BJU Public Relations

The official PR blog for Bob Jones University

" May 2013 "

Ryan Bell Interns with Travelers Rest Police Department

Ryan Bell

GREENVILLE, S.C. (November 21, 2017) – Ryan Bell, a senior criminal justice major at Bob Jones University, serves as an intern this semester with the Travelers Rest Police Department.

Bell, a resident of Greenville, is gaining experience by working alongside Travelers Rest police officers. His responsibilities include shadowing officers on patrol, writing and processing tickets, and recording and organizing arrest information.

“This internship has greatly increased my understanding of the value police officers bring to their communities,” says Bell. “I have definitely grown in my appreciation for these officers as a result of my internship. It has been phenomenal to see their care and concern for the communities they work with.”

Philip Brown Interns with Greenville Public Information and Events Office

Philip Brown

GREENVILLE, S.C. (November 20, 2017) – Philip Brown, a senior graphic design major at Bob Jones University, serves as an intern this semester with the Greenville Public Information & Events Office.

Brown, a resident of Sterling Heights, Michigan, is gaining hands-on experience working on the graphic design team of the Public Information Department. His responsibilities include designing event posters and brochures, creating plaques and markers for official city functions, and creating decoration plans for upcoming city events.

“I have really valued the ways this internship has stretched me as a designer,” says Brown. “Working with a variety of clients has forced me to continually think outside the box and learn to work with new and different design constraints and deadlines. I’m confident this internship experience will help me in my future career as a graphic designer.”

Dr. Bob Wood at Home with the Lord

GREENVILLE, S.C. (November 19, 2017) — Dr. Bob Wood, who served as Executive Vice President of Bob Jones University from 1977 until 2005 and as Executive Vice President Emeritus until 2014,went home to be with the Lord  Friday, Nov. 17.

In honor of his service to the Lord and to BJU, flags at BJU will fly at half-staff today through sunset Monday, Nov. 20.

Dr. Wood’s obituary, as it appeared in the Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, edition of The Greenville News is reproduced below:

Robert (Bob) Morris Wood, Sr.

Greenville – Bob M. Wood, Sr. of Greenville passed away Nov. 17, 2017, at the McCall Hospice House in Simpsonville, S.C. Born March 29, 1938, in Lawrenceville, Ga., Bob grew up in Tucker, Ga. The son of Robert Oren Wood and Evelyn Townsend Wood, Bob graduated from Tucker High School and attended Washington University in St. Louis. Although he grew up in a Christian home, he was in his early twenties when God became very real to him and he trusted Jesus to save him.

After starting his business career in medical sales in the 1960s, Bob joined the family transportation business, working with Brown Transport and Harper Motor Lines during the 1960s and 1970s. During this time, he was active in his church where he met his wife, Mary Cotter, and the Lord began drawing him into Christian work. Bob and Mary’s home was a haven to many. They held Bible studies and provided a biblical example to young people of how to love each other and serve the Lord together. These Bible studies grew to about 90 people and became the nucleus for the Killian Hill Baptist Church, which Bob began pastoring in 1972.

In 1977, Dr. Wood answered the call to become executive vice president of Bob Jones University in Greenville, S.C., a position he held for nearly 29 years. In addition to managing the operation of the University, he personally helped thousands of students, faculty and staff who sat under his chapel ministry and experienced his friendship and mentoring. After his retirement in 2005, he served as executive vice president emeritus until 2014. He also served as a member of the BJU Board of Trustees from 1974 until his death.

Bob had a long, meaningful life with many interests. He loved hunting, fishing, golfing, and flying. He held private, instrument and multi-engine pilot ratings. He was a people-person who never met a stranger. In addition to BJU, he served on numerous boards over the years, including the Wilds Christian Camp, Woodlands Camp, Gospel Fellowship Association, Pinnacle Bank (now Carolina Alliance Bank) and US AeroTech. Bob attended Morningside Baptist Church where he enjoyed the practical preaching and edifying fellowship. Above all, he enjoyed studying the Scripture and preaching what God taught him. He tried to instill in others the desire to “think Bible” and apply Biblical principles in every situation of life.

Bob is survived by his wife of 54 years, Mary Cotter Wood; his sons Robert (Bobby) M. Wood, Jr (Robin) and Stephen C. Wood (Tamara); five grandchildren, Cotter, Caeden, Caeleigh Joy, Ella Grace and Stephen (Finn); one sister, Beverly Wood Manus (Larry) of Dacula, Ga; two sisters-in-law, Doris C. Sprout (Jerry) of Greer, S.C., and Jenell C. Shafer (Thomas) of Lilburn, Ga; five nieces, Candie Morgan (Jerry), Luellen Pavluk (Jim), Sherri S. Stanley (Jon), Sandy Waterworth (Rich), Kristi Palmer (Daniel); and three nephews, Tom Shafer (Dianne), Stacy Manus (LeAnne), and Jerry Sprout.

Dr. Wood’s love for his family and friends was surpassed only by his love for his Lord. He always encouraged people to turn their eyes upon Jesus and “keep on keeping on.” He was ready to meet his God whom he had faithfully served for nearly sixty years. His desire was to finish strong and to hear the words, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant,” Matt. 25:21.

Friends may call at the Mackey Mortuary, Sunday, Nov. 19, 4 – 6 p.m. Funeral Services will be held at Morningside Baptist Church, Greenville, Monday, Nov. 20, at 2 p.m. Interment will be at the Pleasant Hill Community Cemetery in Dacula, Ga.

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BJU Museum & Gallery Loans Art to Museum of the Bible

GREENVILLE, S.C. (November 17, 2017) – The Bob Jones University Museum & Gallery (M&G) has loaned several pieces of art and numerous antiquities to the Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C., for the museum’s grand opening Friday, Nov. 17.

The Museum of the Bible is designed to engage all people with the history, narrative and impact of the Bible. Located two blocks from the National Mall, the museum provides guests with an immersive, personalized, and unparalleled experience, using cutting-edge technology to bring the Bible to life.

The museum is largely funded by the Green family, the Christian owners of Hobby Lobby. Steve Green, Hobby Lobby’s chief executive, serves as chair of the museum.

“M&G is very pleased to participate in the opening of this new museum in our nation’s capital,” said Erin Jones, director of the Museum & Gallery. “We loan to museums around the world, and the opportunity to represent M&G in such a high-profile location is very exciting. It’s been a pleasure working with professionals who appreciate our collection and who will share it with others.”

M&G loaned Pier Francesco Sacchi’s The Adoration of the Shepherds, Francesco Granacci’s Rest on the Flight into Egypt, and The Virgin Annunciate, a late 15th century Tuscan sculpture, which will be displayed in the Impact of the Bible Exhibit. In addition, M&G loaned over 25 antiquities for the museum’s Nazareth Village Exhibit.

The pieces will be on loan to the museum through 2019.

M&G’s collection is one of the largest and most interesting collections of European Old Master paintings in America. The museum also boasts nearly 200 pieces of Gothic to nineteenth century furniture, approximately 100 works of sculpture, some 60 textiles, over 1,000 ancient artifacts, and approximately 130 architectural elements.

David Beckwith Interns with Travelers Rest Police Department

David Beckwith

GREENVILLE, S.C. (November 15, 2017) – David Beckwith, a senior criminal justice major at Bob Jones University, serves as an intern this semester with the Travelers Rest Police Department.

Beckwith, a resident of Hillsdale, Michigan, is gaining experience working alongside Travelers Rest police officers. His responsibilities include recording and organizing arrest information, writing and processing tickets, and shadowing officers as they patrol Travelers Rest.

“This internship has allowed me to see firsthand the bravery and the love that police officers have for their communities,” says Beckwith. “I would encourage individuals to do a ride along with their local law enforcement if given the chance – these officers care for their communities much more than what you might expect.”

Emily-Rose Zhou Serves as Intern with Pfizer Inc.

Emily-Rose Zhou

GREENVILLE, S.C. (November 13, 2017) – Emily-Rose Zhou, a junior pre-med major at Bob Jones University, serves as an intern this semester with Pfizer Inc. located in Groton, Connecticut.

Zhou, a resident of Salem, Connecticut, is gaining hands-on experience working in the Global Molecular Pathology Laboratory of Pfizer’s Drug Safety Research & Development Department. Her responsibilities primarily focus on conducting DNA research using the CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing tool, including setting up DNA sequencing processes, designing and cloning plasmids, and synthesizing RNA from DNA.

“This internship is providing me with amazing opportunities to hone my molecular biology techniques and give me a real taste of scientific research,” says Zhou. “I’m learning research is full of setbacks and surprises, but is ultimately very rewarding. As a pre-med major who isn’t usually exposed to the pharmaceutical side of healthcare, my knowledge and appreciation of the medicine-making industry have grown tremendously.”

Bob Jones University to Host NCCAA National Tournaments

GREENVILLE, S.C. (November 13, 2017) – The Bob Jones University Bruins athletics program will host over 400 student-athletes for the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) Division II Men and Women’s Soccer and Women’s Volleyball National Championships Wednesday, Nov. 15, through Saturday, Nov. 18, in BJU’s Alumni Stadium and Davis Field House.

“We’re honored to host these DII national championships here at BJU and are very excited to welcome all of the teams to Greenville,” said BJU Bruins Athletic Director Dr. Neal Ring. “My staff and I are committed to providing an exceptional championship experience for the teams, fans, and our community.”

The men’s soccer tournament will feature teams from Kansas Christian College, Trinity Baptist College, Kentucky Christian College, Pensacola Christian College, Providence College, and BJU. The games will take place at 5 and 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, with the championship game Saturday evening at 7.

The women’s soccer tournament will feature teams from Grace Bible College, Providence College, Randall University, and BJU, and the games will take place at 12 and 2:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

The women’s volleyball tournament will feature teams from Kentucky Christian University, Providence College, Emmaus Bible College, Randall University, Maranatha Baptist University, Toccoa Falls College, Johnson University – Tennessee, and BJU. The games will take place throughout the day Thursday and Friday with the championship game at 4:30 Saturday afternoon.

The full tournament schedule can be found on the NCCAA website.

Tickets can be purchased at All-tournament ticket passes are available for $25 for adults and $17 for students (with valid student ID). Daily ticket prices are $10 for adults and $7 for students. Children ages 13 and under are free.

Parking for the tournament is available in the campus parking garage and in adjacent lots around Alumni Stadium.

Zachary Heltsley Interns with Greenville Chamber of Commerce

Zachary Heltsley

GREENVILLE, S.C. (November 10, 2017) – Zachary Heltsley, a senior communications major at Bob Jones University, serves as an intern this semester with the Greenville Chamber of Commerce.

Heltsley, a resident of Greenville, is gaining hands-on experience working with the Chamber’s various committees. His responsibilities include researching and compiling policy information for publications and addresses, using social media to lead grassroots campaigns, and assisting with the Chamber’s political action committee and Advocacy Department committees.

“This internship has allowed me to learn more about the issues facing the business community here in Greenville,” says Heltsley. “I’ve had the opportunity to research those issues and propose solutions that will directly affect business leaders in the Upstate. I am thankful to the Chamber of Commerce for this opportunity to connect and work with community leaders in a town that I love.”

Michael Frederick Serves as Intern for Mount Calvary Baptist Church

Michael Frederick

GREENVILLE, S.C. (November 8, 2017) – Michael Frederick, a senior Bible major at Bob Jones University, serves as an intern this semester for Mount Calvary Baptist Church in Greenville.

Frederick, a resident of Greenville, is serving alongside the church leadership to expand his exposure to church administration. His responsibilities include organizing and contributing to community evangelism efforts, attending leadership meetings and preaching.

“This internship is greatly expanding my understanding of how a church works,” says Frederick. “Even though all the people and ministries perform different functions, they are all needed for the Church to do its one purpose—to worship God. I’m very thankful for this opportunity to serve and learn alongside the church leadership.”

Bob Jones University to Hold Annual Turkey Bowl Festivities

GREENVILLE, S.C. (November 8, 2017) – Bob Jones University will host the 2017 Turkey Bowl, BJU’s intramural soccer championship, between the Beta Gamma Delta Patriots and the Pi Kappa Sigma Cobras Saturday, Nov. 11, in Alumni Stadium.

Festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. with a parade featuring the championship teams and the presentation of the game ball. During halftime, students will have the opportunity to participate in a car push challenge around the stadium track.

Food vendors will be available in the Activity Center parking lot to the right of Alumni Stadium throughout the evening’s events.

Following the game, BJU’s Inter-Society Council will host the annual Fall Festival, featuring hay rides, corn hole, a photo booth, hot beverages, and a variety of other activities.