BJU Public Relations

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Isaac Stephens Serves as Intern in Colombia

Isaac Stephens

GREENVILLE, S.C. (August 23, 2017) – Isaac Stephens, a senior cross-cultural service major at Bob Jones University, serves this summer as an intern in Tenjo, Colombia.

Stephens, a resident of Greenville, is working with missionaries at the Seminario Bautista de Colombia, a newly opened residential seminary in Tenjo.

“Interning in a cross-cultural context is one of the greatest opportunities I’ve ever had,” says Stephens. “Being able to learn from and work with those from another culture creates such a passion for missions.”

John Duddles Participates in NextGen Scholarship Program

John Duddles

GREENVILLE, S.C. (August 22, 2017) – John Duddles, a senior biology major at Bob Jones University, participated this summer in the NextGen Research Scholarship Program. NextGen is a research company focused on studying medicinal plants in order to discover natural drugs as a healthier alternative.

In order to be eligible for the NextGen Research Scholarship, students must demonstrate remarkable aptitude for scientific research in biotechnologies, physics, chemistry, engineering, robotics, computer science, and biomedical research. Students are chosen based on their academic record, scientific interest, and demonstrated skills.

Duddles, a resident of Warner Robins, Georgia, is working on a biotechnology research project. His responsibilities include taking care of a variety of plants, preparing fertilizers, collecting data on plant growth, performing a variety of laboratory procedures, and writing journal articles.

“Experience is everything for getting into graduate schools and the work force,” said Duddles. “I was able to participate in every step of the research project, from the preliminary research all the way to producing a paper for publication.  The experience I received this summer will better prepare me for future research projects I will be doing in graduate school and in my career.”

Governor Henry McMaster to Speak at Bob Jones University

GREENVILLE, S.C.  (August 22, 2017) – South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster will address the Bob Jones University Public Policy Organization Tuesday, Sept. 5. The public is invited to attend the presentation.

Beginning at 6 p.m., the forum will be held in Stratton Hall near the university’s Welcome Center. Following his presentation, McMaster will conduct a short Q&A session.

McMaster became the 117th Governor of South Carolina January 24, 2017, following the confirmation of Governor Nikki Haley to serve as United States Ambassador to the United Nations.

Prior to serving as Governor, McMaster served as Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina. He also served as State Chairman of the South Carolina Republican Party, Attorney General of South Carolina and was the first United States attorney appointed by President Ronald Reagan.

McMaster has served on the South Carolina Ports Authority Board of Directors, the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education, the Palmetto Health Foundation Board and the South Carolina Policy Council (as chairman).  He is admitted to practice in all courts, state and federal, in South Carolina, as well as the U.S. Court of Claims (1974), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit (1975) and the Supreme Court of the United States (1978).

He received his AB degree in history in 1969 from the University of South Carolina and his JD degree in 1973 from the University of South Carolina School of Law, where he served on the South Carolina Law Review. He served in the U.S. Army Reserves in the JAG Corps from 1969 to 1975.

The forum is free and open to the public.

Bob Jones University to Host Eclipse Experience Today

GREENVILLE, S.C. (August 21, 2017) – Bob Jones University invites the Greenville community to the Eclipse Experience—a special viewing of the 2017 total solar eclipse—today 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

Nicholas Robinson Interns for PriceWaterhouseCoopers

Nicholas Robinson

GREENVILLE, S.C. (August 18, 2017) – Nicholas Robinson, a junior accounting major at Bob Jones University, interns this summer for PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC) located in McLean, Virginia.

Robinson, a resident of Assonet, Massachusetts, works in the tax department.

“I am really excited about this opportunity to work for PwC and participate in the internship program,” says Robinson. “This experience has allowed me to see concepts that I have been taught in the classroom come to life in real business situations.”

Matt DeHart Interns for Mike Gallagher Show

Matt DeHart

GREENVILLE, S.C. (August 17, 2017) – Matt DeHart, a junior elementary education major at Bob Jones University, interned this summer for the Mike Gallagher Show, a national syndicated radio show headquartered in New York City.

A resident of Taylors, DeHart’s responsibilities included screening calls during the national show, traveling across the United States as a technician for remote broadcasts, and aiding Mike Gallagher in his day-to-day work load.

“This summer has been a huge step for me,” says DeHart. “The spiritual foundation that BJU instilled in me has helped me become a light many times throughout my time here. I am also grateful for the instruction of BJU’s journalism and mass communication program that has helped me be successful with the Mike Gallagher Show.”

Bob Jones University Eclipse Experience at Capacity

GREENVILLE, S.C. (August 16, 2017) – The Bob Jones University Eclipse Experience on Monday, Aug. 21 is at capacity. Registration is closed. We regret that we are unable to accommodate additional attendees.

 We look forward to welcoming nearly 9,000 attendees who have registered to Alumni Stadium for the event.

Because of the number of attendees, we encourage everyone to arrive early to secure parking.

Hannah Wixom Interns for Julie Valentine Center

Hannah Wixom

GREENVILLE, S.C. (Augustus 16, 2017) – Hannah Wixom, a senior criminal justice major at Bob Jones University, serves as an intern this summer for the Julie Valentine Center (JVC) located in Greenville.

Wixom, a resident of Oxford, Michigan, is working with the Crisis Support staff and the Child Advocacy Center as a victim advocate.

“I am excited for the opportunity to intern with the JVC this summer,” says Wixom. “This organization does incredible work in providing services to survivors and their families. This internship has given me valuable experience in the field I am passionate about and has helped prepare me for my future career.”

James Kuzmic Participates in BJU Research Immersion for Undergraduates Program

James Kuzmic

GREENVILLE, S.C. (August 15, 2017) – James Kuzmic, a junior chemistry major at Bob Jones University, participates this summer in the BJU Research Immersion for Undergraduates (RIU) program in the Department of Chemistry and Physics.

Directed by Dr. Robert Lee of the BJU chemistry faculty, this research program is conducted in collaboration with Cayman Chemical, a company headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan, that produces pharmaceutical ingredients and products for forensic science and biomedical research.

Kuzmic, a resident of Greenville, performs in-lab work on chemical reactions as well as other general research projects. Some of his responsibilities include writing reports, preparing educational posters, and putting together presentations on the work he and his team have completed.

“This internship has been amazing,” says Kuzmic. “I’ve been given research experience that has really confirmed that this was the general direction I wanted to go in my career. During the school semester, it’s difficult to get this type of experience in labs because your time is dedicated to other classes and responsibilities. But being able to spend eight hours a day gaining real experience, learning valuable new information, and problem solving has been an invaluable experience.”

John Smoker Interns for Eberspacher

John Smoker

GREENVILLE, S.C. (August 14, 2017) – John Smoker, a senior engineering major at Bob Jones University, interns this summer at Eberspacher, a German company located in Greenville that supplies exhausts to BMW.

Smoker, a resident of Greer, was hired as a packaging engineering intern. His responsibilities consist primarily of designing packaging, constructing spreadsheets, and studying exhaust assemblies as well as working on the floor testing the durability of designs.

“The job is very rewarding,” says Smoker. “I thank the Lord for this opportunity to gain experience in this field, learn from the engineers around me, and for the blessing that it is to be able to honor Him in the work that He has given.”