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Bob Jones University to Display Pinwheel Garden

GREENVILLE, S.C. (April 4, 2018) – Bob Jones University will display pinwheel gardens at the Wade Hampton Boulevard entrance during the month of April in honor of Child Abuse Awareness Month.

Since 2008, the bright blue pinwheel has served as the national symbol of child abuse prevention as it symbolizes a happy and healthy childhood. This is the fourth year BJU has participated in this nationwide event.

Students from the School of Education and BJU Bruins student athletes will plant the gardens at BJU Wednesday, April 11. The gardens will remain in place until Friday, April 27.

“Child abuse has lasting negative influences on a child’s life,” said Dalila McCrum, program coordinator for Early Childhood Education in BJU’s Division of Teacher Education. “We as a community can work together to bring awareness to encouraging healthy development of children.”

In addition, Dr. Julie Hartman, professor of teacher education at BJU, will facilitate training sessions in Darkness to Light’s “Stewards of Children,” a child sexual abuse awareness and prevention program, for BJU students Thursday, April 5, and Wednesday, April 11.

BJU to Host National AACS Competition

GREENVILLE, S.C. (April 3, 2018) – Bob Jones University will host nearly 2,000 students for the annual American Association of Christian Schools’ (AACS) national competition April 10-12.

“We are excited to welcome these talented high school students to our campus for the AACS competition again this year,” said BJU President Steve Pettit. “BJU is dedicated to promoting a culture of excellence in everything we do, and we look forward to interacting with so many Christian young people who share that dedication.”

Students in grades 7-12 from nearly 200 schools from over 30 states across the nation will compete in a series of competitions in music, Bible, art, academic testing, speech and drama.

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

Bob Jones University to Participate in BJU Together Service Day

GREENVILLE, S.C. (April 2, 2018) – Bob Jones University students, faculty, staff and alumni will participate in the BJU Together Service Day Saturday, April 7.

The service day will span to seven locations across Greenville County including the Ronald McDonald House, Miracle Hill Greenville Rescue Mission, Miracle Hill Overcomer’s Center, Miracle Hill Men’s Transition Housing, Miracle Hill Shepherd’s Gate, Greenville Children’s Hospital, and the American Red Cross.

“The BJU Together Service Day is an excellent opportunity for the BJU family to reach out to our Greenville-area community and demonstrate the love of Christ to our neighbors,” said BJU President Steve Pettit. “Service days such as this allow us to recognize and appreciate the collective effort that goes into making the BJU experience of learning, loving and leading a possibility.”

The service day is a part of BJU Together Week, a week-long series of events and activities designed to educate the BJU campus community about the importance of philanthropy and show appreciation to current University donors.

BJU Hosts Masterclass with Dr. Mary Kathryn Brewer

Dr. Mary Kathryn Brewer

GREENVILLE, S.C. (March 30, 2018) – The Bob Jones University Division of Music will host vocalist Dr. Mary Kathryn Brewer Friday, April 6, at 5 p.m. in War Memorial Chapel. Dr. Brewer will present a voice recital titled “Common Dramatic Elements and Approaches within Verdi Art Songs and Arias,” followed by a voice masterclass on Saturday, April 7, from 10 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Dr. Brewer earned a BA from Anderson University, an MA from Bowling Green State University, and a DA from Ball State University in voice performance. Brewer currently teaches voice and related subjects at Anderson, Ball State, and Taylor University.

Brewer has performed across Indiana and the Midwest and has been a featured soloist with the Anderson Symphony Orchestra, the Anderson Symphonic Choir, the Muncie Masterworks Chorale, and both the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra.

In addition, Brewer has performed in a variety of operatic roles, including Felice in Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari’s “School for Fathers,” Greta Fiorentino in Kurt Weill’s “Street Scene,” and Mrs. Ford in Otto Nicolai’s “Merry Wives of Windsor.” She has also performed with the Indianapolis Opera in their productions of Gounod’s “Faust,” Puccini’s “La Boheme,” and Verdi’s “La Traviata.”

“Dr. Brewer is a graceful performer with a rich, elegant, and powerful voice quality,” says Dr. Shellie Beeman, assistant professor of music at BJU. “She evidences a unique ability to pull her audience in as she excellently communicates the text of each piece.”

Both events are free and open to the public. Music educators, singers, and choral members are encouraged to attend.

Joshua Balasa Serves as Student Teacher for Wade Hampton High School

Joshua Balasa

GREENVILLE, S.C. (March 27, 2018) – Joshua Balasa, a senior mathematics education major at Bob Jones University, serves as a student teacher for Wade Hampton High School in Greenville, South Carolina.

Balasa, a resident of Middlebury, Indiana, works as a co-teacher by writing lesson plans, preparing class material, and co-teaching.

“Student teaching has been an invaluable way of preparing me for my future career,” said Balasa. “My mentor teacher has done an incredible job of helping me make wise decisions about each aspect of teaching.”

Stephen Hawkey Selected for NRO Summer Music Festival

Stephen Hawkey

GREENVILLE, S.C. (March 28, 2018) – Stephen Hawkey, a senior orchestral instrument performance major at Bob Jones University, was selected by the National Repertory Orchestra (NRO) to participate in the 2018 Summer Music Festival held throughout June and July in Breckenridge, Colorado.

The NRO Summer Music Festival is an eight week orchestra training experience that provides an opportunity for young musicians to gather invaluable experience playing a broad variety of orchestral works with world-renowned guest conductors from orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic, the Dallas Symphony, and the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Each year, the NRO auditions nearly 1,000 musicians between the ages of 18-29 in over 25 cities across the country to fill 88 tuition-free spots for the orchestra. Hawkey was selected to fill one of nine spots in the cello section.

A resident of Hendersonville, North Carolina, Hawkey currently performs as a member of the Greenville Symphony Orchestra, the BJU Symphony Orchestra, and the BJU Cello Choir. Previously, Hawkey participated in the Pacific Region International Summer Music Academy (PRISMA) and was also selected to perform with the NRO in 2016.

“I’m grateful that Stephen is returning to the NRO for a second season,” said Dr. Yuriy Leonovich of BJU’s music faculty. “I am confident that he will be among the cream of the crop of our country’s conservatory students.”

In addition, Sara Beam, a 2016 BJU graduate, and Caleb Cox, a 2015 BJU graduate, will participate in the festival. Cox will serve as principal viola and Beam will play in the violin section.


BJU Approved for Air Force and Army ROTC

GREENVILLE, S. C. (March 27, 2018) – Bob Jones University President Steve Pettit today announced that, beginning with the fall 2018 semester, BJU students will have opportunity to apply for enrollment in Air Force or Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC).

Earlier this month, BJU entered a crosstown partnership agreement with Air Force ROTC Detachment 770 hosted by Clemson University, making that ROTC program available to qualified BJU students. BJU joins Southern Wesleyan University, Tri-County Technical College and Anderson University, becoming the fourth crosstown partner in Clemson’s program.

“The cadre and cadets of Detachment 770 look forward to welcoming BJU students to our Cadet Wing this fall,” said Col. Keith Balts, Detachment Commander. “Our crosstown and host school cadets provide a diversified approach to the program and leadership opportunities as they pursue a commission in the U.S. Air Force.”

On March 22, BJU entered a similar agreement by which BJU students may enroll in Army ROTC hosted by Furman University. BJU joins North Greenville University as the second crosstown partner in Furman University’s Paladin Battalion.

“The Paladin Battalion is excited for the opportunity to include students from Bob Jones University into our program,” said U.S. Army Lt. Col. Ryan Forshee. “We educate, train and inspire leaders of character to fulfill a lifetime of service both in the Army and in their communities. The values of character and service are consistent with the BJU vision, and I am confident that this partnership will prove valuable for BJU, their students, the Paladin Battalion and the United States Army.”

“Providing the ROTC experience for BJU students has been a goal of mine since becoming president,” said Pettit. “These crosstown agreements provide our students a variety of options for military service, including military leadership as commissioned officers and active reserves, and they will gain superb leadership experience that aligns with our emphasis on leadership development.

“We are grateful to both Clemson University and Furman University for including BJU in their crosstown partnerships. I’m also thankful for the encouragement and assistance that Senators Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott, along with Congressmen Trey Gowdy and Jeff Duncan, provided during the process.”

BJU has seen a growing interest in ROTC. In the last five years, well over 200 prospective students and their parents have inquired about ROTC, and this academic year nearly 100 current students have talked with Air Force and Army recruiters on campus.

Bob Jones University to Launch New and Updated Academic Programs

GREENVILLE, S.C. (March 27, 2018) – Bob Jones University announced today that its Division of Music will launch four new degrees beginning this fall including a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science in Music, Bachelor of Science in Music and Church Ministries, Bachelor of Music Education and a Bachelor of Music in Composition.

Existing programs in performance are also being updated to include additional credits in applied music study, new experiential learning internships in the community, and a seminar focused on developing entrepreneurial skills and mindset for the 21st-century musician.

“The ability to identify market opportunities, create and manage a unique brand, and develop audiences is critical for composers and performers in today’s economy,” said Dr. Darren Lawson, dean of the School of Fine Arts and Communication. “These new courses will give our students a competitive edge in terms of professional success.”

Dr. Michael Moore, current head of the Department of Music Education, will become Chair of the Division of Music this summer.

Moore anticipates the new Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees will be attractive to students who show strong potential in music but are also interested in business, communications, arts administration, health sciences or ministry careers.

“The new music degree programs feature our strong BJU Core and a flexible music curriculum that together reflect the demands of the current workforce, economy, and ministry models,” Moore said. “Students and employers both recognize that the creativity and soft skills associated with music study bring unique value to an employee’s effectiveness in any field. These programs are a great platform for the student interested in music along with other disciplines.”

“The new Bachelor of Science degree in Music and Church Ministries is a great fit for students wanting to develop and implement a solid foundation of essential musicianship skills in a variety of ministry-related contexts,” said Dr. Fred Coleman, head of BJU’s Department of Church Music. The flexible program allows students to integrate their music training with Bible, pastoral ministry, worship, women’s ministries, youth ministry, Christian counseling, or cross-cultural studies.

More information about these programs will be provided in two identical 30-minute sessions Thursday, March 29, at 11:45 a.m. and 5 p.m. in Stratton Hall on the BJU campus. The meetings are open to the public.

Chuck Bentley to Speak at Bob Jones University

GREENVILLE, S.C. (March 26, 2018) – The Bob Jones University Business Association will host Chuck Bentley, CEO of Crown Financial Ministries, for a forum Monday, April 2, at 6:30 p.m. in Stratton Hall.

A graduate of Baylor University, Bentley travels throughout the world teaching biblical financial principles to church and business leaders. He writes and produces a daily radio broadcast heard on over 1,200 outlets in the United States and has appeared on television, radio and news outlets around the world.

In addition, Bentley serves as the founder and executive director of the Christian Economic Forum, an annual gathering of select marketplace leaders dedicated to improving the world through the advancement of ideas, with a focus on God’s economic principles. Bentley also serves on the board of Foundations for Farming, an initiative aimed at bringing transformation to individuals, communities and nations through sustainable agriculture.

Bentley is the author of several books, including “Money Problems,” “Marriage Solutions,” and “The Worst Financial Mistakes in the Bible, And How You Can Avoid Them.” He also serves as the executive producer of “God Provides™,” a film series used throughout the world in 30 languages with the potential to reach two billion oral and visual learners.

Following his presentation, Bentley will hold a question and answer session. The forum is free and open to the public. Registration is available here.

Sarah Stewart Interns for Redhype

Sarah Stewart

GREENVILLE, S.C. (March 23, 2018) – Sarah Stewart, a senior graphic design major at Bob Jones University, serves as an intern for Redhype Ad Agency in Greenville, South Carolina.

Stewart, a resident of Bloomington, Illinois, participates in virtual client meetings, works on design jobs and completes various projects for clients.

“My internship is extremely valuable to me because of the opportunity to use knowledge I learned in college to gain real world experience,” said Stewart.