BJU Public Relations

The official PR blog for Bob Jones University

" June 2017 "

Joshua Strubel Interns with Naval Postgraduate School

Joshua Strubel

GREENVILLE, S.C. (June 30, 2017) – Joshua Strubel, a senior engineering major at Bob Jones University, is participating this summer in a ten-week internship at the Naval Postgraduate School located in Monterey, California.

Strubel, a resident of Simpsonville, South Carolina, designs and conducts experiments for the United States Navy in the area of applied sleep research as well as doing statistical analysis and leading an intern team.

“This internship gives me the opportunity to conduct research at a very prestigious institution and to have that research published,” said Strubel. “This opportunity is a huge step into getting into the top graduate schools.”

Flags at Half-Staff at Bob Jones University

GREENVILLE, S.C. (June 30, 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 D. Leslie Tindal, Jr., former Commissioner of the South Carolina Department of Agriculture (1982-2002).


Ledbetter Wins Best Student Production at ICVM Crown Awards

Rachel Madeira Ledbetter

GREENVILLE, S.C. (June 29, 2017) – Rachel Madeira Ledbetter, a 2016 graduate of Bob Jones University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Cinema Production, won Best Student Production for her film Going Back at the 42nd annual International Christian Visual Media (ICVM) Conference held June 25-28 in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Presented each year at the ICVM Conference, the Crown Awards recognize excellence in the production and content of films and videos that are created to reflect Christian values.

“We are so proud of Rachel and her outstanding accomplishment,” says Dr. Darren Lawson, dean of the School of Fine Arts and Communication at BJU. “Her hard work and dedication to excellence was evident in her senior film project, a piece of art truly deserving of the two national awards it has earned.”

Ledbetter, a resident of Central, South Carolina, also received first place in narrative film in the Intercollegiate National Religious Broadcasters (iNRB) Student Production Awards Competition for her film earlier this year.

Going Back tells the story of Emma, a 16 year-old girl who succumbs to mental paralysis from post-traumatic stress following an accident that claimed her father’s life, as she questions whether her life is really worth living.

Tyler Smith Interns for Raymond James

Tyler Smith

GREENVILLE, S.C. (June 28, 2017) – Tyler Smith, a junior business finance major at Bob Jones University, serves as an intern this summer for the Faust-Boyer Group of Raymond James in Greer, South Carolina.

Smith, a resident of West Columbia, South Carolina, is serving as a client services specialist as well as working to implement updates to back office communication procedures at the firm. He will also be researching stocks and learning more about the methods and tools of financial planning.

“This internship has been such an eye opener in the field of financial planning,” said Smith. “I cannot wait to dive even deeper and learn more about this field.”

Stephen Hawkey Places in PRISMA Festival

Stephen Hawkey

GREENVILLE, S.C. (June 27, 2017) – Stephen Hawkey, a senior orchestral instrument performance major at Bob Jones University, placed as one of the top three finalists at the Pacific Region International Summer Music Academy (PRISMA) Festival held June 12-24 in Powell River, Canada.

The PRISMA Festival is an opportunity for enthusiastic young musicians to prepare for positions in professional orchestras. PRISMA draws over 5,000 concertgoers from British Columbia and beyond to daily musical events, symphony and chamber music concerts, master classes and student recitals.

Hawkey, a resident of Hendersonville, North Carolina, performed Shostakovich’s First Cello Concerto and was given the opportunity to study with world-renowned cellist Yegor Dyachkov while at PRISMA.

“Stephen has everything it takes to have a successful music career,” says Dr. Yuriy Leonovich of BJU’s music faculty. “He has the technique, the personality, the stage presence, and the charisma that make him an exceptional musician and I expect that we will see him playing alongside the greats in the next decade.”

Ezra John Pio Interns for G and W Electric Company

Ezra John Pio

GREENVILLE, S.C. (June 26, 2017) – Ezra John Pio, a sophomore engineering major at Bob Jones University, serves as an intern this summer for G and W Electric Company located in Bolingbrook, Illinois.

Pio, a resident of Orland Park, Illinois, designs production and material processes while eliminating waste.

“This internship is valuable to me because it has given me insight into what engineering in the real world looks like,” says Pio. “Through this experience, I have been able to implement the things I am learning in the classroom in a professional setting.”

Bob Jones University Named One of the Best Colleges in South Carolina

GREENVILLE, S.C. (June 23, 2017) – recently announced Bob Jones University earned the No. 2 spot in their Best Colleges in South Carolina ranking. is an educational resource for prospective students. praised Bob Jones University for its performance in multiple affordability metrics against other South Carolina institutions including:

  • Ranking first for the low median debt carried by graduates
  • Ranking first for its three-year loan repayment rate
  • Ranking fifth for its average net price

“BJU is honored to be recognized for its affordability—both in its price and in the low debt students acquire while pursuing their college degree,” said BJU President Steve Pettit. “We work every day to deliver affordable high-quality academic programs to students from across the United States and around the world.”

Each college/university was scored on a 100-point scale using the most recent data available from government sources and based on metrics such as tuition and fees, number of degree and certificate programs offered, program flexibility, student services, and rates of student graduation, retention and transfer. connects current and prospective students with the tools, resources, people and schools they need to help them advance in life. Featuring in-depth sections with faculty and working professional interviews, campus tours, and national education news, is a hub for higher education topics and trends.

View the complete rankings and methodology here:

Located in Greenville, South Carolina, Bob Jones University is a regionally accredited, biblically faithful, Christian liberal arts university focused on educating the whole person to reflect and serve Christ. BJU offers a unique blend of challenging and rewarding academic programs, discipleship, and character and leadership development.

BJU provides over 100 undergraduate and graduate programs in religion, education, fine arts and communication, arts and science, and business.

BJU has 2,700 students from nearly every state and more than 40 countries. We are committed to the truth of Scripture and to pursuing excellence in all we do.


Bob Jones University to Host Eclipse Experience

GREENVILLE, S.C. (June 22, 2017) – Bob Jones University invites the Greenville community to the Eclipse Experience—a special viewing of the 2017 total solar eclipse—August 21 from 1 to 3 p.m. on the BJU campus.

A solar eclipse occurs when the Earth’s view of the sun is obscured (totally or partially) by the moon passing between the Earth and the sun. This year’s total eclipse will result in darkened skies and lowered temperatures for an approximately 70-mile-wide band of Earth, stretching from Oregon to South Carolina. The next total solar eclipse will not occur until 2024.

“Total solar eclipses occur infrequently and the path of totality passes over only a narrow slice of the earth’s surface so most people will not be in the right location to see one during their lifetime,” says Dr. Richard Mowrey, chair of BJU’s Division of Natural Science. “Greenville has the unique privilege of being in the direct path of the eclipse, and we look forward to welcoming friends from across the Upstate to campus as we witness this rare phenomenon and testimony of God’s creation.”

The Eclipse Experience is free and open to junior/senior high school groups and families. The event will feature solar-filtered telescopes and a light-emitting diode (LED) truck display of the NASA livestream of the eclipse. Special eclipse-viewing glasses will be provided to those who register.

Guests will also enjoy hands-on experiments; science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) activities; demonstrations by the BJU and Bob Jones Academy award-winning robotics teams; and a variety of informational sessions.

Registration is required. For more information about the BJU Eclipse Experience and to register, visit

Andrew Kester Serves as Intern in Uruguay

Andrew Kester

GREENVILLE, S.C. (June 16, 2017) – Andrew Kester, a junior cross-cultural service major at Bob Jones University, serves this summer as an intern in Melo, Uruguay.

Kester, a resident of Colorado Springs, Colorado, works with two missionaries in their ministry to the gauchos, Uruguayan cowboys. Kester will gain experience in preaching, discipleship, evangelism, and teaching, in addition to other hands-on work opportunities on the ranch and with church construction.

“This internship is a great opportunity to receive practical instruction that will round out the academic knowledge I’m getting as a student and better prepare me for future ministry,” said Kester. “I’m grateful for the chance to experience the use of ranching in missions.”

SACSCOC Grants Bob Jones University Regional Accreditation

GREENVILLE, S.C. (June 15, 2017) – The Board of Trustees of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) today granted Bob Jones University membership as an accredited institution.

“Being granted regional accreditation is one of the biggest milestones in Bob Jones University’s 90-year history,” says BJU President Steve Pettit. “We set out to obtain regional accreditation and strengthen our mission and, by God’s grace, we’ve accomplished both objectives.”

Regional accreditation benefits students in specific ways. It makes it easier to transfer credits and be admitted to more graduate schools. It will show prospective employers a BJU education meets high standards and equips our graduates with skills needed in today’s world, and it could help graduates entering a profession where a regionally accredited degree is required for licensure or employment.

“We’re deeply grateful for our faculty and staff and proud of what they’ve accomplished through this process,” says Dr. Gary Weier, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs. “We believe regional accreditation reassures parents, prospective and current students, employers and other universities that Bob Jones University provides a high quality education.”

Prior to applying for membership with SACSCOC, BJU implemented a number of enhancements including a new board and governance structure, new academic programs in health sciences, curriculum updates, intercollegiate athletics, and a completely renovated dining facility.

During the process, BJU benefited from evaluations provided by two peer review committees comprised of faculty and senior administrators from other SACSCOC-member colleges and universities.

BJU holds national accreditation through the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS) and is authorized to operate and grant baccalaureate and advanced degrees by the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education. BJU’s engineering program is accredited by ABET, its teacher preparation programs hold state accreditation and its nursing program has full approval from the State Board of Nursing for South Carolina.

BJU is a member of the American Association of Christian Colleges and Seminaries, the Association of Business Administrators of Christian Colleges, the Education Advisory Board and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

Bob Jones University is a Christian liberal arts university providing over 100 undergraduate and graduate programs, ranging from the humanities to professional degree programs such as accounting, nursing and engineering—all centered on a biblical worldview. BJU emphasizes character development, Christian values and skill development in order to inspire and equip graduates to impact the world for Jesus Christ. BJU’s nearly 43,000 graduates work and minister in nearly 80 countries around the globe.