BJU Public Relations

The official PR blog for Bob Jones University

" November 2017 "

Julianne Doney Interns for Greenville County Schools

Julianne Doney

GREENVILLE, S.C. (February 16, 2018) – Julianne Doney, a senior graphic design major at Bob Jones University, serves as an intern for the Greenville County Schools District Office in Greenville, South Carolina.

Doney, a resident of Greenville, works with Greenville County Schools to design logos and marketing materials.

“I love how my internship gives me the chance to see how life as a designer works in the real world.” said Doney, “The pressure is big; but when I see my work around Greenville, I become more excited to use my design degree every day.”

Bob Jones University Hosts Second Annual Human Genetics Symposium

GREENVILLE, S.C. (February 15, 2018) – Bob Jones University and the Greenwood Genetic Center will host a human genetics symposium in Levinson Hall on the BJU campus Thursday, March 8, from 6:15 to 9:15 p.m. The symposium will focus on autism spectrum disorders.

“We are honored to host the Human Genetics Symposium for the second year and are excited for the opportunity to connect families with the world of research and professionals in the field of autism spectrum disorders,” says Dr. Vincenzo Antignani, assistant professor in BJU’s Department of Biology and Division of Natural Sciences.

The program, titled “Autism Spectrum Disorder: Caring, Exploring, Treating,” will include experts from a variety of fields including clinical and diagnostic medicine, molecular genetics, and neurotherapeutics, offering attendees the opportunity to connect with professionals in both medical and scientific fields.

Speakers for the symposium include:

  • Sam Konduros (CEO of the South Carolina Biotechnology Industry Organization and founder of SK Strategies, LLC), who will address the status of the life science industry in South Carolina and its relationship with higher education.
  • Giovanni Neri (Emeritus Professor of Medical Genetics and Director of the Institute of Medical Genetics at the Università Cattolica del S. Cuore in Rome, Italy), who will address the topic of “Genetic Bases of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.”
  • Walter Kaufmann (Chair of the Ravenel Boykin Curry Chair in Genetic Therapeutics at the Greenwood Genetic Center in Greenwood, South Carolina), who will speak on the topic of “Autism Spectrum Disoder in Fragile-X Syndrome.”
  • Luigi Boccuto (Assistant Research Scientist at JC Self Research Institute at the Greenwood Genetic Center and Assistant Professor at the Clemson University School of Health Research – Clemson, South Carolina), who will cover the topic of “Genetics and Environmental Aspects of Autism Spectrum Disorder: New Models and New Theories.”
  • Jeff Twiss (Professor of Biological Sciences at University of South Carolina and SmartState Endowed Chair in Childhood Neurotherapeutics), who will speak on “Post-transcriptional Mechanisms Impacting Brain Development.”

Tickets to the symposium are $18. Dinner is included in the ticket price and will be available from 5:15 to 6:15 in the Kalmbach Room of the BJU Dining Common. Tickets and registration are available here.

Flags at Half-Staff at Bob Jones University

GREENVILLE, S.C. (February 15, 2018) – President Donald Trump has requested that flags be lowered to half-staff today until sunset on Monday, February 19, 2018, in solemn respect of the victims of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

Karis Sutherland Interns at Elliott Davis

Karis Sutherland

GREENVILLE S.C. (February 14, 2018) – Karis Sutherland, a senior accounting major at Bob Jones University, serves as an intern at Elliott Davis in Greenville, South Carolina.

A resident of Greenville, Sutherland’s responsibilities include preparing, processing, and distributing 1099 forms using QuickBooks, Microsoft Excel, and FIRE software.

“Through my internship at Elliott Davis, I have been able to not only apply skills and concepts learned in the classroom, but also expand my accounting knowledge,” said Sutherland. “I am thankful for this opportunity to learn and grow while gaining valuable insight into a career in public accounting.”

Bob Jones University to Present Donizatti’s Lucia di Lammermoor

GREENVILLE, S.C. (February 13, 2018) – The Bob Jones University Opera Association will present “Lucia di Lammermoor,” a tragic opera in three acts, at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 27; Thursday, March 1; and Saturday, March 3 in Rodeheaver Auditorium.

With stage direction by Jeffrey Stegall and music direction by Dr. Michael Moore, the production features four guest artists who will perform the major roles of the opera along with the BJU Symphony Orchestra and student chorus.

Composed by Gaetano Donizetti, “Lucia di Lammermoor” tells the story of a young woman caught in a long-standing feud between her family and the family of the man she secretly loves. The opera is set in the Lammermoor Hills of Scotland in the 17th century.

“This year’s production features opulent, period costumes and towering sets inspired by 17th-century Europe,” says Stegall, who also designed the production. “The massive-scale, prison-like walls are meant to remind the audience of Lucia’s miserable plight.”

The guest artists for this production include soprano Sarah Coburn as Lucia, tenor Yi Li as Edgardo Di Ravenswood, baritone Mark Walters as Lord Enrico Aston, and bass Kevin Thompson as Raimondo.

Several BJU students will also be featured in the production, including sophomore mezzo-soprano Marianne Freeman as Alisa, graduate student tenor Joel Dupont as Normanno, and graduate student tenor Kaidi Xia as Arturo Bucklaw.

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

Dr. Jessica Minor Named School of Health Professions Interim Dean

Jessica Minor

GREENVILLE, S.C. (February 12, 2018) – Dr. Jessica Minor of the Bob Jones University biology faculty has been named interim dean of BJU’s newly announced School of Health Professions.

Minor joined the BJU health sciences faculty in 2014 and has played an integral role in academic program development at BJU, including leading the task force that created the prospectus for the School of Health Professions and developing the seven concentrations in the Health Sciences major.

Minor holds a BS in biology (2007) from BJU, an MA in bioethics (2008) from Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois, and a PhD in healthcare ethics (2013) from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In addition she has a certificate in global health and is currently working on an MS in patient safety leadership from the University of Illinois in Chicago.

Minor currently serves as a member of the Bon Secours St. Francis Health System ethics committee and previously served on the University of Connecticut Health Center ethics committee. She was an adjunct faculty member for health, law and ethics at the University of Connecticut Medical School in Farmington, Connecticut; affiliate faculty for Regis University in Denver, Colorado; and taught chemistry, biology and English at Hartford Christian Academy in West Hartford, Connecticut.

“Jessica is a gifted leader with a humble spirit,” says Dr. Gary Weier, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at BJU. “We are deeply grateful to her for her willingness to step into this role.”

Anna Daulton Interns for Bell’s Cross Elementary School

Anna Daulton

GREENVILLE, S.C. (February 12, 2018) – Anna Daulton, a senior exercise science major at Bob Jones University, serves as an intern for Bell’s Cross Elementary School in Simpsonville, South Carolina.

Daulton, a resident of Greenville, assists with Bell’s Cross Elementary School physical education classes.

“I view this internship as a truly valuable experience as I prepare to enter into education and coaching careers,” said Daulton.

Marjorie Elliott Interns at Bon Secours St. Francis Health System

Marjorie Elliott

GREENVILLE, S.C. (February 9, 2018) – Marjorie Elliott, a senior journalism and mass communication major at Bob Jones University, serves as a public relations intern for Bon Secours St. Francis Health System in Greenville, South Carolina.

Elliott, a resident of Denver, Colorado, assists with Bon Secours’ media and community relations.

“I am excited to gain experience in the field of public relations,” said Elliott. “I know my opportunity at Bon Secours will provide me with invaluable knowledge as I move forward in my career.”

William Sowers Interns for Vantage Point Marketing

William Sowers

GREENVILLE, S.C. (February 7, 2018) – William Sowers, a senior graphic design major at Bob Jones University, serves as an intern for Vantage Point Marketing in Greenville.

Sowers, a resident of Taylors, works on in-house design projects for Vantage Point and designs marketing materials for outside clients.

“I am privileged to be mentored and guided by respected professionals and to use knowledge I gained in the classroom for real-world experience,” said Sowers.

Elizabeth Brown Interns for Jackson Marketing Group

Elizabeth Brown

GREENVILLE, S.C. (February 5, 2018) – Elizabeth Brown, a senior graphic design major at Bob Jones University, serves as an intern for Jackson Marketing Group in Greenville, South Carolina.

Brown, a resident of Anniston, Alabama, works with Jackson to provide marketing assistance for a variety of companies. Some of her responsibilities include designing emails, posters, flyers, and other promotional materials.

“This internship has given me firsthand experience of what it is like to design for a large marketing company” said Brown, “I have been pushed not only in how I design, but also in how to design from a marketing perspective.”