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" May 2016 "

Bob Jones University to Host Summer Camps

Summer Camps 2016

Summer Camps 2016

GREENVILLE, S.C. (May 31, 2016) – Bob Jones University is accepting applications from students in grades 3 -12 for a variety of camps which will be held in June and July on the BJU campus. With options for day and overnight campers, BJU offers a number of sports camps including basketball, soccer, and volleyball. Additionally, there are several academic-related camps including music, art and design, criminal justice, aviation, drama and Shakespeare. BJU also offers camps in culinary arts and films, but those camps are full for this summer.

One of the most unique camps offered is the Leadership Academy where participants engage in leadership training simulations and hands-on activities, evaluate case studies, build a strong team mindset and learn to approach problems from a biblical perspective. By the end of the week, each participant will be able to identify the important characteristics needed as a leader while developing their communication and decision making skills.

“Leadership is essential to life,” says Kasey McClure, Leadership Academy Director. “The Leadership Academy provides a biblical foundation for individuals to begin their journey on becoming an effective leader for the future and our goal is to help each participant take the next right step in their journey.”

Visit the website for a complete list of the camps, costs and options available this summer at BJU.

Rebekah Wright Serves as Intern for WDAC Radio Station

Rebekah Wright

Rebekah Wright

GREENVILLE, S.C. (May 27, 2016) – Rebekah Wright, a senior journalism and mass communication major at Bob Jones University, is serving as an intern for WDAC and WBYN-FM radio stations in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

Wright, a resident of Willow Street, Pennsylvania, serves by managing social media accounts, writing and producing commercials, and hosting a weekly radio shift.

“It is a joy to be able to extend my learning beyond the books and lectures of college,” says Wright. “My internship has given me training I couldn’t have received anywhere but in the field. I am very grateful for this opportunity and for the professionals that I have the privilege of working with.”

Tiffany Radle Serves as Intern for Virginia Polytechnic Institute

Tiffany Radle

Tiffany Radle

GREENVILLE, S.C. (May 26, 2016) – Tiffany Radle, a senior biochemistry and molecular biology major at Bob Jones University, is serving as an intern for Virginia Polytechnic Institute in Blacksburg, Virginia.

Radle, a resident of Media, Pennsylvania, is working this summer in research by designing, conducting, and presenting a project under the direction of a faculty mentor. Radle’s research will deal specifically with endosomal protein trafficking and cell autophagy.

“After completing my undergraduate degree, I’ve been praying about pursuing a PhD that would allow me a career in medicinal research,” says Radle. “This internship will provide me with experience in full-time research which will help me determine if I actually like it and want to spend the rest of my life doing it as a career.”

Jacob Little Serves as Intern for Stevens Aviation

Jacob Little

Jacob Little

GREENVILLE, S.C. (May 25, 2016) – Jacob Little, a senior communication major at Bob Jones University, is serving as an intern for Stevens Aviation at the Greenville Spartanburg International Airport in Greenville, South Carolina.

Little, a resident of Piedmont, South Carolina, is serving as a customer service representative and is responsible for assisting with pilot and passenger needs.

“I am gaining experience in multiple customer service facets by answering phones and dealing with a broad customer base,” says Little. “This internship experience will definitely benefit me in my future career in the customer service industry.”

Students Named to Dean’s List at Bob Jones University

Dean's List Merit BadgeGREENVILLE, S.C. (May 23, 2016) – Approximately 890 students at Bob Jones University were named to the Spring 2016 Dean’s List at BJU. To qualify for the Dean’s List, students must earn a 3.00-3.74 GPA. The University’s Merit page lists the students named.



Students Named to President’s List at Bob Jones University

GREENVILLE, S.C. (May 16, 2016) — Approximately 470 students at Bob Jones University were named to the Spring 2016 President’s List at BJU. To qualify for the President’s List, students must earn a 3.75 or higher GPA.  The University’s Merit page lists the students named.


Daniel Marinelli Wins 2016 Wheeler Award for Track and Field

Daniel Marinelli

Daniel Marinelli

GREENVILLE, S.C. (May 16, 2016) – The National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) has selected Bruins Track runner Daniel Marinelli as recipient of the 2016 Wheeler Award. Marinelli is the first Bruins athlete to receive this national recognition.

​ “Daniel has been part of the Bruins running programs since day one,” Head Coach Landon Bright said. “I am deeply grateful to everything he has brought to our school and program. His achievements in athletics and academics pale in comparison to his Christ-like love for others. He has shown great care for other members on the team and has gone out of his way to make a difference on-campus and in the community. It is an honor to see Daniel recognized for his relentless pursuit of achieving excellence in academics, athletics and relationships.”

The Wheeler Award is sponsored by John and Jody Wheeler who have been involved in athletic activities of Christian high schools and colleges for many years. The Wheelers continue to actively participate in this area of athletics and wish to promote athletics in Christian colleges.

The award was established in order to enhance excellence in Christian track and field competition and to perpetuate the Christian philosophy and faith as exemplified through Christ-like track and field participation in NCCAA member institutions. The recipient of the award is chosen based upon his success in competition and in demonstrating excellence in service to others and in academics.

Marinelli, a resident of Winter Springs, Florida, graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. in Engineering earlier this month. He recently accepted a position to work at Burns and McDonnell Engineering as part of the global practice of Transmission and Distribution Engineering team.

Bob Jones University Confers Honorary Doctorate on Tillotson

Jim TillotsonGREENVILLE, S.C. (May 11, 2016) – At its 89th commencement exercises Friday, May 6, Bob Jones University honored Jim Tillotson, president of Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary in Ankeny, Iowa, by conferring on him an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree in absentia.

Tillotson earned a BA in Pastoral Theology in 1991 and a MMin in 2002, both from Northland Baptist Bible College in Dunbar, Wisconsin.

Prior to being elected as president of Faith Baptist Bible College and Seminary, Tillotson served as assistant pastor of DeForest Baptist Church in DeForest, Wisconsin; assistant pastor of Independent Baptist Church In Bolingbrook, Illinois and senior pastor of Meadowlands Baptist Church in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. During his ministry in Canada, Tillotson planted four churches, established a Christian school and a small Bible college.

Tillotson also currently serves on the Canadian and USA Councils of Baptist Mid-Missions of Cleveland, Ohio, and on the board of Grandview Camp in Eagar, Arizona.

He and his wife, Joan, were married in 1990 and are the parents of Anne, Tim and Beth.

Bob Jones University Confers Honorary Doctorate on Ken Endean

Chancellor Bob Jones III, Ken Endean, President Steve Pettit  (L-R)

Chancellor Bob Jones III, Ken Endean, President Steve Pettit (L-R)

GREENVILLE, S.C. (May 11, 2016) – At its 89th commencement exercises Friday, May 6, Bob Jones University honored Ken Endean of Chandler, Arizona, president and chief executive officer of International Baptist College and Seminary, by conferring on him an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree.

Endean earned a BA in Bible in 1983, an MA in Pastoral Studies in 1985 and a SMin in 2014, all from BJU.

Prior to being elected as president of International Baptist College and Seminary, Endean served as pastor of Cornerstone Baptist Church in Scarborough, Maine; assistant pastor for youth at First Baptist Church of Troy, Michigan; residence hall supervisor and assistant dean of men at BJU and staff member at the Wild’s Christian Camp and Conference Center in Brevard, North Carolina.

Endean has also served as a member of the Board of Directors for the American Association of Christian Schools, president of the New England Association of Christian Schools, president of the Maine Association of Christian Schools, regional director of Fundamental Baptist Fellowship International, member-at-large for the BJU Alumni Association and vice president and board member for New England Baptist Missions.

Endean has preached across the country in many churches, camps and retreats. He has also preached in a number of countries and served on mission trips to Austria, the Bahamas, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, Saipan and Zambia.

He and his wife, Judy, have been married for nearly twenty-nine years and are the parents of Kristopher, Timothy and Katelyn. The Endean’s have one granddaughter.



BJU To Hold 89th Commencement Exercises on Friday, May 6

Graduation2015GREENVILLE, S.C. (May 5, 2016) – Nearly 700 students will receive degrees at the 89th annual commencement of Bob Jones University Friday, May 6.  The two-hour program begins at 2 p.m. in the Founder’s Memorial Amphitorium.

In addition to the 546 students receiving bachelor’s degrees, 61 students will receive master’s degrees and 58 students will receive associate degrees.

Seven candidates will receive earned doctoral degrees. Two honorary Doctor of Divinity (DDiv) degrees will also be conferred.

In lieu of a commencement speaker, 34 students will give a brief (1-3 minute) testimony.

Since its founding in 1927, Bob Jones University has conferred over 49,000 degrees.