Spartan Spotlight

MBU beckons students of various backgrounds to engage in a well-rounded liberal arts education enhanced by a tight-knit community. Each week we shine the light on a different Spartan, helping our campus reach its greatest potential.

Graphic by: Stuart Slates

Graphic by: Stuart Slates


Photo by: Brittany Gammon


Name: Justin Hannel

Hometown: Austin, Texas

Year/Major: Junior, Business Administration

Activities: Barista, The Perk

♦ Why did you choose to come to MBU?
“I chose to go to MBU because at one point I wanted to be a youth pastor and I wanted to be close enough to my family to visit but too far for ‘the pop-in.'”

♦ How has MBU made an impact on your life?
“MBU has allowed me to meet some amazing friends and provide me with an opportunity to work in a field that I am interested in.”

♦ What is your favorite thing about MBU?
“My favorite thing about MBU is knowing that soon enough I’ll be graduated and able to leave with a piece of paper! All joking aside, I suppose my favorite thing is that I’ve been able to make (hopefully) life-long friends.”

♦ What is the best thing about being a Perk barista?
“The best thing about being a barista at The Perk is getting to people-watch. It’s amazing some of the things you can learn about someone by the way they treat you and watching the way they treat others. It’s also really nice getting to establish relationships with some of the customers as well as some of the faculty.”

♦ Best memory in your time at MBU?
“My best memory in my time at MBU would probably have to be getting to work at The Perk. I want to open my own coffee shop, so I’m getting to do something that feels like I’m furthering my career, rather than just a bunch of busy work.”

♦ Do you have a role model at MBU?
“I can’t say that I necessarily have a role model at MBU. However, one of the staff members did give me some advice that I won’t soon forget: ‘You’re only young once. Don’t be afraid to make some mistakes; as long as you learn from them, and have a story to tell.’”

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Molly Carver

Molly Carver

Molly Carver is Social Media Editor for MBU Timeline and news anchor for MBU Timeline-Broadcast. She is majoring in Public Relations with a minor in Journalism. After graduation, Carver plans to find work with a boutique public relations agency where she can utilize her passions for writing and strategic planning.


About MBU Timeline


Here are some interesting facts about MBU Timeline, the student newsmagazine of Missouri Baptist University, in St. Louis:
*Our mission statement is: MBU Timeline is the student news network of Missouri Baptist University, a private Christian university that embraces the essential core value of “social change through service and leadership.”
*The Bible verse that drives our mission is 2 Timothy 2:15 (Worldwide English Version): “Tell the true message in the right way.”
*The WordPress website has been up since late-fall 2013. We average about 3,000 sessions and about 5,000 pageviews per month.
*Our stories and galleries get as few as 40 or 50 hits, or as many as 8,000 hits.
*We have readers in every state and more than 90 countries around the world. We have several readers in South America, the United Kingdom, India and Australia.
*Most of our readers are in Missouri, followed by Illinois, California and Texas.
*We do not accept advertising as we are a not-for-profit online newsmagazine.
*We welcome contributors from all walks of MBU life, regardless of your major. Reach out to us on Twitter at: @mbutimeline.