Creative Arts Council to present in Festival of Christmas Joy Reply

KNOXVILLE- This year the Creative Arts Council is putting a new spin on the annual Festival of Christmas Joy on December 3rd.

The council has partnered with the School of Communication and Creative Arts to perform theatrical scenes between the normal musical performances.

Tammie Weatherly, sponsor to the Creative Arts Council, spoke about the production and the role the Council will play in it.

“The show itself this year has four short scenes as part of the show where the music is interspersed into these 7-8 minute long scenes,” Weatherly said.”The music department is involved as well as the arts department, particularly the drama part of the arts.”

Weatherly shared that the play was written by the Skit Guys. However, for the sake of time the show will only include four out of six scenes of the play.

The setting of the play is a group of people auditioning for a live nativity at their church. Each person auditioning talks with the director, yet the audience is unable to see the director.

Weatherly did not reveal the outcome but commented that the play is, “very effective [and] very powerful.”

Weatherly and Nicole Brunsman, student director and member of the Creative Arts Council, auditioned twelve students for the four parts and together they decided on who received the roles for the show.

“[Brunsman] will have most of the responsibility for the rehearsals as we go through this process.” Weatherly said.”This is for the most part the first time we have ever done something like this.”

Apart from the Christmas Show this year, the Creative Arts Council has many other artistic outlets for students to be a part of. These include Accent, a student-run literary magazine, the lip sync contest taking place during the Orange and Black Affair, and visual art displayed in Coffee House.

One way for students to get involved with theater this semester is through the drama chapel group led by Weatherly and Meghan Nelson.

Weatherly explained that the chapel encourages students who may not have any prior experience by,  “working on skills and discussing acting rather than just rehearsing and learning as you go.”

Students interested in being a part of the spring production, “Fools” by Neil Simon, are welcome to auditions on December 6-7. The spring production will run from April 6-9.

Students are encouraged to listen for chapel announcements as the dates approach for specific times and locations or email Brunsman at

Students who are interested in writing for the literary magazine can email Brooke Boling at or Regan McSherry at

Students who are interested in submitting artwork for coffee shop can email Emma Downer at

Students interested in joining the theater chapel group can email Meghan Nelson and

Mirembe Cottage of Street girls

Mirembe Cottage of Street girls selected as offering recipient Reply

Johnson University’s 2016/2017 offering recipient is the Mirembe Cottage of Street girls in Uganda. The funds raised will go towards meeting the financial need to provide for the construction of a new home and school for the girls.

Every year, Harvesters connects Johnson with a missionary that is doing kingdom work throughout the world.

This year’s recipient, Mirembe Cottage of Street girls, is a part of Sonrise Ministries in Uganda.

Mirembe Cottage was founded in 2011 by Daniel Mugoda Awali. Currently Mirembe Cottage cares for 25 girls ages 6 to 16 and is in need of a larger home and a new school.

There is an urgent need to extend the home to take more girls off the streets of Uganda.The initial 3 room house can no longer fit the needs of the increasing number of girls at Mirembe Cottage.The girls have been in constant prayer for the construction of their new home. The new school is also essential to provide an education at a reasonable distance from the home.

The Purpose of Mirembe Cottage is to provide a safe, caring, loving and nurturing environment where the girls can develop spiritually, physically, socially, educationally, and emotionally.

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Director of Mirembe, Daniel Mugoda Awali, was once an orphan until he was saved by the Good Shepherd’s Fold home in Jinja, Uganda. As an adult Daniel reached out to several of the girls living on the streets and listened to their stories.

“I could feel the Lord tugging on my heart to rescue these girls and stop their suffering on the streets, to provide them a safe place to sleep, a warm meal, a place they could call home,” he said.

Many of the girls at Mirembe share stories of neglect, abuse, broken families, and a forced life of begging on the streets in Uganda.

At Mirembe the girls have the opportunity to grow into young women that become to know and experience the love of God. Under the care of Daniel and other caregivers, the girls receive love, food, education, and a safe place to call home.


The girls in their sewing class.

To ensure that the girls are being raised in a safe and healthy environment, there are many physical and spiritual needs that must be met.

This year students and faculty at Johnson will help contribute to their needs through prayers and offerings.

Every week there will be an opportunity to give in chapel. There will also be several fundraisers throughout the year.

All proceeds will go towards meeting the needs of Mirembe Cottage of Street girls.

To read some of the stories of the girls at Mirembe Cottage visit their website at

Dr. Hugh Ross shares about Reasons to Believe and his new book Reply

KNOXVILLE – Dr. Hugh Ross, President and founder of Reasons to Believe, spoke at Johnson University on Oct. 12 about science and faith.

In the interview below, Dr. Ross shares about Reasons to Believe and his new book, Improbable Planet: How Earth Became Humanity’s Home.

To learn more about Dr. Ross and Reasons to Believe visit their website here.

Look for more clips from the interview coming soon!

Student music, art, and poetry displayed at semester’s first Coffee House Reply

KNOXVILLE – On Monday from 7-9:30 p.m. students performed for their peers during the semester’s first Coffee House.

Coffee was offered to the first seventy-five students for $1 and free cookies were offered to all attendees.

Student artwork, gathered and displayed by the Creative Arts Council was set up in the Underground.

A voting booth offered students the opportunity to choose their favorite piece of artwork. Some of the artwork displayed will be a part of a permanent exhibit in the Underground.

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Students interested in participating in the next coffee house should follow SGA on twitter and listen for the next chapel announcement for audition dates and times.


Student reminder: thank you letters due Reply

KNOXVILLE – Thank You letters are due Oct. 17-18.

All that is required of you is to bring a first class stamp(s) to the 2nd floor of the Gally, on the 18th,  before 5 p.m..

You can purchase stamps at the Campus store for .48 cents. The campus store closes at 4 p.m..

Your letter will be ready and waiting for you to sign.

If you do not turn in a thank you letter by the 18th, your Johnson University Aid will be reduced.


University releases annual security and fire safety report Reply

KNOXVILLE – Each year by Sept. 30 Johnson is required by federal law to release an Annual Campus Security and Fire Safety Report.

This report details all campus security policies and procedures as well as Clery disclosure information, including crime and fire statistics for the last three calendar years.

Dean of Students, Dave Legg, spoke on what the new report means for students and faculty who live on campus.

“This says what our campus does for crime control and how we maintain security and how you get help if you’re in an emergency situation,” he said.

Legg explained that the report also includes information from the handbook that is updated from the previous year.


The statistics covered in the report are broken down by general crimes, bias crimes, arrests on campus property, unfounded crimes, and disciplinary actions.

They show that theft is the most common crime reported by the University, but this does not cover things like food being stolen from refrigerators in the dorm.

“Not all crime is reported – these are the things that the federal government says are so important that every student, every employee, and every prospective student should know about them,” Legg said.

However, students can report such incidents to their Resident Director who will handle them with disciplinary action.

Security Supervisor Tim Huggins pointed out that all but one of the thefts reported in 2015 could have been prevented by not leaving the item(s) exposed.

Policies and procedures regarding security in the report are extensive and designed to maintain the high level of safety that seems to characterize the lack of incidents reported in the last three years.

Even some of the more alarming statistics have simple explanations, such as one 2015 domestic violence report that was actually an incident between two people who were visiting the campus.

Anyone interested in crime and fire statistics at Johnson can visit the reception desk in the PW and ask to see the public crime and fire log. This log includes incidents beyond what is listed in the statistics of the annual report.

“You’d also find the things where somebody walked away with an iPhone for instance which don’t show up in this report,” Legg said.

img_0377Legg noted that specifics of on-campus safety procedures during an event such as a shooting have not been published by Johnson because the federal government advises against making public all emergency plans.

However, students may notice multi-colored posters around campus detailing emergency procedures.

Legg suggests that students and faculty take time to look over the poster periodically to stay informed in the event of an emergency.

Read the full safety report here.

Students are also encouraged to sign up for the Nixle Community Information Service by texting JUTN to 888777 or by going to their website.

Through this service students receive messages by mobile phone notifying them of campus emergency situations or to test the system. Standard messaging rates apply.

Written story: Regan McSherry

Statistical graphics: Abbey Whitaker

Video news report: Chastedy Johnson


A21 Freedom Walk Reply

KNOXVILLE – On Oct. 15, 8:30 a.m. over one hundred people gathered downtown to participate in the A21 Freedom Walk.

The Johnson University team had 11 representatives and raised $103.90 for the cause.

Together we walked in a single file line, in silence, for two miles around downtown.

The walk in Knoxville was one of over 270 walks happening around the globe today.

To learn more about the #walkforfreedom or A21, you can visit their site.

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JU men’s and women’s soccer teams face KCU Reply

KNOXVILLE – On Friday evening JU’s women’s and men’s soccer teams faced off against Kentucky Christian University.

The Johnson’s women’s team was defeated with a close final score of 3-2. Number 19, Freshman Abby Barrons, scored both points for Johnson.

Johnson’s men’s team lost to KCU with a final score of 1-0. The goal was made in the first half.

SGA held a tailgate party during halftime of the women’s game. Volunteers served hamburgers and hotdogs while students held a Cornhole competition.

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Written report and photos: Regan McSherry and Ariel Porter

Dr. Hugh Ross to speak on faith and science Reply

KNOXVILLE – On Oct. 12, Dr. Hugh Ross, President and Founder of Reasons to Believe, will be on JUTN’s campus speaking on science, faith, and controversial questions of origin.

Dr. Ross will speak in the PW gym at 9 a.m. on Wednesday.

This meeting will count towards students’ group chapel attendance.

Dr. Ross will also be available from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Private Dining Room of the Gally Commons for an informal Q&A.

Students and faculty are also invited to attend the chapter meeting for Reasons to Believe in PW 213 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m on Wednesday.

Reason to Believe is an organization dedicated to scientific research. They posit in their mission that reason should, “consistently support, rather than erode, confidence in the truth of the Bible and faith in the personal, transcendent God revealed in both Scripture and nature.”

To learn more about Dr. Ross and Reasons to Believe visit their website here.