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2015 BJU Vintage Yearbook Dedicated to Dr. Grace Hargis

Dr. Grace Hargis

Dr. Grace Hargis

GREENVILLE, S.C. (May 5, 2015) – The Bob Jones University (BJU) Vintage staff today announced the dedication of the 2015 yearbook to Dr. Grace Hargis, who has served as a BJU professor for 53 years.

Through her decades of service, Hargis taught a number of courses including Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL), Cultures in Contact, Field Methods in Linguistics, ESL English and Field Methods and Literacy. Each of these classes conveyed her passion for both language and missions.

One of Dr. Hargis’ greatest ongoing accomplishments is perhaps the founding of BJU’s Missionary Linguistics Program in 1974, which she directs and teaches in every other summer. Through this program, Hargis has helped many missionaries understand the basis of the language in the places they plan to minister.

In addition to her work with the linguistics program, Hargis desires to serve missionary endeavors directly during the summers and has helped missionaries with language and taught nationals in Africa, Asia and Central America.

BJU Provost emeritus Dr. Phil Smith said, “Bible translation work is alive and doing well in many countries because Grace was patient and allowed her talents to be used when the timing was right here at the University.”

Hargis earned a BA in Bible in 1960 from BJU.  She also earned a MA in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1961 and a PhD in Linguistics from Indiana University at Bloomington in 1966. She and her husband, Jim, are active members of Faith Baptist Church in Taylors.

Dr. Hargis will continue as a member of BJU’s faculty in the division of Modern Language and Literature.

Stoa to Host National Speech and Debate Tournament at Bob Jones University

StoaGREENVILLE, S.C. (April 15, 2015) – Stoa, a national speech and debate organization for Christian homeschooling families, will host a National Invitational Tournament of Champions (NITOC) at Bob Jones University May 16-23. During the week-long competition, over 650 students from across the country will contend for top spots in three types of debate and 12 speech event categories.

Stoa president Van Schalin stated, “To attend NITOC and see the professional demeanor and professional speaking and debating of hundreds of young people is to have hope for America’s future.”

For the Greenville event, over 800 community judges are needed. Previous experience is not required as training will be provided before each competition round. Volunteers interested in judging one or more rounds may register via the judge registration link at

Organizations that require community service hours for its members will find this opportunity an excellent venue to fulfill those requirements. Volunteers determine the amount of time they want to devote to the event.

Stoa began over six years ago hosting a half dozen tournaments a year in California and now has over 90 tournaments throughout the nation. Students from 30 states, as well as from Canada and Indonesia, participate in the league.

Previous national tournaments have been held in San Diego, California, Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Siloam Springs, Arkansas. Stoa hopes to grow its membership by expanding eastward to Greenville, South Carolina.


Dr. Tim Keesee Chosen as 2015 Christian Book Award Finalist

tim-keeseeGREENVILLE, S.C. (March 25, 2015) — Dr. Tim Keesee of Frontline Missions was chosen recently as a finalist for the New Author category for the 2015 Christian Book Award. His book, Dispatches from the Front: Stories of Gospel Advance in the World, was published by Crossway on May 31, 2014.

Keesee, a Bob Jones University graduate residing in Taylors, was one of 37 finalists chosen by the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA). The Christian Book Award program serves to honor Christian publishing’s best book and Bible releases of the year. The top five titles in fiction, non-fiction, children, inspiration, and Bibles, which includes Bible reference and new author, make up the finalist pool known as the “best Christian books of the year.”

Winners in each category and the Christian Book of the Year™ will be announced on May 5 at the ECPA Awards Banquet in Nashville, Tennessee. The banquet will be held with the ECPA Leadership Summit.

Keesee serves as the executive director of Dispatches from the Front series. The DVD documentary series displays the church around the world and is narrated by Keesee’s journaling. Keesee is also the founder and executive director of Frontline Missions International.

Bob Jones University to Present 2015 Living Gallery April 2-4

Crucifixion - Living Gallery Piece 2012GREENVILLE, S.C. (March 23, 2015) – Now in its 18th year of telling the gospel story through breath-taking living displays of art, the annual Living Gallery at Bob Jones University has become an Upstate Easter tradition.  Programs will be in Rodeheaver Auditorium April 2-4 at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. with an additional program April 4 at 2 p.m.

You will be challenged and inspired by the drama, music and the life-size re-creations of masterpieces brought to life with live human models.

This year’s Living Gallery drama focuses on how God called out to the “lowest” of society, such as Zacchaeus the tax collector, to walk the straight and narrow as well as those who were blatant enemies of the cross such as Saul.

“Saul met God on the road to Damascus as a rival of the Christian faith” says director Jeffrey Stegall, “but God used His glorious light to break the darkness of Saul’s unbelief and transform him into a missionary to bring others to Jesus Christ.”

The program highlights a new sculpture titled Damascus Road, which tells the story of Saul’s conversion. The Damascus Road sculpture was designed by local sculptor Doug Young, who is also well known for several sculptures including Shoeless Joe Jackson, located in downtown Greenville; Gethsemane, located on the campus of North Greenville University; The Patriot, located at J.L. Mann Academy; Della Gillette, located in Gatlinburg, Tennessee; and the Creche for Bob Jones University’s Christmas display. His most recent work is Perrin, located in Perrin’s Park at Cornerstone Baptist Church on Pelham Road in Greenville.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for children ages 6-12. Tickets may be purchased at the BJU Programs and Production box office or by calling (864) 770-1372 from noon to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday or online.

The Museum and Gallery at Bob Jones University is open for extended hours, 2-7 p.m., on Living Gallery performance days. Tickets to the Living Gallery provide free admission to both M&G sites at Bob Jones University and at Heritage Green on April 2-5.

Bob Jones III Apologizes for 1980 Statement

GREENVILLE, S.C. (March 21, 2015) – Earlier this week, Bob Jones University received a petition asking for an apology for a statement former BJU President Bob Jones III made to the Associated Press in 1980 while attending a meeting at The White House. Bob Jones III, the University’s chancellor, issued the following statement today:

“I take personal ownership of this inflammatory rhetoric. This reckless statement was made in the heat of a political controversy 35 years ago. It is antithetical to my theology and my 50 years of preaching a redeeming Christ Who came into the world not to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. Upon now reading these long-forgotten words, they seem to me as words belonging to a total stranger—were my name not attached.

I cannot erase them, but wish I could, because they do not represent the belief of my heart or the content of my preaching. Neither before, nor since, that event in 1980 have I ever advocated the stoning of sinners.

The Bible I love, preach, and try to practice, does not present today the stoning of sinners as God’s way. Its message is the good news that Christ Jesus was condemned on behalf of sinners to rescue all of us from condemnation and judgment by His willing sacrifice, for He was made sin for us that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.

I apologize for the reflection those remarks bring upon Jesus Christ, Whom I love; Bob Jones University, which I have loved and served; and my own personal testimony.”


Bob Jones University Students Win Numerous Awards at NRB Convention

GREENVILLE, S.C. (March 4, 2015) – Fourteen Bob Jones University students won numerous awards during the Intercollegiate National Religious Broadcasters (iNRB) Competition late last month in Nashville, Tennessee, bringing back first, second and third place prizes in several categories.

Students also participated in the National Religious Broadcasters Convention held in the Gaylord Opryland Convention Center following the iNRB Competition.

About 21 teams of students from Christian colleges and universities across the nation participated in the 24-hour challenges. NRB hosted the Digital Video challenge, the Digital Audio challenge, the Digital News challenge, as well as the newly added Public Relations challenge. The challenges began Monday night and ended Tuesday night when projects were submitted.

BJU’s Digital Video Team of Brian French of Newark, Delaware; Rachel Madeira of Dallas, Pennsylvania; Ryan Holmes of Ellington, Connecticut and Danielle Wunker of Taylors won first place in the 24-hour Digital Video challenge.

BJU’s Public Relations Team 1 of Anna Magnuson of Mahtomedi, Minnesota; Kaitlyn Unruh of Greenville; Karen Christine Alamer of Saipan; and Reina Perez of Greenville won first place in the 24-hour Public Relations challenge.

BJU’s Public Relations Team 2 of Laura Hernandez Boone, North Carolina; Kaitee Kozlowski of Bridgewater, New Jersey; and Noel Elijah Vazquez of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, won second place in the 24-hour Public Relations challenge.

BJU’s Digital Audio Team 1 of Dawn Mellinger of Taylors; Maria Ervin of Fairmont, West Virginia; and Noelani Debski of Napa, California, won third place in the 24-hour Digital Audio challenge.

INRB is committed to promoting excellence, integrity and networking opportunities in media. The iNRB seeks to provide a forum where members can network together to share ideas and goals.

Kendra Jeffcott Scores 1,000th Career Point

Bruins womans basketball headshotsGREENVILLE, S.C.  (March 2, 2015) – Bob Jones University Bruins women’s basketball guard Kendra Jeffcott became the first BJU women’s basketball player to score 1,000 career points in school history.  Jeffcott’s milestone came during the Bruins 53-50 home victory over Southern Wesleyan University Sat., Feb. 28.

Jeffcott led the Bruins in scoring during the game with 15 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Two other Bruins players scored in double figures for the game.

Jeffcott is a junior accounting major from Wilton, California.

This season marks the third season that BJU has competed in intercollegiate basketball as a Division I university in the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA).

Greenville Chief of Police Ken Miller to Visit BJU

ChiefKenMillerGREENVILLE, S.C. (March 2, 2015) — Chief Ken Miller of the Greenville Police Department will visit Bob Jones University on Mon., March 16 from 5 to 7 p.m. in Levinson Hall to address BJU’s Criminal Justice Association Forum.

The event will include a drop-in reception during the forum for anyone interested in meeting Chief Miller. Light refreshments will be available.

“I am personally very pleased the City of Greenville selected Ken Miller as the new chief of police,” Dr. Mike Wilkie of the Criminal Justice Association said. “Greenville will be well served under his leadership.”

Chief Miller and Dr. Wilkie were classmates at the FBI National Academy in 2001.

Chief Miller will address the forum beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Members of the public are welcome to attend. Parking is available in the garage directly behind Rodeheaver Auditorium and on campus streets.



Bob Jones University to Host Semi-Annual Blood Connection Drive

BloodConnectionGREENVILLE, S.C. (March 2, 2015) —Bob Jones University will host its semi-annual Blood Connection Drive March 9-13 and will take donations from 11:45 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day.

“The shortage of blood is huge, and every three seconds someone needs a blood donation. The possibility of us needing a donation in our lifetime is 78%,” Christina Wornom, a junior nursing major from Fort Mill, South Carolina, who serves as the community service representative, said.

In addition to saving lives, the Blood Connection has created a new incentive for blood donors. After each donation, donors will receive points that may be used toward a gift card from companies such as Wal-Mart, Target, Amazon and Applebee’s. Donors have the option to redeem their points immediately or save them for even bigger gift cards.

The Community Service Council will also be giving out t-shirts to donors while supplies last.

The Blood Connection will also be taking appointments this year. Donors who sign up for an appointment are given priority; however, setting up an appointment is not required.

Students, alumni and members of the public interested in donating blood are encouraged to eat a good amount or iron-rich foods (i.e. meats, spinach, and broccoli), drink a lot of water, and eat a good meal the day they are donating

The Blood Connection buses will be located outside of the Alumni Building on front campus.


Dr. Bruce Byers Awarded SCFLTA Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr. Bruce Byers (L) and Dr. Arthur Turfa (L), President of SCFLTA

Dr. Bruce Byers (L) and Dr. Arthur Turfa (L), President of SCFLTA

GREENVILLE, S.C. (February 23, 2015) — Dr. Bruce Byers, Chair of the Division of Modern Language and Literature in the College of Arts and Science at Bob Jones University, was recently awarded the South Carolina Foreign Language Teachers Association (SCFLTA) Lifetime Achievement Award during the SCFLTA Conference.

Byers was recognized as the enthusiastic ambassador of the Francophone language and culture and as the face of world language methodology at BJU. He was also recognized for using his talents beyond his “official” duties.

He has taught French to American businessmen at Michelin during the summers and has taught English to newcomers to the United States. He has also participated in mission teams to Quebec and Haiti and has translated numerous sermons into French to be used in French radio broadcasts.

Byers developed the current beginning and intermediate French course syllabi and recently submitted a proposal for a new French major program. He has also co-authored two high school French textbooks as well as published several articles in The French Review, the journal of the American Association of Teachers of French.

He received his bachelor’s degree in French education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, his master’s degree in French from Middlebury College and his PhD in French from Indiana University in Bloomington.

The SCFLTA Lifetime Achievement Award is presented each year to a world language educator, who has demonstrated excellence in, dedication in and commitment to teaching and leadership in world language education throughout his/her career.

Candidates for the award must have at least 15 years of experience in teaching or administration of world language programs. Candidates must also have been a member of the SCFLTA for at least ten years.