Judson University Homecoming 2014: Honors Alumni, Unites Community
(Elgin, IL - August 26, 2014) Judson University will be abuzz with festivities, come October 2, 3, and 4, as the Christian university kicks off the school year with its annual Homecoming celebration that will include a pancake breakfast, parade, pony rides and petting zoo, as well as lots of games, banquets, award ceremonies and networking events.
The event schedule will keep current and former students merry and mingling. On Thursday, Oct. 2, the fourth annual Network Night will be held at Eagle Lounge from 6:30-8:30 p.m. This open-to-the-public event is designed to bring together local professionals within and around the Judson community. The evening will include an hour of networking with guests and a keynote address by alumnus Stosh Walsh ’96 of Wheaton. Walsh is a Certified Executive Coach, Gallup Practice Consultant, TEDx speaker and author.
Friday, Oct. 3, will begin with the annual Alumni Homecoming Chapel at 10 a.m. in Herrick Chapel. Josh Hoegh ’08, Pastor of Worship at First Baptist Church Elgin, will lead worship, and Distinguished Alumnus-designee Ed Gilbreath ’92 will bring the message. Gilbreath is Executive Director of Communications for Evangelical Covenant Church, author of “Birmingham Revolution: Martin Luther King Jr.’s Epic Challenge to the Church,” and a new Judson alumni board member.
A flurry of activity will continue throughout the day, including a campus tour, starting at Lindner Commons at 12:30 p.m., academic open houses at 4:30 p.m., and an Alumni Reunion banquet, at 5:30 p.m. in Eagle Lounge. The centerpiece of the evening will be a Student/Alumni Improv Show at 7:30 p.m. (emceed by David Hunter ’02 of GreenRoom Productions) and the annual Alumni Awards Ceremony.
The Alumni ceremony will honor three people as Distinguished Alumni. The award is given in recognition of outstanding contributions to profession and community. This year’s recipients include Gayle (Medina ’88) Gianopulos, co-founder of Gigi’s Playhouse Down Syndrome Achievement Centers; leadership consultant and author Stosh Walsh ’96; and GreenRoom Productions executive director David Hunter ’02.
Rev. Dr. Randy Gauger ’69 will be presented with the Alumnus of the Year Award, an honor given in recognition of significant contributions to church and society, consistent with the mission of Judson University. Dr. Gauger is senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Savoy, Ill., and a member of the Judson University Board of Trustees. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Judson University, his Master of Divinity from Bethel Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry from Central/Northern Seminary. He and his wife, Mary, have two adult daughters, Cathy and Christy ’94.
Participants can get an early start on Saturday, Oct. 4, with a Fun Run/5K at 8 a.m. or enjoy an update with Dr. Gene Crume during Pancakes with the President at 8:30 a.m. There will be inflatables for play time, Alumni Games, the Homecoming Parade at 11 a.m., a car show, free pony rides and a petting zoo. The Men's Varsity Soccer game against Calumet College of St. Joseph starts at noon. The Women's Varsity Soccer game against Calumet College of St. Joseph starts at 2:30 p.m. A buffet dinner, inflatable play for kids and a friendly Faculty/Staff versus Alumni volleyball competition at 5 p.m. will round out the evening.
Alumni can register for Homecoming Weekend events at JudsonU.edu/homecoming.