Monique Harris Ingalls Presents JBU's First Honors Thesis

Siloam Springs, Ark (February 20, 2002) — John Brown University expected great things from Monique Harris Ingalls from the moment she enrolled at JBU. When she came to JBU as a freshman in 1999, she had already received much acclaim as the homeschool student from Vilonia who earned a perfect score of 1600 on her SAT. Now, three years later, Monique continues to make headlines for her academic success at JBU. On Tuesday, Feb. 19, she became the first member of the JBU Honors Scholars Program to complete an honors thesis and present it to the JBU community.

Ingall’s thesis was titled, "Approaches to Music in the Evangelical Christian Missions Movement: From Ethnocentrism to Cultural Adaptation" It explored the historical progression concerning cultural views about music among evangelical missionaries.

Ingalls researched and wrote the 47-page thesis during the fall 2001 semester and then presented the thesis to a group of about 30 JBU faculty, staff and students Tuesday. The entire presentation lasted about an hour and included 30 minutes of Ingall’s formal presentation and a 30-minute question and answer session.

Ingalls illustrated the differing characteristics of music from culture to culture by playing sample selections on a keyboard.

Harris said that writing the thesis was a beneficial process for her personally and academically. “I’ve been exposed to areas that I wouldn’t have been within the traditional curriculum. This paper delved into non-western music and other aspects of music that aren’t dealt with extensively in the traditional music curriculum at JBU,” Harris said. “I now feel a certain level of expertise in this area that I wouldn’t have had I not put forth the extra effort to complete this thesis.”

Ingalls is a junior at JBU, where she is pursuing a degree in music. Ingall’s thesis directors were Dr. Linda Beckman and Dr. Jan Wubbena, who are both members of the JBU music faculty.

Ingalls is one of 150 students at JBU who are members of the JBU Honors Scholars Program. The program was developed in 1987 under the leadership of Dr. Shirley Forbes Thomas and the JBU Academic Honors Committee to provide honors education for highly motivated students. The program has grown to become one of the most respected programs of its kind in the country, and Dr. Thomas now helps establish similar programs at other universities.

John Brown University is a private university with an enrollment of over 1,600 students from 45 states and 33 countries. JBU is a member of the Arkansas Independent Colleges and Universities as well as the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.

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