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K15: Volunteers bring some soul to Salvation Army

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Volunteers help sort clothes and shoes at Salvation Army

A group from Johnson University arrived at the Salvation Army Wednesday morning to volunteer in the warehouse. Duties included hanging clothes and matching up an array of shoes into pairs.

All of the work done will help run the local thrift shop, which is the main source of revenue for the Salvation Army in the downtown area. The Salvation Army provides meals to the local homeless, along with a free rehabilitation program. They also offer employment to many in the area.

Participants in the event were largely satisfied with the fact that they had made a difference in these people’s lives. One volunteer estimated that the group had done about three days worth of work for the staff there.


K-15: Volunteers flood to Water Angels ministry

Students work to beautify the area around the building.

Students work to beautify the area around the building.

As a part of K-15 Day, more than 40 Johnson students strove to saturate Knoxville with the love of Christ as they joined forces with the Water Angels.

Junior Liz Carson noted the large group of volunteers for the location.

“It gives Johnson a good name in the community,” she said.

The Water Angels represented one of over 36 sites that students could volunteer with in the historically largest Johnson K-15 Day.

What began as a Girl Scout mission project to provide water bottles to the homeless has developed into what is now the Water Angels.

Ministry Director Stephanie Mitchum explained, “We are a nonprofit Christian ministry for the homeless and poor in Knoxville. We have a ministry center and two recovery houses, one for men and one for women.”

IMG_0395Freshman Collin Dahlquist said, “There’s not really another place like this that is a hope house, a church, and a shelter.”

“It’s a really cool ministry. I love what they’re doing here,” said Bekah Ochs, freshman.

Students went out at 10:30am to begin painting, doing yard work, organizing, cleaning, and sorting donations. They kept in mind that their labor carried meaning to the organization, the people who will be benefited by their contributions, and to the furthering of God’s Kingdom.

Junior Audrey Jaeger said, “Most people are drawn to clean-cut places. Pulling weeds makes it homier and a more inviting atmosphere. It lets the people who run [the Water Angels] focus on people rather than keeping it clean.”

Many Johnson students have prior experience serving with the Water Angels.

“I did this a couple years ago with my church,” said freshman Caleb Bryant as he worked to clear weeds around the playground’s perimeter.

Tubs of clothing wait to be sorted by volunteers.

Tubs of clothing wait to be sorted by volunteers.

“My youth group always worked here. I’ve come multiple times and played basketball with the kids, [and] I’ve pulled weeds in this same spot before,” said Dahlquist.

Inside the building, more volunteer efforts were thriving as students painted and sorted clothing and kids’ items.

“I worked here several years ago and painted these cabinets,” said sophomore Josh Schoberg, who was busy painting walls in the same room. “I know it’s a nice ministry; good people, kind leadership.”

“I think it’s awesome what they’re doing here,” said junior Abby Markins.

Students empty a storage shed as they begin the sorting process.

Students empty a storage shed as they begin the sorting process.

The Water Angels strive to create a welcoming environment to the homeless and poor in Knoxville.

“I just really enjoy the place and the people we help. You can see the difference you’re making here,” said Carson Latham, junior.

“I think it’s a fantastic place people in the community feel welcome to walk in [to],” said junior Liz Carson.

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“Don’t be scared of the homeless,” Latham said. “They’re some of the nicest people I’ve met and they’re thankful for everything they have.”

The Water Angels are always looking for volunteers throughout the year.

The ministry offers a variety of opportunities for students to obtain SALT hours. Activities range from worship services to Bible studies for kids clubs to meals.

“We have something going on every day of the week,” said Mitchum.

To find out more on how to get involved, visit


Johnson hosts local cross country events

If you have noticed a lot of unfamiliar faces on campus this past week, they were due to Johnson hosting four local cross country events. Despite of the high chances of rain each event had a great turn out.

High school runner finishing strong.

High school runner finishing strong.

Well appreciated Johnson volunteers insured that traffic was conducted in a fashionable manner. The events took place on Sept. 24, 28, and 29. Students from local and distant schools all gathered at Johnson to participate in running on the Weller-Davis Cross Country trail.

On Sept. 24 High School students were the first to run on Johnson’s amazing trail. On the 28th the Elementary kids showed Johnson they were not too small to conquer such a large course. The events at Johnson came to a conclusion on Sept. 29 with Middle School students finishing strong.

From most of the visitors to Johnson Campus, there was much appreciation for all the hard working Johnson volunteers that made traffic and parking much easier.

“The West Hill Wolves are grateful to be a part of such a great event, the atmosphere and weather is great and the people here at Johnson are all so nice,” Ashley Wilmot said.

Visitors also thought that Johnson’s campus was overall a great place to be for the cross country events.

“Everybody is really nice here it is a nice place to run and we hope to improve our times.” Amy Suarez said.

Each year visitors appreciate that Johnson continues to show true hospitality throughout the events.


Weller-Davis Cross Country trail memorial.

“Last year I called the president of Johnson to tell him how much I appreciate all that is done for this event,” Gabrielle Blake said.

“We were here last year. Johnson has a good course and a good venue,” Mark Taylor said. “We look forward to coming back.”

The clouds were heavy during each event but the weather cleared up just enough for the races to commence.

Kevin O’brien directed traffic for each event, telling guests where to go and insured the safety of pedestrians. He had some positive things to say about the event’s traffic flow.

“This is the best year yet for traffic,” he said. “I have fun doing this, I’m sure everyone doesn’t but I do. The nice thing about it is that people are very appreciative and that makes me feel good.”

The atmosphere of the events was nothing but positive and encouraging. Richard French, the announcer that oversees the concession stand, played Christian music on Pandora at each event and sold affordable concessions for as much as one or two dollars an item.

“The music is appropriate to your location, it is kid friendly, and Pandora makes playing it so simple,” he said. “Everyone has treated us really kind and in my point of view I’m just glad the weather held up for us.”

All of the cross country events that took place at Johnson were a part of The Knoxville Youth Athletics Cross Country program.

The program is for boys and girls ranging from elementary to high school students. The program gives young athletes an opportunity to experience cross country in a competitive level with the opportunity to advance to regionals and nationals.

Sacred Heart Cathedral takes a group picture before the race.

Sacred Heart Cathedral takes a group picture before the race.

Some schools that participated in these events include: Sacred Heart Cathedral, Bearden, West Valley, Northside, Harden Valley, Sequoyah, Farragut, St.Joseph, Pigeon Forge, Karns, West Hills, Blue Grass, Seymour, Christian Academy of Knoxville and a few others.


Living out a Johnson legacy

Saturday morning many gathered to honor the name of Joshua Thomas Teegarden by participating in a 5K race. Joshua Teegarden was killed July 27, 2004 while serving on a mission trip to Christ Camp for the Blind in Rockcastle County, Kentucky.

Teegarden was a 23 year old senior at Johnson University, formally Johnson Bible College at the time, and would have graduated in May of 2005 with a major in preaching and missions.

By the creation of J.T. Ministries, created in honor of Teegarden by family members, many students are awarded scholarships in remembrance of Teegarden.  Scholarship recipients in the past have included Johnson’s Lauren VanNoy. In a letter written to the Teegarden family, VanNoy writes, “Your generous support is helping me to fulfill a lifelong dream of attaining a higher education and extending the Kingdom of God among all nations.”

So far in 2015, J.T. Ministries has set aside $1,375 dollars to award more scholarships in future years.  They are hoping to award three scholarships in 2016.

Johnson student volunteers, including Tate Abernathy heading the crew.

Tate Abernathy heads the crew of 5K volunteers.

The Teagarden family showing their support for years to come. Pictured(left to right) Sarah, Bill, and Pam Teagarden

The Teegarden family showing their support for years to come. Pictured (left to right) Sarah, Bill, and Pam Teegarden

Teegarden’s mother, Pam, was asked what the race meant to her personally, and she responded with, “Josh was so compassionate about missions.  This race is a way that we can keep his memory alive and help people hopefully follow in his footsteps.”  Pam Teegarden also says, “Sarah, Josh’s sister, also wants to pursue a life of missions.”

Through the work of amazing Johnson volunteers, and J.T. Ministries, the legacy of a beloved Johnson student can live on.


JU Royals come up defeated against KCU Knights


Johnson quickly recovers from a kick by KCU, and moves the ball down the line.

Johnson quickly recovers from a kick by KCU, and they then move the ball down the line.

On September 25th, the Johnson Royals boy’s soccer team faced the Kentucky Christian University Knights. The night kicked off a little rocky with a delayed start time, which caused the fog to set in more. The boys still came out energetic and ready to play, however, and this energy radiated throughout the crowd.

In the first half, both the Royals and the Knights battled for possession of the ball. Within the first ten minutes, it was evident to see that both teams were acting rough towards one another and performing many dirty slide tackles.

KCU was the first to score, but this did not shake the Royals. Johnson attempted to score one minute after KCU did, but the shot was too deep.

At the 10:03 mark in the first half, KCU scored again. Although the faces of the Royals were starting to drop, they managed to still play fair and keep their attitudes up. By the 4:51 mark, however, a yellow card was pulled on the Knights for aggressive play.

The Johnson Royals recover after the fog consumed the field for most of the second half.

The Johnson Royals recover after the fog consumed the field for most of the second half.

As the second half rolled around, the Royals had a lot of energy coming out. There was an obvious change in the players, and the Johnson boys had more passing and communication in the second half. Even through the increasing fog, the Royals still seemed to have each defender covered.

At the 25 minute mark, Johnson took an amazing shot and made it past the goalie, leaving the score 1-2. Even though the Knights were leading, the Royals were not giving up hope. The Royals kept pushing the line forward, and the Johnson goalie had several blocks. There were controversial offside calls made at the 15 minute mark for KCU, which made the crowd stand on their feet. As the second half rounded out, KCU scored a penalty kick at the 13 minute mark.

Both teams continue to fight for possession of the ball.

Both teams continue to fight for possession of the ball.

The game ended with the Royals losing 1-3. Although the loss was not anticipated by the Royals, it did not leave them hopeless. The player’s held their heads high, and both teams ended the night in prayer with each other. The Royals hope to continue their season with the same energy they performed with against KCU.


JUFL breaks bread at international food festival

Professor Greg Hartley tries some food from the Egyptian/Isreal table manned by Mr. Sias, and Dr. and Mrs. Ziese.

Professor Greg Hartley tries some food from the Egyptian/Isreal table manned by Mr. Sias, and Dr. and Mrs. Ziese.

KISSIMMEE — More than 125 Johnson University Florida faculty, students and staff wrapped up another successful Missions Emphasis week Thursday with their third annual International Food Sampling Festival.

The festival is the culmination of MEW, which featured C.Y. Kim, a field director with Christ Reaching Asia Missions as the guest speaker.

Ruth Reyes, one of the event organizers, and assistant dean of JU’s School of Communication and Creative Arts, said the event began when the JUFL chapel committee and chapel production team asked a few faculty and staff volunteers to serve the Thursday night dinner during MEW.

Alex Benites, Connor Wood, Madison Grigsby, Jackson Rodeffer, Christian Arnold and Amber McKinley enjoy food at the International Food Sampling Festival.

Alex Benites, Connor Wood, Madison Grigsby, Jackson Rodeffer, Christian Arnold and Amber McKinley enjoy food at the International Food Sampling Festival.

“When chapel leadership began thinking of activities for MEW — in addition to guest missionary speakers and activities for the students during the week — the idea came to do a small version of the world-famous Disney-Epcot food and wine festival — with a twist,” Reyes said. “Of course, sans the wine and expensive entrance ticket.”

Reyes said the festival featured samples of dishes that represented the different heritages and cultural backgrounds of the JUFL faculty and staff.

“We also included countries where we have gone on missions trips,” she said.

Reyes said the meal was a good way to honor alumni serving in a foreign country.

Seth McManus helps set up the Mexico table.

Seth McManus helps set up the Mexico table.

Organizers collected recipes from alumni serving in the mission fields and cooked the recipes from those alumni in honor of them.

“We also included regional cuisines, such as Southern dishes or Appalachian cuisine,” she said.

Reyes said the event is an important part of the culture at JUFL.

“[It is] one big event when faculty, staff and their families serve the students,” she said, “emphasizing the importance of missions and remembering the missionaries.”

She said the event has become an annual tradition at JUFL, and mission students and faculty are already planning next year’s dinner.

Rachael Nawrocki serves pierogies, a recipe from her husband’s motherland Poland.

Rachael Nawrocki serves pierogies, a recipe from her husband’s motherland Poland.

“This year and forward, the missions major students with the help of Dr. Kendi Howells Douglas will sponsor the event,” Reyes said. “

The dinner included cuisine from Scotland, Poland, France, Spain, Ireland, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Laos, Korea, Philippines, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Jamaica, Florida and Georgia. Native American cuisine was also featured.



Ways to get involved on Johnson TN campus

There are many different things to do on campus such as joining a student organization, an extracurricular activity, or a sports team. Below is a list of several ways a student could get involved on campus.

Student Organizations

The Student Government Association (SGA):  Serves and represents the student body by hosting campus events and voicing student concerns

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Harvesters: Promotes World Missions and Evangelism through events and initiatives

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International Justice Mission: Promotes awareness about human slavery around the world and works globally to eradicate it.

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Cheerleading Team: Leads the student body in cheering at athletic events

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Johnson Ultimate: Open club team that competes against University teams (NCAA Division 1 teams) and hosts campus Frisbee events

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International Student Association: Helps promote intercultural appreciation and diversity through events

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Students Promoting Social Unity: Raises cultural awareness to promote advocacy against social injustices

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Royal Scribe: Tell stories and upcoming events about what is happening on campus

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Pep Band: Plays during athletic events– open to all students who can play an instrument

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Hiking Club: Group of faculty, staff, and students who hike TN trails throughout the year

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Scripture Memory Group: Dedicated to the discipline of Scripture memorization and recitation – recites scripture in chapel services

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Intramural Athletics: Various teams leagues and pick-up games throughout the year

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Royal Spirit Council: Work to increase athletic school spirit on campus

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Theatrical Production: Auditions for a part in Fall/Spring plays or help out with production crew

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Mens: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Tennis, Soccer

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Womens: Basketball, Cross Country, Tennis, Soccer, Volleyball

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Juniors, seniors encouraged to compete in annual ethics essay contest

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The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity has officially announced the beginning of the 27th annual Prize in Ethics Essay Contest.

The contest challenges any full-time junior or senior, in any major, to write a personal essay on ethics.

Students are to select an urgent ethical issue and develop a rational argument for action regarding it.

The deadline for the contest is Dec. 14.

All the entries will be evaluated by a panel of readers and the winners will then be decided by a jury, headed by Wiesel himself.

The winner will be announced in the spring of 2016.

According to the Wiesel Foundation, the first-place easy writer will receive a $5,000 scholarship award.

  • Second place — $2,500 scholarship
  • Third place — $1,500 scholarship
  • Two honorable mention awards — $500 scholarships

“These contests give students a chance to apply their academic skill beyond the classroom setting,” Johnson University English Professor Ron Wheeler said. “Too often classroom exercises seem like just that: Exercises that don’t go anywhere.”

He said that this contest allows students a real opportunity to take what they’re learning and make a difference.

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Intramural Floor Hockey to begin soon


The last day to sign up for Intramural Floor Hockey, October 2nd, is quickly approaching. September 25th was the original deadline for sign-ups, but due to having not enough people sign up, the date was extended a week. There are currently fifteen students signed up for Intramural Floor Hockey.

Steve Cook, the Intramural Floor Hockey coordinator, said they had thirty-three members last year. Their record is forty-six members. “Floor Hockey is the greatest sport on earth,” said Cook, “A day without Floor Hockey is like a day without sunshine.”

Nine people are needed to make a team. Dylan Lockridge, sophomore, said they played all summer just five on five. “It works, but it’s really tiring. Floor Hockey is a great way to relieve stress and anger.”

Intramural Floor Hockey is once a year every fall. The games will be on Tuesday and Thursday nights starting at 9:00p.m. and 10:00p.m.

Every year the Intramural teams compete for the Francis Cup. This is the championship trophy given to the winning Johnson Intramural Floor Hockey team.

Players convene back in the middle for

Players meet back in the middle for “ball drop” after scoring a point.

Before signing up for the Intramural team, it is asked that you attend at least one pick-up game. These are held every Wednesday night in the old gymnasium, starting at 9:00p.m.

All students are welcomed to participate in pick-up games.

Tate Abernathy, senior, says that just like any other Johnson Intramural sport, Floor Hockey is a great way to let energy out with fellow Christians. He also said it creates a lot of camaraderie.

Michael Alexander, sophomore, says playing Floor Hockey is a great way to get to know other people and also a great way to connect with professors at the school. “It is a very competitive sport, but you get to hit stuff really hard,” Michael says.

Wyatt Whewell, freshman, says Floor Hockey is a great game with great people. He went on to say, however, that if they had more people it could be more fun.

During the pick-up games, there are two teams that will play two games of three, twelve minute periods. After the first game, the teams will switch up.

Extra players sub in every two or three minutes, depending on how many players there are.

There were seventeen people present for the pick-up game Wednesday night, September 23rd. Of the seventeen in attendance, there were four alumni, two seniors, three sophomores, and eight freshman. No juniors were in attendance.

Also of the seventeen present, there was only one girl.

Floor Hockey is not a male reserved Intramural sport, and females are welcomed and encouraged to come join the fun.

Pregame prayer

The team has a pregame prayer huddle.

Floor Hockey began back in 1995, when Tyson Chastain, a Johnson Alumni, and a few other guys started hitting around a tennis ball in the old gym. The goals were created out of metal pipe, and construction fencing was used as the nets. They played half court because there were so few players. Each year more and more people began to join the sport.

The first Intramural season began in 1998. They had three teams of six players each. They played with four on the floor and a goalie.

Back then, the goalies were lucky if they even had a baseball chest protector. Nowadays though, proper goalie protection padding and gloves are provided, along with the hockey and goalie sticks.

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The players work hard to get past the goalie.

If one is looking for a fun and fast paced way to let out all that stress college can build up throughout the week, Floor Hockey may be the way to go.

The next pick-up game is Wednesday, September 30th.