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" October 2014 "

SC Aeronautics Commission Director to Speak at BJU

JamesStephensGREENVILLE, S.C. (October 31, 2014) – South Carolina Aeronautics Commission interim director James Stephens will be the featured speaker for the Upstate Aeronautics Association Tues., Nov. 4, at 6 p.m. in Levinson Hall on the Bob Jones University campus.

Stephens will draw on his broad experience in the aviation industry as he shares his passion for the advancement of aeronautics. He will also highlight the various careers and opportunities available in aeronautics.

A resident of Cayce, Stephens graduated with a BS in Aviation Management from BJU in 2002.

Members of the community are encouraged to attend the event. Levinson Hall is located near the front entrance of the BJU campus in the Welcome Center.

BJU Named “Best Mid-Sized Delegation” at South Carolina Student Legislature

SCSLDelegationGREENVILLE, S.C. (October 27, 2014) – The Bob Jones University delegation to the South Carolina Student Legislature (SCSL) was named “Best Mid-Sized Delegation” during the fall SCSL session held at the South Carolina State House Oct. 22-24.

The delegation, chaired by senior Ashley Archibald of Severna Park, Maryland, is comprised of Briley Hughes of Greenwood, Indiana, Ben Nicholas of Mauldin, Matt Thomas of Greenville, Kristen Ince of Simpsonville, Billy Kauffman of Ocala, Florida, Matt Ledbetter of Greenville, Nikki Arnold of Brook, Indiana, Will Peek of Greenville, Margaret Stegall of Greenville and Elliott Kelley of Easley.

Matt Thomas, BJU senior and outgoing governor of SCSL, was awarded SCSL’s highest award, The Carlisle Award, named in honor of SCSL’s founder, Dr. Douglas Carlisle.

Ashley Archibald, delegation chair, was awarded the Chad M. Beatty Award, which is given to the best graduating senior non-officer member of SCSL.

Other BJU students receiving awards included senior Ben Nicholas being named “Best Representative” and junior Kristen Ince was honored with the “Best Legislation” Award and elected as President Pro Tempore of the SCSL Senate.

Other South Carolina colleges and universities, in addition to Bob Jones University, participating in the recent fall session included Charleston Southern University, Clemson University, Coastal Carolina University, College of Charleston, Erskine College, Francis Marion University, Lander University, North Greenville University and The Citadel.


Bob Jones University Hosts Missions Emphasis Week

Rev. John Crocker

Rev. John Crocker

Mr. Jay Cross

Mr. Jay Cross

GREENVILLE, S.C. (October 20, 2014) – Bob Jones University will set aside the week of Oct. 20-23 to focus on the work and importance of missions. This year’s theme, “Only One Life to Offer,” is taken from Matthew 16:25-26.

The daily chapel service, held Monday through Thursday at 11 a.m. in the Founder’s Memorial Amphitorium on the BJU campus, will feature missionary speakers.

Rev. Jon Crocker, missionary to Mexico with Gospel Fellowship Association, will speak Monday and Tuesday.  Mr. Jay Cross, missionary to Peru (on deputation) with IBM Global, will speak Wednesday and Thursday.

Over one hundred representatives from over fifty mission organizations will be on campus to talk with students and those interested in serving on the mission field.

The University started Missions Emphasis Week in 1989 to impress on the students the demand of world evangelism. The command to “Go into all the world and preach the Gospel” is for all of us. Missionaries will show the need for workers – both full-time missionaries and business professionals – and introduce their organizations to students who want to use the gifts God has given them in serving Him in a variety of ways on the mission field.

Dr. Heidi Campbell Presents Research at Broadcast Education Conference

Heidi CampbellGREENVILLE, S.C. (October 7, 2014) – Dr. Heidi D. Campbell , Associate Professor from the Journalism & Mass Communication department at Bob Jones University recently presented her research titled,  “The Role of Facebook in the Religious Lives of Emerging Adults” at the Broadcast Education Association conference at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. Dr. Campbell’s research agenda includes research on the intersection of religion, media, and emerging adulthood.

Henderson Receives Palmetto Teachers of Excellence Award

Henderson PhotoGREENVILLE, S.C. (October 7, 2014) – The South Carolina Council for the Social Studies (SCCSS) recently honored Loyd Henderson, Social Studies department chair at Travelers Rest High School (TRHS), with the Palmetto Teachers of Excellence Award for Social Studies.

Henderson, a 2002 graduate of Bob Jones University, received the award during the 2014 SCCSS Conference Oct. 4 in Columbia. He was one of approximately 35 Social Studies teachers from across South Carolina honored. A resident of Taylors, Henderson was nominated for the award by the Greenville County School District.

According to the Greenville County School District, teachers are selected based on their knowledge of content, passion for quality, engaging instruction, willingness to share and collaborate with their colleagues, and their overall effectiveness in the classroom.

Henderson teaches all levels of classes from freshman geography to IB History of the Americas, as well as various electives. He has been previously recognized as a TRHS Teacher of the Year and has devoted countless hours to non-classroom activities including acting in and set design for multiple school plays and musical productions, sponsoring award winning student videos and serving as a Youth in Government sponsor.





Dr. Sam Horn to Join BJU As Vice President for Ministerial Advancement

SamGREENVILLE, S.C. (October 3, 2014) – Bob Jones University President Steve Pettit today named Dr. Sam Horn as Vice President for Ministerial Advancement effective January, 2015. Horn will also serve as Dean of the Seminary and School of Religion, and Dr. Steve Hankins and Dr. Royce Short will become associate deans of these respective schools, effective at the end of the current academic year in May.

“Training young people to serve Jesus Christ is what we do best at BJU,” said BJU President Steve Pettit. “Sam is committed to working with our faculty to ensure our ministerial training is second to none in the nation.”

Horn currently serves as President of Central Baptist Theological Seminary in Plymouth, Minnesota. He has also served in administrative roles and on the faculty of Central Baptist Theological Seminary, Northland International University and BJU.

In addition to his academic experience, Horn brings extensive pastoral experience having served in various roles from youth pastor to senior pastor at churches in Minnesota, Wisconsin, South Carolina and Tennessee.

“Sam Horn’s pastoral experience will be invaluable as he works with our young men training for pastoral ministry,” said Pettit.

Horn earned a BA in Bible in 1986, an MA in Bible in 1988, and a PhD in New Testament Interpretation in 1995—all from BJU—and a DMin from The Master’s Seminary in 2007.

Horn, and his wife, Beth, have two children. Robert is a freshman at BJU majoring in Bible and Ashton is in elementary school.


Dr. Heidi Campbell Has Chapter Published in Leading Communications Textbook

Heidi CampbellGREENVILLE, S.C. (October 1, 2014) – Dr. Heidi D. Campbell, professor in the Department of Journalism & Mass Communication at Bob Jones University, recently published a chapter on digital health in the 14th edition of Communication Technology Update and Fundamentals, the leading text for the latest developments, trends, and issues in communication technology since 1992.

The digital health or eHealth industry is expanding at explosive rates innovating new technologies for everything from wearable wireless health and fitness devices to the proliferation of health apps for mobile devices. Dr. Campbell’s chapter titled “eHealth” explores this rapid growth and provides analysis and projections for where the eHealth industry will be in the next ten years.

Congratulations to Stephen Hawkey!

HawkeyGREENVILLE, S.C. (October 1, 2014) – Congratulations to Stephen Hawkey, a freshman cello performance major! He is the cellist in the Chante Trio (a piano trio). The Chante Trio was recently named the winner of the WDAV Young Chamber Musicians Competition. Their award winning performance starts at 1:01.