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BJU Students Participate in Mission Team to Brazil

BrazilMissionTeamPicGreenville, S.C. (June 4, 2013) Twelve Bob Jones University students participated in a missions trip to Brazil May 9-24. The team was led by Bob Jones Academy faculty member Gil Fremont.

Through the medium of soccer, team members shared their testimonies of faith in Christ and preached in several venues across Brazil.

John Wiser, a senior engineering major, who previously traveled with the Brazil team said, “God did some amazing things while we were in Brazil. It was incredible to see people respond to the Gospel as the team gave testimonies, preached and passed out tracts during our soccer matches and while we traveled across the area.”

In addition to competing against other soccer teams, the students passed out Gospel tracts, played soccer with children on the streets, spoke in several schools and witnessed in a youth prison where 18 violent youth offenders accepted Christ.  They also met a prison guard who had heard the Gospel during a previous BJU team’s visit and accepted Christ.

“We were able to minister effectively as people were willing to listen because of the respect our players earned on the field of play,” team leader Gil Fremont said. “God can use soccer – or any of the talents He gives us – to impact others across the world for Christ.”

BJU Appoints Dennis Scott as Intercollegiate Golf Coach

Coach Scott

Dennis and Corinne Scott

Greenville, S.C. (Jun. 3, 2013) Bob Jones University announced today the appointment of Dennis Scott to head BJU’s intercollegiate coed golf program. Scott comes to BJU from Northland International University (NIU) in Dunbar, Wis., where he started the intercollegiate golf program and served as its head coach.

Since 1991, Scott served in various roles of the athletic program at NIU, including director of Sports Ministries.  A graduate of Maranatha Baptist Bible College and the United States Sports Academy (USSA), Scott is currently pursuing his doctorate in Sport Management from USSA.

“As a former student and assistant basketball coach to Coach Scott, he taught me how to use sport as a platform for ministry,” Bruins Athletic Director Neal Ring said. “He has modeled throughout his career a commitment to keeping Christ as the focus of his programs. We are blessed to add someone to our team with his ministry philosophy. I am confident that he will build a competitive golf program while developing men and women to serve our Savior.”

Coach Scott views athletics as an avenue to spread the Gospel.  He founded Northern Golf Fellowship, an organization that provides weekly golf outings and Bible study as an outreach for individuals in the community and has led sports mission teams around the world.

BJU’s golf program will begin competition this fall.  Bob Jones University is a member of the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) and golf will provide new opportunities for our students in the 2013-2014 academic year.

Bob Jones University Offers Summer Camps

Greenville, S.C. (May 30, 2013) – Bob Jones University is accepting applications from students in grades 3 -12 for a variety of camps which will be held in June and July on the BJU campus in Greenville.

With options for day and overnight campers, BJU offers a number of sports camps including basketball, soccer and volleyball. Additionally, there are several academic-related camps including art & design, criminal justice, culinary arts, debate, drama, mock trial, music and Shakespeare.

One of the most unique camps offered is the Leadership Academy where participants will engage in leadership training simulations and hands-on activities, evaluate case studies, build a strong team mindset and learn to approach problems from a biblical perspective. By the end of the week each camper will understand principles of communication, confidence and leadership.

Click here for a complete list of the camps, costs and options available this summer at BJU.

BJU Students Participate in Mission Team to Antigua

lowres-20130128antigua-mission-tmGreenville, SC (May 30, 2013) – Thirteen Bob Jones University students traveled on a missions trip to Antigua May 7-21. The team, led by Jonny and Kathryn Gamet, composed mostly of Journalism and Mass Communications majors, put their skills to work to impact people in that area of the world for Christ.

The trip was organized to assist Caribbean Radio Lighthouse, a radio station that reaches the Caribbean Islands and parts of North and South America. Team members helped through writing, editing, announcing and producing English, Spanish and French content for the station.

Emily Lewandowski, a 2013 BJU Radio and Television Broadcasting graduate, previously traveled with the Antigua team.  “Going to Antigua was an amazing way to see God use broadcasting to spread the Gospel,” Lewandowski said. “I was constantly reminded Christianity is not a one-time prayer, but rather a daily choice to live life differently from the rest of the world.”

The team also ministered in the local communities by tutoring children in the public schools, hosting Bible clubs in the evenings and by providing music at several local churches around the island.

“We live in a media-driven society,” team leader Jonny Gamet said. “One of the purposes of leading this team is to show students they can use the skills they are learning in the classroom to impact others for Jesus Christ.”

Marshall Franklin Named To Greenville Area Development Corporation Board

Marshall Franklin

Marshall Franklin

Greenville, S. C. (May 29, 2013) The Greenville Area Development Corporation (GADC) announced in late May the appointment of Marshall Franklin, the Chief Operations Officer at Bob Jones University, to an inaugural three-year term on the GADC Board.

Prior to his service as COO, Marshall had a distinguished 24-year career with Ernst & Young, an international accounting and consulting firm, where he served both domestic and international clients from offices in France, England, and the Southeastern United States.  Mr. Franklin holds a BS in Professional Accounting from BJU, and is widely recognized as a strong consensus builder who is keenly aware of international business issues and opportunities, having conducted business in 37 countries. He is a member of the Board of Directors of The Wilds, a Christian camp located in Brevard, N.C.

GADC is a non-profit organization established by Greenville County Council to promote and enhance the economic growth and development of Greenville County.  Since its founding in 2001, GADC efforts have resulted in the creation of more than 16,000 new jobs and more than $2.8 billion in capital investment in Greenville County, S.C.

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.