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" August 2016 "

Eight BJU Students Receive Gingery-Mack Music Scholarships

Gingery Mack Scholarship FundGREENVILLE, S.C. (August 31, 2016) – The Bob Jones University Division of Music recently awarded 8 music students the 2016 Gingery-Mack Music Scholarships, a scholarship fund that provides financial aid to young Christian musicians at BJU.

“The music faculty of BJU have touched hundreds of lives with the power of great music and I am thrilled that the Gingery-Mack Fund will allow us to reach many gifted, young, Christian musicians,” says Dr. Dan Turner, president of the Gingery-Mack Music Scholarship Fund and director of instrumental activities at BJU. “This year’s recipients are tremendous and we are excited to have them join us in making music together.”

Founded in 2014 by alumni, friends, and faculty of BJU, the scholarship fund, through competitive auditions and interviews, seeks to identify promising young musical artists and nurture their artistic growth in the same way that professors Gail and Alice Gingery and Warren Mack did for past generations of BJU music students.  The recipients cover the entire spectrum of musical arts and come from all parts of the United States to study with the faculty of BJU.

The recipients of this year’s scholarships are freshman Evy Beach of Lexington, South Carolina; sophomore Joseph Bowman of Cumming, Georgia; freshman Hannah-Leah Caton of Chester, Pennsylvania; freshman Jane Koelsch of Pfafftown, North Carolina; freshman Jared Lane of Hartsel, Colorado; freshman Katie Taylor of North Augusta, South Carolina; sophomore Emma Whitehouse of Loudon, New Hampshire; and freshman Elizabeth Smith of West Columbia, South Carolina.

Sekulow to Address BJU Presidential Leadership Series

Dr. Jay Sekulow

Dr. Jay Sekulow

GREENVILLE, S.C. (August 30, 2016) – Bob Jones University President Steve Pettit announced today that Dr. Jay Sekulow, Chief Counsel of the American Center for Law and Justice and the European Centre for Law and Justice, will headline the BJU Presidential Leadership Series Thursday, Sept. 15.

Sekulow’s address, “Liberty and the American Ideal” will begin at 7 p.m. in the Founder’s Memorial Amphitorium.

“Jay Sekulow is on the front lines defending the ideals of constitutional liberty, particularly religious liberty,” said Pettit. “I’m pleased that BJU can host Jay to address our students and the greater Greenville community about the importance of the United States Constitution and its role in protecting and defending liberty.”

An accomplished and internationally respected judicial advocate, Sekulow has presented oral arguments before the Supreme Court of the United States in numerous cases in the defense of constitutional freedoms, especially those involving religious liberty. The National Law Journal has twice named Sekulow one of the 100 most influential lawyers in America. He is the author of numerous publications and legal articles. His most recent book, “Rise of ISIS,” reached number one on the New York Times bestseller’s list. In 2014, Sekulow was honored by the Greek Orthodox Order of St. Andrew the Apostle with the prestigious Athenagoras Human Rights Award. In 2014, he was appointed a Senior Fellow at Emory University School of Law.

Sekulow received his PhD. from Regent University, with a dissertation on American Legal History, is an honors graduate of Mercer Law School, where he served on the Mercer Law Review, and an honors graduate of Mercer University. Sekulow completed an Executive Program at Vanderbilt University’s Owen School of Management. He was appointed a Visiting Fellow of Oxford University at Harris Manchester College where he lectured on Middle East Affairs and International Law. He completed postdoctoral studies at Oxford University’s History, Politics and Society program on Religion and the Middle East. Sekulow has also served as a faculty member for the Office of Legal Education at the United States Department of Justice and lectured around the globe.

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

Woodham to Serve as Assistant Professor of Engineering at BJU

William Woddham

William Woddham

GREENVILLE, S.C. (August 29, 2016) – William Woodham will join the Bob Jones University faculty this fall as an assistant professor in the Department of Engineering in the Natural Science Division of the College of Arts and Science. Woodham previously served as a senior survivability engineer for Survice Engineering Company headquartered in Belcamp, Maryland.

“We’re looking forward to having Will join our engineering department this fall,” says Dr. Renae Wentworth, dean of the College of Arts and Science. “He brings to his faculty position extensive experience as a mechanical engineer in a variety of industries, so his students will have a wonderful opportunity to benefit from his real-world expertise.”

Woodham earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering (1995) from the University of Florida and a MS in Product Development (2003) from the University of Detroit Mercy.

Woodham has extensive engineering experience, having served as a compartment integration engineer for General Motors Company, LLC, a senior engineer specialist for General Dynamics Land Systems, a vehicle package engineer for Ford Motor Company, an application engineer for Engineering Animation Inc., a product design engineer for Sundberg Ferar, and a product design engineer for Tredegar Molded Products.

In addition to his professional work, Woodham is an active member in his church and a small group Bible study leader. He founded and volunteered as the coach for a high school robotics club and has served as a member of the BJU Engineering Industrial Board.

“When I was entering college, BJU did not have an ABET accredited engineering program,” says Woodham. “Now BJU is ABET accredited, and I am delighted to have the opportunity to join the BJU engineering faculty at this exciting time of growth for the program.”

A resident of Greenville, Woodham and his wife have four sons, two of which have graduated from BJU and two are current students. Woodham enjoys fishing, hiking, robotics, and 3D printing. He is an avid Bruins soccer fan and enjoys watching two of his sons play on the team.

Bob Jones University Announces 2016-2017 Concert, Opera and Drama Series

GREENVILLE, S.C. (August 26, 2016) – Bob Jones University today announced the schedule for the University’s 2016-2017 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 2016-2017 BJU Concert, Opera and Drama Series schedule includes:

The 5 Browns

Sept. 27 – 8 p.m.

Founder’s Memorial Amphitorium

Enjoy an evening of music with The 5 Browns—siblings who have created an unprecedented musical concert attraction. Performing on five pianos and in various ensemble combinations, they are a singular quintet of world-class concert pianists dedicated to bringing classical music to the lives of people everywhere.

Little Women: The Broadway Musical

Nov. 17, 18 – 8 p.m.

Nov. 19 – 2 p.m.

Rodeheaver Auditorium

Little Women: The Broadway Musical follows the saga of the March sisters—Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy—as they grow up in Civil War America. With music by Jason Howland and lyrics by Mindi Dickstein, this production is sure to charm young and old alike.


Jan. 26, 27 – 8 p.m.

Rodeheaver Auditorium

Filled with hope, humanity and humor, Wiesenthal is the riveting true story of Simon Wiesenthal, an ordinary man who did extraordinary things. Nicknamed the “Jewish James Bond,” he devoted his life to bringing more than 1,100 Nazi war criminals to justice. Intelligent, funny, flawed and noble, Wiesenthal was a universal hero. His unbelievable dedication and tenacity over decades is honored in this play, which gives equal weight to his wisdom and wit during his long, purposeful life.


March 2 – 8 p.m.

Founder’s Memorial Amphitorium

The choirs of BJU present an outstanding evening of music with acclaimed guest choir, Rivertree Singers, and renowned guest composer, Dan Forrest. This concert, under the direction of Warren Cook, features performances by individual choirs and culminates with comments by Dan Forrest and a combined choral/orchestral performance of his new major choral work, Jubilate Deo. This seven-movement setting of Psalm 100, “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord,” sets portions of the Psalm in eight different languages, representing all the earth resounding with joy.

“Merchant of Venice”

March 16, 17, 18 – 8 p.m.

Rodeheaver Auditorium

One of the best known and best loved of Shakespeare’s plays, with its great central figure, Shylock, played by Bob Jones III.

Living Gallery – “The Savior’s Call”

April 13, 14 – 4:30 and 8 p.m.

April 15 – 2, 4:30 and 8 p.m.

Rodeheaver Auditorium

A boldly unique, dramatic presentation of sacred masterworks of art depicting Christ’s ministry and passion. See these great paintings “come alive” in life-size re-creations on the Rodeheaver stage as choirs, instrumentalists and costumed actors re-create scenes from our Lord’s ministry on earth. This year’s presentation features Dan Forrest’s musical work Requiem for the Living and dramatizes Christ’s invitation to His followers: come, eat, drink and rest.

Information and tickets are available starting Sept. 1 at For further information, call (864) 770-1372.

BJU Summer Camps Reach Record Numbers

BJU Summer Camps

BJU Summer Camps

GREENVILLE, S.C. (August 25, 2016) – Bob Jones University’s 2016 summer camps saw the highest attendance numbers in their history. Both the EDUCamps and the Bruins Sports Camps saw significant increase in their attendance records.

“I was extremely excited about how our faculty and staff worked together to create synergy that pushed our summer camp program forward,” said Dr. Bobby Wood, BJU’s Chief Enrollment Officer.  “From the new branding of EDUCamps, to the creation of new camps, the whole university family played a vital role in making this happen.”

BJU hosted nearly 1,400 campers over the course of the summer with ages ranging from 6-18 years old. BJU’s EDUCamps, comprised of 12 academic camps, saw over 700 campers this year, which was a 62% increase from the previous year. The Bruins Sports Camps, which featured 14 athletic camps, saw over 600 campers, a 62% increase from 2015. Overall, attendance numbers at all BJU camps was up 58% from previous years.

BJU’s EDUCamps offer students experience in areas such as art and design, film, theatre, culinary arts, criminal justice, music and more. These camps give students the opportunity to learn new things and develop a variety of skills in an environment that applies those skills both professionally and spiritually. Each camp is taught by BJU professors and experts in the subject area.

Bruins sports camps focus on athletic development in soccer, basketball and volleyball but also emphasize the importance of glorifying God through sports. Each camp has a variety of player instruction, drills and games while also featuring daily devotional times from Bruins coaches and players.

Next summer, BJU will once again offer a variety of both academic and athletic camps. For more information about Bruins summer camps can be found by visiting and

Walter to Join English Faculty at BJU

Kelly Walter

Kelly Walter

GREENVILLE, S.C. (August 25, 2016) – Kelly Walter will serve as an English instructor in the Division of English Language and Literature in the College of Arts and Sciences at Bob Jones University this fall.

“Kelly proved to be an excellent teacher when she was a graduate teaching assistant in the freshman English program, so I’m especially glad to have her now as a full-time English faculty member,” says Dr. Renae Wentworth, dean of the College of Arts and Science at BJU. “Her students will benefit greatly from both her love for teaching and her dedication to their success.”

Walter earned a BS in English Education (2012) with an emphasis in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) and an MA in English (2014) from BJU.

Walter previously served as secondary author, project editor and proofreader at BJU Press. She also served as a facilitator for an online English Composition and Rhetoric course, interacting with students, grading, reporting grades, and assisting students with technical difficulties.

At BJU, Walter previously served as an instructor in BJU’s English Department, where she taught English Composition and Rhetoric. She also served as a graduate faculty assistant in the English department while earning her master’s degree.

Walter completed her student teaching experience at Riverside High School, where she taught high-school English, and her practicum experience in TESL at Wade Hampton High School. Her certifications include a Professional Certificate in Online Education from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, the Initial Teacher’s Certification for Middle-Level English in South Carolina, the Initial Certification for Secondary English in South Carolina, and the Advanced Certification for Teaching English as a Second Language.

“I’m thrilled to be joining the faculty of Bob Jones University, and more particularly, the Division of English Language and Literature,” says Walter. “The opportunity to interact with and train students seeking to answer God’s call on their lives is a privilege I am very thankful for.”

West to Serve as Assistant Professor of Studio Art at BJU

Amanda West

Amanda West

GREENVILLE, S.C. (August 24, 2016) – Amanda West will join the faculty of Bob Jones University as an assistant professor of Studio Art in the School of Fine Arts and Communication this fall. West previously served as an assistant teacher and substitute teacher at First Baptist Church of Alexandria, Virginia, preschool ministry.

“Amanda West’s artistic and pedagogical expertise will greatly benefit the students in the Division of Art and Design,” says Dr. Darren Lawson, dean of the School of Fine Arts and Communication. “She has a strong academic background and a superb portfolio of work. We are honored to have her joining the faculty.”

West earned a BFA in Drawing and Painting (2009) from East Carolina University and a MFA in Studio Art with a concentration in Drawing (2011) from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. West’s areas of specialization include drawing, painting, and monotype.

West is the creator, designer and owner of Thwacked!, a hand-made hammered jewelry company she opened in 2013. She also served as program assistant and art instructor at Pocosin Arts in Columbia, art camp teacher for The Art League in Alexandria, and as teacher and designer of an art workshop at Bridging the Gap Youth Camp in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

At the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, West served as a teacher of record and a teaching assistant for the Fundamentals of Drawing course as well as a graduate assistant in the art office, for the Art Education program, and for a variety of art courses.

West has received several honors and scholarships. From the University of North Carolina, she was given the Thrush Scholarship and accompanying Graduate Assistantship and out-of-state tuition waiver as well as the Adelaide Fortune Holderness Graduate Fellowship and accompanying Graduate Assistantship and out-of-state tuition waiver. She also received the Art Enthusiasts scholarship from East Carolina University and was named the Artist-in-Residence at Pocosin Arts.

West has participated in numerous exhibitions, both solo and two-person shows, in venues such as the Art League in Alexandria, the Durham Arts Guild in North Carolina, the Greenville Museum of Art, Emerge Gallery in Greenville, Christina Ray Gallery in New York, the Schuler School of Fine Arts in Baltimore, Maryland, the Weatherspoon Art Museum in Greensboro, and many others.

West has also done a number of private commissions for clients throughout the United States and internationally. Her professional affiliations include The Art League in Alexandria, the Dare County Arts Council in North Carolina, East Carolina University’s Painting Guild, and the Golden Key International Honor Society, for which she previously served as vice president and director of membership.

Bob Jones University Kicks Off 90th Academic Year

 GREENVILLE, S.C. (August 24, 2016) – Bob Jones University kicks off a yearlong celebration of its 90th academic year Monday, Aug. 29, during the annual opening exercises which this year will feature remarks by BJU President Steve Pettit, Greenville Mayor Knox White, BJU Board Chairman Larry Jackson and BJU Chancellor Bob Jones III.

“Ninety years is an incredible accomplishment,” says BJU President Steve Pettit. “Through the decades, we’ve seen God work and are thankful we can say that what BJU is and what we do is done by God’s grace, and for God’s glory.”

In addition to celebrating the 90th academic year, BJU is celebrating 70 years in Greenville. BJU was known as Bob Jones College and operated in College Point, Florida, and Cleveland, Tennessee, before moving to Greenville in 1947 and expanding its offerings to become a university.

Largely focused on celebrating the incoming Class of 2020, opening exercises traditionally includes a procession of the freshmen class at the beginning of the event, as well as charges from the president, faculty members and student leaders.

Founded in 1927 by evangelist Bob Jones Sr., BJU is a biblically faithful Christian liberal arts university focused on educating the whole person to reflect and serve Christ. BJU offers a unique blend of rigorous academic programs, discipleship, and character and leadership development. BJU is committed to the truth of Scripture and to pursuing excellence in all we do.

BJU provides over 100 undergraduate and graduate programs in religion, education, fine arts and communication, arts and science, and business. BJU has 2,700 students from nearly every state and more than 40 countries.

Dunn to Serve as Associate Professor of Business Administration at BJU

Adele Dunn

Adele Dunn

GREENVILLE, S.C. (August 23, 2016) – Dr. Adele Dunn will join the Bob Jones University faculty this fall as an associate professor of Business Administration in the School of Business. Dunn previously served as a Senior Lecturer in Marketing at the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland, specializing in innovation and entrepreneurship.

“Adele is an experienced educator, with proven success in the business world,” says Mike Buiter, dean of the School of Business at BJU. “Adele has a heart for the gospel, for doing God’s will, and for serving others. She is particularly excited to be in a Christ-centered environment where she can share her business knowledge and experience through the lens of a biblical worldview.”

Dunn earned a BS (Hons) in Food Services (1989) and a PhD (1993) from Queen’s University in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Dunn also earned a Post-Graduate Certificate and Diploma in Further and Higher Education (1996) and an MSc in Innovation and Entrepreneurship (2007) from the University of Ulster in Coleraine, Northern Ireland.

Previously, Dunn served as a research assistant at Queen’s University as well as a lecturer and acting department head at the University of Ulster. She has also been published in multiple scholarly journals and has also participated in several research projects for industry in the European Union.

Dunn has demonstrated a sustained record of teaching innovations that have impacted substantially higher education, including the development of a strategic partnership between Babson College and the University of Ulster. Dunn also chaired the Ulster Business School Placement Tutors Group, an organization which coordinates over 300 business internships annually.

Dr. Dunn is relocating to the Greenville area with her husband and two children who will attend Bob Jones Academy.

Batdorf Will Serve as Assistant Professor of Science Education at BJU

Brad Batdorf

Brad Batdorf

GREENVILLE, S.C. (August 22, 2016) – Dr. Brad Batdorf will serve as assistant professor of science education in the School of Education at Bob Jones University this fall. Batdorf previously served as program coordinator and adjunct faculty for the Science Education program at BJU as well as the secondary writers manager and secondary science writer at BJU Press.

“Dr. Batdorf brings great experience and passion to the Division of Teacher Education’s Science education programs,” said Dr. Brian Carruthers, dean of the School of Education. “We are excited to have Dr. Batdorf provide leadership and inspire growth in these important programs.”

Batdorf earned a BS in Science Education (1985) and EdD in Curriculum and Instruction (2012) from BJU. He also earned an MA in Biology (1988) from The Citadel.

Batdorf served as an adjunct instructor for the School of Education at BJU and for the Zoo Science program at Friends University in Wichita, Kansas. He was also a secondary science and math teacher at Northside Christian School in North Charleston, South Carolina.

Batdorf is a member of the National Science Teachers Association and has been certified by the South Carolina Board of Education in Secondary Science. He has presented more than 80 in-service workshops for teachers at multiple private schools in the United States and the Philippines with diverse student populations on topics such as teaching strategies, assessment, science content, and student learning, many with an emphasis on teaching science to schools.

Outside of the classroom, Batdorf is an active member of Suber Road Baptist Church in Greer, where he has served as an adult Sunday school teacher, choir member and deacon. He has also participated in a weekly ministry at the Overcomers Center at Miracle Hill in Greenville.

“I’m thrilled to be coordinating the science education program–more than 30 years after I completed this same degree,” says Batdorf. “Though teaching standards and technology have certainly changed, the School of Education’s commitment to ‘preparing Christian teachers to be models of learning and life’ is stronger than ever. I trust that I can have the same impact on my students that so many faithful professors had on my life.”

A resident of Greer, he and his wife have two adult daughters, both alumnae of BJU.