JBU Student Presents at Baylor Symposium

Siloam Springs, Ark (November 24, 2003) — Distinguished speakers from Duke, Harvard, and Baylor Universities, as well as a student from John Brown University, were among those sharing research papers at the 2003 Pruit Memorial Symposium held on the campus of Baylor University Oct. 30 - Nov. 1. Lee Ella Oglesbee, a senior English major from Buffalo, Missouri, traveled to Baylor to present her paper on “Moral Formation in Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man.” The symposium, entitled The Schooled Heart: Moral Formation in American Higher Education, focused on the nature and need for moral formation in the context of American higher education. “When one considers the prestige of the event and its main speakers, Lee Ella’s invitation to participate is an outstanding recognition,” said Dr. Galen Johnson, assistant professor of biblical studies. Johnson has seen the quality work of which Oglesbee is capable and encouraged her to submit her work. “What better way to explore her academic field than to share with the specialists in her area?” Johnson said. Oglesbee presented her paper at one of the sessions and answered questions. “The experience helped me clarify my academic goals and interests,” said Oglesbee. She enjoys writing creative nonfiction and short stories, and she plans to pursue a doctorate in composition in and rhetoric. “I am tremendously proud of her,” Johnson said. “Lee Ella has represented herself and her school well.” John Brown University is a private university ranked 11th by U.S. News & World Report in the Southern Region. JBU has an enrollment of more than 1,800 students from 42 states and 42 countries. JBU is a member of Arkansas’ Independent Colleges and Universities and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.

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