BJU Public Relations

The official PR blog for Bob Jones University

" December 2013 "

Have a Blessed Christmas!

“And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.(And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.” Luke 2:1-20

BJU’s Carmichael Named NSCAA Coach of the Year

2013chris-carmichaelGreenville, S.C. (December 18, 2013) – Dr. Chris Carmichael, BJU Bruins women’s soccer coach, was recently named Coach of the Year by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) for Division II.

“I want to thank the NSCAA for their continued support of coaching education here in the U.S.,” Coach Carmichael said. “I am honored and humbled to receive this award. It truly is a celebration of God’s great work through this team and the efforts of our players and my staff. The team, the fans, and the incredible support of our athletic department help to make us who we are as a program. Really this award is their award and not just mine.”

Carmichael led the women’s soccer team to a record of 15-5-2 and captured the University’s first national championship. This is only the second year of the program at Bob Jones University. “We are very proud of Chris and his accomplishments,” BJU athletic director Neal Ring said. “We know the dedication and hard work he puts into everyday of coaching and it shows in his peers choosing him for this award. We’re privileged to have him on our staff.”

In their inaugural season in 2012, the Bruins women finished 7-10 and were eliminated in the first round of the regional playoffs. For 2013, the Bruins women changed their tactical style of play and recruited a great freshman class to begin their season. The team started slow as they dropped two of their first three matches, but caught fire and were unbeaten in their next eight matches while outscoring their opponents 31-1.

The team lost in the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) South Regional Championship to Clearwater Christian College 2-1, but was given an at-large bid because of their season success. The Bruins upset the #1 ranked Providence University College and then defeated Ohio Christian University 2-0 to set up a rematch against Clearwater. Both teams battled hard in the championship match, but senior Rebecca Luttrell’s lone goal in the second half handed the Bruins their first national title.

Dr. Stephen Jones Resigns BJU Presidency

Dr Stephen JonesGreenville, S.C. (December 13, 2013) – At the regular meeting of the Bob Jones University Board of Trustees today, Dr. Stephen Jones submitted to the Board his resignation from the position of president of BJU.

Larry Jackson, chairman of the Bob Jones University Board of Trustees, said the Board accepted his resignation as president effective at the end of Commencement, May 9, 2014.

In stepping down from the BJU presidency, Dr. Jones said, “The persistence of my health issues over the last three years is preventing me from providing the leadership the University needs at this time and prompted my personal decision to resign. The BJU mission is more important than I. Serving the BJU family for over eight years has been one of the great gifts of God to my wife and me, and I am looking forward to serving here in whatever new role God has for me.”

“The Board fully understands the effects of Dr. Jones’ continuing health issues as they relate to the demands of the position,” said Jackson, “and we appreciate his leadership in giving priority to the mission of the University. The Board is grateful for his significant contributions to the ministry of BJU, his dedication to its mission and his love for the faculty, staff and students during his tenure as president.”

According to Mr. Jackson the Board of Trustees will immediately establish a search committee, consistent with the University by-laws, to identify candidates for president and will prayerfully fill the position as soon as God leads us to a qualified person. “The Board of Trustees is completely committed to the historic position and mission of Bob Jones University and to maintaining the University’s firm stand on the absolute authority of Scripture,” says Jackson. “The Board will seek a new president equally committed to our mission and biblical position.”

The Board recognizes that for 87 years God has chosen to do a great work at BJU through the Jones family and their contributions will continue. Since God is eternal, His work spans generations—He is the same yesterday, today and forever. Our trust has always been in Him, and we trust He will continue to show Himself faithful in accomplishing great things as we move forward under a new president.

Summerlin Sworn In As Member of South Carolina Bar

JeremySummerlinGreenville, S.C. (December 3, 2013) – Congratulations to Jeremy Summerlin for being sworn in as a member of the South Carolina Bar.

Summerlin, a resident of Greenville, graduated from Bob Jones University in 2009 with a BA in History and received his JD from the University of South Carolina School of Law in May, 2013.

Congratulations, Jeremy!

BJU Invites Greenville Community to Annual Carol Sing and Lighting Ceremony

BJUChristmasLightsGreenville, S.C. (December 3, 2013) – Bob Jones University invites the Greenville community to greet the holiday season at BJU’s annual Christmas Carol Sing and Lighting Ceremony at the center of campus Fri., Dec. 6, at 6:30 p.m.

“Christmas is an exciting time of the year,” said Dr. Stephen Jones, president of Bob Jones University. “We look forward to having families from all across the Upstate join us as we welcome in the Christmas season on the BJU campus.”

By the start of the Carol Sing, staff and students have hung over 100,000 Christmas lights, strung over 3,000 feet of garland, and hand tied over 400 bows.

As the crowd begins to gather for the evening, the University Singers will perform arrangements of traditional Christmas music, followed by the Carol Sing featuring well-loved carols such as “Deck the Halls,” “Jingle Bells,” and “Winter Wonderland.”  As a trio of BJU students sings “O Holy Night,” the switch will be flipped to light the campus.  The program will conclude with additional carols.

Following the Carol Sing and Lighting Ceremony, the public is also invited to the BJU Symphonic Wind Band’s Christmas concert at 7:30 p.m. in Rodeheaver Auditorium.

U.S. Senator Tim Scott Speaks at Bob Jones Academy

US Senator Tim ScottGreenville, S.C. (December 2, 2013) – U.S. Senator Tim Scott spoke to an overflow crowd of nearly 500 Bob Jones Academy seventh through twelfth grade students today as he gave his personal testimony during a school assembly.

Scott told the students his personal relationship with Jesus Christ is the most important thing to him and that it shapes everything he does in life and politics. Throughout his presentation, he recounted the importance of following Jesus in their daily lives.

Much of Scott’s talk centered on some of the wrong choices he made throughout his life and how God used circumstances and people to point him back to Christ. He talked fondly of his mother’s love and prayers for him and the influence of a Chick-fil-A owner who mentored him throughout high school.

“Our students enjoyed hearing from Senator Scott and asking him a number of questions about life, football and public service,” said Dr. Dan Nelson, principal of BJA. “I believe it’s the first time we’ve had the privilege of a sitting U.S. Senator speaking in an assembly to our students.”