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" August 2017 "

Four BJU Students Receive Gingery-Mack Music Scholarships

GREENVILLE, S.C. (August 30, 2017) – The Bob Jones University Division of Music recently awarded four music students the 2017 Gingery-Mack Music Scholarship, a scholarship fund that provides financial aid to young Christian musicians at BJU.

“The Gingery-Mack Scholarship Fund allows the music faculty of BJU to reach many more gifted, young, Christian musicians and to equip them to touch hundreds of lives with the power of great music,” says Dr. Dan Turner, president of the Gingery-Mack Music Scholarship Fund and director of instrumental activities at BJU. “We believe this year’s recipients are exceptionally talented young musicians and that their variety of musical abilities will make a great addition to our music department.”

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 Jean-Luc Cataquet of Carolina, Puerto Rico (not pictured); freshman Anna Fraley of Greer, South Carolina; freshman Jennifer Naas of Waynesboro, Georgia; and freshman Nathan Gardner of Greenville.

William Craven Wins Several Awards at Christian Film Festival

GREENVILLE, S.C. (August 31, 2017) – William Craven, a 2017 graduate of Bob Jones University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Cinema Production, recently won numerous awards for his senior film project, Grounded, at the Christian Film Festival in  Newport News, Virginia.

Held on the last Saturday of each month, the Christian Film Festival (CFF) showcases Christian movies, music videos, cartoons, documentaries, educational films, and scripts, and recognizes the creators of those projects.

“BJU cinema students have been consistently recognized for their quality work at film festivals, and we’re so pleased that William Craven’s film was awarded so many accolades at the Christian Film Festival,” said Dr. Darren Lawson, dean of the School of Fine Arts and Communication at BJU. “We look forward to training many more young filmmakers to serve Christ with their visual storytelling.”

Craven, a resident of Greenville, won Best Short Film, Best Student Film, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Actor Supporting, Best Actress Supporting, Best Hair & Make-Up, and Best Music. Grounded was also named as an official selection for the 2017 Endless Mountains Film Festival and the TRIFF 2017 – Tryon International Film Festival.

Grounded tells the story of Jim, a missions aviator, who unexpectedly finds himself stateside after his wife falls ill with an unknown sickness. Jim takes a job as a flight instructor at a local airfield, but his heart and mind continually drift back to Africa. Jim struggles to accept God’s will because he knows that means letting go of his dream.

Bob Jones University Announces 2017-2018 Concert, Opera and Drama Series

GREENVILLE, S.C. (August 28, 2017) – Bob Jones University recently announced the schedule for the University’s 2017-2018 Concert, Opera and Drama Series. The series will once again bring world-renowned artists to Greenville. All performances are open to the public.

The 2017-2018 BJU Concert, Opera and Drama Series includes:

Denyce Graves – Oct. 19 – 8 p.m.

Recognized worldwide as one of today’s most exciting vocal stars, Denyce Graves continues to gather unparalleled popular and critical acclaim in performances on four continents.

“Much Ado About Nothing” – Nov. 16, 17, 18 – 8 p.m.

Under the direction of Lonnie Polson, the Classic Players present Shakespeare’s brilliantly constructed tale of love interwoven with a merry war of wits between one of drama’s most famous couples, Beatrice and Benedick.

A Christmas Carol – Dec. 1 – 8 p.m., Dec. 2 – 2 p.m. 

Adapted for the stage by Charles Jones with musical arrangements by John Bennett, Dickens’ classic tale A Christmas Carol is rich with thrilling musical ensemble music, alive with color and movement, and is created to tell this great and enduring tale in a manner that people of all ages will enjoy. Presented by the Nebraska Theatre Caravan.

Piano Battle – Feb. 8 – 8 p.m.

The brainchild of internationally accomplished pianists Andreas Kern and Paul Cibis, the Piano Battle sees the duo go head-to-head on stage, charming and enchanting the audience with a variety of classical pieces. The two artists, with distinctly different performance styles, take turns to perform pieces by composers such as Chopin, Liszt and Debussy. They will even improvise based on the tunes you request.

Lucia Di Lammermoor – Feb. 27 – 8 p.m., March 1, 3 – 8 p.m.

The University Opera Association presents Donizetti’s tale of love, betrayal, and madness – one of opera’s most melodic scores – with guest artists Sarah Coburn, Yi Li, Mark Waters and Kevin Thompson.

Living Gallery – March 29-30 – 4:30 & 7:30 p.m., March 31 – 2, 4:30 & 7:30 p.m.

Living Gallery, a boldly unique, dramatic presentation of sacred masterworks of art depicting Christ’s ministry and passion, is an Upstate Easter tradition. See these great paintings come alive in life-size recreations on the Rodeheaver stage as choirs, instrumentalists, and costumed actors re-create scenes from the Lord’s ministry on earth.

Season tickets are available now. Tickets for individual performances are available for purchase beginning Friday, Sept. 1 online or by phone at (864) 770-1372 from noon to 5 p.m. on weekdays.

Bob Jones University Kicks Off 91st Academic Year

GREENVILLE, S.C. (August 28, 2017) – Bob Jones University kicks off its 91st academic year Monday, Aug. 28, during the annual opening exercises beginning at 7 p.m. in the Founder’s Memorial Amphitorium.
“We are looking forward to a new academic year,” says BJU President Steve Pettit. “During our 90th year, BJU achieved major milestones with tax exemption and regional accreditation. We’re excited to see what God has for us as we look toward celebrating our centennial.”
Largely focused on celebrating the incoming Class of 2021, opening exercises 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.
BJU is a regionally accredited, biblically faithful Christian liberal arts university focused on educating the whole person to reflect and serve Christ. BJU offers a unique blend of challenging and rewarding 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.

Kenneth Burkholder Interns for DiversiTech Corporation

Kenneth Burkholder

GREENVILLE, S.C. (August 25, 2017) – Kenneth Burkholder, a sophomore engineering major at Bob Jones University, interns this summer for DiversiTech Corporation located in Covington, Georgia.

Burkholder, a resident of Loganville, Georgia, serves in the manufacturing and quality engineering department. Some of his responsibilities include increasing plant efficiency, collecting and analyzing data, and observing and recording procedures such as machine startup. He is also developing spreadsheets to streamline downtime and production tracking and conducting process studies to determine machine cycle time and cost per unit.

“My work this summer has helped me to better understand the production process and has given me insight into the engineering that makes that process possible,” says Burkholder.

Anne Nguyen Participates in Plumeria Research Project

Anne Nguyen

GREENVILLE, S.C. (August 24, 2017) – Anne Nguyen, a sophomore premed major at Bob Jones University, participated this summer in a pilot research project at BJU. The project was conducted under the supervision of Dr. Robert Lee of the BJU Chemistry Department and Dr. Vincenzo Antignani of the BJU Department of Biology in the Division of Natural Sciences.

A resident of Taylors, Nguyen investigated methods to extract compounds from the leaves of a plumeria tree, a plant largely used in traditional medicine. Primarily, Nguyen’s responsibilities included exploring a variety of extraction methods, performing chemical tests, and recording her findings.

“Overall, this experience was fun, challenging, and thought-provoking and proved extremely profitable to me,” said Nguyen. “This summer, I learned how important it is to ask for help and work as a team. The higher level thinking required for this experience challenged me to work smarter and allowed me to experience the world of research. The logic I developed and the problem solving skills I practiced will greatly help me in my future career.”

Isaac Stephens Serves as Intern in Colombia

Isaac Stephens

GREENVILLE, S.C. (August 23, 2017) – Isaac Stephens, a senior cross-cultural service major at Bob Jones University, serves this summer as an intern in Tenjo, Colombia.

Stephens, a resident of Greenville, is working with missionaries at the Seminario Bautista de Colombia, a newly opened residential seminary in Tenjo.

“Interning in a cross-cultural context is one of the greatest opportunities I’ve ever had,” says Stephens. “Being able to learn from and work with those from another culture creates such a passion for missions.”

John Duddles Participates in NextGen Scholarship Program

John Duddles

GREENVILLE, S.C. (August 22, 2017) – John Duddles, a senior biology major at Bob Jones University, participated this summer in the NextGen Research Scholarship Program. NextGen is a research company focused on studying medicinal plants in order to discover natural drugs as a healthier alternative.

In order to be eligible for the NextGen Research Scholarship, students must demonstrate remarkable aptitude for scientific research in biotechnologies, physics, chemistry, engineering, robotics, computer science, and biomedical research. Students are chosen based on their academic record, scientific interest, and demonstrated skills.

Duddles, a resident of Warner Robins, Georgia, is working on a biotechnology research project. His responsibilities include taking care of a variety of plants, preparing fertilizers, collecting data on plant growth, performing a variety of laboratory procedures, and writing journal articles.

“Experience is everything for getting into graduate schools and the work force,” said Duddles. “I was able to participate in every step of the research project, from the preliminary research all the way to producing a paper for publication.  The experience I received this summer will better prepare me for future research projects I will be doing in graduate school and in my career.”

Governor Henry McMaster to Speak at Bob Jones University

GREENVILLE, S.C.  (August 22, 2017) – South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster will address the Bob Jones University Public Policy Organization Tuesday, Sept. 5. The public is invited to attend the presentation.

Beginning at 6 p.m., the forum will be held in Stratton Hall near the university’s Welcome Center. Following his presentation, McMaster will conduct a short Q&A session.

McMaster became the 117th Governor of South Carolina January 24, 2017, following the confirmation of Governor Nikki Haley to serve as United States Ambassador to the United Nations.

Prior to serving as Governor, McMaster served as Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina. He also served as State Chairman of the South Carolina Republican Party, Attorney General of South Carolina and was the first United States attorney appointed by President Ronald Reagan.

McMaster has served on the South Carolina Ports Authority Board of Directors, the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education, the Palmetto Health Foundation Board and the South Carolina Policy Council (as chairman).  He is admitted to practice in all courts, state and federal, in South Carolina, as well as the U.S. Court of Claims (1974), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit (1975) and the Supreme Court of the United States (1978).

He received his AB degree in history in 1969 from the University of South Carolina and his JD degree in 1973 from the University of South Carolina School of Law, where he served on the South Carolina Law Review. He served in the U.S. Army Reserves in the JAG Corps from 1969 to 1975.

The forum is free and open to the public.

Bob Jones University to Host Eclipse Experience Today

GREENVILLE, S.C. (August 21, 2017) – Bob Jones University invites the Greenville community to the Eclipse Experience—a special viewing of the 2017 total solar eclipse—today from 1 to 3 p.m. on the BJU campus.

A solar eclipse occurs when the Earth’s view of the sun is obscured (totally or partially) by the moon passing between the Earth and the sun. This year’s total eclipse will result in darkened skies and lowered temperatures for an approximately 70-mile-wide band of Earth, stretching from Oregon to South Carolina. The next total solar eclipse will not occur until 2024.

“Total solar eclipses occur infrequently and the path of totality passes over only a narrow slice of the earth’s surface so most people will not be in the right location to see one during their lifetime,” says Dr. Richard Mowrey, chair of BJU’s Division of Natural Science. “Greenville has the unique privilege of being in the direct path of the eclipse, and we look forward to welcoming friends from across the Upstate to campus as we witness this rare phenomenon and testimony of God’s creation.”

The Eclipse Experience is free and open to junior/senior high school groups and families. The event will feature solar-filtered telescopes and a light-emitting diode (LED) truck display of the NASA livestream of the eclipse. Special eclipse-viewing glasses will be provided to those who register.

Guests will also enjoy hands-on experiments; science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) activities; demonstrations by the BJU and Bob Jones Academy award-winning robotics teams; and a variety of informational sessions.

Registration is required. For more information about the BJU Eclipse Experience and to register, visit