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Judson Welcomes New Faculty Members for the 2017-2018 School Year
Judson Welcomes New Faculty Members for the 2017-2018 School Year

(ELGIN, IL – August 18, 2017) Judson University welcomes five new faculty members to campus to take on ongoing and limited appointments during the 2017-2018 school year. They are: J. Cliff Boggs, a visiting professor of Business; Laurie K. Culshaw, a visiting assistant professor of Art and Design; Alan Frost, an assistant professor of Architecture; Christopher Lauriat, a visiting assistant professor of Architecture; and Dr. Scott Nelson, an associate professor of Clinical Counseling.
Amazing Connections Made at Inaugural RISE Student Celebration Last Night
Amazing Connections Made at Inaugural RISE Student Celebration Last Night

(ELGIN, IL – August 17, 2017) Last night’s inaugural RISE Student Welcome Celebration held at Herrick Chapel was a salute to the spirit, passion and support of the Judson community that helped to launch a new, two-year certificate of completion program for students, ages 18-25, with intellectual disabilities. The first 12 students will begin classes on Monday, Aug. 21.

RISE stands for Road to Independent Living, Spiritual Formation an Employment.

The celebration event attracted more than 300 donors, community members, students, faculty, staff and families, and included praise and worship music provided by nationally known Christian recording artist Aaron Shust, who is the father of two sons with special needs. Shust performed crowd favorites as well as new music and even personal songs he wrote each of his sons.
Judson Prepares for Outstanding Homecoming Weekend of Activities
Judson Prepares for Outstanding Homecoming Weekend of Activities

(ELGIN, IL – August 2, 2017) Judson University is once again preparing for a festive and full weekend of food, fun and #judsonawesome fellowship during Homecoming 2017. The three-day extravaganza, which will run Thursday-Saturday, Sept. 21-23, will be filled with dynamic speakers, great music, class reunions and connections with family and friends.
Judson's New RISE Program for Students with Intellectual Disabilities Kicks Off with Free Concert
Judson's New RISE Program for Students with Intellectual Disabilities Kicks Off with Free Concert


(ELGIN, IL – August 1, 2017) What began in 2015 as a meeting of support between Judson alumnae Gayle Gianopulos ’88 and Nancy Binger ’97 – two mothers of children with Down syndrome – has turned into the successful launch of a two-year certificate of completion program for students, ages 18-25, with intellectual disabilities. The new initiative is called the RISE (Road to Independent Living, Spiritual Formation and Employment) Program.


The RISE Program’s charter 12 students will start this fall. To celebrate this new beginning, the RISE Program will host a jubilant, free concert with award-winning Christian music artist Aaron Shust on Wednesday, Aug. 16, from 7:30-9 p.m., in Herrick Chapel (1151 N. State St., Elgin).

Judson University Unveils New Rockford Campus Within the YMCA
Judson University Unveils New Rockford Campus Within the YMCA

(Rockford, IL – July 26, 2017) After six months of construction, Judson University unveils its new Rockford campus, which is housed within the I.D. Pennock Family YMCA (200 Y Boulevard) in downtown Rockford, Ill. Judson administrators and YMCA of Rock River Valley leaders celebrated at a joint ribbon-cutting ceremony today.
Challenging Our Senses: Jim Munroe to Keynote Judson University's 2017 World Leaders Forum Inspirational Series
Challenging Our Senses: Jim Munroe to Keynote Judson University's 2017 World Leaders Forum Inspirational Series

(ELGIN, IL – July 11, 2017) Author and cancer survivor Jim Munroe will keynote Judson University’s annual World Leaders Forum Inspirational Series on Monday, Oct. 9, 2017. Tickets for Munroe’s inspiring message of survival and overcoming skepticism are on sale now starting at $25. 
Judson Leadership Scholars Named for 2017-2018 School Year
Judson Leadership Scholars Named for 2017-2018 School Year

(ELGIN, IL – July 7, 2017) Judson University has announced that five incoming freshmen have been selected as participants in the Judson Leadership Scholars (JLS) program. This is the fourth year for the program that offers leadership training and financial aid to students based on academic merit, leadership qualities and financial need. 
Judson Listed as a Top Christian School
Judson Listed as a Top Christian School

(ELGIN, IL – July 6, 2017) The religious educational blog, Theology Degrees, recently named Judson University as one of the top 50 Protestant evangelical universities in the United States. 
The School of Business and Professional Studies Will Host July Open House Events
The School of Business and Professional Studies Will Host July Open House Events

(ELGIN, IL – June 20, 2017) Judson University's School of Business and Professional Studies will host open house events for busy adults seeking undergraduate and graduate degrees in July.
Anali Cisneros Crowned NAIA Race Walk Champion
Anali Cisneros Crowned NAIA Race Walk Champion

(ELGIN, IL – June 5, 2017) Freshman Anali Cisneros of Elgin, Ill., competed in the 5,000m race walk at the 2017 NAIA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships in Gulf Shores, Ala., May 25-27. With her first-place finish, she became the first NAIA National Champion at both the individual and team levels within the Judson University Athletic program. Cisneros became the first two-time NAIA All-American in the program's history and also the program's first NAIA National Champion for women's track and field.
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