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" August 2015 "

Schell to Serve as an Assistant Professor of Nutrition at BJU

MelanieSchellGREENVILLE, S.C. (August 7, 2015) – Melanie Schell will join the faculty of Bob Jones University as an assistant professor of Nutrition in BJU’s College of Arts and Science this fall. Schell previously served as an assistant location manager and nutrition coordinator for Aramark Food Services in the Dixon-McKenzie Dining Common at BJU.

“In addition to her academic credentials, Melanie brings to her faculty position a great deal of practical experience in the field of nutrition, said Dr. Renae Wentworth, BJU’s dean of the College of Arts and Science. “Her students will have a wonderful opportunity to benefit from both her knowledge and her expertise.”

Schell earned a BS in Family and Consumer Science Education from BJU (1984) and a Master’s in Public Health with a concentration in nutrition (2015) from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.

Prior to her service with Aramark, Schell served as a food service manager for Hampton Park Baptist Church Ministries and as a dietary specialist for BJU Dining. She also taught at public and private schools in North Carolina.

A resident of Greenville, Schell is married and has three adult children, including a junior at BJU, and a son in middle school.

Nolan to Serve as Assistant Professor of Studio Art at BJU

John Nolan

John Nolan

GREENVILLE, S.C. (August 6, 2015) – John Nolan will serve as an assistant professor of Studio Art in the School of Fine Arts and Communication at Bob Jones University this fall. He previously served as an adjunct professor at BJU and will continue to serve as curator of the Bob Jones University Museum & Gallery and owner of Greenville History Tours.

“For nearly two decades, artist John Nolan has served as curator for one of the largest collections of religious artwork in the world,” said Dr. Darren Lawson, dean of the School of Fine Arts and Communication at BJU.  “It is a privilege to have him joining the studio art faculty, and I know the students will enjoy having him as a professor.”

Nolan earned a BFA in Painting and Drawing (1992) from Bowling Green University in Bowling Green, Ohio, and an MA in Studio Art (1994) from BJU.  He also studied at Studio Arts Center International in Florence, Italy, the University of Denver and the NEH Institute at Columbia University in New York City.

A well-known speaker and author, Nolan has made presentations to a number of conferences across the country and authored numerous magazine articles and books dealing with art history and the history of Greenville.

As a curator, Nolan has curated over a dozen major exhibitions at the Bob Jones University Museum & Gallery. Additionally, he has also organized a number of symposia and conferences featuring speakers from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and The J. Paul Getty Museum.

He also has lectured on art history for the Georgia Museum of Art, the Greenville Symphony Orchestra, the College of Charleston, Opportunity Greenville and Kennesaw State University.

A resident of Greenville, Nolan is a member of the Association of Art Museum Curators, the Consortium for the Upstate South Carolina History, Greenville County Historical Society, the College Art Association and CODART (Curators of Dutch and Flemish Collections).


Bob Jones University Announces 2015-2016 Concert, Opera and Drama Series

GREENVILLE, S.C. (August 6, 2015) – Bob Jones University today announced the schedule for the University’s 2015-2016 Concert, Opera and Drama Series. The series will once again bring to Greenville world-renowned artists and exciting performances. All performances are open to the public.

The 2015-2016 BJU Concert, Opera and Drama Series schedule includes:

BJU Symphonic Wind Band

Nov. 10 – 8 p.m.

Founder’s Memorial Amphitorium (FMA)

Under the direction of Dr. Dan Turner, the Symphonic Wind Band presents an evening with guest artist Matthew Vaughn, co-principal trombone of The Philadelphia Orchestra. The program will feature the exciting trombone concerto Colors by Belgian composer Bert Appermont, as well as other virtuoso works for the trombone.

Living Gallery – “Dawning Light”

Dec. 3, 4 – 4:30 and 8 p.m.

Dec. 5 – 2, 4:30 and 8 p.m.

Rodeheaver Auditorium (RA)

The annual Living Gallery features re-creations of magnificent artwork by the Old Masters with live models. This year BJU combines the tradition of the Living Gallery with the Christmas celebration Lessons and Carols. Beautiful music and art are elegantly woven together with Scripture to celebrate the amazing story of the incarnation—God with us.

 “La Cenerentola”

Mar. 8, 10 and 12

8 p.m.


Rossini’s light comedy draws its storyline from the familiar Cinderella fairy tale. The traditional evil stepmother is replaced with a greedy and ambitious stepfather. Instead of glass slippers there is a pair of matching bracelets. Throw in two conniving stepsisters, a handsome prince and one hilarious valet—and you have an evening of musical enjoyment.


April 21-23

8 p.m.


This human portrait, both enigmatic and powerful, has intrigued readers and audiences for hundreds of years. Watch one of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies in a unique production by the University’s Classic Players.

Information and tickets are available at For further information, call (864) 770-1372. Individual tickets for all productions will be available for purchase Tuesday, Sept. 1.



Wampole to Serve as Assistant Professor of Nursing at BJU

Professonal headshot of Kathryn Wampole. Photo by Derek Eckenroth, 2015

Kathryn Wampole

GREENVILLE, S.C. (August 5, 2015) – Kathryn Wampole RN, MSN will serve as an assistant professor of Nursing in the College of Arts and Science at Bob Jones University this fall. Wampole previously served as an RN at Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System.

“Kat’s experience in the nursing profession and her genuine heart for nursing students make her a wonderful addition to our highly talented and dedicated nursing faculty,” said Dr. Renae Wentworth, dean of the College of Arts and Science at BJU.

Wampole earned a BS in Business Administration from Lander University (1997), a BS in Accounting from Furman University (2001), a BSN from the Mary Black School of Nursing at the University of South Carolina Upstate (2012) and an MSN from the College of Nursing and Allied Health at Charleston Southern University (2014).

Wampole has served in various capacities with the Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System as a Registered Nurse in their Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Labor and Delivery as well as In-Patient Oncology and Palliative Care. She also directed an Obstetric, Neonatal and Women’s Health Teaching Practicum for nursing students from Spartanburg Community College during the spring and fall semesters in 2014.

Throughout her academic and professional careers, she has earned a number of honors and achievements, including the Chair of Excellence in Teaching Award Board for 2011-2012, the Earl Gordon Medal Award for University Service in spring 2012 and she served as the Student Government Association Senator for the Mary Black School of Nursing at USC Upstate. Additionally, she served as treasurer of Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honors Society (Mu Rho Chapter) and the Student Nursing Association (USC Upstate Mary Black School of Nursing Chapter).

A resident of Lyman, Wampole is a member of the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN), the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS), Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honors Society and Sigma Beta Delta Business Honors Society.

Cushman to Serve as Professor of New Testament at BJU

NealCushmanGREENVILLE, S.C. (August 3, 2015) – Dr. Neal Cushman, missiologist and New Testament scholar, will serve as a professor of New Testament and director for special projects at the Bob Jones University Seminary and Graduate School of Religion this fall. Cushman previously served as department chair for Cross-Cultural Studies at Northland International University (NIU) as well as a professor at Maranatha Baptist University (MBU) and Summit University (SU).

“I am very excited that Dr. Cushman is joining our faculty,” said Dr. Sam Horn, vice president for ministerial advancement at BJU. “Neal is a highly trained New Testament scholar and missiologist with decades of experience teaching and doing real-world ministry. He is both highly skilled and highly relational. I am thankful that the Lord has led him here to help train the next generation to serve the Lord with conviction, courage and compassion as they take the Word around the world.”

Cushman earned both his BA (1980) and MA (1982) in Bible from BJU and his PhD in New Testament Interpretation (2012) from Summit University in Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania.

“I’m looking forward to the opportunity to teach students at Bob Jones University who want to be disciples of Jesus Christ and share the gospel around the world,” said Cushman. “My wife and I feel so blessed to minister alongside the amazing faculty and staff who serve here.”

Cushman served for twenty-two years at NIU as a member of their graduate faculty, as coordinator of adjunct faculty and as chair of the NIU Cross-Cultural Studies department. While there, he founded the Center for Global Opportunities, planned the annual Missions Conference, taught overseas in Ukraine, Russia and Turkey and led mission teams to the Far East, Europe, Central Asia, North Africa and Senegal. Following his tenure at NIU, Cushman taught Bible and Missions at MBU and taught online courses for SU.

In addition to his work at various universities and seminaries, Cushman has a passion for local church ministry. Ordained into the Gospel ministry in 1983, he served as pastor of churches in Nova Scotia, Michigan and Wisconsin. He also founded and directed ICM Youth Camp and Forest Glen Bible Camp, both located in Nova Scotia.

A resident of Greer, Cushman serves as a board member of IBMGlobal, vice chairman of Building Great Leaders and member of the Council of Dispensational Hermeneutics.