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" February 2015 "

Dr. Bruce Byers Awarded SCFLTA Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr. Bruce Byers (L) and Dr. Arthur Turfa (L), President of SCFLTA

Dr. Bruce Byers (L) and Dr. Arthur Turfa (L), President of SCFLTA

GREENVILLE, S.C. (February 23, 2015) — Dr. Bruce Byers, Chair of the Division of Modern Language and Literature in the College of Arts and Science at Bob Jones University, was recently awarded the South Carolina Foreign Language Teachers Association (SCFLTA) Lifetime Achievement Award during the SCFLTA Conference.

Byers was recognized as the enthusiastic ambassador of the Francophone language and culture and as the face of world language methodology at BJU. He was also recognized for using his talents beyond his “official” duties.

He has taught French to American businessmen at Michelin during the summers and has taught English to newcomers to the United States. He has also participated in mission teams to Quebec and Haiti and has translated numerous sermons into French to be used in French radio broadcasts.

Byers developed the current beginning and intermediate French course syllabi and recently submitted a proposal for a new French major program. He has also co-authored two high school French textbooks as well as published several articles in The French Review, the journal of the American Association of Teachers of French.

He received his bachelor’s degree in French education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, his master’s degree in French from Middlebury College and his PhD in French from Indiana University in Bloomington.

The SCFLTA Lifetime Achievement Award is presented each year to a world language educator, who has demonstrated excellence in, dedication in and commitment to teaching and leadership in world language education throughout his/her career.

Candidates for the award must have at least 15 years of experience in teaching or administration of world language programs. Candidates must also have been a member of the SCFLTA for at least ten years.

BJU Bruins Women’s Soccer and Men’s XC Teams Honored with NCCAA All-Scholar Team Award

Women's Soccer TeamGREENVILLE, S.C. (February 13, 2015) – The National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) recently named the Bob Jones University Bruins women’s soccer team and men’s cross-country team as All-Scholar Teams for the Fall 2014 semester.

“I am very proud of these student athletes and their commitment to pursue high academic standards while competing in their sport,” Bruins athletics director Neal Ring said. “They have set a great example for us all to strive for in the classroom. Congratulations to both coaching staffs for encouraging a culture of academic success in their programs.”

The women’s soccer team finished the year with a team GPA of 3.48 and the men’s cross country team finished with a team GPA of 3.44. The qualifications for the award were for the team to maintain a GPA of at least 3.40. This is the first time a Bruins team has achieved the recognition.

Cross Country TeamThe women’s soccer roster consisted of 26 players and the men’s cross country roster included 10 runners. The Bruins seek to use the platform of intercollegiate sports as an avenue for ministry. On the field of play, in the classroom and in their personal lives, Bruins athletes seek to do all for the glory of God.

Bob Jones University’s Theatre Department Presents One Voice

Jeremiah DewGREENVILLE, S.C. (February 2, 2015) —The Bob Jones University Theatre Department will present One Voice, a black history narrative created and produced by Jeremiah Dew, Sat., Feb. 21, at 7:30 p.m. in Stratton Hall on the BJU campus.

One Voice is a celebration of the contributions of important figures in American history from the time of the African slave trade to the election of our first African American president, Barack Obama. Jeremiah brings to the stage voices of Frederick Douglass, James Weldon Johnson, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Muhammad Ali.

Through video interviews, Dr. Margaree Seawright Crosby, professor emeritus at Clemson University, will tell the story of the “Greenville 8,” a group of students who participated in a sit-in at the Greenville Public Library which led to the integration of the library system. Another interview with Wilfred Walker Sr., a long-time teacher at Sterling High School, illuminates further the struggles of the civil rights movement in Greenville.

Jeremiah Dew, a 2007 graduate of Bob Jones University, is a local entrepreneur, entertainer and personality. Dew serves as the “Director of Fun” for the Greenville Drive, the local minor league baseball team, and is well-known as the on-court hype man for Clemson basketball and as a master of ceremonies for events and celebrations across the upstate.

Tickets for the single performance of One Voice are $5 each and are available online, at the box office on campus or by calling (864) 770-1372. Tickets may also be purchased online.