BJU Public Relations

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" March 2016 "

Will Moy Named to the BJU Bruins Men’s Soccer Team

Will MoyGREENVILLE, S.C. (March 31, 2016) – Will Moy, a senior at Friendship Christian School, was recently named to the Bob Jones University men’s soccer team roster for the fall of 2016.

A resident of Raleigh, North Carolina, Moy collected 54 goals and 20 assists in his last two seasons of high school soccer at Friendship Christian School. His team finished first in their conference and won the North Carolina Christian School Association (NCCSA) AA State Championship. Moy’s awards over both years include 2015 Best Offense and 2015 NCCSA AA First Team All-Region. Moy has also played at the classic level for 6 years representing the Capital Area Soccer League in Raleigh, North Carolina.  Over the years his teams have won numerous tournaments, including the 2016 Adidas Cup in Charlotte, North Carolina. Moy was able to compete with his team in the NCYSA Premier Division for the spring of 2016.  

“We are very excited to bring in a well-rounded group of players who have been very successful both on the field and in the classroom,” said BJU men’s soccer coach Jesse McCormick. “We look forward to challenging these young men to grow and excel during their time at BJU and we are excited about what they can bring to the team both on and off the field.”

Moy maintains a 3.83 GPA and plans to major in international studies this fall.

 

 

BJU Intercollegiate Athletics Move to NCCAA DII

GREENVILLE, S.C. (March 31, 2016) — Bob Jones University President Steve Pettit announced Wednesday evening that BJU’s intercollegiate athletic programs will transition to DII of the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA), effective July 1. With the exception of the women’s soccer program which transitioned to DII in 2013, the Bruins have competed at the NCCAA DI level since 2012. The decision was made upon recommendation of the Bruins Athletic department.

“As we continue to grow and expand our intercollegiate sports programs, I’m thankful for the leadership of our athletic department and the incredible testimony of our student athletes in and out of competition,” said Steve Pettit. “This move will enhance the overall experience of our student athletes.”

In compliance with existing NCCAA regulations in place at the time BJU began intercollegiate athletics in 2012, we competed at the DI level. At this level, student athletes typically are awarded athletic scholarships. The Bruins are one of the only DI programs in the country to not offer athletic scholarships, and a move to DII is in the best interest of our student athletes.

In 2015, the NCCAA announced changes in division structure, including the realignment of regions across the country into four regions. This consolidation allowed the existing NCCAA DII south region to expand and presented a good fit for the Bruins. BJU will now compete in the postseason against opponents such as Pensacola Christian College, Toccoa Falls College, Piedmont International University and other non-scholarship DII schools. However, each program remains committed to regular season schedules that include NCAA, NAIA and NCCAA DI and DII opponents.

“We have been praying and considering this move for a while,” Bruins athletic director Neal Ring said. “I am pleased to follow the president’s vision in helping our student athletes use their God-given athletic talent as a platform for ministry.”

With the addition of women’s volleyball, distance track and shooting sports, BJU will offer 13 varsity sports this fall. All programs will begin competition at the DII level in the fall of 2016.

Casey Miller Named to the BJU Bruins Men’s Soccer Team

Casey MillerGREENVILLE, S.C. (March 30, 2016) – Casey Miller, a senior at Bob Jones Academy, was recently named to the Bob Jones University men’s soccer team roster for the fall of 2016.

A resident of Greenville, Miller played high school soccer at Bob Jones Academy and club soccer at Furman United Soccer Club. Miller is versatile player and has experience everywhere on the field with both his club and high school teams. While at BJA, Miller won the South Carolina Association of Christian Schools (SCACS) championship his sophomore, junior, and senior years. He captained the team his senior year finishing with an undefeated season. For the past three years, his club team has made it to the state playoffs and made runs into the semifinals at State Cup the last two years. Miller’s final goal with Furman United was scored against the #1 team in South Carolina and #35 team in the country.

“We are very excited to bring in a well-rounded group of players who have been very successful both on the field and in the classroom,” said BJU men’s soccer coach Jesse McCormick. “We look forward to challenging these young men to grow and excel during their time at BJU and we are excited about what they can bring to the team both on and off the field.”

Miller plans to major in sports management at BJU this fall.

 

Donovan Lewis Named to the BJU Bruins Men’s Soccer Team

Donovan LewisGREENVILLE, S.C. (March 29, 2016) – Donovan Lewis, a senior at Bob Jones Academy, was recently named to the Bob Jones University Bruins men’s soccer team roster for the fall of 2016.

A resident of Greenville, Lewis is a four year varsity player for the BJA Lions soccer team and served as captain his senior year. In addition, Lewis has played club soccer with Furman United Soccer Club. His club team, coached by Cesar Flores, has reached the South Carolina State Cup semifinals the last two years. Last season his FUSC Inferno team reached a ranking of 64th in the nation with a record of 7-1-1. Lewis plays both midfield and forward for his club and high school team.

“We are very excited to bring in a well-rounded group of players who have been very successful both on the field and in the classroom,” said BJU men’s soccer coach Jesse McCormick. “We look forward to challenging these young men to grow and excel during their time at BJU and we are excited about what they can bring to the team both on and off the field.”

Lewis maintains a 3.91 GPA and plans to major in chemistry at BJU this fall.

 

Will Hoffman Named to BJU Bruins Men’s Soccer Team

Will HoffmanGREENVILLE, S.C. (March 28, 2016) – Will Hoffman, a resident of Bear, Delaware, was recently named to the Bob Jones University Bruins men’s soccer team roster for the fall of 2016.

Hoffman participated in the sports programs of Fairwinds Christian School and brings a wealth of experience and talent to the 2016 BJU Bruins soccer team. Over the past four years he helped the FCS soccer team compile a 46-3 conference record overall and win three Delaware Valley Christian Athletic Conference (DVCAC) championships. Hoffmann received an award for the most goals in the DVCAC three consecutive years; two of those seasons he also took the DVCAC medal for most assists. As team captain his junior and senior years, Hoffman averaged more than three goals a game. 

“We are very excited to bring in a well-rounded group of players who have been very successful both on the field and in the classroom,” said BJU men’s soccer coach Jesse McCormick. “We look forward to challenging these young men to grow and excel during their time at BJU and we are excited about what they can bring to the team both on and off the field.”

Hoffman has maintained a 3.75 GPA and plans to major in pre-med at BJU this fall.

 

Flags at Half-Staff at Bob Jones University

SCflagsathalfstaffGREENVILLE, S.C.  (March 25, 2016) – Flags at Bob Jones University are flying at half-staff today at the request of Governor Haley in memory of Firefighter Christopher Gene Ray of the City of Conway Fire Department.

Flags are also flying at half-staff today and tomorrow at the request of President Obama as a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless acts of violence perpetrated on March 22, 2016, in Brussels, Belgium.

Ashley Taylor Named Director of Media and PR for Bon Secours St. Francis Health System

Ashley TaylorGREENVILLE, S.C. (March 22, 2016) – Ashley Taylor, a 2010 graduate of Bob Jones University, has recently been named Director of Media and Public Relations at Bon Secours St. Francis Health System located in Greenville.

Taylor, a Greenville native, graduated with a degree in radio and television broadcasting and has an extensive background in news. Previously, Taylor served as news anchor and reporter at WMBF News, the NBC affiliate in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Taylor then transitioned to the field of public relations at the Shriners Hospitals for Children-Greenville, working with media relations, community outreach, brand awareness, and writing pieces featuring patient stories and medical advancements being made at the Shriners Hospital.

“Ashley was an exceptional student when she was in my classes, always striving for excellence and determined to learn as much as she possibly could,” said Betty Solomon, a journalism and mass communication professor at BJU. “She is a professional in every way.”

Taylor’s new role with St. Francis will include working with the media and promoting the most interesting and relevant health-related stories to the community.

 

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Flags at Half-Staff In Memory of Greenville Police Department Officer Allen Jacobs

SCflagsathalfstaffGREENVILLE, S.C. (March 22, 2016) — Flags at Bob Jones University are at half-staff in memory of Greenville Police Department Officer Allen Jacobs who was killed in the line of duty on Friday, March 18. Flags will remain at half-staff through Thursday, March 24.

Heidi Hendrix Serves as Intern for BJU Museum and Gallery

Heidi Hendrix

Heidi Hendrix

GREENVILLE, S.C. (March 18, 2016) – Heidi Hendrix, a senior studio art major at Bob Jones University, serves as an intern for the BJU Museum and Gallery in Greenville, South Carolina.

Hendrix, a resident of Arvada, Colorado, works with a community outreach project for special needs adults at the gallery. The project includes making crafts and organizing demonstrations for art lessons on the basic concepts used to communicate in art given to special needs participants.

The BJU Museum and Gallery displays nearly 200 pieces of Gothic to nineteenth century furniture, approximately 100 works of sculpture, some 60 textiles, over 1,000 ancient artifacts, and approximately 130 architectural elements. The gallery holds one of the largest and most interesting collections of European Old Master paintings in America.

“It’s been a good experience,” said Hendrix. “I have been given the opportunity to try new things, interact with new people, and witness some of the inner workings of a world-class art museum.”

 

Jeremy Teruel Serves as Intern for Greenville Memorial Hospital

Jeremy Teruel

Jeremy Teruel

GREENVILLE, S.C. (March 18, 2016) – Jeremy Teruel, a senior biology major at Bob Jones University, serves as an intern for Greenville Memorial Hospital in Greenville, South Carolina.

Teruel, a Greenville resident, interns in the oncology department, where he works with research articles, data collection and analyzation, and observes a variety of surgical procedures.

“It’s an incredible opportunity to conduct clinical research at a teaching hospital alongside medical professionals,” said Teruel. “Additionally, I will be immersed in medical observations to give me plenty of experience in many different sectors of medicine. I am thrilled to be getting exposure in the teaching hospital that shares a campus with a medical school I hope to one day attend.”