Frazier gives back to Johnson University upon graduation

 When Dean of Chapel Bill Wolfe learned about his upcoming trip to study in Scotland, it was Andrew Frazier who he approached to step in and lead chapel during his absence.

Frazier is a native of Atlanta, where he spent his entire childhood. At 18 Frazier left Atlanta for Knoxville, where he enrolled in Johnson University (formally Johnson Bible College) in the fall of 2009, graduating the spring of 2013.

The summer after graduation, Frazier immediately began working in the registrar office. Eventually he moved to admissions before going back to the registrar as an assistant, which is where he is now.

Frazier is currently working on his Master’s of New Testament at Johnson University, and while he said that he is still currently seeking his calling, he continues to take steps to prepare for whatever it may be.

“It’s a day-to-day process figuring that out,” Frazier said. “I love the idea of being in higher education.”

Most recognizably, Frazier has been assisting in the organization of chapel while Wolfe has been absent.

Frazier’s first experience with chapel came during his senior year at Johnson, during which he served as the president of the Student Government Association, which entailed speaking in chapel regularly. Recognizing that experience, Wolfe quickly asked for Frazier’s assistance.

“I hope chapel is forming mentally, spiritually and physically,” Frazier said. “I hope I can continue to be a voice of the younger generation.”

By taking such a visible role, Frazier hopes he has been a positive influence in the Johnson community throughout the past semester.


Fun, games planned for education students

Johnson University Templar School of Education is hosting a game night for all education students as a way to build relationships between the students and to have fun at the same time.

The date for game night will be announced at a later time.

The Johnson University Templar School of Education is having a night of games and fun for all education students.

The game night is tentatively scheduled for February, but the exact date will be decided soon.

Karen Eastep, field experience coordinator for the Johnson University Templar School of Education, said that the goal of game night is for the students to grow closer as a whole and to have fun in doing so.

There will be bingo, minute to win it style games and more.

Invitations will be sent out through the Johnson post office.

Education students should be checking the mail for the invitations if you have not received one yet.


JU students celebrate school spirit

For the past week, Johnson University students had an opportunity to show their school spirit by dressing according the theme for each day.

Themes included “Space Jam”, twins, animals and kids and Royal pride day.

University students across the country have different ways of showing school spirit. At Johnson University, students dressed like animals, kids and paid tribute to the Looney Tunes classic, “Space Jam” during spirit week.

The week of Jan. 26-30, on the JUTN campus, was one that might be a bit confusing to anyone who happened to wander onto campus.

A few students were dressed as anything from children to “Space Jam” characters, depending on the day’s theme.

This activity was a way for students to let loose and show their creativity in the name of school spirit.

“Kid day is probably my favorite day because it is an opportunity to be a kid again, both by dressing like one and acting like one,” Jordyn Pearson, a JU sophomore said.

Some students see spirit week as an opportunity to break the daily norm.

“Honestly I enjoy spirit week because it is a change from our regular day-to-day lives and lets us all have fun together,” Laurel Gregory, a JU sophomore said.

Some students find spirit week as a way to build up the JU community.

“I participate in spirit week because it adds some excitement, and we are able to just have fun, be a part of the JU community, be out of the ordinary, and just embrace our silliness,” Chloe Martin, a JU sophomore said.

Other students participate just because they enjoy it.

“I enjoy spirit week because it is a fun activity to show off your school spirit,” Emily Hughes, a JU sophomore said.

The point behind spirit week was for the students to unite and use that commonality they all have.

However, few students have actually come together as a community and just have fun for one-week out of the year just to show their school spirit.

This could possibly be because the students just are not interested in doing activities like this any more because they seem childish.



Franklin Christian Church lead minister speaks at Johnson University chapel

Johnson University students were reminded Thursday of the importance of not thinking like a Pharisee.

Guest speaker Zack Stewart, lead minister at Franklin Christian Church, located just outside Nashville, delivered a gripping message. It was based on Luke 5 and the story of the paralytic man lowered through the roof to the feet of Jesus.

He particularly focused on the Pharisees that were present in the narrative and their role in the events that played out.

The main idea of the message was that each Christian can often act like a Pharisee. Stewart then outlined the characteristics of a Pharisee compared to the characteristics we as Christians should embody.

“I enjoyed it,” Matthew Snyder, a JU freshman, said. “He made a good point that in a way we can all have a little bit of Pharisee in us.”

While many preachers speak on Luke 5 and the paralytic, Stewart approached it from a distinctively different viewpoint than most.

“He had a really different perspective about a scripture than what I have heard a lot of times before,” said Josiah Roberts, a JU student.

According to the Franklin Christian Churches website, Stewart has been at the church since June 2011, where he ministers to a congregation of approximately 1,000 members.

Jon Spears and an accompanying band of students kicked the service off by setting the tone of the service through worship.

“I felt like it was actually leading worship and not a show,” said Zac Hulsey, a JU student.

Following the opening song was a recitation of a set of scriptures that led into message, spoken by Evan Duriga and Arjay Donaldson.

The chapel ended with more worship and a time of prayer for the spread of the gospel in southern Africa and for the missionaries already working there.


Johnson professor’s home renovation continues

Plant Services’ Construction branch is continuing necessary renovations on professor Jody Owen’s home, located on campus.

Four months ago extensive moisture and termite damage was found in the home.

“We had to decide to tear it down or try and work with what we had,” said project supervisor Joe Kelley. “The Trustees decided to work with what we had.”

Despite the Trustees’ decision, Kelley still describes the project as “rebuilding” the home.

“We’ve completely gutted that house, it was down to just the exterior studded walls and the roof,” he said.

The project has been long in the works.

“It’s time consuming,” Kelley said. “We are getting everything back solid, in good shape, and proceeding on.”

The project is indeed progressing. They expect to soon have the interior walls up and the plumbing and electrical work is soon to follow.

Not everything about the house will be the same.

“Some changes have been made to the floor plan since we have the place gutted,” Kelley said.


Intramural basketball season moves into week two with intense competition

This week of games starting Tuesday, made for highly competitive games that had two games end in victories of five points or less.

With the red team highlighting Thursday matchups, and a decisive victory over the yellow team, Cody Wagner and Ty Asbury led the team.  

“This was a great team win that shows we are all in playing for each other,” Wagner said. “We play to compete for a full forty minutes and at the same time being the best teammates we can be.”

The captain of the red team backed Wagner’s statement.

“We had a great role in showing sportsmanship while also showing great a competitive drive that resulted in us coming away with a great second win, “Asbury said. “Intramurals are a great way to get some exercise while also being able to fellowship and compete with your brothers.”

Another team that was expected to play well came away with a loss on Thursday ‘s game. Keith Harper, the blue team’s captain, commented on their game.

“As the team captain, I have to get everyone to improve in encouraging each other in bad times and also competing to their best abilities,” Harper said. “This is a great chance to show a brotherhood through Christ that will go beyond sports.”

The season continues with games next Tuesday starting at 7 p.m. in the Old Gym.


Johnson University Intramural basketball season kicks off strong with guidance from coach Underwood

Ken Underwood, athletic director and head soccer coach at Johnson University is in his eighth year of full-time work.

He joined Johnson in 2006 as a part-time coach for men’s soccer. He oversees the entire Intramural program.

He is originally from East Charlotte, NC, where he lived for his entire childhood.

When he joined the Johnson community he came to help with the soccer program, but eventually ended up falling in love with the passion of the school.

“I wanted to do something different, and I loved the guys on the team, so I felt called to stay here,” he said.

Underwood helps with a variety of activities at the school that may go unnoticed. His role goes beyond being a coach or the head of the sports program. He mentors kids to help them see the importance of teamwork and having a great attitude.

He enjoys helping with the overall image of the sports program at Johnson  and that also includes Intramurals.

“Intramurals are a way to get people active and is a key tool to getting to know new people,” Underwood said. “Intramurals are just a funnel of what daily life after school will consist of in teamwork, self-control and how to deal with pressure situations.”

Student athletes get a better education than non-athletes due to those skills they acquire through the rigorous obstacles they have to go through, according to Underwood.


Johnson University Intramurals has announced schedule for upcoming basketball season

The draft will be Monday at 5:30 p.m. in the Gally Commons Private Dining Rooms.

The overall purpose for intramurals, stated by President of Intramurals, Dylan Underhill, “Is to accomplish exercise for people while also providing an outlet to get aggression out.”

Intramurals has grown substantially with the number of people that have joined, with 35 already signed up.

“We hope to have a competitive environment with former Johnson University players and also former high school players,” Underhill said.

Despite the best efforts from the players, the competition has led a few players into fights.

In previous seasons, there has been trouble with continuous verbal assaults that which resulted in a failed season. This season the organization is hoping to overcome these conflicts and deal with them.

“We want to have a community of brothers that fellowship together that brings unexpected people together; so that they can have a healthy outlook to let people play in a positive environment,” Underhill said.


Rollins speaks on expansion of Non-Profit program

Garry M. Rollins, lead professor of the Non-Profit program, joined Johnson University’s faculty in 2009. Rollins was instrumental in the expansion of the Non-Profit program, which grew into the School of Business. Now, Rollins advises 71 students for the program.

Rollins finished his graduate school in Texas. He received his Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota. His next step was to teach in Mississippi as a business professor before he joined JU.

“I was not searching for a new position. I was enjoying what I was doing in Mississippi,” Rollins said. “But I got a phone call from Gary Weedman (President of Johnson University) about the university wanting to find someone, who loved ministry (which I did) and also loved business.”

Rollins said that business is used in many different ways in God’s kingdom.

Rollins said he sees his purpose in teaching his students to manage their future organizations in God’s will. Rollins said that most of the JU students would be going into some kind of business, church or school which will function as an organization.

Rollins also shared an alternative position in that non-profit organizations should not chase grants, but rather generate their own income.

“Good business is a good business,” Rollins said. “It is okay for non-profits to make profits.”

Rollins said that JU is a well-run non-profit organization, because it stands on entrepreneurial principles.

“We have a high percentage of students that we find jobs on campus through TA’s, Grounds and Pioneer,” Rollins said. “This idea initially starting as a school running a diary farm is very much within today’s picture.”


School of Social and Behavioral Sciences adding associate’s of science degree

The School of Social & Behavioral Sciences will be adding an associate’s of science degree in the near future, which will allow incoming students to graduate with an associate’s degree in two years.

Jody Miller, office manager of the SSBS, said that the program should be launched sometime next year.

Johnson University accepts the Tennessee Promise. This partnership is the main factor that initiated the establishment of the new associate’s degree.

Tennessee Promise scholarship will cover a student’s tuition during the whole course of the associate’s degree.

This degree will provide vocational skills to students in the future.

“With that (an associate’s) they will be able to leave with the degree in human services and that should give basis to go into the workforce,” Miller said. “This associate’s degree will give them both some educational and experiential skills, that should help them in obtaining jobs out in the marketplace.”

Miller says that there is a possibility that after getting their associate’s degree for free, there will be a rise of interest in students who want to transition into the bachelor’s degree at Johnson University.