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Bright Future for BJU Bruins’ Cross Country

Landon and Katie BrightGreenville, S.C. (April 5, 2013) – Bob Jones University announced today the appointment of Landon and Katie Bright to lead the new intercollegiate cross country program at BJU.

Landon currently serves as head coach of cross country and track and field at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas. As an athlete, Bright was an NAIA All-American at Point Loma Nazarene University. He competed in four national championships and was named Most Valuable Cross Country Athlete in 2008 and Most Valuable Track Athlete in 2009.

Katie also competed for four years in cross country and track and field and was a 4-year NAIA and Golden State Scholar Athlete from 2007-2010. Both are very active in their local church and seek to use sports to mentor student-athletes.

“Landon and Katie bring a high level of expertise in cross country”, Bruins’ Athletics Director Neal Ring said. “Landon presented a very proactive approach in building this program and included a strong spiritual component that fit exactly with what we stand for in our approach to athletics.”

Landon and Katie bring not only a knowledge and love for the game, but also a love to use sports to show Christ in their communities. “This is a great opportunity to be able to serve Christ and be a good example for Him as we run,” Landon said. “I view running as a very spiritual thing in using our bodies for God. I am thankful we can share in the ministry of BJU as we start this program.” Landon is finishing his Master of Education degree in Kinesiology, Sport and Recreation from Hardin-Simmons University.

BJU’s cross country program will begin competition this fall.  Bob Jones University is a member of the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) and cross country will provide new opportunities for our students in the 2013-2014 school year.

BJU Alumnus Named Greenville County Economic Development Ambassador

Peter Waldschmidt (center) was named as the 2013 Greenville County Economic Development Ambassador

Peter Waldschmidt (center) was named as the 2013 Greenville County Economic Development Ambassador

Greenville, S.C. (March 22, 2013) The Greenville Area Development Corporation (GADC) recently named BJU graduate Peter Waldschmidt as the 2013 Greenville County Economic Development Ambassador.

GADC noted Waldschmidt’s leadership in the Greenville community for supporting the advancement of several programs including TEDxGreenville, NEXT Innovation Center and

Governor Nikki Haley recognized Waldschmidt, along with ambassadors from all 46 South Carolina counties, during Industry Appreciation Week ceremonies at the State House in Columbia.

The new Greenville Ambassador currently serves as the CEO of Gnoso Inc., a software product company he founded.  He also co-founded TetraData Corporation and served as its chief technology officer prior to the selling of the company in 2006.

Waldschmidt graduated from BJU with a BS in Electrical Engineering. Peter also studied for an MBA at Clemson University.

BJU Alumnus Wins Second Place in National Vocal Competition

Tim Renner

Tim Renner

Greenville, SC (March 19, 2013)– Timothy Renner, a 2012 Bob Jones University graduate, received second place in the young artist division of The ORPHEOUS National Music Competition for Young Artists.

The competition, sponsored by the Middle Tennessee Choral Society, was held on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tenn.  The competition features a student division (19-24) and a young artist division (25-30) and awards a total of $17,700 across both divisions.

Renner was awarded the $2,500 second place prize in the young artist division of the contest.  The Woodbridge, Va. resident received his BS in Music Education in 2010 and his MMus in Church Music in 2012 from Bob Jones University.  He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) in Voice Performance and Literature at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

United States Army Cancels U.S. Army Field Band Spring Tour

Greenville, S.C. (March 11, 2013) – The United States Army today cancelled the entire spring tour of the U.S. Army Field Band and Soldiers Chorus, which included a stop in Greenville at Bob Jones University.  The U.S. Army Field Band had been scheduled to perform for the university student body and members of the Greenville community on Saturday, April 6.

Bob Jones University to Host U.S. Army Field Band and Soldier’s Chorus

bc_capitolstepsGreenville, S.C. (March 7, 2013) – Bob Jones University announced today it will host the internationally acclaimed United States Army Field Band of Washington, DC, at the Davis Field House on the BJU campus on Sat., Apr. 6 at 7 p.m. This free, ticketed event is open to the public.

As the premier touring musical representative of the United States Army, the Field Band travels thousands of miles each year throughout the nation and abroad, keeping the will of the American people behind the members of the armed forces and supporting diplomatic efforts around the world. Since its formation in 1946, the Field Band has appeared in all 50 states and in more than 30 countries on four continents.

Along with the Soldiers’ Chorus, founded in 1957, this 65-member Concert Band presents a powerful and diverse program of marches, overtures, popular music, patriotic selections, and instrumental and vocal solos. A music critic for the Boston Globe called a Field Band performance “a cause to stand up and cheer.”

Past performance highlights include World War II 50th anniversary commemorations in the United States and Europe, Presidential Inaugural Parades, the rededication of the Statue of Liberty, nationally televised broadcasts on Memorial Day and the Fourth of July, and the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. Joint concerts with many of the nation’s leading orchestras, including the Boston Pops, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and Cincinnati Pops, have received rave reviews.

The Field Band’s members, selected by highly competitive audition, represent some of the finest musical talent in America. More than five decades as the military’s most traveled musicians have earned them the title, “The Musical Ambassadors of the Army.”

You may obtain free tickets online at

To obtain free tickets by mail, please include a self-addressed stamped envelope with your request to:  U.S. Army Field Band Tickets, Programs & Productions, Bob Jones University, Greenville, SC 29614

BJU Takes A Day Off for Fun and Celebration

Gold Rush Daze Games 2013Greenville, SC (Mar. 5, 2013) – For one fun-filled day, classes will be suspended and a parade, games, and fireworks will be the order of the day as Bob Jones University celebrates Gold Rush Daze March 12th.

Divided into two teams – Green Thunder and Red Lightning, students will decorate the residence halls, wear team colors and compete in games on the athletic field in an effort to prove which team has greater school spirit.

The idea for Gold Rush Daze was born from the desire of Dr. Bob Jones III to build camaraderie between university officials and students.  Stephen Wetterlund, Assistant Dean of Mentoring and Counseling said, “It’s a day where we can step aside from the pressures of academia and come together as a family. It shows we are interested in the student as a whole person academically, physically, emotionally and spiritually.”

The first Gold Rush Daze took place on a cold, yet sunny day in 1977. Now held every four years, it is an event that students, faculty, staff and alumni highly anticipate.

The day begins with administrators, faculty and staff serving students breakfast.  The afternoon kicks off at 1:15 p.m. with a parade on the athletic fields put together by the two teams.  Games are followed by dinner at the Activity Center near the Alumni Stadium. The day concludes with a faculty and staff-produced program for the students in Founder’s Memorial Amphitorium at 7 p.m. followed by a singspiration and fireworks at Alumni Stadium.

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.