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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.

BJU Students Present at 2017 Southeastern Undergraduate Research Conference

Paige Heiple and Lauren Watts

Paige Heiple and Lauren Watts

GREENVILLE, S.C. (February 3, 2017) –Bob Jones University students Paige Heiple and Lauren Watts presented an oral research paper entitled The Two-Step Hantzsch Thiazole Synthesis of Sphingosine Kinase Inhibitor II at the 2017 Southeastern Undergraduate Research Conference (SURC) conducted at the University of South Carolina Saturday, Jan. 28, in Columbia, South Carolina.

Watts, a resident of Greenville, South Carolina, and Heiple, a resident of Homer City, Pennsylvania, are both senior biochemistry and molecular biology majors at BJU. Their research was conducted during the summer of 2016 under the direction of Dr. Robert Lee in BJU’s Department of Chemistry and Physics in conjunction with Cayman Chemical located in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

“We were so glad to have Paige and Lauren in the first Chemistry RIU summer research program,” says Dr. Lee. “Their peer review and acceptance for oral presentation at the 2017 SURC was a fitting capstone for the project. It was an outstanding opportunity to interact with many excellent researchers and their mentors from all over.”

The SURC provides an ideal opportunity for undergraduate students to meet other students and faculty members engaged in chemistry and biochemistry research and to network with industrial and graduate school recruiters. Undergraduate students from schools in Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee were given the opportunity to present research and learn about cutting-edge advances in chemistry, biochemistry, and related fields.

Kirsten Davis Interns for Jeff Dezen Public Relations

Kirsten Davis

Kirsten Davis

GREENVILLE, S.C. (February 2, 2017) – Jeff Dezen Public Relations (JDPR) is pleased to announce the addition of  Kirsten Davis as one of the company’s Spring 2017 Executive Management Assistance Program (EMAP) interns.

Davis, a resident of Nazareth, Pennsylvania, will graduate in May 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication and a minor in Spanish from Bob Jones University. She recently interned with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices C. Dan Joyner, REALTORS as a marketing intern. She currently serves as a leader in the Spanish Language Hall program at BJU.

Information provided by Jeff Dezen Public Relations.

Micah Rea Selected to Attend National Prayer Breakfast

Micah Rea

Micah Rea

GREENVILLE, S.C. (February 1, 2017) – Micah Rea, a senior business administration major at Bob Jones University, has been selected to represent South Carolina at the 65th Annual National Prayer Breakfast with President Donald J. Trump. The breakfast takes place February 2 in Washington D.C.

Rea, a resident of Greenville, is one of 80 student leaders chosen from among 3,500 individuals in over 120 nations to attend the breakfast. Guests for the event include royalty, members of the European Parliament; United Nations diplomats; European, Asian, African and Latin American elected officials; religious leaders; and U.S. and foreign business leaders.

Rea’s leadership experience includes representing BJU at the South Carolina Student Leadership Forum in 2015, 2016, and 2017. Rea, who has a minor in aviation, is the founder and president of Upstate Aeronautics and Premier Wing Aviation. He is actively involved in the Greenville community through organizing multiple events with nationally acclaimed speakers, helping small aviation businesses grow, organizing community outreach projects, and building relationships with area leaders.

In addition to the National Prayer Breakfast, Rea will attend a student conference in Annapolis, Maryland, which will include keynote addresses by political leaders, group breakout sessions, panel discussions and more.