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" March 2014 "

BJU Students Place in NATS Competition; Advance to Regionals

Greenville, S.C. (March 26, 2014) – Several Bob Jones University students recently competed and placed at the state level of the National Association of Teachers of Singing competition held at the University of South Carolina.  The students will advance to the regional competition in Greensboro, N.C. on April 4-5.

Category Winner – Freshman Men: Michael Eldridge of Lemoyne, Pa.

Category Winner – Sophomore Women: Katelyn Petticoffer of Manheim, Pa.

Honor Recipient – Freshman Women: Kelley Campbell of Mount Airy, Md.

Honor Recipient – Freshman Women: Jocelyn Lindmark of Bath, N.Y.

Honor Recipient – Freshman Men: Michael Seibert of Greenville, S.C.

Honor Recipient – Sophomore Women: Catherine Collins of Grand Blanc, Mich.

Honor Recipient – Sophomore Women: Meredith Keen of West Hartford, Conn.

Honor Recipient – Sophomore Men: Tim Kamibayashiyama of Quezon City, Philippines

Honor Recipient – Junior Women: Sarah Wright of Grand Blanc, Mich.

Honor Recipient – Senior Women: Sarai Dahlhausen of Montville, Ohio

Honor Recipient – Senior Women: Melanie Magdziarz of Weare, N.H.

Honor Recipient – Senior Men: Nathan Dupont of Beaver, Utah

Honor Recipient – Advanced College Women: Deanna Rodman of High River, Alberta, Canada



NCCAA Honors Three BJU Bruins Intercollegiate Athletes as Scholar Athletes

BrondykeGreenville, S.C. (March 26, 2014) – The National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) recently recognized Evan Brondyke, Zach Mercado and Kirtis Yurchak as “NCCAA Scholar Athletes.”  The honorees are members of the Bob Jones University Bruins intercollegiate men’s basketball team.Mercado

Mercado, a senior health, fitness and recreation major from Goodyear, Ariz., Brondyke, a senior health, fitness and recreation major from Raleigh, N.C., and Yurchak, a junior accounting major from West Chester, Ohio, were honored by the NCCAA based on the criteria of classification, academic workload and GPA.

Yurchak“We are very proud of each of our scholar athletes,” Bruins athletic director Neal Ring said. “Their commitment to do their best for God’s glory while representing BJU in competition and in the classroom is a testament to the students we are blessed to have here.”

James Ruley Honored by Daughters of American Revolution

James Ruley (R) receives DAR Award from Miss Iris Jean Wade Patten with DAR

James Ruley (R) receives DAR Award from Miss Iris Jean Wade Patten with DAR

Greenville, S.C. (March 26, 2014) – James Ruley, a senior majoring in history at Bob Jones University, was recently recognized by the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) for “Outstanding Work in American History.”

Ruley, a resident of Fremont, Mich., was presented with the award by Miss Iris Jean Wade Patten, Regent for the Behethland Butler Chapter of the DAR. In addition to an award certificate, the DAR presented Ruley with a book about South Carolina historical markers.

To be considered for the award, Ruley entered his senior history research paper titled, “A History of Student-Led Mission Organizations at Bob Jones University: 1927-2013,” which explores the history of student-led missions organizations at BJU, including the current organization, Missions Advance.

Kendra Jeffcott Receives NCCAA All-Region Honors

Kendra JeffcottGreenville, S.C. (March 20, 2014) – For the second straight year, Bruins’ sophomore guard Kendra Jeffcott has been named to the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) DI South all-region team. Jeffcott led the BJU Bruins averaging 12.6 points and 7.6 rebounds per game. “She is a competitor who hates to lose,” Coach Mike LeViere said. “She exhibits Christ-like character in humbleness, deference, respect, and love for others. She is very quiet until she gets onto the court and then she becomes the basketball player that wants to compete.”

Jeffcott had her best game of the season against Clearwater Christian College in which she scored 29 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. She scored in double figures in 21 of 30 games for the Bruins. Although hampered by an ankle injury part of the season, Jeffcott was a key component in the Bruins 19-11 record this season. “She leads by example,” LeViere said. “Kendra is fun-loving and often has a smile on her face but is serious about her relationship with God, her family, school, and basketball. She is a great example for all of us.”

In her final game this season, Jeffcott fueled the Bruins with 16 points and 14 rebounds, but the team fell to Emmanuel College 64-44 in the semi-final round of the NCCAA regional playoffs.

Jeffcott, a resident of Wilton, Calif., is a leader both on and off the court. She works hard in each practice and every game and uses that same dedication in being a standout student majoring in accounting. “When I first got to know Kendra, I knew we had a special person and player for our program,” LeViere said. “She is perfect for us to help lay the foundation for the future of Bruins basketball.”

The Bruins guard is only through her second season of competition. Although the season is over, the future is definitely bright for Bruins women’s basketball.

This article was originally written by BJU Bruins Sports Information Director Jonny Gamet and appeared on

Bruins Golf Has Strong Showing at SCAD Tournament

Micah Gold (left) nearly broke the school record with a score of 70 in the second round of the SCAD tournament

Micah Gold (left) nearly broke the school record with a score of 70 in the second round of the SCAD tournament

Greenville, S.C. (March 19, 2014) – Clay Wiginton remained red-hot as the Bruins competed in the Savannah College of Arts and Design (SCAD) Invitational tournament. The weather would prove to be a factor as the opening round was delayed several times due to rain.

In this tournament, the Bruins would not record a team score as the team only had three of the required four players competing. The Bruins were coming off a tournament last week in Georgia, in which the team placed 7th.

Clay Wiginton started the Bruins off well by making par on the first two holes and followed it up with a birdie on hole three. Wiginton nearly scored an eagle on the fifth hole, but his edged the cup and didn’t fall. After a three-hour rain delay, Wiginton returned to form by tapping home a birdie on 9.

Micah Gold played well for the Bruins going 1 under on the front nine. The team struggled on the back nine with several double and single bogeys and few par saves. The round was eventually called due to rain delays and darkness, but the Bruins were playing well despite the rain. “Weather conditions made scoring very difficult,” Coach Denny Scott said. “We faced a lot of adversity in this tournament, but the guys were up to the challenge.”

On the second day, the Bruins finished up their first round with with Wiginton (74), Gold (80), and Counts (89). The team had little rest as they began the second round of the tournament. The weather lightened up as conditions continued to improve.

Micah Gold birdied hole three, and Wiginton battled for even par on the first four holes. The team overcame a lot of challenges as they were able to sink key par saves despite the wet greens. At the end of the second round, the Bruins scored Wiginton (72), Gold (70), Counts (88). Although the team didn’t record an official team score, Coach Scott was happy with the results.

“We are getting much closer to posting rounds in the 70’s as a team which is what we will need to break a 300 score,” Coach Scott said. “We did show that we are capable of breaking that barrier of 300 even with being a man down for this match. We just need to get deeper as a team so we are not as affected by scheduling conflicts that arise.”

Clay Wiginton finished among the top in individual scores in the tournament with a combined score of 146. Micah Gold had a strong second day with a score of 70, one shy of his own school record of 69 set last season. The team continues to show great improvement and will look to continue building next week at the Bryan College Spring Invitational in Tennessee.

This article was originally written by BJU Bruins Sports Information Director Jonny Gamet on 

Three BJU Students Place First in National Intercollegiate Broadcasting Competition

Andrea SanfordGreenville, S.C. (March 17, 2014) – Three Bob Jones University students were recently awarded First Place for their Public Service Campaign at the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System’s 74th Annual International School/College Radio/Webcast Conference awards ceremony held March 8 in New York City.

Kristyn SpearsThe three students honored were Andrea Sanford, a 2014 journalism and mass communication graduate from Greenville, Kristyn Barrett, a senior journalism and mass communication major from Greer and Joel Whited, a sophomore journalism and mass communication major from Lima, Ohio.

Joel WhitedThe campaign, titled “Saving Lives Together,” united three local universities—BJU, Furman, and North Greenville—as they collected nearly 1,500 units of blood for the local Greenville community through The Blood Connection last fall.

The contest received more than 800 media entries in 20 categories from some of the top colleges and universities in the nation.

Hundreds to Join BJU’s Annual Bible Conference

Greenville, S.C. (March 17, 2014) – Bob Jones University will hold its annual Bible Conference March 24-28.   Hundreds of guests from the Greenville community and around the country are expected to join the university family for the week.  Services will be held daily at 10 a.m., 1:30 and 7 p.m. except for Thur., March 27 when services will be at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.

This year’s speakers include Dr. Gary Anderson of Baptist Mid-Missions, Cleveland, Ohio; Dr. Mike Harding of First Baptist Church of Troy, Troy, Mich.; Dr. Sam Horn of Central Baptist Theological Seminary, Plymouth, Minn.;  Dr. Les Ollila, former president of Northland International University, Dunbar, Wis.;  Dr. Gerald Priest, former faculty member of Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary, Greenville, S.C.; Dr. Bob Shelton, an evangelist from Greenville, S.C. and Dr. Charles Whitfield, a retired pastor from Birmingham, Mich.  All services will be webcast live.

Other activities throughout the week include a BJU Concert Band performance on the 25th at 3:30 p.m. in Stratton Hall, Parents’ Day on the 26th, Alumni Day and a Foundation Brass concert on the 27th at 11:30 a.m. in the Student Center Mall.

In conjunction with Bible Conference, the Alumni Association is hosting various class reunions Thursday.


Clay Wiginton Has Fourth Lowest Score in Golf Tournament

ClayWigintonGreenville, S.C. (March 12, 2014) — The Bruins golf team took the course in Waleska, Ga. for their first tournament of the spring season. The team competed in their first season of intercollegiate golf in the fall of 2013. The players greatly improved over the course of the season, and won their first tournament in program history in September.

Callahan Golf Links would be the setting for the Reinhardt Invitational Tournament with seven teams competing in the tournament. The other schools represented were Lindsey Wilson College, Reinhardt University, Truett-McConnell, Brewton-Parker, Covenant College and Campbellsville University.

Clay Wiginton jumpstarted the Bruins round by scoring a birdie on the first hole. Blake Counts birdied the 3rd hole and followed it up with another birdie on the 5th hole. The Bruins fell off the pace a bit on the back nine and finished the day with a combined 332. Clay Wiginton was the low scorer for the Bruins with a first-round 74, putting him in the top five individual scores for the day.

“We had a pretty solid start to the spring season,” Coach Denny Scott said. “Our guys are showing significant improvement from the fall season which bodes well for us in the future.”

In the second round, Clay Wiginton started off the round with a birdie again to put him within two shots of the lead. After a double bogey, Wiginton responded with a birdie on hole four to draw even for the round. The Bruins had some great birdie putts and par saves, but the bogeys began to creep in at crucial moments in the round. The team finished with a 335 score giving them a 667 for the tournament. The Bruins placed 7th of the 7 teams competing.

“We had a few setbacks early this season left the team with only four golfers,” Coach Denny Scott said. “That didn’t deter this team from continuing to build on the solid foundation that was laid during the fall. This spring season will give us more competitive experience that will eventually make the team stronger when we add new recruits in the fall. While the present is still a building process, the future is very bright and we are very optimistic about it.”

Clay Wiginton led the Bruins with a combined score of 152. This was the fourth lowest score in the tournament. The Bruins will play next weekend in Covington, Ga. as they compete in the Savannah College of Arts and Design Invitational at The Oaks Course.

This article was originally written by BJU Bruins Sports Information Director Jonny Gamet and posted at 

BJU Launches Presidential Search Website

Greenville, S.C. (March 5, 2014) – This morning, the Executive Committee of the Bob Jones University Board of Trustees launched a presidential search website to define the position and serve as a major source of information about the search for a new BJU president.

Individuals may apply for the position or submit recommendations of others they would like to see considered.  There is no need to resubmit any recommendations which have previously been submitted.

You may access the website from the BJU homepage and at

David Marine to Address University Business Association Tonight

Greenville, S.C. (March 3, 2014) –  David Marine, Vice President of Brand Engagement at Coldwell Banker, will be the featured speaker for the University Business Association (UBA) at 6 p.m. today in the Applied Studies Auditorium on the Bob Jones University campus.

Marine, a 2000 marketing graduate of BJU, is a marketing director with experience in developing national advertising plans and media for both online and offline initiatives. In addition to creating national television commercials, he has wide experience in producing branded video content and launching online & social initiatives.

Marine’s background is in online strategy having launched numerous mobile and web-based initiatives including branded apps for mobile and tablet, an online video platform and social media initiatives.

Marine is a polished presenter who is frequently asked to speak at both national and regional events on marketing and advertising topics. He also serves as the head writer and editor for the Coldwell Banker Blue Matter blog.

Members of the community are encouraged to attend.