JBU Students Selected for Oxford Study Program

Siloam Springs, Ark (November 15, 2000) — Four JBU students were accepted into the Oxford Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies’ Honours Programme. Paul Smith, junior International Business major; Megan McCarty, junior English major; Paul Coker, junior Political Science major; and Lisa Cooper, senior English and Music major, will attend Keble College for the spring 2001 semester in Oxford, United Kingdom. Keble College is affiliated with the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Oxford.

“I was proud to find out that all four students were admitted into the programme in the first round of competition,” said Dr. Shirley Thomas, Professor of English, Dean of Core Curriculum and Director of the Honors Scholars Program at JBU. “It is an honor to see JBU students selected, especially since a group of only thirty students from 90 institutions are chosen.”

The Oxford Honours Programme is co-sponsored by the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. Students are selected for the program on the basis of grades and recommendations and references from faculty, student development, and college administrators. The program demands both an outstanding academic profile and an excellent Christian attitude and behavior.

The courses will be in mostly tutorial and seminar format, with students meeting either one-on-one with their tutor or in small groups. Over the course of the semester, the four scholars will earn 16 hours of credit.

“I am extremely excited about this opportunity,” said Paul Smith. “I look forward to this experience as preparation for graduate school. I will definitely take advantage of the Oxford diversity in professors, students, cultures and learning systems.”

John Brown University is a private university with an enrollment of over 1,500 students from 46 states and 30 countries. JBU is a member of the Arkansas Independent Colleges and Universities as well as the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.