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Jenna Stahlman is Editor-in-Chief of the Royal Scribe. She is studying mass communications at Johnson University. Although she was born and raised in Northwestern Pennsylvania, her heart is in Tennessee. She enjoys spending time with her horse, hiking, photography, writing, and fishing.

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MEDIC Fall blood drive turnout lower than previous years

Johnson University hosted the MEDIC Regional Blood Center for the Fall Blood Drive on campus, Oct. 9. The event was held in the Gally Commons from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Approximately 45 units of blood were collected, less than previous fall blood drives at Johnson, which typically provide 65 units.

“Blood donations are important for several reasons, mainly because it saves lives,” Chris Phipps, MEDIC Donor Resource Coordinator, said. “One blood donation can save up to three people’s lives.”

Phipps said that baby boomers were taught the importance of donating blood while growing up. As more of that generation becomes unable to donate blood, the need for young people to donate is high.

“We encourage and rely on student donations because they are our donor base for the future…,” Phipps said. “Unfortunately, we often don’t see enough young people that recognize the altruistic value of donating blood and its importance to help save the lives of others. Our goal is to try to teach that to young people so that even after college when they enter the workforce or are out in the community they will take some time out of their schedule to visit us.”

MEDIC keeps the blood collected in the community to serve the local hospital’s needs. They also provide credit for those who donate blood.

“If the donor or a close family member of a donor were to later develop cancer or be in an accident, they would not be billed for the blood products used or needed for them,” said Phipps. “Donating blood is also healthy for the donor in that it lowers cardiovascular health risks and provides other positive effects on the body.”

Students were encouraged to donate blood with the promise of a t-shirt and a Texas Roadhouse Appetizer coupon. Johnson Hall residents were also enticed with a pass on room checks.

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Emily Hudelson and Sarah Chitwood after donating blood at the Fall blood drive.

“I figured it doesn’t take that much time, and it doesn’t hurt that much, but it can really help people so it’s a good use of my 40 minutes,” Emily Hudelson, class of 2022, said.

Hudelson donated once before, in high school, and she says she will continue donating blood. Hudelson’s friend has needed blood transfusions before so she wants to help donate for people like her.

“I felt like it wasn’t that much of a trouble and it could potentially help someone in the future,” Sarah Chitwood, another JU student, said.

She wanted to donate because of her uncle who has needed blood transfusions due to heart problems.

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JU Ultimate Frisbee competes in first tournament of the season

KNOXVILLE    Johnson University’s Ultimate Frisbee team competed in their first tournament of the season at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Sept. 29 – 30.

The team played against UT for their first game and lost 13-12.  JU then competed against the University of Kentucky, losing by one point, again. They moved on to play against the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, winning 10-6. JU lost their final game of the day, against Lee University, by one point, with a score of 13-12.

On Sunday, JU played against UT again, for their only game of the day. They lost 11-10.

“I’d just like to personally say on behalf of the captains of the team, Cal Kinman and myself, we are incredibly thankful of all our fans that came out to support and for all of the hard work the team has put in through this past month,” Sean Torres, a co-captain of the team, said. “We’ve got great hopes after all of these close games. We can’t wait to continue to spread the glory of God through this sport at our next tournament…”

The JU Ultimate Frisbee team will compete in their next tournament at Tennessee Tech University, Oct. 27-28.

 

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JU School of Communications and Creative Arts offers minors, electives

KNOXVILLE — Johnson University’s School of Communications and Creative Arts offers many options for students to enhance their education.

The SCCA offers three minor options in music and one in communications. Students from any area of study can pursue these options.

Each minor consists of 18 additional credit hours, however, if planned strategically, this amount may be less.

The music minors consist of three options – music performance minor, music minor, and worship theology minor. The music performance minor consists of music theory and performance course content. The other music minor consists of more traditional music theory, but still contains elements of music performance. The third minor is worship theology which focuses on digging deep into the theology of worship.
The minor in communications also can provide training in various areas.

“…So any major on the campus can do a mass communication minor…,” Matthew Broaddus, Dean of the School of Communications and Creative Arts said. “So if you’re interested in video production, audio production, writing more, you can add (this) minor to your degree and do that.”

Broaddus said that the degree is a great additive to any major, as the skills that it can teach you will enable you to succeed in your career.

“…So it just gives students more opportunities to experience different things and to gain experience and be better prepared for a job market that demands diverse skills,” Broaddus said.

He said that students will also gain a crucial ability.

“Well, I think the big one is critical thinking,” Broaddus said. “If you’re going out and asking questions and collecting information and observing the world with the mindset of ‘I have to observe this and then tell other people’, you learn to think critically, you learn to evaluate situations… a lot of people really struggle with the ability just to think critically and I think it really gives people an opportunity to develop and practice critical thinking skills.”

If students are considering adding a minor they should do so immediately. It can successfully be added and fit in as late as your junior year, however, if added in the senior year it could prolong the expected graduation date.

“There are a couple of different ways you could approach it but to get all the content in you probably need to give yourself two years to stagger it out throughout your degree,” Broaddus said. “So the earlier you declare a minor the better.”

The two music minors do have an audition requirement. Interested students can contact music faculty to schedule auditions and find out more details.

If a minor in one of these areas doesn’t suit you, then you can pursue an elective option which ranges from private music lessons to ensemble, to joining the Royal Scribe staff.

“Participating in private lessons is a great way to just learn to perform better and participating in an ensemble, you know, there’s just great value just learning to sing with a group,” Broaddus said. “Our hope is that we’ll have a lot of people who are passionate about singing cause we have so many of them on campus who aren’t necessarily music majors, but they’ll want to get involved and just continue to push their ability further.”

Students can enroll in private music lessons without any background with the instruments.

There is another elective option    Johnson’s official student publication, the Royal Scribe. The Royal Scribe allows students to hone their writing skills while also gaining other life skills and experience that will be beneficial in their career and personal life.

“The ability to communicate and present information – collect information – it’s a job skill that translates to any career,” Broaddus said. “So that ability to build relationships, to ask questions, and to gather information will benefit anyone long term in their careers.”

Students can join the Royal Scribe just as a club activity also.

“…It’s the opportunity just to get connected with the campus community a little bit more, to learn more about your university, to help document the history of the university,” Broaddus said.

If a student participates in any of these options for three semesters, it has the possibility to count for an elective.

Students interested in adding a minor or electives in these areas should contact the SCCA.

 

 

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Stone-Campbell Journal Conference paper competition open for submission

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The Fourteenth Annual Student Paper Competition of the Stone-Campbell Journal Conference is asking for entries before the Dec. 15, 2018 deadline.

The 2019 contest is open to undergraduate juniors and seniors, and graduate MA/MDiv. Papers falling under any SCJ discipline are eligible for entry. The requirements state that papers must be 8-12 pages in length.

Contest winners will receive a certificate and books, and will also be recognized in an article on the SCJ website. The Isaac Errett winner    Stone-Campbell topics only    will receive a $250 cash prize.  In addition, several Christian universities have pledged scholarships of $2500 toward one year of graduate school for the winners of the respective divisions.

Finalists will be notified by Feb. 17, 2019. The top three students from each category will present their papers before judges at the conference, which will be held April 5-6, 2019 at Johnson University in Knoxville. Paper presentations must be under 20 minutes for undergraduates, and 25 minutes for graduate students.

Undergraduate and graduate participators should submit their papers to Les Hardin by Dec. 15, 2018. Any questions should be directed to Dr. Hardin at LHardin@johnsonu.edu.

Errett Paper contestants in Stone-Campbell history should submit their papers and area of program study to Newell Williams by Dec. 15, 2018. All questions for this category should be directed to Dr. Williams at n.williams@tcu.edu.

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JU to hold first Fall Commencement

KNOXVILLE    Johnson University will hold their first Fall Commencement this year.

Fall Commencement will be held Saturday, Dec. 15 at 2 p.m. in the Phillips-Welshimer gym. It is mandatory that all graduates arrive early, at 10:30 a.m., for rehearsal.

Students planning on graduating at the end of this semester should fill out the intent to graduate form by Sept. 15. This form is mandatory for all prospective graduates, regardless of whether or not they participate in the Commencement ceremony.

Students are expected to participate, however, if they are not able to for any reason, they must notify the registrar to be granted permission in advance. Even if graduating in absentia, the student is still required to pay the graduation fee in order to receive their diploma.

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Josh Teegarden 5K pre-registration deadline Sept. 15

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KNOXVILLE   The pre-registration deadline for the Josh Teegarden Memorial 5K Run/Walk ‘Run for a Reason’ is Sept 15.

The entry fee is $20 per person before Sept. 15. The fee will increase to $25 after this date. Similarly, the student entry fee is $15 before Sept. 15 and increases to $20. All who register before this deadline will receive a free t-shirt.

The race will be held Sept. 22 at Johnson University. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. and the race is set to start at 9 a.m. The memorial 5K will provide scholarships at JU in memory of Josh Teegarden.

Teegarden was studying Missions and Ministry and was preparing to return to JU for his senior year when he died while serving in the mission field at Christ Camp for the Blind in Rockcastle County, Kentucky. In memory of him, his family and friends decided to combine two of his favorite things    running and missions.

Awards will be given to the top female and male racers in three age brackets. The race is worth 250 Go365 Points. Proof of participation must be submitted via the Go365 Mobile App or website to receive points.

For more information, contact Matt Shears at mshears@johnsonu.edu or Bill Teegarden at (606) 748-8456 or wgteegarden@yahoo.com. The registration form is available here.

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Student Athlete Advisory Committee created to help further athletics, community

KNOXVILLE   The Student Athlete Advisory Committee is providing a voice for Johnson’s student athletes to impact their individual programs, the athletic department as a whole, the entire campus community, and the South Knoxville area.

The SAAC was developed over the summer by Johnson University Athletic Director Brandon Perry, committee president, senior Isaac Morris, and Professor Landon Huffman who is serving as the Faculty Representative of Student-Athlete Development.

“It’s basically like a player’s union,” Perry said. “It gives our athletes a voice on what’s happening in the athletic program, so that’s its main purpose. We added an additional purpose to that, of being able to use it as a way to help organize our ministry opportunities, and community, and social justice opportunities.”

In addition, the committee could help allow Johnson’s athletic programs to reach new levels of competition.

“We looked at NCAA DIII and NAIA DII – some of their standards and practices, and tried to find what would work for us and what would be some good things for us to be doing,” Perry said. “SAAC is actually a DIII requirement for most DIII programs.”

The committee consists of two student athletes from every team and will meet on the first Wednesday of each month.

“There are (currently) 16 different members of the committee and they were each chosen by the respective coaches,” Isaac Morris, the committee’s president, said. “Just leaders that they see give a good voice in their program.”

The committee will not only serve JU’s athletic department and athletes, but the rest of campus as well.

“It’s not just about the athlete. Not just about the participators,” Perry said. “So we want our department to enhance community life. That means if you’re going to a game to find entertainment or true connection with other people…that’s a big deal. So I believe that this department without a doubt is going to engage the entire community and shape it in a number of ways.”

The committee representatives will be able to speak out on issues that effect the entire student body.

“The athletes here have concerns that we need to admit, they’re not just theirs, they’re everybody’s,” Perry said. “So in some ways, athletes are giving a voice to the entire community.”

SAAC will also help JU’s athletic department become involved in the local area.

“One of my big initiatives, first and foremost, is I believe that when you’re planted in a community, as Johnson is planted in South Knoxville, you are to some degree responsible for it,” said Perry. “This opportunity will allow our students to get involved in South Knoxville and look to make some real changes in the areas of social justice.”

In the future, the group hopes to have all student athletes team up with Operation Backyard and Knoxville Leadership Foundation to work on homes in the area.

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JU athlete ‘excited’ for new year, season

KNOXVILLE     Soccer brought Abigail Barron to Johnson University where she has excelled, both on and off the field, while pursuing her goals.

Before coming to Johnson, Barron graduated from Summit High School in Franklin, TN. She learned about the university through soccer recruitment and said she felt at home the first time she visited campus.

“I did a tour and everyone just made me feel very loved, and valued, and included, so I came and I tried it out,” Barron said.

Barron, now a junior, is excited for the year to come, and especially for a new season with her team. She said that the relationship they all have is one of her favorite things about being a student-athlete in college.

“We can all be real with each other, be crazy, and all have our own interests but also come back together as a community with different interests and still enjoy that part of each other,” Barron said.

She was originally majoring in Intercultural Studies so that she could do mission work, however, she felt called to pursue Sports and Fitness Leadership instead. She said she does not have specific plans for what she would like to do after she graduates.

“I’d like to do something with sports ministry,” Barron said. “I don’t know what that will look like though.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Johnson students say SALT is ‘worth it’

KNOXVILLE — For students to graduate, Johnson University requires they complete the Service and Learning Together program.

SALT allows students to take their knowledge from the classroom and apply it in everyday situations through voluntary work in the community.

Students are required to complete 120 hours of SALT service for a bachelor’s degree or 60 hours for an associate’s degree.

Max McCoig, a senior majoring in ministry leadership, said he enjoys the SALT program.

“I think that they [the hours] are very easy to achieve and that it helps the students to kind of get their foot in the door for ministry purposes, because I know the majority, if not all of the students here, are either planning to go into the ministry or some sort of like mission or ministry field,” McCoig said. “So I definitely think, at least for me with Young Life, it’s helped me get a foot in the door to progressively come on staff.”

McCoig earns his hours by volunteering with Young Life, a worldwide Christian ministry that connects older mentors with middle school, high school, and college age students in their community.

Although McCoig said it can be challenging to fit baseball, school, his personal life and the volunteer work into his schedule, he wouldn’t have it any other way.

“I don’t sleep a lot,” he said. “I’m never caught up on everything that I have to do.”

McCoig said that he likes the adrenaline rush of always having something to get done.

“I’m constantly going, but at the end of the day, I think it’s worth it,” he said.

The SALT course information states that the program is meant to help students identify their gifts and strengths, develop skills, shape a humble attitude and confirm the students’ career decision among other things.

“I think [SALT] matures us, especially in the ministry aspect,” McCoig said. “You get to change lives so it may start as ‘oh I need to get so many hours in so I can graduate’ but then you come back and you realize, ‘wow I’m doubling my hours that I needed because of how much my heart is actually in this ministry or this mission field that I’ve gone into’. You’re changing lives and that makes it all worth it.”

He said that although he believes the hours may be too much for some students in certain situations, for example, students who have to work to put themselves through school, it is not impossible.

“I would tell them [students struggling to find the time] to find something that they’re not doing just for the hours,” he said. “Find something that you’re doing because you enjoy it and that just so happens to give you hours.

“Find something that actually pulls at your heart and that you have a heart for at the end of the day,” he added.

Sam Kelly, a freshman, and business administration major, feels that the requirements are easily attainable, although the rules regarding when the hours can be obtained are strict.

“I think they’re a good idea, honestly, because it does help people get an idea of what it means to volunteer their own time without getting anything in return,” Kelly said. “This also promotes good outlooks on work rather than expecting a reward in return. The sacrifice is worth it.”

Johnson University’s SALT hours have a few rules put in place when it comes to obtaining the hours a student needs to graduate. One of these rules is that a student cannot account for more than 20 SALT hours per semester.

“One hundred twenty hours is a reasonable time for four years of college,” Kelly said. “The only part about SALT hours that I do not enjoy is that I have a set amount I can obtain each year.”

He said that he would like the flexibility to achieve more than 20 hours in a single semester.

“With peoples’ schedules, I feel like we should be able to decide when we volunteer our own time,” Kelly said. “I think Johnson should change to allow us to decide when we get our 120 hours rather than limiting us to a certain amount per semester.”

Since Kelly is a business major, he let us in on why he thinks SALT hours are important to his future after graduating.

“My specialized major is business management, and I eventually want a master’s in entrepreneurship,” Kelly said. “What this means is that eventually I want to open up my own business, and so many people in the business world are so focused on making as much money as possible and running a successful business, and they skip out on the key humane parts of running a business, such as giving back to the community and helping the needy. I think that the SALT hours here are helping me to get into the right mindset to remember that in my future career.”

Abigail Guthrie contributed to this story.