BJU Public Relations

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" February 2016 "

Faulkner to Address BJU Pre-Law Forum

Dr. Keith Faulkner

Dr. Keith Faulkner

GREENVILLE, S.C. (February 29, 2016) — Dr. Keith Faulkner, dean of the Liberty University School of Law, will address the Bob Jones University Pre-Law Forum Thursday, March 3 at 6 p.m. in Levinson Hall.

Faulkner joined the Liberty University family on October 1, 2015, as dean of the School of Law. Prior to coming to Liberty, Faulkner gained valuable experience during his tenure at Campbell Law School. His team prepared students to lead the state in both first-time bar passage on numerous occasions and in overall bar passage during his nine years at Campbell Law.

Faulkner holds his JD and MBA from Campbell University and his BS in business administration from Charleston Southern University.

This event is designed to assist students who wish to pursue law school or careers in law toward their goals. Dean Faulkner will detail his experience in law and explain the opportunities available for interested students at Liberty University School of Law.

Nathan Brayton Serves as Intern for BMW

Nathan Brayton

Nathan Brayton

GREENVILLE, S.C. (February 26, 2016) – Nathan Brayton, a senior business administration major at Bob Jones University, serves as an intern for BMW in Greer, South Carolina.

Brayton, a resident of Bartlett, South Carolina, is serving this semester in BMW’s Human Resources Department and is working with international payroll, handling tax return details, and a variety of documentation tasks.

BMW began manufacturing vehicles in the U.S. in 1994 and is the largest U.S. automotive manufacturer. The company produces over 1,400 vehicles daily and exports 70% to over 140 countries around the world.

“To say that I have been learning a lot would be an understatement,” says Brayton. “When looking to hire a recent college graduate, most employers want to know what sets them apart from other candidates. I know this experience at BMW will help me stand out from other college graduates when applying for jobs after college.”

Matthew Bright Serves as Intern for ZF Transmissions

Matthew Bright

Matthew Bright

GREENVILLE, S.C. (February 25, 2016) – Matthew Bright, a junior business administration major at Bob Jones University, serves as an intern for ZF Transmissions in Gray Court, South Carolina.

Bright, a resident of Laurens, South Carolina, is serving this semester in ZF’s logistic department. Bright assists with administration project support, updating and maintaining customer demand information, and planning of product production.

ZF is one of the top three automotive suppliers worldwide and is a global leader in driveline and chassis technology as well as active and passive safety technology. The company is now represented at about 230 locations in some 40 countries.

“My internship at ZF Transmissions has greatly helped me in gaining valuable business experience and knowledge about supply chain management and its associated aspects,” says Bright. “I look forward to learning more about logistics and ZF as a company!”

Stanley Elected President-CEO of MCFC

Tim Stanley

Tim Stanley

GREENVILLE, S.C. (February 25, 2016) – Tim Stanley, a 1980 graduate of Bob Jones University and member of the BJU Board of Trustrees, has been elected as President and Chief Executive Officer of MidCountry Financial Corp. (MCFC), which is headquartered in Macon, Georgia.  Stanley assumes the position from Robert F. Hatcher, who founded and led the organization since 2002.

Stanley, a resident of Greenville, has been with MCFC since 2003, serving most recently as Chief Operating Officer of MCFC and Chief Executive Officer of Heights Finance Corporation, as well as President and Chief Executive Officer of Pioneer Financial Services, Inc. His areas of responsibility at MCFC have included oversight of operations, legal, information technology, and human resources functions, as well as numerous other corporate-wide initiatives. Stanley is also a member of the boards of directors of MCFC and MidCountry Bank.

“Tim is extremely capable and uniquely qualified to lead this company into the future,” said Bob Hatcher, outgoing President and CEO of MCFC.  “He is a strong leader, knows the organization well, and will help make it one of the finest financial services companies in the country. He also embraces and exemplifies the norms and values upon which our company is based.”

Stanley has more than 35 years of experience in the financial services sector. Prior to joining MCFC, he was with Wells Fargo Financial for more than two decades, serving in a variety of positions including branch operations, client services and technology, as well as Senior Vice President of the Information Services Group and Corporate Vice President of Global Learning and Development.  He is a current Director and former Chairman of the American Financial Services Association (AFSA) Board of Directors and Executive Committee, and former two-term Independent’s Section Chair. Stanley is a recipient of AFSA’s Outstanding Independent of the Year Award as well as AFSA’s Distinguished Service Award, the consumer finance industry’s highest honor. He has also been honored with the Outstanding Achievement Award from the BJU Alumni Association.

MidCountry Financial Corp. is a financial services holding company with subsidiaries that deliver high-quality and diversified financial services to targeted markets.

Four BJU Graphic Design Students Win ADDY® Awards

GREENVILLE, S.C. (February 23, 2016) — Four Bob Jones University graphic design students were presented the ADDY® Award for Creative Excellence by the Greenville Chapter of the American Advertising Federation on Sat., Feb. 20.

The four BJU students receiving the ADDY®, include:

Hannah Deal (Statesville, North Carolina) – Silver award in Collateral Material, Integrated Brand Campaign

Simon Harvey (Wellsboro, Pennsylvania) – Silver award in Sales Promotion, Package Design

Micah Moeller (Greenville, South Carolina) – Silver award in Collateral Material, Integrated Brand Campaign

Gabrielle Salter (Greeley, Colorado) – The AAF Greenville Rising Star Award for outstanding volunteer work.

In addition, eight BJU graduates won Gold and Silver awards in the professional division, many of them winning multiple awards.

The ADDY® Awards Competition is a three-tiered national competition conducted annually by the American Advertising Federation. The ADDY® Awards Competition is the advertising industry’s largest and most representative competition for both professional and student creative excellence.

Bob Jones University to Host College Goal South Carolina

GREENVILLE, S.C. (February 23, 2016) – High school seniors from across the Upstate are invited to attend College Goal South Carolina at Bob Jones University Saturday, Feb. 27.

The primary purpose of the event is to assist high school seniors who will be attending any college across the nation in accessing information and filling out the Free Application for Student Financial Aid (FAFSA) to apply for financial aid to make college more affordable.

The event, sponsored by the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education, will be held from 9—11 a.m. in the J.S. Mack Library on the BJU campus. A continental brunch will be available for attendees. The library is located near the Wade Hampton Boulevard entrance to BJU.

Throughout February, 43 post-secondary institutions and high schools across the state will host events to assist students and their families/guardians with the second step of the college application process, filling out the Free Application for Student Financial Aid.

College Goal South Carolina offers an opportunity for all college bound students and their families/guardians to receive free one-on-one assistance with completing the FAFSA as well as guidance on navigating financial aid. Dedicated and knowledgeable financial aid personnel from local colleges along with community volunteers and business leaders assist in this state-wide event.

Dr. Tammy Haislip Wins South Carolina Teaching Award

Dr. Tammy Haislip

Dr. Tammy Haislip

Dr. Tammy Haislip, a 2011 graduate of Bob Jones University, has been awarded the South Carolina Independent Colleges and Schools Excellence in Teaching Award. This grant is awarded to faculty members of private colleges and universities who have demonstrated excellence in innovation in teaching and scholarship.

Haislip, a resident of Greenville, received her doctorate in education from BJU in 2011. Haislip serves as a professor of education and the Coordinator of Elementary Education at Anderson University in Anderson, South Carolina.

As part of this award, Haislip will receive a grant for the development of a junior-level advanced course which pairs content areas with digital technology unto their future teaching practice. This course is designed to encourage students to develop hands-on learner-centered classroom environments.


Hannah Hunter Serves as Intern for St. Francis Foundation

Hannah Hunter

Hannah Hunter

Hannah Hunter, a senior communication major at Bob Jones University, serves as an intern for the St. Francis Foundation in Greenville, South Carolina.

Hunter, a resident of Moscow, assists with press releases, social media, data base entry, and a variety of writing projects and events.

St. Francis Foundation is a charitable organization that supports the mission of the Bon Secours St. Francis Health System. The organization works with donors to create healthy communities, advance clinical innovation, and assist St. Francis in providing health care to individuals who cannot afford it.

“My internship challenges me to work hard, value others and their stories, and invest myself in a cause,” says Hunter. “This experience has given me an appreciation for nonprofit foundations and has allowed me to focus on people, while applying my knowledge in communication. The foundation is a beautiful place, specifically because of their value for life.”


Bob Jones University Hosting “We Stand Together”

GREENVILLE, S.C. (February 19, 2016) – Bob Jones University is hosting “We Stand Together” on Tuesday, Feb. 23, in the Davis Field House on the BJU campus.

“We Stand Together” is a fundraising event spearheaded by the BJU Bruins athletics department in partnership with the Greenville Cancer Society to show families in the community the importance of standing together to fight cancer.

 Anchored by the Bruins men’s and women’s basketball games at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. versus Columbia International University, students, faculty and staff and members of the community will be able to purchase cancer ribbon stickers to commemorate a friend or loved one who has battled cancer. Additionally, “We Stand Together” t-shirts will be available in lavender, the universal color for all types of cancer, for purchase by attendees. All proceeds from the sale of the cancer stickers and t-shirts, as well as a portion of game ticket sales, will be donated to the Greenville Cancer Society.

 “I’m thankful for the leadership of our students in helping families in our community as they stand together with their loved ones,” said BJU President Steve Pettit. “I’ve seen firsthand the value of organizations like the Greenville Cancer Society and others who minister to the needs of those with cancer and their families.”


Matthew Griffith Serves as Intern for Elliott Davis

Matthew Griffith

Matthew Griffith

GREENVILLE, S.C. (February 17, 2016) – Matthew Griffith, a senior accounting major at Bob Jones University, serves as an intern for Elliott Davis in Greenville.

Griffith, a resident of Taylors, assists with tax return preparation, organizing and evaluating financial information, researching and reporting tax filing situations, and working with clients concerning their tax inquiries.

Elliott Davis Decosimo ranks among the top 30 accounting firms in the U.S. With 16 offices across seven states, the company provides comprehensive assurance, tax and consulting solutions to diverse businesses, organizations and individuals.

“My internship with Elliott Davis will provide me with the springboard needed to transition from a rigorous educational environment to the competitive workforce,” says Griffith. “I am thrilled to have this opportunity to begin a career in an exciting field!”