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BJU Has Fourth Largest Harp Program in the Country

HarpChoirlowresGreenville, S.C. (September 3, 2013) – With 17 harp students in 2012-2013, Bob Jones University is recognized as having the fourth largest harp program in music schools throughout the country.

The Harp Column Journal surveyed 114 colleges and universities across the United States with music programs. BJU has the fourth largest program exceeded only by Indiana University, Brigham Young University and Ball State University.

BJU’s program began in 2006 and is headed by Mrs. Emily Waggoner. Waggoner received her BMus in 2001 from BJU and a MMus in 2006 from Converse College.

“Having seventeen students as part of our harp program at BJU is a blessing,” said Waggoner. “As the program continues to grow, it will benefit our students as they practice and perform with so many other students dedicated to perfecting their use of the harp and using it to bring glory to God.”

Dr. Rand Hummel To Preach At Opening Services

Greenville, S.C. (September 2, 2013) – Dr. Rand Hummel, who serves as the director of The WILDS of New England, will be preaching at the opening services of the 2013-2014 academic year. The services will be held tonight and tomorrow evening beginning at 7 in the Founder’s Memorial Amphitorium on the Bob Jones University campus.

The services will be webcast live.

Kaytlin Tharp Receives Bank2 Scholarship

Kaytlin PicGreenville, S.C. –  (September 2. 2013) Bank2, a community bank based in Oklahoma City, Okla., awarded Kaytlin Tharp, a senior majoring in Business and Culinary Arts at Bob Jones University, the 2013 Ta-ossaa-asha’ Scholarship.

To encourage integrity and diversity in the business world, Bank2 awards an educational scholarship of $1,000 to a Chickasaw college student who has maintained a high GPA in a business major and exemplified leadership and character.

Bank2 employed an outside firm to process and evaluate the applications, letters of recommendation and essays.

Tharp, a resident of Fruitvale, Texas, received a AS in Culinary Arts from BJU in 2012.

Michael Darlin Receives Scholarships from SCACPA

MichaelDarlinGreenville, S.C. (August 30, 2013) – Michael Darlin, a senior majoring in accounting at Bob Jones University, was recently selected by the South Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants (SCACPA) Educational Fund  as a recipient of the SCACPA Piedmont Chapter Scholarship and the Ray Waters Scholarship.

The SCACPA Educational Fund awards annual scholarships to South Carolina residents who are rising juniors, seniors or Master’s degree students majoring in accounting at a South Carolina college or university. Scholarship recipients must have no less than a 3.25 GPA overall  (on a 4.0 scale) and no less than a 3.5 GPA in accounting.

Darlin, a resident of Greenville, received $2,500 from SCACPA.

Joy Wiser Awarded Scholarship to Study in Israel

JoyWiserGreenville, S.C. (August 30, 2013) – Joy Wiser, a 2011 graduate of Bob Jones University,  was one of four first-year medical students awarded a four-year, $7,500 per year tuition scholarship by the Medical School for International Health (MSIH),  in recognition of her global health volunteer activities in Zambia and Kenya.

Wiser, a resident of Painesville, Ohio, received a master’s of public health at the University of Toledo prior to matriculating to the MSIH.

The MSIH, a collaboration between Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and Columbia University Medical Center, is the only four-year, North-American style medical school that incorporates global health coursework into all four years of the medical school curriculum.

Located in Beer-sheva, Israel, medical students spend the first three years in Israel, and then return to New York to take their fourth-year electives at Columbia University Medical Center and its affiliates and other medical institutions in the US and Canada.  The capstone experience is an eight-week global health clinical clerkship in the spring of the fourth year, in supervised sites around the world.

Bob Jones University Opens Renovated Dining Common


Paul and Cheryl Kalmbach join Dr. Stephen Jones for the ribbon cutting to open the newly renovated Kalmbach Room in the Dixon-McKenzie Dining Common on the Bob Jones University campus. The room was named in honor of Paul’s parents, the late Milton and Ruth Kalmbach of Ohio.

Greenville, S.C. (August 29, 2013) – Dr. Stephen Jones, president of Bob Jones University, today reopened the renovated student dining room of the Dixon-McKenzie Dining Common—the major dining facility on the BJU campus.

Joined by representatives of the University family, contractors and city, county and state officials, Jones recognized donors and several individuals who played key roles in the nearly $6 million renovation project. Following the brief program, attendees enjoyed lunch in the newly-renovated facilities.

Dr. Jones also renamed the main dining room the Kalmbach Room in honor of the late Milton and Ruth Kalmbach of Ohio who loved BJU and what it stood for. “They would be most pleased to know their legacy includes supporting a University whose goals match the faith for which they lived,” says their son, Paul Kalmbach.

“My main goal for the project,” says Dr. Jones, “is to enhance our mission of student discipleship—to create a venue conducive to intentional faculty-to-student and student-to-student mentoring and discipleship and to student socialization. Additionally, I want to give our students a great dining experience by increasing food variety and healthy options as well as extended dining hours.”

Since early May, the main student dining room—which is approximately the size of a football field—has been totally gutted, equipped with a variety of food stations and new furniture, and totally redecorated.  This follows three summers of infrastructure work to prepare the building for the interior renovation.

To increase energy efficiency, new heating and air conditioning systems and state-of-the-art Prescolite Megalum high output LED down lights were installed. This lighting installation is one of the first installations which utilizes heat pipe technology from the computer and space industry to dissipate heat from the lighting. Lights have a 60,000 hour life which equates to almost 15 years of use for 12 hours daily.

Choate Construction Company of Charlotte, N.C. served as general contractor.

The facility opens to the entire university family Friday, Aug. 30.

For more pictures of the facility, please click here.

BJU Bruins Women’s Soccer Team Ranked #10 In The Country

Greenville, S.C. (August 27, 2013) – The National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) released their 2013 preseason rankings and  the Bob Jones University Bruins women’s soccer team was ranked #10 in the country in Division II of the NCCAA.

“The ranking is a reward for all the hard work we put in last season,” Coach Chris Carmichael said. “Although the team is very self-motivated, this will give them an extra measure of confidence. Now that we are ranked in the top ten, certain expectations are going to come with that ranking and we need to push ourselves to be better on the field.”

The Bruins women kickoff their regular season Saturday night as they welcome Emmanuel College to Alumni Stadium at 7 p.m. The squad finished 7-10 this past season but showed great improvement throughout their inaugural season. The Bruins had a five-game winning streak in the middle of the season, and during that time the Bruins outscored their opponents 31-2. The team hopes to build on the success from last year and progress further into the postseason tournament.

“We have to look at the whole season,” Coach Carmichael said. “This ranking gives us a benchmark to be able to work hard. It lets us know where we stand and will motivate us to work harder.”

The Bruins men will continue to compete in Division I of the NCCAA and the Bruins women will compete in Division II.  The BJU Bruins, now in their second year of intercollegiate competition, compete in soccer, basketball, cross country and golf.


BJU Graduate Named to Ohio Right to Life Staff

LauraBethKirsopGreenville, S.C. (August 27, 2013) – Laura Beth Kirsop was recently named as Director of Communications for Ohio Right to Life, the state affiliate of the National Right to Life Committee.

Kirsop received her MA in Organizational Communication from Bob Jones University in 2013.

She will be responsible for overseeing all internal and external communications, media relations and event coordinating.

“I am deeply honored to become part of the dedicated staff at Ohio Right to Life,” said Kirsop. “I enthusiastically look forward to fighting to save and to preserve innocent life with such a passionate team of talented individuals.”

Founded in 1967, Ohio Right to Life, with more than 45 local chapters, is Ohio’s oldest and largest grassroots pro-life organization.

Bob Jones Academy Implements Flipped Classrooms for Ninth Grade Students

Bob Jones Acadmy high school ipadsGreenville, S.C. (August 22, 2013) –  Ninth grade students are seeing big changes at Bob Jones Academy as teachers introduce iPads and flipped classrooms for all core classes this year.

After a small pilot study last year, BJA is now conducting a larger evaluation of the use of iPads and the flipped classroom methodology where all students enrolled in core 9th-grade classes – Algebra I, English 9, Physical Science, World Geography and World History – will use an iPad with eTextbooks installed.

In a flipped classroom, students watch lectures at home and work with the teacher on practice and application of concepts during the class hour. The iPad enables students to watch lectures at home, take quizzes online during class and use its other features to enhance learning.

Core content for the classes remains the same. This technology will allow teachers to implement the flipped classroom differently and no two flipped classrooms will look the same.

Teachers hope to increase interaction with students as they develop more effective use of technology.


Bruins Foundation to Support University Athletics

Greenville, S.C. (August 15, 2013) – Bob Jones University’s Department of Athletics recently announced the formation of the Bruins Foundation —a tax-exempt organization dedicated to fulfilling the University’s mission through athletics. For the first time, contributions toward Bruins athletics, including membership in the Bruins Booster Club, are tax-deductible.

All support raised will benefit both intramural and intercollegiate athletics and will go toward efforts such as athletics facilities, team travel, community outreach, technology upgrades, expansion of recreational sporting opportunities for the university community and even short-term missions opportunities.

Athletics play an integral role in fulfilling BJU’s focus on educating the whole person, in promoting school unity, and in shepherding the next generation of Christian leaders.

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