Siloam Springs, Ark (October 4, 2001) - Who: First lady of Arkansas Janet Huckabee, Fort Smith Mayor Ray Baker, Fort Smith Chamber of Commerce President Billy Dooly, John Brown University President Dr. LeVon Balzer, other John Brown University Administrators and Alumni, and local church and community leaders.
When: The ribbon cutting will begin at 2PM TUESDAY, OCTOBER 9, and the dedication ceremony will immediately follow. Tours of the facility and refreshments will follow the ceremony.
What: These local, state, and university dignitaries will be on hand to dedicate the new John Brown University Fort Smith building, located at 1401 South Waldron Road. This 22,000 square foot building, purchased by the university this year, houses several tenants, including the John Brown University Office of Adult and Continuing Education. This newly refurbished classroom and office complex hosts the university’s Advance Program.
About the JBU Advance Program: The JBU Advance Program is a response to the growing number of working adults seeking to return to college to finish their bachelor’s degree. The Advance Program allows individuals, with two years of prior college, to finish their degree in organizational management or business information systems in less than two years by attending class one night a week. This program has been successful at the university’s three off campus sites: Northwest Arkansas (Springdale), Little Rock, and Fort Smith.
Where: The ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony will be held at the John Brown University Fort Smith Center located at 1401 South Waldron Road (four blocks north of Rogers Avenue, across from Central Mall).
John Brown University: John Brown University is a private university with an enrollment of more than 1,500 students from 46 states and 30 countries. Established in 1919, the University’s main campus is located in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. JBU is a charter member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities and is listed annually by US News and World Report as a top tier comprehensive college.
Note: After the ceremony, arrangements will be made for media representatives to interview special guests, students, and administrators about the event, JBU, and the Advance Program.