Judson Honors Four Alumni: Judson University Christian College

Four Alumni Will Receive Alumni Awards at Judson Homecoming

(ELGIN, IL - September 7, 2009) Judson University will recognize several alumni during Homecoming 2009  on Friday, September 25, at the Grand Ballroom of the Holiday Inn & Suites in Elgin. Recipients of this year's Distinguished Alumni Awards, which recognizes alumni who have made outstanding contributions to their profession and community, will be Kraig Kleeman, Dr. Steve Layne and James Kruger.

Kraig Kleeman (’80) is CEO of Blaire Group based in Chicago, Ill., and originator of The Must-React System, a proven methodology for cold-calling and sales development. Prior to working with the Blaire Group, he was founder and CEO of Express Direct, which grew to a $20 million business in less than four years before being sold to a west coast based, strategic marketing partner. Kleeman also is an accomplished author and speaker.

Elgin resident Dr. Steve Layne (’87) of Elgin is professor of Education and Program Director for the new Master of Education in Literacy Program at Judson. In addition to being the president of the Illinois Reading Council, Steve has published 17 books and serves as a national literacy consultant, motivational speaker and featured author at schools, institutes and conferences throughout the world. Favorite titles written by Layne include Teachers’ Night Before Halloween,
P Is for Princess: A Royal Alphabet and Love the Baby.

James Kruger (’97) is Chief of Police for the Roselle Police Department and the Director of Criminal Justice Management at Judson University. Kruger earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Management and Leadership from Judson University and a Master of Science in Managerial Leadership from National-Louis University. He has nearly 30 years of law enforcement experience and was the recipient of the Illinois State Crime Commission Award in Excellence in Law Enforcement for 2008.

The Alumnus of the Year Award, which recognizes alumni who have made significant contributions to the Church and to society, will be awarded to Dr. Joe Compton ('85), an internist and partner with Dubuque Internal Medicine in Dubuque, Iowa. Compton has served areas of Haiti with free medical care two weeks a year several times since 1996. He also served from 1995-1999 as a medical community liaison for the “Domestic Abuse Response,” chairman of the Board for Tristate Pregnancy Center from 1995-1997, chairman of the Department of Medicine Executive Committee for Mercy Hospital from 1999-2001, and elder of Galena Bible Church from 1996-2000.

Tickets for the event are $25 for adults and $10 for children ages 4-12 and can be purchased through the Alumni Office; alumni@judsonu.edu; 847-628-2083.


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