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" November 2015 "

Christian Film Pioneer Katherine Stenholm Passes at 98

Dr. Katherine Stenholm

Dr. Katherine Stenholm

GREENVILLE, S.C. (November 4, 2015) – Dr. Katherine Stenholm, 98, director and academic head of Bob Jones University’s Unusual Films since its founding in 1950 until her partial retirement in 1986, passed away last night in Greenville.

Once hailed as the “godmother of religious films,” Stenholm directed 72 films including six feature length films, as well as sermon films, travelogues, documentaries, sacred musical productions, promotional films and educational films during her 36 years at the helm of Unusual Films.

During an era where Hollywood produced few influential women, Unusual Films’ Stenholm ascended as possibly the most influential female filmmaker of the mid-twentieth century. For years, Stenholm was the only woman director who held a membership in the University Film Producers Association (UFPA) and the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE).

At one time, the cinematic training at Bob Jones University under Stenholm’s leadership was ranked the third top academic program, surpassed only by the University of California in Los Angeles and University of Southern California.

The National Evangelical Film Foundation named Stenholm Director of the Year in 1953, 1955 and 1963; and her favorite film, “Sheffey,” received a Silver Medallion award from the International Film and Television Festival of New York.

Stenholm’s first feature film, “Wine of Morning”, based on a novel by Bob Jones, Jr., received its most prestigious honor in 1958 when the film was selected to represent the United States at the International Film Festival in Cannes, France. The University Film Producers Association, an organization that represented 76 of the top American filmmaking universities, elected to include “Wine of Morning.” This association also selected Stenholm to provide the keynote address on filmmaking in a university setting. In addition to the Cannes festival, Stenholm and “Wine of Morning” were also chosen to take part in the “Fifth International Meeting of Motion-Picture and Television Schools organized by the L’Institut des Hautes Études Cinématographiques ” in Paris.

Stenholm is survived by a son, Gilbert Stenholm Jr. of Burr Ridge, Illinois, as well as two grandsons and a great granddaughter.

Her funeral will be held Sunday, Nov. 8 at 1:30 p.m. in Rodeheaver Auditorium on the campus of Bob Jones University. The family invites all friends and guests attending the funeral to a reception on the soundstage of Unusual Films immediately following the service.


BJU Bruins Women’s Soccer Wins Region Awards

Mimi Lozano was voted NCCAA DII South region player of the year.

Mimi Lozano was voted NCCAA DII
South region player of the year.

GREENVILLE, S.C. (November 2, 2015) — The Lady Bruins soccer team won in a thrilling double-overtime penalty shootout on Saturday evening against Toccoa Falls College to capture the first National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) regional championship in program history. The Bruins defense stood strong as the team wasn’t scored on throughout the entire regional playoffs.

The team walked away with more than the championship as eight different players were recognized for their play this season. Coach Chris Carmichael was named South Region Coach of the Year. He helped lead the Bruins through a tough 2015 schedule to a 9-9 record, and the program’s first regional championship. Miriam Lozano was given the NCCAA DII South Region Player of the Year. She scored 14 goals over the course of the season to go along with 2 assists.

“Mimi is an exceptionally dangerous player that has brought a lot to our program this year,” Coach Chris Carmichael said. “She plays with a lot of confidence and has quick feet and a strong shot. She has acclimated to our program very well and plays very unselfish on the pitch. This award is well-deserved for all her hard work this year.”

The Bruins had eight players named to the 1st team and 2nd team All-Region squad. Jenn Wise, Mimi Lozano, Abby Davis and Tessie Estrella were named first team All-Region while Spencer Martin, Kaitlyn Hummel, Caralise Roach and Jessica Baun received second team honors.

“We take great pride as a team in these players being recognized,” Carmichael said. “The foundation of the team is in making the people around you better and each of our players on the roster did that this season. These players being recognized is really a ‘team’ recognition of how we helped each other this season.”

The Bruins will compete in the NCCAA DII National Tournament November 11-14. The team enters the tournament with the #2 seed as they look to win their 2nd national championship in the last three seasons.

This post was written by Sports Information Director Jonny Gamet.