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Looking Forward to the Year Ahead

We hope that this summer has been one of growth and refreshment for each of you. It certainly has been a time of expansion for us - Those of you who are returning to campus will notice a few changes as well as new faces. God is definitely working in and around our campus. We expect that over the next few months we will continue to be stretched intellectually, socially, and spiritually as we live and learn in community.

As you anticipate packing up and returning to campus we wanted to be sure to pass along some important information that will aid you in the transition to a new semester. Please take some time to read over this newsletter and let us know of any questions or concerns you may have!

We're excited to get this year started!

Important Survey Coming Soon

As BBC looks toward university status and a corresponding name change, we’re looking for your input.

Credo, a dynamic higher education consulting organization, is helping BBC leaders craft a strategy. An online survey of current students – as well as many other groups, like faculty and alumni – will be in your inbox soon. Please take a short bit of time to fill it out and share your thoughts and ideas. Thanks in advance for your help.

Guiding Principles

This summer we spent a significant amount of time reviewing and rewriting various documents and policies - one of those being the student handbook - thanks for your patience while we ironed out details.

Our Student Handbook expresses a comprehensive rationale and guidelines for entertainment, media, community living, and other aspects of student life.

Convocation Chapel

Monday, August 25th, will be the opening of a new academic year at BBC&S. We are praising the Lord for year #84! Our formal program, Convocation Chapel, serves as an official beginning of the year for students, faculty, and staff. Due to the special nature of this chapel, we do ask that you "dress up" for that day - guys – dress shirts with ties, ladies - modest dresses, skirt or dress pants & blouse combo.

Community Groups

To Live in Community at BBC is to live, learn, and grow together. This summer BBC faculty and staff are diligently preparing to Live in Community with you in ways yet experienced – to live, learn, and grow together in Community Groups. Community Groups are faculty and staff led, gender specific, student centered groups designed to serve you in your personal, spiritual, social and academic growth. There’s no need to worry about adding another event to your already busy calendar. Community Groups will meet during select chapel hours throughout the course of the semester. Be looking for more information as we get closer to the start of Community Groups during a special chapel in early September.

Put This on Your Calendar

Monday, August 25, 2014 - Classes Begin

Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - Last day to add a class

Monday, September 8, 2014 -

  • Last day to drop without a $30 fee
  • Last day to change audit to credit or credit to audit

December 16-18 - FINAL EXAMS

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AUDITIONS for Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella are scheduled for Monday, August 25 at 3:30pm in Jackson Hall, Room 202. You do not need to prepare anything for the audition. Just show up and have fun!

From the BBC Department of Music

We are pleased to welcome Adam Schwamb as a new faculty member to our department. He will bring his experience as a music educator, conductor, pianist and composer. In addition, we welcome Alyssa Pyne as a graduate assistant. Her focus will be Aural Skills and accompanying.

Choral Auditions - Auditions for both of our choral groups, the Chamber Singers and the Concert Chorale, will take place at the following times & places. No preparation is necessary, and instructions about signing up for the auditions will be available upon your arrival.

  • Monday – August 25 – New and returning students
    • Time: 3:00-5:00pm
    • Place: Buckingham Hall – Office 114

Note to music majors: Monday, August 25th between 3pm-5pm you need to stop in to confirm your choice of primary proficiency, and to determine your selection of the secondary proficiency.Place: Buckingham Hall – MRC (Mrs. Jenean Truax)

Other Need to Know Items

Vehicle Registration

If you plan to have a vehicle on campus, you must register it with BBC Security each year. Please bring the following for registration purposes:

  • a valid driver’s license
  • a valid vehicle registration card
  • a valid vehicle insurance card
  • $50 registration fee

You should register your car during the first week of the semester with Security or you can register online.

If you have questions or concerns about this process, please contact our Director of Safety and Security, Ken Morris.

Health Services - NEW LOCATION!

Just a heads up that Health Services is now in the Phelps Center in the old athletic offices. Make sure you wave as you go by or stop in and say “Hi!” and have some M & M’s.

Go Underground!

Get off to a great start with great savings from the Underground Café when you purchase a Bean Book! Our Bean Books are prepaid accounts in our campus Café that can provide significant savings! Purchasing a Bean Book gives you a line of credit and enables you to get more for your money. Come enjoy a wide variety of options including our Fairtrade, organic coffee, blended drinks, and tasty snacks.

Bean Books!

Tall $25

Grande $50 - $55 value

Mega $85 - $100 value

Ordering is easy:

Call: 570-585-9356

*The Café summer hours are limited, but leave a message and we’ll get right back to you! E-mail:

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Health and Human Performance

The Health and Physical Education Department announces several exciting changes for this coming year! The department will now be known as the Health and Human Performance Department. Not only a new name, but there are some new majors joining. The Sports and Health Science majors (Pre-Athletic Training and Pre-Physical Therapy) will now be a part of the HHP department. If you have questions or would like more information, feel free to contact Miss Sherrie Holloway (570.585.9238). We are looking forward to seeing you soon!

Pioneer Hours


  • Breakfast 7:00am-8:15am
  • Lunch 11:30am-1:30pm
  • Dinner 5:00pm-6:15pm
  • Breakfast 8:00am-8:30am
  • Brunch 10:30am-12:00pm
  • Dinner 5:00pm-6:00pm
  • Breakfast 8:00am-9:00am
  • Lunch 12:15pm-1:15pm
  • Dinner 5:00pm-6:00pm