Judson University to Celebrate Rich History and Bright Future at Golden Centennial Founders' Day
(Elgin, IL - September 25, 2013) With a legacy that spans more than 100 years, Judson University has much to celebrate at this year’s Founders' Day, scheduled for Friday, October 25. The independent, Christian liberal-arts institution was established in its Elgin location in 1963, but its history stretches back even further to 1913 when it was established as the undergraduate arm of Northern Baptist Theological Seminary. To commemorate this "Golden Centennial," Judson's Founders' Day will be full of opportunities for the community to honor those who have helped build it.
Founders' Day festivities will begin with a 10 a.m. service in Herrick Chapel, with Bill Hybels as the featured speaker. Hybels is the founding and senior pastor of Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Ill., which has a weekend attendance of 20,000. He is also chairman of the board for the Willow Creek Association, a not-for-profit fellowship of more than 12,000 like-minded churches located in 45 countries. He is the best-selling author of more than 20 books, including Holy Discontent, Just Walk Across the Room, The Volunteer Revolution, Courageous Leadership, and classics such as Too Busy Not to Pray and Becoming a Contagious Christian. Hybels received a bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies and an honorary Doctorate of Divinity from Trinity College in Deerfield, Ill.
A luncheon will follow the Founders' Day chapel service at 11 a.m., with Lynn Wheaton as the guest speaker. Lynn Wheaton is the former Director of Advancement of Judson University. He also served as a church relations director at Judson. He was born and raised in Detroit, Mich., and graduated from The King's College, New York. Before working at Judson University, he was a news reporter for radio, and worked in sales for the ServiceMaster Company. Lynn retired in 2007 and resides at Shell Point Retirement Community, Ft. Myers, Fla., with his wife Ruth.
During the luncheon, Judson will also honor recipients of their Golden Eagle Award, Bill and Sally (Ackemann) Boscaljon. Bill Boscaljon (’79) is an Iowa native who attended Moody Bible Institute before enrolling at Judson. An Elgin, Ill., native, Sally (Ackemann) Boscaljon graduated from Judson in 1973 and earned her elementary teacher certification at Judson in 1998. They were married in 1979. Bill and Sally each were employed for various responsibilities on campus including Student Activities, the Bookstore, Plant Operations, the Alumni Office, the Health Center, and as houseparents in Volkman Hall. Sally has served on the Alumni Board and the Council for the Master of Literacy Program. Together they have enjoyed leading the coordinating committee for Judson’s Golden Centennial Celebration. They are active members of First Baptist Church of Elgin. Sally teaches third grade in Elgin School District U-46 and Bill is a supervisor at Ace Hardware.
Founders’ Day is one of several events scheduled this fall to celebrate Judson’s Golden Centennial. For more information on upcoming anniversary events, visit JudsonU.edu/Anniversary.