BJU Public Relations

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" January 2017 "

BJU To Host Allen Jacobs Memorial Prayer Breakfast

Jacobs_Allen104GREENVILLE, S.C. (January 31, 2017) – Bob Jones University President Steve Pettit announced today that BJU will host the Allen Jacobs Memorial Prayer Breakfast Thursday, March 16, to honor the memory of Officer Allen Jacobs and recognize law enforcement professionals across Greenville County who protect and serve our communities each day.

“March 18, 2016, was a date that devastated Greenville,” said Pettit. “On that date, Greenville Police Department Officer Allen Jacobs lost his life in the line of duty. In the days following his death, we heard countless stories of his courage and bravery in serving the people of Greenville. It is my hope that this breakfast, to be held annually, will honor Jacobs and recognize the work of law enforcement professionals in our community.”

During the breakfast, the Allen Jacobs Award of Valor, Public Safety Employee of the Year, Award of Merit, and the Distinguished Achievement Award will be presented. Nominations for these awards may be submitted through Friday, Feb. 17.

The breakfast, which will begin at 7 a.m. in the Davis Room of the Dixon-McKenzie Dining Common on the BJU campus, is being provided free of charge to law enforcement personnel. Business and community leaders across the Upstate are encouraged to attend and sponsor the breakfast.

Proceeds from the breakfast will benefit the Allen Jacobs Memorial Scholarship Fund, which was created last year at the request of the Jacobs family, to assist BJU students majoring in criminal justice. During 2016, nearly $50,000 was raised for the scholarship fund.

Hannah Smith Serves as Intern for Bob Jones University

Hannah Smith

Hannah Smith

GREENVILLE, S.C. (January 30, 2017) – Hannah Smith, a senior journalism and mass communication major at Bob Jones University, serves as an intern this semester in the BJU public relations office.

Smith, a resident of Santa Ana, California, is gaining experience in the varied tasks and responsibilities found in a public relations department. Smith will assist in media monitoring, writing press releases, social media research, and event management.

“I am so excited to apply classroom skills to the BJU public relations office under the capable direction of experienced staff members,” says Smith. “This experience has taught me that even outside of the classroom learning and growing continues. BJU has done so much for me these past three and a half years and I am privileged to have the opportunity to give back during my final semester.”

BJU Museum and Gallery to Close for Renovation

GREENVILLE, S.C. (January 27, 2017) – Bob Jones University President Steve Pettit announced today that the Bob Jones University Museum and Gallery will close for renovation on Saturday, Feb. 18.

“The Museum and Gallery has long been an asset to the Greenville community as it has consistently promoted the arts and fostered arts education both on and off campus,” said Pettit. “During the renovation, we are excited about the opportunity to share in new ways a large number of paintings in our collection with the public—both in Greenville and around the world.”

Under the direction of Museum and Gallery Director Erin Jones, the Museum and Gallery will begin to loan paintings from the collection to various museums, corporate headquarters and private homes of art enthusiasts. Paintings not placed will be in secured climate-controlled storage. With the size of the Museum and Gallery’s collection, it may take the remainder of 2017 to place the paintings.

While a thorough engineering analysis needs to be completed, the renovation will include work such as the installation of a new HVAC and other mechanical systems, the sealing of outside walls and the replacement of a number of interior walls. The entire project, including returning the paintings to M&G once renovations are complete, would likely set the re-opening of the Museum and Gallery in approximately two years.

Additionally, the Heritage Green satellite location in downtown Greenville will close Saturday, Feb. 4. Greenville County is seeking another tenant for the Heritage Green building.

With its commitment to arts education in the community, the Museum and Gallery is planning to continue providing educational services to local public schools and civic organizations through its “Museum on the Move” outreach. The Homeschool Days and Kids Create! events already scheduled will be held in other venues on the BJU campus.



Rob Loach To Present French Literature Adaptations at SCFLTA Conference

Robert Loach

Robert Loach

GREENVILLE, S.C. (January 27, 2017) – Rob Loach, professor of modern language and literature at Bob Jones University, will present his three recently published French literature adaptations at the South Carolina Foreign Language Teacher’s Association’s (SCFLTA) conference February 11 in Lexington, South Carolina.

The three book adaptations, entitled Contes de Maupassant et de Daudet, Les Misérables: Tome 1: Fantine, and Le Comte de Monte-Cristo: Tome 1: Le prisonnier du château d’If were adapted and written by Loach and published through Amazon. The first, an adaptation of French short stories, is designed as an introduction to reading French literature. Les Miserables and Le Comte de Monte-Cristo (The Count of Monte-Cristo) are both adaptations of the first sections of the two pieces of classic French literature.

All three adaptations are designed for use in middle school to intermediate French courses and are available for purchase through Amazon and

Loach will present these adaptions through a series of workshops designed to help foreign language teachers teach foreign literature. Loach also presented his adaptations to the South Carolina American Association of Teachers of French (SCAATF) in Columbia, South Carolina, in November.

Loach has served as a foreign language teacher at BJU for 33 years and taught French and German on the high school level in Michigan for 11 years. Loach currently teaches two elementary and two intermediate French courses, as well as a French composition course.

BJU Graduates Place in National Film Competition

GREENVILLE, S.C. (January 26, 2017) – Three 2016 Bob Jones University cinema graduates recently placed in the Intercollegiate National Religious Broadcasters (iNRB) Student Production Awards Competition.

These awards are presented to undergraduate or graduate student members of iNRB for outstanding examples of radio, TV, and film productions. Entries are judged by media professionals in their field.

Rachel Madeira Ledbetter, a resident of Central, South Carolina, received first place in narrative film. Ledbetter’s film, entitled Going Back, tells the story of Emma, a 16 year-old girl who succumbs to mental paralysis from post-traumatic stress following an accident that claimed her father’s life, as she questions whether her life is really worth living.

Ryan Holmes, a resident of Aurora, Colorado, received second place in narrative film. Holmes’ film, entitled Silence, is the story of a professional cellist, named Cole, who tries to piece together what really happened one fateful night. Through his journey of redemption and forgiveness, Cole must learn to stop and listen and hear the beauty once again.

Danielle Wunker, a resident of Crestview, Florida, received first place for her documentary film, A Girl Like Me. Wunker’s film is about Stephanie Melton and her journey from abuse and darkness to hope in Christ. She shares her testimony of how God can make the ugliness in her past into a beautiful life lived for Him. The truths she expresses apply to anyone who has been hurt and attest to the power of Christ.

“I believe we have some of the most talented and hardworking film students out there,” says Sharyn Robertson, the department head of the BJU Cinema Department. “What sets our students apart is the fact that they all strive to glorify God with their projects and you can see that in these award-winning films.”

This year’s competition marked the fourth year BJU senior cinema students have submitted capstone film projects to the iNRB’s competition. BJU students have placed in the competition three out of four years.

Violinist David Kim Returns to BJU as Artist in Residence

David KimGREENVILLE, S.C.  (January 24, 2017) — Violinist David Kim will return to Bob Jones University as an artist in residence in BJU’s Division of Music Jan. 30 through Feb. 1. Kim will serve by coaching students in the university’s orchestral program, holding masterclasses, teaching private lessons, and performing for the students and faculty.

“I’m so excited to return to wonderful BJU,” Kim said. “The spirit, high quality, and most of all, many new friends in Christ make me feel blessed and delighted to come.”

Kim serves as the concertmaster of The Philadelphia Orchestra, a position he has held for 17 years.

“Our students look forward to Mr. Kim’s residency every year,” said Dr. Michael Moore, conductor of the BJU Symphony Orchestra. “He’s a world-class performer whose inspiring artistry and humble spirit are a wonderful example for our students.”

Kim will hold a masterclasses Monday, Jan. 30, at 7 p.m. in War Memorial Chapel and an open rehearsal with the BJU Symphony Orchestra Tuesday, Jan. 31, at 4 p.m. in Stratton Hall. Both events are open to the public.

BJU to Host 45th Annual High School Invitational Tournament

VISIONGREENVILLE, S.C. (January 24, 2017) — Bob Jones University is excited to welcome 16 teams from around the country to compete in the 45th Annual BJU Bruins High School Invitational Basketball Tournament.

“This is a great event for us each year,” BJU Bruins Athletics Director Dr. Neal Ring said. “It gives the community a chance to see some great competition and allows us to showcase BJU to high school student-athletes. We’re looking forward to a great tournament.”

The tournament will showcase eight men’s teams and eight women’s teams from South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Michigan and Maryland over the course of three days (January 25-27). Over 175 student-athletes will be competing in the tournament.

The tournament will feature Bob Jones Academy (Greenville, SC), State Line Home School (Galax, VA), Creekside Christian Academy (McDonough, GA), Harford Christian School (Darlington, MD), Shiloh Hills Christian School (Kennesaw, GA), Tabernacle Christian School (Monroe, NC), Vandalia Christian School (Greensboro, NC) and Victory Christian Academy (Orlando, FL).

For more information about the tournament schedule, visit

BJU Department of Engineering to Hold Robotics Open House

GREENVILLE, S.C. (January 20, 2017) – The Bob Jones University Department of Engineering will hold a Robotics Open House Saturday, Jan. 28, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Activity Center near Alumni Stadium on the BJU campus.

The event will feature demonstrations of Kezia, the award-winning robot from the 2016 Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition; Bruin-1, an autonomous taxi; and Bruin-2, BJU’s newest autonomous vehicle under development.

Each of the vehicles was designed and built by BJU students in the Department of Engineering and are products of the capstone multidisciplinary design experience in the degree program.

BJU’s Bachelor of Science degree in engineering with concentrations in mechanical, electrical, and computer engineering is accredited by the engineering accreditation commission of ABET.

The event is free and open to the public. Parking is available directly in front of the Activity Center, in the parking garage behind Rodeheaver Auditorium and on campus streets.

Bob Jones University Receives Million Dollar Gift

Front campus from a high angleGREENVILLE, S.C. (January 17, 2017) – Bob Jones University President Steve Pettit announced today the receipt of a $1 million unrestricted gift to BJU.

“As we continue to celebrate our ninetieth year, it’s encouraging to receive gifts to help the ministry at BJU,” said Pettit, “It’s especially gratifying when the gift comes from parents of recent graduates in appreciation for the education their children received while at BJU.”

The donation was received from an out-of-state couple who wish to remain anonymous.

This gift follows the recent announcement by BJU of $1.5 million given in two large gifts at the end of 2016 for the BJU Scholarship Fund.


SCSL Governor Names Two BJU Students to Cabinet

GREENVILLE, S.C. (January 12, 2017) – South Carolina Student Legislature (SCSL) Governor J. Elliott Kelley named two Bob Jones University students to serve on his cabinet.

Kelley named Michael Pettit, a sophomore history major, as Attorney General and Maggie Nanney, a sophomore information technology major, as Director of Communications. Both reside in Greenville.

Governor Kelley’s appointments are effective immediately and are concurrent with his term through the 2017 fall session. Appointees are tasked with various responsibilities throughout the academic year and at SCSL’s spring and fall sessions.

Kelley also named Alexis Dimarzo as Secretary of State (Coastal Carolina University), Cody Simms as Chief Justice of the SCSL Supreme Court (The Citadel), Matthew Gemroth as Parliamentarian (Charleston Southern University),  Zachary Talley as Director of Governmental Affairs (Clemson University), Logan Franks as Delegation Director of Alumni (Erskine College), Nicholas Wellons as Director of Internal Affairs (Winthrop University), Shadda Corwin as Delegation Recruiting Director (Coastal Carolina University) and Caleb Johnson as State Chaplain (North Greenville University).

In addition to BJU, a number of public and private institutions of higher learning participate in SCSL including The Citadel, Charleston Southern University, Clemson University, Coastal Carolina University, College of Charleston, Erskine College, Francis Marion University, North Greenville University and Winthrop University.