Our Alumni

Where Do They Go From Here?

Below are updates from past students about where they are now and how JBU influenced their current careers:

Emerson Ayala ’12 (U.S. Agency for International Development)

Emerson works for the U.S. Embassy in El Salvador as part of the Communications Team for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). He is involved in writing and editing outreach and communications materials in English and Spanish, organizing and coordinating all aspects of public events, creating visual communication products, and working closely with the Embassy’s Public Affairs Section in providing refined documents to senior level officials.

“JBU was an excellent starting point for a career in international communications. Combining a solid journalism background, real life experience at the school's media outlets, and emerging technological tools was the most effective approach for the fast-evolving communications landscape of today. I also benefited from the international flavor our school has, gaining a broader perspective of our globalized society and appreciating a multicultural workplace.”


Russell Hixson

Russell Hixson '12 (Reporter for the Skagit Valley Herald in Mount Vernon, Wash.)

What was your most memorable experience at JBU?

"Probably working for the student newspaper [the Threefold Advocate]. It is just a raw, dangerously exciting experience for a young writer to have. We [the students] essentially have complete control of the publication making it a huge responsibility but also a lot of fun."


Adrianne KarasekAdrianne Karasek '12 (Graduate student at Florida State University)

How did being a part of the communication department at JBU help you in where you are today?

"The communication department prepared me for my career by teaching me how to write better, work in groups on ongoing projects, and taught me about the professional world I would be stepping into, even as a graduate student."



Jenny RedfernJenny Fish '13 (Online Marketing Manager for the Greater Memphis Chamber of Commerce)

Jenny is the Online Marketing Manager for the Greater Memphis Chamber.

She has contributed to award-winning blogs, designed and branded marketing campaigns and led website renovation.

“I have John Brown University to thank for helping me develop a strong set of writing skills and the level of experience needed to both land this job and succeed in it. Through many communication, graphic design and marketing classes, excellent professors helped fine-tune my creative instincts in writing, design and strategy. From my very first days on the job, I felt like JBU equipped me to work well and in a way that glorifies God.”



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