BJU Public Relations

The official PR blog for Bob Jones University

" July 2017 "

Bob Jones University to Host “Adidas Uprising”

GREENVILLE, S.C. (July 11, 2017) – The Davis Field House at Bob Jones University will serve as a host site for  “Adidas Uprising” on July 13—15. The event will feature 36 teams from across the country, highlighting some of the nation’s top high school basketball recruits, in the three-day event.

“Bob Jones University is pleased to host a tournament of this size and magnitude,” said BJU Bruins Athletic Director Neal Ring. “We’re excited to partner with Adidas as we welcome basketball players from across the country to our campus and Greenville.”

The event runs from 9 a.m.—9 p.m. each of the three days. Admission is $10 per person. Further information about the teams and game schedules may be accessed at



Students Awarded Bob Jones University Admission Scholarship

GREENVILLE, S.C. (July 11, 2017) – Three incoming Bob Jones University freshmen were recently named as recipients of the BJU Admission Scholarship and were awarded one semester of tuition in addition to other financial aid already awarded.

“The BJU Office of Admission seeks to recruit and enroll students who desire a biblically faithful liberal arts Christian higher education, and who have a strong likelihood of success both as a BJU student and in their career as a graduate,” said Gary Deedrick, Director of Admission. “These students have distinguished themselves in school (both in the classroom and in extracurricular activities), in church, and in their community involvement, and we look forward to having them as part of the BJU student body.”

The three students receiving the scholarship this fall are Rachel Lykins, a resident of Huntington, West Virginia, majoring in communication; Jennifer, Naas, a resident of Waynesboro, Georgia, majoring in piano pedagogy; and Lingkai Chen, a current resident of West Seneca, New York, majoring in engineering.

Admitted students who confirmed their fall semester reservation by May 1 were considered for the scholarship. Other considerations included financial need, academic merit, and extra-curricular accomplishments.

Ethan Case Interns for Jervey Eye Group

Ethan Case

GREENVILLE, S.C. (July 10, 2017) – Ethan Case, a sophomore accounting major at Bob Jones University, interns this summer with Jervey Eye Group located in Greenville.

Case, a resident of Greenville, serves as a media strategist and information systems intern and works with media production and marketing strategy. Some of his responsibilities include IT consulting, video production, and working with the company’s WordPress site, internal systems, and customer support.

“Jervey Eye will give me great hands-on experience to learn about marketing, media production, and IT support in a medical health setting,” said Case.

Michael Pettit Interns for Bob Jones University Cancer Research Lab

Michael Pettit

GREENVILLE, S.C. (July 7, 2017) – Michael Pettit, a senior biology major at Bob Jones University, serves this summer as an intern for the Research Immersion for Undergraduates (RIU) program as a part of the Bob Jones University Cancer Research Lab in Greenville, South Carolina.

Pettit, a resident of Myerstown, Pennsylvania, will be conducting cancer research using beaded lizard venom as a potential means of treatment.

“It’s a privilege to be able to do cancer research at BJU for a second summer in a row,” says Pettit. “This opportunity provides invaluable insight in lab technique and understanding in the realm of cancer biology.”

Stephen Hawkey Joins Greenville Symphony Orchestra

Stephen Hawkey

GREENVILLE, S.C. (July 6, 2017) – Stephen Hawkey, a senior orchestral instrument performance major at Bob Jones University, was recently selected for the cello section of the Greenville Symphony Orchestra (GSO), becoming the youngest current cellist in the orchestra.

The GSO is dedicated to providing educational and cultural opportunities for the citizens of Greenville and surrounding communities through the presentation of live orchestral music. Offering excellence in live musical performance, the orchestra enriches lives, educates minds and encourages community support of the arts.

Hawkey, a resident of Hendersonville, North Carolina, will participate in over 50 rehearsals and concerts during the 2017-2018 GSO season, including a performance with 28-year-old Korean pianist Yekwon Wunwoo, the recent winner of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.

“Playing with the GSO this next season will help prepare me for the rest of my career as an orchestral musician,” says Hawkey. “Performing a vast repertoire of music and playing alongside other professionals is vital for a musician my age, and I’m thrilled for the opportunity.”

Elliott Martin Serves as Intern for Kahua Baptist Church

Elliott Martin

GREENVILLE, S.C. (July 5, 2017) – Elliott Martin, a sophomore cross-cultural service major at Bob Jones University, serves this summer as an intern for Kahua Baptist Church in Kapolei, Hawaii, on the island of Oahu.

Martin, a resident of Simpsonville, South Carolina, will be helping with sermon preparations, making personal visits, and working with the church. He will also be filling in for the youth pastor and working with the camp ministry at Camp Kupono.

“This opportunity will allow me to be exposed to many different types of ministry, including pastoring, youth pastoring, teaching, camp ministry, and the closest thing to cross-cultural ministry as possible without leaving the United States,” says Martin. “I am hoping that through this internship God will give me guidance as to what He would want me to do in the future and that He would use me to impact the teens and other people that I will come in contact with for Christ.”

Anthony ‘Ryan’ Counts Interns for Founders Federal Credit Union

Anthony Counts

GREENVILLE, S.C. (July 3, 2017) – Anthony ‘Ryan’ Counts, a junior information technology (IT) major at Bob Jones University, interns this summer with Founders Federal Credit Union headquartered in Lancaster, South Carolina.

Counts, a resident of Lancaster, works in the IT department as a technical assistant. Some of his responsibilities include deploying PC images, troubleshooting network connection issues, replacing old computers, installing new workstations, and assisting team members as needed.

“I believe that my internship is the most valuable experience of my academic career because I am putting into practice the knowledge and skills I have been learning in the classroom over the past few years,” said Counts. “This opportunity gives me real world expectations of what it is like to work in my field of study, and that experience is priceless when it comes to finding a full-time job after graduation.”