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Thursday, September 27– Saturday, September 29

Homecoming 2017

   Homecoming 2017 got off to a roaring start. Festivities commenced with Network Night on Thursday, Sept. 22, set in the beautifully updated Reed Room (formerly Eagle Lounge) in Lindner Tower. More than 100 people, including alumni, current students, community members and Judson faculty, staff and administrators, gathered to meet and greet one another. Everyone was also eager to hear from guest speaker David Plummer, the executive producer of the WCIU-TV show, The Jam TV Show. Plummer, who attended Judson from 1995 to 1998, is an Emmy Award-winning producer, writer and director. He shared his fascinating story of finding his passion in television production and the stories of a few others who have fueled his dreams along the way. His message to students: work hard, take risks and go for it!

Friday morning’s Alumni Chapel combined the musical talents of Judson Professors Pat Hargis (lead singer/guitar), Josh Jones (piano), Warren Anderson (guitar), Mike McKeever (guitar) and Wellness Center Director Elliott Anderson (drums). They played songs from Professor Hargis' "Memories of Jesus" CD, joined voices with the Judson University Choir and invited audience participation.

JU students had a great time at Friday night’s Homecoming dance, held at the Harold Washington Library in Chicago. Congratulations to Judson’s 2017 Homecoming Court members: Seniors McKenna Kritsch and Ryan Lindsay; Juniors Kyra Patterson and Nathanael DeLong; Sophomores Rebekah Thompson and Andrew Finley; and, Freshmen Robyn Lombard and Luke Pearson.

Judson University honored several alumni and family members at a recognition dinner held Friday night in the newly renovated Dining Hall. Illustrator and Artist Shawn Finley ’91 and Assistant Attorney General of Virginia Braden Curtis ’98 received Judson’s Distinguished Alumnus awards. The university recognized Dr. David Rendall ’95, an author and sought-after speaker, with the Alumnus of the Year Award. 

For the first time, the university recognized two families with the new Family Legacy Award. The Carter family and the Hitch Family were both recognized and had multiple family members and alumni attend the event. The Hitch family provided a musical concert. 

Amid a lot of stories and laughter, David Rendall gave a keynote address and shared that when attended Judson, the things about him that weren't previously valued, people found were very important. "It turns out that my weaknesses were my strengths. Elliott Anderson was the first person who called me freak and recognized my weaknesses as strengths. My theory is that 'what makes us weird also makes us wonderful. What makes us weak also makes us strong.'"

On Saturday, the Judson community came out to support the annual Fun Run and Walk during Homecoming weekend, despite the high temperatures. Dozens joined in for the 3.1-mile/5K event. And in the end, it was JU alum Matt DeBall '12 who edged out the competition as he completed the run in 18:30! 

Dr. Jeanette Hsieh, who was once a dorm parent and educator at Judson, opened her house for an Alumni Open House event. She is the widow of the late Dr. Ted Hsieh, who taught psychology here from 1969 to 2013 when he retired. The Open House gave alums a time to informally fellowship before enjoying the rest of an exciting and busy day.

On Saturday, Sept. 23, Judson President Dr. Gene Crume and his wife, Cindy Crume, hosted a Coffee with the Crumes forum in the Upper Commons, where they chatted with visiting alumni and answered their questions about campus. At 11 a.m., Judson inducted Wilson Neto, Sara (Brendemuehl) Luck, Amanda (Rohrsen) Boscaljon, Steve Kimery, and Kim (Watson) Dixon into Judson's Hall of Fame as the Class of 2017. 

Saturday afternoon of Homecoming was particularly fun, thanks to the gravity-defying stunts of the Jesse White Tumbling Team; the afternoon carnival games sponsored by Judson Student Organization-JSO; the pony rides; the petting zoo; and the overall spirit of togetherness that only comes with being a part of the Judson community!

The Homecoming weekend came to a storybook ending tonight as three talented alumni gathered on the stage at Herrick Chapel to present a special story-and-music program that shined a brilliant light on the miracle of the human spirit. Graduate Programs in Literacy Education Chair Dr. Steve Layne ’87 shared the inspiration and stories behind some of his beloved books. FamilyLife Today's This Week host Michelle Hill ’97 told family tales that extended back to the Mayflower and to the many people who inspired her path. Music composer and worship leader Scott Liebenow ’95 led the audience in singing a number of his original worship songs and weaved in the stories of each in between.

A beautiful end to a beautiful Homecoming weekend.



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