North Greenville University crowned Hannah Turner, from Pickens, Homecoming Queen on Saturday, Oct. 2.
North Greenville University crowned Hannah Turner, from Pickens, Homecoming Queen on Saturday, Oct. 2.

North Greenville University (NGU) early childhood education major Hannah Turner from Pickens was crowned homecoming queen in Younts Stadium during halftime of the North Greenville and Mississippi College football game on Saturday, Oct. 2.  Turner represented the Chinquapin Houses and was escorted by her grandfather Wayne Turner.

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Les Ollila Gives Workshop

Dr. Les Ollila, founder and director of Building Great Leaders, a ministry devoted to producing effective servant-leaders in the pulpit and the church, will headline BJU Seminary’s 2021 Stewart Custer Lecture Series Nov. 9 at Bob Jones University.

Ollila’s Stewart Custer Lecture Series topic will be “Biblical Leadership: A Theological Perspective,” addressing issues including the paucity of male leadership in the church and the challenge of leading in a fallen culture. The series honors one of BJU Seminary’s most celebrated scholars—the late Dr. Stewart Custer, who served 56 years at BJU Seminary and Bob Jones University—by offering insights into contemporary challenges to the church based on in-depth, faithful analysis of the biblical text.

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Dr. Greg BledsoeArkansas Surgeon General Dr. Greg Bledsoe, a 1995 Bob Jones University graduate, will headline the BJU Presidential Leadership Series Monday, Oct. 11, at 7 p.m. in the Founder’s Memorial Amphitorium on the BJU campus.

"Dr. Bledsoe’s distinguished career is the embodiment of our motto “learn, love and lead,” said BJU President Steve Pettit. “We trust our students will be inspired by the way in which he has built on the academic foundation he acquired here at the University to achieve professional success while serving his patients and constituents.”

In 1995, Bledsoe earned a BS in premed/predent from BJU. He went on to attend medical school and complete his residency at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). Dr. Bledsoe finished his training with a two-year fellowship in International Emergency Medicine and a Masters in Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and later served on faculty within the Johns Hopkins Department of Emergency Medicine. Bledsoe most recently graduated with an MBA from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Symphonic Hollywood 2018

Bob Jones University will present “Symphonic Hollywood: The Music of Lee Holdridge” featuring internationally acclaimed guest conductor Richard Kaufman, along with the BJU Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Thursday, Oct. 7, at 7:30 p.m. in Founder’s Memorial Amphitorium. Prior to the program, both Holdridge and Kaufman will be available for a pre-concert discussion at 6:30 p.m. in Stratton Hall.

In 2018, Kaufman led the BJU Symphony Orchestra in a similar program featuring the music of composer John Williams. Kaufman, a Grammy Award-winning musician and conductor, has played violin for movie soundtracks including Jaws. His work as music coordinator for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios over almost two decades led to two Emmy nominations and cemented his place in movie music history.

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Four alumni were honored by the North Greenville University Alumni Association at NGU’s Alumni Awards Dinner Fri., Oct. 1, on the university’s Tigerville Campus. The 2021 Distinguished Alumni Awards were presented to Harvey L. Tankersley, Jr., Class of 1962; Randy D. Bradley, Class of 1978 and D.Min. Class of 2013; and Karen Clayton Bradley, Class of 1977. The Young Alumni Award were presented to Hunter S. Conrad from the Class of 2007.

The Alumni Awards Dinner began at 6 p.m. in Moore Hall of NGU’s Hayes Ministry Center and included the Class of 1971 Half Century Ceremony. 

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BJU UDay 2019

Bob Jones University will hold Homecoming and Family Weekend Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 7–9, on the BJU campus.

“We are thankful to be able to hold in-person events and invite the community to join us for a weekend full of memorable activities for all ages,” said BJU President Steve Pettit. 

On Thursday, the community is invited to attend Symphonic Hollywood: The Music of Lee Holdridge at 7:30 p.m. in Founder’s Memorial Amphitorium. The concert, featuring Grammy Award-winning conductor Richard Kaufman along with the BJU Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, will include the world premiere of Fantasy Chorale: A Journey of Joy and Hope, commissioned especially for this performance, along with Holdridge's other works. Tickets can be purchased here.

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Anna Harmony Jarrard Award Winner

Three graduate students in Bob Jones University’s Department of Communication Studies were recognized at the Carolinas Communication Association (CCA) annual convention held virtually from Mars Hill University in Mars Hill, North Carolina, September 24-25. 

Prior to the convention, students from around the region submitted papers for consideration in the CCA’s competitive, blind review process. 

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