student director staff
Orientation is an all-campus effort led by a group of Student Orientation Directors and Leaders.
These students are here to help guide you through this transition.
Please take a moment to meet our directors.
Full Name: Alec Brandon Warn
Some people call me: Alec...
Major: Music Education
Hometown: Edmond, Oklahoma
Why JBU? Incredible people with a fantastic music program.
My favorite JBU tradition: Candlelight
You can find me hanging out at: Hiking at Devil's Den near Fayetteville!
My freshman/first year at JBU, I wish I had known: Everyone is looking for new friends, don't be afraid to reach out!
People describe me as: Determined and energetic
In my spare time: I'm usually singing or playing the piano! Or outside in a hammock.
I would love to meet: Carrie Underwood
If I could go anywhere in the world, I would go to: New York City
Right now, I’m reading: The ScrewTape Letters by C.S. Lewis
My current jam is: I Choose You by Timeflies
I could never give up: my friendships I can’t stop talking about: musicals...
My favorite Orientation activity: BIG GAMES
My catchphrase: "That's fair"
My life scripture: Deuteronomy 31:6 "Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
I’ve learned the most from: Mr. Smith (Choir Director/Voice Instructor) because he not only leads excellence in music, but in serving the Lord in every aspect of my life!
Full Name: Drew Henry Stehben
Some people call me: Stebowski
Major: Business Administration
Hometown: Rogers, Arkansas
Why JBU? I chose JBU for several reasons. Both of my parents attended which brought me back to this campus for homecomings throughout my life so I was very familiar. I also liked the fact that it was close enough to home that I could see my family occasionally, but not in the same town so I could explore a new place. I also really liked the small community aspect. The classes were smaller and all of the professors were extremely kind and relational. And I didn't realize this until a couple years in because I had visited so much, but Siloam is a very nice small town with a lot of great people.
My favorite JBU tradition: Definitely the TP game! I began attending the game even before I was a student at JBU.
You can find me hanging out: with friends outdoors, riding my bike around town, or doing homework in a coffee shop.
My freshman/first year at JBU, I wish I had known: how to manage my time appropriately between friends and academics well. I’ve learned how important it is to have a proper balance.
People describe me as: calm, loyal, and reliable.
In my spare time: I like to take drives on back roads and listen to music. I also enjoy riding my bike on trails around town.
I would love to meet: Jay Z someday if I could. Need I say more?
If I could go anywhere in the world, I would go to: New Zealand
Right now, I’m reading: Every Good Endeavor by Tim Keller. I love the wisdom I can gain from reading his books and listening to him speak.
My current jam is: Jay Z of course. I go through phases when I am really into his music and others where I have to switch to something in the Josh Ritter genre. I switch jams all the time.
I could never give up: basketball. It has always been my favorite sport and I will always love the feeling it gives me to play.
I can’t stop talking about: Sports. I love to talk sports with anyone. Especially basketball. I can go on and on with another fan about the details of basketball, college or professional.
My favorite Orientation activity: definitely the Big Games. It’s just such an energetic time to get messy and have a crazy time with all the new students.
My catchphrase: No catchphrase. But often when I say goodbye to someone I tend to say "adios" for some reason. It just sounds better than "bye".
My life scripture: 1 John 3:16, “By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.” Here at JBU, I’ve learned the most from: Dr. Balla, who retired last year. He not only taught me the material of the course extremely well, but also shared with us how to succeed in life as professionals and human beings.
Full Name: Hannah Pearle Salters
Some people call me: Salt, Hanners
Hometown: Nairobi, Kenya/ Eufaula, OK
Why JBU? Despite taking a gap year and not deciding on a school till the last minute, the Lord opened all the doors necessary for me to come and JBU graciously worked with me in order to make it happen.
My favorite JBU tradition: Mock Rock!
You can find me hanging out at: Lincoln Lake, Pour Jons, or the Dogwood trail.
My freshman/first year at JBU, I wish I had known: 8am classes really aren’t all that bad and if you can’t get your mail box open… You’re not alone.
People describe me as: caring, adventurous.
In my spare time: I like being outside, spending time with friends, listening to good music, and going on road trips.
I would love to meet: Ruth Bell Graham (if she was still alive) and Beyonce.
If I could go anywhere in the world, I would go to: France, Zanzibar, Austria.
Right now, I’m reading: West with the Night by Beryl Markham.
My current jam is:
I could never give up: My bike, coffee, Spotify.
I can’t stop talking about: The JBU fountain and how Americans know nothing about Canada..... Just kidding. Kind of.
My favorite Orientation activity: Big Games. Hands down.
My catchphrase: golly jeepers, oh my heavens
My life scripture: Psalms 139:9-10
Here at JBU, I’ve learned the most from: Grace Davis. Her passion for ESL students and unwavering belief in the potential of every student have blessed me so much and ignited similar passions within my own heart.
Full Name: Karl E Anderson
Some people call me: Minor, Darth Karl
Major: Engineering with Electrical/Computer Concentration
Hometown: Siloam Springs, AR, USA, Earth
Why JBU? I was looking for a small, Christian College to study engineering and God provided for me to be at JBU.
My favorite JBU tradition: The Flag Chapel!
You can find me hanging out at: My parents’ house. Not going to give the address, they already have enough people over without me as it is.
My freshman/first year at JBU, I wish I had known: How helpful the Career Development Center is when looking for a job.
People describe me as: Outgoing
In my spare time: I find more activities at JBU to join.
I would love to meet: Jack (from the Titanic)
If I could go anywhere in the world, I would go to: Sweden!!! (The Motherland)
Right now, I’m reading: I don't typically read a lot, but you caught me at a reading time, so Doctrine by Mark Driscoll, Conversations and Prayers of Brother Lawrence, and 7 Healthy Habits of Highly Effective People (I'm learning a lot this summer)
My current jam is: This Is What It Feels Like by Armin Van Buuren
I could never give up: Family
I can’t stop talking about: Growing up
My favorite Orientation activity: Big Games
My catchphrase: ba-ba-ddada
My life scripture: 2 Peter 1:3-9
Here at JBU, I’ve learned the most from: Dr. Gilmour, He has a heart of gold, and his passion for students success and learning is exemplary. He is also one of only three electrical engineering profs, so I have him for most of my classes.
Full Name: Kearsten Nicole Hobbs
Some people call me: Keak
Major: Child and Family Studies
Hometown: Rogers, AR
Why JBU? Best place to pursue a degree in Counseling
My favorite JBU tradition: Mock Rock!
You can find me hanging out at: Onyx Coffee Lab in Springdale, AR
My freshman/first year at JBU, I wish I had known: To ask my Professors questions!! They want to help you & see you succeed!
People describe me as: outgoing, assertive, communicator
In my spare time: I always want to be with people!
I would love to meet: Justin Timberlake or Beyonce
If I could go anywhere in the world, I would go to: Greece or Italy
Right now, I’m reading: Divergent Series & Knowing God by J.I. Packer
My current jam is: Love on Top by Beyonce (this is always my jam)
I could never give up: Chick-fil-a
I can’t stop talking about: the beach because I always want to be there!
My favorite Orientation activity: All Campus Worship, because it is the first time that the new students are interacting with all of the other students.
My catchphrase: "best ever!!"
My life scripture: Ephesians 2:4-7
Here at JBU, I’ve learned the most from: Dr. Jay Bruce, He exemplifies what it means to balance knowledge and will.
Once you arrive on campus you will meet your Orientation Leader.
There are over 80 O. Leaders who are your link to the University. They are paired up and serve a group of 8-10 incoming students, which make up your O. Group.
O. Leaders are chosen to inform, serve, love, and connect with you, the new student.