BJU Public Relations

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" May 2017 "

Paige Heiple Interns for Cayman Chemical

Paige Heiple

GREENVILLE, S.C. (May 31, 2017) – Paige Heiple, a senior biochemistry and molecular biology major at Bob Jones University, will serve this summer as a research intern at Cayman Chemical, a company located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, that produces pharmaceutical ingredients and products for forensic science and biomedical research.

“In the summer of 2016, Paige did highly-successful research on the BJU campus in a collaborative effort with Cayman,” says Dr. Brian Vogt, head of BJU’s Department of Chemistry and Physics. “This internship is a great opportunity to further develop her research ability.”

Heiple, a resident of Homer City, will work in the lab of the Drug Discovery and Medicinal Chemistry Department. Her responsibilities include lab management, reaction preparations and set ups, work ups, purifications, spectra interpretation and record management.

“Being accepted for this opportunity is very exciting,” said Heiple. “This internship will give me with the skills I need to succeed not only in the general chemical industry, but also in my desired career of cancer drug design.”

Andrew Leaman Interns for Calvary Baptist Church

Andrew Leaman

GREENVILLE, S.C. (May 26, 2017) – Andrew Leaman, a sophomore Christian ministries major at Bob Jones University, serves this summer as an intern for Calvary Baptist Church located in Westminster, Maryland.

Leaman, a resident of Damascus, Maryland, will be preaching, teaching, serving in the youth group and participating in a variety of ministries.

“I am excited for this opportunity to work for my home church as it was something I always hoped to do,” said Leaman. “I hope this internship will greatly increase my desire and focus for pastoral ministry.”

Bradford Mays Interns for Lock Haven Hospital

Bradford Mays

GREENVILLE, S.C. (May 24, 2017) – Bradford Mays, a senior information technology major at Bob Jones University, serves as an intern this summer at Lock Haven Hospital in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania.

Mays, a resident of State College, Pennsylvania, will be primarily installing operating systems on new client laptops, notebooks and desktops. Mays will also perform basic hardware troubleshooting tasks, assist with new PC setups, create queries, assist with data center support by installing server and network related hardware, install and configure disk encryption on client devices and assist with data backups.

“My internship will allow me to expand my abilities far greater than what I could learn in the classroom alone,” says Mays. “By taking knowledge from the classroom as a foundation, I can begin building experience that will guide me into my future career.”

Garrett Martin Serves as Intern for Red Rocks Baptist Church

Garrett Martin

GREENVILLE, S.C. (May 22, 2017) – Garrett Martin, a junior Bible major at Bob Jones University, serves as an intern this summer for Red Rocks Baptist Church located in Morrison, Colorado.

Martin, a resident of Simpsonville, South Carolina, works with the church’s pastoral staff, helping specifically with young adults and teens.

“I think this opportunity of dedicating a summer to work the many facets of church ministry will prove truly invaluable,” says Martin.

Timothy Betancourt Serves as Intern for Colonial Hills Baptist Church

Timothy Betancourt

GREENVILLE, S.C. (May 19, 2017) – Timothy Betancourt, a junior Bible major at Bob Jones University, serves as an intern this summer for Colonial Hills Baptist Church located in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Betancourt, a resident of Hanahan, South Carolina, will be preaching, teaching and planning various services and events for all age groups in the church.

“I am incredibly excited to work under a very experienced pastoral staff and to gain valuable experience in church ministry this summer,” says Betancourt.

Aaron Gillingham Interns for Plante Moran

Aaron Gillingham

GREENVILLE, S.C. (May 17, 2017) – Aaron Gillingham, a senior accounting major at Bob Jones University, serves as an intern this summer for Plante Moran, a CPA firm located in Chicago, Illinois.

Gillingham, a resident of Freeport, Illinois, works on the audit team with other staff auditors as well as with Plante Moran customers.

“This internship will be a great opportunity to see what it’s like in the real accounting world,” says Gillingham. “I am excited to put the things that I have learned in the classroom to use in the workplace and gain some experience that will be valuable to future potential employers.”

Students Named to Dean’s List at Bob Jones University

GREENVILLE, S.C. (May 15, 2017) – Bob Jones University named approximately 860 students to the Dean’s List for high academic achievement during the Spring 2017 semester.

To qualify for the Dean’s List, students must earn a 3.0-3.74 grade point average for the semester. The University’s Merit page lists the students named.

Flags at Half-Staff at Bob Jones University

GREENVILLE, S.C. (May 15, 2017) — Flags at Bob Jones University are being flown at half-staff today in honor of Peace Officers Memorial Day.

President John F. Kennedy declared the first Peace Officers Memorial Day on May 15, 1962, as a tribute to peace officers and in honor of peace officers who, through their courageous deeds, lost their lives or became disabled in the line of duty. This day has been observed in our country annually ever since.

In accordance with Flag Code section 7(m), the United States flag is to be displayed at half-staff for the entire day in honor of Peace Officers Memorial Day, Monday, May 15, 2017. By a joint resolution approved October 1, 1962, as amended (76 Stat. 676), and by Public Law 103-322, as amended (36 U.S.C. 136-137), the President has been authorized and requested to designate May 15 of each year as “Peace Officers Memorial Day” and the week in which it falls as “Police Week.”

Bob Jones University Students Named to President’s List

GREENVILLE, S.C. (May 8, 2017) – Approximately 500 Bob Jones University students were named to the President’s List for high academic achievement during the Spring 2017 semester. To qualify for the President’s List, students must earn a 3.75 or higher grade point average for the semester. The University’s Merit page lists the students named.


BJU To Confer Honorary Doctorate on Congressman Trey Gowdy

Congressman Trey Gowdy

GREENVILLE, S.C. (May 5, 2017) – Bob Jones University will confer an honorary Doctor of Laws degree on United States Congressman Trey Gowdy during its 90th commencement exercises at 2 p.m. today in Founder’s Memorial Amphitorium on the BJU campus.

“We are privileged to honor Congressman Gowdy with an honorary doctorate,” said BJU President Steve Pettit. “Trey is a public servant who has dedicated his life to serving the people of South Carolina both as a prosecutor and as a member of Congress.”

Representing South Carolina’s Fourth District, Congressman Gowdy entered Congress in January, 2011, with a commitment to the conservative principles that have guided him throughout his years in public service. A former federal and state prosecutor, Gowdy serves on the House Committees on Intelligence, Ethics, Oversight and Government Reform and Judiciary, where he also serves as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations.

Gowdy graduated from Baylor University with a degree in history in 1986 and the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1989, where he was a member of the scholastic honor society “Order of the Wig and Robe.”

Gowdy is married to Terri Dillard Gowdy. They have two children, Watson and Abigail, who are currently enrolled in law school and college, respectively.

In addition to the conferral of Congressman Gowdy’s honorary degree, nearly 700 students will receive degrees. In addition to the 542 students receiving bachelor’s degrees, 86 students will receive master’s degrees and 60 students will receive associate degrees. Four candidates will receive earned doctoral degrees.