First Annual JBU Academic Visitation Camp a Huge Success

Siloam Springs, Ark. (August 5, 2008) — John Brown University held the first annual Academic Visitation Camp (AVC) July 13-18 on its main campus in Siloam Springs, AR. The brainchild of Assistant Professor Jason Hough, AVC allowed high school students between their junior and senior year a unique academic experience. Thirteen students from Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Texas came to the JBU campus, lived in a residence hall with other students, ate in JBU’s cafeteria, and spent an intense week in the course “Hollywood Films and Christian Critique”. A version of a regular JBU course designed by Hough for JBU students, the summer class taught the students how to interact with film from a critical and philosophical viewpoint. This was the first summer class of its kind offered by JBU. “This pilot effort was a huge success,” said Hough. “We are anxious to expand this model in future summers.” The AVC Program was designed not only to let students experience the JBU campus and its offerings, but also to learn in a rigorous and thought-provoking college-level course. Throughout the week, guest faculty lecturers spoke about a particular film and offered students the opportunity to interact with JBU faculty. Students had multiple reading, writing, and assessment assignments on a daily basis. Students earning at least a “C” letter grade for the week received 3 hours of general, transferable credit.