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Kendra Jeffcott Scores 1,000th Career Point

Bruins womans basketball headshotsGREENVILLE, S.C.  (March 2, 2015) – Bob Jones University Bruins women’s basketball guard Kendra Jeffcott became the first BJU women’s basketball player to score 1,000 career points in school history.  Jeffcott’s milestone came during the Bruins 53-50 home victory over Southern Wesleyan University Sat., Feb. 28.

Jeffcott led the Bruins in scoring during the game with 15 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Two other Bruins players scored in double figures for the game.

Jeffcott is a junior accounting major from Wilton, California.

This season marks the third season that BJU has competed in intercollegiate basketball as a Division I university in the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA).

Greenville Chief of Police Ken Miller to Visit BJU

ChiefKenMillerGREENVILLE, S.C. (March 2, 2015) — Chief Ken Miller of the Greenville Police Department will visit Bob Jones University on Mon., March 16 from 5 to 7 p.m. in Levinson Hall to address BJU’s Criminal Justice Association Forum.

The event will include a drop-in reception during the forum for anyone interested in meeting Chief Miller. Light refreshments will be available.

“I am personally very pleased the City of Greenville selected Ken Miller as the new chief of police,” Dr. Mike Wilkie of the Criminal Justice Association said. “Greenville will be well served under his leadership.”

Chief Miller and Dr. Wilkie were classmates at the FBI National Academy in 2001.

Chief Miller will address the forum beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Members of the public are welcome to attend. Parking is available in the garage directly behind Rodeheaver Auditorium and on campus streets.



Bob Jones University to Host Semi-Annual Blood Connection Drive

BloodConnectionGREENVILLE, S.C. (March 2, 2015) —Bob Jones University will host its semi-annual Blood Connection Drive March 9-13 and will take donations from 11:45 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day.

“The shortage of blood is huge, and every three seconds someone needs a blood donation. The possibility of us needing a donation in our lifetime is 78%,” Christina Wornom, a junior nursing major from Fort Mill, South Carolina, who serves as the community service representative, said.

In addition to saving lives, the Blood Connection has created a new incentive for blood donors. After each donation, donors will receive points that may be used toward a gift card from companies such as Wal-Mart, Target, Amazon and Applebee’s. Donors have the option to redeem their points immediately or save them for even bigger gift cards.

The Community Service Council will also be giving out t-shirts to donors while supplies last.

The Blood Connection will also be taking appointments this year. Donors who sign up for an appointment are given priority; however, setting up an appointment is not required.

Students, alumni and members of the public interested in donating blood are encouraged to eat a good amount or iron-rich foods (i.e. meats, spinach, and broccoli), drink a lot of water, and eat a good meal the day they are donating

The Blood Connection buses will be located outside of the Alumni Building on front campus.


Dr. Bruce Byers Awarded SCFLTA Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr. Bruce Byers (L) and Dr. Arthur Turfa (L), President of SCFLTA

Dr. Bruce Byers (L) and Dr. Arthur Turfa (L), President of SCFLTA

GREENVILLE, S.C. (February 23, 2015) — Dr. Bruce Byers, Chair of the Division of Modern Language and Literature in the College of Arts and Science at Bob Jones University, was recently awarded the South Carolina Foreign Language Teachers Association (SCFLTA) Lifetime Achievement Award during the SCFLTA Conference.

Byers was recognized as the enthusiastic ambassador of the Francophone language and culture and as the face of world language methodology at BJU. He was also recognized for using his talents beyond his “official” duties.

He has taught French to American businessmen at Michelin during the summers and has taught English to newcomers to the United States. He has also participated in mission teams to Quebec and Haiti and has translated numerous sermons into French to be used in French radio broadcasts.

Byers developed the current beginning and intermediate French course syllabi and recently submitted a proposal for a new French major program. He has also co-authored two high school French textbooks as well as published several articles in The French Review, the journal of the American Association of Teachers of French.

He received his bachelor’s degree in French education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, his master’s degree in French from Middlebury College and his PhD in French from Indiana University in Bloomington.

The SCFLTA Lifetime Achievement Award is presented each year to a world language educator, who has demonstrated excellence in, dedication in and commitment to teaching and leadership in world language education throughout his/her career.

Candidates for the award must have at least 15 years of experience in teaching or administration of world language programs. Candidates must also have been a member of the SCFLTA for at least ten years.

BJU Bruins Women’s Soccer and Men’s XC Teams Honored with NCCAA All-Scholar Team Award

Women's Soccer TeamGREENVILLE, S.C. (February 13, 2015) – The National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) recently named the Bob Jones University Bruins women’s soccer team and men’s cross-country team as All-Scholar Teams for the Fall 2014 semester.

“I am very proud of these student athletes and their commitment to pursue high academic standards while competing in their sport,” Bruins athletics director Neal Ring said. “They have set a great example for us all to strive for in the classroom. Congratulations to both coaching staffs for encouraging a culture of academic success in their programs.”

The women’s soccer team finished the year with a team GPA of 3.48 and the men’s cross country team finished with a team GPA of 3.44. The qualifications for the award were for the team to maintain a GPA of at least 3.40. This is the first time a Bruins team has achieved the recognition.

Cross Country TeamThe women’s soccer roster consisted of 26 players and the men’s cross country roster included 10 runners. The Bruins seek to use the platform of intercollegiate sports as an avenue for ministry. On the field of play, in the classroom and in their personal lives, Bruins athletes seek to do all for the glory of God.

Bob Jones University’s Theatre Department Presents One Voice

Jeremiah DewGREENVILLE, S.C. (February 2, 2015) —The Bob Jones University Theatre Department will present One Voice, a black history narrative created and produced by Jeremiah Dew, Sat., Feb. 21, at 7:30 p.m. in Stratton Hall on the BJU campus.

One Voice is a celebration of the contributions of important figures in American history from the time of the African slave trade to the election of our first African American president, Barack Obama. Jeremiah brings to the stage voices of Frederick Douglass, James Weldon Johnson, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Muhammad Ali.

Through video interviews, Dr. Margaree Seawright Crosby, professor emeritus at Clemson University, will tell the story of the “Greenville 8,” a group of students who participated in a sit-in at the Greenville Public Library which led to the integration of the library system. Another interview with Wilfred Walker Sr., a long-time teacher at Sterling High School, illuminates further the struggles of the civil rights movement in Greenville.

Jeremiah Dew, a 2007 graduate of Bob Jones University, is a local entrepreneur, entertainer and personality. Dew serves as the “Director of Fun” for the Greenville Drive, the local minor league baseball team, and is well-known as the on-court hype man for Clemson basketball and as a master of ceremonies for events and celebrations across the upstate.

Tickets for the single performance of One Voice are $5 each and are available online, at the box office on campus or by calling (864) 770-1372. Tickets may also be purchased online.


Bob Jones University’s Home Page Awarded “Best Home Page” by eduStyle

GREENVILLE, S.C. (January 30, 2015) – Bob Jones University’s home page was awarded Best Home Page (Judged) in the 2014 eduStyle Awards announced earlier this week.  BJU’s home page was one of five higher education home pages nominated for the award in December, 2014. The current home page, redesigned in December of 2013, was the result of several months of work by the Web, Writing, and Design teams of BJU Marketing Communications.

2014 marks the 7th year for the eduStyle Awards. The eduStyle Higher-ed Web Awards celebrate the best work in college and university websites. In 2014, sixteen categories recognized the most innovative and exciting developments in key areas of higher education web development. Top-level prizes include best overall website, best redesign and most innovative. There are also awards in areas such as information architecture and video; awards for sub-sites (e.g. a faculty website) and special projects. Each award is be given as both a people’s choice and a judged award.

This is the second year that BJU has been recognized by eduStyle. In 2013, BJU won seven awards for LIFEatBJU and Why Choose BJU including Most Innovative (Judged & People’s Choice), Best Use of Interactive Multimedia or Video (Judged & People’s Choice), Best Community-Driven Site/Use of Social Media (People’s Choice), Best Prospective Student or Admission Site (People’s Choice), and Best Visual Design (Judged).



Steve and Kelley Bruss to Address BJU Journalism and Mass Communication Forum

brussesGREENVILLE, S.C.(January 30, 2015) —The Bob Jones University Journalism and Mass Communication Department will hold a Media Forum Thurs., Feb. 5 at 5 p.m. in Fine Arts 101 in the Gustafson Fine Arts Center on the BJU campus.

The forum will feature Steve and Kelley Bruss. Steve is an editor at The Greenville News while Kelley is a freelance journalist. Various topics related to journalism and mass communication in the world today will be discussed as well as the increasing convergence of media and how it has and will impact the work of media professionals.

Members of the community are invited to attend.

BJU Hosting 43rd Annual Invitational Christian High School Basketball Tournament

BBTournamentLogoGREENVILLE, S.C. (January 26, 2015) – Bob Jones University is hosting its 43rd Annual Invitational Christian High School Basketball Tournament Jan. 27-30 in the Davis Field House on the BJU campus. The double elimination tournament, sponsored by krossover, features 8 men’s and 8 women’s teams from eight states.

The women’s teams competing include Bob Jones Academy (Greenville, South Carolina), Carolina Home Educators (Rural Hall, North Carolina), Calvary Baptist Academy (Midland, Michigan), Community Baptist Schools (Reidsville, North Carolina), Creekside Christian Academy (McDonough, Georgia), Lindsey Lane Christian Academy (Athens, Alabama), Lebanon Christian Academy (Lebanon, Pennsylvania) and Tabernacle Christian School (Gardendale, Alabama).

The men’s teams competing include Bob Jones Academy (Greenville, South Carolina), Central Baptist School (Memphis, Tennessee), Community Baptist Schools (Reidsville, North Carolina), Concord Christian Academy (Wilmington, Delaware), Creekside Christian Academy (McDonough, Georgia), Lebanon Christian Academy (Lebanon, Pennsylvania), Tabernacle Christian School (Gardendale, Alabama) and Victory Christian School (North Augusta, South Carolina).

Members of the public are encouraged to attend the tournament.

Dr. Sam Horn Joins BJU as Vice President for Ministerial Advancement

Dr. Sam HornGREENVILLE, S.C. (January 23, 2015) – Dr. Sam Horn, who was named Vice President for Ministerial Advancement by BJU President Steve Pettit last October, officially joined the Bob Jones University administration this week. In addition to his vice presidential responsibilities, Horn will begin serving as Dean of the Seminary and School of Religion at the end of the current academic year in May.

Prior to serving at BJU, Horn was president of Central Baptist Theological Seminary in Plymouth, Minnesota. He has also served in administrative roles and on the faculty of Central Baptist Theological Seminary, Northland International University and BJU.

“I am excited to be at BJU working with the incredible faculty to ensure our ministerial training—at both the undergraduate and graduate level—is second to none,” said Horn. “I look forward to serving with Dr. Steve Hankins and Dr. Royce Short—and the entire Seminary and School of Religion faculty—as we seek to train the next generation of young people to serve Jesus Christ in local churches and ministries around the world.”

In addition to his academic experience, Horn brings extensive pastoral experience having served in various roles from youth pastor to senior pastor at churches in Minnesota, Wisconsin, South Carolina and Tennessee.

Horn earned a BA in Bible in 1986, a MA in Bible in 1988, and a PhD in New Testament Interpretation in 1995—all from BJU—and a DMin from The Master’s Seminary in 2007.

Horn, and his wife, Beth, have two children. Robert is a freshman at BJU majoring in Bible and Ashton is in elementary school.