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John Schwartz Interns with Pope, Smith, Brown & King, P.A.

John Schwartz

GREENVILLE, S.C. (April 26, 2018) – John Schwartz, a senior accounting major at Bob Jones University, serves as an intern with Pope, Smith, Brown & King, P.A. in Greenville, South Carolina.

Schwartz, a resident of Arkansas City, Kansas, assists with audits, reconciles trial balances, enters data, and formats financial schedules.

“Interning with Pope, Smith, Brown, and King has helped me gain confidence in the areas of finance and accounting,” said Schwartz. “This opportunity has helped me invest what I have learned in class to see how different aspects of the business world come together.”

Bob Jones University to Hold 37th Annual Nursing Pinning Ceremony

GREENVILLE, S.C. (April 26, 2018) – Bob Jones University will host the 37th annual Nursing Pinning Ceremony Thursday, May 3, for the 2018 graduates of BJU’s nursing program. The ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. in Rodeheaver Auditorium on the BJU campus.

During the ceremony, 28 nursing students will be presented with individual pins featuring a cross, representing the Christian emphasis of the BJU nursing program. The students will carry lamps, modeled after the Florence Nightingale lamp, which they will light during the ceremony while reciting the nurse’s pledge.

BJU President Steve Pettit will speak to the graduates and Dr. Dave Fisher, BJU’s vice provost for administration, will give the welcome and benediction. Rebecca Teruel, BJU’s Nursing Association president, will give the dedication speech to the graduating class.

The first pinning ceremony was held in 1982, the inaugural year of BJU’s nursing program. Since then, over 1,200 nursing students have graduated from BJU.

Allison Burak Student Teaches for Blythe Academy

Allison Burak

GREENVILLE, S.C. (April 25, 2018) – Allison Burak, a senior elementary education major at Bob Jones University, student teaches for Blythe Academy in Greenville, South Carolina.

Burak, a resident of Lapeer, Michigan, serves in a fourth grade classroom.

“Student teaching has been a valuable experience that has helped me grow as a teacher and become more confident in the classroom,” said Burak.

BJU Grad David Dersch Promoted to Colonel

Colonel David Dersch

GREENVILLE, S.C. (April 24, 2018) – Chaplain David M. Dersch, Jr., a 1985 graduate of Bob Jones University, has recently been promoted to colonel by the United States Air Force Reserve.

Colonel Dersch earned a BA (1984) and an MA (1985) in Bible from BJU, as well as a MDIV (1989) from Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary and a DMin (2003) from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. In addition, Dersch graduated from the Air War College in 2017, where he earned a Master of Strategic Studies.

Dersch entered the Air Force Reserve Chaplaincy in 2002 and currently serves as the Individual Mobilization Assistant (IMA) to the Chief, Personnel and Readiness Division in the Air Force Chief of Chaplain’s Office at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.

Previously, Dersch served as associate pastor at First Baptist Church of Sterling Heights, Michigan, and as the pastor of Open Door Baptist Church in Prattville, Alabama. In addition, Dersch served as a volunteer prison minister, police chaplain, hospital chaplain, hospice chaplain, and fire department chaplain for several years.

Dersch and his wife Marcia (a 1983 graduate of BJU) are residents of Greenville.

Paul Walters Interns for BJU Press

Paul Walters

GREENVILLE, S.C. (April 24, 2018) – Paul Walters, a senior studio art major at Bob Jones University, serves as an intern for BJU Press.

Walters, a resident of Detroit, Michigan, designs illustrations for stories and poems published at BJU Press.

“This internship has given me an incredible opportunity to work digitally with art and has given me aspirations for designing my own children stories,” said Walters. “The experience and knowledge I have gained will help me tackle future projects and further my career.”

Dayun Shin Interns with Photoelectric

Dayun Shin

GREENVILLE, S.C. (April 23, 2018) – Dayun Shin, a senior graphic design major at Bob Jones University, serves as an intern with Photoelectric in Greenville, South Carolina.

Shin, a resident of Virginia Beach, Virginia, designs logos, posters, and motion graphics.

“This internship has allowed me to work with professional motion software, gain teamwork experience, and further prepare me for a career in graphic design,” said Shin.

Bob Jones University Collegian Staff Wins SCPA Awards

GREENVILLE, S.C. (April 23, 2018) – The South Carolina Press Association (SCPA) recognized staff members of Bob Jones University’s student newspaper, The Collegian, with multiple awards at the Collegiate Annual News Contest Friday, April 20, at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Both individual staff members and The Collegian staff in its entirety were honored.

The SCPA Collegiate News Contest recognizes the best in South Carolina collegiate journalism. Collegiate staff members compete against other colleges and universities in 21 categories, including writing, design, photography and illustration.

Several BJU students received individual SCPA awards, including:

Ian Dyke (Front Royal, Virginia) – First Place, Feature Story; Second Place, Editorial Writing; Third Place, News Story

Luke McCormick (Phenix City, Alabama) – First Place, News Story

Gerson Eduardo Petit Alva (Lima, Peru) – First Place, Arts and Entertainment Story

Justin Woodham (Greenville, South Carolina) – First Place, Specialty Page Design

Tyler Horkavy (Greenville, South Carolina) – Second Place, Specialty Page Design

Amy Sheeter (Sabina, Ohio) – Third Place, Specialty Page Design

Daniel Petersen (Dade City, Florida) – First Place, Photograph; Second Place, Photo Story

Ian Nichols (Greenville, South Carolina) – Third Place, Photograph

Anna Rose Pryde (Reading, Michigan) – First Place, Cartoon/Illustration

Jordan Harbin (Greer, South Carolina) – Second Place, Cartoon/Illustration

In addition, The Collegian Staff won second place in the General Excellence category and Ian Dyke, a junior English Education major, received the Mundy Scholarship for his work as editor. Dyke will receive a $3,000 scholarship.

“This year’s staff worked hard to inform the university family about events both on and off campus,” said Betty Solomon, faculty adviser for The Collegian. “It’s rewarding when they are also recognized by those who judge the quality of collegiate journalism across the state.”

Kaeleigh Sparkman Interns for St. Francis Physical Therapy

Kaeleigh Sparkman

GREENVILLE, S.C. (April 20, 2018) – Kaeleigh Sparkman, a senior exercise science major at Bob Jones University, interns for St. Francis Physical Therapy in Greenville, South Carolina.

Sparkman, a resident of Pelham, New Hampshire, observes the rehab environment, assists therapists and provides aid to patients.

“This internship has been an invaluable experience in my pursuit of becoming a physical therapist,” said Sparkman. “This opportunity has taught me how to build relationships with patients and care for their emotional, social and mental needs.”

Braden Jacquot Interns for BJU’s Exercise Physiology Research Lab

Braden Jacquot

GREENVILLE, S.C. (April 19, 2018) – Braden Jacquot, a senior exercise science major at Bob Jones University, serves as an intern for BJU’s Exercise Physiology Research Lab.

Jacquot, a resident of Lake Wylie, South Carolina, serves as a personal trainer and assesses body composition and fitness levels for clients.

“Being mentored by Dr. Stephen Chen in this internship has been invaluable towards my education and development as a professional,” said Jacquot.

Jessica Baun Interns for Greenville Health Systems

Jessica Baun

GREENVILLE, S.C. (April 18, 2018) – Jessica Baun, a junior health sciences major at Bob Jones University, serves as an intern for Greenville Health Systems in South Carolina.

Baun, a resident of Flat Rock, North Carolina, observes physical therapists as they work with their patients.

“This experience has taught me to have compassion toward others and to be grateful for how God has blessed me,” said Baun.