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" October 2013 "

Bob Jones Academy Wins State Championships in Men’s Soccer and Women’s Volleyball

BJAStateChampionPhotoGreenville, S.C. (October 31, 2013) – In their inaugural season as members of South Carolina Association of Christian Schools (SCACS) Athletics League, the Bob Jones Academy Lions won the state championships in men’s soccer and women’s volleyball at the SCACS State Soccer and Volleyball Tournament held in Conway, S.C., Oct. 25-26.

The varsity men’s soccer team played Calvary Christian School of Myrtle Beach in the semifinal game.  An outstanding free kick goal of 35+ yards by BJA senior Garrett Martin just prior to the end of the first half put the Lions on the board, and they added three more goals in the second half for a convincing win in the semifinal match.

The BJA women played Northside Christian School of Charleston in the varsity volleyball semifinals.  The Lions won the semifinal match which prepared them for the championship on Saturday.

Proceeding to the championship, the BJA men’s soccer team played Hampton Park Christian School of Greenville in the championship soccer game. These teams played each other in the regular season and in the regional playoffs. The Lions, coached by Don Ward, Jr., opened the championship match with intensity and focus that enabled them to dictate much of the offensive action.  There were a number of good offensive opportunities that resulted in three goals for the Lions as they capped the season with an 18 – 0 record and the SCACS State Soccer Tournament Championship win.  BJA students Garrett Martin of Simpsonville, Seth Brown of Fletcher, N.C., Brady Taylor of Greenville, and Christian Walker of Greenville were selected as members of the All-Tournament Team.

The BJA varsity volleyball team, coached by Rachel Asire and Jenny Thornton, faced Emmanuel Christian School of Hartsville for the championship. The Lions entered the championship match with a determination that had been developed during a great regular season and came away with the championship win of the SCACS State Volleyball Tournament.  The women finished with a 13-1 record for the season.  BJA students Kirstin Christmas of Easley and Amanda Leatherwood of Greer were selected as members of the All-Tournament Team.

Luttrell Named NCCAA Player of the Week

RebeccaLuttrellGreenville, S.C. (October 30, 2013) – The National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) named BJU Bruins women’s soccer midfielder Rebecca Luttrell as the NCCAA Player of the Week. Luttrell scored five goals for the women’s intercollegiate soccer team in three matches over the last week of competition.

“She has a tenacious spirit on the pitch and is both a playmaker and a dangerous player for other teams to deal with,” head coach Chris Carmichael said. “She has great field vision, quickness, technique and a nose for the goal that has turned her into a great target for our team.”

Luttrell, a senior math education major from Greenville, S.C., is the first intercollegiate player for the BJU Bruins to achieve the NCCAA Player of the Week designation.

Merkle Named as Associate at Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP

Merkle, SarahGreenville, S.C. (October 29, 2013) – Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP recently named Sarah Merkle, formerly of Greenville, as an associate with the firm’s litigation practice group in Birmingham, Ala.

Merkle, a 2000 cum laude (BS) and a 2004 magna cum laude (MA) graduate of Bob Jones University, earned her JD cum laude from the University of South Carolina School of Law, where she also served as editor-in-chief of the South Carolina Law Review.

She was named the 2011 USC Outstanding Law Student of the Year by the National Association of Women Lawyers, received multiple CALI awards, and was inducted into the Order of the Coif. Additionally, she is one of 30 individuals nationwide to hold the credentials of Certified Professional Parliamentarian and Professional Registered Parliamentarian.

Merkle joined the firm following a clerkship with the Honorable Henry F. Floyd on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

Fine Arts Calendar – October 28 – November 2

Monday, October 28, 5:00 p.m., Stratton Hall

Danielle Duncan, piano, will present her senior recital. She will perform works composed by Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, and Scriabin.

Wednesday, October 30, 5:00 p.m., War Memorial Chapel

The Collegiate Choir will present a program of choral music that explores the ubiquitous God-ordained beauty found in the moments of time and in the events that make up the tapestry of daily life–Dawn, Day, and Dusk. The program’s repertoire includes “Sure on This Shining Night” by Morten Lauridsen and “Be Thou My Vision” by John Rutter.

Wednesday, October 30, 5:00 p.m., Fine Arts 224

Alex Wright, saxophone, will present his junior recital.

Thursday, October 31, 5:00 p.m., War Memorial Chapel

Tara Solomon, voice, and Ivan Carey, voice, will present their senior recitals. Tara will perform works composed by Bach, Scarlatti, Fauré and Beach. Ivan will perform works composed or arranged by Purcell, Beethoven, Schumann, Donizetti, Finzi, and Hogan.

Friday, November 1, 5:00 p.m., War Memorial Chapel

The Concert Choir will present a fall concert featuring sacred works, songs from the civil war, and barbershop and folk songs.

Saturday, November 2, 1:00 p.m., War Memorial Chapel

Nathan Phillips, trombone, and Wayne Fitzgerald, bass trombone, will present their senior recitals.  Nathan will perform works composed by Forrest, Sparke, Larsson, and LoPresti. Wayne will perform works composed by Williams, Lassen, Carr, Frank, and LoPresti.

Saturday, November 2, 3:00 p.m., War Memorial Chapel

Robyn Mortland, piano, will present her senior recital. She will perform works composed by Beethoven, Mompou, and Rachmaninoff.

Saturday, November 2, 5:00 p.m., War Memorial Chapel

Tan Viriyothai, violin, will present his graduate recital. He will perform works composed by Mozart, Klein, Doane, Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, and Dhamabutra.

Nieves-Lugo Named to Children’s Trust of South Carolina Board

Ramon Nieves-LugoGreenville, S.C. (October 24, 2013) – Ramon Nieves-Lugo, a 2008 graduate of Bob Jones University, has been named to the Board of Directors for Children’s Trust of South Carolina.

Nieves-Lugo, a resident of Greenville, is chief marketing officer with UniComm Media Group. He has served as a board member for the S.C. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and on the Human Relations Commission in Greenville County. He is currently a board member of A Child’s Haven and on the Minority Council of the Greenville Health System.

He earned a BS in Marketing Management with a minor in Human Relations from BJU.

Kim Wellman, Chairman of the Board of Directors for Children’s Trust of South Carolina stated, “Our board members are talented and dedicated volunteers, representing all areas of South Carolina. Their skills, leadership and passion will be an asset to the organization as we work for a 50 percent reduction in the number of confirmed cases of child abuse, neglect and unintentional injuries in South Carolina by 2023.”

Children’s Trust of South Carolina is the only statewide organization dedicated to strengthening and supporting public and private prevention efforts that keep South Carolina’s children safe. They work to prevent child abuse, neglect and unintentional injuries so that every child has the opportunity to thrive in a healthy, nurturing environment. Children’s Trust is home to KIDS COUNT South Carolina, Safe Kids South Carolina, Prevent Child Abuse South Carolina and other programs that deliver on our mission.

NSCAA to Webcast BJU Bruins Soccer Match

Greenville, S.C. (October 17, 2013) – The Bob Jones University Bruins are partnering with National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) to webcast their match with Columbia International University Fri., Oct. 18.

The NSCAA was founded in 1941 and is the largest soccer coaches’ organization serving members at every level of the game. The NSCAA works to inspire coaches and pass along their passion for the game to their players and soccer community. Their motto is “Learn. Participate. Belong.”

“We are happy to be able to showcase our webcast on the NSCAA network,” Bruins’ Sports Information Director Jonny Gamet said. “Doing this allows us the opportunity to highlight our program here at Bob Jones University, while engaging a nationwide audience of soccer enthusiasts. We hope to be able to show what BJU is all about and be a resource for those Christian coaches and athletes who want to compete at the highest level.”

The game will be webcast on NSCAAtv.com as well as www.bjubruins.com. The Bruins compete in the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) in Division I.

Anglea Named Best of Conference

crop-highres-Peter-Anglea-4659Greenville, S.C. (October 17, 2013) – Peter Anglea, web developer with the new media team at Bob Jones University, was named “Best of Conference” and “Best of Track” for his presentation at the 2013 Higher Education Web Professionals Association Conference in Buffalo, N.Y. Oct. 5-9. The conference offered 72 presentations across six different tracks.

Anglea, a resident of Greenville, presented “The On-Ramp to a Successful Responsive Workflow” in the Applications, Integration and Mobile track.  He demonstrated the change management strategy BJU used to implement a new web design workflow across multiple departments and how it assisted BJU in adapting to responsive web design, a new paradigm shift in web design, over the last 6 months.

HighEdWebAwardThe Higher Education Web Professionals Association is comprised of web professionals working at institutions of higher education. The association’s mission is to “strive to advance Web professionals, technologies and standards in higher education.”

Gold Places Second in NCCAA Regional Golf Tournament

MicahGoldGolfGreenville, S.C. (October 16, 2013) – Micah Gold, a freshman majoring in health, fitness and recreation at Bob Jones University, received National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) All-Tournament and All-Region Honors at the NCCAA South Regional Golf Tournament at Smithfield Country Club in Easley, S.C. Oct. 14-15.

Gold, a resident of Florence, finished his second round with a 69 – the lowest score of an individual golfer on the day. Combined with his score from the previous day, Gold was tied for lowest tournament score and was forced into a pairing to determine who would walk away with the lowest score. In the final pairing, Southern Wesleyan University’s Zach Moore edged out Micah Gold by one stroke to capture lowest individual score of the tournament.

This is the inaugural year for the BJU Bruins golf team. They compete in Division I of the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA).

Iles Sets Course Record in Cross Country Meet

IlesGreenville, S.C. (October 14, 2013) – Aaron Iles, a senior mathematics major at Bob Jones University, set a course record  in the men’s 8000 meter run at the TFC Eagle Invitational held at Toccoa Falls College Oct. 12.

Iles, a resident of Monroeville, N.J., and the captain of the BJU Bruins men’s cross country team, finished first in the 8000 meter run and set a meet and course record with a time of 26:56. This is the third successive meet where Iles finished first.

Iles’ leadership, combined with outstanding contributions from each member of the team, made history as the BJU Bruins men’s cross country team finished first in the invitational, their highest finish in their inaugural year of intercollegiate competition.

Stanley Finishes First in Cross Country Meet

stanleyGreenville, S.C. (October 14, 2013) – Abigail Stanley, a senior journalism and mass communication major at Bob Jones University, finished first in the women’s 5000 meter run at the TFC Eagle Invitational held at Toccoa Falls College Oct. 12.

Stanley, a resident of Three Springs, Pa., and the captain of the BJU Bruins women’s cross country team, finished first in the 5000 meter run with a time of 20:39. This is Stanley’s first blue ribbon finish this season. In the two previous meets, Stanley finished third.

The BJU Bruins women’s cross country team placed second in the invitational, narrowly missing first place by 3 points.