Mariah Makil: In 1919, this was a cornfield, owned by an evangelist with a vision. John Brown Sr. saw a place where young people could be educated. Head, Heart, and Hand.
A place where academic rigor integrated with practical Christian faith prepared people to honor God and serve others by developing their intellectual, spiritual, and professional lives.
Today, John Brown University's traditional undergraduate, graduate, and degree completion programs serve more than 2700 students, from 42 states and 39 countries.
Consistently ranked a top Southern college by US News, JBU offers more than 50 programs of study.
From Art to Engineering, from Education to Nursing, from Communications to Music.
JBU students are some of the best and brightest in their fields. Our Engineering students won the Judges' Innovation Award at the NASA Lunabotics Competition.
Our Enactus and Governor's Cup business teams regularly bring home top awards in their annual competitions.
Both JBU faculty and students have received prestigious Fulbright awards.
According to the Department of Education, our graduation rates and alumni earnings are some of the highest in the state. As we approach JBU's centennial year, we have never been more excited for our future.
The $125 million Campaign for the Next Century will strengthen our ability to offer a hope and a future to our students for the next 100 years. The campaign will raise over $60 million for student scholarships, to help ensure that Christian higher education is available to students in the future.
As part of the campaign, the state of the art 20,000 square foot Health Education Building will open in Fall 2016 and become home to JBU's new Nursing program. JBU's Nursing graduates will help fill the growing need for qualified nurses.
We're also undertaking a $5 million renovation of the Walton Lifetime Health Complex, a facility not only used by JBU students, but also by our neighbors in Siloam Springs.
John Brown Sr.'s vision of affordable, quality, Christian education is vibrant and alive today as JBU students develop their talents to honor God and serve others.
Head, Heart, and Hand.