BJU Public Relations

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" February 2016 "

Bob Jones University to Host Annual Bible Conference

GREENVILLE, S.C. (February 15, 2016) – Bob Jones University will host its annual Bible Conference in the Founder’s Memorial Amphitorium (FMA) Feb.16-19. Throughout the ten sessions, five speakers will address the theme “The Sufficiency of Christ.”

“This year’s speakers bring a passion to their preaching that I believe will exalt Christ, help us more fully understand His sufficiency for every aspect of our lives, and inspire us to rejoice in Him,” said BJU President Steve Pettit. 

Pettit will kick off the conference on Tuesday night, Feb. 16. Other speakers include Pastor Chris Anderson of Killian Hill Baptist Church, Lilburn, Georgia; Dr. Michael Barrett of Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan; Dr. Dave Doran, pastor of Inter-City Baptist Church, Allen Park, Michigan, and president of Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary; and Evangelist Will Galkin from Morrison, Colorado. All services will be webcast live. 

The evening service on Thursday, Feb. 18, will show appreciation to local pastors and churches that minister to BJU students, and we invite local church members to attend. The service will begin with a sacred concert featuring hymns written by BJU graduate Chris Anderson, and Pastor Anderson will preach after the concert.

Guests can also enjoy activities such as Parent’s Day and an Alumni Reception on the 17th, a Foundation Brass Concert on the 18th at 12:00 p.m. and a String Quartet performance on the 19th at 12:00 p.m.—both in the Kalmbach Room.

Gifts given by students, alumni and friends during Bible Conference will go toward the new Center for Global Opportunities, which will connect students with ministry opportunities, provide opportunities for collaboration on ministry projects and activities, and coordinate missions-related events.



Joshua Gronow Serves as Intern for Plante Moran

Joshua Gronow

Joshua Gronow

GREENVILLE, S.C. (February 9, 2016) – Joshua Gronow, a senior accounting major at Bob Jones University, serves as an intern for Plante Moran in Auburn Hills.

Gronow, a resident of Sterling Heights, Michigan, assists with audit responsibilities, client reports and preparation of client assistance requests and financial statements.

Plante Moran is the nation’s 14th largest certified public accounting and business advisory firm. The company provides clients with financial, human capital, operations improvement, strategic planning, technology selection and implementation, and family wealth management services.

“Internships are a great way to get a glimpse into your future career, and they can help you figure what exactly you want to do with that career,” says Gronow. “We can learn so much through internships with hands-on training and application through the various clients, projects, and presentations.”

Daniel Marinelli Serves as Intern for Power Grid Engineering LLC

Daniel Marinelli

Daniel Marinelli

GREENVILLE, S.C. (February 9, 2016) – Daniel Marinelli, a senior engineering major at Bob Jones University, served as an intern for Power Grid Engineering in Winter Springs.

Marinelli, a resident of Winter Springs, Florida, assisted this past summer with project management, the engineering design process, and the electrical design process support.

PGE specializes in engineering design and consultation for the power systems industry. The various company locations are equipped with the most current industry resources available including computer technology, software and equipment.

“Getting to work side by side with the engineers at PGE to produce quality products really stretched and grew me as a studying engineer,” says Marinelli. “This experience has laid the groundwork for my future in ways the classroom could not have done and I’m more than thankful to the company and to the people I’ve worked with there.”


Joseph Simmons Serves as Intern for the Wilds

Joseph Simons

Joseph Simmons

GREENVILLE, S.C. (February 8, 2016) – Joseph Simmons, a junior accounting major at Bob Jones University, serves as an intern for the Wilds in Brevard, North Carolina.

Simmons, a resident of Travelers Rest, South Carolina, is serving this semester in the Wild’s accounting office. Simmons assists in preparing budget plans, expense reports, and analyzing their finances.

The Wilds is a Christian camp with locations in North Carolina and New England. Throughout the year, the Wilds hosts summer camps, conferences, and various retreats for faith-based organizations.

“I really enjoy working at the Wilds,” says Simmons. “I have learned a lot about hard work here as well as many other things, but this experience has made me look at work life a lot differently. The office staff are supportive, encouraging, and, most importantly, they encourage me to give God the glory in whatever I do.”

Bridget Nee Serves as Intern for BJU’s Marketing Communications

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Bridget Elizabeth Nee

GREENVILLE, S.C. (February 8, 2016) – Bridget Nee, a senior journalism & mass communications major at Bob Jones University, is serving as an intern for BJU’s Marketing Communications in Greenville, South Carolina.

Nee, a resident of Plymouth, Massachusetts, is serving as a writing intern, working specifically with the Student Spotlights project by interviewing students from specific programs about their internships, jobs, career opportunities, and various college experiences. Nee will produce a final product of printed materials that will be sent to BJU’s prospective students.

“The internship has shown me that all the random rules and facts I’ve learned in class have practical application in the workforce,” says Nee. “It has really made me appreciate my education, and it has reminded me that you should never think you’re done learning.”

Nathaniel Hudson Serves as Intern for KPMG

Nathaniel Hudson

Nathaniel Hudson

GREENVILLE, S.C. (February 3, 2016) – Nathaniel Hudson, a junior accounting major at Bob Jones University, is serving as an intern for KPMG in Greenville, South Carolina.

Hudson, a resident of Greenville, South Carolina, is interning at KPMG by assisting in the audits of both public and private companies in the greater Greenville area. Hudson was also accepted into the KPMG Global Internship Program. This program will include a 4-week rotation in Stockholm, Sweden working with international clients in Sweden as well as being a part of recruiting for the Stockholm office and Southeast United States.

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 very excited to experience the KPMG culture both at home and abroad,” says Hudson. “While interning, I am eager to form lasting relationships with other business professionals in my field, grow in my technical skill sets, and most importantly, apply what I have learned to have an impact on my colleagues and my community.”

Austin Ray Serves as Intern for Bosch

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Austin Ray

GREENVILLE, S.C. (February 2, 2016) – Austin Ray, a junior accounting major at Bob Jones University, serves as an intern for Bosch in Greenville, South Carolina.

Ray, a resident of Warren, Michigan, is serving this semester in Bosch’s accounting office. Ray assists in audit preparation, preparing weekly reports, and various accounting projects.

Bosch specializes in hydraulics, electric drives and controls, gear technology, and linear motion and assembly technology. The company bundles global application experience in the market segments of mobile applications, machinery applications and engineering, and factory automation to develop innovative components as well as tailored system solutions and services.

“This internship has allowed me to gain insightful information on how the business world works,” says Ray. “It has given me an inside look into how companies run, and a good real-world experience outside of the classroom which I will be able to use once I graduate.”

Julie Russell Serves as Intern for Martin Smith

Julie Russell

Julie Russell

GREENVILLE, S.C. (February 2, 2016) – Julie Russell, a junior accounting major at Bob Jones University, is serving as an intern for Martin Smith in Greenville.

Russell, a resident of Duncan, South Carolina, is interning for Martin Smith’s tax department by assisting with employee and individual tax returns.

Martin, Smith & Company CPAs is a local Greenville, South Carolina-based firm with audit and corporate tax clients in five Southeastern states. The firm also provides audit and tax services to several foreign-owned companies with facilities in South Carolina.

“To me an internship is beneficial because I am not only accumulating invaluable skills, I’m also gaining a real world glimpse into my profession,” says Russell. “Along with practical experience, I’m acquiring a self-confidence that just cannot be taught in the classroom alone.”

Micah Rea Receives National Honor

David Michael Rea

David Michael Rea

GREENVILLE, S.C. (February 1, 2016) – Micah Rea, a junior business administration major at Bob Jones University, has been selected to represent the state of South Carolina at the 64th Annual National Prayer Breakfast with the President of the United States. The breakfast takes place February 4 in Washington D.C.

Rea, a resident of Greenville, South Carolina, was selected from among 3,500 individuals in over 120 nations. Among these individuals will be royalty, members of the European Parliament; United Nations diplomats; European, Asian, African and Latin American politicians; religious leaders; and U.S. and foreign business leaders.

Rea was selected out of 80 student leaders around the world for this honor. Rea’s leadership experience includes representing BJU at the South Carolina Student Leadership Forums in 2015 and 2016. Rea, who has a minor in aviation, also serves as President of Upstate Aeronautics Association, an organization he helped found in the fall of 2014.

In addition to the National Prayer Breakfast, Rea will attend a student conference in Annapolis, Maryland, which will include keynote addresses by political leaders, group breakout sessions, panel discussions and more.