John Brown University Hosts Annual Academic Celebration

John Brown University will host the annual Celebration of Academic Excellence this week April 19 – 23. The events will showcase undergraduate research, performance and creative work completed this academic year.

The celebration will include performances by the JBU Chamber Orchestra, featuring selections from the “Pirates of the Caribbean” film score, and the JBU Women’s Chorus. JBU will also host the annual Disaster Shelter Competition this Thursday through Saturday, sponsored by Samaritan’s Purse. Students will present research from their fields of study, including social science, literature, business, language, creative writing, religion, STEM and political science. Additionally, graduating seniors in the Visual Arts will present their portfolios at the Annual Art Portfolio Show.

“We started the event about ten years ago because we wanted a designated time to highlight JBU’s best and brightest students,” said Brad Gambill, associate professor of English. “The students put a lot of blood, sweat and tears into these projects and have to be nominated by a faculty member to present, so many of the students are just honored to have been nominated.”

Also, JBU will present the Faculty Excellence Award during the university’s chapel service on Thursday at 10:30 a.m. in the Cathedral of the Ozarks. The award is given to a faculty member each year for excellence in teaching and scholarship, service or spiritual modeling.

All events are free and open to the public. The week’s schedule is as follows: Tuesday, April 19

7:30 p.m. » Women’s Chorus Concert Berry Performing Arts Center

Thursday, April 21
10:30 a.m. » Faculty Excellence Award Presentation
Cathedral of the Ozarks
7:00 p.m. » Disaster Shelter Competition: Testing and Team Presentations,
Balzer Technology Center, High Bay
7:30 p.m. » JBU Chamber Orchestra and Jazz band perform in Instrumentalists Unite Concert Berry Performing Arts Center

Friday, April 22
1:00 – 3:00 p.m. » Disaster Shelter Competition Timed Shelter Assembly Challenge JBU Quad
2:00 to 6:45 p.m. » Student Research Presentations
Walker Student Center and Simmons Great Hall
6:30 p.m. » Art Portfolio Show
Simmons Great Hall

Saturday, April 23
7:30 to 10:00 a.m. » Disaster Shelter Competition Wind and Water Testing JBU Quad

John Brown University is a leading private Christian university, training students to honor God and serve others since 1919. Ranked No. 2 among Southern regional colleges by U.S. News, JBU enrolls more than 2,700 students from 42 states and 39 countries in its traditional undergraduate, graduate, degree completion and concurrent education programs. JBU offers more than 50 majors, with top programs including business administration, graphic design, engineering, construction management, counseling, teacher education and nursing.