2018 Alumni Awards

Recognition of Outstanding Alumni

Outstanding Senior Award

Outstanding Senior Award

Ms. Jana Schammel
Ms. Jana Schammel is a Kinesiology major and women’s basketball player from Minnesota. She has been on the President’s List (GPA 3.8-4.0) or the Dean’s List (GPA 3.5-3.8) every semester since she first came to JBU. Last year she was recognized as an NAIA Scholar Athlete at the Women’s National Tournament. She also excels on the basketball court, as both an athlete and a leader. She is a team leader on the JBU varsity basketball team and tutors fellow teammates with academic difficulties. On the court, Jana averages 10.2 points, 3.63 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. During her sophomore year she finished third on the team with 44.2 percent average from field, hit nearly 40 percent of her shots from the 3 point range and finished the season No. 20 in the nation in three-point shooting.  She has volunteered with Ability Tree, the Special Olympics and local soup kitchens, has taken numerous service trips with her home church and participates in a Bible study on campus. After graduation she plans to pursue a master’s degree in physical therapy.

 
The Young Eagle Award

The Young Eagle Award

Mr. Brian and Mrs. Annie Bollinger
This year's Young Eagle Award was given to Mr. Brian and Mrs. Annie Bollinger. Brian and Annie, along with their two children, presently live and work in Clarkston, Georgia. They have distinguished themselves through their work with Friends of Refugees. Friends of Refugees is a United Nations' Organization serving refugees in Clarkston. As JBU students, both were involved in ACTS, jail & chaplaincy ministries, served on the Watts Literacy Council and Community Service Outreach. They also developed a partnership with a home for street children in Uganda called SASCU. Brian and Annie maintain that partnership to this day. Also during their college years, they were introduced to the organizations World Relief and Friends of Refugees while on spring break mission trips led by JBU.
Clarkston, Georgia, a city noted for its ethnic diversity, is referred to as "the most diverse square mile in America" and "the Ellis Island of the South. It has received roughly 40,000 refugees over the past 25 years from Congo, Syria, Bhutan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, Sudan, Liberia and Vietnam. Current JBU students take spring break trips every year to work alongside Brian and Annie as they further their mission.

 
Career Achievement Award

Career Achievement Award

Mr. John Coates
Mr. John Coates. John was the founder of the JBU singing-group, Sound Generation. He spent the majority of his career in Nashville as a free-lance producer, arranger and orchestrator. For the last 20 years he has been on staff at Christ Presbyterian Church. He also founded the Nashville Choir which is comprised of professional-level Christian singers who are united to show God's glory and love throughout Nashville. The choir has received critical acclaim and has performed alongside musicians such as: Allison Krauss, Michael W. Smith, and Cece Winans. The choir has performed in the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, as well as recorded for the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, North Carolina.

 
Career Achievement Award

Career Achievement Award

Mr. Paul Moore
After graduating from John Brown University with a Bachelor’s in Music Education, Mr. Paul Moore began his career as the personal assistant and secretary to the head of office at the William Morris Agency. Eventually, he rose to the position of Co-Chief Operating Officer of the Nashville operations. During that time he had the pleasure of working with professional entertainers such as: Sandi Patty, The Oak Ridge Boys, Marie Osmond, Point of Grace, Charlie Daniels, Roy Clark, Ray Stevens, Tanya Tucker, Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers, Ronnie Milsap. In 2014 Mr. Moore joined the faculty at Belmont University as an adjunct instructor in the Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business, College of Performance and Visual Arts. He has served on the Board of the Academy of Country Music for over 20 years and in 2013 was awarded the Mae Boren Axton Award which recognizes “years of service of an outstanding individual to the Academy of Country Music.”

 
Christian Ministry Award

Christian Ministry Award

Dr. Bill Smallman
This year's Christian Ministry Award was given to Dr. Bill Smallman. Bill is a member of the class of 1962. He studied Mechanical Engineering and was a member of the Cathedral Choir. He also served as the President of the Engineering Club and participated in the Foreign Missions Fellowship and the Christian Workers Fellowship. After graduation, Bill and his wife, Doris, served in Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil. They spent the 1970’s teaching in the Baptist Seminary of the Amazon and planting a church in Manaus. Eventually, Bill initiated the process of nationalizing that seminary, which continues to this day under Brazilian leadership. During furloughs in the Chicago area, Bill completed his M.A. in Communications in Intercultural Ministries at Wheaton Graduate School. From 1980 to 2004 he served as Candidate Administrator for Baptist Mid-Missions in Cleveland, Ohio where he and his wife reside today. In 1985, he completed his Doctor of Missiology Degree at Trinity International University. He completed his time in the Baptist Mid-Mission office as Director of Global Training and retired at the end of 2009.

 
The Christian Service Award

The Christian Service Award

Mr. Ron Johnson
This year's Christian Service Award was given to Mr. Ron Johnson. Ron began his career in the engineering field. From 1977 to 1981 he worked at Bell Laboratories as a design engineer. From 1981 to 89 he worked for Trans World Radio in Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles as a missionary and radio engineer. From 1989 to 1996 he served with HCJB World Radio in Quito, Ecuador as a missionary, radio engineer and engineering director. In 1996, Ron came to JBU to take on the role of Walton International Scholarship Director, overseeing the Walton Scholars program. In this role, he worked with hundreds of students from Central America. He has also joined JBU students on mission trips to India and Ecuador.
Ron passed away in January of 2017. He was a member of the JBU community for 21 years. During his time at JBU he was able to see all four of his children attend and graduate from JBU and witnessed as a father the deep impact that JBU had on the intellectual and spiritual life of his kids. God used Ron to have the same kind of profound impact on the lives of hundreds of students from all over the world. He was a greatly beloved JBU employee.

 
Outstanding Alumnus Award

Outstanding Alumnus Award

Mr. Michael Kairis
This year's Outstanding Alumnus Award was given to Mr. Michael Kairis. Michael was a member of the class of 1986. During his time as a student on campus he was involved in SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise) and Student Government; he also served on the Dorm Council, and was a member of the American Institute of Construction (AIC), Arkansas Chapter. After graduation Michael and his wife moved to Southern California where he began his career with Eby Construction Company. In 1993, he joined Hathaway Dinwiddie, a general contracting and project management firm in Santa Clara, CA. After six years with Hathaway Dinwiddie he became Vice President of Real Estate & Development for J.P. Morgan Asset Management and Turner Construction. He also earned an MBA from Pepperdine University School of Business in Corporate Strategy. In 2008, he founded Legacy Portion, LLC, a development-construction company that oversaw the construction of projects in Los Angeles such as: the Getty Center, Disney's Grand Californian Hotel, the 24-story Glendale Plaza and the Walt Disney Concert Hall. He also served John Brown University as a member of the Alumni Board for 5 years, has been a member of the Board of Trustees since 2000, and served as the chairman of the board from 2012-2016.

 
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