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" October 2013 "

Heneveld Named to President’s Club

Elizabeth HeneveldGreenville, S.C. (October 3, 2013) – In the University’s chapel service Sept. 30, Dr. Stephen Jones, president of Bob Jones University, awarded Elizabeth Heneveld, a senior middle school education major from Whitmore, Calif., the Sower Award.

One of six President’s Club awards, the Sower Award is given to a student who has exhibited exceptional faithfulness to the Lord in the area of soul winning or who has had an unusual soul winning opportunity.

Heneveld’s nomination stated, “Bess loves to spend her discretionary time reaching out to unbelievers. She is especially burdened for youth. She spends her summers working at a Christian school that takes in trafficked and troubled teen girls.

While at BJU she counsels troubled teen girls.  In the first week of this semester, girls from an underprivileged part of Greenville have called wanting to meet her. They lead difficult lives and are hungry for her evident love for Christ.  Her ministry is consistent enough that is not a surprise to hear how the Lord used her witness to save someone or to help someone overcome sin and difficulty.  She plans to teach at an orphanage for poor inner city kids in India once she graduates from BJU.

Not only does Bess spend time evangelizing the lost, but she has structured her life to minister Christ to needy sinners, as we all are.”

Students are nominated for President’s Club awards by faculty, staff and their peers, and a committee selects recipients from the nominations received. In addition to recognition in a President’s Club chapel, recipients have their photo displayed in the university Student Center and enjoy dinner with the president.

Knoll Named to President’s Club

Rebecca KnollGreenville, S.C. (October 3, 2013) – In the University’s chapel service Sept. 30, Dr. Stephen Jones, president of Bob Jones University, awarded Rebecca Knoll, a senior math education major from Greenville, S.C., the Partner Award.

One of six President’s Club awards, the Partner Award is given to a student who has shown himself to be a partner with BJU in the cause of training young people to serve the Lord by promoting or contributing to its programs in a self-sacrificing way.

Several coworkers nominated Becca for the award. Her supervisor wrote, “Since joining BJU Press Product Development in August of 2011, she has become an indispensable assistant to the Secondary Authors Math Team.  Despite carrying a heavy course load over these years and playing on the [intercollegiate] women’s soccer team this semester, Becca has remained committed to giving her best effort. She exhibits a Christ-like spirit as she performs requested tasks with efficiency and accuracy. Her heart for others is also seen in frequent prayer requests for ministries of her local church, Grace Baptist Fellowship.”

Another coworker added, “Her servant’s heart is evidenced by cheerful dedication to accurately completing assigned tasks, spending a semester traveling for the University’s Science and Technology Ministry Team, and working at a Christian camp (The Anchorage) during the summers.”

Becca’s well-rounded experiences position her to partner with BJU in producing quality curriculum to educate the next generation from a Biblical worldview. She has embraced the challenge to her potential and is finding ways to follow Christ and contribute to BJU’s ministry of equipping others to do the same.

Students are nominated for President’s Club awards by faculty, staff and their peers, and a committee selects recipients from the nominations received. In addition to recognition in a President’s Club chapel, recipients have their photo displayed in the university Student Center and enjoy dinner with the President.

Pelletier Named to President’s Club

Nathan PelletierGreenville, S.C. (October 3, 2013) – In the University’s chapel service Sept. 30, Dr. Stephen Jones, president of Bob Jones University, awarded Nathan Pelletier, a senior youth ministries major from Quebec, Canada, the Overcomer Award.

One of six President’s Club awards, the Overcomer Award is given to a student who has demonstrated the perseverance necessary to stay in school in the face of unusual family, financial, or physical hardships.

A fellow student nominated Pelletier for the award by stating, “I met Nate at the IT desk on the 2nd floor of the Alumni Building my first semester on campus. . . . We discovered we were both missionary kids, both under parents working with Baptist World Mission, both bilingual, and both carrying a heart passionate for the mission field and a gospel that transforms lives.

Our friendship continued though our schedules were vastly different, me fulfilling all sorts of business class requirements while Nate prepared further for the ministry.

Over time and a long conversation with my mom one evening, I was shocked to discover Nate’s dad was battling with very serious cancer while his son was here, continuing with school. The thing that has always impacted me the most is how Nate admires his father for “always having a smile and soul-winning spirit, even in the face of difficulty.” I have never met Nate’s dad, but I do know Nate well, and to me, Nate is the one who I admire for his smile in the face of trials.

I would never have guessed about the struggles his dad was facing or turmoil the family was going through by the attitude I always found Nate to possess. He could choose to be bitter or angry with God and shut out the world while focusing on himself and the unfairness of life, but instead, Nate has chosen to be grateful to God for the amazing parents God provided to raise him on the foreign field, and to use his life as his father has, dedicated solely to winning others to Christ.”

Many in our student body have immediate family members who have gone through great trials

in the past few months. The fact they are here is evidence of God’s enabling grace in their lives. Like many more of his peers, Nate has proven through his joy and passion for the Lord that our God delights to show His strength through our weakness, not just in spite of it.

Students are nominated for President’s Club awards by faculty, staff and their peers, and a committee selects recipients from the nominations received. In addition to recognition in a President’s Club chapel, recipients have their photo displayed in the university Student Center and enjoy dinner with the president.

Manly Receives Touchstone Energy Scholarship

Sarah ManlyGreenville, S.C. (October 2, 2013) – Sarah Manly, a freshman majoring in Chemistry at Bob Jones University, recently was selected by York Electric as one of ten recipients of the Touchstone Energy Scholarship.

To qualify for the $1,000 award, students must be served by York Electric, have average or above-average grades and submit an essay entitled “Describe ways York Electric serves the local community.”

Manly, a resident of Clover, S.C., is a graduate of Blessed Hope Baptist School.

Formanack Serves as Marine Biology Intern

Brandon FormanackGreenville, S.C. (October 2, 2013) – Greenville resident Brandon Formanack, a junior biology major at Bob Jones University, served as a marine biology intern at Gulf World Marine Park in Panama City Beach, Fla. this summer.

Formanack worked daily with Bottlenose dolphins, Rough-toothed dolphins, California sea lions, African black-footed penguins and stranded sea turtles. His responsibilities included water testing, water quality control, diet preparation and assisting in animal husbandry and training.

Additionally, he hosted poolside dolphin interaction programs for guests. During these guest visits, he maintained control of the dolphin, educated the guests and allowed them to interact with the dolphin.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity I had to use the gifts and knowledge God gave me,” said Formanack. “The internship provided great experience and helped confirm my pursuit of this career field.”

Fitzgerald Serves as Intern with Santee Cooper

Kellyn FitzgeraldGreenville, S.C. (October 1, 2013) – Kellyn Fitzgerald, a senior biology major at Bob Jones University, completed an internship with Santee Cooper’s Environmental Intern Program this summer.

Fitzgerald, a resident of Greenville, was one of twelve rising college juniors or seniors selected from applicants across the state to participate in the program. Interns are chosen each year by South Carolina legislators – as well as members of the South Carolina congressional delegation – and the Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina.

During the summer, interns are given the opportunity to rotate through three of nine departments – Analytical and Biological Services, Air Quality, Right of Way Management, Environmental Services, Investment Recovery, Vector Management, Old Santee Canal Park, Property Management, and Renewable Energy.

Fitzgerald2Fitzgerald was able to perform a variety of tasks including water quality testing, herbicide management, testing for West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis, tracking mosquito populations and identifying saplings that could potentially cause damage to transmission lines within a few years.

Following graduation from BJU in December, Fitzgerald plans to pursue graduate studies in wildlife biology.

Stanley Finishes Third in Cross Country Meet

Greenville, S.C. (October 1, 2013) – AbbyAbbyStanley Stanley, a senior journalism and mass communication major at Bob Jones University, finished third in the women’s 6000 meter run at the 2013 Warrior Invitational held at Southern Wesleyan University Sept. 28.

Stanley, a resident of Three Springs, Pa. and the captain of the BJU Bruins women’s cross country team, finished third in the 6000 meter run with a time of 21:15.

Stanley’s efforts, combined with those of the other members of the Bruins women’s cross country team, led the women’s team to finish third overall among seven teams competing, which is their highest placement to date in the team’s inaugural season.

Iles Finishes First in Cross Country Meet

AaronIlesGreenville, S.C. (October 1, 2013) – Aaron Iles, a senior mathematics major at Bob Jones University, finished first in the men’s 8000 meter run at the 2013 Warrior Invitational held at Southern Wesleyan University Sept. 28.

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 with a time of 27:12.

Iles’ efforts, combined with those of the other members of the Bruins men’s cross country team, led the men’s team to finish second overall among the six teams competing, which is their highest placement to date in the team’s inaugural season.