Student Development Office

Student Opportunities for Service, Leadership, Professional Development, and Personal Growth

Resources for Service

At the heart of JBU's commitment to servanthood are the many opportunities offered on campus for student participation. Among the most notable are the Student Government Association (SGA) and Student Ministries. Those involved in SGA serve as the student voice to the faculty and administration. Student Ministries creates opportunities for outreach and for inward spiritual growth. The CAUSE staff supports, trains, and mobilizes JBU students to use their knowledge and skills for service and ministry on campus, in the community, and around the world. Passion and our men's and women's ministries provide opportunities for students to serve as facilitators for spiritual development on campus through small group Bible studies, mentoring, and retreat programming.

A student also may choose to serve in a residence hall as a Resident Assistant or as a representative to their Residence Hall Association. Other students serve as Career Development Assistants, helping peers investigate occupational choices in the Career Development Center or participate with Student Events and Activities (SEA) planning and facilitating campus events and programs.

Resources for Lifestyle

After students receive valuable academic training and are given opportunities for servanthood, the next goal is developing them into stewards as they seek to develop meaningful lifestyles for themselves. These lifestyles include not only career choices, but also choices regarding the development of healthy bodies through physical exercise and proper diet. The Walton Lifetime Complex (WLHC) offers students the most modern of health and fitness facilities for a complete daily workout. Swimming, jogging, racquetball, weights, aerobics, and team sports are just a few of the activities available in the WLHC to help reduce health risks and improve one's quality of living.

Student Development Services

Growth and development in college involves much more than successfully clearing all the academic hurdles. College is where many of life's great memories are made and significant personal development happens.

The "Community Covenant" serves as catalyst for rapid growth in many areas of life: spiritual, emotional, relational, and physical development. During the college experience, decisions are made which in large part establish the career and service opportunities for a lifetime. There are people and resources at John Brown University that can be of real help at this crucial time.

Office of Christian Formation

The Office of Christian Formation (OCF) exists to lead the JBU community to become more like Christ through discipleship, corporate worship, and outreach. Within OCF are two primary divisions related to JBU students: Chapel and Student Ministries. Please see our web page for a more complete description of these ministries and other opportunities.

Residence Life Office

Headed by the Dean of Students/Director of Residence Life, the Residence Life office is responsible for all concerns related to student housing, on campus-room assignments, resident assistant selection and training, residence hall improvements, and residence hall educational and social programming. Each hall is staffed by a resident director who works to maintain a safe and healthy environment for all resident students.

Campus Life & Activities Office

Headed by the Director of Campus Life & Activities, this office assists in the coordination of campus activities and coordinates with the Events Office to keep the master Activities calendar current. The office also works with the Student Government Association (SGA) and all campus clubs for approval, general oversight and funding (with the exception of sports clubs that fall under Athletics). The Coordinator of Student Orientation is responsible for new student orientation programs.

Student Counseling Center

The college experience often entails relational, mental health and intellectual challenges. Developing meaningful relationships, responding to changes in one's family, managing stress, anxiety, and depression are just a few of the issues facing students. The professional staff in the Student Counseling Center helps students discern their needs and facilitate their response to the issues they request help for. Students have access to individual and group therapy, couple counseling, and psycho-educational groups. Counseling sessions are confidential, and appointments are scheduled with discretion and respect for needs and desires of students. For assistance, call (479) 524-7251 or visit our web site

Career Development Center

The staff at the Career Development Center (CDC) is concerned with providing a comprehensive career development program for the students of John Brown University.

Students have the opportunity to develop self-understanding through the resources available at the CDC. Students may participate in individual counseling, personality inventories, and computer-aided guidance programs. The varied resources in the CDC Library can be helpful to students in any stage of career planning by helping them understand personal strengths, make wise decisions about majors, and begin to explore career alternatives.

The center will serve as a link between college and the world of work through providing regular workshops on job search skills and strategies. Employer Visit Days and the Graduate School Fair in the fall bring employers and graduate school representatives to campus to increase awareness and provide information related to future career and graduate education. The CDC also provides information about graduate schools, graduate entrance test materials, job vacancy notices, occupational profiles and descriptions, and potential employers.

Health Services

At the Health Services Office located in the Walker Student Center, a registered nurse is available weekdays for screening acute illnesses and injuries, as well as offering advice for everyday health problems. The nurse works closely with area doctors whose offices are within walking distance of campus.

Equipment such as crutches, and humidifiers can be checked out for short term use.

Educational programs are offered to various JBU student groups. The programs include but are not limited to: CPR/First Aid, weight management, stress management, college wellness, etc.

In order to offer complete care, it is important that the Health Services Office have on file all student medical records pertaining to pre-existing conditions such as diabetes, epilepsy, and malaria. Also, regular updates of family telephone numbers on the JBU web site ensure immediate communication in case of emergency.

Arkansas law of 2009 requires documentation of two doses of Measles/Mumps/Rubella (MMR) vaccination for all incoming freshmen and foreign-born students. JBU requires transferring students living in campus housing to have two MMRs as well. All other students are required to have documentation of one dose of MMR.

To receive an application for any exemption, contact the Arkansas Department of Health at (501) 661-2169. You can receive the MMR vaccine on campus.

Arkansas Law regarding Act 96 of 1913 requires all incoming students who were born or have lived for longer than six months in countries where Tuberculosis is endemic to be tested using IGRA. Testing will be done at JBU prior to the first day of class. The cost is $70 and will be charged to the student's account.

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