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" October 2016 "

Benjamin Sherrick Serves as Intern for Lima Memorial Health System

Benjamin Sherrick

Benjamin Sherrick

GREENVILLE, S.C. (October 13, 2016) – Benjamin Sherrick, a sophomore information technology major at Bob Jones University, served as an intern this summer for Lima Memorial Health System in Lima, Ohio.

Sherrick, a resident of Elida, Ohio, served in the information technologies department. Sherrick’s responsibilities included managing help desk tickets, troubleshooting and fixing devices, reimaging devices, working with inventory, replacing hard drives, installing software, and training users on a variety of devices.

“Interning for Lima Memorial’s I.T. Department was valuable to me in the aspect of getting a first-hand experience of how the I.T. world actually operates,” says Sherrick. “Coming back to school this semester, I realized how much I had learned from the internship. I feel more comfortable completing my assignments because of the knowledge and experience I gained through my internship.”

Caleb Armstrong Serves as Intern for James F. Byrnes High School

Caleb Armstrong

Caleb Armstrong

GREENVILLE, S.C. (October 12, 2016) – Caleb Armstrong, a senior exercise science major at Bob Jones University, serves as an intern for James F. Byrnes High School in Duncan, South Carolina.

Armstrong, a resident of Jacksonville, Florida, serves as a strength and conditioning coach by leading workouts, maintaining the weight room facility, and working with the main strength coach.

“My internship is providing me with the tools necessary to succeed in the field of strength and conditioning,” says Armstrong.

Aaron ‘Cooper’ George Serves as Intern for Greenville Hospital System

Aaron 'Cooper' George

Aaron ‘Cooper’ George

GREENVILLE, S.C. (October 10, 2016) – Aaron ‘Cooper’ George, a junior exercise science major at Bob Jones University, serves as an intern for Greenville Health System (GHS) in Greenville, South Carolina.

George, a resident of Woodruff, South Carolina, is gaining medical experience through this internship by shadowing and working with physicians in a variety of departments, including radiology, pediatrics, internal medicine, and vascular surgery.

“This internship provides me with close up looks of many different departments within a hospital that I would have the potential to work in as a Physician’s Assistant (PA),” says George. “This experience has provided even more ammunition for my desire to help people in need, which is what working in the medical field is all about.”


Flags at Half-Staff at Bob Jones University

GREENVILLE, S.C. (October 9, 2016) — Flags at Bob Jones University are flying at half-staff today at the request of President Barack Obama in honor of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service.

BJU To Host Homecoming Weekend



GREENVILLE, S.C. (October 7, 2016) — Bob Jones University will welcome alumni families and friends from the Greenville community for homecoming Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 20 – 22. Most events will take place on the BJU campus.

Homecoming activities kick off Thursday with Heritage Day Chapel at 11 a.m. in Founder’s Memorial Amphitorium (FMA). Other events on Thursday include a golf outing at 1 p.m. and a Homecoming Concert at 7 p.m. in Rodeheaver Auditorium (RA), featuring the BJU orchestra and guest soloists.

Friday’s events include a Homecoming Kick-off Chapel at 11 a.m. in FMA, an author talk and book signing in Stratton Hall at 3 p.m., a music scholarship benefit concert in War Memorial Chapel at 4:30 p.m., a reunion dinner, and a Bruins Family Game Show in Stratton Hall at 8:30 p.m. The Bruins women’s volleyball team will play Friday at 4 and 7 p.m. in the Davis Field House where, at 10 p.m., a student pep rally will take place to end the day’s events.

Saturday’s activities begin with the Bruin Nation 5K Run at 8 a.m., which is open to everyone. Beginning at 9, BJU will host its first annual U Day event on front campus, which will be a fun, interactive, educational event for alumni and community families and will continue until noon.

Other events that morning/afternoon include campus tours, open houses, soccer and volleyball clinics, family workshops, several affinity reunions, and a Maker’s Market presented by the Museum & Gallery, which will give guests the opportunity to shop from a variety of handmade art, crafts and designs by BJU graduates, faculty and students.

President Steve Pettit and administrators will update alumni on current university initiatives Saturday at 11 a.m. The event will include a question and answer session.

BJU’s culinary arts program, in conjunction with the journalism & mass communication program, will present a culinary challenge student showcase from 2-4:30 p.m. in Stratton Hall.  The science & engineering program will present a student showcase entitled Kaleidoscope from 2-4:30 p.m. in the Science Building.

Intercollegiate soccer kicks off at 4 p.m. when the Bruins women’s soccer team faces off against Spartanburg Methodist College in Alumni Stadium, followed by a Bruins BBQ Bash at the Activity Center at 4:30 p.m. At 7 p.m. the men’s soccer team hosts Columbia International University.

During the soccer matches, families can enjoy Bruin Village with inflatables, carnival type games, and Bruin photo opportunities. Guests can also enjoy food trucks and vendors including The Chuck Truck, Ellada Kouzina, Chick-fil-A, and the Nomadic Few.

The full schedule of events is available at

Kyle Sizemore Serves as Intern for Old Cigar Warehouse

Kyle Sizemore

Kyle Sizemore

GREENVILLE, S.C. (October 6, 2016) – Kyle Sizemore, a senior communication major at Bob Jones University, serves as an intern for the Old Cigar Warehouse, an event hall in Greenville, South Carolina

Sizemore, a resident of Franklin, North Carolina, serves as operations intern by assisting in coordinating and setting up weddings, corporate and other special events held at the warehouse. Sizemore also serves by taking weekly inventory of supplies for upcoming events, placing orders, and conducting market research in order to suggest logistical improvements to keep the company up to date with trends in the hospitality industry. Sizemore has also spent time shadowing in departments such as sales, operations, marketing and public relations, as well as with the CEO.

“My internship has been extremely valuable at increasing my experience in the hospitality industry,” says Sizemore. “Through this experience, I have learned what it takes to run an expanding business with many moving parts.”

Alex Viscioni Receives 2016 Mary E. Jarrard Award

Alexa Viscioni

Alexa Viscioni

GREENVILLE, S.C. (October 5, 2016) – Alex Viscioni, a graduate student in the communications program at Bob Jones University, was the 2016 recipient of the Mary E. Jarrard Graduate Student Paper Award presented at the Carolinas Communication Association (CCA) Conference in Wilmington, North Carolina, on Saturday, Oct. 1.

The CCA provides a forum that encourages student scholarship. Viscioni’s paper, entitled “#MakeDonaldDrumpfAgain: Examining Donald Trump’s Presidential Campaign and the Effect of the Media on Individual and Organizational Sense Making,” was originally written for an advanced organizational communication course to examine Karl Weick’s sense making theory through the lens of the Trump campaign. The paper was selected from four other graduate papers presented at the conference.

Mary E. Jarrard was a lifelong CCA member who was devoted to encouraging student participation at the conference. This Mary E. Jarrard Award is awarded to an outstanding undergraduate and graduate student paper that is submitted to the conference each year.

“This was very unexpected, as there were some very fascinating papers being presented alongside mine, so I’m incredibly grateful to have been chosen,” says Viscioni. “I’m honored to have been given the chance to represent BJU at CCA. This was a very neat experience, and I’m thankful God allowed me to have this chance to bring honor and glory to His name.”

Viscioni, a resident of Bolingbrook, Illinois, was awarded a certificate and a monetary prize for this accomplishment.

Flags at Half-Staff at Bob Jones University

GREENVILLE, S.C. (October 5, 2016) — Flags at Bob Jones University are flying at half-staff today at the request of South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley to honor the memory and public service of Judge Tanya Gee, South Carolina Circuit Court.

Second Evangelicals and Politics Forum To Be Held October 13

A panel speaks at the Evangelical and Politcs forum at Bob Jones University. Photo by Kayla Pierce 2016

A panel speaks at the Evangelical and Politics forum at Bob Jones University. Photo by Kayla Pierce 2016

GREENVILLE, S.C. (October 4, 2016) – Bob Jones University is hosting the second of a three-part forum series on “Balancing Piety and Pragmatism: Evangelicals and Politics” Thursday, Oct. 13, where panelists will examine the role of evangelicals and politics today. The 90-minute forum begins at 7 p.m. in Stratton Hall on the BJU campus.

“The first forum explored the role of evangelicals in politics from the perspective of the past,” said Dr. Gary Weier, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs at BJU. “This forum will offer opportunity for interesting discussion as we focus on the present and our unusual political season.”

Panelists for the Oct. 13 forum are Mrs. Linda Abrams, Associate Professor of Political Science at BJU; Dr. Charles Dunn, former Dean at the Robertson School of Government at Regent University, former Dean of International Studies and Calderwood School of Arts and Letters at Grove City College, and former Political Science Department Head and Thurmond Professor of Political Science at Clemson University; Dr. Lincoln Mullen, Assistant Professor in the Department of History and Art History at George Mason University; and Dr. Danielle Vinson, Professor of Political Science at Furman University.

The event is free and open to the public; however, pre-registration through Eventbrite is needed for admission to the event.

Bob Jones University Hosting Blood Drive for The Blood Connection

Students give blood on the bloodmobiles visiting on campus. Photo by Derek Eckenroth, 2015

Students give blood on the bloodmobiles visiting campus. Photo by Derek Eckenroth, 2015

GREENVILLE, S.C. (October 3, 2016) —Bob Jones University will host its semi-annual Blood Connection Drive beginning today through Friday, Oct. 7, from 12 noon until 7 p.m. each day. Blood Connection buses will be located adjacent to the Alumni Building near the Wade Hampton Boulevard entrance.

“The shortage of blood is staggering. Every three seconds someone needs a blood transfusion. This hits home for me because my own little sister’s life has been saved many times by a blood transfusion,” said Claire Petersen, a senior nursing major from Greenville, who serves as the community services representative. “This inspires me to donate whenever possible. Each donation can be life-saving for three people in the Greenville community.”

In addition to saving lives, the Blood Connection has an incentive program for blood donors. After each donation, donors will receive 500 points that may be used toward a gift card from a number of large retail companies.  Donors have the option to redeem their points immediately or save them for even bigger gift cards.

Each donor will also receive a $10 Wal-Mart gift card, a coupon for a free personal pan pizza from Pizza Hut and a tumbler.

The Blood Connection will be taking donation appointments. Donors who sign up for an appointment are given priority; however, setting up an appointment is not required.

Students, alumni and members of the public interested in donating blood are encouraged to eat a good amount or iron-rich foods (i.e. meats, spinach, and broccoli), drink a lot of water, and eat a good meal the day they are donating.