BJU Public Relations

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" January 2015 "

Flags at Half-Staff at Bob Jones University

GREENVILLE, S.C. (December 9, 2017) — Flags at Bob Jones University are flying at half-staff today at the request of South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster in memory of former South Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Ernest A. Finney, Jr. and in recognition of his extraordinary service to the State of South Carolina.

Mallory Manville Serves as Intern in Greenville Schools

Mallory Manville

GREENVILLE, S.C. (December 8, 2017) – Mallory Manville, a senior communication disorders major at Bob Jones University, served this semester as an intern at Tigerville Elementary School and A.J. Whittenberg Elementary School of Engineering, both in Greenville County, South Carolina.

Manville, a resident of Wyandotte, Michigan, assisted a school-based speech language pathologist by writing lesson plans and leading speech therapy sessions. Manville also participated in a number of individual education plan meetings and contributed information about students’ speech and language abilities in order to assist with writing educational goals and providing accommodations within the classroom.

“My experience with this clinical practicum has opened my eyes to the people and reality behind the textbook knowledge that I have gained in classes over the past three years,” said Manville. “Working in a school during my undergraduate program has drastically increased my knowledge, clinical skill, and passion for the field of speech pathology. This practicum has greatly prepared me for my graduate school experience and has further increased my desire to pursue a career as a speech language pathologist.”

Flags at Half-Staff at Bob Jones University

GREENVILLE, S.C. (December 7, 2017) — President Donald Trump has directed that flags be flown at half-staff Thursday, December 7, 2017.  Flags are flown at half-staff for Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day in memory of the lives lost in the 1941 attack and to remember that we enjoy freedom thanks to their sacrifice. The attack claimed the lives of 2,334 servicemen and servicewomen and wounded another 1,143.


Karol Edwards Named Chief Nursing Officer and Assistant VP of Operations for MedStar Ambulatory Services

GREENVILLE, S.C. (December 6, 2017) – Karol Edwards, 1989 Bob Jones University nursing graduate, was recently promoted by MedStar Health to serve as the Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) for its MedStar Ambulatory Services (MAS) division and Assistant Vice President of Operations (AVP) for its four most northern ambulatory care centers.

Edwards will be responsible for the business operations of these centers, as well as the clinical operations of the 9 MAS and 14 PromptCare facilities in the Baltimore; Washington, DC; northern Maryland; and northern Virginia areas.

Specifically, Edwards will serve as the senior leader and strategic advisor to regional and site staff, helping to ensure that all quality, safety, and performance standards and goals are met across the MAS division.  She will also chair the MAS Clinical Nursing Council and serve on the MedStar CNO Nursing Council and the MAS/MedStar Medical Group Coordinating Council.

A board-certified nurse executive, Edwards previously served as a MedStar Regional Administrator, where she was instrumental in the planning and opening of numerous ambulatory care facilities.  A registered nurse for more than 28 years, Edwards has served as the Director of Emergency Services for multiple area hospitals, including Upper Chesapeake Medical Center, Union Hospital of Cecil County, and MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center.

In addition to her BSN degree from BJU, Edwards earned a Master of Science in Health Care Administration from Bellevue University in Bellevue, Nebraska (2004).  In addition, she is a member of the American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nurses and the Emergency Nurses Association, and she is a newly elected Director to the Governance Board of The ARC Northern Chesapeake Region, a local support organization for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Headquartered in Columbia, Maryland, MedStar Health is the largest healthcare provider in the Maryland and Washington, DC, area, employing 30,000 employees and operating 10 hospitals, the MedStar Health Research Institute, the MedStar Medical Group, and numerous other clinical programs and services.

BJU Grad Emily Golus Publishes Debut Novel

Emily Golus

GREENVILLE, S.C. (December 4, 2017) – Emily Park Golus, a 2005 Bob Jones University graduate, recently published her debut novel, “Escape to Vindor,” through Taberah Press.

“Escape to Vindor” tells the story of a teen who is trapped inside her own imaginary world. The book explores the themes of teen insecurity, the impact of our decisions, and the intrinsic worth of every individual.

Golus earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in creative writing (2005) and a Master of Arts degree in English (2007) from Bob Jones University. Golus previously served in BJU’s Communications department as editor of the BJU Review, Voice of the Alumni, and BJU Magazine.

Golus currently serves as Senior Inbound Marketing Producer at Waypost Marketing, an inbound marketing agency in Greenville.

“I owe a huge debt of gratitude to my BJU writing professors,” says Golus. “Each of my teachers taught me how to think clearly, encouraged me to keep writing, and gave me the tools I needed to communicate truth through the written word.”

A sequel is scheduled for a December 2018 release.

Richard McNeel Interns at Greenville Health System

Richard McNeel

GREENVILLE, S.C. (December 1, 2017) – Richard McNeel, a junior health science major at Bob Jones University, serves this semester as an intern at Greenville Health System.

McNeel, a resident of Hampton, New Hampshire, interned and observed in a variety of departments, including orthopedic surgery, vascular surgery, radiology, and pediatric neurosurgery.

“The opportunity to get firsthand experience in the hospital has pushed me towards my decision to apply to medical school,” said McNeel. “Observing surgeons working in the operating room and experiencing traumas in the emergency room have been truly remarkable and exciting opportunities.”

Shanell Carey Serves as Student Teacher for Bell’s Crossing Elementary School

Shanell Carey

GREENVILLE, S.C. (November 29, 2017) – Shanell Carey, a senior elementary education major at Bob Jones University, serves this semester as a student teacher at Bell’s Crossing Elementary in Simpsonville, South Carolina.

Carey, a resident of Nassau, Bahamas, works in the fifth grade department. Carey’s responsibilities include preparing student packets, developing and executing lesson plans, working one-on-one with students, and providing support for mentor teachers.

“This experience has really taught me that if you fail to prepare, you are preparing to fail,” said Carey. “I am grateful for this invaluable opportunity and for the classroom preparation I was given to get me to this point.”

BJU Students Present at American Chemical Society

GREENVILLE, S.C. (November 28, 2017) – Five Bob Jones University students recently presented papers at the South East Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society (SERMACS) in Charlotte, North Carolina.

With nearly 157,000 members, the American Chemical Society (ACS) is the world’s largest scientific society and one of the world’s leading sources of authoritative scientific information. ACS publishes numerous scientific journals and databases, convenes major research conferences, and provides educational, science policy and career programs in chemistry.

“It was exciting to see the students as chemical professionals presenting their research, fielding questions and interacting with other American Chemical Society leaders,” said BJU chemistry professor, Dr. Robert Lee.

Claire Overly, a senior biochemistry and molecular biology major from Greenville, presented her paper titled “Investigating variants of a fluorescent calcium sensor towards engineering metal binding selectivity,” describing her 2017 summer research project completed at Penn State University.

Joshua England, a senior chemistry major from Anchorage, Alaska, presented his paper titled “Optimization of Ceramide Synthesis and Purification,” describing his 2017 summer research project completed for Cayman Chemical, a company that produces pharmaceutical ingredients and products for forensic science and biomedical research in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

James Kuzmic, a junior chemistry major from Greenville; Erin Martin, a senior biochemistry and molecular biology major from Greenville; and Aleithia Sass, a senior biochemistry and molecular biology major from Antigo, Wisconsin; presented their paper titled, “Synthesis of ML-336 from 5-Nitroanthranilic Acid via Conventional Methods,” describing research completed as a part of BJU’s summer 2017 Research Immersion for Undergraduates in Chemistry program in collaboration with Cayman Chemical.

BJU Hosts Annual Christmas Celebration

GREENVILLE, S.C. (November 27, 2017) – Bob Jones University invites the Greenville community to the annual Christmas Celebration Friday, Dec. 1, on the BJU campus.

“BJU’s annual Christmas Celebration is one of our most beloved traditions, and we hope many of our friends from the community will join us here on campus as we kick off the Christmas season,” said BJU President Steve Pettit.

BJU will host a variety of children’s activities from 3:30 – 6 p.m. including Christmas storytelling in Levinson Hall, gingerbread cookie decorating on Gallery Green, Christmas crafts in the Student Mall, reindeer games on front campus, and a Museum and Gallery scavenger hunt throughout the BJU campus.

Prior to the Lighting Ceremony which will begin at 6:30 p.m., the BJU Chamber Singers will present a Christmas concert from 5 – 6 p.m. in War Memorial Chapel. BJU’s Journalism and Mass Communication Department will present a live Christmas radio show in The Den from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m., and resume after the lighting ceremony until 9:30 p.m.

The Hampton Park Christian School choir will perform a pre-lighting concert at 6 p.m. in front of Rodeheaver Auditorium. At 6:30, they will be joined by BJU’s University Singers to lead the crowd in singing well-loved carols and traditional Christmas music as the campus is lit with thousands of lights. President Pettit will read a selection of Scripture featuring the Christmas story and the program will conclude with additional Christmas carols. The ceremony will be webcast on the BJU website beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Following the Lighting Ceremony, the Nebraska Theatre Caravan will present “A Christmas Carol” at 8 p.m. in Rodeheaver Auditorium. This production of Dicken’s classic tale is rich with thrilling ensemble music, alive with color and movement, and tells the enduring tale in a manner that people of all ages will enjoy. An additional performance will take place on Saturday, Dec. 2, at 2 p.m. Tickets are required and can be purchased at or by calling (864) 770-1372.

All of the evening’s events are open to the public. Parking is available in the parking garage behind Rodeheaver Auditorium and on campus streets. Some campus streets will be closed for the event.

Flags at Half-Staff at Bob Jones University

GREENVILLE, S.C. (November 27, 2017) — Flags at Bob Jones University are flying at half-staff today at the request of South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster in memory of former South Carolina First Lady Iris Rhodes Campbell.

Campbell was a native of Greenville and served as South Carolina’s First Lady from 1987-1995.