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Christina Ross Interns for Bob Jones University Cancer Research Lab

Christina Ross

GREENVILLE, S.C. (July 24, 2017) – Christina Ross, a junior biology major at Bob Jones University, interns this summer in the Research Immersion for Undergraduates (RIU) program as a part of BJU’s Cancer Research Lab in Greenville.

Ross, a resident of Greenville, will be working on a project to test how almonds affect cancer cells.

“I am excited to conduct lab research and spend the summer working with fellow students and research director, Dr. Figard,” says Ross. “I know I will learn a lot and that this experience will not only show me what lab research is like, but it will also help me gain valuable background necessary for graduate school.”

Benjamin Vroman Serves as Intern for U.S. Senator Ben Sasse

Benjamin Vroman

GREENVILLE, S.C. (July 21, 2017) – Benjamin Vroman, a junior accounting major at Bob Jones University, serves this summer as an intern for United States Senator Ben Sasse in Omaha, Nebraska.

Vroman, a resident of Omaha, assists constituents in Nebraska who have issues with the Department of Defense or Veterans Affairs. His responsibilities include constituent interaction, resource navigation, and various research projects.

“I’m thankful for this opportunity to serve constituents, grow my network, and build communication skills at Senator Sasse’s Omaha office this summer,” said Vroman.

Claire Overly Participates in Research Experience at Pennsylvania State University

Claire Overly

GREENVILLE, S.C. (July 19, 2017) – Claire Overly, a junior biochemistry and molecular biology major at Bob Jones University, was accepted into the summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in chemistry at Penn State in State College, Pennsylvania.

The National Research Council recently named Penn State’s Department of Chemistry among the top chemistry departments in the nation. The summer REU program gives undergraduate students opportunities to participate in frontier chemistry research at a major research facility.

“Claire has an exceptionally strong academic record,” said Dr. Brian Vogt, head of BJU’s Department of Chemistry and Physics. “This great opportunity will develop her research abilities and give her a realistic view of what it is like to work in a graduate-level laboratory.”

Overly, a resident of Greenville, will be working on imaging metal ion dynamics in host-pathogen systems.

“I’m so excited for the opportunity to be immersed in a biochemistry research lab and for the valuable skills I’ll be able to learn and practice in this setting,” says Overly.

Tyler Knutson Interns for Greenville County Sheriff’s Office

Tyler Knutson

GREENVILLE, S.C. (July 17, 2017) – Tyler Knutson, a senior criminal justice major at Bob Jones University, interns this summer for the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office located in Greenville, South Carolina.

Knutson, a resident of Greenville, serves in the Crimes Against Children Division by shadowing investigators, observing interviews, and riding along with warrant teams.

“I am very excited to be interning with one of the most elite law enforcement organizations in the southern United States,” says Knutson. “This opportunity is a major first step for my career and I look forward to becoming a better criminal justice student through this experience.”

David Avallone Interns for Tax Associates

David Avallone

GREENVILLE, S.C. (July 14, 2017) – David Avallone, a senior accounting major at Bob Jones University, serves this summer as an intern for Tax Associates, a tax preparation firm located in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.

Avallone, a resident of Kailua-Kona, works with the company’s software as well with tax returns and tax problems, conducting research and working with tax planning.

“I think the most valuable thing I will gain from this experience is seeing and applying the concepts I have learned in class to real-world situations,” says Avallone. “This internship has been a huge confidence booster in my abilities in the field.”

Law Enforcement Agencies to Hold Static Display at Bob Jones University

GREENVILLE, S.C. (July 13, 2017) – The Greenville community is invited to view a static display of law enforcement and military vehicles in front of Bob Jones Academy on the Bob Jones University campus Friday, July 21 from 9—11 a.m.

Law enforcement agencies participating in the event include the South Carolina Highway Patrol, South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED), the Greenville County Sheriff’s Department and numerous municipal police departments including Fountain Inn, Greenville, Greer, Mauldin, Simpsonville and Travelers Rest.

Dr. Mike Wilkie, criminal justice professor at BJU, organized the event in conjunction with the University’s summer criminal justice camp.

The event is free and open to the public. Parking will be available behind the Johnson Residence Hall. To access this parking lot, enter the campus from the Wade Hampton Boulevard entrance. Go straight until you dead end in front of the Davis Field House. Turn right and the parking lot is immediately on your right.

Trevin Ascher Serves as Intern for Meadowlands Baptist Church

Trevin Ascher

GREENVILLE, S.C. (July 12, 2017) – Trevin Ascher, a senior Bible major at Bob Jones University, serves this summer as an intern for Meadowlands Baptist Church located in Edmonton, Alberta in Western Canada.

Ascher, a resident of Edmonton, will be working alongside the youth and senior pastors helping with youth group, college and career classes, preaching, as well as serving with several children’s ministries including vacation Bible school and Sunday school.

“This internship will allow me to better understand the practical side of ministry as well as furthering my preparation to serve in the ministry one day,” says Ascher.

Bob Jones University to Host “Adidas Uprising”

GREENVILLE, S.C. (July 11, 2017) – The Davis Field House at Bob Jones University will serve as a host site for  “Adidas Uprising” on July 13—15. The event will feature 36 teams from across the country, highlighting some of the nation’s top high school basketball recruits, in the three-day event.

“Bob Jones University is pleased to host a tournament of this size and magnitude,” said BJU Bruins Athletic Director Neal Ring. “We’re excited to partner with Adidas as we welcome basketball players from across the country to our campus and Greenville.”

The event runs from 9 a.m.—9 p.m. each of the three days. Admission is $10 per person. Further information about the teams and game schedules may be accessed at



Students Awarded Bob Jones University Admission Scholarship

GREENVILLE, S.C. (July 11, 2017) – Three incoming Bob Jones University freshmen were recently named as recipients of the BJU Admission Scholarship and were awarded one semester of tuition in addition to other financial aid already awarded.

“The BJU Office of Admission seeks to recruit and enroll students who desire a biblically faithful liberal arts Christian higher education, and who have a strong likelihood of success both as a BJU student and in their career as a graduate,” said Gary Deedrick, Director of Admission. “These students have distinguished themselves in school (both in the classroom and in extracurricular activities), in church, and in their community involvement, and we look forward to having them as part of the BJU student body.”

The three students receiving the scholarship this fall are Rachel Lykins, a resident of Huntington, West Virginia, majoring in communication; Jennifer, Naas, a resident of Waynesboro, Georgia, majoring in piano pedagogy; and Lingkai Chen, a current resident of West Seneca, New York, majoring in engineering.

Admitted students who confirmed their fall semester reservation by May 1 were considered for the scholarship. Other considerations included financial need, academic merit, and extra-curricular accomplishments.

Ethan Case Interns for Jervey Eye Group

Ethan Case

GREENVILLE, S.C. (July 10, 2017) – Ethan Case, a sophomore accounting major at Bob Jones University, interns this summer with Jervey Eye Group located in Greenville.

Case, a resident of Greenville, serves as a media strategist and information systems intern and works with media production and marketing strategy. Some of his responsibilities include IT consulting, video production, and working with the company’s WordPress site, internal systems, and customer support.

“Jervey Eye will give me great hands-on experience to learn about marketing, media production, and IT support in a medical health setting,” said Case.