President’s Newsletter — March 2019

This newsletter from Bob Jones University’s president Steve Pettit is intended to inform BJU’s alumni and friends of student and faculty achievements and campus programs and activities. Communication regarding this newsletter may be addressed to

Message from the President

Divine Design: Biblical Manhood and Womanhood

In chapel this semester, Sam Horn, Alan Benson and I are preaching a series of messages titled “Divine Design,” laying out what the Scriptures teach about God’s design for men and women.

Society boldly expresses anti-biblical opinions on social issues such as sexual identity, transgenderism, and male and female roles in marriage and the church. The college years are the time when many settle their viewpoints on these issues, and the pressure on Christian students to conform to the world’s views is real and it is great.

I believe these types of social issues will be the dividing line among believers. As we here at Bob Jones University seek to educate and disciple students in the context of a biblical worldview, we cannot assume they are knowledgeable of and committed to biblical principles regarding life issues. I feel an earnest and great responsibility to ground our students in basic Scriptural principles regarding these issues.

In laying the foundation for the study, I discussed with the students how Jesus responded to the Pharisees’ question about divorce in Matt. 19:3. Instead of answering the question, with the words “Have you not read… ?” Jesus took them to Genesis. He laid out God’s original intent in creation for male and female. He talked about design, not divorce. He appealed to what God intended in the beginning.

Jesus appealed to the Scriptures as divinely authoritative on life issues. He established the Scriptures as the source for our answers and implied the Scriptures are sufficient.

I invite you to watch this chapel series live each Monday at 11 a.m. at or to listen to previous archived messages on our website. This semester’s doctrinal series on the Second Coming of Christ is also livestreamed each Wednesday at 11 a.m.

See Also: Introduction to Divine Design | Divine Design Chapel Series

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Mrs. Beneth Peters Jones with the Lord

The Bob Jones University community—scattered literally around the globe—was saddened by the home going of Mrs. Beneth Peters Jones, 81, wife of Dr. Bob Jones III, Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019. Mrs. Jones served at the University 58 years.

Born in Albany, Oregon, Mrs. Jones earned a BA and an MA in interpretative speech, both from Bob Jones University. She also studied at Northwestern University in Illinois.

Mrs. Jones was a widely acclaimed actress, director, teacher, writer and speaker. She loved the stage, directing nine major plays and performing the leading role in 15 Shakespearean productions and a Living Gallery program. She also played major roles in two feature-length films produced by Unusual Films.

She had an extensive ministry to women. As a faculty member she taught speech and, with other faculty, taught a course for women planning to be pastors’ wives. She was a frequent speaker at women’s conferences and seminars around the world, and for years authored and recorded the popular radio program, Sunshine on the Soapsuds. She authored 13 books, each focused on helping women in a unique aspect of their Christian walk.

Mrs. Jones is survived by her husband of 59 years, Dr. Bob Jones III, daughter Roxanne (Dean) Robinson; sons Bob IV and Stephen (Erin); six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; one brother and a sister.

Formal photo of Beneth Jones with black background

Photo by Hal Cook

Following a funeral service in Founder’s Memorial Amphitorium, Mrs. Jones was laid to rest alongside Dr. and Mrs. Bob Jones Sr. and Dr. and Mrs. Bob Jones Jr. in the center of campus.

See Also: Remembering Beneth Peters Jones, Lady of Talent and Grace

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BJU Joins University Center Greenville

BJU's School of Continuing Online Professional Education at University Center Greenville

BJU’s School of Continuing Online Professional Education at University Center Greenville. Photo by Derek Eckenroth.

At a press conference at University Center Greenville, Jan. 30, BJU announced both its membership in University Center Greenville and the official opening of the offices of the School for Continuing, Online and Professional Education (SCOPE) at that location.

BJU joined Anderson University, Clemson University, Converse College, Furman University, Greenville Technical College, Lander University, South Carolina State University, the University of South Carolina and USC Upstate to serve the workforce development needs in Greenville and Upstate communities through the University Center.

SCOPE offerings are primarily designed for non-traditional students 25 or older who desire to complete a degree or participate in certificate programs that enhance employment skills. In addition to dual enrollment classes and online master’s degree programs, our recently launched RN-to-BSN program will be available through SCOPE. The University also plans to develop both credit and non-credit certificate programs in areas such as health care, technology, project management and education as well as degree completion programs.

“For over 90 years—and over 70 here in Greenville—BJU has served traditional students in a residential settling,” said BJU Provost Dr. Gary Weier. “Over the last 15 years, however, the higher education market has shifted to include more post-traditional students seeking educational opportunities to obtain undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate degrees or certificates.

Dr. Gary Weier addresses the press at the SCOPE opening

Photo by Derek Eckenroth

“While we have served this market in a limited way, with the creation of the School for Continuing, Online and Professional Education, we are responding to market demand and more purposefully extending our educational mission to the post-traditional student.”

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, over 64,500 Greenville County residents 25 years old or older have earned some college credit but not a degree. BJU seeks to enable many of these individuals to complete a degree and at the same time provide programs to help others significantly improve employment skills, particularly in areas such as health professions, education and business.

See Also: BJU Expands Continuing Education Service to Community

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Violinist David Kim Headlines Music Scholarship Benefit Concert

David Kim along with an orchestra and choir play through their concert

Photo by Carter Henderson

David Kim, concertmaster of The Philadelphia Orchestra, performed Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with members of the BJU Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Dr. Michael Moore Jan. 31 in War Memorial Chapel. The scholarship benefit concert marked the end of Mr. Kim’s annual teaching residency in BJU’s Division of Music. All proceeds will support music scholarships for students majoring in music or performing in ensembles.

“Our students have had the privilege of studying with Mr. Kim in private lessons, chamber coaching sessions and a masterclass every year,” says Division of Music Chair Dr. Michael Moore. “We always look forward to the joy and energy he brings to his music-making, and we were particularly excited to perform this timeless classic with him.”

See Also: David Kim Leads Scenic Trip through “The Four Seasons”

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BJU Students Attend Prestigious Leadership Conferences

Students and Alan Benson at the U.S. Air Force Academy

Students and Alan Benson at the U.S. Air Force Academy

Under the sponsorship of BJU’s Center for Leadership Development, a number of students are attending leadership conferences at U.S. military academies and other institutions this year. These conferences provide opportunities for students to learn leadership theory from top leadership experts in their fields, network with industry professionals and engage with peers from other universities in leadership roles. Applications are open to all BJU students.

Four attended the U.S. Naval Academy Leadership Conference Jan. 21–24: Benjamin Brewer, senior Health Sciences major, South Point, Ohio; Kylea Clark, senior Health Sciences major, Lake Ariel, Pennsylvania; Grace Jackey, junior Communications major, Colts Neck, New Jersey; and Marshall Oliver, senior Communications major, Surry, Virginia.

Attending the Feb. 2 Student Leadership & Diversity Conference at the University of South Carolina were Phil Arcuri, senior Humanities major, Boyertown, Pennsylvania; Ana Balcazar, senior Biology major, Brownsville, Texas; Stephanie Berard, junior Elementary Education major, Colchester, Connecticut; Rachel Ervin, senior Communication Disorders major, Littleton, Colorado; Glenn Faris, junior History major, Franklin, Indiana; Bethany Ferrari, sophomore Communications major, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Marianne Freeman, junior Communication Disorders major, Graham, North Carolina; Audrey Glendinning, junior Accounting major, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; Karis Lehman, Music Education major, Shannon, Illinois; Madeleine Lloyd, junior Business Administration major, Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania; Elliot Martin, senior Cross-cultural Studies major, Simpsonville, South Carolina; Benjamin Phillips, junior Business Administration major, Taylors, South Carolina; Hannah Phillips, junior Criminal Justice major, Taylors, South Carolina; Paige Shoemake, senior Business Administration major, Warren, Michigan; Melanie Smalley, sophomore Culinary Arts major, Brownstown Township, Michigan; Amy Surrett, sophomore, Computer Science major, Clayton, North Carolina; and Caleb Whiteley, freshman Engineering major, Camas, Washington.

Four attended the U.S. Air Force Academy National Character and Leadership Symposium Feb. 20–23: Chris Brantley, senior Exercise Science major, Benson, North Carolina; Cristina Kielmeyer, senior Graphic Design major, Simpsonville, South Carolina; Karl Walker, senior Bible major and MDiv student, Greenville, South Carolina; and Hope Zakaria, junior Communication Disorders major, Burke, Virginia.

March 11–13 three will attend the College of the Ozarks Leadership Conference: Bela Lopez, sophomore Engineering major, Honduras; Abby McAllister, senior Composite Social Studies major, Logansport, Indiana; and Drew Williquette, senior Bible major, Hartselle, Alabama.

Attending The Citadel Leadership Conference, March 27–29 will be: Anna Casillas, junior Spanish major, Greer, South Carolina; Kara Daulton, junior Nursing major, Greenville, South Carolina; and Allison Sterr, senior International Studies major, Greenville, South Carolina.

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Spring Conference Series Held on Campus

The University held its annual two-part spring conference series Feb. 11–15.

The series began with BJU Seminary’s annual CoRE (Connect. Renew. Equip.) Conference, Feb 11–12, this year focusing on helping churches, schools and other ministries deal with current issues such as same-sex attraction, pornography and gender confusion.

Speakers included Tim Geiger and Ellen Dykas from Harvest USA, a ministry to those struggling with same-sex attraction and Dr. Jim Newcomer, senior pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Dr. Jim Berg of the BJU Seminary faculty and Dr. Sam Horn, executive vice president for enrollment and ministerial advancement, also conducted plenary sessions.

BJU President Steve Pettit opened this year’s Bible Conference Feb. 12, introducing the theme “Let Us Pray.” Other speakers included Aaron Young, pastor of First Baptist Church of Gallipolis, Ohio; Harold Vaughn of Christ Life Ministries; Tom Farrell of Tom Farrell Evangelistic Ministries; Rand Hummel, director of The Wilds of New England in Deering, New Hampshire; Alan Benson, BJU vice president for student development and discipleship; and Armen Thomassian, pastor of Faith Free Presbyterian Church in Greenville, South Carolina

See Also: Creating a Sense of Home | Bible Conference: Living Rooted in Effective Prayer

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Beneth Jones Memorial Scholarship Fund Created

Bob Jones University recently announced the creation of The Beneth Peters Jones Memorial Scholarship in honor of the memory of Beneth Peters Jones, the late wife of former BJU president and current chancellor Dr. Bob Jones III.

“We have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support for Beneth and the Jones family,” says BJU President Steve Pettit. “This scholarship fund is a fitting way to honor her memory and unwavering commitment to our student body.”

After Mrs. Jones’s passing on Feb. 2, 2019, BJU received numerous requests from women around the world, who were impacted by Beneth’s life and ministry, asking if they could contribute in a way that would continue her legacy of sacrificial service. In consultation with the administration, the Board of Trustees established an endowed student scholarship fund for women to continue her vision.

During her life, Beneth Jones invested in many students by giving timely anonymous gifts to meet pressing needs. As someone who worked her way through college, she knew firsthand the strain that families are under to provide for their student’s education. This understanding led her to actively seek to be a blessing to struggling students.

Contributions may be made to the fund at Memories of Mrs. Jones are being collected for a future video presentation. Brief videos, humorous stories and quotes may be sent to

See Also: Beneth Peters Jones Memorial Scholarship

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Students Recognized by American Advertising Federation

AAF Greenville, the local chapter of the American Advertising Federation, recognized the 2019 winners at the annual awards event in February. Fourteen BJU students majoring in Graphic Design won awards: Brian Biggs, Greenville, South Carolina—Silver Award, Special Events Promotion; Brooke Crowder, Moore, South Carolina— Silver Awards for Poster Design and Cover Design; Brigitta Daswani, Hong Kong—Gold Award, Integrated Brand Identity Campaign; Lydia Dersch, Simpsonville, South Carolina—Silver Award, Package Design; Lily Kain, Greenville, South Carolina—Silver Award, Illustration; Abigail Marasigan, Greer, South Carolina—Gold Award, App, and Silver Awards for Magazine Advertising and Integrated Brand Identity Campaign; Katie Morman, Greenville, South Carolina—Silver Award, Magazine Advertising; Peyton Pedder, Raleigh, North Carolina— Silver Award, Logo Design; Crimson Radin, Hartsville, South Carolina—Silver Award, Publication Design; Lauren Skrade, Taylors, South Carolina—Silver Awards for Package Design and Editorial Design; Jared Smith, Elbert, Colorado—Silver Award, Integrated Brand Identity Campaign; Marcus Tiplea, Romania—two Silver Awards both for Logo Design; Briseydi Velasco, Sandwich, Illinois—Silver Award, Package Design; and Grace Wong, Hayward, California—Silver Award, Package Design.

In addition, eight BJU Graphic Design alumni won eight gold and silver awards in the professional division.

The American Advertising Awards Competition is a three-tiered national competition conducted annually by the American Advertising Federation. The American Advertising Awards Competition is the advertising industry’s largest and most representative competition for both professional and student creative excellence.

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BJU to Serve as Training Site for Greenville Triumph SC

Bob Jones University will serve as the training site for the Greenville Triumph Soccer Club under a partnership reached between the University and the club.

The club will utilize the soccer fields as well as dedicated space to house a locker room, coaching offices and a players’ lounge. The Triumph and BJU are finalizing plans for improvements to the space to better serve both the club and the University’s athletic program.

“We are thrilled to join Bob Jones University in this partnership that will give our club great facilities for training,” said Triumph Chairman Joe Erwin. “On behalf of our entire organization, I commend President Steve Pettit, Athletic Director Neal Ring and university leadership for working with us on a win-win arrangement. We are honored to be a part of the University’s commitment to use athletics to raise the profile of the University in our community.”

BJU began its intercollegiate athletics programs in 2012 and since then the Bruins soccer programs have developed into some of the best in the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA). BJU features 15 varsity programs in their intercollegiate lineup.

“This is another exciting and beneficial partnership for our club,” said Greenville Triumph President Chris Lewis. “Soccer has always been an integral part of the campus life at BJU, and we’re excited to continue to foster that culture through this agreement. So many great things are happening around BJU’s athletics program, and we couldn’t be happier to be a part of that and to work with Dr. Ring and his staff to enhance the experiences of our players and their student-athletes.”

See Also: BJU to Serve as Training Site for Greenville Triumph

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BJU Hosts 47th Annual Invitational Basketball Tournament

Bob Jones University hosted 16 teams from around the country in the 47th Annual BJU Bruins High School Invitational Basketball Tournament Jan. 22–25 in the Davis Field House.

“We welcome student athletes from across the country to experience campus life at BJU, enjoy our facilities and showcase their skills on the court,” said BJU Bruins Athletic Director Dr. Neal Ring.

This year’s tournament featured eight men’s teams and eight women’s teams from Berean Academy (Hixson, Tennessee), Bob Jones Academy (Greenville, South Carolina), Chilton Christian Academy (Jemison, Alabama), Faith Christian School (Clinton Township, Michigan), Hillsborough Baptist School (Seffner, Florida), Suburban Christian School (Indianapolis, Indiana), Tabernacle Christian School (Monroe, North Carolina) and Veritas Christian Academy (Sparta Township, New Jersey).

Over 250 student athletes competed during the three day tournament.

Two high school boys face off in the 47th annual invitational basketball tournament at BJU

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President Steve Pettit’s Speaking Schedule

March 10, Sunday a.m. service
Community Baptist Church
Garner, N.C.

March 15–16, Fri. p.m.–Sat.
Berean Baptist Men’s Retreat
Lilburn, Ga.

March 17, Sunday a.m. service
Berean Baptist Church
Lilburn, Ga.

March 31, Sunday a.m. service
Faith Baptist Church
Davison, Mich.

March 31, Sunday p.m. service
Ashley Baptist Church
Belding, Mich.

April 7, Sunday a.m. service
Emmanuel Baptist Church
Newington, Conn.

April 7, Sunday p.m. service
Truth Baptist Church
South Windsor, Conn.

April 28, Sunday a.m. service
Lakewood Baptist Church
Pewaukee, Wis.

April 28, Sunday p.m. service
First Baptist Church
West Bend, Wis.

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Pizza with the President

April 8, Mon., 7 p.m.
Heritage Christian School
1500 E. Vine Street
Kissimmee, FL 34744

April 15, Mon., 7 p.m.
Bible Baptist Church
2780 Mt. Carmel Road
Hampton, GA 30228

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BJU Student Admitted to Prestigious Cyber Security Internship

Michael Johannes

Michael Johannes, a junior computer science major from Seneca, South Carolina, was recently admitted to the Air Force Research Laboratory ACE (Advanced Course in Engineering) Cyber Security Boot Camp. Admittance to the 10-week, paid internship is highly competitive and open to both civilian and ROTC applicants. Participants in the program receive hands-on training in cyber tradecraft as well as training in problem solving, leadership principles and crisis decision making.

“We’re very proud of Michael for getting into such a competitive summer internship program,” Jim Knisely, head of the computer science department, said. “It’s an outstanding opportunity for him to learn new skills in this important field and underscores the value of a BJU education in computer science.”

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BJU Names New Men’s Soccer Coach

Coach Matt Hotchkin

BJU Athletic Director Dr. Neal Ring has named Matthew Hotchkin men’s soccer coach effective immediately. Coach Hotchkin is a 2001 BJU graduate in Bible with a minor in history. He holds two Professional Development Certificates along with a National Diploma from United Soccer Coaches.

Coach Hotchkin comes to BJU from Grace College in Winona Lake, Indiana, where he served as head soccer coach for 11 years. Prior to that, he was head soccer coach at Northland International University.

See Also: Hotchkin Named Head Coach of Bruins Soccer

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Students Serve Community on MLK Day

On the annual MLK Jr. Day of Service, Jan. 21, 279 students, in addition to faculty and staff, performed over 850 hours of community service at 10 locations across Greenville County.

They worked on a variety of tasks from yard work and landscaping to netting a chicken coop, from facility cleaning and organizing donation closets to packing and delivering meals to shut-ins. One group conducted a basketball tournament at the Greenville County Juvenile Detention Center.

“The legacy of Dr. King calls us to cultivate a habit of community service and care for our neighbors,” said BJU President Steve Pettit. “Throughout the year, the BJU Center for Global Opportunities connects our students with projects across the Greenville area. This day provides another opportunity to partner with groups in the Upstate to offer help and hope to individuals in our community.”

This year students worked at the Phillis Wheatley Center, Miracle Hill Overcomers Center, Greenville Rescue Mission, Shepherd’s Gate, Miracle Hill Children’s Home, Miracle Hill Boys Shelter, Meals on Wheels, Greenville County Juvenile Detention Center, Home Works of America and Greer Relief.

See Also: Martin Luther King Jr. Day On

BJU Students help in the community on MLK Day, January 21, 2019.

BJU Students help in the community on MLK Day. Photo by Morgan Roark.

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BJU Hosts Third Human Genetics Symposium

Bob Jones University’s Department of Biology in collaboration with the Greenwood Genetics Center, Greenwood, South Carolina, will sponsor the third annual Human Genetics Symposium, March 29, in BJU’s Davis Room from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. This year’s theme is Pediatric Aspects in Autism Spectrum Disorder.

The symposium is open to families, scientists, and health care professionals interested in autism spectrum disorders. It will focus on identifying and diagnosing the general traits of ASD especially in infants and toddlers as well as available personalized treatments.

The program will feature three speakers: Dr. Carrie Buchanan from the Greenwood Genetics Center who will address “Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Clinical Perspective in Pediatrics,” Dr. Celine Saulnier from Neurodevelopmental Assessment & Consulting Service who will speak on “The Emergence of Autism in Infants and Toddlers: Best Practices for Early Detection and Diagnosis,” and Dr. Luigi Boccuto of the Greenwood Genetics Center who will address “Personalized Medicine in Autism: New Approaches to an Old Problem.”

The presentations will be followed by six concurrent workshops titled: Genetic Counseling, moderated by Jennifer Stallworth, program manager for the Center for Translational Research at the Greenwood Genetics Center; Education, led by Hannah Benge, BJU communication disorders professor; Navigating Autism Resources in Your Community, led by Laramie Paras, health care attorney, Womble Bond Dickinson; Speech Therapy, moderated by Mildred Jodar, Speech-Language Pathologist at Alexander Elementary School; R&D in Cell Based Therapy, moderated by Tim Wise, Genomics Product Specialist at Agilent Technologies; and Applied Behavior Analysis, led by Scott Braud, ABA therapist at the Project Hope Foundation.

Conference attendees may elect to receive 0.3 continuing education units (CEUs) for attending the conference. More information and conference registration are available online.

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Graduate Student Papers Accepted for Communication Convention

Three BJU Communications graduate students have had papers accepted for presentation at the Southern States Communication Association Convention in Montgomery, Alabama, April 3–7, 2019.

They are Beth Ann Paris Labadorf from Greenville, South Carolina, whose paper is titled “Tragedy on Southwest Flight 1380: A Crisis Response Analysis,” and Jessica Mullen from Centerville, Georgia, with a paper titled “DM’s and Double Chins: How Ephemerality Affects Digital Copresence on Social Media Platforms.”

Kenneth Driscoll of Greenville, South Carolina, had two papers accepted: “The Florida International University Bridge Collapse through Agenda Setting Theory” and “The Way They Saw It—Students’ Experiences During Spanish Study Abroad.” The latter will be featured on the best paper panel.

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BJU Seminary Launches New Website

In early February, BJU Seminary launched a new website at, showcasing BJU Seminary’s thought leadership. It is designed to help raise BJU Seminary’s public profile.

In addition to providing information about seminary programs, courses, and professors, the site includes commentaries, reviews, and the blog “Seminary Viewpoint,” which will feature posts written by seminary faculty and Dr. Sam Horn, executive vice president for enrollment and ministerial advancement and dean of BJU Seminary. Current students can use the site to find helpful resources as well as seminary news and event updates.

Collection of screenshots of the BJU Seminary website

“For decades BJU Seminary has provided outstanding biblical training for men and women seeking to serve the Lord effectively through a lifetime of ministry,” said Dr. Neal Cushman, BJU Seminary associate dean. “By greatly increasing the Seminary’s online presence—through this new website and social media—we believe that we can serve pastors and Christian leaders more effectively than we ever have in the past.”

BJU Seminary also recently launched social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram—all of which can be found with the username “BJUSeminary.” A Seminary YouTube channel features video interviews with special guests and discussion of important issues.

“BJU Seminary is passionate about proclaiming the Word, serving the Church and advancing the Gospel,” Dr. Horn said. “More than ever, we will be able to connect with those who share the same desire to be trained and used for this purpose.”

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Dr. Sam Horn’s Speaking Schedule

March 10, Sunday a.m. service
Community Baptist Church
South Bend, Ind.

March 10, Sunday p.m. service
Bible Baptist Church
Wakarusa, Ind.

March 11, Monday
Community Christian School
South Bend, Ind.

March 15–17, Fri.–Sun. a.m.
Grace Essentials Pastor’s Conference
Colonial Baptist Church
Virginia Beach, Va.

March 17, Sunday p.m. service
Bethel Baptist Church
Hampton, Va.

March 31, Sunday p.m. service
Florence Baptist Temple
Florence, S.C.

April 1–2, Mon.–Tues.
Florence Christian School
Florence, S.C.

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BJU Hosts Chinese Educators

Chinese educators in front of Mack Library

The Bob Jones University School of Education, in partnership with Bob Jones Academy (BJA) and BJU Press, hosted an intensive educational advancement program for nearly 50 Chinese educators Jan.22 through Feb. 1.

Designed to develop an international relationship with Chinese educators, the program provided practical and meaningful education training, including teaching with a biblical worldview. In sessions with BJU Press speakers and writers, Chinese educators learned how to use BJU Press products, classroom management skills, and technology in their classrooms.

“The faculty and students of the School of Education enjoyed the opportunity to collaborate with these teachers from China,” said Dr. Brian Carruthers, dean of the BJU School of Education. “While they came with a hunger to learn more about the art of teaching, it was our desire to learn more about their culture and system of education as well.”

In this collaborative effort, the School of Education provided training on writing objectives, constructing lessons, assessing lessons and using educational strategies. Each participant was partnered with a BJA teacher who guided them through observing and assisting in the classroom and ultimately teaching in a BJA classroom.

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BJU Students Place in Intercollegiate Programming Competition

BJU’s intercollegiate programming team competed on Feb. 16 in Mercer University’s 14th annual Spring Programming Competition held at Mercer’s Macon, Georgia, campus. BJU’s team of Nathan Collins, Taylors, South Carolina; Sam Henry, Greenville, South Carolina; and Jacob Brazeal, Easley, South Carolina, finished first in the small school division; the team of Zac Hayes, Grovetown, Georgia; Ryan Longacre, Hallstead, Pennsylvania; and Jeremiah England, Anchorage, Alaska, finished second; and our newest team of Steven Platt, Carmel, Indiana; Erick Ross, Greenville, South Carolina; and Colten Shipe, Finksburg, Maryland, finished first in their division.

The BJU teams competed against teams from the University of Central Florida, Georgia Tech, Mercer University, Lander University, University of Alabama, Georgia College, Spelman College, The Citadel and Clemson University.

BJU and UCF each had two teams in the top-five overall, along with one team from Georgia Tech. This year marks the fourth straight year that BJU finished first in the small school division and the third time in four years that our best team finished third overall.

BJU’s competition software was used for organizing and evaluating the contestants’ submissions.

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