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Statement from Bob Jones University


GREENVILLE, S.C. (July 20, 2015) – The following statement was released by Bob Jones University in response to the City of Greenville Police Department’s release today regarding their investigation. This statement may be attributed to Randy Page, director of public relations at BJU:

“Bob Jones University appreciates the efforts of the Greenville Police Department and the Solicitor’s Office in their investigation. During the investigation, the University fully cooperated and provided all information requested by the investigation team. We believed our actions were not in violation of South Carolina law. We are pleased the investigation found no such violation.”

David Kim Returns to BJU As Artist in Residence

DavidKimGREENVILLE, S.C.  (July 15, 2015) — Violinist David Kim will be returning to Bob Jones University this fall as an artist in residence in the Division of Music. Kim will be coaching students in the school’s orchestral program, holding a masterclass, teaching private lessons, and performing for the students and faculty. Kim’s residency will run October 14-16.

“When I visited Bob Jones University last season, I absolutely fell in love with the place,” Kim said. “The spirit, high quality, and most of all, many new friends in Christ, made it an unforgettable experience. I am blessed and delighted to return this fall.”

Kim is the concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra, a position he has held for 16 years.

“We are so grateful for the opportunity to continue our relationship with Mr. Kim,” said Dr. Michael Moore, conductor of the BJU Symphony Orchestra. “It’s such a privilege for our students to work with an artist of his caliber and spirit, and we look forward to his visit with much anticipation.”

Bob Jones University Hosts National Hoops Ministries Tournament

GREENVILLE, S.C. (July 13, 2015) – Bob Jones University, in partnership with National Hoops Ministries (NHM), is hosting a national 3-on-3 basketball tournament this week on the BJU campus.

Players from across the country are participating in the tournament camp and BJU Bruins coaches and players are serving as counselors and assistants to the NHM staff.  With daily skills sessions, chapel and 3-on-3 tournaments, players are able to develop both basketball and life skills.

“We’re pleased to host this national tournament at BJU as it promotes our mission of using sports as a platform for ministry.” Bruins’ Athletics Director and men’s basketball coach Neal Ring said.

Mike Washer, a 1999 graduate of BJU, started NHM through his church in Spartanburg, South Carolina.  The church hosted a 3-on-3 basketball tournament annually where participants would compete with the eventual prize being a trip to the NBA All-Star Game festivities. Participants were also given the Gospel through devotionals and one-on-one interaction.

“Basketball is just a simple tool,” said Washer. “This ministry is not about basketball, but about Christ – and seeing needy souls come to know Him.”

As the tournament’s popularity grew, many recommended taking this unique ministry “on the road.” NHM began as a small-town event in Spartanburg and has become a nationwide tournament with dozens of teams.

“Through opportunities such as NHM, I trust our coaches, players and others will have a renewed passion to effectively use sports as a platform for ministry,” Ring said. “My prayer is that we will see young men whose lives are impacted through this ministry make a difference on their teams and in their communities.”

Members of the Greenville community are welcome to attend a special Friday afternoon “showcase” in which players will compete in a skills competition, 3-point shooting contest as well as the 3-on-3 championship. The festivities begin at 3 p.m. in the Davis Field House on the BJU campus. There is no charge for the event.


BJU Responds to Supreme Court Decision

GREENVILLE, S.C. (June 26, 2015) – The following statement was released by Bob Jones University in response to today’s decision by the Supreme Court of the United States in Obergefell v. Hodges. The statement may be attributed to Randy Page, director of public relations at BJU:

“Earlier today, the Supreme Court of the United States overrode the good judgment of tens of millions of Americans in states across the country who have reaffirmed marriage as the union of a man and a woman. Here in South Carolina, 78 percent of voters overwhelmingly passed an amendment to the state constitution in 2006 which affirmed the biblical definition of marriage to consist solely of the union of one man and one woman.

The Court clearly overstepped its proper role as nothing in the Constitution of the United States mandates a nationwide redefinition of marriage.

Today, the Supreme Court created a threat to religious liberty for countless citizens, churches and religious organizations across the nation who should have the constitutional right to live out their faith in all facets of their lives.

No person or entity—whether a church, college, university, school or faith-based charity—should be punished by the government for exercising their constitutional rights of religion, free speech and association as they uphold and defend traditional marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

While the Court changed the definition of marriage, there are a number of things it did not change. God’s truth about marriage did not change. Man’s need for God’s grace in salvation did not change. Believers’ commitment to love Jesus Christ by obeying His commands and to serve people by showing His love did not change.”


BJU Welcomes Class of 2019 for Summer Orientation

GREENVILLE, S.C. (June 19, 2015) – Bob Jones University welcomes the Class of 2019 to campus for summer orientation over the next two weekends.

Incoming students and their parents will attend informational sessions about the BJU experience, have the opportunity to ask questions regarding academics, financial aid and student life and generally become familiar with the campus.

Additionally, students will meet faculty members and receive academic and career counsel and register for their fall classes.

“Summer orientation provides students and parents the opportunity to experience BJU,” said Mrs. Rebecca Weier, BJU’s First Year Experience Director. “Students who attend this exciting, fact-filled program will be better prepared when classes begin in September.”

Our Thoughts and Prayers Are With The Families of the Nine Victims

The thoughts and prayers of the Bob Jones University family are with the families of the nine victims and the members of Emanuel AME Church during this tragic time of loss. We were deeply saddened as we heard that nine congregants, including their beloved pastor, were brutally murdered during a Bible study. It is difficult to imagine the incredible sense of loss each victim’s family is experiencing at this time. We mourn with them.

Thankfully, God never leaves us or forsakes us. He is our rock, our shelter and our fortress—and He is one who loves, comforts and guides us even in horrific tragedy.

It is especially difficult for a church to lose its pastor. The Reverend Honorable Clementa Pinckney served his congregation and the people of South Carolina—both those in his district and across the state—with honor and distinction.

We are committed to praying for the families of the victims and the members of Emanuel AME Church that each would know and feel the love of our Heavenly Father as we grieve those who passed and remember their legacies for years to come.

AAA Carolinas Announces Distracted Driving Campaign at BJU

AAACarolinasPressConferenceGREENVILLE, S.C. (June 17, 2015) – AAA Carolinas announced their “Life Has No Redial. Stay Off the Phone!” campaign today in front of Rodeheaver Auditorium on the Bob Jones University campus.

Tiffany Wright, the public relations manager for AAA Carolinas and the president of AAA Carolinas Foundation for Traffic Safety, kicked off the awareness campaign in front of a large truck emblazoned with the campaign logo, as well as a vehicle that claimed the life of a North Carolina teen who was texting while driving.

Tammy Garlock, executive director of Dying Changes Everything and the mother of Brian Garlock who lost his life using his cell phone while driving in 2008, spoke passionately about her son’s story and urged everyone to stay off the phone while driving.

According to AAA, cell phone use accounts for over 300,000 collisions and over 2,500 vehicle fatalities each year. Additionally, a driver who uses their cell phone while driving is 4 times more likely to be involved in a crash while those who text have a 23 times higher risk of experiencing a crash.


Kevin Isgett Wins First Place in Artisphere Juried Exhibition

RedRunGREENVILLE, S.C. (May 27, 2015) – Congratulations to Bob Jones University faculty member Kevin Isgett for winning First Place in Artisphere’s Artist of the Upstate Juried Exhibition.

Kellen Funk Awarded Highest Honor for Graduate Student at Princeton University

funkGREENVILLE, S.C. (May 27, 2015) – Congratulations to 2007 Bob Jones University graduate, Kellen Funk, who was recently awarded a Porter Ogden Jacobus Fellowship at Princeton University, the highest honor bestowed on a graduate student at Princeton.

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.