JBU Students Travel to Little Rock to Meet With Legislators

State Representative Mike Kenney talks with JBU students Kristen Rediske and Corrie Matchell at the state capitol on Thursday.

State Representative Mike Kenney talks with JBU students Kristen Rediske and Corrie Matchell at the state capitol on Thursday.

Siloam Springs, Ark (February 7, 2003) — John Brown University students and administrators traveled to the state capitol on Thursday, Feb. 6 to meet with state legislators about the importance of state-funded academic scholarships. The JBU representatives joined representatives from 10 other Arkansas private universities that are members of Arkansas’ Independent Colleges and Universities (AICU).

AICU sponsored the special event at the capitol, during which each of Arkansas’ private universities set up displays in the capitol building rotunda. Student recipients of state-funded academic scholarships from each university had the opportunity to meet and talk with legislators.

JBU President Dr. Lee Balzer and Dr. Jim Krall, vice president for university advancement, attended the event along with two JBU students, Corrie Matchell, a recipient of the Governor’s Distinguished Scholarship, and Kristen Rediske, a recipient of the Arkansas Academic Challenge Grant.

“AICU day at the capitol was the perfect opportunity to express to our state legislators the importance of state-funded academic scholarships,” JBU President Lee Balzer said. “These scholarships play a crucial role in keeping our brightest students in the state of Arkansas both during college and after college graduation.”

John Brown University is a private university with an enrollment of more than 1,700 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.

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State Representative Mike Kenney talks with JBU students Kristen Rediske and Corrie Matchell at the state capitol on Thursday.

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State Representative Mike Kenney talks with JBU students Kristen Rediske and Corrie Matchell at the state capitol on Thursday.