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New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players to Present The Mikado at BJU

Chase_Mahon_Quint_BryantGreenville, S.C. (February 27, 2013) – Bob Jones University is pleased to host the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players (NYGSP) as they present The Mikado in Rodeheaver Auditorium on the Bob Jones University campus on March 7–9 at 7 p.m.

The NYGSP has performed for more than 35 years and is now America’s pre-eminent professional Gilbert & Sullivan repertory company.

This will be the third time the NYGSP has performed at BJU. “During their first two times here, the audience loved the performances,” says Dr. Darren Lawson, dean of the School of Fine Arts and Communication. “I’m confident that their upcoming production of The Mikado will be a huge success.”

The Mikado’s brilliant satire and unforgettable songs poke fun at the British bureaucracy of the late 19th century and their half-baked schemes to solve Great Britain’s social problems. In their most popular operetta of all time, Gilbert & Sullivan also masterfully mock the then-current rage over all things oriental through the use of caricatures like Ko-Ko, Nanki-Poo, and the beautiful schoolgirl Yum-Yum.

Tickets can be purchased as or by calling Program & Productions at (864) 770-1372.

BJU Alumnus Wins First Ever Reagan Symposium Essay Contest

Greenville, SC (February 22, 2013) – Bob Jones University announced today that Bryan Ballas, a 2011 graduate, received first place in the graduate student division of the 2013 Regent University Ronald Reagan Symposium essay contest.  Essays answered the question: “What role should religion play in presidential rhetoric?”

“Bryan’s political views are driven by his biblical worldview,” said Linda Abrams, BJU Political Science professor.  “I have never had a student who so clearly understood the connection between biblical principles and public policy.”

Ballas was awarded the $1,500 grand prize in the graduate level division of the contest.  The St. Augustine, FL resident is currently pursuing a master’s degree at the Robertson School of Government at Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA.

Dr. Eric Patterson, who serves as the Dean of the Robertson School of Government at Regent University said, “As someone who read his essay, I can say Ballas combined insightful analysis with thoughtful prose in his response to the conference theme ‘religion and presidential rhetoric.’”

This is the first time an essay contest was held in the eight year history of the annual Reagan Symposium. First, second and third place winners were awarded in three levels: high school, undergraduate and graduate.

Bob Jones University to Host President of Hobby Lobby

Steve Green, President of Hobby Lobby

Steve Green, President of Hobby Lobby

Greenville, SC (February 15, 2013) –  Bob Jones University (BJU) is pleased to announce that Steve Green, President of Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., will share the remarkable Hobby Lobby story on Monday, Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. in the Founder’s Memorial Amphitorium (FMA) on the Bob Jones University campus.  Members of the community are encouraged to join the university family for this special evening.

BJU President Stephen Jones said, “We are delighted to host Steve Green on our campus.  As a Christian businessman, he has a compelling story to tell our students and the greater Greenville community about the success of Hobby Lobby.”

Hobby Lobby is the largest privately owned arts and crafts retailer in the world.  Headquartered in Oklahoma City, Hobby Lobby employs approximately 20,000 people companywide and operates approximately 520 stores in 42 states.  Hobby Lobby sales for 2012 totaled more than $3 billion.

During his address, Green will also highlight the traveling exhibit of biblical antiquities known as PassagesPassages contains 400 items from The Green Collection, comprised of over 40,000 biblical antiquities, and is among the world’s newest and largest private collections of rare biblical texts and artifacts.  Passages is currently on exhibit through March 30th at 8405 IBM Drive in Charlotte, NC.  Information and coupons to attend the exhibit will be available at the event.

Steve Green’s address is free and open to the public.  Doors to the FMA will open at 6:30 p.m.  Parking is available in the parking garage located directly behind Rodeheaver Auditorium as well as on-street parking.

You may view Steve Green’s presentation here.

Jordan Allen Named as NCCAA Academic All American

Jordan Allen

Jordan Allen

Greenville, SC (January 3, 2013) – Jordan Allen, a junior Bible major from Matthews, N.C., was named to the National Christian College Athletic Association’s (NCCAA) Academic All American team.

“Jordan is an effective leader – both on the soccer field and in the classroom,” said Jesse McCormick, Bruins men’s soccer coach. “I appreciate his leadership and commitment to excellence and I’m pleased the NCCAA recognized him for his efforts.”

Allen is one of a select few student-athletes from across the country to be honored as an Academic All American. He is a midfielder and captain on the Bob Jones University Bruins men’s soccer team. To qualify for this award, he had to maintain a 3.5 GPA.

As a Division I university in the NCCAA, BJU Bruins compete in soccer and basketball. Beginning in the fall of the 2013-2014 academic year, the Bruins will also compete in cross country.