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Johnson University Women’s Conference to be held May 17-18

KNOXVILLE – The Johnson University Women’s Conference happening this May will be a way to relax and dive into God’s word. The event will be held May 17-18.

The theme for this year’s conference is Sincerely Beautiful. There will be workshops, worship, and fellowship with other women. The main speaker for this event is Wendy Fitzgerald from “If Then Move” ministry.

There will be housing and meals on campus available when registering for the event. The pricing for the event depends on whether a person stays on campus or not. It is $70 to stay on campus and $45 if staying off campus.

 

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Annual Spring Retreat brought youth to Johnson once again

KNOXVILLE— During the weekend of April 12-14, churches from all over the country came together for another yearly weekend of Spring Retreat at Johnson University.

This is a time when churches bring both middle and high school students. Johnson students host them in their very own rooms for a couple of nights, while some groups stayed in additional dorm housing.

This event began Thursday night and ran all the way through Saturday evening when the final worship event took place.

Terrence Talley spoke Saturday. He left listeners with the theme of forgiveness and not living with the labels that others may place on them.

This is a wonderful opportunity for the different organizations as well as the students to get involved with the community outside of the Johnson bubble. Many get involved to help volunteer and lead students including Resident Assistants and members of Student Government Association. They encouraged students to better help understand that they are not alone in this life when they live a life committed to Christ.

The weekend finished out with a worship night that also served as a chapel makeup for JUTN students.

A senior in high school, who was a part of the spring retreat, won a preaching contest and had the opportunity to speak in front of all of the churches and college students who attended the worship night. This was a great way for the students as well as the parents and faculty to spend time in the presence of God before returning to the regular routine of school and work during the spring time.

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Founder’s Day 2019 led students to tour almost-finished ARC

KNOXVILLE – Johnson University Founder’s Day provided the students with a day off from classes to celebrate their educational institution.

The morning began with the Founder’s Day chapel service where a video celebrating the university was presented. President Tommy Smith and Ashton Merriman, the Student Body President, spoke. The main focus of the morning was the new Athletic and Recreation Complex which is almost complete.

President Smith led the students to tour the ARC for the first time since the interior of the building has developed further. He requested students walk to the ARC two-by-two in a parade fashion.

The building will officially open within a month or two and the building dedication will be held in August, after the new semester starts.

The winners of the Preacher Grand Prix with President Smith.

Many students participated in the Founder’s Day events which included a dodge ball tournament, a frisbee tournament, kickball, and a cookout lunch which was accompanied with Fried Oreos and Lemon Shakeups.

The Preacher Grand Prix was held in the evening. The senior class one the event.

The evening held more events, with a A Bar-b-Que dinner held outside of the ARC.

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Health and Wellness Fair, Medic Blood Drive had contrasting results

KNOXVILLE – Johnson University’s Public and Global Health majors and the JU Health services office’s Health and Wellness Fair and Medic Blood Drive had mixed results this past Tuesday.

The Health and Wellness Fair had quite a few spectators in attendance, however, the blood drive’s numbers were lower than hoped for.

Cindi Norton, a professor of Health Education at Johnson, was very pleased with how many people supported the Health and Wellness Fair.

“It was very successful, a good turnout,” Norton said. “We were encouraged by the participation of faculty, staff, and students.”

She stated that they were very grateful for the items that were given for door prizes by various local businesses and individuals.

The blood drive was not as successful this year. Only 30 blood donations were made. 10 additional people attempted to donate but could not due to various reasons.

“I had hoped for at least twice this number and will need to do a better job educating our community on the importance of blood donating,” Kealy Mead, Health Services Coordinator at Johnson, said.

Mead stated that the Medic employees said they believe something in the culture may be changing, especially with the younger generation, leading them to have a lower number of donations everywhere.