BJU Public Relations

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" August 2015 "

Colonel Youstra to Speak in Bob Jones University Chapel

GREENVILLE, S.C. (November 7, 2017) – Colonel George Youstra, the Joint Staff Chaplain for the United States Air Force Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will address the Bob Jones University student body in chapel Thursday, Nov. 9, in commemoration of Veterans Day on Saturday, Nov. 11.

“We are privileged to host Chaplain Youstra at BJU as we honor the men and women who have served in our Armed Forces,” said BJU President Steve Pettit.

Youstra graduated from BJU in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science degree in social studies education. He holds a Master of Divinity degree from Anderson University School of Theology in Anderson, Indiana, and a Master of Strategic Studies from the Air War College in Montgomery, Alabama.

As the Joint Staff Chaplain, Youstra advises the Chairman on the constitutional free exercise of religion and related matters impacting Department of Defense service personnel and their families. Youstra also assists in integrating chaplains and chaplain assistant/religious program specialists into joint force organizations to coordinate defense-wide religious support, advising on moral and ethical issues related to policies, programs, initiatives, exercises and operations.

Youstra served for 14 years in the United States Army as Special Forces, Infantry, Military Policy Officer and Chaplain. In 1998, Chaplain Youstra entered active duty as a US Air Force Chaplain. He has served at all levels of the Chaplain Corps from Group Chaplain, Senior Protestant Chaplain, Wing Chaplain, Numbered Air Force, and Major Commands Staff Action Officer and has deployed in support of operations in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

Youstra’s chapel address is open to the public. Chapel begins at 11 a.m. in the Founder’s Memorial Amphitorium on the BJU campus. Parking is available in the parking garage located directly behind Rodeheaver Auditorium and on campus streets.

BJU Programming Teams Place First, Second in Programming Contest

GREENVILLE, S.C. (November 6, 2017) – The Bob Jones University intercollegiate computer programming teams placed first and second in the annual programming contest at the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges (CCSC) Southeastern Region conference held Saturday, Nov. 4, at Furman University in Greenville.

BJU fielded two teams in the 26-team competition, becoming the first school in 24 years to sweep the top two places.

The CCSC Conference is designed to promote the exchange of information among college personnel and K-12 educators concerned with computer use and education in the academic environment. The conference provides an affordable regional forum for the exchange of ideas and information concerning computing and computing curricula.

“Students excel when they come to BJU to study computer science,” said Dr. Jim Knisely, head of BJU’s Department of Computer Science. “We are so proud of our team for their performance in this competition and are thrilled to see their hard work pay off in this way.”

In addition to BJU, the following colleges and universities participated in the competition: Covenant College, Furman University, Davidson College, Roanoke College, the University of North Carolina at Asheville, Mercer University, Sewanee – The University of the South, Lander University, Wofford College, Georgia Gwinnett College, Georgia College and State University, Elon University, Gardner-Webb University, The Citadel, and Francis Marion University.

The BJU team members include senior Nathan Collins of Greenville, South Carolina; junior Samuel Henry of McDonough, Georgia; senior Mark Bixler of New Era, Michigan; senior Jacob Brazeal of Taylors, South Carolina; senior Matthew Laird of Nashua, New Hampshire, sophomore Zachary Hayes of Grovetown, Georgia; sophomore Ryan Longacre of Hallstead, Pennsylvania; and freshman Jacob Franklin of Rockford, Illinois.

BJU has competed in the CCSC competition since 2002 and has placed first three times and placed second seven times.

Joshua Strubel Serves as Intern with Engineering Consulting Services

Joshua Strubel

GREENVILLE, S.C. (November 6, 2017) – Joshua Strubel, a senior engineering major at Bob Jones University, serves as an intern this semester with Engineering Consulting Services located in Greenville.

Strubel, a resident of Greenville, is gaining experience researching and testing soil sample compositions from construction sites. His responsibilities include overseeing soil sample collection, conducting material analysis research, and communicating with construction teams to advise structure placement.

“This internship has given me an experiential knowledge of the discipline of civil engineering,” says Strubel. “I’m learning in a hands-on environment that adds understanding to the classroom learning I’ve received in my major, and it has been exciting to see how everything comes together.”

Flags Fly at Half-Staff at Bob Jones University

GREENVILLE, S.C. (November 6, 2017) — At the request of President Donald Trump, flags at Bob Jones University are being flown at half-staff through sunset on November 9 in honor of the victims of yesterday’s shooting at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas.

Natalie Pierce Serves as Speech Therapist Intern in Greenville County Schools

Natalie Pierce

GREENVILLE, S.C. (November 3, 2017)– Natalie Pierce, a senior communication disorders major at Bob Jones University, serves as a speech therapist intern this semester at Westcliffe Elementary School and Bells Crossing Elementary School, both located in Greenville.

Pierce, a resident of Apex, North Carolina, is gaining hands-on experience shadowing two speech-language pathologists and performing speech therapy with K-5 to 5th-grade students. Her responsibilities include creating lesson plans for therapy sessions, providing articulation and language impediment therapy for students, and providing social skills therapy for students with autism.

“This opportunity has made me fall more in love with speech therapy,” says Pierce. “I love being with the students and helping them in every way I can. The experience here has confirmed that I want to work in speech therapy for the rest of my life.”

Bob Jones University to Present Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing”

GREENVILLE, S.C. (November 2, 2017) – The Bob Jones University Classic Players will present William Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing” in Rodeheaver Auditorium Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 16 – 18, at 8 each evening.

“Much Ado About Nothing” is a brilliantly constructed tale of love interwoven with a merry war of wits between one of drama’s most famous couples, Beatrice and Benedick.

“‘Much Ado About Nothing’ is my favorite Shakespearean comedy,” says director Dr. Lonnie Polson, division chair of BJU’s Division of Communication. “I love how the story explores the themes of love and authenticity in both comic and serious ways. It’s an incredibly funny play that contains significant lessons about life, love, truth and vulnerability.”

The production features scenic and costume design by Jeffrey Stegall, associate professor in BJU’s Department of Theatre Arts, and original music by Dr. Ken Renfrow, program director of BJU’s Piano Pedagogy program.

Dr. Paul Radford, department head of BJU’s Department of Communication Studies, is featured in the role of Benedick and Erin Naler, assistant professor in BJU’s Division of Theatre Arts, will play the role of Beatrice. The cast also features Jeffrey Stegall as Dogberry and students Nathan Young and Hannah Buckland as Claudio and Hero.

A SMART preview performance will be open exclusively to secondary students and their sponsors Tuesday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m. Tickets are required and may be purchased through the Programs and Productions box office for $7 for students.

Performance ticket prices are $34-$43 for adults and full time student tickets are $23. Tickets are available at or by calling (864) 770-1372.

Leah Edwards Interns with Carolina Moves

Leah Edwards

GREENVILLE, S.C. (November 1, 2017) – Leah Edwards, a senior business administration major at Bob Jones University, serves as an intern with Carolina Moves Property Management and Real Estate in Greenville, South Carolina.

Edwards, a resident of Delta, Pennsylvania, works on the property management team. Her responsibilities include scheduling and performing property showings, completing move-in and move-out inspections, communicating moving details with tenants, and overseeing maintenance requests with vendors

“This internship has exposed me to a totally new business career I had never considered pursuing prior to this experience,” says Edwards. “What I have learned at Carolina Moves has inspired me to consider pursuing a long-term career in property management or real estate upon graduating from college.”

BJU Named Best Large Delegation at South Carolina Student Legislature Fall Session

GREENVILLE, S.C. (October 31, 2017) – The Bob Jones University delegation to the South Carolina Student Legislature (SCSL) was named the “Best Large Delegation” during the fall session Wednesday, Oct. 25, through Friday, Oct. 27, in Columbia, South Carolina.

The delegation is comprised of Hannah Zakaria of Burke, Virginia; Victoria Sanders of Paradise, Pennsylvania; Rebekah Anderson of Grayson, Georgia; Bradley Shepard of East Hartford, Connecticut; Benjamin Mills of Barrigada, Guam; Margaret Nanney of Greenville; Joshua Casillas of Greer; Michael Pettit of Greenville; Elliott Kelley of Easley; and Grace Fryml of Greenville.

Elliott Kelley, a senior business administration major and the outgoing governor, was awarded SCSL’s highest award, The Carlisle Award, named in honor of SCSL’s founder, Dr. Douglas Carlisle, and presented to the delegate who best represents the ideals of the SCSL.

Hannah Zakaria, a senior business administration major, was named “Best Senator,” and Michael Pettit, a junior history major, was recognized for “Best Legislation,” which he co-authored with a student from Charleston Southern University.

Brad Shepard, a sophomore business administration major, was elected as Lieutenant Governor and Victoria Sanders, a junior journalism and mass communication major, was appointed Chief of Staff to the incoming governor.

Eight colleges and universities throughout South Carolina participated in the recent fall session including BJU, Coastal Carolina University, Erskine College, Winthrop University, Clemson University, Charleston Southern University, Francis Marion University and the College of Charleston.

Sarah Longacre Serves as Student Teacher at Mauldin High School

Sarah Longacre

GREENVILLE, S.C. (October 30, 2017) – Sarah Longacre, a senior English education major at Bob Jones University, serves as a student teacher this semester at Mauldin High School in Mauldin, South Carolina.

Longacre, a resident of Hallstead, Pennsylvania, is gaining hands-on experience by teaching over 170 high school students. Her responsibilities include creating lesson plans, teaching, writing tests and quizzes, grading assignments, and managing the classroom.

“My student teaching experience at Mauldin High has been crucial to my education,” says Longacre. “Teaching high school students with diverse needs and backgrounds has greatly developed my skills as an educator.”

Herb Keinon to Address Presidential Leadership Series

GREENVILLE, S.C. (October 30, 2017) – Herb Keinon, the senior diplomatic correspondent for The Jerusalem Post, will headline the Bob Jones University Presidential Leadership Series Thursday, Nov. 9.

Keinon’s address, “Israel’s Challenges and the American Role in the Middle East,” begins at 7 p.m. in the Founders Memorial Auditorium on the BJU campus.

“We look forward to hosting thought leaders on a variety of national and international topics at BJU,” said BJU President Steve Pettit. “I am eager to hear first-hand what’s occurring in Israel from a journalist who lives and works in the region.”

As a diplomatic correspondent in Jerusalem, Keinon is responsible for covering the foreign minister and the prime minister, giving him an intimate knowledge and perspective of the country’s various challenges. Keinon has lectured widely throughout Israel, the United States, Europe and Australia on the political and diplomatic situation in Israel and has appeared on a variety of radio and television programs around the world.

Keinon earned a BA in political science from the University of Colorado, Boulder and an MA in journalism from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. In 2009, Keinon wrote “Lone Soldiers: Israel’s Defenders from Around the World,” describing the men and women living outside of Israel who volunteer to serve in the Israeli army.  He translated the book into Hebrew in 2011. A resident of Israel for over 35 years, Keinon has also written prolifically on the topics of immigration and absorption, religious parties, the ultra-Orthodox, Israeli settlements, and life in Jerusalem.

Keinon’s address is sponsored by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), an organization that aims to strengthen, protect and promote the relationship between Israel and the United States. AIPAC engages pro-Israel activists across the country and works with a wide range of communities to promote pro-Israel political activism nation-wide.

The event is free and open to the public. However, it is closed to the press. Parking is available in the parking garage located directly behind Rodeheaver Auditorium as well as on campus streets.