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Classic Paintings Come to Life at Bob Jones University

Living Gallery Drama 2013GREENVILLE, S.C. (April 8, 2014) – Now in its 17th year of telling the gospel story through breath-taking living displays of art, the annual Living Gallery at Bob Jones University has become an Upstate Easter tradition.  Programs will be in Rodeheaver Auditorium April 17-19 at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. with an additional program April 19 at 2 p.m.

You will be challenged and inspired by the drama, music and the life-size re-creations of masterpieces brought to life with live human models.

This year’s Living Gallery drama is set 500 years before the coming of Jesus Christ. Jerusalem is in ruins–conquered by the Babylonians. Only a remnant of believing Jews clings to the promise of a Messiah who will one day rescue them from bondage and free them from their sin.

“The program highlights the Old Testament prophecies of this Messiah, and illustrates their fulfillment in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ,” says Director David Eoute, Jr. “This year’s production features three new works of art, including Sébastian Bourdon’s Moses and the Brazen Serpent and Jocapo Bassano’s Crucifixion. “

Tickets are $11 for adults and $9 for children ages 6-12. Tickets may be purchased at the BJU Programs and Production box office from noon to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday, online through or by calling (864) 770-1372 from noon – 5 p.m.

The Museum and Gallery at Bob Jones University is open for extended hours, 2-7 p.m., on Living Gallery performance days. Tickets to the Living Gallery provide free admission to both M&G sites at Bob Jones University and at Heritage Green on April 17-19.


BJU Fine Arts Calendar – April 7 – 14

Monday, March 24—Monday, April 7, Exhibition Corridor, Sargent Art Building

This exhibition features examples from the graphic design majors’ senior portfolios and internships.

Monday, April 7, 5:00 p.m., War Memorial Chapel

The String Faculty will celebrate the music of Dr. Dwight Gustafson. The program will feature his four-movement string quartet, “Songs of the Kings,” and several of his string solo compositions and arrangements.

Monday, April 7, 7:00 p.m., Fine Arts 224

Steven Chambers, piano, will present his minor recital.

Tuesday, April 8—Thursday, April 10, Exhibition Corridor, Sargent Art Building

This exhibition displays the works of art finalists competing in the American Association of Christian Schools National Art Competition and includes the winners in each category for 2014.

Friday, April 11, 5:00 p.m., Stratton Hall

Sarah Enriquez, piano, will present her senior recital. She will play works composed by Grainger, Beethoven, Prokofiev, Debussy, and Wagner.

Friday, April 11, 6:30 p.m., Fine Arts 119

Naomi Baker, piano, will present her junior recital.

Friday, April 11, 7:00 p.m., War Memorial Chapel

Marissa Doney VanDeusen, mezzo-soprano, will present her graduate recital. She will sing works composed by Handel, Brahms, Rossini, Duparc, Pearson-Thomas, Niles, and Charles.

Saturday, April 12, 1:00 p.m., War Memorial Chapel

Christina Fisher, piano, and Nathan Dupont, baritone, will present their senior recitals. Christina will play works composed by Bach, Cowell, and Brahms. Nathan will sing works composed by Vaughan Williams, Bach, Mendelssohn, and Forrest.

Saturday, April 12, 3:00 p.m., War Memorial Chapel

Rebecca VanDeburgh, piano, will present her senior recital. She will play works composed by Clementi, Crumb, and Rachmaninoff.

Saturday, April 12, 3:00 p.m., Fine Arts 119

Ben Cepeda, piano, will present his junior recital.

Saturday, April 12, 5:00 p.m., War Memorial Chapel

Opus 6, the six member ensemble of the vocal arts department, serves up a musical banquet of small ensemble treats from the middle ages to the present.

Saturday, April 12, 6:00 p.m., Fine Arts 119

Sam Brown, piano, will present his junior recital.

Saturday, April 12, 7:00 p.m., War Memorial Chapel

The University’s resident wind quintet features works for flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, and bassoon. The program includes works by Cambini (Quintet No. 1), Arnold (Three Shanties), and Taffanel (Quintet).

Monday, April 14, 5:00 p.m., Stratton Hall

Shawn Richardson, piano, will present his senior recital. He will play works composed by Bach, Chopin, Rachmaninoff, and Debussy.

BJU Introduces Free iOS Campus Guest App

Greenville, S.C. (April 2, 2014) – Planning to Visit BJU? Know someone who is? Plan your visit with BJU’s free iOS campus guest app. Through the app you can access suggestions on what to do on campus, current events, available tours—even information on typical activities in each building, where to park, where to dine and much more. You can order tickets to events. And when you arrive, an interactive GPS-enabled map will help you easily find your way around campus. To download go to the Apple store and search “Bob Jones University.”

BJU Students Place in NATS Competition; Advance to Regionals

Greenville, S.C. (March 26, 2014) – Several Bob Jones University students recently competed and placed at the state level of the National Association of Teachers of Singing competition held at the University of South Carolina.  The students will advance to the regional competition in Greensboro, N.C. on April 4-5.

Category Winner – Freshman Men: Michael Eldridge of Lemoyne, Pa.

Category Winner – Sophomore Women: Katelyn Petticoffer of Manheim, Pa.

Honor Recipient – Freshman Women: Kelley Campbell of Mount Airy, Md.

Honor Recipient – Freshman Women: Jocelyn Lindmark of Bath, N.Y.

Honor Recipient – Freshman Men: Michael Seibert of Greenville, S.C.

Honor Recipient – Sophomore Women: Catherine Collins of Grand Blanc, Mich.

Honor Recipient – Sophomore Women: Meredith Keen of West Hartford, Conn.

Honor Recipient – Sophomore Men: Tim Kamibayashiyama of Quezon City, Philippines

Honor Recipient – Junior Women: Sarah Wright of Grand Blanc, Mich.

Honor Recipient – Senior Women: Sarai Dahlhausen of Montville, Ohio

Honor Recipient – Senior Women: Melanie Magdziarz of Weare, N.H.

Honor Recipient – Senior Men: Nathan Dupont of Beaver, Utah

Honor Recipient – Advanced College Women: Deanna Rodman of High River, Alberta, Canada



NCCAA Honors Three BJU Bruins Intercollegiate Athletes as Scholar Athletes

BrondykeGreenville, S.C. (March 26, 2014) – The National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) recently recognized Evan Brondyke, Zach Mercado and Kirtis Yurchak as “NCCAA Scholar Athletes.”  The honorees are members of the Bob Jones University Bruins intercollegiate men’s basketball team.Mercado

Mercado, a senior health, fitness and recreation major from Goodyear, Ariz., Brondyke, a senior health, fitness and recreation major from Raleigh, N.C., and Yurchak, a junior accounting major from West Chester, Ohio, were honored by the NCCAA based on the criteria of classification, academic workload and GPA.

Yurchak“We are very proud of each of our scholar athletes,” Bruins athletic director Neal Ring said. “Their commitment to do their best for God’s glory while representing BJU in competition and in the classroom is a testament to the students we are blessed to have here.”

James Ruley Honored by Daughters of American Revolution

James Ruley (R) receives DAR Award from Miss Iris Jean Wade Patten with DAR

James Ruley (R) receives DAR Award from Miss Iris Jean Wade Patten with DAR

Greenville, S.C. (March 26, 2014) – James Ruley, a senior majoring in history at Bob Jones University, was recently recognized by the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) for “Outstanding Work in American History.”

Ruley, a resident of Fremont, Mich., was presented with the award by Miss Iris Jean Wade Patten, Regent for the Behethland Butler Chapter of the DAR. In addition to an award certificate, the DAR presented Ruley with a book about South Carolina historical markers.

To be considered for the award, Ruley entered his senior history research paper titled, “A History of Student-Led Mission Organizations at Bob Jones University: 1927-2013,” which explores the history of student-led missions organizations at BJU, including the current organization, Missions Advance.

Kendra Jeffcott Receives NCCAA All-Region Honors

Kendra JeffcottGreenville, S.C. (March 20, 2014) – For the second straight year, Bruins’ sophomore guard Kendra Jeffcott has been named to the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) DI South all-region team. Jeffcott led the BJU Bruins averaging 12.6 points and 7.6 rebounds per game. “She is a competitor who hates to lose,” Coach Mike LeViere said. “She exhibits Christ-like character in humbleness, deference, respect, and love for others. She is very quiet until she gets onto the court and then she becomes the basketball player that wants to compete.”

Jeffcott had her best game of the season against Clearwater Christian College in which she scored 29 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. She scored in double figures in 21 of 30 games for the Bruins. Although hampered by an ankle injury part of the season, Jeffcott was a key component in the Bruins 19-11 record this season. “She leads by example,” LeViere said. “Kendra is fun-loving and often has a smile on her face but is serious about her relationship with God, her family, school, and basketball. She is a great example for all of us.”

In her final game this season, Jeffcott fueled the Bruins with 16 points and 14 rebounds, but the team fell to Emmanuel College 64-44 in the semi-final round of the NCCAA regional playoffs.

Jeffcott, a resident of Wilton, Calif., is a leader both on and off the court. She works hard in each practice and every game and uses that same dedication in being a standout student majoring in accounting. “When I first got to know Kendra, I knew we had a special person and player for our program,” LeViere said. “She is perfect for us to help lay the foundation for the future of Bruins basketball.”

The Bruins guard is only through her second season of competition. Although the season is over, the future is definitely bright for Bruins women’s basketball.

This article was originally written by BJU Bruins Sports Information Director Jonny Gamet and appeared on

Bruins Golf Has Strong Showing at SCAD Tournament

Micah Gold (left) nearly broke the school record with a score of 70 in the second round of the SCAD tournament

Micah Gold (left) nearly broke the school record with a score of 70 in the second round of the SCAD tournament

Greenville, S.C. (March 19, 2014) – Clay Wiginton remained red-hot as the Bruins competed in the Savannah College of Arts and Design (SCAD) Invitational tournament. The weather would prove to be a factor as the opening round was delayed several times due to rain.

In this tournament, the Bruins would not record a team score as the team only had three of the required four players competing. The Bruins were coming off a tournament last week in Georgia, in which the team placed 7th.

Clay Wiginton started the Bruins off well by making par on the first two holes and followed it up with a birdie on hole three. Wiginton nearly scored an eagle on the fifth hole, but his edged the cup and didn’t fall. After a three-hour rain delay, Wiginton returned to form by tapping home a birdie on 9.

Micah Gold played well for the Bruins going 1 under on the front nine. The team struggled on the back nine with several double and single bogeys and few par saves. The round was eventually called due to rain delays and darkness, but the Bruins were playing well despite the rain. “Weather conditions made scoring very difficult,” Coach Denny Scott said. “We faced a lot of adversity in this tournament, but the guys were up to the challenge.”

On the second day, the Bruins finished up their first round with with Wiginton (74), Gold (80), and Counts (89). The team had little rest as they began the second round of the tournament. The weather lightened up as conditions continued to improve.

Micah Gold birdied hole three, and Wiginton battled for even par on the first four holes. The team overcame a lot of challenges as they were able to sink key par saves despite the wet greens. At the end of the second round, the Bruins scored Wiginton (72), Gold (70), Counts (88). Although the team didn’t record an official team score, Coach Scott was happy with the results.

“We are getting much closer to posting rounds in the 70’s as a team which is what we will need to break a 300 score,” Coach Scott said. “We did show that we are capable of breaking that barrier of 300 even with being a man down for this match. We just need to get deeper as a team so we are not as affected by scheduling conflicts that arise.”

Clay Wiginton finished among the top in individual scores in the tournament with a combined score of 146. Micah Gold had a strong second day with a score of 70, one shy of his own school record of 69 set last season. The team continues to show great improvement and will look to continue building next week at the Bryan College Spring Invitational in Tennessee.

This article was originally written by BJU Bruins Sports Information Director Jonny Gamet on 

Three BJU Students Place First in National Intercollegiate Broadcasting Competition

Andrea SanfordGreenville, S.C. (March 17, 2014) – Three Bob Jones University students were recently awarded First Place for their Public Service Campaign at the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System’s 74th Annual International School/College Radio/Webcast Conference awards ceremony held March 8 in New York City.

Kristyn SpearsThe three students honored were Andrea Sanford, a 2014 journalism and mass communication graduate from Greenville, Kristyn Barrett, a senior journalism and mass communication major from Greer and Joel Whited, a sophomore journalism and mass communication major from Lima, Ohio.

Joel WhitedThe campaign, titled “Saving Lives Together,” united three local universities—BJU, Furman, and North Greenville—as they collected nearly 1,500 units of blood for the local Greenville community through The Blood Connection last fall.

The contest received more than 800 media entries in 20 categories from some of the top colleges and universities in the nation.

Hundreds to Join BJU’s Annual Bible Conference

Greenville, S.C. (March 17, 2014) – Bob Jones University will hold its annual Bible Conference March 24-28.   Hundreds of guests from the Greenville community and around the country are expected to join the university family for the week.  Services will be held daily at 10 a.m., 1:30 and 7 p.m. except for Thur., March 27 when services will be at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.

This year’s speakers include Dr. Gary Anderson of Baptist Mid-Missions, Cleveland, Ohio; Dr. Mike Harding of First Baptist Church of Troy, Troy, Mich.; Dr. Sam Horn of Central Baptist Theological Seminary, Plymouth, Minn.;  Dr. Les Ollila, former president of Northland International University, Dunbar, Wis.;  Dr. Gerald Priest, former faculty member of Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary, Greenville, S.C.; Dr. Bob Shelton, an evangelist from Greenville, S.C. and Dr. Charles Whitfield, a retired pastor from Birmingham, Mich.  All services will be webcast live.

Other activities throughout the week include a BJU Concert Band performance on the 25th at 3:30 p.m. in Stratton Hall, Parents’ Day on the 26th, Alumni Day and a Foundation Brass concert on the 27th at 11:30 a.m. in the Student Center Mall.

In conjunction with Bible Conference, the Alumni Association is hosting various class reunions Thursday.