BJU Public Relations

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BJU Invites Greenville Community to Annual Carol Sing and Lighting Ceremony

GREENVILLE, S.C. (November 30, 2015) – Bob Jones University invites the Greenville community to celebrate the holiday season at BJU’s annual Christmas Carol Sing and Lighting Ceremony at the center of campus Friday, Dec. 4, at 6:30 p.m.

“We look forward to welcoming friends from across the Upstate as we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ,” said BJU President Steve Pettit. “People of all ages will enjoy this incredible family event as we kick-off the Christmas season at BJU.”

Prior to the Lighting Ceremony, the Bob Jones Academy Elementary School Vocal Ensemble, consisting of 24 fifth and sixth grade students under the direction of Joanie Pegram, will present a concert at 6:10 p.m. This vocal ensemble regularly performs for school chapels and special concerts each year. As part of their celebration of the Christmas season, they will present concerts at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, the BJU Museum and Gallery and Greenville Memorial Hospital.

The University Singers, BJU’s freshman choir, will join the crowd in singing well-loved carols and other traditional Christmas music. President Pettit will welcome those attending and read a selection of Scripture. As Opus 6, the official vocal performance ensemble of the BJU Department of Vocal Studies, sings “O Holy Night,” the switch will be flipped to light the thousands of lights on campus.  The program will conclude with additional carols and the “Hallelujah Chorus” from “Messiah.”

Following the Lighting Ceremony, BJU will be presenting a Christmas Living Gallery in Rodeheaver Auditorium at 8 p.m. 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.



Bruins Soccer Receives NCCAA Region Awards

BruinsSoccerGREENVILLE, S.C. (November 24, 2015) — The Bruins men’s soccer team suffered a disappointing end to the 2015 season as the team fell 5-2 to Southern Wesleyan University in the semi-final round of the NCCAA DI south regional playoffs. The Bruins finished the season at 10-7.

Several Bruins players on the team were recognized for their impressive play during the course of the season and the Bruins team captured the sportsmanship award for the region. This is awarded to the team with the fewest cautions and red cards throughout the season.

“It is certainly a privilege to win the sportsmanship award,” Coach Jesse McCormick said. “I believe this shows a sincere effort by our players to reflect Christ well in the matches that we play.”

Bruins’ captain Ryan McCarty and defenseman Travis Woodham were each named to the all-tournament team for their performance during the regional playoffs. McCarty and Woodham joined AJ Redlinger as players named to the All-Region 2nd team, while Bruins’ striker Matt Moore received All-Region 1st team honors.

“I am excited to see the players be rewarded for their hard work and effort throughout the year,” Coach McCormick said. “The four player receiving awards are well deserving and I believe they have reflected Christ well both on and off the field this past season. Travis has been one of the most consistent players for our team the last 4 years and has done a great job for us defensively this season. Ryan McCarty has been a leader on and off the field. Both Ryan and Matt have been a major part of our success offensively since the start of the program. AJ has done a great job with his consistent strong play in the midfield on both sides of the ball.”

Although the Bruins fell short of their expectations on the field, the team continued to show Christ on and off the pitch this year. With these four players being recognized with individual awards, the program continues to prove it has what it takes to compete in the National Christian College Athletic Association DI south region.

This article was written by Bruins sports information director Jonny Gamet and also appeared on 

BJU Computer Science Teams Place in CCSC-SE Programming Contest

GREENVILLE, S.C. (November 20, 2015) – Bob Jones University computer science teams placed second and tenth out of 30 teams competing in the Consortium for Computing Sciences—Southeastern Region (CCSC-SE) computer programming contest held recently on the campus of Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia.

Colleges and universities throughout the Southeast participated in the contest including teams from Wofford College, Mercer University, Francis Marion University, Claflin College, Gardner-Webb University, Hampden-Sydney College, University of North Georgia, The Citadel, Furman University and Lander University. Only colleges and universities which do not have a graduate program in computer science may participate in the CCSC-SE programming contest.

Each team consisted of four students. They were given eight problems to solve and one computer to use and three hours to do the work.



Sparkman Named by Best Lawyers as “Lawyer of the Year”


GREENVILLE, S.C. (November 19, 2015) – Jon B. Sparkman, Esq, a 1985 graduate of Bob Jones University, was recently named by Best Lawyers® as “Lawyer of the Year” in Manchester, New Hampshire, for his practice with Devine Millimet, one of New Hampshire’s largest law firms.

A resident of Pelham, New Hampshire, Sparkman has been selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers® “Lawyer of the Year” for Non-Profit and Charities Law. Sparkman helps non-profit organizations fulfill their charitable missions by assisting them in their organizational and internal governance, as well as their dealings with constituents and regulatory agencies. He typically works within the non-profit sectors of healthcare, education, developmental disability, social services, and the arts. He is currently the president of Devine Millimet and works closely with each of the firm’s lawyers for the effective delivery of legal services.

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers® lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation. Over 79,000 leading attorneys globally are eligible to vote, and we have received more than 12 million votes to date on the legal abilities of other lawyers based on their specific practice areas around the world. For the 2016 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America, 6.7 million votes were analyzed, which resulted in more than 55,000 leading lawyers being included in the new edition. Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed; therefore inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

Established in 1947, Devine Millimet is one of the largest and most dynamic business and litigation law firms in the region, with 69 attorneys and the largest New Hampshire-based litigation team of 39 trial lawyers. The firm maintains offices in Manchester, Concord, and Portsmouth, New Hampshire and Boston, Massachusetts.


Bob Jones University to Hold Turkey Bowl Festivities

2014 Turkey BowlGREENVILLE, S.C. (November 18, 2015) – Bob Jones University invites students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends from the Greenville community to come to the BJU campus and enjoy the 2015 Turkey Bowl Festivities, sponsored by Majesty Music, Saturday, Nov. 21.

Beginning at 6:30 p.m., the BJU 7v7 soccer championship will be held. The University’s traditional 11v11 Turkey Bowl soccer championship will feature Beta vs. Alpha at 8 p.m. Both championship games will be held in Alumni Stadium.

In addition to the games, the Inter-Society Council (ISC) is sponsoring a half-time show during the 8 p.m. game. Food trucks will be available throughout the event. ISC is providing hot air balloon rides for any attendee for $5 per person. Following the Turkey Bowl Championship game, everyone is invited to a fall festival event in the Activity Center, adjacent to Alumni Stadium.

Parking is available in the parking garage behind Rodeheaver Auditorium and on campus streets. Admission is free to the games and the fall festival.


BJU Teams Place at Computer Programming Competition

GREENVILLE, S.C. (November 17, 2015) – Bob Jones University fielded five computer programming teams in the Association for Computing Machinery International Collegiate Programming Contest held at Georgia Tech Nov. 14.

In the 62-team competition, the five BJU teams placed third, fourth, seventh, thirteenth and fourteenth.

“I am very pleased with the efforts of our students and the results they achieved in the programming contest,” said Dr. Jim Knisely, head of the Department of Computer Science at BJU.  “This competition allowed us to challenge their academic potential in a competition with numerous public and private institutions from across the Southeast.”

The programming contest, sponsored by IBM, brings together colleges to compete by region. Each team is given 11 problems to complete within a five hour period. BJU competed in the Southeast Region Contest in Division II against such universities as the University of Georgia, University of Mississippi, College of Charleston, Wofford College, Morehouse College, Kennesaw State University, Emory University, Mercer University and The Citadel.

The contest involved solving 11 problems conducted in a GNU/Linux environment. The programs could be submitted in Ada, C, C++, C#, Fortran >=90, Java, Haskell, Lua, Pascal, Python 2&3, and Scala.


Living Gallery At BJU To Be Featured at Christmas

LivingGalleryChristmas2015GREENVILLE, S.C. (November 17, 2015) – For the first time in the nearly 20-year history of Living Gallery, Bob Jones University presents the Living Gallery during the Christmas season. Programs will be in Rodeheaver Auditorium Thursday-Saturday Dec. 3-5 at 4:30 and 8 p.m. with an additional program Saturday, Dec. 5 at 2 p.m.

BJU’s Christmas Living Gallery will be a beautiful celebration of the season, “Dawning Light” combines the tradition of Lessons and Carols with wonder-inspiring tableaux vivants—featuring dozens of live models bringing great masterworks of art to life and accompanied by orchestra and chorus.

“We are excited to see two wonderful upstate traditions unite in one program,” said Ron Pyle, director of this year’s Living Gallery and chairman of the Department of Theatre Arts at BJU. “Bob Jones University’s Christmas celebration and the annual Living Gallery is our gift to the community this Christmas season.”

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, 2-7:30 p.m., on Living Gallery performance days. Tickets to the Living Gallery provide free admission to both M&G sites at BJU and Heritage Green on Dec. 3-6.



Lady Bruins Win National Christian College Athletic Association’s DII National Title

With a 1-0 victory, the Lady Bruins captured their 2nd NCCAA National Title in the last 3 years

With a 1-0 victory, the Lady Bruins captured their
2nd NCCAA National Title in the last 3 years

GREENVILLE, S.C. (November 14, 2015) — The Bob Jones University Lady Bruins stormed the field in celebration after the team captured its second Natinoal Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) National Title with a 1-0 victory over #1 seed Maranatha Baptist University on Saturday, Nov. 14.

“Every player, past and present, shares in our success as a program and we are humbled to bring home another banner,” Coach Chris Carmichael said. “God has been very good to our program and to Him we give the glory of any success that we have had.”

The Bruins came into the game after storming through group play with a 6-0 victory over Dallas Christian College and a 5-0 victory over Kentucky Christian University. They knew they would have to beat the best as they took the pitch against the #1 seeded Maranatha Baptist University Sabercats, who had been ranked number one in the country for a majority of the 2015 season. The Sabercats had won their two matches in pool play and were looking to avenge a 2014 loss in the NCCAA DII national title game.

From the opening kickoff, the Bruins continued to do what they have done all season long in controlling possession. The team got an opportunity early on as Kaitlyn Hummel fired a shot on frame but it was tipped wide. The Bruins continued to work the ball into the attacking third using good combination play. In the 16th minute of play, Paige Englehart sent a centering pass into the middle to the feet of Mimi Lozano who turned and passed the ball to Abby Davis ahead of the defense. Davis struck a well-placed shot into the opposite corner to put the Bruins up 1-0. The team continued to pressure the net, while the Bruins defense thwarted each Sabercat opportunity. At the half, the Bruins held a 1-0 lead with just 45 minutes standing between them and a national title.

In the second half, the Sabercats were looking to claw their way back into the game. The Bruins continued to keep MBU at bay as the defense marked each player and turned aside each attack. Bruins’ keeper Kristen Haertlein made several key saves to keep the Sabercats off the board. Offensively, the Bruins continued to move the ball up the field, but focused more on possession than on full attack. With just minutes remaining, the dream started to become more of a reality with each tick off the clock. This is what the team had worked so hard for. This was the culmination of the long practices, the ups and downs of the season and the perseverance through thick and thin. As the final buzzer rang, the Bruins players and coaches poured onto the field in celebration as the team had defeated the Sabercats 1-0.

“Maranatha played us really well and had a number of opportunities. My hats off to their coaching staff and players for having a great tournament and playing us very well,” Coach Carmichael said. “This was a team effort through regionals and Nationals and a culmination of many hours of hard work, and keeping the unity and team vision to get through some challenging times this season,” Coach Carmichael said. “A special congratulations to our senior strength in Jenn Wise, Spencer Martin and Tessie Estrella. In my book all three are all-American players and there isn’t another player I would  rather have then these three. They are going to be missed in a big way and this is a great send off to three special players. We are honored to have won this national championship.”

Mimi Lozano was named the tournaments most-valuable player and Jenn Wise, Kristen Haertlein and Tessie Estrella were named to the All-Tournament team. The Bruins captured their 2nd national title in the past three seasons. Above all, they showed a perseverance and tenacity that is special in the realm of athletic competition. The season began with lofty expectations for this team, but despite the setbacks of losses and injury, the team continued to press on with the goal of getting back to the top. Now, the team can look back on this season with a sense of pride as they reclaim their position at the top as NCCAA DII National Champions.

This post was written by BJU Bruins Sports Information Director Jonny Gamet and appeared on the BJU Bruins website.

BJU Symphony Orchestra Named as Finalist for The American Prize

BJUSOGREENVILLE, S.C. (November 16, 2015) – The Bob Jones University Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Michael W. Moore, has been selected as one of eight finalists in the college/university orchestra division for the 2015 American Prize national non-profit competitions in the performing arts.

“We are honored that the American Prize organization has chosen the BJU Symphony Orchestra as a finalist in the competition, and we are proud of our student musicians,” said Dr. Darren Lawson, dean of the School of Fine Arts and Communication at BJU.

Other finalists in the competition include orchestras from Utah State University, Western Michigan University, Florida State University, Baylor University, Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, Cornell University and the College of William and Mary.

The American Prize will announce winners in the division next month.


Flags At Half-Staff at Bob Jones University

flagsthalfstaffGREENVILLE, S.C. (November 16, 2015) – In honor of the victims of the terrorist attacks in Paris, France, President Barack Obama has ordered flags to be flown at half-staff on all federal buildings through Thursday, Nov. 19.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those victims who were murdered and with the victims who were injured. Flags will be flown at half-staff at Bob Jones University through Thursday in their honor.