is challenged by poverty. 

The course, “Ministering to Children of Poverty,” will be offered Jan. 14-18. It is an...

October 24, 2012

The leadership of a Colorado-based missions agency is being transferred from one Columbia International University alumnus to another. 

WorldVenture has announced that Dr. Jeff Denlinger is replacing Hans Finzel as its president effective Nov. 1, 2012.  Denlinger graduated from...

October 22, 2012

Columbia International University was a host site for the largest gathering of Christian education professionals ever assembled.  Over 11,200 educators in 81 locations participated in the ACSI NEXUS Conference simulcast on Oct. 18 and 19.  ACSI NEXUS is the new model of professional...

October 19, 2012

Columbia International University alumni from around the world will come together as one from Nov. 1-3 for Homecoming 2012 under the theme “The Power of One.”  It’s a celebration of God’s power to weave together unique personalities, generations, backgrounds and cultures into one body....

October 12, 2012

Since the 1950s, the Harding family of Charlotte, N.C. has been spreading the gospel and leading humanitarian efforts in Africa; from building schools and orphanages to AIDS treatment and prevention to the introduction of clean water.  For at least a dozen members of the Harding family or...

October 11, 2012

What would you do to get 25 bonus points added to your grade?  How about surfing YouTube to find videos that complement your professor’s syllabus?    

That’s what Professors Ed Smither and Trevor Castor are offering students in their Mission of God class this...

September 26, 2012

Columbia International University professors are among the scholars, church leaders and missionaries who contributed to a new book that challenges believers to identify where they fit in the mission of God.

“Discovering the Mission of God – Best Missional Practices for the 21st...

September 25, 2012

Columbia International University continues to expand its new athletics program with the hiring of veteran women’s basketball coach Tammy Holder.  Holder, who has over 25 years of basketball coaching experience, comes to CIU from the College of Charleston where she served the NCAA Division...

September 25, 2012

Virginia Catherine Patterson, who served for 27 years as the president and chief executive officer of Pioneer Clubs, an international Christian ministry to children, died Sept. 12 at the age of 81.  Patterson was a 1956 graduate of Columbia International University where she earned her...

September 22, 2012

More athletic history was made at Columbia International University on Sept. 22 as CIU hosted the first CIU Cross Country Invitational. 

Seven teams participated, with the CIU women's team finishing second behind Limestone College.  The top runner for CIU's women...

September 21, 2012

The late Bob Kallgren was honored by his peers in South Carolina education.  South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (SCICU) announced the establishment of the Robert C. Kallgren Memorial Chair during a lunch at CIU on Sept. 21.  Kallgren, who served at CIU for 39...

September 21, 2012

The annual Christian Life Conference at Columbia International University this year featured CIU President Emeritus Robertson McQuilkin.  McQuilkin, who served as the third president of CIU from 1968-1990, delivered four messages on the CIU core value of Victorious Christian Living – the...

September 13, 2012

CIU Prison Initiative Expands

By Bob Holmes

Amy Roberts realized from the first day that working with female inmates would be different from working with male inmates. 

Roberts is the administrative assistant...

September 12, 2012

Nearly 500 young women in the Charlotte, N.C. area listened to Debby Jones, the wife of CIU President Bill Jones describe what it means to be a woman who is “Worthy.”  The “Worthy” conferences are based on...

September 12, 2012

The Columbia International University Rams soccer team paid honor to members of the United States military during Sept. 11 pre-match ceremonies commemorating the 11thanniversary of 9-11 terrorist attack on America.  

Members of the military – active, inactive or retired...

September 06, 2012

Communication Majors Produce Memory of First CIU Intercollegiate Athletic Contest

Columbia International University Communication majors Tim LaPointe and Timothy Wolff have produced a video that records the first intercollegiate athletic contest in CIU’...

September 05, 2012

Former CIU president Dr. Johnny Miller co-authors book on Genesis chapter 1

Former Columbia International University president Dr. Johnny Miller says debate about...

September 04, 2012

Columbia International University competed for the first time in school history in intercollegiate cross country at the Eye Opener in Spartanburg, S.C. on Aug. 31.  The Rams men’s and women’s teams both had respectable showings. 

Battling heat and humidity, the men were led by...

August 30, 2012

The National Association of Professional Women named Columbia International University Counseling professor Cathy Warn a VIP Woman of the Year. 

Warn is the director of training and internship in the CIU College of Counseling.  Her primary responsibilities focus on planning and...

August 25, 2012

By Bob Holmes and Abbey LeRoy

History was made Aug. 25, 2012 when the Columbia International University Rams soccer team took the field in the first-ever intercollegiate athletic contest in the 90-year history of the school.  And the hundreds of fans on...

August 21, 2012

Over 50 Columbia International University students organized games, prepared food and passed out back-to-school packets to elementary school students at the annual Crane Creek Community Day on Aug. 18.  The Crane Creek neighborhood is located just east of the CIU campus, on the opposite...

August 16, 2012

Jeremiah Gado Addresses Christian/Muslim Tensions in His Home Country

Jeremiah Gado says the ongoing tension between Christians and Muslims in Nigeria is an opportunity for believers to demonstrate the love of Jesus and how different Christianity is from Islam.

Gado, a...

August 16, 2012

Columbia International University welcomed the Class of 2016 on Aug. 15.  That was the day that freshmen emptied their belongings from the stuffed hatchbacks and trunks of the family car and moved into their new home away from home – the residence halls of CIU. 

Dozens of...

August 09, 2012

The Columbia International University Rams soccer team is getting ready to make history.   Even though it’s a typical Columbia, S.C. summer – temperatures in the 90s and high humidity – the Rams have been on the practice field anticipating the first intercollegiate athletic...

August 03, 2012

Building 500, the newest addition to Pine View Apartments at Columbia International University, is on schedule to be completed before classes begin on Aug. 21.  This building features one-bedroom efficiencies, and one- and two-bedroom apartments for a total of 48 new bedrooms.

...

August 03, 2012

Final touches are being made to the Columbia International University soccer field.  An important element was added on Aug. 3 when workers hoisted the scoreboard into place, and continued building bleachers along the sidelines.      

The pace of the work...

July 31, 2012

Columbia International University President Dr. Bill Jones is a contributor to a new study Bible that encourages believers to live their daily lives as if they are on a mission - the mission of God....

July 30, 2012

Call it collaboration between church and city.  But in a place like Charleston, S.C. where historic preservation makes the city what it is, a plea from the mayor to save a 172-year-old church building is no small matter. 

Mayor Joe Riley is asking the community to help the...

July 26, 2012

By Abbey LeRoy

CIU Student Writer

When classes begin at Columbia International University on Aug. 21, more than a dozen new CIU students will be in prison.  That’s because CIU is expanding its successful Prison Initiative to female inmates in the...

July 23, 2012

Beginning this fall, undergraduate students at Columbia International University will have the opportunity to major in Business & Organizational Leadership.  The bachelor’s degree program in CIU’s School of Arts &...

July 19, 2012

A former assistant director of alumni relations at Messiah College in Pennsylvania has been named the interim director of Alumni Ministries at Columbia International University.  Diane Mull replaces Dr. Roy King who is returning to full-time teaching at CIU.

Diane Mull is no...

July 19, 2012

Columbia International University is a host site for the premier training event for Christian leaders. 

The Global Leadership Summit will be broadcast live from Willow Creek Church near Chicago to churches and colleges campuses in more than 240 cities worldwide Aug. 9-10. ...

July 09, 2012

Construction equipment is a common sight this summer along International Boulevard, the entrance road to Columbia International University.  Three major projects underway are expected to be complete when fall semester classes begin in late August.    

A complete indoor...

July 09, 2012

Dozens of Christian school teachers and administrators from across the nation and around the globe gathered on the campus of Columbia International University July 8-13 for the International...

June 20, 2012

A 1982 alumnus of Columbia International University has been elected moderator of the Presbyterian Church in America’s (PCA) 40thGeneral Assembly.  Dr. Michael Ross graduated from CIU Seminary & School of Ministry (then called Columbia Biblical Seminary) with a Master of...

June 19, 2012

History continues to be made at Columbia International University as Kyle Mendenhall has been named the first head coach of the CIU Rams men’s basketball team.  CIU is building the first intercollegiate athletics program in the school’s 90-year history. 

Mendenhall comes to CIU...

June 13, 2012

Not everyone gets this opportunity.  Columbia International University alumnus Brian Hofmeister has returned to his hometown to plant a new church. 

Hofmeister, who graduated from CIU Seminary & School of Ministry with a Master of Divinity degree in 2004, is back in Muskego,...

June 04, 2012

By Abbey LeRoy

CIU Student Writer

Summer renovation is underway at Founders Residence Hall at Columbia International University as workers labor to gut and entirely remodel the inside of the building. 

Refurbishments to the building will be...

June 04, 2012

Una Fairchild is a 12 year old who stumbles upon a mysterious book buried deep in the basement of her school library.  When she opens the cover, she finds herself transported to the magical land of Story.  In that land are scores of fantastical creatures, magical adventure and heart-...

May 29, 2012

It’s a new take on an old practice – the prayer walk.  Some people these days are getting together with friends to combine a walk through the neighborhood with prayer.  Others take a walk to get alone with God while following a labyrinth, an ancient tradition where the person praying...

May 16, 2012

By Abbey LeRoy

CIU Student Writer 

School is out for the summer, but 13 Columbia International University students are finding it an ideal time for ministry.

The students are enrolled in the College of Intercultural Studies (CICS) internship...

May 14, 2012

One member of the Columbia International University class of 2012 summarizes her four years at CIU in three words: He is enough. 

In the CIU student blog “Life As We Know It” Abbey LeRoy, who graduated with a...

May 10, 2012

Former NASCAR driver Kyle Petty visited Columbia International University on May 9 to help CIU raise funds for its new athletics program that begins competition this fall.

Petty, a member of NASCAR’s most famous family has spent three decades as a NASCAR driver, owner and media commentator...

May 09, 2012

By Jacob Given

CIU Student Writer

Dr. Jack Layman, an esteemed professor at Columbia International University, was sent off to retirement with a “roast.”

Layman is retiring after 29 years of teaching at CIU,...

May 07, 2012

When the Columbia International University men’s soccer team takes the field on Aug. 25, history will be made.  For the first time in CIU’s 89-year history, the school will compete in intercollegiate athletics when the CIU Rams take on Toccoa Falls College in a 7 p.m. match on the new CIU...

May 07, 2012

A Columbia International University education includes soul-nourishing Bible classes.  But it also includes rigorous academic and professional training.  Here is a recent example.  In April, the CIU Psychology Department was presented with a Community...

May 02, 2012

Three Columbia International University alumni, who specialize in youth ministry, recently tackled some weighty topics in two separate publications. 

Trevor Miller, a 2005 graduate of the Youth Ministries program addressed consumerism and how it affects youth.  Robbie Pruitt...

May 01, 2012

By Abbey LeRoy

CIU Student Writer

Fifty years after being hired as a teenager to move furniture, Lee Morris Sr. was recognized for his half century of service to Columbia International University during a May 1 Faculty/...

May 01, 2012

Logos Bible Software, used by over 55,000 pastors, Bible teachers, and students now features two complementary textbooks written by two Columbia International University professors.

“Greek is Good Grief: Laying the Foundation for Exegesis and Exposition” by Dr. John Harvey and “Greek is...

April 30, 2012

Dr. Crawford Loritts will give the charge to the graduates at the May 12 spring commencement exercises at Columbia International University

Loritts has served God in a variety of capacities during his career.  Since being...

April 26, 2012

In 1962, Columbia International University, then called Columbia Bible College, needed help moving the campus from downtown Columbia, to its new location on Monticello Road.  They hired 18-year-old Lee Morris as a temporary worker.  Soon after, he was offered a full-time position....

April 26, 2012

NASCAR racing icon Kyle Petty is coming to Columbia May 9.  Petty will be speaking at a fundraising luncheon for the new intercollegiate athletics program at Columbia International University, and will also meet with prison inmates enrolled in the CIU Prison Initiative at the Kirkland...

April 23, 2012

While many people are remembering the ways Chuck Colson touched their lives, few have memories of Colson from the perspective of Columbia International University alumna Ginny Dent Brant.

Colson, a former White House aide who was the first to be charged in the Watergate scandal...

April 23, 2012

What if your blessings come through raindrops?   What if your healing comes through tears? 

Those are questions we often avoid pondering.  But for 2003 Columbia International University alumna Laura Story, those questions are real life. 

Story, a Christian...

April 19, 2012

There’s no doubt that Jud Brooker came to CIU highly qualified for his role as men’s and women’s cross country coach.  But his running prowess was displayed April 14 when he won the Palmetto Half Marathon in Columbia – the first half marathon of his career – with a time of 1:14. 

...
April 19, 2012

It’s another small, but significant and historic step toward intercollegiate athletics at Columbia International University.  On April 19, lights went up on the soccer field under development at CIU.  A generous donation to CIU Athletics from an anonymous donor paved the way for the...

April 16, 2012

Dr. Anita Cooper, the director of the Bible Teaching program at Columbia International University is the CIU recipient of the 2012 Excellence in Teaching Award presented by South Carolina Independent Colleges & Universities (SCICU).      

Each year, SCICU...

April 13, 2012

Grace and the Christian’s Responsibility in Sanctification.  Sounds pretty deep.  Deep, but nonetheless a topic of important discussion for the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) at their General Assembly scheduled for June.  And at the center of that discussion will be...

April 09, 2012

Major General Doug Carver understands the admonition of 1 Peter 3:15. 

but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence;

As chief...

April 02, 2012

Over 175 high school students were challenged to be leaders of their generation during a two-day conference held on the Columbia International University campus in March.

Student Leadership University (SLU...

March 27, 2012

While Columbia International University students relaxed on spring break, Over 200 home school students took advantage of empty CIU classrooms for a debate tournament sponsored by The National Christian Forensics and Communications Association (NCFCA) – the third largest competitive high school...

March 20, 2012

The old song says, "They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."  At Columbia International University, we're unpaving the parking lot and putting up ... well, OK, it's not paradise. 

But as the CIU campus becomes more pedestrian-friendly, it is also becoming greener. ...

March 19, 2012

Thoughts from CIU Sophomore Jacob Given

World Christian Week is a big event here on the CIU campus. Every year, a week is devoted to hearing what God is doing among the nations. Various missionaries and alumni can be found on campus. Mission agencies have booths set up in...

March 08, 2012

A Columbia International University alumnus is offering financial advice to a company focused on stevia, the fastest growing product in the alternative sweetener sector.    

Art Carter, who graduated from CIU in 2007 with a master’s degree in Intercultural Studies, is an...

March 07, 2012

As a Columbia International University student, Ashley Chandler was known by her friends as the intellectual in the group.  They knew her as a deep thinker.  Chandler, who graduated from CIU in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Bible Teaching, went on to earn a Master...

March 05, 2012

At about 5:30 a.m. March 3, 2012, students at Columbia International University heard a roar.  It turned out to be a tornado that hit the Denny Terrace neighborhood just south of the CIU campus.  The National Weather Service said an F-0 tornado (minimal tornado) damaged trees and a...

March 05, 2012

Christian school educators from around the United States joined The Lowrie Center for Christian School Education at Columbia International University and the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) for an Early Education Conference via live Web streaming.  The March 3...

March 02, 2012

A Columbia-area businessman and church elder is the newest member of the Columbia International University Board of Trustees.  Marion Hill Davis of Chapin was elected to the board at its February meeting.  

Davis is the president of Bilt Rite Corporation Overhead Door...

March 01, 2012

Not every Columbia International University Chapel begins with 60 dozen doughnuts.  But the Chapel speaker on March 1 brought his work with him.  Students lined up to get a doughnut before heading in to Shortess Chapel to hear Krispy Kreme CEO Jim Morgan challenge them to pursue...

February 27, 2012

By Tim Caiello

CIU Student Writer

Columbia International University not only trains future leaders, but also equips current leaders.

That’s why the Youth Ministry, Family & Culture Department at CIU hosted a two-day Resource Conference for...

February 24, 2012

Today’s economic climate is making it difficult for businesses to stay focused on their mission while at the same handling the daily challenges. That’s why Columbia International University is hosting a luncheon with Jim Morgan, the Chairmanand CEO of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Inc. on March 1...

February 22, 2012

A Columbia International University Professor of Muslim Studies is advising a group hoping to revive the churches in East Africa.  Church leaders there are concerned about a growing threat of Islam in the region. 

Professor David Cashin is offering his knowledge and...

February 20, 2012

A former Columbia International University dean is still going strong at age 95. 

Peter Letchford has a long resume that includes missionary to Africa, church pastor, and dean of the Graduate School of Missions at Columbia Bible College, now CIU Seminary & School of...

February 16, 2012

The mayor of South Carolina’s capital city encouraged the student-inmates in the CIU Prison Initiative to share “the love of Jesus Christ,” which is “an awesome responsibility and opportunity.” 

Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin toured the facilities of the CIU program that trains...

February 15, 2012

“He may be one of the best preachers you’ll ever hear.” 

That’s what University of South Carolina Coach Steve Spurrier says about Adrian Despres, the guest chaplain of Spurrier’s Gamecocks football team.  Spurrier made a brief, surprise appearance at the Feb. 14 Chapel of...

February 13, 2012

Christian singer/songwriter Laura Story, a 2003 graduate of Columbia International University, earned a Grammy for her song “Blessings,” which she wrote and recorded.  Story received the award in the Best Contemporary Christian Song category during the afternoon ceremonies at The 54th...

February 08, 2012

The First Annual Discover CIU 5K & Fun Run brought together students, faculty, and staff from Columbia International University and Ben Lippen School, as well as members of the community.  The Feb. 4 event was hosted by CIU Rams Athletics and organized by CIU Cross Country Coach Jud...

February 06, 2012

For the first time in 89 years, a high school athlete has committed to play a sport at Columbia International University.  Soccer stand out Daniel Mallard of Greensboro, N.C. becomes the first intercollegiate athlete to commit to the CIU Rams, as the school fields its first teams in...

January 31, 2012

Every four years, South Carolina makes national headlines as it hosts the First in the South, Republican Presidential Primary.  News reporters from around the world converge on The Palmetto State to cover the candidates and find out what South Carolina voters...

January 31, 2012

Construction of Phase II of Pine View Apartments at Columbia International University is underway.  Workers and heavy equipment are now on site leveling the ground for approximately 100 more apartment homes featuring one-bedroom efficiencies, one- and two-bedroom apartments and a Community...

January 27, 2012

Columbia International University alumnus Garry James is the head of a new minority outreach program at the South Carolina Small Business Development Centers.  James, who earned a Master of Divinity degree from CIU in 2001, credits his education at CIU and two other...

January 25, 2012

By Jacob Given

CIU Student Writer

Just before graduation day in May 2010, CIU President Dr. Bill Jones prayed with the board of trustees that God would “strike a fire” under the graduates.  The next morning he got a phone call that CIU’s G. Allen...

January 19, 2012

Columbia International University will dedicate the renovated G. Allen Fleece Library with a special ceremony on Jan. 24 at 11:30 a.m.

A devastating electrical fire on May 8, 2010 caused over $2.5 million in damages, mostly to the interior of the library,...

January 18, 2012

A 1996 graduate of Columbia International University is in the business of helping businesses succeed. 

Jody Deming, who lives in the Upstate of South Carolina, founded Bottlecap Creative House with Kevin Keigley.  Together they find ways for local businesses to...

January 17, 2012

You’ve heard of “Occupy Wall Street.”  But you’ve probably never heard of “Occupy Fleece.” 

It was more of a party, than a protest. 

On Jan. 17, the G. Allen Fleece Library at Columbia International University opened for the first time since a devastating...

January 13, 2012

Columbia International University has announced the appointment of Jennifer L. Booth as university registrar.  She begins her duties Feb. 1.

Booth comes to CIU from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (SEBTS) in Wake Forest, N.C., where she served as assistant director of...

January 13, 2012

You’ve heard of “Occupy Wall Street.”  But you’ve probably never heard of “Occupy Fleece.” 

It’s more of a party, than a protest. 

On Jan. 17, the G. Allen Fleece Library at Columbia International University will open for the first time since a devastating fire in May...

January 10, 2012

All Living CIU Presidents Now Active at the University

Dr.  Johnny Miller, who served as the fourth president of Columbia International University from 1991 to 1999, has returned to CIU as a professor in CIU Seminary & School of Ministry. 

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January 09, 2012

One of the longest-living graduates of Columbia International University went home to be with the Lord on Dec. 29.  Mary Elizabeth “Lib” McMurray was 102 years old.  McMurray was member of the class of 1939 when CIU was known as CBC – Columbia Bible College. 

She served as a...

January 02, 2012

Workers are putting finishing touches to the renovations of the G. Allen Fleece Library at Columbia International University.  A fire in the library in May 2010 caused extensive smoke damage throughout the library prompting CIU officials to not only make repairs to the library,...

December 23, 2011

The pastor of a Columbia area church is celebrating the Christmas season - and his church's recent affiliation with a denomination. 

Jaye Morgan, who graduated from Columbia International University in 1989 with a Master of Divinity degree, leads Church...

December 16, 2011

By Abbey Le Roy

CIU Student Writer

A man who took an Atlanta diner and transformed it into the second largest fast-food chicken restaurant chain in the United States, was recognized with the honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Columbia...

December 07, 2011

Distinguished Columbia International University Alumna Wilma J. Cross (class of ’69), is being recognized for her effective ministry among prisoners in Chile, South America. Her Distinguished Alumna award at CIU's 2011 Homecoming in November caught the attention...

December 07, 2011

The winner of a full-tuition scholarship from Columbia International University (CIU) in Columbia, S.C. is a prayer leader at his church, chaplain of the National Honor Society at his high school, and serves burgers and tater tots on roller skates at the local Sonic.   

Zachary...

December 06, 2011

Christian singer/songwriter Laura Story, a 2003 graduate of Columbia International University, has been nominated for a Grammy Award.  Story’s song “Blessings,” which she wrote and recorded, is one of five songs nominated in the “Best Contemporary Christian Music Song” category.  The...

December 05, 2011

An executive, attorney and former Army ranger has been named the director of the Business & Organizational Leadership program at Columbia International University (CIU) in Columbia, S.C.

Dr. Benjamin P. Dean comes to CIU with extensive organizational leadership experience with not-for-...

December 01, 2011

Chick-fil-A founder S. Truett Cathy will receive the honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Columbia International University (CIU) at commencement exercises Friday, Dec. 16.  Cathy’s daughter, Trudy Cathy White, a lay minister and...

November 18, 2011

Columbia International University and the German-based Academy for World Mission are celebrating the 25thanniversary of their partnership.  A quarter century ago the two organizations teamed up open a European campus in Korntal, Germany that focuses on offering higher education...

November 17, 2011

By Abbey Le Roy

CIU Student Writer

The cost of living in the recently renovated Memorial Residence Hall is high.  The price to enter?  A kiss.

Before the semester began, student leaders spent several days on a...

November 16, 2011

James Whitaker, a Greenville, S.C. native who has guided college and high school soccer teams to championship seasons, has been named the assistant athletic director and men’s soccer coach at Columbia International University.  Whitaker joins a growing roster of coaches and athletic...

November 15, 2011

Columbia International University has received approval from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) to offer up to 100 percent of three master’s degrees and an undergraduate Bible Certificate online.  SACS is an accrediting agency.    

The online...

November 10, 2011

Columbia International University Professor of Chaplain Ministries, Dr. Mike Langston, spoke from a chaplain's heart on the national radio program “Focus on the Family.” The two-part interview Nov. 10 and 11 (Veteran’s Day), was a special tribute to military veterans.  Langston,...

November 08, 2011

CIU Cross Country Coach Judson “Jud” Brooker made an impressive first run in his new home of Columbia, S.C.  Brooker took first place in the 8k at the Governor’s Cup Road Race, Nov. 5 in Columbia.  Brooker’s time was 29:14 with a pace of 5:54. 

Brooker is organizing CIU’s...

November 08, 2011

Homecoming 2011 at Columbia International University was rich with CIU traditions.  The theme, “Faith Forward” highlighted three Distinguished Alumni who have made an impact both in the United States and abroad.  Other Homecoming events Nov. 3-5 included tours of the historic Robert...

November 07, 2011

Columbia International University students celebrated Spirit Week Nov. 1-4 with four unique dress-up themes. 

On Day 1 there were Epic Movie characters roaming the campus including Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and characters from the Harry Potter series. Darth Vader and Snow White...

November 01, 2011

A businessman and attorney from the Myrtle Beach area of South Carolina has been elected to the Columbia International University Board of Trustees.  

Ross M. "Buddy" Lindsay is the owner of Lindsay and Evans CPAs, and with his wife Marie, is an attorney at the Lindsay...

October 27, 2011

By Bob Holmes

Tawa Saune grew up in Lima, Peru.  He is Quechua – an indigenous people who descended from the ancient Incas.  His father is from the mountains, his mother from the jungle.  And Laura, “the girl of his dreams” is from Columbia...

October 25, 2011

Columbia International University is #6 among South Carolina colleges and universities in the annual rankings published by the website StateUniversity.com.  That’s up one position from last year’s rankings.      

...

October 20, 2011

Students at Columbia International University commemorated Authority of Scripture Week on campus with a public reading of the Bible in four days from Oct. 25 to Oct. 28.  The Authority of Scripture is a CIU core value.       

From a tent located in the...

October 14, 2011

Homecoming 2011 at Columbia International University is set for Nov. 3-5.  The theme for this year is “Faith Forward” focusing on CIU’s strategic five-year plan for the future.  The acronym FORWARD spells out those goals:

F = Facility Enhancements...

October 14, 2011

Columbia International University Professor Dr. Warren Larson is often called on for his expertise when it comes to issues related to Islam. Two recent hot topics have...

October 12, 2011

Columbia International University continues to add to its coaching staff as the school gears up to compete in intercollegiate athletics for the first time in its 88-year history beginning in the fall of 2012.   

The latest coach to be named is Eric Shick as the Women’s...

October 11, 2011

Should faith inform our vote?  That was the question being probed by Columbia TV station WLTX recently.  South Carolina is an early presidential primary state, so many South Carolinians are already considering their choice for president in the 2012 election.  Reporter...

October 10, 2011

As Columbia International University gears up for intercollegiate athletics for the first time in its 88-year history, the school has hired its first men’s and women’s cross country coach.   

Judson “Jud” Brooker comes to CIU from Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio...

October 10, 2011

By Jacob Given,

CIU Student Writer 

and Bob Holmes

The Columbia International University campus map calls the men’s housing unit that was renovated over the summer, West Residence Hall....

October 03, 2011

The former director of the South Carolina Department of Corrections joined the president of Columbia International University for a television interview to talk about the impact of the CIU Prison Initiative.     

During his eight years as the corrections...

October 03, 2011

“I heard that (CIU) professors interact with the students and are involved in their lives.  Now I’ve seen it for myself and am captivated by it.”

That was the reaction from a high school junior at Columbia International University’s Preview Days on the CIU campus Sept. 29 and 30....

September 30, 2011

Columbia businessman Jeffrey B. Wheeler has been named to the position of Ministry Coordinator at Columbia International University beginning Oct. 1.  Wheeler’s primary responsibilities at CIU are two-fold: Ministry and Fund Raising. 

Wheeler is the president of JB Wheeler &...

September 19, 2011

A 1981 graduate of Columbia International University is returning to his roots in law enforcement - ministerinig to the needs of first responders.  Robert Michaels, who also used to be an announcer for CIU radio station WMHK, was a police officer in Norfolk, Va. before...

September 19, 2011

By Abbey Le Roy

CIU Student Writer

One of Columbia International University’s five core values is the Victorious Christian Life – “the dynamic of the Holy Spirit to make us like Christ in daily living.”  Each year special...

September 19, 2011

By Abbey Le Roy

CIU Student Writer

The Hispanic world is no longer just receiving missionaries it is sending missionaries and giving to missions.

That was the message at Impacto Global, a conference designed to mobilize...

September 15, 2011

Religious broadcaster Pat Robertson raised eyebrows when he told his TV audience on “The 700 Club” on Sept. 14 that divorce is OK if a person’s spouse has Alzheimer’s disease.

Pat Robertson’s views got the attention of other media, including “Christianity Today” magazine.  Read the...

September 12, 2011

By Abbey Le Roy

CIU Student Writer  

A diverse group of mostly 800 teenage girls, gathered on the campus of Columbia International University for “Worthy” – a one-day conference focused on how to become the woman God intended.

The name...

September 08, 2011

By Abbey Le Roy

CIU Student Writer 

Young women are bombarded with deceptive messages that can leave them believing their self-worth is defined by a perfect body, name-brand clothes, cool friends, and a relationship with “Mr. Right.”

Knowing...

September 08, 2011

On the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attack on America, The Zwemer Center for Muslim Studies at Columbia International University is calling on churches across the United States to pray for the salvation of Muslims. 

The 9/11 anniversary this year falls on a Sunday, making it an ideal...

September 07, 2011

A 1954 graduate of Columbia International University is the focus of a lifestyle news story in The Suffolk News Herald of Suffolk, Va. 

Jeanne Banks is featured for being “a giver, a provider, someone who likes to get involved” according to the article.  Banks, who met her...

September 01, 2011

Columbia International University and Crossover Communications International are sponsoring “Impacto Global,” a conference to mobilize the Hispanic community in the United States to effectively reach all ethnic groups of the world with the gospel of Jesus Christ.

“Impacto Global” takes...

August 29, 2011

A 1999 graduate of Columbia International University is using the sport of wrestling to teach character and present biblical values. 

Scott Szalwinski has founded Mats 2 Men in Lexington, S.C.  The organization was recently highlighted in The State newspaper in Columbia, S.C. in...

August 26, 2011

The third cohort of the Columbia International University Prison Initiative graduated on Aug. 26.  The commencement speaker was a key figure in the development of the Initiative - former South Carolina Department of Corrections Director Jon Ozmint.

During his eight years as the...

August 22, 2011

Columbia International University upperclassmen are returning to Columbia for a new semester, and for many of them, a residence hall that doesn’t quite look like it did when they left in May. 

Construction crews were busy over the summer.  There was a “total makeover” of West...

August 19, 2011

Dr. Bryan Beyer has been named dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Columbia International University (CIU). 

Beyer has been a professor at CIU since 1985, and served as undergraduate dean from 1994-2001, and as dean of students from 2001-2004.  Most recently, Beyer served...

August 17, 2011

In these days of the Wii, Game Boy and other high tech entertainment, a Columbia International University alumnus has discovered creating new board games is a hit in Germany.  Jeff Allers, a 1999 graduate of CIU Seminary & School of Ministry is an architect by trade.  He uses his...

August 17, 2011

An editorial column in The State newspaper in Columbia featured perhaps one of Columbia International University’s most influential alumni in the world of sports.  Adrian Despres, a 1992 graduate of CIU Seminary & School of Ministry, serves as a guest chaplain for the University of...

August 16, 2011

Some came in hatchbacks stuffed to the roof.  Some came with U-Hauls in tow.  Some came in a taxi from the airport.  But all have one thing in common.  Their first year at Columbia International University is about to begin. 

About 130 CIU freshmen and transfer...

August 05, 2011

By Abbey Le Roy

CIU Student Writer 

After spending the summer bicycling up the East Coast, the Columbia International University 1More Tour team was welcomed home by a group of proud fans.

A crowd of CIU students and faculty gathered in the...

July 22, 2011

Students step out of comfort zone on short-term mission trip

By Chanhyung Martin Choi

I had never thought about going to Africa before. I had learned and heard about Africa from some of my African friends, but it was just their story,...

July 19, 2011

The first semi truck load of books returned home on July 19 to the G. Allen Fleece Library at Columbia International University, from their temporary housing in Atlanta.  The books were cleaned and restored in Georgia following a May 2010 fire at the library. 

As the books are...

July 18, 2011

Columbia International University Professor Dr. Larry Dixon has an answer to Pastor Rob Bell’s controversial book, “Love Wins.”  It’s “Jesus Redeems!”  

“Love Wins” has caused a stir in the evangelical community.  Its author is The Rev. Rob Bell, the founding pastor of...

July 15, 2011

To meet the growing need for chaplains in the United States, Columbia International University is now offering master’s degrees in chaplaincy.  Beginning in the fall semester, students can begin working toward a Master of Divinity (Chaplaincy) or a Master of Arts in Chaplaincy in CIU...

July 15, 2011

Delegates representing 16 countries and 20 states gathered on the campus of Columbia International University July 10-15 for the 41st annual International Institute for Christian School Educators (IICSE).

Each year Christian school administrators and teachers meet at "The...

July 12, 2011

Dr. Bill Jones, the president of Columbia International University was in Africa on July 9 to celebrate the birth of a nation - the Republic of South Sudan. 

The country was carved out of a 2005 peace deal between the Muslims to the north who govern Sudan, and the Christians who...

July 11, 2011

Dr. Bryan Beyer has guided CIU students on 12 trips to the land of the Bible.  But this summer, as Beyer led the students to the Cliffs of Arbel overlooking the Sea of Galilee, love was in the air.  There, clinical counseling student Casey Lee proposed to seminary student Bonnie Batson...

July 08, 2011

Sometimes when you least expect it – life knocks you down.  It could be the loss of a job.  The loss of a home.  The loss of a loved one. 

You’re suddenly flat on your back.  How do you get up?  Should you even bother to get up?   

...

July 07, 2011

In a move that better clarifies its purpose, the seminary at Columbia International University (CIU) has changed its name from Seminary & School of Missions to Seminary & School of Ministry (SSM).  The new name highlights the seminary’s historic focus on preparing men and women for...

July 01, 2011

Graduate students in the Columbia International University School of Education “capped off” weeks of intensive summer studies with a bit of fun.   Students who are finishing their on-campus studies toward graduate-level Education degrees are recognized and “capped” in a traditional...

June 30, 2011

The state of South Carolina is abuzz after the University of South Carolina Gamecocks won back-to-back national baseball championships.  But one of Columbia International University's biggest baseball fans was not in the state to celebrate - he wasn't even in the...

June 20, 2011

Two young South Carolina women who finished at the top of their class will be freshmen in the fall at Columbia International University. 

Rebekah Thomas is the valedictorian for the class of 2011 at Northwood Academy in North Charleston.   Rebekah says she will be majoring...

June 13, 2011

Jeff Hawkins was an artist who wanted to make a living designing album covers for heavy metal bands.  But that was before God saved him and called him to preach at age 19.  He would get his first training for the ministry at Columbia International University.  Hawkins, a 1991...

June 10, 2011

Columbia International University graduates are often on the frontlines of their chosen ministries and professions.  And then some are literally on the frontlines.  Among them is a 2009 graduate of CIU Seminary & School of Missions.  Chaplain Navy Lt. Stephen DiCenso...

June 08, 2011

It's a story that continues to pop up nearly every day on the Internet.  The story is linked from Web site to Web site, from blog to blog.  It's the story of "A Promised Kept" - the story of Columbia International University President Emeritus Robertson McQuilkin and his...

June 07, 2011

It’s a busy summer for construction on the campus of Columbia International University.  Thanks in part to many faithful financial donors; work crews are improving the G. Allen Fleece Library, and the inside of West Residence Hall.  Improvements to the exterior of Founders, Petty and...

June 03, 2011

By Lenae Simpson

CIU Student Writer

Columbia International University students will be an important part of the annual Global Day of Prayer on June 12. 

The Global Day of Prayer is a call to repentance and unity through prayer.   The...

May 31, 2011

A 1,800 mile summer bicycling tour along the East Coast by five young men will focus on 1More.  The idea is not to just peddle 1More mile from Florida to Maine, but it’s an opportunity to touch 1More life. 

The 1More Tour features Columbia International University students Brian...

May 21, 2011

Robert “Bob” Carl Kallgren, 69, died at home May 21, 2011 after a courageous battle with cancer.   

The funeral will be held (Monday May 23 at 7:00 pm) in Shortess Chapel on the campus of Columbia International University with  viewing to be held one hour prior to the...

May 20, 2011

You’ve seen the billboards:  Judgment Day, May 21, 2011.  The prediction was made by Harold Camping, the founder of Family Radio based in Oakland, Calif.  His listeners spread out across the world to warn people that Jesus would return on May 21.  But what does the...

May 17, 2011

Will Schafer, the president of Master Automotive in Augusta, Ga. and Aiken, S.C. was elected to the Columbia International University Board of Trustees at its May 6 meeting in Columbia. 

Master Automotive includes Buick, GMC, Chevrolet and Cadillac franchises. Schafer, 42, lives in...

May 12, 2011

A South Carolina woman who has served others over her lifetime through the church and the public arena was honored with the Doctor of Humane Letters from Columbia International University during commencement ceremonies May 14.  Betty Dent, the wife of the late Harry Dent, supported her...

May 12, 2011

Columbia International University is “A God Place.”  That’s the title of the cover story of the May issue of “Reach Out Columbia” magazine.  The monthly publication is available to subscribers in the Columbia area and available on news racks around Columbia in grocery stores, Christian...

May 11, 2011

A lot of people hike the Appalachian Trail.  Few do it at age 58.  But Charles Anderson’s journey of five-million steps was more than a nature walk.  This was also about telling fellow hikers, most of them much younger than him, about Jesus Christ. 

Anderson, a 1959...

May 11, 2011

Dr. Bryan Beyer has been named the interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Columbia International University, effective May 16. 

Beyer also serves as the Biblical Languages program director in CIU Seminary & School of Missions.  He has been a professor at CIU...

May 10, 2011

Dr. Jerry Rankin has been named the new director of The Zwemer Center for Muslim Studies at Columbia International University effective May 6.  Rankin recently retired after 40 years of service with the Southern Baptist International Mission Board (IMB), the last 17 years as president....

May 04, 2011

Columbia International University alumna and Christian recording artist Laura Story acknowledged her alma mater during a concert in Houston on Good Friday.  Story also made an appearance at a CIU alumni gathering at a local Chick-fil-A organized by members of Team CIU.  Team CIU is...

May 02, 2011

The King James Bible turns 400 years old this year.  What is its significance?  For an answer, The Augusta Chronicle in Augusta, Ga. turned to pastors and scholars, including Dr. William Larkin, professor of biblical studies at CIU Seminary & School of Missions. 

...

May 02, 2011

Dr. Warren Larson is the director of the Zwemer Center for Muslim Studies at Columbia International University, and for 23 years was a missionary to Pakistan.  He shares his thoughts on the death of the leader of al-Qaeda, Osama bin Laden.  For more on Larson and the...

April 29, 2011

Jerry Rankin, the president emeritus of the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention will deliver the commencement addresses at Columbia International University (CIU) on Saturday, May 14.    

The commencement exercises for CIU Seminary &...

April 28, 2011

A 1939 alumna of Columbia International University continues to write at age 95.  Catherine Walker’s new book is “Bible Workbook Vol. 2 New Testament.”  It’s a companion to Walker’s “Bible Workbook Vol.1 Old Testament.”        

The “Bible...

April 28, 2011

Two longtime members of the Columbia International University family were recognized for their commitment to the ministry of CIU. 

Professor Dr. David Osterlund and Marketing Production Manager Bob Wenzel were honored as Distinguished Faculty and Staff during an annual employee...

April 27, 2011

The CIU Players will perform the Tim Kelly comedy, “The Butler Did It,” this weekend in Hoke Auditorium on the Columbia International University campus.  It’s directed by CIU Student, Stephanie Brashear.  The presentation is free, and open to the public.  Performances are as...

April 25, 2011

Christian schooling is growing in South Korea.  That phenomenon brought a TV production crew from South Korea to the campus of Columbia International University and Ben Lippen School in February to produce a program on what makes Christian education work, and the philosophy behind it....

April 15, 2011

Dr. Warren Larson, the director of the Zwemer Center for Muslim Studies at CIU's Seminary & School of Missions, is the recipient of the "Distinguished Alumni of the year Award" at his alma mater Peace River Bible Institute (PRBI) in Sexsmith, Alberta, Canada.

Larson graduated from...

April 13, 2011

By Abbey Shoemaker

CIU Student Writer

A Columbia International University alumna, whose career with the F.B.I. was the inspiration for an action TV series, addressed the CIU student body and students at Ben Lippen School in April.   ...

April 12, 2011

By Lenae Simpson

CIU Student Writer

Columbia International University’s April Undergraduate Preview Day was Doug Wear’s first time back at CIU in 20 years.  Wear graduated from CIU in 1987 and now lives in Flowery Branch,...

April 08, 2011

By Abbey Shoemaker

CIU Student Writer

The book “Love Wins” is causing a stir in the evangelical community.  It’s written by The Rev. Rob Bell, the founding pastor of Mars Hill, a rapidly growing mega-church located in Grandville, Mich. near Grand...

April 08, 2011

The director of Columbia International University’s Communication program is one of 20 professors from South Carolina’s private colleges to be honored with an Excellence in Teaching Award. 

Dr. Dan DeLozier was recognized for his dedication to teaching and learning at the 6th...

April 07, 2011

Dr. Bill Larkin was used to borrowing a colleague’s desk lamp on the days he taught his New Testament class in Pamplin Auditorium.  But when that colleague took time off for a medical procedure, Larkin found himself showing PowerPoints with the lights off and not being able to see his notes...

April 01, 2011

The legacy of a young, Columbia International University alumna, who died in a traffic accident last year, is being honored by the students who were touched by her short life. 

Aimee Powell was a 26-year-old teacher when she died in a head-on collision on her way to work at Southlake...

March 30, 2011

NFL Super Bowl Coach and NASCAR team owner Joe Gibbs says life is like a game – the biggest game of all – and you want to be on the winning side.

That was Gibbs’ message to nearly 500 people at a lunch in the Moore Fitness Center on the campus of Columbia International University March 29...

March 28, 2011

By Abbey Shoemaker,

CIU Student Writer

Calling it “a celebration of God’s goodness,” the Columbia International University family came together to glorify God for all He has done on behalf of the school over the past few years, and revel in His creation....

March 28, 2011

By Lenae Simpson,

CIU Student Writer

Columbia International University hosted 51 prospective students – the school’s largest-ever Seminary and Graduate School Preview Day – on March 25.       

Guests toured the...

March 25, 2011

Columbia International University Seminary & School of Missions has won approval from its accrediting agency for a strategic initiative.     

The Association of Theological Schools (ATS) has approved the school’s request to expand course offerings at its...

March 24, 2011

The Columbia International University mascot was unveiled to the student body during a Chapel service on March 24, as CIU prepares to play intercollegiate athletics beginning with the fall 2012 semester.         

CIU President Dr. Bill...

March 23, 2011

The Distance Education and Media Development (DEMD) department of Columbia International University is the winner of two national awards for innovative online learning. 

The Course-of-the-Year Awards are sponsored by ACCESS, the Christian Distance Education Association, and...

March 23, 2011

Mrs. Robin Temples, MA, LMFT(S), director of Lexington Baptist Counseling Center, will lead a one-day workshop on PREPARE/ENRICH on the campus of Columbia International University on Thursday, March 31 in CIU’s Alumni Center. 

PREPARE/ENRICH is one of the most widely used inventories...

March 10, 2011

By Abbey Shoemaker

CIU Student Writer

“God’s Plan, Your Part” was the theme of this year’s World Christian Week, an annual conference emphasizing CIU’s core value of World Evangelization.  Chancellor George Murray was...

March 10, 2011
Tullian Tchividjian

By Abbey Shoemaker

CIU Student Writer

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March 09, 2011

Dr. Warren Larson, the director of the Zwemer Center for Muslim Studies at Columbia International University, is a former missionary to Pakistan. Often sought out for his expertise in the area of Islamic studies, Larson was recently interviewed for an article in "Christianity Today" on the...

March 09, 2011

By Lenae Simpson

CIU Student Writer

“It was Miss Peacock, with the revolver, in the Conservatory!” guessed one of the players. All eight of us stood in the Library and watched closely as Professor Plum looked through his cards. 

As a bullhorn...

March 01, 2011

A Columbia International University alumnus is a finalist for South Carolina Teacher of the Year.  D. Craig Andrysczyk (pronounced: an-DRY-sack) graduated from CIU's Undergraduate School in 1990.  Known as "Math Daddy," Andrysczyk teaches fifth grade mathematics and science at Oak...

February 28, 2011

Columbia International University students have set up a prayer tent on campus and are praying for the nations of the world nearly non-stop this week.  The “Prayer for the Nations” is part of the annual World Christian Week at CIU.  During the student-organized World Christian Week,...

February 28, 2011

By Lenae Simpson

CIU Student Writer

Enrolling at Columbia International University comes with a warning.

“The classes are transformational.  Do not come to CIU if you want to stay the same.”

...
February 18, 2011

Tullian Tchividjian, the pastor of the 2,000-plus member Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., will be a speaker this spring in a chapel service at Columbia International University. 

Tchividjian (pronounced: chah-VID-jen), who graduated from CIU in 1998 with...

February 18, 2011

Being a teenage girl can be tough in this day and age.  That’s why Columbia International University is a sponsor of “Girls of Grace.”   It’s a one-day event for girls ages 12-17 that focuses on common age-related issues, but offers a positive Christian message. 

“...

February 18, 2011

You’re invited to join the conversation on today’s issues regarding the spread of the gospel around the world.  “Mission of God,” the online voice of Columbia International University’s College of Intercultural Studies, features contributions from such notables as Dr. Mike Barnett, the...

February 18, 2011

A South Korean television production company conducted nine interviews during a full day of video shooting on the campus of Columbia International University as part of a documentary on Christian primary and secondary schooling.  

South Korean TV Producer Byeong Seon Han was...

February 17, 2011

About two dozen alumni of the Youth Ministries program at Columbia International University returned to their alma mater for the third annual CIU Youth Worker Retreat Feb. 7-9.  The time of renewal, rest and refreshment was led by Program Director Dr. David Olshine, and Youth Ministry...

February 17, 2011

By Abbey Shoemaker

CIU Student Writer

Columbia International University commemorated Black History Month with a week of chapels that focused on “healing the racial divide,” and featured pastors from the Columbia area....

December 22, 2010
Dr. James E. Lanpher

Dr. James E. Lanpher is the new provost at Columbia International University. Lanpher comes to CIU from Trinity College of Florida where he has served as vice president for academic affairs since 1999.

Lanpher holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Notre Dame, a Master...

December 17, 2010

Columbia International University 1988 Alumnus of the Year, The Rev. P. T. Chandapilla went to be with the Lord on Dec. 7 after a long illness. He was 84 years old.

Chandapilla, a 1955 graduate of CIU, then called Columbia Bible College, was a missionary pioneer and theological educator in...

December 17, 2010
Philip Yancey

Best-selling Christian author Philip Yancey and Lexington, S.C. businesswoman Elizabeth Rickard Sessions received The Doctor of Humane Letters at the December commencement exercises of Columbia International University. Both are alumni of CIU. Yancey also gave the charge to the graduates at the...

December 07, 2010
Laura Paisley

A high school senior from Ohio whose professional goal is to teach English as a second language overseas is the winner of the 2010 R.C. McQuilkin Scholarship at Columbia International University.

Laura Paisley of Hudson, Ohio was awarded the full scholarship following a weekend of intense...

December 06, 2010

Columbia International University has received reaffirmation of its accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). The SACS decision came during the SACS Annual Meeting in Louisville, Ky., Dec. 5-7. The accreditation is good for 10 years.

To obtain...

December 05, 2010
CIU President Dr. Bill Jones

Columbia International University President, Dr. William H. (Bill) Jones will join the board of directors of the largest independent Coca-Cola bottler in the United States. Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated located in Charlotte, N.C. made the announcement on Dec. 3. Jones will officially...

November 29, 2010
CIU freshman Jessie Mae Hodsdon at a book signing in Bangor, Maine.

Things for a college student to do over Thanksgiving break: Eat turkey, hug grandma, catch up on sleep, and oh yes - hold a book signing.

Jessie Mae Hodsdon, an 18-year-old CIU freshman, is studying Bible and business. But she is also an author and a publisher. As a matter of fact, she...

November 29, 2010
Virginia Bendetti

She was quite possibly the oldest living person to graduate from Columbia International University. Virginia White Bendetti, a 1930 graduate of CIU, passed away on Nov. 28 in California. She was 99 years old.

In 1928, Bendetti made the cross-country trip from her home in Los Angeles to...

November 28, 2010


Are you truly thankful this holiday season - or for that matter, any time of year? In the November edition of "Christianity Today" magazine online, Columbia International University alumnus Stan Guthrie tackles the question: why Jesus commands us to be thankful. The article, "The...

November 21, 2010

A new alignment of the Undergraduate School, Graduate School and Seminary & School of Missions at Columbia International University will give students an advantage as they seek to further their education through advanced degrees.

The establishment of five colleges within CIU is a "...

November 18, 2010
Peter and Gracie Rosenberger address a CIU Chapel Nov. 18.

By Abbey Shoemaker

CIU Student Writer

Peter and Gracie Rosenberger used humor and song to communicate with CIU students what God has taught them about human suffering and His sovereignty. It was 27 years ago to the day that Gracie was in a traumatic...

November 18, 2010
Jessica Hodsdon

Things for a college student to do over Thanksgiving break: Eat turkey, hug grandma, catch up on sleep, and oh yes - hold a book signing.

Jessie Mae Hodsdon, an 18-year-old CIU freshman, is studying Bible and business. But she is also an author and a publisher. As a matter of fact, she's...

November 17, 2010

A 2007 graduate of Columbia International University Seminary & School of Missions is the new manager of Clemson University's Musser Fruit Research Center. Jeff Hopkins, who grew up on a farm in North Carolina, also has extensive experience in agricultural research in Ethiopia. Clemson...

November 15, 2010
Lights will shine on the familiar relief sculpture of the Bible in a new glass-e

"Nothing you can imagine could surpass God's plan for you."

The quote was on the desk of CIU Library Director Jo Ann Rhodes. It was dated Friday, May 7, 2010, the day before an intense fire caused over $2.5 million in damages to the G. Allen Fleece Library. She read it as she surveyed the...

November 12, 2010

The founder of a worldwide ministry to amputees will be the guest speaker at the Columbia International University chapel this Thursday, Nov. 18. Gracie Rosenberger founded the ministry "Standing With Hope" along with her husband Peter Rosenberger, a 1983 graduate of CIU.

...

November 10, 2010
Kelly Monroe Kullberg

By Lenae Simpson
CIU Student Writer

I met Kelly Grecian at the entrance of Shortess Chapel. She was one of 25 or so college and campus ministers who had traveled from all over the Southeast to attend a luncheon at CIU. Grecian told me she dreamed about a luncheon like...

November 09, 2010
CIU students and members of the community gathered in CIU's Pamplin Auditorium t

By Lenae Simpson
CIU Student Writer

I got chills as I read Columbia International University's blog on the third Lausanne Conference on World Evangelization. CIU Chancellor George Murray wrote about the many people he met at the conference who have a connection to CIU...

November 09, 2010
Chili waiting to be sampled.

The annual CIU President's Bowl football games (formerly the North-South Games) is beginning to be upstaged by a new annual pregame activity - the Chili Cook-Off.

This was the fourth annual Chili Cook-Off at CIU. Each year there has been a wide variety of chili's entered in the contest....

November 01, 2010
Sea worthy.

Playing off the Columbia International University mascot - the Cougar, CIU students used ingenuity and teamwork to do some unique boating on the CIU Lake in the first ever "Cougar Cruise." But this was certainly not a cruise on a luxury ocean liner.

The Cougar Cruise was a contest, of men...

October 31, 2010
Dr. John Harvey

By Abbey Shoemaker
CIU Student Writer

CIU emphasized the Authority of Scripture - one of the school's five core values - with a week-long series of chapel messages delivered by selected faculty members.

The week began by recognizing CIU President Emeritus...

October 27, 2010
Some of CIU ladies at "Pieces."

By Lenae Simpson
CIU Student Writer

I was not in the mood to celebrate my femininity on a recent Tuesday night, but I had already agreed to go to "Pieces," Student Union's night of encouragement for on-campus women. Begrudgingly I resigned myself to dressing up and...

October 18, 2010
Philip Yancey

Popular Christian author and Columbia International University alumnus Philip Yancey will be the speaker at CIU's December commencement exercises.

Yancey is the author of 20 books that explore the questions faced by most Christians and include "Where Is God When It Hurts," "Disappointment...

October 10, 2010
Pine View Apartments

By Abbey Shoemaker
CIU Student Writer

In a celebration of God's guidance and provision, members of the Columbia International University family gathered to dedicate the school's new Pine View Apartments to the glory of God.

Expressing the heart of those involved...

October 03, 2010

The famous father of a 1977 Columbia International University graduate discouraged his daughter from attending CIU. Ironically, the father would later in life become a CIU graduate himself, be named alumnus of the year in 2001, and after his death, his memorial service was held at CIU.

The...

October 03, 2010
Rita Hayworth - She maintains her innocence in the murder of Jerry Oilman.

Below is a first-hand account of Columbia International University's 2011 Senior Class Murder Mystery Party - an annual event planned by the students. This year each student played the role of a famous person of the past.

My name is Rita Hayworth, and for those of you who don't...

September 30, 2010
CIU Chancellor George Murray will be in South Africa for Lausanne.

Two Columbia International University educators will be among the 4,000 evangelical leaders from more than 200 countries participating in a major conference on world evangelization this month in Cape Town, South Africa.

CIU Chancellor Dr. George Murray and Professor Dr. Bill Larkin of CIU...

September 29, 2010
Dr. David Olshine

Dr. David Olshine, the director of the Youth Ministry program at Columbia International University will be a featured speaker at the National Youth Workers Convention in Nashville, Tenn., Nov. 19-22. He'll speak on the topic of "Counseling Youth and Families." Olshine's seminar will equip teens...

September 27, 2010
Taking the CIU Tour.

By Lenae Simpson
CIU Student Writer

Preview Days at Columbia International University provide an opportunity for prospective students to experience a bit of CIU culture. Students and parents can attend a "Majors Fair," take a campus tour, worship in chapel, and even...

September 26, 2010
Robertson McQuilkin (center) is honored by Marv Newell of CrossGlobal Link (left

CIU President Emeritus Robertson McQuilkin Honored
By Bob Holmes

One of the nation's largest evangelical mission organizations has honored Columbia International University's president emeritus with the 2010 Lifetime of Service Award.

Dr. Robertson McQuilkin was...

September 19, 2010
Cash and Anne Goldbold receive a resolution honoring them from CIU President Bil

Two couples who served for decades in remote areas at "the ends of the earth" are the 2010 Alumni of the Year at Columbia International University.

Cash ('57) and Ann ('58) Godbold lived for over 30 years in the Sahara Desert of Niger working with the Tuareg people. Their...

September 16, 2010
World Christian Week speaker Robert J. Morgan

By Abbey Shoemaker, CIU student writer

Best-selling author, pastor, and Columbia International University graduate Robert J. Morgan was the keynote speaker during the 2010 Christian Life Conference at CIU. The annual week-long event focuses on CIU's core value of "Victorious Christian...

September 14, 2010
Robertson and Muriel McQuilkin

It's a story that never ends. In 1990, after 22 years as president of Columbia International University, then known as Columbia Bible College, Robertson McQuilkin announced that he would resign to devote full time to Muriel, his wife of 40 years, who was suffering from Alzheimer's disease.

...
September 12, 2010
Dr. Warren Larson

The anniversary of the 9/11 attack on the United States has brought about a lot of discussion on the relationship between Christians and Muslims. The director of the Zwemer Center for Muslim Studies at Columbia Internatinal University, Dr. Warren Larson, is often called on for a biblical...

September 09, 2010
View from the entrance. View from the entrance.

"As long as there's a reference section, I think most of us are just peachy."

That's what a student told Columbia International University Library Director Joanne Rhodes after touring the new temporary library at CIU. The temporary library opened on Sept. 9, four months after a fire caused...

September 06, 2010
Air Force Chaplain Brian Bohlman (left), a CIU alumnus, will be among those part

Nearly two dozen chaplains representing various aspects of chaplaincy ministry will be on the campus of Columbia International University Sept. 13 for a Consultation on Chaplaincy Education. They will be advising CIU Seminary & School of Missions on how to understand chaplaincy education as...

September 06, 2010
"Sorry I'm not 110." Robertson McQuilkin (left) jokes with CIU President Bill Jo

Columbia International University President Emeritus Robertson McQuilkin was presented with a big surprise on his 83rd birthday. The student body, faculty and staff sang "Happy Birthday" to him at the beginning of the chapel service Sept. 7 - his birthday, a day he was the scheduled chapel...

August 22, 2010
A student-inmate is congratulated by CIU President Bill Jones (right) at the fir

Graduates will travel to medium- and maximum-security prisons and bring positive change to the culture

Commencement ceremonies are Aug. 27 for a second group of CIU student-inmates who have completed a two-year associate degree program at a Columbia prison.

The 14 graduates...

August 18, 2010
Kelly Monroe Kullberg

Kelly Monroe Kullberg, author of "Finding God Beyond Harvard" will address a chapel service at Columbia International University on Nov. 9 and speak to a CIU luncheon for college and campus ministers.

Kullberg, a former Harvard professor, is the founder of The Veritas Forum and the editor...

August 18, 2010
Dr. Warren Larson

Dr. Warren Larson, the director of the Zwemer Center for Muslim Studies at Columbia International University is concerned about the approach used by some Christians when conversing with Muslims about religion.

Larson was asked by "Christianity Today" to comment on a situation in Dearborn,...

August 18, 2010
Moving in! Laundry already?

A new school year is getting underway at Columbia International University with a flurry of Welcome Week activities and the freshman orientation ConnectCIU. Classes begin on Aug. 24. Until then new students are finding their way around campus and returning students are getting reacquainted with...

August 12, 2010
CIU professor Dr. Bryan Beyer (right) receives congratulations from Rabbi David

Dr. Bryan Beyer, professor of Old Testament at Columbia International University received the Founder's Medallion from his alma mater, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR), in recognition of his 25 years of scholarship in teaching and publishing.

Beyer was awarded...

August 12, 2010
Sue Thomas with CIU President Bill Jones (left) and CIU President Emeritus Rober

Columbia International University renewed its historic relationship with America's Keswick over the summer during CIU Week at the Keswick Conference Center in Whiting, N.J.

America's Keswick is a multi-generational, cross-cultural ministry that features biblical teaching on Victorious...

August 10, 2010
1More Tour rider Jeremy Rife ponders a question from a CIU student.

By Abbey Shoemaker
CIU Student Writer

A group of Columbia International University students, faculty, and staff gathered in CIU's Moore Fitness Center to celebrate the end of the 1More Tour and hear stories from the riders' 1,800 mile bicycle trip up the East Coast....

August 10, 2010
Construction of the temporary library is moving along quickly.

The building of a temporary library is underway on the campus of Columbia International University following a fire in the G. Allen Fleece Library that occurred in May. The initial estimate of damages was $2.5 million. But school officials say after further inspection, the cost of repairs will...

July 26, 2010
The 1More Tour Team: Jeremy Rife, Matt Densky, Drew Williams, tour coordinator M

1,800 Mile Bicycle Tour of East Coast Ends in Portland, Maine

Five young men on bicycles representing Columbia International University circled the Portland Head Light, a Portland, Maine lighthouse landmark on July 27, ending a 1,800 mile tour of the East Coast that began...

July 26, 2010
Anne Gallagher participates in her first CIU class "Principles of Organizational

The first student in Columbia International University's newest Doctor of Education concentration says CIU's "solid match" of a biblical worldview combined with strong content makes the school's Education Program a perfect fit for Christian school educators.

Ann Gallagher, who is enrolled...

July 22, 2010
Welcome Home! Check out a furnished model at the Open House at Pine View Apartme

The first building at the new Pine View Apartments at Columbia International University is ready for occupancy, and CIU is celebrating with an Open House. Here's your chance to take a look inside the apartments and get your questions answered. The Open House is this Monday, July 26 from 5-7 p.m...

July 13, 2010
Dr. Warren Larson, director of Zwemer Center for Muslim Studies at CIU

It's a hot topic. A Muslim group is proposing to build a multimillion-dollar mosque near the site of the 9-11 terrorist attack in New York City. How should Christians respond? A recent article in Charisma News Online focuses on that question. The online magazine sought out Dr. Warren Larson of...

July 11, 2010
Dr. Jack Layman receives Kingdom Impact Award. Left to right: Director of CIU Al

Nearly 200 Christian school administrators and teachers from around the world are on the campus of Columbia International University this week for the 40th International Institute for Christian School Educators (IICSE). They're attending general sessions, seminars, prayer times, and taking...

June 20, 2010
Dr. Larry Dixon

A book by Columbia International University professor Dr. Larry Dixon is getting attention across North America. "When Temptation Strikes - Gaining Victory Over Sin" discusses how Christians can gain the upper hand over the world, the flesh and the devil. Dixon has done several interviews about...

June 16, 2010
Gov. David Beasley (right) with CIU President Dr. Bill Jones

The newest member of the Columbia International University Board of Trustees is a well-known figure in South Carolina government, and is well-known around the world for his outreach to the nations.

David M. Beasley served as governor of South Carolina from 1995-1999. But his career in...

June 03, 2010

Editor's note: The author is a graduate of the Bible Teaching program at Columbia International University. She teaches Bible in a public school in the United States. But because of opposition from some in our culture who actively oppose any religious discussion in public schools, the writer...

May 20, 2010
The 1More Tour: (left to right) Matt Densky, Israel (“Izzy”) Markle, Grayson Mar

A 1,800 mile summer bicycling tour along the East Coast by five young men will focus on 1More. The idea is not to just peddle 1More mile from Florida to Maine, but it's an opportunity to touch 1More life.

The 1More Tour features four Columbia International University students and one CIU...

May 17, 2010
A worker catalogs the number of a book that was partially damaged by the fire.

Columbia International University junior Johnisha Campbell had a lot on her mind. Finals week was coming up, her husband Patrick was to graduate in a week from CIU Seminary & School of Missions, and now it was time to pick up her five-year-old son P.J. from school. So when she hurried from...

May 16, 2010
Joyce Hoffman

If an award were given out at the 2010 Columbia International University commencement for longest travel distance for a commuter student, Joyce Hoffman would have probably won. Hoffman, 69, who earned a master's degree in biblical studies, commuted weekly to CIU via air from her home in West...

May 12, 2010
Taking away the "surviving books" to be deodorized.

Boxes. Stacks and stacks of boxes. Inside of each carefully-labeled box carted out of the smoke-scented G. Allen Fleece Library are survivors. They are the books that didn't burn in the May 8 fire that heavily damaged the Bible, Bible commentary and theology section of the library.

The...

May 07, 2010

The G. Allen Fleece Library at Columbia International University was heavily damaged by an intense early morning fire May 8. The Columbia Fire Department was called to the scene about 6 a.m. after a student noticed smoke coming from the building and alerted a security guard who called 911. The...

May 06, 2010

If a child in the womb could sing a song to mother what would it sound like? Columbia International University alumnus Bob Bernhardt of Green Bay, Wis. got to wondering that when his wife was pregnant with their youngest, and fifth child. So with a little imagination, the public school music...

May 06, 2010
Bill Supplee leads the choir and student body.

Between 1949 and 1989, G. William "Bill" Supplee exalted the Lord at Columbia International University by directing the Ambassador Choir and teaching music. Because of his devotion to CIU many assumed over those 40 years that he was a CIU alumnus. He wasn't then. But he is now.

Bill...

April 29, 2010
Librarians Helping Patrons: 1st Place. CIU Fleece library staff member helping a

The G. Allen Fleece Library at Columbia International University is a winner in a photo contest sponsored by the South Carolina State Library. The "Day in the Life of South Carolina Libraries" contest was in celebration of the Fourth Annual National Library Week April 11-17. During that week...

April 28, 2010
Kim Abbott and CIU President Bill Jones show off their arms.

Columbia International University's first Athletic Director Kim Abbott demonstrated proper pitching form - and she's not even on the job yet. Abbott was introduced to CIU students at a chapel service April 29, as she joined CIU President Bill Jones in throwing stress balls to the students just...

April 27, 2010
Commencement speaker The Rev. Robert J. Morgan

Commencement exercises for Columbia International University (CIU) will take place on Saturday, May 15. Exercises for the CIU Undergraduate School will begin at 8:30 a.m. and exercises for the CIU Graduate School and CIU Seminary & School of Missions will begin at 11:00 a.m. Both events will...

April 25, 2010
CIU alumna Laura Story with Alumni Ministries Director Roy King

By Abbey Shoemaker
CIU Student Writer

Christian singer/songwriter Laura Story, a 2003 graduate of Columbia International University, was awarded the university's first-ever Recent Alumni Recognition Award on April 25. Story was presented the honor during her participation in "Xpress...

April 21, 2010
Dr. Stephen Farra (left) with CIU Vice President for Educational Affairs, Junias

Dr. Stephen Farra, the director of the Psychology Program at Columbia International University is the recipient of the 2009-2010 Excellence in Teaching Award for Columbia International University. Farra was among 20 professors who were honored at an annual membership dinner of SCICU (South...

April 20, 2010
Gentlemen start your engines! CIU students Jon Shrack and Shelby Purvis get read

With deadlines for papers approaching and finals just a few weeks away, it was time for a break. Columbia International University students took advantage of a price break and got away for an evening at Frankie's Fun Park in Columbia. They took their dates for a spin around the race track,...

April 18, 2010
Laura Story

Columbia International University alumna Laura Story returns to Columbia for performances this weekend at Spring Valley Baptist Church. The concerts culminate a week of outreach by musicians of the church called "XPress Faith!."

Story is a 2003 graudate of CIU and a three-time Dove Award...

April 08, 2010
Alvin Bibbs

By Abbey Shoemaker
CIU Student Writer

The Rev. Alvin Bibbs, the executive director of multicultural church relations for the Willow Creek Association, was the featured chapel speaker for CIU's week-long emphasis on Evangelical Unity, a CIU core value.

Bibbs...

April 08, 2010
Dr. Harvey Payne

Columbia International University President Dr. Bill Jones has announced a number of administrative appointments, and the addition of three new colleges within the university.

The new College of Counseling will be led by associate dean, Dr. Harvey Payne, while Dr. Milt Uecker will lead the...

April 05, 2010
Dr. David Olshine (left) "counsels" Terrace Crawford at the 2010 Youth Ministry

Youth ministers have an important role. But keeping up with teenagers is not easy. That's why graduates of the Columbia International University Youth Ministries Program are invited to take a break each year, retreat to their alma mater and chill out. Youth Ministries Program Director Dr. David...

April 05, 2010
Dr. Warren Larson

What to do about Iran.

A number of Christian leaders in the United States are concerned about what a nuclear armed Iran would mean for the security of the world. Sanctions against Iran are being proposed, but what would that mean for the Christians who live in that nation? Dr. Warren...

March 30, 2010
CIU President Bill Jones (left) greets a guest at Preview Days.

Great things are happening at Columbia International University, and the excitement is contagious.

At CIU's Undergraduate Preview Days in March, a record 86 high school students came to the Columbia campus to check out the school and to see what all the excitement is about.

During...

March 22, 2010
CIU President Bill Jones (right) presents Tony Dungy with a CIU athletic jersey.

Super Bowl champion coach Tony Dungy challenged over 500 people gathered in CIU's Moore Fitness Center gym March 16 to consider if they may represent the older son in Jesus' Parable of the Prodigal Son.

Dungy, who led the Indianapolis Colts to a 2007 Super Bowl win, was at CIU speaking at...

March 15, 2010
CIU Athletic Director Kim Abbott

Former University of South Carolina Women's Golf Coach and Assistant Athletic Director Kim Abbott has been named the first athletic director at Columbia International University (CIU). The announcement is a major step toward an intercollegiate athletics program for the 87-year-old school.

...

March 11, 2010
Katie Venugopal

A 2007 graduate of Columbia International University has received first place honors in an art exhibit at the University of South Carolina. Katie Venugopal, who earned a Bachelor's Degree in Humanities at CIU, won first place in the Graduate division at the 54th Annual USC Student Art Exhibition...

March 09, 2010
Dr. David Garrison

There are 1.3 billion people in the world who have never heard the gospel. God calls all believers to go and make disciples, baptizing them in His name (Matthew 28:19-20), but reaching so many seems overwhelming. World Christian Week at Columbia International University is a time...

March 02, 2010
Dr. Bruce Shelley in 1987.

Dr. Bruce Shelley, a Columbia International University alumnus who went on to serve for 50 years as a professor at Denver Seminary, passed away on Feb. 20. He was 82 years old. Shelley graduated from CIU in 1954, and was named CIU Alumnus of the Year in 1987. He was probably best known by...

March 02, 2010
Construction crews pour concrete at 4 a.m.

It was Feb. 26, 4 a.m. The students of Columbia International University, even the ones who had stayed up late cramming for the next day's assignments, were fast asleep in the residence halls. But within the hour some of them may have picked their heads up off the pillow, if only for a moment,...

March 02, 2010
Aimee Elisabeth Powell

In January, Columbia International University mourned the loss of a 25-year-old alumna. Aimee Elisabeth Powell, class of 2007, died from injuries she suffered in a traffic accident in the Charotte, N.C. area. She was on her way to teach her fourth grade class at SouthLake Christian Academy in...