Pearson and Wubbena Receive JBU's Faculty Excellence Award

Siloam Springs, Ark (May 10, 2002) — John Brown University professors Dr. Jim Pearson and Dr. Jan Wubbena were recently awarded the university's Faculty Excellence Award. Each recipient receives $1,250 as part of this special recognition.

Dr. Wubbena has been a professor in the JBU music department for 25 years. He is a fellow in the American Guild of Organists and has been listed in the International Who's Who in Music. Dr. Wubbena is also a composer and has had several pieces of choral music published by Chantry Music Press (Augsburg Fortress), Mark Foster (Shawnee), and Trinitas (Oregon Catholic Press). Two groups of students that Dr. Wubbena taught in JBU's music curriculum scored above the 90th percentile nationally on the Major Field Achievement Test (MFAT) in music. In addition to his work at JBU, Dr. Wubbena has served as organist and choirmaster Grace Episcopal Church in Siloam Springs, Ark. for the past 25 years.

Dr. Jim Pearson has been a professor in the JBU engineering division for 42 years. He was instrumental in gaining professional accreditation for the JBU engineering division in 1996. Dr. Pearson has helped to develop the engineering curriculum at JBU by revising courses, developing new courses, such as the junior-level design laboratory course, and compiling An Anthology for Technology and Society. Dr. Pearson has received grants and fellowships from NASA, the NSF, and the DOE/ Solar Energy Research Institute. He has also led several intercultural service trips to Pakistan, Venezuela, Panama, Belize and Ecuador.

The Faculty Excellence Award was established by two anonymous JBU alumni. The award recognizes professors for excellence in their fields and shows appreciation to professors who invest their lives in JBU and the students. Recipients are nominated by letter and then chosen by a selection committee.

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

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