BJU Public Relations

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BJU To Host Guidance Counselor Workshop

Greenville, S.C. (September 27, 2013) – The College and Career Readiness Workshop, sponsored by the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education, is being held on the Bob Jones University campus Tues., Oct. 1.

Dr. Stephen Jones, BJU’s president, will kick-off the conference by welcoming the attendees to the University campus.

Approximately 350 high school guidance counselors from public and private high schools across the Upstate will be in attendance at the day-long workshop.

Three Upstate Universities Team Up to Save Lives

Poster - Saving Lives TogetherGreenville, S.C. (September 26, 2013) – Three Upstate universities – Bob Jones University, Furman University and North Greenville University – are competing in a “Saving Lives Together” blood drive to help the Blood Connection collect a record amount of blood donations and meet a great need for blood in the Upstate.

Each university is sponsoring a drive to see which student body can get the largest percentage of their students to donate blood and strengthen unity between the schools and the greater Greenville community through the drive.

North Greenville kicked off the competition earlier this week and it continues through today. BJU will hold the “Together We Bleed Bruin” blood drive Oct. 7-11 and Furman’s will be held Oct. 28-Nov. 1. Students, faculty, staff and alumni at each university are encouraged to show their school spirit and give.

Blood Drive on Campus 2013“It’s a great opportunity to help the greater Greenville community,” says Dr. Stephen Jones, President of BJU. “Having three universities compete against each other in a blood drive is a win-win situation for each of the universities and the community.”

BJU to Host Washington Center Challenge Day

Washington Center DaysGreenville, S.C. (September 24, 2013) – Bob Jones University, in conjunction with Greenville County Recreation District (GCRD), is hosting the annual Washington Center Challenge Day Fri., Sept. 27 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. on the BJU campus.

This Special Olympics event is the culmination of an eight week period called the Motor Activities Training Program (MATP).  Approximately 145 athletes from Washington Center School will come to the Davis Field House (DFH) to perform a physical activity they have learned and practiced at school.

The opening ceremonies, which will begin around 10:00 a.m., will have a Parade of Athletes, the Special Olympics Oath and the Lighting of the Flame of Hope. Geoff Hart, anchor at WYFF TV 4, will serve as the emcee. Dr. Stephen Jones, BJU’s president, will welcome the athletes, their families and the faculty/staff from Washington Center and will open the event in prayer.

The event will also feature an “Olympic Town” with carnival-type games and prizes. There will also be a music tent and face-painting tent for students to be able to entertain and engage the athletes.

For more than two decades, the BJU School of Education has partnered with the GCRD to sponsor the event. To assist the athletes, over 400 BJU students majoring in education, communication disorders and health, fitness and recreation will be on hand.

Amanda Freeman Named as Staff Attorney for National Right to Work

Greenville, S.C. (September 24, 2013) – Amanda Freeman was recently named as a staff attorney for the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation.

Freeman received her BS in Administrative Management from Bob Jones University in 2005. She graduated from the Regent University School of Law in 2009 and is a member of the Virginia State Bar. While at Regent, Freeman served as managing editor of the school’s Law Review and studied abroad in Strasbourg, France.

“Amanda brings a real commitment to defending and advancing individual liberty to the Foundation,” said Ray LaJeunesse, vice president and legal director of the National Right to Work Foundation. “She will assist the Foundation’s legal staff in helping conscientious workers refrain from paying for Big Labor’s political agenda, enforcing individual employees’ rights against the abuses of compulsory unionism, and establishing new precedents increasing workplace freedom.”

The National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, based in Springfield, Va., is a nonprofit, charitable organization providing free legal aid to employees whose human or civil rights have been violated by compulsory unionism abuses.

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.