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Judson University to Honor Alumni During Homecoming Weekend

(ELGIN, IL – August 9, 2021) Judson University will honor alumni for exemplary work in their careers, churches, and communities during Homecoming and Family Weekend, September 30 to October 2. The individuals will be acknowledged with Distinguished Alumni Awards and Alumnus of the Year honor during a special Alumni Banquet on Friday, October 1, in the Reed Room in Lindner Tower (1151 N. State St., Elgin).

The Alumnus of the Year Award is given to recognize alumni who have made significant contributions to the Church and to society. The 2021 Alumnus of the Year Award recipient is Chief Justice Susan Christensen.

Susan Christensen of Harlan, Iowa, graduated from Judson College with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and was valedictorian of her graduating class in 1988. She went on to earn her law degree from Creighton University School of Law in 1991. In 2018, Christensen was appointed to the Iowa Supreme Court, becoming only the third female to join the court. The members of the court selected her as Chief Justice in February 2020. Prior to her appointment to the supreme court, Christensen was appointed a district associate judge in 2007 and a district court judge in 2015. She practiced law in Harlan for 16 years.

The Distinguished Alumni Award is given to recognize alumni who have made outstanding contributions to their profession and community as they model excellence in their vocation. Among those to be honored in 2021 are Lynn Long, Rev. Ken Morgan and Nancy (DeRolf) Morgan, and Tim Schofield.

Lynn Long, ABD, is the first Native American graduate of Judson University, earning a degree in Visual Arts in 1984. She completed an internship as a Graphic Designer for David C. Cook Publishing and worked at a local advertising agency prior to transitioning towards education. Long earned her Elementary Teaching Certification at Trinity International University, along with two education endorsements and a Master of Art degree from National Louis University. She completed her doctoral coursework at National Louis University and has begun her dissertation research on “The Effects of Residential Boarding Schools on Higher Education Indigenous Students & Perceptions Within Their Educational Experience.” Long will graduate with a Trauma Certificate at Wheaton Graduate School in May 2022. Additionally, she performs as a Chalk Artist for worship services.

In addition to her higher education and work experiences, Long serves with a nationwide Indigenous youth ministry; volunteers at her own reservation’s Lac Du Flambeau Public School in northern Wisconsin and at the American Indian Center in Chicago; and mentors Native American students at Moody Bible Institute. The Elgin resident is a community member of Elgin Community College’s Multicultural and Global Initiatives Committee (MAGIC) and has been a guest speaker in forums related to issues concerning Black, Indigenous, and other people of color. She also volunteers and writes for other organizations, including Judson’s Global Outreach Teams.

Rev. Ken Morgan graduated from Judson in 1967 with degrees in History and Political Science. While in college, he served churches throughout Indiana and Illinois that hosted Judson Sundays. Ken went on to get his Master of Divinity degree in 1970 from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Philadelphia.

Ken served as Judson Alumni Association Vice President and President from 1985-1987. He was recently recognized for his 50 years of faithful service to God through ministry by the American Baptist Churches of Indiana and Kentucky and The ABC of Greater Indianapolis for service from May 24, 1970 – May 24, 2020. Ken is currently the pastor of The Little Blue River Baptist Church of Shelbyville, Ind.

Nancy (DeRolf) Morgan graduated from Judson in 1967 with a degree in Education. She served as a substitute teacher and Teacher’s Aide between 1975-1988 in Illinois and Indiana. From 1988-2005, she worked as a Customer Service Representative and Senior Client Liaison at EFS/NELNET, a guaranteed student loan company, which works with colleges and universities all over the world. In 2007, Nancy received the Agape Volunteer of the Year Award for 10 years of volunteer work with children and adults who are differently-abled and miniature horses through the Agape Therapeutic Riding Center. From 2012-2020, she volunteered at Janus Development Center working alongside adults who are differently-abled. She received the Janus Volunteer of the Year award in 2013.

Ken and Nancy currently serve as Judson Class Delegates.

A 2014 graduate, Tim Schofield started his online business, Your Tech Simplified, in 2011, creating relatable tech videos on consumer electronics, such as phones and laptops, while a Business Management major at Judson. He currently has over 725,000 subscribers on YouTube and a large following on other various social channels such as Instagram and Twitter. Schofield’s other content and work include commercial video production, live streaming for Amazon, consulting work for Google and Samsung, and a recent feature in a news story on BBC. He maintains close ties to Judson by serving on the Presidential Advisory Board for three years, speaking to current students through the business classes, serving as a judge for the Judson Shark Tank competitions, and recently joining the World Leaders Forum Board.

Register for Homecoming 2021 at: https://bit.ly/3fB3jv2. The Alumni Dinner and Program will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the Reed Room in Lindner Tower. Banquet tickets are required and must be purchased in advance. Ticket prices are $30 for adults and $10 for children (4-12).

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