BJU Public Relations

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" May 2013 "

Bob Jones University Offers Summer Camps

Greenville, S.C. (May 30, 2013) – Bob Jones University is accepting applications from students in grades 3 -12 for a variety of camps which will be held in June and July on the BJU campus in Greenville.

With options for day and overnight campers, BJU offers a number of sports camps including basketball, soccer and volleyball. Additionally, there are several academic-related camps including art & design, criminal justice, culinary arts, debate, drama, mock trial, music and Shakespeare.

One of the most unique camps offered is the Leadership Academy where participants will engage in leadership training simulations and hands-on activities, evaluate case studies, build a strong team mindset and learn to approach problems from a biblical perspective. By the end of the week each camper will understand principles of communication, confidence and leadership.

Click here for a complete list of the camps, costs and options available this summer at BJU.

BJU Students Participate in Mission Team to Antigua

lowres-20130128antigua-mission-tmGreenville, SC (May 30, 2013) – Thirteen Bob Jones University students traveled on a missions trip to Antigua May 7-21. The team, led by Jonny and Kathryn Gamet, composed mostly of Journalism and Mass Communications majors, put their skills to work to impact people in that area of the world for Christ.

The trip was organized to assist Caribbean Radio Lighthouse, a radio station that reaches the Caribbean Islands and parts of North and South America. Team members helped through writing, editing, announcing and producing English, Spanish and French content for the station.

Emily Lewandowski, a 2013 BJU Radio and Television Broadcasting graduate, previously traveled with the Antigua team.  “Going to Antigua was an amazing way to see God use broadcasting to spread the Gospel,” Lewandowski said. “I was constantly reminded Christianity is not a one-time prayer, but rather a daily choice to live life differently from the rest of the world.”

The team also ministered in the local communities by tutoring children in the public schools, hosting Bible clubs in the evenings and by providing music at several local churches around the island.

“We live in a media-driven society,” team leader Jonny Gamet said. “One of the purposes of leading this team is to show students they can use the skills they are learning in the classroom to impact others for Jesus Christ.”

Marshall Franklin Named To Greenville Area Development Corporation Board

Marshall Franklin

Marshall Franklin

Greenville, S. C. (May 29, 2013) The Greenville Area Development Corporation (GADC) announced in late May the appointment of Marshall Franklin, the Chief Operations Officer at Bob Jones University, to an inaugural three-year term on the GADC Board.

Prior to his service as COO, Marshall had a distinguished 24-year career with Ernst & Young, an international accounting and consulting firm, where he served both domestic and international clients from offices in France, England, and the Southeastern United States.  Mr. Franklin holds a BS in Professional Accounting from BJU, and is widely recognized as a strong consensus builder who is keenly aware of international business issues and opportunities, having conducted business in 37 countries. He is a member of the Board of Directors of The Wilds, a Christian camp located in Brevard, N.C.

GADC is a non-profit organization established by Greenville County Council to promote and enhance the economic growth and development of Greenville County.  Since its founding in 2001, GADC efforts have resulted in the creation of more than 16,000 new jobs and more than $2.8 billion in capital investment in Greenville County, S.C.

BJU Student Named as 2013 GE-Reagan Scholarship Recipient

Marie BellGreenville, S.C. (May 23, 2013) – Marie Bell, a rising college freshman who will attend Bob Jones University this fall, was recently selected as a 2013 GE-Reagan Foundation Scholar. Marie, of Hampton, GA, is one of only 20 exceptional leaders who received the honor from among more than 11,000 candidates across the country.

The GE-Reagan Foundation scholarship honors the legacy of our nation’s 40th president and provides $10,000 annually ─ up to $40,000 ─ toward the pursuit of a bachelor’s degree. Recipients are chosen based on their demonstration of exemplary leadership, drive, integrity and civic commitment.

As an award recipient, Marie will join the other 19 honorees for a Scholar’s Retreat in Simi Valley, Calif. on June 23-26 where they will tour the Ronald Reagan Library, engage with their peers and attend a formal awards ceremony.

In addition, Bob Jones University awarded Marie the BJU Legacy Scholarship and the Academic Excellence and Leadership Award.


Ethan Holmes Wins First Place in Piano Competition

Ethan Holmes

Ethan Holmes

Greenville, SC (May 14, 2013) – Ethan Holmes, a 2013 Bob Jones University graduate from Hastings, MI, received first place in the 2013 Richardson Collegiate Piano Competition in Lansing, Mich. Ethan, along with a two other finalists – an undergraduate from the University of Michigan and a graduate student from Michigan State ─ played a full-length recital for the finals. He received a cash award of $1,500.

Ethan received his BMus in Piano Performance on Fri., May 3.

Ethan Simpson Wins Third Place in National Vocal Competition

Ethan Simpson

Ethan Simpson

Greenville, SC (May 14, 2013) – Ethan Simpson, a 2013 Bob Jones University graduate from Blue Springs, MO, received third place in the 2013 Hal Leonard Vocal Competition. The competition, the only event of its kind for singers up to the ages of 23, is held through YouTube video entries. Ethan competed in the Art Song category for College/University Voices (undergraduates), ages 18-23, and received a cash prize.

Hal Leonard Corporation launched the innovative concept of a serious music competition for voice students comprised entirely of YouTube video entries in 2011.

The required repertoire was largely drawn from art song and musical theatre literature.

Videos of the 2013 competition may be viewed here. 

Ethan received his BMus in Voice Performance on Fri., May 3.

Ben Schipper Wins National ADDY Award

Benjamin Schipper

Ben Schipper

Greenville, SC (May 14, 2013) – Bob Jones University announced today that Ben Schipper, a 2013 Bob Jones University graduate, won a National ADDY® Award.

Schipper’s entry titled, The Dare Sir Henry Willum Took, initially won a gold award in the Greenville, S.C. ADDY® Awards competition. It earned another gold award at the district competition and advanced to the national competition.

The ADDY® Awards Competition is a three-tiered national competition conducted annually by the American Advertising Federation. The ADDY® Awards Competition is the advertising industry’s largest and most representative competition for both professional and student creative excellence.

Schipper has been invited to attend the national ADDY® Awards show at the Arizona Biltmore Hotel & Spa in Phoenix, Ariz. on the evening of June 8, which is held in conjunction with The American Advertising Federation National Conference, ADMERICA!

 Ben Schipper received his BFA in Studio Art on Fri., May 3.