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" January 2016 "

Amy Sterr Serves as Intern for Rodl

Amy Sterr

Amy Sterr

GREENVILLE, S.C. (January 29, 2016) – Amy Sterr, a junior accounting major at Bob Jones University, is serving as an intern for Rodl Langford DeKock in Greenville, South Carolina.

Sterr, a resident of Greenville, South Carolina,  is interning this semester in Rodl’s accounting office. She assists in audit review, tax work, and preparing financial statements.

Rodl Langford DeKock is an organization with specifically tailored accounting, auditing, tax and business consulting services to the unique needs of a foreign owned business in the United States. The company’s core practice is serving the accounting and tax needs of primarily German speaking and other foreign owned companies operating in the U.S.

“Rodl has provided me a lovely office space with kind knowledgeable people to be there when I have questions,” says Sterr. “Though the experience has been stretching, I truly am blessed to have the opportunity to actually work in the field which I am studying before I graduate.”

Catherine Musselman Serves as Intern for Mount Vernon Mills

Annalise Musselman

Annalise Musselman

GREENVILLE, S.C. (January 29, 2016) – Catherine “Annalise” Musselman, a junior accounting major at Bob Jones University, serves as an intern for Mount Vernon Mills in Greenville.

Musselman, a resident of Duncan, South Carolina, is serving this semester in Mount Vernon Mills’ tax department. Musselman assists in consolidating expense reports for tax preparation, verifying depreciation methods of assets, and communicating with the company’s plant divisions about past expenses.

Mount Vernon Mills, Inc. is a diversified and integrated manufacturer of textile, chemical and related products for the apparel, industrial, institutional, and commercial markets. The company operates 13  facilities throughout the United States in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Mississippi and Texas.

“This internship is allowing me to experience the tax department of a private company, while learning how to put into practice many of the terms and methods I studied in my accounting courses,” says Musselman. “It has been neat to see all of those things put into action!”

Christian Waits to Serve as Intern for KPMG

Christian Waits

Christian Waits

GREENVILLE, S.C. (January 28, 2016) – Christian Waits, a junior accounting major at Bob Jones University, will serve as an intern for KPMG in Minneapolis.

Waits, a resident of West Saint Paul, Minnesota, will serve this summer in KPMG’s federal tax department assisting in research, client relations, and data analysis, working side-by-side with experienced team members.

KPMG is a global network of professional firms providing audit, tax and advisory services. The company operates in 155 countries and has more than 162,000 people working in member firms around the world.

“I am extremely excited about this internship,” says Waits. “I recognize it will have its diversity of challenges, but I will have to invest the time in doing any work that is given to me. This is my chance to not only take what I am learning in college and apply it directly into a working environment, but to build on that foundation by asking questions and learning under the tutelage of other colleagues.”

Esther Knox to Serve as Intern for BDO Seidman

Esther Knox

GREENVILLE, S.C. (January 28, 2016) – Esther Knox, a junior accounting major at Bob Jones University, will serve as an intern for BDO Seidman in Anchorage, Alaska.

Knox, a resident of Greer, South Carolina, will assist the firm in problem solving, fact-finding, and working side-by-side with experienced team members.

BDO Seidman is professional services company providing assurance, tax, financial advisory and consulting services to a wide range of companies. They serves clients through more than 60 offices and more than 400 independent alliance firm locations nationwide.

“I’m excited to put what I’ve been studying into practice. From past experience, you learn the most when you’re actually doing the work itself and not just studying it.,” says Knox. “I know I’ll have to step out into uncomfortable situations in order to really learn, so I’m looking forward to the challenge!”

Blake Counts Serves as Intern for NCCAA

Blake Counts

GREENVILLE, S.C. (January 27, 2016) – Stewart “Blake” Counts, a senior sports management major at Bob Jones University, is serving as an intern for the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) in Greenville.

Counts, a resident of Lancaster, South Carolina, will serve this semester with NCCAA, specifically using his experience with golf.

“I’m excited to intern with the NCCAA because I know I will learn many things that will help me once I begin my career,” said Counts. “Being able to help with this year’s NCCAA Pro-Am golf tournament will give me valuable experience. I’m hoping to have a better idea of the direction I want to go in my career and that opportunities will arise from this internship.”

“The NCCAA has been blessed with outstanding interns over the years,” states Dan Wood, Executive Director. “We have a lot to offer interns of various majors. Our staff always enjoy the opportunity to teach these students and to watch them grow over the semester. Blake is already taking on important tasks and is proving himself to be a quick and eager learner,” added Wood.

The NCCAA is a Christian-based organization that functions uniquely as a national and international agency for the promotion of outreach and ministry, and for the maintenance, enhancement, and promotion of intercollegiate athletic competition with a Christian perspective. For more information, visit

Joshua Strubel To Serve as Intern for Senator Tim Scott

Joshua Strubel

Joshua Strubel

GREENVILLE, S.C. (January 27, 2016) — Joshua Strubel, a junior engineering major at Bob Jones University, has been selected as an intern for U.S. Senator Tim Scott’s office in Greenville.

Strubel, a resident of Mauldin, will serve during the spring semester. Interns are responsible for helping the senator’s staff with a number of tasks including researching issues, assisting the staff as they develop responses to phone and email inquiries from citizens across South Carolina and greeting visitors.

“I’m pleased to have Josh serve in our Greenville office,” said Senator Tim Scott. “I look forward to seeing him use the talents God has given him as we serve the people of the great state of South Carolina.”

In addition to interning for Senator Scott, Strubel is a member of the BJU delegation to the South Carolina Student Legislature (SCSL) and the BJU Bruins cross country team.

Goeglein to Speak at Presidential Leadership Series

Tim Goeglein

Tim Goeglein

GREENVILLE, S.C. (January 25, 2016) – Steve Pettit, president of Bob Jones University, announced today that Tim Goeglein will headline the BJU Presidential Leadership Series Thursday, Feb. 11.

Goeglein’s address, “Faith in the Halls of Power: How the Millennial Generation Might Think about Faith and the Public Square,” will begin at 7 p.m. in the Founder’s Memorial Amphitorium.

“As a Christian liberal arts university, our goal is to bring to Greenville speakers who will challenge and inspire our students and the Greenville community on important topics,” said Pettit. “I’m looking forward to hearing from Goeglein as he speaks about faith in the public square.”

Goeglein is the Senior Advisor to the President and Vice President for External Relations at Focus on the Family in Washington. He formerly served as Special Assistant to President George W. Bush, where he was the Deputy Director of the White House Office of Public Liaison from 2001 to 2008. Goeglein is the author of the political memoir, “The Man in the Middle: Faith and Politics in the George W. Bush Era,” which was published in 2011.

The event is free and open to the public. Parking is available in the parking garage located directly behind Rodeheaver Auditorium as well as on campus streets.



Bob Jones University Hosting Invitational Basketball Tournament

GREENVILLE, S.C. (January 26, 2016) – Bob Jones University is hosting its 44th  Annual Invitational Christian High School Basketball Tournament Jan. 26-29 in the Davis Field House on the BJU campus. The field includes eight men’s and eight women’s teams from eight states.

The women’s teams competing include teams from Alamance Christian School (Graham, North Carolina), Bob Jones Academy (Greenville, South Carolina), Calvary Baptist Academy (Midland, Michigan), Harford Christian School (Darlington, Maryland), Praise Academy (Powder Springs, Georgia), State Line Homeschool Group (Galax, Virginia), Wilson Christian Academy (Wilson, North Carolina), and Wood County Christian Academy (Williamston, West Virginia).

The men’s teams competing include teams from Alamance Christian School (Graham, North Carolina), Bob Jones Academy (Greenville, South Carolina), Eagle Heights Christian School (Kansas City, Missouri), Harford Christian School (Darlington, Maryland), Praise Academy (Powder Springs, Georgia), Shiloh Hills Christian School (Kennesaw, Georgia), Victory Baptist Academy (Beaver, West Virginia), and Wilson Christian Academy (Wilson, North Carolina).

The women’s championship game will be held Friday, Jan. 29 at 2 p.m. on the DFH Main Court followed by the men’s championship game at 3 p.m.

BJU Graduate Student Jonathan Holland Wins Competition

Jonathan Holland (R)

Jonathan Holland (R)

GREENVILLE, S.C. (January 20, 2016) – Jonathan Holland, a graduate Euphonium Performance student at Bob Jones University, was recently named the Southern Division brass winner of the Young Artist Competition sponsored by the Music Teachers National Association.

Holland competed at the University of South Florida this past weekend where he and six other southern division state winners played a full 40 minute recital comprised of pieces from a variety of style periods. Undergraduate and graduate students from nine different states made up the southern division of the competition.

Dr. Ed Dunbar, Chairman of the Division of Music at BJU, said, “Jonathan is one of the hardest working students we have ever had, and I don’t think we have ever had a student make more progress in the course of his collegiate study. We’re very proud of his accomplishments.” Holland is one of only two BJU students to win this competition.

Holland, a native of Egg Harbor, New Jersey, will compete as a national finalist in the collegiate level competition in San Antonio, Texas, in April.

BJU Graduate Steven Brundage Receives National Recognition

Steven Brundage

Steven Brundage

GREENVILLE, S.C. (January 18, 2016) – Steven Brundage, a 2011 Bob Jones University graduate and a DMA piano pedagogy candidate at the University of South Carolina, was recently awarded the American Music Teacher magazine’s Article of the Year Award for 2015 by the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA).

Brundage, a resident of Greenville, will be recognized for this top-level honor at the 2016 national conference in San Antonio, Texas, and in the American Music Teacher magazine.

“’The Art of Possibility’ seeks to make sense of talent in music teaching and learning by examining Malcolm Gladwell’s well-known ‘10,000-Hour Rule’ [that states natural ability requires a huge investment of time in order to be made manifest] and by exploring current and historical research by psychologists John B. Watson and Carol Dweck, philosophers Francis Galton and John Locke, and bestselling authors Matthew Syed and Daniel Coyle, among others,” said Brundage. “The article questions whether greatness is truly the result of unique genetics or unique upbringings, what value rests in the ‘10,000-Hour Rule,’ why we equate genius with precocity, what role innate intelligence plays in the development of expert skill, and ultimately, what is the real key to musical success?”

Tayloe Harding, USC School of Music dean, said, “The School of Music is suitably proud of its nationally distinctive doctoral program in Piano Pedagogy, and even prouder of its outstanding graduates like Steven Brundage.  Mr. Brundage’s recognition by MTNA for the fantastic exploration contained in his “The Art of Possibility” is a singular honor for him and we look forward to the significant contributions to the discipline his future is destined to feature.”

The American Music Teacher Article of the Year Award recognizes outstanding contributions to MTNA’s professional journal. The 12 members of the magazine’s editorial committee select an article from those written expressly for AMT and printed during a calendar year. Articles are judged on the basis of the quality of writing and relative importance of the subject matter.

The information in this blog post was copied and adapted from a press release from the University of South Carolina.