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" January 2015 "

Bob Jones University’s Home Page Awarded “Best Home Page” by eduStyle

GREENVILLE, S.C. (January 30, 2015) – Bob Jones University’s home page was awarded Best Home Page (Judged) in the 2014 eduStyle Awards announced earlier this week.  BJU’s home page was one of five higher education home pages nominated for the award in December, 2014. The current home page, redesigned in December of 2013, was the result of several months of work by the Web, Writing, and Design teams of BJU Marketing Communications.

2014 marks the 7th year for the eduStyle Awards. The eduStyle Higher-ed Web Awards celebrate the best work in college and university websites. In 2014, sixteen categories recognized the most innovative and exciting developments in key areas of higher education web development. Top-level prizes include best overall website, best redesign and most innovative. There are also awards in areas such as information architecture and video; awards for sub-sites (e.g. a faculty website) and special projects. Each award is be given as both a people’s choice and a judged award.

This is the second year that BJU has been recognized by eduStyle. In 2013, BJU won seven awards for LIFEatBJU and Why Choose BJU including Most Innovative (Judged & People’s Choice), Best Use of Interactive Multimedia or Video (Judged & People’s Choice), Best Community-Driven Site/Use of Social Media (People’s Choice), Best Prospective Student or Admission Site (People’s Choice), and Best Visual Design (Judged).



Steve and Kelley Bruss to Address BJU Journalism and Mass Communication Forum

brussesGREENVILLE, S.C.(January 30, 2015) —The Bob Jones University Journalism and Mass Communication Department will hold a Media Forum Thurs., Feb. 5 at 5 p.m. in Fine Arts 101 in the Gustafson Fine Arts Center on the BJU campus.

The forum will feature Steve and Kelley Bruss. Steve is an editor at The Greenville News while Kelley is a freelance journalist. Various topics related to journalism and mass communication in the world today will be discussed as well as the increasing convergence of media and how it has and will impact the work of media professionals.

Members of the community are invited to attend.

BJU Hosting 43rd Annual Invitational Christian High School Basketball Tournament

BBTournamentLogoGREENVILLE, S.C. (January 26, 2015) – Bob Jones University is hosting its 43rd Annual Invitational Christian High School Basketball Tournament Jan. 27-30 in the Davis Field House on the BJU campus. The double elimination tournament, sponsored by krossover, features 8 men’s and 8 women’s teams from eight states.

The women’s teams competing include Bob Jones Academy (Greenville, South Carolina), Carolina Home Educators (Rural Hall, North Carolina), Calvary Baptist Academy (Midland, Michigan), Community Baptist Schools (Reidsville, North Carolina), Creekside Christian Academy (McDonough, Georgia), Lindsey Lane Christian Academy (Athens, Alabama), Lebanon Christian Academy (Lebanon, Pennsylvania) and Tabernacle Christian School (Gardendale, Alabama).

The men’s teams competing include Bob Jones Academy (Greenville, South Carolina), Central Baptist School (Memphis, Tennessee), Community Baptist Schools (Reidsville, North Carolina), Concord Christian Academy (Wilmington, Delaware), Creekside Christian Academy (McDonough, Georgia), Lebanon Christian Academy (Lebanon, Pennsylvania), Tabernacle Christian School (Gardendale, Alabama) and Victory Christian School (North Augusta, South Carolina).

Members of the public are encouraged to attend the tournament.

Dr. Sam Horn Joins BJU as Vice President for Ministerial Advancement

Dr. Sam HornGREENVILLE, S.C. (January 23, 2015) – Dr. Sam Horn, who was named Vice President for Ministerial Advancement by BJU President Steve Pettit last October, officially joined the Bob Jones University administration this week. In addition to his vice presidential responsibilities, Horn will begin serving as Dean of the Seminary and School of Religion at the end of the current academic year in May.

Prior to serving at BJU, Horn was 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.

“I am excited to be at BJU working with the incredible faculty to ensure our ministerial training—at both the undergraduate and graduate level—is second to none,” said Horn. “I look forward to serving with Dr. Steve Hankins and Dr. Royce Short—and the entire Seminary and School of Religion faculty—as we seek to train the next generation of young people to serve Jesus Christ in local churches and ministries around the world.”

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.

Horn earned a BA in Bible in 1986, a 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.

BJU President Steve Pettit’s Remarks on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

GREENVILLE, S.C. (January 19, 2015) – During this morning’s chapel service, Bob Jones University President Steve Pettit spoke to faculty, staff and students about the work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his desire to bring about racial equality and harmony.

Pettit noted that we honor King for his sacrifice for a just cause and praised him for the pivotal role he played in ending segregation. Pettit challenged the BJU family to pray for racial harmony as we are all one in Christ’s body.

Cantus to Perform at Bob Jones University

CantusGREENVILLE, S.C. (January 13, 2015) –  The Minnesota-based men’s vocal ensemble Cantus will be in concert at Bob Jones University’s Founder’s Memorial Amphitorium Tues., Jan. 27 at 8 p.m.  Cantus will be performing their new program Anthem, which explores the traditions and customs of singing throughout the world with specific emphasis on when and why people sing together.

“Anthems are an expression of identity and create a way for communities to show support for a cause, belief, a heritage, or even a sports team,” says Cantus tenor Aaron Humble. “If you have once sung a song in a group, that music forever after will conjure the emotions of that moment for you: pride, identity, unity.”

The program includes songs from various cultures and traditions asking the question: When we gather together, how does singing help us celebrate, help us inspire, or help us heal? Anthem features works ranging from the Hebrew Burial Kaddish to the African American work song, “Rainbow ‘Round My Shoulder,” to works by Kodály, Holst, Verdi, Janáček and Tallis. Two new pieces commissioned for the program include “When We Sing” by Rosephanye Powell, inspired by the recent findings that people’s heartbeats start to synch when they sing together; and an arrangement of “How Can I Keep From Singing” from Stephen Caracciolo, who previously arranged “Simple Gifts” for the group.

 Tickets for the Jan. 27th concert are available by visiting or by calling 864.770.1372.

 About Cantus

The “intellectually, emotionally and musically rich” (Star Tribune) nine-member men’s vocal ensemble Cantus is known worldwide for its trademark warmth and blend and its engaging performances of music ranging from the Renaissance to the 21st century. Working without a conductor, the members of Cantus rehearse and perform as chamber musicians, each contributing to the entirety of the artistic process. The Washington Post hails the ensemble’s sound as having both “exalting finesse” and “expressive power” and refers to their music-making as “spontaneous grace.” Cantus performs more than 60 concerts each year both in national and international touring, as well as in its home of Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota and has released 17 albums on its own self-titled label. Each year the artists of Cantus share their own love of singing with thousands of students through workshops and master classes to ensure the future of choral arts. To learn more about Cantus visit:

BJU Cinema Graduates Win iNRB Student Film Awards

Stephen Pettit

Stephen Pettit

Marc Pagliuca

Marc Pagliuca

Justin Kelley

Justin Kelley

GREENVILLE, S.C. (January 9, 2015) — Three Bob Jones University Cinema graduates recently received awards in the 2014-15 Intercollegiate National Religious Broadcasters (iNRB) Student Production Awards Competition.  This is the second year BJU students have entered projects in the iNRB competition and the second year they have won at least one award.

Marc Pagliuca of Greer tied for first place in the short film contest with his project titled “The Unspeakable.” Justin Kelley of Greenville won second place in the documentary category with “Rupert.” Stephen Pettit of Henrico, Virginia placed third in the documentary category with “Johnathan’s Very Own.” All three students graduated from BJU in 2014 and entered their senior capstone project into the competition.

Each student wrote and directed his own film, the culmination of four years of work in the cinema department, with guidance from BJU’s cinema faculty. Student film projects are judged on a variety of criteria including artistry, originality, production techniques and how the project furthers a Judeo-Christian purpose or goal.

“We believe our students do excellent film work, and it’s gratifying to see others recognize the same ability in them, especially in the Christian media community,” said cinema department head Sharyn Robertson.

BJU Releases President’s List and Dean’s List Honors for the Fall 2014 Semester

GREENVILLE, S.C. (January 7, 2015) – Earlier this week, Bob Jones University released the President’s List and Dean’s List for the Fall 2014 semester.

The Fall 2014 semester is the inaugural semester for BJU’s President’s List and honored approximately 450 students whose grade point average (GPA) for the semester was 3.75 or higher.

The Dean’s List honored approximately 950 students whose GPA for the semester was 3.0-3.74.

Congratulations to all of the students for this academic honor.

Congratulations, Dr. Bledsoe!

GregBledsoeGREENVILLE, S.C. (January 5, 2015) — Congratulations to Dr. Greg Bledsoe, a 1995 Bob Jones University graduate, on being named surgeon general for the State of Arkansas.

Bob Jones University’s Aida Production Wins National Opera Association Award

Aida2014GREENVLLE, S.C. (January 5, 2015) — Bob Jones University’s 2014 production of Giuseppe Verdi’s opera Aida won second place in the Professional Division of the National Opera Association’s (NOA) Opera Production Competition. This is the fourth time BJU has entered the NOA competition and its fourth NOA award.

Because of the strength of its productions, BJU has been placed in the professional category, rather than in the collegiate category, and ranked in the top three nationally each time it has entered the competition.

Previous award-winning BJU opera productions are Camille Saint-Saëns’ Samson et Dalila (2010), Charles Gounod’s Faust (2011) and Giuseppe Verdi’s Il Trovatore (2012).

BJU’s production of Aida, conducted by Maestro Stephen White of the Metropolitan Opera, included a cast of more than 200 in addition to more than 150 musicians and stage crew. Guest artists Kevin Thompson (Ramphis), Clay Hilley (Radames), Mary Phillips (Amneris), Indra Thomas (Aida) and Grant Youngblood (Amonasro) joined the BJU cast.

The award will be presented at the 60th Annual Convention in Greensboro, North Carolina later this month. Dr. Darren Lawson, dean of the School of Fine Arts & Communication, who served as director of the production will accept the award for BJU.

“To be recognized on a national level speaks very well about the commitment of BJU’s students and staff crew as well as our level of excellence to the glory of God,” said Lawson.