BJU Public Relations

The official PR blog for Bob Jones University

" June 2015 "

BJU Responds to Supreme Court Decision

GREENVILLE, S.C. (June 26, 2015) – The following statement was released by Bob Jones University in response to today’s decision by the Supreme Court of the United States in Obergefell v. Hodges. The statement may be attributed to Randy Page, director of public relations at BJU:

“Earlier today, the Supreme Court of the United States overrode the good judgment of tens of millions of Americans in states across the country who have reaffirmed marriage as the union of a man and a woman. Here in South Carolina, 78 percent of voters overwhelmingly passed an amendment to the state constitution in 2006 which affirmed the biblical definition of marriage to consist solely of the union of one man and one woman.

The Court clearly overstepped its proper role as nothing in the Constitution of the United States mandates a nationwide redefinition of marriage.

Today, the Supreme Court created a threat to religious liberty for countless citizens, churches and religious organizations across the nation who should have the constitutional right to live out their faith in all facets of their lives.

No person or entity—whether a church, college, university, school or faith-based charity—should be punished by the government for exercising their constitutional rights of religion, free speech and association as they uphold and defend traditional marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

While the Court changed the definition of marriage, there are a number of things it did not change. God’s truth about marriage did not change. Man’s need for God’s grace in salvation did not change. Believers’ commitment to love Jesus Christ by obeying His commands and to serve people by showing His love did not change.”

 

BJU Welcomes Class of 2019 for Summer Orientation

GREENVILLE, S.C. (June 19, 2015) – Bob Jones University welcomes the Class of 2019 to campus for summer orientation over the next two weekends.

Incoming students and their parents will attend informational sessions about the BJU experience, have the opportunity to ask questions regarding academics, financial aid and student life and generally become familiar with the campus.

Additionally, students will meet faculty members and receive academic and career counsel and register for their fall classes.

“Summer orientation provides students and parents the opportunity to experience BJU,” said Mrs. Rebecca Weier, BJU’s First Year Experience Director. “Students who attend this exciting, fact-filled program will be better prepared when classes begin in September.”

Our Thoughts and Prayers Are With The Families of the Nine Victims

The thoughts and prayers of the Bob Jones University family are with the families of the nine victims and the members of Emanuel AME Church during this tragic time of loss. We were deeply saddened as we heard that nine congregants, including their beloved pastor, were brutally murdered during a Bible study. It is difficult to imagine the incredible sense of loss each victim’s family is experiencing at this time. We mourn with them.

Thankfully, God never leaves us or forsakes us. He is our rock, our shelter and our fortress—and He is one who loves, comforts and guides us even in horrific tragedy.

It is especially difficult for a church to lose its pastor. The Reverend Honorable Clementa Pinckney served his congregation and the people of South Carolina—both those in his district and across the state—with honor and distinction.

We are committed to praying for the families of the victims and the members of Emanuel AME Church that each would know and feel the love of our Heavenly Father as we grieve those who passed and remember their legacies for years to come.

AAA Carolinas Announces Distracted Driving Campaign at BJU

AAACarolinasPressConferenceGREENVILLE, S.C. (June 17, 2015) – AAA Carolinas announced their “Life Has No Redial. Stay Off the Phone!” campaign today in front of Rodeheaver Auditorium on the Bob Jones University campus.

Tiffany Wright, the public relations manager for AAA Carolinas and the president of AAA Carolinas Foundation for Traffic Safety, kicked off the awareness campaign in front of a large truck emblazoned with the campaign logo, as well as a vehicle that claimed the life of a North Carolina teen who was texting while driving.

Tammy Garlock, executive director of Dying Changes Everything and the mother of Brian Garlock who lost his life using his cell phone while driving in 2008, spoke passionately about her son’s story and urged everyone to stay off the phone while driving.

According to AAA, cell phone use accounts for over 300,000 collisions and over 2,500 vehicle fatalities each year. Additionally, a driver who uses their cell phone while driving is 4 times more likely to be involved in a crash while those who text have a 23 times higher risk of experiencing a crash.