BJU Public Relations

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" June 2013 "

Dr. Bob Wood Honored by USAeroTech and FedEx

Bob Wood & Beth Rush of FedExGreenville, S.C. (June 20, 2013) – Dr. Bob M. Wood, Executive Vice President Emeritus at Bob Jones University, was honored by USAeroTech and FedEx in a ceremony Wednesday at Greenville Downtown Airport. The ceremony was held in conjunction with the presentation of a 727 aircraft by FedEx to USAeroTech.

Wood was recognized for his vision and leadership in promoting aviation through the programs at Bob Jones University which are now administered through USAeroTech. Mark Spang, President of USAeroTech, noted Wood’s selfless service throughout the past three decades in promoting aviation, particularly missionary aviation. In addition, Beth Rush, with FedEx presented Wood with a model of a FedEx plane in appreciation for his efforts.

The presentation of the FedEx Express aircraft was attended by hundreds of aircraft enthusiasts from across the state. As FedEx retires their 727 fleet, they are donating the jets to aviation schools, colleges and local community airports and fire departments for educational and training purposes. This 727 was the first FedEx Express aircraft donated in South Carolina.

USAeroTech is an aircraft maintenance training facility offering an accelerated one-year training program that prepares students for FAA examinations leading to certification as airframe and powerplant mechanics.

BJU Welcomes Class of 2017 for Summer Orientation

Greenville, S.C. (June 20, 2013) – Bob Jones University welcomes the Class of 2017 to its 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 is designed to introduce parents and students to the BJU Bruins experience,” said Dr. Jeff Heath, BJU’s Director of Enrollment Planning. “Students who attend this fun and fact-filled session will be more prepared for college when classes begin in September.”

Incoming freshmen who wish to participate in the University’s intercollegiate athletics program will have the opportunity to tryout or meet with the soccer, basketball, cross country and golf coaches during orientation.

BJU DPS Joins Area Law Enforcement Agencies to Help Special Olympics

Krispy Kreme FundraiserGreenville, S.C. (June 18, 2013) – Joe Mulnix, Chief of the Department of Public Safety (DPS) at Bob Jones University, joined other law enforcement agencies Friday for “Cops on Top of Doughnut Shops” to raise money for Special Olympics.

Mulnix, along with several BJU DPS officers, participated in the fundraiser at Krispy Kreme in Greenville. In addition to the representatives from the BJU DPS, law enforcement officers from Greenville City Police Department, Greenville County Sheriff’s Department and South Carolina Highway Patrol were on hand to raise money. This year’s effort raised nearly $20,000.

“We enjoyed participating with area law enforcement agencies to raise money for such a worthwhile cause.” said Chief Mulnix. “The event is a great way to raise funds and build friendships and camaraderie between law enforcement agencies.”

This effort, coupled with the Law Enforcement Torch Run held annually in May, serves as a major fundraising opportunity for Special Olympics in South Carolina.

Bob Jones University Announces 2013-2014 Concert, Opera and Drama Series

Greenville, SC (June 13, 2013) – Bob Jones University announced Thursday the schedule for the University’s 2013 – 2014 Concert, Opera 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 2013-2014 BJU Concert, Opera and Drama Series schedule is as follows:

Canadian BrassOct. 8 – 8 p.m., Founder’s Memorial Amphitorium (FMA)

Composed of the country’s finest brass players, the Canadian Brass is an ensemble whose expanded instrumentality provides a broad palette of colors for works written for brass as well as fresh arrangements of classic literature. Superb blend, refined sound, sparking technique and exceptional musicianship are just a few of the qualities that make listening to the Canadian Brass an unmatchable experience.

Cyrano de BergeracNov. 20 – 22 – 8 p.m., Rodeheaver Auditorium (RA)

Rostand’s swashbuckling poet-hero is brought to life in this exciting production by the University Classic Players with Darren Lawson, dean of the School of Fine Arts and Communication, in the title role.

Georgia Boy ChoirFeb. 27 – 8 p.m., FMA

The Georgia Boy Choir is considered to be the premier boy choir in the Southeast. These young men are dedicated to their craft, and that dedication manifests itself in each song they perform. You will be enchanted by their unique charm and exceptionally beautiful singing.

AidaMar. 18, 20 and 22 – 8 p.m., RA

This long-remembered magnificent production of Verdi’s “grandest” of operas in staged again by the University Opera Association as the appropriate first major stage production for 2014. Spectacular sets, stunning costumes and great music combine for a thrilling opera experience.

Twelfth NightMay 7 – 8 p.m., May 8 – 2 and 8 p.m., RA

In Shakespeare’s comic masterpiece, Twelfth Night, a love-struck duke, a love-rejecting countess and mistaken identities are all woven into a delightful comedy and embellished with some of the Bard’s most memorable characters.

Information and tickets are available at For further information, please call (864) 770-1372. Season tickets, as well as individual tickets for all productions, will be available for purchase on Mon., Sept. 2.

BJU Alumni Place in Arts Competition

Greenville, S.C. (June 11, 2013) – Bob Jones University announced Tuesday that two BJU alumni, Diane Kilgore Condon and Mark Mulfinger, placed in the 2013 Flat Out Under Pressure (FOUP) contest sponsored by the Metropolitan Arts Council (MAC) in Greenville.

Diana Kilgore Condon, who graduated with a BA in Art in 1988, placed second in this year’s competition and received a cash award of $700. Condon placed first in the 2012 FOUP competition.

Mark Mulfinger, who graduated with a BA and MA in Art in 1984 and 1986 respectively, placed fifth in the 2013 competition and received a cash award of $400.

According to MAC, FOUP is an annual collaboration every June between the visual arts community and sound environmental practices, consisting of a 24-hour art-making juried event. The winning artwork is recreated on eight recycling bins along Main Street in downtown Greenville.  Pedestrians are able to recycle paper, plastic and glass while being exposed to a unique type of outdoor gallery.  The winning entries from the 2013 contest will be featured beginning in January 2014.

In addition to having their work featured on the bins, selected artists receive other prizes, which include cash amounts up to $800 and an all-expense paid trip for two to Cortona, Italy. The selected artists share the exterior space with area businesses that sponsor the bins.

Further information about FOUP may be found here.

Renovations at BJU Dining Common Underway

Photo by Derek Eckenroth, BJU Photo Services

Photo by Derek Eckenroth, BJU Photo Services

Greenville, S.C. (June 6, 2013) – Bob Jones University is entering the final phase of a multi-year, multi-million dollar renovation of the Dixon-McKenzie Dining Common.

This year’s renovation work began May 6 and is expected to be finished by mid-August. The total project will cost nearly $6 million.

Originally built in 1965, the dining common is one of the ten largest dining facilities in the country operating under one roof.  The main dining room, known as the Varsity Room, is nearly the size of a football field. Once renovated, it will seat just over 1,100 at one time.

The renovations are being made to offer better variety of foods and healthier, fresher food options through an expanded deli, salad bar and international grill. Seating will serve small groups in a café–type seating arrangement to encourage student and student/faculty interaction.

ARAMARK is responsible for food service on the BJU campus. In addition to food service at the dining common, ARAMARK provides food service at an on-campus Chick fil A, Papa John’s Pizza, Brody’s Grill (Snack Shop), The Growl (Davis Field House) and Cuppa Jones (coffee shop).

Choate Construction Company of Charlotte, N.C. serves as general contractor for the project.

BJU Students Participate in Mission Team to Brazil

BrazilMissionTeamPicGreenville, S.C. (June 4, 2013) Twelve Bob Jones University students participated in a missions trip to Brazil May 9-24. The team was led by Bob Jones Academy faculty member Gil Fremont.

Through the medium of soccer, team members shared their testimonies of faith in Christ and preached in several venues across Brazil.

John Wiser, a senior engineering major, who previously traveled with the Brazil team said, “God did some amazing things while we were in Brazil. It was incredible to see people respond to the Gospel as the team gave testimonies, preached and passed out tracts during our soccer matches and while we traveled across the area.”

In addition to competing against other soccer teams, the students passed out Gospel tracts, played soccer with children on the streets, spoke in several schools and witnessed in a youth prison where 18 violent youth offenders accepted Christ.  They also met a prison guard who had heard the Gospel during a previous BJU team’s visit and accepted Christ.

“We were able to minister effectively as people were willing to listen because of the respect our players earned on the field of play,” team leader Gil Fremont said. “God can use soccer – or any of the talents He gives us – to impact others across the world for Christ.”

BJU Appoints Dennis Scott as Intercollegiate Golf Coach

Coach Scott

Dennis and Corinne Scott

Greenville, S.C. (Jun. 3, 2013) Bob Jones University announced today the appointment of Dennis Scott to head BJU’s intercollegiate coed golf program. Scott comes to BJU from Northland International University (NIU) in Dunbar, Wis., where he started the intercollegiate golf program and served as its head coach.

Since 1991, Scott served in various roles of the athletic program at NIU, including director of Sports Ministries.  A graduate of Maranatha Baptist Bible College and the United States Sports Academy (USSA), Scott is currently pursuing his doctorate in Sport Management from USSA.

“As a former student and assistant basketball coach to Coach Scott, he taught me how to use sport as a platform for ministry,” Bruins Athletic Director Neal Ring said. “He has modeled throughout his career a commitment to keeping Christ as the focus of his programs. We are blessed to add someone to our team with his ministry philosophy. I am confident that he will build a competitive golf program while developing men and women to serve our Savior.”

Coach Scott views athletics as an avenue to spread the Gospel.  He founded Northern Golf Fellowship, an organization that provides weekly golf outings and Bible study as an outreach for individuals in the community and has led sports mission teams around the world.

BJU’s golf program will begin competition this fall.  Bob Jones University is a member of the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) and golf will provide new opportunities for our students in the 2013-2014 academic year.