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" October 2015 "

BJU Symphonic Wind Band Concert Set for November 10

BJUSymphonicWindBandGREENVILLE, S.C. (October 29, 2015) – Bob Jones University kicks off its 2015-2016 Concert, Opera and Drama Series with the BJU Symphonic Wind Band on Tuesday, Nov. 10 at 8 p.m. in the Founder’s Memorial Amphitorium on the BJU campus.

Under the direction of Dr. Dan Turner, the Symphonic Wind Band presents a program featuring the exciting concerto “Colors” as well as other virtuoso works for the trombone. Also included are several outstanding pieces for wind ensembles, including “Lincolnshire Posy,” a six-movement symphony of British ballads and folk songs by Percy Grainger.

“Our concert, “Trombonanza,” celebrates one of the most heroic instruments of the orchestra and wind band—the trombone.  Often given the role of speaking in the musical voice of judgement or battle, the trombone also has a beautiful, winsome, and sensitive side to it as well,” said Dr. Turner, conductor of BJU’s Symphonic Wind Band. “We are honored to have Matthew Vaughn, associate principal trombone of the Philadelphia Orchestra, display these sides of the instrument in “Colors,” a fantastic concerto by Belgian composer Bert Appermont.”

In addition, the performance features a combined trombone choir of BJU alumni, students and Greenville-area professionals in honor of former BJU trombone professor Dr. Frank Garlock, who brought the trombone choir medium to BJU from the Eastman School of Music in 1963.

Tickets may be purchased online or by calling (864) 770-1372 from noon to 5 p.m. weekdays. Student tickets are $20 and prices range up to $38 for adults. Children 6 years old and up are welcome to attend.

Upcoming events in the Concert, Opera and Drama Series include the Christmas Living Gallery (Dec. 3-5), “La Cenerentola” (March 8, 10, 12) and “Hamlet” (April 21-23).

BJU Named Best Medium Delegation at SC Student Legislature

1516StudentLegislatureGREENVILLE, S.C. (October 28, 2015) – The Bob Jones University delegation to the South Carolina Student Legislature (SCSL) was named “Best Medium Delegation” during the fall SCSL session held at the South Carolina State House Oct. 21-24.

The delegation, chaired by junior Margaret Stegall of Greenville, is comprised of Kristen Ince of Simpsonville, Will Peek of Greenville, Nate Hudson of Greenville, Nikki Arnold of Brook, Indiana, Elliott Kelley of Easley, Seth Sanders of Independence, Missouri, Kacey Nanney of Greenville, Hannah Zakaria of Burke, Virginia, Sam Martinez of College Point, New York and Josh Strubel of Mauldin.

Kristen Ince, BJU senior and outgoing President Pro Tempore of the SCSL Senate, was awarded SCSL’s highest award, The Carlisle Award, named in honor of SCSL’s founder, Dr. Douglas Carlisle.

Stegall and Hudson were elected to serve as Speaker of the House and Comptroller General respectively, while Nikki Arnold was honored with the “Best Legislation” award for her legislation which dealt with domestic violence.

Ten colleges and universities throughout South Carolina participated in the recent fall session including Bob Jones University, Charleston Southern University, Clemson University, Coastal Carolina University, College of Charleston, Erskine College, Francis Marion University, Lander University, North Greenville University and The Citadel.



George Youstra Commissioned as Colonel in United States Air Force

General Philip Breedove, Colonel George Youstra (L to R)

General Philip Breedlove, Colonel George Youstra (L to R)

GREENVILLE, S.C. (October 27, 2015) – United States Air Force Lieutenant Colonel George Youstra was promoted to the rank of Colonel in a commissioning ceremony held Sunday, Oct. 25, in War Memorial Chapel on the Bob Jones University campus. General Philip Breedlove, a four-star General in the United States Air Force who serves as the Commander, U.S. European Command, as well as the 17th Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR) of NATO Allied Command Operations, conducted the ceremony.

Youstra, who was born and raised in Greenville, is a 1982 graduate of BJU. Prior to entering the Air Force, he served in the United States Army for fourteen years in Special Forces, Infantry, as a military police officer and as chaplain. He has served as a chaplain in the USAF for seventeen years and currently serves as the Joint Staff Chaplain in the Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon.

In addition to earning his bachelor’s degree from BJU, Youstra earned an MDiv from Anderson University School of Theology and a master’s in strategic studies from the Air War College.

Following the ceremony, family and friends gathered in the lobby of Rodeheaver Auditorium for a reception.

BJU Alumni Association Names Mike Miller as 2015 Alumnus of the Year

Mike Miller 2015 Alumnus of the Year

Mike Miller
2015 Alumnus of the Year

GREENVILLE, S.C. (October 26, 2015) – Bob Jones University’s (BJU) Alumni Association named Mike Miller of Greenville as its 2015 Alumnus of the Year during the University’s recent homecoming festivities.

Miller graduated from BJU with a BS in Accounting in 1976. Our recipient left to enter the world of business, but stayed connected with his alma mater over the next 40 years.

In his first job at an insurance company, he was promoted to assistant manager of the agency branch. While there, he earned the Chartered Life Underwriter designation. In 1982, he co-founded PlanFIRST, a financial planning and asset management firm that has grown today to manage over $300 million in client assets.

He has also been involved in the Greenville community, serving as President of the Civitan Club, a board member of Grace Harbor Ministries, a church deacon and elder, and involved in various financial planning and professional associations.

Miller serves as host of Talking Money, a live, call-in radio show. He has been a financial news contributor with WYFF TV, including a month-long series as the News4 “Money Man,” and a frequent speaker at church, civic, and professional events.

As he involved himself in his church and community, he supported BJU by serving on the President’s Advisory Council, as a sponsor of the BJUSF Golf Tournament where he also sat on the tournament committee. He is a charter Bruins Booster and his firm is sponsor of the PlanFIRST Player of the Game during BJU sports webcasts.

Miller and his wife, Cathy, live in Greenville and have four adult children.

BJU To Host Homecoming This Weekend

GREENVILLE, S.C. (October 19, 2015) — Bob Jones University will welcome alumni and friends from well over 30 states for homecoming Friday and Saturday, Oct. 23 and 24. Most events will take place on the university campus.

Friday evening’s activities will feature reunions for the classes of 1966, 1976, 1991, 1996 and 2006 at the TD Convention Center. Beginning at 9 p.m., students, alumni and community friends will come together for a student-led Bruin Nation Celebration in the Davis Field House. Admission is free.

Saturday’s events begin with the Bruin Nation 5K at 9 a.m. open to all students and alumni. . Proceeds from the event will be donated to the Make A Wish Foundation.

Throughout the day, there will be campus tours, open house events, art exhibits, scavenger hunts and mini-sports clinics for children, an autonomous robot demonstration and numerous affinity reunions for specific departments and organizations.

President Steve Pettit and administrators will update alumni on current university initiatives Saturday at 1 p.m. The event will include a question and answer session.

Intercollegiate soccer kicks off at 4 p.m. when the Bruins women’s soccer team faces off against Truett-McConnell College in Alumni Stadium, followed by a Bruin BBQ at the Activity Center at 5 p.m. At. 7 p.m. the men’s soccer team hosts Chowan University. During half-time festivities, the BJU Alumni Association will present the 2015 Alumnus of the Year award.

During the soccer matches, families can enjoy Bruin Village with inflatables, carnival type games, and Bruin photo opportunities. A food truck donated for the evening by Table 301 will be staffed by culinary arts students who will serve assorted treats.

The full schedule of events is available at Those registering via the website receive free admission to the soccer games.

BJU To Host U.S. Army Field Band & Soldiers’ Chorus on Saturday

USArmyFieldBandGREENVILLE, S.C. (October 12, 2015) – Bob Jones University will host the internationally acclaimed United States Army Field Band of Washington, DC, at Rodeheaver Auditorium on the BJU campus Saturday, Oct. 17 at 2 p.m. This free, ticketed event is open to the public.

The Concert Band and Soldiers’ Chorus are the oldest and largest of The U.S. Army Field Band’s performing components. These two ensembles combine to present joint concerts on their national tours. They have performed in all 50 states and 30 countries for audiences totaling hundreds of millions.

The 65-member Concert Band and 29-member Soldiers’ Chorus perform regularly in some of the most famous concert halls in the world, and just as often in the humblest auditoriums in the smallest of communities. The joining of these two ensembles allows them to offer unparalleled versatility of programming, ranging from orchestral masterworks and operatic arias to Sousa marches and Broadway musicals. The band and chorus also perform independently, and have recently shared the stage with such ensembles as the Boston Pops, the Cincinnati Pops, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and the National Symphony Orchestra.

In addition to their national tours, formal concerts, chamber recitals, and educational outreach, members of the Concert Band and Soldiers’ Chorus frequently represent the Army at formal and ceremonial functions, including the Presidential Inaugural Parade, presidential funerals, the Army All-American Bowl, and diplomatic efforts overseas. More than six decades as the military’s most traveled musicians have earned them the title, “The Musical Ambassadors of the Army.”

Free tickets for the event may be obtained online.

BJU Ranked as 12th Best Value College in the Nation

ETCTop100GREENVILLE, S.C. (October 6, 2015) – Bob Jones University has been named the 12th Best Value College in the nation by Educate to Career College Ranking Index – 2016 (ETC).

According to ETC, the index analyzes the quality of students when they enter a given college, the total costs related to attending the college and the outcomes of the students when they enter the labor market. The rankings are determined by which schools did the best job of improving the earnings and attainment of quality employment by their students.

“Preparing students to succeed in life is our ultimate goal at BJU,” said BJU President Steve Pettit, “We are honored to have the value of a BJU education recognized again this year by ETC.”

The ETC College Rankings Index is comprised of accredited 4-year colleges with annual enrollments greater than 1,000 students. The Index analyzes publicly available data for 1,182 colleges, representing 94% of all students enrolled in four year colleges.

Metrics used in calculating the college rankings include statistics such as:

  • Percentage of graduates employed in occupations which utilize their field of study
  • Average salary earned by recent graduates, by school for each major category (adjusted for region, occupation and other variables)
  • Percentage of persons employed within one year of graduation (weighted on an occupational trend basis)
  • Major, weighted against national norms
  • Number of years to graduate
  • Tuition net cost
  • Loan default rates
  • A basket of input variables which norm students to a common standard for each major

Flags at Half Staff at Bob Jones University

flagsthalfstaffGREENVILLE, S.C. (October 5, 2015) – In memory of the victims of the Umpqua Community College shooting in Roseburg, Oregon, President Barack Obama has ordered flags to be flown at half-staff on all federal buildings today and tomorrow.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those who were killed—and with those members of the UCC family who were injured. Flags will be flown at half-staff at Bob Jones University today and tomorrow in their memory.

Flags at Half Staff at Bob Jones University

flagsthalfstaffGREENVILLE, S.C. (October 4, 2015) – As part of the observance of Fire Prevention Week, President Obama has ordered flags at half-staff on all federal buildings today in honor of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service.

In memory of their courage and sacrifice of fallen firefighters across the country, flags at Bob Jones University are flying at half-staff today.


Flags at Half Staff at Bob Jones University

flagsthalfstaffGREENVILLE, S.C. (October 3, 2015) — At the request of Governor Nikki Haley and in memory of Forest Acres Police Officer Greg Alia, flags are being flown at half staff on the BJU campus today.

Friends of the family have set up a memorial fund to assist Greg’s wife and family during this time.