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University Singers to Perform at Choral Directors Conference

Greenville, S.C. (October 11, 2013) – The University Singers, Bob Jones University’s largest choral organization, will present a concert today at the South Carolina American Choral Directors Association Fall Conference.

The choir, under the direction of Dr. Eliezer Yanson, will perform at 6:30 p.m. in Wheelwright Auditorium on the Coastal Carolina University campus in Conway, S.C.

To be eligible to perform, a choir had to submit an audition recording that included three selections of live performances from three different years.

Iles Places First in Cross Country Meet

AaronIlesGreenville, S.C. (October 7, 2013) – Aaron Iles, a senior mathematics major at Bob Jones University, finished first in the men’s 8000 meter run at the Fighting Owls Trail Invitational held at Warren Wilson College Oct. 4.

Iles, a resident of Monroeville, N.J., and the captain of the BJU Bruins men’s cross country team, finished first in the 8000 meter run with a time of 29:27.

Stanley Places Third in Cross Country Meet

AbbyStanleyGreenville, S.C. (October 7, 2013) –  Abigail Stanley, a senior journalism and mass communication major at Bob Jones University, finished third in the women’s 6000 meter run at Fighting Owls Trail Invitational held at Warren Wilson College Oct. 4.

Stanley, a resident of Three Springs, Pa., and the captain of the BJU Bruins women’s cross country team, finished third in the 6000 meter run with a time of 22:18.

Phillipo Places Fifth in Cross Country Meet

phililpoGreenville, S.C. (October 7, 2013) – Meghan Phillipo, a senior nursing major at Bob Jones University, finished fifth in the women’s 6000 meter run at Fighting Owls Trail Invitational held at Warren Wilson College Oct. 4.

Phillipo, a resident of Taylors, S.C., finished fifth in the 6000 meter run with a time of 22:36. This was Phillipo’s first top five finish this season.

Ascher Named to President’s Club

Lauren AscherGreenville, S.C. (October 3, 2013) – In the University’s chapel service Sept. 30, Dr. Stephen Jones, president of Bob Jones University, awarded Lauren Ascher, a sophomore nursing major from Portsmouth, Va., the Second-Miler Award.

One of six President’s Club awards, the Second-Miler Award is given to a student who has shown extraordinary concern for a fellow student and given of himself to meet that student’s need.

Lauren’s nomination recounted that, “This past June, Lauren helped welcome and direct students and parents during Summer Orientation. During lunch on the first day, one of the incoming students, who knew no one at BJU, began suffering with heat stroke and had to return to her residence hall room. Lauren accompanied the student back to her room and stayed with her until she was comfortable.

Throughout the rest of that day and the next, Lauren went out of her way to ensure the student was comfortable and had everything she needed. Lauren’s kindness had such an impact on the incoming freshman that she requested to be in Lauren’s room. Lauren is the one who made that student’s Summer Orientation weekend profitable and gave her a special reason to enroll at BJU.”

Lauren’s ministry that weekend exemplifies what many students at BJU do regularly—going well beyond what is expected. This demonstration of Christ’s love had a significant impact in a peer’s life. As Jude 22 says, “And of some have compassion, making a difference.”

Students are nominated for President’s Club awards by faculty, staff and their peers, and a committee selects the final recipients from the nominations received. In addition to recognition in a President’s Club chapel, recipients have their photo displayed in the university Student Center and enjoy dinner with the president.

Frederick Named to President’s Club

Joshua FrederickGreenville, S.C. (October 3, 2013) – In the University’s chapel service Sept. 30, Dr. Stephen Jones, president of Bob Jones University, awarded Joshua Frederick, a senior graphic design major from Thailand, the Student Worker Appreciation Award.

The Student Worker Appreciation Award is one of six President’s Club awards given by the President to students at Bob Jones University.

Frederick’s work manager nominated him for the award by stating, “His work ethic and the attitude with which he does his work are examples of selfless, Christlike service to those he serves and to those who work with him in the department. He takes time to instruct other workers in policies and procedures and to teach them improved ways to do their work. Josh is quick to notice when others are struggling, and it is not unusual to see him sitting alongside another worker’s desk, whether student or staff, providing patient, clear and concise instruction.

Most importantly, his influence extends beyond just his work. His spiritual influence is evident among both students and staff. Josh takes his walk with the Lord seriously. It is not unusual for Josh to have his Bible open on his desk and to read a few verses as he processes calls.

In addition, Josh consistently puts the needs of others before his own. One example was moving to another desk in the department when we had a new employee coming in. He wanted the new employee to have the nicer desk and chair. He consistently exhibits Christlike character in his dealings with the callers he talks to and with his coworkers.”

Students are nominated for President’s Club awards by faculty, staff and their peers, and a committee selects recipients from the nominations received. In addition to recognition in a President’s Club chapel, recipients have their photo displayed in the university Student Center and enjoy dinner with the president.

Heneveld Named to President’s Club

Elizabeth HeneveldGreenville, S.C. (October 3, 2013) – In the University’s chapel service Sept. 30, Dr. Stephen Jones, president of Bob Jones University, awarded Elizabeth Heneveld, a senior middle school education major from Whitmore, Calif., the Sower Award.

One of six President’s Club awards, the Sower Award is given to a student who has exhibited exceptional faithfulness to the Lord in the area of soul winning or who has had an unusual soul winning opportunity.

Heneveld’s nomination stated, “Bess loves to spend her discretionary time reaching out to unbelievers. She is especially burdened for youth. She spends her summers working at a Christian school that takes in trafficked and troubled teen girls.

While at BJU she counsels troubled teen girls.  In the first week of this semester, girls from an underprivileged part of Greenville have called wanting to meet her. They lead difficult lives and are hungry for her evident love for Christ.  Her ministry is consistent enough that is not a surprise to hear how the Lord used her witness to save someone or to help someone overcome sin and difficulty.  She plans to teach at an orphanage for poor inner city kids in India once she graduates from BJU.

Not only does Bess spend time evangelizing the lost, but she has structured her life to minister Christ to needy sinners, as we all are.”

Students are nominated for President’s Club awards by faculty, staff and their peers, and a committee selects recipients from the nominations received. In addition to recognition in a President’s Club chapel, recipients have their photo displayed in the university Student Center and enjoy dinner with the president.

Knoll Named to President’s Club

Rebecca KnollGreenville, S.C. (October 3, 2013) – In the University’s chapel service Sept. 30, Dr. Stephen Jones, president of Bob Jones University, awarded Rebecca Knoll, a senior math education major from Greenville, S.C., the Partner Award.

One of six President’s Club awards, the Partner Award is given to a student who has shown himself to be a partner with BJU in the cause of training young people to serve the Lord by promoting or contributing to its programs in a self-sacrificing way.

Several coworkers nominated Becca for the award. Her supervisor wrote, “Since joining BJU Press Product Development in August of 2011, she has become an indispensable assistant to the Secondary Authors Math Team.  Despite carrying a heavy course load over these years and playing on the [intercollegiate] women’s soccer team this semester, Becca has remained committed to giving her best effort. She exhibits a Christ-like spirit as she performs requested tasks with efficiency and accuracy. Her heart for others is also seen in frequent prayer requests for ministries of her local church, Grace Baptist Fellowship.”

Another coworker added, “Her servant’s heart is evidenced by cheerful dedication to accurately completing assigned tasks, spending a semester traveling for the University’s Science and Technology Ministry Team, and working at a Christian camp (The Anchorage) during the summers.”

Becca’s well-rounded experiences position her to partner with BJU in producing quality curriculum to educate the next generation from a Biblical worldview. She has embraced the challenge to her potential and is finding ways to follow Christ and contribute to BJU’s ministry of equipping others to do the same.

Students are nominated for President’s Club awards by faculty, staff and their peers, and a committee selects recipients from the nominations received. In addition to recognition in a President’s Club chapel, recipients have their photo displayed in the university Student Center and enjoy dinner with the President.

Pelletier Named to President’s Club

Nathan PelletierGreenville, S.C. (October 3, 2013) – In the University’s chapel service Sept. 30, Dr. Stephen Jones, president of Bob Jones University, awarded Nathan Pelletier, a senior youth ministries major from Quebec, Canada, the Overcomer Award.

One of six President’s Club awards, the Overcomer Award is given to a student who has demonstrated the perseverance necessary to stay in school in the face of unusual family, financial, or physical hardships.

A fellow student nominated Pelletier for the award by stating, “I met Nate at the IT desk on the 2nd floor of the Alumni Building my first semester on campus. . . . We discovered we were both missionary kids, both under parents working with Baptist World Mission, both bilingual, and both carrying a heart passionate for the mission field and a gospel that transforms lives.

Our friendship continued though our schedules were vastly different, me fulfilling all sorts of business class requirements while Nate prepared further for the ministry.

Over time and a long conversation with my mom one evening, I was shocked to discover Nate’s dad was battling with very serious cancer while his son was here, continuing with school. The thing that has always impacted me the most is how Nate admires his father for “always having a smile and soul-winning spirit, even in the face of difficulty.” I have never met Nate’s dad, but I do know Nate well, and to me, Nate is the one who I admire for his smile in the face of trials.

I would never have guessed about the struggles his dad was facing or turmoil the family was going through by the attitude I always found Nate to possess. He could choose to be bitter or angry with God and shut out the world while focusing on himself and the unfairness of life, but instead, Nate has chosen to be grateful to God for the amazing parents God provided to raise him on the foreign field, and to use his life as his father has, dedicated solely to winning others to Christ.”

Many in our student body have immediate family members who have gone through great trials

in the past few months. The fact they are here is evidence of God’s enabling grace in their lives. Like many more of his peers, Nate has proven through his joy and passion for the Lord that our God delights to show His strength through our weakness, not just in spite of it.

Students are nominated for President’s Club awards by faculty, staff and their peers, and a committee selects recipients from the nominations received. In addition to recognition in a President’s Club chapel, recipients have their photo displayed in the university Student Center and enjoy dinner with the president.

Manly Receives Touchstone Energy Scholarship

Sarah ManlyGreenville, S.C. (October 2, 2013) – Sarah Manly, a freshman majoring in Chemistry at Bob Jones University, recently was selected by York Electric as one of ten recipients of the Touchstone Energy Scholarship.

To qualify for the $1,000 award, students must be served by York Electric, have average or above-average grades and submit an essay entitled “Describe ways York Electric serves the local community.”

Manly, a resident of Clover, S.C., is a graduate of Blessed Hope Baptist School.