BJU Public Relations

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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.

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.