JBU GRADUATES: Where did they go from here?

99% of JBU students have a job or are in grad school within six months of graduation.

(Based on a 2012, 92% survey return rate.)

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James Barnes, M.D.

James Barnes, M.D.

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James Barnes, M.D.

James Barnes, M.D.

Broadcasting

After graduating in 2005 with Bachelor’s degrees in Broadcasting and Business Administration, I felt the desire to return to JBU to pursue medicine. I took rigorous courses in the core sciences that would be essential for entering medical school. Courses in biology, chemistry, physics, research and calculus were tough, but it was just the challenge that prepared me for matriculation into medical school at UAMS in Little Rock, AR.

Med school is tough. I look back now knowing how well JBU prepared me when compared

to my classmates who went to well-known academic institutions around the country. I was comfortable in the Anatomy lab because of the cadaver dissection I did at JBU. I was a critical thinker and presenter because of my challenges in Enactus, Forensics, and Journalism. During medical school, I was given the opportunity to present my research in Copenhagen, Denmark, in front of world renowned spine surgeons.

JBU helped me form the foundation of my career in Orthopedic Surgery. I am currently in my residency training in Kansas City. After residency, I will serve in the United States Air Force as an Orthopedic Surgeon, carrying the “Christ Over All” commission to the far corners of the earth. I weave my Head, Heart, and Hands principles into caring for patients and families every day. Learning is a lifetime endeavor - not just for a surgeon, but for every believer. JBU prepared me for a lifetime of learning, growing, and doing.

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Josh Beale

Josh Beale

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Josh Beale

Josh Beale

Worship Ministry

When I started my journey at JBU as a Worship Ministry major, I never would have imagined how different God’s plans for my future would be. Instead of working in a church, I’m currently living in Nashville, TN primarily touring the country as a guitarist/vocalist/songwriter with the Kate Hasting Band. Day-to-day I’m meeting with songwriters to write hits for Country radio, sharing the stage with national acts like Craig Morgan and Kellie Pickler, or working up songs for our next album.

When I realized mid-way through my college career that God was steering me in a different vocational direction, I decided to stay and finish my degree, both for the education and for the purpose of making the idea of “worship ministry” a mission statement for my life, wherever God decided to take me. Musically, JBU helped prepare me through leading at chapels, choir, and classes with hands-on training in better ways to lead a congregation, as well as theory and musicianship, which developed skills that have helped me to stand out from my peers in the business. Spiritually, I was offered such a great environment both in and out of the classroom to grow, wrestle with questions, and seek mentor-ship from faculty members and the JBU staff.

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Andrew Bradford

Andrew Bradford

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Andrew Bradford

Andrew Bradford

Engineering

I am currently working as a structural design engineer in the building envelope industry. My primary day-to-day job responsibility is verifying the adequacy of architectural glazing components in buildings for different combinations of seismic, wind, and live loads. I recently passed the exam to become a Licensed Professional Engineer (PE) in the field of civil engineering and I am currently pursuing licensure as a Structural Engineer (SE).

After I decided that I was interested in the structural engineering industry I began researching universities that provided specific civil/structural engineering programs. I visited several large universities including West Point and Texas A&M, I visited a small university by the name of JBU in northwest Arkansas. This first visit to JBU ended my college search - I had found a university that provided a Christ-centered education with very high academic standards and professors who took a genuine interest in who I was and my well being. My JBU education provided me with a strong understanding of engineering principles which carry across many engineering disciplines and fully prepared me as I launched my career. In addition to obtaining an engineering degree, I played for the men’s soccer team all four years that I attended JBU and participated in the summer study abroad program in Northern Ireland. The combination of my education and overall experiences at JBU had a very positive impact on the development of my character and worldview and have continued to help carry me forward in my life and career since graduation.

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Stephanie Brown

Stephanie Brown

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Stephanie Brown

Stephanie Brown

Accounting

I am currently the Events Manager at WorkMatters, a nonprofit in Northwest Arkansas working with business professionals to close the gap between faith and work. Our events offer people the opportunity to engage in a faith at work conversation with like-minded people and hear from impactful leaders about how we can live a more meaningful life, especially at work.

JBU had significant influence in my career decisions that have led me to this current role. It was at JBU that I learned the fundamental skills needed to be successful in the marketplace, but also what it meant to do so in a way that brings glory to God. My professors taught me to work hard, think critically and that I can honor God through my work. My experience at JBU was vital to my success and growth; I wouldn’t change any of it.

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Bryan Cole

Bryan Cole

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Bryan Cole

Bryan Cole

Higher Education

My name is Bryan Cole, a 2010 JBU grad. I cannot believe that it has been four years since

graduation, but I am just as proud being a JBU alumni now as I was back then. Since grad, I

have jumped back into the JBU community as a Resident Director for 2 years, got my graduate

degree in Higher Education and picked up to move to Ecuador in August of this last year. I am currently the Director of Education & Discipleship for Living & Learning International, a semester abroad program that challenges and supports college students from a number of colleges and universities to grow deeper in relationship with God and with others, while living in a developing country.

JBU sends students every semester to this program, and needless to say, they are the best! JBU not only prepares students well academically, but spiritually and emotionally to engage another culture, do jungle and Galapagos island trips, live with a home-stay family, and learn a beautiful foreign language. JBU not only prepared me for life after graduation, but also granted me the opportunity for life-long friends and a community that I continue to be invested and involved in, even from many miles away. #jbualum

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Jacob Funk

Jacob Funk

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Jacob Funk

Jacob Funk

Music

Currently I am a student at the Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. I am pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting, and am having a blast. At UMKC I take the requisite courses in Music History and Music Theory, and get to take courses that focus on Choral Literature and conducting. I am also fortunate to have a Graduate Teaching Assistantship.

Though my wife Ali and I went to JBU at different times, we both found that our faith was strengthened and nourished there, and we knew we wanted to find a home that would continue to nourish us and that we could contribute to. Ali has found meaningful employment as a manager for Target, and we couldn’t be happier in our little one bedroom apartment in Kansas City.

JBU was a spiritual home for me as well as Grace Episcopal Church in Siloam Springs where Ali and I attended. My time as a student at JBU prepared me for what I’m doing today, and I continually use what I learned there. I am grateful that I had a Christ-centered liberal arts education that also featured excellent music instruction. My time as an instructor at JBU helped solidify how I manage the courses I teach now, and I think my students and myself are better off for it. JBU has been apart of my life for a decade now, and I couldn’t ask for a better foundation to build on.

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Pliny Gale

Pliny Gale

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Pliny Gale

Pliny Gale

Graphic and Web Design

Hello, my name is Pliny Gale. I studied Graphic Design in the art department at John Brown University. (Class of December 2010) Since graduating, I have worked as a designer and art director for marketing agencies, and recently started as the Marketing and Communications Director at Ronald McDonald House of Dallas.

After graduating from JBU, I was not only well equipped with the skills and knowledge to get a job in the design and marketing industry, but was additionally outfitted with the well-rounded and Christ-centered education that gives creative endeavors a meaning and a purpose. While studying Communication Arts at JBU, I also learned the value of using vocational skills to touch and enrich the lives of others. I am very thankful for my years at JBU -- the friendships, the spiritual growth, and yes even the hard work will never be forgotten.

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Josh Garret

Josh Garret

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Josh Garret

Josh Garret

Accounting

My time at JBU impressed upon me the necessary continuity between my duty as a Christian and my life as a professional. JBU’s faculty and staff prepared me to be excellent academically and professionally, while at the same time understanding that I have a responsibility to be an ambassador to a realm that is fast becoming the least-churched segment on earth – the business world. During my time at JBU, my professors invested in me and encouraged me. They offered practical advice on everything from Sarbanes-Oxley to soccer, and genuinely cared about my development as an individual.

After my graduation from JBU, I immediately transitioned to graduate school at the University of Denver where I am studying for an MBA in Accounting. Even though DU has one of the top graduate accounting programs in the country, I quickly realized that I had already been prepared for graduate school and the professional world far better than any of my classmates. I currently work at a national audit firm, CapinCrouse, that specializes in the not-for-profit sector, specifically Christian ministries.

My time at JBU solidified my desire to be a leader in the secular world and communicate the love of Christ to business professionals. I recently signed with Deloitte for after I graduate frommy masters program, and will begin work for them shortly.

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Jesse Griffith

Jesse Griffith

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Jesse Griffith

Jesse Griffith

Mechanical Engineering

My name is Jesse Griffith. I live in Tulsa, OK with my wife Shannon whom I met playing Ultimate Frisbee at JBU, and our son, Rowan, who was born on May 20, 2013. I graduated from John Brown University in December of 2012 with a degree in Engineering with a Mechanical emphasis.

This degree from JBU along with my internships during my college career gave me the credentials I needed to get a job in the Petroleum Industry. I cannot stress enough the need for internships as a great way to both try out potential job fields before you graduate as well as gain valuable experience that will differentiate you from other entry level applicants. I had four different internships at two separate Petroleum companies during college, and I believe this is a major reason I had a job offer when I graduated. I now work at Unit Petroleum Company as a Production Engineer.

None of this would have happened, though, without the engineering degree I received from JBU. My JBU Engineering degree both informed me as to the fundamentals of engineering and taught me how to learn. I use both of these disciplines every day. It is great to know that the four and a half years I invested in my Engineering degree at JBU will provide for me and my family for the future.

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Allison Hamm

Allison Hamm

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Allison Hamm

Allison Hamm

Worship Ministry

When I graduated from JBU with a Worship Ministry degree in 2006, I never could have imagined what the next few years would hold. My time at JBU left me with some of my best memories of forming lifelong friendships, singing with the Cathedral Choir in Ireland and at Candlelight, and studying with professors whose brilliance and dedication was both spiritually and intellectually formative. Seven years later and in my last year of seminary at Duke Divinity School, I’ve come to appreciate my time at JBU for more than just those great memories.

An education from JBU goes beyond the simple accumulation of knowledge to give students the skills necessary for a lifetime of learning - at JBU I didn’t learn what to think, but how to think with wisdom, intelligence, and humility. Those skills have given me the tools I needed to navigate everything from unemployment, to local church ministry, to graduate work at a top tier university. For an education that will balance academic rigor with spiritual integrity, I can’t think of a better place than John Brown University.

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Allie & Corbin Hobbs

Allie & Corbin Hobbs

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Allie & Corbin Hobbs

Allie & Corbin Hobbs

Bible

Corbin and I are both from Northwest Arkansas, but after we graduated from JBU (Corbin in 2011 and myself in 2012), we moved to Louisville, Kentucky for Corbin to pursue a Masters of Divinity from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is a full time student and church planting intern for the North American Mission Board, and I am so thankful to be teaching 7th grade English at Christian Academy of Louisville.

We cherish our time at JBU. Not only did it effectively prepare us for our future education and careers, but our season there allowed us to cultivate lasting friendships, and ultimately, pushed us to delight in Jesus. During our freshman years we would have never imagined a life in Louisville. But we serve a sovereign God! We are beyond grateful that He used our time at John Brown University to prepare us for our future.

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Kelsey Howard

Kelsey Howard

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Kelsey Howard

Kelsey Howard

History

I’m currently living my dream of living and studying for a History of Art MA at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. Although I’m in one of the most exciting, beautiful, and culturally rich cities in the world, I still miss and think about the JBU community daily; because now more than ever before, I’m aware that my experience at JBU helped me work towards so much more than achieving my academic goals. JBU has and continues to support my commitment to live a life devoted to the Lord, and to daily submit my plans to Him for His glory.

Before my MA program started, my husband Jordan and I traveled all across Europe. After a month and a half of volunteer farming, we continued traveling and made lots of new friends in several countries through couchsurfing (international social network to meet and stay with people in new places).

Now I am in the thick of my degree, specializing in British Architecture 1615-1815. Next week I am giving a public gallery tour in the Courtauld Gallery and plan to commit a lot of my free time to volunteer work in similar art education public programs. I am extremely grateful for a scholarship from the Rotary Club and have already enjoyed getting involved in Rotary Club here in London. Jordan and I give God the praise and look forward to the coming months in London.

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Kelly Johnson

Kelly Johnson

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Kelly Johnson

Kelly Johnson

Art and Illustration

After graduating from JBU in 2010, I married my high school sweetheart, Nathan, and moved to Kansas City. We lived in an impoverished and crime-ridden neighborhood, reaching out to our neighbors with the love of Christ, and learning to pray for Christ’s kingdom to come in our city and our world. At that time, we felt God prodding us to go to the 10/40 window to share the gospel with the unreached, and in February of 2011, we received the call to Central Asia by means of a dream. The hope was to serve in that location for many years, but God had other plans! We worked as English teachers in a closed country for 6 months before being reported to the government. 3 days later, we moved back to the US. Since then, we’ve moved back to Kansas City, where we work as freelance artists – Nathan doing promotional videos for missions and nonprofits, and me doing illustration and fine art. Our first child, Elliot, was born in September of 2012, and we couldn’t be more in love.

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Sarah Kim

Sarah Kim

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Sarah Kim

Sarah Kim

Early Childhood Education

In 2006, I came to JBU, and it was the hardest year I’ve ever experienced in my life. I still remember the day I cried in front of Mrs. Davis telling her I don’t know if I could stay here any longer and she prayed for me. During that week, my heart changed. By the end of my freshman year, Mrs. Davis told me she can’t believe how different I was compared to the beginning of the school year. It was God, not me.

In 2010, I graduated from Summa Cum Laude from JBU and became an ESL teacher at a Christian private school in New Jersey. I planned to leave the job and be trained to become a short-term missionary, God had a different plan. With a pastor’s advice, I applied to a master’s program at the Teachers College (TC) of Columbia University, because it was the only school that offered an Applied Linguistics program. On the day I received an admission letter, I prayed God to give me scholarship if He desired me to enroll there instead of going to a mission school. The very next morning, I received scholarship. I graduated in May, 2013 with a high pass on my master’s thesis. It was God, not me.

I am now a doctoral student studying Curriculum, Instruction, and Teacher Education in Michigan. I don’t know what my next step is, but I am very thankful that I was at JBU and TC because God wanted me in these places.

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Gibbs Kuguru

Gibbs Kuguru

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Gibbs Kuguru

Gibbs Kuguru

Biology

I am currently in South Africa getting my masters in Molecular Biology with an emphasis in genetics. I am basing my project on the population structure of smooth hammerhead sharks and the implications that it has on fisheries management.

White Shark Africa (WSA) is providing the platform for me to run my project, so I am exposed to a wide variety of sharks and shark based projects. I even get to go on dives for fun in addition to cage diving with Great Whites and tagging sharks.

The knowledge that I gained from JBU was great in preparing me for what I was going to be working with, but that was not enough to help me live in these sharky waters. My professors and staff showed me not WHAT to think, but HOW to think, by changing the way I draw meaning from experience. As cliché as that sounds, being able to encounter and think about the world in a well-adjusted way makes the quality of your life and lives of your peers significantly better.

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Kristen Landrum

Kristen Landrum

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Kristen Landrum

Kristen Landrum

Piano Performance

I graduated from JBU in Fall 2011 with a degree in General Music: Piano. I am now working toward my Master’s of Music in Piano Performance and Pedagogy at Southern Methodist University. As a part of this program I not only take classes and private piano lessons, but also teach young students in the Piano Preparatory Program and teach an undergraduate class piano course as well. The entrance exams for the graduate music department at SMU are strenuous to say the least. When it came time for the exams I was immensely grateful for my time at JBU. Dr. Wubbena can be a demanding instructor, but there is a reason JBU students rank so high on the MFT! While other students were breaking out in hives from the history exam I felt in control.

My time with the piano professors was invaluable as well. Dr. Beckman, was a huge blessing as I tackled playing the piano with small hands. Dr. Whitley gave me a chance to engage sound in a whole new way. Now, as I study with Dr. Carol Leone on a reduced size keyboard I continue to make use of the tools these wonderful instructors gave me.

The best thing about the JBU music department, though, was the beautiful community between the faculty, staff, and students. Being allowed to make music in such an encouraging environment, while still being held to high standards, is something I will always hold dear.

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Brittany Mathias

Brittany Mathias

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Brittany Mathias

Brittany Mathias

Early Childhood Education

College was the time when the Lord drew my heart and mind toward East Africa. When I visited Uganda the summer after my sophomore year, the surmounting needs of people living there where overwhelming. That summer a man at an Internationally Displaced Persons camp told me to take a child home with me because she had no future there. Wow! What do you say to that? While I could not take on all the issues that faced this bright, vibrant continent, the Lord began to soften my heart toward these beautifully generous and faithful people. I knew then that my part of the puzzle would be education, but I did not even imagine then that I would be where I am today.

After several years of seeking, asking the Lord, and waiting, last year I finally felt like He was leading me to step out and begin the process of teaching overseas. That was a journey that tested my faith and ability to rest in Him. However, today I find myself teaching grade 2 in an international school called Haven of Peace Academy in the middle of Tanzania’s largest city Dar es Salaam. I see in the eyes of these students compassion, kindness, and hope. It is my prayer that they will bless and work to redeem a broken world as the hands and feet of Christ. It is such an honor to be invited into the Lord’s work here in Tanzania!

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Kyle Mathis

Kyle Mathis

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Kyle Mathis

Kyle Mathis

Art and Illustration

I was an Illustration Graduate of 2009, and I’m currently working for a costume wig company called Arda-wigs. We are based in Chicago and design a variety of styles for a variety of purposes. While my job is primarily in wigs, my costuming portfolio is what helped me to get the job, and it has also given me a lot of opportunities as a guest for conventions in teaching the art to others. I am very happy to say that I have a stable life right now, and while my current job may not tie directly to Illustration, I still got this job as a result of experiences and connections made during my time at JBU.

I greatly enjoyed my time at John Brown University. I made a lot of friends, learned a lot during my studies, and most importantly made connections to help grow as an adult. I have a multitude of memories that will last the rest of my life, and I have made close friends that I still keep in touch with. I look forward to visiting the campus in the future to see how the college is growing and remind myself of the great experience that I lived for a few years. I hope you continue to prosper JBU, and I hope you continue to provide for the rest of your students what you were able to provide for me.

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Jill Meek

Jill Meek

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Jill Meek

Jill Meek

Children and Family Ministries

My daily work is to walk alongside families as they grow closer to Christ within their church community. It is a lot of teamwork: recruiting and leading committees and volunteers, as well as working with the larger church staff. Helping put forth a vision and steering us toward it through planning programs, preparing for Sunday School, and building relationships are the main responsibility. Interacting with the kids Sunday mornings is the absolute best part. They are clever and funny and growing in their faith. To witness that over the course of four years is amazing. This is a privilege and a blessing, but it has its challenges as I knew it would. In fact, my plan was to write curriculum behind the scenes, rather than dealing face to face with real families-- not to mention highly successful Washingtonian families!

The truth is, God had equipped me for this role and gave me the faith to step into it, thanks in large part to my time at JBU. Classes provided a theological education, practical assignments, and helped me develop a philosophy of ministry. Campus life brought leadership opportunities, connections with tons of creative, gifted, and passionate students, and overall taught me how to live in community with others. These past 7 years have taught me that God is always presently preparing me for future plans, and that His purposes are best. On these chilly, early, Sunday mornings, that’s what gets me going!

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Nathan Menken

Nathan Menken

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Nathan Menken

Nathan Menken

Construction Management

I work as a Project Engineer for FCI Constructors in the Denver, CO area. My duties both on site and in the office range from estimating, design, coordinating and writing reports which would have been over my head but JBU’s Construction Management department not only prepared me for these areas but gave me a full rounded education (head, heart & hand) in all areas of my life to help me handle life in this industry. In addition JBU’s professors have kept in contact and been a great support even after leaving JBU because they care and want every student to do well even after they leave JBU. I would recommend the Construction Management degree to anyone as it is good education, great professors and a life time of reward.

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Lindsey Owens

Lindsey Owens

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Lindsey Owens

Lindsey Owens

Middle School Education

My husband, David, and I started Vencedor Ministries in a small village in Guatemala called El Rosario. Our ministry has two main focuses: young boys who are being raised without fathers, and single mothers who have been abandoned and left to provide for their children. Through the Vencedor Boys Academy, we give young boys the opportunity to learn about a Father who loves them and will never leave them. We are praying for generational change to come through raising up men of God, the future husbands and fathers of Guatemala, prepared to break the cycle of single motherhood. We also strive to help the single mothers provide for their families financially and spiritually, by teaching them the word of God and practical job skills.

At JBU, I had the opportunity to learn what it meant to be a globally minded believer from professors, staff, and other students. I learned that God is passionate about the message of His love reaching the ends of the Earth, as should be His children. In the Education Department, we were constantly being challenged to be “hands-on” in our learning and were given the opportunity to begin shadowing teachers as early as our freshman year. God utilized the JBU Education Department to equip me for my life as a missionary. While I am not teaching Math or Science, the skills I learned at John Brown University are enabling me to disciple single mothers, teaching them to obey all of the commands of Jesus Christ.

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Elizabeth Pflederer

Elizabeth Pflederer

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Elizabeth Pflederer

Elizabeth Pflederer

English Education

The pieces of my life story are starting to fit together. After graduating in May 2011, I was hired as 9th grade English/ESL teacher in Springdale, AR. These were formative years for me, stretching my faith and growing my skills as a professional. The Lord began to move me in a new direction when I first met my husband Sam, who was a member of Wycliffe Bible Translators. Since our marriage in June 2013, we have been preparing together to serve on a Bible translation team in Mozambique. Wycliffe works to see that all people have God’s word accessible to them in the language they understand best, and Sam and I are excited to be part of the effort by providing linguistic and biblical training to a translation team. Our story isn’t over yet; it’s really only just beginning. But we know that the Good Shepherd leads us and his ways are always good.

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Jesse Skidmore

Jesse Skidmore

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Jesse Skidmore

Jesse Skidmore

Art and Illustration

Summer of 2013 was a season of big change for my husband, Sam, and I. We were given a willingness and an ability to move overseas and become missionaries at Black Forest Academy in Kandern, Germany. Sam serves here as the High School Registrar, Assistant to Testing Services, Middle School Advisement and Intramural Sports Director. I am currently the Graphic Designer in the Communications Department. In addition to our official titles here, Sam and I are involved with leading Small Groups, subbing in the dorms or in the classroom, assisting with athletic events, and learning German!

John Brown University equipped me most with the well-rounded curriculum and sincerity of the professors. This gave me not only a quality education, but a desire to keep learning. The love to learn was shared among all my college peers, and is now a huge asset to me as I am serving in an educational setting.

As a liberal arts university, JBU required students to fulfill certain Core Curriculum hours. As an Illustration major, I would never have taken Graphic Design had it not been a requirement. But Professor Andrus and Professor Goehner taught me to love and appreciate it, which led to me adding a minor. Now here I am, a Graphic Designer! Also, all the ministries JBU offers students–from Chapel to Fall Retreat to Passion Groups to Relationship Emphasis Week–equipped me to share more with students here. Our Father knows how to give good gifts, and for me that was JBU.

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Allison 'Kindscher' Smith

Allison 'Kindscher' Smith

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Allison 'Kindscher' Smith

Allison 'Kindscher' Smith

Vocal Performance

Since 2009 I have had the joy and privilege to teach at Lubbock Christian University where I teach voice lessons and music appreciation. Last year I began working with a classical school to add a choir program. I have also assistant directed several shows and will be directing my first solo musical with the classical high school.

I love telling people about JBU because I love JBU! Most importantly, JBU is a truly Christcentered university. Their motto “head, heart, hand” is lived out in all aspects on campus. Students are challenged by intelligent professors in the classroom to gain a well rounded education all through the lens of Christ. Chapel was always an incredible time of spiritual nourishment and guidance with both campus faculty or staff and national Christian leaders. JBU offers many ministries to be involved in, which instilled in me the importance of volunteering in my community after graduating from JBU.

The other incredible thing about JBU is the people. My professors were challenging and gracious. They genuinely cared about me as an individual, and that was extraordinary. Beginning graduate work, I was better prepared than my colleagues thanks to the challenging curriculum. The students at JBU are wonderful and encouraging and are still some of my good friends. My roommate from JBU is still one of my closest friends. The family connection I developed with other members of Cathedral Choir and as well as those late, squirrelly nights with my fellow music majors are irreplaceable.

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Grace Smith

Grace Smith

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Grace Smith

Grace Smith

Graphic and Web Design

I currently work as a designer for DaySpring, where I design Christian greeting cards. As designers we are given the unique opportunity of taking a message written for our consumer, and pairing it with a visual concept that we feel will be a strong “emotional carrier” for that message. DaySpring’s Christian message is what sets us apart as a company and really what brings a deeper purpose to our work. I know that the cards I design will be picked up and read by more people than I will ever know. The cards we design are touching people with a wide variety of needs, whether it is someone who is grieving a loss and receives a sympathy card – or someone who receives a note of encouragement from a friend, right when they need it most. I feel privileged to have a job where I can combine what I am talented in with what my heart believes in most.

JBU provided me not only with the design skills necessary for my job, but also my relationship with God was strengthened during those years. At JBU there were constantly people from all over the world and different walks of life who were there to share their experiences and their perspective. When I saw people living out godliness in a wide variety of ways it made me excited for my own future God has planned. I am thankful I had a place that deepened my God-given dreams and encouraged my passion for Him.

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Kristy Stevenson

Kristy Stevenson

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Kristy Stevenson

Kristy Stevenson

Journalism

I currently work as a Social Content Developer for Rockfish Interactive, a digital marketing agency in Rogers, AR. I manage multiple social media accounts for our clients and it’s a task that involves quite a bit of writing. On a daily basis, I write anything from Facebook and Twitter posts, to press releases and blog posts. My journalism degree from JBU definitely helped prepare me for my current position. Through journalism, I learned to write concise and engaging content, something that is absolutely essential to my daily work.

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Jodi and Justin Thompson

Jodi and Justin Thompson

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Jodi and Justin Thompson

Jodi and Justin Thompson

Accounting

JBU was an incredible experience for us. We found friends for life, and we found each other. We were both varsity soccer players and started to talk on the bus trip to Texas for an away game. We noticed that we had a lot in common. Our beliefs were the same, and we were passionate about similar things in school. Yes, we ended up getting married and now we live in Gainesville, FL. I (Justin) am finishing up Physical Therapy school at the University of Florida while I (Jodi) am running my own personal training business, Forward Motion Fitness. We love anything to do with fitness training, rehabilitating and preventing injuries, staying healthy and the outdoors. Many times, we share fitness and therapy ideas to help each other in our jobs. In Gainesville, it’s been so much fun playing soccer in the city league. It’s great being on the same team with your spouse!

We will never get soccer out of our system, especially JBU soccer. Every time we return to Siloam, we walk on the soccer field together for old time’s sake and take pictures. Great memories! Lord willing, we will continue here in Gainesville. God used JBU to bring us together and to help us pursue our same passions through our education. Our JBU experience was unforgettable!

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Rachel Thornburn

Rachel Thornburn

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Rachel Thornburn

Rachel Thornburn

Early Childhood Education

In the spring of 2012, I graduated from John Brown University with a degree in Early Childhood Education. Immediately following, the Lord provided me with a teaching position in 3rd grade at Pawnee Elementary of the Shawnee Mission School District in Overland Park, KS. As a first year teacher, I found the transition into the classroom to be a surprisingly smooth one. JBU challenged and prepared me to set high expectations, exercise professionalism, and love my students like Christ. I recently learned that I was nominated on behalf of my district for the Horizons First Year Teacher of the Year Award. I credit my JBU professors, college cohort, current colleagues, and the Lord’s grace with the success my students and I have experienced.

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Matt Tice

Matt Tice

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Matt Tice

Matt Tice

Business Administration

It has been nine very short years since I graduated from JBU in 2004, and the Lord has blessed me with an exciting career and many wonderful experiences since! I started working for The Wrigley Company a month after I graduated from John Brown. My first interview with Wrigley was at a national SIFE (now Enactus) competition I attended with JBU’s team my senior year. The valuable experiences I received though JBU’s business program played a huge role in my landing a job with Wrigley.

Over the past nine years, I’ve had the opportunity to hold four different positions with Wrigley in four different cities including Salt Lake City, Raleigh, Chicago and now Bentonville. I was blessed to find an amazing wife in North Carolina, and we added a wonderful little boy to our family while in Illinois. Once Wrigley offered to relocate me back to Arkansas to work with Walmart, I jumped at the opportunity! I not only am receiving valuable career experience working with the world’s largest retailer, but I have also enjoyed re-connecting with many JBU friends still in the area which I have remained in contact with over the years. I have also enrolled in JBU’s International Business MBA program and I know my JBU graduate experience will continue to launch my career to new heights.

JBU was an incredible launching ground for my personal and professional life. JBU has been, and continues to be, a huge blessing in my life!

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Kristen Wulf

Kristen Wulf

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Kristen Wulf

Kristen Wulf

Political Science

JBU’s motto is “Head, Heart, and Hand.” Throughout my time at JBU I began to understand just how important the motto really is. Head means striving for educational excellence because our Father created us with minds that are able to engage the world around us and be an active part of making it a better place. I now serve as an English teacher in Cambodia. I help prepare Cambodian students to study completely in English by teaching them critical thinking skills and study skills in addition to general English. I have the opportunity to help them discover a passion for learning and in the process, get a glimpse of the one from whom all wisdom flows.

Heart means a deepening of our relationship with our Father and the transformation of the rhythms of our lives so that they reflect more and more the desires of his heart rather than our own. JBU helped to lay the foundation for a lifetime of pursuing intimacy.

Hand means putting what you’ve been given into action. As a foreigner, everything I do is incredibly fascinating to the people around me. As a teacher I am uniquely placed to be the aroma of life – whether it’s using the political science degree I never thought I’d get to use in Asia to tutor students in International Politics, or simply saying to the lowest student in the class that I see you and I’m proud of you.