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" December 2016 "

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Luke 2:1-20

And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.

And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.

And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

And the angel said unto them, “Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.”

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.”

And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, “Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.”

And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.

Bob Jones University Students to Benefit from $500,000 Gift

GREENVILLE, S.C. (December 13, 2016) – Bob Jones University President Steve Pettit announced today the receipt of a $500,000 gift from the Sargent Foundation to provide need-based scholarships for BJU students through the BJU Scholarship Fund.

“The Sargent Foundation is a long-time supporter of Bob Jones University,” said Pettit. “I deeply appreciate the Sargent Foundation gift which is being used as a matching gift for donations as it will double the effect of assistance for BJU students who have financial need.”

The Sargent Foundation, founded in 1953 by Earl and Eleanor Sargent, has supported a number of Greenville-based ministries, including BJU, for many years. When Earl and Eleanor passed away, the Foundation continued—and still continues today—to fulfill their vision and intent through the support of the ministries they loved.

BJU is committed to being an affordable option for Christian young people to pursue higher education. Earlier this year, BJU was ranked the third most affordable Christian college in the nation by Christian Universities Online.

During the 2015-2016 academic year, the BJU Scholarship Fund raised $4.3 million and awarded nearly 1,100 need-based scholarships.


Flags at Half-Staff at Bob Jones University

GREENVILLE, S.C. (December 9, 2016) — Flags at Bob Jones University are flying at half-staff  at the request of President Barack Obama as a mark of respect for the memory of former astronaut and United States Senator John Glenn. Flags will remain at half-staff through sunset on the date of Senator Glenn’s interment.

Julio ‘Cesar’ Whatley Interns for BMW

Julio Whatley

Julio Whatley

GREENVILLE, S.C. (December 7, 2016) – Julio ‘Cesar’ Whatley, a sophomore computer science major at Bob Jones University, serves as an intern for BMW located in Greer, South Carolina.

Whatley, a resident of Cusco, Peru, serves as a software engineer intern. Whatley’s main responsibilities include debugging, updating, and maintaining the Desktop application LR Programming Tools. Whatley is also gaining experience by writing computer code and designing software.

“BJU has prepared me very well for the job environment, but I have realized that real world development is much harder than a university project development,” says Whatley. “I believe that having an internship experience that is related to your major is really important because that is where you will realize if you are willing to do that work for the rest of your life. In the long run, I believe that my internship experience will give me more validity when I strive to get a full time professional job.”

Flags at Half-Staff at Bob Jones University

GREENVILLE, S.C. (December 7, 2016) — Flags at Bob Jones University are flying at half-staff today at the request of President Barack Obama in honor of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day on this the 75th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack.



Janine Natus Interns for Churdar Law Firm

Janine Natus

Janine Natus

GREENVILLE, S.C. (December 5, 2016) – Janine Natus, a junior business administration major at Bob Jones University, serves as an intern for Churdar Law Firm located in Greenville, South Carolina.

Natus, a resident of Cape Town, South Africa, works as a legal assistant for an injury lawyer. Her responsibilities include communicating with clients, ordering medical records, and basic office maintenance.

“This experience has been very valuable to me,” says Natus. “There is always something to learn, and I have learned that being teachable is important.”

Emily Davis Interns for GHS Life Center

Emily Davis

Emily Davis

GREENVILLE, S.C. (December 2, 2016) – Emily Davis, a senior exercise science major at Bob Jones University, serves as an intern for the Greenville Health System (GHS) Life Center located in Greenville, South Carolina.

Davis, a resident of Greenville, works primarily with the pulmonary and oncology rehabilitation departments. Davis serves by guiding patients through exercises, checking blood pressures, pulse and oxygen levels, and recording patient data. She also shadows conditioning specialists and helps with equipment setup and maintenance.

“My internship has been very valuable to me,” says Davis. “This opportunity has provided me with experience in a clinical setting as well as exposure to the field of personal training.”

Leigh Anne Riggs Interns for OOBE

Leigh Anne Riggs

Leigh Anne Riggs

GREENVILLE, S.C. (December 1, 2016) – Leigh Anne Riggs, a senior apparel, textile and design major at Bob Jones University, interns for OOBE, located in Greenville, South Carolina.

Riggs, a resident of Tazewell, Tennessee, serves in the design department. Her responsibilities include creating fashion illustrations using Adobe Illustrator, doing trend forecasting, creating mood boards and flats, working with merchandise, sewing, doing product quality tests, organizing and creating notebooks of tech packs for accounts by year and garment description. Riggs also attends meetings with creative and design teams for various company accounts.

“My internship has been extremely beneficial both in making connections in my field and learning by doing,” says Riggs. “I have found mentors who care about my future and want me to move forward and excel in my field and who are going above and beyond to help me do so. I feel that by working and learning from OOBE I have a far better grasp on what I would like to do with my future than I did just four months ago, and I am so thankful.”