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" March 2017 "

Chuck Nicholas Named SC District Communicator of the Year

Chuck Nicholas

GREENVILLE, S.C. (March 31, 2017) – The National Speech and Debate Association (NSDA) recently awarded Bob Jones Academy (BJA) professor Chuck Nicholas the District Communicator of the Year Award at the South Carolina District Qualifier tournament held at Myers Park High School in Charlotte, North Carolina.

According to the NSDA, this award showcases individuals who utilize their speech and debate talents in ways that profoundly impact the lives of others in their district or community.

“Chuck Nicholas is one of the finest teachers I have ever known,” says Greg Cook, who nominated Nicholas for the award and serves as coach of the Riverside High School debate team. “The Communicator of the Year Award is our highest honor and rewards an individual who has demonstrated extraordinary service and achievement in speech and debate and highlights the efforts of someone who uses communication to change minds for the better. There is no one in South Carolina more worthy of that honor than Chuck Nicholas.”

Nicholas has been awarded several distinguished service awards from the NSDA, has served as South Carolina’s district chairman, and been involved in many debate tournaments across the Carolinas. He and his wife, Gail, have coached national champions in storytelling and commentary, finalists in Congress, eighth place finishers in National Public Forum Debate, National Quarterfinalists in Word Schools Debate, and a host of other regional and national winners.

Nicholas has served as head coach of BJA’s speech and debate team for 31 years and currently teaches speech, debate and drama at BJA.

Classic Paintings Coming to Life at Bob Jones University

GREENVILLE, S.C. (March 30, 2017) — Bob Jones University will present Living Gallery, an Upstate Easter tradition, April 13-15 in Rodeheaver Auditorium. Now in its twentieth year of telling the Gospel story through breath-taking living displays of art, Living Gallery will be presented April 13-15 at 4:30 and 8 p.m. with an additional program April 15 at 2 p.m.

You will be challenged and inspired by the drama, music and the life-size re-creations of masterpieces brought to life with live human models.

This year’s Living Gallery, “The Savior’s Call,” is a boldly unique, dramatic presentation of sacred masterworks of art depicting Christ’s ministry and passion. This presentation features Dr. Dan Forrest’s musical work “Requiem for the Living” and dramatizes Christ’s invitation to his followers: come, eat, drink, and rest.​

“Those who have attended Living Gallery in the past will recognize several new innovations in this year’s production,” says director Paul Radford. “Creative elements in the artwork, music, and script will provide a unique interpretation of what BJU has been doing for two decades.”

Tickets are $14 and may be purchased at the BJU Programs and Production box office from noon to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday. They may also be purchased online through or by calling (864) 770-1372 during business hours.

Richard Mattish Chosen for Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program

Richard Mattish

GREENVILLE, S.C. (March 29, 2017) – Richard Mattish, a junior physics major at Bob Jones University, was selected to participate this summer in the Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program (NREIP) hosted by the Office of Naval Research (ONR).

Mattish, a resident of Hollister, California, will be conducting research concerning the characterization and modeling of behavior of metamaterials as shielding against directed energy weapons. The goal of this project is to develop shields capable of protecting planes, ships, etc. from a microwave weapon. The internship will last for ten weeks.

“Second only to my undergraduate degree, this internship will be the most important educational experience I will have received going into graduate school and my future career,” says Mattish. “This internship will give me the opportunity to network with professors in my field and to do real, cutting edge research. I expect to learn a lot this summer about the process of performing physics research as a job and not merely as a class assignment.”

Bob Jones University to Host Annual AACS National Competition

GREENVILLE, S.C. (March 28, 2017) – Bob Jones University will host nearly 2,000 students for the annual American Association of Christian Schools’ (AACS) national competition April 4-6.

“We are honored to host so many talented high school students here on campus for this national competition,” says BJU President Steve Pettit. “The AACS competition provides these students with a great opportunity to compete and interact with other Christian young people while experiencing all that BJU has to offer.”

Students in grades 7-12 from Christian high schools across the nation will compete in a series of competitions in music, Bible, art and design, academic testing, speech and drama.

In addition to competing, students will have the opportunity to visit classes and attend campus events.

Bob Jones University Hosts Human Genetics Symposium

GREENVILLE, S.C. (March 22, 2017) – Bob Jones University will host a human genetics symposium in Stratton Hall Thursday, March 30, from 6-8 p.m. The symposium will focus on the topic of genetic syndromes.

“Our goal is to create a connection point for scholars and researchers, as well as offering an informative opportunity to the general public,” says Dr. Vincenzo Antignani, assistant professor in BJU’s Department of Biology and Division of Natural Sciences.

The symposium will include a discussion with experts on genetic disabilities and will offer attendees the opportunity to connect with professionals in both medical and scientific fields. The featured speakers, all of whom are researchers in the field of genetics, will focus on the Phelan-McDermid syndrome and the Fragile X syndrome.

Speakers include Dr. Curtis Rogers (Senior Clinical Geneticist and Director of the Greenwood Genetics Center – Greenville Campus), who will speak on the topic of “Phelan-McDermid syndrome: historical and clinical aspects;” Dr. Luigi Boccuto (Assistant Research Scientist at the Greenwood Genetics Center – Greenwood Campus), who will cover the topic of “Phelan-McDermid syndrome: molecular aspects and future perspectives in research and treatment;” and Dr. Giovanni Neri (President of the Italian Society of Human Genetics, Rome, Italy), who will address the topic of “Transcriptional Reactivation of the FMR1 Gene. A Possible Approach to the Treatment of the Fragile X Syndrome.”

The symposium is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will follow. Please register for the event here.

Moore Places Second in The American Prize Competition

Michael Moore

GREENVILLE, S.C. (March 21, 2017) – Dr. Michael Moore was named second place winner for The American Prize in Conducting: College/University Division for Opera/Music Theater for 2016-2017. In consideration for the award, Moore submitted the University’s production of La Cenerentola which he conducted in March 2016.

“We are very excited about the national recognition Dr. Moore has received for his conducting of BJU’s La Cenerentola production,” said Dr. Darren Lawson, dean of the School of Fine Arts and Communication at Bob Jones University. “He is a superb conductor, teacher, and musician.”

Moore serves as Professor and Head of the Department of Music Education at BJU and is conductor of both the BJU Symphony Orchestra and 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.

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.

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.

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.

Dr. Neal Ring to Become Full-Time Athletic Director

Dr. Neal Ring

GREENVILLE, S.C. (March 17, 2017) – Bob Jones University President Steve Pettit announced today that Dr. Neal Ring, who has served concurrently as the BJU Bruins athletic director and men’s basketball team head coach since 2012, will now serve solely as athletic director.

“It’s not often that someone can say they’ve started an intercollegiate sports program from scratch, but Neal did that for BJU,” said Pettit, “His commitment to making sports a platform for ministry while growing our sports team offerings from four to twelve is an incredible testament to his work ethic. With so many offerings, BJU needs a full-time athletic director—and I’m pleased Dr. Ring will assume this role.”

In the fall of 2012, BJU began its intercollegiate sports program and offered men’s and women’s soccer and men’s and women’s basketball. Since then, men’s golf, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s track, men’s and women’s shooting sports and women’s volleyball have been added.

“I’ve been honored to serve at BJU—as athletic director and men’s basketball coach,” said Ring. “Being presented with the opportunity to focus my full attention on strengthening our current programs while adding new programs in the future is something that excites me. I will always cherish these five seasons as a coach at BJU. While I will miss the practices, road trips with the players and being on the bench, I am looking forward to what God has for me and this program in the future.”

Over the course of his five seasons as head coach of the men’s basketball team, Ring has built the program into a national contender as the team won their first NCCAA DII South Region Championship this season. He was also selected as Region Coach of the Year.

Pettit also announced a committee has been formed and a nationwide search continues for the head men’s basketball coaching position.

The BJU Bruins compete in the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) as a Division II university.

Bob Jones University Honors Law Enforcement

“Thin Blue Line” flags fly at Bob Jones University
Photo Credit: Jonathan Pait

GREENVILLE, S.C. (March 13, 2017) – In honor of the law enforcement professionals in Greenville County—and around the country—who serve and protect their communities each day, Bob Jones University will light the main fountain “blue” and fly “Thin Blue Line” flags on each of the 24 flag poles in center campus through March 18.

This is being done in conjunction with BJU hosting the Allen Jacobs Memorial Prayer Breakfast for area law enforcement personnel Thursday, March 16, in the Davis Room of the Davis-McKenzie Dining Common. The breakfast is being held to honor the memory of Greenville Police Department Officer Allen Jacobs who lost his life in the line of duty March 18, 2016, and to honor the men and women of law enforcement in Greenville County. BJU President Steve Pettit and Greenville Vice Mayor Pro Tem Gaye Sprague will address the gathering.

Rachel Lundberg Interns for Mount Vernon Mills, Inc.

Rachel Lundberg

GREENVILLE, S.C. (March 3, 2017) – Rachel Lundberg, a junior accounting major at Bob Jones University, serves as an intern this semester for Mount Vernon Mills, Inc., a manufacturer of textile, chemical, and related products for the apparel, industrial, institutional, and commercial markets, based in Mauldin, South Carolina.

Lundberg, a resident of Williamsburg, Iowa, works in the tax department assisting with the year-end review of tax-deductible expenses.

“This internship has challenged my tunnel vision,” says Lundberg. “I’m not in school just to pass classes; I’m in school to learn skills that will help me for the rest of my life. If I want to be a teachable and productive employee, then that is the type of student I need to be right now.”

Micah Gold Interns for the Greenville Drive

Micah Gold

GREENVILLE, S.C. (March 2, 2017) – Micah Gold, a senior sports management major at Bob Jones University, serves as an intern this semester for the Greenville Drive, a minor league baseball team based in Greenville, South Carolina.

Gold, a resident of Greer, works with the sales team. His responsibilities include pursuing and finding new leads for season ticket holders.

“This is a great opportunity to start my career in the sports business world,” says Gold.