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Fine Arts Calendar

Monday, February 24, – Thursday, March 6, Exhibition Corridor, Sargent Art Building

This invitational show features works by BJU alumna Diane Kilgore Condon.

Monday, February 24, 5:00 p.m., War Memorial Chapel

Student Recital Hour will feature the following students: Adam Gingery, euphonium, accompanied by Kirk Habana; Kirk Habana, saxophone, accompanied by Jacob Bernhardt; Abigail Chetta, violin, accompanied by Sohee Park; Jacob Bernhardt, piano; Catherine Collins, voice, accompanied by Jeremy Gray; and Kaylin Pagliarini, violin, accompanied by Daniel Hoffman.

Monday, February 24, 7:00 p.m., Fine Arts 119

Piano pedagogy majors Jonathan Nyeholt and Abbe Mitchell will present a joint junior recital. Jonathan will play pieces composed by Bach, Beethoven, Brahms and Bartók. Abbe will play pieces composed by Nazareth, Ginastera, Piazzolla, Villa-Lobos and Guastavino.

Wednesday, February 26, 5:00 p.m., War Memorial Chapel

Joseph Ensley, guitar, will present his senior recital. He will play works composed by Guilani, Torroba, Lauro, Rudnev, and Bustamente.

Thursday, February 27, 8:00 p.m., Founder’s Memorial Amphitorium

The Georgia Boy Choir will give a concert that will include some of the world’s most beautiful sacred classical music and folk songs from around the globe. For tickets, call (864) 770-1372.

Friday, February 28, 4:00–5:15 p.m., Stratton Hall

David R. White and the Georgia Boy Choir will present a demonstration workshop that is free and open to the public. The workshop will cover the following topics:

  • Building elegant vocal tone during a choral rehearsal
  • Understanding and teaching the basic fundamentals of good singing
  • Dealing with voice change
  • Choral warm-ups with a purpose

Friday, February 28, 5:00 p.m., War Memorial Chapel

Nikki Warman, piano, and Vanessa Joiner, piano, will present their senior recitals. Nikki will play works composed by Faith, Bach, Gershwin, and Chopin. Vanessa will play works composed by Haydn, Schumann, Barber, and Liszt.

Friday, February 28, 7:00 p.m., War Memorial Chapel

Yuriy Leonovich, cello, and Kristin Figard, piano, will present a chamber music concert. They will play works composed by Martinů, Schumann, Arutiunian, and Tchaikovsky.

Saturday, March 1, 10:00 a.m., Stratton Hall

Distinguished Lecturers in Piano Performance & Pedagogy will present a concert by Ludlamshöhle, a guitar and piano ensemble, followed by a masterclasses for piano (in Stratton Hall) and guitar (in War Memorial Chapel). Guitarist/luthier James Buckland is among the few who perform on both terz and conventional concert guitars. His wife, Karen, chairs the piano department at Presbyterian College in Clinton, South Carolina, and remains a passionate performing clinician. ADMISSION IS FREE.

For further information contact Susan Kindall (864) 370-1800, ext. 2788, or skindall@bju.edu.

Saturday, March 1, 5:00 p.m., War Memorial Chapel

Rachel Steffensmeier, piano, will present her senior recital. She will play works composed by Bach, Shostakovich, Debussy, and Liszt.

Saturday, March 1, 7:00 p.m., War Memorial Chapel

Esther Waite, flute faculty, and Gabriela Chihaescu Werries, guest harpist will present a concert. They will play works composed by Saint-Saëns, Bizet, Andrès, Massenet, and Petra-Basacopol.

Monday, March 3, 5:00 p.m., War Memorial Chapel

The woodwind faculty, majors, and principals will present a recital of small ensembles in various combinations of flutes, oboes, clarinets, saxophones, and bassoons. Ensembles that include horns or strings may also be featured.

Dennis Prager to Speak at BJU Tonight

DennisPragerGreenville, S.C. (February 20, 2014) – Nationally syndicated talk show host and author Dennis Prager will speak as part of Bob Jones University’s Presidential Leadership Series tonight.

Prager, whose show is featured locally on WGTK, will speak on “The Consequences of Secularism” at 7 this evening in the Founder’s Memorial Amphitorium (FMA) on the BJU campus.

The event is free and open to the public.  Doors to the FMA will open at 6:30 p.m.  Free parking is available in the parking garage located directly behind Rodeheaver Auditorium as well as on campus streets.

BJU To Host College Goal South Carolina

cgsc_logo_smallGreenville, S.C. (February 20, 2014) – High school seniors from across the Upstate are invited to attend College Goal South Carolina at Bob Jones University Sat., Feb. 22.

The primary purpose of the event is to assist high school seniors who will be attending any college across the nation in accessing information and applying for financial aid to make college more affordable.

The event, sponsored by the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education, will be held from 10 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Alumni Building on the BJU campus. The Alumni Building is located near the Wade Hampton Boulevard entrance to BJU.

You may access further information here.

Fine Arts Calendar – Feb. 17-24

Monday, February 17–Thursday, March 6, Exhibition Corridor, Sargent Art Building

This invitational show features works by BJU alumna Diane Kilgore Condon.

Thursday, February 20, 5:00 p.m., Stratton Hall

Moriah Custer, piano, will present her senior recital. She will play works composed by Bach, Griffes, Custer, Beethoven, Couperin, and Chopin.

Friday, February 21, 11:00 a.m., Founder’s Memorial Amphitorium

This Vespers program is a multimedia presentation that brings the audience face to face with the great questions of life: Who is my neighbor? Which one of us is the greatest? How often do we have to forgive? Jesus provides the foundation for the answers to the questions of life.

Friday, February 21, 7:00 p.m., Stratton Hall

The Symphonic Wind Band, under the direction of Dan Turner, will present great European wind works, including music by Martin Ellerby, Alfred Reed, and Johan de Meij.

Monday, February 24, 5:00 p.m., War Memorial Chapel

Student Recital Hour will feature the following students: Adam Gingery, euphonium, accompanied by Kirk Habana; Kirk Habana, saxophone, accompanied by Jacob Bernhardt; Abigail Chetta, violin, accompanied by Sohee Park; Jacob Bernhardt, piano; Catherine Collins, voice, accompanied by Jeremy Gray; and Kaylin Pagliarini, violin, accompanied by Daniel Hoffman.

Monday, February 24, 7:00 p.m., Fine Arts 119

Piano pedagogy majors Jonathan Nyeholt and Abbe Mitchell will present a joint junior recital. Jonathan will play pieces composed by Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, and Bartók. Abbe will play pieces composed by Nazareth, Ginastera, Piazzolla, Villa-Lobos, and Guastavino.

Bob Jones University, GRACE Set to Meet

UPDATE: On February 25, 2014, Bob Jones University announced it has reengaged GRACE. You may access the news release here.

Greenville, S.C. (February 13, 2014) – Bob Jones University and GRACE will meet next week to discuss the concerns of both parties and determine a plan for moving forward.

Bob Jones University and GRACE remain hopeful this project can be completed with GRACE and in so doing raise sexual abuse awareness and minister to victims whose lives have been ravaged by abuse.

Update from Dr. Stephen Jones on GRACE

UPDATE: On February 25, 2014, Bob Jones University announced it has reengaged GRACE. You may access the news release here.

Greenville, S.C. (February 7, 2014) – This morning, Dr. Stephen Jones, president of Bob Jones University, gave the faculty, staff and students of BJU an update on our relationship with GRACE and what led to the termination of the contract.

Jones reiterated BJU’s intention to resolve our differences with GRACE.  However, if that is not possible, BJU is committed to moving forward – either with GRACE or another third party – to finish the project and publish a public report.

Since sending the letter to GRACE on January 27, we were involved in a number of good faith communications with GRACE and were working with them to set up a meeting in Lynchburg. We are disappointed an agreement could not be reached before GRACE went public yesterday and posted their statement on the GRACE website before sending it to the BJU executive team.

Video Recording of Statements to Faculty, Staff and Students of BJU

Bob Jones University Terminates Agreement with GRACE

UPDATE: On February 25, 2014, Bob Jones University announced it has reengaged GRACE. You may access the news release here.

Greenville, S.C. (February 6, 2014) – In the fall of 2011, the national news was filled with a steady stream of heart-breaking revelations of sexual abuse on college campuses. These events prompted Bob Jones University to evaluate its processes and procedures for responding to reports of sexual abuse and specifically to ensure the University maintained best practices for a legally compliant and loving, scripturally based response to such reports.

To accomplish this, the Board of Trustees appointed a committee external to BJU to review our policies and procedures. The committee recommended some policy revisions and also that the University appoint an independent ombudsman to review past instances in which it was alleged that the University may have underserved a student who reported they had been abused at some point in their lives.

BJU subsequently engaged GRACE as the ombudsman. In addition to working with GRACE, BJU independently implemented a number of initiatives to raise awareness of sexual abuse. BJU provided live Sexual Abuse Awareness Training to all 3000+ students and 1000+ faculty/staff members—unprecedented in institutions of higher education—and is creating guidelines to assist present and future students who work with minors in the community and on campus. BJU also is working to provide a comprehensive Child Safety Workshop for local church leaders this spring.

Over the last several months, we grew concerned about how GRACE was pursuing our objectives, and on Jan. 27, 2014, BJU terminated its contract with GRACE. It is BJU’s intention to resolve its differences with GRACE, and we are disappointed a resolution could not be reached before our differences were made public.  Both BJU and GRACE desire to raise sexual abuse awareness and minister to victims whose lives have been ravaged by abuse. GRACE has been helpful in assisting us in focusing our efforts in this area.

BJU sincerely appreciates all current and former students who participated in this initiative thus far, and the University regrets any delay BJU’s cancellation of its agreement with GRACE may have on this important project.

We grieve with those who have suffered abuse in their past, and we desire to minister the grace of Christ to them. Our prayer for the abused is that God will be their refuge and strength.

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Principles of Accounting? Yes, It’s Fun…

Jeanne Petrizzo with EnVeritas Group wrote a fantastic blog post about a Questalot game used at BJU in its Principles of Accounting class. You may view the original article here or read the article which is reposted with permission.

It’s all fun and games until… well, it’s always fun and games with Gamemaster Inc.’s brilliant gaming platform, Questalot. Questalot is a unique, interactive scavenger hunt app that has an extensive range of uses and purposes to draw in employees and customers of any company in any industry. From team-building activities to promotional challenges, businesses and schools can customize the app to accomplish a variety of objectives, from customer/student retention to internal exercises.

Recently, Mr. Chris Rawlings, a CPA and accounting professor at Bob Jones University, hosted a Questalot game as a form of extra credit for his Principles of Accounting class. Students could voluntarily participate for ten extra credit points, and if they didn’t have a smartphone, they could join another student who did. Of the 123 class members, 121 signed up, and about 70% participated to the fullest level. For students, the game was designed to provide an interactive and interesting way to engage in and out of the classroom and network with potential employers and alumni.

The series of challenges included answering daily questions, visiting the campus’ Career Services office and checking in with the GPS-enabled app, finding and meeting an upperclassman, snapping a photo with a member of one of the college’s sports teams, and researching and answering trivia about accounting companies like Ernst & Young and KPMG.

While the students benefitted immensely in regard to extra credit points, and the actual game benefits, the host, Mr. Rawlings, was able to obtain valuable data and rich analytics in a non-invasive manner. His goals were to address and promote retention, increase school spirit, reintegrate mobile technology, encourage peer-to-peer learning and generally make learning enjoyable, all of which he was able to accomplish through the game.

With the inclusion of questions about accounting companies and other local businesses, Mr. Rawlings was able to promote sponsorship and obtain prizes for the game winners and also provide an opportunity for accounting firms to interact with students as freshman, rather than waiting late into their college careers when it might be too late to recruit.

The Principles of Accounting game is just a case study and small example in the field of higher education. Consider the giant world of possibilities for the Questalot app. The game creates an experience that draws the user in and can be customized for almost any purpose in any industry. With the GPS-enabled challenges, the game can promote visits to a certain company location and encourage recurring revenue.

From team-building exercises and promotional contests to student orientation and mobile learning along with an array of other ideas, the Questalot app holds the power to provide a unique gaming experience for users and valuable measurable data for game hosts. With this brilliant tool designed by Gamemaster, everyone is a winner.

Jeanne Petrizzo – Writer/Editor

Ryerson Named to President’s Club

Joshua RyersonGreenville, S.C. (February 5, 2014) – In the University’s chapel service Feb. 3, Dr. Stephen Jones, president of Bob Jones University, awarded Joshua Ryerson, a senior business (concentration in trades) major from Greenwood, S.C., the Student Worker Appreciation Award.

The Student Worker Appreciation Award is one of six President’s Club awards given by the President to students at Bob Jones University.

One of Ryerson’s supervisors nominated him for the award by stating, “Josh works in the HVAC department in Facilities doing planned maintenance.  He has a number of responsibilities which he carries out with little or no instruction.  He systematically accomplishes the tasks he is given with efficiency and thoroughness.  Josh can work on just about anything mechanical including water pumps, electric motors, air compressors, heating systems and air handling machinery.  Josh is always willing, pleasant, respectful and available when needed.  Many times he has sacrificed his free time and worked past his normal work hours to help complete a job.

Off campus, Josh ministers at his home church teaching Sunday school, filling in with a message from God’s Word when needed and performing custodial duties.”

This job is not one of the most noticeable responsibilities on campus, but Josh has demonstrated a work ethic that prizes perseverance over ease. It is the kind of mentality that Proverbs 6 designates as “wise.”

Students are nominated for President’s Club awards by faculty, staff and their peers, and a committee selects recipients from the nominations received. In addition to recognition in a President’s Club chapel, recipients have their photo displayed in the university Student Center and enjoy dinner with the president.

Barfield Named to President’s Club

Forrest BarfieldGreenville, S.C. (February 5, 2014) – In the University’s chapel service Feb. 3, Dr. Stephen Jones, president of Bob Jones University, awarded Forrest Barfield, a junior communication major from Blanch, N.C., the Partner Award.

One of six President’s Club awards, the Partner Award is given to a student who has shown himself to be a partner with BJU in the cause of training young people to serve the Lord by promoting or contributing to its programs in a self-sacrificing way.

In his nomination, a staff member said, “Forrest often goes above and beyond his job requirements. He has thought of creative ways to serve students through coordinating free coffee, making functional improvements, and offering much of his own time to making the residence hall lobby a place that is welcoming. He has set up a student work station with paper and office supplies where students can print and compile projects.

Because of his innovation, the check-out desk has become a warm and welcome place. He can often be found cleaning or improving the desk in some way or another. After Thanksgiving break, he even brought Christmas decorations from his home to spruce up the desk. He does all of these things without additional compensation and always with a cheerful attitude. Forrest is a very spiritually minded young man, often overheard talking about things of the Lord with his friends or with guys who come to the desk.”

His spirit and life consistently reflect the marks of a Christian found in Romans 12:9-12. He demonstrates genuine love by loving others with brotherly affection often inconveniencing himself in order to do so; he shows respect and honor to others regardless of their position or association, and he faithfully serves the Lord while encouraging others to join him in doing so.

Students are nominated for President’s Club awards by faculty, staff and their peers, and a committee selects recipients from the nominations received. In addition to recognition in a President’s Club chapel, recipients have their photo displayed in the university Student Center and enjoy dinner with the President.