BJU Public Relations

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" February 2017 "

Lauren Watts Accepted to St. Jude Pediatric Oncology Education Program

Lauren Watts

GREENVILLE, S.C. (February 28, 2017) – Lauren Watts, a senior biochemistry and molecular biology major at Bob Jones University, has been accepted into the Pediatric Oncology Education (POE) program at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.

Watts, a resident of Greenville, South Carolina, will be participating in a competitive 11-week summer program funded by the National Institutes of Health and the National Cancer Institute. Specifically, Watts will be working in the laboratory on a dye to be used for imaging patients with PET (positron emission tomography) scans.

“Lauren has an exceptionally strong academic record as well as significant research experience in the BJU Department of Chemistry and Physics,” says Dr. Brian Vogt, head of the department. “We are confident that she will excel in this program.”

The POE program offers a unique opportunity for students preparing for careers in the biomedical sciences, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, psychology, or public health to gain biomedical and oncology research experience.

Elizabeth Stima Interns for Piedmont Women’s Center

Elizabeth Stima

Elizabeth Stima, a senior communication major at Bob Jones University, serves as an intern this semester for the Piedmont Women’s Center, a pregnancy medical clinic located in Greenville, South Carolina.

Stima, a resident of Seattle, Washington, is gaining experience in event coordination, fundraising, and campaign marketing.

“My internship is teaching me about the inner-workings of non-profit organizations and is also developing my skills in communication and marketing,” says Stima. “My favorite part is working with a team that cares not only about my career progress, but also for my spiritual growth.”

Devin Forman Interns for Calvary Baptist Church

Devin Forman

GREENVILLE, S.C. (February 24, 2017) – Devin Forman, a senior Bible major at Bob Jones University, serves as an intern for Calvary Baptist Church in Simpsonville, South Carolina.

Forman, a resident of Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, works alongside the pastoral staff in the various tasks of the church ministry. His responsibilities include weekly pastoral staff meetings and hospital visits; assisting in the children’s ministry, youth group, and Sunday school; and leading worship and preaching in an evening service.

“I’m really looking forward to the opportunity to both serve in the various ministries at Calvary and to learn from those whom I will be ministering with,” says Forman. “I’m praying God will use this opportunity to prepare me for whatever branch of ministry He has in store for me.”

Kailey Holloway Interns for Bon Secours St. Francis Foundation

Kailey Holloway

GREENVILLE, S.C. (February 22, 2017) – Kailey Holloway, a senior communication major at Bob Jones University, serves as an intern for Bon Secours St. Francis Foundation located in Greenville, South Carolina.

Holloway, a resident of Marshfield, Wisconsin, is gaining experience in the area of event planning as she assists the director.

“Working in a foundation has allowed me to obtain a unique perspective on healthcare, and I know is one that will be very beneficial to me as I enter the field of being a child life specialist,” says Holloway.

Eight BJU Graphic Design Students Win AAF Awards

GREENVILLE, S.C. (February 22, 2017) — Eight Bob Jones University graphic design students were presented awards by the American Advertising Federation (AAF) Greenville at the annual AAF Gala Saturday, Feb. 18.

The eight BJU students receiving AAF Awards include:

Joanna Daniels (Ninilchik, Alaska) – Gold award in Package Design, Gold award in Illustration, and Student Best in Show

Yvonne Tanbonliong (Spartanburg, South Carolina) – Gold award in Integrated Brand Identity Campaign and the AAF Greenville Rising Star award for her volunteer work this year

Sarah Cotting (Amissville, Virginia) – Gold award in Publication Design, Book Cover

Nathan Frazzetto (Greenville, South Carolina) – Silver award in Collateral Material, Campaign

Matthew Freeland (Mount Vernon, Missouri) – Silver award in Publication Design, Book Cover

Sarah Kuzmic (Greenville, South Carolina) – Silver award in Package Design

Julianne Doney (Greenville, South Carolina) – Silver award in Publication Design, Book Cover

Bethany Pritchard (Laurens, South Carolina) – Silver award in Collateral Material, Stationery Package

“Our students continue to produce at a very high level, a fact the judges recognized with these awards,” says Jay Bopp, associate professor and chair of the Division of Art and Design at BJU.

In addition, several BJU graduates won Gold and Silver awards in the professional division, many of them winning multiple awards. The prestigious AAF Silver Medal was awarded to BJU alumnus Craig O’Neal.

The American Advertising Awards, formerly the ADDYs, is the advertising industry’s largest and most representative competition. Conducted annually by the American Advertising Federation (AAF), the local Ad Club phase is the first of a three-tier, national competition.

Bob Jones University Reorganizes as Tax Exempt Organization

GREENVILLE, S.C. (February 10, 2017) – Bob Jones University President Steve Pettit announced today that Bob Jones University, Inc. of Greenville, S.C., the University’s current taxable entity, will be renamed BJU Education Group, Inc., and on March 1, will donate approximately 50 percent of its assets to a tax exempt South Carolina non-profit corporation known as BJU, Inc.

“Organizing as a tax-exempt entity is something BJU has needed to do for quite some time,” said Pettit. “In consultation with legal counsel and accountants with many years of experience in assisting tax exempt organizations—as well as input from members of the BJU community and our congressional delegation—we have reorganized and are looking forward to operating the University as a tax-exempt entity.”

The process began in late 2014 when the administration began conducting a thorough study of how to achieve tax exemption and consulted with the finance and executive committees of the Board of Trustees. On May 5, 2016, the Board of Trustees approved the final plan for pursuing tax exemption and the administration has been working on its implementation since that time.

BJU, Inc. will continue to be known as Bob Jones University. It will retain its current mission, educational objectives and policies. It will be governed by the current 25-member Board of Trustees. All board members, officers (except for the Chief Publication Officer), administrators and academic deans will remain as they are currently.

On February 17, the Board of Trustees is expected to elect a new eight-member board to govern BJU Education Group, which remains a taxable entity. Four of the eight trustees will be related to BJU—either current board members or administrators. The other four members will be independent of the current organization.

As this was a potential substantive change, BJU has consulted with our accrediting agencies, TRACS and SACSCOC, as we would not wish to put our TRACS accreditation or SACSCOC candidacy status at risk. Both agencies have been informed and consented to the restructuring plans.


Aaron Ferrari Serves as Intern for KPMG

Aaron Ferrari

GREENVILLE, S.C. (February 23, 2017) – Aaron Ferrari, a junior accounting major at Bob Jones University, serves as an intern this semester for KPMG, a CPA firm located in Greenville, South Carolina.

Ferrari, a resident of Kharkiv, Ukraine, is gaining experience in auditing.

“This internship means more to me than simply job experience,” says Ferrari. “It’s about meeting new people, experiencing new situations, and challenging myself in new ways.”

Bob Jones University to Present Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice

GREENVILLE, S.C. (February 20, 2017) – The Bob Jones University Classic Players will present an all new production of William Shakespeare’s “Merchant of Venice” in Rodeheaver Auditorium Thursday through Saturday, March 16 – 18, at 8 p.m. each evening.

“The Merchant of Venice” tells the story of a rich Venetian merchant forced to default on a loan from a vengeful moneylender. Shylock, the play’s central figure and one of the most intriguing of Shakespeare’s villains, will explore the play’s themes of money, religion, justice and mercy.

“Our cast has taken a long, hard, honest look at the issues that make ‘Merchant’ somewhat difficult for modern audiences,” says Stegall, associate professor in BJU’s theatre arts department. “We’ve come to see the play’s message as a beautiful parable of mercy.”

BJU’s Classic Players’ first Shakespearean play, “Merchant of Venice” was first performed by BJU in 1930 at the original campus in College Point, Florida. Since that time, “Merchant” is the Classic Players’ most performed work, having been staged fourteen times at BJU, the last time in 1998.

Directed and designed by Jeffrey Stegall, the production features Bob Jones III as Shylock. The cast also features Stegall as Antonio, the eponymous merchant; Christina Yasi as Portia, the young heiress of Belmont; and Benjamin Nicholas as Bassanio, Portia’s Venetian gentleman suitor.

Ticket prices are $34-$43 for adults and full time student tickets are $23. Tickets are available at or by calling (864) 770-1372.

Flags Fly at Half-Staff at Bob Jones University

GREENVILLE, S.C. (February 20, 2017) — At the request of South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster, flags at Bob Jones University will be flown at half-staff through sundown today to honor the memory and public service of State Representative Joseph H. “Joe” Neal.

Representative Neal began serving in the South Carolina House of Representatives in 1993 and served until his death on Tuesday, February 14.


Esther Carnell Interns for Elliott Davis Decosimo

Esther Carnell

Esther Carnell

GREENVILLE, S.C. (February 17, 2017) – Esther Carnell, a junior accounting major at Bob Jones University, serves as an intern this semester for Elliott Davis Decosimo, an accounting, tax, and consulting service firm located in Greenville, South Carolina.

Carnell, a resident of Greenville, is serving in the Account Resource Group department. Carnell was hired to help prepare 1099 forms by handling the corrections, additions, updates, and e-filing for the new 1099 template for processing.

“The most valuable takeaway from my internship for me is that every day is an opportunity to give God a return on His investment in my life,” says Carnell. “I’m excited to clock in each morning and work as hard as I can for the glory of His name.”