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" President’s Club – Nov. 21 "

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.

Tara Solomon Named to President’s Club

Tara SolomonGreenville, S.C. (November 21, 2013) – In the University’s chapel service Nov. 21, Dr. Stephen Jones, president of Bob Jones University, awarded Tara Solomon, a senior music education major from Rochester Hills, Mich., 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 time or resources to meet that student’s need.

Tara’s roommates nominated her for extending herself beyond her basic responsibilities as a resident assistant. They wrote, “Tara is an RA in Gaston and takes her job to the next level. There are certain things that are expected from an RA. However, Tara goes above and beyond for “her girls.” Before classes started, Tara took time from her busy schedule to take all the freshmen on her hall to breakfast and on a campus tour. She also distributed her cell phone number to all the girls and told them to call or text her at any time for anything. This is anything from problems with classes, work, or even guys, to questions with the rules or about the Bible. Tara had us write in our planners an appointment for devotions every day. She holds us accountable for keeping our appointment with God. Tara encourages us when we do something right, but also corrects us when we do something wrong and leads us in the right direction. We are so thankful to be Tara’s roommates and can truly say that Tara has shown extraordinary concern for us and has given of herself to meet our needs.”

The balance of encouragement and accountability is a difficult one to maintain but a worthy one to pursue. Though no one can pursue this perfectly, we appreciate those in our student body, like Tara, who desire to minister this way to their peers.

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.

Kenneth Beaudoin Named to President’s Club

Kenneth BeaudoinGreenville, S.C. (November 21, 2013) – In the University’s chapel service Nov. 21, Dr. Stephen Jones, president of Bob Jones University, awarded Kenneth Beaudoin, a senior Christian ministries major from Greenville, S.C., 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.

Beaudoin’s nomination stated, “Earlier this semester, Kenneth was challenged in his youth work class to get involved in the community in order to have opportunities to share the Gospel. Kenneth took up that challenge to invite high school students in his area to participate in a weekly workout regimen he designed and manages. These young men also recently attended a cookout and bonfire. Ken was able to share the Gospel with them clearly and openly. He continues to meet regularly with these young men and has had opportunities to begin building relationships with their parents. One parent recently asked what he was teaching these young men through this workout regimen, because their son had taken a significant turn for the better.”

Kenneth’s response to his professor’s challenge has opened up new avenues for the declaration of the Gospel. Instead of simply waiting for opportunities, he is creating them, believing that the fields are white unto harvest.

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.

Anthony Nye Named to President’s Club

Anthony NyeGreenville, S.C. (November 21, 2013) – In the University’s chapel service Nov. 21, Dr. Stephen Jones, president of Bob Jones University, awarded Anthony Nye, a junior biology major from Indianapolis, Ind., 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.

One of Anthony’s professor’s wrote, “Anthony is a top-notch student who serves others in the classroom by readily engaging in discussion and asking relevant questions. He also serves as a lab assistant where he is currently the team leader for Genetics Lab, a senior-level course. He is diligent and accurate in his work, and can regularly be seen helping students at any time of the day with just about any matter.

However, what is most impressive and self-sacrificial about Anthony is his role as Peer Mentoring Leader for the biology department. He oversees ten General Biology study groups, which meet weekly to help students through this quite difficult course. He also, of his own accord, initiated a similar program for our Cell Biology course out of his appreciation for how the class changed his own thinking and out of his desire to serve others.

From my calculations, Anthony is contributing to the training of approximately 150 students this semester alone by fulfilling these various roles. Anthony embraces the philosophy of our biology program, and sacrificially serves his peers with a Christlike spirit as he looks for ways to enhance others’ experiences. He is an encouragement to me as a professor, and I consider him a Partner in the biology program.”

Anthony has chosen not only to derive personal benefit from the educational opportunities available at BJU but also to contribute to them by sacrificially mentoring others.

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.

 

Sharon Calvino Named to President’s Club

Sharon CalvinoGreenville, S.C. (November 21, 2013) – In the University’s chapel service Nov. 21, Dr. Stephen Jones, president of Bob Jones University, awarded Sharon Calvino, a senior communication disorders major from Greenville, S.C., 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.

Several students nominated Sharon for the Sower Award. One of her friends wrote, “As long as I’ve known Sharon, she has had a great burden for lost people. Despite her busy school and work load, she sacrifices Saturday mornings to help out in a Bible club and has recently [gotten involved] in Sunday afternoon evangelism. . . . Sharon also has a great burden for her unsaved extended family members. Her grandmother is fighting cancer. Just this month, Sharon has very prayerfully and boldly sent her a couple of e-mails presenting the simple truth of the Gospel.

Knowing Sharon, she would not desire any recognition for herself but would rather just point all recognition to Christ and the power of His gospel alone. But I am thankful for the example that Sharon has been to me of a willing vessel that God is using to accomplish His perfect will for His glory.”

Another friend said, “Sharon has consistently and selflessly chosen to pour herself into a group of people who very rarely give back and who often do not follow through on their commitments. When she invites an individual to church, she consistently follows through on Sunday by riding the church bus to her house or just going with a friend to her house to see if she can come. She has been a rebuking example to me of choosing to pursue the lost even when it’s most inconvenient, and even when there’s a seemingly good excuse not to bother. Recently, the Lord burdened her to pray for specific fruit and then proceeded to bless her with just that. Just a few weeks ago, the Lord allowed Sharon to lead a young mother to Himself, and since then she has been eagerly discipling this new believer in the things of the Lord.”

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.