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Bruins Golf Has Strong Showing at SCAD Tournament

Micah Gold (left) nearly broke the school record with a score of 70 in the second round of the SCAD tournament

Micah Gold (left) nearly broke the school record with a score of 70 in the second round of the SCAD tournament

Greenville, S.C. (March 19, 2014) – Clay Wiginton remained red-hot as the Bruins competed in the Savannah College of Arts and Design (SCAD) Invitational tournament. The weather would prove to be a factor as the opening round was delayed several times due to rain.

In this tournament, the Bruins would not record a team score as the team only had three of the required four players competing. The Bruins were coming off a tournament last week in Georgia, in which the team placed 7th.

Clay Wiginton started the Bruins off well by making par on the first two holes and followed it up with a birdie on hole three. Wiginton nearly scored an eagle on the fifth hole, but his edged the cup and didn’t fall. After a three-hour rain delay, Wiginton returned to form by tapping home a birdie on 9.

Micah Gold played well for the Bruins going 1 under on the front nine. The team struggled on the back nine with several double and single bogeys and few par saves. The round was eventually called due to rain delays and darkness, but the Bruins were playing well despite the rain. “Weather conditions made scoring very difficult,” Coach Denny Scott said. “We faced a lot of adversity in this tournament, but the guys were up to the challenge.”

On the second day, the Bruins finished up their first round with with Wiginton (74), Gold (80), and Counts (89). The team had little rest as they began the second round of the tournament. The weather lightened up as conditions continued to improve.

Micah Gold birdied hole three, and Wiginton battled for even par on the first four holes. The team overcame a lot of challenges as they were able to sink key par saves despite the wet greens. At the end of the second round, the Bruins scored Wiginton (72), Gold (70), Counts (88). Although the team didn’t record an official team score, Coach Scott was happy with the results.

“We are getting much closer to posting rounds in the 70’s as a team which is what we will need to break a 300 score,” Coach Scott said. “We did show that we are capable of breaking that barrier of 300 even with being a man down for this match. We just need to get deeper as a team so we are not as affected by scheduling conflicts that arise.”

Clay Wiginton finished among the top in individual scores in the tournament with a combined score of 146. Micah Gold had a strong second day with a score of 70, one shy of his own school record of 69 set last season. The team continues to show great improvement and will look to continue building next week at the Bryan College Spring Invitational in Tennessee.

This article was originally written by BJU Bruins Sports Information Director Jonny Gamet on 

Three BJU Students Place First in National Intercollegiate Broadcasting Competition

Andrea SanfordGreenville, S.C. (March 17, 2014) – Three Bob Jones University students were recently awarded First Place for their Public Service Campaign at the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System’s 74th Annual International School/College Radio/Webcast Conference awards ceremony held March 8 in New York City.

Kristyn SpearsThe three students honored were Andrea Sanford, a 2014 journalism and mass communication graduate from Greenville, Kristyn Barrett, a senior journalism and mass communication major from Greer and Joel Whited, a sophomore journalism and mass communication major from Lima, Ohio.

Joel WhitedThe campaign, titled “Saving Lives Together,” united three local universities—BJU, Furman, and North Greenville—as they collected nearly 1,500 units of blood for the local Greenville community through The Blood Connection last fall.

The contest received more than 800 media entries in 20 categories from some of the top colleges and universities in the nation.

Hundreds to Join BJU’s Annual Bible Conference

Greenville, S.C. (March 17, 2014) – Bob Jones University will hold its annual Bible Conference March 24-28.   Hundreds of guests from the Greenville community and around the country are expected to join the university family for the week.  Services will be held daily at 10 a.m., 1:30 and 7 p.m. except for Thur., March 27 when services will be at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.

This year’s speakers include Dr. Gary Anderson of Baptist Mid-Missions, Cleveland, Ohio; Dr. Mike Harding of First Baptist Church of Troy, Troy, Mich.; Dr. Sam Horn of Central Baptist Theological Seminary, Plymouth, Minn.;  Dr. Les Ollila, former president of Northland International University, Dunbar, Wis.;  Dr. Gerald Priest, former faculty member of Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary, Greenville, S.C.; Dr. Bob Shelton, an evangelist from Greenville, S.C. and Dr. Charles Whitfield, a retired pastor from Birmingham, Mich.  All services will be webcast live.

Other activities throughout the week include a BJU Concert Band performance on the 25th at 3:30 p.m. in Stratton Hall, Parents’ Day on the 26th, Alumni Day and a Foundation Brass concert on the 27th at 11:30 a.m. in the Student Center Mall.

In conjunction with Bible Conference, the Alumni Association is hosting various class reunions Thursday.


Clay Wiginton Has Fourth Lowest Score in Golf Tournament

ClayWigintonGreenville, S.C. (March 12, 2014) — The Bruins golf team took the course in Waleska, Ga. for their first tournament of the spring season. The team competed in their first season of intercollegiate golf in the fall of 2013. The players greatly improved over the course of the season, and won their first tournament in program history in September.

Callahan Golf Links would be the setting for the Reinhardt Invitational Tournament with seven teams competing in the tournament. The other schools represented were Lindsey Wilson College, Reinhardt University, Truett-McConnell, Brewton-Parker, Covenant College and Campbellsville University.

Clay Wiginton jumpstarted the Bruins round by scoring a birdie on the first hole. Blake Counts birdied the 3rd hole and followed it up with another birdie on the 5th hole. The Bruins fell off the pace a bit on the back nine and finished the day with a combined 332. Clay Wiginton was the low scorer for the Bruins with a first-round 74, putting him in the top five individual scores for the day.

“We had a pretty solid start to the spring season,” Coach Denny Scott said. “Our guys are showing significant improvement from the fall season which bodes well for us in the future.”

In the second round, Clay Wiginton started off the round with a birdie again to put him within two shots of the lead. After a double bogey, Wiginton responded with a birdie on hole four to draw even for the round. The Bruins had some great birdie putts and par saves, but the bogeys began to creep in at crucial moments in the round. The team finished with a 335 score giving them a 667 for the tournament. The Bruins placed 7th of the 7 teams competing.

“We had a few setbacks early this season left the team with only four golfers,” Coach Denny Scott said. “That didn’t deter this team from continuing to build on the solid foundation that was laid during the fall. This spring season will give us more competitive experience that will eventually make the team stronger when we add new recruits in the fall. While the present is still a building process, the future is very bright and we are very optimistic about it.”

Clay Wiginton led the Bruins with a combined score of 152. This was the fourth lowest score in the tournament. The Bruins will play next weekend in Covington, Ga. as they compete in the Savannah College of Arts and Design Invitational at The Oaks Course.

This article was originally written by BJU Bruins Sports Information Director Jonny Gamet and posted at 

BJU Launches Presidential Search Website

Greenville, S.C. (March 5, 2014) – This morning, the Executive Committee of the Bob Jones University Board of Trustees launched a presidential search website to define the position and serve as a major source of information about the search for a new BJU president.

Individuals may apply for the position or submit recommendations of others they would like to see considered.  There is no need to resubmit any recommendations which have previously been submitted.

You may access the website from the BJU homepage and at

David Marine to Address University Business Association Tonight

Greenville, S.C. (March 3, 2014) –  David Marine, Vice President of Brand Engagement at Coldwell Banker, will be the featured speaker for the University Business Association (UBA) at 6 p.m. today in the Applied Studies Auditorium on the Bob Jones University campus.

Marine, a 2000 marketing graduate of BJU, is a marketing director with experience in developing national advertising plans and media for both online and offline initiatives. In addition to creating national television commercials, he has wide experience in producing branded video content and launching online & social initiatives.

Marine’s background is in online strategy having launched numerous mobile and web-based initiatives including branded apps for mobile and tablet, an online video platform and social media initiatives.

Marine is a polished presenter who is frequently asked to speak at both national and regional events on marketing and advertising topics. He also serves as the head writer and editor for the Coldwell Banker Blue Matter blog.

Members of the community are encouraged to attend.

Sparkman Elected to Board of Directors for Devine Millimet

Greenville, S.C. (February 26, 2014) – Jon Sparkman was recently elected to the Board of Directors of Devine Millimet, one of the largest full-service law firms in northern New England.

Sparkman received his BS in Professional Accounting from Bob Jones University graduating summa cum laude in 1985. He received his Juris Doctor from Suffolk University Law School in 1990.  Licensed to practice law in New Hampshire and Massachusetts, he is also a certified public accountant. He focuses on business and tax law including representation of non-profit organizations.

Sparkman is the president of Devine Millimet. His three-year term began on January 1, 2012. He is a former chair of the New Hampshire Bar Association, and was member of the Board of Directors of the New Hampshire Society of Certified Public Accountants, 2004-2007.

Sparkman has been recognized multiple years in The Best Lawyers in America and is a frequent speaker for law groups, institutes and CPA societies. He is also published in numerous business and trade magazines.

Jon and his wife, Lisa, have four children and reside in, Pelham, N.H.  He has also served as music director at Grace Bible Church of Dracut, N.H. and volunteered as a youth sports coach in his community.

Horner Promoted to Captain

HornerGreenville, S.C. (February 26, 2014) – Tim Horner was recently promoted to captain by the United States Marine Corps.

Horner, a 2009 Bob Jones University graduate, is stationed at MCAS Cherry Point, N.C. and flies with the Harrier training squadron (VMAT-203). Horner is expected to remain at Cherry Point for the next three years in an operational squadron.

Because of the length and expense involved in training aviators, the Marines have an eight-year contract for aviators once the pilot is awarded their wings.

Horner is currently training to fly the highly versatile Harrier which has four primary ways to take off and five to land, depending on the landing location and condition. It is best known for its vertical takeoff and landing, which enables the Marines to operate almost anywhere. The Harrier is predominately a close-air support aircraft that specializes in air-to-ground strikes and is a tremendous asset in-theater.

Horner, and his wife Julie Ann, have an infant daughter.

BJU Reengages GRACE To Complete Independent Review

Greenville, S.C. (February 25, 2014) – Bob Jones University today announced that it has reached agreement with GRACE to complete the independent review of the University’s response to sexual and other abuse.   The independent review was initiated by the University in response to a series of national news stories about abuse at other institutions.  The purpose of the review was to assess past responses by the University in support of victims and identify policies and procedures that could be enhanced.

Bob Jones University suspended the review on January 27, 2014.  Bob Jones University met with GRACE on February 18-19, 2014, to discuss any issues that might stand in the way of GRACE’s completion of a thorough, transparent and objective review.  GRACE satisfactorily addressed the University’s concerns and Bob Jones University is confident the review can be completed in a timely and professional manner.  To be clear, GRACE and BJU are united in their commitment to a review that is thorough, transparent and objective.  As the process moves forward, regular updates will be provided.

BJU appreciates our former students and others who participated in the review with GRACE. They demonstrated great courage to share their stories in an effort to help us improve. We appreciate how important this review is to everyone who cares about the University and we apologize for the added anxiety caused by the temporary suspension of the review.

Video Recording of Announcement to BJU Students, Faculty and Staff

Marshall Franklin, Executive Vice President of Operations at Bob Jones University, announced to the BJU faculty, staff and students today (Tues., Feb. 25) that the University is reinstating GRACE to complete the independent review of the University’s response to reports of sexual abuse initiated in November 2012.

BJU appreciates our former students who courageously participated in the project with GRACE and recounted personal and painful experiences from their past. We apologize for the pain and disappointment they suffered as we temporarily delayed the project.

Out of respect for our former students who shared their experiences with GRACE, and with an appreciation for the enormous effort that had gone into this project, officials from GRACE and Bob Jones University met recently to consider if BJU should continue the project with GRACE or restart it with another firm. After much discussion and several days of prayerful consideration, BJU concluded the best course of action was to reengage with GRACE to complete the project.

To be clear, GRACE will complete the review it started in November 2012, and the results will be shared publicly. As the process moves forward, progress updates will continue to be communicated.

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

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.