BJU Public Relations

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" June 2016 "

Flags at Half-Staff at Bob Jones University

flagsthalfstaffGREENVILLE, S.C.  (June 13, 2016) — Flags are flying at half-staff through Thursday, June 16, at the request of President Obama as a mark of respect for the victims of the act of hatred and terror perpetrated on June 12, 2016, in Orlando, Florida.

William Parker Named Accessory Sales Manager for BMW

William Parker

William Parker

GREENVILLE, S.C. (June 10, 2016) – William Parker, a 2006 MBA graduate of Bob Jones University, has recently been named Accessory Sales Manager within the Southern Region for BMW Group located in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey.

Parker, a resident of Greenville, South Carolina, previously served as the MINI Accessory Sales Manager within the Southern Region, combining his passion for the automotive industry with his expertise in business.

“William shines amongst his colleges and has proven many times that new ideas and keeping the customer at the forefront is a tremendous enabler to achieving targets,” says Patrick Cupillari, Accessory and Lifestyle Sales Manager for BMW Group. “His education coupled with his work ethic and positive attitude uniquely position him to impact our BMW accessory sales for years to come.”

BJU Robotics Team Wins Multiple Awards in IGVC Competition

BJU Robotics TeamGREENVILLE, S.C. (June 9, 2016) – The Bob Jones University robotics team recently won several awards at the 24th Annual Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition (IGVC) held June 3-6 at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. The team placed third in the Advanced Autonomous Navigation Course, fourth in the Inter-Operability Challenge, and fifth in the Basic Autonomous Navigation Course.

The students designed, built and programmed a 6 foot tall, 200 pound robot named “Kezia,” able to navigate an outdoor obstacle course autonomously, without the use of remote controls. For the competition, Kezia traveled to various GPS waypoints while staying in a designated lane and avoiding obstacles such as construction barrels and barricades.

BJU’s team qualified to compete against teams from eight other universities, including The Citadel, Lawrence Technological University, University of Michigan-Dearborn, Bluefield State College, Indian Institute of Technology, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Ecole de Technologies Superieure, and Michigan Technological University.

“I would like to thank all the BJU engineering students that had a part bringing Kezia from an idea into reality,” says Will Woodham, BJU engineering professor. “I’m very pleased with the way this year’s IGVC team worked together under pressure to achieve what they did against some challenging obstacles and tough competition from other universities.“

The team consisted of BJU engineering seniors Sam Koenke of Greer, South Carolina; Evelyn Licona of La Ceiba, Hondorus; and Nathaniel Woehr of Marietta, South Carolina.

Bob Jones University Students Participate in UK Study Abroad Experience

UK Study Abroad Experience 2016

UK Study Abroad Experience 2016

GREENVILLE, S.C. (June 8, 2016) – Several Bob Jones University students recently participated in the United Kingdom Study Abroad Experience hosted by BJU.

Students toured cities throughout England and Scotland including London, Bath, Oxford, Stratford-Upon-Avon, York, Keswick, Edinburgh, and Inverness. Discussions throughout the tour focused on Christian storytellers C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien.

The students also attended Shakespearean plays in the West End of London and the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon, participating in discussions of religious themes within Shakespearean literature and a tour of the Globe Theatre. The trip also included a tour of Stonehenge; a tour of the Kilns, home of C.S. Lewis in Oxford; a lecture from leading C.S. Lewis scholar, Michael Ward; and a lecture and tour of Oxford University by BJU 2005 alumnus, Shakespearean scholar, and Oxford student, Micah Coston.

“The UK Study Abroad course proved to be an unforgettable educational experience for all those who went,” says Dr. Paul Radford, department head of Communication Studies at BJU and tour host. “The historical sites throughout England and Scotland provided an immersive environment for rich learning experiences.”

The BJU students who attended the trip include Meetra Hamedi (freshman majoring in theatre arts), Kamron Hamedi (sophomore majoring in premed), Anna-Jillian Allman (junior majoring in criminal justice with a minor in communications), Kathleen Martin (junior majoring in theatre arts), Katelyn Christmas (post-graduate student pursuing a degree in history), Kayla Bullock (graduate student pursuing an MA in communication studies), Amy McCombs (graduate student pursuing an MA in theatre arts), and Andrew Lobach (graduate student pursuing an MA in biblical studies), Meagan Ingersoll (2016 graduate with an MA in communication studies), Abigail Chetta (2016 graduate with an MMus in church music), Stephanie Schlosser (2016 graduate with an MA in theatre arts), and Chelsea Moss (2016 graduate with a BA in journalism and mass communication).

Hany Wahba Serves as Intern for Alpha Property, LLC

Hany Wahba

Hany Wahba

GREENVILLE, S.C. (June 7, 2016) – Hany Wahba, a junior business administration major at Bob Jones University, is serving as an intern this summer for Alpha Property, LLC located in Greenville, South Carolina.

Wahba, a resident of Centreville, Virginia, is working in the marketing department and handles clients’ applications.

“Working at Alpha has given me a clear prospective of the industry,” says Wahba. “This internship has displayed to me what really matters in the business world.”

Meredith Bannister Serves as Intern for Hertz

Meredith Bannister

Meredith Bannister

GREENVILLE, S.C. (June 6, 2016) – Meredith Bannister, a junior business administration major at Bob Jones University with a minor in communications, is serving this summer as an intern for Hertz in Manchester, New Hampshire.

Bannister, a resident of Nashua, New Hampshire, is gaining diverse experience in sales, customer service, and management.

“Having an internship this summer will be so beneficial for my future in business,” says Bannister. “Having the chance to do ‘hands on’ work with those who have been in the business for years will show me how everything I’ve learned in class can be applied practically.”

Daniel Wolf Serves as Intern for Cornerstone Baptist Church

Daniel Wolf

Daniel Wolf

GREENVILLE, S.C. (June 3, 2016) – Daniel Wolf, a junior Christian ministries major at Bob Jones University, is serving this summer as an intern for Cornerstone Baptist Church in Scarborough, Maine.

Wolf, a resident of Ellington, Connecticut, serves by assisting with a variety of ministries, going on hospital visits, teaching Sunday school, and preaching on several occasions.

“I am most looking forward to how God will use what I learn this summer to help my ministry both now and in the future and how it will advance Christ’s kingdom,” says Wolf. “I am thankful to Cornerstone for taking me on as an intern and am excited to see how the Lord will use it for His glory in my life.”

Sarah Johannes Serves as Intern for KöttKömm

Sarah Johannes

Sarah Johannes

GREENVILLE, S.C. (June 2, 2016) – Sarah Johannes, a senior apparel, textiles, and design major at Bob Jones University, is serving this summer as an intern with designer Kathy Harris’ design company KöttKömm located in Greenville, South Carolina.

Watts, a resident of Seneca, South Carolina, is assisting in the production of Harris’ new line of clothing including concept development, fashion sketching, garment construction, assisting at photo shoots, and working with clients and business partners.

“Working under Kathy Harris’ entrepreneurial expertise shall provide not only hands-on exposure to almost every aspect of running a personal design business but also the opportunity to put my training into practice in the real world,” says Johannes. “Getting a taste for fashion business logistics will also furnish tools necessary to pursue the Lord’s calling of sharing the beauty of Jesus Christ through fashion in my own business someday.”

Lauren Watts Serves as Intern for Cayman Chemical

Lauren Watts

Lauren Watts

GREENVILLE, S.C. (June 1, 2016) – Lauren Watts, a senior biochemistry and molecular biology major at Bob Jones University, is serving as an intern with the BJU Chemistry Department in a combined effort with Cayman Chemical located in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Watts, a resident of Greenville, South Carolina, is working alongside another intern to target the two-step synthesis of an enzyme inhibitor. Watts’ 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.

“Interning with BJU and Cayman Chemical gives me the opportunity to get involved in biomedical research and learn laboratory techniques,” says Watts. “These skills will be of great importance to a future research career.”