History of JBU Written by Professor
Siloam Springs, Ark (October 6, 2003) — “Head, heart, and hand” has been a central part of the vision of John Brown University and is now the title of a new book written by Dr. Rick Ostrander, dean of undergraduate studies and assistant professor of history. “My purpose was not just a history of buildings and events,” said Ostrander, “but rather to use JBU as an example of the larger idea at the time: to reclaim the idea of Christian higher education and recover academic excellence.” Ostrander’s book engagingly portrays the history of John Brown University from the university’s founding to the present day. The book goes beyond the chronological recording of awards and ribbon cuttings, and it describes the university as a whole. “I am excited the book is out-it is important especially in this time of transition, to understand the history of JBU as well the development process of this university,” said Ostrander. The public is welcome to attend book signings during Homecoming Weekend, Oct. 10-11. Ostrander will be available outside of the Follet bookstore in the Walker Student Center on the JBU campus, Friday, Oct. 10 at 2:30 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 11 at 12:00 p.m. “I am pleased that Dr. Ostrander has done a complete history of the John Brown University heritage,” said Adriane Carr, director of alumni and parent relations. “It will be great for alumni to have that opportunity to visit with him during Homecoming.” Head, Heart, and Hand: John Brown University and Modern Evangelical Higher Education was released in September 2003 by the University of Arkansas Press and is available from the JBU bookstore, the University of Arkansas Press, and various educational journals. John Brown University is a private university with an enrollment of more than 1,800 students from 42 states and 45 countries. JBU is a member of Arkansas’ Independent Colleges and Universities and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.