JBU Construction Management Students Take Second in Regional Competition

John Brown University construction management students received second place in the commercial building category at the Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) Region 5 annual competition in Dallas, sponsored by TEXO. University teams in this category were asked to develop a construction project proposal primarily for a public or private building and make a formal team presentation to a panel of construction professionals.

“This competition tests university students’ ability to solve problems that construction management professionals deal with in the real world,” Mark Terrill, assistant professor of construction management and team coach, said. “We are thankful to the ASC and TEXO for the opportunity to compete, but most importantly, we are proud of our students’ performance.”

Construction management competition

(from left to right) JBU freshman Kyle Beardsley received a scholarship from the TEXO foundation. JBU construction management students Bryan Harmon, Peter Choi, Emiley Hegel, Ethan Bolthouse, Brendan Culp and Philip Braun received second place in the commercial building category at the Associated Schools of Construction Region 5 annual competition.

For this year’s project, teams had to develop costs, work schedules, subcontractor bids, specifications and plans to resolve potential quality or safety issues for Mirmar Development Center in Irving, Texas, that was built four years ago. Once teams received the project specifications, they had 16 hours to complete their project and prepare a presentation before traveling to Dallas to present in front of judges. Judges evaluated teams on the overall feasibility of their plans, safety proposals and the quality of their presentations.

JBU senior Emiley Hegel won Best Presenter in the commercial category and freshman Kyle Beardsley received a scholarship from the TEXO foundation.

“I am so proud of the work we did to get there,” Hegel said. “We are the smallest school that participates in this competition, which can be intimidating at times, but the construction management program at JBU trains us well to be able to work professionally in the construction environment.”

Texas A&M University (College Station, Texas) placed first and University of Oklahoma (Norman, Oklahoma) took third. Other universities represented were Texas A&M Commerce, Texas State University, University of Arkansas at Little Rock and Texas Tech University. In 2016, JBU construction management program had a team place first in both the commercial building and heavy civil divisions.

John Brown University is a leading private Christian university, training students to honor God and serve others since 1919. Arkansas’ top-ranked regional university (U.S. News Best Colleges, 2018), JBU enrolls more than 2,500 students from 41 states and 50 countries in its traditional undergraduate, graduate, online and concurrent education programs. JBU offers more than 40 majors, with top programs including business administration, graphic design, engineering, construction management, counseling, teacher education and nursing.

JBU Athletic Director Robyn Daugherty Named 2017-18 NAIA Under Armour Athletics Director of the Year

Robyn Daugherty

JBU Director of Athletics Robyn Daugherty has been named the 2017-18 NAIA Under Armour Athletics Director of the Year by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics.

John Brown University is pleased to announce that JBU Director of Athletics Robyn Daugherty has been named the 2017-18 NAIA Under Armour Athletics Director of the Year (ADOY) by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA). Daugherty will accept her award during the James J. Corbett Awards Luncheon at NACDA’s 53rd Annual Convention at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in Washington, D.C. on Friday, June 29.

“I am very honored and humbled to receive this award,” Daugherty said. “This award really speaks to my team of coaches and support personnel who work tirelessly to represent our institution well as they coach and mentor our student-athletes. We all want to win, but more importantly we want our student-athletes to grow and be prepared for their future – to keep academics a priority, to graduate, to learn about the inner workings of successful teams for life after college and to grow as individuals.”

Since Daugherty became director of athletics in 2006, 152 JBU student-athletes have been named Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes, which recognizes juniors and seniors who have maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher. In addition, JBU athletics has been recognized as a Champions of Character Five-Star Institution earning either a gold or silver-level nomination by the NAIA each of the 16 years the initiative has been awarded.

“Robyn is one of the main reasons for the success we have had, not only on the field and court, but also in our student-athletes’ success in the classroom with athletes recording the highest GPAs in the school history in the last couple of years,” Jeff Soderquist, JBU head women’s basketball coach said. “She has also built up one of the top coaching staffs in all the NAIA, empowering us as coaches to do our job and do it well. Robyn is so well deserving of this award.”

Under Daugherty’s leadership, four JBU teams have earned 11 trips to national tournaments in their respective sports. One men’s cross country student-athlete has appeared in three national tournaments.

Daugherty currently serves on the NAIA’s Hall of Fame Committee and the Executive Committee for the Sooner Athletic Conference. She has completed terms on the National Administrative Council, the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics, Executive Committee as a College Division representative, the Competitive Experience Committee and NAIA’s Direct Qualification Task Force. In 2011, she was named the Sooner Athletic Conference Athletic Director of the Year.

A 1985 graduate of JBU and member of the women’s volleyball team from 1982-1985, Daugherty coached the volleyball program from 1990 to 2010 before retiring from coaching to focus full time on her role as athletic director.

“Robyn, with the knowledge and understanding as a student, a coach and now an administrator, is able to build relationships and bridge barriers between them all to accomplish the best for JBU athletics,” Dr. Steve Beers, JBU vice president of student development, said. “She is characterized by integrity and fairness for all.”

“We have a unique opportunity to challenge, encourage and shape student-athletes to give 100 percent and become better people, community members and followers of Jesus Christ,” Daugherty said. “I am so thankful that JBU took a chance on me and gave me this opportunity to grow personally and professionally. JBU is a great place to work and I feel blessed each and every day to be a part of JBU and JBU Athletics.”

For 20 years, the ADOY program recognizes intercollegiate athletic directors who have shown significant contributions and administrative excellence at their institution over the course of the last year. The award annually honors 28 athletic directors, four from each of the seven divisions (NCAA FBS, FCS, Division I-AAA, II, III, NAIA/Other Four-Year Institutions and Junior/Community Colleges).

John Brown University is a leading private Christian university, training students to honor God and serve others since 1919. Arkansas’ top-ranked regional university (U.S. News Best Colleges, 2018), JBU enrolls more than 2,500 students from 41 states and 50 countries in its traditional undergraduate, graduate, online and concurrent education programs. JBU offers more than 40 majors, with top programs including business administration, graphic design, engineering, construction management, counseling, teacher education and nursing.

JBU Announces Lowest Percent Increase for 2018-2019 Undergraduate Tuition, Room & Board

Upgrade to Undergraduate Meal Plan Introduced to Room & Board

The John Brown University Board of Trustees announced this week a 2.75 percent increase, the lowest rate increase in more than three decades, for undergraduate tuition, fees, room and board. The rate increase for 2018-2019 academic year amounts to $968, the lowest dollar change in 14 years.

JBU also announced new flexible dining options and extended cafeteria hours to better meet the needs of the diverse student body. The new meal plans relieve some of the restrictions on when and how students can use the plans, which JBU believes will allow students to get more value from the plans. In addition to the standard meal plans, enhancements and additional flex options are available from $20-$300.

Although exact board costs may vary slightly based on selected flexible dining options, the cost breakdown for undergraduate tuition, fees, room and board for 2018-19 is:

Increase Total
Tuition& Fees $784 $26,928
Room $88 $4,424
Board $96 $4,800
TOTAL $968 $36,152

“Recognized as one of the best values in Christian higher education, we continue to be committed to making JBU affordable for our students so that they can attain a top-tier education,”

Dr. Kim Hadley, vice president for finance and administration, said. “To help offset price increases necessary to cover our operational expenses, we provide millions of dollars each year in need and merit-based institutional scholarships for students.”

To help with the increase, the university will make an additional $450,000 available for need and merit-based institutional scholarships, approximately a three percent increase over last year’s amount. For the 2018-19 academic year, JBU expects to award just under $16 million in scholarships with 90 percent of JBU students receiving some form of institutional aid.

Tuition for online undergraduate students remains flat at $420 per credit hour. Tuition for graduate students continues at $560 per credit hour for graduate business and graduate counseling, $460 per credit hour for graduate education and $600 per credit hour for graduate cybersecurity majors.

John Brown University is a leading private Christian university, training students to honor God and serve others since 1919. Arkansas’ top ranked regional university (U.S. News Best Colleges, 2018), JBU enrolls more than 2,500 students from 41 states and 50 countries in its traditional undergraduate, graduate, online and concurrent education programs. JBU offers more than 40 majors, with top programs including business administration, graphic design, engineering, construction management, counseling, teacher education and nursing.

JBU Graduate School Launches Two Master of Science Programs

Approved to Offer Outdoor Program Management and Design Thinking & Innovation

John Brown University’s Graduate School, in affiliation with the JBU Department of Business, will launch online master of science degree programs in outdoor program management and design thinking & innovation, beginning this fall.

The M.S. in Outdoor Program Management equips students with the education, leadership skills and training in therapeutic treatment to advance their career in the outdoor industry for roles such as executive director or site manager.

The M.S. in Design Thinking & Innovation, helps students learn techniques, gain experience and develop real projects using design thinking methodologies to implement new and creative solutions to positively impact the world around them. Students acquire the tools and knowledge to develop innovative products, services, processes, communications and business strategies, while bridging the gap between the intent of the organization and the interactive experience of the customer.

“These two new programs will not only expand our graduate program offerings but will also provide our students with the leadership and professional skills to advance in their careers,” said Dr. Ryan Ladner, department head for graduate business. “Students will gain a comprehensive knowledge of tools and techniques to best equip them as professionals in the growing industries of collaboration and recreation.”

For both programs, students are required to complete 18 hours of core classes in organizational management and leadership, leading organizational transformation, personality and emotional

health in organizations, financial acumen, Christian foundations of business, and designing and executing strategies. Students will finish their degree by taking 12 additional courses in their specialization.

These new programs will also expand JBU’s Graduate School offerings, which include master’s degrees in business, counseling, teacher education, higher education and cybersecurity. The Design Thinking & Innovation curriculum will also be offered as concentration area for JBU’s MBA program.

To learn more about JBU’s graduate programs, visit jbu.edu/grad.

John Brown University is a leading private Christian university, training students to honor God and serve others since 1919. Arkansas’ top ranked regional university (U.S. News Best Colleges, 2018), JBU enrolls more than 2,500 students from 41 states and 50 countries in its traditional undergraduate, graduate, online and concurrent education programs. JBU offers more than 40 majors, with top programs including business administration, graphic design, engineering, construction management, counseling, teacher education and nursing.

JBU Professor Named Emerging Public Intellectual for Literary Work

Wilson Selected to Complete Flannery O’Connor Novel

Jessica Wilson

Dr. Jessica Hooten Wilson, JBU associate professor of creative writing, received the 2017 Emerging Public Intellectual Award from The Center of Christian Scholarship.

Dr. Jessica Hooten Wilson, JBU associate professor of creative writing, received the 2017 Emerging Public Intellectual Award from The Center of Christian Scholarship. The $5,000 award, sponsored and adjudicated by leading intellectuals in Cardus, the Action Institute, the Center for Public Justice, the Henry Institute and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, recognizes emerging scholars in Christian academy who are making a public impact.

One of the major contributions Wilson is making is through her work to complete Flannery O’Conner’s unfinished novel, “Why Do the Heathen Rage” for publication. Approved for the honour by O’Connor’s estate in 2015, Wilson received a grant from Biola University’s Center for Christian Thought, funded by the Templeton Religion Trust, to complete the work.

Selected as one of four Visiting Fellows per semester, Wilson is residing at Biola University for the fall 2017 semester and incorporating this year’s theme “Suffering & the Good Life” into her scholarship, research and writing. This fellowship will help Wilson prepare critical comments on O’Connor’s unfinished novel as it deals with suffering. Wilson will submit the novel to O’Connor’s estate by June 1, 2018 and will present her research at the annual Table Conference on “Suffering and Flannery O’Connor.”

“Biola University’s Center for Christian Thought recognizes the necessity of the intellectual pursuits of goodness, beauty and truth as ways of increasing the kingdom of Christ.” Wilson said. “Too many universities limit themselves to creating laborers and workers, whereas God called us

all to be lovers and worshippers with our lives. I’m excited to spend time somewhere that our eternal vocation is promoted and celebrated.”

The project fulfills one of Wilson’s lifelong dreams, allowing her to give back to someone she considers a writing mentor. As the editor, one of Wilson’s challenges is moving out of the way and keeping O’Conner’s voice strong throughout.

“I’ve been a devoted O’Connor student since I was fifteen years old. To be able to give back to the woman who gave me so much is a blessing in itself.” Wilson said.

The novel asks the universal question of what exactly it means to be a human and to return to God through the interactions of a civil rights activist without faith in God, and a recent convert who unable to see his way out of injustice.

“Suffering and the Good Life” is a theme close to Wilson’s heart and may be the topic of a future book based on the research she does this semester. At the end of her time at Biola, Wilson said she hopes “to understand more about how Christ works in and through suffering in the Christian’s life, how we see the truth of this in literature.”

John Brown University is a leading private Christian university, training students to honor God and serve others since 1919. Arkansas’ top ranked regional university (U.S. News Best Colleges, 2018), JBU enrolls more than 2,500 students from 41 states and 50 countries in its traditional undergraduate, graduate, online and concurrent education programs. JBU offers more than 40 majors, with top programs including business administration, graphic design, engineering, construction management, counseling, teacher education and nursing.

JBU Student Receives 2017 National Philanthropy Day Award

Meg Mauldin

JBU Senior Meg Mauldin

John Brown University senior Meg Mauldin received the individual 2017 National Philanthropy Day Award in Youth in Philanthropy from the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Northwest Arkansas Chapter. Mauldin, the first JBU student to be nominated and also to win, is being honored for her leadership of JBU’s Student Philanthropy Council (SPC), established fall 2016.

In its inaugural year, JBU’s SPC increased student participation in need-based giving projects by 100 percent, connected over 700 community members in philanthropic causes, educated JBU students on the importance of philanthropy, and in support of JBU fundraising campaigns helped to raise funds for the JBU Scholarship Fund.

“Winning the award requires individuals to commit to philanthropy by developing a program, volunteering, donating or exhibiting leadership to enrich the community in which he or she lives,” Lalanya Carson, coordinator of the JBU Scholarship Fund and student philanthropy, said. “I nominated Meg for the award because, over the last year, she has demonstrated all of these qualities phenomenally.”

In 2016, JBU’s University Advancement team established the SPC with the aim to inform and engage JBU students in lifelong philanthropy. Nominated by faculty to be a part of the SPC, Mauldin underwent a rigorous interview process to be named president of the council.

As president, Mauldin assembled a team of 10 students to serve the JBU community through volunteerism, education and fundraising. Her main goal was to increase participation in

philanthropy across campus, which first required educating and engaging JBU students in what philanthropy means and in the importance of giving.

“Philanthropy can often be misinterpreted as strictly giving money, but the end goal of philanthropy is to increase donor participation,” Mauldin said. “Without philanthropy, we wouldn’t have the buildings we are sitting in, workstudy salaries or the scholarship money to attend JBU. Philanthropists plant the seeds that catalyze generous donations, and we, as a student body, reap the rewards of their harvest.”

Mauldin’s major projects as president included establishing the Thank A Giver (TAG) Day for students to thank donors for their contributions to JBU; expanding JBU’s Founder’s Day enabling departments to come together to honor JBU founder, John E. Brown Sr., and his philanthropic sacrifices; and rebranding the Senior Project to encourage the entire campus to participate in need-based giving projects.

“It is a tremendous privilege to accept this philanthropy award as a student,” Mauldin said. “I couldn’t have accomplished anything without my fellow philanthropy council members. The SPC is making great strides in increasing philanthropic engagment at JBU, and I’m confident this is only the beginning of its accomplishments.”

Mauldin will be honored in Fayetteville, Arkansas at the annual National Philanthropy Day Luncheon on Nov. 15 at 11:30 a.m. in the Fayetteville Town Center.

The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) is the professional association of individuals and organizations that generate philanthropic support for a wide variety of charitable institutions. Founded in 1960, AFP advances philanthropy by enabling people and organizations to practice ethical and effective fundraising through its more than 31,000 members in 235 chapters throughout the world.

JBU to Offer Master of Science in Cybersecurity

John Brown University will launch an online master’s degree program in cybersecurity in spring 2018 in affiliation with the university’s Graduate School and Department of Engineering.

“This master’s degree in cybersecurity is an important new program for JBU,” Richard Ellis, dean of the Graduate School, said. “The curriculum will equip students to meet the growing demand for cybersecurity experts in Northwest Arkansas and beyond.”

The program was designed with input from network security professionals in major corporations located in Northwest Arkansas. The professionals reported a shortage of qualified cybersecurity experts in the region and the need to equip IT personnel with the advanced skills required to protect critical systems and networks.

“The Cybersecurity program will provide a balance of technical skills and policy, which is necessary to best comply with continually-changing regulations,” said Steve Helms, director of cybersecurity programs. “Students will gain a comprehensive knowledge of tools and techniques as well as an understanding of legal issues and risks to best equip them as cybersecurity professionals.”

As a graduate degree, the M.S. in Cybersecurity will admit students who have foundational knowledge of computer systems and networks, then deepen their understanding of digital threats, laws, compliance and methods to secure the assets that guard private information. The program was recently approved by the university’s regional accrediting agency, the Higher Learning Commission.

The new program will expand JBU’s Graduate School offerings, which include master’s degrees in business, counseling, teacher education, higher education and design.

Additional information about graduate programs at John Brown University may be found at www.jbu.edu/grad.

JBU Board of Trustees Approves New Facility for Art and Engineering Students

The John Brown University Board of Trustees approved construction of the Peer-Andrus Studio and Project Barn to provide studio and project space for art and engineering students. The new building is named after Charles Peer, professor of visual arts, and Dave Andrus, professor of visual arts and department head, who together founded JBU’s Visual Arts program in 1990. In the last 27 years, Visual Arts has grown to be the largest JBU program with 8 full-time faculty and 219 students.

JBU received a $2 million grant from the Windgate Foundation to fund the art studio portion of the new facility. The board approved a $3.25 million total project cost to incorporate engineering project space and a maintenance endowment. The building is the newest initiative of JBU’s $125 million Campaign for the Next Century.

“We have fantastic facilities now, but the missing piece has been studio space,” Andrus said. “We use every square foot for classrooms and labs, and there is no room left for making art. This new studio barn will provide much-needed room for students and faculty to work in almost any media from photography and cinema, to drawing and painting, woodworking and 3D work.”

Construction of the 16,800 sq. ft. facility is expected to begin in winter 2017 and be completed by summer 2018. The pre-engineered metal building will be divided into two sections with separate workspaces for engineering and art students. The facility will include a space for commercial photography and video shoots, a wood shop and three large project areas for art students; one large project area with 17 flexible workstations for engineering students; and a shared common entrance with offices and restrooms.

“Art and engineering are two of our largest programs at JBU. This project will enable us to match the growth of these programs, expand our students’ hands-on education opportunities and enable our faculty to engage in more project-based teaching,” said Dr. Chip Pollard, JBU president. “We are deeply grateful to the Windgate Foundation for its gift to support the art studios in the building, and we look forward to receiving gifts to fund the engineering project space. I am also so pleased that we can honor Charles Peer and Dave Andrus in this project, for they have devoted their careers to JBU students and have grown JBU’s visual art department into a nationally-recognized program.”

The studio will be located on JBU’s main campus on the north side of Broadhurst Road across from JBU’s Health Education Building.

The project is part of JBU’s $125 million Campaign for the Next Century, which is scheduled for completion in 2019 during the university’s centennial. The campaign has five priorities: endowment and annual scholarships ($35 million), estate gifts for scholarships and program endowment ($25 million), endowment for academic excellence ($10 million), new and renovated facilities ($30 million), and program support ($25 million). With this gift, JBU has received over $115 million in gifts and pledges toward its $125 million goal.

For more information on the project, visit jbu.edu/nextcentury.

John Brown University is a leading private Christian university, training students to honor God and serve others since 1919. Arkansas’ top ranked regional university (U.S. News Best Colleges, 2018), JBU enrolls more than 2,500 students from 41 states and 50 countries in its traditional undergraduate, graduate, online and concurrent education programs. JBU offers more than 40 majors, with top programs including business administration, graphic design, engineering, construction management, counseling, teacher education and nursing.

JBU, Southern Arkansas University Tech Sign Articulation Agreement

Representatives from John Brown University and Southern Arkansas University Tech (SAU Tech) signed an articulation agreement Thursday, Sept. 28 to facilitate a seamless transfer of courses from SAU Tech to JBU. The partnership creates a pathway for students to earn an associate’s degree from SAU Tech and then complete their bachelor’s degree at JBU.

Established out of a mutual desire to serve students, the agreement allows students to enter into JBU’s traditional undergraduate programs on the main campus in Siloam Springs, or JBU’s Online Undergraduate Programs.

“The agreement is an excellent example of the power of private/public partnerships that make higher education in the U.S. the envy of the world,” Dr. Ed Ericson, JBU’s vice president
for academic affairs, said. “JBU looks forward to building on this agreement to establish a healthy and long-lasting partnership to allow students the opportunity to further their higher educational careers.”

The agreement outlines which SAU Tech courses JBU accepts so that transfer students are not required to retake courses already achieved. SAU Tech offers programs for students to continue their specialized study at JBU in business administration, teacher education, organizational leadership and psychology.

“The cornerstone of this agreement is centered around the religion courses that are now being offered at SAU Tech,” Dr. Jason Morrison, Chancellor of SAU Tech, said. “We believe that the south Arkansas community desires religion-related degrees with the area’s history of strong

religious establishments. The agreement with JBU will facilitate a new generation of leadership in churches and religious institutions as well as an opportunity for those seeking additional education opportunities. We are excited about this agreement with JBU.”

“This integral collaboration will build new pathways for students to achieve their academic goals and will create stronger community relations in south central Arkansas and the surrounding areas,” Dr. Stacey Duke, JBU’s dean of online undergraduate programs and strategic initiatives, said.

Students must complete 45 credit hours in their designated program courses at SAU Tech and apply to JBU with a GPA of 2.5 or higher to be eligible for admission at JBU.

Southern Arkansas University Tech is a two-year public college that started in 1968 and is part of the Southern Arkansas University System. SAU Tech is located inside the Highland Industrial Park in East Camden and employs over 160 staff and faculty and provides education annually to around 1,800 students.

John Brown University is a leading private Christian university, training students to honor God and serve others since 1919. Arkansas’ top ranked regional university (U.S. News Best Colleges, 2018), JBU enrolls more than 2,500 students from 41 states and 50 countries in its traditional undergraduate, graduate, online and concurrent education programs. JBU offers more than 40 majors, with top programs including business administration, graphic design, engineering, construction management, counseling, teacher education and nursing.

JBU Sends Team to Enactus World Cup in London

What: JBU will send off the JBU Enactus team to the Enactus World Cup in London. When: Saturday, Sept. 23 at 7 p.m.
Where: Simmons Great Hall B (Park in the Simmons Great Hall parking lot.)
Why: For the first time in university history, JBU’s Enactus team will compete against 35 countries at the Enactus World Cup Sept. 26 – 28 in London, England. JBU Enactus was named the 2017 Enactus United States National Champions in Kansas City, Missouri this May, defeating over 200 universities and colleges from around the nation. The Enactus team will perform their World Cup presentation at the sendoff ceremony on Saturday.

JBU’s Enactus team consists of 64 students from 22 states and nine countries. In the final round of the 2017 Enactus United States National Championship, four JBU students gave a 17-minute presentation highlighting the team’s most notable entrepreneurial projects — Yellow Crate, a mobile app that alerts grocery store customers of food pantry needs; the Guatemala Water Project, an initiative to implement a water purification system, and provide health and hygiene education throughout Guatemala; and Shredify, a local document destruction service that certifies eight Siloam Springs Adult Development Center employees. JBU’s Enactus program has placed in the top four at the U.S. National Expo five times since 2003.