BJU Public Relations

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" September 2016 "

Stephen Lemp Serves as Intern for Bob Jones University

Stephen Lemp

Stephen Lemp

GREENVILLE, S.C. (September 29, 2016) – Stephen Lemp, a senior computer science major at Bob Jones University, is serving this semester as an intern for the Information Technology department of Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina.

Lemp, a resident of Charlotte, North Carolina, serves as the Mac Team Crew Chief. Lemp’s main responsibilities include solving issues that are submitted via a ticketing system, assigning tickets to other team members, and researching and implementing new methods of managing Apple devices. Lemp also serves as the project manager for a project aimed at providing better iPad management for University-owned iPads.

“The value of this internship to me is that I am able to gain work experience that employers are looking for while I’m still at college,” says Lemp.


Flags at Half-Staff at Bob Jones University

GREENVILLE, S.C. (September 29, 2016) — Flags at Bob Jones University are flying at half-staff today through sunset on Friday, September 30, at the request of President Barack Obama as a mark of respect for the memory of Shimon Peres, former President and Prime Minister of Israel.

Bob Jones University To Host Screening of Design Disruptors

GREENVILLE, S.C. (September 28, 2016) – The Division of Art and Design at Bob Jones University is hosting a screening of Design Disruptors, a new documentary about the rising importance of design as a competitive advantage in disruptive technologies, on Saturday, Oct. 1 at 7 p.m. in Stratton Hall on the BJU campus.

The hour-long film explores the transformative power of design through snapshots with today’s design leaders to discover the true nature of the design-driven business revolution happening around us, even right here in Greenville. Some of the disruptive companies sharing their insights include Facebook, Twitter, Netflix, Google, Pinterest, and Mail Chimp.

“The film will be of great benefit to students in many disciplines, opening their minds to the need for businesses that meet real market needs,” says Jay Bopp, chairman of the Division of Art and Design at BJU. “Entrepreneurs, business leaders, and designers of all disciplines will find the film informative, engaging, and inspirational.”

The Greenville and BJU chapters of the American Advertising Federation (AAF) are sponsoring the screening in association with the University Business Association (UBA) and the University Marketing Association (UMA).

The screening is free and open to the public. Designers and entrepreneurs across all industries are encouraged to join the faculty and students of BJU for this unique opportunity.

A discussion will follow the event with further opportunity to network with Greenville’s design leaders, instructors and students. Those wanting to attend need to register at


Bob Jones University Hosts Washington Center Challenge Day

Washington Center Challenge Day

Washington Center Challenge Day

GREENVILLE, S.C. (September 27, 2016) — Bob Jones University, in conjunction with Greenville County Recreation District (GCRD), is hosting the annual Washington Center Challenge Day Friday, Sept. 30, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. on the BJU campus.

This Special Olympics event is the culmination of an eight week period called the Motor Activities Training Program (MATP).  Over 100 athletes from Washington Center School will come to the Davis Field House (DFH) to perform a physical activity they have learned and practiced at school.

The opening ceremonies, which will begin around 10:30 a.m., will feature the Parade of Athletes, the Special Olympics Oath and the Lighting of the Flame of Hope. Geoff Hart, anchor at WYFF TV 4, will serve as the emcee. Dr. Brian Carruthers, Dean of the School of Education at BJU, will welcome the athletes, their families and the faculty/staff from Washington Center and open the event in prayer.

The event will also feature an “Olympic Town” with carnival-type games and prizes. There will also be a music tent and face-painting tent for students to be able to entertain and engage the athletes.

For more than two decades, the BJU School of Education has partnered with the GCRD to sponsor the event. To assist the athletes, over 475 BJU students majoring in education, communication disorders, exercise science and sports management will be on hand.  BJU Bruins volleyball and soccer athletes will also mingle with the WCCD athletes.

Juan Alvarado Serves as Intern for Varigence Inc.

Juan Alvarado

Juan Alvarado

GREENVILLE, S.C. (September 26, 2016) – Juan Alvarado, a junior information technology major at Bob Jones University, is serving this semester as an intern for Varigence Inc. located in Greenville, South Carolina.

Alvarado, a resident of Charleston, South Carolina, is serving as the operations assistant and is working on a back end console application for debugging software.

“My internship is amazing because it allows me to gain in-house experience in my field doing real world work,” says Alvarado. “BJU has given me the opportunity to gain basic knowledge of what IT is and now my internship is giving me insight into what I will do in my career.”

BJU Hosts Masterclass with Alana Carithers

Alana Carithers

Alana Carithers

GREENVILLE, S.C. (September 21, 2016) – The Division of Music at Bob Jones University will host a masterclass by violinist Alana Carithers on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. in Stratton Hall. In addition to her masterclass, Carithers will perform Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto with the BJU Symphony Orchestra on Oct. 20.

“We’re always thrilled when we can bring back alumni for masterclasses,” says Dr. Michael Moore, conductor of the BJU Symphony Orchestra. “With her versatility as an international soloist, orchestral, and chamber player, Alana has a valuable perspective to share with our student musicians.”

Alana Pritchard Carithers graduated in 1999 from Northwestern University with a double Master of Music degree in violin performance and pedagogy. During her time at Northwestern, she served as Assistant Concertmaster and Principal Second Violin with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and Principal Second Violin of the Northwestern Symphony Orchestra. She was one of the founding members of the MusiCorp program in Chicago, a grant funded chamber music education program to take music into the inner city schools and churches of the Chicago area.

She began her orchestral career as the Associate Principal Second Violin of the Colorado Springs Symphony in 2000 and held that post until 2003. In 2003, she joined the Richmond Symphony, currently serving as a section player. She played as a member of both the DaVinci String Quartet and Hausmusik String Quartet, and has been a member of the Oberon Quartet since 2005. She has appeared as a guest soloist with the Zhengzhou New Years Orchestra, Hunan Symphony, Bob Jones University Symphony Orchestra, Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra, and the Masterworks Festival Orchestra and on the Millenium Stage at the Kennedy Center for the Arts in Washington, D.C.

Carithers has served on the violin faculty of the Masterworks Festival during the summer since 2001, and has appeared as a clinician, adjunct professor and masterclass teacher at the University of the Nations in Kona, Hawaii; SIAS University in Xinzheng, Henan, China; Harmony Music School, Changsha, Hunan China; University of Richmond and VCU; and St. Catherine’s and St. Christopher’s Schools.

Carithers is a visible advocate of chamber music and participates as a regular member of the Oberon Quartet, Atlantic Chamber Ensemble, Classical Revolution RVA, and makes appearances with the Richmond Chamber Players.

Participants in the masterclass will include students of BJU music faculty Mr. Brandon Ironside, Mrs. Dianne Pinner, Dr. Yuriy Leonovich and Mrs. Becca Grove. The event is free and open to the public. Parking is available in the parking garage behind Rodeheaver Auditorium and on campus streets.

Carithers is one of several artists and pedagogues presenting masterclasses at BJU throughout the year. Others include David Kim, concertmaster of The Philadelphia Orchestra, and cellist Michael Haber.

BJU Hosts Masterclass with Michael Haber

Michael Haber

Michael Haber

GREENVILLE, S.C. (September 19, 2016) – The Division of Music at Bob Jones University will host a masterclass by cellist Michael Haber on Monday, Oct. 17, 6:30-9:00 p.m. in the Fine Arts building, classroom 224.

“We are excited to feature Mr. Haber in our series of visiting string artists again this year,” said Dr. Michael Moore, conductor of the BJU Symphony Orchestra. “He brings a wealth of experience and artistry to his teaching and playing, and I know our student musicians will be enriched by his visit.”

Haber, a student of Janos Starker and Gregor Piatigorsky, was a member of the Cleveland Orchestra under George Szell, the Casals Festival Orchestra under Pablo Casals and The Mostly Mozart Orchestra at Lincoln Center in New York City. He was the principal cellist of several orchestras, including the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra in Boulder, Colorado. With the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, he toured and recorded throughout Europe, the United States, and Asia.

Haber’s chamber music career includes international tours as the cellist of The Composers Quartet, in residence at Columbia University in New York, cellist of The Gabrielli Trio for 20 years with violinist James Buswell and pianist Seth Carlin, and numerous appearances at music festivals and concert series throughout the United States.

In 2012, Haber made a trip to Australia and New Zealand, presenting masterclasses and lessons at major universities in both countries. In January 2013, he was a participant at the Akaroa International Music Festival in New Zealand.

Haber graduated with high academic honors from Brandeis University with a degree in European History. He did his graduate work at Harvard and Indiana University. He has been on the cello and chamber music faculties of Oberlin College, Indiana University, New England Conservatory of Music, Eastman School of Music, and Boston University.

Participants of the masterclass will include students of Dr. Yuriy Leonovich (BJU music faculty), Mr. Brandon Ironside (BJU music faculty), Mrs. Dianne Pinner (BJU music faculty), Dr. Brenda Leonard (North Greenville University strings instructor) and Ms. Kathy Foster (Converse College cello instructor). The event is free and open to the community. Parking is available in the parking garage behind Rodeheaver Auditorium and on campus streets.

Haber is one of several artists and pedagogues presenting masterclasses at BJU throughout the year. Others include David Kim, concertmaster of The Philadelphia Orchestra, and violinist Alana Carithers of the Richmond Symphony.

Bob Jones University Approved for SARA Membership

GREENVILLE, S.C. (September 16, 2016) – Bob Jones University was recently approved by the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education and the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements for membership in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA).

South Carolina was approved for the SARA Membership in June of 2016 and began accepting institutional applications on July 1. BJU was one of the first colleges in South Carolina to receive this approval.

“We are very excited about this development,” says Dr. Gladie Stroup, director of the Center for Distance Learning at BJU. “We’re looking forward to the opportunity to extend the teaching ministry of Bob Jones University to students in states and territories where we were not previously authorized to offer distance learning.”

Membership in the SARA will allow BJU to offer distance learning programs in 10 additional U.S. states and territories, extending their reach to 54 out of 59 states and territories, with several others currently in the process of joining the SARA as well.

BJU offers approximately 60 undergraduate online courses as well as five fully online master’s degree programs in Educational Leadership, Teaching and Learning, Music Education, Biblical Studies, and Biblical Counseling. BJU also has a dual enrollment program that allows qualified high school juniors and seniors to take many of our undergraduate courses online for college credit while still in high school.

Flags at Half-Staff at Bob Jones University

GREENVILLE, S.C. (September 16, 2016) — Flags at Bob Jones University are flying at half-staff from dawn until noon today at the request of South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley in observance of POW/MIA Recognition Day, an occasion to recognize those who were prisoners of war (POW) and those who are missing in action (MIA), as well as their families.

Sekulow to Address Presidential Leadership Series on Thursday

Dr. Jay Sekulow

Dr. Jay Sekulow

GREENVILLE, S.C. (Sept. 12, 2016) – 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 this Thursday, Sept. 15.

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

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.