Category: 2017-2018


Global Learning Center continues language clubs into new year

KNOXVILLE—The Global Learning Center began offering their services to the students at Johnson University a year ago, and Student Coordinator, Date Liming, hopes to get more students involved. The four weekly meetings, each focused on a different language, are open to the student body in the GLC.

Liming, began working for the GLC this semester, and is helping spread awareness of the GLC’s functions to the student body.

“The Global Learning Center is a place where international and national students can come and study in a safe space,” Liming said. “It’s also a place where people can come to get help with a language four times a week, and just a general hangout space.”

A key part of the GLC activities are the four different language clubs that meet weekly in the center. The clubs were started last year to get the student community more involved in the cultures present on campus.

“The language clubs are a place where students can come if they are taking French, Spanish or Chinese,”Liming said. “They can come and find help with those languages, and also just hang out and talk in that language.”

Liming believes that the GLC is a place which provides an opportunity to encourage unity within the JU student body.

“I think, to a degree, there is a definite divide between national and international students depending on where you look,” said Liming.”If people from the U.S. just come in and hang out, I think that would provide a better sense of community.”

The French club meets at 6:30 p.m. Mondays.

The Spanish and English club meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays.

The Chinese club meets at 6:30 p.m. Fridays.


Royal Scribe staff return for fourth year of publication

The Royal Scribe staff returns for the fourth year of publication. Johnson University’s student publication, the Royal Scribe, continues to cover news and information of interest to the university community. The scribe is in its fourth year of publication.


Chastedy Johnson, Royal Scribe senior editor

Chastedy Johnson, who joined the Scribe staff three years ago, is serving as the 2017-18 senior editor. Johnson, a journalism major at JUTN, is a senior and just completed an internship with Love Thy Neighborhood, in Louisville, Kentucky.

“I’ve learned over the past few years that the art of storytelling is so powerful,” Johnson said.”Telling the stories of others gives light to what God is doing in our world and also has its place in advancing the kingdom.

“The Royal Scribe has given me a place to take my creative skills, develop them and use them in incredible ways to serve God and the community,” she said.

Senior Ariel Porter, also a longtime Scribe reporter, is serving as the video editor.

In addition to the Scribe’s student editors, Rachelle Baggett will serve as staff adviser and Matthew Broaddus will serve as faculty adviser to the Scribe staff.

“The scribe reporters are a talented group of students,” Broaddus said. “We have great student leadership this year, and Rachelle will be a great addition to the team.”

Students from any major can report for the Royal Scribe. Staff meetings are at 1 p.m. Tuesdays in EAC 440. Everyone is welcome.

“Writing for the Royal Scribe is a great opportunity for students to grow their portfolios. They can use their published content for future career prospects,” Baggett said. “The Scribe gives them experience where they are both pushed to learn the trade, but given the opportunity to ask for help.”

Students can participate in the Royal Scribe as a club or class. Beginning in the spring 2018 semester, students can take the Royal Scribe class as a Fine Arts, or Arts and Science Selective.


Rachelle Baggett, Royal Scribe staff adviser.

“In addition to covering the Tennessee campus, we would like to develop our staff on the Florida campus,” Broaddus said.

Florida students interested in reporting for the Scribe should contact Johnson at The Scribe staff focuses on covering events of interest to the Johnson community, which extends far beyond the Tennessee and Florida campuses.

In 2017, the Scribe had more than 18,000 views and nearly 8,500 unique visitors from 128 countries. The majority of the international traffic came from Brazil, Canada, the United Kingdom and Russia.

“I am always impressed by the students who work for the Scribe,” Broaddus said. “They are creating content that goes all over the world.

“They are learning and practicing their art in a very public lab setting, and that takes a lot of courage,” he said.

Scribe reporters cover events in text, audio and video formats. Students who participate build a resume, learn valuable communication skills and get to be a part of documenting the history of Johnson University.

Any student who would like more information about reporting for the Royal Scribe can contact Johnson at


Florida campus prepares for hurricane; classes canceled

KISSIMMEE—Students, faculty and staff at Johnson University Florida are preparing for Hurricane Irma.Classes and activities on the JUFL campus are suspended for Friday and Monday.

“According to the National Weather Service, tropical storm conditions are likely for our area starting Saturday night,” JU Chancellor Michael Chambers wrote in a statement to administrators, faculty and staff. “We expect campus operations to be significantly impacted by heavy winds and substantial rain.”

Many universities and government agencies are closing in Florida, and Florida Gov. Rick Scott is urging preparedness.

“As Hurricane Irma approaches, I am urging every Floridian to get a plan and be prepared for potential life threatening impacts from the storm,” Scott said in a statement.

Scott told reporters that Hurricane Irma might be the biggest hurricane to hit the state in 25 years.

The National Weather Service is projecting the cone of the storm to glance the eastern coast of Florida, but the Kissimmee area will likely be impacted by high winds and rain.

Chambers wrote that “Student Life and Physical Plant personnel have begun emergency preparations — developing communications, staging supplies and securing buildings and equipment.”

Following an update Wednesday, Scott directed the Florida Department of Transportation to suspend tolls across the entire State of Florida in preparation for Hurricane Irma and directed the closure of all state offices Friday.

Scott also requested, and President Donald Trump approved, a pre-landfall emergency declaration for the State of Florida in preparation for Hurricane Irma which will provide important preparation resources and assistance from the federal government.

Monday, Governor Scott issued Executive Order 17-235 declaring a state of emergency in all 67 counties within the State of Florida. The State Emergency Operations Center has been activated to level one, which is a full-scale, 24-hours-a-day activation.


Chinese music concert coming to JUTN campus

KNOXVILLE—Later this month, 22 students from Beijing Language and Culture University will be coming to Johnson University to perform.Admission is free and the concert will take place Sept. 26 from 7-8 p.m. in the Phillips-Welshimer building gym.

Duan Hua, assistant professor of education and Chinese history and culture and director of international relations, has a key role in the planning and promotion of this event.

“Our sponsor is the organization Han Ban. So, they are sending this performing troupe.” Hua said,“They are students in a performing arts major and they have recruited some other noted instrumentalists, singers and dancers from other parts of the city in Beijing.”

Hua said this event is an opportunity to enrich campus life and cross-cultural relations.

“This is open to all, the whole campus,” Hua said.”The purpose we are having this is to enrich the campus life and we also want to foster understanding within the cross-cultural students in the community. “

All of the dancing and music will be made according to the theme of The Silk Road Impression of Civilization, and will include many unique aspects of different Chinese cultures.

“It’s a high quality performance—Especially the Chinese instrument morin khuur, and the English translation is “horse-head fiddle” It is a Mongolian instrument, and it is listed as one of the Chinese culture heritages by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization),” Hua said.

With 13 different programs within the concert, this is a great chance for anyone seeking to gain a better understanding of Chinese culture.

“This is a unique opportunity for the students to be able to stay on campus, not have to travel, and watch a concert,” Hua said. “This will give the campus community an opportunity to get to know different Chinese artists and performers.”



JU pride night at Tennessee Smokies promotes university,community

KODAK— Friday the Johnson community gathered at the Tennessee Smokies Stadium for a night of baseball, fun and promotion of the university. Kevin Ewing, the new Royals recruit, threw the first pitch of the night.

Ewing signed as a left-handed pitcher for the Royals. He said this is not the first time he has thrown the first pitch in a game.

“It was exciting— I got to go to the Tropicana Field in Saint Pete. and throw out the first pitch for the Rays game,” Ewing said.”It was cool just to be able to come out there and do it again and just to experience that feeling again was really fun.”

Ewing is an alumnus of Inspiration Academy in Bradenton, Florida and will continue to pitch for the Johnson Royals team this season. Ewing threw the first pitch despite the weather and field conditions.

The game started out with light rainfall but gradually cleared up. Despite the rain, everyone still came out to the game to support the university. Johnson student, Justin Sutherland, said he came to show his support for Johnson.

“I have loved being around these people,” Sutherland said. “Even though baseball is not my sport, I came to show my Johnson support.”

The Advancement Office organized the night as an opportunity for the university to have a community presence. Matt Shears, the director of alumni relations, said this event was an act of promotion and community involvement.

“The Advancement Office put this together as a means to promote our name in the community and also to host a fun night for alumni, students and staff, ” he said.

President-elect Tommy Smith also said this event was an opportunity to get more students involved in the community.

“One of the things that we have really made a goal is to be good citizens in the community and this is a good way to do it,” Smith said. ” Some students come and they never really enjoy the activities in the area. So this is just a good way to get out and get off campus with your friends and have fun.”

To stay up to date on the Johnson Royals and other Johnson University athletics, visit the Johnson University Royals page. View highlights of the night below.


Johnson hosts JUpride night at Tennessee Smokies baseball game

KNOXVILLE—Johnson is hosting JUpride night at 7 p.m. Friday at the Tennessee Smokies baseball game. Tickets are on sale for $10. New students get a discounted price of $5.

Tickets will be on sale Aug. 28-30 in the Gally Commons during lunch. There is the opportunity to sign up for transportation. You can also stop by the Advancement Office or visit JU Smokies Tickets to purchase tickets.

Come wearing your best Johnson gear and enjoy a night of baseball and JUpride. One of our very own Royals will be throwing the first pitch. If you need to purchase more than five tickets, contact Rachelle Baggett at or call 865-251-2361.


JU freshman reflects on start of new year

Every year, new students arrive at Johnson University to begin the journey towards their futures. Jaycee Shelton is one of these freshmen starting at Johnson University this fall. Moving from her hometown of Mooresville, Indiana, Shelton is the first person in her family to attend JU.

Shelton is currently pursuing a degree in elementary education with an emphasis on teaching English as a second language.

Shelton said she chose education due to her experience in the classroom with her teachers.

“I had a couple of really good teachers — history in particular — that made me realize that I just want to spend forever with kids,” she said.

Shelton’s love for children extends beyond the classroom and the United States. She would like to spend at least some of her career teaching on the mission field. Shelton said she came to Johnson because she saw potential in the program’s ability to help her meet her goals.

“The Templar school of education, with the masters in five years, was a drawing factor for sure,” she said. “All the staff that I had met before deciding to come here were really welcoming and helpful.”

Shelton said she has begun to realize how different these next four years at university will be.

“It’s not high school anymore,” she said. “It took me a while to realize that the syllabus is used for more than just one day, and was a bit overwhelming at first.”

While she said she was nervous at first, Shelton is grateful for the circle of support the upperclassmen in her life have provided.

“Once I took a step back and talked to my RAs for a little bit,” Shelton said, “I realized that it’s manageable and can totally be done.”


Announcement: Athletic facilities closed during construction

KNOXVILLE— The athletic facilities on Hodges Ferry Road will be closed Monday due to construction. The construction area includes the tennis courts, sand volleyball court, soccer field, baseball field, walking track and hiking trails.

These facilities will remain closed for the duration of construction. All students,faculty, staff and guests will not be granted access to any of the facilities included in the construction area. All are asked to remain clear of the construction area until further notice.