BJU Public Relations

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Flags at Half-Staff at Bob Jones University

GREENVILLE, S. C. (January 22, 2018) — Flags at Bob Jones University are flying at half-staff today at the request of South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster in tribute to Detective Michael R. Doty of the York County Sheriff’s Office, who died in the line of duty.

BJU Graduates Place in National Film Competition

GREENVILLE, S.C. (January 19, 2018) – Three Bob Jones University 2017 cinema production graduates recently placed in the Intercollegiate National Religious Broadcasters (iNRB) Student Production Awards Competition.

These awards are presented to undergraduate or graduate student members of iNRB for outstanding examples of radio, TV, and film productions. Entries are judged by media professionals in their field.

Luke Brubaker, a resident of Coatesville, Pennsylvania, received first place in narrative film. Brubaker’s film, Character Study, tells the story of a college student who must decide if saving his grade is worth doing homework with a girl he thinks he is too good for.

Candace Burkett, a resident of Greenville, Mississippi, received second place for her documentary. Burkett’s documentary, Shaped by God, is about a man named Michael who grew up in communist East Germany. Throughout his life, Michael must overcome many difficult trials that continually test his faith in God.

Abby Cole, a resident of Land O’ Lakes, Florida, received third place for narrative film. Cole’s film, Waking the Sleepers, is about an unknown disease that sweeps throughout the world, causing people to become lifeless shells of themselves. The story follows a tenacious inventor determined to prove that the victims are worth saving.

“It’s exciting to see our students being rewarded for their hard work and creative talent,” says Sharyn Robertson, the department head of the BJU Cinema Department. “These films are a culmination of almost two years of work and we are very proud of what they have accomplished.”

This year’s competition marked the fifth year BJU senior cinema students have submitted capstone film projects to the iNRB competition. BJU students have placed in the competition four out of five years.

BJU students will compete in the annual iNRB 24 Hour Film Challenge held February 27-28 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Bob Jones University Receives Two Gifts Totaling $1.8 Million

GREENVILLE, S.C. (January 18, 2018) – Bob Jones University President Steve Pettit announced today the receipt of two large gifts to BJU totaling $1.8 million.

These gifts were received from parents of graduates who wish to remain anonymous in appreciation for what their children received at BJU.

“2017 was a fantastic year for development at BJU,” said Pettit. “2018 is shaping up to be an even better year. I’m so thankful for these individuals who have made these donations to help BJU continue to provide an affordable, regionally accredited Christian liberal arts education to more students across our nation and the world.”

Funds will be used for student scholarships, as well as to help fund several strategic initiatives focused on the expansion of academic programs and the overall student experience at BJU.

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 offers 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.


Bob Jones University Welcomes C-SPAN Bus to Campus

GREENVILLE, S.C. (January 18, 2018) – Bob Jones University welcomes the C-SPAN Bus, a high-tech, interactive, 45-foot customized motor coach, to our campus Tuesday, Jan. 23, from 12:30—2:30 p.m. as part of C-SPAN’s “50 Capitals Tour.”

C-SPAN welcomes students, faculty, community members, and elected officials to visit the bus and engage in interactive demonstrations of C-SPAN’s various public service resources. In addition, C-SPAN will gather video responses from visitors as part of its “Voices from the States,” providing visitors an opportunity to share viewpoints on state issues and feedback to Washington leaders regarding local concerns.

The bus will stop at Bob Jones University, in front of Rodeheaver Auditorium, from 12:30—2:30 p.m.

The bus includes upgraded resources such as access to an exclusive interactive experience available on 11 large-screen tablets featuring C-SPAN programming and various political and educational resources; a smart TV and classroom area for conversations with students and teachers; a high-definition TV production studio for taped and live programming; a 360-degree video station featuring C-SPAN’s coverage of high-profile events and behind-the-scenes tours of U.S. landmarks; and a D.C.-themed selfie station where visitors can share their C-SPAN Bus experience through social media.

In its “50 Capitals Tour,” the bus visits local schools and colleges in each state. Students and teachers will learn about C-SPAN’s national documentary competition, StudentCam. Awarding $100,000 in prize-money, the competition challenges students in sixth through twelfth grades to produce a 5- to 7-minute documentary using C-SPAN video to explore a local or national issue of importance. This year’s theme is “The Constitution and You” and asks students to choose any provision of the U.S. Constitution and illustrate its importance to them.

Additionally, C-SPAN representatives will talk with college students about internship opportunities available with the network.



Bob Jones University to Host Three-Part Conference Series

GREENVILLE, S.C. (January 17, 2018) – Bob Jones University will host a three-part spring conference series Feb. 12-16 on the BJU campus.

The series kicks off Monday, Feb. 12 with the “STAND Education Conference,” a one-day conference for teens featuring Hobby Lobby President Steve Green. The STAND (Sound Teaching About Navigating Decisions) Conference will encourage students in grades 7–12 to think about making decisions with character and purpose based on biblical principles.

Feb. 12–13, the BJU Seminary will host its annual CoRE (Connect. Renew. Equip.) Conference focusing on theological and ministry topics of concern to the church.  This year’s conference will examine God’s perspective on how man’s problems should be classified and treated in light of Scripture, psychology and medicine.

Speakers for the CoRE Conference include Jeremy Lelek, president of the Association of Biblical Counselors, and Dan and Pam Gannon, certified biblical counselors and medical professionals. Capt. Steve Brown, with over 30 years in Navy and Marine Corps chaplain positions, will conduct a workshop on ministering to PTSD sufferers, and Jim Newcomer, pastor and biblical counseling trainer, will present several pre-conference workshops on the definition of and preparation for biblical counseling. BJU Seminary faculty Dr. Jim Berg and Dr. Greg Mazak will also present conference sessions and workshops.

BJU President Steve Pettit will preach the opening service for “Revive Us Again: Bible Conference 2018” Tuesday, Feb. 13, at 7 p.m. Other Bible Conference services will be held Wednesday through Friday at 10 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. daily. On Thursday afternoon, participants may select from a number of workshops.

Other Bible Conference speakers include Aaron Coffey of Coffey Ministries; Mark Minnick, BJU Seminary faculty member and senior pastor of Mount Calvary Baptist Church, Greenville; Les Ollila, director of Building Great Leaders; Kevin Schaal, senior pastor of Northwest Valley Baptist Church, Glendale, Arizona; and Armen Thomassian, pastor of Calgary Free Presbyterian Church, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

All conference events are free and open to the public. More information and registration is available at,, and

BJU to Host 46th Annual High School Invitational Tournament

GREENVILLE, S.C. (January 16, 2018) – Bob Jones University will host 16 teams from around the country to compete in the 46th Annual BJU Bruins High School Invitational Basketball Tournament Jan. 23-26 in the Davis Field House.

“This is our 46th year of hosting a high school basketball invitational tournament, and we are excited to give students from across the country a chance to experience campus life at BJU, enjoy our facilities, and compete in the sport they love,” said BJU Bruins Athletics Director Dr. Neal Ring.

The tournament will showcase eight men’s teams and eight women’s teams from South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Michigan and Indiana. Over 250 student athletes will compete over the course of three days.

This year’s tournament will feature Hampton Park Christian School (Greenville, South Carolina), Creekside Christian Academy (McDonough, Georgia), Calvary Baptist Academy (Midland, Michigan), Crosspointe Christian Academy (Indianapolis, Indiana), Colonial Christian School (Indianapolis, Indiana), Statesville Christian Academy (Statesville, North Carolina), Greenville Christian Academy (Greenville, North Carolina) and Bob Jones Academy (Greenville, South Carolina).

For more information about the tournament schedule, visit

Dr. Jeremiah Deang to Serve as Assistant Professor of Engineering at BJU

GREENVILLE, S.C. (January 12, 2018) – Dr. Jeremiah Deang will join the Bob Jones University faculty this January as an assistant professor in the department of engineering in the Division of Natural Science in the College of Arts and Science.

“Dr. Deang brings to his faculty position not only outstanding credentials but a desire to instill in his students a passion for engineering,” said Dr. Renae Wentworth, dean of the College of Arts and Science. “We are grateful that he will be joining our engineering faculty this semester.”

Deang earned a BS (2011) and a PhD (2017) in Mechanical Engineering from Mississippi State University.

Deang previously served as a co-op engineer for SABIC Innovative Plastics in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, and as a graduate research assistant at the Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems at Mississippi State University. He has co-authored several publications and is a recipient of the Bagley College of Engineering Fellowship.

In addition to his professional work, Deang is an active member in his church and serves as a worship leader, youth group leader, and small group Bible study leader. Deang and his wife Amina have two daughters.

“I am very excited to join the BJU family and to learn under and serve alongside the faculty,” said Dr. Deang. “My desire in coming to BJU is to build relationships with students and to teach engineering with a biblical worldview.”

BJU offers a BS in engineering with three concentrations: mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and computer engineering. Approximately 100 students are currently enrolled in the program.

Bob Jones University to Participate in MLK Day of Service

GREENVILLE, S.C. (January 11, 2018) – Bob Jones University students, faculty and staff will participate in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service Monday, Jan. 15.

“This day of service empowers individuals, strengthens communities, bridges barriers and creates solutions to social problems,” said BJU President Steve Pettit.  “Hundreds of thousands of Americans each year engage in projects to positively impact their communities. As Christians, our desire is to lovingly serve our Greenville-area community and open doors for Gospel witness.”

In announcing this year’s initiatives, Pettit encouraged students, faculty and staff to join him in serving. This year’s goal is to have at least 300 BJU students, faculty and staff serving the greater Greenville community. Last year, students provided more than 750 hours of work on MLK Day.

This year, students are expanding their service to 11 different locations across Greenville County including the Phillis Wheatley Center, Miracle Hill Overcomers Center, the Greenville Rescue Mission, Shepherd’s Gate, Miracle Hill Children’s Home, Miracle Hill Boys Shelter, Meals on Wheels, the Greenville County Juvenile Detention Center, Rebuild Upstate, the Ronald McDonald House and Greer Relief.



Lisa Arnold to Serve as Assistant Professor of Nursing at Bob Jones University

Lisa Arnold

GREENVILLE, S.C. (January 10, 2018) – Lisa Arnold will serve as assistant professor in the division of nursing in the College of Arts and Science at Bob Jones University starting in the spring 2018 semester which begins in January. Arnold previously served as the nursing lab coordinator and as an adjunct clinical instructor at BJU.

“Mrs. Arnold has been doing a wonderful job working with our nursing students in a non-faculty capacity for some time now, so we are especially thrilled she will be joining the nursing faculty this semester,” said Dr. Renae Wentworth, dean of the College of Arts and Science. “She is a great asset to the nursing division, and she will now be able to have an even greater impact in her new faculty role.”

Arnold earned a BS in Nursing (1984) from BJU and a MS in Nursing Education (2018) from Chamberlain University in Downers Grove, Illinois.

Arnold has served as a nurse for over 30 years in a variety of clinical and educational settings. Arnold worked as a staff nurse at W. J. Barge Memorial Hospital and St. Francis Hospital in Greenville and at Anderson Memorial Hospital in Anderson. She also served as the assistant head nurse at St. Francis Hospital.

In addition, Arnold is a member of the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL), the Carolinas Healthcare Simulation Alliance, and the Harvard School of Public Health Nurse’s Healthy Study. Arnold also serves on the medical safety team at Faith Baptist Church in Taylors.

“In working at BJU for the last six years, I have developed a love for students and a desire to continue the high quality education I received as a BJU BSN graduate,” said Arnold. “I am excited to expand my role at the Division of Nursing and am passionate about preparing today’s students to become excellent nurses, demonstrating Christ’s love in their service. I am truly honored to serve with such a great nursing faculty.”

Dr. Wencong Lai to Serve as Assistant Professor of Engineering at BJU

GREENVILLE, S.C. (January 8, 2018) – Dr. Wencong Lai will serve as assistant professor in Bob Jones University’s department of engineering in the Division of Natural Science in the College of Arts and Science beginning in the spring 2018 semester.

“We are greatly looking forward to Dr. Lai’s joining the engineering faculty this semester,” said Dr. Renae Wentworth, dean of the College of Arts and Science. “Our students will benefit immensely from Dr. Lai’s knowledge and expertise, as well as from his extensive research experience.”

Lai earned a BE (2008) in water conservancy and hydropower engineering from Huazhong University of Science and Technology in China and both an MS (2010) and PhD (2012) in Civil Engineering from Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina.

Lai previously served as a teaching assistant, research assistant and post-doctoral fellow at Clemson University as well as a post-doctoral research associate at the University of Wyoming.

Dr. Lai has made several conference presentations and co-authored numerous publications including a book in 2014 titled Modeling Shallow Water Flows Using the Discontinuous Galerkin Method (CRC Press). He is a member of the American Geophysical Union and the American Society of Civil Engineers.

“I am excited about this new chapter of life at BJU and the opportunities to serve on a campus committed to academic and spiritual development,” said Dr. Lai.

Dr. Lai and his wife Tingting welcomed twin daughters in August and currently live in Central, South Carolina.

BJU offers a BS in engineering with three concentrations: mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and computer engineering. Approximately 100 students are currently enrolled in the program.