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" January 2014 "

Arrangements for “Dr. Gus”

The Gustafson family will receive friends on Fri., Jan. 31, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Mackey Mortuary. Another viewing will be held on Sat., Feb. 1 from 9 to 10 a.m. at the War Memorial Chapel on the campus of Bob Jones University. The funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. (with prelude at 10:30 a.m.) in Rodeheaver Auditorium, also on the campus of BJU.

BJU will webcast the funeral service beginning at 10:15 a.m.  The prelude will begin at 10:30 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Greenville Rescue Mission of Miracle Hill Ministries or to the Dwight Gustafson Academic Scholarship at Bob Jones University.


“Dr. Gus” Goes Home To Be With the Lord

Gustafson DwightBob Jones University is saddened by the homegoing this morning of Dr. Dwight Gustafson, 83, dean emeritus of the School of Fine Arts at Bob Jones University.

A beloved and well-known conductor, composer and musician, Gustafson mentored thousands of young people through the forty-three years he served as Dean of the School of Fine Arts at BJU.

He earned his BA (1952) and MA (1954) from BJU and his DMA in Composition from Florida State University (1967).

Gustafson, the longest serving dean in the history of BJU, is survived by his wife, Gwen, their four children as well as sixteen grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Members of the BJU family have many fond memories of “Dr. Gus” and we rejoice that He is now beholding the face of his Savior.

Dr. Michael Moore Addresses Council of Arts Education Presidents

Michael MooreGreenville, S.C. (January 27, 2014) – Dr. Michael Moore, head of the Department of Music Education at Bob Jones University, recently addressed the South Carolina Council of Arts Education Presidents (CAEP) on evaluating teacher effectiveness at the South Carolina Arts Commission in Columbia.

CAEP comprises leadership from eight state arts organizations and the South Carolina Department of Education (SDE). The council exists to address issues of recruitment and retention of arts teachers and arts education advocacy strategies.

Moore was invited to address the council due to his work as chair of the South Carolina Music Teacher Association’s Teacher Evaluation Task Force and his experience as lead instructor in the summer Arts Assessment Institute (sponsored by the SDE and the Arts in Basic Curriculum Project).

Dr. Moore’s presentation, “Arts Teacher Evaluation: Challenges and Opportunities,” dealt with applying the Danielson Framework for Teaching to the evaluation of teacher effectiveness in the arts.  During his presentation, Moore examined the SDE’s new education evaluation guidelines and their impact on the evaluation of teachers in non-tested subjects (especially music, dance, theater and visual arts teachers).

Dr. Moore earned his BS in Music and his MMus in Music Education from Bob Jones University. He completed further graduate work at the University of South Carolina – Columbia where he earned a MMus in Conducting and a PhD in Music Education.

Phil Carter to Address BJU Criminal Justice Association

PhilCarterGreenville, S.C. (January 23, 2014) – United States Postal Inspector Phil Carter will be the featured speaker for the Bob Jones University Criminal Justice Association Jan. 27 at 6:30 p.m. in Levinson Hall on the BJU campus.

Carter, a career-long member of the South Carolina law enforcement community, has served as Postal Inspector in Greenville since March 2007. In this capacity, Inspector Carter leads the USPIS Upstate Financial Crime Task Force, coordinating members from a wide array of city, county, and federal departments and offices. The task force focuses on financial and mail-related crimes across the Upstate and seeks to identify and convict ringleaders in these attempts to defraud the public.

During Carter’s second year of task force leadership, his group was able to secure more than 50 federal arrests and recouped $750,000 for fraud victims.

In addition, Carter’s Task Force has made tremendous contributions to the efficacy and efficiency of city police departments and county sheriffs’ offices that had been swamped by these conspiracies operating across jurisdiction boundaries.

Members of the community are encouraged to attend.

Dr. Rodney Lopez to Address University Business Association

rodneylopezGreenville, S.C. (January 23, 2014) – Dr. Rodney Lopez, Director of Government Affairs and Public Policy at Merck Pharmaceutical, will be the featured speaker for the University Business Association (UBA) Jan. 27 at 6 p.m. in Stratton Hall on the Bob Jones University campus.

Lopez attended medical school at Universidad Autonoma de Santo Domingo where he received his MD and began working in the pharmaceutical industry. He then gained an interest in the public policy side of health care and international affairs.

Lopez served on a foreign trade committee where he worked with ambassadors from various countries to open doors for international pharmaceutical trade. In his current position, he works to get new medication into foreign countries by handling all the public policy and governmental trade issues.

Members of the community are encouraged to attend.


Kellen Funk to Speak at BJU Pre-Law Forum

funkGreenville, S.C. (January 23, 2014) – Kellen Funk, who received his BA in History and MA in Church History from Bob Jones University, will be the featured speaker for the BJU Pre-Law Forum Thurs., Jan. 30 at 6 p.m. in Levinson Hall on the BJU campus.

Funk is currently working toward a joint Juris Doctor and PhD in American Legal History from Yale Law School and Princeton University, respectively. He is a member of the Yale Law Journal and has served as a Submissions Editor for the Yale Law & Policy Review.

Funk has nearly completed his law degree at Yale and is working on his doctoral dissertation at Princeton about how the American legal profession and jurisprudence has evolved since the 1850s.

Members of the community are encouraged to attend the event.

Brian Buda Wins Christmas Carol Commission Competition

Brian BudaGreenville, S.C. (January 22, 2014) –Brian Buda’s composition entitled, “All My Heart This Night Rejoices”, was selected as the 2013 winner for the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir’s annual Christmas Carol Competition.

Buda, who received his BMus and MMus in Church Music from Bob Jones University, is the third BJU graduate to win this competition in the last five years.

As the winner, Buda was awarded a cash prize of $1,000, as well as travel and lodging for the world premiere of his winning composition by the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir (ISC) at its annual Festival of Carols performances.

According to the ISC, “submitted works must be original, unpublished, and have not been publicly performed; between 3 and 5 minutes long; written for SATB, mixed adult choir; and may be a cappella or utilize keyboard accompaniment. Text and language are at the discretion of the composer, and should be suitable for a Christmas/holiday performance.”

Brian and his family live in Mauldin.

Dr. Stephen Jones’ Remarks to Students on MLK Day

Greenville, S.C. (January 20, 2014) – During this morning’s chapel service, Bob Jones University President Stephen Jones spoke to faculty, staff and students about race relations and the need for diversity in our churches and the University.

He echoed many of the thoughts made in the 2008 statement issued by BJU apologizing for conforming to culture in regards to policies concerning race rather than providing a clear Christian counterpoint.



Phil Neves Places First in Intercollegiate Film Competition

PhilNevesGreenville, S.C. (January 16, 2014) – Phil Neves, a 2013 Cinema Production graduate of Bob Jones University and resident of Sunbury, Pa., won the first place award for short film in the Intercollegiate National Religious Broadcasters (iNRB) Student Production Awards competition.

Neves’ film, No Compromise, is a 12- minute social science fiction film he completed as his cinema capstone senior project. The film included a cast and crew of nearly 30 students and staff members and was filmed on the BJU campus and in the Greenville area.

Neves will be recognized at the iNRB Awards Ceremony at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tenn. on Feb. 24. In addition to receiving a cash award and a travel stipend, he will participate in the National Religious Broadcasters Convention.

“I’m fascinated by the relationship of individuals to institutions,” said Neves. “At home, work, school, and under government, we’re surrounded by bureaucracy and automation. As institutions grow and age, they can become inflexible and fail to respond to individuals on an individual basis. No Compromise is an exploration of what it feels like when you don’t fit into the machine — what it’s like to be a loose part trapped in the gears.”

Steve Pettit to Preach at Opening Services

PettitTeamGreenville, S.C. (January 14, 2014) – Evangelist Steve Pettit, national director of Cross Impact National and the leader of the Steve Pettit Evangelistic Team, will be preaching for the opening services of the spring semester at Bob Jones University tonight and Thursday at 7.

Members of the Greenville community are encouraged to attend the services in the Founder’s Memorial Amphitorium on the BJU campus. You may also access our live webcast at