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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.


Johnson University to celebrate 125th anniversary with various events

JU 125thIn celebration of their 125th anniversary, Johnson University will hold many different events Oct. 25-27.

There will be a JU Birthday Bash, which will include games, a tractor hay-ride, music and food on Oct. 25 at 5 p.m. in front of the Philips-Welshimer Building.

On Fri. morning, there will be outings with Dr. Smith to Cades Cove, hiking with Dr. Eubanks, a tour of the Athletic and Recreation Complex with Dr. Weedman, and golfing with various alumni and professors. To reserve a spot on any of the excursions, email

Faculty workshops will be held on Fri. afternoon and Sat. morning. These will include topics such as preaching, leadership, Biblical interpretation, Emma Johnson, and more.

Guests can reserve a spot on the Riverboat Banquet Cruise, which will take place Fri. evening. This will include a full dinner, the ride, and entertainment. Tickets cost $35 per person and can be purchased here.

To find out more information about any of the events taking place, click here.


Johnson University students needed to serve musically in chapel

JUTN chapel leaders are looking for more students to serve musically and help lead worship during chapel services. Anyone interested in participating can audition, by video, year round.

“We’re open to anything but the main instruments (needed) are acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass guitar, piano or keys, drums, vocals,” said Alison Tomamichel, chapel production teaching assistant.
Worship leaders email participants several weeks in advance and ask if they would like to participate on a certain day. They can then accept or decline the invitation. Students are encouraged to participate as much as possible, however, they will not typically be asked to serve two weeks in a row.
“It’s an awesome experience too, to play in chapel, and it’s a lot of fun getting to play with the band and hang out with them. It’s a lot of fun, serving the Lord.
Students will need to be available for more than just the chapel service in which they participate.
“There’s a practice, of some sort, before the Monday’s sound check, and then Monday you have to go to sound check, which is from 12:30 to about 2:30 usually,” Tomamichel said. “You have to get to chapel, on the days that you play, at 7:45.”
Anyone interested in learning more can email or Audition videos can be emailed to


Marriage study for young couples to be held Oct. 16

“Fit To Be Tied” is a series of studies for newlyweds, engaged students, and couples seriously considering engagement, to learn more about the realities of marriage.

David Wheeler, a professor in Johnson’s School of Congregational Ministry, and his wife, Cathy, started this series 21 years ago to provide young couples with guidance in relation to marriage.

“We want to destroy the fantasy of what marriage is gonna be like without quenching the flames,” David Wheeler said. “You know, look at us – we’re ridiculously in love, this is a good thing – but you’ve got to work at it.”

“The first one is just kind of the myth busters,” Wheeler said. “Just talking about ‘here’s some fantasies about what you think it’s going to be like’ and destroy some of the myths.”

The first session, “The Myths of Marriage”, will be held Tuesday, Oct. 16, from 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. at David and Cathy Wheeler’s home, on JUTN’s campus, at 2348 Gateway Court.

Other topics include finances, communication, parenting, and more.

The next session will be Nov. 13 from 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. This date may change.

Any questions can be directed to David Wheeler at


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.

Blood Drive Girls

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.


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.




Stone-Campbell Journal Conference paper competition open for submission


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

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


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.


Josh Teegarden 5K pre-registration deadline Sept. 15

Josh Teegarden Logo

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 or Bill Teegarden at (606) 748-8456 or The registration form is available here.