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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.



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Dare to See suicide prevention event returning to Knoxville

KNOXVILLE The 2nd Annual Dare to See suicide prevention event, presented by Punk Talks, Johnson University, and Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network, will be held March 8 in Knoxville.

The event will feature music by various artists, such as Abbs Kern – a Chattanooga Indie singer-songwriter, Benjamin Donaldson – a Knoxville singer-songwriter, Shayla McDaniel – a Knoxville Jazz singer-songwriter, and Night Colors – a Knoxville Indie-Pop duo. In addition, there will also be artwork in order to reflect on suicide prevention through conversation and creative arts.

The conversation will be led by TSPN, which is a statewide organization responsible for implementing the Tennessee Strategy for Suicide Prevention as defined by the 2001 National Strategy for Suicide Prevention.

“Performing at ‘Dare to See’ is very important to me because I believe it’s a way to use our music to start a conversation,” The Knoxville duo, Night Colors, said. “Mental health is dark and a constant theme throughout my writing, and it’s so amazing to be able to use that in healthy light to hopefully have an impact on people’s lives.”

The event was successful in its first event, reaching around 100 people last year. Olivia Martin, an event coordinator, has been involved since the beginning. She said the idea came about from some local high school suicides, as well as the TV show, “Thirteen Reasons Why”.

“Kind of the whole thing with the event is music, there’s conversation we have speakers that come in and kind of give a little conversation about what we can do in those really hard moments,” Martin said. “Also, we wanted to have resources from different organizations.”

Resources will be provided by TSPN, Johnson University Counseling Center, Punk Talks, and more.

The event is free, however, a $5 donation is suggested to benefit TSPN and Punk Talks.

Dare to See will be held at the Jackson Terminal, 203 W Jackson Ave., Knoxville.