BJU Public Relations

The official PR blog for Bob Jones University

" November 2014 "

“It Is Well With My Soul”

The Thanksgiving praise service at Bob Jones University featured “It Is Well With My Soul.”

Greenville Announces Poinsettia Christmas Parade Grand Marshals; BJU & Furman Presidents to Serve as Grand Marshals

The following text is taken directly from a press release released today by the City of Greenville:

Greenville, S.C. –The City of Greenville has chosen two new university presidents to serve as this year’s grand marshals for the annual Greenville Poinsettia Christmas Parade. Dr. Elizabeth Davis, president of Furman University, and Steve Pettit, president of Bob Jones University, will receive a grand welcome to Greenville as they lead over 80 parade units in the event that is scheduled for December 6 at 6 p.m. on Main Street from Augusta Street to North Street.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to welcome new Presidents Davis and Pettit to Greenville alongside the thousands of people who will attend this year’s parade,” said Mayor Knox White. “Connecting higher education to downtown has always been a priority for Greenville and continues to play an essential role in the city’s growth and success. These two organizations are valuable community partners, and we look forward to continuing to working with them to further enhance the quality of life of our community.”

Elizabeth Davis, Ph.D., became Furman University’s 12th President on July 1, 2014. Dr. Davis previously served as Executive Vice President and Provost of Baylor University in Texas, where she oversaw the university’s 11 schools and colleges as well as more than a dozen research centers and institutes.

Steve Pettit became the fifth president of Bob Jones University in May of 2014. An alumnus of BJU, Pettit previously served on the Board of Trustees. He earned a BS in business administration from The Citadel in 1978 and a MA in pastoral studies from BJU Seminary in 1980.

The one-mile parade route will stretch from North Street to Augusta Street on Main Street and feature musical marching groups, elaborately decorated floats and, of course, Santa Claus. The parade is free to the public, and spectators will find ample places to view the parade, with prime seating located from the Main Street Bridge south toward Falls Park.


The parade will be featured the following week on For more information about the parade, visit

BJU Students Make Presentation to International Cancer Research Conference


Pictured left to right-Anthony Nye, Hannah Ng, Emily Harris, Dr. Steve Figard and Danny Machado.

GREENVILLE, S.C. (November 17, 2014) — Dr. Steve Figard, research director for the Bob Jones University Cancer Research Lab, recently had the opportunity to accompany four students as they made a poster presentation at the annual American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) Conference.

The two-day conference, held at the Capitol Hill Hilton in Washington, DC, featured nearly 100 presenters from colleges and universities around the world. Medical schools and laboratories from such schools as Ohio State University, Johns Hopkins University, Tufts University, University of South Carolina and the University of Paris were all on hand to make presentations to the hundreds of delegates assembled.

“It was an incredible opportunity for Bob Jones University to be featured as a presenter at an international cancer research conference,” said Danny Machado, a junior Biology major from Guatemala. “While what we presented was preliminary work, it was the beginning of putting BJU’s Cancer Research Laboratory on the map.”

Their research project, “Partial Characterization of the Extraction Method for and Treatment with a Potential Anti-Cancer Agent from Almonds,” originally began as a research project while Dr. Amy Tuck, BJU biology faculty member, was serving as the interim Director of Cancer Research. Students at BJU have been working on the project for three years and were able to accumulate sufficient data this past summer to make their poster presentation. The students designed and executed a set of experiments using almonds in their quest to find a natural substance to eliminate gastric cancer cells.

“From an academic perspective, it was a privilege to interact with health professionals and research directors from medical schools around the world,” said Anthony Nye, a senior Biology major from Indianapolis, Indiana. “This conference brought together international experts in cancer research and it was a privilege for BJU to participate.”

In addition to Nye and Machado, Emily Harris, a junior Premed major from Sparks, Nevada, and Hannah Ng, a junior Premed major from Singapore, were members of the BJU poster team.

The BJU Cancer Research Lab opened in 2010 as a result of a large grant from a private donor in memoriam to her husband who died from cancer. It is housed in the former Barge Memorial Hospital on the BJU campus.

Dr. Deanna Moore Elected as President-Elect of SC Music Teachers Association

Deanna MooreGREENVILLE, S.C. (November 14, 2014) – Dr. Deanna Moore, professor of music at Bob Jones University, was recently elected as President-Elect of the South Carolina Music Teachers Association (SCMTA) during their recent state conference held at Anderson University in Anderson, South Carolina. Prior to her election as President-Elect, Dr. Moore served as Vice President for Conferences for the SCMTA.

During the conference, Moore was responsible for inviting nationally-recognized pedagogue Ingrid Jacobson Clarfield and internationally acclaimed pianist Lucille Chung to perform. She also set the conference schedule, hosted guests, and emceed many of the events.

Moore, a resident of Taylors, earned a Doctor of Music Arts in Piano Performance from the University of South Carolina, where she studied piano and piano pedagogy under Scott Price. She also studied literature and pedagogy under Charles Fugo and Marina Lomazov. She received a B.M. and M.M. in Piano Performance from BJU studying under the late Laurence Hamilton Morton. She serves on the faculty of the BJU Summer Music Camps and gives presentations and workshops for students and teachers.