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" September 2017 "

Whited to Join Education Faculty at BJU

Julia Whited

GREENVILLE, S.C. (September 12, 2017) – Julia Hensler Whited will serve as Instructor in the Division of Teacher Education in the School of Education at Bob Jones University this fall. Whited previously served as adjunct faculty in the School of Education and as a substitute teacher at Bob Jones Academy.

“Julie’s prior experience in the field of special education will be a great asset to our program,” said Dr. Brian Carruthers, dean of the School of Education. “Her willingness to invest in the lives of our teacher candidates will allow them to be ready on their first day in the classroom.”

Whited earned a BS (1997) from BJU and an MEd (1998) from Clemson University in Special Education.

In addition to her work at BJU, Whited has served a substitute teacher for the Greenville County School System and as a private tutor in the Greenville area. Whited also served as a teacher at Lake Forest Elementary School, where she taught a self-contained class for students with learning disabilities.

Outside of the classroom, Whited has served for many years in her local church and in the Greer community with Create, a community outreach that provides art camps for elementary age students.

“I am passionate about preparing the next generation of educators,” said Whited, “and am thankful for the opportunity to do that as I join the faculty at BJU.”

Whited and her husband, Dale, live in Greer, South Carolina, with their three children, Katelyn, Kaylee and Kaden.

Crum to Join Nursing Faculty at Bob Jones University

Kelly Crum

GREENVILLE, S.C. (September 15, 2017) – Kelly Crum will join the Bob Jones University faculty this fall as Professor in the Division of Nursing in the College of Arts and Science. Most recently, Crum served as Director of the School of Nursing at Maranatha Baptist University in Watertown, Wisconsin.

“Kelly is a highly experienced nurse who has a true passion for nursing education, both in-residence and online,” said Dr. Renae Wentworth, dean of the College of Arts and Science. “We couldn’t be more thrilled to have her as part of our nursing division.”

Crum earned a BS in Nursing (1990) from Pensacola Christian College in Pensacola, Florida. She also earned an MS in Nursing (1995) with a focus in maternal, child nursing, curriculum development, and nursing education from the University of South Alabama as well as a post-master’s degree (1999) in women’s health nurse practitioner coursework. Crum is currently pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (ABD) from the University of Phoenix and is a licensed nurse in the states of Arizona and Wisconsin.

Crum also served as an associate professor and adjunct faculty member and taught courses such as nursing research, pathophysiology, pediatrics, and maternal child health while at MBU.

Previously, Crum served as an instructional specialist in the Health Sciences and Nursing Department for the University of Phoenix Online and as a certified advanced facilitator at the University of Phoenix. Crum has also served as a nursing faculty member at Pensacola Christian College and Piedmont International University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

With her extensive clinical experience, Crum has worked as a staff nurse in a variety of medical units at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina; St. Mary’s Hospital in Huntington, West Virginia; King’s Daughters Medical Center in Ashland, Kentucky; and Sacred Heart Hospital and West Florida Regional Medical Center in Pensacola. She also served as the Assistant Director of Nursing and Director of Staff Development at Americare Putnam Nursing Home in Charleston, West Virginia; nursing supervisor for Health Care Services (HCS) Nursing and charge nurse at King’s Daughter Medical Center in Ashland; and as the college health nurse at Piedmont International University.

Crum has authored and co-authored numerous publications on the topics of maternal child nursing care, maternity nursing, and women’s health care. She has served as a consultant and subject matter expert for the University of Phoenix, University of Phoenix Online and Benjamin Cummings Press and has served on a number of professional committees at Maranatha Baptist University, the University of Phoenix Online, and on the Omicron Delta Advisory Board. She is a member of the Wisconsin Nurses Association, Sigma Theta Tau, the American Nurses Association, Wisconsin Board of Nursing, Administrators of Nursing Education of Wisconsin (ANEW) Deans and Directors, and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Deans and Directors.

Crum has participated in medical missions trips to Uganda and Chad, Africa; Puerto Maldonado, Peru; Haiti, Dominican Republic; and has served for many years as camp nurse for Southland Christian Camp in Ringgold, Louisiana; Camp Joy in Whitewater, Wisconsin; and Maranatha Baptist Bible College Summer Camps.

“It is a great privilege to work with the nursing faculty who desire to continue the tradition of quality in the Division of Nursing here at BJU,” said Crum. “I look forward to learning from their experience while contributing from the wealth of experiences God has provided me throughout my career.”

Flags at Half-Staff at Bob Jones University

GREENVILLE, S.C. (September 15, 2017) — At the request of South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster, flags at Bob Jones University will be flown at half-staff from sunup until at least noon in observance of POW/MIA Recognition Day.




Shoe to Serve as Assistant Professor of Studio Art at BJU

Ross Shoe

GREENVILLE, S.C. (September 14, 2017) – Ross Shoe will return to Bob Jones University as Assistant Professor and Department Head of Studio Art in the School of Fine Arts and Communication this fall.

“We are excited that God has led Ross Shoe back to the Art & Design faculty after a brief hiatus away,” said Dr. Darren Lawson, dean of the School of Fine Arts and Communication at BJU. “Ross is an exceptional artist and teacher, and our students will benefit greatly from his expertise and pedagogy.”

Shoe earned a BFA (2008) from BJU and an MFA (2011) from the Academy of Art University in Painting.

Shoe previously served at BJU as an assistant professor of Studio Art and taught various courses in painting, drawing, illustration, and art appreciation.

Shoe has done a variety of commissioned pieces for several private owners as well as larger organizations such as Toccoa Falls College, Akey’s Inc., and Iams Corporation. He has also participated in a number of group and solo exhibitions in South Carolina at the Anderson Arts Center, Center for the Arts in Rock Hill, Art Crossing in Greenville, Spartanburg Library, and BJU. He has also participated in exhibits at the Radius Gallery in Missoula, Montana, and the Buffalo Jump Gallery in Stevensville, Montana.

“Having taught at BJU in the past, I am looking forward to the opportunity to reconnect with students and peers as I serve on the faculty once again,” says Shoe. “I feel as though I am returning with a fresh perspective, ready to teach the skills necessary in my field but also grow in my faith alongside this truly amazing group of believers.”

Shoe will also serve as the Framing & Exhibition coordinator for BJU’s Studio Art program and will be teaching courses ranging from Painting to Directed Studies and Professional Practices.

BJU Celebrates Homecoming and Family Weekend

GREENVILLE, S.C. (September 13, 2017) — Bob Jones University will welcome student and alumni families and friends from the Greenville community for Homecoming and Family Weekend Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 12 to 14. Most events will take place on the BJU campus.

Check-in begins at 8 a.m. in the BJU Welcome Center on Thursday. Activities on Thursday include a golf outing at 1 p.m., a parent and family reception at 3:30 p.m., and the Classroom Connection, which will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, offering guests an opportunity to experience a variety of BJU classes. A Homecoming Concert Thursday evening at 7 p.m. in Rodeheaver Auditorium (RA) will feature the BJU Symphonic Wind Band and guest soloist and BJU alumnus, Daniel Birnschein (trumpet).

Friday’s events include the Alumni and Parent Appreciation Chapel in Founder’s Memorial Amphitorium (FMA) at 11 a.m., campus tours from 1 to 4 p.m., an author talk in Levinson Hall followed by a book signing in the Student Mall at 2 p.m., a college success seminar in Levinson Hall at 3 p.m., a fine arts benefit concert in War Memorial Chapel at 4:30 p.m., alumni reception and reunion dinner, and Twenty Eight Steps, a Theatre Arts production in Stratton Hall at 7 p.m. Back by popular demand, the Bruins Family Game Show will be held in RA at 8:30 p.m. Society scrimmage games will be played from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on the athletic fields and the Bruins women’s volleyball team will play Johnson and Wales University at 7 p.m. in the Davis Field House where, at 10 p.m., a student pep rally will end the day’s events.

Saturday’s activities begin with the Museum & Gallery basement sale at 8 a.m., the Bruin Nation 5k Family Race at 8:30 a.m., and the Unusual Films Memorabilia Sale at 9 a.m. The second annual U.Day, an educational street fair for alumni and community families, will take place on BJU’s front campus from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and the Museum & Gallery Maker’s Market will be in the Student Center from 10 to 6 p.m., giving guests the opportunity to shop from a variety of handmade art, crafts and designs by BJU graduates, faculty and students.

President Steve Pettit and administrators will update guests on current university initiatives in Stratton Hall at 11 a.m. This event will include a question and answer session.

Other events that morning/afternoon include a variety of youth sports clinics, several affinity reunions, and a Patch the Pirate Concert in RA at 2 p.m.

Intercollegiate soccer kicks off at 4 p.m. when the Bruins face off against Trinity Baptist College in Alumni Stadium, the women’s game at 4 p.m. followed by the men’s match at 7 p.m. During the games, families can enjoy the Bruins BBQ Bash at the Activity Center and the Bruin Village with inflatables, carnival type games, and Bruin photo opportunities.

The full schedule of events is available at

Bob Jones University Ranked by U.S. News and World Report

GREENVILLE, S.C. (September 12, 2017) – In its 2018 Best Colleges Rankings, U.S. News and World Report recognized Bob Jones University as one of the Best Regional Universities and as the seventh Best Value Regional University in the South.

With the June 2017 announcement of membership in the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, BJU became eligible for the first time to be considered for U.S. News and World Report rankings.

“For years, BJU has offered an affordable, high-quality Christian liberal arts education,” said BJU President Steve Pettit. “In our first year as a regionally accredited institution, we’re pleased to have been recognized by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top regional universities in the South—and as one offering best value.”

Among the Best Regional Universities in the South rankings, five private Christian colleges in South Carolina were ranked including Columbia International University, BJU, Anderson University, North Greenville University and Charleston Southern University.

Three South Carolina universities were ranked as Best Value Regional Universities in the South including Coastal Carolina University (2), BJU (7) and Converse College (10).

Located in Greenville, South Carolina, Bob Jones University provides an outstanding regionally accredited Christian liberal arts education purposely designed to inspire a lifelong pursuit of learning, loving and leading.

BJU provides over 100 undergraduate and graduate programs in religion, education, fine arts and communication, arts and science, and business.

BJU has nearly 3,000 students from nearly every state and more than 40 countries. We are committed to the truth of Scripture and to pursuing excellence in all we do.


McKinney to Serve as Assistant Professor of Biology at BJU

David McKinney

GREENVILLE, S.C. (September 11, 2017) – Dr. David McKinney will join the Bob Jones University faculty in the College of Arts and Science this fall as Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology of the Natural Science Division. Previously, McKinney served as a teaching assistant for biological sciences at the University of Georgia.

“We’re thankful that Dr. McKinney, a graduate of BJU’s biology program, will be joining our natural science faculty this year,” says Dr. Renae Wentworth, dean of the College of Arts and Science. “Dr. McKinney brings to his faculty post not only outstanding credentials and expertise, but also an enthusiasm for his subject matter that is sure to inspire his students.”

McKinney earned a BS in Biology (2008) with a minor in chemistry and a MS in Counseling (2010) from BJU. He also earned an MS in Entomology (2011) from the University of Nebraska and a PhD in Entomology (2017) from the University of Georgia.

McKinney served as a lab instructor for human anatomy & physiology and general biology, a teaching assistant for biological science labs, and volunteered as a tutor for cell biology, general biology and chemistry at BJU. He also worked as a summer lab technician, student lab coordinator, and biology department lab assistant during his time at BJU.

McKinney has written numerous publications including his study of behavioral priming in jumping spiders and his research concerning how calcium influx enhances neropeptitde activation of ecdysteroid hormone production by mosquito ovaries.

McKinney has won numerous awards in his field and is a member of several professional organizations including the Entomology Society of America, South Carolina Entomology Society, Association for Biology Laboratory Education, University of Georgia H. O. Lund Club, and the American Arachnology Society.

“I am very excited to be teaching alongside some of the people who shaped my future when I was a student at BJU,” says McKinney. “I saw in the faculty then a longstanding purpose in glorifying God. Now, by God’s good and perfect grace, I find myself in this same position, preparing others to discern truth from error in a world nearly incapable of distinguishing empirical fact from philosophical fiction. It is my joy to serve among the many faithful witnesses here among the faculty, staff, and students of BJU.”

Watts to Serve as Instructor of Teacher Education at BJU

Paula Watts

GREENVILLE, S.C. (September 8, 2017) – Paula Watts will serve as Instructor in the Division of Teacher Education in the School of Education at Bob Jones University this fall. Watts previously served as a transition advisor in BJU’s Academic Resource Center and part-time instructor in the School of Education.

“Paula brings to our programs not just an understanding of technology but the practical integration of that technology within the teaching of content,” said Dr. Brian Carruthers, dean of the School of Education. “Her enthusiasm for using technology to enhance the teaching skills of our candidates will definitely prepare them for future opportunities.”

Watts earned a BS in Art Education (K-12) and an MED in Teaching and Learning from BJU in 2009 and 2011, respectively.

In addition to her work at BJU, Watts previously served as a technology specialist educator at Beck Academy in Greenville, where she taught Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) to sixth through eighth grade students.

Watts also served as an instructor at Marshall University and as an art educator at Huntington High School and Enslow Middle School in Huntington, West Virginia.

Watts is a member of the Americans for the Arts, Arts Education Partnership, Huntington Museum of Art and the West Virginia Art Education Association. She has given presentations for the South Carolina Association of Christian Schools, Greenville County Schools, Cabell County Schools (Huntington, West Virginia), and the Museum and Gallery at Heritage Green in Greenville.

“I am excited to teach educational technology in the Division of Teacher Education at BJU,” said Watts. “Technology impacts learning and our ability to educate others, and this is a unique opportunity to share the tools of educational technology with the next generation of educators.”

Watts’ husband, Dr. Jeremy Watts, serves as Division Chair of the Division of Teacher Education in the School of Education.

Casarow to Serve as Associate Professor of Business Management at BJU

Steve Casarow

GREENVILLE, S.C. (September 7, 2017) – Dr. Stephen D. Casarow will join the Bob Jones University faculty this fall as an Associate Professor in the Division of Business Management in the School of Business. Casarow previously served as an HR and Quality Assurance Manager at Metalcraft Services of Tampa, Florida.

“Steve comes to us with deep experience and great enthusiasm for teaching and ministering to students,” said Mike Buiter, dean of the School of Business at BJU. “We are looking forward to having him on our team.”

Casarow earned a BBA (1982) from Georgia State University and an MBA (1996) from the University of Phoenix in Business Administration. Casarow also earned a DBA in Management (2012) from Argosy University in Nashville, Tennessee.

Previously, Casarow served as an Adjunct Instructor of Business for Maranatha Baptist University in Watertown, Wisconsin, and Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tennessee. He also served as an Adjunct Professor, Assistant Professor of Business, and Associate Professor of Business and Management Information Systems for Clearwater Christian College in Clearwater, Florida.

Casarow has taught a variety of courses in management principles, financial management, organizational behavior, securities and investments, advanced computer applications, systems analysis and design, data communications and networks, and business communications.

Casarow is the owner of CSA Consulting Services, which specializes in IT consulting services, software training and network support. Dr. Casarow‘s wife, Dr. Pattye Casarow, serves as an associate professor in the Division of Music at BJU.

“I’m grateful for God’s leading in our lives to bring us to BJU and I’m excited to join the School of Business faculty,” says Casarow, “In today’s world, there are many opportunities to integrate faith and business. My prayer for my students is that they will not only learn how to make a living but also learn how to live by the guiding light of Scripture.”

Bob Jones University to Commemorate 9/11

GREENVILLE, S.C. (September 6, 2017) – On the sixteenth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Bob Jones University will commemorate the 2,977 lives lost on Sept. 11, 2001, with a display of American flags at the front of campus.

“Sixteen years have passed since that fateful day in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Shanksville, Pennsylvania, which forever changed our country and the world,” said BJU President Steve Pettit. “It is my hope that these displays will in a small way help us remember and honor those who lost their lives that horrific day.”

BJU students will set up the flags near the Wade Hampton Boulevard entrance to the campus. Each flag will represent one of the 2,977 victims—from 115 countries—who perished in the 2001 terrorist attacks. The students will begin assembling the display Thursday, Sept. 7, and it will remain in place through the morning of Thursday, Sept. 14.

On Thursday, Sept. 7, through Friday, Sept. 8, and on Monday, Sept. 11, through Thursday, Sept. 14, the public is invited to view the piece of steel girder from the North Tower of the World Trade Center in the lobby of the Welcome Center, located near the Wade Hampton Boulevard entrance to the campus. The lobby is open each weekday from 7:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.