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BJU Student Named as 2013 GE-Reagan Scholarship Recipient

Marie BellGreenville, S.C. (May 23, 2013) – Marie Bell, a rising college freshman who will attend Bob Jones University this fall, was recently selected as a 2013 GE-Reagan Foundation Scholar. Marie, of Hampton, GA, is one of only 20 exceptional leaders who received the honor from among more than 11,000 candidates across the country.

The GE-Reagan Foundation scholarship honors the legacy of our nation’s 40th president and provides $10,000 annually ─ up to $40,000 ─ toward the pursuit of a bachelor’s degree. Recipients are chosen based on their demonstration of exemplary leadership, drive, integrity and civic commitment.

As an award recipient, Marie will join the other 19 honorees for a Scholar’s Retreat in Simi Valley, Calif. on June 23-26 where they will tour the Ronald Reagan Library, engage with their peers and attend a formal awards ceremony.

In addition, Bob Jones University awarded Marie the BJU Legacy Scholarship and the Academic Excellence and Leadership Award.


Ethan Holmes Wins First Place in Piano Competition

Ethan Holmes

Ethan Holmes

Greenville, SC (May 14, 2013) – Ethan Holmes, a 2013 Bob Jones University graduate from Hastings, MI, received first place in the 2013 Richardson Collegiate Piano Competition in Lansing, Mich. Ethan, along with a two other finalists – an undergraduate from the University of Michigan and a graduate student from Michigan State ─ played a full-length recital for the finals. He received a cash award of $1,500.

Ethan received his BMus in Piano Performance on Fri., May 3.

Ethan Simpson Wins Third Place in National Vocal Competition

Ethan Simpson

Ethan Simpson

Greenville, SC (May 14, 2013) – Ethan Simpson, a 2013 Bob Jones University graduate from Blue Springs, MO, received third place in the 2013 Hal Leonard Vocal Competition. The competition, the only event of its kind for singers up to the ages of 23, is held through YouTube video entries. Ethan competed in the Art Song category for College/University Voices (undergraduates), ages 18-23, and received a cash prize.

Hal Leonard Corporation launched the innovative concept of a serious music competition for voice students comprised entirely of YouTube video entries in 2011.

The required repertoire was largely drawn from art song and musical theatre literature.

Videos of the 2013 competition may be viewed here. 

Ethan received his BMus in Voice Performance on Fri., May 3.

Ben Schipper Wins National ADDY Award

Benjamin Schipper

Ben Schipper

Greenville, SC (May 14, 2013) – Bob Jones University announced today that Ben Schipper, a 2013 Bob Jones University graduate, won a National ADDY® Award.

Schipper’s entry titled, The Dare Sir Henry Willum Took, initially won a gold award in the Greenville, S.C. ADDY® Awards competition. It earned another gold award at the district competition and advanced to the national competition.

The ADDY® Awards Competition is a three-tiered national competition conducted annually by the American Advertising Federation. The ADDY® Awards Competition is the advertising industry’s largest and most representative competition for both professional and student creative excellence.

Schipper has been invited to attend the national ADDY® Awards show at the Arizona Biltmore Hotel & Spa in Phoenix, Ariz. on the evening of June 8, which is held in conjunction with The American Advertising Federation National Conference, ADMERICA!

 Ben Schipper received his BFA in Studio Art on Fri., May 3.

2013 Bob Jones University Vintage Yearbook Dedicated to Beneth Jones

Beneth Jones

Beneth Jones

Greenville, S.C. (April 30, 2013) – The Bob Jones University (BJU) Vintage staff announced today the 2013 yearbook has been dedicated to Beneth Jones, who has impacted countless people as a teacher, actress, director and author during her 54 years of service at BJU.

Jones earned a BA in speech interpretation in 1959 and completed an MA in 1961 both from BJU.  She married Dr. Bob Jones III, the university’s current chancellor, in December 1959, and is a role model for students and women around the world.

Drawing from personal experience and years of Bible study, Jones regularly speaks at women’s conferences, inspiring women in their diverse avenues of ministry and counseling those who are hurting.

An accomplished actor, Jones has performed in a number of roles with BJU Classic Players, including Lady Macbeth in Macbeth, Roxane in Cyrano de Bergerac and Juliet in Romeo and Juliet.  She has also directed and designed costumes for a number of Classic Player productions.

She may be best known for the thirteen books she authored that employ humor and down-to-earth illustrations to exhort the reader to be faithful and godly.

Chetta and Brondyke Named As NCCAA Academic All Americans

Greenville, S.C. (April 29, 2013) – Bob Jones University today announced Abby Chetta, a junior orchestral performance major from Greenville, S.C., and Evan Brondyke, a junior Health, Fitness and Recreation major from Rocky Mount, N.C., were named to the National Christian College Athletic Association’s (NCCAA) Academic All American team.

“I’m proud of the efforts of Abby and Evan and am pleased the NCCAA honored two of our basketball players,” said Neal Ring, BJU athletic director.  “They are solid leaders – both in the classroom and on the court. I look forward to great things from both of them next season.”

Chetta and Brondyke are part of a select few student-athletes from across the country to be honored as Academic All Americans. Both are guards on their respective basketball teams.   To qualify for this award, student-athletes must maintain a 3.5 GPA.

As a Division I university in the NCCAA, BJU Bruins compete in soccer and basketball. Beginning this fall, BJU will also compete in cross country.

BJU Names Solomon As Its 2013 Distinguished Servant

Betty SolomonGreenville, S.C. (April 22, 2013) – The Bob Jones University Alumni Association recently recognized Betty Solomon with its Distinguished Servant Award. Solomon has been teaching English, journalism and communications at BJU since 1978.

Solomon received a BS degree in English Education from BJU in 1978.  She also earned a MEd in English from BJU in 1980 and a MA in Journalism from the University of South Carolina in 1993. 

Throughout her career at BJU, Solomon served as a faculty advisor to the Vintage staff, as a copy editor for BJU Press and was instrumental in the development of BJU’s award-winning campus newspaper, The Collegian. 

Solomon also has written articles for Today’s Christian Teen, BJU Review, Voice of the Alumni and served as a general assignment writer at The Greenville News. She continues to devote herself to mentoring journalism students during both their four-year academic career as well as their post-graduation careers in media around the country.

Solomon is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and the Journalism Education Association and was selected for membership in the national journalism honor society Kappa Tau Alpha.

Bob Jones University to Present Shakespeare’s Macbeth

Shawn MacDonald as Lady Macbeth

Shawn MacDonald as Lady Macbeth

Greenville, S.C. (April 19, 2013) – Bob Jones University (BJU) will present one of William Shakespeare’s best known tragedies, “Macbeth,” in Rodeheaver Auditorium at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 1, and at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 2.  Directed by Ron Pyle, the production features Philip Eoute as Macbeth and Shawn MacDonald as Lady Macbeth.

“Macbeth” is the last of Shakespeare’s four great tragedies and one of his shortest, most concentrated plays.  A drama of vaulting ambition and overpowering conscience, it moves swiftly and inexorably from the mysterious opening appearance of the three witches on a foggy heath to Macbeth’s final desperate encounter with his nemesis, Macduff, on the battlefield.

Last performed at BJU in 2003, “Macbeth” will be performed for the eleventh time, dating back to its first performance in 1933.

The cast also features David Schwingle as Macduff, Christian Shockley as Malcolm, David Eoute, Jr. as Banquo, Paul Radford as Duncan, and Meagan Jones, Kaitlyn Chisholm and Katrina Case as the three witches.

Ticket prices are $30 for adults who wish to sit in the front sections and $25 for rear sections, and full time student tickets are $12 for all sections. The play is open to the public and tickets are available at or by calling (864) 770-1372.


BJU Appoints Still, Matthews to Key Leadership Posts

Greenville, S.C. (April 15, 2013) – Bob Jones University Executive Vice President for Operations Marshall Franklin announced Friday the appointment of Ken Still as Chief Financial Officer to replace John Matthews who will move full-time into his new role as Vice President for Advancement and Alumni Relations.

Ken Still, who most recently served as Vice President of Finance and Corporate Treasurer (CFO) for Aldersgate United Methodist Retirement Community in Charlotte, N.C., will assume responsibility for the primary day-to-day responsibility for planning, implementing, managing and controlling all financial and risk management operations of Bob Jones University on May 27.

Still earned his MBA from the University of Florida and holds a BS in Accounting from BJU. He completed an advanced Kaiser-Permanente leadership program at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.  He is also a certified public accountant and a member of Bible Baptist Church in Matthews, N.C.

“Ken is a forward-minded leader,” said Marshall Franklin. “He understands process improvement and is gifted in providing the financial perspective necessary to develop an informed strategy.  I am confident Ken will make a significant difference here at BJU now and in the future.”

Prior to his most recent position, Still served as Vice President of Finance & Corporate Controller, Interim CFO, Group Controller – Treasury, and Director of Accounting with SantaFe HealthCare, Inc. and as a senior auditor with Arthur Andersen & Company.

John Matthews, who has been concurrently serving as Chief Financial Officer, Vice President for Finance and Vice President for Advancement and Alumni Relations since December, will now devote his full focus to improving communication and increasing engagement with our alumni as Vice President for Advancement and Alumni Relations.

Matthews earned his MBA from Clemson University in 1996 and holds a BS in Professional Accounting from BJU. Mr. Matthews is a licensed certified public accountant and worked at Ernst & Young for 2 years before joining the BJU accounting faculty and later becoming the assistant chief financial officer.  Matthews is a deacon at Faith Baptist Church in Taylors.

“This is a mission critical role and it requires someone who can build relationships and trust across generations of BJU alumni”, said Franklin. “John is clearly one of the most effective relationship builders I’ve ever met.  This position allows him the ability to further alumni relations and bolster advancement.”

Kevin Delp Elected as Vice President of SCASFAA

Kevin Delp

Kevin Delp

Kevin Delp, Director of Financial Aid, was elected Vice President of the South Carolina Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (SCASFAA) during their recent statewide convention.

The vice president oversees the Professional Development Committee of the organization and manages two statewide events – The New Aid Officers Workshop in the fall and the Leadership Symposium in the spring.  With the constant changes in the world of student financial aid, it is imperative to have the support structure available to all financial aid administrators in South Carolina.

In addition to being elected as Vice President, Kevin also received their exclusive “Emerging Leader Award”.