It is a privilege today to honor a graduate who has served the Lord at Bob Jones University for nearly 35 years. Her ministry has extended beyond the campus, and many serving in the field of communication are grateful for the influence she has had and continues to have in their lives.
Our honoree earned a bachelor of science degree from Bob Jones University in 1978. She was recognized for her academic abilities and graduated magna cum laude. Her emphasis in English and history helped set the stage for her future service.
She began her educational ministry as an instructor of English in the College of Arts and Science’s Division of English Language and Literature. During those early years she also interacted with students outside the classroom as a faculty advisor to the Vintage staff. She continued to serve the University during the summers as a copy editor for BJU Press and by assisting in the Public Liaison department.
Meanwhile, our honoree furthered her education—earning a master of education degree from BJU in 1980. She also continued her efforts outside the classroom serving as a writer for the Fundamentalism File here at BJU and as a general assignment writer at The Greenville News. These experiences set the stage for her to be a major contributor to the development of the journalism curriculum during that decade.
In 1993 our honoree completed a master of arts degree from the University of South Carolina’s College of Journalism and Mass Communication. As she worked toward that degree, she was instrumental in the development of BJU’s award-winning campus newspaper, The Collegian. The newspaper has many statewide awards from the South Carolina Press Association’s Collegiate Division, including multiple first-place overall rankings for universities competing in the “under 5,000 students” category.
She also has written for Today’s Christian Teen, BJU Review and Voice of the Alumni and contributed over 250 articles for The Greenville News. Our honoree has directed summer journalism and yearbook camps, has spoken at media camps as well as local community writers groups, is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and the Journalism Education Association, and was selected for membership in the national journalism honor society Kappa Tau Alpha.
All of these experiences have in turn aided her in her first love—mentoring journalism students during both their four-year academic careers as well as their post-graduation careers in media around the country. Numbers of those students work at newspapers, broadcast media outlets and magazines and in public relations agencies and higher education; others work as freelance writers and editors, have authored books, and have entered pastorates and Christian education.
For her decades of faithful service to BJU in the classroom and as a writer; for her loyalty to her alma mater, her students and her fellow alumni; and for her dedication to her Lord and Savior—the Alumni Association Executive Committee is pleased to award this year’s Distinguished Servant Award to Miss Betty Solomon.