Judson University to Honor Several Accomplished Alumni for Homecoming Weekend 2013
(Elgin, IL - September 13, 2013) Judson University welcomed its first class of students to campus in fall 1963. Back then it was called "Judson College" and it was home to just one mansion and a carriage house, situated on 19-and-a-half undeveloped acres, but in 50 years, it has grown into Judson University, home to 1,100 students, 17 different buildings and more than 50 different majors and minors. To celebrate 50 successful years of higher education, Judson will welcome back its many alumni for Homecoming Weekend, September 26 - 28, with a variety of activities to reminisce and reconnect.
Several of Judson's most accomplished alumni will be celebrated with speaking engagements and honors, beginning with the school's fourth annual Network Night on Thursday evening, September 26, 2013. This event is designed to bring together professionals both within and around the Judson community, so it is open to the public. The evening will include an hour of networking with guests, followed by a short keynote talk led by Judson alumnus Eric Rojas '90. Rojas is executive pastor of Christ Community Church of St. Charles, Ill.
During Friday's annual Alumni Homecoming Chapel, Kristy Engel ’92, a pediatric nurse practitioner who works as a healthcare relief resource missionary for Latin America and the Caribbean, will share insights from her career.
Later on Friday evening, Judson will honor two alumni in an awards ceremony along with a choir concert performed by the Judson University Choir and the Alumni Choir.
Aaron Niequist, a 1998 graduate of Judson's music theory and composition program, will be honored as a Distinguished Alumnus, an award given to alumni in recognition of outstanding contribution to their profession and community modeling excellence in their vocation. Niequist currently serves as a worship leader at Willow Creek Church of South Barrington, Ill. He is also the creative mind behind A New Liturgy, which is a series of 25 recorded "liturgies,” or worship journeys of music, scripture, prayer, and space.
Dr. Donald Ferrell '68 will be honored as Alumnus of the Year, an award given in recognition of significant contributions to the church and society, consistent with the mission of Judson University. Ferrell is a licensed clinical psychologist and earned his Ph.D. in psychology from Illinois Institute of Technology. He and his wife Terrie served as houseparents in Ohio Hall from 1976 to 1982. He also taught in the Human Relations Division at Judson before taking a position at Wheaton College where he served as the Director of the Counseling Center. Today, he serves the Judson community as the director of Counseling Services.
Alumni can register for these and other Homecoming Weekend events at JudsonU.edu/homecoming. For more information about the Golden Centennial, visit JudsonU.edu/anniversary.