BJU Public Relations

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BJU to Hold 90th Commencement Exercises on Friday, May 5

GREENVILLE, S.C. (April 28, 2017) – Nearly 700 students will receive degrees at the 90th annual commencement of Bob Jones University Friday, May 5.  The two-hour program begins at 2 p.m. in the Founder’s Memorial Amphitorium.

In addition to the 542 students receiving bachelor’s degrees, 86 students will receive master’s degrees and 60 students will receive associate degrees.

Four candidates will receive earned doctoral degrees. An honoroary Doctor of Laws degree will also be conferred.

In lieu of a commencement speaker, 39 students will give a brief (1-3 minute) testimony.

Since its founding in 1927, Bob Jones University has conferred over 49,000 degrees.

Bob Jones University to Hold 36th Annual Nursing Pinning Ceremony

GREENVILLE, S.C. (April 27, 2017) – Bob Jones University will host the 36th annual Nursing Pinning Ceremony Thursday, May 4, for the 2017 graduates of BJU’s nursing program. The ceremony begins at 2 p.m. in Rodeheaver Auditorium on the BJU campus.

During the ceremony, 43 nursing students will be presented with individual pins featuring a cross, which represents the Christian emphasis of the BJU nursing program. Wearing white uniforms and caps, the universal symbols of nursing, the students will carry a small replica of the Florence Nightingale “lamp of learning,” representing the light and enlightenment that come with knowledge, which they will light during the ceremony while reciting the nurse’s pledge.

The traditions of the nursing pinning ceremony date back to the first ceremony held in 1982, the inaugural year of BJU’s nursing program. This year’s class will mark 1,197 students to graduate from the program.

Bob Jones III, chancellor of BJU, will be the guest speaker. Dr. Dave Fisher, vice provost of the university, will give the welcome and benediction.

Lauren Watts Given 2017 Outstanding Senior Award by American Chemical Society

Lauren Watts

GREENVILLE, S.C. (April 26, 2017) – Lauren Watts, a senior biochemistry and molecular biology major at Bob Jones University, was given the 2017 Outstanding Senior Award at the Western Carolinas Section of the American Chemical Society meeting April 11 at Furman University.

“We are so proud of Lauren’s academic and research accomplishments,” says Dr. Brian Vogt, head of the Department of Chemistry and Physics at BJU. “We congratulate her on this significant recognition.”

Watts, a resident of Greenville, was one of 14 outstanding seniors from various colleges and universities recognized as an outstanding student in chemistry or biochemistry.

Alexandra Wetmore Serves as Student Teacher at Mauldin Middle School

Alexandra Wetmore

GREENVILLE, S.C. (April 25, 2017) – Alexandra Wetmore, a senior music education major at Bob Jones University, serves as a student teacher this semester at Mauldin Middle School located in Greenville.

Wetmore, a resident of Greenville, South Carolina, is gaining hands-on experience in the management of 200 students split up between six classes. Her responsibilities include creating lesson plans, leading rehearsals, assisting the resident teacher and helping with classroom management.

“My student teaching experience helped me gain the confidence I needed to actually believe I am good at what I do,” says Wetmore. “It’s easy to feel like you have no idea what you are doing and then take that uneasy feeling with you into the classroom. Now, I actually feel like God has given me the gift of teaching, and I’m excited to use it for Him.”

Collegian Staff Wins SCPA Awards

GREENVILLE, S.C. (April 24, 2017) — Staff members for Bob Jones University’s student newspaper, The Collegian, were recognized with multiple awards by the South Carolina Press Association (SCPA) at the Collegiate Annual News Contest held on Friday, April 21, at the Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center in Florence, South Carolina. Both individual staff members and The Collegian staff in its entirety were honored.

“We’re proud of our staff members and their hard work during this academic year,” said Betty Solomon, a journalism and mass communication professor at BJU and faculty adviser for The Collegian. “They not only provided a service to their peers by keeping them informed about their campus, but these students also gained valuable skills that will benefit them personally and professionally for years to come.”

The BJU students receiving individual SCPA awards include:

Abigail Sivyer (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) – First place, Arts and Entertainment Story

Amy Sheeter (Sabina, Ohio) – First place, Specialty Page Design

Rebecca Snyder (Greenville, South Carolina) – First place, Specialty Page Design; second place, Sports Photograph; second place, Photo Series/Photo Story

Stephen Dysert (Madrid, Spain) – First place, Photograph

Ian Nichols (Greenville, South Carolina) – First place, Photo Series/Photo Story; third place, Sports Photograph

Jordan Harbin (Greer, South Carolina) – First and third place, Cartoon/Illustration

Jacob Clipperton (Greenville, South Carolina) – Second place, Specialty Page Design; third place, Page One Design

Elisa Crawley (Boston, Massachusetts) – Third place, Column Writing

In addition, The Collegian staff won third place in the General Excellence category.

The SCPA Collegiate News Contest recognizes the best in South Carolina collegiate journalism. Collegiate staff members compete against other colleges and universities in 26 different contests, including writing, design, photography and illustration.

Sarah Minnick Serves as Student Teacher at Alexander Elementary School

Sarah Minnick

GREENVILLE, S.C. (April 21, 2017) – Sarah Minnick, a senior elementary education major at Bob Jones University, serves as a student teacher this semester at Alexander Elementary School located in Greenville.

Minnick, a resident of Cardwell, Australia, teaches 17 students in a second grade class. Her responsibilities include teaching lessons, managing the classroom, and supervising the students during lunch and recess. She also attends weekly faculty meetings.

“Clinical practice has been eye opening for me,” says Minnick. “Before I began, I wasn’t sure I wanted to be a teacher. But because of this student teaching opportunity I now realize how much I love teaching and that the Lord has given me the ability to teach.”

Elisabeth Yankelitis Serves as Student Teacher at Mitchell Road Elementary

Elisabeth Yankelitis

GREENVILLE, S.C. (April 21, 2017) – Elisabeth Yankelitis, a senior music education major at Bob Jones University, serves as a student teacher this semester at Mitchell Road Elementary located in Greenville.

Yankelitis, a resident of West Chester, Pennsylvania, helps teach general music to kindergarten through fifth grade students. She solo teaches kindergarten through third grade and helps the mentor teacher with fourth and fifth graders. Over the course of the week, Yankelitis manages nearly 600 students.

“This has been one of my favorite experiences of my college career,” says Yankelitis. “I love being able to share my passion and love for music with so many children.”

Jocelyn Lindmark Serves as Student Teacher at Alexander Elementary School

Jocelyn Lindmark

GREENVILLE, S.C. (April 20, 2017) – Jocelyn Lindmark, a senior music education major at Bob Jones University, serves as a student teacher this semester at Alexander Elementary School.

Lindmark, a resident of Bath, New York, teaches about 90 kindergartners each week. In her general music classes they study moving, playing, singing, reading, analyzing, and evaluating music.

“Student teaching has been one of my most valuable college experiences,” says Lindmark. “It has taught me about my strengths and weaknesses in teaching in a positive atmosphere. It has been a good taste of life as a real teacher.”

Shinyoung Lee Interns for BJU Technology Resources

Shinyoung Lee

GREENVILLE, S.C. (April 20, 2017) – Shinyoung Lee, a senior information technology major at Bob Jones University, serves as an intern for the BJU technology resources department.

Lee, a resident of Seoul, South Korea, is gaining experience trouble shooting software-related issues. Her responsibilities include helping support faculty and students with technology assistance and connecting students’ devices to the campus network.

“This internship experience has given me confidence in working in my field of study,” says Lee.

Allison Pfeifle Serves as Student Teacher at Riverside High School

Allison Pfeifle

GREENVILLE, S.C. (April 19, 2017) – Allison Pfeifle, a senior math education major at Bob Jones University, serves as a student teacher this semester at Riverside High School in Greer.

Pfeifle, a resident of Mentor, Ohio, teaches Algebra 2 and Geometry for five high school classes with about 130 students. Some of her responsibilities include planning semesters, units, and lesson plans; developing, grading, and analyzing assessment data; interacting with parents, colleagues, and administrators; and performing routine non-academic duties such as homeroom, detention duty, and lunch duty.

“I have been a double-major during the last three years at school, studying both math and music education,” says Pfeifle. “My student teaching has been inspiring, and my mentor teacher has been very supportive. As I hoped, the experience has reminded me why I chose education