2016 Alumni Awards

Recognition of Outstanding Alumni

Dr. Carolyn Pollan Outstanding Alumni of the Year

Dr. Carolyn Pollan ’59

Dr. Carolyn Pollan graduated from JBU with a degree in radio production in 1959. In 1975 she was elected to the Arkansas House of Representatives where she served and longest serving woman in the Arkansas House of Representatives. She chaired the House Children and Youth Committee and sponsored or co-sponsored 250 pieces of legislation that became law. In addition to her busy political career, Pollan earned a Ph.D. in education from Walden University. She has served on numerous boards including the JBU Board of Trustees where she served for over 25 years, including time as the vice chairwoman. Even though officially retired as a trustee, she continues to serve and show her commitment to the university by holding the title of Trustee Emeritus.


Dallas TaylorCareer Achievement Award

Dallas Taylor ’66

Studying under Mr. Charles Willis, the department head of the Building Construction and Design program, Dallas Taylor was introduced to the world of architecture. Dallas started  two companies: TGS Architects and Phase One Design Builders. TGS Architects specializes in the design of commercial buildings — churches, schools, banks and apartment buildings — including JBU’s townhouses and the Walker Student Center. Dallas’ work has taken him around the world where he has helped design specialty buildings in Japan and Korea. Dallas is a registered architect in over 20 states and has received four awards from the Independent Banker Association.

John McCulloughChristian Service Award

John McCullough ’71

After graduating from JBU in 1971 with a degree in Biblical studies, John McCullough earned a master’s degree in business education from Oklahoma State University. In 1974 he returned to JBU as a business faculty member where he remained until his retirement in 2014. John’s life highlights are his wife Judy, to whom he has been married for 43 years, and the many students he has had the opportunity to get to know. John and Judy have been long time members of First Baptist Church, Siloam Springs where he has served as a bus driver, choir member, cook, deacon and bookkeeper.


Sean SawatzkyChristian Ministry Award

Sean Sawatzky ’96

In 1996 Sean Sawatzky was hired at KLRC as program manager and the first full-time employee. Under his leadership KLRC has grown from one signal and 20,000 weekly listeners to four signals and over 100,000 weekly listeners. The station has received national recognition from the National Association of Broadcasters as multiyear finalist for the Crystal Award for community service and as the winner of the Marconi Award for Excellence in Broadcasting. The Gospel Music Association and the Christian Music Broadcasters have named KLRC the “Station of the Year” five times and the Christian Music Broadcasters have also awarded KLRC with the national Rob Gregory Community Service award.


Matt AspegrenYoung Eagle Award

Matt Aspegren ’07 & ’09

Matthew Aspergren has three degrees from JBU — bachelor’s degrees in business and psychology as well as his MBA. He worked briefly for SC Johnson before a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation funded project that reduced the number of minors exploited in the sex trade industry. This work led him to found the organization 10ThousandWindows that provides financial, spiritual and emotional support to survivors of sex trafficking. Among those that complete the 10TW program there has been a 73 percent reduction in the number of trafficking survivors who have been re-victimized. 


Justin BurchfielOutstanding Senior Award

Justin Burchfiel

Justin Burchfiel, a mechanical engineering major, came to JBU from Texas. In addition to being an honors student, Justin served for two years as a resident assistant in Walker Hall and was selected to be the assistant resident director this year. He is the president of numerous clubs and organizations on campus including JBU’s Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers chapter, the Forensic public speaker and is widely respected across campus as a spiritual leader. 

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