BJU Public Relations

The official PR blog for Bob Jones University

" June 2016 "

Lauren Peek Serves as Intern for Tangible Strategies

Lauren Peek

Lauren Peek

GREENVILLE, S.C. (June 29, 2016) – Lauren Peek, a senior sports management major at Bob Jones University, is serving as an intern this summer for Tangible Strategies in Greenville, South Carolina.

Peek, a resident of Greenville, South Carolina, is gaining hands-on experience in marketing, working with clients to increase the effectiveness of their social media accounts. Peek is also working extensively with a number of networking events, gaining experience with event planning and coordinating.

“My internship at Tangible Strategies has taught me so many useful skills in marketing that I will carry with me for the rest of my professional career,” says Peek. “The people at Tangible are so willing to teach and help me better understand the industry, and that has been a huge benefit to my experience. This internship has allowed me to see the different aspects of the marketing industry which will better equip me for my future career.”

Michael Pettit Serves as Intern for Bob Jones University Cancer Research Lab

Michael Pettit

Michael Pettit

GREENVILLE, S.C. (June 27, 2016) – Michael Pettit, a junior cell biology major at Bob Jones University, is serving this summer as an intern for the Research Immersion for Undergraduates (RIU) program as a part of the Bob Jones University Cancer Research Lab in Greenville, South Carolina.

“The RIU program is a research-based approach to support undergraduate learning, as well as to create an opportunity for undergraduates to actively engage in both research and other avenues of scientific inquiry,” says Dr. Steve Figard, Director of Cancer Research as well as a biology professor at BJU.  “There is increasing data that shows that students who do extensive research projects as undergraduates pursue graduate education and additional research opportunities at higher rates and will have improved academic achievement and graduation rates, while developing fundamental critical-thinking skills.”

Pettit, a resident of Myerstown, Pennsylvania, is working with beaded lizard venom to isolate specific proteins within it to potentially make affordable and safer treatments for cancer cells. Pettit’s work includes getting venom samples, treating the venom to isolate certain compounds, tailoring those compounds to target cancer cells, and ensuring that these compounds are designed in such a way as to only target cancer cells even in the presence of healthy cells.

“This is a very exciting opportunity for me to put to practice all of the things I have learned as a student here at BJU,” says Pettit. “I am also grateful for the ability to work with colleagues in a godly environment and am confident that this experience will help prepare me in a very real way to go out into the world as a hard worker and witness in the lab workplace.”

Paige Heiple Serves as Intern for Cayman Chemical

Paige Heiple

Paige Heiple

GREENVILLE, S.C. (June 23, 2016) – Paige Heiple, a senior biochemistry and molecular biology major at Bob Jones University, is serving as an intern this summer with the BJU Chemistry Department in a combined effort with Cayman Chemical located in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Heiple, a resident of Homer City, Pennsylvania, is working alongside another intern to target the two-step synthesis of an enzyme inhibitor. Heiple’s responsibilities include significant laboratory work as well as the review of any corresponding scientific literature. The internship will conclude with a final report and presentation of the project’s results.

“Thanks to this opportunity, I will acquire much needed laboratory experience and skills,” says Heiple. “This internship has given me the experience necessary to begin working in cancer research – a field I believe God has called me to.”

Jane Chung Serves as Intern for Far East Broadcasting Company

Jane Chung

Jane Chung

GREENVILLE, S.C. (June 22, 2016) – Jane Chung, a senior communication major at Bob Jones University, is serving as an intern this summer for Far East Broadcasting Company in South Korea.

Chung, a resident of Goonposi, South Korea, is working this summer in a variety of departments within the organization and is gaining skills necessary for the field.

“This internship has given me the opportunity to apply what I have learned about the field of communication in a real work place,” says Chung.

Benjamin Kilian Serves as Intern for Mutual Benefit Group

Benjamin Kilian

Benjamin Kilian

GREENVILLE, S.C. (June 21, 2016) – Benjamin Kilian, a senior information technology major at Bob Jones University, is serving this summer as an intern for Mutual Benefit Group in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania.

Kilian, a resident of Warriors Mark, Pennsylvania, serves by examining and supporting the basic networking tasks in the Information Systems department.

“My internship with this company has been the greatest contributor to the advancement of my career,” says Kilian. “Having the opportunity to implement what I have learned in the classroom is an amiable, challenging environment has made working at Mutual Benefit the highlight of my summer.”

Stacey Romig Serves as Intern for St. Francis Foundation

Stacey Romig

Stacey Romig

GREENVILLE, S.C. (June 20, 2016) – Stacey Romig, a junior communication major at Bob Jones University, is serving as an intern this summer for St. Francis Foundation in Greenville, South Carolina.

Romig, a resident of Keller, Texas, assists in the planning of major fundraising events, including their “Pearls and Pumps” and “Festival of Trees” events.

“This internship has allowed me to practically apply concepts I have learned as a Bob Jones student,” says Romig, “especially in the areas of organizational and interpersonal communication.”

SACSCOC Grants Bob Jones University Accreditation Candidacy Status

GREENVILLE, S.C. (June 16, 2016) – The Board of Trustees of the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC) today granted Bob Jones University regional accreditation candidacy status.

The Commission on Colleges made its decision based on the findings of a candidacy committee that was authorized July 2015 and visited the campus in January 2016 to evaluate BJU’s qualification for accreditation candidacy status. During that visit, BJU worked with peers from other institutions to ensure compliance with best practices in higher education.

“We are pleased to have achieved another key milestone in the multi-step, multi-year process of seeking regional accreditation,” says BJU President Steve Pettit. “Regional accreditation will allow us to serve our students and alumni more effectively while enhancing the value of a BJU education.”

The awarding of candidacy status indicates that BJU has demonstrated compliance with the requirements and standards required in the application for accreditation and that its compliance has been verified by a candidacy committee visit.

“Achieving accreditation candidacy is an indicator of the quality of education a student receives at BJU. It also indicates processes are in place to sustain academic program quality and achieve our institutional goals while fulfilling our mission of helping students develop Christ-like character,” says Dr. Gary Weier, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs.

Concurrent with accreditation efforts, BJU has made a number of enhancements to the quality of its total educational experience such as renovating the dining common which has facilitated faculty-to-student and peer-to-peer discipleship, adding 10 academic programs which rounded out our health- and sports management-related offerings, restructuring chapel and the discipleship program to further enhance student spiritual growth, instituting a new strategic plan to identify and prioritize initiatives to achieve the mission and vision, and constructing a Center for Global Opportunities to help foster a campus-wide focus on ministry and missions and facilitate local, national and international student and faculty outreach.

BJU’s next steps in the accreditation process include submitting compliance certification documentation to SACSCOC in August followed by another accreditation committee visit to the campus.

“Achieving candidacy status has required the combined efforts of the University’s faculty and staff,” says Pettit. “I greatly appreciate their diligent efforts over several years to get us to the milestone we celebrate today.”

For many years, BJU has been nationally accredited by the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS) based in Forest, Virginia, which is approved by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). BJU is certified to operate and grant advanced and baccalaureate degrees by the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education. BJU’s engineering program is accredited by ABET, its teacher preparation programs hold state accreditation and its nursing program has full approval from the State Board of Nursing for South Carolina.

BJU is a member of the American Association of Christian Colleges and Seminaries, the Association of Business Administrators of Christian Colleges, the Education Advisory Board and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.


Hannah Smith Serves as Intern for The Grace and Mercy Foundation

Hannah Smith

Hannah Smith

GREENVILLE, S.C. (June 16, 2016) – Hannah Smith, a senior journalism and mass communication major at Bob Jones University, is serving this summer as an intern for The Grace and Mercy Foundation located in New York City.

Smith, a resident of Santa Ana, California, provides administrative and organizational support while learning about non-profits and grant making. Some of her responsibilities include reviewing, preparing and presenting funding recommendation for existing grantees to the foundation’s board and foundation team; strengthening relationships and conducting site visits with existing and new grantees; updating and developing website and social media content; and completing research on significant areas of concentration including homelessness, incarceration, human trafficking, wounded veterans, and youth ministry.

“Interning at The Grace and Mercy Foundation will allow me to explore the world of non-profit organizations while contributing in a real, tangible way,” says Smith. “Upon the completion of my degree in journalism and mass communication, I would love to enter the field of public relations in the non-profit sector. This internship is a perfect segue to this long-term goal.”

Matt DeHart Serves as Intern for WGTK-FM

James DeHart

James DeHart

GREENVILLE, S.C. (June 15, 2016) – Matt DeHart, a sophomore journalism and mass communication major at Bob Jones University, is serving this summer as an intern for WGTK-FM radio station in Greenville, South Carolina.

DeHart, a resident of Taylors, South Carolina, serves by producing live and prerecorded shows, editing website content, consulting with social media platforms, editing radio clips, and assisting with various remote broadcasts.

“I am excited to be able to use the skills that I gained at BJU in the journalism and mass communication department in my everyday work here at the radio station,” says DeHart. “This internship has given me the opportunity to make an impact at the station, but it has also challenged and pushed me to be better at my craft.”

BJU Welcomes Class of 2020 for Summer Orientation

Summer Orientation

Summer Orientation

GREENVILLE, S.C. (June 14, 2016) – Bob Jones University welcomes the Class of 2020 to campus for summer orientation weekends held June 17-18 and June 24-25.

Incoming students and their parents will attend informational sessions about the BJU experience, have the opportunity to ask questions regarding academics, financial aid and student life and generally become familiar with the campus.

Additionally, students will have the opportunity to connect with other new students, current students and faculty.

“Summer orientation provides students and their families the opportunity to experience BJU,” said Mrs. Rebecca Weier, BJU’s Director of Student Engagement. “Students who attend this exciting, informative program will be better prepared to start classes with confidence in August.”