Judson Celebrates Long-Serving Faculty and Staff Members
(Elgin, IL - August 23, 2012) Judson University celebrated the long years of service for more than 40 of its employees at the annual Welcome Back Luncheon and Employee Recognition Ceremony held on Wednesday, August 22.
Gerry Craddock was honored at the ceremony for 45 years of service to the university. Over the course of Craddock's career she has served as an assistant to four of the school's five presidents, including Dr. Amos Barton (1967-69), Dr. Harm A. Weber (1969-1992), Dr. James Didier (1992-98) and Dr. Jerry Cain (1998-2012). Craddock was hailed as "Judson's best side" for her excellent customer service as a presidential assistant and switchboard operator, and was fondly dubbed the university's "walking archivist" for her extensive knowledge of the school's history.Among those honored, Communications Professor Pat Hargis and Psychology Professor Robert Currie, Ph.D., were recognized for 25 years of teaching. Hargis is also an alumnus of the school, having graduated from the university's Human Relations and Psychology program in 1977.
The luncheon and ceremony marked the beginning of the school's fall semester. Athletes and members of the Judson Student Organization and University Ministries returned to campus at the beginning of August. Freshman and returning students will descend upon the Elgin campus beginning Friday, August 24 through Sunday, August 26. Classes begin Tuesday, August 28.