John Brown University opened the Alumni Welcome Center at a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, Oct. 5 on JBU’s Siloam Springs campus. The center will serve as a hospitality hub for visiting alumni and also houses the University Archives.
“The center is the first time in university history that we’ve had an official designated gathering space for alumni who come back to visit campus during Homecoming, Family Weekend and different times during the year,” Brad Edwards, director of Alumni and Parent Relations, said. “This space allows JBU to directly engage and connect with alumni as we continue to produce graduates who are honoring God and serving others.”
The center is housed in the former JBU president’s house, built by John Brown Jr. during his tenure between 1948 to 1979. In 2007, the JBU Honors Scholars Program moved into the residence, and served as the Honors Center until undergoing a renovation this year.
The Alumni Welcome Center houses the Alumni and Parent Relations staff as well as University Archives, which collects, preserves and documents artifacts associated with JBU’s founding and development.
“We are immensely excited for this space to support JBU alumni as they reminisce on their time at JBU,” Dr. April Moreton, senior director of development, said. “Alumni will not only be able to fellowship with one another and learn more about JBU’s history through the University Archives, but they can also find out ways to continue to positively impact JBU post-grad. We can’t wait to see how this will support generations and generations of alumni.”