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Fine Arts Calendar

Monday, September 23–Thursday, September 26, Exhibition Corridor, Sargent Art Building

This exhibition displays works from the BJU Permanent Art Collection.

Wednesday, September 25, 5:00 p.m., Fine Arts 119

Kathryn Adams, cello, will present her junior recital.

Thursday, September 26, 7:00 p.m., War Memorial Chapel

Philip Gingery, tenor, and a graduate of Bob Jones University, will present “A Bach Encounter for Tenor: Selections from J. S. Bach’s Cantatas and Oratorios.

Friday, September 27, 11:00 a.m., Founder’s Memorial Amphitorium

In this first Vespers program of the school year, BJU cinema students will present a documentary film featuring various students speaking about their opportunities for gospel ministry and their spiritual growth in Christ over this past summer.

Saturday, September 28, 7:00 p.m., War Memorial Chapel

The second of two faculty programs celebrating the two-hundredth anniversary of Wagner’s and Verdi’s births will consist of a piano duet, Wagner/Verdi arias, the concluding scene from Falstaff, and the BJU premiere of some of Verdi’s and Wagner’s works for piano. Music majors who did not attend the first program on September 21 should attend.

Monday, September 30–Thursday, October 17, Exhibition Corridor, Sargent Art Building

This special exhibition showcases the work of new Art and Design faculty member, Freda Sue, highlighting works presented for the fulfillment of her master’s in fine arts degree from Savannah College of Art and Design.

Carol Abrams Named as 2013-2014 Teacher of the Year

Greenville, S.C. (September 23, 2013) – Carol Abrams, a 1989 graduate of Bob Jones University, was named 2013-2014 Teacher of the Year for Wilson County Schools.

Abrams, a resident of Wilson, N.C., has been a classroom teacher for the past 24 years. Throughout her career, she has taught at each grade level from K – 12. She currently teaches at Wells Elementary School.

Abrams received a number of prizes including $500 from both Wilson County Schools and Wilson Education Partnership. She also received a one-year lease on a Honda vehicle from a local Honda dealership and $1,000 from Wells Fargo for use in her classroom.

Abrams will go on to represent Wilson County Schools during regional competition.

Bob Jones University Board Names New Chairman


PHOTO CREDIT: Paul Mehaffey; courtesy of TOWN Magazine.

Greenville, S.C. (Sept. 19, 2013)  –  At its Sept. 19 meeting, the Bob Jones University Board of Trustees unanimously confirmed its executive committee’s election of Larry Jackson of Greenville as chairman effective immediately. Jackson replaces Dr. Bob Jones III who last May announced his intention to step down as chairman and become a member of BJU’s Associate Board of Trustees. He continues as university chancellor.

Dr. Bob Jones III served as chairman of the BJU Board of Trustees for over 15 years. “Larry’s Christ loving heart and understanding of the university’s mission gives me the utmost confidence that he is called of God to this role,” says Dr. Bob Jones III.

Chairman of Jackson Marketing Group and Jackson Motorsports Group with offices in Greenville and Charlotte, Jackson has been a member of the BJU Board of Trustees since 1982 and has served on the Board’s seven-person executive committee nearly 10 years.

A charter member of the Greenville Area Development Corporation, Jackson has also served on the Greenville Chamber of Commerce’s Headquarters Recruiting Committee and the board of the Greenville Technical College Foundation. He presently serves on the boards of The Wilds Christian Camp and Conference Center in North Carolina and Gospel Fellowship Association in Greenville. In 2012, the Community Foundation honored Jackson Marketing Group with its Community Spirit Giving Award. Jackson Marketing associates are involved regularly with a number of community nonprofit organizations such as A Child’s Haven, Hands on Greenville, the CEO Build Program for underprivileged families without homes and the BMW Charity Pro-AM Golf Tournament.

“I am honored and humbled to have been selected by the Board to be their new chairman,” says Jackson. “BJU is a unique ministry led by highly credentialed administrators, faculty and staff.  With counsel from the Board,  I look forward to working closely with the administration both to assist the University strategically to achieve its mission of helping students develop Christlike character and servant leadership and to ensure the University stays true to its founder’s intentions.”

Larry Jackson has been associated with BJU since he was a few months old and his parents moved from Durham, N.C., to Cleveland, Tenn., to become employees of Bob Jones College. He was a year old when his family relocated with the College to Greenville and the College became Bob Jones University. His father, G.G. Jackson, worked at the University’s post office for 46 years, nearly all as postmaster. His step-mother, Iris Jackson, served on the executive office staff for 51 years.

Jackson earned a BS in Cinema from BJU in 1968 and a MA in Cinema and Video Production in 1971. In 2000, the BJU Alumni Association honored him as Alumnus of the Year.

After serving in the U.S. Army where he was awarded the Army Commendation Medal, Jackson began over a four-decade career in the marketing communication industry when he joined Ford Motor Company’s Public Affairs Department at its Dearborn, Mich., headquarters. He later joined Wilding Division of Bell & Howell, serving as Senior Vice President/Ford Account. In 1980, with fellow BJU grad, Sam Dawson, he formed Jackson-Dawson Marketing Communications in Detroit, serving the major automotive companies. In 1985, he relocated to Greenville and opened a second Jackson-Dawson office, which today is Jackson Marketing Group. JMG’s larger clients include companies such as Michelin, BFGoodrich, BMW, Milliken, Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corp. and Greenville Health System.

Jackson is married to the former Betty Forsythe. They have three children and three grandchildren. Longtime members of Heritage Bible Church in Greenville where Larry served in leadership and teaching positions, the Jacksons are joining University Baptist Church in Clemson as they relocate to that area.

State Treasurer Curtis Loftis to Speak at Bob Jones University

CMLGreenville, S.C. (September 18, 2013) – South Carolina State Treasurer Curtis Loftis will be speaking with two Bob Jones University Foundations of Economics classes on Thurs., Sept. 19. Students will learn about the duties and responsibilities of the State Treasurer followed by a discussion on the current state of the economy.

“I am excited to have the opportunity to speak with these bright students on this beautiful campus,” Loftis said. The speaking engagement is part of the State Treasurer’s ongoing effort to improve financial literacy across the state.

In addition to teaching the two classes, Loftis will be touring the campus and attending chapel with the student body.

Loftis took office on Jan. 12, 2011. As Treasurer, he manages $40 billion in state investments and assets.

Happy Constitution Day!

Today is Constitution Day, a day set apart to remember the signing of the United States Constitution. To commemorate this event, the Art and Design students created posters related to American patriotism and the Constitution of the United States, which provides the framework for our government. The display is located in the exhibition corridor (ground floor of the Sargent Art Building) through the month of September.

SHRM Certifies Bob Jones University’s Human Resources Track

Greenville, S.C. (September 17, 2013) – The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has certified that Bob Jones University’s BS degree in Business Administration with a track in Human Resources fully aligns with the SHRM HR curriculum guidelines.

Using results identified and derived from a multiple quantitative and qualitative research methodology, SHRM devised the SHRM HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates in 2005 and revalidated them in 2011. Their goal is to provide colleges and universities a resource for tracking HR curricula against a common, minimum skill set needed by employers who seek to fill HR professional positions.

“We’re pleased to have earned this certification,” says Mike Buiter, dean of the School of Business at BJU. “We are constantly striving to provide better opportunities for our graduates in their field of study. This certification helps those in Human Resources move ahead.”

SHRM analyzed BJU’s BS degree in Business Administration with a track in Human Resources, engaged BJU’s faculty in discussions and information sharing, and determined that the program fully aligns with the suggested core content guidelines.

Attorney General Alan Wilson to Speak at Bob Jones University

AttorneyGeneralAlanWilsonGreenville, S.C. (September 16, 2013) – South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson will address the Bob Jones University Pre-Law Forum on Thurs., Sept. 19. The public is invited to join students and faculty for the presentation.

The forum, which begins at 6 p.m., will be held in Stratton Hall near the university’s Welcome Center. Following his presentation, General Wilson will conduct a short Q&A session.

Wilson took office on January 12, 2011, becoming the nation’s youngest Attorney General.

As South Carolina’s Attorney General, Wilson is the state’s chief prosecutor, chief securities officer, and the state’s chief legal counsel. The office is comprised of more than two hundred employees and nearly seventy-five attorneys who manage nearly 8,000 active case files.

Prior to his election as Attorney General, he served in the Attorney General’s office as a prosecution division intern under Charlie Condon and as an Assistant Attorney General under Henry McMaster.

The forum is free and open to the Greenville community.

BJU Wins 7 eduStyle Higher-Ed Web Awards

Greenville, S.C. (September 10, 2013) – In the 2013 eduStyle Higher-Ed Web Awards, Bob Jones University received 7 web awards in 5 categories. BJU won an award in every category in which it was nominated.

Why Choose BJU

  • Best Visual Design – Judged
  • Best Prospective Student or Admissions Site – People’s Choice


  • Most Innovative – Judged
  • Most Innovative – People’s Choice
  • Best Use of Interactive Multimedia or Video – Judged
  • Best Use of Interactive Multimedia or Video – People’s Choice
  • Best Community Driven Site/Use of Social Media – People’s Choice


Taylor Joins A.T. Locke as Financial Analyst

Greenville, S.C. (September 10, 2013) – A.T. LOCKEScottTaylor has added Scott Taylor as a financial analyst on the firm’s rapidly-growing team.  A.T. LOCKE provides accounting services, business analysis and financial and strategic guidance to emerging and mid-sized organizations across the Carolinas.

A native of Greenville, Taylor holds a BS in Accounting from Bob Jones University, and has served in financial management roles in the Upstate for more than two decades.  Prior to joining A.T. LOCKE, he served in leadership roles with Coldwell Banker Caine, IMI Resorts, The Cliffs Communities, Insignia Financial Group and Mount Vernon Mills during his professional career, which began in Greenville with public accounting firm Deloitte and Touche.

Mr. Taylor has also served as a Loaned Executive with the United Way of Greenville County, is a graduate of Leadership Greenville, and has served as Finance Committee Chairman, Treasurer and Deacon at Calvary Baptist Church in Simpsonville.

Mr. Taylor’s experience includes a broad range of accounting, financial reporting, risk management, payroll, tax and treasury responsibilities.  He will work with a range of A.T. LOCKE clients across the Upstate from the firm’s Greenville headquarters.

“Scott offers exceptional strategic and analytical abilities, broad-based industry experience and an outstanding customer service approach to benefit A.T. LOCKE clients,” said Anna Locke, President of A.T. LOCKE.  “We are committed to providing timely, accurate, and relevant financial insight and information, along with quality service and insight, to every client.  We expect Scott to be a wonderful addition to our team.”

Bob Jones University Fine Arts Calendar – September 9 – 26

Monday, September 9–Thursday, September 26, Exhibition Corridor, Sargent Art Building

This exhibition displays works from the BJU Permanent Art Collection as well as selected ornamental woodturnings by former BJU faculty member Dr. Amos Wipf.

Friday, September 13, 5:00 p.m., War Memorial Chapel

Bruce Cox, head of BJU’s instrumental studies department, will present a recital of works from the standard trumpet repertoire.

Saturday, September 14, 7:00 p.m., War Memorial Chapel

The annual Musical Mission Team welcome home concert, “Remembering His Blessings,” will present a selection for each of the countries and languages where the team traveled. Come and hear how the Lord blessed our ministry.

Friday, September 20, 5:00 p.m., Stratton Hall

Dr. Karen Wilson of the music faculty will present a lecture on Wagner and Verdi.

Saturday, September 21, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m., Stratton Hall

Distinguished Lecturers in Piano Performance & Pedagogy presents “Bartók’s For Children: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Editions” with Victoria Fischer Faw. Professor Fischer Faw is an award-winning international authority in the music of Béla Bartók and a 1990 winner of the Bartók-Kabalevsky International Piano Competition. She will perform selections from For Children, Sz. 42 (Volumes I and II). Glean from her insights at the forefront of Bartók research highlighting folk song and dance origins, performance practices, editions, and rare Bartók photos and recordings. Definitive edition scores will be available for purchase. The event is sponsored by Majesty Music; admission is free and open to the public.

Saturday, September 21, 7:00 p.m., War Memorial Chapel

The first of two programs will be presented celebrating the two-hundredth anniversary of Wagner’s and Verdi’s births. This program will include a Verdi piano trio, a Wagner lieder, and a Verdi string quartet.