Judson University Homecoming and Family Weekend 2018 - Full of Fond Memories and Family Fun | Judson University Christian College
Judson University Homecoming and Family Weekend 2018 - Full of Fond Memories and Family Fun

Homecoming Pep 2018(ELGIN, IL – October 3, 2018) Judson’s Homecoming and Family Weekend included four days of back-to-back fun activities for the entire family to enjoy.

Thursday’s Network Night event, held in the Reed Room, buzzed with excitement as students, staff, faculty, alumni and business partners swapped cards and ideas and made new friendships. In her presentation, Biscuit Media Group founder and CEO Lori Perry Heiselman ’93 reminded the audience to put service, relationships and tenacity at the forefront of what they do.

Friday morning’s Alumni Chapel began with worship, led by Judson’s own Graveyards to Gardens – a group that got its start at Judson. Band members include: Aaron Andries '15, Jeremy Yap '16, Tim May '13 and current student Luke Pearson. Heather Funk Palacios ’95 of Coral Springs, Fla., gave a presentation during the Alumni Chapel. As part of it, she shared her riveting story that included suicide attempts, mental illness and redemption. She also spoke of the life-changing impact of last year’s Parkland shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The massacre happened just a few miles from Church by the Glades, the church where she serves on the creative and communication teams and her husband, Raul, is the executive pastor.

Friday night, five former athletes took center stage during the Athletic Hall of Fame Dinner & Awards Ceremony in Linder Commons. Amid great fanfare and exquisite food, these new inductees were honored for their extraordinary giftedness and service. Among the five were Kim Watson Dixon ’07 (basketball); Jesus Castro ’08 (baseball); Melissa Sogavo on behalf of her late husband, Bizo ’01, (soccer); Nicole (Wagner) Skrzypchak ’98 (volleyball); and Steve Moldenhauer ’08 (soccer).

Later that evening, faculty members (Brenda Buckley-Hughes, Kimberly Schmidt, Dave Sanders and Curtis Sartor) joined up with alumni (Lori Heiselman ’93, Huntley Brown ’88, Kristen Stombres ’79 and Warren Anderson ’86) in Herrick Chapel for friendly sparring during the “Judson Unscripted” event hosted by Dave Hunter ’02. The program included fun, silly and sentimental stories that all had a direct connection to Judson. The audience selected the winners of each round. In the end, the alumni won.

Families got an early start on Saturday, when dozens set out to participate in the FUN RUN/5K and the Disc Golf Challenge between the Wilson Hall alumni and current residents. This was closely followed by the Alumni Games in baseball, softball, women’s soccer and, later in the day, by men’s soccer.

Donned in their plaid button-up shirts and sports caps, the Wilson Boys Choir sang the National Anthem at the beginning of the Alumni Men’s Soccer Game. Attendees were also introduced to the 2018 Homecoming Court during halftime. The court includes seniors Nathanael DeLong and Emylyn Wright; juniors Grant Bradman and Ruthie Nix; sophomores Luke Pearson and Becky Johnson; and freshmen Daniel Cramer and Kylie Hansen.

Homecoming Luncheon - Dr. Crume and Doc RyderThe Alumni Luncheon and Program was a weekend highlight, as this was the event where Judson community members honored Professor Emeritus Dr. Stuart “Doc” A Ryder with the 50-Year Service Award. Dr. Crume surprised Doc Ryder by reading a proclamation making the Monday of Founders’ Day, Doc Ryder Day on campus to encourage community service. Also honored during this event were Family Legacy Award recipients, The Clossman family; Distinguished Alumni Award recipients Beverly Calender-Anderson ’75; Raul Rodila ’95 and Kevin Svensen ’06/’09; and the Alumnus of the Year Award recipient, Heather Palacios ’95.

Dozens of young people took advantage of the plethora of lawn games and inflatables, too, that were on the premises. Little ones also enjoyed a day of face painting.

The Women’s Varsity Volleyball team played hard ball and won against Indiana University Northwest, 25-19, 25-23, 25-16.

JSO (Judson Student Organization) sponsored an exciting Family Feud event late in the evening between family groups, including Judson President Gene Crume’s. The results were hilarious fun, thanks to quirky questions, phenomenal hosts (Bradley Oberrieder and Nathanael DeLong) and engaging games.

The night ended on a quiet note with a Sibling Sleepover event in the dorms.

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