Siloam Springs, Ark. (June 2, 2004) - John Brown University awarded the 2003-2004 Faculty Excellence Award to Mr. Don Balla, professor of business and Dr. Ed Klotz, associate professor of intercultural studies. Every year students nominate the faculty to receive the award. The awards are based on nomination letters and data regarding faculty accomplishments in teaching, scholarship, service, and spiritual modeling. The award is funded through a generous donation from an anonymous alumnus. In addition to a cash award, the recipient’s names are place on a perpetual plaque located in the Chapman Administration building. Balla, a professor of business, has written and published articles in diverse fields, and used his training as an attorney to benefit the local Hispanic community. “Mr. Balla is continually involved with the local community and always has current examples to share with the class,” a student wrote in a nomination letter. “He is always ready to help with any problem and assists in ways that make you learn to solve the problem for yourself next time.” Koltz, an associate professor of intercultural studies, has led students to Lithuania, and Urbana, and was recently instrumental in helping secure a federal grant for JBU’s Project Globalization. “One of the first things Dr. Klotz communicated to us is that we were all to know that we were not simply students and he the professor, but that we are all a community of learners,” a nomination letter stated. “He continues to model the humility of a learner even as he is a professor.” John Brown University is a top-tier private university, ranked 11th by U.S. News & World Report in the Southern Region. JBU enrolls 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.