BJU Public Relations

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Kirk Hansen Appointed as History Professor for Spartanburg Methodist College

Kirk Hansen

Dr. Kirk Hansen

GREENVILLE, S.C. (July 29, 2016) – Dr. Kirk Hansen, a 2009 graduate of Bob Jones University with a master’s in history, has recently joined the faculty of Spartanburg Methodist College (SMC) in Spartanburg, South Carolina, as a history professor. Hansen will teach undergraduate courses focused on U.S. and European history.

Hansen, a resident of Greenville, completed a doctorate in history from the University of Dundee in Scotland in 2015 and has been employed by SMC as an adjunct faculty member since January. He earned a bachelor’s degree in history in 2007 from BJU.

Previously, Hansen did extensive research on the experience of Scottish Jews during World War I. He plans to pursue similar research with local minority communities in Spartanburg.

 

John Duddles Serves as Intern for USDA ARS

John Duddles

John Duddles

GREENVILLE, S.C. (July 27, 2016) – John Duddles, a senior cell biology major at Bob Jones University, is serving as an intern this summer with the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS) in Byron, Georgia.

Duddles, a resident of Warner Robins, Georgia, is working in the fruit and nut research division. Specifically, Duddles is responsible for analyzing the DNA of different plum varieties being grown at the research facility in order to better determine which genes affect the desirable traits observed from the plum plant, including flavor, size, and general health of the plant.

“Working in a lab outside of the classroom has helped me to become better at completing projects on my own,” says Duddles. “I have learned a lot from the other professionals I work with, yet they have given me the chance to work on my own and build independence in my area of study.  This independence allows for more mistakes, but that only helps me to better myself and lab skills by learning from those mistakes.”

BJU Extends Its Thoughts, Prayers and Sympathy to the family of Dr. Tim LaHaye

LaHayeGREENVILLE, S.C. (July 25, 2016) — The following statement may be attributed to Randy Page, Director of Public Relations at Bob Jones University:

“Bob Jones University extends its sympathy to the family of Dr. Tim LaHaye, a 1950 BJU graduate. We trust that his wife, Beverly, as well as his four children, nine grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren will know and feel the comfort and strength of our Lord during this time of deep loss. Throughout his life, Dr. LaHaye was a servant faithful to Christ and His Word.”

Christian Walker Serves as Intern for PermaMatrix

Christian Walker

Christian Walker

GREENVILLE, S.C. (July 25, 2016) – Christian Walker, a junior biology major at Bob Jones University, is serving this summer as an intern with the BJU biology department for PermaMatrix located in Portland, Oregon.

Through this internship, sponsored by PermaMatrix, Walker and other BJU students are testing a bio-organic product in its ability to improve soil-water retention as well as the ability of plants to absorb fertilizer. The goal of the project is to reduce the leaching of fertilizers that can have an ecological impact on the underground waters and the ecosystem as a whole.

“This experience gives our students an opportunity to apply what they have learned in the classroom to real life and broadens their understanding of biological systems,” says Dr. Vincenzo Antignani, professor in the biology department and faculty advisor of the internship. “Through our courses and labs, we teach students how to think like a scientist, but experiences like these refine their ability to deal with and solve complex problems.”

Walker, a resident of Greenville, South Carolina, is responsible for general plant care, collecting data, and leading the statistical analysis and experimental design.

“This internship has helped me hone my statistical analysis and experimental design skills,” says Walker. “This experience has also allowed me to build upon my communication skills with my peers.”

Sarah Ward Serves as Intern for Greenville Zoo

Sarah Ward

Sarah Ward

GREENVILLE, S.C. (July 22, 2016) – Sarah Ward, a senior biology major at Bob Jones University, is serving as an intern this summer for the Greenville Zoo in Greenville, South Carolina.

Ward, a resident of Volga, West Virginia, is studying the habitat usage of the zoo’s turtles and snakes using trackers. Ward is also helping to remove and dissect an invasive species of turtle that has taken over a lake to gather data on the species and limit the damage they do to a lake’s ecosystem.

“I appreciate the opportunity to learn how to use scientific equipment and take part in real-life research studies,” says Ward. “This summer is providing me with a lot of hands-on experience that just isn’t feasible in a classroom setting, and it’s very exciting to be able to expand and apply all the knowledge I’ve gained through my science classes at BJU.”

Alyssa Burch Serves as Intern for PermaMatrix

Alyssa Burch

Alyssa Burch

GREENVILLE, S.C. (July 20, 2016) – Alyssa Burch, a junior biology major at Bob Jones University, is serving this summer as an intern with the BJU biology department for PermaMatrix located in Portland, Oregon.

Through this internship, which is sponsored by PermaMatrix, Burch and other BJU students are testing a bio-organic product in its ability to improve soil-water retention as well as the ability of plants to absorb fertilizer. The goal of the project is to reduce the leaching of fertilizers that can have an ecological impact on the underground waters and the ecosystem as a whole.

“This experience gives our students an opportunity to apply what they have learned in the classroom to real life and broadens their understanding of biological systems,” says Dr. Vincenzo Antignani, professor in the biology department and faculty advisor of the internship. “Through our courses and labs, we teach students how to think like a scientist, but experiences like these refine their ability to deal with and solve complex problems.”

Burch, a resident of Simpsonville, South Carolina, is responsible for doing all of the chemical analyses for the project. Burch runs two separate analyses on soy beans, corn, and wheat to determine the nitrate and protein concentration.

“This internship is allowing me to conduct real experiments for the first time, and is teaching me the basic techniques and important minutiae necessary for accurate results,” says Burch. “This experience has made me passionate about being a biologist.”

Margaret Stegall Serves as Intern for Greenville Health System

Margaret Stegall

Margaret Stegall

GREENVILLE, S.C. (July 18, 2016) – Margaret Stegall, a senior journalism and mass communication major at Bob Jones University, is serving this summer as an intern in the public relations office of Greenville Health System located in Greenville, South Carolina.

Stegall, a resident of Greenville, is developing a social media calendar, creating blog content, and revamping social media for the GHS Children’s Hospital. Stegall will also be assisting with community relations and marketing efforts.

“I am so excited about the opportunity to take the skills I’ve learned in the classroom and through extra-curricular activities and put them together in a real-life environment,” says Stegall. “Working in the healthcare industry has always been my goal, so it’s exciting to see that finally happening!”

Law Enforcement Agencies to Hold Static Display at Bob Jones University

Law Enforcement Static Display

Law Enforcement Static Display

GREENVILLE, S.C. (July 15, 2016) – 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 22 from 9-10:30 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 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.

 

Christian Walker Serves as Intern for South Carolina Department of Natural Resources

Christian Walker

Christian Walker

GREENVILLE, S.C. (July 13, 2016) – Christian Walker, a junior biology major at Bob Jones University, is serving this summer as an intern for the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources at the Walhalla State Fish Hatchery in Mountain Rest, South Carolina.

Walker, a resident of Greenville, South Carolina, is responsible for general fish care including feeding, sizing, and moving the fish, as well as collecting various data and samples including ammonia, dissolved oxygen, and fish counts. Walker also works with the microscopic examination for and treatment of various parasites and viruses present in three strains of trout.

“This internship has furthered my interest in ichthyology,” says Walker, “and encouraged me to pursue other internships dealing with other species of fish.”

Bob Jones University Named to Best College Deals List

GREENVILLE, S.C. (July 11, 2016) – Bob Jones University has been named among the 20 best college deals for conservative Christians by Great College Deals. BJU ranked 15th and was the highest ranked Christian college in the Carolinas.

In creating this list, Great College Deals selected from a group of institutions with a lower net price than similar colleges of their size and faith-based focus area. Points were awarded based on the presence of Bible and Christ-centered academics, active campus groups dedicated to worship, a balance of liberal arts education and spiritual growth opportunity, and any additional features that add value for the Christian student. The top-ranked colleges on the list scored the highest among schools with a net price (per the National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator database) of $30,000 or less.

“BJU presents one of the best college opportunities for Christian young people to pursue an affordable liberal arts education that is thoroughly integrated with a biblical worldview,” said BJU President Steve Pettit. “We’re pleased to be featured in this ranking and invite Christian young people to visit our campus to see how God is working in the lives of our students, faculty and staff.”

Located in Greenville, South Carolina, Bob Jones University is a biblically faithful, Christian liberal arts university focused on educating the whole person to reflect and serve Christ. BJU offers a unique blend of rigorous academic programs, discipleship, and character and leadership development. We are committed to the truth of Scripture and to pursuing excellence in all we do.

BJU provides over 100 undergraduate and graduate programs in religion, education, fine arts and communication, arts and science, and business. BJU has 2,700 students from nearly every state and more than 40 countries.

BJU is nationally accredited by the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools and is a candidate for accreditation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees.

Great College Deals is a free online resource guide for finding up-to-date advice on affording a high-quality college education. The site’s mission is to provide high schoolers and other prospective college students with information about top-ranked universities offering accredited degrees at competitive tuition rates.