BJU Public Relations

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BJU President Steve Pettit Talks with Janet Mefferd

GREENVILLE, S.C. (July 18, 2014) – Bob Jones University President Steve Pettit was interviewed by nationally syndicated talk show host Janet Mefferd. During the interview, Pettit talked about his conversion and the importance of evangelism.

Matt Ledbetter Receives Scholarships from SCACPA

Matthew LedbetterGREENVILLE, S.C. (July 18, 2014) – Matt Ledbetter, a junior majoring in accounting at Bob Jones University, was recently selected by the South Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants (SCACPA) Educational Fund as a recipient of the SCACPA Scholarship and the Edgar Vaughn Scholarship.

The SCACPA Educational Fund awards annual scholarships to South Carolina residents who are rising juniors, seniors or Master’s degree students majoring in accounting at a South Carolina college or university. Scholarship recipients must have no less than a 3.25 GPA overall (on a 4.0 scale) and no less than a 3.5 GPA in accounting.

Ledbetter, a resident of Greenville, received $1,000 from SCACPA.

Margaret Stegall to Serve as Intern for Senator Tim Scott

Margaret StegallGREENVILLE, S.C. (July 16, 2014) – Margaret Stegall, a sophomore Journalism and Mass Communication major at Bob Jones University, has been selected as an intern for U.S. Senator Tim Scott’s office in Greenville.

Stegall, a resident of Greenville, will serve this summer. Interns are responsible for helping the senator’s staff with a number of tasks including researching issues, assisting the staff as they develop responses to phone and email inquiries from citizens across South Carolina and greeting visitors.

“I’m blessed to have amazing interns who care about and want to serve the citizens of South Carolina,” said Senator Tim Scott. “I’m glad to have Margaret in our Greenville office as it presents an incredible opportunity for her to have a front row seat to see how government works and interact with my staff.”

In addition to interning for Senator Scott, Stegall is a member of the BJU delegation to the South Carolina Student Legislature.


Law Enforcement Agencies to Hold Static Display at Bob Jones University

GREENVILLE, S.C. (July 15, 2014) – The Greenville community is invited to view a static display of law enforcement and military vehicles in front of Bob Jones Academy on the Bob Jones University campus Fri., July 18 from 9-11 a.m.

Law enforcement agencies participating in the event include the South Carolina Highway Patrol, the Greenville County Sheriff’s Department and numerous municipal police departments including Fountain Inn, Greenville, Greer, Mauldin, Simpsonville and Travelers Rest.

Dr. Mike Wilkie, a criminal justice professor at BJU, organized the event in conjunction with the University’s summer criminal justice camp.

The event is free and open to the public. Parking will be available behind the Johnson Residence Hall. To access this parking lot, enter the campus from the Wade Hampton entrance. Go straight until you dead end in front of the Davis Field House. Turn right and the parking lot is immediately on your right.

Carl Long Named Chief of Police

IMG_1490GREENVILLE, S.C. (July 3, 2014) – Congratulations to 1978 Bob Jones University graduate Carl Long on being named the Chief of Police for Duncan, South Carolina.

Prior to being named Chief of Police, Long served in law enforcement for twenty-five years with the South Carolina Highway Patrol. Upon retirement from the Highway Patrol, he joined the Duncan police force in 2005 and was named Chief of Police on July 1st.

Bob Jones University Announces 2014-2015 Concert, Living Gallery and Drama Series

GREENVILLE, S.C. (July 1, 2014) – Bob Jones University today announced the schedule for the University’s 2014-2015 Concert, Living Gallery 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 2014-2015 BJU Concert, Living Gallery and Drama Series schedule is as follows:

BJU Symphony Orchestra  • Oct. 2 – 8 p.m. • Founder’s Memorial Amphitorium (FMA)

The University’s Symphony Orchestra, under the director of Dr. Michael W. Moore, presents an evening with guest artist David Kim, concertmaster of The Philadelphia Orchestra. The program will feature Camille Saint-Saëns’ Violin Concerto No. 3, Jules Massenet’s “Meditation” from Thais, and other works.

The Taming of the Shrew • Nov. 20-21–8 p.m.; Nov. 22–2 p.m. • Rodeheaver Auditorium (RA)

Suitors, suitors everywhere for the charming Bianca—and not a “prospector” in sight for her ornery sister, Kate. But when Petruchio strides into town in pursuit of a bride, Kate insists that a twenty-mule team couldn’t drag her down the aisle. The Classic Players strike gold in the rip-roarin’ production of one of Shakespeare’s best-loved comedies.

Cantus • Jan. 27–8 p.m. • FMA

Cantus is a professional vocal chamber ensemble consisting of nine men singing in a TTBB (tenor, tenor, baritone, bass) voice arrangement. This group is known for its innovative concert programming, often drawing from numerous genres—including classical, folk, spirituals and orchestral-vocal repertoire.

Living Gallery – “Rivals on the Road” • April 2-3–4:30 and 7:30 p.m.; April 4–2. 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. • RA

“Rivals on the Road” will highlight the struggles of two characters as each in his own way deals with who Jesus of Nazareth really is and how they will respond to the Messiah. See 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.

Information and tickets are available here. For further information, please call (864) 770-1372. Individual tickets for all productions will be available for purchase on Mon., Sept. 1.

Mellinger Selected for NRB’s Distinguished Oxford Scholars Program

Dawn MellingerGREENVILLE, S.C. (June 25, 2014) – National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) recently selected Dawn Mellinger of Denver, Pennsylvania as one of six college students to participate in a two-week study abroad trip to Jesus College in the heart of Oxford University.

Mellinger, a senior journalism and mass communication major at Bob Jones University, will participate in the Oxford method “one on one” tutorials (research and writing) with a distinguished scholar. During the study, Mellinger will complete four essays in either communication, film, theology, ethics or philosophy.

“Dawn has done superb work in our program here at BJU, and we are very proud of her acceptance as an NRB Oxford Distinguished Scholar,” said Dr. Darren Lawson, Dean of the School of Fine Arts and Communication at Bob Jones University. “We know this experience will greatly enhance her current studies and future career.”

The study tour will be led by NRB President and CEO Dr. Jerry A. Johnson. The tour will also be joined by Dr. Harold Rawlings, an expert on the history of the English Bible, and Bill Blount, NRB Board Chairman.

BJU Responds to Al Jazeera America Report

GREENVILLE, S.C. (June 19, 2014) –Bob Jones University released the following statement regarding the Al Jazeera America story which aired on June 17, 2014. It may be attributed to Randy Page, director of public relations at BJU:

“Caring for our students and alumni is of utmost concern. Rape, abuse and neglect are not the fault of any victim. Those who perpetuate these horrific crimes bear full responsibility for their actions and should be prosecuted.

Believing that all forms of abuse and neglect are abhorrent, Bob Jones University embarked on a program in 2011 to review and improve our response to students who report abuse. In subsequent months we have updated policies, implemented awareness training, appointed a full-time abuse counselor, and appointed an ombudsman to review our policies and past responses to abuse. It is our desire to continue to serve and improve our care for the hurting and abused.”

Darrin Hassevoort Named Dean of Fine Arts and Humanities at Chattanooga State

hassevoortCongratulations to Bob Jones University alumnus Darrin Hassevoort. Hassevoort, a resident of Chattanooga, Tennessee, was recently named Dean of Fine Arts and Humanities at Chattanooga State.  Hassevoort earned a BMus in Voice in 1994 and a MMus in Voice Performance in 1996 from BJU. Congratulations, Dean Hassevoort!

Mark Vowels Talks About Discipleship and Church Planting with Janet Mefferd

GREENVILLE, S.C. (June 10, 2014) – Mark Vowels, who serves as a professor at Bob Jones University, recently spoke with nationally syndicated radio talk show host Janet Mefferd about discipleship and church planting. During the June 6th broadcast, their conversation centered on Vowels’ blog post from the School of Religion blog.