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BJU’s Carmichael Named NSCAA Coach of the Year

2013chris-carmichaelGreenville, S.C. (December 18, 2013) – Dr. Chris Carmichael, BJU Bruins women’s soccer coach, was recently named Coach of the Year by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) for Division II.

“I want to thank the NSCAA for their continued support of coaching education here in the U.S.,” Coach Carmichael said. “I am honored and humbled to receive this award. It truly is a celebration of God’s great work through this team and the efforts of our players and my staff. The team, the fans, and the incredible support of our athletic department help to make us who we are as a program. Really this award is their award and not just mine.”

Carmichael led the women’s soccer team to a record of 15-5-2 and captured the University’s first national championship. This is only the second year of the program at Bob Jones University. “We are very proud of Chris and his accomplishments,” BJU athletic director Neal Ring said. “We know the dedication and hard work he puts into everyday of coaching and it shows in his peers choosing him for this award. We’re privileged to have him on our staff.”

In their inaugural season in 2012, the Bruins women finished 7-10 and were eliminated in the first round of the regional playoffs. For 2013, the Bruins women changed their tactical style of play and recruited a great freshman class to begin their season. The team started slow as they dropped two of their first three matches, but caught fire and were unbeaten in their next eight matches while outscoring their opponents 31-1.

The team lost in the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) South Regional Championship to Clearwater Christian College 2-1, but was given an at-large bid because of their season success. The Bruins upset the #1 ranked Providence University College and then defeated Ohio Christian University 2-0 to set up a rematch against Clearwater. Both teams battled hard in the championship match, but senior Rebecca Luttrell’s lone goal in the second half handed the Bruins their first national title.

Dr. Stephen Jones Resigns BJU Presidency

Dr Stephen JonesGreenville, S.C. (December 13, 2013) – At the regular meeting of the Bob Jones University Board of Trustees today, Dr. Stephen Jones submitted to the Board his resignation from the position of president of BJU.

Larry Jackson, chairman of the Bob Jones University Board of Trustees, said the Board accepted his resignation as president effective at the end of Commencement, May 9, 2014.

In stepping down from the BJU presidency, Dr. Jones said, “The persistence of my health issues over the last three years is preventing me from providing the leadership the University needs at this time and prompted my personal decision to resign. The BJU mission is more important than I. Serving the BJU family for over eight years has been one of the great gifts of God to my wife and me, and I am looking forward to serving here in whatever new role God has for me.”

“The Board fully understands the effects of Dr. Jones’ continuing health issues as they relate to the demands of the position,” said Jackson, “and we appreciate his leadership in giving priority to the mission of the University. The Board is grateful for his significant contributions to the ministry of BJU, his dedication to its mission and his love for the faculty, staff and students during his tenure as president.”

According to Mr. Jackson the Board of Trustees will immediately establish a search committee, consistent with the University by-laws, to identify candidates for president and will prayerfully fill the position as soon as God leads us to a qualified person. “The Board of Trustees is completely committed to the historic position and mission of Bob Jones University and to maintaining the University’s firm stand on the absolute authority of Scripture,” says Jackson. “The Board will seek a new president equally committed to our mission and biblical position.”

The Board recognizes that for 87 years God has chosen to do a great work at BJU through the Jones family and their contributions will continue. Since God is eternal, His work spans generations—He is the same yesterday, today and forever. Our trust has always been in Him, and we trust He will continue to show Himself faithful in accomplishing great things as we move forward under a new president.

Summerlin Sworn In As Member of South Carolina Bar

JeremySummerlinGreenville, S.C. (December 3, 2013) – Congratulations to Jeremy Summerlin for being sworn in as a member of the South Carolina Bar.

Summerlin, a resident of Greenville, graduated from Bob Jones University in 2009 with a BA in History and received his JD from the University of South Carolina School of Law in May, 2013.

Congratulations, Jeremy!

BJU Invites Greenville Community to Annual Carol Sing and Lighting Ceremony

BJUChristmasLightsGreenville, S.C. (December 3, 2013) – Bob Jones University invites the Greenville community to greet the holiday season at BJU’s annual Christmas Carol Sing and Lighting Ceremony at the center of campus Fri., Dec. 6, at 6:30 p.m.

“Christmas is an exciting time of the year,” said Dr. Stephen Jones, president of Bob Jones University. “We look forward to having families from all across the Upstate join us as we welcome in the Christmas season on the BJU campus.”

By the start of the Carol Sing, staff and students have hung over 100,000 Christmas lights, strung over 3,000 feet of garland, and hand tied over 400 bows.

As the crowd begins to gather for the evening, the University Singers will perform arrangements of traditional Christmas music, followed by the Carol Sing featuring well-loved carols such as “Deck the Halls,” “Jingle Bells,” and “Winter Wonderland.”  As a trio of BJU students sings “O Holy Night,” the switch will be flipped to light the campus.  The program will conclude with additional carols.

Following the Carol Sing and Lighting Ceremony, the public is also invited to the BJU Symphonic Wind Band’s Christmas concert at 7:30 p.m. in Rodeheaver Auditorium.

U.S. Senator Tim Scott Speaks at Bob Jones Academy

US Senator Tim ScottGreenville, S.C. (December 2, 2013) – U.S. Senator Tim Scott spoke to an overflow crowd of nearly 500 Bob Jones Academy seventh through twelfth grade students today as he gave his personal testimony during a school assembly.

Scott told the students his personal relationship with Jesus Christ is the most important thing to him and that it shapes everything he does in life and politics. Throughout his presentation, he recounted the importance of following Jesus in their daily lives.

Much of Scott’s talk centered on some of the wrong choices he made throughout his life and how God used circumstances and people to point him back to Christ. He talked fondly of his mother’s love and prayers for him and the influence of a Chick-fil-A owner who mentored him throughout high school.

“Our students enjoyed hearing from Senator Scott and asking him a number of questions about life, football and public service,” said Dr. Dan Nelson, principal of BJA. “I believe it’s the first time we’ve had the privilege of a sitting U.S. Senator speaking in an assembly to our students.”

Happy Thanksgiving!

Psalm 100

Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing. Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.

Erin Fields Named as Account Coordinator with Jackson Marketing Group

ErinFieldsGreenville, S.C. (November 26, 2013) – Greenville resident Erin Fields has been named as account coordinator with Jackson Marketing Group (JMG), South Carolina’s second largest integrated marketing communications agency.

Fields earned a BS in Comprehensive Business Management from Bob Jones University in 2007. She brings more than five years of experience in client services, most recently with Raymond James & Associates, and will handle day-to-day marketing activities for one of JMG’s transportation clients.

With offices in Greenville, S.C. and Charlotte, N.C., JMG is a fully-integrated marketing communications agency offering marketing consulting, market research, media planning and buying, interactive services, advertising, public relations, partnership marketing, event management, video production and support services.

JMG provides a variety of integrated marketing communications services for blue-chip brands including BNSF Railway, BMW Charity ProAm, Yale Lift Trucks, Hyster Lift Trucks, Greenville Health System, Wiley X Eyewear, Sage Automotive Interiors, RSC Bio Solutions, The Palmetto Bank, Peace Center, Artisphere, Milliken & Company and the American Red Cross.

Clayton Thompson to Intern at Bosch Rexroth

Clayton ThompsonGreenville, S.C. (November 22, 2013) – Clayton Thompson, a junior accounting major at Bob Jones University, has accepted an internship with Bosch Rexroth in Fountain Inn, S.C.

Thompson, a resident of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., will be performing his internship during the spring semester. His responsibilities will include analyzing accruals, leasing contracts, sales margins, inter-company sales and inventory, and foreign source income and taxes. He will also assist in reconciling accounts.

Since Bosch Rexroth is a global company, Thompson will gain real-world experience in preparing financial statements which follow International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). These standards differ widely from standards commonly used in the United States.

David Dersch Promoted to Lt. Colonel

davidderschGreenville, S.C. (November 22, 2013) – David Dersch, Jr., of Prattville, Ala., was recently promoted to the rank of Lt. Colonel in the United States Air Force. Dersch serves as a Reserve Air Force Chaplain.

Dersch earned a BA and an MA in Bible from Bob Jones University in 1984 and 1985 respectively. He received his Doctor of Ministry from Liberty Baptist Seminary in 2003.

The Air Force also honored Dersch with the Thielen Award as the Outstanding Air Force Reserve Chaplain for 2012. He has recently been assigned to Warner Robins Air Force Base in Warner Robins, Ga. and will serve as Chaplain Consultant to the Air Force Reserve Yellow Ribbon Program.

Ben Brewer Named to President’s Club

Benjamin BrewerGreenville, S.C. (November 21, 2013) – In the University’s chapel service Nov. 21, Dr. Stephen Jones, president of Bob Jones University, awarded Ben Brewer, a sophomore Christian ministries major from Greer, 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 Brewer for the award by stating, “Throughout his multiple struggles, Ben has kept a Christlike testimony. Every time I see Ben, I am blessed. He constantly reassures himself and others that God is good, in control, and knows exactly what we need when we need it. I have no idea how I would handle such difficulties as Ben has faced, but God’s hand of grace is evident in Ben’s life. Ben keeps a cheery attitude, loving to joke with others. He is always fun, friendly, humble, and grateful to others and to God.

Ben also works extremely hard to accomplish his school work and the other tasks given him by God. Ben’s love for God is also very evident. Once I was privileged to have my chapel seat in front of Ben. When we sang, it was amazing. I heard more than his voice. I heard Ben’s heart, and it was beautiful. One time Ben visited my prayer group and was full of praises to our Heavenly Father. Despite his multiple hardships, he strives every day to do his best for his Savior, and that is why I think Ben Brewer, by God’s grace, deserves the Overcomer Award.”

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.