BJU Public Relations

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" February 2014 "

Sparkman Elected to Board of Directors for Devine Millimet

Greenville, S.C. (February 26, 2014) – Jon Sparkman was recently elected to the Board of Directors of Devine Millimet, one of the largest full-service law firms in northern New England.

Sparkman received his BS in Professional Accounting from Bob Jones University graduating summa cum laude in 1985. He received his Juris Doctor from Suffolk University Law School in 1990.  Licensed to practice law in New Hampshire and Massachusetts, he is also a certified public accountant. He focuses on business and tax law including representation of non-profit organizations.

Sparkman is the president of Devine Millimet. His three-year term began on January 1, 2012. He is a former chair of the New Hampshire Bar Association, and was member of the Board of Directors of the New Hampshire Society of Certified Public Accountants, 2004-2007.

Sparkman has been recognized multiple years in The Best Lawyers in America and is a frequent speaker for law groups, institutes and CPA societies. He is also published in numerous business and trade magazines.

Jon and his wife, Lisa, have four children and reside in, Pelham, N.H.  He has also served as music director at Grace Bible Church of Dracut, N.H. and volunteered as a youth sports coach in his community.

Horner Promoted to Captain

HornerGreenville, S.C. (February 26, 2014) – Tim Horner was recently promoted to captain by the United States Marine Corps.

Horner, a 2009 Bob Jones University graduate, is stationed at MCAS Cherry Point, N.C. and flies with the Harrier training squadron (VMAT-203). Horner is expected to remain at Cherry Point for the next three years in an operational squadron.

Because of the length and expense involved in training aviators, the Marines have an eight-year contract for aviators once the pilot is awarded their wings.

Horner is currently training to fly the highly versatile Harrier which has four primary ways to take off and five to land, depending on the landing location and condition. It is best known for its vertical takeoff and landing, which enables the Marines to operate almost anywhere. The Harrier is predominately a close-air support aircraft that specializes in air-to-ground strikes and is a tremendous asset in-theater.

Horner, and his wife Julie Ann, have an infant daughter.

BJU Reengages GRACE To Complete Independent Review

Greenville, S.C. (February 25, 2014) – Bob Jones University today announced that it has reached agreement with GRACE to complete the independent review of the University’s response to sexual and other abuse.   The independent review was initiated by the University in response to a series of national news stories about abuse at other institutions.  The purpose of the review was to assess past responses by the University in support of victims and identify policies and procedures that could be enhanced.

Bob Jones University suspended the review on January 27, 2014.  Bob Jones University met with GRACE on February 18-19, 2014, to discuss any issues that might stand in the way of GRACE’s completion of a thorough, transparent and objective review.  GRACE satisfactorily addressed the University’s concerns and Bob Jones University is confident the review can be completed in a timely and professional manner.  To be clear, GRACE and BJU are united in their commitment to a review that is thorough, transparent and objective.  As the process moves forward, regular updates will be provided.

BJU appreciates our former students and others who participated in the review with GRACE. They demonstrated great courage to share their stories in an effort to help us improve. We appreciate how important this review is to everyone who cares about the University and we apologize for the added anxiety caused by the temporary suspension of the review.


Video Recording of Announcement to BJU Students, Faculty and Staff

Marshall Franklin, Executive Vice President of Operations at Bob Jones University, announced to the BJU faculty, staff and students today (Tues., Feb. 25) that the University is reinstating GRACE to complete the independent review of the University’s response to reports of sexual abuse initiated in November 2012.

BJU appreciates our former students who courageously participated in the project with GRACE and recounted personal and painful experiences from their past. We apologize for the pain and disappointment they suffered as we temporarily delayed the project.

Out of respect for our former students who shared their experiences with GRACE, and with an appreciation for the enormous effort that had gone into this project, officials from GRACE and Bob Jones University met recently to consider if BJU should continue the project with GRACE or restart it with another firm. After much discussion and several days of prayerful consideration, BJU concluded the best course of action was to reengage with GRACE to complete the project.

To be clear, GRACE will complete the review it started in November 2012, and the results will be shared publicly. As the process moves forward, progress updates will continue to be communicated.

Fine Arts Calendar

Monday, February 24, – Thursday, March 6, Exhibition Corridor, Sargent Art Building

This invitational show features works by BJU alumna Diane Kilgore Condon.

Monday, February 24, 5:00 p.m., War Memorial Chapel

Student Recital Hour will feature the following students: Adam Gingery, euphonium, accompanied by Kirk Habana; Kirk Habana, saxophone, accompanied by Jacob Bernhardt; Abigail Chetta, violin, accompanied by Sohee Park; Jacob Bernhardt, piano; Catherine Collins, voice, accompanied by Jeremy Gray; and Kaylin Pagliarini, violin, accompanied by Daniel Hoffman.

Monday, February 24, 7:00 p.m., Fine Arts 119

Piano pedagogy majors Jonathan Nyeholt and Abbe Mitchell will present a joint junior recital. Jonathan will play pieces composed by Bach, Beethoven, Brahms and Bartók. Abbe will play pieces composed by Nazareth, Ginastera, Piazzolla, Villa-Lobos and Guastavino.

Wednesday, February 26, 5:00 p.m., War Memorial Chapel

Joseph Ensley, guitar, will present his senior recital. He will play works composed by Guilani, Torroba, Lauro, Rudnev, and Bustamente.

Thursday, February 27, 8:00 p.m., Founder’s Memorial Amphitorium

The Georgia Boy Choir will give a concert that will include some of the world’s most beautiful sacred classical music and folk songs from around the globe. For tickets, call (864) 770-1372.

Friday, February 28, 4:00–5:15 p.m., Stratton Hall

David R. White and the Georgia Boy Choir will present a demonstration workshop that is free and open to the public. The workshop will cover the following topics:

  • Building elegant vocal tone during a choral rehearsal
  • Understanding and teaching the basic fundamentals of good singing
  • Dealing with voice change
  • Choral warm-ups with a purpose

Friday, February 28, 5:00 p.m., War Memorial Chapel

Nikki Warman, piano, and Vanessa Joiner, piano, will present their senior recitals. Nikki will play works composed by Faith, Bach, Gershwin, and Chopin. Vanessa will play works composed by Haydn, Schumann, Barber, and Liszt.

Friday, February 28, 7:00 p.m., War Memorial Chapel

Yuriy Leonovich, cello, and Kristin Figard, piano, will present a chamber music concert. They will play works composed by Martinů, Schumann, Arutiunian, and Tchaikovsky.

Saturday, March 1, 10:00 a.m., Stratton Hall

Distinguished Lecturers in Piano Performance & Pedagogy will present a concert by Ludlamshöhle, a guitar and piano ensemble, followed by a masterclasses for piano (in Stratton Hall) and guitar (in War Memorial Chapel). Guitarist/luthier James Buckland is among the few who perform on both terz and conventional concert guitars. His wife, Karen, chairs the piano department at Presbyterian College in Clinton, South Carolina, and remains a passionate performing clinician. ADMISSION IS FREE.

For further information contact Susan Kindall (864) 370-1800, ext. 2788, or skindall@bju.edu.

Saturday, March 1, 5:00 p.m., War Memorial Chapel

Rachel Steffensmeier, piano, will present her senior recital. She will play works composed by Bach, Shostakovich, Debussy, and Liszt.

Saturday, March 1, 7:00 p.m., War Memorial Chapel

Esther Waite, flute faculty, and Gabriela Chihaescu Werries, guest harpist will present a concert. They will play works composed by Saint-Saëns, Bizet, Andrès, Massenet, and Petra-Basacopol.

Monday, March 3, 5:00 p.m., War Memorial Chapel

The woodwind faculty, majors, and principals will present a recital of small ensembles in various combinations of flutes, oboes, clarinets, saxophones, and bassoons. Ensembles that include horns or strings may also be featured.

Dennis Prager to Speak at BJU Tonight

DennisPragerGreenville, S.C. (February 20, 2014) – Nationally syndicated talk show host and author Dennis Prager will speak as part of Bob Jones University’s Presidential Leadership Series tonight.

Prager, whose show is featured locally on WGTK, will speak on “The Consequences of Secularism” at 7 this evening in the Founder’s Memorial Amphitorium (FMA) on the BJU campus.

The event is free and open to the public.  Doors to the FMA will open at 6:30 p.m.  Free parking is available in the parking garage located directly behind Rodeheaver Auditorium as well as on campus streets.

BJU To Host College Goal South Carolina

cgsc_logo_smallGreenville, S.C. (February 20, 2014) – High school seniors from across the Upstate are invited to attend College Goal South Carolina at Bob Jones University Sat., Feb. 22.

The primary purpose of the event is to assist high school seniors who will be attending any college across the nation in accessing information and applying for financial aid to make college more affordable.

The event, sponsored by the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education, will be held from 10 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Alumni Building on the BJU campus. The Alumni Building is located near the Wade Hampton Boulevard entrance to BJU.

You may access further information here.

Fine Arts Calendar – Feb. 17-24

Monday, February 17–Thursday, March 6, Exhibition Corridor, Sargent Art Building

This invitational show features works by BJU alumna Diane Kilgore Condon.

Thursday, February 20, 5:00 p.m., Stratton Hall

Moriah Custer, piano, will present her senior recital. She will play works composed by Bach, Griffes, Custer, Beethoven, Couperin, and Chopin.

Friday, February 21, 11:00 a.m., Founder’s Memorial Amphitorium

This Vespers program is a multimedia presentation that brings the audience face to face with the great questions of life: Who is my neighbor? Which one of us is the greatest? How often do we have to forgive? Jesus provides the foundation for the answers to the questions of life.

Friday, February 21, 7:00 p.m., Stratton Hall

The Symphonic Wind Band, under the direction of Dan Turner, will present great European wind works, including music by Martin Ellerby, Alfred Reed, and Johan de Meij.

Monday, February 24, 5:00 p.m., War Memorial Chapel

Student Recital Hour will feature the following students: Adam Gingery, euphonium, accompanied by Kirk Habana; Kirk Habana, saxophone, accompanied by Jacob Bernhardt; Abigail Chetta, violin, accompanied by Sohee Park; Jacob Bernhardt, piano; Catherine Collins, voice, accompanied by Jeremy Gray; and Kaylin Pagliarini, violin, accompanied by Daniel Hoffman.

Monday, February 24, 7:00 p.m., Fine Arts 119

Piano pedagogy majors Jonathan Nyeholt and Abbe Mitchell will present a joint junior recital. Jonathan will play pieces composed by Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, and Bartók. Abbe will play pieces composed by Nazareth, Ginastera, Piazzolla, Villa-Lobos, and Guastavino.

Bob Jones University, GRACE Set to Meet

UPDATE: On February 25, 2014, Bob Jones University announced it has reengaged GRACE. You may access the news release here.

Greenville, S.C. (February 13, 2014) – Bob Jones University and GRACE will meet next week to discuss the concerns of both parties and determine a plan for moving forward.

Bob Jones University and GRACE remain hopeful this project can be completed with GRACE and in so doing raise sexual abuse awareness and minister to victims whose lives have been ravaged by abuse.

Update from Dr. Stephen Jones on GRACE

UPDATE: On February 25, 2014, Bob Jones University announced it has reengaged GRACE. You may access the news release here.

Greenville, S.C. (February 7, 2014) – This morning, Dr. Stephen Jones, president of Bob Jones University, gave the faculty, staff and students of BJU an update on our relationship with GRACE and what led to the termination of the contract.

Jones reiterated BJU’s intention to resolve our differences with GRACE.  However, if that is not possible, BJU is committed to moving forward – either with GRACE or another third party – to finish the project and publish a public report.

Since sending the letter to GRACE on January 27, we were involved in a number of good faith communications with GRACE and were working with them to set up a meeting in Lynchburg. We are disappointed an agreement could not be reached before GRACE went public yesterday and posted their statement on the GRACE website before sending it to the BJU executive team.

Video Recording of Statements to Faculty, Staff and Students of BJU

Bob Jones University Terminates Agreement with GRACE

UPDATE: On February 25, 2014, Bob Jones University announced it has reengaged GRACE. You may access the news release here.

Greenville, S.C. (February 6, 2014) – In the fall of 2011, the national news was filled with a steady stream of heart-breaking revelations of sexual abuse on college campuses. These events prompted Bob Jones University to evaluate its processes and procedures for responding to reports of sexual abuse and specifically to ensure the University maintained best practices for a legally compliant and loving, scripturally based response to such reports.

To accomplish this, the Board of Trustees appointed a committee external to BJU to review our policies and procedures. The committee recommended some policy revisions and also that the University appoint an independent ombudsman to review past instances in which it was alleged that the University may have underserved a student who reported they had been abused at some point in their lives.

BJU subsequently engaged GRACE as the ombudsman. In addition to working with GRACE, BJU independently implemented a number of initiatives to raise awareness of sexual abuse. BJU provided live Sexual Abuse Awareness Training to all 3000+ students and 1000+ faculty/staff members—unprecedented in institutions of higher education—and is creating guidelines to assist present and future students who work with minors in the community and on campus. BJU also is working to provide a comprehensive Child Safety Workshop for local church leaders this spring.

Over the last several months, we grew concerned about how GRACE was pursuing our objectives, and on Jan. 27, 2014, BJU terminated its contract with GRACE. It is BJU’s intention to resolve its differences with GRACE, and we are disappointed a resolution could not be reached before our differences were made public.  Both BJU and GRACE desire to raise sexual abuse awareness and minister to victims whose lives have been ravaged by abuse. GRACE has been helpful in assisting us in focusing our efforts in this area.

BJU sincerely appreciates all current and former students who participated in this initiative thus far, and the University regrets any delay BJU’s cancellation of its agreement with GRACE may have on this important project.

We grieve with those who have suffered abuse in their past, and we desire to minister the grace of Christ to them. Our prayer for the abused is that God will be their refuge and strength.

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