Jon Bundrick (’12): Kinesiology grad and Doctor of Physical Therapy student
July 3, 2013
With several family ties to the university, it may have seemed a given that Jon Bundrick would choose Evangel. But family history is not the reason he ultimately enrolled.
Bundrick, a 2012 graduate, wanted the opportunity to receive a quality education in a godly environment, a place where he could interact with students and professors who shared his beliefs. Today, as a graduate student in the highly competitive Doctor of Physical Therapy program at the University of Missouri-Columbia (Mizzou), he knows he made the right choice.
Bundrick has found that his undergraduate education not only prepared him to excel in graduate courses, but allowed him to waive some of them as well.
Born and raised in Springfield, Bundrick had several of his close friends, cousins, and even his brother and sister graduate from Evangel. His father, Dr. David Bundrick, served for 15 years as vice president of Student Development and was recently named the dean of Evangel’s new School of Theology and Church Ministries.
As an Evangel student, Bundrick maintained a high level of activity. He ran on both the indoor and outdoor track squads and played intramural football, basketball, soccer and volleyball, serving as his floor’s sports representative.
When Evangel added the Pre-Physical Therapy track to the Exercise Science program during Bundrick’s sophomore year, he was immediately interested and made it his major.
Bundrick says that while the content of the Kinesiology courses is top-notch, what has stuck out to him most about Evangel’s program is the team of professors who head it.
“Not only are the Kinesiology faculty blessed with a vast amount of knowledge in all of the subjects that they teach, but they are excellent in presenting that information,” he says. “More importantly, they paint a picture for us of how it should look to be a Christ-following leader.”
During his senior year, Bundrick worked part-time as a physical therapy tech at Johnson Physical Therapy, a private outpatient clinic in Springfield. As he continued working to build up the necessary amount of prerequisite work experience to apply to Mizzou, he also shadowed several inpatient therapists at Springfield’s Cox Walnut Lawn Hospital, including 2008 Evangel alumnus Dr. Dustin Cox.
Bundrick completed the GRE exam, finished up the paperwork and mailed his application during Christmas break of his senior year. Then, he prayed for an interview.
It was early February when he received the call notifying him that he had been selected for an interview. Unfortunately, the two-day interviews coincided with a two-day track meet. He went to speak with his track coach, Lynn Bowen, about the situation.
“I’ll never forget how kind, understanding and encouraging he was in suggesting that I go to the interview,” Bundrick says. “Thankfully, I still managed to run on Friday and make it to Columbia on time for the interview on Saturday.”
Three days after the interview, Bundrick received the email. He was to be one of the 44 Mizzou Doctor of Physical Therapy students in the class of 2015.
Looking back at his time at Evangel, Bundrick says his classes have both prepared him for his current studies and fulfilled enough requirements to waive some of his graduate courses at Mizzou. He also says that down the road, he sees how his Evangel education will help him minister to his patients – in more ways than one.
“I believe having an education with a solid Christian background will enable me to interact more positively with my patients,” he says, “and possibly offer more than just physical therapy.”
Bundrick’s advice to students is to keep a sound balance between academic and extracurricular pursuits. He recommends taking full advantage of college as it speeds by.
“Apply your strengths and make every second count,” he says. “Some of the people you are around will be friends you’ll cherish forever, and your time here will seem to flash before your eyes.”