BJU Public Relations

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" January 2016 "

Students Named to Dean’s List at Bob Jones University

DeansListGREENVILLE, S.C. (January 11, 2016) — Approximately 890 students at Bob Jones University were named to the Fall 2015 Dean’s List at Bob Jones University. To qualify for the Dean’s List, students must earn a 3.00 – 3.74 GPA for the semester.  Students earning a 3.75 or higher GPA for the semester are named to the President’s List. The University’s Merit page lists the students named to the Dean’s List.

Ellen Weaver Named to South Carolina Education Oversight Committee

Ellen Weaver

Ellen Weaver

GREENVILLE, S.C. (January 6, 2016) — Ellen Weaver, Founding President and CEO of the Palmetto Promise Institute, has been appointed to serve as the newest member of the South Carolina Education Oversight Committee (EOC). Weaver was appointed as Senator John Courson’s business representative, replacing the un-expired term of Deb Marks.

Weaver received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Bob Jones University, graduating Summa Cum Laude. From 2001 to 2013, Weaver worked in the offices of former U.S. Senator Jim DeMint. She served as State Director of Sen. DeMint’s Columbia-based office from 2010 to 2013. Prior to that, she worked in Washington, DC for DeMint while he was a senator and member of the U.S. House of Representatives.

A resident of Columbia, Weaver currently leads the Palmetto Promise Institute, a non-profit policy education organization launched in 2013. She also currently serves on Superintendent Molly Spearman’s Read to Succeed Advisory Panel.

Weaver is member of the Columbia Rotary Club International as well as First Presbyterian Church of Columbia. In her spare time, she is an avid reader, dog lover and musician who loves to travel.

“Every student deserves the opportunity of an education that meets their unique needs and equips them to reach their full potential,” stated Weaver. “South Carolina is at a critical crossroads in achieving that vision: we must innovate to empower students, parents and teachers or our state and future will stagnate.  I’m eager to partner with EOC members and staff in this vital work and thank Senator Courson for the opportunity to serve.”

Information provided by the South Carolina Education Oversight Committee.

Yanson Places Third in The American Prize Competition

Dr. Eliezer Yanson Jr.

Dr. Eliezer Yanson Jr.

GREENVILLE, S.C. (January 6, 2016) – Dr. Eliezer Yanson Jr. was named as the third place winner for The American Prize in Conducting: College/University Chorus Division for 2015. In consideration for the award, Yanson submitted the University’s production of Handel’s “Messiah” which he conducted in December 2014.

“Dr. Yanson continues to distinguish himself as a musician of the highest quality,” said Dr. Darren Lawson, dean of the School of Fine Arts and Communication at Bob Jones University.  “We are extremely proud of his accomplishment and his ongoing investment in the students at BJU.”

Yanson serves as assistant professor of music at BJU where he conducts the University Singers and Lyric Choir and teaches undergraduate and graduate music classes. He earned a DMA in choral conducting from the University of South Carolina, a MMus in church music and a BMus in piano performance from BJU. Additionally, he holds a ThB from Baptist Bible Seminary & Institute in his native Philippines.

His main conducting mentors have been Larry Wyatt and Warren Cook. An active clinician, conference speaker, and adjudicator, Yanson is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, International Federation for Choral Music, National Collegiate Choral Organization, National Association for Music Education and Pi Kappa Lambda. While passionate about conducting and teaching, his greatest role is being husband to Martha and father to Isabella and Andre.

The American Prize is a series of non-profit national competitions in the performing arts providing cash awards, professional adjudication and regional, national and international recognition for the best recorded performances by ensembles and individuals each year in the United States at the professional, college/university, church, community and secondary school levels. Administered by Hat City Music Theater, Inc., a nonprofit organization based in Danbury, Connecticut, The American Prize was founded in 2009 and is awarded annually.

Students Named to President’s List at Bob Jones University

PresidentsListGREENVILLE, S.C. (January 4, 2016) — Approximately 480 students at Bob Jones University were named to the Fall 2015 President’s List at BJU. To qualify for the President’s List, students must earn a 3.75 or higher GPA.  The University’s Merit page lists the students named.