BJU Public Relations

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" March 2013 "

BJU Alumnus Named Greenville County Economic Development Ambassador

Peter Waldschmidt (center) was named as the 2013 Greenville County Economic Development Ambassador

Peter Waldschmidt (center) was named as the 2013 Greenville County Economic Development Ambassador

Greenville, S.C. (March 22, 2013) The Greenville Area Development Corporation (GADC) recently named BJU graduate Peter Waldschmidt as the 2013 Greenville County Economic Development Ambassador.

GADC noted Waldschmidt’s leadership in the Greenville community for supporting the advancement of several programs including TEDxGreenville, NEXT Innovation Center and

Governor Nikki Haley recognized Waldschmidt, along with ambassadors from all 46 South Carolina counties, during Industry Appreciation Week ceremonies at the State House in Columbia.

The new Greenville Ambassador currently serves as the CEO of Gnoso Inc., a software product company he founded.  He also co-founded TetraData Corporation and served as its chief technology officer prior to the selling of the company in 2006.

Waldschmidt graduated from BJU with a BS in Electrical Engineering. Peter also studied for an MBA at Clemson University.

BJU Alumnus Wins Second Place in National Vocal Competition

Tim Renner

Tim Renner

Greenville, SC (March 19, 2013)– Timothy Renner, a 2012 Bob Jones University graduate, received second place in the young artist division of The ORPHEOUS National Music Competition for Young Artists.

The competition, sponsored by the Middle Tennessee Choral Society, was held on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tenn.  The competition features a student division (19-24) and a young artist division (25-30) and awards a total of $17,700 across both divisions.

Renner was awarded the $2,500 second place prize in the young artist division of the contest.  The Woodbridge, Va. resident received his BS in Music Education in 2010 and his MMus in Church Music in 2012 from Bob Jones University.  He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) in Voice Performance and Literature at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

United States Army Cancels U.S. Army Field Band Spring Tour

Greenville, S.C. (March 11, 2013) – The United States Army today cancelled the entire spring tour of the U.S. Army Field Band and Soldiers Chorus, which included a stop in Greenville at Bob Jones University.  The U.S. Army Field Band had been scheduled to perform for the university student body and members of the Greenville community on Saturday, April 6.

Bob Jones University to Host U.S. Army Field Band and Soldier’s Chorus

bc_capitolstepsGreenville, S.C. (March 7, 2013) – Bob Jones University announced today it will host the internationally acclaimed United States Army Field Band of Washington, DC, at the Davis Field House on the BJU campus on Sat., Apr. 6 at 7 p.m. This free, ticketed event is open to the public.

As the premier touring musical representative of the United States Army, the Field Band travels thousands of miles each year throughout the nation and abroad, keeping the will of the American people behind the members of the armed forces and supporting diplomatic efforts around the world. Since its formation in 1946, the Field Band has appeared in all 50 states and in more than 30 countries on four continents.

Along with the Soldiers’ Chorus, founded in 1957, this 65-member Concert Band presents a powerful and diverse program of marches, overtures, popular music, patriotic selections, and instrumental and vocal solos. A music critic for the Boston Globe called a Field Band performance “a cause to stand up and cheer.”

Past performance highlights include World War II 50th anniversary commemorations in the United States and Europe, Presidential Inaugural Parades, the rededication of the Statue of Liberty, nationally televised broadcasts on Memorial Day and the Fourth of July, and the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. Joint concerts with many of the nation’s leading orchestras, including the Boston Pops, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and Cincinnati Pops, have received rave reviews.

The Field Band’s members, selected by highly competitive audition, represent some of the finest musical talent in America. More than five decades as the military’s most traveled musicians have earned them the title, “The Musical Ambassadors of the Army.”

You may obtain free tickets online at

To obtain free tickets by mail, please include a self-addressed stamped envelope with your request to:  U.S. Army Field Band Tickets, Programs & Productions, Bob Jones University, Greenville, SC 29614

BJU Takes A Day Off for Fun and Celebration

Gold Rush Daze Games 2013Greenville, SC (Mar. 5, 2013) – For one fun-filled day, classes will be suspended and a parade, games, and fireworks will be the order of the day as Bob Jones University celebrates Gold Rush Daze March 12th.

Divided into two teams – Green Thunder and Red Lightning, students will decorate the residence halls, wear team colors and compete in games on the athletic field in an effort to prove which team has greater school spirit.

The idea for Gold Rush Daze was born from the desire of Dr. Bob Jones III to build camaraderie between university officials and students.  Stephen Wetterlund, Assistant Dean of Mentoring and Counseling said, “It’s a day where we can step aside from the pressures of academia and come together as a family. It shows we are interested in the student as a whole person academically, physically, emotionally and spiritually.”

The first Gold Rush Daze took place on a cold, yet sunny day in 1977. Now held every four years, it is an event that students, faculty, staff and alumni highly anticipate.

The day begins with administrators, faculty and staff serving students breakfast.  The afternoon kicks off at 1:15 p.m. with a parade on the athletic fields put together by the two teams.  Games are followed by dinner at the Activity Center near the Alumni Stadium. The day concludes with a faculty and staff-produced program for the students in Founder’s Memorial Amphitorium at 7 p.m. followed by a singspiration and fireworks at Alumni Stadium.