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Bob Jones University Announces 2016-2017 Concert, Opera and Drama Series

GREENVILLE, S.C. (August 26, 2016) – Bob Jones University today announced the schedule for the University’s 2016-2017 Concert, Opera and Drama Series. The series will once again bring to Greenville world-renowned artists and exciting performances. All performances are open to the public.

The 2016-2017 BJU Concert, Opera and Drama Series schedule includes:

The 5 Browns

Sept. 27 – 8 p.m.

Founder’s Memorial Amphitorium

Enjoy an evening of music with The 5 Browns—siblings who have created an unprecedented musical concert attraction. Performing on five pianos and in various ensemble combinations, they are a singular quintet of world-class concert pianists dedicated to bringing classical music to the lives of people everywhere.

Little Women: The Broadway Musical

Nov. 17, 18 – 8 p.m.

Nov. 19 – 2 p.m.

Rodeheaver Auditorium

Little Women: The Broadway Musical follows the saga of the March sisters—Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy—as they grow up in Civil War America. With music by Jason Howland and lyrics by Mindi Dickstein, this production is sure to charm young and old alike.


Jan. 26, 27 – 8 p.m.

Rodeheaver Auditorium

Filled with hope, humanity and humor, Wiesenthal is the riveting true story of Simon Wiesenthal, an ordinary man who did extraordinary things. Nicknamed the “Jewish James Bond,” he devoted his life to bringing more than 1,100 Nazi war criminals to justice. Intelligent, funny, flawed and noble, Wiesenthal was a universal hero. His unbelievable dedication and tenacity over decades is honored in this play, which gives equal weight to his wisdom and wit during his long, purposeful life.


March 2 – 8 p.m.

Founder’s Memorial Amphitorium

The choirs of BJU present an outstanding evening of music with acclaimed guest choir, Rivertree Singers, and renowned guest composer, Dan Forrest. This concert, under the direction of Warren Cook, features performances by individual choirs and culminates with comments by Dan Forrest and a combined choral/orchestral performance of his new major choral work, Jubilate Deo. This seven-movement setting of Psalm 100, “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord,” sets portions of the Psalm in eight different languages, representing all the earth resounding with joy.

“Merchant of Venice”

March 16, 17, 18 – 8 p.m.

Rodeheaver Auditorium

One of the best known and best loved of Shakespeare’s plays, with its great central figure, Shylock, played by Bob Jones III.

Living Gallery – “The Savior’s Call”

April 13, 14 – 4:30 and 8 p.m.

April 15 – 2, 4:30 and 8 p.m.

Rodeheaver Auditorium

A boldly unique, dramatic presentation of sacred masterworks of art depicting Christ’s ministry and passion. See these great paintings “come alive” in life-size re-creations on the Rodeheaver stage as choirs, instrumentalists and costumed actors re-create scenes from our Lord’s ministry on earth. This year’s presentation features Dan Forrest’s musical work Requiem for the Living and dramatizes Christ’s invitation to His followers: come, eat, drink and rest.

Information and tickets are available starting Sept. 1 at For further information, call (864) 770-1372.

BJU Summer Camps Reach Record Numbers

BJU Summer Camps

BJU Summer Camps

GREENVILLE, S.C. (August 25, 2016) – Bob Jones University’s 2016 summer camps saw the highest attendance numbers in their history. Both the EDUCamps and the Bruins Sports Camps saw significant increase in their attendance records.

“I was extremely excited about how our faculty and staff worked together to create synergy that pushed our summer camp program forward,” said Dr. Bobby Wood, BJU’s Chief Enrollment Officer.  “From the new branding of EDUCamps, to the creation of new camps, the whole university family played a vital role in making this happen.”

BJU hosted nearly 1,400 campers over the course of the summer with ages ranging from 6-18 years old. BJU’s EDUCamps, comprised of 12 academic camps, saw over 700 campers this year, which was a 62% increase from the previous year. The Bruins Sports Camps, which featured 14 athletic camps, saw over 600 campers, a 62% increase from 2015. Overall, attendance numbers at all BJU camps was up 58% from previous years.

BJU’s EDUCamps offer students experience in areas such as art and design, film, theatre, culinary arts, criminal justice, music and more. These camps give students the opportunity to learn new things and develop a variety of skills in an environment that applies those skills both professionally and spiritually. Each camp is taught by BJU professors and experts in the subject area.

Bruins sports camps focus on athletic development in soccer, basketball and volleyball but also emphasize the importance of glorifying God through sports. Each camp has a variety of player instruction, drills and games while also featuring daily devotional times from Bruins coaches and players.

Next summer, BJU will once again offer a variety of both academic and athletic camps. For more information about Bruins summer camps can be found by visiting and

Walter to Join English Faculty at BJU

Kelly Walter

Kelly Walter

GREENVILLE, S.C. (August 25, 2016) – Kelly Walter will serve as an English instructor in the Division of English Language and Literature in the College of Arts and Sciences at Bob Jones University this fall.

“Kelly proved to be an excellent teacher when she was a graduate teaching assistant in the freshman English program, so I’m especially glad to have her now as a full-time English faculty member,” says Dr. Renae Wentworth, dean of the College of Arts and Science at BJU. “Her students will benefit greatly from both her love for teaching and her dedication to their success.”

Walter earned a BS in English Education (2012) with an emphasis in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) and an MA in English (2014) from BJU.

Walter previously served as secondary author, project editor and proofreader at BJU Press. She also served as a facilitator for an online English Composition and Rhetoric course, interacting with students, grading, reporting grades, and assisting students with technical difficulties.

At BJU, Walter previously served as an instructor in BJU’s English Department, where she taught English Composition and Rhetoric. She also served as a graduate faculty assistant in the English department while earning her master’s degree.

Walter completed her student teaching experience at Riverside High School, where she taught high-school English, and her practicum experience in TESL at Wade Hampton High School. Her certifications include a Professional Certificate in Online Education from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, the Initial Teacher’s Certification for Middle-Level English in South Carolina, the Initial Certification for Secondary English in South Carolina, and the Advanced Certification for Teaching English as a Second Language.

“I’m thrilled to be joining the faculty of Bob Jones University, and more particularly, the Division of English Language and Literature,” says Walter. “The opportunity to interact with and train students seeking to answer God’s call on their lives is a privilege I am very thankful for.”

West to Serve as Assistant Professor of Studio Art at BJU

Amanda West

Amanda West

GREENVILLE, S.C. (August 24, 2016) – Amanda West will join the faculty of Bob Jones University as an assistant professor of Studio Art in the School of Fine Arts and Communication this fall. West previously served as an assistant teacher and substitute teacher at First Baptist Church of Alexandria, Virginia, preschool ministry.

“Amanda West’s artistic and pedagogical expertise will greatly benefit the students in the Division of Art and Design,” says Dr. Darren Lawson, dean of the School of Fine Arts and Communication. “She has a strong academic background and a superb portfolio of work. We are honored to have her joining the faculty.”

West earned a BFA in Drawing and Painting (2009) from East Carolina University and a MFA in Studio Art with a concentration in Drawing (2011) from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. West’s areas of specialization include drawing, painting, and monotype.

West is the creator, designer and owner of Thwacked!, a hand-made hammered jewelry company she opened in 2013. She also served as program assistant and art instructor at Pocosin Arts in Columbia, art camp teacher for The Art League in Alexandria, and as teacher and designer of an art workshop at Bridging the Gap Youth Camp in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

At the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, West served as a teacher of record and a teaching assistant for the Fundamentals of Drawing course as well as a graduate assistant in the art office, for the Art Education program, and for a variety of art courses.

West has received several honors and scholarships. From the University of North Carolina, she was given the Thrush Scholarship and accompanying Graduate Assistantship and out-of-state tuition waiver as well as the Adelaide Fortune Holderness Graduate Fellowship and accompanying Graduate Assistantship and out-of-state tuition waiver. She also received the Art Enthusiasts scholarship from East Carolina University and was named the Artist-in-Residence at Pocosin Arts.

West has participated in numerous exhibitions, both solo and two-person shows, in venues such as the Art League in Alexandria, the Durham Arts Guild in North Carolina, the Greenville Museum of Art, Emerge Gallery in Greenville, Christina Ray Gallery in New York, the Schuler School of Fine Arts in Baltimore, Maryland, the Weatherspoon Art Museum in Greensboro, and many others.

West has also done a number of private commissions for clients throughout the United States and internationally. Her professional affiliations include The Art League in Alexandria, the Dare County Arts Council in North Carolina, East Carolina University’s Painting Guild, and the Golden Key International Honor Society, for which she previously served as vice president and director of membership.

Bob Jones University Kicks Off 90th Academic Year

 GREENVILLE, S.C. (August 24, 2016) – Bob Jones University kicks off a yearlong celebration of its 90th academic year Monday, Aug. 29, during the annual opening exercises which this year will feature remarks by BJU President Steve Pettit, Greenville Mayor Knox White, BJU Board Chairman Larry Jackson and BJU Chancellor Bob Jones III.

“Ninety years is an incredible accomplishment,” says BJU President Steve Pettit. “Through the decades, we’ve seen God work and are thankful we can say that what BJU is and what we do is done by God’s grace, and for God’s glory.”

In addition to celebrating the 90th academic year, BJU is celebrating 70 years in Greenville. BJU was known as Bob Jones College and operated in College Point, Florida, and Cleveland, Tennessee, before moving to Greenville in 1947 and expanding its offerings to become a university.

Largely focused on celebrating the incoming Class of 2020, opening exercises traditionally includes a procession of the freshmen class at the beginning of the event, as well as charges from the president, faculty members and student leaders.

Founded in 1927 by evangelist Bob Jones Sr., BJU is a biblically faithful Christian liberal arts university focused on educating the whole person to reflect and serve Christ. BJU offers a unique blend of rigorous academic programs, discipleship, and character and leadership development. BJU is committed to the truth of Scripture and to pursuing excellence in all we do.

BJU provides over 100 undergraduate and graduate programs in religion, education, fine arts and communication, arts and science, and business. BJU has 2,700 students from nearly every state and more than 40 countries.

Dunn to Serve as Associate Professor of Business Administration at BJU

Adele Dunn

Adele Dunn

GREENVILLE, S.C. (August 23, 2016) – Dr. Adele Dunn will join the Bob Jones University faculty this fall as an associate professor of Business Administration in the School of Business. Dunn previously served as a Senior Lecturer in Marketing at the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland, specializing in innovation and entrepreneurship.

“Adele is an experienced educator, with proven success in the business world,” says Mike Buiter, dean of the School of Business at BJU. “Adele has a heart for the gospel, for doing God’s will, and for serving others. She is particularly excited to be in a Christ-centered environment where she can share her business knowledge and experience through the lens of a biblical worldview.”

Dunn earned a BS (Hons) in Food Services (1989) and a PhD (1993) from Queen’s University in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Dunn also earned a Post-Graduate Certificate and Diploma in Further and Higher Education (1996) and an MSc in Innovation and Entrepreneurship (2007) from the University of Ulster in Coleraine, Northern Ireland.

Previously, Dunn served as a research assistant at Queen’s University as well as a lecturer and acting department head at the University of Ulster. She has also been published in multiple scholarly journals and has also participated in several research projects for industry in the European Union.

Dunn has demonstrated a sustained record of teaching innovations that have impacted substantially higher education, including the development of a strategic partnership between Babson College and the University of Ulster. Dunn also chaired the Ulster Business School Placement Tutors Group, an organization which coordinates over 300 business internships annually.

Dr. Dunn is relocating to the Greenville area with her husband and two children who will attend Bob Jones Academy.

Batdorf Will Serve as Assistant Professor of Science Education at BJU

Brad Batdorf

Brad Batdorf

GREENVILLE, S.C. (August 22, 2016) – Dr. Brad Batdorf will serve as assistant professor of science education in the School of Education at Bob Jones University this fall. Batdorf previously served as program coordinator and adjunct faculty for the Science Education program at BJU as well as the secondary writers manager and secondary science writer at BJU Press.

“Dr. Batdorf brings great experience and passion to the Division of Teacher Education’s Science education programs,” said Dr. Brian Carruthers, dean of the School of Education. “We are excited to have Dr. Batdorf provide leadership and inspire growth in these important programs.”

Batdorf earned a BS in Science Education (1985) and EdD in Curriculum and Instruction (2012) from BJU. He also earned an MA in Biology (1988) from The Citadel.

Batdorf served as an adjunct instructor for the School of Education at BJU and for the Zoo Science program at Friends University in Wichita, Kansas. He was also a secondary science and math teacher at Northside Christian School in North Charleston, South Carolina.

Batdorf is a member of the National Science Teachers Association and has been certified by the South Carolina Board of Education in Secondary Science. He has presented more than 80 in-service workshops for teachers at multiple private schools in the United States and the Philippines with diverse student populations on topics such as teaching strategies, assessment, science content, and student learning, many with an emphasis on teaching science to schools.

Outside of the classroom, Batdorf is an active member of Suber Road Baptist Church in Greer, where he has served as an adult Sunday school teacher, choir member and deacon. He has also participated in a weekly ministry at the Overcomers Center at Miracle Hill in Greenville.

“I’m thrilled to be coordinating the science education program–more than 30 years after I completed this same degree,” says Batdorf. “Though teaching standards and technology have certainly changed, the School of Education’s commitment to ‘preparing Christian teachers to be models of learning and life’ is stronger than ever. I trust that I can have the same impact on my students that so many faithful professors had on my life.”

A resident of Greer, he and his wife have two adult daughters, both alumnae of BJU.

Hamrick to Join Education Faculty at BJU

Anna Hamrick

Anna Hamrick

GREENVILLE, S.C. (August 19, 2016) – Anna L. Hamrick will serve as an instructor in the School of Education at Bob Jones University this fall. Hamrick also serves as a teacher in the Learning Resource Center at Bob Jones Academy (BJA) and previously served as the advisor and adjunct professor in the School of Education at BJU.

“The Division of Teacher Education is excited to welcome Anna as a member of our faculty,” said Dr. Brian Carruthers, dean of the School of Education. “Anna’s training in special education and literacy will help meet very specific needs in the division.”

Hamrick earned a BS in Elementary Education (1998) and a MEd in Special Education (1999) from BJU. Hamrick has furthered her education by continuing to take specialized education courses from universities and organizations such as MidAmerica Nazarene University, Furman University, BJU and AACS Continuing Education.

In addition to her work at BJU, Hamrick has served as a substitute teacher for Greenville County Schools, and as an elementary music teacher, seventh grade math and English teacher at Colonial Christian School in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Hamrick’s South Carolina certifications include elementary, generic special education and learning disabilities, and she has taught a course in Exceptional Young Children at BJU since 2013. She is also a member of the International Literacy Association and has completed Ministry Safe Child Sexual Abuse Awareness training.

Outside of the classroom, Hamrick is an active member of Calvary Baptist Church in Simpsonville, serving as the nursery director, shower coordinator, and ladies retreat committee member and coordinator.

“The faculty and staff at Bob Jones University made such an impact on me when I was a student,” says Hamrick. “I’m thrilled to now have that same opportunity as I work with college students who are training to teach the next generation.”

A resident of Simpsonville, she and her husband have two children who attend Bob Jones Academy. In addition to her service at BJU, Hamrick will continue to serve on the elementary education faculty of BJA.

Fellenger to Serve as Assistant Professor of Nursing at BJU

Jodie Fellenger

Jodie Fellenger

GREENVILLE, S.C. (August 18, 2016) – Jodie A. Fellenger will join the Bob Jones University faculty this fall as an assistant professor of Nursing in the College of Arts and Sciences. Fellenger previously served as a nursing instructor at the Lancaster County Career and Technology Center in Willow Street, Pennsylvania.

“Jodie comes to BJU as a highly experienced nurse and nursing educator who has a true passion for training the next generation of nurses,” said Dr. Renae Wentworth, dean of the College of Arts and Science. “We couldn’t be more thrilled to have her as part of our nursing faculty.”

Fellenger earned a BS in Nursing (2006) from Eastern Mennonite University in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and an MS in Nursing Education (2016) from Alvernia University in Reading, Pennsylvania, where she serves as a community advisory board member.

A resident of Denver, Pennsylvania, Fellenger served at Lancaster General Health as an endoscopy nurse. She also served as a staff nurse on the short procedure unit, in the pre-admission testing department, and the medical/surgical unit at Brandywine Hospital and Trauma Center in Coatesville. Fellenger also gained clinical experience working as a staff nurse at Montgomery County Geriatric Center in Royersford.

In addition to her clinical experience, Fellenger is an active member of Calvary Bible Fellowship Church, through which she has served as a faith community nurse and a committee member of Disaster Relief. Fellenger has also participated in several medical missions trips to Mexico as well as serving with Water Street Rescue Mission.

“I am looking forward to teaching the fundamentals of nursing to prepare today’s student for our future healthcare needs utilizing a Biblical Worldview,” says Fellenger.

Polson to Serve as Division Chair at BJU

Lonnie Polson

Lonnie Polson

GREENVILLE, S.C. (August 17, 2016) – Dr. Lonnie Polson will serve as an associate professor of Communication and as Chair of the Division of Communication in the School of Fine Arts and Communication this fall.

“We are thrilled that Dr. Polson is rejoining the faculty and resuming the position of chair of the Division of Communication,” says Dr. Darren Lawson, dean of the School of Fine Arts and Communication at BJU. “With decades of teaching experience and an extensive performance history, Dr. Polson brings a wealth of experience to benefit both the students and faculty under his leadership.”

Polson earned a BA (1975) and an MA (1979) in Performance Studies, an MS in Educational Administration (1987), and an EdD in Administrative Leadership and Supervision (1990) from BJU.

Polson served previously on faculty at BJU in the Division of Speech Communication, teaching classes such as Fundamentals of Speech, Classroom Communication, and Speech and Vocal Skills. He served as the chair of the Freshman Speech Department, chair of the Theatre Department, chair of the Speech Education Department, and eventually assumed the chairmanship of the Division of Speech Communication.

In addition to his service at BJU, Polson served as an adjunct faculty member for Greenville Technical College and Tri-County Technical College. He has conducted numerous workshops and given dozens of presentations in the areas of communication and classroom management in venues such as Michelin Corporation, the American Association of Christian Schools, the Keystone Christian School Association, and the Carolinas Association for Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers. He is also the author of two publications, The Christian Teaching of Speech and Effective Speech for the Christian, published with the BJU Press.

Polson was also an active member of the BJU Classic Players, appearing in or directing over forty dramatic productions. He also worked with six Living Gallery productions at BJU and played lead roles in four motion pictures from Unusual Films, BJU’s film production company.

“My wife and I are thrilled to return to the BJU ministry,” says Polson. “I’m eager to work with the Division of Communication team to help BJU students become effective communicators for Christ and articulate ambassadors for His kingdom.”

Outside of the classroom, Polson previously served as the pastor of Community Bible Church of Holly Springs located in Inman. He and his wife, Margaret, live in Lyman.