Brown Bulletin

Magazine for the JBU community

The JBU Brown Bulletin is a full-color magazine published for JBU alumni and friends. It is mailed free of charge to alumni, parents of current students, and friends of the university.

Recent Issues

Fall 2022

In this issue: A look at 80 years of Cathedral Choir history and new traditions; The JBU theatre program continues a tradition of excellent play and musical performances under the direction of Josiah Wallace and Liesl Dromi; The musical talent of JBU students isn’t limited to only music majors as Julianne Petersen ’23 and Matthew Campbell ’23 discuss their musical endeavors outside of campus; Luke Merrick ’19 and Amy Perry ’14 share their experiences working for Sight & Sound Theatres in Branson, Missouri, that produces panoramic plays based on the Bible’s most epic stories; Faculty Spotlight highlights Josiah Wallace, associate professor of speech and theatre.


Spring 2022

In this issue: “Head, Heart, Hand” foundation for athletes includes academics, community service and their Christian faith; Student-athlete skills transfer beyond the classroom; learn the origins of JBU’s beloved mascot; Coach Kathleen Paulsen, Ph.D., uses coaching as discipleship; the three lessons Coach Jeff Soderquist imparts to his players; Alumni athletes reflect on the lessons they carried forward into their careers.


Fall 2021

In this issue: How pastors and church leaders are approaching new challenges; The Center for Healthy Relationships works to help ministry leaders; Meet three JBU alumni church planters; JBU Chaplain Keith Jagger, Ph.D., shares the journey that landed him at JBU; athletes get an extra year of eligibility; Alumna Kristin (Wood) Woolley shares her experiences as a worship leader.


Spring 2021

In this issue: JBU adds eight new majors;  Creciendo Juntos connects college Latino students with high school Latino students in Northwest Arkansas; Gunnar Shaffer ’14 appointed young alumni representative to the Board of Trustees; the legacy of the Chapman Trusts; Virologist Jillian Carmichael ’11 reflects on her journey into the field.


Fall 2020

In this issue: Students live out the "Head, Heart, Hand" training; Alumna Johanna Musgrave gains a new perspective on creativity while recording an album; JBU remains in face-to-face instruction during a pandemic; professor Bobby Martin finds inspiration for his artwork through his Native American family and personal history.


Summer 2020

In this issue: alumni health care workers share their pandemic experiences; the premature end to the men's basketball journey to the championships; JBU’s response to the pandemic; alumnus Captain Doug Chamberlain's memoir "Bury Him: A Memoir of the Viet Nam War."


Fall 2019

In this issue: John Brown University celebrates its Centennial Celebration, September 26-29, when more than 2,000 alumni and friends of JBU filled the campus with a slew of activities scheduled for each day.


Spring 2019

In this issue: God's Faithfulness to JBU through the Ages; Widow Twyla Rownak earned an undergraduate and a graduate degree while raising four children; Archivist curates JBU's story by preserving the past for the future; Spring 2019 Centennial Commencement.


Fall 2018

In this issue: JBU Celebrates 100 Years of Christ Over All with its yearlong celebration; Three generations of the Siemens family have spanned more than half of JBU's history; and 100 major moments in JBU's 100-year history.


Information & Publication Guidelines

Publication Dates: The Brown Bulletin is published each spring and fall. The fall issue goes to print in late October and the spring issue goes to print in late April. (Some subscribers are experiencing postal service delays that affect the delivery of the Brown Bulletin.)

Alumni Update Submission: Each issue publishes alumni updates such as weddings, births, promotions, book publications, awards, etc. To submit an update email Jay Nickel. Any accompanying photos must be high-quality minimum 300 dpi. Submissions are due one month before press deadline.

Obituaries: Obituaries for alumni, faculty, staff and friends of the university may be published in the In Memoriam section of the magazine at the editor's discretion. Information will include name, age, date of death and JBU degree or program. The listing will also be published online with a link to an online obituary if available. 

Story Ideas: If you have an idea for an alumni profile or feature story, please feel free to email Jay Nickel, managing editor of the bulletin. Please note that each issue of the magazine has a theme that helps determine content.

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