BJU Public Relations

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" February 2017 "

Richard Alagaban Interns for Kuehne and Nagel

Richard Alagaban

Richard Alagaban

GREENVILLE, S.C. (February 16, 2017) – Richard Alagaban, a senior accounting major at Bob Jones University, serves as an intern this semester for Kuehne and Nagel, an international German logistics company located in Greenville, South Carolina.

Alagaban, a resident of Chicago, Illinois, processes invoices, assists in collections, and answers inquiries for accounts receivable and payable functions.

“I learned a lot in my four year accounting education at BJU,” says Alagaban. “Any major can get competitive when trying to get on-the-job experience. But in the end, the experience you earn is worthwhile.”

Mindy Goodwin Interns for Red Apple Tree Photography

Mindy Goodwin

Mindy Goodwin

GREENVILLE, S.C. (February 15, 2017) – Mindy Goodwin, a senior communication major at Bob Jones University, serves as an intern this semester for Red Apple Tree Photography located in Greenville, South Carolina.

Goodwin, a resident of Greenville, serves as the assistant photographer and is gaining experience in advertising and marketing.

“My internship has allowed me to utilize my education to the fullest,” says Goodwin. “I am grateful for everything my teachers have taught me.”

Dr. Michael Moore Named SCMEA President-Elect

Dr. Michael Moore

Dr. Michael Moore

GREENVILLE, S.C. (February 14, 2017) – Dr. Michael Moore was recently named President-Elect of the South Carolina Music Educators Association (SCMEA). Moore will officially assume his duties July 1 and will become President July 1, 2019.

Moore serves as Professor and Head of the Department of Music Education at Bob Jones University and is conductor of both the BJU Symphony Orchestra and the Fountain Inn Symphony Orchestra. He holds a PhD in Music Education and a MMus in Instrumental Conducting from the University of South Carolina, as well as a MEd in Music Education and a BS in Music Education from BJU.

“Dr. Moore has demonstrated superb leadership over our music education program here at BJU,” said Dr. Darren Lawson, dean of the School of Fine Arts and Communication. “I am pleased that SCMEA and the state of South Carolina will now benefit from his passion for training the next generation of music educators.”

Moore completed additional study with Richard Grunow of the Eastman School of Music and holds certificates in Instrumental Music and Early Childhood Music from the Gordon Institute of Music Learning.

Previously, Moore taught instrumental music at Southwood Middle School and Westside High School in Anderson School District Five, the Midlands Home School Band in Irmo, and Bob Jones Academy.

A native of Greenville,  he founded the Greenville Textile Heritage Band in 2007 to celebrate South Carolina’s rich tradition of mill village bands and their contribution to the growth of school bands across the state. He and his wife, Dr. Deanna C. Moore, Professor of Piano at BJU and president of the South Carolina Music Teachers Association, are proud parents of four budding musicians.

Information provided by SCMEA.

BJU to Present Jubilate!


GREENVILLE, S.C. (February 14, 2017) –Bob Jones University will present a choral artist series entitled Jubilate! Thursday, March 2, at 8 p.m. in Founder’s Memorial Amphitorium on the BJU campus.

Under the direction of Dr. Warren Cook, the concert will feature individual BJU choirs as well as acclaimed guest choir Rivertree Singers in solo and combined performances of Lawson’s Down to the River to Pray, Rutter’s Amazing Grace, Victoria’s Kyrie, Ešenvalds’ O salutaris hostia, Mealor’s Ubi caritas, Johnson’s Unclouded Day, and Hogan’s Ride On, King Jesus. The concert culminates with a commentary by BJU grad and composer Dan Forrest before the BJU Symphony Orchestra (BJUSO) joins the nearly 300 singers to perform Forrest’s new major choral work, Jubilate Deo.

Jubilate Deo, a seven-movement setting of Psalm 100, “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord,” sets portions of the Psalm in seven different languages, representing all the earth resounding with joy.

“Dan Forrest has captured the global essence of Psalm 100 in his joyful and expansive Jubilate Deo,” said Cook, Director of Choral Activities at BJU. “His use of seven languages and traditional instruments from each of the cultures transports the listener from the ancient Middle East to Asia, from South Africa with its vocal and drumming traditions to Latin America.  The satisfying and celebratory seventh movement unites all the earth, singing as one, omnis terra, jubilate!”

On March 11, the groups will make their Peace Center debut in downtown Greenville. This concert opens with the BJUSO, conducted by Dr. Michael Moore, who will present a program of celebratory works including Shostakovich’s Festival Overture, Elmer Bernstein’s guitar concerto (featuring guitarist and Peabody Conservatory DMA candidate Isaac Greene, a 2013 BJU graduate), and excerpts from Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite.

Following intermission, Forrest will introduce his Jubilate Deo before Cook conducts the combined voices of the BJU choirs, Rivertree Singers, and Bob Jones Academy’s Elementary Vocal Ensemble, along with the BJUSO in performing the work.

The BJU Chorale and Symphony Orchestra will host a repeat performance of the Peace Center program at the prestigious Chicago Orchestra Hall April 3.

Ticket prices for the BJU performance are $34-$43 for adults and full time student tickets are $23. Tickets are available at or by calling (864) 770-1372. Tickets for the Peace Center performance on March 11 are available at or by calling (864) 467-3000.

Bob Jones University Offers Free Tuition for Palmetto Fellows

GREENVILLE, S.C. (February 13, 2017) – Bob Jones University will now offer the BJU Fellows Scholarship, a scholarship package that ensures free tuition for incoming South Carolina Palmetto Fellows recipients.

South Carolina students who qualify for the Palmetto Fellows Scholarship Program will receive up to $6,700 from the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education during their freshman year of college. BJU will offer those recipients a combined financial aid package that will ensure complete coverage of their remaining tuition cost. The offer will be renewed up to eight semesters at BJU for students who maintain eligibility for Palmetto Fellows.

“We are excited for this new opportunity to make BJU even more affordable to South Carolina students,” says BJU President Steve Pettit. “BJU is a great place for these high academic achievers to continue their education, and we are grateful to be able to offer this new scholarship.”

BJU offers a variety of merit and need-based scholarships. For a complete list of financial aid packages, visit

Dr. Carl Abrams Publishes History Book

Dr. Carl Abrams

Dr. Carl Abrams

GREENVILLE, S.C. (February 9, 2017) — Dr. Carl Abrams, professor of history at Bob Jones University, recently published his third history book titled Old-Time Religion Embracing Modernist Culture through Lexington Books/Rowman and Littlefield. Abrams’ book focuses on the founding generation of American fundamentalism in the 1920s and 1930s and their interactions with modern culture.

Dr. Darren Dochuk, professor at the University of Notre Dame and one of the leading authorities on the history of evangelicalism praised Abrams’ book as “a timely, critical reassessment of Protestant fundamentalism’s founding generation.”

“With a judicious and accessible style, and a clear command of the archives and the latest scholarship, Abrams ably shows how this purportedly anti-intellectual class came to acknowledge the requisites of the modern American mind,” said Dochuk.

This study, the first to focus on the founding generation, also covers a broad spectrum of fundamentalists from the Northeast, Midwest, the South, and the West Coast, including some often overlooked by other historians.

Abrams holds a BA in history from BJU, an MA in history from North Carolina State University and a PhD in history from the University of Maryland, College Park. He and his wife, Linda, who is also on BJU’s social science faculty, have led nine summer mission teams to Africa.

Courtney Rogers Serves as Intern for BJU Press

Courtney Rogers

Courtney Rogers

GREENVILLE, S.C. (February 9, 2017) – Courtney Rogers, a senior communication major at Bob Jones University, serves as an intern for BJU Press.

Rogers, a resident of Crest Hill, Illinois, interns in the research and analysis department. Rogers is gaining experience in the area of research and using this skill to gather data and create reports.

“I value my internship because I am getting first-hand experience of various tasks that I might face at other jobs after graduation,” says Rogers.

Luke Zockoll Interns for Drum Creative

Luke Zockoll

Luke Zockoll

GREENVILLE, S.C. (February 5, 2017) – Luke Zockoll, a senior graphic design major at Bob Jones University, serves as an intern for Drum Creative, a web design company located in Greenville, South Carolina.

Zockoll, a resident of Ocean City, Maryland, interns with the creative design team. Zockoll contributes to current client projects and designs computer graphics to visually communicate ideas.

“My internship is the perfect launching point for a career in graphic design,” says Zockoll.

Joanna Daniels Serves as Intern for Redhype Ad Agency

Joanna Daniels

Joanna Daniels

GREENVILLE, S.C. (February 7, 2017) – Joanna Daniels, a senior graphic design major at Bob Jones University, serves as an intern this semester for Redhype Ad Agency located in downtown Greenville.

Daniels, a resident of Ninilchik, Alaska, is working with the art director on various aspects of client projects. Daniels focuses on branding, creating mock-ups, and designing brochures and email blasts, in addition to interacting with the Redhype team.

“Being part of the Redhype team has been incredible,” says Daniels. “I love seeing my major in real-life application with clients. I am so glad that I love the agency life as much as I love my school projects.”

BJU Graduate Named 2017-2018 Child Development Centers Teacher of the Year

Anna Huff

Anna Huff

GREENVILLE, S.C. (February 6, 2017) – Bob Jones University graduate Anna Huff was recently named the 2017-2018 Child Development Centers (CDC) Teacher of the Year in Greenville County Schools.

Huff is a preschool special education teacher at Northwest Crescent CDC in Greenville, South Carolina. She has served as a special education teacher at Northwest Crescent for three years.

Huff, a resident of Easley, South Carolina, graduated from BJU in 2009 with a BS in early childhood education. Huff is certified in both early childhood education and early childhood special education.